Fight Talk: Marshall and Shields trade blows on Twitter

Claressa Shields with her belts.
Claressa Shields wasn’t in the mood to joke around with Savannah Marshall

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

Also, Amir Khan feels the love in retirement and Tony Yoka takes a surprising beating from Martin Bakole.

These are just some of the things happening in the boxing world this week.

A special date for Marshall v Shields

It looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see Claressa Shields take on Savannah Marshall. An undisputed middleweight world title fight was on the cards for July, but Briton Marshall requested a delay after receiving a doctor’s note informing her that she will undergo surgery.

These two have been in trouble for a long time and Marshall was eager to remind her old foe over the weekend of the time he beat her at the amateur level.

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

Shields, of course, was not going to take this assault without returning fire.

Claressa Shields responding to Savannah Marshall on Twitter.
Exchanged blows.

And then WBO junior middleweight champion Natasha Jonas joined in on the fun.

Amir Khan hangs up his gloves

It was news many of us expected, and on Friday, 35-year-old Khan officially announced that he has 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 beat Zab Judah in 2011, he became a unified world champion, famous for his lightning fast hands.

However, he also had some big losses, including knockouts of Danny Garcia and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, plus losses to Lamont Peterson and current pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford.

More recently, it was educated by long-time rival Kell Brook.

So how do we weigh the Bolton boy’s career? Many fans have voiced their opinions over the weekend and the consensus seems to be that we should respect the man’s name.

Khan himself has said he already feels that he has been respected more since he announced his retirement.

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

“I never thought that 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 has acted as a role model and inspiration for British Asians.

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

Before announcing his retirement, Khan revealed that he had been dating another former professional in Dubai, where he has a house.

One may well wonder why that fight never materialized…

Regardless, it remains to be seen how exactly Khan will choose to employ his talents in the future.

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

Are you okay Yoka?

Martin Bakole delivered a beating at Tony Yoka’s home ground 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 the first loss of his career on points and dropping him to the canvas twice during the fight.

There was disbelief among some fans that a judge ruled the fight 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 feels safe.

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

Irish boxer Michael Conlan was quick to congratulate Nelson but was hesitant to extend those well wishes to Nelson’s football team, Rangers, who will play in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

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

quick feet

And finally, we still haven’t gotten over this viral video from last week of Terence Crawford’s daughter Talaya losing her shoe on a running track but still absolutely smoking her opponents.

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