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Marshall Says Shields “Won’t Last Two Minutes” in Huge Showdown After New TKO

Avannah Marshall successfully defended her world middleweight title with a second round stoppage of Lolita Muzeya at Newcastle.

TKO’s victory keeps the Briton on course for a huge showdown with US champion Claressa Shields next year, with the war of words between the two continuing after Marshall’s victory.

Shields watched via video link the fighter from Hartlepool, 30, taking her 11th professional victory over Muzeya.

A fiery opening from the Zambian threatened to shock the home crowd but Marshall hit back to corner his opponent against the ropes and offload shortly before the end of the second round, forcing a save.

It was announced after the bout that Marshall and Shields will fight on the same card in Birmingham in December, both defending world title belts and undefeated records in their 12th competition.

Shields teased her rival ahead of the ‘curse’ fight that saw her fall just before their clashes at two world championships and two Olympics.

The two-weight linear champion then told Marshall, “See you next year my daughter, we’re going to show you what a real champion is like fighting.”

But Saturday night’s winner rose to the local crowd and replied, “What a bunch of bullshit. Claressa couldn’t last two minutes, let alone two laps.

She added: “I am absolutely overwhelmed. I’m still a woman in a men’s sport and to have that support I’m in seventh heaven. “



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