Claressa Shields wins first World Championships bout in 11 seconds (video)

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Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields made extremely short work of her unfortunate first-round opponent at the World Championships on Wednesday, beating Uganda’s Hellen Baleke in 11 seconds in Jeju, South Korea.

The Ugandan’s corner threw in the towel much quicker than that, following one Shields combination, and the Russian referee stopped the bout after a few more seconds.

The video (thanks, @duresport) is a clear sign of Shields’ dominance and intimidation, starting at about 1 hour, 7 minutes, 50 seconds.

Shields, 19, won the only U.S. Olympic boxing gold medal in London, the first Olympics to include women’s boxing.

Her only loss in more than 30 career fights came at the previous World Championships, in 2012. Great Britain’s Savannah Marshall dealt Shields the upset en route to winning the World title. Marshall lost in the quarterfinals at the Olympics.

Shields next faces Poland’s Lidia Fidura on Thursday, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals, where Marshall could await.

Also Wednesday, Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza won her second preliminary bout to make Friday’s quarterfinals.

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