Savannah Marshall could challenge Franchon Crews-Dezurn for the undisputed super-middleweight title next | Boxing News
Savannah Marshall could challenge Franchon Crews-Dezurn for the undisputed super middleweight championship this year, says promoter Ben Shalom.
Baltimore’s Crews-Dezurn unified the WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA world titles when she defeated Elin Cederroos last year.
Former WBO titlist Marshall lost her undisputed middleweight championship fight to great rival Claressa Shields in October, but is determined to return to top-level boxing in her next fight.
BOXXER’s Ben Shalom believes Marshall can move up to super middleweight in the blink of an eye and that Crews-Dezurn would be the right fight for them to come back from defeat.
“I know this is a fight Savannah wants. It’s another big fight,” Shalom said Sky Sports. “Obviously after October she wants to jump straight back into the mix. She’s superior to a lot of middleweight and I think she wants to be in big fights right away.
“If it can’t be the Claressa rematch right away, I know that’s what she wants.”
Shalom believes Crews dezurn vs. Marshall can happen in the first half of 2023.
“They were here in October to try and have that fight and I’m very confident that it will happen this year,” he said.
“She wants titles right away,” Shalom said of Marshall. “She lost her belt. I know from talking to her it’s been a tough couple of months and I think being able to win more belts in a new weight class is really appealing to her.
“Hopefully we’ll see that in this half of the year.”
If Marshall beat Crews-Dezurn, not only would it make her the number one super middleweight in the world, but it would also open up the possibility of an undisputed vs. undisputed clash with Claressa Shields in a major rematch.
“Right back in and I know Peter Fury [her trainer] and Savannah Marshall don’t want to mess around. Crews-Dezurn has had these titles for a while, she’s very close to Claressa so I can’t see them fight so it’s the obvious fight,” Shalom said.
“I think there will be an even better Savannah Marshall for this year than last year, one who has had tremendous experience since October and one who will try to continue and hopefully be able to fight Claressa again at the end of the year.”