IF Saturday night's hotly anticipated undisputed fight between Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Savannah Marshall is even half as entertaining as their heated press conference then it promises to be a cracker.

Marshall - The Silent Assassin - is as laid back as they come but American undisputed champion Crews-Dezurn succeeded in winding up the Hartlepool fighter ahead of their super-middleweight clash for all the titles in Manchester.

Succeeding between the ropes on Saturday night, however, is an all-together different challenge for the champion. Marshall is a firm favourite to bounce back from her Claressa Shields loss last time out and bring the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF belts back to the North-East.

It was talk of the Shields loss that irked Marshall in Thursday's press conference. Crews-Dezurn, 36, started her own pro career with a loss to the 'GWOAT' - her only defeat to date - before going on to take charge of the super-middleweight division, and told Marshall - who is trained by Peter Fury - the reason she came up short last time out was because she "underestimated" Shields.

"That's what happens when you get content and think everything is going to be given to you," said the visiting champion.

"You let someone come into your home town and beat you because you got complacent. Claressa took your soul and now I'm going to close the casket!"

Marshall can laugh off the usual pre-fight trash talk but claiming her success has been handed to her was the equivalent of waving a red rag to a bull and the 32-year-old, who has willingly jumped about weight classes in search of title opportunities, bit back.

She said: "I never underestimate any challenge. This is the difference between me and you, you sit about waiting for opportunities, which is why you've boxed twice in two years. I was at super-middle previously and you didn't entertain me, you didn't give me a shot so I moved up, a title fight fell though, so I moved back down to middle. I'm not going to sit and wait about."

Crews-Dezurn - nicknamed the Heavy Hitting Diva - doesn't lack confidence. Away from the ring, she's a singer and has her own fashion range. Single-minded Marshall - who has knocked out 10 of her 13 opponents - focuses purely on her boxing, and said: "The reality is, I don't have to say anything, I'm a better fighter than you."

Marshall might have lost to Shields last time out but if anything now has even more pulling power in the sport. She's a star and when the Liam Smith vs Chris Eubank Jnr rematch fell through, promoter Ben Shalom, of Boxxer, had no doubts about making Marshall the headline act - again.

He said: "There are not many fighters you can do that with but Sav is one.

"Undisputed fights don't come around often. It's going to be a spectacle. This feels like the heavyweight division of women's boxing. It really is all or nothing for Savannah."

On the undercard, April Hunter, from North Shields, is looking to avenge the only loss in her seven fight career when she goes in with Kirsty Bavington. Hunter has switched trainer since her defeat to Bavington in Newcastle a couple of years ago and is now under the watch of Peter Fury.

Another Fury fighter on the card is Middlesbrough heavyweight Will Howe, who is making his professional debut. The 'Boro Balboa' is going in with Jake Darnell, who fought Olympic bronze medalist Frazer Clarke on his debut.