Claressa Shields vs. Savannah Marshall fight for undisputed title to headline women’s boxing card


2022 has already proven to be a big year for women’s boxing, and towards the end of the summer there will be a thrilling double championship at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and WBC/IBF/WBA middleweight champion Claressa Shields (12-0, 2 KOs) will unify her belts with WBO champion Savannah Marshall (12-0, 10 KOs) in a championship main event undisputed. The backstory between these two is that Marshall defeated Shields as an amateur in the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. To date, this remains Shields’ only defeat as an amateur or professional.

Shields, the self-proclaimed greatest female boxer of all time, most recently defended her titles against Ema Kozin in February. The Michigan native had previously fought twice under the PFL banner, going 1-1 in her foray into MMA. While she expects to pursue her MMA career alongside boxing, this is by far the biggest fight possible. Marshall arrives on a spectacular KO of Femke Hermans, once again showing its vaunted power. She’s been the WBO champion at 160 pounds since Hannah Rankin’s quit in October 2020.

In the co-main event, WBO and IBF super featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer (17-0, 5 KOs) takes on WBC champion Alycia Baumgardner (12-1, 7 KOs) in an all-American unification bout that was placed in the UK, where the market and interest in women’s boxing is unquestionably greater at the moment.

Mayer won the WBO title from Ewa Brodnicka by unanimous decision in October 2020. Two fights later, she prevailed in a thriller against Maiva Hamadouche to win the IBF belt from the French. Those belts were defended in an easy decision against Jennifer Han in April. Baumgardner is familiar to UK fans based on his victory upset by KO on then-WBC champion Terri Harper, who was on her feet after absorbing a huge right hand. She followed that up with a successful title defense against Edith Soledad Matthysse, also in England.

More undercard fights will be announced at a later date, but the main story here is the presence of these two very compelling title fights. By the end of September 10, we should have an undisputed middleweight champion and a three-belt super-featherweight champion. All of this just months away from the Katie Taylor classic against Amanda Serrano, which itself featured Franchon Crews-Dezurn’s undisputed super middleweight title victory over Elin Cederroos.

ESPN+ will have live coverage of Shields-Marshall and Mayer-Baumgardner in the US, while Sky Sports will show the event in the UK.

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