At the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona - Jamie Mitchell (8-0-2 5 KOs) impressed in the first defense of her WBA Bantamweight title against Carly Skelly (4-1-1), landing a dominant fourth round stoppage win. Skelly hit the canvas hard in the final seconds of the opening round, and Mitchell repeated the trick at the end of the second.
Mitchell captured the title back in October of last year, when she traveled over to the UK to shock Shannon Courtenay with a ten round decision.
Somehow, the Briton made it back to her corner and through a third round, but a barrage in the fourth scrambled the senses one time too many and the referee ended proceedings – Mitchell’s right hand could be a real weapon at 118lbs.
“It was cool, my first defense and my most precious fight as a pro,” said Mitchell. “Shout out to Claressa Shields for getting the win in the UK tonight, we had great sparring in the build-up so thank you to her for that. She’s truly the GWOAT and an inspiration.
“If you are going to run at me, I’m going to stop you in your tracks and that’s what happened. I am only going to get better, we train all year round, people are sleeping on me but I’m going to slowly wake them up.”