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Savannah Marshall To Defend WBO Middleweight Title Against Maria Lindberg After Femke Hermans Late Withdrawal |  Boxing News

Savannah Marshall will defend her WBO middleweight title against Maria Lindberg this Saturday following the late retirement of Femke Hermans.

Former super middleweight champion Hermans was forced to step down after a member of her team contracted coronavirus.

Instead, Marshall (9-0, 7 KOs), will now stake her title against Sweden’s Lindberg (19-6-2, 10 KOs), who in her career has challenged world honors against Christina Hammer, Ema Kozin and Marie Eve Dicaire.

The fight will take place on the sub-map of Conor Benn’s clash with Samuel Vargas at the Copper Box Arena in London on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

Marshall won her world title by beating Hannah Rankin in seven innings in October.

Facing four-time world champion Lindberg this weekend, Marshall said, “I think it’s a tougher fight than the original. Maria is very experienced and tough. She’s been among the best in the world.

“She’s a four-time challenger for the world title, but I had a 12-week camp so I was prepared for anything. Whatever Maria brings, I’m more than sure I have an answer.”

Lindberg added: “I’m still in training so I’m ready. It’s a new experience that I have never struggled with on this short notice but there is a first time for everything.”

Ebania Bridges clashed with Saturday opponent Shannon Courtenay over how best to promote women’s boxing

Heated encounter on ‘more eyes’ on women’s struggle

Ebanie Bridges and Shannon Courtenay’s argument over the image of their women’s world title fight turned into an intense confrontation and threats of knockout.

The rivals will face off for the vacant WBA bantamweight title on Saturday night on Conor Benn’s lower card, live on Sky Sports, in a fight that was characterized by an argument over how to promote women’s boxing.

Bridges encouraged female fighters to “embrace femininity” and has worn a bikini in her weigh-ins, but Courtenay thinks that’s not how to be “a model.”

Australian Bridges said ahead of their first showdown: “Women’s boxing needs more eyes on the sport. We have to do whatever we can. The reason this fight has eyes on it is because of me.

“What matters is what happens in the ring. But if we can get that many people to watch, then me and Shannon can show that women can fight. This is my goal, to make people watch.

“Boxing is very important but we need to get more viewers into women’s boxing and I’m ready to do whatever it takes. Winning this world title would show that you don’t have to be like everyone else. “

But Courtenay retorted, “I get it – but I want more viewers for the right reason. Katie Taylor hasn’t led the way for us to talk about underwear.”

Conor Benn against Samuel Vargas, Savannah Marshall’s world title defense and the grudge match between Ebania Bridges and Shannon Courtenay take place on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

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