Negotiations are close to being finalised for the highly anticipated title fight between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall.
The rivalry between the two fighters continues to boil over as the world prepares for what has been hyped as the “biggest female fight out there” by fellow professionals Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall.
The British duo recently launched their own pro careers, but they are watching the progress of this pending world middleweight title match up closely.
“It’s exciting to have the rivalry,” Artingstall told Sky Sports News. “It doesn’t just happen within the male ranks, it happens with the female [ranks] as well. I can’t wait to see the fight now.
“In my opinion, it’s the biggest female fight out there because of that rivalry and the amateur background they’ve both had; Savannah is the only person to beat Claressa.”
Indeed, while Shields’ professional record is immaculate, Marshall beat her during an amateur bout years ago, which is the only loss the American, who refers to herself as the GWOAT [Greatest Woman of All-Time], has ever conceded.
The ongoing war of words between the two stars has set the tone for what promises to be an incredible stand off when they finally meet inside the ring.
Back in February, Shields beat Slovenia’s Ema Kozin to retain her WBA, WBC, IBF and Ring magazine middleweight titles. Marshall was in attendance and was filmed yawning and pretending to fall asleep while the fight was going on.
Afterwards, the two clashed, with The Silent Assassin stating she would “wipe the floor” with Shields when the two finally meet in the ring.
Marshall has since beaten Femke Hermans of Belgium, leaving no one standing in the way of her and the GWOAT.
“As much punch power as she [Marshall] 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 said.
“She’s [Marshall] going to have trouble with me and she’s definitely not going to knock me out. 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.”
While the back and forth continues to make for an exciting fight build up, Price and Artingstall have predicted a triumph for their fellow Briton.
“I believe that Savannah — if she goes in 100 percent and trains as hard as she needs to — she’s got what it takes to just get the win,” Artingstall said.
Price added: “I think she [Marshall] beats her, 100 percent.”
The fighting duo, who both won medals representing Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics, recently turned professional after signing deals with BOXXER. They are yet to face their first pro opponent but gold medallist Price has already set her sights on becoming a multi-weight world champion.