Savannah Marshall vs Claressa Shields boxing fight postponed until October 15 after the death of Queen Elizabeth II
BRITISH boxing has followed suit and postponed all this weekend’s action as a mark of respect to the Royal family.
Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall and America’s Claressa Shields were scheduled to settle a decade-long feud on Saturday night at the O2.
But the Sky Sports show – promoted by Ben Shalom of BOXXER – is the highest profile casualty of this week’s boxing calendar, in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s passing.
The British Boxing Board of Control revealed the decision just after 2pm on Friday, saying: “The British Boxing Board of Control have decided that all tournaments this weekend will be postponed as a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“We join as a nation in mourning and pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her dedication to our country during her long reign and the legacy she leaves behind.”
The brave girls on the show will have spent thousands of pounds on their training camps and sweated down to their weight limits.
And all the stops were pulled out to promote the event, with a boxing ring placed on a bout that toured the Thames on Wednesday, with the media work-outs happening on deck.
The ground-breaking all-female card will now hopefully happen on October 15, back at the same North Greenwich arena.
Shalom, 28, said: “This is an unprecedented moment in our history and our sincere thoughts are primarily with the Royal Family and the nation at this time.
“Out of respect, the British Boxing Board of Control has decided to postpone Saturday’s show.
“A provisional date for Saturday, 15th October at The O2 is being worked on by all parties to stage this unique and iconic night of celebration for women’s sport at a more appropriate time.”
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports, said: “All of our thoughts at Sky Sports Boxing are with the Royal Family at this time.
“As much as we were all looking forward to witnessing this historical sporting spectacle this weekend, it is absolutely right to respectfully reschedule the show for October 15th.”
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