Claressa Shields’ greatest soundbites as ‘Wife Ali’ prepares for undisputed world title fight with Savannah Marshall | boxing news

As Claressa Shields inches closer to a potential superfight with Savannah Marshall, it’s clear both women have a meaning for words.

The undefeated American had some memorable moments both inside and outside the squared circle.

Here are some of the Michigan native’s biggest quotes…

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Boxxer promoter Ben Shalom targets blockbuster fight between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall this summer

Shields on… Savannah Marshall

“I smell the sarcasm,” Shields said of February’s showdown with Marshall. “I didn’t feel anything serious about her.

“She said all that because people were there. But she didn’t feel it.

“She’s not scared. But she was lying to herself. I know she’s lying too.

“She might have punching power. But could Kozin hit me? There’s a difference in speed and IQ.

“She’ll have it even worse than Kozin because I don’t like her.

“She’s so disrespectful.

“It’s a sign of weakness.

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Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall had to go their separate ways as a war of words erupted between the pair in Cardiff following Shields’ unanimous decision victory over Ema Kozin.

“No Olympic medal? A weight class? A belt? Please. Stop messing with me,” she continued.

“Everyone considers me the ‘GWOAT’. I came here to prove it.

“I have a hard time disrespecting people.

“I wasn’t impressed with any of her fights. She’s fighting welterweights who had a week’s notice.

“They gave her easy opponents. She had a few knockouts. It fed her ego.”

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Claressa Shields says she’s not Femke Hermans and Savannah Marshall will need more than power to beat her

“Congratulations, that’s what you’re supposed to do,” Shields said sky sports after Marshall’s win over Femke Hermans on Saturday.

“I said she would do this with Femke. I’m not Femke Hermans, I’m not Hannah Rankin, I’m not one of those girls she fought against.

“As much punching power as she has, I’m sorry to tell you, if that’s what I have to look forward to, it’s going to be an annihilation.”

“She is [Marshall] going to have problems with me and she’s definitely not going to knock me out.

“It just won’t take a big punch for him to deal with me inside the ring. It’s going to take a lot.

“Femke managed to make her miss and I’m 10 times faster than Femke, so what do you think I’m going to do?”

Shields on… its dynamic approach

“I have 110 different game plans to make sure I come out on top in every fight.

“If boxing doesn’t work, I’m going to punch. Should I mix it all up? Should I be like Muhammad Ali or like Mike Tyson? I know how to turn things around.

Claressa Shields' greatest soundbites as 'Wife Ali' prepares for undisputed world title fight with Savannah Marshall | boxing news

I’m like ‘She’ Ali. I am the Muhammad Ali woman, because I can say what I think, 100% every day.

Marshall compares himself to “The Greatest”

“I love boxing. Not only do I love training, but I love boxing and winning. I’m a boxing fan. So when it comes to what people want to see, I’m a likeness. with that.

“I’m like ‘She’ Ali. I’m the Muhammad Ali woman, because I can speak my mind, 100% every day. And I’m a workhorse. I train very, very hard. And I like people .”

Shields on… fight with men

“I’m a big, strong woman and I train against men every day. I grew up in the gym training with men.

“People might say, ‘It’s a girl’. I don’t know what’s going on in the UK, if girls only train with girls, but I hardly train against women because I spoil them.

“When I train against guys? If they blink, they’ll wake up. They’ll be dropped with a blow to the body. They’ll get hurt.

“When I train with men, we train for three minutes. The guys stand there and want to fight me.

“Girls hold me, cover me, try to survive, they don’t come to win. They mean, ‘I lasted 10 rounds with the GWOAT’.

“It’s hard to knock out someone who’s just trying to survive. It’s easier to catch someone who is slipping aggressively.

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Claressa Shields dominated Ema Kozin in her last fight

“There’s not a woman in this world who can beat me if we put on a pair of gloves and fight. I’ve accomplished so much.

“A woman can beat me the day I stop working hard. I work so hard in the gym, it would be stupid of me to doubt myself. For me, I know I’m unbeatable. You can put me there -in with anyone.”

Shields over… his hometown

“If you can do it in Flint, you can do it anywhere.

“I don’t care where I’m going. People tell me, ‘Are you going to Albuquerque or Detroit? It’s dangerous…’

“I tell them, ‘I’m from Flint.

“The mentality of people in Flint? We grow up with the instinct to watch our backs. We know what someone looks like if they’re trying to get you. We’re always ready to fight.

“Flint put that in me.”

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Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall exchanged heated words after Marshall’s impressive knockout win over Femke Hermans on Saturday

Shields on… his ascension

“Everyone kept saying I wasn’t going to fight. And they didn’t want to put me on TV and they don’t respect women’s boxing.

“But I also turned professional with two Olympic gold medals and it’s something that no other American boxer has ever done. With that, I gained a lot of respect.”

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