Claressa Shields makes her MMA debut with the Skilled Struggle League on Thursday evening – step one to an intriguing extension of her legacy.
The 2-time Olympic gold medal winner, three-weight world champion and two-weight undisputed champion calls herself the ‘GWOAT’ – Best Lady of All Time – and has a robust declare to be ladies’s boxing’s No 1.
However she is switching sports activities to blended martial arts to battle Brittney Elkin and tells Sky Sports activities about relocating to New Mexico, a hub of MMA, to coach alongside UFC nice Jon Jones and pioneer Holly Holm.
Describe the primary time you felt how painful MMA could possibly be…
It occurred the primary time I sparred. I acquired taken down and thought: ‘Oh, that is what it looks like!’
I assumed: ‘It is not that unhealthy’.
I’m avoiding being taken down, working my method again up from the cage, proudly owning the centre of the cage with my punching.