The fight that everyone was waiting for finally happened. With a champion and challenger who both know what it takes to bring the best out of one another, there’s no doubt this is going to be an extremely entertaining battle between two fighters who have long been touted as potential rivals.
In December, Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields will compete on the same event.
Savannah Marshall retained her WBO championship with a spectacular knockout of Lolita Muzeya in Newcastle, setting up a unification match with Claressa Shields.
Marshall strolled through a Muzeya storm in the first round to halt the Zambian challenger in the second, with Shields watching through zoom from America.
Marshall had never had the chance to defend her title in front of such a large audience before, and she took advantage of the occasion, scoring her ninth knockout of her career.
“Congrats! Girlie, I’ll see you next year. Show you what it’s like to fight like a genuine fighter and a real champion “Shields said following the decision, with Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom confirming that both women will fight on the same night on December 11th, ahead of a possible unification contest in 2022.
Marshall said, “Claressa couldn’t survive two minutes with me, much alone two rounds.”
Muzeya flew out of the gate, slamming left and right punches at Marshall and establishing a frenetic tempo. Marshall was forced to answer in the pockets, banging in several eye-catching uppercuts, with her opponent’s foot firmly on the pedal.
Marshall was unfazed by her bravado, pounding her with hard uppercuts and body blows.
Midway through the second round, Muzeya’s fight was pounded out of her as she started to drift backwards, and Marshall pounced. The referee came in to halt the fight, much to the pleasure of the Newcastle fans, with Muzeya stuck against the ropes and Marshall unloading.
Shields owns every other middleweight title, and the two heavyweights are set to face off in the UK in the spring of 2022.
In December, Eubank Jr expects domestic squabbles.
In 2022, Chris Eubank Jr wants to engage in huge contests.
Wanik Awidjan was overpowered by Chris Eubank Jr over five rounds in a straightforward win for the former world championship challenger.
When Awidjan quit before the sixth round, the British middleweight was visibly unhappy, waving to the fans in disgust.
Eubank Jr was competing for the first time since his brother Sebastian died tragically in a car accident, and he’ll be looking forward to getting a world championship battle in his next fight.
In December, Eubank Jr identified British rivals Liam Williams and Billy Joe Saunders as possible opponents, while a world championship fight with IBF champion Gennady Golovkin or WBO champion Demetrius Andrade is potentially on the cards if they maintain their titles in their next bouts.
Fighting from the southpaw position, Awidjan was fast on his feet and delivered a big left down the center on Eubank Jr’s chin in the fourth round, as Eubank Jr took his time figuring out what he thought would be an orthodox opponent.
After being backed up to the ropes by the Brit, Eubank Jr remained motionless for a time after the straight left, but it proved to be the highlight moment for the underdog, who returned to his corner breathing hard and nursing a swollen nose.
In the fifth round, the home fighter picked up the pace and delivered vicious body blows to slow down Awidjan even more.
Following a long conversation with his corner, Awidjan informed the referee that he was unable to continue. Awidjan informed Eubank Jr thereafter that he had cracked a rib with a body shot.
Fury cruises to a stoppage win.
Hughie Fury cruised to victory.
Hughie Fury has now won three consecutive fights after dispatching Christian Hammer in a confident performance.
From the first bell, the Brit was full of confidence, swapping postures and goading his opponent, but he didn’t have to climb out of third gear.
Before the bout, Hammer said that his opponent was nothing like his cousin and WBC champion Tyson Fury, and that his strategy would be to stay close to Fury, pushing forward and unleashing overhand rights when he could.
In the fourth round, Fury collided with the canvas, but it was correctly deemed a slip, and Hammer’s aggressive attitude enabled the Brit to counter with uppercuts and left hooks.
Hammer, 34, was aiming to rough up his younger opponent, but in the fifth round, he was docked a point for a series of hits to the back of the head. When Hammer threw caution to the wind, a very mundane conflict sprang into life.
Fury was able to pick Hammer off virtually at whim, delivering multiple three-punch combos as the German pushed forward, firing powerful right hands.
Hooks to the head dazed Hammer, who was then pummeled by Fury’s vengeful counter punches as he moved backwards. Hammer seemed to be swinging from the hip at times, but Fury stayed composed and appeared to be on the verge of landing a crucial punch when the bell rang to separate the heavyweights.
Going into the sixth round, Fury would have been certain of winning, but Hammer’s camp opted to remove their boxer from the fight. When Hammer returned to the corner, he complained of a bicep injury and was forced to retire as a consequence.
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