Claressa Shields outpoints Christina Hammer to unify middleweight championship – since it happened
Claressa Shields, right, lands a left hand against Christina Hammer within the 10th round of Saturday’s fight.
Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP
Bryan Armen Graham at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City
Sun 14 Apr 2019 00.03?EDT
First published on Sat 13 Apr 2019 21.35?EDT
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Claressa Shields wins by unanimous decision!
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Claressa Shields unifies middleweight division then calls out Savannah Marshall
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Sometimes, punch statistics are usually deceiving. Not tonight. Shields landed 112 of 387 punches (29%), in comparison with just 49 of 366 for Hammer (13%), mirroring the one-way traffic within the ring. Afterward, Shields wasted not enough available time calling out her next opponent.
“Women’s boxing, we’re on fire,” she says. “I cannot wait to view the next super fight. Today I’m the undisputed (middleweight) champ. Produce Cecilia Br?khus at 154. That’s who I want next. Either her or Savannah Marshall.”
Either of those names would make for interesting scraps. A matchup with Br?khus, the welterweight queen regarded for a long time as the pound-for-pound world One, could occur at 154lbs. And Britain’s Marshall was in charge of the lone defeat of Shields’ career made use of for the 2012 world championships.
“I didn’t fight great or fast,” a downcast Hammer says. “That’s boxing, anything can happen. I wanted this fight. She won, respect to her. She’s a troublesome, strong woman and that is certainly all I will say.”
Hammer adds: “She’s fast, she comes forward. This wounderful woman has fast hands. I could not land my jab as well as I was expecting.
“That’s boxing. I’ll keep returning and We are back stronger.”
“I am the highest woman for all time,” Shields says during her in-ring interview. “She didn’t win a round. I almost knocked her ass out. I swear I find myself like I’m dreaming at this time.”
She says of her cautious opening round: “I only agreed to be calculating: what is her jab like, how rapid is she? I was just calculating inside first round and afterwards I started picking her apart. I knew I was able to hurt her. I realized I finished her in round eight. I was thinking the fight should have been stopped. She was holding onto me. I recently told myself: ‘Stay cool, stay cool.’ I’m trying to get the best punch to get her beyond there.”
Claressa Shields wins by unanimous decision!
The two-time Olympic gold medalist is already a four-belt middleweight champion as the three ringside judges hand down a lot of 98-92. Such a performance.
Hammer is throwing combinations upstairs quickly, knowing she demands a knockout. Shields has taken her time a little bit, searching for an opening. They exchange fire and Hammer lands a big left hand flush on Shields as she is available in that moves Shields backwards! A risky moment but Shields took rid of it. Hammer senses the opportunity and starts up planning to follow it up fighting. She’s exceptionally well on this round, throwing and landing far better than any frame considering that the opener as Shields has appeared happy to come to an end time after that big shot. Surely the night time is considered the American.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 9-10 Hammer (Shields 99-91 Hammer)
The crowd is chanting “T Rex! T Rex” because ninth opens. Hammer is on her bicycle within the jump as Shields comes forward throwing big, looping shots in order to get her opponent out of there, mixing a number of body shots to the onslaught. This is often all Shields: Hammer looks completely confused. One round to be.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 10-9 Hammer (Shields 90-81 Hammer)
Shields is setting up with power shots at the the frame. This lady has Hammer hurt and she’s trying to close the show! Shields is throwing bombs and also the crowd is on its feet. Shot after shot is landing additionally, the German is set in full retreat! She gets Hammer residing in her corner with seconds left and she’s completely opened fire! Hammer throwing nothing as a result as well as referee could stop it! Hammer gets outside of trouble and somehow can make it towards bell!
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 10-9 Hammer (Shields 80-72 Hammer)
Shields is control here but Hammer is not backing down, even though a Plan B is not readily apparent. Hammer manages to corner Shields a moment within the round but can’t have the ability to land anything. Shields now landing power shots with greater frequency. A firefight breaks out toward get rid of the frame and Shields wobbles Hammer using an overhand right! Hammer is warned by referee Sparkle Lee for something, maybe hitting on the break? She will make it outside the round, a major one for the American.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 10-9 Hammer (Shields 70-63 Hammer)
Hammer just can’t get anything transpiring offense as Shields is turning it right rout together effective aggression. The jab along with the right hand are working and she’s slipping pretty much everything. When Hammer ventures within the pocket, Shields is definitely firing and she’s instructed to revert to defense.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 10-9 Hammer (Shields 60-54 Hammer)
Shields lands another big right at the beginning of the fifth that causes Hammer to clinch. For all your bluster over Shields’ power, it’s her defense that’s really been winning her a night. She’s slipping all kinds of things Hammer throws beautifully. Hammer looking more steady in this particular round however it is another round for Shields.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 10-9 Hammer (Shields 50-45 Hammer)
Hammer’s legs are incredibly there to stay. Which is fortunate as she has been mostly on the run since the second round. She’s going around the ring nicely as Shields looks to close the distance to make it a rough fight. Hammer merely doing much offensively in anyway, expending all of her energy to maintain the American under control. Shields lands a thudding right-hand upstairs next to the end on the round that stops Hammer in their tracks.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 10-9 Hammer (Shields 40-36 Hammer)
Hammer carries on attempt to work off the jab. She’s circling back and then to the left away from Shields’ powerful right, but Shields has the capacity to slip many of the offerings and land one or two head shots in turn. Shields isn’t doing much damage in this particular round but Hammer, who’s face is marked up a lttle bit, looks a great deal more tentative when compared to the earliest. A more in-depth round but another to the American.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 10-9 Hammer (Shields 30-27 Hammer)
Now Shields is letting her hands go a bit more, but Hammer has been doing a superb job of measuring the distance and staying beyond range. But Shields isn’t too far off forward to the pocket and lands a set of big right hands. She senses Hammer is hurt and barrels in, throwing punches mixed with. Shields throws four straight lefts and lands the previous a pair of them because crowd relates to its feet. Hammer escapes from any serious trouble but that round was all Shields.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 10-9 Hammer (Shields 20-18 Hammer)
Opening bell. The fighters meet in the heart of the ring and measure oneself up. Hammer misses that has a left and Shields lands the right on top. Hammer efforts to double the jab but Shields is making her miss with deft head movement. Hammer really pressing that reach advantage together left but will not be able to do a lot scoring by using it due to the American’s defense. Shields nearly lands a counter left hook in the last few seconds with the round but it surely doesn’t quite land flush.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Shields 10-9 Hammer (Shields 10-9 Hammer)
First to type in is Hammer. The widely accepted Dortmund boxer is making her technique to the ring to Fat Joe and Remy Ma song’s Entirely Up. It’s just a hostile crowd primarily here pulling for your two-time Olympic gold medalist but Hammer is fun using the moment, mugging with the audience amid the chorus of boos. Next it’s Shields wearing a a white robe with green trim, along with an emcee and three of her middleweight title belts. Looking all business.
Christy Martin has arrived at Boardwalk Hall and she’s recently been called to the ring by announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr prior to fighters’ entrances. Hmo’s two-division world champion helped put women’s boxing into the spotlight throughout the 1990s, appearing within the cover within the Sports Illustrated and lifting the sport to new stages of visibility.
Now chants of “T Rex! T Rex!” – Shields’ cretaceous nickname – echo during the entire room for the reason that crowd awaits the key event.
Jermaine Franklin recently defeated Rydell Booker by the unanimous decision from the final undercard bout. It absolutely was a far closer fight compared to official countless 99-91, 98-92 and 98-92 would suggest, but Franklin (18-0, 13 KOs), a 25-year-old from Saginaw, did well to beat some tricky moments and generate a strong finishing get started the 10-rounder.
Shields and Hammer are next.
The surprise on the night (until now) came in the beginning the undercard. Samuel Peter, who held the WBC heavyweight title in 2008, lost a disputed split decision to Mexico’s Mario Heredia inside the second fight of his comeback from the three-year layoff. The Nigerian Nightmare, now 38, scored a knockdown from the third round but was cannot close the show and left the ring in dismay after judges Eugene Grant (77-74) and James Kinney (76-75) scored it for Heredia while Alan Rubenstein had it 79-72 for Peter (as did the Guardian).
It would have been a step-up in competition from Peter’s last fight – a first-round knockout of Gerardo Escobar (2-22, 1 KO) at Cheers Bar & Grill in Tijuana (where it’s well known name) – yet it’s surely a position high point to your journeyman Heredia (16-1-1, 13 KOs), who has been 2-5-1 in their last eight and has now been stopped five times in his career.
Thing is, it may not even be Peter’s biggest disappointment on this building. Long ago in 2005, Peter dropped Wladimir Klitschko 3x in a very heavyweight title eliminator at Boardwalk Hall to lose a unanimous decision by 114-111 on the three cards.
Hello and introducing Atlantic City for tonight’s middleweight title unification fight between Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer. We’re ringside for the Adrian Phillips Theater at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for what’s been referred to as the most vital women’s boxing fight in a generation as Shields, the two-time Olympic gold medalist who’s captured three of the major world titles at 160lbs in the past year, and Christina Hammer, the German