‘Very fond of my skills’

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'Very fond of my skills'

CLARESSA SHIELDS said that Floyd Mayweather will be flying to Wales for his next fight.

The two-weight Undisputed Women’s Champion returns to the ring on February 5 against Emma Kozin.

Claressa Shields pictured with Floyd Mayweather

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Claressa Shields pictured with Floyd Mayweather

Heading that night in Cardiff is 32-year-old Chris Eubanks Jr., in a grudge match against 29-year-old middleweight rival Liam Williams.

Before the event, Shields, 25, did an open workout at Mayweather’s Las Vegas gym and was also given some pointers by the boxing legend.

He said sky game: “Training with Floyd Mayweather has lifted my confidence even more.

“He is very fond of my skills and my power and said that he is going to go to the UK to see this fight. So I definitely want to put on a great show.

“If I had to use one word for this camp, it would be: uncomfortable. I made sure I got out of my comfort zone for this fight.

“I’m making sure I have all my tools and going to the Mayweather Boxing Club really sharpened those tools.”

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Mayweather, 44, was the last in Britain to knockout 32-year-old Anthony Joshua, knocking out 40-year-old Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.

The retired American in talks for an exhibition in Dubai with 20-year-old YouTuber ‘Money Kicks’, currently coached by Gerald Tucker.

Tucker has also worked with 32-year-old Adrian Broner, 39-year-old ex-UFC champion Tyrone Woodley, and as an assistant coach to Shields prior to his return.

And he drew parallels between all four fighting stars, who were considered masters in their craft.

Tucker told SunSport: “Everyone I work with is elite; Floyd is considered one of the best, if not the best ever, Abbey is the youngest four-division champion in boxing history.

Training with Floyd Mayweather has boosted my confidence even more. He is very fond of my skills and my strength and said that he is going to go to UK to see this fight.

Claressa Shields

“Tyron, he’s a Hall of Fame welterweight from the UFC and Claressa is undisputed twice in two different divisions.

He said, ‘He has two gold medals in the Olympics too. So what I identify with all of them is their mindset that hard work comes first.

“People have different reasons why they want it and they work hard in different ways, they are competitive in different ways.

“I see talent in all of them and they all remind me of each other.

“They are ready to move their bodies beyond where the body wants to go, so it becomes spiritual.”

Claressa Shields training at Floyd Mayweather's gym

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Claressa Shields training at Floyd Mayweather’s gymcredit: Shawn Jorgensen/Salita Promotions

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