‘Muhammad Ali is first, and Claressa Shields is second…I am the greatest woman of all time’ – Claressa Shields speaks out ahead of her match against Marie-Eve Dicaire
Claressa takes on Dicaire for every major super-welterweight belt available.
Just a day left, before Claressa Shields takes on Canadian Marie-Eve Dicaire. The undefeated Women’s boxer will be defending her WBC and WBO female light middleweight titles; against Dicaire who is currently the IBF Female Light-middleweight champion.
Speaking at the pre-fight interview, Claressa Shields opened up on a myriad of topics. However, she was particular in calling herself the ‘GWOAT – Greatest Woman of All Time), drawing comparisons with ‘The GOAT’ Muhammad Ali. She also nicknamed herself the Wolf, saying that she would no more be called the T-Rex, which was her previous nickname.
‘98 per cent of men in the world can’t beat me‘
Shields was quoted as saying, “I don’t box for a hobby. It’s not a hobby. It’s my career, and I feel like people underestimate me when I speak about how great I am. But if I didn’t say how great I am, no one in this room would have ever called me great because they don’t recognise it. Only the greats know that they’re great. [via SkySports]
Comparing herself with Muhammad Ali, she said, “Like Muhammad Ali. Nobody called him the greatest of all time. They actually called him the ‘Louisville Lip’ because he talked too much. If he had never said he was the greatest of all time, he would have never been considered the greatest. No matter what boxer comes along, nobody can get in front of Muhammad Ali. That’s how I feel about myself.
She continued, “Muhammad Ali is first, and Claressa Shields is second. I am the greatest woman of all time, and 98 per cent of men in the world can’t beat me.
About her change of nickname, she said, “I want you to know I’m not taking prisoners. This is a new era for me. My name from now on is Claressa ‘The Wolf’ Shields. [Previous nickname] ‘T-Rex’ has long gone. ‘T-Rex’ was aggressive, but the greatest of all time has so much more. She possesses poise, power, and punch placement.
There is absolutely no doubt about the quality Claressa possesses, but it is definitely early to call her the Greatest of All Time. She still has a long way to go, since she just has 10 wins in her professional boxing career. And, for now Marie-Eve Dicaire, stands in her path!