Promoter Ben Shalom says a win between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall would not only win the coveted world middleweight championship, but would make her the biggest star in women’s boxing.
WBO contender Marshall will face the combined WBC, IBF and WBA Shields champion on October 15 at the O2 Arena. Sky Sports.
“Whoever wins this fight, I think will be the biggest name in women’s sports,” BOXXER Ben Shalom said. Sky Sports. “It’s going to have a lot of eyes on it, it’s very important.
“Savannah knows that, but she’s not looking past this fight. She’s not looking past October 15th. She knows this is what she’s trained for and at the end of the day, it’s just a fight. She’s looking at it. the place will be ready. as always and beyond he knows what’s on offer.”
Their bout was due to take place earlier this month, but was canceled a day before Queen Elizabeth II’s death when the British Boxing Board of Control suspended boxing for the weekend.
It was a difficult moment for all involved. “We knew it was going to have a far-reaching impact and finally on Friday morning when football was canceled and everything like that, it was taken out of our hands. We knew the board had to do a very, very difficult job. Decision in any case,” said Shalom.
The news came to both Shields and Marshall, as well as Alicia Baumgardner and Mikaela Meyer, who are on the undercard of the world super bantamweight championship unification.
“Boxing is about publicity. It’s not like any other sport. This was the biggest moment of Claressa, Savannah, Mikaela, Alicia’s life and one of the biggest nights in sports, so it wouldn’t be fair for them not to advance. The coverage that they have deserved and it was definitely the right decision,” Shalom said.
“I think the scale of the event, the scale of the event, its magnitude,” he continued. “Just the whole point of this event was to be a celebration of the sport and almost a milestone for the whole sport. To not be able to celebrate in that way was very, very difficult to accept as a promoter.
“I know we’re still left with what could be one of the biggest nights of sports of the year. I feel like it’s probably been taken for a while, and so given that we’ve been able to . putting it in for three or four weeks, I think it’s going to be even better.”
Keeping the show going was a remarkable feat and no easy feat in professional boxing.
“I don’t think that would have happened in men’s sports,” Shalom said. “They all understood what happened. They all understood it was out of our control.
“They were professional, they took it on board, they immediately let me know what was going to happen and when it was scheduled. I think we have the perfect date, it gives them enough time to prepare again to take, not to stop and start.”
It gave him an insight into how determined all warriors are. “It showed me how professional they are,” the promoter said.
“I think everyone saw Savannah that week and she was disappointed in nothing,” he said. “He’s extremely mentally prepared. That’s half the battle.
“He’s very confident in this fight. He couldn’t have done anything else.
“She knows it’s her place. She knows who she is now. She’s a superstar in women’s sport and she’s in charge at the O2.
“Likewise, when I was sitting there, I saw Claressa’s confidence and now it’s her time … These are two fighters at their peak and there’s no doubt in their minds.”
The stage is set for an epic contest. The longest-running fight in women’s boxing has been extended for a few more weeks, but will finally be decided at once on October 15.
All tickets purchased for the original Shields vs Marshall date are valid until October 15th. Last remaining tickets can be purchased at boxxer.com.