Claressa Shields has revealed her plan is to become the undisputed middleweight champion by defeating Savannah Marshall in September before taking a break from boxing.
The IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titleholder was scheduled to face WBO champion Marshall in July before ‘The Silent Assassin’ was forced to undergo arm surgery.
Although Shields is unhappy with the delay, a new September date has been set for the grudge match.
“She pretends to be hurt. Without an arm sleeve and without a cast,” Shields told talkSPORT.
“The fight is pushed back to sometime in September and they’re making an announcement very soon.”
Shields and Marshall have a rivalry from their days as amateurs.
The self-proclaimed greatest woman of all time [GWOAT] suffered his first and only boxing loss in an amateur bout against Marshall in 2012.
Since then, Shields has won gold at the London and Rio Olympics before launching a career in professional boxing.
The 27-year-old currently boasts a perfect 12-0 record and has held world titles in three different weight classes.
Marshall is seen by many as the woman who will end Shields’ dominance and a second fight between the two in the pro ranks has been eagerly awaited for some time now.
After Shields’ latest victory over Ema Kozin, which Marshall yawned on, the pair faced off outside the ring in a heated exchange adding more hype to the fight.
In March, Marshall successfully defended his WBO middleweight title with a brutal knockout of Femke Hermans to set up a summer clash with Shields that has now been delayed.
After finally settling his dispute with Marshall, Shields plans to take a break from boxing in 2023 as he continues his MMA career under the PFL banner.
In November 2020, Shields signed a three-year contract with the Professional Fighters League and has had two fights so far. The American picked up a TKO victory in her first fight before suffering a decision loss last time out.