Claressa Shields hits back at Laila Ali by saying 'she never beat any real fighters' as talk turns to a potential super fight between them

Shields made history when she beat Ivana Habazin to win a world title in a third weight division (Twitter: @boxnationtv)
Shields made history when she beat Ivana Habazin to win a world title in a third weight division (Twitter: @boxnationtv)
9:21am, Sun 19 Jan 2020
CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

Three-weight world champion Claressa Shields has hit back at retired boxer Laila Ali by saying she never beat any 'real fighters'.

Ali came out earlier this week to dispute Shields' claims to be the Greatest Woman of All Time by suggesting while on the 'Sway in the Morning' show that 'she could never have beaten me'.

But the current undisputed middleweight queen has responded to those words from 'Madame Butterfly', daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, with some strong words of her own.

Shields said: "Let's just keep it honest. Don't say that I'm not talented because I'm the most talented female fighter there has been in the history of boxing.

"Laila Ali is all bark, no bite. If a girl call me out, I answer.

"She fought against soccer moms and probably strippers or something. I fight real fighters."

Ali ended her career with a perfect professional record of 24 victories and no losses having picked up world title belts at both super middleweight and light heavyweight.

Meanwhile, Shields has won world titles in three weight divisions in a record-breaking ten pro bouts.

And the 24-year-old is confident if the money is there that a clash between herself and Ali can happen.

"The loser gets $5 million. The winner gets $10 million," she added. "We can make it happen if she really wants to make it happen."

Sign up to our newsletter