Double Olympic Gold medallist turned unified world middleweight champion Claressa Shields made history last weekend with her win over Christina Hammer.
At age 24 Shields has a resume in the sport both amateur and professional that is as literally as good as it gets.
When you consider she’s already won Olympic Gold twice as an amateur and now has already unified all four middleweight world titles as a pro, it’s hard to see what more she can really achieve.
Obviously she’s part of a continued movement to grow women’s boxing and get better pay, which is something to still strive for, but from an achievement perspective she’s already done so much at such a young age to be fair.
She’ll need to have a catchweight fight or move up or down in weight one suspects to keep drawing the big fights but if that’s not enough — she’s even considering mixing it with the men it would seem.
Speaking to TMZ Shields said:
“I think I can beat up Keith Thurman. I really do.”
A bold claim for sure essentially calling out Keith Thurman.
As for Thurman, he’s been linked with a fight next up against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.
Not that it would ever happen but a female boxing champ fighting a male boxing champ no doubt would do huge numbers and captured the world’s attention as a first ever in boxing.
Don’t expect it to happen, though.