Former Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields recovered from two early take-downs to win her debut skilled blended martial arts contest.
The American beat compatriot Brittney Elkin by a third-round technical knockout within the Skilled Fighters League match in Atlantic Metropolis.
Shields, 26, confirmed composure and endurance to defeat the extra skilled fighter.
“I really feel like I’m dreaming, that is loopy!” she mentioned after the win.
Shields gained Olympic gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, and is the one boxer in historical past, feminine or male, to carry all 4 main world titles in boxing – WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO – concurrently in two weight courses.
Shields needed to endure some heavy punches however managed to get well whereas Elkin, 35, was decided to take the battle to the mat.
Nevertheless, Shields’ endurance shone by way of, ending the competition with a collection of robust proper fingers to finish a surprising reversal one minute 44 seconds into the ultimate spherical.
The undefeated fighter confirmed pin-point accuracy by touchdown 93% of her strikes through the contest.
“After seven months of coaching, I saved telling myself, it may be arduous. Don’t anticipate the simple win,” Shields instructed reporters.
“She had me on the bottom however she might by no means harm me. Her punches did not harm me. I instructed myself, I could have misplaced the primary two rounds, however I’m not shedding this battle.
“Coach mentioned, ‘I wish to see Clarenzo’ [referring to a fighting alter-ego], and when he mentioned that, Clarenzo simply got here out!”
Elkin, a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, now has a file of three wins and 7 losses in MMA and has misplaced her previous 4 fights.