Claressa Shields Expresses Disappointment in Postponed Savannah Marshall Bout
It was a bitter disappointment when news dropped that the women’s middleweight super-fight between unified champ Claressa “GWOAT” Shields (12-0, 2 KOs) and WBO champ Savannah Marshall (12-0, 10 KOs) was postponed. Set to take place at the O2 Arena in London, England, the highly-anticipated contest was for undisputed honors at 160.
The postponement was due to England’s national mourning of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8. Shields has eyes on becoming a two-time undisputed middleweight champ. During an interview with iFL TV, the 27-year-old talked about her feelings in the aftermath of the news.
WAS READY TO PUT ON A SHOW
“Did everything right this camp […] I took this fight very, very serious. I may be from America, but I was coming over here to win. I wasn’t coming to lay down or to be laid down.”
Shields went on to say that initially, the fight would proceed. But after the time for the weigh-in was delayed, organizers decided to postpone the bout and the entire card.
October 15 has been discussed as a rescheduled date. The unified champ is sympathetic to the current situation in Great Britain and expressed her condolences on social media. When asked about fighting Marshall in October, the “GWOAT” said the following.
WILLING TO SACRIFICE
“They threw a date out there, but it’s not solidified yet. So, we have to just go back and forth with that and figure that out. It’s hard for fighters to make weight, and then have to come back and make weight again four weeks or five weeks later; that’s not easy to do. But I think that we have some very good champions, very experienced champions. I have a very experienced team. We’re prepared to do it.”
If the fight is to happen, October 15 is likely the cut-off. Shields also fights in Mixed Martial Arts for PFL and has an MMA fight in November. However, she desperately wants to fight Marshall.
The bitter rivals have established themselves as two of the elite women’s fighters in the sport. So much has been invested by the fighters and promoters. It would be a shame if one of the biggest matchups of the year were not to happen. All parties are hopeful the bout eventually takes place. Stay tuned to 3Kings Boxing for further information on what is a very fluid situation.
By: Garrisson Bland