The winner of the Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall bout will not only win the undisputed middleweight world championship but also become the biggest star in women’s boxing, promoter Ben Shalom said.
WBO player Marshall will compete for the WBC, IBF and WBA championships to unify Shields on October 15 at the O2 Arena, live on Sports sky.
“Whoever wins this fight, I think, will be the biggest name in women’s sport,” said BOXXER’s Ben Shalom. Sports sky. “It’s going to have a lot of eyeballs on it, it’s so important.
“Savannah knows it but she doesn’t look past this fight. She doesn’t look past October 15. She knows that this is what she’s been training for and, at the end of the day, it’s just a fight.” She’ll go in there as ready as ever, she knows what’s on offer.”
Their competition was supposed to have taken place earlier this month but was canceled a day before it took place following the death of Queen Elizabeth II when the British Boxing Regulatory Board suspended boxing later that week.
It was a difficult time for all involved. “We knew it was going to have wide-ranging effects and it ended up being taken out of our hands on Friday morning when football was canceled and all that. We knew that the Board would have to act. It’s very, very difficult for Shalom to explain.
This news was shared with both Shields and Marshall, as well as Alycia Baumgardner and Mikaela Mayer, who defeated the world featherweight unification on the bottom card.
“Boxing is for promotion. It’s not like other sports. This is the biggest moment in the lives of Claressa, Savannah, Mikaela, Alycia and one of the biggest nights in the sport, so so it wouldn’t be fair if they didn’t get promoted and Shalom reflected.
“I think the size of the event, the size of the event, the magnitude,” he continued. “The whole point of the event is a celebration of the sport and almost a milestone for the sport as a whole. To not be able to celebrate it that way, it’s a very, very difficult event. difficult to be a promoter.
“I know now we’re only left with what could be one of the biggest sports nights of the year. I feel that could have been scrapped at the time and so with awareness belatedly, given that we were able to put it in three or four weeks later, I think it will be even better.”
Keeping the show together is an important feat and no easy task in professional boxing.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen in men’s sport,” Shalom said. “They all understood what had happened. They all understood it was out of our control.
“They were so professional, they got it on the plane, they immediately asked me what was going to happen and when it would be rescheduled. I think we had the perfect date, that’s it. Give them enough time to prepare again, rather than a stop-start.”
It gives him an insight into the strong will of all warriors. “It shows me how professional they are,” said the promoter.
“I think people saw Savannah that week and she didn’t flinch from anything,” he continued. “She was very mentally ready. That was half the battle.
“She’s extremely confident about this fight. She couldn’t do more.
“She knows this is her place. She knows who she is now. She’s a superstar in women’s sports and she’s at the heart of O2.
“Similar to when I was sitting there, I could see Claressa’s confidence and this was her moment… These are two boxers at their peak that they have no doubt in mind.”
The stage has been set up for an epic competition. The the oldest rival in women’s boxing has been extended for a few more weeks, but it will finally be decided on October 15, once and for all.
All tickets purchased for the original Shields vs Marshall date are still valid for October 15. The last remaining tickets can be purchased at boxxer.com.