Claressa Shields intends to drop down to the junior middleweight limit again now that she has been crowned women’s boxing’s undisputed middleweight champion for the second time.

The undefeated three-division champion would welcome fights with either British titleholder in the 154-pound division, yet Shields admitted she would rather face Natasha Jonas over Terri Harper. Jonas (12-2-1, 8 KOs) and Harper (13-1-1, 6 KOs) fought to a 10-round split draw in August 2020, thus there’s not much that separates them, but Shields noticed Jonas had a lot to say before Shields defeated Savannah Marshall on October 15 at O2 Arena in London.

“Either or,” Shields told, “but Natasha Jonas was doing an interview and she was saying Savannah Marshall was gonna knock me out, and when Savannah Marshall lands, girls don’t get up. She was just riding Savannah Marshall’s coattails so hard, I really wanna beat her up some more.”

The 27-year-old Shields defeated the hard-hitting Marshall by unanimous decision in a long-awaited showdown that was postponed for five weeks due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II early in September. Judges scored Shields (13-0, 2 KOs) a 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94 winner over Marshall (12-1, 10 KOs), the only woman who has beaten the Flint, Michigan native in an amateur or professional boxing match.

Liverpool’s Jonas, meanwhile, will encounter an opponent Shields dominated, Marie-Eve Dicaire, on Saturday night at AO Arena in Manchester, England (Sky Sports; 7 p.m. GMT).

Jonas will defend her WBC and WBO belts against Dicaire (18-1, 1 KO). Quebec’s Dicaire will put up the IBF junior middleweight championship she regained by winning her last fight, nine months after Shields shut her out on all three scorecards to take it from her.

The 28-year-old Jonas is listed by most sportsbooks as at least a 4-1 favorite to defeat Dicaire in their 10-round battle between southpaws. Assuming Jonas wins, Shields wouldn’t hesitate to travel to England again to fight her.

“I had so much fun in the UK,” Shields said in reference to meeting Marshall in her rival’s home country. “The lead up, the press conference, the face-off, I had a glorious time. You know, even though I beefed with some of the people over there, some of the fans, Savannah Marshall’s fans, it was fine and I had a great time. I love how the fans are really boxing fans.

“Like, they showed up, they cheered, they booed and then they did what was right after the fight, which is cheer for the winner. You know, so I was able to win them over, and I would love to go back there again to show my skills. If the UK is where women’s boxing is big at right now, that’s where I’ll be at, until America gets on board.”

If Shields-Jonas doesn’t materialize next, Shields could turn her attention to Harper. The 26-year-old Harper, who owns the IBO and WBA 154-pound championships, most recently unanimously out-pointed another fighter Shields shut out, Scotland’s Hannah Rankin (12-6, 3 KOs), on September 24 at Nottingham Arena in Nottingham, England.

“Right now, we wanna have fights that are big,” Shields said. “Women at 154 right now have the names and the fans, and they’re both from the UK, Natasha Jonas and Terri Harper. I think those fights would be great for the sport again.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.