Undefeated boxing world champion Claressa Shields survived a sequence of submission makes an attempt within the first two rounds of her combined martial arts debut earlier than beating Brittney Elkin by TKO on the Skilled Battle League occasion in Atlantic Metropolis on Thursday.
The 26-year-old, who received boxing gold on the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, misplaced the opening rounds to Elkin and went into the third and remaining five-minute body realizing she needed to cease the skilled jiu-jitsu brown belt.
Shields landed some heavy punches and managed to retain prime place as Elkin once more tried to take the battle to the mat, ending the competition in a flurry of proper palms to finish a shocking reversal one minute and 44 seconds into the spherical.
“I really feel like I’m dreaming, that is loopy,” an elated Shields stated in her post-fight interview. “I inform you, when that third spherical got here, I’m gonna canine her, I went loopy.”