Marshall Becomes Undisputed, Jonas Wins Vacant Belt & Jeffers Shocks Chelli!
In the most anticipated super middleweight showdown in the United Kingdom, Savannah “Silent Assassin” Marshall (13-1, 10KO) walked away the undisputed champion after defeating Franchon Crews-Dezurn by majority decision.
Marshall came out behind that long jab, and quickly took command of the fight in the center of the ring. Silent Assassin walked the undisputed champion into straight right hands and left hooks. However, Crews-Dezurn is tough and fought back in spots, coming forward with a body attack whenever they were on the inside.
It was a grueling fight in the middle rounds as Crews-Dezurn used her size to bully Marshall against the ropes as she started landing the overhand right. Marshall turned it up down the stretch as the jab and uppercuts on the inside opened up the nose of the undisputed champion.
Marshall finished strong with the jab, body shots, and uppercuts until the final bell sounded. One judge scored it 95-95, as the other two cards were 99-92 and 97-93 for Marshall. In the post-fight interview, the newly crowned champion was open to fighting WBC mandatory Shadasia Green and a rematch with Claressa Shields at super middleweight.
NATASHA JONAS EASILY EATS KANDI WYATT ALIVE
3Kings Boxing 2022 Female Fighter of the Year Natasha Jonas (14-2-1, 8KO) easily became a two-divisional champion by defeating Kandi Wyatt (11-5, 3KO) for the vacant IBF welterweight title.
The biggest question everyone wanted to know was how would the drop-down in weight effect Jonas, a unified junior middleweight champion. Well, she answered that question by almost stopping the fight in the first round after landing a straight left hand that put Wyatt against the ropes.
Wyatt narrowly made it out of the first round but it all downhill for the rest of the fight. Jonas was extra sharp with those combination punches and countershots that busted open the nose of Wyatt. It was lion versus lamb as the unified junior middleweight champion turned up the heat by landing more thunderous unanswered shots that forced the referee to stop the fight in the eighth round.
In the post-fight interview, the newly crowned IBF welterweight champion entertained the idea of fighting the winner of unified champion Jessica McCaskill versus WBO champion Sandy Ryan.
MARK JEFFERS UPSETS ZAK CHELLI WITH SHORT NOTICE
In the United Kingdom, super middleweight Mark Jeffers (15-0, 4KO) stepped in on short notice to upset Zak Chelli (13-2-1, 6KO) to keep his undefeated record intact.
Jeffers comes in as a replacement fighter but fought like it was a championship match. His aggression, counterpunching, and body attack became a factor early in the contest. Moreover, he did a good job of not allowing Chelli to find a groove by mixing up the attack.
Chelli made the necessary adjustment to fight at mid-range behind a stiff jab. He started coming back in the second half by landing those straight shots down the middle and using upper body movement to avoid those counter shots.
Down the stretch, both men would explode with big counter shots, but Jeffers started to separate himself with left and right uppercuts, taking advantage of Chelli leaning down in an attempt to avoid the hooks.
The three judges’ scorecards were 97-94, 97-94, and 97-93 in favor of Jeffers, who remains undefeated and captured the Commonwealth Silver title.