Deontay Wilder Gives Heavy Endorsement to Claressa Shields!
On January 11, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (10-0, 2 KO’s) accomplished the impressive feat of becoming a 3-division world champion. Adding a great bit of additional luster to the win is the fact that Shields obtained this lofty goal faster than anyone else in boxing history.
T-Rex was able to beat out Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO’s) and Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9KO), who did it in 12 bouts, by getting there in 10.
Since making this latest bit of history, Shields has received a great amount of praise, as well as hate. Naturally, her supporters have been there to loudly sing her accolades for all to hear.
On the flip side, others have taken issue with Shields’ accomplishments being place side by side with male boxers.
For this group, the talent divide separating men’s and women’s boxing is far too deep and wide to lend to any direct comparisons. As would only be expected, T-Rex feels as though she deserves all the high praise and that her deeds are every bit as valuable as the men.
THE BRONZE BOMBER GIVES TOTAL SUPPORT TO SHIELDS AND WOMEN FIGHTERS
Beyond trying to market herself, much of the gusto that Shields injects into her talking points is in an effort to obtain equal pay and recognition for the females of the sport. In the latest presser to hype his upcoming February 22 rematch with Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s), WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) gave his full endorsement to Shields.
For Wilder, he understands that the women are required to make the same grueling sacrifices that the men do. Therefore, they should bask in the same level of glory and financial rewards.
“That’s amazing! I think that she [Claressa Shields] is definitely leading the way for women’s boxing. And I’m happy to see that because I feel that women deserve the same respect as men.
“Women are some of the strongest people on Earth, if not the strongest!
A woman is very strong, and when they understand their worth they become even stronger. So when it comes to boxing, I know a lot of people have opinions about females being in there and risking so many things, but that’s they life!
“Who are you?! Just stay entertained and continue to watch and I salute her, to continue to do what she do.
“When I look at her, I look at her almost like a woman version of me. You go in there and speak it, talk some shit and go in there and do what you got to do at the end of the day to give the fans what they want to see.
“She is leading the way for women’s boxing and I hope they pay raise gets raised as well too. People go out and support the women, it’s an amazing thing! Ain’t nothing more sexy that a woman that can defend herself and even knock yo ass out.”
By: Bakari Simpson