The boxing legend won't be competing this weekend.
England is mourning the passing of much-beloved Queen Elizabeth II, and all sorts of events have been rescheduled, including boxing ones. Claressa Shields was supposed to face long-term Savannah Marshall at the O2 Arena in London this weekend, but it doesn't appear to be the case anymore. Instead, the much-anticipated clash will go down on October 15.
Multiple world champion Shields was aiming to notch another title defense against Marshall, the only boxing fighter who has managed to inflict a defeat on Shields, albeit in an amateur encounter. The WBA, WBC, IBF, WBF, WBO, and The Ring female middleweight championships will be on the line for the occasion.
"What can I say," Shields wrote. "I was 159 pounds today, I was mentally and physically ready for tomorrow. I’m sad about the fight being postponed but I’m a big girl & I understand! The country of the UK has took a huge loss of Queen Elizabeth & the country is mourning, the world is too."
27-year-old Shields (12-0) has never suffered a defeat in her professional boxing career. In her latest outing, she upended Ema Kozin on all scorecards in February. Marshall (12-0) has smashed all kinds of competition so far, including a recent third-round knockout victory over Femke Hermans in April.