Savannah Marshall on Clarissa Shields’ MMA defeat: ‘Hurry up and get over it’ before boxing return | Boxing News

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Savannah Marshall on Clarissa Shields’ MMA defeat: ‘Hurry up and get over it’ before boxing return |  Boxing News

Savannah Marshall has reacted to her rival Claressa Shields’ MMA defeat by saying “she can’t sit around crying” because she is due back in the boxing ring.

Shields was defeated in her second MMA fight on Wednesday night, losing a split decision after being out-wrestled by Abigail Montes, the first time she has been beaten since an amateur fight with Marshall in 2012.

She is set to return to the ring on December 11 in the UK, live on Sky Sports, alongside Marshall before they then collide next year in what will be the biggest women’s boxing match of all time.

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Marshall and Shields both fight live on Sky Sports on December 11

“She needs to hurry up and get over it,” Marshall told Sky Sports. “She can’t sit around crying in a dark room.

“She needs to get back on it for December 11.

“It’s been a long time since she lost.

“If anything, I hope it gives her a kick up the backside and gets her back on track.”

Shields has hit back in her ongoing war of words with Jake Paul, who said: “Shields is a loser, in MMA and even more so with her prima donna attitude.”

She responded to the YouTuber-turned-boxer: “This is funny. You come running when I lose a split decision in a whole new world of MMA but never even once said ‘congrats on all you’ve done and aspire to do’.

“Two things that remain, Jake. I still fight better than you and you won’t accomplish 10 percent of what I have in boxing or life.

“Unlike Jake, I fought a real MMA fighter, he has yet to face a real boxer in boxing.”

HOLLYWOOD, FL - OCTOBER 27: Clarence Shields v Abigail Montes in a lightweight bout during the PFL championships at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on October 27, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida.  (Cooper Neill / PFL)
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Shields lost for the first time since a 2012 amateur bout against Marshall

Shields’ boxing promoter Dmitry Salita told Sky Sports: “The plan is that she will take a few days off and will be back in training camp with John David Jackson getting ready for his UK boxing debut. That will be sensational!”

Shields has amassed two Olympic gold medals, world championships in three weight divisions and two undisputed titles in her feted boxing career. She calls herself the GWOAT (Greatest Woman of All-Time).

She won her MMA debut earlier this year and has vowed to compete in the sport again under the Professional Fighters League promotion.

Marshall said about her rival’s switch to MMA: “In Claressa’s defense she was at a point where the fight with me seemed a million miles away, and she had beaten everyone in front of her.

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Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields traded verbals!

“She probably thought: ‘There’s nothing left for me in boxing’.

“But MMA isn’t like boxing. You very rarely come across an MMA fighter with an unbeaten record.

“So it’s a bit of a crazy move.

“Hats off to her for having a go. She dared to be great but came up short.

“She will live and learn.”

HOLLYWOOD, FL - OCTOBER 27: Clarence Shields v Abigail Montes in a lightweight bout during the PFL championships at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on October 27, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida.  (Cooper Neill / PFL)
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Shields was out-grappled in her second MMA fight

Shields said about her MMA defeat: “I lost a split decision, I didn’t get my ass whooped. I also improved. All I’m going to do is go back to the drawing board and keep learning. No one said this journey was going to be easy. MMA is new to me, I’m fighting on a world stage after only nine months of training.

“I’ll return to boxing in December and continue my undefeated journey there.

“And MMA, we ain’t done! I got something for you next year! It’s on now! You fired me up with this one! Watch my next MMA fight, I’ll be on a different level! Not discouraged at all! “

Shields is expected to defend her IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles against her mandatory challenger Ema Kozin on December 11, live on Sky Sports.

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Watch Marshall’s vicious two-round shoot-out KO win

Unbeaten WBO champion Marshall said about Shields’ next challenger: “She’s young, unbeaten, she has boxed a lot of the same opponents that I have.

“She’s little, she’s a southpaw. Because of her style, it will be a messy win for Claressa.”

Sky Sports Boxing schedule

October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas

November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles

November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
Super-lightweight tournament

November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut
Florian Marku
Hosea Burton vs Dan Azziz – British light-heavyweight title

November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title

December 11 – BOXXER
Savannah Marshall
Claressa Shields

December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey

December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles

February 26 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title

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