Dmitriy Salita, the promoter for undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields, has revealed that an offer has been presented to Natasha Jonas, who currently holds the unified crown at junior middleweight.
Last October, Shields made another statement when she traveled to the UK to win a dominant ten round unanimous decision over career rival Savannah Marshall at the O2 Arena in London. There was the possibility of an immediate rematch, but the second contest appears to be more likely to happen down the line.
Jonas saw action last November, when she boxed past beat Marie-Eve Dicaire to secure a unanimous decision in their 154-pound unification clash.
Neither fighter is currently scheduled to see action and both Shields and Jonas have expressed interest in a 2023 showdown.
Salita is looking to make it happen, but he’s yet to hear back from Jonas’ team.
“We love the fight,” Salita told Sky Sports. “The ball is in Natasha’s court I know she talked about wanting to fight Claressa but has not stepped up to the plate to accept it after receiving an offer.”
And there is no issue with Shields making another trip to the UK to make that fight happen.
“Yes we love the UK boxing culture, it’s fans and media,” said Salita. “To come to UK for boxing is always a holiday.
“Claressa travelled thousands of miles away from her home to avenge her only loss in another event that broke viewership records for not just boxing, but women’s sports.
“Claressa grew up in one of the most challenging places Flint, Michigan USA. She understands her role, gives back her time and money in her community and understands what she represents around the world.”