CLARESSA SHIELDS is only 24 years old and nine fights into her professional career. Yet on Saturday (April 13) she unified the four major middleweight belts when she outscored Christina Hammer at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Shields added the German’s WBO belt to the WBA, WBC and IBF titles that the American already held.
Bearing in mind that earlier in her short pro career Shields had already unified the WBC and IBF super-middle belts and as an amateur was a two time Olympic and World gold medallist, she could declare, “I am the greatest woman of all time.”
Shields won a unanimous decision after 10 rounds, 98-92 and 98-91 twice, hurting Hammer at times in the contest.