Claressa Shields improves to 4-0 (2 KOs) in stopping WBC Champion German Nikki Adler (16-1, 9 KOs) at the MGM Grand Detroit on Showtime. The time of the stoppage was 1:34 of Round 5 to claim the WBC and vacant IBF Super Middleweight championships.
Shields had her best professional outing, in punishing Adler from the opening bell. She controlled the ring and action from bell to the final wave off.
Shields cracked Adler with punishing rights throughout, prompting the referee to watch Adler from Round 3 to the actual stoppage.
“I’m happy and blessed. I got the TKO. I knocked out the world champion who was 16-0! I had trained for a hard fight and was prepared to go all 10. It was not going to be a war,” exclaimed Shields during ShoBox: The Next Generttion Post-Fight Interview with Steve Farhood.
Then WBC and WBO Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer stepped into the ring and claimed, “She had beated Nikki easily. Congratulations. It was a good fight. But it is not good for me. I beat you both”, in a precursor of what to come.
Adler commented, “Claressa was definitely the better fighter tonight. I will be back. Of course, I’m very disappointed about losing a fight, but it’s part of boxing. I was never hurt during the fight, but I had no strength and felt fatigued. I don’t know why. I couldn’t do the things I wanted to… Now that I have faced Claressa Shields, I can tell you Christina Hammer (whom Adler had faced and beaten twice in amateur boxing) cannot beat her. She will lose.”
Sitting down with Adler after the show, she continued, “This is boxing. You loss some. I would love to return to fight in the US, maybe against Tori Nelson or Maricela Cornejo (whom Shields has no intentions of facing).”
Hammer told me that she plans to showcase her skills in New York (venue TBA) in late 2017 and potentially return to Detroit for #HammerShields in early 2018.
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