CLARESSA SHIELDS won new world belts in a third weight class – the vacant WBO and WBC super-welterweight titles – when she beat Croatia’s Ivana Habazin via 10-round points decision in Atlantic City.
“It wasn’t what I wanted, but I’m happy with the improvement,” Shields said after her victory. “This feels great – I did it in 10 fights. Now I’m number one, the fastest boxer in history to become a three-division world champion.”
Though her achievement should not be confused with Henry Armstrong winning three world championships in the 1930s, Shields continues to set new standards in the female game.