Claressa Shields said a boxing match with YouTube star Jake Paul wouldn’t represent much of a challenge.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist said earlier this week she wouldn’t be interested in fighting on one of Paul’s undercards, but then doubled down on Thursday in an interview with TMZ Sports.
“I wasn’t talking s–t about Jake Paul yesterday. What I was speaking was facts,” she said. “Jake Paul gets inside a boxing ring with me, he’s getting his ass whooped!”
After winning the women’s middleweight gold medal at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, Shields posted an 11-0 professional record inside the boxing ring and also started an MMA career in June with a knockout victory over Brittney Elkin.
“I’m not calling Jake Paul out because I know how the world looks at women fighting men,” Shields said. “They look at it like, ‘Oh no, ew.’ But I spar men daily, and that’s the truth.”
At this moment, Shields is more focused on her next MMA bout against Abigail Montes at PFL 10 on Oct. 27th. She added she is not going to back down from the Paul brothers.
“Cut the s–t! Don’t disrespect my skills,” she told TMZ. “Look, just because a man is a man and he’s in boxing doesn’t mean that they can beat me, and there’s a lot of guys who [have] been in boxing for years who cannot do nothing with me, let alone Jake Paul. If I was a little bit bigger, I’d call out Logan Paul.”
Paul owns a 4-0 career boxing record.