Professional boxer Arturs Ahmetovs has caused a stir by posting a video of himself knocking down women's champion Claressa Shields during a sparring session.
The clip uploaded by Ahmetovs also includes Shields accusing an unidentified Russian sparring partner of tampering with his gloves.
Arturs Ahmetovs has posted a video of himself controversially dropping women champion Claressa Shields
Shields was floored after a combination
Shields Hits the Mat
In a subsequent video, Shields, a three-division champion and two-time Olympian, can be seen getting knocked down by a left hook and ending up on her back.
Shields took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to respond to the video and reiterate her claims about the gloves.
She wrote: "I've never been knocked out in my 17-year career, but I've been dropped twice in the span of a week. I have no shame in that.
"But for a male fighter to deliberately remove padding from his gloves, he's a coward. Both him and coach Derrick Santos are bad for the sport!"
She added: "I didn't say anything because I didn't want my opponent to have information about me being knocked down before my fight.
"But why keep a video hidden for five years if you're so tough and fearless?"
Coach Denies Accusations
Ahmetovs' coach Santos denied Shields' allegations in the comments section of the Instagram post.
He responded: "She is full of s***. They asked for help in sparring, so why would we want to spar with a woman?
"No one removed padding from the gloves. After she made these accusations, the gloves were handed over to her coach.
"But more importantly, she sparred for two rounds prior to this incident where Artur was instructed not to hit her hard. While he was working with her, she started talking trash and fouling him to the point where she tripped him.
"During the break, he asked what was going on, as we were trying to help her because she is a woman.
"The response was, 'Well, punch her back. She's a big girl and a multiple-time champion.' He even tried to help her up, as no one wanted this to happen.
"This incident happened years ago, and obviously, the video was kept and never seen.
"Despite all the comments about her beating a guy, nothing derogatory was said about her or this moment. We respected her and saw no benefit in publicizing what happened during a sparring session.
"Now that she started talking, he posted the video. And now it's going viral. Was it him? Or did she do it to herself?
"It's been years. Even her coach said she had her chin up and got caught."
Ahmetovs currently holds a record of 6-1 and has not fought since 2020.
Shields, who refers to herself as the Greatest Women of All Time, boasts a perfect record of 14-0 and recently defended her undisputed middleweight titles in June.