Every week of motion through which the perfect feminine fighter of all time is preventing is all the time an excellent week.
It didn’t have an effect on our rankings, after all, since she occupies the very prime of all of the lists through which she qualifies to be rated, however Claressa Shields held on to her Ring middleweight belt and her crown as the sport’s pound-for-pound greatest with one other dazzling show towards Maricela Cornejo on Saturday in Detroit.
“At 28 years outdated, Claressa Shields is getting into her prime years,” mentioned columnist Mark Jones. “She’s dominated glorious fighters, and it’s scary that she would possibly get higher. Her hardest competitors is probably going at 168.”
Historian Malissa Smith argued that “pound-for-pound nice Claressa Shields placed on a masterful show of boxing towards her very sport opponent (like) Maricela Cornejo. Displaying mastery of all ranges of the sport, Shields placed on a clinic each offensively and defensively, whereas additionally acknowledging to her nook that Cornejo’s sharp rights have been worthy of respect. I’ll add that I’m not so sure (unique opponent Hannah) Gabriels would have accomplished any higher.”
Writer and TV commentator Yesica Palmetta agreed by saying that “Gabriels it wouldn’t have been rather more completely different. Cornejo took every part she gave her! Shields solely continues to provide arguments for her self-proclaimed title of GWOAT.”
In the one modification to our present rankings, Adelaida Ruiz improved to No. 4 within the stacked junior bantamweight with a stoppage win over former titlist Maria Cecilia Roman.
“Ruiz the Energy Puncher is one other younger professional staking claims,” mentioned Lovely Brawlers’ Lupi Gutierrez-Beagle. “’La Cobra’ is a superb champion. No. 4 undoubtedly.”
“Ruiz moved the needle together with her strong win over Maria Roman,” agreed Smith. “I feel the referee rightly referred to as the struggle after greater than a minute of Ruiz’s unanswered barrage with Roman pressed from one finish of the ring to the opposite. Ruiz is proving herself to be a drive within the junior bantamweight division and deserves to maneuver up a notch.”
“Ruiz did very properly; she was extra aggressive and forceful within the face of Roman, who couldn’t cope with Ruiz’s strain.”
Diego M. Morilla writes for The Ring since 2013. He has additionally written for HBO.com, ESPN.com and plenty of different magazines, web sites, newspapers and shops since 1993. He’s a full member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America and an elector for the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame. He has received two first-place awards within the BWAA’s annual writing contest, and he’s the moderator of The Ring’s Girls’s Scores Panel. He served as copy editor for the second period of The Ring en Español (2018-2020) and is at present a author and editor for RingTV.com.