Claressa Shields Says Savannah Marshall’s Knockout Power Won’t Be Enough In Their Undisputed Title Clash | Boxing News
Claressa Shields says Savannah Marshall’s strength isn’t enough to beat her, despite the British champion’s dramatic knockout win over Femke Hermans.
Marshall knocked out Hermans with a superb left hook on Saturday night to set up an undisputed middleweight world title clash with Shields, who is watching from the box at Newcastle Utilita Arena.
But her American rival insists she is far from discouraged Marshall’s destructive performance.
“Congratulations, that’s what you have to do,” Shields said Sports sky.
“I said she would do it to Femke. I’m not Femke Hermans, I’m not Hannah Rankin, I’m not any of the girls she fought against.”
“The punch power she has, I’m sorry to tell you, if that’s what I expected, it’s been wiped out.”
Shields had to settle for a decisive unanimous victory over Hermans, but she was quick to point out: “I went the distance with Femke four years ago. We fought four years ago, early in the rivalry my career.
“She is [Marshall] will get in trouble with me and she certainly won’t knock me down. “
When asked if Marshall was the biggest boxer in women’s boxing, Shields said: “No, she’s not, and you’ll see that when I come back in the summer and show you that you have to have power, you have to have, you have to have all of that.
“Just won’t let her take a big punch to deal with me in the ring. It’s going to take a lot.
“Femke was able to make her miss and I’m 10 times faster than Femke, so what do you think I would do?”
But Marshall remains confident she will silence Shields with a heavy loss, after stopping Hermans for a 10th goal in 12 wins.
“There was no one else standing in my way and Claressa, so it was me and Claressa in the summer,” Marshall said. Sports sky.
“One hundred percent I know Claressa can’t handle my powers. I know when I land in Claressa, it’s going to be a good night.
“It’s the UK versus the US, it’s always been a big rivalry.
“It has to happen here in the northeast.”
Shields vs Marshall where and when?
BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom is confident he can quickly close a deal for Marshall to take on Shields, with all of the world middleweight titles at stake in the UK this summer.
“It’s very, very close. Honestly, it’s only been a few days,” Shalom said Sports sky.
“We want it to happen here in Newcastle. This is where it will happen. This is where she is [Marshall] has built her fan base, this is where it deserves to be.
“Claressa has come from the United States. She clearly wanted it and it was going to be a classic. An absolute classic and I think a major milestone for women’s boxing in general.
“We’re looking at the end of June, the beginning of July now and 100%, I believe that will happen this summer, fingers crossed.
“I want it, everyone wants it, and we’re working relentlessly with Dmitriy Salita, Mick Hennessy and Peter Fury to make sure we keep this fight going.
“We’ve got to make sure Savannah makes it through tonight and she pulls through brilliantly, so that’s going to happen, very, very soon.”