After moving down in weight to claim the IBF and WBA middleweight championships against Hanna Gabriels 18-2-1 (11) in her native Detroit on Friday night, outspoken two-division titleholder Clarissa â€śT-Rexâ€ť Shields 6-0 (2) lashed out at her rival Christina Hammer 23-0 (10) who retained her WBC and WBO middleweight championships by virtual shutout against Tori Nelson 17-2-3 (2) on the same card.
â€śIâ€™m just tired of Hammer disrespecting me all the time,â€ť said Shields after the fight. â€śShe comes into the ring after all my fights, talks trash, and then she goes in there and looks like [crap] against Nelson. Iâ€™m sick of it.â€ť
While Hammer was dominant in her bout, Shields had to recover from an early knockdown to box her way to a win in a fight that was much closer than the official scorecards suggested.
â€śBut I let her know Iâ€™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,â€ť continued the 23-year-old two-time Olympic gold medallist.
â€śWe have to unify nowâ€¦hopefully itâ€™s next. I donâ€™t need no rest. I could have whipped her tonight. Iâ€™m just so sick of her and her whole team.â€ť
The 27-year-old German won the inaugural WBO middleweight title against Bermudaâ€™s Teresa Perozzi in 2010 and has defended it 12 times since. In 2013 she won the same title at super middleweight but moved back down to 160-pounds without defending it.
In 2014 Hammer made an ambitious move down in weight to face big-punching Anne Sophie Mathis, 27-3 (23) at the time, for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title. The fight ended in a controversial no contest.
â€śIâ€™m really looking forward to fighting Claressa,â€ť said Hammer. â€śShe will try and fight me on the inside but my footwork and my reach will make the difference.
â€śThe fight with Claressa will be a game-changer. It will be the biggest womenâ€™s fight ever. I would like to fight her at a neutral site.â€ť
Shields shot to fame after successfully defending the Olympic gold medal she won in the middleweight division at the London Gams in 2012 with a repeat performance at Rio 2016. But her brashness has rubbed some people up the wrong way.
â€śIâ€™m the greatest of all time. I showed who I am. Now, Iâ€™m really dangerous because you can even put me down, and Iâ€™ll still come back to win!â€ť she said after her victory on Friday night at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan on Friday night.
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