Thursday, November 14, 2019
Boxing

Fiery Claressa Shields prods cool Christina Hammer before blockbuster

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Claressa Shields leaned with the the many bluster and braggadocio of an ascendant star fueled by boundless confidence. Christina Hammer sat back which has a bemused smile, a graphic of calm and self-assurance befitting a nine-year world champion who may have heard everthing before.

The most essential women’s boxing match in the generation or longer is back on, a scrumptious matchup between two of the world’s best fighters at any weight defined by fascinating contrasts in styles, temperaments and experience levels.

Claressa Shields: from Flint to Olympic gold – in pictures

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Shields, the two-times Olympic gold medalist through the America who’s collected three on the major world title belts at 160lbs in the last 250 days, and Hammer, the German

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