“I Hope Savannah Marshall Shows Up At The Fight” | Claressa Shields Goes To The UK In Chase To Be Undisputed Again

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The self-proclaimed GWOAT, Claressa Shields, is looking to have her financial goals meet her boxing potential in 2022.

Arguably the face of women’s boxing, Shields is the unified women’s middleweight champion and has held the women’s ranks down for the past few years. She ventured into MMA and caught her first loss in professional combat sports. Now Shields is back to the squared circle to right her wrongs.

A Scrap Across The Pond

Shields takes her talents to the United Kingdom, where the talent pool is deep and hungry to steal her name. At the top of the list for Shields is titlist Savannah Marshall for the undisputed title, but that fight won’t happen until hopefully later this year.

Marshall (11-0, 9 KOs) is the only fighter to win over Shields, albeit in the amateur ranks, and become an undisputed champion again.

Shields (11-0, 2 KOs) was undisputed; however, she eventually gave up a belt that Marshall won. However, before a potential Marshall matchup, boxing politics dictate that Shields first needs a tune-up in the U.K.

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The 26-year-old will attempt to retain her belts against Ema Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KOs), 23, of Slovenia, on Feb. 5 at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff in Wales. Shields fights as the co-main of a middleweight contender’s matchup between Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Williams, who face each other in the main event.

However, Shields is focused on her U.K. end goal: Marshall.

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“I hope Savannah Marshall shows up at the fight. She can jump up in the ring after I win and talk some stuff,” Shields said at a media workout on Tuesday in Detroit. “But talking doesn’t win fights, training does. She’s going to see a great performance and I’m going to prove that I haven’t been running from her. We’ve been chasing her.”

Level Up

Shields, who has been with U.S.-based Salita Promotions since turning pro in 2017, recently signed with co-promoter Boxxer and the U.K. broadcaster Sky Sports. The move will help her carve a path to Marshall and make her a star across the U.K.

It will also be Shields’ first pro bout outside the United States, although Shields has fought globally as the most decorated amateur boxer ever.

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“When you fight in a different country, you have to do your research on a lot of things and start doing things differently,” Shields said. “We’re going to train in Las Vegas for a week so that I can get used to the altitude in Cardiff.
“This is my first time fighting in another country professionally, but I’ve fought in at least 10 different countries already. I won [Olympic] gold medals in London and in Rio. I’ve been everywhere.”

GWOAT Life

With Amanda Serrano, who Shields has said she shares the GWOAT title with, rising via the platform she has received under Jake Paul, Shields is looking to expand her market share by stretching her legs across the Atlantic Ocean.

Shields has taken women’s boxing to another level by being strategic her whole career, and now she is veritably chasing Marshall to prove her dominance and right any perceived wrongs in her pristine career.


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.