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Morning Report: Undisputed world champion Claressa Shields says she’s ‘more than willing’ to box Amanda Nunes

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Claressa Shields
Claressa Shields

Earlier this week, UFC President Dana White said he would be down to make a boxing superfight between undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields and UFC double champ, Amanda Nunes. Now it appears that Shields is just as willing as White to make it happen.

Speaking with MMA Tonight on SiriusXM, Shields discussed White’s comments, saying she’d be happy to box Nunes, but that it wouldn’t be particularly close.

“I give her full props,” Shields said. “In MMA right now, she would beat me at this point. We’re talking about if we fight tomorrow, at this point she would beat me. And at this point if me and her were to fight tomorrow, I would knock her out in a boxing match. That’s just pretty clear but if Dana White wants to have her come over to boxing and try her luck with me, I’m more than willing to meet her at 154 [pounds] and we can fight.”

At only 24 years old, Shields is quickly building a resume as one of the greatest female boxers of all time. Winning gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, she was the first American woman to win a gold medal in boxing and the first American boxer to win consecutive Olympic titles. The two-time Olympic gold medalist then became one of only seven fighters ever (male or female) to hold all four major boxing world titles - WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO.

Meanwhile, Amanda Nunes has been dominating the sport of MMA for the past few years, claiming the UFC bantamweight and featherweight titles. Nunes most recently defended her bantamweight title with a first-round knockout over Holly Holm, but it’s her featherweight title win over Cris Cyborg that could set the stage for a Shields superfight.

Cyborg and Shields have trained together in the past, and shortly after Nunes knocked out Cyborg, the boxing champion chastised the former MMA champion for her poor strategy against Nunes, saying she shouldn’t have brawled. That connection could be enough to promote a crossover fight between the two champions, though Shields maintains the outcome would never be in doubt.

“I think Dana White has a lot of belief in Amanda Nunes and during that interview he didn’t say that I wouldn’t knock her out or he didn’t say that she would beat me, he said that it wouldn’t be a bad fight and it would be interesting,” Shields said. “I’m happy he believes in her [but] I know what I can do in a boxing ring. No disrespect to her but it’s a different game, MMA and boxing.”

Shields isn’t wrong, however there does appear to be fan interest in the occasional crossover fight. Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was the second-highest grossing pay-per-view event of all time, and earlier this year, Paulie Malignaggi vs. Artem Lobov became one of the most talked about fights of the year (despite doing poor ratings). On top of all that, after knocking out Holly Holm at UFC 239, Nunes doesn’t have any clear-cut challengers. Maybe a boxing superfight is just what she needs to boost her star power.


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Moved. Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi moved to UFC Uruguay.


Dana announcing Contender Series winners.


Bellator Dublin press conference.

All Maxcess.

Cris Cyborg getting delayed in Canada over International CBD law.


Anik & Florian. Discussing UFC San Antonio and previewing UFC 240.

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Already beefing.

Hopefully Rob makes it this time.

There are a lot of answers to this question, Triple C.

For instance. . .

Corey might actually get it.


Sad face.

Tony has just discovered that tiramisu is delicious.


Jared Brooks (14-2) vs. Haruo Ochi (19-7-2); Rizin 18, Aug. 18.

Ayaka Hamasaki (18-2) vs. Suwanan Boonsorn (5-1); Rizin 18, Aug. 18.

Justing Scoggins (11-6) vs. Kauma Sone (23-18-1); Rizin 18, Aug. 18.

Victor Henry (18-4) vs. Trent Girdham (11-2); Rizin 18, Aug. 18.

Nick Newell (15-2) vs. Corey Browning (5-2); Bellator 225, Aug. 24.

Damir Ismagulov (18-2) vs. Thiago Moises (12-3); UFC Shenzhen, Aug. 31.

Andre Soukhamthath (13-7) vs. Su Mudaerji (11-4); UFC Shenzhen, Aug. 31.

Angela Hill (9-7) vs. Istela Nunes (7-0, 1 NC); UFC Mexico City, Sept. 21.

Chris Weidman (14-4) vs. Dominick Reyes (11-0); UFC Boston, Oct. 18.


Honestly, if Shields didn’t have such a huge size advantage on Nunes, I’d be legitimately interested in that fight. Make no mistake, Shields would win, but I do think Nunes could give her a better fight than Conor gave Floyd.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.



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