The Time Is Now For Claressa Shields And Savannah Marshall To Settle Their Issues In The Ring
Claressa Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) calls herself the GWOAT (Greatest Woman of ALL Time). She is arguably the current Pound-4-Pound queen of Women’s boxing. The 25-year-old from Flint, Michigan is one of the most accomplished ladies ever to lace on a pair of gloves. But despite her many accolades, there is one woman who has been a thorn in her side.
Shields’ lone defeat in her boxing life came as an amateur against Savannah Marshall (9-0, 7 KOs) in May 2012. Both women have gone on to have successful careers as pros. She has been itching to avenge her lone defeat since.
They have been trading verbal combos at each other for years now. Marshall claims she would defeat Shields again as professionals. After winning the vacant WBO Women’s Middleweight title in October 2020, Marshall’s first act was to call-out Shields. The self-proclaimed GWOAT responded by saying that she would knock her out.
Shields is a world champion at both middleweight and junior middleweight. On March 5, she will put her WBC/WBO world Junior Middleweight titles on the line against IBF World Junior Middleweight champ Marie Eve Dicaire (17-0, 0 KOs).
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While her upcoming bout is at 154, Shields could not help but send a message towards her bitter rival at 160. The beef between her and Marshall has no end in sight.
Shields has Marshall on her hitlist. Marshall feels that she is in Shields’ psyche. At this point, the only way to settle things is them finally settling matters in the ring. But alas, the fight has not happened as of yet.
Marshall is promoted by Matchroom. Shields is promoted Salita Promotion. So, a deal must be ironed out that all parties for the fight to happen.
Here is the thing. Both ladies hold world titles at middleweight. Marshall is the WBO champion while Shields is the IBF/WBA/WBC champ at 160 pounds. In women’s boxing, this qualifies as a super-fight. As additional icing on the cake, it would be for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world.
Talk is one thing. Getting into the ring to settle matters. A showdown between these ladies is a natural and marketable matchup. At this point, it needs and should be on both of their agendas in 2021.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.