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Claressa Shields’ top 10 victories

Claressa Shields
The self-proclaimed ‘Greatest Woman of All Time’ Claressa Shields may only have 11 pro fights to her name but she has already achieved plenty. Here are her best wins

1. Christina Hammer
Hammer, a world middleweight belt-holder since 2010, met Shields in a 2019 blockbuster, with a whole host of titles on the line, but found the American too powerful and too good and was bested over 10 rounds.

2. Hanna Gabriels
A belt-holder for eight years at super-welterweight, Gabriels will be remembered for dropping Shields in the first round of their 2019 fight and taking rounds off her. She was still ultimately beaten on points, though.

3. Marie-Ève Dicaire
This 2021 fight took place at super-welterweight, where Dicaire boasted an IBF title and 17-0 record, and was one-way traffic from start to finish, with Shields eventually winning via decision.

4. Femke Hermans
Despite beating Nikki Adler to win a super-middleweight title, Hermans’ dream of experiencing middleweight glory remained exactly that after being outpointed widely by Shields in 2018.

5. Nikki Adler
While unbeaten, Adler had fought only in Germany and Russia before facing Shields in 2017 and was found wanting on the night. She surrendered two super-middleweight belts in five rounds.

6. FranchÓn Crews-Dezurn
Shields and Crews Dezurn were both pro debutants when they fought in 2016, though since then Crews Dezurn has gone on to win super-middleweight belts and has not lost again.

7. Hannah Rankin
Scotland’s Rankin, always game, gave everything in her 2018 middleweight fight with Shields but learned all about the difference in levels while being whitewashed on the scorecards.

8. Tori Nelson
Unbeaten in 20 fights before facing Shields in 2018, Nelson lost each of the rounds she spent in the super-middleweight champion’s company and watched helplessly as the first blemish was applied to her pro record.

9. Ivana Habazin
Having come up short in her two previous title fights, Habazin hoped to fare better against Shields in 2020. She was dominated, however, for the 10 rounds they shared.

10. Sydney LeBlanc
Durable LeBlanc had won four of six fights going into her 2017 fight with Shields and pushed the American beyond four rounds for the first time as a pro (they went eight). She didn’t win a round, though.

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