Savannah Marshall believes she has everything it takes to become an undisputed champion.
The Hartlepool native is the current custodian of the WBO middleweight title.
Marshall (12-0, 10 KOs) meets long-time rival Claressa Shields in a grudge match on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London.
And she can’t stop thinking about beating the Michigan girl (12-0, 2 KOs) again after beating her as an amateur.
The two rivals fight for the undisputed world middleweight championship, with Shields’ WBA Super, IBF and WBC titles also on the line, on a historic card which will also feature the unification clash between Mikaela Mayer, the WBO and IBF champion, and WBC and IBO queen Alycia Baumgardner, who starched Terri Harper in Sheffield last November to raise eyebrows and earn a deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom.
Speaking to Sky Sports about her fight with Shields, which follows on from the historic April undisputed lightweight title showdown between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York, Marshall said:
“I’m constantly thinking about this fight. I can’t think of anything else
“This is a chance for me to change my life. Come September 10, my life will never be the same again and I only get one shot. This is why I’m training the way I am, this is why I’m preparing the way I am and that’s all I need, just one shot.”
BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom admitted a multi-fight deal was on the cards prior to the match-up’s official announcement, with Shields confirming that both sides have the option to activate a rematch clause.
But Marshall insists that will not be needed and reckons she’ll get her hand raised on the night.
“I cannot wait. I’ve been waiting for this since I turned pro
“I’ve waited for this for five or six years and now it’s here. Now it’s coming and the weeks are just flying and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“She can’t handle defeat. I beat her 10 years ago [as amateurs]. She says it doesn’t bother her but when someone is asking, she’s going, ‘She never beat me!’
“So I’m thinking, your body language, your tone of voice is saying different. No, she’s not going to take this loss well. She didn’t take the first one well and she’s not going to take the second one well.”