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Claressa Shields set to unify with Christina Hammer in Atlantic City on April 13

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WBC, WBA and IBF world middleweight champion Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields 8-0 (2) will clash with WBO champion Christina Hammer 24-0 (11) for the undisputed world 160-pound championship at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 13 live on Showtime, Salita Promotions announced on Tuesday.

The pair were previously scheduled to clash on November 17 before the fight was scrapped after Hammer suffered an undisclosed medical condition that has now been resolved.

“Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer, both champions, both in their prime, are not only taking on the biggest challenge in their respective careers by meeting each other in the ring, but are breaking barriers for boxing and for women in sports,” promoter Dmitriy Salita said to ESPN.

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Shields, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist from Flint, Michigan, was rapt to get the fight signed-off on.

“I always seek the biggest challenges and set the highest goals,” the 23-year-old Shields said. “I will be ready like never before and will defeat Christina Hammer on April 13. Nothing will stop me from becoming undisputed champion and continuing my journey to carry women’s boxing to never-before-seen heights.

“I want to be the greatest of all time and change the game forever for all women in sports, and April 13 is an important step on that road to history.”

The 28-year-old Hammer, who was born in Kazakhstan but boxes out of Germany, was equally thrilled to be facing Shields.

“I have waited a long time for this moment. I am bigger, stronger and more experienced than Claressa Shields,” Hammer said.

“I am undefeated and have been a champion for over eight years. I can’t wait to show the world that I am the best and undisputed middleweight champion of the world.”

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