Claressa Shields tossed one championship belt around her neck, fastened another around her waist and draped one more over a shoulder.
She had about run out of room for all her titles. At least the ones she can use as accessories.
Shields used her speed and power to push to the brink of a knockout as the two-time Olympic gold medalist remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over Christina Hammer in a middleweight championship bout and one of the most anticipated fights in women’s boxing history.
Shields (9-0) held three versions of the 160-pound title and snagged Hammer’s slice of the division championship to unify the belts Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall. The charismatic Shields had a few thousand fans on their feet — and A-listers rooting her on from home — to give herself plenty of gold to strap around her waist to go with the medals around her neck.
Undefeated and undisputed, the 24-year-old Shields won 98-91 on two cards and 98-92 on the other, and was simply dominant over 10 two-minute rounds.
As far as what's next, Shields wants Cecilia Braekhus or Savannah Marshall.
“Women’s boxing, we’re on fire. I cannot wait to see the next super fight. Give me Cecilia Braekhus at 154 pounds. That’s who I want next. Either her or Savannah Marshall.”
Hammer, other other hand, gave a lot of praise to Shields after several months of bad blood and trash talk between the two women.
“I didn’t fight very good or fast,” said a subdued Hammer. “That’s boxing, anything can happen. I wanted this fight. She won, respect to her. She’s a tough, strong woman and that’s all I can say.
“She’s fast, she comes forward. She has fast hands. I couldn’t land my jab as good as I expected. I’ll come back and I’ll be back stronger.”