Don’t expect Jessica McCaskill to be in awe of some of the biggest and most talented names in women’s boxing.
The undisputed welterweight champion from Chicago was recently asked to give her thoughts on a slew of top names and, suffice to say, she was something of a tough critic.
Of seven-division titlist Amanda Serrano, McCaskill described her as “late.” Asked to elaborate, McCaskill said she was referring to the fact that Serrano’s undisputed lightweight fight with Ireland’s Katie Taylor took a few years longer than expected to materialize. Serrano challenged Taylor in April at Madison Square Garden in New York City, losing a close decision.
By “late”, McCaskill was also referring to Serrano’s inability to knock out Taylor in their fight, after having hurt Taylor in the early and middle rounds.
“I feel like, true, she got the big money fight and that was dope and everything,” McCaskill said on The DAZN Boxing Show. “But she was late on the draw to knock Katie out.
“She was late on the fight because she was picking over the money and everything. She might have been able to do more damage before, when this whole fight was supposed to have happened.”
Of Taylor, McCaskill was more brief, calling the Irish boxing star and current 135-pound undisputed champion “scared.”
It is not clear if McCaskill was referring to Taylor’s fighting style or McCaskill’s perception that Taylor does not want to fight her again. McCaskill lost a unanimous decision to Taylor in December 2017, a fight that McCaskill has repeatedly said exposed Taylor’s weaknesses as a boxer.
“Katie Taylor – scared,” McCaskill said.
McCaskill was not in a congratulatory spirit either when it came to Mikaela Mayer. The IBF and WBO junior lightweight titlist from Los Angeles is coming off a points victory over Jennifer Han in April. Mayer is now heading into a unification clash with WBC beltholder Alycia Baumgardner Sept. 10 at the O2 Arena in London.
“Unimpressive, un-improving” McCaskill said of Mayer.
McCaskill also had some words – or a word – for three-division titleholder Claressa Shields.
“Waiting,” McCaskill said, presumably referring to the notion that she is still waiting for the Flint, Michigan, native to fight her.