Due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, many sporting events in England will be cancelled. Among them is a scheduled bout between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall, which was scheduled for Saturday at the O2 Arena in London.
The British Boxing Board of Control announced on Friday that all tournaments and events this weekend will be postponed as the country mourns. BOXXER tentatively plans reschedule the event to October 15 at the same location.
The fight was perhaps the most anticipated of Shields’ already impressive career. Marshall (12-0, 10 KOs) is the reigning WBO Women’s Middleweight World Champion. The fight with Shields (12-0, 2 KOs) was to unify the Marshall belt with the WBA, WBC and IBF versions of the belt to create the undisputed champion in the division.
Marshall is the only woman to ever beat Shields in the boxing ring, with an amateur win in 2012. Shields turned pro with a 64-1 amateur record and won two Olympic gold medals.
As a professional, Shields won world titles in the light middleweight, middleweight and super middleweight divisions, becoming perhaps the greatest female boxer in history.