Boxing champ Shields wants mixed martial arts crown too

NEW YORK (AFP) – Three-division world boxing champion Claressa Shields is jumping into mixed martial arts (MMA) and wants to own global crowns in both sports at once.

The 25-year-old American, a two-time Olympic middleweight champion, was announced on Tuesday as the newest member of the Professional Fighters League (PFL).

“I want to go where no man or woman has gone and hold championships in both boxing and MMA at the same time,” Shields said. “I can’t wait to get to work.”

Shields, who has won all 10 of her fights since turning professional after the 2016 Rio Olympics, will continue her boxing career while she enters the MMA realm with a series of special attraction fights in 2021 and a place in the 2022 PFL campaign.

She is to follow two examples from US sports, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, who became two-sport stars in the NFL and Major League Baseball.