Days away from looking to be the fastest boxer to win three world titles in as many divisions, Claressa Shields eyes making history in another way.
“I will be having my first MMA match at the end of the year,” Shields said in a press event for her super welterweight championship battle against Ivana Habazin. “So, I got a lot of stuff that I got going on. I can do it all. I’m 24. I’m young, I’m hungry and I’ll fight whoever, whenever. I can’t wait to throw some elbows in MMA. It’s gonna be fun.”
“For Amanda Nunes, yeah, come. Come,” Shields said of the UFC welterweight and bantamweight champion. “She said she would fight me if they offer her a million dollars. Offer her $2 million. Just get her in the ring. Get her in the ring, just so they know I’m the baddest when it comes to throwing hands. Nobody can beat me in that.”
“It would have to happen in boxing because there’s no part of boxing which is [mixed martial arts],” Shield’s promoter Dmitry Salita told BoxingScene.com following the press conference. “There’s a big part of [MMA] that’s striking. And Amanda Nunes is the best striker. Her strength is striking. She’s a power puncher. That’s why she’s kind of like [Conor] McGregor, although all things being equal, I think she’s a better striker than McGregor was going into the Mayweather fight. Whether this fight will happen, from us it’s yes.
“It’s up to the UFC and Dana White if they can make a deal with Amanda and obviously pay her what she needs. We work very closely with Showtime and obviously there’s many things to be discussed, but this is something that we want to happen. … This would probably be the biggest women’s sporting event of all time.”
Report: Boxing Scene