The Zambian was severely beaten by England’s Savannah Marshall, WBO middleweight belt holder, after the referee was stopped at the end of the second round.
This is Lolita Muzeya’s first loss in 17 professional fights. Still undefeated, Savannah Marshalll will be able to focus on a possible unification fight against American superstar Claressa Shields, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight belts.
Muzeya came out flying, peppering Marshall with left and right hands, setting a feverish pace. With her opponent’s foot firmly on the accelerator, Marshall was forced to respond in the pockets, slamming in some eye-catching uppercuts.
Marshall was not fazed by her aggression, chipping away with painful uppercuts and body shots.
Suddenly the fight was punched out of Muzeya as she began to move backwards mid-way through the second round and Marshall pounced. With Muzeya trapped against the ropes and Marshall unloading, the referee stepped in to stop the contest – much to the delight of the Newcastle crowd.
Shields holds every other belt in the middleweight division and the two big punchers are expected to go toe-to-toe in Spring of 2022 in the UK.