EXCLUSIVE: Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall BOTH have the option of activating a rematch clause after their undisputed showdown on September 10 at the O2 Arena
- Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall fight on September 10 at the O2 Arena
- Both fighters will have the option of activating a rematch clause after the fight
- The pair are competing for the title of undisputed middleweight champion
- Shields is the WBC, WBA and IBF champion, while Marshall holds the WBO belt
- The fight will be the first-ever all-female televised boxing event in the UK
Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall will both have the option of activating a rematch clause should they lose on September 10 in their eagerly-anticipated undisputed showdown.
The long-term rivals will do battle at the O2 Arena for all the middleweight marbles, with Shields putting her WBC, IBF, WBA and Ring magazine titles on the line, while Marshall brings her WBO strap to the table.
On an historic night for women’s boxing, the pair will headline the first all-female televised boxing event in the UK, and BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom admitted a multi-fight deal was on the cards prior to the match-up’s official announcement.
Claressa Shields (left) and Savannah Marshall (right) both have the option of activating a rematch clause following their undisputed showdown in September
Shields has now confirmed there is a rematch clause available to both fighters in what many deem to be a genuine 50-50, though the American insists it will not be her activating it.
‘There’s a rematch in the contract, it’s there,’ Shields told Sportsmail. We can both activate it after the fight.
‘I’m not worried about it; we had a rematch clause when I fought against Christina Hammer. She never activated it. It is what it is.
‘It’s going to be her losing, because I’m not going to lose. You can note that, and everybody can ask if or when or how. I’m going to win by any means necessary. Period.’
The match-up was finally announced earlier in July following months of verbal sparring between the pair, having been pushed back due to an injury suffered by Marshall.
Marshall beat Shields as amateurs in 2012 in what is the American’s sole loss in the ring
Shields insists it will not be her who activates the rematch as she vows to emerge victorious
Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medallist who has previously been crowned undisputed champion in both the middleweight and super-welterweight divisions, also holding belts at super-middleweight, is by a way the more decorated fighter of the two.
The American, 12-0, is undefeated as a professional and suffered only one defeat as an amateur, inflicted by her impending opponent, Marshall, back in 2012.
Marshall, also 12-0, has defended her respective strap on three occasions since becoming champion with victory over Hannah Rankin in 2020, defeating Maria Lindberg, Lolita Muzeya, and, most recently, Femke Hermans.
The Hartlepool fighter’s stunning knockout win over Hermans furthered her reputation as one of the most devastating punchers in the women’s game, being her 10th stoppage in 12 outings.
The fight remains firmly in the balance, regardless of their history, however, with a second bout almost certainly to follow should the first prove competitive.
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