Saturday night on the O2 Area in London sees an evening of historical past, as an all-female card is placed on by BOXXER. The principle occasion appears a cracker, as previous rivals Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall lastly meet.
Shields places her WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight titles on the road, whereas Marshall brings the WBO belt in an undisputed title conflict broadcast on Sky Sports activities within the UK, whereas ESPN+ have the US rights.
Shields (12-0, 2 KOs) and Marshall (12-0, 10 KOs) are not any strangers to one another, and the latter had the higher of their authentic argument within the unpaid code.
Shields went on to seize gold within the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, whereas Marshall gained Commonwealth gold in 2014.
Hartlepool’s Marshall turned skilled in 2017, and is presently on an eight-fight knockout streak.
The ‘Silent Murderer’ gained the vacant WBO belt in October 2020, stopping Hannah Rankin in seven rounds, and hasn’t wanted to go previous three rounds since.
The 31-year-old was final out in April, hammering Femke Hermans in three rounds, a fighter that took Shields went the ten spherical distance with in 2018.
The undefeated American has captured world titles in three weight lessons, and has been undisputed champion at each tremendous welterweight and middleweight.
The Michigan native has usually been criticised for her security first, level scoring method, but it surely has served her effectively to this point.
Her final contest was in February, profitable each spherical towards Ema Kozin in Cardiff.
Prediction: Though Shields has been fairly flawless as a professional, she has not been put underneath something just like the strain that Marshall will deliver to the desk. Generally fighters simply have every others’ numbers, and I lean in the direction of Marshall to take a detailed win on the playing cards together with her will to win an excessive amount of to disregard for the judges.
Mayer-Baumgardner meet in unification
One other match-up with a number of world titles on provide takes place at tremendous featherweight, as Mikaela Mayer (17-0, 5 KOs) places her IBF and WBO belts on the road towards WBC and IBO queen, Alicia Baumgardner (12-1, 7 KOs).
Mayer turned WBO champion in October 2020 with a factors win over Ewa Brodnicka.
She defended as soon as earlier than including the IBF strap with a win on the playing cards towards Maiva Hamadouche, and was final seen in April, profitable each spherical towards Jennifer Han.
Baumgardner got here to prominence final November when she spectacularly relieved Terri Harper of the WBC and IBO crowns, with a surprising one-punch stoppage win within the fourth spherical in Sheffield.
The 28-year-old has defended as soon as, profitable each spherical towards Edith Soledad Matthysse in April.
Prediction: Mayer appears a critical expertise that might effectively go by means of the weights, and I can’t see Baumgardner derailing her progress right here. I believe Mayer ought to come by means of broadly on the scorecards.
Worth, Artingstall, Dubois function
There are many Olympians in motion on the cardboard. 2020 gold medallist, Lauren Worth (1-0) ought to come by means of on the playing cards after six at welterweight towards Timea Belik (6-6, 2 KOs), and her accomplice and Tokyo bronze Medallist Karriss Artingstall (1-0) ought to do the identical at featherweight towards Marina Sakharov (5-16-2, 3 KOs).
Caroline Dubois (3-0, 2 KOs) has her fourth combat of 2022, and she will rating a stoppage win earlier than the tip of her six rounder at light-weight towards Milena Koleva (10-14-1, 4 KOs).
Additionally in six rounders, Ebonie Jones (2-0-1) can stay unbeaten with a factors win towards Vanesa Caballero (4-15-3) at featherweight, and at flyweight, 2020 US Olympian, Ginny Fuchs (1-0, 1 KO) ought to outscore Gemma Ruegg (5-4, 1 KO).
Tremendous welterweight April Hunter (5-1) ought to financial institution a factors win over Erica Juana Gabriela Alvarez (3-6), and Germany’s Sarah Liegmann (4-0, 1 KO) can halt the at all times courageous Bec Connolly (3-15) at tremendous bantamweight.
Shannon Ryan (2-0) can keep unbeaten with a factors win over Buchra El Quaissi (3-2-3, 1 KO).