Ali Talks Potential Shields Fight, Shields Responds

When it comes to matchups like Laila Ali and Claressa Shields, many are wondering if we will ever see it, or if it is just a game of cat and mouse. It appears both fighters want to compete against one another, even though there is a true difference of opinion when it comes to the pay between the two.

Ali (24-0) last fought in 2007. Since then she has managed to brand herself outside of the sport. She has since gone on ESPN to say she would fight Shields. However, the coronavirus pandemic, among other factors, have slowed talks down. Speaking on SiriusXM’s “The Ak and Barak Show”, Ali discussed the current situation, and where she believes the both of them stand.

“The thing is that, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that I’m definitely interested to fight her,” Ali said, via Boxing Scene. “And the deal just has to be right. There’s been a lot of he say, she say, and at the end of the day there has not been any real, serious conversations about anything happening. And then, of course, with all that’s going on, you know, that’s not what my focus is right now. We have a global crisis going on. So, what I don’t wanna do is be talking about that, keeping chatter and noise going, when it’s not happening any time soon, even if it does happen. Because there’s more serious things to talk about. So, that situation is what it is right now.”

Fighting from 1999 until 2007, Ali has 21 wins via knockout. She is a former IBA Super-Middleweight and a WBF Light-Heavyweight Champion. With a net worth more than most boxers combined, her ventures have led her to international acclaim.

As far as promoting the fight, Ali can credit Shields for doing it. She believes she doesn’t have time for it, but Shields does.

“I’m in control of that situation, trust and believe,” Ali went on to say. “So, when we wanna promote, we start talking about it. You know, I say something, she says a million things. She does all the work, which is great because I don’t have time to do it. So, I have the situation under control right now. You know what I mean? We put a muzzle on her for a minute, and we’ll see what happens.”

Shields (10-0) has since responded to Ali, stating:

“In this article this weird ass lady said “we Put a muzzle on her for now!” First and foremost @TheRealLailaAli I’m not a f*cking animal! I stopped talking about the fight because you are not being realistic in terms of a deal & why would I keep giving you clout off my hard work!”

Shields is the undisputed middleweight champion, holding the WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO Titles. She also holds gold in the light-middleweight division. Marie-Eve Dicaire and Shields were supposed to fight one another, but their bout was postponed due to the coronavirus.

Considering herself as the GWOAT, Ali has since discredited Shields for calling herself that. Mark Taffet has stated the bout could be the next big PPV event. All of this depends on the weight and money situation. If the trash-talking is any indication, we could be in for a very interesting fight.

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