Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields was victorious in her professional debut, claiming a unanimous decision over Franchon Crews in an action-packed, four-round super middleweight fight.
Shields, 21, had Crews in serious trouble in the fourth round, staggering her opponent with an overhand right with about a minute remaining. Shields won by scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards.
Shields’ victory wasn’t on the televised portion of the pay-per-view card, which was a surprise. Shields isn’t signed with either of the event’s two promoters, but wouldn’t viewers rather have seen her instead of cotton-fisted Isaac Chilemba?