Claressa Shields Pays Tribute To Gianna and Kobe Bryant With Custom Trunks For Historic Title Win

Published 03/06/2021, 12:01 PM EST
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 21: Claressa Maria Shields of the United States celebrates victory over Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the Women’s Middle (69-75kg) Final Bout on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro – Pavilion 6 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Claressa Shields is adding more accomplishments to her career after her stunning win over Marie-Eve Dicaire last night. Shields is now the only boxer ever to be an undisputed champion with four belts in two divisions. The G.W.O.A.T. has made her case for the greatest clear, and will now be moving onto her MMA debut in June.

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However, Shields is dedicating everything she has to whatever she is doing. This boxing match was a big deal for her, as it was finalized after falling through a couple of times. With the date booked and no issues on the way, Shields decided to pick her trunks for the fight and shouted out one of the most iconic sportsmen in history. Kobe Bryant.

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Kobe and Gianna Bryant had their name prominently featured on the G.W.O.A.T’s trunks for the fight. it seems the ‘Mamba Mentality’ passed on through to her body, as Shields put on a nigh-perfect boxing display. She is atop the boxing world right now, and she took Kobe and Gianna with her.

Claressa Shields: Representing Kobe for the biggest fight of her career

Claressa Shields and Kobe Bryant have something in common. They are both Olympic champions. While Shields became the first woman to become a boxing Gold Medalist at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, Bryant won a host of gold medals while representing Team USA. These are two elite athletes, and Shields crossed paths with Kobe very early in her career.

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 02: BodyArmor investor Kobe Bryant speaks to media during the UFC BodyArmor partnership announcement inside Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Kobe imparted advice to Shields and told her to keep working hard. Everyone knows how Kobe valued his time and the eye for talent that he had. Before Shields became the G.W.O.A.T., Kobe Bryant took the time to help her on the path. Shields commented on Kobe’s death last year and had this to say.

“It really hurt my feelings. He wasn’t just a great basketball player, but he was a great influencer. He was so nice.”

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They may have not known each other too well, but Kobe’s impact on Shields is clear. He was with her for the biggest win of her career last night, and Shields has to be overjoyed at that.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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