Middleweight boxer Claressa Shields made history on Friday when she defeated Marie-Eve Dicaire to become the first-ever undisputed champion in two different divisions. Shields achieved the monumental feat while honoring the late, great Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, with her in-ring attire. This prompted a proper reaction from Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, who had quite a compliment for Shields.
Kuzma took to Twitter to send a single-word, all-encompassing congratulatory message for Shields:
— kuz (@kylekuzma) March 7, 2021
For those in need of context, Claressa Shields' dominant unanimous victory over Dicaire made her the first-ever fighter to hold all four belts in two different weight classes. She's the only boxer to have ever done that — male or female. Shields also headlined the first-ever all-female pay-per-view fight card. Needless to say, it was an historic evening for the 25-year-old American.
Shields is clearly a fan of the great Kobe Bryant, and she made sure to honor the memory of the fallen Lakers legend during one of the most memorable moments in sporting history. She had the Purple & Gold colors of the Lakers in her ensemble and she also had the names of Kobe and Gianna stamped on her shorts.
Kyle Kuzma's comment was indeed quite fitting. Kuz had the privilege of playing alongside Kobe during the latter part of Bryant's career, and he clearly appreciated the nod from Shields. With her historic achievements, Shields certainly made her case for, as Kuzma put it, the GWOAT.