Ben Shalom: “Shields And Marshall Have Signed; We’re Ready To Go!”

Shields v Marshall to Finally Land in September!

Claressa Shields signs on for fight with Savannah Marshall
Claressa Shields (L), Savannah Marshall | Credit: PFL MMA (L), Mark Robinson

Claressa Shields v Savannah Marshall Finalized for September in the UK!


3Kings Boxing has kept you abreast with constant updates on the status of the highly anticipated grudge match between women’s unified middleweight champ Claressa “GWOAT” Shields (12-0, 2 KOs) and WBO champ Savannah Marshall (12-0, 10 KOs). Here are the latest developments. During an interview with UK’s iFL TV, Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom happily disclosed that a deal between the two world champions has been finalized. He was effusive in his praise of both ladies.

LET THE HYPE BEGIN!

“Shields – Marshall, both fighters have signed. We’re ready to go. It’s going to be September 3 or September 10. It’s going to be in the UK […] We’ve seen Savannah go from strength to strength, almost middle of the cards, overlooked, in my opinion. That’s why we were so desperate to get her. I genuinely believe she’s a pound-for-pound star, […] I genuinely think she’s one of the most talented fighters, the biggest puncher potentially we’ve ever seen in women’s boxing.

She now gets her opportunity against widely considered the greatest woman of all time. Who can argue with two gold medals, and who can argue with multi-weight world champions. She’s done so much for 26, 27-years-old, Claressa Shields. It’s a massive fight, the rivalry is there.”

This marks the end of long and tedious negotiations. The showdown was to happen in July but was pushed back after Marshall had a minor surgical procedure on her arm. As 3Kings Boxing previously reported, Shields had grown frustrated, drawing a line in the sand and declared that the fight must take place in September or she was moving on to further pursue a career in MMA. That is water under the bridge now. The self-proclaimed “GWOAT” gets the fight she desperately wanted.

TIME TO SETTLE WHO IS THE BEST

Their history goes back to their amateur days in 2012 when Marshall handed Shields her only defeat in a boxing ring. The current unified 160-pound champ had unprecedented success in the pro ranks, becoming the undisputed champion at junior and super middleweight.

Marshall captured the then-vacant WBO middleweight belt in October 2020 and is considered one of the elite female fighters in the sport. Shalom said the fight will take place in either Newcastle or London, with separate press events happening in the United States and England.

Serious fans are looking forward to this grudge match. It pits not only the two best fighters in the division but two of the top ten fighters in the sport. You have highly skilled women with a burning desire to prove who is superior once and for all. On paper, it shapes up to be an outstanding contest.

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By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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