Claressa Shields has hit again on the “delusion” that her rival Savannah Marshall can punch more durable and has promised to “break her down” after they lastly combat.
The world champions are a part of Sky Sports activities Boxing’s new period with BOXXER and each anticipate what Marshall has referred to as “the largest combat in girls’s boxing historical past” to occur subsequent yr.
Their rivalry stems from Marshall’s win over Shields as amateurs – it’s the solely time that the esteemed American has tasted defeat in a profession of unbelievable achievements.
Marshall stated “I am smarter and I hit more durable” however Shields has now completely informed Sky Sports activities: “I can knock out Marshall, and she or he is aware of that too. She is aware of I punch very exhausting and I am approach quicker.
“Savannah has this factor, which her coaches learn about too, she is both ‘on’ or ‘off’. She needs to be at 300 per cent to even compete with me. She will be able to’t afford a nasty evening.
“If she’s ‘on’? You will notice a aggressive combat within the early rounds then I’ll break her down.
“She’s smarter than me? We had been at each Olympics collectively and she or he did not medal however guess who obtained two gold medals!
“She punches too exhausting? It’s a delusion.
“I am a 12-time champion, she’s a one-time belt-holder.
“It does not make sense to say that she’s a greater fighter than me.”
Shields gained the Olympics in 2012, shortly after her beginner loss to Marshall, then once more in 2016. As an expert she is a three-weight world champion who’s undisputed in two divisions.
Marshall will defend her WBO middleweight title in opposition to Lolita Muzeya on October 16, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
Shields is about to renew her MMA profession in October earlier than returning to the boxing ring in December, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
Shields’ co-promoter Dmitry Salita stated: “We need to make a UK debut earlier than the Savannah combat and we’re on the street to make that occur earlier than the top of the yr.
“After that, our plan is for the following combat to be in opposition to Savannah. That is the plan and that is what we wish.
“Claressa, being the champion that she is, she has no drawback going to the UK to Savannah’s hometown. She is going to handle enterprise and are available dwelling with the 4 belts.
“She will be able to actually be an lively two sport star and we might love for Savannah to be ringside for her MMA combat in October.”
Shields stated about Marshall: “I hope the combat might be made so she will withstand what she’s been working from.
“We needed to combat Marshall in December. However all that stuff she was speaking? She shouldn’t be prepared, she wants extra time.
“For any person who’s a giant knockout artist? It does not appear that she’s able to knock me out!
“Me and my workforce made Marshall a proposal to combat in 2018, earlier than she was a champion, to combat for the belts that I had [at super-middleweight]. I referred to as her out. Her workforce declined.”
Marshall responded to that declare: “[Trainer Peter Fury told me] ‘why take it now for peanuts after we might do it in three years for giant cash?’
“100 per cent that combat will now occur. Now greater than ever we’re singing from the identical hymn sheet.”
Shields continued: “For the previous yr she has stated that I am frightened of her. Why? Since you gained a combat over me by six factors?
“Everyone is making her out to be this huge knockout artist. Construct her up as that. It’s going to damage lots of people’s emotions once I beat her as a result of they may see that she does not maintain any energy, she does not have extra ability than me.
“I’ve obtained higher over time and she or he has declined.”
Shields hit out at her rival Marshall: “Everyone desires to see me lose. However I am a winner. I fought superb women, not last-minute replacements. Women get one week, two weeks, earlier than combating Marshall. One lady took a combat together with her three days earlier than. A grown girl wouldn’t dare take a combat with me with two weeks, three or 4 and assume she has an opportunity to beat me.
“Have a look at her opponents, have a look at mine. The women on her résumé? The fee wouldn’t even allow them to in the identical ring as me.
“She hasn’t fought a top-level competitor. Can she beat Christina Hammer or Hanna Gabriels? Marie Eve Dicaire? No, she will’t. Hammer would beat her.
“She would get uncovered.
“Marshall misplaced six instances to at least one fighter [Nouchka Fontijn in the amateurs] – that simply reveals the distinction in calibre.
“My entire boxing profession has been up, up, up with none downfalls.”
Sky Sports activities Boxing schedule
Oscar Valdez vs Robson Conceicao – WBC super-featherweight title
September 25 – Sky Sports activities Field Workplace
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic – WBO cruiserweight title
Chris Eubank Jr vs Sven Elbir
David Avanesyan vs Liam Taylor – European welterweight title
Richard Riakpohre vs Krzysztof Twardowski
Mikael Lawal vs Steven Ward
Savannah Marshall vs Lolita Muzeya – WBO middleweight title
Hughie Fury vs Christian Hammer
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson – WBO super-featherweight title
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title