Tyson Fury’s sparring companion believes Claressa Shields is now a good higher boxer and will replicate the success of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather by combating Amanda Nunes.
Dmitriy Salita, who now promotes Shields, has watched his consumer develop at Jackson Wink MMA earlier than she crosses codes for the primary time this weekend.
Shields is likely one of the most adorned boxers in historical past, no matter gender, profitable two Olympic gold medals and turning into the primary boxer ever to be undisputed world champion in two divisions within the four-belt period.
But a scarcity of economic incentive or credible opposition contained in the squared circle has compelled her to push herself out of her consolation zone as soon as once more and Shields will struggle below the Skilled Fighters League banner this weekend towards Brittney Elkins.
To see such a precocious expertise abandon the game she has recognized her complete life in pursuit of greatness deserves super respect. By no means earlier than has a boxer efficiently transitioned into MMA earlier than, with James Toney probably the most notorious instance.
But Salita, who’s coaching alongside world heavyweight champion Fury for his trilogy struggle with Deontay Wilder, believes the self-proclaimed ‘GWOAT’ (Best Girl of All Time) can transcend sport completely.
Salita, talking through the MyBettingSites.co.uk weblog, mentioned: “She’s coaching in the perfect MMA fitness center on this planet with a number of the best UFC fighters ever; Jon Jones, Holly Holm. She’s studying every single day and she or he’s enthusiastic about making her debut this week.
“There’s a possibility there: Claressa v Amanda Nunes or Kayla Harrison. Claressa v [Amanda] Nunes can be like Mayweather-McGregor. That’s one thing that might be big and I’d like to be part of.
“I feel we noticed in her final boxing struggle that Claressa grew to become a greater boxer due to her bodily health. The completely different coaching she’s been doing is making her change into a greater athlete.
“I feel that persevering with to coach and staying in form 12 months spherical is simply going to enhance her sport. It’s one thing new and one thing thrilling.
“She’s a world class fight sports activities star coming into a brand new part of profession and I feel that is going to make girls’s boxing go to a different stage as a result of her story goes to be instructed on one other main platform and I’m very blissful about it.”