Claressa Shields Names the Only Boxer Better Than Her in History

Published 03/05/2021, 8:00 AM EST
MIAMI, FL – APRIL 04: WBA, WBC and IBF Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields poses for the media before her workout at 5th Street Gym on April 4, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Shields is training to fight WBO Middleweight World Champion Christina Hammer for the undisputed middleweight world championship April 13. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)


Female superstar boxer, Claressa Shields, has made a bold statement ahead of her fight against Marie-Eve Dicaire. The undefeated champion revealed the only boxer in history that is above her and ‘T-Rex’ also explained her claims.

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Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston and taunts him to get up during their title fight. Ali knocked Liston out in one minute in the first round during their bout at the Central Maine Youth Center in Lewiston, Maine.

Shields will finally return to the ring on March 5 against IBF champion, Eve-Dicaire, in a historic all-women’s card. Ahead of the landmark event, Shields claimed that only Muhammad Ali is higher than her in the ‘greatest of all time’ list.

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Shields made the bold claim at the pre-fight press conference. She said, “Like Muhammad Ali. Nobody called him the greatest of all time…If he had never said he was the greatest of all time, he would have never been considered the greatest.”

The former Olympic champion then said that no one could be higher than Ali. However, she added, “Muhammad Ali is first, and Claressa Shields is second.” ‘The GWOAT’ even said 98% of male boxers wouldn’t beat her.

This comment may attract a lot of criticism from the boxing community. However, it shows the American’s confidence in her abilities and achievements. Despite this, there will be very few who agree with Shields’ bold statements.

READ: Who is Marie Eve-Dicaire, Claressa Shields’ Next Opponent?

Does Claressa Shields have a point with her claims?

The debate of the greatest boxer of all-time is one of the most controversial topics in the sport. The lack of comparability between different eras means boxing fans will never agree on one. However, the majority of the boxing community can agree that Muhammad Ali was the greatest.

As Shields rightly said, Ali was more than just a boxer. Therefore, he became an icon in and out of the ring. However, he undoubtedly could back it up with his fights. So, does Shields fit into these aspects too?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 21: Claressa Maria Shields of the United States celebrates victory over Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the Women’s Middle (69-75kg) Final Bout on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro – Pavilion 6 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Like Ali, ‘The GWOAT’ is vocal about her beliefs and she strives to make a better world for women’s boxing. Moreover, in the women’s game, she one of the best to enter the ring. She has only ever lost one boxing fight in her life, and that was in the amateurs.

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Therefore, she is easily one of the greatest women boxers of all time, with only Katie Taylor to rival her. However, her claims about being the second greatest among male and female pugilists is a long shot.

What do you make of these claims from Claressa Shields? Do you think she is number two only to Muhammad Ali?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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