Claressa Shields: I’m going to show the world that I’m the greatest woman of all time against Savannah Marshall | boxing news


Claressa Shields has vowed to prove to the world that she is the “greatest woman of all time” when she takes on Savannah Marshall in their undisputed title clash next month.

The grudge match between the two longtime middleweight rivals takes center stage at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday September 10, live on sky sportsand will see the two undefeated boxers put all their belts on the line.

Despite the verbal bards the pair have exchanged, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning WBA, WBC and IBF Shields champion is full of respect for WBO champion and women’s boxing trailblazer Marshall, but is determined to prove that she is the queen of the ring.

“I said for a long time, in 2012, that I was the one that everyone would remember for life, whether I continued boxing or not,” Shields said. sky sports.

“But the fact that I went on and won the Olympics again and turned professional, and I’m one of the women who changed the game when it comes to equal pay, equal promotion and we fight for equal fight time.

“I’m happy that this is coming to fruition, that I have this opportunity and that I have a great dance partner. I can’t wait to cross the pond and fight against Savannah Marshall.

“It takes two great fighters to come in there and put on a show. So I’m coming in there to put on a show and show the world that I am who I say I am – I’m the greatest woman of all time . “

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Shields says she’s in great shape as she prepares for her huge September 10 clash against Marshall and wants to prove she’s the greatest boxer of all time

Marshall is in the middle of his training camp in Miami under the watchful eye of former two-weight world champion John David Jackson, who has been around the 27-year-old since his sixth pro contest against Hanna Gabriels.

Jackson is in no doubt that Shields has improved a lot since her amateur days when she lost to Marshall in the second round of the 2012 World Championships – the only loss of her career so far – and feels that ‘She’s fought a better level of opponent since her turn. professional, which will be presented in September.

“To say it’s the boxer versus the puncher is a good title for the fight,” Jackson said. sky sports. “Savannah, the level of her competition hasn’t been Claressa…so that’s a difference between the opponents.

“It creates a very interesting fight over who is going to apply what they do best on the other person and break it down. I feel like with Claressa she’s improved from her days as a amateur, while I haven’t seen that with Savannah.

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Shields takes on Marshall for the undisputed world middleweight title live on Sky Sports on September 10

“She’s more laid back, she’s relaxed in there and it’s great to be around, but the level of competition she’s had hasn’t pushed her enough to see what she really has in her. That fight, she will be really pushed.”

Shields, meanwhile, is working hard and avoiding all the distractions of nightlife in Miami to make sure she’s in the best shape possible for the long-awaited showdown with Marshall.

“It’s a matter of discipline,” Shields said. “Blood, sweat and tears come with the game, but I enjoyed the sweat, I enjoy the blood – sometimes more from my opponent – and there is crying involved, but not when you take advantage of it.

“That’s why I come to Miami, because it’s a different landscape. Yeah, you have clubs and beaches and bars, but I only go to the beach and the gym. I go at the track and I do trail running, but I’m not really a big party animal.

“I’m in great shape. We fought, we ran, we jumped rope and hit the pads and the bags.

“I’m happy for the opportunity and just to be able to have this platform, especially where I come from, and to be dubbed the greatest women’s fight in boxing history means a lot.”

The biggest fight in women’s boxing history – Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall – is live on Sky Sports on Saturday September 10. Be a part of history and buy London Showdown tickets here.




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