Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall Turn Up the Heat on Their Feud!
The feud between unified women’s world middleweight champion Claressa Shields (12-0, 2 KOs) and WBO women’s middleweight champion Savannah Marshall (11-0, 9 KOs) gets more intense with each passing day. To describe their feelings as contentious would be polite.
So heated is their beef that they went face to face and had to be separated from one another following Shields’s win over Ema Kozin on February 5. You will also see them regularly trade insults on social media.
In the latest installment of that back and forth, the unified champ posted a message promising to give Marshall the beating of her life. Always down to clap-back, the WBO champ quickly responded.
Shields and Marshall are on a collision course to face each other at some point this year. It’s one of the more highly anticipated matchups in the sport. Shields held up her end of the bargain by defeating Kozin. The onus is now on Marshall to do the same as she will defend her title against Femke Hermans on March 12 at the Gertu Motors Arena in Newcastle, England.
In case you’re sleepwalking or don’t follow women’s boxing, the history between the two unbeaten middleweight champions goes back a decade. Marshall handed Shields her only loss as an amateur in 2012. Fans have clamored for a rematch in the professional ranks.
Dubbing herself as the “GWOAT”, Claressa Shields’s accomplishments stand up to any fighter in the sport. She became undisputed champion at 154 and 160 pounds. But most feel, if there is a woman good enough to knock her off the throne, it’s Marshall. The WBO champ has the physical attributes, boxing skills, and the confidence to win.
Most agree a Shields v Marshall clash shapes up to be a heck of a battle. Add in the fact that they do not like each other, and the ingredients are there for a big-money event for women’s boxing. Fans want to see it and pundits want to see it. Fingers are crossed that this long-anticipated grudge match finally happens.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.