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Claressa Shields sends message to Katie Taylor as she beats her to awards

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Claressa Shields says Katie Taylor deserves an award for “the least trash talk” as she pipped the Bray native to two fighter of the year gongs.

The two boxers are are constantly being described as the greatest female fighters of all time, but Shields was recently named the Women’s Boxer of the Year by both Women’s Fight News and Sporting News ahead of the undisputed lightweight champion.

However, the American had words of praise for Taylor, who enjoyed another incredible year in 2022 by defeating Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden before beating Karen Elizabeth Carabajal in London.

In a series on tweets, undisputed middleweight champion Shields wrote: “No award for best trash talk. Hell @MikaelaMayer1 & @alyciambaum definitely won in that. Most entertaining build up I’ve ever been able to witness.

“We also need an award for the least trash talk,! Winner @KatieTaylor. She don’t say nothing! She just go out there perform and win! She don’t respond to nobody remarks! I like that about her.”

Claressa Shields

 

 

However, Taylor was named the RTE Sportsperson of the Year for a third time in 2022.

And the focus of the 2012 Olympic champion, her manager Brian Peters and promoter Eddie Hearn is to now secure a massive rematch with Serrano at Croke Park next year.

Speaking after winning the RTE award, Taylor said: “We are definitely pushing for a rematch at Croke Park. Just the thoughts of making my homecoming fight at Croke Park is spine-tingling.

“Talks are definitely under way right now, and I think we are a long way off from that fight happening at Croke Park, but I hope it does happen.

“It would be an awful shame if it doesn’t happen. The thought of fighting in front of 80,000 people gives me goosebumps.