A date for the highly anticipated Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall title fight has finally been confirmed and excitement is rapidly building.
The two will lock horns at the O2 Arena in London on September 10th, marking the first time the UK will host an undisputed women’s world title fight.
It’s not just boxing fans who are eager to see the two women finally enter the ring either. Fellow combat sport stars including Molly McCann are hyping up the clash.
The UFC icon posted on her Twitter comparing the upcoming Shields vs Marshall bout to the historic match between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano earlier this year.
Back in April, Taylor and Serrano made history when they became the first female boxers to headline the famous Madison Square Garden.
The fight, which saw The Bray Bomber retain her undisputed lightweight titles, was described by many as the biggest women’s boxing match of all time.
Certainly, the magnitude of the fight was unrivalled and will forever remain a landmark moment in women’s boxing. However, the clash between bitter rivals Shields and Marshall is already highly regarded as another big milestone for growing the sport.
Meatball Molly can hardly contain her excitement ahead of the fight.
“Taylor v Serrano was a blessing and an absolute masterclass. But to be able to watch @Savmarshall1 and @Claressashields go at it…” she wrote.
“Great gamesmanship and you know there will be a second and maybe third [round], I cannot f**king wait.”
Taylor v Serrano was a blessing and an absolute master class. But to be able to watch @Savmarshall1 and @Claressashields go at it, great gamesmanship and you know there will be a second and maybe third, I cannot f**king wait 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻— Molly McCann (@MeatballMolly) July 5, 2022
A long-standing rivalry
Shields and Marshall have been rivals for more than a decade and this September, they will finally lock horns and prove who is the superior fighter.
The feud started during the women’s amateur days and sparks have continued to fly between the two over the years.
In the lead up to the fight in London, Shields and Marshall have been embroiled in a war of words.
The self-proclaimed GWOAT almost pulled out of the fight after accusing Marshall of faking an injury in order to buy herself more time.
Shields claimed The Silent Assassin was “lying to fans” but Marshall, as cool as ever, hit back with a composed retort, stating her opponent’s team had been sent information about her injury.
“I don’t know whether it’s just red-chested or [if] she’s just opened her inbox, I haven’t a clue with that girl,” the Hartlepool-born fighter said.
Shields, who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, will enter the ring carrying the WBA, WBC and IBF World Middleweight Championship belts while Marshall will wear her WBO title.
The two previously met years ago when
The Silent Assassin handed Shields a defeat at amateur level. This remains the GWOAT’s only loss in her entire boxing career.