Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall headline a historic night of women's boxing live on Sky Sports on Saturday October 15.
Shields is currently the unified WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight world champion, while Marshall is in possession of the WBO belt.
Their rivalry dates back to 2012 when Marshall defeated Shields on points as amateurs, which to this day remains the only blemish on the American's otherwise perfect record.
In what’s being billed as the biggest fight in womens boxing history, Shields and Marshall will finally battle to become the undisputed middleweight champion.
The pair’s genuine rivalry has threatened to boil over in recent months, as the two 160 pounds title holders aim to settle their bad blood at the O2 Arena in London.
SHIELDS VS MARSHALL FIGHT DETAILS:
Fight: Claressa Shields vs. Savannah Marshall
Titles: WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles
Date: Saturday, October 15th
Main Event Time: Approx. 10PM BSTc
Live On: Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena
Location: The O2 Arena, London
Marshall v Shields: What has been said?
Marshall: “I’ve said I’m going to hurt you and I will. You’re nothing but a bully, that’s what you are.
“Of course I have respect for Claressa, what she doesn’t like is I have an opinion.
“I watched her last fight and thought it was diabolical and I told her that. That’s what she didn’t like.”
Shields: “I’m going to quieten all the doubters about my knockout power, my skills and all my accomplishments.
“This isn’t the first time being the underdog. I’ve done this numerous times and come out on top. ‘Claressa you may have a big mouth, but you back it up every time’. That’s what I want you to say.
“I don’t know why you think you’re so big and so strong. Keep my belt warm for me.”
At the 2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, Shields lost to Marshall, the only loss of her amateur and pro boxing career. Never one to hold back, Shields is ready to end any debate over who the better fighter is.
“Savannah Marshall got lucky in 2012, but she won’t get lucky in 2022,” Shields said during a pre-fight press conference. “The Olympics and the amateurs matter to you. As an amateur, you went 60-16 with zero knockouts. I was 77-1, 19 KOs. You had zero (knockouts). You can’t do anything I can do. You can sit here and talk, but you’re not going to win".
Since that fight, Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, became undisputed middleweight champion in 2019 when she beat Christina Hammer. She became the undisputed light-middleweight champion in 2021 when she took down Marie Eve Dicaire. The 27-year-old has also won gold at super-middleweight.