FLINT (WJRT) (4/19/19) - It's been less than a week since Claressa Shields won her bout against Christina Hammer, becoming the undisputed women's middleweight boxing champion of the world.
Shields has been taking some time off in her hometown of Flint before she begins training for her next match.
While a more formal celebration with fans didn't happen Friday at Berston Field House, she still made time to meet up with fans outside her former training facility -- the place where she learned how to box.
"I look up to her because she can show kids you can do anything you want to do," said Avonna Allen, who is Shields' niece.
Shields, who is in town taking a well-deserved break, met up with fans, friends and family at Berston Fieldhouse briefly Friday afternoon, after posting about it on her Instagram page.
"I've been like getting calls left and right to go here and go there. I go on Steve Harvey May 6 and then I have a media week in New York, I think next weekend," Shields said. "I've just been getting pulled here and there since I won, but it's a good thing. It's a good problem to have."
Despite the sudden posting that prompted this meet and greet, fans showed up to express their appreciation for representing the Vehicle City.
"I had a softball team that played down here on Sundays. And we would be down here practicing through the week, two or three hours and day, and she would be out there running. And after we get through practicing, she would still be running. And I told them, I said, that girl is going to be something," added Darrell Campbell, a Flint native.
Shields heads back to Florida on Monday, where she currently trains to prepare for her next fight possibly in August.