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Shields Wins, Wallin, De La Hoya, and Quillin No Contests, Saturday Night Boxing Roundup
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Atlantic, City, NJ (April 14th, 2019)– In the main event of an eight-bout card televised on USA Showtime from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Saturday evening, April 13, 2019, Claressa Shields was crowned the undisputed Female World Middleweight title, scoring a 10 round unanimous decision over Christina Hammer in a battle of undefeated female world middleweight champions. On that card, and elsewhere in the United States and Mexico, three controversial No Contests resulted in major bouts. One is given to wonder whether the ‘B’ fighters who caused the No Contests actually were trying for the head butts as a way out.
Shields, 9-0, two knockouts, Flint, Michigan, a two Olympic Gold Medalist, lost the first round to WBO champion Hammer, 24-1 with 11 knockouts, Dortmund, Germany, and perhaps the close third round. Shields clearly won rounds two, and four through ten, dominating the punch count, especially with body shots. Hammer remained on the defensive, her jab neutralized, and held Shields for the last four rounds just to survive.
The larger question remains: does female boxing have a promotable future? Promoter Dmitriy Salita has succeeded in charming the American public with Shields, who is definitely of interest. Other female fighters, however, have proven less than popular in terms of matching or displacing male boxing. With Shields, Salita has found the first promotable female pot of gold since Laila Ali. After the win, Shields called out Savannah Marshall, the 5-0 British super middleweight who beat her in the amateurs. However, Marshall is fighting in a different weight class. 8-0 female middleweight contender Raquel ‘Pretty Beast’ Miller of San Francisco, California is a possible next opponent for Shields.
Result: Claressa Shields Win 10 Christina Hammer, Middleweights Shields Wins Undisputed World Middleweight Title (WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF) Scoring: 98-92, 98-92, 98-92 Shields. Referee: Sparkle Lee
USA Showtime Undercard
Jermaine Franklin Win 10 Rydell Booker, Heavyweights (Televised) Scoring: 98-92, 98-92, 98-92 Franklin. Referee: Earl Brown
Booker, once the number rated amateur heavyweight in the United States, spent ten years in prison, then won three comeback bouts by six round decision. Booker fought Franklin as a counterpuncher, but was consistently outworked. Franklin, Saginaw, Michigan, is 18-0.
Mario Heredia Win Split Decision 8 Samuel Peter, Heavyweights
Mexican heavyweight Mario Heredia comes off the canvas in the third round to outwork faded former world heavyweight champion Sam Peter by eight round split decision upset.
Scoring: 79-72 for Peter. 77-75. 76-74 for Heredia. Controversial decision.
Otto Wallin No Decision 2 Nick Kisner, Heavyweights (3:00) (Televised)
20-0 Swedish contender Wallin and Baltimore cruiserweight Kisner were both cut from an an accidental clash of heads. Kisner on the corner of right eye, Wallin on the forehead. Kinsner could not see out of his right eye when examined in the ring after the clash but asked to fight on. On adviceise of ringside doctor, Referee David Franciosi halted the bout between rounds. Besides, 21-4-1 cruiserweight Kisner had no business fighting at heavyweight.
Marcus Bates TKO 3 Jesse Angel Hernandez, Super Bantamweights
Washington D.C. prospect Bates stops Texas’ fighter Hernandez for first time.
Jarico O’Quinn Win 8 Vicente Alfaro Martinez, Super Flyweights
11-0-1 Detroit Michigan prospect O’Quinn goes distance with Minnesota’s Martinez.
Isiah Seldon Win 6 Bryan Goldsby, Middleweights
Minor comeback for 12-2-1 Seldon, son of former WBA Heavyweight Champion Bruce.
Brenda Karen Cabrajal Win 10 Elena Grainar, Featherweights
Carbajal wins Interim Female International Boxing Federation World Featherweight title
Former World Boxing Association Female World Featherweight champion Carbajal, 16-4-1 with nine knockouts, San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, upsets 9-0 Russian ELena Gradinar, and wins a world title shot against IBF full champion Jennifer Han of Texas.
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Peter Quillin No Decision 2 Caleb Truax, Super Middleweights
Truax ruled unable to continue after accidental headbutt by referee Celestino Ruiz.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko Win 12 Jack Culcay, Middleweights
Ex-Olympian Ukrainian middleweight contender Sergioy Derevyanchenko goes the 12 round distance to win over former World Boxing Association World Super Welterweight champion and current European Middleweight champion Jack Culcay of Ecuador, now fighting out of Germany.
Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Marie Eve Dicaire Win 10 Mikaela Lauren, Super Welterweights
Dicaire retains International Boxing Federation Female World Super Welterweight title
15-0 Canadian southpaw Female World Super Welterweight champion Marie Eve Dicaire might have won a world title shot at undisputed World Middleweight champion Claressa Shields with this win.
Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Diego De La Hoya No Contest 2 Enrique Bernache, Featherweights (2:25)
In the third bizarre ending to a major fight on Saturday night, 21-0 Mexican super bantamweight contender Diego De La Hoya of Mexicali, cousin of Oscar De La Hoya, moved up to featherweight after being unable to make the supre bantamweight weight limit due to hydration. It didn’t last long, as De La Hoya wound up in a No Contest with 24-12 Enrique Bernache of Mexicali. Bernache, trying to survive, got hit with a body shot and grabbed De La Hoya behind the head, producing a clash of heads which left a totally bloody Bernache bleeding profusely from the face and unable to continue.
CLARESSA SHIELDS CROWNED UNDISPUTED MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION WITH NEAR-SHUTOUT VICTORY OF CHRISTINA HAMMER SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME®
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ATLANTIC CITY (April 13, 2019) –Claressa Shields is the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. The 24-year-old Flint, Mich. native delivered the best performance of her career and cruised to a unanimous decision over Germany’s Christina Hammer Saturday on SHOWTIME in arguably the most significant women’s boxing match in history. The judges scored the fight 98-92 and 98-91 twice.
The two-time Olympic gold-medalist Shields (9-0, 2 KOs), who entered the fight holding the IBF, WBA and WBC 160-pound titles, showed off her complete arsenal of skills in the dominating performance and now joins Terrence Crawford, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, Oleksandr Usyk and women’s welterweight Cecilia Braekhus as the only fighters to have unified all four major world titles in any weight class.
Christina Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs), who owned the WBO belt entering the fight, had her jab largely neutralized and her defense exploited from start to finish. Shields landed a remarkable 44% of her power punches and landed on 112 total punches compared to just 49 for Hammer. As impressive as her offense was, Shields’ defense and head movement was immaculate as Hammer was able to connect on just 13% of her total punches, 11% of her jabs and 18% of her power shots.
Speaking to SHOWTIME’s Hall of Fame analyst Steve Farhood following the historic night for women’s boxing, the outspoken and emotional Shields held nothing back.
“I am the greatest woman of all time,” said Shields, who nearly earned a stoppage during a barrage in the closing moments of the eighth round. “I did it. She didn’t win a single round. I almost knocked her out. I swear I feel like I’m dreaming right now. Thanks to Christina Hammer and her team. They said she had a hard jab and they weren’t lying. Her jab is off the chain.
“I was just calculating in the first round and after that I started picking her apart,” she continued. “I knew I could hurt her. I thought I finished her in round eight. I thought the fight should have been stopped. She was holding onto me. I just told myself, stay cool, stay cool. I was trying to get the perfect punch to get her out of there.”
Fresh off the biggest win of her professional career, the newly-crowned undisputed champion of the world already has her sights set on another opponent.
“Women’s boxing, we’re on fire. I cannot wait to see the next super fight. Give me Cecilia Brækhus at 154 pounds. That’s who I want next. Either her or Savannah Marshall.”
“I didn’t fight very good or fast,” said a subdued Hammer. “That’s boxing, anything can happen. I wanted this fight. She won, respect to her. She’s a tough, strong woman and that’s all I can say.
“She’s fast, she comes forward. She has fast hands. I couldn’t land my jab as good as I expected. I’ll come back and I’ll be back stronger.”
“I think tonight’s fight will go down in the history books as an epic battle with the likes of Ali-Frazier, Leonard-Hearns and De La Hoya-Trinidad,” said Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions. “With this dominating and captivating performance to become crowned undisputed middleweight champion coupled with her list of record-breaking accomplishments, Claressa Shields is well on her way to being as revered as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Serena WIlliams, Michael Jordan, Pele and others at the top of their game.”
In the co-featured bout, Jermaine Franklin (18-0, 13 KOs), widely regarded as the top American heavyweight prospect, kept his unbeaten record intact with a 10-round unanimous decision over former No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur Rydell Booker (25-2, 12 KOs). The judges scored the fight 99-91 and 98-91 twice.
The 25-year-old Franklin dictated the tempo throughout and was far more active and aggressive than his 38-year-old counterpart. Booker had his moments, particularly in the early rounds when he landed several flush power shots but the youthful Franklin pulled away in the second half of the fight as Booker tired and Franklin targeted the body. Franklin averaged 54 punches per round to Booker’s 35 and led 146-94 in overall punches landed.
“I think I had a decent performance,” said the Saginaw, Mich. native. “There’s some stuff I could work on. I over-crowded myself a little bit and I was a little over-anxious. He had a lot more experience than me and used it to his advantage. He could see what I was doing.
“I learned to stay more patient because I had him hurt a few times, but once I got over-anxious, my whole game plan went out the window. I started messing up and making crazy mistakes I shouldn’t have. Now it’s back to the drawing board to work on my mistakes and come out bigger and badder next time.”
“I felt he out-hustled me, but it was a lot closer than how the judges scored it,” said Booker. “He was missing me a lot more than it looked. I slipped a lot of shots and hit him clean.
“I knew he would bring the pressure, but he needs a lot of work. He stays too centered with his head. He’s alright. What he has on his side is youth. I’d rate my performance about a seven. I had a training camp injury I was dealing with. I’m going to stay active and come back stronger than ever.”
In the telecast opener, undefeated top-five ranked heavyweight prospect Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs, 1 ND) and Baltimore’s Nick Kisner (21-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 ND) had their 10-round bout cut short when the two heavyweights clashed heads in the opening round. Wallin suffered a gash on the side of his head while Kisner suffered a cut over his right eye, hindering his ability to see. At the advice of the ringside physician in between rounds one and two, referee Earl Brown stopped the fight, resulting in a no-decision.
At the time of the stoppage, Wallin led 14-3 in overall punches landed, 7-1 in jabs and 7-2 in power punches.
“To me, his cut didn’t look that bad,” said a disappointed Wallin, who was making his U.S. debut. “It’s a shame because I trained really hard for this fight and was looking to put on a show for fans in America. I just didn’t have time to get going.
“I’d like to get back in there soon and show what I can do. I’m going to take this as a learning experience.”
“I caught a headbutt and the referee came to me,” said Kisner. “He saw me swiping at my eye and said ‘can you see?’ I said, ‘soon as I get the blood out of my eye, sure.’
“I feel horrible after training so hard. I felt good in the first round. The judges probably gave him the first round, but I always take off the first round. I was feeling like I could get to him eventually. You saw me land my overhand right.”
Tonight’s live event was promoted by Salita Promotions.
An encore presentation of tonight’s tripleheader will air Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available via the network’s On Demand platforms.
Hall of Famer Barry Tompkins called the action alongside fellow Hall of Fame analyst Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez. World-renowned ring announcer and Hall of Famer Jimmy Lennon Jr. rounded out the telecast. The Executive Producer of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION was Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.