(Reuters) – Undefeated boxing international champion Claressa Shields survived a sequence of submission makes an attempt within the first two rounds of her combined martial arts debut sooner than defeating Brittany Elkin by way of TKO at a Professional Fight League match in Atlantic City on Thursday.
The 26-year-old, who gained boxing gold on the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, misplaced within the opening spherical to Elkin and went into the 3rd and ultimate five-minute body, figuring out she needed to fend off the veteran jiu-jitsu brown belt.
Shields hit some heavy punches and controlled to take care of the highest spot as Elkin attempted to take the combat to the mat once more, finishing the competition in a flurry of right-handers to finish a marvel reversal in a single minute and 44 seconds. Did.
“I think I’m dreaming, it’s crazy,” an excited Shields mentioned in his post-fight interview. “I tell you, when that third round came, I’d give him the dog, I went crazy.”
(Reporting by way of Philip O’Connor; Editing by way of Peter Rutherford)