Dmitry Salita Eyes Spring Clash Between Multi-Belt Champions Before P4P Star’s PFL Return
Claressa Shields convincingly outpointed Savannah Marshall in their historic O2 Arena bout last October to once again unify the middleweight titles. A month later, Natasha Jonas added another belt to her collection with a dominant decision over Marie Eve Dicaire to win her third Super Welterweight championship.
The obvious, and some would argue only, fight for Jonas is an undisputed bout with WBA titleholder Terri Harper, but Jonas’ team seem less than keen to pursue this option. Jonas and Shields both work with BOXXER and Sky Sports and the Liverpudlian seems interested in taking on the top P4P female fighter instead.
Shields’ promoter Dmitry Salita gave Boxing King Media the latest on a potential fight between the pair. He revealed that the ‘hope’ is to stage Shields Jonas next and that is something they were ‘working on’ and ‘positive’ can be made.
However, when pressed further, it was clear that the fight was nowhere near completion. Salita stated that ‘there are still some hurdles to overcome’ including the weight, time, date, titles, and location. Salita, however, is confident these points can be resolved relatively quickly.
The two options in weight are either 154 or 160, the former would see them clash for Jonas’ 3 belts whilst the latter would see Shields’ undisputed title be on the line. Jonas is the much smaller woman but would likely prefer a clash at 160 so she can fight for undisputed and so if she loses, she still keeps her 3 154 pound belts.
The rumours going around are that Shields-Jonas will take place in May but Salita confirmed that the American has contractual obligations with the PFL for MMA fights which means the plan is for Claressa to fight by the middle of April. If that is still the target, a deal will have to be reached in the next week or so to allow enough time for the bout to happen.