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Undefeated boxing world champ hints return to MMA – “a few fights” in 2023



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Undefeated boxing world champion Claressa Shields fought twice in PFL. Photo via Instagram (@claressashields)

Undefeated boxing world champion Claressa Shields inked a deal with PFL back in 2020, and so far competed twice in the promotion, with one win and one loss.

It’s now a year since she last fought in the PFL cage, and talking to The Detroit News she declared that she won’t fight at the PFL final event on November 25 in New York but aims to be back in 2023.

“No, we ended up pushing it back, but I will be in an MMA cage next year for a few fights,” Shields said.

Shields made her professional MMA debut in 2021 with a third-round TKO win against Brittney Elkin. In her second fight, on October 27 the same year, she lost via split decision to Abigail Montes,

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Claressa Shields: “Wanna try to get as close to 50-0 as I can”

Even though the American claimed that she will compete in MMA, she’s far from done in the squared circle. Talking to The Detroit News, she opened up on fighting at 154 pounds against WBO and WBC super welterweight champion Natasha Jonas, or clashing with WBA and IBO super welterweight champion Terri Harper.

“There’s other belts on the line.,” Shields said. “We got some girls at heavyweight who are fighting. I can rematch Hanna Gabriels. It’s a lot out there and I’m not turning away from no challenges against anybody. So yeah, I still got eight more years left in the game, and I wanna try to get as close to 50-0 as I can.

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