Boxing Champ Claressa Shields Says She Can Beat Top Male Boxers, Calls Out Keith Thurman
If you don’t know who Claressa Shields is, well, maybe you should change that. The professional boxer from Flint, Michigan, has been dominating the female boxing world for the past few years.
She is currently the undisputed middleweight champion, and she is one of only six boxers in history (female or male) to hold all four major world titles in boxing simultaneously. In her professional boxing career, she holds an impressive record of 9 wins and 0 losses. In her amateur career, she lost just once in 78 matches.
All this success has went to her head. During an interview with TMZ, Shields said she is 100% confident she could beat male boxers.
I spar with men. I drop men. I bust [men’s noses]. I beat men up all the time. I think I can beat up Keith Thurman … I really do. They may be stronger than me, but their boxing ability isn’t like mine. GGG, he’s older now, but I could give GGG a run for his money.
Thurman is no slouch. He’s considered to be one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division. The dude has a record of 29-0-1.
But Shields claims it’s not about power. She believes she has more skill than most male boxers.
Power for power isn’t a question because what is boxing? Boxing is the sweet science. It’s not about strength … because people were saying Christina Hammer was stronger than me. They were saying all these girls were stronger than me, but did you not see the head movement that I had during the fight? See the defense? The offense? The traps I set!?
I’m all for women’s empowerment and sh*t, but I think Shields is getting a little ahead of herself. She can have all the skill in the world, but there are lots of rounds in boxing. She would have to perform at a 110% level for every round. All it takes is one tiny mistake, and she’d be on the floor from a knockout punch.
That being said, I’d love to watch her try.