Claressa Shields(10-0, 2 KOs) made more history on Friday night when she became the unified 154-pound champion after defeating Ivana Habazin(20-4, 7 KOs) by unanimous decision at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City.
With the victory, Shields became the fastest fighter in boxing, male or female, to become a three-division world champion.
Shields and Habazin were scheduled to fight on October 5 in Flint, Mich. The bout was called off less than 36 hours from the opening bell following an altercation at the official weigh-in that resulted in an injury to Habazin’s trainer, James Ali Bashir. This is the third date for Shields and Habazin. They were first scheduled to meet on August 17 before Shields withdrew due to a minor knee injury.
The undisputed middleweight champion had no issues with Habazin on Friday night. The self-proclaimed “GWOAT”(The Greatest Woman of All-Time) had a lot of success going to the body of Habazin, and in round 6, Habazin took a knee after sustained work to the body from Shields. The fight was never close, and the judges scored the fight 100-89, 100-90, and 99-89, all for the two-time Olympic gold medalist.
While Shields calls herself “The GWOAT,” Habazin has her doubts.
“For me, like I said, she is not “The GWOAT,” Habazin said at the post-fight press conference. “Right now, she is good, but Ann Wolfe, I’m sure she would beat her ass.”
Shields may or may not be “The GWOAT,” but she continues to make history. Habazin was tough, but she did not have enough speed or power to win this fight.
What’s next for Shields? She was supposed to fight Alicia Napoleon Espinosa in the spring, but Napoleon Espinosa lost to Elin Cederroos, so maybe Cederroos could be next for Shields. However, after her victory over Napoleon Espinosa, Cederroos did not seem very interested in fighting Shields next. So, what Shields does next will be interesting, especially since she is flirting with the idea of going to the UFC.
Regarding Ann Wolfe, obviously, that would have been a great fight. Wolfe was something special. She was ruthless in the ring and had one-punch knockout power, so a fight against Shields would have been a lot of fun.
For now, Shields is a great fighter, and if she continues to win, well, maybe we will all call her “The GWOAT” when it’s all said and done.
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