Claressa Shields Beats Up Christina Hammer, Becomes Undisputed Champion
Claressa Shields backed up virtually every provocative word Saturday night.
She sealed a dominant points win over Christina Hammer to become the undisputed women’s middleweight champion in Atlantic City.
All three judges scored in favour of the 24-year-old 98-92 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“Well, first of all, I can say I am the greatest woman of all time,” Shields told Showtime’s Steve Farhood in the ring. “Give me that! Give me that! Y’all told me I couldn’t do it. Y’all said she was 24-0, 11 knockouts. Ain’t no way Claressa will beat her. She 8-0, two knockouts. Claressa’s gonna get knocked out. Claressa don’t hit hard. Come on.”
“Women’s boxing is on fire. I cannot wait to see the next super fight, whoever is in between.
“Right now, I’m the undisputed champion of the world.”
Shields called out undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus and challenged her to a fight.
“Respect to Claressa Shields for becoming the Undisputed Champion tonight. Tonight was not my night but I will be back,” Hammer wrote on Twitter after the fight.
Hammer, of Dortmund, Germany, lost for the first time as a pro (24-1, 11 KOs, 1 NC).
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry tweeted her support for Shields, dubbing her a “star of the sport”.