Claressa Shields

Black Woman Becomes First Boxer Ever To Become Undisputed Champ in Two Weight Classes

On Friday, March 5th, Claressa Shields became the first fighter, man or woman, to win an undisputed championship in two weight classes. She is now the unified WBC, WBO, IBF & WBA Super Junior Middleweight World Champion.

Claressa Shields

Shields (11-0, 2 KOs) said she was happy to have accomplished her latest piece of history in front of her family and friends in Flint, even if the pandemic meant a lot fewer fans in attendance.

Claressa Shields
Claressa Shields walks to the ring wearing a robe honoring the late actor Chadwick Boseman. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Claressa Shields, left, defeated Marie-Eve Dicaire to become the undisputed junior middleweight champion. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

“With Covid, we couldn’t have a full capacity. There are 300 here and that’s the capacity of the day, so we have a full house. We couldn’t have full capacity, but I know if we could have, we would have had 6000 people in here. I’m happy to have been able to do it here (in Flint). I started boxing here at Berston Fieldhouse at 11 years old. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on pay-per-view and fighting for an undisputed title and be one of the biggest stars in boxing. I just wanted to win an Olympic Gold medal. God has given me two Olympic medals. I have 12 championship belts now. It doesn’t feel real to say undisputed twice.”

She has definitely earned the right to call herself GWOAT, “Greatest Woman of All Time”.

-Tony O. Lawson

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