Claressa Shields will make her MMA debut up coming calendar year, but she will not fully changeover away from boxing.
Shields, the undisputed women’s middleweight winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist, has signed a offer with PFL, but she will not be a portion of the 2021 period. Alternatively, Shields will just take one particular-off fights at light-weight although also boxing future 12 months, way too.
“I’m nevertheless gonna box and do MMA at the similar time,” Shields advised PFL broadcast husband or wife ESPN. “I could box in my slumber. That is not something that I seriously have to stress about. I’m gonna shell out a great deal of time mastering and just developing in MMA, but I’m even now gonna settle for my obligatory troubles in boxing. I’m gonna struggle these ladies, I’m gonna defeat them, but I approach on acquiring perhaps two or a few boxing matches and two to 3 MMA fights next 12 months.”
Shields has dominated the boxing world, placing collectively a 10- professional report after heading 77-1 as an amateur. Shields is 1 of only seven boxers in background – male or woman – to keep WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO earth championships at the similar time.
Whilst she still strategies on boxing, Shields explained that the perks of MMA consist of the equal opportunity in pay back for girls and men. Specifically in the PFL, both of those get the probability to contend for $1 million.
“I sense like I’ve experienced fights in boxing that have captured the sports globe, just women’s boxing is not addressed equally,” Shields mentioned. “Every MMA league, they have girls fighters primary event. The PFL give ladies a likelihood to battle for a million dollars just like they give men a possibility to combat in a league for a million pounds. In boxing, there aren’t those form of alternatives for gals.
“You have two or three of us that are getting compensated very good revenue, and then the relaxation of them are variety of just like opponents, and they really don’t genuinely have a huge pursuing and a significant backing. In MMA, in the PFL, you build your individual future, and which is what I want to do. I created my have future in boxing and as far as in getting a two-time Olympic champ, starting from the Junior Olympics to the actual Olympics, globe championships and now remaining a expert planet champion. I just wanna test myself truly.”
Obviously, Shield’s signing with the PFL has by now sparked up talks of a potential foreseeable future fight with fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2019 PFL champ Kayla Harrison.
Shields understands that she has some work to do before a battle of that magnitude, and she totally ideas on receiving there.
“Just me being who I am, of training course I want to battle the very best,” Shields stated. “Right now, she’s the very best. She’s the winner of the PFL league. She won the million bucks, and I was in a position to observe all of her fights leading up to that not due to the fact I was acquiring completely ready to come to the PFL, but since I’m a admirer of hers and we’re truly buddies. We’ve been at equally Olympics jointly. We know each other.
“I actually texted her this morning, so of course that is who I’m searching at down the line, but then yet again like I said, the PFL, you make your have destiny. Just about anything can take place on any specified night so we can be in a match in 2022 or 2023 and be preventing, and she loses. It is like just about anything can take place, so I’m just gonna take it a single struggle at a time. I’m not to begin with thinking of Kayla Harrison ideal off the bat, but she will be in my feelings in direction of the finish of 2021.”