‘Savannah Marshall is Just Too Slow’: Claressa Shields Gets Brutally Honest on Her Former Opponent

Published 04/12/2021, 4:00 PM EDT

Claressa Shields is arguably the greatest female boxer of all time. The undefeated American is an undisputed champion in two different weight classes. However, the only threat to her unbeaten streak in the professional game is Savannah Marshall.


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This rivalry got closer after Savannah Marshall successfully defended her title on Saturday. The Englishwoman called out Shields and claimed the American would be no match for her power. However, ‘The GWOAT’ has now given her take on the bout.

Boxing – Savannah Marshall v Maria Lindberg – WBO World Middleweight Title – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – April 10, 2021 Savannah Marshall in action against Maria Lindberg Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

The 11-0 boxer addressed the call out on her YouTube channel and said, “(Savannah) Marshall cannot f*** with me. I’mma keep it real. It’s a couple things. She’s just too slow, don’t understand distance, I mean, just, I could give you a list.”


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This comment showed that Shields still does not rate Marshall’s skills despite her impressive knockout win. Moreover, it showed her dismissal of Marshall’s claims. Shields also admitted that she was happy that they mentioned her name. Thus, the fight is now a real possibility.


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Claressa Shields explains why Savannah Marshall cannot beat her

Marshall did not hold back in her call-out and pointed out that she’s the more powerful fighter. However, the champion gave her an explanation of why the Englishwoman would not cut it against her right now.

Shields said, “She doesn’t possess the skills to do anything with me at this time and at this moment, you know. And I’m happy she’s living off that one win. But Savannah Marshall is just too slow, okay.”

Thus, these comments from the American showed that she believes that despite having more power, Marshall is slower, and thus, would have no effect against her. Moreover, she pointed out the difference in skill to assert her dominance.

MIAMI, FL – APRIL 04: WBA, WBC and IBF Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields poses for the media before her workout at 5th Street Gym on April 4, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Shields is training to fight WBO Middleweight World Champion Christina Hammer for the undisputed middleweight world championship April 13. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Regardless of who fans will back in the fight, everyone wants to see Marshall vs Shields. And given that Shields fought in March, the timelines could match.


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Moreover, with all this trash-talk between the fighters, it looks inevitable that we will get to witness this fight sooner rather than later.

What do you make of these comments from Claressa Shields? Do you think the champion is right about Savannah Marshall?


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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.



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