Savannah Marshall was initially meant to defend her WBO middleweight title Saturday towards Femke Hermans, however Maria Lindberg was secured as a very late replacement just two days out from fight night, and Marshall feels she could have a greater battle now than she did earlier than.
“If something, it is a harder battle than the unique battle we had,” mentioned Marshall. “Maria may be very skilled, powerful and been in with among the finest on the earth; Christina Hammer twice. I’m anticipating a troublesome battle come Saturday.”
Marshall (9-0, 7 KO) gained the vacant 160-lb title final October, stopping Hannah Rankin within the seventh spherical. Her greatest attainable battle is, after all, towards Claressa Shields, ought to Shields transfer again as much as 160 for a superb cash supply, if there’s a superb cash supply to make.
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Lindberg (19-6-2, 10 KO) was properly underneath the middleweight restrict on Friday, coming in at 154¾ lbs on the scales, with Marshall at 159¼. Marshall is noticeably greater than Lindberg, who might be giving up about five-and-a-half inches of peak within the bout, however the champ rightly isn’t taking the battle flippantly, and is simply glad to nonetheless have a battle this weekend.
“No matter Maria brings I’m greater than assured I’ve received the reply for,” she mentioned. “I came upon about Femke Hermans being off on Saturday and I believed there was no manner they’d get me a substitute opponent at such quick discover.
“Fortunately Matchroom pulled it out of the bag and received me an opponent. She’s had 3 times as many fights as me so I’m positive she is aware of all the little tips of the commerce. She’ll most likely by no means get an opportunity like this once more so actually it’s the final roll of the cube for her. She’s undoubtedly going to come back all weapons blazing.”