Claressa Shields Wins Unified Womens Middleweight Titles

Ruben Hill
June 27, 2018

After Shields' fight, Hammer entered the ring to get to Shields and the two had to be separated as a scuffle ensued.

Claressa Shields recovered from her first career knockdown with a unanimous decision win over Hanna Gabriels, capturing the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight titles in the process.

Before she could focus on a possible fight with Hammer, Shields first had to deal with Gabriels, an experienced fighter from Costa Rica who knocked Shields down in the first round with what looked like a solid right uppercut. She wanted me to lose tonight, but I wanted her to win because I want to fight her.

Claressa Shields is not only a two-time Olympic gold medalist but also a two-division world champion. The judges gave it to Shields, 97-92, 98-91 and 97-92.

However, Shields had the surprise of her life when she was knocked down by Gabriels in the first round to the shock of the crowd at the Masonic Temple. "We heave to unify now", Shields said. "She comes over here, she's been to three of my fights, sitting ringside, jumping in the ring". "I've never got an 8-count". "I knew as soon as I landed the punch that he would be very hurt", he said.

Undefeated WBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer joined some illustrious company in her American television debut on the co-main event of Shobox.

Hammer (23-0) spoke briefly to reporters after her victory and before Shields' fight. Shields said after the fight she is exhausted of Hammer trash talking her and wants to have a fight against her.

"Game changer", Hammer said.

"I'm really looking forward to fighting Claressa".

Even Gabriels seems intrigued by the possibility.

"Hammer has to work a lot on her condition, because I heard she looked exhausted a little bit with Tori", Gabriels said. "She will have to work a lot with her conditioning".

"I feel good. I stand tall. I didn't want to hit him after that because I knew he was finished".

In the telecast opener, Umar Salamov (21-1, 16 KOs) connected on a lethal right hand in knocking out Brian Howard (13-2, 10 KOs) 53 seconds into the ninth round of a scheduled 10-round light heavyweight bout.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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