A video of Claressa Shields getting dropped has emerged.
In the clip Shields is seen being heavily dropped by Latvian Arturs Ahmetovs in a sparring session back in 2018.
Whoa. Claressa Shields being dropped in sparring by a man. She clarifies what happened in a tweet.
— Abe (@AbeMorales209) December 11, 2023
But she has claimed he tampered with his gloves after being embarrassed in an earlier sparring session.
In a series of posts on X formerly Twitter she wrote:
‘One thing for sure, if I went public 2018 about how this fellow professional boxer & boxing trainer took his padding out his gloves to spar against me because I embarrassed him earlier that week, it would have jeopardized my upcoming world title fight.’
She continued: ‘I’ve never been Ko’d in 17 years and I’ve been dropped 2x all in a week of each other. I have no shame in that. But for a male fighter to literally take the padding out his gloves, he’s a punk. Him and coach Derrick santos are bad for the sport!’
‘I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want my opponent to have information of me getting dropped leading up to my fight. But why keep a video hidden for 5 years and you so big and bad. F**k outta here.’
I have no problem getting caught in sparring it happens and I Sparr majority Men! But this dude Arthur and his coach Derrick santos were embarrassed and next time we sparred he purposely wore gloves with no little to no padding, I can’t make this up. I couldn’t believe it https://t.co/9GmjXddYkA
— Claressa Gwoat Shields (@Claressashields) December 11, 2023
Shields undoubtedly is one of if not the best female boxer of all-time and boasts a record of (14-0)