Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields have signed that they will fight each other in an undisputed battle for the title of world middleweight champion in early September, confirmed promoter Ben Shalom.
WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight Shields have threatened to retire after a shoulder operation for WBO title holder Marshall, who saw it was postponed from the scheduled date of July to September, but Shalom says the American has already given a pen on paper.
Marshall, who rejected Shields’ claim that she was exaggerating her injury to buy “extra time”, also agreed to a clash that promises to be the biggest women’s fight of all time in the UK until the undefeated duo leaves. head to head.
“Early September – both fighters are ready, both fighters are signed,” Shalom said Sky Sports News.
“I can’t wait, it took a while.
“Claressa is finally here. It’s the first time we’ve seen a real rivalry in women’s boxing, and that’s a sign of the times.”
“It’s an incredible time for this sport and an incredible time for every woman who gets into the sport of boxing.”
The fight was previously expected to take place in Marshall’s hometown of Newcastle, but Shalom revealed that the excitement of the event could lead to it taking place in London due to the need for a larger venue.
“We are very close to finalizing the venue,” Shalom added.
“The fight is so big now that it needs an international venue. It will happen in the United Kingdom – they all want it.”
“It will be between Newcastle and London, we’ll see.”
Marshall and Shields have an unblemished 12-0 record, with Marshall knocking out Femke Hermans in her previous match in April and Shields beating Ema Kozin in points in February.
Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, suffered her only defeat in her highly acclaimed amateur career with Marshall in 2012.
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