Claressa Shields begins pro run with decisive victory
Amateur star Claressa Shields made a winning start to her professional career with a decisive points win over amateur rival Franchon Crews at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
‘T-Rex’ was too cute for Crews and took every round of four with all three ringside officials to hit the ground running in the paid ranks. Earning $50,000 for her performance, Shields moves one step closer to a certain world title shot in the future.
Earlier, featherweight Tyler McCreary carded a majority decision over Vincent Jennings as two judges cared 59-55 and 58-56 in his favor. A third scored it 57-57 even as McCreary improved to 12-0.
Sonny Fredrickson was made to work for a 15th career victory as the super-lightweight prospect outpointed Gabriel Duluc over eight rounds. Judges carded 78-74 twice and 77-75 in favor of Fredrickson who moves on to bigger things. Duluc drops to 11-2.
Middleweight Bakhram Murtazaliev successfully navigated to 7-0 with a second round stoppage win over Botirsher Obidov. Murtazaliev dropped Obidov three times in the fight before securing the victory.
In the same division, Meirim Nursultanov debuted with a unanimous six-round points win over Henry Beckford, whilst Darmani Rock had no trouble overcoming Brice Ritani Coe at heavyweight. Rock dominated every round for a sixth straight win since turning pro.