Geovana Peres to defend WBO title against England's Savannah Marshall

Geovana Peres will make the second defense of her WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship on Saturday, April 4, against England's Savannah Marshall inside Newcastle's Utilita Arena.

The bout was officially announced earlier today at a Matchroom Boxing press conference. The pair's bout will take place on the undercard of the Lewis Ritson - Miguel Vasquez clash.

This fight represents a massive opportunity for Peres and her team at Mayhem Boxing to make their name on the world stage.

The Brazilian-born Peres claimed the vacant WBO strap last March, after defeating Lani Daniels in a thrilling 10-round contest. She then successfully defended it in September against Canadian Clare Hafner.

The 28-year-old Marshall will be Peres' toughest test to date, especially as the Hartlepool fighter will have the majority of the crowd in her corner.

The undefeated Marshall, who trains under Peter Fury, is a decorated amateur, winning gold at the 2012 AIBIA Women's World Boxing Championships. Her pro record currently stands at 8-0 with 6 of her wins coming via way of stoppage.

She holds the distinction of being the only fighter to have defeated the USA's Claressa Shields, whom Marshall beat on her way to capturing her AIBIA world title.

Both Peres and Marshall have been angling at a shot at Shields. Whoever wins this bout will have a solid case for a fight with the highly-rated American.

The year has only just begun, but already the NZ boxing calendar is filling up fast with a number of anticipated bouts set to take place over the coming months.

Written by Michael Clifton