Claressa Shields Reveals What It Would Take For Her To Fight Katie Taylor
Claressa Shields would consider going down to 147 pounds to fight Katie Taylor but it’ll come at a cost.
Shields is regarded by many as the best female fighter on the planet. Those who oppose that notion, likely point to Taylor as the gold standard. Shields has captured undisputed gold in the middleweight and light-middleweight divisions. Taylor is the undisputed female lightweight champion.
While one would think that a clash between Shields and Taylor is out of the realm of possibility, Shields wouldn’t oppose the idea if her asking price is met.
During an interview with Dan Canobbio, Shields discussed what it would take for her to move down to 147 pounds to fight Taylor (via BoxingScene.com).
“Katie Taylor is not the worry in that sentence, the 147 is. Katie is a great fighter. They gotta pay me a lotta money for me to lose my butt to go down to 147. Like, at the end of the day, I’m a woman and that’s something that I love about my body. I might not have no big breasts, but I’ve got a nice butt. And I will lose that going to 147, so they need to come with that dough, and I’ll be seeing Katie at 147, as long as they come at least with a million. Talk to me nice.”
Shields is fresh off a dominant unanimous decision victory over the previously unbeaten Marie-Eve Dicaire. Shields was already the IBF and The Ring Light-Middleweight Champion. Dicaire was the WBC and WBO titleholder. The vacant WBA (Super) gold was also at stake.
Taylor last competed back in November 2020. She successfully defended her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Lightweight Titles against Miriam Gutierrez. It was a unanimous decision win for Taylor.