From Claressa Shields To Devin Haney, The Culture Went Undisputed Across The Globe

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Claressa Shields avenged the only loss in her illustrious career in fantastic fashion when she took a unanimous decision over Savannah Marshall at the O2 Arena in London Saturday night, becoming the undisputed world middleweight champion again.

Marshall gave Shields her lone blemish in the amateurs ten years ago, kicking off the Shields-Marshall rivalry in the 2012 amateur world championships. Marshall went on to win the world championship a few days later; however, Shields won the Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games as Marshall was eliminated early in the tournament.

Now Shields has defeated Marshall as a pro and erased any doubt that she is her generation’s best women’s boxer.

“It’s not just a special moment for me, it’s a special moment for women’s boxing,” Shields said in a postfight interview in the ring. “Savannah Marshall, Alycia Baumgardner, Mikaela Mayer, Caroline Dubois. I mean, women’s boxing has been around for so many years and so many great stuff happened before us.

“But here we are, in front of 20,000 fans in London at O2 Arena, and I think that’s fight of the year. I’m just so happy and it’s an unbelievable moment right now.”

Shields dominated the fight early with an offensive onslaught, repeatedly beating Marshall to the punch through effective bursts of hard punches. She developed a considerable lead and even laid on the ropes at times in an attempt to tire Marshall out. Still, any success that Marshall had was returned with equal fire, and Shields came, saw, and conquered on the other side of the pond. Now regaining her undisputed status yet again at middleweight, the only question that remains is whether they will do it again.

Devin Haney Proves He’s The Lightweight King

Halfway around the world in Melbourne, Australia, Devin Haney returned to the place where he took George Kambosos Jr.’s undisputed status in the lightweight division and remained the top boxer in the division.

Saturday’s dominant performance proved that Kambosos cannot see Haney in a boxing ring.

Although Kambosos came out raging before his home crowd at Rod Laver Arena, all the switching hitting from southpaw to orthodox early couldn’t deter Haney from his mission: remaining undefeated and undisputed.

“He’s a warrior. I take my hat off to George Kambosos,” said Haney, who advanced to 29-0 with the win. “When he first came out, I didn’t expect him to keep switching. But I easily caught onto his timing and his angles.

“I knew he was looking for the jab so I wanted to show other tools in the arsenal,” said Haney, who owns all four 135-pound titles. “The right hand won me the fight tonight.”

Haney followed up his dominant win over Kambosos in June, winning with scores of 118-110, 119-109, and 118-110 to shut out the Aussie on his home turf twice. The last time a boxing performance was that dominant by an opponent in a foreign land was when Brit Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder back-to-back in America.

This weekend the culture won from across the globe with Las Vegas by way of the Bay Area’s Haney and Flint, Michigan’s own Claressa Shields keeping the titles of undisputed for their divisions in America.

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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. RhettΒ hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.