Claressa Shields Gives One-Line Response to Alycia Baumgardner’s Appearance on Shaquille O’Neal’s Podcast

Published 01/11/2024, 12:59 PM EST

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Claressa Shields has some harsh words for Alycia Baumgardner. The two, despite their weight disparity, have contemplated their potential bout. As of now, Baumgardner is the undisputed super-featherweight world champion. Meanwhile, Shields is a former multi-weight champion. Both of them have a lot at stake, from their impressive record, prestige and drawing value.

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Yet, the undisputed champion is adamant about facing Shields. In an interview with NBA star, Shaquille O’Neal, she asserted that she is willing to fight the undefeated boxer but only at 147lbs. Moreover, she makes claims that she is a superior boxer and will defeat the 28-year-old. Witnessing this, Shields did not mince words.

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Fighters usually tend to have a verbal go at each other online on various social media platforms. This instance is no exception. Initially, Baumgardner went to Shaquille O’Neal’s Podcast, in which, she stated, “I can move up to 147 and fight Claressa. Size does not matter to me, skills do. She added, “I know that my skills are way superior to hers.” Witnessing this, Shields took to her X account and wondered as to why Baumgardner had mentioned her name in each interview that she remains a part of. In a now-deleted tweet, she had stated, “She is on a I’ll fight Clarissa Shields tour.” 

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It is safe to say that the two are not fond of each other. This only makes the bout more exciting than it already is. However, a big question mark is at which weight will the fight take place. Baumgardner wants it to be at 147 but is Claressa ready for it?

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Claressa Shields rejects a fight at 147 against anyone

Shields is a natural middleweight. Only a week ago, in an interview, she asserted that she does not foresee herself going lower than 154lbs to compete against anyone. Notwithstanding how lucrative a fight would be for her. This revelation puts her potential fight against the undisputed champion in jeopardy. Reflecting on the same, she stated, “ I wanted to fight at 154, not 147 ! But I’d do it for the “money”. I don’t want to go 147 for anybody!”

Read more: “You Think You Can Dethrone the GWOAT”: Claressa Shields Responds to Alycia Baumgardner’s Callout at 147 in a War of Words

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There is a major disagreement between the two combatants that might cause hindrance for the bout to come to fruition. However, what happens next, might be revealed in due time. Until then, do you think this fight will take place? Share with us your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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