|Shields made history this year with top billing on the first all-women pay-per-view boxing card. (Photo by= Getty Images)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Former Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields recovered from two early takedowns to win her debut professional mixed martial arts contest. BBC said that the American beat compatriot Brittney Elkin by a third-round technical knockout in the Professional Fighters League match in Atlantic City.
Shields, 26, showed composure and patience to defeat the more experienced fighter. Shields won Olympic gold in London 2012 and Rio 2016, and is the only boxer in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles in boxing - WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO - simultaneously in two weight classes. Shields had to endure some heavy punches but managed to recover while Elkin, 35, was determined to take the fight to the mat.
However, Shields' endurance shone through, ending the contest with a series of strong right hands to complete a stunning reversal one minute 44 seconds into the final round.
The undefeated fighter showed pinpoint accuracy by landing 93% of her strikes during the contest. "After seven months of training, I kept telling myself, it's going to be hard. Do not expect the easy win," Shields told reporters. Meanwhile, Elkin, a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, now has a record of three wins and seven losses in MMA and has lost her past four fights.