In case you haven’t heard, Black girl magic can’t stop and won’t be stopped, and boxing champ Claressa Shields, 24, is the latest shero to prove as much after her stunning defeat over Christina Hammer last weekend.
Shields and Hammer threw down at the Adrian Phillips Theater at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday night, and the event ended on a historic note for Shields after she was unanimously crowned the undisputed women’s middleweight champion of the world, defeating Hammer 98-92, 98-92, 98-92. She now dominates the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring women’s middleweight titles, SB Nation reported.
“I don’t even know if I’m dreaming right now,” Shields said after the bout, adding that women boxers are on fire, the site wrote.
“I can’t wait to see what’s next for us,” she said in the post-bout interview. Her pal Halle Berry celebrated the win on Twitter:
Tonight is one of the biggest fights in women’s middleweight boxing – I’m so proud that this moment has arrived, and am even more proud of my dear sweet STRONG friend @Claressashields! Make some history tonight, CHAMP!!??❤️ #ShieldsHammer at 9:10PM ET/PT @ShowtimeBoxing pic.twitter.com/1VzQTyHZLR
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 13, 2019
Actor Michael Jai White also congratulated the Flint, Michigan native on her win, calling it a “testament to all the hard work you put into being the best.”
Everything about this picture screams GREATNESS! Congrats @Claressashields on continuing your undisputed dominance this past weekend! Your win is well deserved & a testament to all the hard work you put into being the best! YOU ARE THE GWOAT! ??#shieldshammer #claressashields pic.twitter.com/slSjZbImO4
— Michael Jai White (@MichaelJaiWhite) April 15, 2019
“I am the ‘Greatest Woman of All Time,'” Shields bragged in the ring following her win, according to Sporting News, channeling Muhammad Ali. “Call me the ‘Greatest Woman of All Time,’ first and foremost.”
She then called out undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus and challenged her to a pay-per-view fight, the sports news outlet reported. Sporting News noted that Braekhus is the only other woman boxer to become an undisputed titleholder in welterweight, saying they could fight at a catchweight of 154 pounds.
Shields, winner of the Olympic middleweight gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, seemed to address her naysayers, saying, “You all told me I couldn’t do it. Right now, I’m the undisputed champion of the world,” BBC reported.
Hammer tweeted respect to Shields after the fight, and promised to return.
— Christina “Lady” Hammer (@LadyHammer1) April 14, 2019