It’s a rematch of sorts, even if the first fight came in 2012 when the pair were amateurs. Marshall came out on top on that occasion, the first and last person to beat Shields, and she has the opportunity to do it once again on Saturday night.
Shields is still unhappy when reflecting on that defeat. “I had a lot against me,” she said. “I feel like I fought against her, I fought against the judges, I fought against the ref. It wasn’t to me a fair fight.”
Since then though, the American has been undisputed world champion in two different weight classes and the middleweight belts are on the line at the 02 Arena.
Marshall made her professional debut in 2017, the same year Shields first became world champion, as she fought on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in Las Vegas, having signed with Mayweather Promotions after turning over.
She eventually left to return to the UK and in her ninth professional fight became WBO middleweight champion after stopping Hannah Rankin. Three defences have followed since then – now she gets her shot at the biggest of prizes.
Shields vs Marshall date, start time, venue and ring walks
Shields vs Marshall takes place on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the 02 Arena in London.
The ring walks for the main event should be around 10pm BST though as ever, those times are subject to change.
Shields vs Marshall fight card/undercard in full
It’s an all-female card on Saturday night, with world title action beyond just the main event.
Alycia Baumgardner, who beat Terri Harper in Sheffield last year to win the WBC and IBO belts, puts those on the line against Mikaela Mayer, the WBO and IBF champion, in what should be a thrilling super-featherweight bout.
Caroline Dubois, out of the ring since March, has her third professional bout as she faces Milena Koleva, while Lauren Price and partner Karris Artingstall, both medalists at the 2020 Olympics, are in action.
The pair had previously agreed to not fight on the same night, but have briefly put that to one side to take part in an historic night.
Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall
Mikaela Mayer vs Alycia Baumgardner
Caroline Dubois vs Milena Koleva
Lauren Price vs Timea Belik
Karris Artingstall vs Marina Sakharov
Ebonie Jones vs Vanessa Caballero
April Hunter vs Erica Alvarez
Shannon Ryan vs Bucha El Quassi
Ginny Fuchs vs Gemma Ruegg
Sarah Liegmann vs Bec Connolly
Georgia O’Connor vs TBC
How to watch Shields vs Marshall
TV channel: In the UK, Shields vs Marshall is being broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage getting underway at 7:30pm BST.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the game via the Sky Go App.
Live blog: You can also follow the entire card via Standard Sport’s live blog tonight.
Shields vs Marshall fight prediction
Boxing promoters are never shy in using the phrase ‘50-50 fight’, but this looks to be a bout worthy of that title.
That loss to Marshall was Shields’ only defeat as an amateur and since then it’s been a perfect run in the professional ranks, with ten of those 12 wins coming on points. It’s five years since she last knocked a fighter out.
It’s a record that is flipped for Marshall, who has been taken the distance only twice in her 12 bouts as a pro. She was typically destructive in taking out Femke Hermans in April, a fighter who went the full ten round with Shields four years ago.
Similarly Marshall stopped Rankin, who was beaten on points by Shields earlier in her career. The American will of course argue that she faced those two when they were better fighters, and that her record is a far more impressive one considering the strength of opponents.
It’s certainly a big step up for Marshall, who for all her exciting talent has not been fighting at the elite level for as long as Shields. The big question is whether her power is enough to slow Shields down and stop the technical ability of the American taking control.
The quality of both fighters means a knockout win for either is perhaps unlikely, so we’re going for Shields to just edge a thrilling fight on points.
Shields vs Marshall weigh-in results
The weigh-in for Saturday night’s card will take place on Friday afternoon – check back in then for the latest news!
Shields vs Marshall betting odds
Shields to win: 4/5
Marshall to win: Evens
Shields to win by decision/technical decision: Evens
Shields to win by KO, TKO or DQ: 17/2
Marshall to win by decision/technical decision: 13/5
Marshall to win by KO, TKO or DQ: 3/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).