By Williams ‘Bantu’ Irubor
Olympic champion Claressa Shields won by knockout in the first women’s boxing match to headline a premium television event in the United States.
The American, 21, who won middleweight gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, turned professional in October.
Shields stopped Hungary’s Szilvia Szabados with a strong punch in the fourth round in Detroit to take the North American Boxing Federation title.
She previously won her first professional fight in November.
The fight – which topped the bill – aired on Showtime, a premium channel which requires traditional cable subscribers to pay an additional fee.
Shields said she wasn’t just out there brawling with Szabados, claiming she showed her skill and her power in the bout. And also her boxing style which she has tagged as mix of the styles of Boxing Legends “Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis’’.