Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall: American accuses British rival of being 'so disrespectful'

  • Tom Ward
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Boxing GWOAT Claressa Shields has accused Savannah Marshall of being ‘so disrespectful’ as the war of words between the pair rumbles on.

Shields, 26, and 30-year-old Marshall were separated by security during Shields’ post-fight interview after the American successfully defended her IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles against Slovenian Ema Kozin, 23.

The Michigan native, who is widely regarded as the greatest female fighter of all time, has signed a two-fight deal with Ben Shalom’s BOXXER and Sky Sports that will see her face Marshall for the belts later this year.

However, to set up the all-female super-fight Marshall must first defend her belt against Belgian boxer Femke Hermans next month on March 12.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Shields said: “She’s got to win first. Don’t ask me that. She decides that.

“I always show up and win, I hope that Marshall does her job because if that’s what they’re saying is the biggest women’s fight because she’s got some power and a little bit of height, I’m going to show them that Flint town come put the beatdown wherever.

“She’s going to get it just like Ema Kozin got it, even worse because I don’t like her.”

Shields, from Flint, also challenged Marshall to start acting like ‘a world champion’, after her rival left her belt at home.

Boxing – Claressa Shields v Ema Kozin – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales, Britain – February 5, 2022 Claressa Shields poses with her team and Savannah Marshall after winning against Ema Kozin Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

“Yeah, she’s so disrespectful,” she added. “The accomplishments don’t compare. I wanted to let the girl borrow a belt.

“Why’re you walking up here with no belts when I’ve got five, six belts? No. She doesn’t even know how to be a world champion.

“A champion never leaves their belts at home, especially when they’re about to face off with another world champion.

“But it would’ve looked embarrassing anyway. You showing up with one belt talking stuff, no Olympic gold medals, one weight class, one belt. Please, quit playing with me. I don’t even play like that.

“And everyone considers me the GWOAT. The only ones who don’t are probably Ben and Savannah and that’s a personal problem with them but that’s okay because I came here to prove it.”

Boxing – Claressa Shields v Ema Kozin – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales, Britain – February 5, 2022 Claressa Shields clashes with Savannah Marshall outside the ring after winning against Ema Kozin Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Shields has won all 12 of her professional fights and holds three of the four major titles (IBF, WBA and WBC) in the middleweight division.

She has never tasted defeat in her pro career, while Hartlepool’s Marshall has won all 11 of her fights, nine by knockout.

“Ben’s got a job to do to promote the fight but I just have a hard time taking disrespect from people,” she continued. “It’s just not how I was raised. I wasn’t raised like that.

“But talking about wiping the floor and this and that – I haven’t been impressed with any of Savannah Marshall’s fights.

“She’s fighting 147 pounders and knocking them out and they’re getting a week’s notice.

“When you actually fight against the top, them girls just don’t lay down, I’m sorry, they don’t.

“But she saw what she needs to get back in the gym and work on so hopefully she do it and this fight can be as competitive as they think it’s going to be.”

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