No less than one pundit is not too keen about Shields’ possibilities as a multi-sport athlete.
Former gentle middleweight champion Sergio Mora would not suppose a lot of Claressa Shields crossing over into the world of combined martial arts.
A 3-division champion in girls’s boxing, Shields is seen by many as the most effective pound-for-pound fighter within the sport. The 26-year-old now units her sights on a special fight self-discipline, as she’s set to make her MMA debut on Thursday towards Brittney Elkin because the main event of PFL 4.
And whereas it would not shock if Shields comes out on prime Thursday, Mora is not satisfied she has what it takes to beat MMA in the identical method she’s carried out with boxing.
“Pay attention, I feel the world of Clarissa Shields and you recognize, I feel she’s nice at what she does in boxing however this is not soccer or baseball,” Mora mentioned on the DAZN Boxing Show. “You may’t be Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders going backwards and forwards pondering you are going to have success. It sounds nice so far as marketability goes perhaps up your inventory, however you may get harm.”
Mora pointed to the combined historical past of boxers getting into the MMA world as a cause to doubt Shields’ newest endeavour.
“I imply, we have already seen boxers try to try this earlier than,” he mentioned. “Heather Hardy is a good instance of that. She’s already gotten knocked out twice in 4 fights. Amanda Serrano already bought one attract two fights, and Holly Holm — OK, you may level at her, however she had that Buster Douglas second with Ronda Rousey, however then she got here up brief with Amanda Nunes and others. So I simply suppose that is gonna be very tough for her to transition into as a result of it is only a totally different artwork. It is a totally different science.
“They have been doing this self-discipline of having the ability to get up and go down and all the pieces in between. Claressa Shields has simply carried out one self-discipline, and that is a ‘one, two,’ and that is with all the pieces together with your punches. I do not suppose it is gonna work. She may need success in a single, two, three fights. After that, she’s working into hassle.”