American Claressa Shields has put her name once again in the boxing history books as she defeated Hungarian Szilvia Szabados at the MGM Grand Detroit Event Center to win the NABF middleweight title in the first women’s boxing match to headline a card on a premium cable network.
Shields, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in 2014 and Rio 2016 seized the victory over Szabados with a technical knockout at 1:30 in the fourth of six supposed rounds.
Szabados, 26, stepped into the bout with a record of 15-8, which included six knockouts. Albeit, coming short in perfected techniques showcased by Shields, the Hungarian proved she could take the hits as she withstood multiple right punches to the skull from Shields in the first round.
Shields determined to put her opponent on the canvas in the second round continued with non-stop attacks, but Szabados fought back with her bohemian style fighting, landing several rights on the cocky 21-year-old Shields.
However, as Szabados stretched-up for her right, it gave Shields an opening to exploit, which she did in the fourth round. With a combination of left hooks with a solid blow flush to the side of the head that made Szabados dizzy for a second, as the referee rushed in to put an end to the matchup.
The fight statistics cleared just how one sided the fight was: Szabados made contact on 8 percent of her punches, while Shields landed 36 percent of her swings, including 49 percent of her power punches.
After the match, a talkative Shields like the great Muhammed Ali said that she wanted to get a knockout – like, make Szabados go to sleep. But Szabados was taking a whole lot of punishment. And that’s the ref’s job, is to protect the fighter. Shields is hopeful that she will get a KO someday, but right now she will just stick with the TKO. It’s fine as she is cool with it. No pressure.