Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields have confirmed their undisputed middleweight championship fight for September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports.
It will be a historic occasion as Shields-Marshall will be the title of the first professional women’s boxing card on television in Britain.
The main support on the undercard will see a unification of the top tier superfeathers. Mikaela Mayer, IBF and WBO titlist, will face American colleague Alycia Baumgardner, the WBC belt.
The Shields-Marshall fight will combine all four major world titles at 160 pounds. Marshall of Hartlepool holds the WBO belt, which she won in 2020 against Hannah Rankin and which she subsequently defended three times. Marshall is undefeated as a professional and has won all of his world title fights from a distance.
Shields, of Flint, Michigan, is one of the best fighters in women’s sport today. She is currently the unified WBA, IBF and WBC titlist and has already been the undisputed dominatrix in the middleweight and super welterweight divisions, as well as winning super-middleweight belts early in her career. The American is also a two-time Olympic champion, having won the middleweight gold medal in both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
It is an impressive track record. But Marshall is the only boxer to have beaten Shields. 10 years ago at the Amateur World Championships in China, Marshall overtook Shields on his way to winning that tournament. Shields continued to excel as an Olympian, but the two never fought again.
“This fight has been coming for a long time, but now we’re here. On September 10 I will be the new undisputed middleweight champion of the world,” said Marshall.
“I beat you and I will beat you again,” he told Shields. “I’m not going to beat you, but to outbox you.
“I’ll hurt you and get you out of the mail.”
Shields’ response was cross. “It means a lot to be here,” said the American. “She was lucky in 2012, but she won’t be lucky in 2022.
“I don’t hate anyone … but I really dislike her.”
They will settle that long rivalry on September 10 in London.
“It’s finally here. All sports need great rivalries to transcend their boundaries and this is the biggest rivalry ever to come from women’s boxing,” said promoter Ben Shalom.
“This is an important moment for the entire sport of boxing, a transatlantic struggle that will bring new light to the sport. Two big stars, two elite athletes, two personalities and a story you couldn’t come up with. Thanks to all promoters. and managers involved to start a struggle that many thought could not happen. A historic night awaits at the O2. “
Marshall manager Mick Hennessy said: “In my opinion this is clearly the biggest and most exciting fight in the history of women’s boxing. It will make history and live up to all expectations. It’s been 10 years and I just can’t see it. ‘now that it arrives at O2 on September 10. This has the potential to be the fight of the year around the world.“
On the undercard Mayer and Baumgardner will clash in a unification of the world super featherweight title.
Mayer won his first championship in 2020 and participated in one of the best fights of last year, a 10-round thriller against Maiva Hamadouche which he won to secure the IBF belt and the WBO.
Baumgardner is no stranger to excitement itself. She has already boxed twice in the UK, memorably stopping Terri Harper in a devastating show last year to become the WBC champion.
The rest of the card will be announced in due course.
“September 10 will be a night to remember forever and a pivotal moment for women’s sport with an all-female show. We welcome rising star Mikaela Mayer against Alycia Baumgardner in a support match for the super boss and a match of title unification. And there will be other major announcements to make this the greatest night ever for women’s boxing. We are so proud to show this unique and magical night on Sky Sports, “said Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports.
“[Shields-Marshall] is a truly iconic fight for our sport on what will be an unprecedented night at London’s O2 on 10th September. To finally announce one of the most appetizing encounters of this modern generation between our incredible world champion Savannah “The Silent Assassin” Marshall and GWOAT, Claressa Shields, an American idol, is a pleasure and an honor, “he continued.
“This is just steeped in history, needle, spice, revenge – everything – and these two undefeated elite boxing champions and fabulous sports figures clash for the undisputed middleweight title in one of the greatest fights of this era.”
The historical account will be broadcast live on Sky Sport on 10 September. For early access to tickets, visit www.boxxer.com