Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields have confirmed their undisputed middleweight title fight on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, live on Sky Sports.
It will be a historic event as Shields-Marshall will headline the first televised women’s professional boxing card in the UK.
The headliner on the undercard will see a top-tier super lightweight unification. Mikaela Meyer, the IBF and WBO title holder, will face fellow American Alicia Baumgardner, the WBC belt holder.
The Shields-Marshall fight would unify all four major world titles at 160lbs. Marshall, from Hartlepool, holds the WBO belt, a title she won in 2020 against Hannah Rankin and has subsequently defended three times. Marshall is undefeated as a pro and has won all of her world title fights at the distance.
Shields, from Flint, Michigan, is one of the best fighters in women’s sports today. She currently holds the unified WBA, IBF and WBC titles and has already been the undisputed ruler at middleweight and super-welterweight, as well as winning super-middleweight belts earlier in her career. The American is also a two-time Olympic champion, winning the middleweight gold medal at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
It’s an impressive experience. But Marshall is the only boxer to beat Shields. 10 years ago at the World Amateur Championships in China, Marshall showed Shields on her way to winning that tournament. Shields continued to excel as an Olympian, but the two never fought again.
“This battle has been a long time coming, but now we are here. On September 10, I will be the new undisputed middleweight champion of the world,” said Marshall.
“I beat you and I’ll 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 push you.”
Shields’ response was snarky. “It means a lot to be here,” said the American. “She got lucky in 2012, but she won’t be lucky in 2022.
“I don’t hate anyone… but I really do have a huge dislike for her.”
They will resolve this long-standing rivalry on September 10 in London.
“It’s finally here. All sports need great rivalries to push their boundaries and this is the greatest rivalry ever to come out of women’s boxing,” said promoter Ben Shalom.
“This is an important moment for the entire sport of boxing, a transatlantic fight that will bring new light to the sport. Two big stars, two elite athletes, two personalities and a story you can’t make up. Thanks to all the promoters and managers involved in a fight that many thought couldn’t happen. A historic night awaits at the O2.”
Marshall’s manager Mick Hennessy said: “In my opinion this is definitely 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 in the making and I can’t wait for September 10 at The O2. This has the potential to be the fight of the year globally.“
On the undercard, Meyer and Baumgardner will face off in a world super-featherweight title unification.
Mayer won her first championship of 2020 and took part in one of the best fights of last year, a 10-round thriller against Maiva Hamadouche, which she won to secure the IBF belt as well as the WBO.
Baumgardner herself is no stranger to excitement. She has already boxed twice in the UK, memorably stopping Terry Harper in a devastating performance last year to become the WBC champion.
The remainder of the card will be announced in due course.
“September 10 will be a night to remember forever and a landmark moment for women’s sport with an all-female show. We welcome rising star Mikaela Meyer vs. Alicia Baumgardner in a super supporting fight and title unification match. There will be other big announcements to make this the biggest night for women’s boxing. We’re so proud to bring this unique, magical night to Sky Sports,” said Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports.
“[Shields-Marshall] is a truly iconic fight for our sport on 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 own incredible World Champion Savannah “The Silent Killer” Marshall and GWOAT, Clarissa Shields, American Idol, is a pleasure and an honor,” he continued.
“It’s just padded with history, pin, spice, revenge – everything – and these two elite undefeated boxing champions and incredible sports figures collide for the undisputed middleweight title in one of the biggest fights of this era.”
The historic bill will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on September 10. For early access tickets, visit www.boxxer.com