A Part of Savannah Marshall Hopes MMA Does Not Work Out for Claressa Shields

Published 04/24/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Boxing – Savannah Marshall v Maria Lindberg – WBO World Middleweight Title – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – April 10, 2021 Savannah Marshall celebrates after winning the fight against Maria Lindberg Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


The boxing universe regards Claressa Shields as one of the most prominent female boxers of all time. With her daunting approach towards her opponents, Shields has retained her undefeated boxing run and has claimed multiple titles in the middleweight and super-welterweight division. Hence, to challenge herself, ‘T-Rex’ is all set to transition to MMA and carry on her momentum there.

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She even signed with the PFL (Professional Fighters League) and is all set to make her MMA debut on June 10 against Brittney Elkin. Fans and fighters around the globe are excited to see her perform and give it her best shot. However, there’s one stout female pugilist who hopes that MMA doesn’t go well for ‘T-Rex’.

In a fresh chat with Boxing Social, Savannah Marshall unveiled her take on why she doesn’t want Shields to excel in the cage. She said, “To be honest, I don’t blame her. I really couldn’t follow her, I think she’s done everything she set out to do in the pros.”

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I hope it (MMA) works out for her. But then a little bit of me hopes it doesn’t so she can come back to boxing,” Marshall added.

In her last fight, the lanky Marshall finished Maria Lindberg to defend her titles for the very first time. Moving ahead, the only fight the Brit boxer wants next is a sheer tussle against ‘T-Rex’ with all the middleweight titles on the line.

But for that fight to take place, the 29-year-old wants Claressa Shields to shift her focus back to boxing if she doesn’t do well in the PFL.

Savannah Marshall vs Claressa Shields – will it be the toughest test for ‘T-Rex’?

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Marshall and Shields are both undefeated in their professional boxing runs. The duo has overpowered every opponent they’ve faced. Despite that, the debate on the best female middleweight boxer will only end once these two take up the ring space against each other.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – APRIL 13: Claressa Shields reacts after defeating Christina Hammer (not pictured) and becoming the women’s undisputed middleweight champion at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on April 13, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

This fight between Shields and Marshall has every ability to go down as one of the finest female clashes of all time. The fight fans have been in a frenzy ever since this matchup was teased, and with time they will dream of this bout getting booked.

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Do you see Marshall getting her desire of seeing Shields return to the ring?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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