Claressa Shields gets off the floor to win in Detroit
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (6-0, 2 KOs) won two world titles in her first bout at middleweight against Hanna Gabriels (18–2, 11 KOs) in a bout for the vacant IBF and WBA female middleweight world championships on Friday night at the at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan. Gabriels dropped Shields in round one and caused a bit of an uproar as Shields didn’t look hurt, but did appear shocked,
Shields pushed through as she forced the action upon Gabriels, who didn’t have much to offer after the third round. That being said detractors on the internet took to lambasting Shields as she has adorn the moniker of “GWOAT” or quite simply “Greatest Women of All-Time”.
That being said, Shields is a very young women, who has a lot of pressure upon her shoulders. Despite two gold medals, Shields was not offered a promotional contraction of her liking by the major promoters as she ended up signing with Salita Promotions, a smaller more regional northeastern promotion. Shields is a decorated fighter, who has gotten little respect for all that she has accomplished and now in the professional ranks is being marginalized for her “lack of power”, “attitude” and much more. I might be a bit of softy at my age, but I think Shields is developing as a young person and to judge her as a finished product in her sixth professional fight is foolish.
In the co-main event, Christina Hammer picked up a tatical decision over Tori Nelson (17-2-3, 2 KOs) in ten round affair.
Hammer used her length and a good jab to keep Nelson at bay, but didn’t win any new fans as it appeared Hammer’s gameplan was to essentially neutralize Nelson rather than be offense. That being said Hammer won all but one round on three judges scorecards.
Shields vs. Hammer for all four of the sanctioning bodies belts should happen later this year