Undisputed Junior-Middleweight Champion of Women’s Boxing, Claressa Shields, is ready to take on another MMA fighter in the octagon after grabbing a win on her martial arts debut. Shields is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, best pound-for-pound the best female boxer, who switched to MMA due to low pay in boxing.
The boxing champ has joined the Professional Fighters League. Making her MMA debut earlier this month, Sheilds defeated Brittney Elkin via third-round TKO. Feeling the groove of the new sport, Shields is eager to fight again in August. She will not box during this time. According to ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani, her next opponent hasn’t yet been confirmed by the PFL management.
Claressa Shields’ second pro MMA fight for PFL is set for Aug. 27, per promotion officials. Opponent TBD. Shields will not box between now and then.
Coincidentally, if Kayla Harrison wins on Friday and advances to the playoffs, her next fight is also scheduled for that card.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 22, 2021
In an interview with MacLife, Shields revealed that training for martial arts is more gruesome than that of boxing. “In a way, boxing is hard, yes. I’ve been doing it for 15 years, but MMA training is so much harder because it’s so many different parts. So many different ways to do one thing,” the T-Rex said.
On her debut, Shield pulled off an impressive result, but she continued to leak points. She struggled to defend Elkin’s takedown and ran into some issues off her back. Nevertheless, the boxing champion remained composed and even escaped an arm bar, before winning the fight down on the canvas.