All the details for Claressa Shields vs Christina Hammer
We have come a long way in women’s boxing and this impressive, if belated, progress is underlined by what has been labelled the greatest prizefight in female history.
Two-time Olympic champion Claressa Shields (the first American of either gender to nab consecutive Games gold medals) has been hugely influential in popularising the female side of the sport in the US. The talented Flint, Michigan fighter is just 24 but has already unified world titles at both middleweight and super-middle, in only eight paid bouts (all wins, two early).
Hammer, Kazakh born but for a long time the darling of German female boxing, is a veteran of 24 contests (all victories, 11 inside the distance) and has captured multiple world belts at middle and super-welter, so is naturally the smaller lady, though far more experienced as a pro. The Dortmund-based boxer brings her WBO belt to the party, while Shields boasts the other three major straps.
The bout takes place on Saturday April 13.
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
10 two-minute rounds for the WBC, WBA, IBF & WBO Female middleweight titles.
Coverage is on Showtime in the US and BoxNation in the UK, from 9.10pm ET & 6.10pm PT (2am Sunday UK).
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