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Two-Time Gold Medal Olympian Champion Claressa Shields Wins by Decision in pro debut
by Sue TL Fox
Photo credits:  Mary Ann Owen
November 20, 2016
     
   
   

(NOV 19) As most boxing folks saw last night, women's boxing got a big shot in the arm when two top female amateur boxers made their pro debuts last night at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In this exciting four-rounder, with this being the FIRST FEMALE Olympian to turn pro in this sport, who also made her footprint in the sport when she fought in the history-first 2012 Olympics that after years and years of struggle included female amateur boxers won gold----and then again competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio winning gold.  In this pro debut, Shields, 167, won the bout by a four-round unanimous decision over Franchon Crews, 168. Final judges scores were 40-36 on all cards.

But with that said, this history could not have taken place if it were not for the struggles and sacrifices of all the pioneer boxers---both amateurs and pros who paved the road to what happened last night.  I am sure that the current boxers of today appreciate the sacrifices of those past female boxers. 

In the Las Vegas Review Journal, boxing writer Ed Graney wrote, "Truth is that promoters failed badly in not putting the professional debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields on the PPV portion of the event. Shields won a unanimous four-round decision against Franchon Crews in a fight that saw more action than most of those that followed for anyone willing to pay the $60 to watch."

Sports writer of  USA Today  wrote, "The 21-year-old Shields fought in front of a sparse crowd at T-Mobile Arena hours before the much-anticipated Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward pay-per-view telecast kicked off, but she received a roar of applause when the final bell tolled. She impressed with speed and power, and seemed well beyond her 21 years. Her fight also was seen by fans as part of the freeview.

On the Forbes.com website they reported that Claressa Shields made $50,000 for her purse. 

More excitement to come in the sport when Gold Medal Olympian Katie Taylor, Nicola Adams and others are set to turn pro soon!

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A very special "Thank you" to Las Vegas photographer Mary Ann Owen who covered this fight!  Great photos...
 

 
     
     
   
 
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