When preparing for their Saturday unification bout for the middleweight title, Savannah Marshall called Claressa Shields a bully.
At a heated press conference on Thursday, the two competing world champions took turns impersonating each other.
Shields called Marshall an opponent and vowed to silence his critics by demonstrating his knockout power, talents, and accomplishments.
However, the British national shot back, I have said I am going to hurt you and I will.
Only 31-year-old Marshall, in their 2012 amateur bout, was able to defeat Shields, who was then only 27.
The American commented, “I’ve never seen something like this in boxing — someone who lives off an amateur win for 10 years.
Because I have dominated boxing for ten years, it seems like they are trying to undo everything I have accomplished in recent years.
Marshall was pleased to have a verbal spar with Shields before their highly anticipated battle because both ladies share a perfect 12-0 record.
Her trainer, Peter Fury, also provided some comic relief during his portion by claiming that they had only ever fought horrible opponents.
Claressa Shields Vs Savannah Marshall Q and A Press Conference.
When Shields offered that the winner gets to keep her jewel-encrusted ‘GWOAT’ chain, Marshall denied stating she will knock her out.
She said to Shields, “You’re nothing but a bully, that’s what you are.
Though he had respect for Claressa, the fighter from Hartlepool said.
By having an opinion is what bothers her the most. I saw her fight in Cardiff against Ema Kozin and told her it was horrible. So that’s why she found it so annoying.
A lot depends on whether or not there’s a clash of personalities that leads to an entertaining fight. Critical Thinking
At a lengthy London event, there was a plethora of needles on exhibit. Marshall and Shields were hardly the first female fighters to make an appearance before the assembled media.
Marshall watched Shields as she walked over and sat down. The American acted perplexed when promoter Ben Shalom said that Marshall was one of the most feared boxers on the planet.
The proceedings began with Shields denying any enmity between them before Marshall criticized her performance against Kozin.
The undisputed champion then executed an excellent impression of Marshall, who repaid the favor a few moments later as the fighting heated up.
While Shields thrives in championship bouts, Marshall will be put through her paces on Saturday night. The now-31-year-old struggled to perform under the pressure of major events like the London and Rio Olympics.
It was a good fight because the two combatants visibly irritate each other. When the subject of a rematch was brought up, even promoters Shalom and Dmitriy Salita got into an argument.
It’s up to the combatants at this point to give the same fireworks in the ring as have been provided by the magnificent clash of personalities throughout the buildup.