By Mark Elezaj
Atlantic City- Claressa Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) made it look easy tonight, making light work of Christina Hammer (24-1, 11 KOs) through 10 rounds of boxing, to unify the middleweight titles, making Shields the undisputed women’s middleweight champion.
All three judges scored the fight 98-92, while we here at The Fighting Voice scored the fight 99-91 for Shields.
Hammer got off to a good start in the first round, using her jab well and keeping Shields at a distance. But that was short lived. From the second round on, Shields made her adjustments and began countering Hammer’s straight shots all night.
Shields showed confidence as the fight progressed. She continued to be aggressive, landing jabs on the outside, then attacking Hammer on the inside. By the later rounds, Shields started to pour it on, beating Hammer around the ring and hurting her. Shields almost forced the late round stoppage, but Hammer was able to hold on, making it to the final bell.
According to Showtime’s unofficial punch stats, Shields landed more than twice as many punches as Hammer (112-of-387 to 49-of-366). Shields dominated in power punches (94-of-212 to 24-of-136), Hammer had a slight edge with the jabs (25-of-230 to 18-of-175).
In the post-fight interview Shields credited Hammer for having a strong jab, but made it a known that she shut down Hammer.
“Well, first of all, I can say I am the greatest woman of all time,” Shields said during her interview with Showtime’s Steve Farhood.
“Give me that! Give me that! Y’all told me I couldn’t do it. Y’all said she was 24-0, 11 knockouts. Ain’t no way Claressa will beat her. She 8-0, two knockouts. Claressa’s gonna get knocked out. Claressa don’t hit hard. Come on.”
“I knew I could hurt her, It was times when I hurt her and I was like, ‘You know what? I don’t wanna finish it yet. Hold on.’ I thought I finished her in round eight. I thought I saw a white towel come in the ring. That’s when I was like, ‘Oh, sh*t! We got a knockout.’ But I thought the fight should’ve been stopped. She was holding on to me, pushing off me. She held me excessively. You know? But I just told myself, ‘Stay cool, stay calm.’ … I wanted to be the first one to get her out of there. I did everything I wanted to do. They said 98 to 92. Give me 100 to 90. Give me my credit. I beat her every round.”
Shields then made it known that she wants to fight Cecilia Braekhus next at 154lbs.
“Women’s boxing, we on fire! I cannot wait to see the next super fight, whoever it’s between. And right now, I’m the undisputed champion. I want to fight Cecilia Braekhus at 154. Give me Cecilia Braekhus, the other undisputed champion. Me and her fight, that’s pay-per-view.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~