It looks like things could be getting a little more interesting when it comes to Women’s Boxing. For those who may not know Claressa Shield’s, is currently one of the top fighter’s in women’s boxing, and her and boxing legend Laila Ali have been exchanging words with each other for some time now.
On Friday, Laila appeared on ESPN’s “First Take,” and when asked if she would be willing to come out of retirement to face Claressa, Laila said for the right bag, she would be up for the challenge.
Now there have been a number of interviews where Claressa and Laila have talked about each other back and forth. In one interview with The Breakfast Club, Claressa expressed how she feels that Laila has not embraced her like she has the other women within boxing. She also said that if Laila were to come out of retirement she would beat her.
Friday after Laila made her comments, Claressa used her Twitter fingers to let Laila know that she is ready to fight her.
According to ESPN, the rift between these two women date as far back as 2018, where Laila reportedly made some comments about Claressa in a radio interview, which caused Claressa to take a listen.
At the time Claressa said, “I decided to go and give [the interview] a listen. And honestly, to me it was some disrespect and shade, and my thing is it only takes a phone call to rumble.”
Of course, time would go by and both women would continue to talk about each other.
Claressa’s manager, Mark Taffet, told ESPN that he has been in touch with Laila’s team about a possible fight. He said, “I’ve reached out to her team and have had some brief conversations, and I hope we have continued conversations because for the two athletes, and for women’s boxing, I think it would be a great event.”