Two-time defending Olympic gold medalist Clarissa Shields earned a unanimous decision win over Franchon Crews in her first professional bout Saturday night on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward event in Las Vegas.
The judges scored the four-round fight 40-36, 40-36, and 40-36.
Shields, 21, used overhand rights and left-right combinations to nearly finish Crews in the third round, who valiantly tried to return fire.
Shields is still adjusting to the rigors of professional boxing, but her performance showed glimpses of elevating female boxing to the levels currently enjoyed by Ronda Rousey and WMMA.
Crews, an 8-time national champion and a two-time U.S. Olympic alternate, as the bigger fighter tried to rough up Shields starting from the first round. She pushed Shields down in the second and initiated wild changes almost as much as Shields, landing a flush right hand in the third round and arguably winning the fourth round.
Shields used controlled aggression in the third, not letting Crews time her right hand, and picking her spots more. She landed 76 of 214 punches (35.5%), with Crews registering 27 of 182 (14.1%).
At Invicta FC 20, we saw a shocking win by Russian Yana Kunitskaya, submitting Tonya Evinger to grab the bantamweight belt, but in controversial fashion.
My arm is out to the elbow, he was forcing me to move positions right here. Gawd it's still so devastating to me. pic.twitter.com/tjJiFPa8BA
— tonya evinger (@tonyaevinger) November 19, 2016
— Invicta FC (@InvictaFights) November 19, 2016
All in all, it was a good night of fights.
On the UFC front, Marion Reneau earned a TKO win over Milana Dudieva, while Amanda Bobby Cooper decisioned Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night 99. In Sao Paulo Brazil, Claudia Gadelha decisioned Cortney Casey at UFC Fight Night 100.
At Bellator 165, flyweight Sarah D’Alelio submitted Jaimelene Nievera with an armbar. Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez earned an impressive TKO win over Sheila Padilla.
— MMALondon (@mmanewslondon) November 21, 2016
See you next week!