Claressa Shields believes her world title fight with Savanah Marshall is Katie Taylor versus Amanda Serrano kinda’ big.
Indeed, the American believes the eagerly anticipated undisputed middleweight world title fight which tops an all-female fight card at the 02 in London on Saturday rivals the ‘The Greatest Female Fight of All Time’.
The American who won Olympic gold under the guidance of Billy Walsh said: “I believe the storyline behind it means it can be as big.
“With how great I am, and how she’s built up to be this knockout artist – that’s why [it can be as big as Taylor v Serrano].”
Two-time Olympic gold medal winner, Shields, who is always complementary to Taylor while arguing she is the best of all time, needed a rival like Marshall to enhance her GWOAT credentials. However, the English middle doesn’t come to the table with the same pedigree as seven-weight world champion Serrano and nor is the O2 Madison Square Garden where Taylor Serrano took place.
While it is admirable and good to see, the all-female element to the card may also detract when it comes to being as big as the MSG sell-out.
Taylor versus Serrano could boast to having former male world champions on their undercard.
An all female fight night is something the Bray fighter isn’t too keen on, according to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn.
Hearn previously revealed: “I spoke to Katie Taylor about an all women’s card and I thought that was a really good idea. Katie Taylor looked at me like she wanted to punch me when I said that.”
He added: “When I started to think about it I understand what she is saying. What they are fighting for away from the world championships is equality and it’s about saying it’s not women’s boxing and men’s boxing, it’s boxing. So listening to what she said a women’s only card is actually detrimental to what we are trying to .”