Boxer Claressa Shields makes move to new sport

It’s not getting the attention it should have since ladies’s boxing hasn’t had the ability to break through into the mainstream regardless of a substantial increase in its skill level in the last 5 years, however what Claressa Shields is trying is extremely substantial.

Shields is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a three-weight world champ as a professional and an indisputable champ at 2 weight classes.

She’s at the peak of her powers, considered the very best in her sport, and yet she’s voluntarily changing sports midstream.

On Thursday, Shields, , will make her expert Mixed Martial Arts launching in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when she deals with Brittney Elkin at PFL 4 on ESPN.

“I just felt like I never got my just due in boxing,” stated Shields, who is 11-0 with 2 KOs as a fighter. “Being a 12-time world champion and about to become a 20-time world champion, it would be very easy for me to do, but what would it do for me? Would it make me a bigger star, a household name or would it make me a millionaire?”

Shields pertained to the conclusion — properly — that none of those things would take place, which is bewildering.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 10: Claressa Shields lands a left hand against Ivana Habazin during their fight on January 10, 2020 at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Edward Diller/Getty Images)

Claressa Shields lands a left hand versus Ivana Habazin throughout their battle on Jan. 10, 2020, at Ocean Gambling Establishment Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Image by Edward Diller/Getty Images)

Women’s Mixed Martial Arts is accepted the very same method as guys’s Mixed Martial Arts is and it’s not a huge offer to see ladies heading the most significant cards.

In ladies’s boxing, however — especially in the U.S. — it’s tough to get any traction and couple of promoters purchase it.

“The truth is, it wouldn’t open up any more doors for more, other than what’s already been opened,” she stated. “I would have to keep fighting this way for equal pay and equal opportunity and getting women equal fight time. I’ve been working so hard in boxing for so many years, if I’m going to work so hard at something, at least let me reap what I sow.”

Therefore she decided to go to Mixed Martial Arts, and signed with the PFL. Among the lures is the million dollar reward the PFL offers to each of its champs at the end of the season.

The most significant bag she made in boxing was $350,000, so that was rather a lure.

She’s training at JacksonWink Mixed Martial Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has actually gained from not just the coaches however previous UFC champs Jon Jones and Holly Holm.

If she’s proficient at Mixed Martial Arts, and with her hands and four-ounce gloves on, she has a great running start on it and she might succeed. The PFL would drool over a battle in between Shields and Kayla Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo.

A Harrison-Shields battle would be a significant occasion in the battle world need to it occur.

Shields is a long method from that point now. She needs to show she can safeguard takedowns and submission efforts and can take in kicks. It’s no simple job, which is why this is so seldom done.

Battling with four-ounce gloves in Mixed Martial Arts would be to her benefit as a fighter, however she needs to make certain she has the takedown defense to stay on her feet.

“There are so many different ways to win in MMA,” Shields stated. “My punching matters, of course, but we have been doing so many other things than just my punching. There have been so many other drills we’ve done than just punching.

“We’ve added more strikes besides my jab and right cross. We added some other strikes, added some takedowns, added some defense. It’s been a lot. I’m looking forward to wearing four-ounces gloves, but I’m going to keep my mind open to using everything to get the W.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.