Watch Savannah Marshall take on Franchon Crews-Dezurn for the undisputed super-middleweight title in Saturday’s main event in Manchester live on Sky Sports from 7pm; Olympian Ben Whittaker, world champion Natasha Jonas, Callum Simpson and Zak Chelli feature in the undercard action
Through Cameron Hogwood in Manchester
14:24, UK, Friday 30 June 2023
Savannah Marshall and Franchon Crews-Dezurn exchanged their final words in a fiery showdown on the eve of their undisputed super-middleweight world title clash in Manchester, live on Sky Sports.
The Silent Assassin is no stranger to moving up divisions and this time will step up in weight to challenge the American champion nine months after her loss to Claressa Shields, who she came in at 11st 5lbs 5oz.
Marshall came in at 11st 13lbs 11st 13lbs 5oz of Crews-Dezurn on Friday ahead of Saturday’s main event, elevated to top spot on the bill due to the postponement of Liam Smith’s rematch with Chris Eubank Jr.
“I feel really good, I feel really strong [it is a natural weight],” Marshall said. “Win at all costs, points, KO, TKO.”
Crews-Dezurn replied: “It’s going to be a good night, I’m glad he fired so I have something to put up. I’m not worried about a first defeat.
“I can come here alone and still be confident, win, lose or draw I’m still champion, but I’m not here to lose.
“Anything is possible, I’m coming to win, whatever way. I have many routes to get to that destination.”
Ben Whittaker is preparing for the next step in his rise to stardom as the main support act this weekend, weighing in at 12st 6lbs 5oz ahead of his meeting with Vladimir Belujsky (12st 7lbs 5oz).
The Olympic silver medalist enters with an unbeaten 3-0 record after two knockout victories, including an emphatic stoppage of Jordan Grant last time out.
“They’ve said it before, they’re all coming for the knockout, coming for the knockout and that opens the door for me.
“I looked really good, didn’t I? I work very hard and it shows.
“He calls himself Big Bad Vlad, call me Big Ben.
“There’s been pressure on me since I was a rookie, I rise to the occasion all the time.”
In her quest to become a two-weight world champion, Natasha Jones hits the scales at 10st 6lbs 5oz as she prepares to fight Kandi Wyatt (10st 6lbs) for the vacant IBF welterweight championship.
Jonas: “I’ve always been comfortable at super-welter, the extra pounds don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.
“I had to build myself up to be able to compete physically with the 154lb girls I was competing with, so I think I’m going to bring that strength back to me.
“It puts everything into perspective, everything we do in the gym and the sacrifices we all make to make it worth it.”
British prospect Callum Simpson weighs 12st 1lb as he looks to extend a perfect 11-0 start to his professional career against tough Boris Crighton in the first bout of Saturday’s main card.
Zak Chelli, an expected opponent for Simpson, came in at 11st 12lbs 5oz ahead of his fight with Mark Jeffers for the vacant Commonwealth Silver super-middleweight title.
Watch Savannah Marshall take on Franchon Crews-Dezurn for the undisputed super-middleweight title in Saturday’s main event in Manchester live on Sky Sports from 7pm.
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