Claressa Shields Still Has an ‘Air of Invincibility’ Ahead of Boxing’s Return Despite MMA Loss, Says Promoter Ben Shalom | Boxing News

Claressa Shields’ loss in her MMA fight is “irrelevant” to her boxing career which was refocused after she was groomed to fight Savannah Marshall, promoter Ben Shalom said.

Shields entered mixed martial arts for the second time last week, but lost a split decision to Abigail Montes after being passed.

It is the first time that she has lost a competition since an amateur fight with Marshall in 2012 – the source of a rivalry that should be settled next year.

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Marshall and Shields will be live on Sky Sports in separate fights on December 11

BOXXER promoter Shalom, who will first feature the two champions in separate fights on December 11, live on Sky Sports, said of Shields’ MMA detour: “It’s irrelevant.

“She was a victim of how good she is at boxing. She has never been challenged.

“She’s a warrior, so she tried a new sport. It was great for Claressa and developed her profile considerably.

“She still has that air of invincibility in boxing.

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Shields lost to Abigail Montes by split decision

“She will be eager to return to the ring where she belongs.”

Marshall previously told Sky Sports: “She needs to hurry up and get over it.

“She can’t just sit there crying in a dark room. She has to get back there by December 11th.

“It’s been a long time since she lost.

“If anything, I hope that will kick her in the back and get her back on track.”

HOLLYWOOD, FL - OCTOBER 27: Claressa Shields vs. Abigail Montes in a lightweight bout during the PFL Championships at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on October 27, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida.  (Cooper Neill / PFL)
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Shields “always looks invincible” in boxing, says Ben Shalom

Shields is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, three-weight world champion and undisputed two-division champion.

Marshall holds the WBO middleweight championship and a fight between them, if they break through their respective defenses in December, would be the greatest women’s boxing fight of all time and crown an undisputed middleweight champion.

Shalom believes that putting Shields on the path to fighting Marshall will refocus it on boxing: “Every boxer needs a dance partner. You’ve seen it in history. It doesn’t matter how good you are.

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Marshall and Shields exchanged verbal cues!

“Women’s sport has been slow to catch up with Claressa.

“The emergence of Savannah, and the fact that she’s the only person to ever beat her among amateurs, is important to Claressa.

“She was expecting a challenge.

“That’s what makes this fight so amazing – Claressa needs it, Savannah needs it, sport needs it, women’s sport needs it.

“There has never been a women’s fight that stands on its own two feet and catches the attention of all sports fans. It has the potential to do so.”

Sky Sports Boxe schedule

November 6 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO Super Featherweight Titles

November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
Welterweight tournament

November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs. Olanrewaju Durodola
Professional debut of Caroline Dubois
Florian Marku
Hosea Burton vs Dan Azeez – British Lightweight Title

November 20 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title

December 11 – BOXXER
Savannah Marshal
Claressa Shields

December 11 – Top Rank in New York
Vassili Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey
Jared Anderson vs. Oleksandr Teslenko
Nico ali walsh
Alex zayas

December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC lightweight titles

February 26 – Best ranking in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight title

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