Claressa Shields has vowed to show to the world she is the ‘Biggest Lady Of All Time’ when she faces Savannah Marshall of their undisputed title conflict subsequent month.
The grudge match between the 2 long-standing middleweight rivals takes centre stage at London’s O2 Area on Saturday, September 10, stay on Sky Sports activities, and can see the 2 undefeated boxers put all of their belts on the road.
Regardless of the verbal bards the pair have traded, two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning WBA, WBC and IBF champion Shields is filled with respect for WBO champion and fellow ladies’s boxing trailblazer Marshall, however is decided to show she is the queen of the ring.
“I’ve mentioned for a very long time, 2012, that I used to be the one who everybody would bear in mind for all times whether or not I proceed boxing or not,” Shields advised Sky Sports activities.
“However the truth I continued and received the Olympics once more and turned professional, and I am one of many ladies who modified the sport so far as equal pay, equal promotion and we’re preventing to get equal combat time.
“I am glad it is coming to fruition, that I’ve this chance and I’ve an incredible dance companion. I am trying ahead to crossing the pond and preventing towards Savannah Marshall.
“It takes two nice fighters to get in there and make a present. So, I am coming over there to placed on a present and present the world I’m what I say I’m – I am the Biggest Lady Of All Time.”
Marshall is within the midst of her coaching camp in Miami underneath the watchful eye of former two-weight world champion John David Jackson, who has been within the 27-year-old’s nook since her sixth skilled contest towards Hanna Gabriels.
Jackson is in little question Shields is much-improved from her newbie days when she misplaced to Marshall within the second spherical of the 2012 World Championships – the one defeat of her profession thus far – and feels she has fought a greater degree of opponent since turning skilled, which can present in September.
“To say it is the boxer versus the puncher, that is a superb title for the combat,” Jackson advised Sky Sports activities. “Savannah, the extent of her competitors hasn’t been the place Claressa’s is…so it is a distinction within the opponents.
“It makes for a really attention-grabbing combat on who’s going to use what they do finest on the opposite person and break them down. I really feel that with Claressa, she’s improved from her newbie days, whereas I have not seen that with Savannah.
“She’s extra laid-back, she’s relaxed in there and that is nice to be, however the degree of competitors she has had hasn’t pushed her arduous sufficient to see what she actually has within her. This combat, she might be actually pushed.”
Shields, in the meantime, has her head down working arduous and is avoiding any of the nightlife distractions in Miami to make sure she is in one of the best form potential for the long-awaited winner-takes-all conflict with Marshall.
“It is all about self-discipline,” Shields mentioned. “The blood, sweat and tears include the sport, however I loved the sweat, I benefit from the blood – typically somewhat coming from my opponent – and there is some crying concerned, however not once you’re having fun with it.
“That is why I come to Miami, as a result of it is totally different surroundings. Yeah, you’ve got acquired golf equipment and seashores and bars, however I solely go to the seashore and the gymnasium. I’m going to the observe and run some path, however I am not likely a giant occasion person.
“I am in nice form. We have been sparring, we have been operating we have been leaping rope and hitting the pads and the luggage.
“I am glad for the chance and simply to have the ability to have that platform, particularly the place I come from, and to be dubbed as the largest ladies’s combat in boxing historical past means rather a lot.”
The largest combat within the historical past of ladies’s boxing – Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall – is stay on Sky Sports activities on Saturday September 10. Be part of history and buy tickets for the London showdown here.