BOXXER, Sky Sports and the British Boxing Board of Control have announced that the upcoming undisputed middleweight showdown between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall has been postponed until Saturday October 15th. The news comes following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday afternoon.
The respective fighters and fans were made to wait a while for a decision to come, with BOXXER releasing an initial statement last night confirming that Friday’s weigh-in would take place behind closed doors and would not be open to either the media or the public. Fast-forward to the next morning and the BBBofC announced that all events set to take place on Friday would no longer go ahead “as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”. Another statement came later in the day confirming the bout would now go ahead on the 15th of next month.
While no doubt a sad time for the country, it is also a shame that fighters, particularly those slated to appear on small hall events, will no longer receive a purse during a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to get by as it is. Fingers-crossed alternative measures can be put in place to ensure all fighters affected are granted an opportunity to get into a professional ring as soon as possible.