Dana White has long stated about his plans about entering the Boxing business under the banner Zuffa Boxing. The talks intensified when UFC star Conor McGregor was scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather. Now a big step towards accomplishing the Zuffa boxing goal is very near as UFC president Dana White revealed in a recent interview with BT Sport that fans might be treated to the first major female cross-over fight between Clarresa Shields and Amanda Nunes.
White revealed that he is in talks with former Olympic champion and undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields. She has previously hinted about fighting inside the Octagon against UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. She had also previously claimed that she is down to fighting Nunes inside the ring.
“Claressa Shields is coming,” White told BT Sport. “She’ll be here Saturday to watch the fight. She’s coming to watch the fight, and I will be honest with you, Claressa Shields’ people and I have talked. I don’t know, we’ll see. We’ve talked.
“I know they’re both interested in it, too. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out. We have a lot of respect for her, too, and she’s going to come to the fight and should be fun.”
Nunes is fighting this weekend at UFC 245 against Germaine De Randamie and if she gets past the former Dutch UFC champion, there very well may be a super fight between Nunes and Sheilds.
Last month, Claressa Shields’ manager Dmitriy Salita hinted that a fight between her and Amanda Nunes could materialise in the next 6 to 12 months.
“I think sometime in the next six to 12 months,” Salita said. “I think both ladies need to embrace it and talk about it, and there needs to be a real plan to make it happen, and to make it the biggest possible event it could be.
“Claressa wants to be a two-sport star. We’ve just been really building her strategically – her fanbase, her brand – and Claressa is really carrying the women’s sport of boxing on her shoulders.”
Are you guys interested in this crossover fight between Shields and Nunes?