On Saturday, one of the biggest and significant matches in women’s boxing took place that ended with a historic achievement. American professional boxer Claressa Shields went up against British boxer Christina Hammer. After 10 grueling rounds, the match ended with the unanimous decision that declared Claressa as the winner of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) title. With this win, she created a special place for herself in boxing history for holding all four middleweight boxing titles – WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF. What’s more impressive is that she won these titles while already holding 2 Olympic gold medals.
After winning the title, many from the boxing and entertainment worlds took to social media to congratulate the 24-year old. Halle Berry, Gervonta Davis, Errol Spence and many more celebrated Claressa’s incredible achievement.
Gwoat‼️ @Claressashields 🙌🏾
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) April 14, 2019
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 14, 2019
But beyond the ring, Claressa Shields has quite an interesting story. Did you know that she was nicknamed ‘T-Rex’ when she started sparring at 11 years old? Yes! While she is built and fit today, she happened to be thin and frail when she was young. Her arms were really small and always swinging that reminded people of a T-Rex. There is also an award-winning documentary ‘T-Rex’ that follows her journey of winning the Olympic gold medals.
Believe it when we say that her boxing accomplishment makes it possible for many other young girls who aspire to be where Claressa has worked her way up to.