Shields faces Hammer in the ”greatest” female boxing unification bout
Claressa Shields has vowed to show her fans she’s the “greatest” female boxer of all time when she faces Christina Hammer in Atlantic City on Saturday.
Citysports reports that both fighters are undefeated and the bout has been hailed the biggest fight in women’s boxing history.
Shields’ WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight belts along with Hammer’s WBO belt will be on the line in the unification bout.
Shields who is 24-years-old said:
“Victory will show that I am the greatest woman of all time.”
“I am not just saying it to be super cocky – to be the greatest you have to do great things.”
“I’m going to beat her.” “She’s a good fighter but she’s not great, she has a lot of flaws but they haven’t been exposed because her opponents are girls who probably couldn’t even run a mile on a treadmill.”
Hammer, 28, has held the WBO middleweight title since October 2010. Ahead of the unification bout she said:
“This feels great and is a great opportunity to show the world great female boxing, and that women can be strong, athletic. It will be the game changer of women’s boxing.”
Event promoter Dmitriy Salita said the build-up to the fight was “living up to expectations”. In his words:
“This is the biggest fight in women’s boxing history. It feels very big today and I’m sure in a month, a day or a year after this fight we will know that it was a historic event.”