World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight champion Claressa Shields held a public workout in Detroit as part of the promotion for her fight against Savannah Marshall on September 10.
The American also holds the WBC and IBF belts, while her British opponent is WBO champion, so the winner of the bout to be held at the O2 Arena, London, will become the undisputed 160 lbs. monarch.
“I just want to be better than yesterday. That’s all it’s been for me. I’m already better than Marshall. I already have great accomplishments, gold medals, the victories and everything. It’s not really about her. Yeah, she’s a good fighter and everything, and she’s got a belt, but I have 12. I don’t think about her when I’m training. Yes, we have a fight plan, but I’m just trying to be better than I was yesterday,” the champion said at her training session.
Shields and Marshall have a history in amateur boxing and on that occasion the European beat the American, but that is not something that worries the black and gold champion.
“I only lost in amateur in boxing. I have never lost in professional boxing. I’m undefeated. I lost to her 10 years ago in the amateur by six points. It was 14-8. But that really doesn’t bother me at all because I’ve been able to be successful after that. On the other hand, you have Marshall who lost every tournament she was in after our fight, and in those same tournaments I won gold,” she noted.
Both will continue their preparation during August and in September they will feature in one of the most anticipated fights in women’s boxing.