“I Don’t Think the Fight Would Ever Happen” – Katie Taylor Rubbishes Fight With Claressa Shields

Published 04/06/2021, 7:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK , United States – 1 June 2019; Katie Taylor during her Undisputed Female World Lightweight Championship fight with Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


Katie Taylor ranks among the finest female pugilists of the world. The undisputed lightweight champ has made a cosmic statement in the world of boxing with her stern skill sets and in-ring abilities. Moreover, fans draw a significant comparison between her and the resilient Claressa Shields. Every hard-core boxing fan wishes to see both these boxers take each other on at least once.

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But the Irish boxer, Katie Taylor, doesn’t envision this fight happening by any means. Speaking to SiriusXM boxing, she said, “I think that’s fair to say, to be honest, it’s a pity that Claressa hasn’t got the dance partners really at that weight category.”

“And I walk around at maybe 139 lbs. So it is genuinely hard. I’m not the biggest lightweight in the world, so I don’t think that fight would ever happen. It’s too much of a weight discrepancy. And it’s pity, really, because obviously, it is a dream fight for a lot of people, but there’s too much of a weight difference.”

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🥊"It's a pity really because obviously it is a dream fight for a lot of people." — @KatieTaylor explains why a megafight with Claressa Shields is unlikely to come to fruition. 🔊@TheBoxingBully

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— SiriusXM Boxing (@SiriusXMBoxing) April 5, 2021

Taylor, the undefeated prospect, rules the lightweight division of boxing, and she currently has no plans of moving up in weight. Moreover, ‘T-Rex’ fights in the middleweight roster, which makes a world of a difference in weight classes between the two fighters.

Considering the same, the Bray native made it clear in her above interview that a fight between her and Shields is definitely not on the cards.

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Katie Taylor feels Claressa Shields hasn’t got the best of contenders in her weight category

In her above statement, Taylor asserted that ‘T-Rex’ doesn’t truly have a noteworthy contender in the middleweight landscape.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 02: Katie Taylor celebrates victory over Christina Linardatou during the WBO World Super-Lightweight Championship bout at Manchester Arena on November 02, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Apart from Savannah Marshall, the lightweight queen feels there’s no one who can provide a rugged in-ring test to Shields.

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Moreover, the boxing fans felt that at some point in the future, Taylor and Shields will collide with each other.

But the 34-year-old is keen on staying at her current weight class and proving her mettle.

What do you draw off Taylor’s comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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