Claressa Shields promises victory over Christina Hammer to prove she is the greatest woman fighter
Shields: “Victory (against Hammer) will show my fans I am the greatest woman of all time, and add more to the legacy.”
Destined for Greatness
Claressa Shields has declared her destiny to become the greatest woman fighter of all time and promised to take the next step to prove that by beating Hammer in their most anticipated match on Saturday night.
Shields and Hammer face off in what has been coined as the “biggest fight in women’s boxing history” where the winner will be declared the world’s undisputed middleweight champion.
Both Shields and Hammer remain unbeaten with Shields, who is a two time Olympic champion putting her IBF, WBC and WBA belts on the line while Hammer, the German fighter goes into the fight in Atlantic City holding the WBO title.
The historic showdown on Saturday is a rare undisputed title but what adds on the fuel to the anticipated game is the bitter grudge both fighters have towards each other. The grudge escalated last June after Shields beat Hannah Gabriel to claim the IBF and WBA belts.
After the win, the newly crowned champion and Hammer exchanged words in the ring that came to blows. Shields later commented that although she was “irritated,” she would not be “threatened” by Hammer.
The Michigan born boxer was introduced to boxing by her father who had a boxing background himself. She was 11. As an amateur, the now 24 year old became the first American boxer, male or female, to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016 and now only needs to beat Hammer to reach the peak in the pro game.
Shields officially went pro in November 2016 where she won her first match by unanimous decision against Franchon Crews. Since then, Shields has gone on to play seven more fights into her pro career and has held titles both as middleweight and super-middleweight.
In all the 86 contests the American has been in both as an amateur and as a pro, she has tasted defeat just once – a 2012 loss to Brit Savannah Marshall.
Saturday will give Shields the Best Platform to Prove Herself
Shield’s experience and immense record leaves no doubt that she is the planet’s greatest woman boxer and the clash on Saturday night might just be the right platform for her to prove it. Shields already has a patch that reads G.W.O.A.T (Greatest Woman of All Time) on her boxing gears and she is ready to punch the self-proclaimed title into a fact.
Winning her ninth pro fight will make Shields the second woman in the four-belt era to be crowned undisputed champion after Cecilia Braekhus, the current undisputed welterweight champion
Shields has admitted that fighting for the undisputed world title in just her ninth fight means a lot to her. She also added her excitement that WBC has made a custom belt for the winner just as they did for Canelo (Alvarez) and Tripple G.
Christina Hammer’s Take
Christina Hammer comes into the ring all the way from Germany. She fought and won her own battles to compete in this one and she is determined to take the title home.
“I will give everything to step out of the ring as a winner. I know Claressa Shields is also a great champion. She’s undefeated like me and that’s why people want to see the fight and that’s why we made it happen.” She said about the biggest fight in the history of women boxing.
The Saturday night game will be broadcasted live on Showtime as well as on Boxnation in the UK.
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