Flint’s Dion Savage could be the Mayweather camp’s next boxing champion

February 11, 2011

By Eric Woodyard | The Flint Journal

FLINT, Michigan — At the beginning of his boxing career, Dion Savage was labeled as a “raw talent” with several kinks in the armor.

Although Savage initially lacked several fundamental boxing skills, it was never a question of whether or not he had the determination to become a champion.

The Flint native took several chances and pushed himself to the limit to be in the position he’s in now: A signed fighter for Mayweather Promotions. In October of 2009, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather inked Savage exclusively to his company. Savage now lives and trains full-time in Las Vegas.

Growing up and having to struggle for just about everything, Savage fully grasped the vastness of this support.

“(Mayweather) didn’t have to do that because I’m a nobody compared to him, but he took me in and helped me so I can get where I’m trying to go,” Savage said. “That really goes far because if (he’s) a multi-millionaire, he doesn’t need me.”

Savage, 23, let it be known early that he wanted to become a title-holder someday. So far he hasn’t let the Mayweather family down. His professional record is unblemished in 10 professional fights with six of those victories coming by way of knockout.

On Feb. 25, Savage will put his perfect record on the line as he continues to try to advance in the super middleweight division by challenging Marco Antonio Periban. Periban’s record is spotless as well (10-0, seven knockouts) and may be Savage’s toughest challenge yet. The two will fight eight rounds at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, Calif. The fight will be televised on the United States TeleFutura channel.

Savage’s trainer Roger Mayweather, who also coaches his legendary nephew Floyd, has no doubt that Savage will be at his best against Periban. He thinks his protégé has what it takes to become one of the sport’s true contenders.

“Dion’s gonna be world champion. I don’t say that because I train him, I say that because he has the ability to be world champion,” Mayweather stated. “One thing he’s got that separates most guys is that he’s got good hand speed and he’s willing to learn and he’s had good performances, and that’s why my nephew signed him.”

Roger is no stranger to recognizing great up and coming talent. His strategies have helped push Floyd into becoming one of the greatest boxers of all-time by winning nine world titles in five different weight classes. Roger was also a two-time champion in his boxing career.

“(Dion’s) got the heart to be a fighter and he’s willing to work and that’s the key to boxing,” Roger Mayweather said. “If I tell him something, he can do it in that ring.”

Savage learned how to adapt by maturing in some of the worst neighborhoods in Flint. He lived in several poverty-stricken areas in his youth after his father was incarcerated before he hit high school. These places equipped him with the instinctive survival tools which have been beneficial to his success in boxing. He also credits his religious faith for his good fortunes.

“It’s an old saying that goes, ‘When you take one step towards God, he takes two towards you,’” Savage said. “So I took a step towards God when I came out here to Las Vegas ,and I came out here on faith.”

Now that Savage is thrusting towards superstardom, he wants to let it be known that people can make a choice on whether or not to become a result of their surroundings.

“Don’t let the ghetto shape you, you shape the ghetto,” Savage insisted. “Don’t become a product of your environment because a lot of us become a product of our environment, and we let the environment shape us when we got the power to shape the ghetto through our mind.”

It looks like Savage made the right selection.



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