Christina Hammer: Claressa Shields is NOT as Good as Me!

DETROIT — Claressa Shields is calling herself the GWOAT.

In the boxing ring, it’s hard to argue with her boast of being the Greatest Woman Of All Time.

“Who’s better than me?” Shields asked after pummeling Nikki Adler on Friday night, giving the two-time Olympic champion the Women’s WBC and IBF Super Middleweight world titles. “I don’t know of anybody yet. And if I do find somebody, I’m ready to take her out.”

The lopsided fight was mercifully stopped at 1:34 of the fifth round, awarding Shields a victory by technical knockout. She used a combination of powerful punches that left Adler defenseless in a matchup of previously unbeaten boxers.

“I felt tired and weak in the ring,” Adler said after her U.S. debut.

She looked tired and weak, too.

The 22-year-old Shields took control against the 30-year-old Adler in the opening round, landing a flurry of blows that sent her staggering against the ropes.

Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) didn’t let up in the second, stunning Adler (16-1) with a left hook midway through the round. Shields went to her body in the third round before aiming high in the fourth, hitting Adler squarely in the face with a right that seemed to set up the end of the fight in the fifth.

In the end, Shields landed 136 of 340 punches while Adler connected on just 6 of 84. In the first and fifth round, Adler failed to connect once.

“She wouldn’t punch,” Shields said. “Then when the hook stumbled her, I said, `Oh man, she ain’t got no chin?’ When I saw that, I was like, `It’s going to be an early night for her.’ I thought she was a bit tougher. I must’ve hurt her really bad because she stopped punching and I dominated after the first round.”

WBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer (21-0, 9 KOs) watched the bout near the ring, scouting potential opponents and rooting against Adler, who also lives in Germany.

“I hope to fight Claressa next year,” Hammer said, wearing a gold dress and displaying her championship belts in an empty seat next to her.

Hammer, who is from Kazakhstan, got her wish and some advice from Shields as both stood near each other during post-fight interviews.

“She better keep her hands up,” Shields said.

Adler tried that, and putting her white gloves in front of her face was no match for Shields’ shots to her head.

Hammer, though, wasn’t impressed.

“You are not as good as me,” Hammer flatly told Shields in the ring.

The nearly 1,000 fans who filled a ballroom at the MGM Grand Detroit loved the dominating performance, cheering for a fighter from Flint, Michigan, who seemed to have a lot of supporters that made the hourlong drive from her hometown. Shields became the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable in March, and she did it again Friday night, earning top billing on Showtime.

She is the only American, male or female, to win a boxing gold medal since Ward captured one in Athens in 2004. The only other U.S. boxer to win two Olympic gold medals is Oliver Kirk, who won took bantamweight and featherweight titles at the 1904 Olympics.

As the stage she fights on potentially gets larger, Shields plans to take some time off before figuring out what’s next.

“Me and my team got to sit down and see which fights make sense,” she said.

www.boxingscene.com/christina-hammer-claressa-shields-not-good-me–119197?print_friendly=1

Petkovic signs TV deal with Sky Germany

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Former cruiserweight/heavyweight contender Alexander Petkovic landed a major TV deal in his new role as promoter on the German TV market. His company “Petko’s Boxpromotion” signed a deal with Sky Germany which starts on November 5th. Petkovic will present WBC Youth World Champion Toni Kraft (9-0, 3 KOs) who will take on African knockout artist Abdallah Paziwapazi (13-3, 12 KOs).

In the co-feature, unbeaten WBO Female World Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer (19-0, 9 KOs) hopes to land a unification bout with reigning WBC female titlist Kali Reis (10-5-1, 4 KOs). Hammer and Reis already met in May last year when the German secured a unanimous decision win but was knocked down by powerful Reis in the tenth and last round.

The event which also features Toni’s younger brother James Kraft (9-0, 7 KOs) and former German amateur standout Howik Bebraham (4-0, 1 KO) will take place in Munich, Germany. More details on the show and on the cooperation between Sky and “Petko’s Boxpromotion” will be released shortly.

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Boesel, Hammer open workout

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It was an entertaining afternoon at the Goethe Gallery in downtown Jena, located in the east-central portion of Germany, as the fighters participating in Saturday’s SES boxing event engaged in an open workout.

First Adam Deines, Tom Pahlmann, Moritz Stahl and Tom Schwarz from Team Germany worked the pads with trainer Dirk Dzemski. Then came the featured fighters WBO female middleweight champion Christina Hammer and her challenger Kali Reis from Florida, followed by Nobert Dabrowski and WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel, who meet in the main event.

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SES Boxing to reach promotional milestone

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SES Boxing will present its milestone 100th boxing event on March 7 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. The show will also mark the 15th anniversary for SES Boxing, as well herald the arrival of a new TV deal with the MDR network. SES is also working with SAT.1.

The card will feature three title fights, topped by world champion Christina Hammer and WBO Inter-Continental champion Dominic Boesel. Also IBF junior world cruiserweight champion Dennis Ronert will defend his belt. Team Germany fighters Tom Schwarz, Moritz Stahl, Domenic von Chrzanowski, Tom Pahlmann and Felix Lamm will also see action. Opponents will be named.

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The fifth title fight is fix

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“Super Fight Night” on July 26, 2014 in Dessau

“The World Cup project!”

The new challenge for double world champion Christina Hammer : in the new weight class junior middleweight she meets in the fight for the WBO world title equal to “high-caliber” Anne Sophie Mathis.

The double world champion at middleweight Christina Hammer (17-0-0 (8)) which, after a trip to Super Middleweight in this second weight class secured the WBO-/WBF-Welterweight title in 2013, now faces a new major challenge. With the “descent” into the next lighter weight class and the immediate invasion of the WBO world title in the junior middleweight the exceptional boxer Christina Hammer goes from Dortmund in a boxing unusual and almost unique way. And, it makes it not easy. With the multiple world and European champion Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-0 (23) from France, she has in this “new mission” is equal to one of the strongest boxers in the world as an opponent! With her co-record of 23 KOs in 27 victorious battles, the French Mathis, the latest in their home after their fights against the American Holly Holm is a “boxing legend” is a huge challenge!

The fifth WBO title fight is now fixed:

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Moritz steel from the “Team Germany” is fighting for his first Belt: WBO Youth Inter-Conti-title fight against the Spaniard Guram Natsulishvili
The Referee:

WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight Championship
Robert Stieglitz vs. Sergey Khomitsky

The other title fights:

WBO International Championship Lightheavyweight
WBA Continental Cup Lightheavyweight
Robin Krasniqi vs. Oleksandr Cherviak

WBO world championship in junior middleweight
Christina Hammer vs. Anne Sophie Mathis

WBO Inter-Continental Championship in Lightheavyweight
Dominic Boesel vs. Daniel Regi

SAT.1 is transferred fight night live from 22.15 clock in a length of nearly four hours from Dessau

+ + + SES boxing event on Saturday, July 26, 2014, Anhalt Arena in Dessau + + +

http://www.sesboxing.de/?lang=en&site=news&index=20140722153521_Newsflash&title=The%20fifth%20title%20fight%20is%20fix

SES-Box-Gala am 26. Juli 2014 in Dessau

 

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Mit mindestens vier großen Titelkämpfen kehrt das Magdeburger SES-Box-Team nach fünf Jahren nach Dessau zurück. In Kooperation mit „Dessau-Roßlau sportlich“ wird am 26. Juli 2014 Ex-Weltmeister Robert Stieglitz in der Anhalt-Arena am 26. Juli 2014 um den vakantenWBO-Inter-Conti-Gürtel im Super-Mittelgewicht kämpfen. Sein Gegner in diesem Titelkampf ist ein „Geist“. Diesen Kampfnamen trägt Sergey „The Ghost“ Khomitsky (29-10-2 (12)), der sich vor gut zwei Monaten den Gürtel des WBO-Europameisters in England mit einem K.o. in der sechsten Runde gegen den ungeschlagenen Briten Frank Buglioni sicherte. Robert Stieglitz ist also gewarnt, denn der erfahrene Weißrusse Khomitsky hat sich so wieder auf die Position 9 der WBO-Weltrangliste vorgearbeitet. Mit diesem Gegner wird Robert Stieglitz seine Mission „Das WM-Projekt!“ angehen. Für Robert Stieglitz gilt nun, sich schnellstmöglich in Position zu bringen, um gegen den amtierenden Weltmeister wieder um „seinen“ WBO-Weltmeistergürtel zu boxen. Dafür muss zuerst der „Geist“ Khomitsky besiegt werden!

Robert Stieglitz: „Ich bin heiß auf den Geist! Khomitsky ist für Überraschungen gut, ausgeschlafen und er boxt schlau. Sein Sieg gegen Buglioni kam nicht von ungefähr. Man darf ihn nie und nimmer unterschätzen. Ich bin gewarnt. Wenn ich mir „meinem Gürtel“ zurückholen will, dann geht der Weg nur mit einem klaren Sieg über diesen „Geist“!“

SES-Chef-Coach Dirk Dzemski: „Robert ist seit gut fünf Wochen wieder voll im Training, hochmotiviert und fokussiert. Er ist stärker, wenn er etwas haben will, als wenn er schon etwas hat!“

SES-Promoter Ulf Steinforth: „Khomitsky war der am höchsten gerankte Fighter aus der Rangliste, der sich dem Kampf gegen Robert stellt. Wir wollen die Ungerechtigkeit aus dem WM-Duell mit Abraham so schnell wie möglich wieder gerade rücken!“

Die neue große Herausforderung für Doppel-Weltmeisterin Christina Hammer: in der neuen Gewichtsklasse Junior-Mittelgewicht trifft sie im Kampf um den vakanten WBO-Weltmeistertitel gleich auf „Hochkaräter“ Anne Sophie Mathis

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Die Doppel-Weltmeisterin im Mittelgewicht Christina Hammer (17-0-0 (8)), die sich im Jahr 2013 nach einem Ausflug in Super-Mittelgewicht auch in dieser zweiten Gewichtsklasse dieWBO-/WBF-Weltmeistertitel sicherte, steht nun vor einer neuen großen Herausforderung. Mit dem „Abstieg“ in die nächste leichtere Gewichtsklasse und dem sofortigen Angriff auf den vakantenWBO-Weltmeistertitel im Junior-Mittelgewicht geht die Ausnahme-Boxerin Christina Hammer aus Dortmund einen im Boxsport ungewöhnlichen und fast einmaligen Weg. Und, sie macht es sich nicht einfach.

Mit der mehrmalige Welt- und Europameisterin Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-0 (23)) aus Frankreich hat sie bei dieser „neuen Mission“ gleich eine der stärksten Boxerinnen der Welt als Gegnerin! Mit ihrem K.o.-Rekord von 23 Ko’s in 27 siegreichen Kämpfen ist die Französin Mathis, die in ihrer Heimat spätesten nach ihren Fights gegen die Amerikanerin Holly Holm eine „Box-Legende“ ist, eine riesige Herausforderung!

Christina Hammer: „Ich liebe Herausforderungen und ich will im Frauenboxen neue Maßstäbe setzen. Anne Sophie Mathis ist natürlich in dieser für mich neuen Gewichtsklasse eine echte Größe mit einer riesigen Ko-Quote. Das schockt mich aber nicht und ich stelle mich der Herausforderung, die Besten zu boxen. Es gibt genügend Frauen, die vor mir immer wieder davonlaufen!“

Robin Krasniqi trifft auf Oleksandr Cherviak – der Angriff auf die WM-Titel-Chancen bei  derWBO und der WBA

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SES-Halb-Schwergewichtler Robin Krasniqi (41-3-0 (16)) hat neben der Verteidigung seines WBO-International-Titels im Halb-Schwergewicht auch den vakanten WBA-Continental-Titelim Visier. Nach seinem krachenden Ko-Sieg gegen Emmanuel Danso im März in Potsdam hat sich Krasniqi beeindruckend in der Box-Szene zurück gemeldet. Gegen den Ukrainer Oleksandr Cherviak (14-3-1 (4)), der bei der WBA auf Position 8 und bei der WBO als Nummer 15 geführt wird, kann der Münchener Krasniqi nun in zwei Weltranglisten den Sprung nach ganz vorne schaffen. Als Nummer 3 der WBO-Weltrangliste und als siebter im WBARanking hat Robin Krasniqi eine ideale Ausgangsposition, um sich bei einem Sieg zeitnah wieder eine WM-Chance zu erarbeiten.

Robin Krasniqi: „Mein K.o.-Sieg in Potsdam war das Resultat einer klaren Strategie. Mit der Verbesserung meiner taktischen Varianten kann und werde ich jeden schlagen. Cherviak hat gute Namen geboxt und geschlagen, ich aber werde ihn besiegen. Mein einziges Ziel ist ein nächster WM-Kampf. Dieser kann gerne auch gegen Jürgen Brähmer sein!“

SES-Promoter Ulf Steinforth: „Mit dem Kampf um die Titelverteidigung des WBO-International-Titel und um den vakanten WBA-Continental-Titel schlagen wir bei Cherviak „zwei Fliegen mit einer Klappe“! Auch ein deutsches Duell mit Jürgen Brähmer kann so dann  möglich werden. Nur, erst einmal muss Robin seine starke Leistung aus dem letzten Kampf in Potsdam wieder abrufen!“

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Dominic Bösel (15-0-0 (5)) aus Freyburg/Unstrutkommt mit seiner großen Fan-Gemeinde in die Dessauer Anhalt Arena. Der ungeschlagene frühere WBO-Junioren-Weltmeister, die Nummer 8 der WBO-Rangliste und der aktuelleWBO-Inter-Conti-Champion im Halb-Schwergewicht,kann sich bei seiner ersten Titelverteidigung im „Senioren-Bereich“ wieder der Unterstützung seiner Fans sicher sein. Mit Bussen werden diese zahlreich nach Dessau reisen und für eine großartige Stimmung sorgen.

Dominic Bösel: „Mit dem Kampf in Potsdam und dem Niederschlag bin ich im „Seniorenbereich angekommen. Es war ein starker Gegner, er hat mir alles abverlangt und ich musste mich in einer Extremsituation beweisen. Das habe ich geschafft und gewonnen!“

SES-Coach Dirk Dzemski: „Dominic hat Willensstärke bewiesen, sich durchgebissen und nach hinten heraus den Kampf wieder „gerade gebogen“. Diese Erfahrung braucht ein junger, hochgelobter Boxer und diese nimmt ihm keiner mehr!“

http://www.boxen-heute.de/artikel/6102-ses-box-gala-am-26-juli-2014-in-dessauo-toene-von-der-pressekonferenz.html

 

Stieglitz-Abraham III Presser

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WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (46-3, 26 KOs) and former champion Arthur Abraham (38-4, 28 KOs) will complete their trilogy on Saturday night at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. The series is 1:1 so far, with Abraham winning by decision in Berlin in August 2012 and Stieglitz winning by fourth round TKO in March 2013 in Magdeburg. SES outbid Sauerland Event to bring the rubber match back to Stieglitz’ backyard.

Today’s press conference took place in Magdeburg’s Cultural History Museum.

Robert Stieglitz: I am delighted that the press conference is again here in the Cultural History Museum. That gave me luck the last time and that’s exactly how it should be again. Saturday will be a real collision in the ring. Outside the ring I’m relaxed, because I’m here at home and Arthur is coming into the lion’s den. I will defend my title successfully and not give in.

Arthur Abraham: The previous fights are in the past, we are very well prepared and promise an exciting fight the fans will like. I have many fans here backing me. I don’t feel like I’m in a lion’s den. but rather in the cave of the cat. No matter where I’m boxing, I feel at home. It’s all or nothing! There’s nothing more important!

SES trainer Dirk Dzemski: We have a good plan. The question is, who can implement their tactics best. And I’m sure that’s Robert. The difference is our great team.

Abraham trainer Ulli Wegner: I think we all can do something great on Saturday. If it’s named as “Fight of the Year”, that’s fine. I feel terrific in Magdeburg, since the public is so knowledgable. Both camps are very well prepared. This fight is what makes boxing so interesting.

SES promoter Ulf Steinforth: Robert and Dirk Dzemski were a team for the first two sensational fights. The third fight had to take place here, because we have been successful here. It’s important to me because I’m superstitious and it has always worked so far. This third fight is super exciting. We have all the support we have always wanted, which is virtually an unbeatable advantage. This is also about the rivalry of the trainers, experience against youth, and it’s a battle of the promoters. But, here in Magdeburg we’re good hosts!

Sauerland Event promoter Kalle Sauerland: We look forward to a great fight. You only have to look at the first two fights. Trilogies are better than rematches. It’s “Champions League” boxing. We know what to do and look forward to being his guest.

WBO/WBF female middleweight champion Christina Hammer defends against Jessica Balogun in the co-feature.

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/stieglitz-abraham-iii-presser-237700

Stieglitz-Kiyota HOY en Dresden, Alemania

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El campeón mundial supermediano de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el alemán Robert Stieglitz, se enfrentará al japonés Yuzo Kiyota, intentando defender por primera ocasión su corona, dentro de su segundo reinado, en el combate estelar de la velada que se desarrollará esta noche en el Energie Verbund-Arena, en Dresden, Alemania.

Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KOs) buscará retener por primera vez el cinturón que recuperó el pasado 23 de marzo al detener por nocaut técnico en el cuarto round a su compatriota Arthur Abraham en Magdeburgo, Alemania, frente a Kiyota (23-3-1, 21 KOs), actual N° 10 del ranking mundial supermediano OMB, quien tras ser monarca OPBF supermediano accede a su primera oportunidad mundialista en su debut fuera de su país.

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En la tarde del viernes, ambos superaron la ceremonia de pesaje, dejando todo listo para su duelo titular. Stieglitz registró 76,200 kg. -168 lbs.-. En tanto Kiyota marcó 75,900 kg. -167.3 lbs.-.

Stieglitz, nacido en Yeysk, Rusia, hace 32 años, y nacionalizado alemán, viene de recuperar su corona el pasado 23 de marzo al desquitarse de su compatriota Arthur Abraham por nocaut técnico en el cuarto capítulo en Magdeburgo, Alemania. Así se desquitó de lo ocurrido el 25 de agosto de 2012 cuando Abraham lo había destronado en fallo unánime en Kreuzberg, Berlín, Alemania. Al momento de resignar la corona había acumulado seis defensas exitosas del cetro supermediano OMB que conquistó el 22 de agosto de 2009 al destronar al húngaro Karoly Balzsay por nocaut técnico en el undécimo asalto en Budapest, Hungría. Tras ello lo refrendó sobre el argentino Rubén “Siru” Acosta (KOT 5), el alemán Eduard Gutknecht (DU 12), el mexicano Enrique Ornelas (DU 12), el armenio Khoren Gevor (Desc. 10), el alemán Henry Weber (DU 12), y el australiano Nader Hamdan (DU 12), el 5 de mayo en Erfurt, Alemania. Luego de caer ante Abraham, en lo que era la séptima exposición de su reinado, se recuperó el 26 de enero con una victoria por nocaut en el tercer round sobre el polaco Michal Nieroda en Barcelona, España, por lo que llega deseoso de desquitarse. Y el 23 de marzo recapturó su cinturón, que ahora planea defender.

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En tanto Kiyota, nacido en Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japón, hace 29 años, ha ganado sus últimos cuatro combates, luego de caer por nocaut técnico en el primer capítulo frente al estadounidense Jameson Bostic el 11 de octubre de 2010 en Tokio, Japón. El 22 de marzo de 2012 venció por nocaut técnico en el séptimo a su compatriota Shintaro Matsumoto, para reconquistar el cinto OPBF supermediano, previo a derrotar técnicamente en el sexto al también japonés Hiromitsu Miura, ambas en Tokio. Así, el actual N° 10 del ranking mundial supermediano OMB, busca consagrarse en su primera oportunidad mundialista, en lo que será su debut fuera tierras niponas.

Las autoridades designadas por la OMB son: el árbitro será el estadounidense Celestino Ruiz. Los jueces serán AlejandroLópez Cid, de México, Terry O’Connor, de Inglaterra, e Ingo Barrabas, de Alemania. El supervisor será el presidente de la entidad, el puertorriqueño Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel.

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En el otro combate mundialista de la noche, la campeona mundial mediana de la OMB, la alemana Christina Hammer (14-0, 7 KOs), se enfrentará a la ex retadora mundialista sueca Mikaela Lauren (19-2, 7 KOs), intentando defender por quinta ocasión su corona.

Hammer marcó 71,150 kg. -156.9 lbs.-, mientras que Lauren acusó 70,500 kg. -155.6 lbs.-.

En otra de las atracciones de la noche, el ex campeón mundial superwelter interino OMB y actual monarca europeo mediano OMB, el checo Lukas Konecny (49-4, 23 KOs), se medirá al tunecino nacionalizado francés Moez Fhima (22-2-1, 8 KOs), intentando retener por primera vez su cinturón.

Resultados del pesaje:

Robert Stieglitz 168 lbs. vs. Yuzo Kiyota 167.3 lbs.

Título mundial supermediano OMB

Christina Hammer 156.9 lbs. vs. Mikaela Lauren 155.6 lbs.

Título mundial mediano OMB
Lukas Konecny 158.5 lbs. vs. Moez Fhima 158.9 lbs.
Título europeo mediano OMB
Michael Wallisch 238 lbs. vs. Alexander Kahl 415 lbs.
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Robin Krasniqi 174.6 lbs. vs. Tomas Adamek 174.1 lbs.

Dario Bredicean 167.5 lbs. vs. Jan Zechmeister 168.6 lbs.

Escenario: Energie Verbund-Arena, en Dresden, Alemania.

Promotor: Sport Events Steinforth.

TV: SAT1 (Alemania).

http://www.notifight.com/artman2/publish/Reporte_7/Stieglitz_y_Kiyota_cumplen_en_Dresden.php

Christina Hammer v Mikaela Lauren

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The unbeaten Christina Hammer (14-0, 7) may well have claimed 2 Super Middleweight titles just a few short weeks ago but she returns to her more natural division this coming weekend.

On Saturday Hammer will be defending her WBF and WBO Middleweight titles for the 5th time as she takes on Swedish veteran Mikaela Lauren (19-2, 7).

The 22 year old Hammer, a naturalised German who was born in Novodolinka, Kazakhstan has become one of the sports premier fighters. She has a wonderful combination of technical skills and physical attributes that have helped her become a 2 weight world champion and yet she’s still a long, long way from her prime, something that should be scary to those fighters in the higher divisions.

In the opposite corner will be the 37 year old Lauren a fighter best known for her exploits at Welterweight where she challenged Cecilia Braekhus for the undisputed crown (coming up short on that night). Unfortunately other than the loss to Braekhus there is little of genuine note on Lauren’s record.

Looking at just the records it wouldn’t be out of line to suggest that this could be a competitive contest. Sadly looking a little bit further it’s hard to imagine anything but a 1-sided battle in favour of Hammer who really should just have too much of everything for Lauren.

With youth, power, natural size and skills on her side we imagine Hammer will manage to stop the challenger in the later rounds in what could potentially become a painful night for Lauren.

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Hammer defeats Tshabalala

Despite a game effort from South African challenger Julie Tshabalala, World Boxing Organization Women’s World Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer impressively dominated the proceedings to retain her title with a unanimous decision on Thursday night, April 5, at the Vodova Arena in Brno, Czech Republic..

While the reigning champion had the upper hand from the beginning, she did have to work hard in every round and the lopsided scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91 didn’t reflect the spirited effort of Tshabalala. Hammer improved her record to 12-0 (7), and Tshabalala dropped to 4-2-1 (1).

Hammer had predicted a knockout victory, and with this in mind Tshabalala took the fight on the inside to avoid the long range and hard straight shots from the German, who adjusted nicely and countered with hooks and uppercuts. Tshabalala had her best moments in rounds six and seven, and seemed to be catching her second wind, but Hammer was back on top in the final three rounds, making Tshabalala miss and pay for her mistakes.

As the final bell sounded the South African appeared happy to have survived all ten rounds, and there was never any doubt about who would be awarded the verdict. Christina Hammer had once again proven her superiority in the middleweight division, and status as one of the pound-for-pound best female fighters in the world.

The fight was promoted by Ulf Steinforth and his SES Boxing, and was broadcasted live worldwide on www.bild.de. The card also featured a championship fight with local hero Lukas Konecny, and the atmosphere at the Vodova Arena was electric throughout the evening.

http://www.boxingnews24.com/2012/04/hammer-defeats-tshabalala/

Konecny-Larbi; Hammer-Tshabalala Officials

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referees and judges who will work on the world title bouts between Lukas Konekny against Salim Larbo and Christina Hammer versus Julie “Queen” Tshabalala tomorrow at the Vodova Arena, Brno, Czech Republic.

For the vacant WBO Interim junior middleweight title between Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) and Larbi (17-1-1, 4 KOs), the referee will be Andre Van Grootenbruel. The judges for the Konekny-Larbi fight are Paul Thomas, Manuel Oliver Palomo and Zoltan Enyedi. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Istvan Kovacs.

For the Hammer’s (11-0, 7 KOs) third defense of the WBO Female Middleweight title against Tshabalala (4-1-1, 1 KOs), the referee will be Paul Thomas. The judges are Zoltan Enyedi, Andre Van Grootenbruel and Manuel Oliver Palomo. WBO supervisor will be Istvan Kovacs.