Female middleweight world champions Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall have engaged in a war of words on social media and look set for a showdown in 2022.
There have been various rumours that the pair have been close to agreeing a deal in the recent past but for whatever reason, an agreement hasn’t been reached.
Claressa Shields makes her UK debut next Saturday night, February 5th on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams.
The pair last clashed inside the squared circle in 2012, when Savannah Marshall defeated Claressa Shields in the amateur ranks – the only time Shields has tasted defeat in boxing.
Claressa Shields has won two Olympic gold medals as an amateur and as a pro, she is a three division world champion, undisputed at both super-welterweight and middleweight.
Savannah Marshall is gold medalist at the amateur world and commonwealth championships, and as a pro she is the current WBO middleweight champion. Floyd Mayweather recognising her talent when she turned pro by signing her up to a promotional. But later the pair, on good terms agreed to split. Marshall is currently trained and managed by Peter Fury.