Recap: Claressa Shields Dominant In First Title Fight

Tonight less than sixty miles from where she started boxing, Claressa won her first world championship in Detroit.

Shields in front of a hometown crowd flanked by UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, Claressa Shields cemented herself as one of the faces of women’s boxing in a fifth round TKO over Nikki Adler

Adler, making her first defense and first ever fight in the United States was in trouble early as the two time olympic gold medalist made an emphatic statement early on as she outworked the German champion.

From the outset Adler was stymied by the hometown challenger, and unable to mount any real offense as Shields kept bring great timing and combinations to the table and utilizing her speed.

Speed was a story in the fight, Shields said as much when speaking with Steve Farhood before the fight, claiming that Adler’s lack of mobility would be the now 16-1 former champion’s downfall.

The other big story is inside the numbers as Nikki Adler only threw 84 punches in the five rounds before the official stopped the fight and landing only six in comparison to Shields who landed 136 of 340 punches.

Shields was dominant in every major category, and not allowing the champion to land any body shots in the fight in comparison to the 23 landed by the Flint Native.

While in the moment, Shields will be celebrating. Her next challenge was literally over her shoulder as Christina Hammer was in attendance and after the fight called out the new champion. Hammer told Steve Farhood and right to Shields face that, she will beat Shields when they meet. Shields immediately told Hammer to get her gear on and go right then and there.

A star making performance from one of the fastest rising talents in boxing. So much so, that actress, former fly girl, and boxing fan Rosie Perez shouted out the new champion on twitter.

With a rising name and potential challenger for the new champion, the only question left to ask Claressa Shields is what’s next?



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