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Published: 13:14 | 10/4/19

Shields aiming to be the greatest


Claressa Shields wants to become the 'greatest woman fighter of all time'.

WBO title holder Shields goes head-to-head with Christina Hammer in Atlantic City on Saturday for the right to be declared the undisputed middleweight champion of the world, in what is being build as the biggest fight in women's boxing history.

A two-time Olympic champion Shields has an 8-0 record in the ring, while Hammer is 24-0 ahead of Saturday's bout, which is live on BoxNation, but the former believes she will be too strong for her opponent on the night.

"I want to erase that line between men's boxing and women's boxing, to give us the same opportunity given to men, to treat this fight the same," Shields told Showtime. "We sacrifice putting our lives on hold, having kids, our families, and our friends just to give everything to boxing.

"This should be a game changer for women's boxing.

"I thought it would take years before they gave us all access and equal promotion. I thought this day would come down the line, but it's happening right now.

"It came fast but I knew it would happen, I have a chance to become undisputed champion in just nine fights.

"I'm going to beat her. She's a good fighter but she's not great, she has a lot of flaws but they haven't been exposed because her opponents are girls who probably couldn't even run a mile on a treadmill.

"Those are her opponents - if she thinks she is fighting a 17-year-old that fought in the Olympics then cool, if she thinks she is fighting the one that won the 2016 Olympics cool, but I know what I am doing.

"Her ego is too high for her to accept I have improved.

"Victory will show my fans that I am the greatest woman of all time, and it adds more to the legacy of that, and shows not that I am just saying it to be super cocky.

"To be the greatest you have to do great things."

Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer meet in the biggest fight in women's boxing history on Saturday, 13 April live on BoxNation, which is part of the eir sport pack. Subscribe here

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