Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields fought for first place in women’s boxing, but could a new world number 1 emerge next year? The jury issues its verdict …
Taylor and Shields are pioneering champions in the sport as they dominated the weight divisions and became undisputed world title holders.
In 2022, the Irish star may finally receive a showdown with Amanda Serrano, as Shields staged a super fight against Savannah Marshall, who could also lay claim to her claim as the new world number one.
Katie Taylor has been the icon for so many years, for so many people, for so many reasons. If he meets Amanda Serrano and beats her, then you have to say she is a legend. Even with her amateur career, Taylor has to be the greatest female fighter of all time.
Savannah Marshall is a fantastic signing for BOXXER and we have a huge history with her at Sky Sports. It is in the shape of her life and if Savannah manages to become the undisputed champion, beating Claressa Shields, then she will become the new standard-bearer of women’s boxing. The flashlight may have passed from Taylor to Marshall in the next 12-18 months.
If Savannah Marshall can beat Claressa Shields, then that puts her right there in that conversation with Katie Taylor. I think Katie Taylor, due to her longevity and everything she has done as an amateur and pro, you have to say she is number one.
Katie has looked a little tired in the last few performances, but maybe she too has stabilized against that level of opponents. She probably needs the fight with Amanda Serrano to really get up and get the best of her.
I think once Savannah Marshall beats Claressa Shields then she could be recognized as the new women’s number 1. That fight is so big, it doesn’t even need to be for a belt.
Savannah was interrogated. She was beaten at the Olympics and her amateur victory over Claressa was years ago, so there were unanswered questions. But if Savannah wins against Shields again, then there is no debate on that outcome.
I’d still love to fight Katie Taylor in a rematch with a different weight to prove I’m better than her. This is the fight I would like. I was just a round off in our fight in May. Round nine still haunts me today!
Katie Taylor still has excellent stamina and still throws a lot of punches, although she is showing some signs of decline in her last two fights. But if Taylor beats Amanda Serrano, then she will return to claim her position as number one in the world.
Savannah Marshall defeated Claressa Shields in the amateur ranks and could have an advantage if they meet again next year. When I saw his last defense of the world title, Marshall was very relaxed, composed and doing his business in a very methodical way.
Savannah trains with Peter Fury, who knows the game, and seems to improve with every win.
Katie Taylor is a sports legend, but she may be close to the final chapter of her career, while Savannah Marshall is only realizing how good she is. I think it’s great.
With the right fights and the support she will receive, I think Savannah will end up being the # 1 female fighter in boxing – 2022 is going to be a really big year for her.
I believe that Savannah Marshall could become the new women’s number 1. Savannah can be quiet, she’s not cheeky, but she can fight and she’s very good technically. If there’s anyone who could realistically beat Shields, it’s Savannah.
We have seen Savannah grow in stature before our eyes. She could become a prominent champion for women’s boxing, because she is improving every fight as she works with coach Peter Fury. Savannah, if she surpasses Claressa Shields, will be a new female superstar.
I’m a huge Katie Taylor fan. She was a brilliant ambassador and an exceptional fighter. But Katie might get to the point where she thinks, “I’ve done everything I could and I’m leaving.”