In just a span of a year, Claressa Shields went from Olympic gold medalist to world champion.
Shields won the unified WBC and IBF women's super middleweight title after a TKO win over champion Nikki Adler in the fifth round of a ShoBox: The Next Generation card. What's amazing is that this was Shields' fourth career pro fight.
The fight was very one-sided from the beginning, with Shields dominating the fight with various combinations and limiting Adler to having little offense in the fight. Shields was so confident in her victory that she even began to have both of her hands down in the fifth round, swaying them back and forth, taunting the champion.
Shields has turned into a women's boxing star since winning her second Olympic gold medal in last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first American boxer to win two Olympic gold medals. She turned pro soon afterwards and has found nothing but success.
In just her second fight, she defeated Szilvia Szabados to win the NABF women's middleweight title. In her third fight, she beat Sydney LeBlanc to win the WBC Silver women's super middleweight title, setting Shields up for the world title opportunity. Adler suffered her first career loss at the hands of Shields.