Claressa Shields says shed "embarrass" Jake Paul with one hand inside the ring

Claressa Shields has said she would "embarrass" Jake Paul with one hand inside the ring as she prepares to compete in her second MMA fight on Wednesday night.

The two-time Olympic champion takes on Abigail Montes in the Professional Fighters League having previously won her MMA debut with a third round stoppage.

Shields will return to the boxing ring in December when she makes her UK debut and shares the card with her rival Savannah Marshall.

The American three-weight world champion holds the distinction of being the only fighter ever, male or female, to simultaneously hold all four belts in more than one division.

Shields has previously said it would be "disrespect" for a fighter with her achievements to be on the undercard of one of YouTuber turned boxer Paul's fights.

Having been asked about her past comments, Shields told Sky Sports: "I don't know what world people live in that they think a man [could beat me] who has not been to the Olympics, who has not fought professionally.

"There are a lot of women in boxing who could [out-box] men, especially a regular joe like Jake Paul!

"I know it's too much to fight him because it would be too embarrassing [for him], but if I were to spar Jake, I could use one hand.

"Just my jab, I wouldn't even have to use the banger.

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"Just my jab – I would out-jab, out-hook and out-uppercut him. I would embarrass him. This isn't a shot at Jake Paul.

"This is how skilled I am. You're not as great a boxer as me. If you are? Go to the Olympics and [win a] medal! Go!

"Because I sparred those guys too who are Olympic silver and gold medallists. Jake couldn't grace the ring with those guys because they would destroy him, just like I would.

"This isn't disrespectful. I am a skilled boxer – respect it and know it. Just because I'm a woman? This is real-life stuff. I box for real. I'm not a play-fighter."

Paul has a 4-0 record as a professional fighter having made his debut in January 2020 but has faced criticism for not yet fighting a fellow boxer.

His opponents as a professional include another YouTuber, a former NBA player and two retired MMA fighters.

He is reported to be close to agreeing a deal to take on rival Tommy Fury, younger brother of Tyson, later this year, with the pair having gone back and forth on social media multiple times in recent months.

His most recent fight, against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley, included a women's world title bout on the undercard as Amanda Serrano claimed the WBC, WBO and IBO featherweight belts.

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