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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Claressa Shields is dissatisfied with how feminine athletes have been handled in boxing.
The two-time boxing Olympic gold medalist and undefeated champion doesn’t really feel ladies have acquired a good shake on the subject of alternatives competing professionally within the candy science.
Shields (1-0 MMA) debuted in MMA final month below the PFL banner and is anticipated to return to the cage for her second bout on Oct. 27. She feels she had no choice however to take her abilities to MMA in an effort to maximize her earnings and stardom, as boxing wasn’t going to get the job performed.
“I feel like I wouldn’t have switched over if I could become a household name in boxing,” Shields instructed MMA Junkie. “I really feel like I did all the pieces I may do in boxing to be that family identify and get that million greenback examine. Even with all my accomplishments, it’s nonetheless not sufficient. That simply pissed me off typically.
“But I made a decision that you already know, as a substitute of retiring from boxing and saying, ‘F this sport,’ I’m going to maintain defending my titles in boxing, however I’m going to make use of my youth of 26 and see what I can do by the age of 32, see if I can change into MMA champion and a family identify in MMA.
“I’ve already become a household name in MMA in the past few months just off one fight. So I should’ve started doing MMA way sooner. In boxing, you can only get so far and get so much notoriety, but in MMA it’s limitless.”
Shields feels boxing is just not selling feminine expertise correctly and the recognition of girls’s MMA proves they’ve what it takes to take middle stage in fight sports activities.
“It’s sexist for people to say that [women can’t sell] without giving up the opportunity,” Shields mentioned. “That’s the factor. Start giving ladies the chance, begin getting the numbers. And if ladies don’t promote, no matter in the event that they don’t promote, do your job and promote the fights. Build the story. Have the ladies push one another at weigh-ins and s—. Do your job. That’s what you’re alleged to do.
“But they feel in women’s boxing that that’s impossible. How is it impossible if women in MMA are doing it? I think guys at the top who don’t want to cut the check, they’re just saying all this stuff so they can save money. ‘Women can’t do this. Women can’t do that. That’s going to lose us money,’ when it’s not.”
Women in MMA typically headline MMA occasions throughout all main promotions and a few of the largest names within the sport are feminine. Women’s MMA has come a great distance within the final decade, and Shields strongly believes it’s as a result of help that’s been given from the very high of the most important organizations.
“Women’s MMA is way bigger than [women’s] boxing,” Shields mentioned. “I don’t know why as a result of boxing has been round means longer and we now have better-skilled fighters on the subject of standing up. I really feel like in MMA, ladies get extra respect as a result of they struggle similtaneously the lads.
“People on the high like Dana White, Peter Murray, all these totally different organizations they provide ladies a platform they usually construct the ladies up. Now ladies are being the principle occasion and guys are within the undercard of girls as a result of the ladies have extra followers than the lads, they usually’re entertaining they usually’re robust fighters.
“I think that in boxing women have never been given that opportunity on the forefront, to be pay-per-view, and you know, just to have those opportunities to fight in the co-main event of a big card, to grow our brand and stuff. We have to do things outside of boxing to grow our brand, and the men don’t have to do that.”
Shields returns to motion in MMA on the principle card of the 2021 PFL Championship on Oct. 27 towards Abigail Montes. Kayla Harrison and Taylor Guardado will struggle in the principle occasion on that card.