WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight titleholder Claressa Shields (8-0, 2 KO) and WBO titleholder Christina Hammer (24-0, 11 KO) will meet in a rare full title unification fight on April 13 on Showtime, and the 24-year-old Shields is putting the finishing touches on her training camp down in Florida.
Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, started her training at home in Flint, Mich., before moving it out to Colorado at the U.S. Olympic Training Center for the meat of the camp.
Some quotes from Shields:
“We’ve been going twice a day every day except Sunday for five straight weeks. We put in lots of rounds sparring, tons of sprinting, pad work, push-ups, crunches and drills to help with my head movement.
“I’ve put my body through so much on this camp, and now it’s time to start cutting it down a bit. I’m in great shape and my weight is on point. I’m also in a great place mentally and very happy with this camp overall.”
“My main focus now is trying to relieve my body while keeping my conditioning. I’m making sure that I go into fight week with no injuries or soreness. I’ve been in Colorado for over a month and it was time for some new scenery.
“I’m still going to be training very hard in Florida. I just need a little more sunshine and the additional space that’s provided for me down here. We did what we had to do in Colorado. Florida is just an ideal environment all-around and a happy place for me to be these last couple weeks.”
“I know what I can and will do on April 13. I already told Christina I’m going to beat her and mess her up. I’m taking this fight 100 percent seriously. I’m going to go out there and dominate her.
“I don’t want these belts handed to me. I’m coming to win every round on April 13. I’m a different kind of animal and Christina is going to see that on fight night. I’m ready. That’s it.”