Still only 23 years old, Dortmund’s undefeated Hammer (16-0, 8 KOs) will take on another German in 24-year-old former world champion Jessica Balogun (23-2, 11 KOs) from Aachen, who curiously goes by the nickname “The Hammer”.
The reigning champion won the WBF world title in February 2011, and made two defences that year. In 2012 she also retained her crown twice, before moving up to Super Middleweight in May 2013 to claim her second WBF world title with a clear victory over reigning champion Zita Zatyko.
Hammer, who was recently awarded WBF 2013 Female Fighter of the Year honours, relinquished the Super Middleweight title and made another two successful defences of the Middleweight championship in July and December, and she is now ready to start her 2014 campaign with a bang against Balogun.
Besides an early loss in her first year as a pro, 2008, Jessica Balogun has only come in second against another Pound-For-Pound candidate, unified Welterweight World Champion Cecilia Braekhus, whom she dropped a decision to in Denmark in 2012.
Balogun will be moving up in weight for her big opportunity, but she insists that the added weight will only make her stronger, that Hammer has never faced anybody with her style, and she is full of confidence that she has what it takes to spring the upset on March 1.
The Christina Hammer vs. Jessica Balogun World Boxing Federation World Middleweight title fight will be promoted by SES Boxing on a show that will we televised live in Germany by SAT1. It will also be available world-wide via internet stream on www.ran.de