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Too big for the biggest female fight of all time – Katie Taylor can’t see a fight with Claressa Shields happening

Claressa Shields [11(2)-0] is too big for the biggest possible fight in womens boxing to be made, Katie Taylor [17(6)-0] claims.

The American has recently been suggesting the fighters deemed the best in the business should meet at a catchweight and trade leather for the ‘greatest of all time’ title.

Indeed suffering from a lack of nemesis in and around the middleweights the two-time Olympic gold medal winner has been very vocal on the matter and declared she would come down to welterweight to fight the lightweight standout.

Asked about potentially making the fight at 147lbs, as suggested by ‘T-Rex’, by The Ak & Barak Show the undisputed lightweight world champion said the discrepancy in weight is too big between the pair.

“I think that’s fair, to be honest. It’s a pity that Claressa hasn’t got the dance partners at her level she deserves outside of Savannah Marshall. I’m not the biggest lightweight in the world and I think it’s too big a discrepancy, too much of a weight difference.”

That would leave Taylor versus Amanda Serrano as the biggest female fight that could be made and it’s certainly one Taylor wants.

It looked like the fight was going to happen this time last year only for the pandemic and some hardball negotiating from Team Serrano seen it put on the back burner.

Taylor is hoping they agree terms again but for now is focused on May 1 and her Olympic re-run with Natasha Jonas.

“That fight was already scheduled a couple of times last year,” explained Taylor. “It didn’t materialise for whatever reason but I was training for it at one point. She’s a great fighter and it’s a fight a lot of people would look forward to. It’s definitely a 50/50 fight, I’d look forward to that.

“She looked great in her last fight, she’s a great puncher and she boxed very well. But for now I’m focusing on Natasha Jonas. It feels like the whole world is calling me out sometimes!”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com