Savannah Marshall underwent a small operation,’ according to promoter Ben-Shalom, which only delayed her fight with Claressa Shields by ‘four or five weeks.’
Shields, the current WBA, WBC, and IBF middleweight champion, fueled the already smouldering rivalry with social media posts criticising the WBO champion for the delay.
Marshall’s promoter, Shalom, says, however, that the 30-year-recuperation old’s has had no impact on plans for a world title fight this year.
“Savannah had to have a little operation that required her to recover for a few weeks,” Shalom explained.
“That meant, obviously, that July was too early, which means that we’ll just go back four or five weeks.
“Shields vs Marshall is a mega fight and a mega sporting event which can raise the level of women’s sports.
“I certainly hope the fight can get finalised.
“Claressa is ready, all is confirmed from our side the ball is in Savannah’s court, and we are waiting for confirmation from her team.”
Shields has also targeted Marshall’s fellow former Great Britain Olympian Natasha Jonas as the WBO super-welterweight champion considers her next step.
Joe Gallagher, Jonas’ trainer, tweeted, “Decisions to be made @TashaJonas?” with Shields listed as one of the probable future opponents.
Claressa Shields, who had previously won the WBO super-welterweight title, simply said, “Choose wisely.”
Shalom claims Jonas is a threat to any fighter in her division, but Marshall is more likely to face Shields in a grudge match.
“You never know,” Shalom said. “We’ve seen that she [Jonas] has knockout power at the weight, but I think she got caught up in something I don’t think she meant to.
“Claressa, as we know and it’s why we love her, is a massive character and she wants everyone, but we can’t really look beyond Savannah and Claressa at this stage.”
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