By Mark Eisner: Claressa Shields battle Savannah Marshall in the headliner tonight, while Mikaela Mayer fights Aylcia Baumgardner in the co-feature bout. The action begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
The unbeaten IBF, WBA & WBC World female middleweight champion Shields (12-0, 2 KOs) and WBO champ Marshall (12-0, 10 KOs) meet for the undisputed championship.
Boxing News 24 will be giving live results & updates below.
In the co-feature spot, IBF & WBO women’s super featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer (17-0, 5 KOs) fights IBO & WBC champ Alycia Baumgardner (12-1, 7 KOs).
Claressa Shields vs. Savannah Marshall
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“It was five weeks. I think anybody that didn’t take advantage of the extra time doesn’t know about being a great fighter,” said Claressa Shields to Secondsout ahead of tonight’s fight against Savannah Marshall in London.
“I don’t have an opinion. I still think she’s stupid, and I still think she’s disrespectful, but we are fighters, and she’s a champion, and I’m a champion. I respect her skills, and I respect her as a fighter. But if somebody throws stones at me, I throw stones back.
“If you go low, I go lower. It’s all a mental game, and I’ve had the edge so far. No thinking to it,” when asked if Shields thinks her mental game is superior to Savannah’s.
“I’m going to knock Savannah out. That’s my prediction. I don’t know what round and when, but I tell you, I’m going to break her in there. I’m going to break her mentally, and then I’m going to break her physically.
“It was good to add more and build more [having more time to prepare] because I was already there. I just had to make sure I didn’t overtrain and get too upset with the postponement.
“I’m expecting a very neutral crowd because I’ve got a big fanbase here in the UK,” Shields continued. “The fans that are cheering for me, thank you.
“If you’re booing, you don’t understand how great this fight is and how I’ve put on the line to be here. I’m not worried about the crowd or anybody. I probably won’t even hear them. I’m not worried about the crowd because I’m going to take them out of the fight early anyway.
“I know my fanbase will be bigger after I leave here. I’m not the fighter I was in 2012 or even in 2016. I’m a completely different fighter or every year. Every fight, I add something new or take away a different habit.
“I’m a complete fighter, and I have a lot of things in the toolbox that I use. If I have to use all of them to win, I will. 10-years ago, this didn’t even exist or even five years ago. We’ve been able to show that women’s boxing is at a very high level.
“I think women’s boxing goes to superstars. I think we’re going to have our superstars, mini-superstars, our regulars, but they’re going to be able to build themselves up. I think women’s boxing is getting super close to equality.
“We get paid like the men and fight on big cards like the men. We headline where men are on the undercard,” said Shields.