Claressa Shields goes after Savannah Marshall
The former undisputed middleweight champion and unified junior middleweight champion Claressa “T-rex” Shields (10-0, 2ko) was in attack mode on social media. Mention her name in a call out and she is quick to clap back. This is especially so when it comes to amateur rival WBO middleweight champion Savannah “Silent Assassin” Marshall (9-0, 7ko).
Now, the history between these two has spilled over from the amateurs and is growing into a must-happen fight sometime this year. Furthermore, the 29-year-old United Kingdom boxer is the only female that holds a victory over Shields.
Shields has expressed wanting to avenge the only blemish on her record in both the amateur and professional ranks. This rivalry has been building for a while, and today on social media may have been the tipping point.
HOW DID WE GET HERE
The Silent Assassin started her career competing at her nemesis’ old weight division, super middleweight. She would later drop down to middleweight and knocked out a former Shields foe, Hanna Rankin (9-5, 2ko), in 2020 to capture the WBO title the G.W.O.A.T previously vacated.
Seizing the moment, the Silent Assassin wasted little time in taking a shot at her arch-rival with a serious call out.
“The only reason Claressa has the belts is because she got there (the middleweight division) before me. Not because she’s better than me.”
Shields is not one to back down from a call out and immediately accepted the challenge. She even responded to British promoter Eddie Hearn’s call for the fight and claim that his fighter has the heaviest hands in women’s boxing.
The G.W.O.A.T clapped back demanding a contract in a put up or shut up response.
“Miss me with the bullshit and send the contract with them 0’$ attached.”
THE WAR OF WORDS GETS PERSONAL
Apparently, there was no contract sent, and of course, the unified champion, looking to scratch that itch of fighting her arch-rival, took to social media and kicked it off with a mic dropping clap back.
Marshall got wind of this and pointed out how the unified champion dipped out running over to MMA.
The WBO middleweight champion is referencing news that dropped about the G.W.O.A.T fulfilling a personal goal, signing a huge MMA deal with the Professional Boxing League.
T-rex is not going to let anybody have the last word. She turned it up a notch with a clap back featuring a video of 2021 Hall of Fame nominee, and perhaps the most feared female fighter of her time, Anne Wolfe. The video, the most legendary knockout in boxing, is of Wolfe flatlining Vonda Ward back in 2004.
By: Garrisson Bland