Undisputed Middleweight Champion In Shock Transfer To Problem For Heavyweight World Title

by Christina S. Brown
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In 1891, Bob Fitzsimmons knocked out Nonpareil Dempsey to win the middleweight world title and 6 years later he stopped James J. Corbett to turn out to be the heavyweight champion of the world.

Nearly a century later, Roy Jones Jr. outpointed Bernard Hopkins to say the IBF middleweight crown and ten years later he would do the identical to John Ruiz, to turn out to be simply the second middleweight world champion to win a heavyweight world title.

Now, 127 years after Fitzsimmons achieved heavyweight gold, there’s a new fighter hoping to turn out to be the emulate his success.

The self-proclaimed ‘GWOAT’, Claressa Shields carried her newbie success into the skilled recreation by turning into the unified super-middleweight champion in simply her fourth official contest, earlier than dropping right down to 160lbs the next yr and outpointing Hanna Gabriels for the WBA and IBF middleweight titles.

Since then, Shields has established herself as a pound-for-pound celebrity within the ladies’s recreation, even dropping right down to super-welterweight to defeat Marie Eve Dicaire for the undisputed title in 2021 after which turning into undisputed at middleweight for a second time by overcoming an outdated rival in Savannah Marshall on away soil – Marshall being the one fighter to have defeated Shields within the amateurs.

To additional cement her standing as a legend of the ladies’s recreation, Shields has introduced a surprising transfer to the heavyweight division, the place she is going to tackle WBC champion Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse in Detroit.

Talking to Sky Sports activities, Shields promised to ‘convey that GWOAT vitality’ and to proceed ‘placing ladies’s boxing on the map’.

“It is a important and distinctive combat the place I’m transferring up two weight courses towards a really robust champion in my quest to turn out to be world champion in my fourth weight division.

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