By: Hans Themistode
There may be basically nobody left for Claressa Shields to face.
After unifying the 168-pound division earlier in her profession, Shields went on to turn out to be an undisputed belt holder at 160 kilos and most just lately, she doubled up on her undisputed tag by dropping down in weight but once more to win each single title at 154 kilos.
Her declare as the perfect feminine fighter on the earth is troublesome to fulminate towards contemplating the dearth of choices she has at her disposal.
At the moment, the one different fighter who’s value mentioning by way of critical competitors, is undisputed light-weight champion, Katie Taylor. The burden discrepancy nevertheless, makes their showdown extra of a pipe dream.
Or perhaps not.
Following her newest win over Marie Eve Dicaire this previous Friday night time, Shields revealed that she could be prepared to go down even decrease in weight if a matchup with Taylor could be made.
Regardless of Taylor holding an undefeated file, quite a few world titles and worldwide recognition as one of many biggest feminine fighters of her technology, Shields appeared unaffected by her lengthy record of accolades.
To the Flint Michigan native, dealing with Taylor gained’t be a lot of a difficulty. However dragging her physique down even decrease in weight shall be.
“Katie Taylor isn’t the fear in that sense,” mentioned Shields throughout her post-fight interview. “The 147 is. Katie is a good fighter.”
For Shields, going through Taylor at 147 kilos will make her really feel unusual when she walks previous the mirror. Dropping a couple of additional kilos for a male fighter isn’t considered as a lot of a giant deal. In her case nevertheless, Shields likes what she sees every time she appears at her reflection and is aware of that if she does drain her physique right down to the welterweight restrict, that she’ll in the end lose an necessary a part of her curvy physique.
“They acquired to pay me some huge cash for me to lose my butt to go right down to 147. On the finish of the day, I’m a girl and that’s one thing that I like about my physique. I could not have huge breasts however I acquired a pleasant butt and I might lose that to go to 147.”
As a lot as she adores her physique although, Shields could be completely alright with buying and selling in her curves for a giant bag of money.
“They should include that dough and I’ll be seeing Katie at 147. A minimum of with one million, discuss to me good.”
For Taylor, she has by no means competed at 147 kilos, though she did make one look at 140 roughly two years in the past towards Christina Linardatou. Taylor would win that contest through unanimous resolution.
Whereas it’s too early to imagine that they may in reality battle, at this time limit, the Taylor would possibly simply be the one competitors left for Shields.