Claressa Shields has earned her Rocky moment.
Fighting in enemy territory, the two-time Olympic champion and part-time PFL fighter exacted revenge on the only female boxer to defeat her, outclassing Savannah Marshall in 10 rounds to claim a unanimous decision victory via 96-94, 97 -93, and 97-93 scores in a scintillating brawl. The win gave Shields the third undisputed world title of her decorated career, disappointed a rowdy home crowd at London’s O2 Arena and even left Marshall props Shields up as ‘the greatest woman [boxer] all time.”
“I’ve been working hard for a really long time and nobody gave me credit, but after that display tonight and after a tough opponent – I couldn’t even see out of my right eye in rounds six to 10 because she done hit hard, but I bit and did what I do in training and got the job done,” an emotional Shields said after the fight.
“It’s not just a special moment for me, but it’s a special moment for women’s boxing.”
Shields (13-0) and Marshall (12-1) previously met on the amateur circuit in 2012, with Marshall winning a close decision.
But the rematch was a different story, as the 27-year-old American took control early with a strategy centered around heavy body work and bullying intimidation. She consistently pounded Marshall with hard left hands and quick bursts, leading the dance in nearly every round and ultimately outscoring Marshall by a margin of 174 to 132 strokes overall.
“Clressa is a brilliant fighter, she definitely is,” Marshall said. “She’s not as fast as me which I thought she was, but she’s a brilliant fighter and she definitely earned the title of greatest woman of all time.”
Following her win, Shields is expected to return to MMA to compete in the PFL, where she is currently 1-1 with a split decision loss to Abigail Montes in her last bout.
Check out highlights from Shields vs. Marshall below.