Unified world champion Claressa, revealed Jake Paul turned down an offer of $100,000 to spar after the two clashed on social media in recent months.
Boxing star Shields faces Savannah Marshall on September 10 at the O2 Arena for the undisputed middleweight world championship. The YouTube star has feuded with the boxing world champion for several months on social media after Shields suffered the first loss of her MMA career.
Shields invited Paul to turn up to her gym for a sparring session ahead of her unification fight next month. But the YouTuber rejected the opportunity.
Speaking to GiveMeSport Shields revealed:
“I told him that we could spar for $100,000 and whoever wins gets that $100,000. He didn’t want to spar against me. And I’ve actually seen Jake Paul in person two or three times but he didn’t say anything. I’m not a fan of him. I do think he’s funny. He should be like a comedian or something.
“But I’m not a fan of the dude. I think what he’s doing in boxing and bringing more eyes is great. But I just can’t get jiggy with the whole thing like his attitude sucks. He started talking s*** after I lost my MMA fight by split decision and he was trying to big up the other girl who beat me and I was like dude you didn’t even say congratulations when I won my first MMA fight.
“He didn’t congratulate me on all of my achievements in women’s boxing. He doesn’t have any respect for the sport to me. So I’ve never really liked the dude. He tried to call a truce and apologise or whatever the case may be but no f**k that apology.”
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