Who is the ‘greatest woman of all time’?
Claressa Shields is at the forefront of the debate. Not only did she win two Olympic gold medals, she was a professional heavyweight champion and a three-time undisputed champion.
But Ireland’s Katie Taylor is an outstanding champion. She won the London 2012 Olympics as a fan, and was an incredible five-time world gold medalist, and six-time undisputed heavyweight champion, moving up to heavyweight to win WBO belt.
Taylor, herself, will leave it to others to discuss who is the ‘GWOAT,’ the greatest woman of all time.
“I don’t know who the GWOAT is. I think a lot of women could really be in this conversation. But I’m doing my thing. [Shields] she’s doing her thing and it’s great that we’re both making a big impact in the boxing world,” Taylor said Sky Sports News.
“She’s an amazing girl with her speed, her class in the ring, her IQ is amazing to watch. I watch that kind of boxing all day. It’s just great to be in the conversation about who the GWOAT is.”
For Taylor it is very important that the best fight of the year so far is either her clash with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden or the showdown between The Shield and Savannah Marshall.
“I think the women are taking a lot of risks in their careers as well. The best fight the best. She’s the champion against the champion and that’s exactly what you want to see in boxing,” Taylor said.
“The two contenders for ‘fight of the year’ are myself and Serrano and Claressa against Savannah. That in itself says it all. Women’s boxing is at a higher level right now and it’s great to be a part of it.
“I want to take professional boxing to a new level and the way you do that is to get into these big fights, and get into fights that people want to see. Like Natasha Jonas. [Delfine] Not long ago, Amanda Serrano had a fight, you saw Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall, these kinds of fights are actually growing the sport,” she said.
“These are really legacy fights. The kind of fights that people watch. It’s amazing. I saw the numbers for Claressa Shields vs. Savannah Marshall, two million viewers and me and Serrano, I think it’s 1.5 million. Viewers. That in itself is amazing. When you get into a fight that people really care about, it makes the game even better.”
It is a sign of progress in women’s boxing. “I don’t think we would have thought that these nights would have happened 10 years ago. It’s amazing that this actually happened. The biggest names in boxing right now are probably female fighters, which in itself is amazing. ,” said Taylor. .
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“This is truly a history-making event. The best thing about it is that nights like this will inspire these young girls. It could be the first time these girls watch boxing because of these nights. These girls did it. Two gloves will be put on for the first time. This is the beginning of an amazing journey.”
Taylor has been in the inspiration business for a while. She paved the way for Irish boxing, and her country’s football team is currently in the limelight. Olympic champion Kellie Harrington, world gold medalist Amy Broadhurst and Olympian Aoife O’Rourke all won gold medals at the recent European Championships, with Ireland bringing home seven medals. completely.
“It’s amazing, I think the women’s national team, the women’s team, is probably the most dominant team in the world right now. We come back from competitions regularly with medals, European championships, World Cups and Olympics. I’m just. The future of women’s boxing is very bright at home. It’s just amazing to see the success they’ve had. Amazing times,” said Taylor.
“I actually brought Amy in for sparring before my last fight, she’s a great southpaw, a great fighter and when she turns pro she’s going to make amazing progress there as well. I’m really excited to watch her journey, to look. all this travel for girls and it’s good to have an impact on their careers.”
There are also up-and-comers who will seek to challenge Taylor. Mikaela Mayer, Alycia Baumgardner and Caroline Dubois all boxed on the Shield-Marshall card. The undisputed champion will be the ultimate goal for all of them.
“We’ll see what happens. There’s definitely a lot of opponents out there and obviously I’m ready and willing to get in the ring against one of the girls. I hope there’s not going to be any changing of the guard.” .they want to stay in this position for a long time,” Taylor said.
“We’re getting the respect we deserve. We’re getting the platform. It’s just an amazing time. For me, personally, there’s no shortage of great fights out there.
“I don’t even think about retiring. I think everyone is waiting for me to retire but I feel very fresh. I still love my sports.”
Taylor has her own goals to pursue. The next frontier for women’s boxing is to fight on the field. That’s what the Irish star wants to do.
“I think the dream for me is to tell a great story back home in Ireland,” she said. “The thought of headlining in Croke Park in front of 80,000 people… That’s what I think we all deserve. I hope it can happen soon.
“The fight back home in Ireland, the big fight in Vegas will be amazing. I really believe people haven’t seen my best and I want to keep improving.”