Showing posts with label Claressa Shields. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Claressa Shields. Show all posts

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Claressa Shields wins junior middleweight title

Claressa Shields, who has already unified two women's world titles at super middleweight and then collected all four major belts to become the undisputed middleweight champion, made history in a boxing match at the Ocean Casino Resort.

Shields, moving down in weight yet again, thoroughly dominated Ivana Habazin en route to a near-shutout decision to win a pair of vacant junior middleweight world title belts in the main event of a Showtime tripleheader.

Shields, who scored a knockdown in the sixth round, won 100-89, 100-90 and 99-89 and then placed a purple crown on her head. ESPN also scored it 100-89 for Shields.

Shields, who still holds the undisputed middleweight title, won a world title in a third weight class in just her 10th bout, setting the record for fewest number of fights needed to win belts in three divisions for a female or male boxer.

"This feels great -- I did it in 10 fights," Shields said. "Now I'm No. 1, the fastest boxer in history to become a three-division world champion. I was [trying to punish her]. I wanted victory."


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Claressa Shields named 2019 Sportswoman of the Year

For the second time in four years, Claressa Shields of Flint has been named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Woman’s Sports Foundation.

Shields won the award Wednesday night in New York City, topping a field of 10 finalists that included American gymnast Simone Biles. She won the award for individual sports.

"I’m honored to be the winner of the @womenssportsfoundation individual Sports woman of the year for the 2nd time!," Shields said in an Instagram post. "I love coming to the gala and seeing all of the other strong women! Shout to all the finalists! And congrats to all the award winners -yours truly GWOAT."

Shields (9-0-0, 2 KOs) also won the individual sports award in 2016.

Shields, 24, only fought once in 2019 but she recorded a unanimous decision over Germany’s Christina Hammer in April to become the undisputed middleweight champion of the world.

The Woman’s Sports Foundation was founded by tennis great Billie Jean King. This was the 40th year the Sportswoman of the Year awards were handed out.

Previous winners of the Sportswoman of the Year Award for individual sports include Biles, tennis player Serena Williams, gymnast Gabby Douglas, golfers Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam, skaters Michelle Kwan and Bonnie Blair, and jockey Julie Krone.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Claressa Shields beats Christina Hammer and unifies women's middleweight titles

24 year-old Flint Michigan native, Claressa Shields made women's boxing history at the Adrian Phillips Theater at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Shields dominated Christina Hammer en-route to a unanimous decision to claim the undisputed women's middleweight world championship.

Two judges scored the bout 98-91, both giving Shields a 10-8 score in the eighth round, even without a knockdown, because she was dominant. One judge had it 98-92 for Shields.

Shields, making her third defense, dominated on the scorecards and in the CompuBox statistics, as she landed 112 of 387 shots (29 percent). Hammer landed just 49 of 366 (13 percent). Shields outlanded Hammer 31-3 to the body.

"I am the greatest woman of all time," Shields said. "I did it. She didn't win a round. I almost knocked her ass out. I swear, I feel like I'm dreaming right now. Thanks to Christina Hammer and her team. They said she had a hard jab, and they weren't lying. Her jab is off the chain."


Sunday, August 06, 2017

Claressa Shields a pro champ already!

In just her fourth pro fight Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields has become the Women's WBC and IBF Super Middleweight champion.

"Who's better than me?" Shields asked after pummeling Nikki Adler on Friday night, giving the two-time Olympic champion the two world titles. "I don't know of anybody yet. And if I do find somebody, I'm ready to take her out."

The lopsided fight was mercifully stopped at 1:34 of the fifth round, awarding Shields a victory by technical knockout. She used a combination of powerful punches that left Adler defenseless in a matchup of previously unbeaten boxers.

Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) didn't let up in the second, stunning Adler (16-1) with a left hook midway through the round. Shields went to her body in the third round before aiming high in the fourth, hitting Adler squarely in the face with a right that seemed to set up the end of the fight in the fifth.

In the end, Shields landed 136 of 340 punches while Adler connected on just 6 of 84. In the first and fifth round, Adler failed to connect once.