Savannah Marshall Delves Into The Boxing Scene Ahead Of Her PFL Debut

Savannah Marshall opened up about the state of boxing as she prepares for her PFL debut.

Marshall has not boxed since beating Franchon Crews-Dezurn last year to become the Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion. It was the perfect response to losing her undisputed fight against Claressa Shields at 160. Marshall then suffered an injury, preventing her from facing her WBC mandatory Shadasia Green.

Crews-Dezurn would step in to win the vacant WBC belt. Marshall would then sign with the PFL. She makes her debut on June 8. While her focus is on MMA, she had plenty to say about her weight class in boxing, showing the decline in her division.

“It’s weird, because at one point lightweight was bouncing. Then it went to super feather. Then it went to super welter, with Natasha Jonas and Terri Harper. Now it’s welter. The pool of women at middle and super middle is just so shallow. You never know, middle or super middle might get a bit spicy, but I can’t see it in the near future,” Marshall said

Marshall expanded on her view of the welterweight division, seeing it as the most competitive weight class. Natasha Jonas is the IBF champion, beating Mikaela Mayer in a controversial decision. Sandy Ryan stopped Terri Harper to remain the WBO champ. As Lauren Price gets her first title shot for the WBA belt against Jessica McCaskill, the 147 division is booming.

“Welterweight is buzzing, and I think Lauren Price beats them all. I can’t see McCaskill winning a round. The thing that’s a bit special about Lauren is that she’s taken her amateur style over and, whereas normally you’d see fighters die off after four rounds, Lauren can keep that footwork up for 10 rounds. The pro game’s a lot more flat-footed, looking for your shots, whereas Lauren’s took her footwork over. And I can’t see anyone getting near her, especially McCaskill, who has got slow, ploddy feet,” Marshall added

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