By Keith Idec
ATLANTIC CITY – Claressa Shields supported almost every provocative word on Saturday night.
The brave, undefeated female winner of the middleweight division proved her superiority in the probably most difficult fight of her two men. Year per career. The speed, power, aggression and defense of the shields made her a convincing victory against longtime middleweight champion Christina Hammer at the Adrian Phillips Theater at Boardwalk Hall.
All three judges – Lynne Carter, Guido Cavalleri and Robin Taylor – scored eight of the ten rounds for Shields in the main event of a Showtime Triple Head. Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) almost knocked Hammer off balance in the eighth round, but decided to win unanimously in what was promoted as the biggest fight in women's boxing history.
Cavalleri and Taylor scored the eighth round 1
"Well, first of all, I can say that I'm the best woman ever," Shields told Steve Farhood opposite Showtime in the ring. Tell me that, give me that, you told me I could not do it, you said it was 24-0, 11 knockouts, no way will Claressa beat her, you 8-0, two knockouts, Claressa will Claressa is not hit hard, come on. "
Shields defended her IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles and won the WBO championship from Hammer, the German hammer having won the 160 pound WBO title 22 months before Shields won the first of two gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Shields of Flint, Michigan also joined welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus as the only woman to have IBF at the same time Hammer from Dortmund lost for the first time as a professional (24-1, 11 KOs, 1 NC).
According to Shime's unofficial punch statistics, Shields landed more than twice as many hits as Hammer (1 12 from 387 to 49 out of 366). Shields dominated power punching in particular (94 from 212 to 24 out of 136), while Hammer had a slight edge in jabs (25 from 230 to 18 out of 175).
Shields, 24, and Hammer (28) were scheduled to compete in Boardwalk Hall on November 17. Hammer's inadequate stomach discomfort caused them to postpone perhaps the most significant fight in women's boxing history by nearly five months.
Their fight began on Saturday night, with both boxers showing respect. However, after a short while Shield's speed and power separated from a more experienced opponent whose Jab should make them compensate for these drawbacks.
In the second half, Hammer hit a reckless shield with a left hook inside the 10th round, but that was the only power punch that seemed to stun Shields. However, Shields responded quickly by hitting Hammer with an overhand right and supporting the former champion.
A self-confident Shields drilled Hammer with power punches at the start of the eight-round and continued a fierce attack until the bell was finished
Hammer held and Moved as well as he could to avoid being knocked out in this one-sided eighth round.
Shields believed she had won After the eighth round, the stop ended because she had misunderstood sparkle Lee referee as he stepped between two steps as the bell rang for a stop.
"I knew I could hurt her," Shields said. "It was times when I hurt her and I thought," Do you know what? I do not want to finish it yet. Are you waiting. "I thought I was done in lap eight. I thought I saw a white towel in the ring. That was when I was like, "Oh, sh * t! We have a knockout. "But I thought the fight should be over. She held me tight and pushed me away. She was holding me tight. You know? I just said, 'Stay cool, stay calm. & # 39; … I wanted to be the first one to get her out of there. I did everything I wanted. They said 98 to 92. Give me 100 to 90. Give me my credit. I beat her every round.
Hammer also lost his mouthpiece in the eighth round. She asked Lee for a chance to reinstate the mouthpiece, though the act that justified it did not necessarily constitute an interruption.
In the last minute of the seventh round, signs were associated with power shots. Hammer tried her best to break away from Shields, but an aggressive Shields exerted pressure and caused Hammer to hold her.
Shields hit Hammer with a right and left as they struggled from the inside in the sixth round. A Shields' right hand supported Hammer early in the fifth round, causing them to hold.
A left hook from Shields, connected in the fourth round. Shields also landed a few left hands as Hammer tried to hold her. [Lee] warned Hammer against over holding at the end of the fourth round
. Lee told Hammer that she would take a point away from her if she continued to hold herself in her hand.
Shields slipped several hammer blows in the third round. In the third round, Hammer tried to work their jab off, but Shields was also largely away from them.
Shields drilled Hammer with two right hands in the second half of the second round. That second shot brought Shields after Hammer, thinking a hammer pulled back was injured.
Shields joined with a left hook just before the end of the first round. Shields let Hammer miss with a combination of punches just after the minute of the first round.
Several laps later, Shields began to rhythmically take control of their most significant fight. Shields still owed Hammer that she had tested her.
"Thanks to Christina Hammer and her team," said Shields. "Man, yo, they said she had a hard blow. Sh * t, they did not lie. Her jab was off the chain. She's probably left-handed, real conversation. She can fight.
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He is available on Twitter @Idecboxing.