Jake Paul caused a sensation in the boxing world and beyond. He was already on the wrong side of women’s champion Claressa Shields, and now more fuel has been added to the fire between the two.
United States today Sports + This week posted snippets of leaked emails from Shields manager Mark Taffet and promoter Dmitry Salita to Paul and promoter Nakisa Bidarian, dating back to Paul’s Triller fight against former LA star. NBA Nate Robinson. Paul knocked out Robinson in the second round in November 2020 on a card featuring Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr. Paul attempted to work with Shields, and it appears the Shields team contacted Paul at some point to be sure. this card. .
“Claressa is obviously one of the best female boxers of all time, but the sheer number (of viewers) she has didn’t make sense to us in terms of what Mark was hoping to achieve for her (in scholarship money). ), so I did it I don’t think it was on top of the pay-per-view of Tyson-Jones, who ended up being the eighth-tallest in history, ”said Bidarian, who helped Triller at the event, to USA Today Sports + on why the parties couldn’t come to an agreement.
Taffet then sent an email on March 15 launching Shields’ potential involvement in an April 17 fight card for Triller. This card showed Paul knocking out former MMA Champion Ben Askren. On March 5, Shields – already the undisputed middleweight champion – defeated Marie-Eve Dicaire to win the IBF, WBA and The Ring light middleweight titles to go with the WBC and WBO belts.
“Claressa has achieved a historic victory … to become the first man or woman from the four-belt era to win an undisputed world title in two weight divisions. We are now starting a plan for our next fights and would like to discuss plan with you to see if Triller is interested in being the world’s greatest fighter video platform. We would love to participate on your April 17th card if you have a slot available, “Taffet wrote.
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Bidarian told USA Today Sports + that there was no business need for Shields to be on the card because the focus was on Paul. Meanwhile, Paul teamed up with seven division women’s champion Amanda Serrano.
On July 14, Salita offered her services to Bidarian regarding logistics and events following a move to Showtime. During this time, however, Shields has become one of many fighters to criticize Paul for distracting from boxers.
Shields, who at one point threatened to sue Paul for libel, responded to the USA Today Sports + report. She said she was never involved in emails and that she was never supposed to fight over the Paul Cards.
Taffet has made his own statement in response to the Daily Mirror of London drama roundup. “I seek opportunities and [Shields] decides whether she wants them or not. . . exactly as a manager / athlete relationship should be. She’s not asking for opportunities, “he wrote on Twitter.
Such bad journalism… I always say “I’m not Claressa, and she’s not me”… it’s simple: I ask for opportunities and she decides if she wants them or not… just like a relationship manager should be /athlete. She doesn’t ask for opportunities. https://t.co/cOpdVKbGRN
– Mark Taffet (@MarkTaffetMedia) January 7, 2022
Shields said she would be ready to discuss the matter after her middleweight title defense next month against Ema Kozin.
“I’m focusing on one thing, I look spectacular on February 5th when I defend my world titles! After that, I’ll talk about these lies going around,” Shields wrote on Twitter.
I am focusing on one thing, I look spectacular on February 5th when I defend my world titles! Then I’ll talk about these lies that circulate
– Claressa Gwoat Shields (@Claressashields) January 7, 2022
The past year and more has been a busy one for Shields, who also competed in MMA for the Professional Fighters League, going 1-1 in two fights.
Paul, who attempted to become a women’s boxing advocate by teaming up with Serrano, also responded to the USA Today Sports + report. “Let’s leave this behind and work together to continue building women’s boxing,” he wrote on Twitter.
Shields briefly replied, saying all he cares about is his next fight.
Besides Shields, Paul is in a battle with UFC President Dana White. Paul offered to retire from boxing and join the UFC to fight Jorge Masvidal, in exchange for better fighter pay.