Claressa Shields confirmed her putting energy as she stopped Brittney Elkin with a barrage of punches within the third spherical of her MMA debut in New Jersey.
The 26-year-old American, who is likely one of the largest stars in ladies’s boxing, overcame a tough begin to her profession within the Skilled Combat League as she was pressured to the bottom for 2 rounds earlier than delivering an explosive end.
Shields switched her consideration to MMA after changing into a two-time undisputed champion in March and Elkin pounded her with punches after gaining full mount within the opening spherical.
Elkin then withstood a flurry of photographs within the second from Shields, who needed to escape an armbar after once more being pressured down.
However Shields repelled one other takedown try within the third, responding with a torrent of heavy photographs earlier than referee Gasper Oliver waved it off.
“I really feel like I’m dreaming,” Shields informed PFL. “That is loopy.”
“I by no means doubted myself successful a boxing match in my life. MMA, it is prefer it’s potential I can lose this primary struggle.
“I simply had a never-quit angle each spherical.
“She had me on the bottom, however she could not damage me. Her punches did not damage me. She tried to get me in an armbar and that did not damage me.
“I’ll have misplaced these two rounds, however I am not dropping this struggle.”