Claressa Shields-Savannah Marshall 2? No rush says the only boxer to beat USA’s golden girl

Savannah Marshall during the weigh in at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Savannah Marshall during the weigh in at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Savannah Marshall knows where her boxing journey is taking her following her move to Las Vegas – a world title showdown with Claressa Shields.

But the Hartlepool fighter insists she will take her time towards an inevitable confrontation with the double Olympic champion.

Marshall, who faces Sydney LeBlanc tonight on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor showdown, is the only boxer to have defeated the ‘unbeatable’ Shields.

The TransAtlantic tussle has the makings of the biggest fight in the history of women’s boxing but the Poolie, who this summer agreed a four-year contract with Mayweather Promotions, says she will get her feet under the table in the pro game first.

Shields, who is expected to be ringside at the T-Mobile Arena tonight to watch her former amateur rival’s debut, is four bouts into her pro career, the most recent of which saw her beat Germany’s Nikki Adler to become the WBC and IBF world champion.

“I think Claressa would want it tomorrow,” said Marshall. “But if I won a world title this year then where will I go from there?

“I won’t make as much money, who is going to fight me? There are not that many pros out there.

“I want to build my career – it would be (one of the biggest women’s fights ever). I need to do well and I need to win.

“It doesn’t get bigger than me and her.

“It was a while ago that I boxed her [2012], I’ve improved since and fair play to her as she has as well and won that Olympic gold medal.”