Shields Tells Hammer “This Is Not A Game”
Three days before Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer crown the first undisputed middleweight champion of the four-belt era, they addressed reporters at a media luncheon.
Shields who holds three of the four belts on the line, feels Hammer isn’t ready for what the Flint native will bring on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall.
“Hammer signed up for something she shouldn’t have signed up for,” the two-time Olympic gold medalist said on Wednesday. “She’s going to get hurt on Saturday. I love that she has an accomplished record. People say I don’t have power or this and that but on paper I’ve been an underdog in most of my fights and I’ve beat all those women.
“This is the hardest I’ve ever trained for a fight. Not because I don’t think that I can beat her, but because of the spotlight, I don’t want to let my fans down. I don’t want to let the women who came before me down. They never got to have a fight as big as this one. I don’t want anyone to say it’s all hype. I want to put on a show.
“I think she’s shook,” Shields said of Hammer. “She doesn’t want to say anything after all the social media talking she was doing. This is her time to say it to my face.
“Women’s boxing is becoming bigger and with ‘All-Access’ you can see that I train hard, spar against men and go hard for three minutes for 12 rounds. We’ve been around for a long time and we haven’t gotten our just do yet. We’re getting more and we’re getting to the point where one day it can all be equal.
“I’m glad Hammer is here and we’re really going to fight. She’s tough, but I’ve beat girls way stronger, faster and taller than her over and over again. I can’t wait to do it again on Saturday.”
Hammer was fine with letting Shields “say whatever she wants” leading up to fight night, focusing on letting her boxing do the talking for her on Saturday night.
“I’m emotionless in the ring, because it’s my job,” the boxer/supermodel told reporters. “None of her talk will affect me. When you’re emotional in the ring, you make mistakes.
“I know that it’s a risk to come from Germany to the U.S. to fight Shields. But I have done everything to bring it to her and break her down round-by-round. I want to show the people who the real champion is. A real champion fights everyone, all over the world.
And while Shields and Hammer have their thoughts, fellow boxing world champion, Heather Hardy, made it clear to FIGHT SPORTS on Tuesday, that Hammer is in trouble on Saturday night.
“Shields, all day and twice on Sunday,” Hardy said of her friend and former amateur training partner.
Shields-Hammer headline a Showtime Championship Boxing card from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday night, April 13th.