The Claressa Shields-Savannah Marshall card scheduled for Saturday in London has been postponed because the U.K. is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth.
It has tentatively been rescheduled for Oct. 15 at O2 Arena, the original venue.
The lead promoter, BOXXER, had issued a statement Thursday saying that the decision by the British Boxing Board of Control would be made after consultations with government and sports officials on longstanding guidelines in the event of the monarch’s passing.
Official statement regarding #ShieldsMarshall
— BOXXER (@boxxer) September 9, 2022
The weigh-in for the all-woman card reportedly was held behind closed doors in case the card went on as planned.
BOXXER issued the following statement after the postponement:
“As a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the British Boxing Board of Control has made the decision to postpone Saturday’s event, BOXXER: LEGACY — Shields vs. Marshall.
“Our sincere thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Family during this profoundly [somber] time.
“We are working with all parties to provisionally reschedule for Saturday, 15th October.”
Shields and Marshall, who is English, were set to fight for the undisputed middleweight championship a decade after Marshall became the only boxer to defeat Shields — amateur or professional..
Marshall, 21 at the time, outpointed a 17-year-old Shields at the 2012 AIBA World Championships. Shields went on to win two Olympic gold medals and major titles in three divisions at a pro.
Marshall also became a world champion in 2020.