Mixed Martial Arts-Boxer Shields victorious in MMA debut

(Reuters) – Unbeaten boxing world champ Claressa Shields endured a series of submission efforts in the very first 2 rounds of her combined martial arts launching prior to beating Brittney Elkin by TKO at the Specialist Battle League occasion in Atlantic City on Thursday.

The 26-year-old, who won boxing gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, lost the opening rounds to Elkin and entered into the 3rd and last five-minute frame understanding she needed to stop the knowledgeable jiu-jitsu brown belt.

Shields landed some heavy punches and handled to maintain leading position as Elkin once again attempted to take the battle to the mat, ending the contest in a flurry of best hands to finish a sensational turnaround one minute and 44 seconds into the round.

“I feel like I am dreaming, this is crazy,” an elated Shields stated in her post-fight interview. “I tell you, when that third round came, I’m gonna dog her, I went crazy.”

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.