Savannah Marshall will be looking to put on a performance this Saturday, but her main goal is to keep hold of her WBO middleweight belt.
Savannah Marshall v Femke Hermans Boxing Tips & Predictions:
A lot of fighters make the mistake of overlooking their opponents as they are eyeing up bigger bouts down the line. Savannah Marshall cannot be doing that this weekend.
We all know that if Country Durham fighter Marshall gets past Femke Hermans, then her next fight will be against American Claressa Shields.
Shields is the WBF, WBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring middleweight champion, so any fight between the two would unify the division and crown the true middleweight queen.
Shields is unbeaten as a professional, while her only ever defeat came in the amateur ranks and guess who that was against? Yes, it was Marshall when she beat her at the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
These two have already had a verbal spat when Marshall got in Shields’ face after the American won the WBF title on her United Kingdom debut in February.
I am doing what I have accused boxers of doing, getting carried away about a future bout. So, let’s get back to the matter in hand.
Marshall is undefeated as a professional fighter. She has won 11 fights – nine by knockout. The ‘Silent Assassin’ won the WBO title in her ninth professional bout as she stopped Hannah Rankin in the seventh round at the SSE Arena in October 2020.
Since then, she has defended her belt twice and claimed stoppage wins over Maria Lindberg and Lolita Muzeya, and she is fully expected to stop Hermans.
The Belgian opponent has tasted three defeats in her professional career – all title fights. She has won 12 with five by knockout. For her to take the belt off Marshall, she will need to knock her out and I don’t think she is capable of doing that.
Hermans is a good fighter, and is a former WBO super middleweight champion, but I cannot see her causing Marshall many problems.
Marshall will be switched on and focused. Her mind might automatically change to Shields after the fight, but before that, she knows she has a job to do.
I am backing Marshall to grab knockout win 10 and get Hermans out of there quite quickly. Back Marshall to claim a knockout win in the fourth round and then the trash talking with Shields will start again.
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Savannah Marshall v Femke Hermans Boxing Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Savannah Marshall: “I’ve got Femke on Saturday, get past her and there’s nothing standing between me and Claressa. Get past Femke and then hopefully me and Claressa in the summer. It’s definitely my hardest fight to date, former world champion, only been beaten by world champions, I’m expecting a tough night. I know I need to beat Femke to get that fight, I’d never run away with the Claressa thing. Claressa has been mentioned for the last four or five years so it’s nothing new to me. I know I can punch, but it’s the way Peter (trainer Peter Fury) has got me punching. I believe everyone can dig a bit but people just don’t punch properly where Peter has got me punching properly, let’s just put it all on Peter! Amanda Serrano has probably double the knockouts to what I’ve had fights, but I am middleweight, I’m the heavyweight of female boxing weight-wise, so why not? I’ll own it. I see all my dreams coming true.”
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