Savannah Marshall insists she is not going to be intimidated forward of her showdown with American rival Claressa Shields for the undisputed world middleweight championship on September 10, stay on Sky Sports activities.
After two days of media occasions to advertise the historic all-women’s boxing invoice on the O2 that their struggle headlines, Marshall has spent loads of time in her opponent’s firm.
The Briton maintains she has shrugged off the confrontation. “It is comical, it is the identical factor along with her, it is nothing new. I assumed she might need had higher craic,” Marshall mentioned. “However she by no means, it is simply the identical. She’s fairly predictable.
“I am snug in Claressa’s presence. She would not scare me.”
A big 2012 newbie win makes Marshall the one boxer to have crushed Shields. The long-running feud has festered between them since then. Right this moment each are unbeaten professionals and between them maintain all 4 of the foremost middleweight titles.
The Briton is satisfied she has the instruments to repeat a victory over Shields. “I’ve seen how she bins different ladies. She’s a bully. That’s what she is. She’s a bully, easy as that,” Marshall mentioned.
“I believe I am so much smarter than Claressa and I all the time have been and that is what is going to win me the struggle. It is her ignorance that can lose her this struggle,” she added.
“She won’t say she respects me however I do know deep, deep down just a little little bit of her does. As a result of she will not admit it to herself, that’s what will lose her this struggle.”
The rivalry between the 2 is very private. However promoter Ben Shalom can take within the greater image. He sees it as a milestone in British and worldwide boxing.
“It has been one thing that we have been planning for 12 months. We have labored with each fighters. We have seen Savannah go from center of the playing cards to headlining exhibits to promoting out arenas. I do not suppose she was prepared for this 12 months in the past. I really feel like she’s greater than prepared now,” Shalom advised Sky Sports activities.
“They’re each of their prime. We have labored with Claressa as effectively, who’s so inspirational, what she’s needed to undergo to get and struggle for her place.
“There simply have been no alternatives once they began boxing they usually’ve created them themselves. For it to culminate on this and to have that wholesome rivalry that has run all through their careers, it is bought the whole lot.
“I believe it is the primary time within the girls’s sport the place we have a struggle that basically feels prefer it’s bought the whole lot. The place it is the US-UK, the personalities, the ying and the yang, the boxing kinds, it is unbelievable and I actually suppose it’ll be a monumental second for the game.
“These two are superstars and this struggle is a struggle that everybody needed to see, so I believe girls’s boxing remains to be rising however I believe it is fights like this, a narrative like this may take it to a brand new sphere and that is what I am very, very assured of.”
He believes an occasion like this could attain a complete new viewers along with conventional boxing circles.
“Boxing’s all the time been seen as just a little intimidating, just a little closed off. Possibly it is stopped it rising in the way in which it could do. For enterprise causes we may have put this on [pay-per-view on] Field Workplace and possibly made some huge cash. However for the game this serves higher to an enormous viewers as a result of I believe it’ll have a long-lasting impact of the game,” Shalom mentioned.
“We’ll see a brand new viewers. We’ll see girls turning into within the sport. That is why we did an all-women’s card.”
A wonderful super-featherweight world title unification, Mikaela Mayer vs Alycia Baumgardner may also characteristic on the undercard. “It isn’t only one or two slots on the cardboard. We have got now the expertise [in women’s boxing] that refill [the bill] from prime to backside,” Shalom mentioned.
“That is unbelievable and that simply exhibits how far it is come.”
The Shields-Marshall rivalry would possibly even carry on working afterwards.
“With all main fights there can all the time be a rematch, there can all the time be a trilogy however I believe each fighters are so targeted on September 10,” Shalom mentioned. “This can be a large second for Claressa to avenge her loss. Savannah Marshall believes that is her calling, that is what she’s been ready for.
“It should be a serious second for British sport.”