Savannah Marshall cleared the way in which for a world middleweight title unification conflict with Claressa Shields after knocking out Femke Hermans in Newcastle.
Marshall handed Hermans the primary stoppage lack of her profession with a shocking left hook within the remaining seconds of the third spherical.
It was an emphatic message to ship to Shields, who was watching at ringside within the Utilita Area, forward of a projected assembly later this summer time.
The rivalry between Marshall and two-time Olympic champion Shields has been brewing for the reason that Englishwoman beat the American on the World Novice Championships in 2012.
The Hartlepool-born Marshall instructed Sky Sports activities: “There’s nobody else in the way in which of me and Claressa – it’s me and Claressa in the summertime now.
“I do know Claressa can’t deal with my energy. I imagine I severely harm Claressa.”
Nonetheless, Shields insisted she was unimpressed by Marshall’s efficiency, saying: “I went the gap with Femke 4 years in the past, early in my profession. [Marshall] is gonna have bother with me, and she or he’s undoubtedly not gonna knock me out.
“She’s undoubtedly not [the biggest women’s puncher]. Femke was in a position to make her miss, and I’m ten occasions sooner than Femke, so what do you suppose I’m gonna do?”
Earlier on Saturday, Marshall’s promoters Boxxer introduced the respective signings of British Olympic champion Lauren Value and bronze medallist Karriss Artingstall.