All six fighters are good to go for tomorrow night’s Showtime tripleheader from Detroit, headlined by a middleweight title bout between Claressa Shields and Hanna Gabriels.
Shields (5-0, 2 KO) is moving down from super middleweight, and looking to pick up the vacant IBF and WBA titles against Gabriels (18-1-1, 11 KO), moving up as a multiple-time champion at junior middleweight.
Both fighters weighed in at 159½, just under the 160-pound limit.
The sport’s two other middleweight titles, the WBC and WBO belts, are on the line in the co-feature, as Christina Hammer (22-0, 10 KO) defends against Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KO). There’s no real secret here, that everyone is hoping that Shields and Hammer win and set up a big unification fight on Showtime later this year.
Hammer weighed in at 159½, with Nelson at 157½.
The opener is a 10-round light heavyweight bout between prospect Umar Salamov (20-1, 15 KO) and 38-year-old Brian Howard (13-1, 10 KO). Salamov, 24, and Howard both weighed in at 174½.