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Marshall followed old rival Shields to the PFL this summer (Picture: Getty)
Dan Hardy has revealed a number of boxers have reached out to him over making a move to the PFL [Professional Fighters League].
Two-weight world champion Savannah Marshall became the latest fighter to make the switch when she signed a multi-fight deal with the mixed martial arts promotion in August.
Undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields also inked a deal with PFL back in 2020 having already fought twice in the cage with seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano another star of women’s boxing to have joined their roster.
Former UFC fighter Dan Hardy, who was named PFL’s director of operations in Europe earlier this year, believes more boxers will be tempted to make the transition, with established names in contact to discuss joining the likes of Marshall, Shields and Serrano.
‘Since Savannah signed, I have had messages from boxers across the world, fighters who are frustrated they can’t get matched, frustrated they can’t get the opportunities,’ Hardy told Metro.co.uk.
‘They tell me: “I’m thinking about crossing over to MMA.” There are some really strong talents out there not getting the activity they need. They are thinking; “I’m putting all this work in, if I learn some takedown and submission defence I might be competitive and can put myself in a good position.”
‘The sport will grow that way. Signings like Savannah, it lets everyone know the opportunity is there to step straight into the PFL. There are a lot of fighters struggling to get two fights a year which is a struggle if you are trying to make a career out of it. It is encouraging for them here.’Shields dominated Marshall in their 2022 showdown (Picture: Getty)
Marshall’s decision to link up with PFL breathes new life into her rivalry with Shields, one of the most fierce in women’s boxing. Shields suffered her only ever defeat in boxing to Marshall back in their amateur days in 2012, the source of their intense feud. Last year, the American avenged that defeat, outclassing the Briton to unify the middleweight titles.
While believing Marshall will fight at least once before stepping in the cage with Shields, Hardy believes the latest chapter in their rivalry could take place as soon as next year.
‘The fight seems inevitable and it will be sooner rather than later,’ Hardy said. ‘I think we need to see Savannah Marshall have a fight or two to try the gloves on and see how it feels to be an MMA fighter. I would like to see it towards the end of next year. That would make the most sense to me. It is a rivalry that will continue. They will be at each other’s throats and they will motivate each other to improve as mixed martial artists.’
Simeon Powell’s rise continues in PFL
PFL puts on its first show in Paris this weekend with UK star Simeon Powell looking to continue his impressive rise within the promotion. The Londoner has won all eight of his professional fights, adding a submission victory to an already impressive highlight reel of knockout finishes earlier this year in March.
24-year-old Powell is now beginning to realise his own true potential as the next star of MMA from these shores and will look to take the next step when he takes on Daniel Ladero in the semi-finals of the PFL’s European campaign this weekend.Powell looking to go 9-0 this weekend in the French capital (Picture: Getty)
‘I have seen a lot of changes in Simeon,’ Hardy said. ‘When I first met him and he was going over to fight in the US, he was still new to it all. Now, he is starting to step out and realise his potential and his performances are matching that.
‘We saw him win by submission in his last fight, he has got the ground game now and that has put the rest of the division on notice that he’s not just a striker. His confidence is on a new level which is very promising. If he wins the tournament, he moves onto the global tournament in my mind. We have to start matching him up with better light light-heavyweights.’
Cedric Doumbe debuts at PFL Paris
Saturday’s card also marks the eagerly-anticipated debut of Cedric Doumbe, the decorated kickboxer signed by the promotion earlier this year. The 31-year-old was scheduled to make his debut in June only for a wrist injury to delay his progress with a meeting with Jordan Zebo looming on Saturday.
‘I think that setback has worked out in everyone’s favour,’ Hardy said. ‘Had Cedric not picked up that minor injury he would have been on one of the US cards and those cards were already stacked. With him here, he is one of the biggest draws in France.
‘People look at him and think something special is happening with this guy. Him and Jordan, they don’t like one another and requested they were not around each other as much as possible during fight week so it has been tense.’
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