Claressa Shields Claims Natasha Jonas Wants More Money Than She Is Worth
Three-divisional undisputed champion Claressa “GWOAT” Shields (13-0, 2KO) was trying to make a fight with unified junior middleweight champion Natasha Jonas (13-2-1, 8KO). The match-up never materialized, for which Shields laid the blame on Jonas being greedy.
Jonas revived her career by capturing three world titles in the junior middleweight division in 2022. Looking to cash in on her newfound fame, the 38-year-old from Liverpool, England went looking for a dust-up with Shields for a big financial payday.
The unified champion shocked the boxing community by rejecting the offer to fight Shields. Moreover, she demanded more money for the fight to happen. GWOAT, not being one to have demands dictated to her, took to social media looking to put Jonas in her place.
SHIELDS FEELS JONAS WAS LOOKING TO CASHOUT
During an interview with DAZN Boxing Show, Shields accused Jonas of asking for a cash-out type of payday.
“She asking for retirement money, that’s why. She acting like she needs to get paid a million dollars to fight against me or something.”
“Natasha Jonas is not known here in America. I’m known both in the UK and America, that’s why I get paid the way that I do.”
“I’m known worldwide . . . she just hasn’t put in the groundwork for her to be asking for the kind of money she was asking for. We were asking for a world title fight. We weren’t asking for a fight to help her retire and take care of her family.”
Shields makes a good point. If the fight was to happen in the United States, then Jonas doesn’t have enough name recognition that would support a hefty price tag. However, GWOAT is a victim of her own success as fighters will start asking for a higher payday knowing she is a cash cow.