Claressa Shields vs. Savannah Marshall outcomes: Shields beats rival on factors to turn into a two-time undisputed middleweight champion

Claressa Shields praised Savannah Marshall however mentioned she had avenged her defeat when the pair met as novice boxers because the American turn into the undisputed middleweight world champion for a second time at London’s O2 Enviornment.

The long-standing rivals had engaged in spiteful acrimony within the build-up to the second showdown of their careers following Marshall’s victory in 2012 over the fighter who calls herself the “Best Girl of All Time.”

“She’s a tricky competitor, a tough puncher, she has endurance,” mentioned Shields, suggesting to Sky Sports activities that the results of their earlier bout must also have gone in her favour. “However I am the higher fighter 10 years later.”

Shields received by a unanimous 96-94, 97-93, 97-93 choice this time to defend her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBF and The Ring titles and gather Marshall’s WBO belt.

Within the co-headline bout, Alycia Baumgardner grew to become the unified super-featherweight champion with an all-action cut up choice victory over Mikaela Mayer.

The People had additionally been concerned in a bitter feud within the weeks earlier than an absorbing contest that ended with Baumgardner dismissing speak of a possible rematch.

Two judges scored the competition 96-95 in Baumgardner’s favor, whereas the opposite declared the combat 97-93 for Mayer.

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Historic night time produces thrilling fights

The 4 co-headliners have been the primary feminine fighters to take star billing on the O2 Enviornment and have been collaborating in an all-female card that additionally featured wins for the likes of Olympic champion Lauren Value and rising British boxer Caroline Dubois.

Their time to shine got here as a part of a momentous 12 months in girls’s sport in Britain that noticed the nation’s footballers win Euro 2022 in entrance a a full Wembley Stadium. Certainly one of England’s best-known gamers, Jill Scott, even accompanied Marshall on her ringwalk.

“It isn’t only a particular second for me, however it’s a particular second for ladies’s boxing,” Shields mentioned afterwards. “[It] has been round for thus a few years and so many greats got here earlier than us however right here we’re in entrance of 20,000 followers… and I feel that is combat of the 12 months. It is an unbelievable second, proper now.”

Marshall, 31, had urged in the course of the build-up that she may finish her profession after the bout. “I do not know why she desires to retire,” mentioned Shields. “If that is what she desires to do, do it, however she’s acquired quite a bit left, for positive.”

Shields’ personal fast future within the sport is unsure as a result of she is prone to flip her consideration to her MMA profession with the Skilled Fighters League.

Now a three-time undisputed champion after additionally reigning at light-middleweight, Shields mentioned there had solely been a rematch clause if the end result had been controversial – and the unanimous verdict was well-earned by the 27-year-old.

The pair had been concerned in a predictably explosive build-up that had supercharged the hype round a scrap stuffed with animosity, incomes much more anticipation when it was postponed from September due to the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.

Each fighters had an unbeaten 12-fight skilled document however Shields got here into the combat with 5 titles – a belt cupboard she had repeatedly reminded Marshall about alongside her successive Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016.

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Marshall stored the stress on Shields all through the combat however it’s laborious to think about her having way more pleasure towards the superior pace, ability and elusiveness of the champion.

Shields appeared open to the thought of combating Marshall once more within the U.S. “If that is what the followers need, then that is what we’ll do,” she mentioned, thanking Marshall’s staff and the followers in London.

‘That lady ain’t getting no rematch’

Baumgardner started her enthralling victory over Mayer by grinning at her opponent and nearly continually verbally goading her fellow American.

By the closing rounds, although, it was Mayer who was doing the smiling as a gutsy efficiency by each girls neared a troublesome choice for the judges.

Whereas Baumgardner bounced with pleasure and leapt into the arms of her staff, Mayer produced a repeated thumbs-down gesture by the facet of the ring in response to a end result she clearly felt wronged by.

This was a combat that may depart many followers clamouring for the pair to satisfy once more, with nearly each spherical proving powerful to name as each brawlers traded efficiently.

“I labored my a– off to get right here,” mentioned Baumgardner, including that Mayer “ain’t getting no rematch” as a result of her subsequent goal is to turn into undisputed champion with a win over WBA holder Hyun Mi Choi.

“I practiced this speech for what I used to be going to say. All my doubters, all my haters – I informed you. I landed the cleaner photographs, the tougher photographs. I landed a lower above her brow. I dig deep.”

The victor’s remarks are undoubtedly an extra reflection of the disdain the rivals share for each other and she’s going to certainly have the prospect of a component two put to her moderately than the fast pursuit of the elusive Hyun, who has not fought since December 2020.

Eleven months and two fights after profitable her first world title, Baumgardner’s fast rise continues.

The Sporting Information offered dwell updates and highlights from Shields-Marshall and Mayer-Baumgardner.

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Claressa Shields vs. Savannah Marshall dwell outcomes, updates

Claressa Shields beats Savannah Marshall through unanimous choice

It is a 96-94, 97-93, 97-93 victory for Shields! Thanks for becoming a member of us!

Spherical 10: Claressa Shields 10-9 Savannah Marshall

SN unofficial scorecard: 99-91 Shields

That is some finish to a terrific combat. Each boxers are going for it by the top, whipping in photographs and exhibiting very good reserves of vitality.

It is laborious to see past a victory for Shields, who raises her arms because the bell goes and has undoubtedly been the neater of the 2 for a lot of the combat.

The fighters do not initially acknowledge one another on the finish however share a present of respect moments later. We go to the scorecards!

Spherical 9: Claressa Shields 10-9 Savannah Marshall (89-82 Shields)

Large credit score to Marshall, who’s nonetheless coming ahead and looking for the shot she must win this. That is far simpler mentioned than achieved towards a stylist as good as Shields.

The three-weight champion seems to be, as she has for a lot of the night time, the extra composed of the 2. Shields holds Marshall off and slips in sly photographs that lack a bit of the slickness they carried early on.

Spherical 8: Claressa Shields 10-9 Savannah Marshall (79-73 Shields)

Given the tear-up nature of this combat, it isn’t a lot of a shock to see a lower open up above Shields’ left eye because the pair collide with heads and shoulders by the ropes once more.

The tempo lastly slows a bit in the course of the eighth spherical. Protect slinks again and engages in some goading as she slips photographs, ending a two-round run of relative success for Marshall.

Spherical 7: Claressa Shields 9-10 Savannah Marshall (69-64 Shields)

Marshall makes a proper hand depend as Shields continues to soak up stress, wanting a bit marked up on her face.

Shields pushes again and forces Marshall in direction of the ropes however that is maybe the perfect spherical of a second half to this combat that the WBO champion must win.

Spherical 6: Claressa Shields 10-9 Savannah Marshall (60-54 Shields)

Marshall will probably want a knockout to win right here and he or she does not cease coming ahead, attempting to tough Shields up in a courageous – and, some would in all probability argue, silly – method.

Shields holds up a glove in direction of the top of the spherical and dodges one in every of Marshall’s punches with nearly mocking ease. Because the bell goes, the American whizzes two vicious photographs into the air.

Spherical 5: Claressa Shields 10-9 Savannah Marshall (50-45 Shields)

Fury warns Marshall to remain out of hazard however her vitality will certainly dwindle, making it all of the tougher to evade Shields’ fierce bunches of punches.

Each fighters land with left hooks however Shields’ is available in first and is way more efficient.

Spherical 4: Claressa Shields 10-9 Savannah Marshall (40-36 Shields)

This should be significantly tiring for Marshall. Shields is once more in a nook however leaves her adversary swiping at air most of the time.

Shields succeeds with an uppercut to the physique. It is a gripping combat and the power of the fighters to deal with the tempo could resolve their destiny.

Spherical 3: Claressa Shields 10-9 Savannah Marshall (30-27 Shields)

For all the trouble she is placing in to again Shields right into a nook, Marshall is struggling to land something when she will get shut up.

Marshall bobs and weaves as she tries to evade Shields’ sharp combos, that are masterful to look at. She’s wanting pinpoint proper now and is executing some painful physique photographs.

Spherical 2: Claressa Shields 10-9 Savannah Marshall (20-18 Shields)

Peter Fury asks Marshall how she is feeling and he or she emerges for the second spherical in assured model, stalking Shields once more.

The sample of the primary spherical repeats itself after that. Shields connects with a collection of photographs together with one to the physique.

Shields is dealing with the hearth and biding her time earlier than touchdown the neater photographs and searching extra expert. Each time Marshall motors ahead, you watched Shields is being fueled to toss something much more sinister again.

Spherical 1: Claressa Shields 10-9 Savannah Marshall

The ring is lastly cleared and the gang are clearly behind Marshall, singing her identify in the course of the opening phases. It is a wonderful first spherical as effectively with the bombs being brandished nearly instantly.

It is Shields who makes a lot the brighter begin after Marshall tries to stroll her down although, touchdown early with a physique shot after which teeing off at blistering pace, reddening the house fighter’s face.

Marshall continues to be aggressive however she’s placing herself at a substantial threat in doing so towards Shields’ accuracy and ferocity.

10.40 p.m.: Shields performs a dance routine with backing dancers as she emerges in a crimson, white and blue uniform. You is probably not stunned to find this, however she seems to be brimming with confidence.

Marshall prowls across the room as an opera singer performs the UK nationwide anthem. Then it is time for the American nationwide anthem, which is carried out by a singer in a cream go well with. Shields stands nonetheless in her nook, then bounces round.

10.35 p.m.: Marshall emerges to the sound of Candy Desires (are Product of This) by the Eurythmics. England soccer legend Jill Scott – identified for her personal mildly combative show in the course of the ultimate of Euro 2022 – accompanies Marshall’s ringwalk.

10.30 p.m.: Right here we go then! Be sure to give our devoted boxing Twitter web page a comply with, the place we’re offering loads of insights tonight…

Alycia Baumgardner def. Mikaela Mayer to win junior-lightweight gold

10.25 p.m.: Listed below are the stats…

10.20 p.m.: “I labored my a– off to get right here,” says Baumgardner, including that she will not be getting concerned in a rematch as a result of she desires to turn into undisputed by profitable Hyun Mi Choi’s WBA title.

“I practiced this speech for what I used to be going to say. All my doubters, all my haters – I informed you. I landed the cleaner photographs, the tougher photographs. I landed a lower above her brow. I dig deep.”

Baumgardner beats Mayer (cut up choice)

Mayer is by the facet of the ring producing thumbs-down gestures in an indication of her dismay at a razor-thin judging choice.

Emotion-filled Baumgardner leaps up in aid after inflicting a primary profession defeat on her opponent. The enemies sportingly hug.

Baumgardner is the unified super-featherweight champion!

Spherical 10: Baumgardner 10-9 Mayer

SN unofficial scorecard: 97-93 Baumgardner

It is a mark of how all-action and closely-contested this bout is that these bitter rivals faucet gloves earlier than the ultimate spherical.

Each know they’ve to provide it the whole lot however neither can land a conclusive blow with the exertions of the scrap clearly taking their toll.

This has been a cracker. You would make an argument for both fighter deserving victory.  We’ll go for Baumgardner – simply.

Spherical 9: Baumgardner 10-9 Mayer (87-84 Baumgardner)

Baumgardner connects with a test hook after taking just a few stiff jabs off Mayer. The ring is roofed in sweat.

Spherical 8: Baumgardner 10-9 Mayer (77-75 Baumgardner)

We may get a contentious choice if this goes the gap as these rounds proceed to be tight.

The physique language in itself has been entertaining: Mayer is the one doing the smiling now, whereas Baumgardner’s early grin has gone as she goes for the left hooks.

Spherical 7: Baumgardner 10-9 Mayer (67-66 Baumgardner)

It is a combat that makes you would like these rounds have been a minute longer than the 2 minutes they final. Mayer lands a vicious left hook and whips in photographs along with her proper.

The blood remains to be flowing above her proper eye.

Spherical 6: Baumgardner 9-10 Mayer (57-57)

There’s marking and blood by Mayer’s proper eye. She’s consuming extra photographs than her nook would love however persevering with to commerce fireplace on this engrossing contest.

Baumgardner, who undoubtedly has knockout energy, cracks by way of an uppercut however it’s a nasty head conflict that has prompted essentially the most injury to her opponent.

Spherical 5: Baumgardner 9-10 Mayer (48-47 Baumgardner)

It is a good spherical for Mayer, who recovers from a slip to ship Baumgardner backwards with a few clubbing rights that land.

The jab can also be working properly for her. Baumgardner’s tempo isn’t what it was proper now and he or she receives some sturdy recommendation from her nook about what she must do.

Spherical 4: Baumgardner 10-9 Mayer (39-37 Baumgardner)

Mayer finds success with a double jab and left hook, which isn’t sufficient to place Baumgardner off her stride noticeably.

The spherical ends with Mayer plodding in direction of Baumgardner in a nook in pursuit of an influence shot. That is warming up enticingly.

Spherical 3: Baumgardner 9-10 Mayer (29-28 Baumgardner)

Higher for Mayer, who’s teeing off a bit extra – maybe in response to Baumgardner’s nearly incessant verbal goading.

There is a roar because the fighters collide in a nook. Mayer’s jabs catch the attention and possibly give her the spherical, though it is actually near name.

Spherical 2: Baumgardner 10-9 Mayer (20-18 Baumgardner)

That is promising for Baumgardner, who’s working off the counter with success and seems to have prompted a bit of injury to Mayer’s nostril.

Baumgardner seems to be persevering with the trash-talk the pair have been concerned in in the course of the build-up, sending just a few phrases the way in which of her goal alongside punches.

Spherical 1: Baumgardner 10-9 Mayer

The very best shot of the spherical might be a clear jab from Baumgardner, who comes out faster and lands extra.

Each fighters are coming ahead and swinging huge. We’re in for a vigorous one, by the seems to be of it.

9.40 p.m.: No faulting Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner’s entrance outfits. It is laborious to do justice to an outline of Mayer’s apparel, which has shimmering shades of blue and silver and options shorts embroidered along with her nickname, ‘The Bomb’, across the waist.

No disrespect to The Spice Women – member Mel C has been a part of the TV promotion tonight, pushing their slogan of “lady energy” for the event – however their music won’t instantly spring to thoughts as an intimidating ringwalk tune.

That hasn’t stopped Baumgardner popping out to ‘Boost your Life’, accompanied by dancers who’re additionally in her favored coloration of crimson.

The pair have been concerned in a completely acrimonious build-up. They briefly contact gloves earlier than they’re given the primary probability to inflict punishment on each other.

9.25 p.m.: We’re now being handled to a efficiency by Tom Grennan. The singer seems to have paired black leather-based trousers with a baseball-ish crimson jacket in a call that may maybe not go down as among the finest combos the excitable crowd will see tonight.

In case you are unfamiliar, Grennan has had a UK primary album and been a visitor vocalist on hits by the likes of Chase and Standing, Calvin Harris and – tenuous boxing hyperlink alert – KSI.

9.20 p.m.: Value earns her second skilled victory and her first knockout win by breezing previous Belik in a brutal blow-out!

“She was a tricky lady – all these ladies who come to combat are,” says Value, who’s joined by her coach, the previous Workforce GB head coach Rob McCracken, after closing the present in the course of the fourth spherical.

“She wants to take a look at one other profession – not boxing,” former cruiserweight world champion Johnny Nelson says of Belik after her third successive defeat. “I do not need to be harsh however she should not be in there.”

Value is backing Marshall tonight.

9.05 p.m.: Olympic champion Lauren Value is at present going toe-to-toe with Timea Belik, and the Welsh fighter has been on the entrance foot in the course of the first two rounds towards her Hungarian opponent.

Value is sort of the all-round athlete: she captained Wales’ soccer staff at youth degree and, earlier than then, received a silver medal on the kickboxing World Championships as a 13-year-old.

8.50 p.m.: England legend Jill Scott is requested in regards to the growth of ladies’s sport in England since Euro 2022.

“We have to preserve the momentum going,” she says, calling the 20,000-attendance for the combat “unimaginable”. “It is such an honor to be a part of it.”

8.38 p.m.: Dubois knocks out Koleva for her fourth skilled win! This was an entertaining slugfest wherein the 21-year-old former Youth Olympic champion had already knocked down her sport super-bantamweight opponent.

Dubois took just a few photographs herself however in the end blew Koleva away with a nasty physique shot that pummeled her sufferer in direction of the ropes, the place she was sinking within the face of clubbing combos earlier than the referee rightly stepped in. Properly performed.

In the meantime, Alycia Baumgardner is all smiles backstage.

8.30 p.m.: Former England footballer Jermain Defoe has simply been interviewed on Sky Sports activities. “There’s some dangerous blood there,” he says of the combat between Shields and Marshall.

“There was no method I used to be lacking this one. Whenever you see how far girls’s boxing and ladies’s sport on this nation has come, it is wonderful to see.”

8.15 p.m.: Dubois and Koleva are subsequent out! Dubois goes by way of her ultimate preparations with coach Shane McGuigan and carrying a blue robe, for the document.

8.05 p.m.: Karriss Artingstall has fairly a narrative – the previous military gunner received a bronze medal for Workforce GB on the 2020 Olympic Video games.

The Macclesfield fighter has simply produced a strong efficiency, taking all six rounds towards French opponent Marina Sakharov.

“I desire a knockout however what are you going to do?” she asks, chatting with Sky Sports activities. “I am going to simply preserve making use of the stress and see what occurs.

“I walked out earlier than any of the boxing began and I used to be like, ‘wow’. That is what each younger lady goals of. I can not watch for the primary occasion.”

7.40 p.m.: Not lengthy till the primary card!

7.20 p.m.: North-east boxer April Hunter, who has Tyson Fury’s uncle, Peter, in her nook, caps a dominant show with a deserved factors win over Erica Alvarez.

7 p.m.: Shannon Ryan, who’s managed by British former world champion Anthony Joshua and fashions herself on Floyd Mayweather, wins each spherical towards Spaniard Buchra El Quaissi.

And look who’s in the home!

6.40 p.m.: Two extra early outcomes for you: Texan Ginny Fuchs has received a factors choice over Bournemouth boxer Gemma Ruegg.

4-time British nationwide boxing champion – who can also be a triple Taekwondo titlist – extends her good profession document to 3 victories by handing Belgian champion Joyce van Ee her first defeat, profitable all 4 rounds.

6.20 p.m.: Caroline Dubois is in the home! The unbeaten dwelling fighter faces Bulgarian Milena Koleva in a light-weight scrap later.

6 p.m.: Hi there and welcome to The Sporting Information’ protection of the second showdown between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall!

There’s been some motion within the ring already, so let’s get straight into it: 20-year-old German Sarah Liegmann has crushed British veteran Bec Connolly 59-55 on factors of their featherweight conflict.

Claressa Shields vs. Savannah Marshall combat card

  • Claressa Shields def. Savannah Marshall for the WBC, IBF, WBA, and WBO middleweight title
  • Alycia Baumgardner def. Mikaela Mayer for the WBO, IBF, and WBC junior-lightweight titles
  • Caroline Dubois def. Milena Koleva
  • Lauren Value MBE def. Timea Belik
  • Karriss Artingstall def. Marina Sakharov
  • April Hunter def. Erica Juana Gabriela Alvarez
  • Shannon Ryan def. Buchra El Quaissi
  • Ginny Fuchs def. Gemma Ruegg
  • Sarah Liegmann def. Bec Connolly
  • Georgia O’Connor def. Joyce Van Ee