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Marshall, Cameron and Jonas join Adams, Taylor and Shields in the Pros
by Michael O'Neill
May 19, 2017
Photo credit: Facebook/Marshall

(MAY 19) Team GB boxers, Savannah Marshall (the only woman to have  defeated Claressa Shields) and Chantelle Cameron have this week joined Nicola Adams and Ireland’s Katie Taylor in the Pro ranks. Another GB boxer, Natasha Jonas joined the pros last month. 

Cameron, a former kickboxing champion, will make her Pro debut at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on 26 May when her opponent will be Poland’s Karina Kopinska. 

In an interview Thursday with the ‘Northampton Chronicle’, Cameron said that she had signed up with the Cyclone Promotions team and was looking forward to a successful career in the Pro’s.

“I am so excited,” Cameron said. “I was adamant I had stopped boxing and was hanging up my gloves last year, but I had a meeting with the McGuigan family in March.  

“We talked about me going pro and the hunger for boxing returned. I am 26 now and in know pro boxing is where I want to finish my fighting career. I have been in the Great Britain setup for seven years and had gone stale. I was not enjoying it so this change is what I needed to keep me boxing and in the ring.”  

“I am going to have some good opponents and women’s pro boxing is taking off so it’s very exciting and I’m ready to put my stamp on my division. “I’m going to be boxing between 58 and 62kg mixing up the divisions for more fights.  

“Katie Taylor is a massive inspiration. She is the reason why many women are now signing over to the pro ranks. She has opened doors for the likes of me.” 

Cyclone Promotions Shane McGuigan had this to say via Social Media : “Extremely happy to announce @chancam91 has turned professional with Cyclone Promotions & my small stable of fighters. She's going to be a fantastic professional & has so much excitement to her style of boxing. Watch this space & follow her journey”. 

Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall, a close friend and up to now also a member of the GB ‘amateur’ squad defeated Claressa Shields at the 2012 AIBA World championships, the Flint woman’s only defeat to date in a career where she registered 77 victories and only that one loss.  

The duo seem destined to meet again in the future now that both are Pros though Marshall has yet to have her first Pro bout. She has joined Mayweather Promotions. Even before the Marshall news officially broke Shields had tweeted:  "Yes, yes, yes. Savannah Marshall has turned pro! The amateur brackets can't save her.

“The best news I’ve heard in a while! Her ass is kicked! @Mayweather Promo set it up!” 

Marshall though will not be fazed by any of Shields tweets. As she told ‘Hartlepool Mail’ Sports Editor Roy Kelly:

“I would love to be world champion, that’s my dream. 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.” 

As for Mayweather Promotions, Marshall was introduced to the British Media on Thursday with Floyd Mayweather saying:

“She’s remarkable, she’s unbelievable, she’s an Olympian, a champion, she deserves to be with us,” 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 have 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.” 

GB Boxing also tweeted their “good luck” message to their former fighter : “We would like to wish good luck to two-time Olympian and 2012 world middleweight champion @Smarshall1991, all the best for the future!” The Headland ABC boxer from Hartlepool had also taken bronze in the 2016 World championships in Astana. 

Double Olympic Gold medal winner (like Shields) Nicola Adams scored an impressive 3rd round stoppage in Leeds last weekend against Hungary’s 18 yrs. old Maryan Salazar and hopes soon to be fighting for a world title telling the ‘Daily Telegraph’ that she did not intend having a long professional career: 

"I'll probably do max about four years," said Adams who won every available AIBA/EUBC title . "I don't want to go on too long," she said. "I want to retire at the top having achieved everything. I don't want to be one of the boxers that keeps on going and keeps on going and then loses and loses and loses. I want to retain my legacy." 

Outside of the ring, Adams also talked to the ‘Daily Mail’ about her partner former, USA Olympian – and now herself a Pro, Marlen Esparza. Will they ever meet in the ring?:

“Oh, no. We will never box each other. We’d known each other for five or six years but never really spoke.  

'We were each other’s nemesis even though we never fought. About a year ago we were both at a training camp in Colorado and got talking. That was it.’

‘It’s the perfect partnership,’ she added ‘When you’re a boxer you know the reasons we have to be selfish. But previously in my life it was (someone saying), “Why are you ignoring me, why are you so quiet, why can’t we just go out to dinner?” 

So now whilst they seem highly unlikely to meet, they both hope to achieve their goal of a World Pro title at different weights.  

Another recent British amateur  to turn Pro is Natasha Jonas who met Katie Taylor in the 60kg quarter finals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She’s joined the Steve Goodwin Promotions team with trainer Joe Gallagher. So she too will be hoping for a return against the Bray woman in the none too distant future. Taylor won that fight under the then AIBA scoring system 26-15. 

What have the boxers to say? Taylor : "Yeah, it was a great fight in London," she said. "Every time we boxed as amateurs it was always a very exciting fight so why not? Why not box again in the pros? 

As for Jonas, she’s been talking to IFLV.tv and of her pro career, a possible ‘re-match’ with Taylor and her own new backroom team; this is what she had to say via ‘You Tube’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=954urn-C3u8

A reminder of the Taylor v Jonas fight in London 2012 is here courtesy “You Tube” :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OB12PC6ias


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