Claressa Shields tasted defeat for the primary time in her skilled fight sports activities profession.
The multiple-time champion boxer and two-time Olympic gold medalist was unable to counteract the wrestling of Abigail Montes and finally suffered a break up determination loss to the Mexican prospect at Wednesday’s PFL World Championship finale. Two judges scored the competition 29-28 in favor of Montes, whereas the lone dissenter scored it 29-28 for Shields.
Montes (3-0) exploited the inexperience of her adorned foe with a sport plan that revolved round closing the space, clinching Shields (1-1) towards the fence, then working for takedowns and controlling her from prime place. Shields defended valiantly within the opening spherical and saved the combat standing whereas out-landing Montes from vary, however the 21-year-old underdog continued her pursuit in rounds two and three and succeeded, ducking below a looping proper hand in each frames and bulldozing Shields to the ground.
Apart from briefly attaining full mount within the closing minutes, Montes did little or no as soon as she was on prime, however the management was sufficient to provide Shields her first skilled loss.
Shields, 26, is champion boxer in three weight lessons who additionally gained gold within the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Video games. She is broadly thought of to be one of many best feminine boxers of all-time and is undefeated in her 11 appearances as an expert within the boxing ring. Shields signed a three-year cope with PFL in late 2020 and gained her MMA debut over Brittney Elkin in June with a dramatic come-from-behind TKO in Spherical 3.
Full PFL World Championship 2021 Outcomes could be seen right here.
Watch highlights of Montes vs. Shields beneath.