Braekhus, Shields win decisions on HBO's last boxing showAustralia's Louisa Hawton, left, hits Lorraine Villalobos during their WBC atomweight interim title boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Cecilia Braekhus defended her welterweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision over Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes on Saturday night in the final fight of the last HBO boxing telecast.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields also defended her middleweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision over Belgium's Femke Hermans, winning every round on every scorecard to improve to 8-0 in her two-year pro career.
A small, chilly crowd at the famed outdoor arena at StubHub Center south of downtown Los Angeles witnessed the final show in the 45-year history of HBO's boxing coverage. The premium cable network has been a driving financial force behind the sport for decades, but its management has decided to bow out of the game amid stiff competition from Showtime, ESPN and new streaming service DAZN.