Savannah Marshall's world title challenge added on Usyk-Chisora undercard

Can Marshall become the third English female to become a professional world champion?

Savannah Marshall will get her chance of challenging for the vacant WBO middleweight title once again on October 31.

The former Team GB star was originally expected to face Hannah Rankin for the belt on October 17 only for Peter Fury, Marshall's trainer, to test positive for Covid-19. Due to the ruling from the British Boxing Board of Control, it forced the bout to be postponed.

However, Eddie Hearn and Sky have rescheduled the contest and it will now be on an even bigger platform with the fight taking place on the undercard of Derek Chisora's showdown against Oleksandr Usyk. The event is live and exclusive to Sky Sports Box Office and regular American streaming partners DAZN USA.

"Honestly it has been a dream to have this fight rescheduled so quickly," said Marshall. "After the past week I've just been overjoyed with the news. I couldn't have asked for a better or bigger platform than on the Usyk vs. Chisora bill.

'Marshall hasn't fought anybody!'

"It was frustrating that the fight fell through, but it's one of those things. There was nothing I could have done about it. Peter is okay which is the main thing.

"My training won't change and will just be like any other training routine 10 days out from a fight. Nothing will change. It hasn't got more personal for me, as me and Rankin are just two girls that can't wait for a dust up with each other.""It is great that the fight has been rescheduled so soon, thank you to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom for sorting it all out," said Rankin. "Nothing changes for me. I will be crowned WBO middleweight world champion on October 31."

"It's fantastic news that Savannah Marshall's world title fight with Hannah Rankin has been swiftly rescheduled for the Usyk-Chisora bill, which is fast becoming an unmissable night of action," Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports, said.

"Women's boxing has never been stronger, with Ellie Scotney showcasing her talent last weekend, and now we can look forward to an all-British battle between Marshall and Rankin, with the WBO middleweight belt at stake. Savannah, a former Sky Scholar, has those polished amateur skills but Rankin has greater professional experience - it's an enthralling encounter.

"Lee Selby is also targeting another world title shot on a stacked undercard, which also features Tommy McCarthy's European Title fight, before Usyk and Chisora take centre stage, in what promises to be a Heavyweight classic!"

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