On Tuesday, the Professional Fighters League (PFL) announced they had acquired the talents of yet another female boxing champion, Savannah Marshall.
The big news comes just weeks after the promotion announced they had re-signed Marshall’s longtime boxing rival, Claressa Shields. “T-Rex” made her MMA debut back in 2021 where she was victorious over Brittney Elkin, but was defeated just four months later by Abby Montes.
Marshall and Shields shared the ring back in October of last year and Shields picked up the WBO Middleweight title becoming the undisputed champion, handing Marshall her first professional loss in the process. Since then Marshall has gone on to become the Undisputed Super Middleweight champion beating Franchon Crews-Dezurn.
PFL CEO Peter Murray said in a press release announcing the deal that “It’s an exciting time for PFL as we officially launch PFLW and the addition of Savannah Marshall strengthens the best global roster of women in combat sports. PFLW is committed to the empowerment and equality of all female athletes and provides a dedicated platform for women to become PFL MMA champions.”
This marks the third signing of a women’s boxing champion, as three weeks ago they announced the signing of Amanda Serrano to the PFL’s Super League.
With rumours still floating around regarding PFL’s acquisition of competitor promotion, Bellator, there is no doubt they are continuing to make big moves in combat sports as an entirety, not just MMA.
Savannah Marshall’s exclusive PFL deal will run alongside her current boxing career, meaning a rematch with Claressa Shields could come in either sport.