Claressa Shields Reveals Savannah Marshall Argument After Femke Hermans KO: ‘I Don’t Want An Apology!’ | boxing news


Claressa Shields has revealed how she told Savannah Marshall to “bring her punching power to her” and wants “no excuses” after this summer’s super fight.

The American star had a heated showdown with Marshall in the ring over the weekend, with negotiations nearly complete for an undisputed world title fight between the two champions.

Marshall defended her WBO title with a dramatic knockout of Femke Hermans in Newcastle, but Shields insists she challenged Marshall to unload her biggest punches when they share the ring.

“I just told her to make sure she brings that punching power with her in the summer because I don’t want excuses when I beat her,” Shields said on Sky Sports News Monday.

“I have no worries. I’m the greatest, the GWOAT – the greatest woman of all time.

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Shields thinks Marshall’s punching power won’t be an issue in their next fight

“I think it’s going to be a great fight between her and me. It’s one of the biggest grudge matches in women’s boxing and I’m happy to be a part of it in front of the fans here in the UK, ahead of of his family, in front of his friends, in front of the fans.”

Marshall sent Hermans crashing to the canvas with a fight-ending left hook, but Shields insists she could take the same punch.

“I want her to hit me with that same punch,” Shields said.

“When it comes to fighting someone like an OG like me, you have to bring more than just punching power to the series. That’s all I’m saying.

“KOs sell, so that’s something I want to add to my resume and Savannah Marshall will be the first victim I eliminate.”

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Marshall says she’ll beat Shields and the American can’t live with her heavy hands

BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom said sky sports last week that he hoped the fight would take place in Newcastle, but Shields said there was no chance of that happening and said her preference was to fight in London where she won the gold at the 2012 Olympics.

“We’re going to fight in London, the O2 or Manchester somewhere,” she said.

“I hold the majority of the belts in our weight class, I’ve already given up on America to come here and fight it.

“I’m not going to fight her in her backyard. It doesn’t make sense.

“I can beat her anywhere but we will fight somewhere a bit more neutral, like London where I won the Olympics.”

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Boxxer promoter Ben Shalom targets blockbuster Shields-Marshall fight this summer

“A Fight for the Ages”

Promoter Dmitriy Salita, who helps guide Shields’ career, is confident a huge showdown with Marshall will soon be finalized.

“Negotiations are progressing well. I’ve never seen Claressa want a fight as much as she wants this one with Marshall and that’s why this fight is going to happen,” Salita told Sky Sports.

“Make no mistake, Claressa’s sole objective is to defeat Savannah Marshall in the UK in spectacular fashion. That’s why her last fight was in Cardiff and why she had front row seats for the Marshall fight last weekend.

“This is a fight between two talented world champions at the height of their careers like Leonard versus Hearns. This fight is going to move the needle of equality for women’s sport all over the world. As we have seen as no other sport, great fights have an everlasting effect and leave an imprint on the history of the world. It will be one for the ages!”




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