Claressa Shields, ’The GWOAT’, believes she can become the first two-weight undisputed champ of the four-belt era and headline a pay-per-view
To stay motivated, it is important to keep setting goals, but for the highly decorated Claressa Shields this cannot be easy. "The GWOAT [Greatest Woman of All-time]" has already captured gold at two Olympic Games, won professional world titles in three divisions after just 10 paid fights and reigns as the undisputed middleweight queen while holding a pair of 154lb belts. Despite this unprecedented success, Shields still has boxes she wants to tick.
"I want to be the first person to be undisputed in two different weight classes," she revealed in a video interview you can watch in full below. "That has never happened in the four-belt era and that’s my goal now. That’s why I want to fight [unbeaten IBF super-welter titlist] Marie Eve Dicaire and possibly rematch [WBA champ and former middleweight victim] Hanna Gabriels."
Shields also aspires to be a superstar regardless of gender and while she has headlined cards, she remains eager to main event a pay-per-view show. She listed some potential opponents for just such an occasion.
"We have the option with Laila Ali," she began. "I feel like me and Hanna Gabriels 2 could be a pay-per-view fight because of how our first fight was. I believe me and Franchon Crews [Dezurn] in the future could main event a pay per view because she’s [WBC and WBO] champion at 168, I’m undisputed at 160 and we’ve fought each other already [in their pro debuts], but that was my toughest fight so far in my pro career. Me and [longtime welterweight ruler] Cecilia Braekhus - if she gets any higher to come to 154 or I have to drag my weight down to 147 - but there’s plenty of pay-per-view fights; it’s all about the networks being willing to put those fights on, that’s all."