Olympic Boxing Champ Claressa Shields adds successful MMA debut to her resume

Atlantic City NJ: The eyes of Boxing & MMA headed to Ocean Casino & Resort in Atlantic City last night to watch the anticipated MMA debut of Claressa Shields. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-division boxing champion took on Brittany Elkin.
In the first round, it was a feeling-out process and Brittany got Shields down which raised plenty of hesitation. As a boxer, there was a lot of pressure on Shields to be able to adapt to what could be a very different fighting style with her back against the mat.
She weathered the storm and in round 2 was able to show off just how much power those jabs c ontain.

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Claressa's hands are dangerous!#2021PFL4🇺🇸 ESPN2 & ESPN+🌎 https://t.co/WfOt9XBfzk pic.twitter.com/saKVtX0Tm3— PFL (@PFLMMA) June 11, 2021

In the final rounds, Shields would go for the finish and put a lot more damage on Brittany, prompting the ref to stop the fight.

IT'S ALL OVER!!! CLARESSA SHIELDS IS HERE TO STAY!#2021PFL4 pic.twitter.com/6zYPYwCGQY— PFL (@PFLMMA) June 11, 2021

Following the fight, Shields gave her thoughts on the win.

Claressa Shields on her @PFLMMA Debut#PFL4 #ShieldsElkin pic.twitter.com/88R4RO5OJj— David Malandra Jr (@DaveMReports) June 11, 2021

So now the question is, Will Shields return for another MMA fight, or will she go back to boxing?
Overall, this was very interesting to see someone as talented as Shields making the transition from boxing to MMA. It was great for both MMA & the entire boxing world and now there is a real sense of excitement over what she can do if she does choose to pursue MMA.

Your thoughts on Claressa Shields MMA Debut tonight at 10PM on ESPN2 against Brittney Elkin from Ocean Casino in Atlantic City#PFL4 #ShieldsElkin @PFLMMA— David Malandra Jr (@DaveMReports) June 11, 2021

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