“No Women Should Have to Fight on the Undercard” – Claressa Shields Blasts Jake Paul for His Boxing Events

Published 09/30/2021, 12:34 PM EDT
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)


Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley was one of the most talked-about fights of 2021. The fight between the former UFC welterweight champion Woodley and YouTuber turned boxer Paul had the attention of the entire combat sports community.

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The fight card also had Amanda Serrano defend her WBC, WBO, and IBO female featherweight titles against Yamileth Mercado, which she successfully did.

Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley earned $2 million for the fight, which Paul won via a split decision. This fight was also Woodley’s professional boxing debut.

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On the other hand, Amanda Serrano, who is a seven division world champion, earned $75,000 for her victory. Claressa Shields, former three-division world champion in boxing, was not happy about that.

Claressa, in an interview, said, “Amanda Serrano fought for $75,000. My last purse when I fought with Showtime was $350,000. Where is the justice? Amanda Serrano is a seven-time division world champion, 40-0 with 32 knockouts, like $75,000? That’s nowhere near fair.”

According to Claressa, “No woman should have to fight on the undercard of somebody she is more accomplished than. If they want to do that, go ahead but me, I’ve always said, I only want to fight on the undercard, co-main event of unified, undisputed, you know, very good world champions because it is a big platform and I can get more fans from that.”

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Will Claressa Shields fight on the undercard of a Jake Paul bout?

Claressa Shields has made quite a name for herself in the combat sports world. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in amateur boxing. She also held multiple world championships in three weight classes in professional boxing. ‘T-Rex‘ also holds the record for becoming a two and three-weight world champion in the least amount of professional fights.

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In a press conference, Shields was asked if she would ever fight on the undercard of a Jake Paul fight, which seemed to anger her. Shields, in an interview, said, “Who the f**k is Jake Paul compared to me in boxing? Nothing! I respect whatever Jake Paul is doing, like bringing his YouTube fans; I respect that. But don’t disrespect me, asking me would I be happy to fight on the undercard of him because he’s ‘bringing exposure.’ He should be honored to even be on the same card as me; he fights the undercard of me.”

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)

Claressa made her MMA debut in PFL 4 on June 4, 2021, against Brittney Elkin. She won that fight via a third-round TKO. She will next be seen in action on October 27, 2021, at PFL 10.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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