Floyd Mayweather star Savannah Marshall won’t rise to Claressa Shields’ bait

Savannah Marshall
Savannah Marshall

Savannah Marshall is aiming to conquer the world in the professional ranks – just like she did in the amateur game.

The Hartlepool fight superstar has signed a four-year contract with the biggest name AND voice in the sport – Floyd Mayweather.

I am aiming to secure a world championship ... she’ll be looking to do exactly the same, I’m pretty sure our paths will cross


Marshall will be based in Las Vegas and hopes, with Mayweather Promotions guiding her career, she will add a pro belt to the 2012 amateur gold she won.

The 25-year-old’s link-up has put her on a collision course with Claressa Shields.

Double Olympic champion Shields has lost only once in an explosive career – to Marshall.

And the American has already had her say. Replying to this reporter on Twitter, she tweeted: “The best news I’ve heard in a while! Her ass is kicked! @MayweatherPromo set it up!”

But Marshall is not known as the ‘Silent Assassin’ for nothing and refused to take the bait.

“I would love to be world champion, that’s my dream,” said the Headland ABC middleweight who struck world gold in China on her 21st birthday.

“I’m only 25 and feel my best years are still ahead of me. With Mayweather Promotions, I feel I can go all the way to the top.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get started.

“I don’t really want to get involved in any squabbling with Claressa.

“I am aiming to secure a world championship and I know she’ll be looking to do exactly the same.

“I’m pretty sure our paths will cross at some point, but I’m not going to go around calling her out.”

Mayweather, hardly surprisingly, was upbeat about his new signing after unveiling her at a media conference at London’s Landmark Hotel yesterday.

“She’s remarkable, she’s unbelievable, she’s an Olympian, a champion, she deserves to be with us,” ” said the 40-year-old, who urged patience over a mouthwatering transatlantic showdown.

“Everything takes time, we’re not here to talk bad about Shields because she won two gold medals, if I’m not mistaken.

“The girl we just signed, she’s the last person to beaten her, if I’m not mistaken.

“The girl we just signed, she’s a helluva fighter also.

“We don’t know what the future holds.”

Mayweather is in the capital as the boss and cheerleader of world super-featherweight champion Gervonta Davis, who will be defending his IBF title tomorrow night at the Copperbox Arena at the Olympic Park, against unbeaten Norfolk fighter Liam Walsh.

The man known as ‘Pretty Boy’ says he wants to get 2014 Commonwealth champion Marshall “active” and that will mean exposure in boxing’s most lucrative market, America.

His goal is to take her to the top.

“We just want to get her out there, get her busy,” he told boxingnewsonline.net. “Hopefully she can become world champion someday.”