‘I want to be boxing and MMA world champion’

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Shields on switching to MMA & why she’s the best girl of all time

Claressa Shields could effectively be probably the most assured fighter on the planet.

The 26-year-old describes herself as ‘Greatest Woman of All Time’ – and as she speaks to BBC Sport from her house in Michigan, the variety of world title belts on present in a cupboard behind her add weight to the declare.

A double Olympic gold medallist, world honours at light-middleweight, middleweight and super-middleweight and the primary boxer – male or feminine – to be undisputed champion in two divisions within the four-belt period, Shields has performed all of it within the battle recreation.

“I’m number one,” says Shields, who has gained all 11 of her skilled bouts. “You’ve never seen a fighter give me trouble. I go out there and school them.”

But on 10 June, Shields faces maybe her largest problem as she makes her combined martial arts debut with the Professional Fighters’ League (PFL) in Atlantic City.

In a wide-ranging interview, Shields talks concerning the problem of swapping sports activities, shares her views on how to tackle inequality in girls’s boxing, and has a message for the one girl to beat her – Britain’s Savannah Marshall.

‘I like to battle greater than another girl’

Shields will make her MMA debut towards fellow American Brittney Elkin, who has a file of six wins and three losses.

“I want to become a boxing world champ and simultaneously a mixed martial arts world champ,” says Shields.

But regardless of that dream, she had little or no expertise of martial arts earlier than she started coaching final 12 months.

“I did a little bit of karate when I was younger but no wrestling, jiu-jitsu or anything like that,” she says.

“One thing they do have in common is it’s a fight. And everyone knows I like to fight more than any other woman in the world.”

Shields has been coaching within the world-renowned Jackson Wink fitness center in New Mexico, beneath the watchful eye of MMA star Holly Holm.

Holm was a three-weight boxing world champion earlier than successful the bantamweight title within the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

“We’ve just been drilling and sparring, I’ve been able to pick up things pretty quickly,” Shields says.

“Working with Holm has has made me a better fighter, just by knowing I can learn all these different disciplines and build up different muscles.”

‘No extra two-minute rounds’

Shields’ foray into MMA doesn’t spell the top of her boxing profession. She plans to return to the ring in September, and is hoping her voice and standing can result in change.

Shields needs each the size and quantity of rounds to fall according to males’s boxing. While males’s skilled championship bouts final for 12 three-minute rounds, girls’s title fights usually final 10 two-minute rounds.

“It should be simple – the same rules for men and women,” says Shields.

“We only have two minutes and two less rounds, how can you expect the same amount of knockouts?

“We won’t ever be in a position to shout for equal pay if we do not battle for a similar period of time. We battle for 20 minutes as a substitute of 36. We’re doing much less work, supposedly, however we’re asking for a similar pay.”

Shields says she will continue to stand up against the “unequal pay, unequal promotion and unequal alternative” in girls’s boxing.

“I’ve stated loads of occasions I’d love to battle on the identical card as Deontay Wilder, Errol Spence Jr or Manny Pacquiao,” she says.

“But girls usually are not given these alternatives, and individuals surprise why girls’s boxing has been on a standstill in so some ways.”

Shields wants boxing to emulate the UFC, which regularly features mixed cards.

“UFC showcase their girls and develop their profile,” she says. “When does boxing take that position?”

‘Taylor wants to communicate out’

Katie Taylor
World champion Taylor is a 2012 Olympic gold medallist and undefeated in 17 skilled bouts

Ireland’s Katie Taylor has, like Shields, played an integral part in the growth of women’s boxing in recent years.

But Shields feels the current undisputed lightweight champion should “communicate out extra about equal pay”.

“I do know she thinks she will get paid some huge cash nevertheless it’s nothing in contrast to what the lads get and who she’s achieved greater than,” Shields provides.

“Maybe she ought to realise her a million ought to be 5 or ten. What she’s getting now could be OK however she is unquestionably price extra, identical to I’m price extra.”

Whatever their value, Taylor and Shields are two of the greatest pound-for-pound female fighters of all time.

But Shields has little doubt who is healthier.

“People assume Katie is extra thrilling as a result of her fights aren’t as one-sided, however mine are one-sided as a result of I’m simply that nice,” she says.

“I barely get touched in fights, however after Katie’s fights she has bumps and bruises.”

So could we ever see a mega-fight between Shields and Taylor?

“I believe Katie is just too small for me,” solutions Shields.

“The solely means we are able to ever work out who’s primary is that if we sparred or if we fought at 147, the welterweight division.”

‘Savannah Marshall lives off that victory’

Savannah Marshall
Marshall (left) gained the world newbie title in 2012 and has 10 straight wins as an expert

For all her achievements, there is one wrong Shields is desperate to right.

In 77 fights as an amateur, her only loss was against Marshall in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in 2012.

“She lives off that victory and I snort at that,” Shields says.

“People are build up a story that I’m afraid of her however that is nowhere close to true. I supplied her the battle in 2018 and she turned it down.”

The likelihood of the two meeting again – this time in the professional ranks – increased after Marshall won the WBO middleweight title, a belt vacated by Shields, in October 2020.

“I’m not taking no chump change to go to the UK, or the US, to battle towards Savannah,” Shields provides.

“I’m a two-time undisputed champion within the four-belt period; pay me as such. A two-time Olympian; pay me as such. A 12-time world champion; pay me as such. Otherwise I’ll do one thing else, like MMA.

“So Savannah’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, needs to pay me the money or shut up.”

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