Shields-Hammer Set For November 17th
After over a year of speculation and confrontations, Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer will face off to unify the middleweight championships on November 17th.
Shields and Hammer will take their fight to the Adrian Phillips Theater at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, in Hammer’s second fight in the United States.
Both fighters are undefeated as pros, with Shields holding titles in two divisions, recently taking the IBF and WBA middleweight titles in a fight against Hanna Gabriel in Detroit Michigan. Hammer has been a top the women’s middleweight division for nearly ten years, and currently owns the WBC and WBO crowns.
“I’ve worked hard my whole life to overcome every obstacle, represent my country and win two Olympic gold medals, and win world championships in two weight divisions as a pro,” Shields said. “I want to be part of the biggest fight in women’s boxing history, I want to be undisputed world middleweight champion, I want women’s boxing to reach new heights, and the only thing standing between me and the achievement of all those goals is Christina Hammer. I will defeat Hammer on November 17, and I will do it in a way that will leave no doubt who is the best in the world.”
“I am beyond excited and motivated to fight Claressa,” Hammer said. “I am the best middleweight in the world and will make that point very clear when we get in the ring. It’s been my dream to fight in the biggest women’s fight of all time and raise women’s boxing to an all-time high. I will be crowned the undisputed middleweight queen on November 17.”
The two would have a contentious confrontation following Shields’ win over Gabriel in June of this year, where it would nearly come to blows.