Claressa Shields brands herself the ‘Greatest Woman Of All Time’ (GWOAT). She stops short of allowing herself to be called the GOAT out of respect to the person she believes deserves that accolade, Muhammad Ali.
She is certainly racking up titles and accolades and BoxNation has followed most of her career.
Our cameras will be in Atlantic City on Friday when she meets Croatia’s Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs) for the vacant WBC and WBO World Female Super-Welterweight Titles.
Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) will become the fastest ever fighter - male or female - to win World Titles at three different weight classes so early in their career if she wins.
Just 24-years-old, her success is stunning as a boxer. Take a look at her factfile and timeline:
- Born: Flint, Michigan
- Date of Birth: 17/3/1995
- Pro Record: 9-0 (2 KOs)
- Height: 5ft 8in
- Reach: 68in
2006: Shields took up boxing at Berston Field House, a project to develop sportsmen and women. There she met trainer Jason Crutchfield.
May 2012: The last time that Shields lost, at the World Championships. She was defeated by eventual gold medallist, Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall in the second round.
August 2012: Won gold at the London 2012 Olympics at just 18 years of age beating Anna Laurell, Marina Volnova and Nadezhda Torlopova to win the 75kg competition.
November 2014: Shields was crowned women’s World Amateur Champion in Edmonton, Canada coming through four contests and outpointing China’s Li Qian in the final.
May 2016: Claressa became women’s World Champion for the second time, winning four bouts before overcoming Holland’s Nouchka Fontijn in the final.
August 2016: She became a double Olympic gold medallist again in the 75kg division defeating Yaroslava Yakushina, Dariga Shakimova and Nouchka Fontijn.
November 2016: After signing with manager Mark Taffet she made her professional debut and outpointed Franchon Crews Dezurn in Las Vegas.
June 2017: Picks up her first professional belt, the WBC Silver Super-Middleweight Title, outpointing Sydney LeBlanc.
August 2017: In only her fourth fight, Claressa wins her first World Title stopping Nikki Adler in five rounds to claims the IBF and WBC Super-Middleweight belts.
June 2018: She became a two-weight World Champion picking up the IBF and WBA Middleweight Titles, but had to survive a first round knockdown before outpointing Hanna Gabriels.
November 2018: The vacant WBC Middleweight Championship is added to her collection with a shutout points win over Scot Hannah Rankin.
January 2019: Shields split with trainer Crutchfield who didn’t want to relocate to Florida. She is now trained by John David Jackson.
April 2019: The full set is complete when Shields wins the biggest women’s professional fight ever with a clear decision over WBO Middleweight title holder Christina Hammer to become undisputed World Champion. It was Hammer’s first defeat in 10 years as a professional.
Watch her 'Ring Resume' from Showtime Boxing below: