Claressa Shields in another boxing first on Showtime

NEW YORK (AP) – Claressa Shields is participating in another first for women’s boxing.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist and Christina Hammer will be featured in All Access episodes on Showtime Sports’ social media platforms.

Showtime announced on Tuesday that the episodes will premiere on March 29 and April 5 on SHO Sports YouTube and Facebook pages. Shields and Hammer will fight for the undisputed middleweight championship on April 13, broadcast live on Showtime from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The episodes will show Shields preparing at the United States Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Hammer training in Seefeld, Austria.

Undefeated Shields (8-0, two KOs) and Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) were supposed to fight on November 17 last year, but Hammer postponed it because of illness.

Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said the fight highlights “two of the elite athletes in boxing” in the network’s 10th women’s bout since 2017. That year, Shields became the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable.

Undefeated women’s middleweight world boxing champion Claressa Shields hugs 14-year-old student Anaise Marcano from East Middle School, Brentwood, New York during a press conference for her upcoming fight in New York on Tuesday. – AP