Savannah Marshall returns to action on Saturday night, facing Franchon Crews-Dezurn in her first bout since seeing her unbeaten record ended by Claressa Shields.
Marshall lost out via a unanimous decision to American superstar Shields and has opted to move up to super middleweight and a match-up against undisputed world champion Crews-Dezurn.
|What||Franchon Crews-Dezurn v Savannah Marshall|
|When||Saturday 1st July 2023|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Box Office|
The fight is due to take place on Saturday 1st July 2023.
This unified world title fight will top the bill of BOXXER's latest fight card, and is expected to get underway at around 22:00.
The bout will take place at the Manchester Arena in the UK, which has held a number of high-profile boxing events over the years.
The likes of Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, Amir Khan and local hero Ricky Hatton have all fought at the venue.
The full card will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Arena.
Marshall fell short in her bid to become a unified middleweight champion as she was bested by Shields, but she has another chance, this time at super middleweight, against Crews-Dezurn.
Crews-Dezurn holds the IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC World Super Middleweight titles and all four will be on the line when the pair face off on Saturday night.
This will be Crews-Dezurn’s 10th professional outing and she has eight wins (2 KOs) and one defeat so far.
The ‘Heavy Hitting Diva’ faced Shields in her debut in 2016 and lost via unanimous decision over four rounds and has since managed eight wins in a row.
Crews-Dezurn first became a world champion in 2018 as she claimed the WBC title with a majority decision win over Maricela Cornejo.
She added the then vacant WBO strap to her collection the following year with a unanimous decision success against the same opponent.
The 35-year-old became the undisputed super middleweight world champion last year with a unanimous decision victory over Elin Cederroos in her last fight and will defend all four belts for the first time against Marshall.
Marshall won her first 12 fights and has an impressive knockout record with 10 of her victories coming inside the distance.
The 31-year-old became the WBO middleweight champion when she stopped Hannah Rankin in the seventh round at Wembley Arena in 2020 and made three successful defences - against Maria Lindberg, Lolita Muzeya and Femke Hermans - before falling short against Shields.
The fact both the Hartlepool native and Crews-Dezurn have only lost once each, and to the same opponent, adds further intrigue to this match-up.
The winner may get a chance to take on Shields in a rematch further down the line.
The bout itself was originally set to form part of the undercard for the proposed Liam Smith v Chris Eubank Jr rematch, however, an injury to Smith has now scuppered plans for that fight.
The news meant Crews-Dezurn v Marshall was propelled to the top of the bill, with the likes of Natasha Jonas and Ben Whittaker forming an exciting undercard.