Women must be allowed to fight for as long as men, says Shields

(Reuters) – World light-middleweight champ Claressa Shields has actually required females’s world title bouts to be the exact same length as guys’s battles, arguing that existing policies enhance the argument that females must be paid less.

Women’s world title battles are carried out over 10 rounds of 2 minutes while guys defend 12 rounds of 3 minutes.

Shields, who on March 5 quotes to end up being the very first undeniable four-belt world champ at 2 various weights – stated that it was time for a rethink.

“I think the biggest thing in women’s boxing is people say… women shouldn’t get paid the same because we don’t fight the same amount of time,” Shields informed Reuters TELEVISION.

“But I wish more people will realise that we didn’t put those rules in place, the men did. So the men need to change those rules to where every world champion boxer for women can fight three-minute, 12 rounds.”

Shields stated the problem “affects women’s boxing as a whole.”

“We don’t have as many knockouts as the men because we don’t have enough time to get the knockouts,” she stated.

Shields won the WBC super-middleweight title in her 4th battle prior to unifying all 4 significant belts – WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO – at middleweight.

The 25-year-old can do the exact same in the light-middleweight classification if she beats Canada’s IBF and WBA champ Marie Eve Dicaire at the Dort Federal Occasion Centre in Flint, Michigan.

Shields stated it was not the case that females fighters required safeguarding.

“We all know what we’re signing up for. So no need to try to protect the women, if you’re not going to protect the men, because they’re getting knocked out, they’re getting hurt they are actually dying,” she included.

Reuters asked each of the governing bodies for a remark.

The WBC stated that clinical research studies revealed female fighters were most likely to suffer concussion than guys, which was why their battles were over a much shorter time.

“It’s science not sexism that demands we uphold this decision. Females have been shown to have increased susceptibility, symptom scores, and prolonged symptoms compared to males,” the WBC stated in a declaration.

“Sadly, most women athletes, in all sports, earn less than the men do. We are working on this by creating campaigns and joining forces with organizations in many arenas, not just boxing.”

(Reporting by Iain Axon in London; Composing by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Toby Davis)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.