This past weekend was an eventful one for boxing. Claressa Shields and Christina ‘Lady’ Hammer stepped into the ring for what was the most anticipated women’s boxing match in history, and they delivered!
Shields was clear on her goal with this fight. “When I beat Christina Hammer on Saturday, I want everyone’s headline to say, ‘Shields nails the Hammer,” Shields said. Known for her trash talk, she backed up every single word and then some with two judges scoring the fight 98-92 and one judge scoring it at 98-91.
At only 24 years old, Shields, with a record of 9-0, 2 KOs, is a two time Olympic gold medalist, who thanks to this win became the second woman of the four-belt era to win all the major titles in one division. The other is reigning undisputed women’s welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus, who Shields called out as the next female she would like to face in the ring.
Shields has never been shy about her considering herself the best, clearly stating “I am the greatest woman of all time.”
COLBERT v. BRIONES
Shields v. Hammer wasn’t the only eventful boxing fight this weekend. Super featherweight prospect Chris Colbert remains undefeated winning with a 2nd round TKO against Mario Briones. Colbert (11-0, 4 KO) proved to be too slick and quick for Briones (29-9-2, 21 KO) who has experienced his third straight defeat.
When asked about his next step, 22-year-old Colbert said, “I’m not rushing, and I’m not dodging nobody. If it makes money, it makes sense.”
PETER QUILLIN v. CALEB TRUAX
After much anticipation, both fans and fighters were disappointed when Peter Quillin and Caleb Traux’s match ended in a no decision after an accidental clash of heads opened a bad cut near Truax’s right eye. Quillin, clearly let down by the situation, remained positive and said whether back in Minnesota or his hometown of Brooklyn he would like to set this fight up again. He added, “we’re back in the gym Monday and just wait for the phone to ring.”