Savannah Marshall Eyeing Summer 2022 for Super-fight with Claressa Shields
As we begin to turn the page for boxing in 2022, one of the bigger fights under construction is a showdown between WBO world women’s middleweight champion Savannah Marshall (11-0, 9 KOs) and unified WBA/WBC world women’s 154-pound champion Claressa Shields (11-0, 2 KOs).
The history between the two goes back to their amateur days, where Marshall handed Shields the only defeat of her amateur career in 2012. As pros, they’ve traded verbal shots towards each other over the years in interviews and on social media. Fans have long wanted to see talented champions settle their differences in the ring.
WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?
Now more than ever, it looks like the match seems likely to take place. Currently recovering from a hand injury, the WBO women’s 160-pound champ gave an update on negotiations for a fight with Shields during an interview on Sky Sports Boxing. She also provided her take on the back and forth trash talk.
“It’s on track for the summer, it’s in my sights. […] I think it’s a bit more personal for her. She really doesn’t get under my skin that much”.
While Marshall smiled at the notion of any harboring animosity, the rivalry between the two is real.
THE BEST FACING THE BEST
Claressa Shields calls herself the GWOAT of women’s boxing. Winning undisputed world titles at junior middleweight and middleweight, she is a highly accomplished, multi-faceted fighter and has dominated the competition.
But, many pundits feel if one woman can knock Shields off her perch, it’s Marshall. With her length, boxing skills, and power, the 30-year-old is in her prime and has a style that’s difficult to solve. On paper, the lady nicknamed “Silent Assassin” looks to be the most daunting challenge of Shields’s career.
Marshall said her next fight is in February of 2022 against an opponent to be determined. Shields will fight on January 29, 2022 against unbeaten Ema Kozin for the IBF/WBA/WBC world women’s middleweight titles. If Marshall and Shields win their upcoming bouts, all roads lead to what will arguably be the biggest fight in women’s boxing right now.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.