The best of this weekend’s professional boxing action comes from London, England, as we prepare for a war involving two gladiators from either side of the Atlantic. It’s a female middleweight world championship unification bout involving a pair of champions, Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall. With both women entering with identical perfect records, we get to publish our favourite line when previewing boxing. Someone’s O has to go.
Shields is an American fighter with an unblemished record and more titles than she had ever dreamed of when starting as a professional fighter. Despite a list of achievements as long as her arm, T-Rex knows she faces the toughest test of her career on Saturday. Marshall is also an unbeaten champion, but unlike her opponent, she comes out of the “home” corner, roared on by the capacity crowd inside the famous docklands arena.
Most of the crowd in attendance and millions watching the action live on TV across the UK will be willing Savannah to another victory. But will she get the result British boxing is hoping for? Home-field advantage makes a huge difference in team sports like football, soccer and rugby. But it doesn’t happen nearly as often in combat sports, especially professional boxing. How big an influence will the crowd play on Saturday? And who wins the fight? Let’s take a closer look at our in-depth betting preview.
The above betting odds have been taken from the Caesars Sportsbook and cover the fight-winner market. You have a one-in-three chance of landing a winner, with your selection working against the opponent and the draw. Who wins? That remains to be seen, but there’s plenty of value in the betting, and that’s not something we say too often, especially in this market. The traders are open to offers.
In these situations – when the betting traders are struggling to nail down a favourite – it catches the attention of the serious bettors amongst us. The value hunters who have forged a reputation as a betting sharks did so by jumping on any selections that have been overlooked or overpriced by the top betting apps. This is one of those situations, and we can expect a flood of money coming for both Shields and Marshall. We wouldn’t be too surprised to see the draw get its fair share of love, either.
Of course, the fight-winner market isn’t the only option available to bettors. The leading sportsbooks, including Caesars, serve a long list of eye-catching markets. This includes the method of victory, which, as regular readers of our boxing previews know, is our favourite market. That’s usually the case when there’s nothing to get excited about in the main markets, but that’s not the case here. So, the fight-winner market is where we focus our attention, and you can follow our predictions as soon as you finish reading this article.
We are backing the British girl to pull off the biggest win of her career. She brings a stunning 12-0-0 record with no fewer than ten knockouts already on her card. She is a talented fighter, but her main attribute is her unbridled power.
When she gets into range and uses her jab to open gaps for the backhand, her opponent will know that she’s in a scrap. Neither woman has tasted the bitterness of defeat to date, so we aren’t sure how either will react when under pressure.
We know one thing for sure; this will be a hard-fought and close contest when the smallest of margins will make the difference. The pair are so well matched, which is evident in the betting, but Marshall enjoys the lion’s share of power.
her KOs already in double figures, she will be confident of hurting an opponent who is equally skilled but has just two wins by stoppage. Does the American lack power? We’ll have to wait and find out, but her last KO win came more than five years ago in Detroit.
Marshall’s power and the crowd’s backing is the small margin we have discussed. Any time her opponent lands with a clean shot – which she will do on several occasions due to her speed and skills – the crowd will fall silent.
That will take the edge off any good work done by Shields. Every time Marshall lands her power shots – which she will do from the opening round onwards – the crowd will go wild. Cheering, encouraging her to finish the bout. That will leave an impression on the judges sat at ringside.
Shields is no mere opponent. That much should be obvious to even the most casual boxing fan. If you’ve never seen her fight before, it won’t take long to realize why she has a clutch of belts and is ranked as the number one middleweight on the planet.
She is an all-action sort – hence the nickname T-Rex – and her skills are unrivaled. Despite being number one and unbeaten in 12 previous outings, Shields doesn’t have the kind of power you’d expect from her.
And we don’t believe she has the kind of power needed to stop her opponent from marching forward and going on the attack.
Shields will box and move, scoring points and building favor with the judges during the early exchanges. But when Marshall gets close and goes to work, which she will do in the middle rounds before taking control down the stretch, she’ll turn the tide. Result aside, you can place a bet for interest stakes, sit back and enjoy the show. Fans will be the real winners at the end of this one.
|Fight||Claressa Shields v Savannah Marshall|
|Location||O2 Arena, London|
|Date and Time||Saturday 15th October, 22:00 GMT|
|How to watch||Live on Sky Sports|
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