Savannah Marshall: MMA Is A New Challenge Away From Boxing

Savannah Marshall is looking forward to the challenge presented by MMA, something she felt was missing during her time in boxing.

Marshall has not boxed since she beat Franchon Crews-Dezurn last year. The win made her the Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion. The victory allowed her to bounce back from her loss to Claressa Shields, as Marshall missed out on undisputed at 160. She then suffered an injury, as she could not face her WBC mandatory Shadasia Green.

Crews-Dezurn replaced her to win the vacant WBC belt. Marshall then signed a deal with the PFL. She has her first fight on June 8 against Mirela Vargas at PFL Europe in her hometown of Newcastle. She has been training for nine months to prepare for her debut, including training with UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Tom Aspinall. While Marshall plans on boxing by the end of the year, she is fully focused on getting her first win in MMA. 

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“All I wanted to be was undisputed and have all the belts and that’s what I’ve done. This is a new journey for me. This is a new checklist. This is a new set of goals, and it’s really exciting. This is new, and it’s the unknown, and it’s really got me pumped up. This is something I’ve been missing for a long time in boxing. Training has been hard, real hard. It’s been a massive change but one I’ve really enjoyed. Of all things, I prefer grappling. It’s been my favourite part of my transition to this sport,” Marshall said 

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