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Johnny Nelson on Savannah Marshall strengths, Claressa Shields' mindset and how he sees fight panning out

Resident bet365 boxing expert Johnny Nelson looks ahead to this weekend's headline fight and tells us why he feels Savannah Marshall will overcome the unbeaten Claressa Shields on October 15th.

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Johnny Nelson believes Savannah Marshall 10/11 boasts the skillset and power needed to prevail in her bid to become undisputed middleweight champion against Claressa Shields 10/11 next month.

The two unbeaten sensations will finally lock-horns and settle their decade-long feud on a historic and hotly-anticipated night of action at London’s O2 Arena on October 15th - an occasion that will also see super featherweight world champions Mikaela Mayer 4/11 and Alycia Baumgardner 2/1 collide.

WBO title holder Marshall will be hoping to add Shields’ WBC, WBA and IBO straps to her collection and unify the 160lb division, although for the ‘GWOAT’, a former two-time undisputed queen, it is all about avenging the one and only blotch on her CV, the 2012 amateur defeat to Marshall.

“Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall - what an event and what a week - the fight is on, at long last," bet365’s resident boxing pundit Nelson told us in the build-up to October's huge BOXXER fight night.

“I look at both fighters; Claressa Shields, she is in your face, she’s loud and is a massive character and what she tries to do is to win the fight before she has even got in the ring by verbally intimidating her opponents.

“As a fighter, she is busy, she’s in your face and whilst she isn’t a banger, her presence alone will normally intimidate you. She will put the pressure on, she will walk you down and be on the front foot all the time.

“Savannah, on the other hand, boxes long and she is very powerful! There used to be a fighter called Carlos Monzón and Savannah reminds me of that fighter.

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“She will set you up with a jab and then get those long rangy shots in, and this will upset Claressa, because if she is trying to come forward and gets caught with a long shot, it will double the impact.

“Claressa has got to get her emotions in check. Forget wearing her heart on her sleeve, she has to use her brain, because if she doesn’t then she is going to get herself knocked out, let alone getting knocked out.

“For me, if Savannah is able to keep her cool, keep doing what she does, not bite, stay true to who she is and retain her confidence, then she will win this fight!”

The pre-fight odds for the headline bout on October 15th don’t get much tighter with both fighters split at 10/11, at the time of writing, to prevail victorious.

The hard-hitting Marshall can be backed at 12/5 to win the fight ‘By KO, TKO or Disqualification’, significantly shorter than the 9/1 odds available on Shields.

The ‘GWOAT’ is the favourite of the two to claim victory if the bout goes the distance, with the two-time undisputed champion priced at 13/10 to win via ‘Decision or Technical Decision’, with Marshall priced up at 10/3.

If you fancy a ‘Draw or Technical Draw’ then this can be backed at 10/1.

By Mark Mothershaw

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