Thurman On Shields: “She Hits Like Her Genetic Predisposition!”

Thurman Breaks Down His Disinterest in Facing Shields

Keith Thurman not interested in a Claressa Shields fight
Keith Thurman not interested in a Claressa Shields fight | credit: Getty Images

Keith Thurman Not Hot on a Claressa Shields Fight

For the past several years, two-division undisputed champion Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (14-0, 2 KO’s) has pursued a showdown with former welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (30-1, 22 KO’s). For the better part of it, Thurman has ignored one and all of the callouts. In recent months though, the would-be duel has gained some momentum in boxing talking circles.

Yet, while conducting an interview with Mill City Boxing, One Time has essentially finally shut down any notion that this match will happen. After once putting a slew of stipulations on the oddball prizefight, Thurman gave his rationale as to why it was so far-fetched and even insulting.

“I have no interest in this type of fight . . . I forgot, but someone reminded me, women don’t even do three minute rounds bro, they don’t even do three minute rounds! Like it’s not even the same thing! Then she had the audacity to say, ‘I spar men,’ and she puts this video of some kids that looked like they just walked into my boxing club. They looked like the softest amateurs I’ve ever seen.”

“I didn’t think it would take off like that but I think it’s just the world that we are in today with the battle of the sexes, with all the discrepancies of gender and all this stuff going on in the world today . . . we’re not supposed to call girls ‘girls’ in this generation. I don’t know what we’re supposed to do. So I am not going to say she hits like a girl, let’s just say that she hits like her genetic predisposition bro!”


In the not so distant past, Thurman was actually the man to beat at 147. Yet, that was before injury and inactivity began chewing away large chunks of his prime career. Having fallen so far from grace, One Time has spent the last several years fruitlessly trying to snag the attention of either Errol Spence Jr. or undisputed welterweight champion Terence Crawford. For all his trouble, he’s been given the brush-off in virtually every attempt.

Clearly, Thurman is not looking at Shields as a realistic method to regain some positive attention in the sport and division. With this being said, it’s unclear what path will lead One Time back to the promised land that he’s been exiled from. For many, Interim IBF 147-pound champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis is the best option for the slick-talking Floridian. By securing a victory over the dynamic Philly fighter, Thurman puts himself in the position to be able to force a title fight.

Despite the strategy associated with the scrap, One Time has displayed zero interest in going head-to-head with Boots. At this point however, it’s all about what we don’t know about Thurman. We know he doesn’t want Shield or Boots. So, whenever it becomes known who he will fight next, 3Kings Boxing will be sure to let you know!

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