BoxNation has delivered some of the greatest fights in recent years and now we’ve snapped one of the biggest women’s matches in history between Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer, for the undisputed women’s World Middleweight Championship.
Their colossal showdown at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City will be live and exclusive on Saturday 13th April.
In addition to World Titles from all four sanctioning bodies, this fight will be for the Ring Magazine women’s Middleweight Championship. It will be the first time a Ring Title has been at stake in a women’s boxing match.
American Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) is a two-division Champion who holds the IBF, WBA and WBC 160 pound titles.
Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) is the current WBO titlist, as well as the WBC Champion in Recess, and has dominated the Middleweight scene for more than eight years.
But the German’s status as the Queen of the division is now under serious threat from Shields, who many tip to become the greatest female boxer of all time.
The winner will join Terence Crawford, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, Oleksandr Usyk and women’s Welterweight Cecilia Braekhus as the only fighters to have unified all four major World Titles in any weight class.
Shields, 24, said: “I always seek the biggest challenges and set the highest goals. I will be ready like never before and will defeat Christina Hammer on April 13.
“Nothing will stop me from becoming undisputed Champion and continuing my journey to carry women’s boxing to never before seen heights.
“I want to be the greatest of all time and change the game forever for all women in sports, and this fight is an important step on that road to history.”
Hammer says: “I have waited a long time for this moment. I am bigger, stronger and more experienced than Claressa Shields.
“I am undefeated and have been a champion for over eight years. I can’t wait to show the world that I am the best and undisputed Middleweight Champion of the World.”
Shields, who hails from Michigan, was the first American boxer in history – male or female – to win consecutive Olympic gold medals, winning the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.
She became unified women’s Super-Middleweight World Champion in just her fourth professional fight.
She moved down in weight last June, defeating Hanna Gabriels to win the IBF and WBA belts to become a two-division ruler in just her sixth professional outing.
After Hammer was named WBC Champion in Recess due to a medical issue, Shields picked up the vacant WBC strap last November with a unanimous decision over Scot Hannah Rankin. She most recently defended all three titles in December against Femke Hermans.
Dortmund’s Hammer has been the dominant Middleweight force since winning the WBO belt in 2010 against Teresa Perozzi.
Hammer became unified Champion in 2016 with a unanimous decision over WBC Champion Kali Reis and made three defences as unified Champion.
In her eight years as Champion, Hammer has lost just a handful of rounds across 16 World Title contests.
Hammer, 28, also models professionally and was recently featured at Fashion Week in New York City.
After being forced to withdraw from the November unification against Shields due to a health issue, Hammer knocked out Elene Sikmashvili inside two rounds in a non-title clash in February.
Women's boxing is on the rise and these two giants of the female class could take the sport to a new level.