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CLARESSA SHIELDS vs. CHRISTINA HAMMER FINAL OFFICIAL WEIGHTS AND FINAL QUOTES

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FOR UNDISPUTED WOMENS MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOMORROW ON SHOWTIME

Live at 9:10 p.m. ET/PT from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY (April 12, 2019) Undefeated middleweight champions Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer went face-to-face one final time during a tension-filled official weigh-in for the most significant event in womens boxing history. Both fighters made weight as the two champions aim to become the undisputed middleweight champion tomorrow in the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live on SHOWTIME (9:10 p.m. ET/PT) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Top American heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin will take on former No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur Rydell Booker in the 10-round co-featured bout while undefeated Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin will battle highly decorated amateur Nick Kisner in a 10-round clash that will open the tripleheader.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Salita Promotions, are priced at $150, $100, $55 and $35 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster and at boardwalkhall.com.



OFFICIAL WEIGHTS:

IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO Middleweight World Championship 10 Rounds
Claressa Shields: 159 pounds
Christina Hammer: 159 pounds
Referee: Sparkle Lee; Judges: Lynne Carter (Pa.), Guido Cavalleri (Italy), Ruben Taylor (Ariz.)

Heavyweight Co-Feature 10 Rounds
Jermaine Franklin: 245 pounds
Rydell Booker: 238 pounds
Referee: David Franciosi; Judges: Eugene Grant (N.J.), Alan Rubenstein (Pa.), James Kinney (N.J.)

Heavyweight Bout 10 Rounds
Otto Wallin: 227 pounds
Nick Kisner: 221 pounds
Referee: Earl Brown; Judges: Eugene Grant (N.J.), Alan Rubenstein (Pa.), James Kinney (N.J.)

FINAL QUOTES:



Claressa Shields
Im very relaxed. When I feel this relaxed, I know its going to be a good fight. I dont even feel like theres a fight; I feel very calm and I always fight better when I feel this way. Ive checked all the boxes for this fight. The conditioning, the nutrition, the training, everything. I am entirely focused on the fight.

Ive played this fight in my head many times. The first round is a very important round. Shell find out just how strong I am in the first round and Im going to let her know shes in with a fighter. Im going to let her know she wont control this fight in any aspect. I can outbox Hammer. Im way faster and I have great head movement. I came to fight. I want to see where her heart is and how strong she is. If shes not as strong as she says she is, shes going to want to get out of there.

Every time I box, I feel like I need to go out there and perform so that womens boxing isnt in the position were in now. I want the little girls coming up not to have to go through what Ive gone through in terms of equal pay and trying to get on TV. I was able to box my way up to get here and it shouldnt be as hard for other women to do the same. This fight is bigger than me.



Christina Hammer
Ive worked really hard for this. Ive sacrificed everything for this fight and its time to show whos the real champion and who Christina Hammer is. I feel like Im the stronger one, mentally. I showed her at the stare down that Im not scared. Every fight, theres a mental battle and I think I won the mental battle for this fight.

I have to stick to my game plan and not worry about hers. Shields is beatable. Hanna Gabriels showed that. I have to make her pay for every mistake. Weve analyzed her a lot and Ive known for a long time that I would one day fight her.

Im not scared of her one bit. Why would I be scared of her? I worked really hard for this opportunity and now its the point where I have to show it. I have to focus in every single round. This will be a tough fight and I know my opponent also wants to win but on Saturday night, I will be the undisputed champion of the world.

I hope that a lot of women will be inspired by this fight. I want women to know that if they work hard, they can make it to whatever level they aspire to be in whatever sport it is they do.

Jermaine Franklin
I always study my opponents and watch tape. I see a guy in Booker that likes to slow the pace and try to control the distance. Im very active. I call myself a boxer-puncher, and I adjust my game plan depending on my opponent. I will capitalize on his weaknesses.

I want to fight the best. Thats a mindset that Ill always have, but I understand how boxing works and I might have to wait for my time. Its a great time to be a heavyweight and I feel like it will be my time soon.

Im going to take him to the deep waters, and he may not be able to survive once I take him there.

Rydell Booker
Ive been boxing since I was seven years old. Ive always had a passion for boxing and while I was away, I took care of my body and I always knew I wanted to fight again. I was able to do a little bit of training and did the best I could, but being in prison definitely wasnt conducive to being a boxer.

I have a gift that a lot of fighters dont have. I have a good jab. I have the ability to be an effective counter-puncher and I can fight when I need to. Jermaine Franklin has never been in with somebody with the talent and experience that I have. Im a better fighter than I was 15 years ago because Im smarter and stronger mentally. My skills have not deteriorated at all and my body has been preserved.

Otto Wallin
Ive been in New York for three years with Joey [Gamache]. Im used to the training. To be fighting on such a big card, theres a lot more press than Im used to. Theres been a lot of interviews and press conferences and I can feel that this is a big event.

Sweden needs a boxing superstar that stands out, and I want to be that person. I see good fighters in the heavyweight division. The top three fighters are really good. I want to take care of Saturday night, fight a couple more times this year and then next year I will be ready for a step-up in competition.

Nick Kisner
I sought this fight. I asked for it. Wallin is good but I really like to challenge myself. I think hes one of the best heavyweights out there. This is a great opportunity. I think its going to be a challenge but at the same time I think I can win this fight. It doesnt get much bigger of an opportunity than to fight live on SHOWTIME.

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ABOUT SHIELDS vs. HAMMER
Shields vs. Hammer will pit undefeated middleweight world champions Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer against each other in a battle to crown the undisputed 160-pound world champion, in what is arguably the most significant womens boxing event in history. The co-feature will pit Jermaine Franklin taking on Rydell Booker in a thrilling 10-round heavyweight bout and in the telecast opener, heavyweights Otto Wallin and Nick Kisner will battle in 10-round clash. The SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION tripleheader will air live on SHOWTIME at 9:10 p.m. ET/PT from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.


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