Savannah Marshall ready to fight behind closed doors to salvage world title shot


Savannah Marshall is prepared to fight behind closed doors to salvage her world title dreams.

The 28-year-old was due to challenge champion Geovana Peres in Newcastle tonight – but the show was one of the first sporting casualties of the coronavirus crisis.

The fight has been rescheduled for June 27 but that may also come too soon as the pandemic shows no sign of relenting.

And Marshall is ready to box without fans – or fanfare – to avoid being financially crippled.

“Everyone is in the same boat; if it was just my fight I’d be devastated,” she told Mirror Fighting . “But the biggest thing for me is financially, I was basically at the end of my camp and I had spent a fortune.

Savannah Marshall is due to challenge for a world title in June

“Most people don’t realise that being a boxer, you have to pay for everything before you fight and you want the best of everything; the best sparring, nutrition, physio… so financially is where it’s hit me most.

“The fight is 12 weeks away so I’ve got my head set on it happening then. My plan is to tick over until the 10-week mark and do what I normally do that far out from a fight.

“But personally I don’t think it will come off and [promoter] Eddie Hearn has said it might be a closed show and closed to the public.

“I think because it has been rearranged already that everything will be done to make it happen and I couldn’t afford not to fight otherwise I’d have to do another camp which would come out of my pocket again.

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“If I’m given the chance to fight in front of nobody I’d jump at the chance.”

Marshall will fight behind closed doors if necessary

Marshall faces a secondary problem however in that Peres hails from New Zealand.

The country has implemented a strict travel policy in a bid to curtail the crisis which could leave the once-beaten champion stranded.

“We might be out of isolation but we don’t know if the travel ban is going to be lifted,” added Marshall. “I know New Zealand are really quite strict so she’s got to be able to fly over here, there are so many different factors.

“I’ve just been ticking over with running and cycling, I’m not going crazy; I’ve seen a couple of people on Instagram going crazy, hitting bags evert day but in my head I’m thinking my show is the only one which is pencilled in and thats 12 weeks away.

“It’s about being smart. I could start training full pelt, but whats the point?”





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