Claressa Shields-Savannah Marshall has to be next – Boxing News

George Gigney examines Claressa Shields’ newest feedback in his boxing media assessment

WE could possibly be on the verge of a doubtlessly game-changing battle in ladies’s boxing after Savannah Marshall held onto her world middleweight title with ease on the weekend. Marshall holds an newbie win over America’s Claressa Shields, the one feminine fighter to rival Katie Taylor when it comes to curiosity she generates. Now, a rematch between the 2 within the paid ranks can be a significantly huge deal. Previous to Marshall’s win on the weekend, Shields was already speaking up the potential bout.

“They’re constructing Savannah as much as make folks assume it. This battle is just thought of due to how nice I’m,” she informed Sky Sports activities. “If I didn’t have all these Olympic gold medals and accolades, no one would care a couple of battle between me and Savannah.

“I bounced again from that loss [to Marshall in the amateurs] to win two Olympics then flip professional and be excellent, that’s why this battle can be enormous. Is it going to be a back-and-forth brawl? No. I might be as dominant as I’m in opposition to each different fighter. Most likely extra dominant as a result of she speaks a lot and I wish to beat her up.

“Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are combating twice and I might love for me and Savannah to be co-main occasion.”

Whereas Shields-Marshall serving as chief help to a battle as enormous as Fury-Joshua can be monumental for girls’s boxing, it’s unlikely at this stage. For one, it’s nonetheless unclear what Shields’ plans are this yr after she confirmed she will probably be making her combined martial arts debut sooner or later within the coming months.

It will, nonetheless, be a really becoming battle to guide into Fury-Joshua. Ladies’s boxing has made nice strides lately due to the likes of Shields, Taylor and extra not too long ago Marshall and others.

What it wants now’s for these fighters who’ve so clearly separated themselves from the remainder of the pack to face one another the place attainable, and Shields-Marshall is a chance too good to move up. That being stated, that is additionally a battle that deserves to high its personal invoice.

As to Shields claiming the battle is just so enticing due to her; that’s off the mark. Had been that the case, her current fights would even have been huge information, whereas the truth is that they weren’t. Marshall’s newbie win over Shields and her personal achievements as an expert are a key a part of this battle’s promotion. Let’s simply hope it will get made.

It seems to be time for Dillian Whyte to be unleashed on America, and he’s good for the position.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed his plans to show Whyte to US audiences, throwing out a number of American heavyweights Dillian may face. For his half, the Londoner is just fascinated with one: Deontay Wilder.

“I feel the general public demand for the Wilder battle is already there, to be trustworthy,” he informed Sky Sports activities. “There’s quite a lot of demand for it already. However combating in America doesn’t harm and it does improve the profile and the curiosity, and a special fan base and following. It will be good to get a giant battle in America in the summertime.

“I’ll battle Wilder in Alabama [Wilder’s home state], if that’s what’s going to make him really feel safe and secure sufficient to take the battle. If he desires, he can have the house judges, his hometown, no matter. I don’t care. I’d even battle him in his own residence, the kitchen, the storage, the backyard, wherever. I simply wish to pay money for him and harm him.”

Whyte – not solely a high fighter but additionally among the finest talkers within the recreation – is sort of proper when he talks about demand for a Wilder battle. The 2 males are the principle contenders to the titles held by Fury and Joshua, who look like combating one another this yr.

So, it makes full sense for Whyte and Wilder to sq. off and decide a transparent No. 1 contender at heavyweight. Wilder has been uncharacteristically quiet in current months, to the purpose the place it’s exhausting to even think about him an lively fighter.

No matter what Wilder chooses to do, having Whyte battle in America this yr is a brilliant transfer. He can construct his profile whereas ready for the Fury-Joshua saga to play out and doubtlessly line himself up for a shot on the winner.


Triller’s Chief Boxing Workplace, Peter Kahn, was a visitor on the Pug and Copp Present to debate the platform’s “critical” plans to be concerned in boxing. He claims it was he who pushed by the big purse bid to land broadcast rights for Teofimo Lopez’ subsequent title defence, and that this was completed as an announcement of intent.

This was undermined considerably by the Struggle Membership trailer Triller launched this week, which featured the likes of Snoop Doog, Jake Paul, Marshmello and Evander Holyfield. You needed to be watching very rigorously to catch a look of precise lively fighters, and even then it was simply Lopez and his opponent George Kambosos Jnr.

Khan alluded to extra official boxing fights coming to the platform, however gave no particulars. It appears uncertain we’ll hear something about that anytime quickly.

On his personal Hotboxin’ podcast, Mike Tyson claimed he hopes to have three exhibition bouts this yr, in opposition to Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Tyson Fury. He admitted the Fury one appears unlikely, although a gathering with Holyfield – who takes on Kevin McBride in an exhibition in June (groan) – is clearly within the works.

So long as names like Tyson keep , there’s no main incentive for Triller to majorly put money into lively fighters and actual bouts. Maybe they need to simply admit that.

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