Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Photos: Claressa Shields Dropped and Tested, Beats Gabriels

Claressa Shields became a two-division world champion, and Christina Hammer retained her two world title belts as both scored unanimous decision victories on Friday night on SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION from the Masonic Temple in Detroit, MIch.

And now they have their sights set on one another.

shields-gabriels-fight (4)

The two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shields of nearby Flint, Mich., was knocked down for the first time in her career 53 seconds into the first round, but she was able to come back and win every round after that to become a two-division world champion capturing the vacant IBF and WBA Middleweight World Championships against Hanna Gabriels. The judges’ scored the fight 98-91, 97-92 twice.

 shields-gabriels-fight (6)

Hammer entered the ring after the Shields fight, and an emotional Shields pressed toward Hammer and some pushing and shoving ensued.

 shields-gabriels-fight (7)

“I’m just tired of Hammer disrespecting me all the time,” Shields (6-0, 2 KOs) said. “She comes into the ring after all my rights, talks trash, and then she goes in there and looks like [crap] against Nelson. I’m sick of it. But I let her know I’m more than ready for a fight against her. She wanted me to lose tonight, but I wanted her to win because I want to fight her. We have to unify now.”

 shields-gabriels-fight (16)

Shields and Gabriels started the fight swinging furiously, but it was Gabriels (18-2-1, 11 KOs) who connected on a right uppercut sending Shields to the canvas.

shields-gabriels-fight (15)

“Once I went down, I took a deep breath and I remember thinking to myself, ‘I’m about to whip this girl’ ” Shields said. “I just remember thinking let’s use the jab and be smart.”

 shields-gabriels-fight (14)

Costa Rica’s Gabriels, a unified 154-pound titleholder, was coming up in weight and attempting to become a three-division world champion.

 shields-gabriels-fight (12)

“I trained to go the distance but my heart betrayed me, because after that first knock down, I was looking for another one,” said Gabriels, the reigning WBA and WBO champion who was fighting in her 12th straight world title fight since winning the welterweight title in 2009. “I wanted to show everyone I had a warrior’s heart.

 shields-gabriels-fight (11)

“I didn’t feel I had an advantage after the knockdown. I felt I had to work round after round to even have a possibility to win.”

 shields-gabriels-fight (9)

Added Gabriels: “She has a lot of power. It was a great fight and you have to accept the judges’ decision. She’s powerful and for the fans I think it went well.

 shields-gabriels-fight (10)

Shields suffered a cut on the left cheek in round 10, and also overcame a head butt. She recalled being hurt by Gabriels’ punches to the head just three times in the fight. “The first round, fourth round and the eighth round, other than that she didn’t hit me with no head shots.”

 shields-gabriels-fight (5)

Shields – in her first fight with new trainer John David Jackson – said she learned something about herself after the fight. “I can get put on my ass, get up and come back and win,” she said. “Tonight was my night and I have to show the world I’m the greatest of all-time. I showed who I am. Now, I’m really dangerous because you can even put me down, and I’ll still come back to win.”

 shields-gabriels-fight (4)

The difference in the fight was Shields' accuracy, especially in terms of her power shots as she connected on 42 percent compared to Gabriels’ 26 percent.

 shields-gabriels-fight (3)

Shields was asked after the fight when she would like to face Hammer. “Hopefully it’s next,” she said. “I don’t need no rest. I could have whipped her tonight. I’m just so sick of her and her whole team.”

shields-gabriels-fight (8)

shields-gabriels-fight (2)

shields-gabriels-fight (13)

shields-gabriels-fight (17)

shields-gabriels-fight (18)

shields-gabriels-fight (19)

shields-gabriels-fight (1)

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kali_KO on 06-24-2018

She needs to slow down with that GWOAT talk. She’s nowhere near where Lucia Rijker was, or Laila Ali or now Cecilia Braekhus. She’s young and can get better, but getting dropped by a smaller girl that fought at Welterweight/Jr…

Comment by champion4ever on 06-23-2018

First of all, I would like to congratulate both ladies for putting on such a brave and spirited effort. It would go down as one of Clarissa's toughest fights to date. Actually that was a very entertaining bout and I…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 06-23-2018

[QUOTE=RKI;18885018]Is this that, "good unc" person when someone's Uncle attacked a boxer!m? Ignorant whore.[/QUOTE] Yup! The one and only. She was VERY proud of her POS Sucker punching unc. Who crawled out of there on his belly like the true…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 06-23-2018

[QUOTE=Califire209;18885021]That was a Dopest woman's fight I've ever seen. They were Toe to Toe all night & didn't hold back, these women showed a lot of skills, heart, and class.. It was a great show I want to see more[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Jab jab boom on 06-23-2018

I only came here to tell boxing scene that I'm tired of their damn express ads! Nobody buys those wack clothes anyways.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Pacquiao: What Happened With Marquez Will Not Happen Again! Cameron Krael Fights on Mayweather Card at MGM Grand Video: Mike Reed on Preparing Adrien Broner For Pacquiao Video: Roy Jones Jr. Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Broner Clash Video: Caleb Plant Discusses IBF Title Win Over Jose Uzcategui Video: Al Bernstein Reacts To Adrien Broner Going Off On Him Manny Pacquiao - Is This the One? Amir Khan: I'll Beat Crawford, Take His Place in P4P Rankings! Muhammad Ali's Hometown Renames Airport in His Honor Broner Tells Pacquiao's Group He Has Cat, Dog For Them To Eat Video: Pacquiao vs. Broner - All Access Daily - Part 1 Broner Calls Showtime's Al Bernstein Biased, 'B*tch-Ass N*gga' Photos: Pacquiao, Broner - Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Jorge Linares, Pable Cesar Cano - Go Face To Face Photos: Chris Algieri, Danny Gonzalez - Go Face To Face Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Artur Akavov - Go Face To Face Broner: Pacquiao, Roach Underestimating A Lot Of What I Can Do Anthony Dirrell Confident of Beating Yildirim For WBC Title Luis Ortiz To Face Christian Hammer, March 2 At Barclays Ellerbe: Mayweather-Pac Talk Premature, Broner Can Win Broner: Me & Pacquiao Did VADA Testing 'After I Made Some Noise' Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez - Undercard Information News: Ceylan, Otha Jones, Kem Ljungquist, Alejandro Jimenez Ray Beltran-Hiroki Okada Announced For Ramirez-Zepeda Card Wilder-Fury Rematch: Purse Bid Set For February 5, 60-40 Split Boxeo Telemundo Returns on February 22 In Kissimmee Daniel Dubois, Nicola Adams Returns Confirmed By Warren Pablo Cesar Cano To Impose Will on Aging Jorge Linares Jarrell Miller Tabs Joshua as 'Turd' - Gives High Praise To Hearn Arum: Haymon Only Promoter Who Won't Work With Others Zerafa Warns Jeff Horn: I'm No Faded Old Man Like Mundine Amanda Serrano: Things Much Better Now For Female Boxers Nathan Gorman Aims For Spectacular KO on February 23 Photos: Manny Pacquiao Continues To Grind in Las Vegas Amir Khan: Hearn is Pissed Off, But I Control My Own Destiny Jarrell Miller Will No Longer Appear on Jan. 18 DAZN Show Kambosos Details Lessons Learned as Pacquiao Sparring Partner Crawford: I'm Better Than Anyone Amir Khan Has Ever Faced Photos: Andrade, Algieri Visit South Bronx Middle School Photos: Badou Jack, Browne, Warren - Las Vegas Grand Arrivals
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement