“I did it,” Shields said on NBC’s telecast after the fight. “I wanted it to be known that I’m not just a great female boxer. I’m one of the greatest boxers to ever live.”
She celebrated with a cartwheel.
The 21-year-old Shields improved her record to 77-1 and is the first fighter, male or female, to win consecutive Olympic gold medals. Only former U.S. boxer Oliver Kirk has won two Olympic titles – he won a gold as a bantamweight and featherweight in 1904.
Shields, who hasn’t lost a fight in over four years, also won a gold medal as a middleweight during the 2012 Olympics in London.