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Wilder: Shields Is Like Lady Version Of Me - Talk Sh-t, Back It Up

LOS ANGELES—WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder sees greatness in Claressa Shields. The Alabaman boxer went out of his way to heap praise on arguably the best female boxer in the world, while also championing women's boxing.

“Claressa Shields is amazing. I think she’s definitely leading the way for women’s boxing. I’m happy to see that, because women deserve the same respect as men,” said Wilder.

“I look at her as a female version of me. You go in, speak it, talk some s---, and do what you got to do, to give the fans what they want to see, and she’s leading the way for women's boxing. I hope they pay raise get’s well, too. People, go out and support the women, man. There is nothing sexier than a woman who can defend herself and knock your a-- out.”

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Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) is a two-time US Olympic gold medalist and three-division champion. In January, she defeated Ivana Habazin in a landslide decision, further getting the attention of his male peer.

“A woman is very strong, and when they understand their worth, they become even stronger. When it comes to boxing, I know a lot of people have opinions of females being in there, and risking so many things, but that’s their life. Who are you? Just stay entertained and continue. watching,” said Wilder.

“Women are some of the strongest people on earth. If you can go through a cycle of seven days of bleeding and still survive, s---, [men] ain’t going to do that. C’mon bro. If our stomach hurts, we’re a baby.”

Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) is in the midst of preparing to fight Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) on Feb. 22 in a highly anticipated heavyweight showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as part of a Fox and ESPN pay-per-view promotion.

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and and currently does TV commentary for combat sports programming that airs on Fox Sports and hosts his own radio show in Los Angeles. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at

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Comment by lowblows420 on 02-13-2020

I could see the resemblance both talk alot of sht until they get they ass beat which will be soon for both. Fury koing wilder in 10rds and claratchet rathead shields will be getting her ass whooped by Taylor or…

Comment by Curtis Harper on 02-13-2020

Wilder: Shields Is Like Lady Version Of Me - Talk Sh-t, Back It Up 2 kos :lol1:

Comment by Fire4231 on 02-13-2020

[QUOTE=HaymonTheGod;20385541]a big hollywood studio is making a movie about claressas life story! Directed by a oscar winner and they just cast ice cube in it... But the scumbag racists at boxing scene wont be reporting things like that[/QUOTE] Broski, that’s…

Comment by champion4ever on 02-13-2020

It seems to me that Deontay Wilder has become the new Mayweather for boxing haters. So he must be doing something right :lol1:

Comment by Earl-Hickey on 02-13-2020

Both are scummy people so I can see the attraction

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