Winning can make a fighter better. Savannah Marshall will learn from her loss to champion Claressa Shields and bounce back, the better for a potential rematch, says her publicist Ben Shalom.
Marshall lost a unanimous decision at her middleweight title against Shields on October 15th. But their classic performance was an event on an unprecedented scale. It was the first time women headlined London’s O2 Arena and attracted over two million spectators. Sky Sports.
The game was developed by Ben Shalom of BOXXER. He believes Marshall will be the best boxer for the experience.
“It’s not something you can teach, this situation. Even Lauren (Price) and Karriss (Artingstall) and Caroline (Dubois) [on the undercard] to get a taste of what women’s boxing can be at this level, this is a valuable experience. It’s a scary thing. To be fair, I think Savannah took everything in her stride. Claressa did the same. They are just amazing. Given that they haven’t been in this situation before, none of them, this is a first,” he said Sky Sports.
“Savannah knows what to expect next. She’s been through two weeks of fighting, she’s fought, she’s headlining, now she’s headlining at the O2. So we feel she now understands what’s possible. throw it to her and she’ll be very happy. in her next fight.”
Shalom believes Marshall will be best equipped to challenge the Shields for a playoff and that should happen in the near future.
“Savannah’s profile [after fighting Shields] it almost tripled or quadrupled. It’s amazing. What happened upset her. She feels that she did not do as well as she could,” he said.
“For me it’s good to see because she’s had a lot of success in the last 12 months and sometimes what you want to see is someone upset because of a defeat. Good thing, it shows that she’s a winner. and it shows her confidence in her ability to play Claressa.
“She’s an achiever. Despite her profile, despite her earnings that were almost unimaginable 18 months ago, she’s depressed because she believes she can do so much more. She realizes Claressa comes in and we see a big show. Savannah, she feels like maybe this wasn’t the best account of herself, things just didn’t work out.”
For Shalom, the rematch is one of the most compelling in women’s sports and could happen in one or two seasons.
“Claressa was unbelievable, her plan was perfect and she was the best lady of the night and she was amazing. But Savannah knows she has a lot to offer and maybe now that she’s in there can feel that she knows exactly what she is. to the face,” he explained.
“They are far and away two very talented fighters at middleweight, middleweight and even heavyweight. I’m sure they will meet again. I think they will meet again soon. Claressa wants to fight each other. We We want to see her back here. We have fighters on our roster who would love to fight Claressa Shields.”
Marshall could rebuild by moving up a weight class to take on Franchon Crews Dezurn, the undisputed champion at super middleweight.
“Right away I think the rematch is going to be an open fight but will Claressa and Savannah be able to compete. [first]. Savannah can even fight Crews in the unification at 168lbs, which is a fight I know Crews wants,” Shalom said.
“Christina Hammer I know is a very good fighter and she gave Claressa the toughest test besides Savannah, it’s a great fight for Savannah. Savannah wants to get that chance again. She wants to prove herself.
“So Christina Hammer, Crews the unification or Claressa rematch will come next. Claressa will probably be in one of the next two fights, if not the next one.”