Savannah Marshall demolishes Femke Hermans in Newcastle. American rival Claressa Shields might be subsequent, Roy Kelly writes from ringside
WITH a surprising end Savannah Marshall destroyed Femke Hermans in three rounds to pave the way in which for a world middleweight title spectacular with Claressa Shields.
Unbeaten American celebrity, proprietor of the WBC, WBA and IBF straps, Shields was ringside in Newcastle to witness Marshall’s energy deployed within the third defence of her WBO belt in brutal vogue.
Former WBO super-middleweight belt-holder, Hermans, who had by no means beforehand been stopped, had competed strongly within the opening three periods, however Marshall obtained by way of proper on the finish of the spherical. The unbeaten Hartlepool fighter was off-target together with her supposed proper however didn’t miss with a left hook which floored the Belgian closely within the impartial nook, with referee Howard Foster waving it off instantly bang on two minutes.
Elsewhere, Florian Marku additionally clinched the most effective win of his profession with a fourth-round stoppage of Chris Jenkins. The ‘Albanian King’ rocked the Welshman with a booming proper halfway by way of the fourth session. By some means the ex-British and Commonwealth champ stayed on his toes however when he retreated and Marku landed two extra photographs, referee Steve Gary waved it off at 1-41.
Brad Rea, one of many stars of BOXXER’s earlier go to to Tyneside put Lukas Ndafoluma down within the fourth spherical with a left hook en-route to an eight-round factors success. The Namibian stayed aggressive to the top however the unbeaten Stretford prospect obtained the decision 78-73.
Zak Chelli marked his return to the ring with a sixth-round stoppage of late sub Jack Kilgannon. The Londoner, who had been scheduled to face Diego Costa, chucked loads of leather-based and had a liking for an overhand proper. And it was that proper which lastly made it’s mark, downing the previously-unbeaten Oldham super-middle within the pink nook on the finish of the sixth. Referee Darren Maxwell didn’t even start a rely and it was throughout at 2-59.
The present additionally featured the disclosing by BOXXER of recent signings, Olympic gold medallist Lauren Worth and Karriss Artingstall, who received bronze in Tokyo. They both spoke to Boxing News here.