Boxing: Kiwi world champion Geovana Peres set for marquee title defence against Savannah Marshall

WBO light-heavyweight champion Geovana Peres
WBO light-heavyweight champion Geovana Peres Photo credit: Image - Photosport

Brazilian-born Kiwi Geovana Peres will defend her WBO world light-heavyweight boxing title on an Eddie Hearn-promoted card in the Newcastle, England, in April.

Peres and Brit Savannah Marshall will do battle on a show headlined by Matchroom Boxing's Lewis Ritson and Mexican Miguel Vazquez.

Savannah Marshall
Savannah Marshall Photo credit: Getty

Forty-three-year-old Peres won the vacant title last March, defeating fellow Kiwi Lani Daniels, before a successful first defence in October against Canada's Claire Hafner. 

Marshall is a former world amateur champion with a perfect professional record, including six stoppages in her eight victories.

The 28-year-old also holds an amateur win over American Clarresa Shields - regarded as the best women's boxer in the world - who was also recently linked to a cross-sport superfight with UFC champion Amanda Nunes. 

Marshall was recently added to the stable of fighter's under Hearn's control, joining the likes of Joseph Parker and heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. 

The fight takes place on April 5 (NZ time), with the winner in the mix for a mega showdown with Shields later in the year.