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Hannah Rankin: Femke Hermans a ‘good test’ for Savannah Marshall in clash hunt for Claressa Shields |  boxing news

Hannah Rankin thinks Femke Hermans is a good ‘step up’ for Savannah Marshall as they prepare to face off in the WBO middleweight title fight on April 2, live on Sky Sports.

The Hartlepool fighter takes on Hermans in the main event at the Newcastle Arena, with victory bringing her one step closer to a fight with her biggest rival, Claressa Shields.

As Marshall enters the ring with an 11-0 record (9 KOs), Rankin thinks it will be interesting to see how she fares against her Belgian challenger compared to Shields, who beat Fermans in 2018.

“It’s a good challenge for her. I think it will be good to see how she compares to Claressa Shields’ performance against Hermans,” Rankin said.

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Savannah Marshall has invited Claressa Shields to watch her next fight. Marshall was at ringside to watch Shields defend his middleweight belts in Cardiff, with the pair then clashing

“Clressa just beat her for 10 rounds. She sent her for 10 rounds, all around the ring, for an easy unanimous decision.

“Femke has a lot going for her. Savannah is a big puncher, she’s kind, relaxed and calm. Femke passes (left-handed) so that might give Savannah something a little different to watch.”

Although this is Marshall’s biggest challenge to date, Rankin believes she can increase her win tally to 12 as long as she stays focused on the night.

“Ultimately, I see Savannah stopping Femke, mid to late, but you never know, it could also be an early night job for her too.

“I think it’s a good step up, a good test, and adds a common opponent in the build-up to the Shields fight.

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Savannah Marshall calls Claressa Shields ‘the human equivalent of a migraine’ but says her boxing skills speak for themselves with a potential fight between the two on the cards

“It’s so important not to look past what’s in front of you. Femke Hermans could show up in the best shape we’ve ever seen her in and box an absolute blinder, and Savannah will have to figure that out and do something maybe a little different.

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“It’s a good test for her, someone a little taller and someone in the ring for her to practice, because she has a goofy style Femke Hermans, she’s a bit jerky , so I think it will be interesting to see how Savannah understands all of this.”

Natasha Jonas: I want a unification fight

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World champion Natasha Jonas says she is keen to fight super welterweight world champion Hannah Rankin in an all-British unification showdown

Natasha Jonas and her promoter Ben Shalom have confirmed that she wants her next fight to be a world super welterweight championship unification clash with fellow Briton Hannah Rankin.

“I don’t think there is any secret,” Jonas said sky sports. “Hannah Rankin and I have both said that a unification fight – if she gets her fight in May – is something we both want, something we both believe we can win, and that makes sense because it’s a good unification fight.”

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Saturday 2 April – Newcastle

Savannah Marshall vs. Femke Hermans – WBO Middleweight Title
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Saturday 16 April – Coventry

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Sunday, May 1 – Las Vegas

Oscar Valdez vs. Shakur Stevenson – WBC and WBO super featherweight titles

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