Undisputed women’s light middleweight champion, Claressa Shields, has claimed she should be paid some of the winnings for any bets placed on her fights.
The US star has held multiple world championships across three weight classes and is the pound for pound best active female boxer according to ESPN.
Shields is also the only boxer in history, male or female, to hold all four major world titles in boxing –– WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO –– simultaneously.
So far, the 26-year-old has a 100 percent record in professional boxing, having won all 11 of her fights.
Speaking on Twitter, Shields stressed how she felt entitled to receive some of the profits from those who chose to place bets backing her.
“I’ll never understand why people can place bets on me & I don’t see any of that money,” she said.
“[It] kinda makes me think of taxes. I pay taxes because I work my ass off to make money just to pay taxes….. it’s all backwards to me.”
Some fans agreed with the Michigan born fighter. One replied to Shields by saying: “Fighters should definitely get a percentage of every official bet.”
However, others responded that Shields should then have to pay up if she was defeated and caused punters to lose out.
“Then by that logic, they should pay up if the better doesn’t win,” someone said.
In general, athletes are not allowed to bet on themselves when competing, meaning Shields’ hopes of profiting from bets on herself are slim.
And while punters may have made money betting on the American to win throughout her career, the odds on her will certainly be higher if a dream fight against Savannah Marshall comes to fruition.
Marshall is the reigning WBO middleweight champion and is the only person to ever defeat Shields –– having beaten her in the 2012 Olympics gold medal match.
A super-fight between the two has been brewing for the past nine years and it seems 2022 could finally be the year the pair meet in the ring.
Shields has branded Marshall a “liar” and emphasised the Brit is only WBO champion because she was forced to vacate the belt.
Both fighters will compete on the same undercard in Birmingham on December 11th, with the two set to meet each other next year if both emerge victorious.News Now - Sport News