On Saturday, one of the bigger women’s boxing matches in a very long time will take place, as Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer finally meet in the headlining bout of a Showtime boxing card. Shields will be defending her WBA, WBC and IBF titles, while Hammer is putting up her WBO strap. The vacant The Ring middleweight title will also be up for grabs.
The card will be broadcast on Showtime, beginning at 9 p.m. ET and features two other bouts on the main card. Live streaming can be found via Showtime Anytime.
Showtime is billing it as the biggest women’s boxing fight there’s been, and that might be true. All we know for sure is that these are two of the top women’s boxers in the world, and they’re going to slug it out for our enjoyment. Shields carries the hope of a lot of women boxers in the United States, and there is some serious beef between her and Hammer.
The two were originally scheduled to fight in 2018, but an injury to Hammer delayed the bout. Meanwhile, both fighters have spent plenty of time trash talking and building up to Saturday’s action.
Shields, 24, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States, and is 8-0 as a professional. Six of her wins came via decision, with two knockouts. She’s defended her WBA and IBF belts twice, and her WBC belt once.
Hammer, 28, is 24-0-1 as a professional, with 11 wins by knockout and 13 wins by decision. She’s defended her WBO belt 12 times and has much more professional experience than Shields.
How to watch Shields vs. Hammer
Date: Saturday, April 13
Location: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Online Streaming: Showtime Anytime
Shields vs. Hammer fight card
Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer (for Shields’ WBA, WBC, and IBF titles, Hammer’s WBO title and the vacant The Ring middleweight title)
Jermaine Franklin vs. Rydell Booker
Otto Wallin vs. Nick Kisner
Elena Gradinar vs. Brenda Karen Carabajal (for vacant IBF women’s featherweight title)
Ja’Rico O’Quinn vs. Vicente Alfaro Martinez
Samuel Peter vs. Mario Heredia
Jesse Angel Hernandez vs. Marcus Bates
Isiah Seldon vs. Bryan Goldsby