Savannah Marshall Admits Herself And Fury’s Tactics For Shields Fight Were Against Her Strengths
Claressa Shields convincingly settled her decade-long rivalry with Savannah Marshall on Oct 15 last year at a packed O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports. The build-up and attention for the bout was unprecedented for a women’s boxing match in the United Kingdom with millions tuning in to witness a fantastic night for women’s boxing.
Hartlepool’s Marshall told Sky Sports that she officially activated her rematch clause last December and they will look to stage an epic second fight in 2023 with the pair either fighting again straight away or having an interim clash in between. Claressa Shields may face Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas next.
The North-East former world champion is confident a rematch will take place in the UK and ideally at St James Park in Newcastle. Marshall claims to have no issues going to the US to fight Shields but points to her lack of selling power as the reason for why it wouldn’t be commercially viable stateside and a rematch should take place in the UK, as a result.
Marshall also believes a second fight will end very differently from the first and explained to Sky Sports News in an interview today why she believes she lost the first fight.
“Me and Peter took a gamble with the tactics. I took the fight to Claressa, I was on the front foot, and I put her on the back foot. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for me.”
To win the second fight, Marshall believes she has to implement a game plan which suits her skills better and admits she doesn’t understand why the tactics were what they were last October.
“I still believe that I can outbox Claressa, I really do. I feel like I can outbox Claressa long. The tactics were totally going against my strengths.”
“(Why did you do that?) I think that’s one for Peter Fury. He hasn’t been my favourite person over the past couple of months.”
Fury and Marshall have had a strong fighter/trainer relationship spanning over 5 years and need to recoil their connection for the most important fight of Marshall’s career.