Claressa Shields Wins Professional Debut
Claressa Shields made history at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this past summer, becoming the first American boxer to win a gold medal in two straight Olympics.
Shields continued her history making on Friday night, when she faced off with Szilvia Szabados in the first women’s headline bout on premium television (the bout aired on Showtime). Shields won the bout via four-round stoppage.
"I put on a good show," Shields said. "I used some good technique. I wasn’t just out there brawling with her. I showed my skill, I showed my power, and I showed how I box like Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis mixed together."
Shields pretty much dominated the bout, throwing a total of 95 punches, compared to Szabados throwing just 11. Competing in her home state of Michigan, the Olympic gold medalist landed a hard left hand onto the Hungarian’s head. The referee soon stepped in and awarded the bout to Shields.
In terms of power punches, Shields out-punched her opposition 88-10.
"I knew she was going to see if I was as tough as her, and I knew she wasn’t going to back down if she was backing me up,’ Shields told ESPN. "I wanted to put that power on to let her know, ‘Every time you try to come in here and hit me, I’ve got something for you. First, second, third, fourth — however many rounds you want to make this go, I’ve got something for you every round.’"