Claressa Shields Still Wants Bout with Braekhus
Well it seems that unified middleweight champion Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (10-0, 2 KO’s) is still chasing a super fight with undisputed welterweight champion “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus (36-0, 9 KO’s). In 2019, Shields initially let it be known that she was interested in facing the well-accomplished fighter.
Whether she was earnest about wanting the bout, or just trying to not look scared, Braekhus publicly stated that the fight was intriguing to her as well. However, right from the get-go, the First Lady did raise the issue of their significant difference in weight. Without skipping a beat, T-Rex let it be known that this would not be a problem. In her mind, they could meet in the middle and get it on at super welterweight.
To prove this point, Shields scheduled a fight at super welterweight against Ivana Habazin. Even though it would take three attempts, once the Flint, Michigan native got in the ring with Habazin, she performed well and easily defeated her. With the bout taken care of, Shields was hopeful that Braekhus would be next.
Unfortunately for her, with the Habazin bout committed to the history books Braekhus went suspiciously quiet about a potential bout with T-Rex. Even worse, not only was the First Lady no longer discussing a prizefight with Claressa Shields, she began openly talking about dropping down in weight herself to face the Irish sensation and WBO super welterweight champion Katie Taylor (15-0, 6 KO’s).
In the eyes of Shields, this was an act of complete fear and evasion. So when Braekhus posted a picture of herself along with retired boxer Laila “She Be Stingin” Ali, T-Rex could not let it go without taking a shot! This is only natural.
Not only does Shields want to get her hands on the First Lady, T-Rex and Ali were recently involved in a verbal tirade that went extremely viral. Although, it does not appear that anything will come out of the Shields/Ali woofing session except a bunch of tough talk. Nevertheless, being that Breakhus is still an active fighter, Shields still very much wants to put her paws on the UK darling.
As evidence of this, T-Rex responded to the initial jovial post with another stern and boisterous challenge. Either fight, against Ali or Braekhus, would be great for Shields’ career and overall legacy. In a dream world, we’d be treated to both! Yet, for now it’s more logical to hope that Claressa Shields can lure Cecilia into the ring.
So, for the moment. all we fight fans can do is hope for the best and keep our fingers crossed! 3kingsboxing will continue to follow this fascinating story line and provide all the latest updates.
By: Bakari Simpson