Savannah Marshall Cannot Afford Any Missteps Against Lolita Muzeya
Savannah Marshall (10-0, 8 KOs) makes the second defense of the WBO women’s world middleweight title against Lolita Muzeya (16-0, 8 KOs) on October 16 at the Newcastle Arena in Newcastle, England, live on Sky Sports. For the defending champ, she is a fighter in transition. The 30-year-old from Hartlepool, England parted ways with her former promoter Matchroom and signed with Boxxer Promotions on September 1.
Boxxer is a UK-based promotional outlet founded by Ben Shalom. In June of 2021, the company announced a partnership with Sky Sports and Top Rank.
DREAMS OF FIGHTING THE “GWOAT”
Marshall hopes the move will lead to big-money fights down the road. She is targeting an eventual showdown with the current undisputed women’s world junior middleweight champion and self-proclaimed “GWOAT” Claressa Shields. Followers of women’s boxing have been clamoring for the match.
It’s one of the best fights that could be made in the sport. The ladies have a legit grievance with one another and have been very open about settling their differences in the ring.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS FIRST
However, none of that matters if Marshall does not get past Muzeya. The 30-year-old from Lusaka, Zambia is largely unknown to even the most avid followers of the women’s game. All of her previous fights have happened on the continent of Africa against very non-descript opposition.
3KingsBoxing has seen her on video. Based on this reporter’s observations, Muzeya boasts some solid skills. However, it appears that she is not on the level of the defending champ. What makes matters worse is that she’s a natural welterweight/junior middleweight, and this is only her second fight since October of 2018.
It’s a testament to Marshall’s talent and Boxxer’s investment in her that they made this fight the headliner of this upcoming card. The defending champ looks like an overwhelming favorite. However, she can’t afford any slip-ups. If she has any hopes of getting the super-fight she desperately wants with Shield, she must handle her business and get past Muzeya.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.