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Savannah Marshall makes her way to the undisputed title shot and sends a brutal message to ringside rival Claressa Shields

SAVANNAH MARSHALL sensationally clawed her way to an undisputed title shot and sent a brutal message to ringside rival Claressa Shields.

Shields traveled to Newcastle to watch up close as her hometown heroine Marshall routinely defended her WBO crown against Femke Hermans.

Savannah Marshall def. Femke Hermans

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Savannah Marshall def. Femke HermansPhoto credit: Getty
Savannah Marshall will now fight Claressa Shields

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Savannah Marshall will now fight Claressa ShieldsPhoto credit: Reuters

The two undefeated middleweight champions, who will now be jeopardizing all four belts, then faced off in the ring.

But Marshall, 30, said: “There’s no one else standing in the way of me and Claressa so now it’s me and Claressa in the summer.

“I know Claressa cannot return my power. I know when I land on Claressa it will be good night. I think I hurt Claressa badly.

“It’s Britain versus America, it’s always a great rivalry.”

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Marshall, the only person to ever beat Shields during her amateur days, spent the opening rounds boxing and moving to gauge her long reach.

And in round three, she ended the show in dramatic fashion when former world champion Hermans, 32, was KO’d with a massive left hand.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shields, 27, will now buckle up her WBC, WBA and IBF belts to seek revenge for her 2012 loss to Marshall.

She said, “As much clout as she has, I’m sorry to say if I have to look forward to it, it’s going to be a wipeout.”

Marshall has exceptionally heavy hands with ten KOs in 12 wins — but the undisputed two-weight Queen Shields remains fearless.

The US star said: “You have to have power, you have to have skill, you have to show everything to beat me.

“It’s not just going to take a big punch to deal with me, it’s going to take a lot.”

Claressa Shields in Newcastle to see Savannah Marshall

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Claressa Shields in Newcastle to see Savannah MarshallCredit: PA

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