Claressa Shields Calls For Natasha Jonas to Challenge For Undisputed At 160!
When the reigning unified women’s junior middleweight champion Natasha Jonas turned down an offer to face undisputed middleweight queen Claressa “GWOAT” Shields (13-0, 2 KOs), it was a bit of a surprise. Now Shields has decided to give her take. As far as the undisputed champion is concerned, Jonas is full of hot air, especially when it comes to what she’s demanding.
Jonas has explained her decision on two factors. One, she felt like the money she was offered was below market value. Secondly, she insists on Shields coming down to her at 154. Upon getting word of Jonas’s demands, Shields went to social media with the following remarks:
YOU DON’T SET THE TERMS
A three-division world champion, Shields is the face of women’s boxing, and arguably the most decorated and accomplished woman to put on a pair of gloves. From her perspective, she finds it galling of Jonas to try to dictate any terms.
Here’s the irony. Jonas was the one who expressed interest in fighting Shields, not the other way around. After initially being mute on the issue, Team Shields sent what they felt was a more than suitable offer, which Jonas declined.
Both parties are at an impasse, and it centers around the issue of weight. If Jonas insists that Shields must move down to 154 and Shields insists that Jonas move up to 160, the fight will not happen. You could have a scenario where a catchweight could be proposed. But that’s not in play, as it stands right now. Whoever comes down from their demands will determine if this battle of elite women’s fighters will ever occur.