The first fighter to be undisputed champion in two divisions in the four-belt era, Shields however remains irked by a 2012 loss to Marshall
After becoming the first boxer to claim undisputed world titles in two weight divisions in the era of four belts, Claressa Shields immediately launched a verbal assault on her greatest rival Savannah Marshall and demanded that promoter Eddie Hearn pay adequately for the women’s superfight later this year.
American Shields defeated the Canadian Marie-Eve Dicaire by landslide decision in a one-sided fight to claim all four major light middleweight titles on the all-female ‘Superwomen’ pay-per-view card in her hometown of Flint, Michigan.
Afterwards she said: “Tell Eddie Hearn to come with 500k, or 750k if he wants me to go to the UK and smoke his girl. Pay me. I’m ready to show the world I am the GWOAT (The Greatest Woman Of All Time).”
All three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Shields, giving the 25-year-old dominance in every one of the ten rounds..
But it is a loss to the Briton Marshall, that still irks Shields. Marshall, from Hartlepool and now a WBO world champion at middleweight, inflicted the sole defeat of Shields’ 78-fight amateur career in a four-round contest at the World Amateur Championships in 2012. Marshall went on to claim the gold medal, but it was Shields who went on to claim gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, as a 17-year-old.
“Savannah Marshall can’t f— with me. Let’s keep it real. Savannah Marshall, you won a lucky decision when we were kids,” barked Shields. “Also London was hosting the Olympics. If you want to gloat about beating me 14 points to 8, come on now. And then I went on to become world champion in three different divisions. She knows she cannot and will not ever be able to f— with me. She can come to America. I will go to the U.K. We can go to Mexico. We can go anywhere, and I will f— her up. She knows that. She’s scared of me. Savannah Marshall can get it.”
There is also talk of another possible super-bout with Ireland’s Katie Taylor, the undisputed lightweight champion. But it would mean a potential meet in the middle for them with Taylor coming up two divisions to 147lbs and Shields dropping another seven pounds from light middleweight.
“Katie Taylor is not the worry; 147 pounds is,” explained Shields. “They’d have to pay me a lot to lose my butt and go down to 147. At the end of the day, I’m a woman. I don’t have big breasts, but I got a nice butt, so come with that dough and I’ll be there. At least a million and I’ll be there.”
Shields’ next scheduled fight is a move into the cage in mixed martial arts, in the Professional Fighters League, in June. Shields aims to fight for a world title in MMA, but this will be her debut, having been training with world champions Jon Jones and Holly Holm at the famed Jackson-Wink Gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I started boxing here [in Flint, Michigan] at 11 years old. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on pay-per-view and fighting for an undisputed title and be one of the biggest stars in boxing.”
“Flint, Michigan, you got the baddest boxer in the world. We two-time undisputed. Pacquiao who? Canelo who ? When someone else does what I did let me know,” declared Shields.
The women’s sport may still be developing, with much less strength in depth, but Shields has achieved two weight undisputed success in the modern era which no other woman – or man – has ever done.