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Christina Hammer: “Shields Is Beatable”

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Christina Hammer: “Shields Is Beatable”

Unbeaten middleweight world champion Christina Hammer has sent out a message to her rival 160-pound champion Claressa Shields as she prepares to travel stateside for a press conference next Tuesday in New York City to officially announce their battle for the undisputed women's middleweight championship Saturday, April 13 live on SHOWTIME from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.  

Hammer became the first German fighter to successfully defend their title in the U.S. since Max Schmeling, when she defeated Tori Nelson in June on SHOWTIME from Detroit.

A win on April 13 would make her just the second undisputed champion in female boxing history. 

“I'm looking forward to fighting Claressa in the U.S.,” said Hammer in the video. “This fight against Claressa is the biggest fight there is. It's the biggest fight in the history of female boxing. It's a game changer. I'm doing everything I can in this training camp to beat her. Claressa's fight against Hanna Gabriel showed that she is beatable. I'm going to do the job better than Gabriel.”  

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.

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