Shields Expects Braekhus To Take “Easier” Taylor
Looking into the future, Claressa Shields feels it is highly unlikely that Cecilia Braekhus will face off with her, but take on someone who she views as an “easier” opponent.
The current undisputed middleweight champion and world champion at both light and super middleweight, Shields feels that Braekhus will instead face off with current undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor.
“We want a big fight against Katie Taylor,” confirmed Braekhus to Dagbladet (Transcribed by the 42.) “But we agree that before the summer there will be a run-up match. Both Taylor and I need it, and then it will be building up to this mega-fight over the summer.”
“The thing with Cecilia is if she wants to fight, we can fight — we’ve got a million reasons to make the fight happen,” Shields said to Dagbladet. “Braekhus told me at 168 that my weight was a problem. Okay: I won titles at 168, I became undisputed at 160, now I’m at 154.”
“Now, you don’t hear about her no more. She’s not calling me out. So my thing is, look, they can think what they want to think. Braekhus don’t have skills like me. I would school her. I would knock her out. That’s why she’s going down to 140 to fight against Katie Taylor. Like, first of all, you (Braekhus) are undisputed champion at 147 — for years. What reason do you have to go down to 140? [Because] it’s the easier fight. It would be undisputed against undisputed, her against Katie Taylor.
“In my opinion, Katie Taylor is going to beat her, but she will not knock Cecilia Braekhus out,” Shields predicted. “And Cecilia can live with that. Cecilia would not be able to live with me going in there, coming down three weight classes when I’m supposed to be drained and tired, but fighting way better than her, and I’m from the new era. She wouldn’t be able to deal with that.”