Claressa Shields reveals secret sparring with Savannah Marshall: ‘I pulverised her for four rounds’

Claressa Shields claims she inflicted a beating on Savannah Marshall in a never-before-revealed sparring session that lit their rivalry alight.

Marshall returns to the ring on Saturday in Newcastle, reside on Sky Sports, realizing victory will propel her nearer to the largest girls’s boxing match of all time towards the feted Shields.

Their historical past dates again to 2012 when Marshall gained an beginner bout between them – it’s the solely battle, beginner or professional, that Shields has ever misplaced in a profession of gorgeous achievement.

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They at the moment are each signed to Sky Sports Boxing and BOXXER in a dedication to ship a grudge match which might grow to be the head of feminine fights.

Shields has now revealed particulars for the primary time a few sparring session four years later, within the build-up to the 2016 Olympics, the place she exacted a measure of revenge on Marshall.

“I whupped her ass,” Shields tells Sky Sports. “I made her face as orange as my hair!

“She would not discuss that.

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“She knows. Ask her about it.

“‘It’s solely sparring?'”

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Marshall again in 2019 explaining her beef with Shields

Shields had gained Olympic gold in 2012 as a 17-year-old then, after this story of sparring Marshall, sensationally repeated the feat on the 2016 Games.

Marshall represented Team GB at each of these Olympics.

Since turning professional, Marshall now owns the WBO middleweight title whereas Shields is a three-division champion and a two-division undisputed champion.

But she is animated when recalling coaching on the US Olympic coaching centre in Colorado with her British rival in the identical fitness center.

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“She’s the only person to beat me so, if we get in the ring for sparring, she’s supposed to show that, even though I’m the Olympic gold medallist, she’s better,” Shields says.

“She has not been better than me since I was 17. I am now 26.

“That’s why she hasn’t achieved what I’ve achieved.

“The sparring session was simple. I had my hands down the entire time. She could not land a punch on me. I had her face as orange as this hair by the time we were done.

“We had been presupposed to do two rounds, then swap.

“But I told the coach: ‘No. Let her stay here and take this whupping for four rounds. I don’t want to switch’.

“I pulverised her for four rounds.”

Marshall laughs when Sky Sports ask for her side of this story.

“When has Claressa ever battered anybody? There is your reply,” she teases.

So what really happened?

“We went on a two-week coaching camp to Colorado – Team GB and Team USA,” Marshall says.

“The first week? She’d damage her again. The second week? She damage her toe. The final day? She was ok to spar.

“She threw about 10 shots in the whole four rounds and that was it.

“Can you batter somebody with simply 10 pictures?

“I’m surprised she hasn’t said that I was on the canvas!”

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Shields says that Nicola Adams, Marshall’s British team-mate who additionally gained Olympic gold in 2012 and 2016, was in attendance for the spar.

Shakur Stevenson and Charles Conwell, Shields’ American team-mates, additionally watched with curiosity, she says.

“They said: ‘Dang, is that the girl who beat you when you were 17?’


“‘She can’t do nothing with you now’.

“Everybody within the fitness center stated that.”

Shields and Marshall had briefly spoken about settling their rating a few years into their professional careers nevertheless it by no means materialised – a number of years on, there is no such thing as a extra mouth-watering battle in girls’s boxing.

“I beat her up in sparring and that’s why her team turned down the fight with me in 2018,” Shields says.

“The fight will happen and we’ll see who has been lying for this entire time.”

There have been different painfully awkward moments between Shields and Marshall when their paths have crossed within the 9 years since that fateful beginner bout which kickstarted their rivalry.

“I was at a show a couple of years ago,” Marshall tells Sky Sports. “And she was there. I thought: ‘She’s going to come at me’.

“I went over considering: ‘Have you bought something to say?’

“But she said: ‘Hi! Are you doing alright?’

“I stated a few issues hoping that she’d chunk, however she did not!”

They additionally labored out on the Mayweather fitness center in Las Vegas when Marshall was signed to Floyd Mayweather’s promotional firm.

“I saw her when she came into the gym,” Marshall recollects. “She didn’t look at me.

“I stated: ‘Alright Claressa, how are you doing?’

“She said: ‘You look skinny!’

“I assumed: ‘You’re placing me down’.”

Shields disputes that: “I saw her at the Mayweather gym. I took a picture with her and her coach.”

Shields denies ever displaying animosity: “I was the Team USA captain in 2016. I was nice to everybody. Whenever I saw Savannah I said ‘hello’. I have never disrespected her.”

The stress has been constructing for years on this intriguing rivalry.

Shields, a serial winner who calls herself ‘the Greatest Woman of All-Time’ and her quiet British rival, ‘the Silent Assassin’, the one individual to ever edge her contained in the ring.

The clock is ticking right down to a grudge match when these backstage whispers can now not assist both of them.

Sky Sports Boxing schedule

October 16 – Top Rank in San Diego
Emanuel Navarette vs Joet Gonzalez – WBO featherweight title

October 16 – BOXXER in Newcastle
Savannah Marshall vs Lolita Muzeya – WBO middleweight title
Hughie Fury vs Christian Hammer
Chris Eubank Jr vs Wanik Awidjan
Lewis Ritson vs Hank Lundy

October 24 – Top Rank in Atlanta
Shakur Stevenson vs Jamel Herring – WBO super-featherweight title

October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas

November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles

November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool

November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois skilled debut

December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey

December 18 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title


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