Former Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields recovered from two early take-downs to win her debut skilled combined martial arts contest.
The American beat compatriot Brittney Elkin by a third-round technical knockout within the Professional Fighters League match in Atlantic City.
Shields, 26, confirmed composure and endurance to defeat the extra skilled fighter.
“I feel like I am dreaming, this is crazy!” she stated after the win.
Shields received 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 recuperate whereas Elkin, 35, was decided to take the struggle to the mat.
However, Shields’ endurance shone by way of, ending the competition with a sequence of robust proper fingers to finish a shocking reversal one minute 44 seconds into the ultimate spherical.
The undefeated fighter confirmed pin-point accuracy by touchdown 93% of her strikes throughout the contest.
“After seven months of training, I kept telling myself, it’s going to be hard. Do not expect the easy win,” Shields advised reporters.
“She had me on the ground but she could never hurt me. Her punches didn’t hurt me. I told myself, I may have lost the first two rounds, but I am not losing this fight.
“Coach stated, ‘I need to see Clarenzo’ [referring to a fighting alter-ego], and when he stated that, Clarenzo simply got here out!”
Elkin, a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, now has a record of three wins and seven losses in MMA and has lost her past four fights.