Claressa Shields Breaks Record, Drops And Decisions Ivana Habazin
Claressa Shields did everything set promised during the build up to the fight against Ivana Habazin except Knocking her out. Shields handed the over matched Croatian a one Sided boxing clinic, tossing her around for the full ten rounds to earn a easy unanimous decision that also means she won the Vacant 154 pound WBC and WBO world titles on Friday night.
Claressa Shields dropped Habazin in the sixth round with a body shot but she was able to make it through the 10 rounds of the fight. However, the fight was scored 100-90, 99-89 and 100-89 by judges Judges Debra Barnes, Lynne Carter and Robin Taylor respectively for Shields who has now gone the distance in her last six fights.
Shields wasn’t able to deliver her promise of knocking out Habazin but was a be to do just enough to make history. This time broke the record held by Vasily Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) and Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9 KOs) and becomes the First boxer to become a three divisional champion in 10 professional fights.
“We spent so many months in camp for this fight,” Shields told Showtime’s Jim Gray in her post-fight interview. “It wasn’t what I wanted, but I’m happy with the improvement. This feels great – I did it in 10 fights. Now I’m number one, the fastest boxer in history to become a three-division world champion.”
Shields has now held world title at 168, undisputed at 160 and now at 154 Pound divisions and still has intentions of going acknowledge to the middleweight division to defend her IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO Titles.
Habazin had looked to be the aggressor from the opening bell but Shields later established her dominance wit speed and skills, working off her jab and pumping out body shots at the Croatian.
The second round was more of the same, Shields landed mostly Jabs and right hands which forced a frustrated Habazin to shove her to the ropes in the end of the second round. The third only had little action but Shields was able to land two serious hooks towards the end of the third.
Shields got Habazin hurt in the fourth round and tried finishing her off but the Croatian did just enough to avoid any impactful punch from the three division champ.
Shields then got Habazin off balance in the
Fifth and tried forcing the finish with a flurry but couldn’t take her down as Habazin did just enough forcing her to miss some of those dangerous shots.
Shield continued her unslaught in the sixth round, landing numerous head and body combinations and then dropped Habazin with a left hook 50 minutes to the end of the sixth round. However, she wasn’t able to finish her off.
Habazin held on in the seventh taking up all the Shots without landing much as Shields continued to try knocking her out even in the last three rounds but she held on till the final bell.
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