Claressa Shields(8-0,2K0's) and Christina Hammer(24-0,11K0's) represent women's boxing on April 13

Saturday, April 13 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Headlined by Shields vs. Hammer Battle for Undisputed Middleweight Championship Live on SHOWTIME®

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Shields (8-0, 2 KO's) faces Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) in a battle of unbeaten champions. Hammer normally fights in Germany, but took the fight because of the exposure and in due time to give the sport of boxing a taste of something that many say is long overdue. Shields and Hammer both agree this is going to be a monumental event for the sport of boxing, and a boost for at least one of their careers.

“This fight is the real deal,” Hammer said. “This is going to be a game changer for women’s boxing. I think we’re going to inspire a lot of female athletes who want to live their dream. It’s motivation for everyone.” Shields called it a “real super fight” for women’s boxing and has made it clear that this fight is her stamp into the history books of the sport of boxing.

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Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer | Pre-Fight Interview

Christina Hammer is a seasoned veteran fighter who has been on top of women's boxing for at least a decade, she's a multiple time two division world champion and in 2010 she became the youngest boxer in history to win the WBO title. As of February 2019, she is ranked the world's second best middleweight among women. In her last outing in the United States against Tori Nelson, Lady Hammer displayed her range with the jab and her combination punching. And call it irony, but she defended her titles in a place that is the backyard to female boxing's budding super star Claressa Shields.

Shields is currently a unified world champion in two weight classes. She's held the IBF female super middleweight title since 2017, the WBA and IBF female middleweight titles since June 2018, and the WBC female super middleweight title since November 2018. As an amateur, in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, Claressa won the gold medal, making her the first American boxer—female or male—to win consecutive Olympic gold medals. She has been the first female professional boxer to be billed as the main event on a ShoBox card in the United States.

April 13th is nothing short of greatness for women's boxing and history in the making for the sport as a whole. This card is not just the main event and the unification for the titles between the two best in women's boxing, but it may be the catalyst all women in the sport have needed to give them more of the equality they have fought to achieve. There is definitely a need for there to be more financial gain and opportunity for the women of such a demanding sport, a sport in which the very same dedication, sacrifice and risk that is required of the men, is also demanded of the women.

Make no mistake about it, on fight night it's all bad blood and the warriors are coming out to play. The upcoming fight has not been lacking promotion to say the least. From previous post fight altercations to promotional press disputes and twitter beefs. These two champions are building the anticipation of a war in the making and the fans are going to be in for an exciting night. I will prematurely place this fight in the running for a "fight of the year contender." Make no mistake about, not only will history be made but someone's unblemished record will be no more and there will be only on that can be crowned number one. In most sports the saying has always gone, "May the best Man win".

Well, in combat sports, (i.e.boxing), the women who have fallen in love with the process and the sacrifice it takes to earn a championship, have rewritten that phrase. So as you boxing fans, analyst, journalist and critics prepare to watch and choose sides in this upcoming super fight, allow me to remind you of just a few names to keep in mind in women's boxing.

Franchon Crews

Cecilia Braekus

Kenia Enriquez

Tiara Brown(Tbaby 125 lbs)

Raquel Miller(Pretty Beast)

Latondria Jones

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