Christina Hammer Handles Tori Nelson Easily, Retains Titles

By Keith Idec

Christina Hammer did her part Friday night to ensure her middleweight title unification fight against Claressa Shields.

Germany’s Hammer easily out-boxed Tori Nelson to retain her WBC and WBO 160-pound championships at Masonic Temple in Detroit. All three judges scored the fight for Hammer by wide margins (100-90, 99-91, 99-91).

If Shields wins in the main event, another middleweight championship match against Hanna Gabriels, Hammer and the two-time Olympic gold medalist are expected to meet next.


Hammer, 27, remains undefeated (23-0, 10 KOs, 1 NC). The Kazakhstan-born boxer made her 11th defense of the WBO middleweight crown she won in May 2011 and the third defense of the WBC title she captured in November 2016.

The 41-year-old Nelson (17-2-3, 2 KOs), of Ashburn, Virginia, has lost back-to-back bouts to Shields and Hammer.

Shields soundly beat Nelson on January 12 in Verona, New York. Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist from Flint, Michigan, also won every round on all three scorecards against Nelson (100-90, 100-90, 100-90).

Nelson had about the same amount of success versus Hammer – next to none. The taller, technically superior Hammer had her way with Nelson by being busier and better throughout their one-sided, uneventful fight.

The 5-feet-11 Hammer established her jab early in the first round and kept it in Nelson’s face for much of the 10 rounds. Nelson, who’s 4½ inches shorter, had difficulty getting inside because of Hammer’s height and reach advantages.

When Nelson did get close enough to land, she usually threw wild right hands that didn’t connect.

Hammer’s overhand right also was effective. She couldn’t knock Nelson to the canvas, though she seemed to stun Nelson with a right hand about 15 seconds into the third round.

Later in their fight, Hammer moved Nelson backward when she landed a right uppercut with just over 20 seconds to go in the seventh round.

Hammer snapped back Nelson’s head with another right uppercut when there were 55 seconds left in the ninth round. Hammer drilled Nelson with an overhand right later in the ninth.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Airborne on 06-24-2018

I thought Hammer dominated, but what was that she was fighting? Nelson had the clumsiest foot work I've ever seen! She moved like a pregnant yak with ankle weights on.

Comment by PBR Streetgang on 06-23-2018

[QUOTE=bigjavi973;18885048]dominant? :rofl: shields got dropped and struggled a bit i wouldnt call that a domination wait nevermind.... do you always make comments on fights you haven't seen yet?[/QUOTE] The "dominant" remark was in regards to Shields and Hammer's common opponent,…

Comment by bigjavi973 on 06-23-2018

[QUOTE=PBR Streetgang;18884021]Hammer looked good. I thought she looked just as dominant as Shields. Interesting style matchup.[/QUOTE] dominant? :rofl: shields got dropped and struggled a bit i wouldnt call that a domination [QUOTE=PBR Streetgang;18884160]Just saw the Shields fight against Gabriel, I'd…

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 06-23-2018

Hammer vs. Shield let's do this!! [IMG][/IMG]

Comment by orionb on 06-23-2018

[QUOTE=Julia Slobberts;18884411]It would rule to get beat up by Christina Hammer![/QUOTE] i loled at this

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Callum Smith More Than Willing To Fight Andre Ward in May Luis Ortiz Vows To Make Kauffman Pay For 'Cheater' Comments Photos: Nico Hernandez Ready For Hometown Clash Top Rank VP: Arriaza is Measuring Stick Bout For Kavaliauskas Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias - Get Tense at Weigh-In Photos: Brandon Rios, Ramon Alvarez - Ready For War in Kansas Photos: Claressa Shields, Hannah Rankin - Trade Heated Words Photos: Jarrell Miller, Bogdan Dinu - Ready For Battle in Kansas Chocolatito Reveals Offer For Yafai, Wants Sor Rungvisai Trilogy Jarrell Miller Weighs In At 315¼ Pounds, 78 More Than Dinu Frankie Gavin Very Overweight For Kerman Lejarraga Clash John Molina Expects an All-Out With Omar Figueroa Cristofer Rosales vs. Charlie Edwards on Whyte-Chisora Card Alicia Napoleon To Defend WBA World Title in February Arum: Saucedo Showed 'Huge Balls' In 4th Round Versus Lenny Z Anthony Fowler To Box On Kell Brook-Michael Zerafa Gabe Rosado Aims To Beat Down Arias, Prevent 'Running' Tactics David Price vs. Tom Little Set, December 22 At O2 Arena Frampton Warns Warrington About Using Any Dirty Tactics Abimael Ortiz, Alfredo Santiago, Jonathan Lopez Back on Dec. 1 Oscar Rivas Aims To Be Impressive on Stevenson-Gvozdyk Card Wilder: Hearn Treated Ortiz Like Clown, All Unfulfilled Promises Danny Garcia Wants Revenge Fights With Thurman, Porter Frampton Willing To Return To U.S. For Leo Santa Cruz Trilogy Joseph Parker: You Will See More Power in The Flores Fight Dubois vs. Gorman Among The Fights Ordered By BBBofC Brandon Rios vs. Josh Kelly Could Happen, Says Eddie Hearn Petar Milas Returns To Action on December 8 in Zagreb Mayweather vs. Nasukawa: Rizin CEO Confirms Fight is Back On Broadcast Team For PBC on FOX Shows Will Look Familiar UK News: Sean Dodd, Shaquille Day, Lewis Crocker, Benson Saucedo Seeks World Title in Hometown After Epic Performance Wilder: 12/1 Winner is The Best - Joshua Can't Beat Me, Fury, Ortiz! Diego De La Hoya Faints While Training To Make Weight, Fight Off Caleb Truax Very Motivated For Peter Quillin Crossroads Bout Michael Dutchover Aims To Clinch a Big Birthday Win Wilder: If Fury Can't Be Beat, Why The F*** Did He Hire Roach? Photos: Jaron Ennis, Raymond Serrano - Ready For ShoBox Clash Photos: Claressa Shields, Hannah Rankin - Size Up at Presser Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias - Face To Face, Final Presser

Latest Active Forum Threads