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Savannah Marshall loses Saturday opponent, Matchroom seeking replacement

Marshall was set to make the first defense of her WBO middleweight title

Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell - WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

It took a little longer than usual, but Saturday’s festivities now have their first COVID casualty. WBO middleweight champion Savannah Marshall confirmed that opponent Femke Hermans has withdrawn from their title bout after the latter’s coach tested positive.

You may recall that Marshall (9-0, 7 KO) ran into this same issue herself late last year when trainer Peter Fury’s positive test bounced her from a planned clash with Hannah Rankin. The pair managed to reschedule two weeks later, at which point Marshall battered her domestic rival into submission. Matchroom has a number of other shows planned for both April and May, so fingers crossed for another quick turnaround.

How to Watch Benn vs Vargas

Date: Saturday, April 10 | Start Time: 2:00 pm ET
Location: The SSE Arena, Wembley - London, England
TV: Sky Sports (UK) | Streaming: DAZN
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Belgium’s Hermans (11-3, 4 KO) last fought in December.

Alongside the main event between Conor Benn and Samuel Vargas, Saturday’s card will see Shannon Courtenay face Ebanie Bridges for the vacant WBA bantamweight title and Kash Farooq take on Nicaragua’s Alexander Espinoza.

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