Claressa Shields Media Workout Quotes
MIRAMAR, Florida – August 11, 2022 – boxing superstar Claressa “GWOAT” Shields held a media training session in Miami/Ft. Thursday in the Lauderdale area as she nears her next undisputed middleweight world championship showdown against her longtime rival Marshal of Savane.
Shields vs Marshall will take place on Saturday September 10 from The O2, London and will be available on ESPN+ for audiences in the US. Shields will bring the WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles into the showdown against Marshall and his WBO strap, in an event promoted by Salita Promotions and BOXXER in association with Hennessy Sports.
Shields will be looking to avenge the only loss of his amateur career and end a long war of words with Marshall that has peaked in recent years and stemmed from Marshall’s points win over Shields in an amateur bout in 2012.
Joining Shields on Thursday was his coach Jean David Jackson and promoter Dimitri Salita, President of Salita Promotions. Moreover, the rising prospect of 20 years Sarah Liegmann showed off his skills ahead of his Shields undercard fight against Marshall.
Here’s what workout attendees had to say Thursday from Square Off Boxing & Fitness:
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On how she feels in training a month away from fight night…
“My body feels good and looks good too. I’m in a good mood. Everyone keeps asking me about my nerves. Unfortunately, I don’t have nerves before a fight. I I’m super excited to fight. I don’t know why, but I like it.
“Training camp is really the hardest part before the fight. People say the fight is going to be the hardest part, and I just don’t believe the fight will be any harder than if I did three different workouts a day with four miles of sprints and then came to the gym and I was doing the second session. I don’t believe a night and a 10 round fight with Savannah Marshall, or any other woman, would be harder than my training.
On the rivalry with Marshall…
“I don’t know if I don’t like (Marshall) anymore, or was it Christina Hammer? I do not know. I know both of them are just idiots. Savannah Marshall, she says some of the dumbest things… She said if she walked around calling herself the GWOAT, her friends would slap her. As it should be… You have a belt. Please don’t call yourself the GWOAT Please don’t. The only people I think have the right to call themselves the GWOAT are Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano. Everyone else, zip it. Savannah Marshall, shut up. You’ve been a pro for five years and you only have one belt. Of course, your friends should slap you. I should slap you for talking about wanting to be the GWOAT, or you’re the GWOAT because you beat me 10 years ago.
To those who doubt her in this fight…
“To all of you who doubt me, just be sure to apologize after the fight. Say, ‘We were wrong.’ You don’t have to say you’re the GWOAT. Just say, “We were wrong, you’re the best and we respect you.” And that you respect my hard work and my accomplishments because (Marshall) was luck. She beat me in 2012 before the Olympics was the lucky break of her career. It was his greatest achievement. After that, descent. It’s no coincidence that I won the 2012 Olympics because I won them again, and then I won the world championships three times. So she was the fluke, and she’s still a fluke because she knocked out a whole bunch of bums.
On Marshall’s power…
“All this talk is exaggerated. A lot of people don’t really realize how many haters I have. I’m one of the most sought after female boxers and people pay a lot of attention to me, but I have a lot of haters because of my talent. It’s kind of like I’m Floyd Mayweather, but in a woman’s body, you know.
“So they want me to lose and they’ll say anything to make her feel better. I mean look, I’m accepting her knockout because they’re here. She’s 12-0 with 10 knockouts, but go look at these girls’ records and tell me whether she should knock them out or not. And you’re going to say, ‘Yeah, you should knock out somebody who’s got 4-25. You should knock somebody out.’ one that’s 11-75. Plus you fight them on three days notice, one week notice. You’re supposed to knock girls out like that.
On the importance of this fight…
“It’s important to win every fight. (Marshall) doesn’t hold a special place in my heart where I want to beat her more than I want to beat anyone else in my life. No that’s not it. I think the people I think too much of her. I think she’s a good fighter. I think she’s a big girl for the weight class. But she’s not as good as me. She’s not as smart as me, and she doesn’t know how to adapt. This is what we will see on September 10.
JOHN DAVID JACKSON, shields coach
On preparing Shields for Marshall…
“For this particular camp, there are some things we are working on that we can take away from Savannah. She’s good, but she’s not as good as she thinks. So we’re just working on different things. Every fight is different for Claressa and we just want to go easy, relaxed and calm and not try to knock her head off right away because you’ll get her, but that’s probably later than sooner. So we’re just working on some things to bring Marshall down.
On the development of Liegmann…
“Sarah has come a long way. She didn’t really box. She did kickboxing. But now she is starting to understand the game of boxing and she is much better now. Over time, when she came back to America, all the things that I told her to work on, she worked on…I saw the creme de la creme at 126 pounds and she has a chance. She definitely has a chance.
DMITRIY SALITA, President of Salita Promotions
“There are few male fighters in the history of United States sports who, at the height of their careers, crossed the pond or into another country to fight their rivals. Floyd Mayweather never left the United States when he was at the height of his career. Oscar De La Hoya never left the United States at the height of his career. All of these guys, Olympic gold medalists, fantastic fighters, but Claressa is at the pinnacle of women’s boxing and chooses to cross the pond to avenge her only loss in a very, very meaningful event. It is this type of drive, personality and character that makes a great athlete and a great fighter.
SARAH LIEGMANN, Undefeated Hope
By being part of the Sept. 10 fight card…
“It’s amazing to be here, to train here and have the opportunity to fight on this historic fight card. It’s a huge opportunity for me to show the world what I’m capable of. I already have 10 years in martial arts, now three years in boxing, and to be on this card is just amazing.
Training in Florida…
“Training here in Florida with John David Jackson and watching Claressa Shields train is so inspiring.”
On hoping to become a world champion boxer…
“It’s my biggest dream to have the belts. I always wanted to compete. I’ve been a fighter since childhood and all the way. I always wanted to get in the ring. I’ve always seen the heavyweight champions, like Anthony Joshua, Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury, and I’ve always wanted those belts and to be that one.
Photos by Lester Silva/Salita Promotions
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