Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields have confirmed their undisputed fight for the middleweight championship on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, live on Sky Sports.
It will be a historic occasion as Shields-Marshall will headline Britain’s first televised women’s professional boxing card.
The main undercard support will see a unification of top-tier super featherweights. Mikaela Mayer, the list of IBF and WBO titles, will face fellow American Alycia Baumgardner, holder of the WBC belt.
The Shields-Marshall bout will unify all four major world titles at 160 pounds. Hartlepool’s Marshall holds the WBO belt, a title she won in 2020 from Hannah Rankin and then defended three times. Marshall is undefeated as a pro and has won all of her world title fights from distance.
Shields, of Flint, Michigan, is one of the best fighters in women’s sports today. She is currently on the unified WBA, IBF and WBC title list and was once the undisputed leader in the middleweight and super-welterweight divisions, as well as super-middleweight belts earlier in her career. The American is also a two-time Olympic champion, having won middleweight gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016.
It’s an impressive record. But Marshall is the only boxer to beat Shields. 10 years ago, at the amateur world championships in China, Marshall edged out Shields en route to winning that tournament. Shields continued to excel as an Olympian, but the two never fought again.
“This fight took a long time to come, but we’re here now. On September 10, I will be the new undisputed middleweight champion of the world,” Marshall said.
“I beat you and I will beat you again,” she told Shields. “I’m not just going to beat you, I’m going to outbox you.
“I’m going to hurt you and I’m going to outbox you.”
Shields’ response was petulant. “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 do have a huge dislike for her.”
They will settle this long-standing rivalry on September 10 in London.
“It’s finally happened. All sports need major rivalries to transcend their borders and this is the greatest rivalry ever to come out of women’s boxing,” promoter Ben Shalom said.
“This is a major moment for the whole sport of boxing, a transatlantic fight that will shed new light on the sport. Two big stars, two top athletes, two personalities and a story that you could not invent. Thank you to all the promoters and managers involved in making a fight that many thought couldn’t happen.A historic night awaits us at the O2.
Marshall’s manager Mick Hennessy said: “In my opinion, this is clearly the biggest and most exciting fight in women’s boxing history. It’s going to go down in history and it’s going to answer all expectations. He’s been brewing for 10 years and I can’t wait for September 10th at the O2. It has the potential to be the fight of the year around the world.”
On the undercard, Mayer and Baumgardner will square off in a world super featherweight title unification.
Mayer won her first championship of 2020 and participated in one of the best fights of the last year, a 10-round thriller against Maiva Hamadouche which she won to secure the IBF belt as well as the WBO.
Baumgardner is no stranger to excitement herself. She has boxed in the UK twice before, memorably stopping Terri Harper in a devastating performance last year to become the WBC champion.
The rest of the map will be announced in due course.
“September 10 will be a night to remember and a historic moment for women’s sports with an all-female show. We welcome rising star Mikaela Mayer against Alycia Baumgardner in a super boss fight and title unification match. And he There will be other big announcements to make this the biggest night ever for women’s boxing. We are very proud to present 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 September 10. To finally announce one of the most mouth-watering matches of this modern generation between our incredible World Champion Savannah “The Silent Assassin” Marshall and the GWOAT, Claressa Shields, an American idol Claressa Shields, is a pleasure and an honour.” he continued.
“It’s just mingled with history, needle, spice, revenge – everything – and these two undefeated elite boxing champions and fabulous sports personalities go head-to-head for the undisputed middleweight title in the world. one of the greatest fights of this era.”
The landmark bill will be televised live on Sky Sports on September 10. For early access to tickets, visit www.boxxer.com