Savannah Marshall Vs. Claressa Shields Unification Fight Delayed By A Month

WBO middleweight champion, Savannah Marshall (12-0, 10 KOs), has been reported out of action due to a small operation.

This news has been confirmed by boxing promoter Ben Shalom. As a result, her fight with Claressa Shields (12-0, 2 KOs) is up in the air.

Marshall’s operation means that the planned unification with the WBC, IBF, and WBA champion is delayed for approximately five weeks. Shields is not amused by the delay of this fight as she believed that this fight should have taken place sooner rather than later.

The unification was initially expected in July. But due to the operation, the fight may get rescheduled for September.

“It was becoming quite clear that Savannah had to undergo a small operation, which would keep her away from the ring for about five weeks,” Shalom said.

“Due to this operation, July was too early for the fight. So, we might have to go back at least four to five weeks. Hopefully, Claressa is sensible and accepts the situation. It is important that both of these athletes are in the best possible shape ahead of the final,” Shalom added.

“This could be a career-defining fight for both of them and one of the biggest fights in sports’ history,” Shalom concluded.

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