Current women’s WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF middleweight boxing champion Claressa Shields is as talented as they come in the combat world, racking up a perfect 9-0 record thus far in her three year career as a professional.
But can the Olympic gold medalist actually hang with men in the sweet science? According to the confident striker, she can. Not only that, she can beat some of them, too.
I spar with men,” Shields told TMZ. “And, I mean, I drop men. I bust men nose. I beat men up all the time. If I was to say which is the guy, I think I could beat — I think I could beat up Keith Thurman. I really do. I think I could beat up Keith Thurman, even though they’re like ‘oh, he beat Shawn Porter.’ I think I can beat Shawn Porter too, you know, skill-wise and just strength-wise. I think they may be stronger than me, but their boxing ability isn’t like mine.”
Can’t knock the confidence.
But she isn’t the only that believes she can beat some men. According to undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terrence Crawford, Shields is capable of hanging with male boxers who aren’t too experienced in the boxing ring, saying she can probably “do well” against someone like Conor McGregor, who only has one professional boxing match to his name.
“She’s confident. She’s confident in her ability and her skills, but that’s pretty much what she’s saying,” Crawford told TMZ Sports when asked about Shields’ chances against a male fighter. “I don’t think she’d really want to be in the ring with those fighters that she called out. But at the same time, it just tells you that she’s so dominant in the female boxing world that she needs a man to fight. But I don’t believe she would actually step foot in the ring with those guys. She’s very confident, and it shows in the ring.”
“Man, I’m gonna tell you this. Claressa’s been getting in the ring, sparring men since I’ve known her,” Crawford said. “I feel like she could get in the ring and give anybody problems,” he added.
“I don’t know. Conor McGregor is a man, but at the same time, she would do well against him.”
Then again, McGregor did do well against the best boxer in the world, going 10 rounds with Floyd Mayweather before “Money” put him away a couple of years ago.
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