Shields-Hammer feud erupts

Photo: Bob Ryder

WBC/WBO female middleweight champion Chistina Hammer entered the ring after Claressa Shields won the vacant WBA and IBF female middleweight titles. An emotional Shields pressed toward Hammer and some pushing and shoving ensued.

Clarissa Shields: “I’m just tired of Hammer disrespecting me all the time. She comes into the ring after all my rights, talks trash, and then she goes in there and looks like [crap] against Nelson. I’m sick of it. But I let her know I’m more than ready for a fight against her. She wanted me to lose tonight, but I wanted her to win because I want to fight her. We have to unify now…hopefully it’s next. I don’t need no rest. I could have whipped her tonight. I’m just so sick of her and her whole team.”

Christina Hammer: “I’m really looking forward to fighting Claressa. She will try and fight me on the inside but my footwork and my reach will make the difference. The fight with Claressa will be a game-changer. It will be the biggest women’s fight ever. I would like to fight her at a neutral site.”

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