In a pivotal year for women’s boxing which watched the game reach more individuals than before, two-time usa Olympic gold medal winner Claressa Shields continued to soar, since she successfully defended her two world middleweight titles, subsequently added three super middleweight belts before the conclusion of a effort that got her 2018 Christy Marin Award, which can be given to the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Female Fighter of the season.
“I am honored and thrilled for the Fighter of the Year award from the Boxing Writers Association of America. It’s a dream come true, and it furthers my goal to increase women’s boxing into new levels,” Shields stated.
“In 2019 my objectives would be to be ranked in the top ten pound-for-pound list no matter sex to become undisputed champion, and to carry on the parade of girls & rsquo;s boxing toward equality with men. ”
The 23-year-old from Flint, Michigan becomes the second winner. She’ll be honored in the BWAA’s annual award dinner, which will take place in 2019 at a website and date to be determined.
“In such a major year for women’s it wasn’t even a surprise which there have been so many worthy nominees for this award, in 2018, Claressa Shields took matters to a new level by becoming a two-division world champion and successfully defending her titles in both 168 and 160 pounds in show time and HBO-televised bouts,” said Thomas Gerbasi, chairman of this BWAA’s ’s boxing committee. “This ’s notable in its own right, however the fact that she’therefore finished this all until her tenth ace fight and under the glare of the spotlight that includes being the surface of the sport in the United States left her a unanimous choice for this season ’s Christy Martin Award. ”
Joining Roy Jones Jr., Andre Ward and the late Emanuel Steward as members of America Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, Shields started the year on a collision course with jeweled winner Christina Hammer, but she finished her up firm in 168 pounds by successfully protecting her IBF and WBC titles using a shutout victory over Tori Nelson in January. Subsequently was Shields&rsquointroduction against Hanna Gabriels in June, and what followed was a hit of the Year candidate who saw Shields rebound from the first knockdown of her career to secure some clear-cut decision and the IBF and WBA belts. Soon afterthe news came that Hammer had to take away from her November clash with Shields due to injury, however “trex ” didn’t slowdown, since she conquered Hannah Rankin and Femke Hermans to successfully shield her middle weight titles while still adding the WBC crown into her trophy event.