Ireland’s Taylor, the world bantamweight champion, recently jumped to the number one spot in the American Shields pound-for-pound rankings, defeating Savannah Marshall earlier this month at the St. London’s O2 to unify the world middleweight title.
The latest result has sent fans of both fighters into a frenzy on social media, saying why their wife deserves the title of – to use The Shield’s signature term – boxing’s GWOAT (Greatest Woman in Every while).
It’s a controversy Taylor is happy to leave to those on the line, preferring instead to highlight the impact the two pioneering women are having on boxing.
“I won’t say [the rankings] absolutely inspired me,” Taylor told the PA news agency.
“I think we’re both just doing our own thing, and I’m trying to be the best that I can be, and she’s trying to be the best that she can be, and we’re both making a big impact in the world of boxing.” which is amazing.
“I think some of the biggest fights we’ve seen this year have been myself [Amanda] Serrano, Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall a few weeks ago, which is amazing.
“It’s been an amazing few months for women’s boxing and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
More than two million viewers watched the October 15 fight between Shields and Marshall on the knockout card, a sold-out broadcaster Sky Sports believes broke the record for the most-watched women’s boxing event. look at history.
It surpassed the 1.5 million who took in Taylor’s lightweight crown against Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, the first women to headline the event in its history and where a full house watched the Irishwoman decided to share her title and hold her position. .
These unprecedented numbers are part of the reason why Taylor is more concerned about the ring than ever.
The ‘Bray Bomber’ said: “For the first time in boxing history we’re seeing big names as female fighters. Some of the household names are actually female fighters now, which is amazing.
“We’re definitely seeing the best women’s boxing for the first time in its history, I think, and it’s a great time to be in the sport.”
Taylor (21-0) will defend her lightweight belt for the seventh time on Saturday when she takes on Argentina’s Karen Elizabeth Carabajal at Wembley.
Both women are undefeated, but the 19-0 Carabajal has never fought professionally outside of Argentina, or won a world championship, so Taylor remains the favorite.
There will also be a return trip to Wembley, where Taylor made her debut in 2016 when she defeated Poland’s Karina Kopinska.
Taylor, 36, said: “It’s been an amazing six years and the start of an amazing journey for me as a professional boxer. So, yeah, I’m definitely happy to get back out there and just to show it off. I could do it.
“Actually, I’m not one to look back too much. Those were amazing years.”
Taylor knows she can’t fight forever, but she insists that any talk of retirement won’t be about burning others, laughing, “I feel like everyone’s talking about it. [it]. Either they can’t wait for me to retire, but I feel very, very fresh right now.”
Before that day comes, Taylor hopes to see the results of the long-awaited fight in Dublin’s Croke Park – she has never fought at home in Ireland. She also has a burning desire.
“I would love to fight in Las Vegas again,” Taylor added. “That’s where the big fights happen. I’d like to cross that off my bucket list. But I really want to be in the big fights.
“I want to challenge myself with the best, and I’m excited for what’s to come.”