Savannah Marshall wants to unify Super Middleweight then face Claressa Shields!
On Saturday August 31, Matchroom Boxing promoted fighter Savannah “The Silent Assassin” Marshall (6-0, 4 KO’s) will continue her quest to become a world champion.
The former amateur standout will do so on the under-card of Vasiliy Lomachenko versus Luke Campbell. Her opponent on that date will be Brazilian southpaw Daniele Bastieri (2-0, 2 KO’s).
Even though Marshall is still in the early stages of her career, she has outlined some lofty goals for herself.
First and foremost, she would like to become the unified super middleweight champion of the world. The UK native firmly understands that becoming a world champion is difficult enough in and of itself.
Not to mention this is the stomping grounds of the self-proclaimed GOAT Claressa “T-rex” Shields.
“I was just like look, I want to unify super middle. Obviously, Claressa was still there at that point and I was like, I know she is the main one out there.
“She is the pound-for-pound out there. I want to unify and come off with her […] I think probably could be massive. I think it’s the biggest fight out there at the minute in female boxing.”
What makes the situation a bit more interesting is the fact that Marshall actually holds an amateur victory over Shields. I
n fact, she was the only person to beat T-rex in the amateurs. Yet, while she is most certainly proud of this accomplishment, the Silent Assassin in no way believes this guarantees a victory in the professional ranks.
Marshall admits that pro fighting is a different animal from amateur fisticuffs and is well aware that they both have evolved a great deal since their premiere clash.
“There is nothing for me to say. We boxed each other a good couple…a while ago. A good couple of years ago.
“It was in the amateurs. I beat her quite comfortably. Yeah she is fast, don’t get me wrong. She is a brilliant boxer, but I’ve got what it takes to beat her.
“[…] I’m not the fighter I was then, I’m totally different. I’ve seen her last bout with Christina Hammer. I thought that was the best she ever boxed. Even still I know what I can do and I’m confident in myself.”
Marshall also comprehends that she must achieve a bit more in the sport before that fight would become more realistic.
The level-headed knuckle-chucker is cognizant of the reality that she is a little known commodity in the sport. Not that she is down on herself, because she is not.
Instead, Marshall has simply accepted the fact that, like all new fighters in the game, she has to build her resume and reputation before she will garner the respect and accolades that she is searching for.
“Obviously, I’m not a world champion. She is the unified world champion. So, like I said, that fight could be made next month but, what’s good that mean?
“Do you know what I mean? I’m confident that I will beat her, but it’s a business and it needs to be built up. Nobody knows who I am. Nobody knows anything about me, No one’s seen me fight.
“So I’m hoping within time, my profile will grow up and people will see what I’m made of.”
Fighting on the high profile card topped by Vasiliy Lomachenko is certainly a great place to begin! In fact, this will be the most notable card that she has been a part of.
First, we must see if Marshall can overcome the challenge of Bastieri. Then comes the tumultuous task to hunting down the hard-hitting Claressa Shields!
Tune in and see how it all plays out.
By: Bakari Simpson