Who wins in a super-fight between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall? May Anthony Joshua be about to alter trainers? And Lawrence Okolie welcomes a unification combat in Latvia. Struggle Speak brings you your weekly repair of boxing information.
Marshall v Shields – who wins?
Muhammed Ali v Henry Cooper, Mike Tyson v Frank Bruno, Kevin Kelley v Naseem Hamed, Floyd Mayweather v Ricky Hatton and, most not too long ago, Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury – Britain v the USA is likely one of the oldest and most thrilling rivalries in world boxing.
In 2022, we could have one other blockbuster bout so as to add to the checklist.
An excellent-fight between American Claressa Shields and Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall moved a step nearer on Saturday evening after the Briton demolished Lolita Muzeya in Newcastle to retain her WBO middleweight title.
Boxing followers, fighters and trainers applauded yet one more medical efficiency from Marshall…
Shields and Marshall will each combat on the identical card in Birmingham on 11 December and in the event that they each come via with wins as anticipated, they’ll face one another subsequent yr.
The entire middleweight belts might be on the road in a match-up that has been nearly 10 years within the making.
Shields is a double Olympic gold medallist, has gained world titles in three weight lessons and is the one boxer – male or feminine – to be undisputed champion in two divisions.
The self-proclaimed ‘Best Lady of All Time’ is much from modest, both.
However Shields does have one blemish on her file; in 77 beginner fights, her solely loss got here towards Marshall within the World Newbie Boxing Championships in 2012.
Since turning skilled, Shields in undefeated in 11 skilled fights – two wins have come by way of knockout, however the stylish boxer has hardly ever been troubled.
Marshall, in the meantime, has had the identical variety of professional bouts, however has stopped 9 of her opponents inside the gap.
The verbal jousting between the pair has been happening for a while, and Shields had one other pop at her rival this weekend…
Marshall will not be one to shrink back from the confrontation – in her post-fight interview, she stated: “Claressa could not final two minutes, by no means thoughts two rounds.”
She additionally has the backing of a former Olympic Workforce GB colleague…
So who will win when or if we see Shields-Marshall? Some followers suppose Marshall’s energy might be an excessive amount of, whereas others really feel Shields’ expertise are far superior…
Earlier than all of that, nonetheless, Shields will swap disciplines for her second blended martial arts bout on 27 October, having gained her Skilled Fighters League debut towards Brittney Elkin in June.
Boxing followers might be hoping she comes via unscathed, and that we are able to transfer a one other step nearer in the direction of arguably the most important ladies’s bout of all-time.
May Joshua hyperlink up with new coach?
Rumours have been circulating this week that former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua could possibly be about to alter trainers.
The Londoner misplaced his WBO, WBA and IBF belts to Oleksandr Usyk on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium final month.
Joshua has evoked a rematch clause and is about to face Usyk once more in 2022, however his below-par efficiency towards the Ukrainian has led to query marks surrounding his coaching workforce, led by head coach Rob McCracken.
Even rival Tyson Fury has stated he would assist prepare Joshua within the rematch.
Whereas the possibilities of Fury taking over the function of Joshua’s cornerman are slim to none, ‘AJ’ has been within the firm of two completely different coaches within the USA this previous week.
First he was pictured at Virgil Hunter’s health club in Hayward, California, the place he was with visiting fellow Briton Joshua Buatsi.
Boxing brothers Ronald and Rashidi Ellis then posted for images with Joshua at Eddy Reynoso’s health club in San Diego…
Reynoso trains Andy Ruiz Jr – who Joshua misplaced to in June 2019 earlier than profitable the rematch six months later – and pound-for-pound star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
In a clip circulating on social media, Joshua was seen laughing alongside Alvarez because the Mexican taught him a number of phrases in Spanish.
Joshua turned 32 on Friday and his American journey could nicely simply have been a birthday getaway, however promoter Eddie Hearn didn’t rule out any adjustments within the teaching set-up.
“AJ will all the time take a look at his preparation and see how he can enhance,” Hearn informed Boxing Social.
“If that is altering issues up, bringing individuals in, or no matter he is acquired to do, he’ll try this.”
Okolie welcomes unification combat in Latvia
Britain’s WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie is reaching the height of his powers, having gained the world title towards Dilan Prasovic in London final month.
However beating a champion in their very own again yard is a feat which might elevate a fighter, and Okolie is eyeing greatness.
Mairis Briedis’ promoter Kalle Sauerland instructed Okolie journey to the IBF champion’s homeland of Latvia for a unification conflict.
The Hackney-born fighter accepted the invitation…
And he does not even want to interrupt the financial institution to go negotiate the combat in particular person…