Savannah Marshall Insists She Will Knockout Claressa Shields
There is no doubt that WBO middleweight champion Savannah “Silent Assassin” Marshall (11-0, 9KO) is one of if not the hardest puncher in women’s boxing! Not only that, she couples her power punching ability with an savvy ring I.Q and formidable defense. All of these attributes were on display in her second round knockout victory against previously undefeated Zambian, Lolita Muzeya. Witnessing the action from the United States was none other than her rival, three-division unified and two-division undisputed champ Claressa “T-Rex” Shields.
Obviously, there would be not short words between the two!
AN INEVITABLE REMATCH
Both women have thrown shots at one another and mentioned a potential fight numerous times over the course of two years. Therefore, it is no surprise that when Shields signed a deal to fight exclusively on United Kingdom broadcasting service SkySports, this move would expedite the mega women’s fight. Prior to the Marshall vs Muzeya fight, Shields made a social media post involving a “curse” that has postponed amateur matchups between the two in the past.
Apparently since Marshall defeated Shields in the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Championships, the two were to meet in the ring again in four different tournaments. However, Marshall would fall to another opponent before getting the opportunity to face Shields again. The undisputed champion was concerned that Muzeya, being 16-0 with eight knockouts could put a wrench in the plans of the possible mega-showdown.
That would be far from the case as a calm, cool and collected WBO champ broke her opponent down in just two rounds.
BEATING THE CURSE & SETTING THE STAGE
Immediately following the stoppage, Shields took to social media again.
She also expressed the “Savannah Marshall Curse” live on SkySports as Marshall listened on in the post-fight interview. The middleweight champ sneered after hearing the words from her rival and responded with fire.
“What a load of crap. She won’t last two rounds with me!”
The British crowd erupted after hearing the clap-back. Shields would respond herself by insisting a rematch of their amateur meeting would be much different.
“Yall can build her up to be a KO artist. She’s not knocking me out! I have a lot of power and I am 26 now. I’m a different fighter than when I was 17.”
The stage seems to be set for the most anticipated bout! But first, both women will appear in one more bout on December 11 before they get it on in 2022. If they both win, fight fans will be treated with one of the more anticipated fights in women’s boxing today.
By: EJ Williams