Hammer: Shields Looking Past Gabriels, Toward Our Fight Next


By Keith Idec

Christina Hammer suspects Claressa Shields is overlooking Hanna Gabriels.

Shields and Hammer are supposed to fight next if Shields beats Gabriels and Hammer tops Tori Nelson on Friday night in Detroit. Germany’s Hammer claims that while she is fully focused on conquering Nelson, Shields isn’t taking the same serious approach to her middleweight title fight.

“I think Shields is looking forward to fighting me and is not so focused on Gabriels, like she should be,” Hammer said. “I am focused only on Nelson and that’s who I prepared to beat. After this fight, we can talk about Hanna or Shields.”

Shields beat Nelson by unanimous decision in her last fight, a 10-rounder January 12 in Verona, New York. In Gabriels, Shields says she’ll face her toughest opponent in six professional fights.

The 23-year-old Shields (5-0, 2 KOs), a Flint, Michigan, native who won two Olympic gold medals, has moved down from 168 pounds to 160 for her fight against Gabriels (18-1-1, 11 KOs). Costa Rica’s Gabriels, 35, has moved up from 154 pounds to 160 to challenge Shields for the vacant IBF and WBA middleweight crowns.

The 27-year-old Hammer (22-0, 10 KOs) will defend her WBC and WBO middleweight championships against Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KOs), of Ashburn, Virginia.

“Right now, I’m only focused on my next fight and Tori is my target,” Hammer said. “Whatever Claressa does, I’m not focused on that. After the fight, I’m looking forward to fighting her, but at the moment it’s only Hammer and Nelson.”


Nelson, 41, lost every round against Shields on the scorecards of all three judges (100-90, 100-90, 100-90).

“I saw Tori fight against Claressa,” Hammer said. “Tori is a tough fighter who likes to come forward and land some punches from the outside. I’m a longtime champion and I know how to fight against these types of fighters who come forward.”

Showtime will air the Shields-Gabriels and Hammer-Nelson bouts as part of a “ShoBox: The New Generation” tripleheader from Masonic Temple on Friday night. A 10-round light heavyweight encounter that’ll match Russia’s Umar Salamov (20-1, 15 KOs) against Atlanta’s Brian Howard (13-1, 10 KOs) also will be televised by Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT).

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 allenfred on 06-27-2018

[QUOTE=HURTFEELINGS;18882714]How does that work, a forum poster speaking for million boxing fans......You speak for [B]A MILLION BOXING FANS[/B] Surely you should be using those powers for more than alt screen names MAY 2018 13posts:stickp4:[/QUOTE] I speak for millions.

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 06-22-2018

Shields wont be beat for a long time...:boxing: If ever...:boxing:

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 06-22-2018

[QUOTE=allenfred;18882396][B]I'm speaking for the million of boxing fans [/B]disgusted with tattooed ghetto braided semi woman from the hood who barely can speak and look not like females punch away and grunt. No wonder pretty attractive girls do not box. But…

Comment by nycsmooth on 06-22-2018

I'm sure she is looking past Gabriel's as well with a tremendous difference in size that she has as Gabriel's is nothing but a WWwith a glass chin I remember when she was ko'd in two rounds by an unknown…

Comment by allenfred on 06-22-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18882167]The always classless Claressa Shields. I wonder if shes still proud of her sucker punching POS Unc.[/QUOTE] Shields could care less about anything but Money. But again fans could care less about Shields. The next fight will be in a…

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