Savannah Marshall Not At All Impressed With Claressa Shields’ MMA Debut
On June 10, the self-proclaimed “GWOAT” of women’s boxing, Claressa Shields made her MMA debut. The current women’s world undisputed junior middleweight champion stopped Brittney Elkin in three rounds. Shields has openly discussed venturing into MMA. However, the 26-year-old from Flint, Michigan has also said this in no way means that she is leaving boxing.
A fight that followers of women’s boxing badly want is one between Shields and current WBO World Middleweight champ Savannah Marshall. They have a history with each other going back to their amateur days. Marshall is the only woman to defeat Shields as an amateur. Both ladies have done plenty of trash-talking to each other in interviews and on social media. Calls are growing louder and louder for it to happen.
So, it was understandable why Marshall kept an eye on Shields v Elkin. Asked about her reaction to the fight from Boxing Social, Marshall did not mince words.
“I’d think I would absolutely smash her in the ring, and last night just confirmed that I’d kick her teeth in the Octagon.”
The women’s world middleweight champ went on to say she is on the hunt and would fight Shields anywhere, either in a boxing or MMA ring.
At this point, Shields v Marshall is the big fight right now in Women’s boxing, but will it ever take place? For the time being, Marshall has an upcoming title defense in August against an opponent TBD. While there is no official word on what is next for Shields, it is a strong possibility she will have another MMA fight in either late summer or early fall.
Shields has previously said she is willing to fly across the pond fight Marshall in her home country of England, but only if the money is right. Her asking price is $500,000-$750,000. When questioned about the likelihood of it happening, Marshall said her promoter, Eddie Hearn, is on the verge of making an official offer. She believes that the fight will happen late this year.
At this point, there has been enough talk. For fans of boxing in general, it is time to put a serious investment into putting these ladies in the ring as pros and make the fight a reality, full-stop.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.