Taylor & Shields edge closer to Super Fights

They are the biggest stars in women’s boxing, and they are both en route to the biggest clashes in women’s boxing in recent years. 

December 1st, 2021

Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields, No 1 one and 2 on The Ring Womens Pound-for-Pound ranking, are ready to shine on 11 December and 29 January in the UK.

Undisputed lightweight world champion, 35-year-old Katie Taylor is expected to collide with another P4P star Amanda Serrano in spring 2022 while a grudge fight between rival middleweight champions Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall also moves nearer – a battle for the undisputed middleweight title.

But first things first. On 11 December Taylor and on 29 January Shields have hurdles to overcome before focusing on their respective, potential Super Fights.

At the Echo Arena in Liverpool, Irish sensation Katie Taylor (19-0, 6 KOs) puts her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, and Ring Magazine crowns on the line against Kazakhstan’s Firuza Sharipova (14-1-0, 8 KOs)

I’m looking forward to finishing the year on a high in Liverpool with a big performance and another successful defense of my titles,” said Taylor.

Just 200 miles away, on 29 January at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, 26-year-old American Claressa Shields (11-0, 2 KOs) takes on Slovenias unbeaten Ema Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KOs) in a defense of her WBA, WBC, and IBF Middleweight Titles.

The upcoming bout will be the first time Shields has fought outside the United States since winning the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Shields, impressively, has spent 2021 split between boxing and fighting in MMA with the Professional Fighters League. Her last boxing match was in March.

Im excited to return to the boxing ring against the undefeated number contender and show the world once again that I am the GWOAT,” said Shields.

Should the self-proclaimed Greatest Woman of All Timewin in her UK debut, it could set up the fight against Savannah Marshall, who currently holds the WBO title.

Its been a dream of mine to fight in the U.K., and it brings me one step closer to shutting Savannah Marshalls mouth once and for all.”

 

11 December, Liverpool, UK

Katie Taylor vs Firuza Sharapova (WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO Lightweight Titles), live on DAZN.

 

29 January, Cardiff, UK

Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin (WBA, WBC & IBF Middleweight Titles), live on Sky Sports.