Claressa Shields v Savannah Marshall: Experts and pros make predictions for the undisputed fight

Savannah Marshall (right) and Claressa Shields have very different fighting styles
Place: O2 Arena, London Date: October 15, Saturday
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra from 7.30pm; live text commentary and reaction on the BBC Sport website and app

WBO world champion Savannah Marshall takes on Claressa Shields in a middleweight title clash in London on Saturday evening.

Marshall, 31, is the home favorite as Shields has not lost a fight in either the professional or amateur ranks since losing to Marshall 10 years ago.

Twenty-seven-year-old Shields – considered one of the best, if not the best, female fighter of all time – is the WBC, IBF and WBA champion and the fight represents another milestone for women’s boxing with a women’s card and two. women for the first time at the O2.

But who will win? Is Shields too soft for Marshall? Marshall’s power floor will be Shields? Friends and professionals make their predictions below.

Former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton: “It’s hard to call, but I’d say Savannah Marshall will win. She hits a little hard and that’s important. I’d be more confident that Marshall’s knockout power could cross the line if there were more than three-minute rounds; two;-minute rounds it’s almost a different sport. But I’m still with Marshall.”

Hannah Rankin WBA Lightweight Champion: “I’m firmly in the Claressa camp on this one, not just because we’re friends. It’s a great fight. The second half of the fight is going to be dangerous for both fighters. I can’t wait for it. She’s a boxer. against punchers.”

WBO middleweight champion Natasha Jonas: “It’s a tough fight for both girls. Neither of them have fought someone of her caliber. I see Claressa getting a big advantage. She’s explosive, quick, likes to be in the pocket and throws a lot of punches. But Sav will land eventually. And I don’t think Claressa Nobody like Sav has ever hit. When Sav goes down, people don’t get back up. She has one of the most devastating knockouts in women’s boxing. I think maybe Claressa. one little bit and Sav will go down.”

Heavyweight Hughie Fury: “I think Savannah will make the playoffs in eight rounds. I believe in the work Savannah has put in. She’s very strong, I think she’ll make it through. This camp has been wild, so all faith is in her.”

Former world champion Jane Couch: “Marshall by knockout. Claressa is very good. A lot of those shots that Savannah likes to throw, Claressa is going to miss. But at some point she’s going to catch her over 10 rounds and the woman hits like a man. Peter Fury trains now and you couldn’t coach get better. Her style is her style. But then again, Claressa is used to the big stage and that’s it.”

Seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano: “I’m excited to see it. I’m glad I’m out there watching. You have back-and-forth, fights. They’re both great fighters.”

Mikaela Mayer WBO and IBF super featherweight: “I hope Savannah continues to box and move like she did in that fight a long time ago, but I know Claressa is a smarter fighter, she’s a dogger than she was then. I see her closing that space and beating Savannah. Savannah has proven to be a very good pro, that big shot she wants to get it, so Claressa’s going to have to be careful in her path. I see Savannah as a full-on in the end.”

Heavyweight Ellie Scotney: “It’s going to be a cagey start. I think Marshall needs to start faster than usual. I’m sure he’ll catch fire at some points, but it could be a case of Shields being down and how he’s going to react to that. ? Obviously, I’ll be Team Marshall here.”

Middleweight April Hunter: “Sav knows what he has to do to win and I think he will.”