Marshall defeated Femke Hermans in Newcastle to start a match with unified champion Shields, who climbed into the ring to exchange fiery words with her rival
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Savannah Marshall faced Claressa Shields in a fiery battle of words after she KO’d Femke Hermans in Newcastle.
Marshall sent an alert to Shields after she detonated a huge left hook in the third round of her WBO middleweight title defense against Femke Hermans to end the fight in the last second of the third verse.
she pointed with her bitter rival just after the stoppage, who sat ringside ready to challenge her after the clash ended.
Shields came into the ring after the win and the pair exchanged verbal jabs with on-site security guards to prevent a brawl between the two.
The American star yelled words of warning at Marshall as he promised to kick her in the face before the fight. Marshall chose to walk away from the argument by turning and exiting the ring to celebrate her successful title defense as the pair went their separate ways.
The 30-year-old later added that she was delighted with her performance, addressing the big middleweight clash with Shields.
“For me now there’s no one between me and Claressa,” Shields said after her win. “Now it’s me and Claressa. I know she can’t handle my power. I think I’ll win this fight by KO and I think I’ll hurt Claressa badly. Next up is Britain versus America. It has to happen here in the North East.”
Marshall’s win has now set the stage for a potential undisputed showdown with Shields later this year, as the American made her successful UK debut against Ema Kozin in Cardiff earlier this year. BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom confirmed that the fight is expected to take place in the summer and that negotiations are already in full swing.
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“That was 100 percent the plan to do this fight,” Shalom said after the fight. “Now we have what I think is the biggest fight in women’s boxing.
We now feel days away from an absolute classic and milestone for women’s boxing in general. We are looking at late June or early July, I believe it will happen this summer.
“We have worked tirelessly with everyone to ensure this happens and we believe this fight must take place in the North East. Claressa will never shy away from a challenge against one of the greatest punchers we’ve seen in sport. It’s perfect.”
Shields stressed her desire to take the fight next and identified the UK venues she may wish to host the event. “I’m the world champion, if we want to fight in the UK we should go to a neutral venue like the O2 or Wembley,” Shields confirmed after Marshall’s win. “Since I have already given up my country. I’ll come back here if I did, but everyone knows I shouldn’t.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/savannah-marshall-claressa-shields-boxing-26621841 Savannah Marshall in fiery confrontation with Claressa Shields after brutal KO win