Savannah Marshall Hopes Claressa Shields Will Return On Track After First MMA Loss
Savannah Marshall has given her verdict on her rival Claressa Shields’ first MMA defeat.
Marshall said that the American needs to get over this loss because she’s due back in the boxing ring this December. Marshall will be competing on the same fight card.
“She needs to hurry up and get over it. She can’t sit around crying in a dark room. She needs to get back on it for December 11,” Marshall said. “It’s been a long time since she lost. If anything, I hope it gives her a kick up the backside and gets her back on track.”
Shields suffered the first loss of her professional combat career in the hands of Abigail Montes this past week at the PFL Championship.
The Michigan native was out-wrestled in her second MMA fight by Montes, eventually losing by split-decision.
Now Shields turns her focus to the boxing ring where she will be defending her WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles against Ema Kozin on December 11 in the UK. The win against the Russian will be a road map leading to probably the biggest women’s boxing match of all time against the Brit, Marshall.
Following her defeat to Montes, Shields was involved in a heated exchange with the Youtuber-turned boxer, Jake Paul. Paul labeled it as “karma” to which the 26-year-old replied, “This is funny. You come running when I lose a split decision in a whole new world of MMA but never even once said ‘congrats on all you’ve done and aspire to do.”
“Two things that remain, Jake. I still fight better than you and you won’t accomplish 10 percent of what I have in boxing or life.
“Unlike Jake, I fought a real MMA fighter, he has yet to face a real boxer in boxing,” Shields said.
After all the chaos outside the ring, the American is determined to get back on the winning track and has issued a stern warning for all her foes whether they lie in boxing or MMA.
“I lost a split decision, I didn’t get my a– whooped. I also improved. All I’m going to do is go back to the drawing board and keep learning. No one said this journey was going to be easy. MMA is new to me, I’m fighting on a world stage after only nine months of training.
“…And MMA, we ain’t done! I got something for you next year! It’s on now! You fired me up with this one! Watch my next MMA fight, I’ll be on a different level! Not discouraged at all!” she said.\
Shields holds a perfect record of 11-0 in boxing and will be looking to cement her legacy further when she faces Kozin.
Shields has so far donned two Olympic gold medals, world championships in three weight divisions, and two undisputed titles in her glittering boxing career. The Michigan native has often labeled herself as the GWOAT (Greatest Woman of All-Time).
While her return to the boxing ring is on the card, Shields’ boxing promoter Dmitry Salita has given the update regarding her status.
“The plan is that she will take a few days off and will be back in training camp with John David Jackson getting ready for her UK boxing debut. That will be sensational!” Salita said.
Marshall, who often has exchanged words with Shields, has a rather soft view about her rival’s switch to MMA.
“In Claressa’s defense she was at a point where the fight with me seemed a million miles away, and she had beaten everyone in front of her,” she said.
“She probably thought: “There’s nothing left for me in boxing. But MMA isn’t like boxing. You very rarely come across an MMA fighter with an unbeaten record. So it’s a bit of a crazy move. Hats off to her for having a go. She dared to be great but came up short. She will live and learn.”