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Claressa Shields defeats Maricela Cornejo to remain undefeated

In winning against Maricela Cornejo in Detroit, Claressa Shields claims she gave her "best" performance for the home crowd.

On Saturday, the undisputed middleweight champion overcame her fellow American by a resounding unanimous decision.

With a score of 100-89 on one card and 100-90 on the other two, the 28-year-old won at the Little Caesars Arena.

"You saw the best of me tonight, the only thing I could have done better... was get a knockout," she said.

"I think I would have knocked a lot of girls out with the punches I landed. Maricela is smart and she's tough."

Shields was supposed to face Hanna Gabriels, who knocked her to the ground in 2018 before losing a decision.

Cornejo agreed to the fight with only a week's notice after the Costa Rican failed a drug test and was disqualified from competing.

Shields, a two-time Olympic champion, has now prevailed in all 14 of her professional contests, and Cornejo, the woman she defeated, was effusive in her congrats.

"You've created a movement in women's boxing, and you really are the GWOAT [greatest woman of all time]," she said.

After a competitive first round, Shields cut Cornejo over his right eye in the fifth round and went on to dominate the rest of the fight.

After winning, Shields declared that she wants to next compete against Savannah Marshall or Franchon Crews-Dezurn.


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