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Savannah Marshall on the verge of realising a dream against Franchon Crews-Dezurn on Saturday

Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Savannah Marshall. Photo credit: Sky Sports

Former WBO middleweight champion Savannah ‘The Silent Assassin’ Marshall 12-1 (10) is just a few days away of achieving her dream of becoming undisputed champion when she meets WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF champion Franchon ‘The Heavy Hitting Diva’ Crews-Dezurn 8-1 (2) at the AO Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday night.

The 32-year-old from Hartlepool came up short in her previous fight, losing her WBO 160-pound strap to WBC, WBA and IBF champion Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields 14-0 (2) last October. Even in defeat Marshall was competitive, going down by scores of 93-97, 94-96 and 93-97 and giving the undefeated American her toughest fight to date.

Shields is a common opponent. Crews-Dezurn, 36, from Baltimore, Maryland lost to the consensus number one female pound-for-pound boxer seven years ago when they were both on debut.

Victory over Crews-Dezurn will be the realisation of a dream for Marshall.

“It’ll mean everything [if I win],” Marshall told Sky Sports. “The build up with Claressa, I was so confident, I was really confident.

“I fell short and all I wanted was to become undisputed champion of the world. Look, I’ve got another crack at it. Sometimes people don’t even get one crack but this is my second crack so I’ve got to leave it all in there.”

Marshall won the vacant WBO 160-pound title against Hannah Rankin by seventh-round knockout in October 2020. She made three successful title defence, winning all of them by knockout in under three rounds, before running into Shields.

Marshall is well aware that the opportunity to become undisputed is rare. To get a second chance at that gold is even more uncommon.

“A lot of people don’t understand that boxing’s a business as well and it’s a dirty business. It’s quite savage. But look, she’s here now, she’s got all the belts and it saves me shipping about and collecting them one by one. She’s brought them all for me,” Marshall said.

“If I can’t mix it at this level, what good am I in boxing? I have hard camps, I have hard sparring, how can I go from being a world champion to boxing eight rounders again, to boxing foreigners that have just been brought in for a loss? I’m not about that. I want to be a champion again.

“I know that there’ll be points where I won’t be able to keep her off with the jab. I won’t be able to keep her at bay the whole fight. So there will be times in the fight where I’ll have to dig deep and go toe-to-toe. She’s very smart. Very smart in what she does and like I said she’s physical. She’ll have you on the floor, she’ll rough you up. She’ll punch you in the back of the head, she’s that sort of fighter.”