Two undefeated middleweight champions went face-to-face Tuesday as Claressa Shields, and Christina Hammer met in New York at a press conference ahead of their battle for the undisputed women’s middleweight championship Saturday, April 13 live on SHOWTIME from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
In only eight fights, Shields has become the face of women’s boxing, and now she has the opportunity to beat another great champion in Hammer. As Shields pointed out, this is a super fight.
“I think for women’s boxing this is a true super fight that we’ve never gotten before,” Shields said. “We’ve never had a fight like this in women’s boxing. It’s great to make this happen and us being from two parts of the world makes this fight even better.
“This has been long overdue. I’m just glad that Hammer is here and the fight is set,” Shields said. “She’s been at my fights before, but I can’t wait to get inside the ring and show her I’m the real champion.”
Hammer won’t be an easy out for Shields. She is 24-0 for a reason, and while Hammer is undefeated, Shields is not very impressed by Hammer’s previous opponents. The 23-year-old Shields believes she has the better resume.
“I’ve traveled to many different countries and dethroned champions around the world,” Shields said. “At the end of the day, I’m coming to fight, and I recognize that she’s a great champion. To be a champion for all those years shows that she’s a good fighter. But I also look at resumes, and her resume is not as good as mine.”
Shields is hoping to make Hammer quit on April 13, and two-time gold medalist thinks she has the power to do it.
“She’s not the tallest girl I’ve ever fought. I’m stronger than her and I know it. I got up from a knockdown and won. She can’t do that. I don’t believe she knows how to fight on the inside, but she better learn.
“I want to make her quit. I don’t want her to just know I’m a good fighter, I want her to know I’m great. I wish we could go 12 rounds, but I’ll be prepared for all 10 rounds.”
The SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will feature a long-awaited unification in what is arguably the most significant event in women’s boxing history. In addition to world titles from all four sanctioning bodies, this fight will be for the Ring Magazine Women’s Middleweight Championship, the first time a Ring divisional title has been at stake in a women’s boxing match.