Claressa Shields reignites Savannah Marshall feud as title clash looms

Claressa Shields has reignited her war of words with Savannah Marshall after the British boxer won her fight against Femke Hermans.

Marshall earned a dramatic knockout victory against Hermans to set up an undisputed middleweight world title clash with Shields.

The American boxer was ringside at the Newcastle Utilita Arena, and seemed confident she would be able to overcome Marshall.

“Congrats, that’s what you’re supposed to do,” Shields told Sky Sports. “I said that she would do that with Femke. I’m not Femke Hermans, I’m not Hannah Rankin, I’m not any of those girls she fought against.

“As much punch power as she has, I’m sorry to tell you, if that’s what I got to look forward to, it’s going to be a wipe out.”

Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and three-time world champion, fought Hermans in 2018 and was forced to settle for a unanimous decision victory.

But she was quick to point out: “I went the distance with Femke four years ago. We fought four years ago, early in my career.

“She’s [Marshall] going to have trouble with me and she’s definitely not going to knock me out.”

Shields also denied that Marshall was the biggest puncher in women’s boxing.

“No, she’s not, and you guys are going to see that when I come back over in the summer and show you that you have to have power, you have to have skill,” she said. “You have to have all of that.

“It’s just not going to take her one big punch to deal with me inside 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’m going to do?”

Marshall, who has held the WBO female middleweight title since 2020, hit back at Shields.

“There’s no-one else in the way between me and Claressa, so it’s me and Claressa in the summer,” Marshall told Sky Sports. “One hundred per cent I know Claressa can’t handle my power.

“I know when I land on Claressa it will be good night. It’s Great Britain versus America, it’s always a great rivalry. It’s got to happen here in the North East.”

BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom revealed he hoped the highly-anticipated clash between Shields and Marshall would take place in Newcastle, in June or July.

“Claressa has come over all the way from the States,” he said. “She obviously wants it and it’s going to be a classic. An absolute classic and I think a milestone for women’s boxing in general.”

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