Claressa Shields’ team “will explore the possibility” after Savannah Marshall declares she has activated rematch clause; Promoter Ben Shalom believes that Marshall will be better in a rematch but benefit from a fight or two first; Natasha Jonas also considered for showdown with Shields.
Savannah Marshall has made it clear. She wants to pursue a rematch against Claressa Shields.
America’s two-time Olympic gold medallist Shields beat Marshall in an epic clash to win the undisputed middleweight championship in October.
The star from Hartlepool declared she wanted to bring the rematch to Newcastle’s St James’ Park stadium next summer.
Shields’ team has responded, telling Sky Sports that they are prepared to explore the possibility.
“Claressa travelled thousands of miles away from home to put on one of the greatest performances and beat her rival in her home country,” Shields’ promoter, Dmitry Salita told Sky Sports.
“For Marshall to talk about a date and venue is not productive because it’s not an accurate projection of what can happen.”
“There are lots of nuts and bolts to this situation. If a fight with Marshall makes sense we will definitely explore that possibility.
“Claressa’s success has raised women’s sports to new heights with every fight and that has always been our collective goal.”
Rematch ‘at the right time’
Marshall’s promoter Ben Shalom is adamant that a rematch would be different. The Briton can change her approach in a second fight with Shields.
“I think Savannah wants to come in with a new mindset and different mentality and a different gameplan,” Shalom told Sky Sports. “She was disappointed with how she performed, she felt like it wasn’t herself
“After that fight she was distraught. Despite everything she achieved and record viewing figures and becoming a superstar in the UK, she was still devastated because all she wanted to do was win that fight.”
Shalom however believes Marshall should have a fight or two before going into a Shields rematch.
“We know she wants that,” she said. “We respect that but we’ll take the rematch at the right time for her. She’ll fight in March or April and we’ll look at it. It’s the biggest fight in women’s boxing, it still is.”
An extra fight or two would leave Marshall better placed to win a rematch, says Shalom.