Claressa Shields Explains Why She is the ‘GWOAT’ and Not Amanda Nunes

Published 03/09/2021, 2:00 PM EST
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – APRIL 13: Claressa Shields reacts after defeating Christina Hammer (not pictured) and becoming the women’s undisputed middleweight champion at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on April 13, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)


Female boxing superstar Claressa Shields has weighed in on the controversial ‘GWOAT’ debate. The undefeated multi-weight champion has explained why she thinks she is the greatest woman of all time, and not UFC star Amanda Nunes.

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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)

The ‘GOAT’ debate in any sport is always a subjective matter. And it’s the same in boxing. However, with female combat sports, Shields and Nunes have dominated the conversation for a while now, thanks to their preeminence in their respective sports.

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However, Shields had now given her take on what makes her the ‘GWOAT’. She spoke to the AK & Barak Show, and Sirius XM posted the clip on their Twitter. Shields criticized those who say she isn’t the greatest because she only boxes, since Nunes also fights only MMA.

She then added, “You got to be able to do both because boxing and MMA are both combat sports. Right now, I’m ahead of the game when you talk about that, because I have my first MMA match June 10th.” This comment showed that the boxer thinks her shift to MMA proves her ‘GWOAT’ status.

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Claressa Shields teases a fight with Amanda Nunes

Shields is fresh off a historic win over Marie-Eve Dicaire, where she became the first boxer, male or female, to be undisputed in two weight classes. However, she showed her desire to continue to make history and teased a potential bout with ‘The Lioness.’

Shields first reiterated that the current UFC double-champion would do nothing to threaten her in a boxing match. She then added, “But the thing is, I’ll be able to do something with her, in the MMA cage, just in about two, two-and-a-half years because I’m learning everything so fast. You may see me, me and her, fighting against each other because I’m only 25.”

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This would be an exciting prospect, as Nunes has proven everything she has to in the UFC. There are no more opponents to threaten her position. However, the only thing that the ‘Lioness’ has not cemented as yet is her status as the greatest across all combat sports.

With Shields’ switch to MMA, the prospect of a fight between the two is a real possibility. It would put an end to the long-standing debate.

What do you make of the comments from Claressa Shields? What do you think she needs to do to be the ‘GWOAT’ ahead of Amanda Nunes?

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READ: Claressa Shields or Amanda Nunes: Who Is the Real GWOAT?

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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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