With all due respect to Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor, Claressa Shields and her promoter beg to differ.
They believe Shields’ rematch with Savannah Marshall, not Serrano against Taylor, will be the biggest fight in women’s boxing history. Shields, who was only beaten by Marshall in a boxing ring, and Marshall will fight this summer if Shields defeats Ema Kozin on February 5 and Marshall wins his equalizer match against a Unknown opponent.
“This February 5 bout is leading up to the biggest women’s boxing match of all time between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall,” Shields promoter Dmitriy Salita said during an extended training session for Shields on Tuesday at the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit.
Despite her respect for Serrano and Taylor, Shields (11-0, 2 KOs) says she’ll provide a reminder on February 5 of why she’s a female boxer the best in boxing, pound-for-pound.
“The boxing world has forgotten who the best female fighter is since I started practicing MMA,” said Shields, who is drawing 1-1 in mixed martial arts. “The other girls, like Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor, have shown some great skills, but I’m planning to show even better skills in my battle on February 5th.”
Serrano of Brooklyn (42-1-1, 30 KOs), who won in seven divisions, and Taylor of Ireland (20-0.6 KO), the undisputed lightweight champion, agreed to meet each other in the highly anticipated 135-pound weight class. title fight April 30 at Madison Square Garden in New York. While Shields is a three-weight champion and an undisputed champion in two, Marshall’s record isn’t as good as Serrano’s or Taylor’s.
However, the undefeated Brit has the distinction of being the only woman to have beaten Shields in boxing. Marshall (11-0.9 KOs), WBO middleweight champion, beat Shields, 14-8, at the World Championships in May 2012, three months before Shields won his first Olympic gold medal hers.
Slovenia’s Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KOs) holds the interim WBC middleweight belt. Shields was the undisputed women’s boxing champion in the 160-pound weight class before the Flint, Michigan native moved down to the 154-pound base weight category to completely unify the titles in that weight class. .
“Claressa will be up against a very tough, skilled and undefeated number one contender at Ema Kozin,” Salita said. “She is young and gluttonous, and she will bring the best to the table. It was a very tough test for Claressa before she got in there with Marshall. “
Shields-Kozin will co-star on a show that will be highlighted by the British middleweight competition, in which Chris Eubank Jr. of England (31-2, 23 KOs) will play Wales’ Liam Williams (23-3-1, 18 KOs) at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. That pass will be broadcast by Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and FITE.TV elsewhere ($29.99 in the US).
Keith Idec is a writer/senior columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
https://www.boxingscene.com/salita-claressa-shields-savannah-marshall-biggest-womens-boxing-match-all-time–163555 Salita: Claressa Shields-Savannah Marshall ‘The Greatest Women’s Boxing Match of All Time’