Shields vs Marshall ESPN Final Press Conference From London

10/13/2022 - No comments

Seven world titles and two Ring Magazine belts will be on the line in an all-female card this Saturday, October 15 (2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT) streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+ from the O2 Arena in London. Originally scheduled for September 10, this historic card was postponed by the British Boxing Board of Control due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

In the main event, two-time U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (12-0, 2 KOs), the WBC/WBA/IBF/Ring Magazine middleweight champion aims to, once again, become the undisputed champion at 160 pounds. She will face WBO titleholder Savannah Marshall (12-0, 10 KOs), one of the sport’s most devastating knockout artists. Marshall handed Shields an amateur defeat in 2012, the only time Shields has been toppled as a pro or amateur.

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In the title unification co-feature, Mikaela Mayer (17-0, 5 KOs) will look to get one step closer to becoming the first undisputed champ in her division when she puts her WBO/IBF/Ring Magazine junior lightweight titles on the line against bitter rival and WBC champion Alycia Baumgardner (12-1, 7 KOs). Mayer, a 2016 U.S. Olympian from Los Angeles, is a 2022 ESPY Award nominee and ranks as one of the sport’s elite pound-for-pound practitioners. Baumgardner, from Fremont, Ohio, became a world champion last year when she knocked out local favorite Terri Harper in Sheffield, England.

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Adding to this all-female card is Crystina Poncher, who will be calling the action ringside. Joining her as analysts will be Hall of Famer Andre Ward, future Hall of Famer Timothy Bradley, Jr., and Mark Kriegel. Poncher is currently boxing’s only female play-by-play commentator.