We have already had a number of exciting women’s boxing fights this year and this weekend that is set to continue as undefeated duo Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall clash in London to unify the middleweight division.

The two unbeaten champions will head a very strong all-female line up of bouts at the 02 Arena which also sees another unification battle at super featherweight as Alycia Baumgardner and Mikaela Mayer battle it out.

The undercard also sees several former Team GB Olympic stars take their next steps in their professional careers with Caroline Dubois, brother of men’s heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois, Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall also in action.

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2022- The Year Of Outstanding Women’s Fights

Back in May, we saw two female boxers become the first Main Event co-headliners at Madison Square Gardens when Katie Taylor just edged out Amanda Serrano in what was a blistering fight between the two.

So much so, that talks are already well advanced for a sequel between the pair, perhaps this time in Taylor’s home country of Ireland, with Dublin’s Aviva Stadium being touted as one possible venue.

Then last month we saw another outstanding female fight between Liverpool fighter Natasha Jonas, who claimed her second super-welterweight title by defeating the Swede Patricia Berghult in front of her home crowd at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

Jonas now holds the WBC and WBO titles at the weight, despite having risen three weight classes and has the option to try and unify the division, or move back down to fight at her more natural weight.

The Liverpool champion could have fought on the card coming up this weekend, but chose instead to compete for her second title and defend her first in front of her home crowd in Liverpool last month.

And the Liverpool ace talked about this weekend’s fight and who she believed would land the win.

“I think it is going to be a really tough fight for both,” said Jonas.

“I think what it boils down to is eventually Sav (Marshall) is going to land.”

“I do think Claressa will be winning, I do think she’ll pick up the earlier rounds, she starts fast and explosive.”

“But eventually Sav is going to land. We all know what happens then,” said Jonas predicting a late win for Savananah Marshall.

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Fighter Preview – Claressa Shields

  • Born – March 17th 1995 in Flint, Michigan, U.S.
  • Age – 27
  • Height – 5ft 8”
  • Weight – 155lb
  • Reach – 68”
  • Nickname – The G.O.A.T

Amateur Career Highlights (64 wins, 1 Loss)

  • 2012 and 2016 Olympic Champion At Middleweight. The only American Boxer to ever win successive Olympic Gold Medals.
  • First American woman to win an Olympic gold.
  • 2 x Junior Olympic Champion
  • 1 x World Championship Champion
  • 1 x Pan American Games Champion
  • Her only loss came at the 2012 World Boxing Championship to Savannah Marshall.

Professional Record (12-0-0)

  • 1. Beat Franchon Crews-Dezurn – UD
  • 2. Beat Szilvia Szabados – TKO (Rnd 4)
  • 3. Beat Sydney LeBlanc – UD
  • 4. Nikki Adler -TKO (Rnd 5) – Won WBC and IBF Super Middleweight Titles
  • 5. Tori Nelson – UD – Won WBAN lineal Super Middleweight Title
  • 6. Hanna Gabriels – UD – Won WBA and IBF Middleweight Titles
  • 7. Hannah Rankin – UD – Won WBC Female Middleweight Title
  • 8. Femke Hermans – UD – Retained all Middleweight titles
  • 9. Christina Hammer – UD – Won WBO and The Ring Middleweight Titles
  • 10. Ivana Habazin – UD – Won WBC and WBO Light Middleweight Titles
  • 11. Maria-Eve Dicaire – UD – Won IBF WBA and The Ring Light Middleweight Titles
  • 12. Ema Kozin – UD – Retained all Middleweight Titles.

Current WBA, WBC, IB, WBF and The Ring Female Middleweight title holder

Current WBO, WBA, IBF, WBC and The Ring Light Middleweight title holder

Former WBC, IBF, WBAN Super Middleweight Title Holder.

Shields has also had two MMA bouts, both in 2021, winning the first but losing the second on a split decision.

Alongside Katie Taylor, she is rated by many as one of the two best pound-for-pound women’s boxers at present and one of the best fighters of all time.

Fighter Preview – Savannah Marshall

  • Born – May 19th 1991 in Hartlepool, County Durham, England
  • Age – 31
  • Height – 5ft 11.5”
  • Weight – 155lb
  • Reach – 71”
  • Nickname – Silent Assassin

Amateur Career Highlights

  • Won 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, defeating Claressa Shields in the tournament.
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Women’s Middleweight Champion

Professional Record (12-0-0)

  • 1. Beat Sydney LeBlanc – UD
  • 2. Beat Ester Konecna – TKO (Rnd 2)
  • 3. Beat Alejandra Atala – TKO (Rns 2)
  • 4. Beat Yanina Orozco – UD
  • 5. Beat Klaudia Vigh – TKO (Rnd 2)
  • 6. Borislava Goranova – KO (Rnd 1)
  • 7. Daniele Bastieri – TKO (Rnd 5)
  • 8. Ashleigh Curry – TKO (Rnd 3)
  • 9. Hannah Rankin – TKO (Rnd 7) – Won WBO Middleweight Title.
  • 10. Maria Lindberg – KO (Rnd 3)
  • 11. Lolita Muzeya – TKO (Rnd 2)
  • 12. Femke Hermans – KO (Rnd 3)

Current WBO Middleweight WBO title holder

Latest Odds On The Fight

Bet365 just favour Shields at the moment at 4/5 with Savannah Marshall a close second favourite at Evens, with the draw or technical draw an 11/1 chance.

As you would expect from viewing the fighter’s records, Shields is the 6/5 chance to win on a decision (Marshall 3/1), while Marshall is 3/1 to win via KO, TKO or DQ (Shields 8/1).

Fight Prediction And Preview

So how will this fight go and who will eventually be crowned the undisputed middleweight women’s champion?

It seems obvious to many that in terms of technical ability and workrate, Claressa Shields has the advantage. She’s boxed more than double the number of rounds as a professional compared to Savannah Marshall and her fantastic technical skills allied to that workrate mean that in terms of scoring points and taking rounds, Shields should be ahead on the judges cards.

However, facing her is Marshall who has knocked out all of her last eight opponents and ten of the 12 she has faced. Marshall is known for her heavy hands and she has defeated three opponents Shields went the distance with, beating them by KO or TKO (LaBlanc, Hermans and Rankin).

To me, this fight depends entirely on if, and when, Marshall lands one of her trademark winning blows. The English fighter is the only person to defeat Shields in a bout, a fact that clearly irks the American as has been evidenced by their terse exchanges in promotional appearances for the fight.

For me, I think Shields will take a comfortable lead early in the fight on the cards, but I can see Marshall landing a decisive blow later in the fight.

So, I’d back Marshall to win by KO or TKO at 5/2, and I think an 8th round win at 20/1 is a good bet too.