Savannah Marshall talks about upcoming bout with Geovana Peres

Earlier yesterday morning at a press conference in Newcastle, England, the undefeated Savannah Marshall spoke to assembled media about her upcoming clash with WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Geovana Peres.

The pair are set to face off on April 5 (NZ Time) on the undercard of the super lightweight clash between Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez.

It will be Peres' second title defense, with the first ending with the Brazilian born Kiwi impressively stopping Canada's Claire Hafner at Auckland's Sky City Convention Centre last October.

The Peter Fury trained Marshall will be a significant step up in opposition for Peres. The 28-year-old Hartlepool-native was a decorated amateur fighter before transitioning to the pro ranks in 2017.

However, just as this bout is a step up for Peres, it will also be a step up for Marshall.

"I just want to say thanks for the opportunity, Eddie, Matchroom, and MTK. Just for the chance to box for a World Title in Newcastle, even if it is at the weight above, I jumped at the chance. She's a reigning, defending World Champion. She's a weight above, so I know she can whack. She's a Brazilian-born adopted Kiwi, so that just screams toughness," Marshall said.

"These are the challenges that I want. Women can go up and down in the weights because there aren't that many women about. This is just the start for me, and I'm hoping to become a World Champion on April 4 in Newcastle."

One of the exciting aspects of this matchup is how Marshall will cope with fighting in a heavier weight class. As she herself acknowledges, she prefers competing as a middleweight.

"I'm comfortable at Middle, I've never been a true Super-Middle. I know I can hold the weight and do it properly. I'm looking forward to this one."

Marshall signed with Matchroom Boxing in August of 2019, and her signing and the coverage that this bout will receive is another indication of the increasing popularity of women's boxing.

"She [Marshall] challenges Peres in Newcastle, and for me, women's boxing is at an all-time high right now, "said Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn.

"Savannah steps out of her comfort zone to take on a World Champion, and the North-East has a chance to crown another world ruler on April 4."

Marshall will be the home-town favorite, but that is unlikely to faze either Peres or her Mayhem Boxing team one bit. What's more likely is that fans will witness the most determined and focused Peres they have ever seen enter the ring in April.

The bout has all the hallmarks of a classic contest, and the countdown to Newcastle is now official on.

Written by Michael Clifton