Fight Talk: Marshall and Shields trade blows on Twitter

Claressa Shields with her belts.
Claressa Shields Wasn’t In The Mood To Play With Savannah Marshall

Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall’s planned fight may now be delayed, but they exchanged some heavy blows with each other on Twitter over the weekend.

Also, Amir Khan feels love in retirement and Tony Yoka takes a shocking beating in Martin Bakole’s hometown.

Here are just a few of the things happening in the boxing world this week.

A special date for Marshall v Shields

Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to see Claressa Shields take on Savannah Marshall. An undisputed world middleweight title fight was scheduled for July, but Britain’s Marshall asked for a delay after receiving a doctor’s note informing her that she would have surgery.

These two have been fighting for a long time and Marshall made a point of remembering his old nemesis over the weekend of the time she beat her at the amateur level.

The WBO middleweight champion, from Hartlepool, remains the only woman to win Shields, who has multiple world championships in three weight classes.

Shields, of course, wasn’t going to make that attack without counterattacking.

Claressa Shields responding to Savannah Marshall on Twitter.
Negotiated hits.

And then WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Natasha Jonas joined in on the fun.

Amir Khan hangs up the gloves

It was news that many of us had been waiting for, and on Friday Khan, 35, officially announced that decided to end his boxing career.

Khan burst onto the scene at the 2004 Athens Olympics, winning a silver medal at just 17 years old.

When he defeated Zab Judah in 2011, he became a unified world champion famous for his lightning-fast hands.

He’s also had some big losses, including knockouts to Danny Garcia and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, as well as losses to Lamont Peterson and current pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford.

More recently, he was educated by longtime rival Kell Brook.

So how do we assess the Bolton boy’s career? Many fans gave their opinions over the weekend and the consensus seems to be that we need to put some respect in the man’s name.

Khan himself said he already feels he has received more respect since announcing his retirement.

“The message I’m getting is that people now appreciate you a little more,” he commented.

“I never thought this would happen. Maybe you get more respect when you retire than when you’re in the sport.”

Among Khan’s many contributions to the sport, many will cite the way he served as a role model and inspiration for British Asians.

With representation from the likes of WBC Youth world champion Sahir Iqbal and WBO European light-middleweight Mohammed Hamzah Sheeraz, British-Asian boxing is in a healthy place.

Before announcing his retirement, Khan revealed that he was seeing another former professional in Dubai, where he has a home.

One might ask why this fight never materialized…

In any case, it remains to be seen exactly how Khan will choose to employ his talents going forward.

In the meantime, if you’re already missing him, you can watch him train, fight, and talk about whether or not ketchup should go in the fridge on BBC Three’s reality show Meet The Khans, Big in Bolton (on iPlayer on here).

Are you ok Yoka?

Martin Bakole beat up Tony Yoka’s house on Saturday.

Many pundits expected Yoka, France’s 2016 Olympic gold medalist, to come out on top, but Congolese fighter Bakole dominated the Frenchman, handing him his first career loss on points and knocking him out twice during the fight.

There was disbelief among some fans that a judge marked the fight as a draw.

We should have known Bakole was serious when he showed up in those electric green shorts. A man doesn’t wear shorts like that unless he’s feeling confident.

Bakole trains in Scotland with trainer Billy Nelson, who has trained several successful boxers including Ricky Burns, David Brophy and Stephen Simmons.

Irish boxer Michael Conlan was quick to congratulate Nelson but was unable to extend his best wishes to Nelson’s football team Rangers, which plays in Wednesday’s Europa League final.

Could Bakole now be in line for a heavyweight bout with highly ranked British fighters like Dillian Whyte, Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce or Hughie Fury?

quick feet

And finally, we’re still not over this viral video from last week of Terence Crawford’s daughter Talaya losing her shoe on an athletics track but still continuing to smoke her opponents.

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