There is no love lost between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall, and the American has this week claimed that she would love a showdown with the British fighter on one of the biggest stages. Shields was handed her most recent defeat by Marshall when the two women were amateurs and the bout is widely believed to be one of the most exciting that could be made in women’s boxing.
Such a fight would need a huge event, and Shields has already indicated that she would be open to taking the fight on the undercard to the unification heavyweight bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
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Marshall will be making the first defence of her WBO middleweight title this weekend, as she clashes with Femke Hermans in London. The bout was set up earlier in the year, but the recent comments from Shields will likely put more pressure on the 29-year-old is deliver this weekend. There is certainly a demand for the fight, and it could be a massive occasion given that Shields holds the WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles.
Like Shields, Marshall is also unbeaten throughout her professional career to this point. She goes into the Hermans fight with a perfect 9-0 record. She won the WBO middleweight title in October last year, as she won by seventh round TKO against Hannah Rankin. That was the fifth straight fight that Marshall had won by stoppage, and indicates that she is getting better with every fight that she has.
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There are a lot of parallels between the two stars, which means it would come as no surprise that a clash between them would be one that would get the attention of viewers from around the world. Marshall beat Shields on her way to winning the gold medal at the World Championships in 2012 in Qinhuangdao. She was also the favourite to win the Olympic gold medal in the same year, but she was beaten by Marin Volnova.
Shields went on to win the gold in London, and became the first woman to win two Olympic golds four years later, as he reclaimed her title in Rio. Shields has been perfect since then, as she holds a 11-0. She became a double-weight champion in March of this year, when she beat Marie Eve Dicaire to win the IBF, WBA (Super) and The Ring light middleweight titles.