UPDATE: Shields vs Marshall has officially been postponed with a new date of October 15th being targeted. Read the latest on the cancellation here.
Following the sad death of Queen Elizabeth II after a historic and extraordinary reign, the United Kingdom is set to enter a period of national mourning.
In light of the news of her passing, the UK’s sporting sector is preparing to follow guidance set down by the government as to postponements. Today, Friday September 9, has seen many sporting events including the EFL postpone fixtures out of respect for the Royal Family.
This Saturday, the O2 in London was set to host an all-female fight card topped by Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall, staged by BOXXER and broadcast on Sky Sports. There is no news for the event just yet, but today’s weigh-in has been moved to behind closed doors.
The official statement from BOXXER reads:
“Out of the deepest respect, Friday’s scheduled official weigh-ins for BOXXER – LEGACY: Shields vs Marshall, will now take place behind closed doors and will not be open to the media or to members of the public.
An announcement regarding the status of Saturday’s event, at The O2 in London, will be made following consultation with relevant government and sports sector bodies and will be made at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Ben Shalom, CEO and Founder, added:
“Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II was an iconic and unrivalled leader for our nation and an inspiration for women all over the world.
“Her leadership and her strength of character showed that there were no limits to what women can accomplish. Her passion for the equestrian sports was unrivalled and her presence at so many key sporting events underlined the importance she placed on the role of sport in society.
“On behalf of everyone at BOXXER and all our fighters, we express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks for everything Her Majesty has done to pave the way for women and inspire the next generation.”
Boxing Social will report on more updates as they follow. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of Queen Elizabeth II, and anyone who was touched by her 70-year reign.