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Claressa Shields says she could beat top male boxers

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Shields name-drops Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, and Gennady Golovkin as male fighters she could hang with.

Claressa Shields v Christina Hammer Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

If it was at all possible, it appears that Claressa Shield’s undisputed title unification has taken her confidence through the stratosphere. In a conversation with TMZ, Shields calls for a fight against Cecilia Braekhus before going on a short rant about how she can put the beats on some of her top male counterparts.

“I spar with men,” Shields said. “And, I mean, I drop men. I bust men nose, I beat men up all the time.

“If I was to say which is the guy, I think I could beat — I think I could beat up Keith Thurman. I really do. I think I could beat up Keith Thurman, even though they’re like ‘oh, he beat Shawn Porter.’ I think I can beat Shawn Porter too, you know, skill-wise and just strength-wise. I think they may be stronger than me but their boxing ability isn’t like mine.”

Then Shields took it up a couple of weight classes...

“GGG, he’s older now, but I could give GGG a run for his money.”

The middleweight champion would continue by giving her reasoning behind her bold proclamations.

“You know what? Power for power isn’t a question because what is boxing? Boxing’s the sweet science. It’s not about strength. It’s not about strength because people were saying Christina Hammer was stronger than me...but did you not see the head movement that I had during the fight? See the defense, the offense, the traps I set?

“If I was to get in with a man I would do a lot more of that, and I do have some power. I do have some power. I’m not gonna say I’m stronger than them but if I set up the right shot, with the right timing...”