Claressa Shields Is The Undisputed Women's Middleweight Champion

Boxing history has been made as Claressa Shields conquers Christina Hammer in her best performance since winning back to back Olympic gold medals


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Atlantic City has hosted boxing history and yet another accomplishment by Claressa Shields that will solidify her a place not only in women's boxing, but boxing as a whole. Shields now (9-0, 2KO's) defeated Christina Hammer (24-1, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision to unify the women's middleweight division. Following a long line of women's boxing champions, Shields has taken the sport and put it on her back as she now leads the pack and holds the title as the undisputed Gwoat.


All of the press building up to the fight, the Twitter beefs and online insults added more than enough fuel to turn this into nothing less than pay back for Claressa Shields. Hammer, who is known for her range with the jab, had no working strategy for Shields constant combination punching. After round one it seemed as if Hammer knew who and what she was up against. Hammer was not landing her jab, partly do to Shields upgraded head movement and slipping inside of Hammer's range.


There was obvious frustration on the face of Christina Hammer as she missed what would normally be sharp jabs from the outside, but she was uninterested in mixing it up on the inside with Shields. She did a lot of holding during the rounds, and even spit out her mouth guard at one point in the seventh round. Hammer was being dominated by Shields the entire fight, and once the seventh round was over so was Hammer's will to fight her way out of the hole she was in on the score cards.


This victory was yet another major accomplishment for Claressa Shields and for women's boxing. This show was a great push for the attention the women of the sport continue to fight for. In the ring after the fight, Shields said, "Women's boxing, we on fire! And with all four middleweight titles, Shields has her sights set on Cecilia Braekhus, who holds all the welterweight titles. 



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