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Claressa Shields defends middleweight world title as she dominant victory over Maricela Cornejo

Claressa Shields defends middleweight world title as she secures dominant victory over Maricela Cornejo to take professional record to 14 wins and no defeats

  • Claressa Shields beat Maricela Cornejo to defend her middleweight world title  
  • The 28-year-old triumphed with judges’ scores of 100-89, 100-90 and 100-90 
  • Shields interested in facing either Franchon Crews-Dezurn or Savannah Marshall

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Claressa Shields defeated Maricela Cornejo in a dominant victory at the Little Caesars Arena in Michigan on Sunday to defend her middleweight world title.

The 28-year-old triumphed with judges’ scores of 100-89, 100-90 and 100-90 to take her professional record to 14 wins and no defeats.

‘I won every round like I knew I could,’ Shields told DAZN after defending her crown.

‘It was a great fight and I think I looked really good.’

Afterwards, Shields indicated her interest in facing the victor in the up-coming bout between Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Savannah Marshall in the super middleweight world championship fight due to take place later in June.

Claressa Shields defended her middleweight world title with a win against Maricela Cornejo

Claressa Shields defended her middleweight world title with a win against Maricela Cornejo

Shields managed to triumph in Michigan with judges' scores of 100-89, 100-90 and 100-90

Shields managed to triumph in Michigan with judges' scores of 100-89, 100-90 and 100-90

Shields managed to triumph in Michigan with judges’ scores of 100-89, 100-90 and 100-90

Earlier this week Marshall stated that she is eager for a rematch with Shields.

Shields prevailed against Marshall in an undisputed heavyweight clash at the O2 Arena in October.

Marshall, from Hartlepool, is stepping up to super-middleweight as she faces the undisputed 168lb world champion Crews-Dezurn on July 1. 

Speaking to Sky Sports, Marshall said: ‘I’ve seen how my profile grew just from that one fight and I believe that it was down to the rivalry massively.

‘Even now, all people are saying is: ‘When’s the rematch? When’s the rematch?’ That’s what boxing’s about. It’s a business. If you haven’t got a rival, it’s not that you’re going to struggle. But that’s where it happens. 

Savannah Marshall stated that she is eager for a rematch against Shields to take place

Savannah Marshall stated that she is eager for a rematch against Shields to take place

Savannah Marshall stated that she is eager for a rematch against Shields to take place

‘They’re the fights people want. Where there’s a bit of needle.

‘Look I got beat, I’m not a champion anymore. But I’ve got the backing and people want to see me fight. There’s a buzz already around this fight and I don’t think she [Shields] likes that.’

Marshall added that she is willing to go to the United States to fight Shields.

She said: ‘She wanted me to go to America. I agreed. I said I’d go to America but I want paying. It doesn’t generate the same money as it does here. I think she’s starting to realise that.

‘I think we will eventually get there. She needs me just as much as I need her. She’s never going to make as much money fighting anyone else than what she would fighting me.

‘I’ve learned that that’s what boxing’s about. People love confrontation. People love watching people who actually hate each other fight.’

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