Savannah Marshall brilliantly stopped Lolita Muzeya in the second round of her world title defense after a flurry of scathing shots on Saturday at Newcastle.
Marshall went undefeated and kept her WBO middleweight championship to stay on track for the dream fight with Claressa Shields, who would be the best in women’s boxing.
Marshall bolstered his reputation as a true knockout artist by resisting pressure from his challenger and responding by beating her in the span of four minutes.
Marshall was forced to resist an immediate assault from Muzeya, shattering the first round in a sensational two minutes.
The Zambian visitor landed a punch in seconds and chased after Marshall frantically, forcing the champion to defend herself first and then respond with urgency.
By the end of the first game, Marshall had cracked Muzeya with a massive uppercut and several other kickbacks to ultimately have the best of the round.
Muzeya’s bravery and willpower didn’t allow her to take a single step back, and although Marshall weathered tough times, she exploded with a vicious stop.
Marshall broke Muzeya’s resistance with a series of unanswered punches, punctuated with a brutal straight right that forced the referee to intervene.
Marshall and her rival Shields, the undisputed champion of both divisions, will return in separate fights on December 11 live on Sky Sports, before meeting in the ring next year.
Sky Sports Boxe schedule
October 24 – Top Rank in Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson – WBO Super Featherweight Title
October 31 – Best ranking in New York
José Zepeda vs. José Vargas
November 6 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO Super Feather Titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs. Olanrewaju Durodola
Professional debut of Caroline Dubois
November 20 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Vassili Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey
December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC lightweight titles
December 18 – Best ranking in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight title