Claressa Shields, the first boxer in the four-belt era to hold all titles across two weight divisions simultaneously, has been listed in the 2022 book of the Guinness World Records, a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.
“T-Rex” Shield defeated Marie-Eve Dicaire in March 2021 to retain her WBC and WBO super welterweight titles, and claim the IBF belt as well as the WBA light middleweight title.
With her latest boxing win, Shields is the only boxer in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO—simultaneously, in two weight classes.
Shields responded to the listing after learning of the recognition on social media.
“Well look at that!!!!!!” Shields said.
Well look at that!!!!!! https://t.co/l3PIJ6k8DA
— Claressa Gwoat Shields (@Claressashields) December 28, 2021
Shields earned the recognition in just 11 pro boxing bouts, undefeated in her start since 2016. Shields also went an incredible 77-1 as an amateur. Her only loss was to Savannah Marshall when she was just 17-years-old.
Another listing on the Guinness World Records site states:
“The most Olympic boxing gold medals won by a female is 2, achieved by Claressa Shields (USA) and Nicola Adams (UK) from London 2012 to Rio 2016.
Both athletes defended their gold medals won at the London 2012 Games at Rio 2016.
Shields won middleweight gold while Adams won gold in the flyweight division.”
Another entry states:
“The fewest fights to become a two-weight boxing champion (female) is 6, achieved by Claressa Shields between 19 November 2016 and 22 June 2018. This is also the outright record.
Shields won her first professional belts (WBC and IBF super middleweight) in her fourth fight, against Nikki Adler on 4 August 2017. She dropped down to middleweight to face Hanna Gabriels on 22 June 2018, claiming the WBA and IBF titles via unanimous decision.”
Shields also made the transition to professional mixed martial arts this year, competing twice with the Professional Fighters League. She defeated Brittney Elkin by way of third round TKO in June, followed by a split decision loss to Abby Montes in October.
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