SERENA Williams’ outburst at the US Open was stunning but a US boxing champ said she lost respect for the tennis star long before.
BOXING champion Claressa Shields has slammed tennis champion Serena Williams, revealing why it’s not always a good idea to meet your idols.
The 23-year-old WBA and IBF female middleweight and super middleweight world champion said Williams used to be a idol, until they met at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
She told the Detroit Free Press she was upset after meeting her childhood idol.
“Well, one used to be Serena Williams,” Shields, 23, said. “She used to be. I was able to meet Serena at the 2016 Olympics. She was just not nice.
“For me to look up to her like I did when I was a kid and then meet her in person and see how she’s not fan-friendly, (that was upsetting).”
Shields won two gold medals at the Rio Olympics, the first US boxer to achieve the feat.
She has since turned professional and is undefeated with the two unified world championships.
“She was kind of mean to a lot of people at the Olympics and just kind of made me not want to be like her,” Shields said. “Because I’m different. I’m a fan of her being a great athlete, just not a fan of her as a person, if that makes sense?”
Shields said her new role models are Floyd Mayweather and light heavyweight boxer Andre Ward.