Home Boxing News Savannah Marshall calls out Claressa Shields are decision victory over Franchon Crews-Dezurn

Savannah Marshall calls out Claressa Shields are decision victory over Franchon Crews-Dezurn

Savannah Marshall. Photo credit: Getty Imges

Super middleweight Savannah ‘The Silent Assassin’ Marshall 13-1 (10) has put herself in the running for a rematch with undisputed middleweight champion Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields 14-0 (2) with her 10-round majority decision win over Franchon ‘The Heavy Hitting Diva’ Crews-Dezurn 8-2 (2) to claim the undisputed 168-pound championship at the AO Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday night.

The 32-year-old from Hartlepool in England bounced back from her competitive points loss to American Shields, 28, in her bid for the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF 160-pound titles at the O2 Arena in London, England last October in a bout she lost by scores of 94-96 and 93-97 twice.

This time around she went one better against the 36-year-old Crews-Dezurn of Baltimore, outpointing the reigning champion 99-92, 97-93 and 95-95.

Marshall wasted no time in calling out Detroit’s Shields, who was seated ringside for the fight.

“Thanks for coming over, let’s get it on at super-middleweight,” Marshall said.

Shields said she was down for the fight at the higher weight.

“I will fight her at whatever weight she wants to fight at,” she said. “She is going to get beat up… that’s what is going to happen.

“[I saw] a lot of weaknesses and she didn’t learn from her last fight. I agreed with the first judge, who had it 95-95. The fight was close – I expected a better performance from both girls.”

The opening round was close with Marshall, standing three-and-a-half inches taller than Crews-Dezurn, appearing to get the better of the action through the next four rounds.

Sensing the fight was slipping away from her, Crews-Dezurn boxed well through rounds six to eight, but the challenger finished well in the last two frames.

Marshall thanked her fans and paid credit to Crews-Dezurn after the victory.

“I can’t describe how I feel at the moment. I just want to thank everyone who came out and bought a ticket,” she said. “As if you didn’t buy tickets I wouldn’t be in this position.

“I think I broke my hand of her head. She is a tough, tough woman. I thought she came on stronger, some of the rounds were close, but I felt landed the better shots.

“Everything I said in the build-up, I take back.”

A second bout between Marshall and Shields would be an easy sell. Before the fight, Shields poured fuel on the fire of their rivalry, accusing Marshall of being obsessed with her.

“I think Savannah may be secretly in love with me or something because the way that the girl lights up every time she says my name,” Shields said to Mail Sport. “She still says she wants to fight me and everything is always about me.

“Savannah, let it be about you and your opponent. You don’t have to speak about me. Then when I said I was coming here to watch the fight, she was like, ‘Oh, Claressa is coming to see me’. No, I’m not.

“I think something is missing here. I think maybe I hit her really hard and she’s not all the way there anymore. It was never not all the way there, but now she is even more crazy.”