Claressa Shields impressive again, knocking out opponent in fourth round
The up-and-coming middleweight showed off what could be the future of women's boxing on Friday
Make that two up, two down for Claressa Shields as a professional.
Shields (2-0, 1 KO), the two-time Olympic gold medalist, dominated a courageous but overmatched Szilvia Szabados on Friday in a historic headlining role on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” series.
In the first female main event in premium television history -- and the first time women have competed on ShoBox since its debut in 2001 -- Shields recorded the first stoppage victory over her career after referee Harvey Dock stepped in at 1:30 of Round 4 of the six round middleweight bout.
“I put on a good show. I used some good technique,” Shields said. “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.’’
Fighting not far from her native Flint, Michigan, Shields gave the MGM Grand Detroit crowd something to cheer about by dominating the raw Szabados (15-9, 6 KOs), a native of Hungary, with stiff jabs and clean power shots.
To Szabados’ credit, she kept coming and never backed down in a performance that was nothing short of brave. But she was never able to hurt Shields, or even slow down her forward momentum.
Shields, 21, outlanded her opponent 95 to 11, according to CompuBox. She was also 88 for 180 on power shots, while limited Szabados to just an eight percent completion rate overall.
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