Claressa Shields: I Want Cecilia Braekhus or Savannah Marshall!

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.

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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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by smeck on 04-16-2019

[QUOTE=VatoMulatto;19658383]You can't really blame the women for that silly rule. I guess someone thought that was a good idea back in the days. I'm sure they would love to fight 3 minutes round. Boxing need to change that rule as…

Comment by smeck on 04-16-2019

Shields IS big. Consider the MMA stars are not at 154. Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes are all featherweights (144 pounds). I was thinking maybe Holly Holm could come back over to the boxing side, and deal with…

Comment by mrlopez on 04-16-2019

Shields NEEDS to move down for this fight. She wants it, she NEEDS to make concessions.

Comment by sugaryman on 04-16-2019

It's been almost 46 years ago that Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King had their Battle of the Sexes. I'd pay PPV money to see Shields against a male boxer, wouldn't have to be a champion. How far down in…

Comment by PotentialToast on 04-15-2019

[QUOTE=SteveM;19657906]I'd never heard of her before. Boxrec shows she is 5-0 but fighting against nobodies - makes no sense unless there's bad blood and hard to think how that could be the case. I suppose as long as you are…

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