Savannah Marshall Could Lure Claressa Shields Back to Middleweight
Former 2012 Olympian Savannah “Silent Assassin” Marshall (8-0, 6ko) is looking to grab her first world championship against former IBO title holder Hannah Rankin (9-4, 2ko). This England vs Scotland rivalry will take place October 17, 2020 live on DAZN.
The Silent Assassin is familiar with the former IBO titleholder as the two have exchanged words on social media. British promoter Eddie Hearn got involved claiming Marhsall vs Rankin was negotiated earlier, but they have moved on with bigger things on the horizon.
It now seems things have come full circle as the two will now meet. This fight worthy of attention because a victory for Marshall could attract a rematch with Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (10-0, 2ko).
Marshall remains the only woman to have ever defeated the self-proclaimed G.W.O.A.T, amateur or professional. It is definitely something that the G.W.O.A.T hasn’t forgotten. Shields has made it clear of wanting her revenge since 2019.
Furthermore, Marshall is looking to keep her word of fighting her amateur rival, and winning the WBO middleweight crown is exactly what could attract Shields.
Moreover, Shields has made it clear of having no qualms of giving her rival home-field advantage as she is willing to take the fight to the United Kingdom. That would be a bold move for the G.W.O.A.T and would have serious international appeal.
A BIG NAME OPPONENT
Shields has been looking for a big name opponent since defeating former arch-rival Christina Hammer to become an undisputed middleweight champion in 2019.
The G.W.O.A.T has been trying to lure retired legend Laila Ali (24-0, 21ko). She also called out former welterweight champion Cecilia “The First Lady” Breakhus (36-1, 9ko). Multiple attempts to make both fights failed.
Now a unified junior middleweight champion, T-Rex will be taking on IBF champion Marie Eve Dicaire (17-0, 0ko). If victorious, she will be one fight away from becoming undisputed in her second weight division.
Although the former British Olympian isn’t a huge household name, the revenge factor always sells in boxing.
Plus it has the potential of being a good financial Pay-Per-View seller in the U.K market.
By: Garrisson Bland