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Cris Cyborg: Cash must be ‘proper’ to face Claressa Shields in boxing

June 16, 2024 10:15 am ET Cris Cyborg is eager to take on boxing middleweight champion Claressa Shields, but certain terms must align with her interests. Primarily, the concern is money. While Cyborg is focused on her upcoming boxing bout against Aria Wild, who she faces Saturday at Crypto Fight Night Off-Chain 1 at O2

Cris Cyborg: Cash must be ‘proper’ to face Claressa Shields in boxing


Cris Cyborg is raring to tackle boxing middleweight champion Claressa Shields, however sure phrases should align together with her pursuits. Primarily, the priority is cash.

Whereas Cyborg is concentrated on her upcoming boxing bout towards Aria Wild, who she faces Saturday at Crypto Battle Night time Off-Chain 1 at O2 Enviornment in London, she can be conscious of a possible problem that awaits towards Shields.

Each fighters have dabbled within the different’s major fight sport; Shields is at present 2-1 in MMA underneath the PFL banner, whereas Cyborg is now 3-0 in skilled boxing.

The pair have mentioned the potential for creating an intriguing matchup, and each seem to agree that boxing is the very best enviornment. Nevertheless, for Cyborg, a number of phrases have to be agreed upon, none extra vital than the combat purse.

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“I believe the cash must be proper for this combat to occur,” Cyborg informed MMA Junkie Radio. “Need to be near MMA cash, you recognize? Individuals from boxing come into MMA as a result of the cash with ladies is completely different.”

Whereas cash is Cyborg’s major difficulty, others are additionally at play. Cyborg needs Shields, boxing’s undisputed middleweight champion (160 kilos), to drop weight. Cyborg, the Bellator girls’s featherweight champion (145 kilos) could be prepared to go up in weight a number of kilos, however Shields coming down could be a trade-off for expertise contained in the ring. In truth, Shields shall be transferring even additional away from Cyborg’s request for her subsequent combat, when she competes at 175 kilos in July.

“She don’t need to drop the load,” Cyborg stated. “Now you guys see she’s going to go heavyweight. So, if I’m going to combat her it’s going to be 147, perhaps 154 if the cash is true. I do know she may give up the load. I may give up expertise. I’ve two (boxing) fights.”

If all of the phrases might be met, Cyborg is happy for what might be one of many greatest girls’s boxing fights of the 12 months.

“You recognize the massive distinction, I’m a puncher,” Cyborg stated. “So, I wish to combat 8 oz. gloves. It’s going to be completely different, she is aware of this. We’ve sparred earlier than. However I consider if this combat occurs, I believe we now have to have the settlement.

“In fact, I would love it. I believe everyone wish to see this combat. She’s calling me out after my second boxing combat, so let’s see. It simply relies on her now make it occur, and the cash must be proper.”

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