The biggest fight in the history of women’s boxing is set to take place on Saturday, April 13th when Claressa Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) challenges Christina Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Both women are undefeated and have held multiple titles at middleweight and super middleweight.
This fight was originally scheduled to take place in November 2018 but was postponed when Hammer was forced to withdraw due to medical reasons.
Shields is 23 years old and hails from Flint, Michigan. Before turning professional she won back to back Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016, becoming the first American boxer to achieve this feat. She turned pro in November 2016 winning via unanimous decision against Franchon Crews.
Through her 8 professional fights, Shields has collected five world titles including the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight belts. Her latest victory was against German boxer Femke Hermans on December 8, 2018. The fight went the full 10 rounds with Shields winning via unanimous decision.
Christina Hammer has dominated the middleweight and light middleweight women’s boxing divisions since turning professional September 12, 2009. She fought exclusively in Germany until her US debut on June 22, 2018 where she defeated American Tori Nelson via unanimous decision.
“Lady” Hammer currently holds the WBO middleweight belt as well as the WBC Champion in Recess title. Her last fight was a lopsided 2nd round TKO victory over Elene Sikmashvili. Hammer controlled the fight from the opening bell and caused her opponent to wildly flail punches and receive warnings twice in the first round.
Hammer’s quick and well-aimed jabs took their toll on her opponent and when she failed to defend herself while trapped in the corner, the referee stopped the fight.
The bout between Shields and Hammer is highly anticipated by fans of women’s boxing as two of the top 10 pound for pound fighters will finally meet for the first time. Hammer will definitely have the edge in experience being 5 years Shields’ senior. Her undefeated streak has climbed to 24 fights with 11 of those wins coming via knockout or stoppage.
When it comes to the judge’s scorecard, Hammer rarely loses a round and if one of her fight’s has gone the distance she has emerged victorious via unanimous decision.
Shields also has knockout power with two of her fights ending in TKO. The only opponent they have had in common throughout their careers is American Tori Nelson. Both fighters emerged victorious via unanimous decision in their respective fights.
Shields vs. Hammer will be the main event on Showtime Boxing: Special Edition broadcasting live from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, April 13.