Sunday, June 17, 2018

Claressa Shields vs. Hanna Gabriels

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) is scheduled to fight Hanna Gabriels (18-1-1, 11 KOs) on June 22nd in Detroit. The two top-notch female fighters will square off in a ten round bout for the vacant IBF/WBA Women's Middleweight Title on Showtime. Shields, an undefeated fighter from nearby Flint, is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over women's middleweight contender Tori Nelson. Costa Rica's Gabriels, who is making her American pro debut, has one blemish on her veteran record, a TKO loss to Oxandia Castillo in 2013.

This title fight sits on top of a ten fight card, that also features another women's middleweight bout between Christina Hammer (22-0, 10 KOs) and Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KOs) for Hammer's WBC/WBO Women's Middleweight Title. This match should be of interest to the winner of Shields vs. Gabriels in that it is likely that the winner will face Hammer or Nelson in their next bout. Hammer, an undefeated fighter from Germany, looks to preserve her perfect record in her American pro debut. Nelson, who is coming off of a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Claressa Shields, hopes to get back in the win column, and potentially get a rematch against the popular, Shields.

The card, which will take place at the Masonic Temple, will also feature the following professional bouts:

Umar Salamov (20-1, 15 KOs) vs. Brian Howard (13-1, 10 KOs) - ten rounds, light heavyweights for the IBF North American Light Heavyweight Title

Bakhtiyar Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) vs. Nicholas Givhan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) - ten rounds, junior welterweights

Aslambek Idigov (12-0, 5 KOs) vs. James Ballard (10-1, 3 KOs) - ten rounds, light heavyweights

Jarico O'Quinn (8-0-1, 5 KOs) vs. Yaqub Kareem (14-9-1, 8 KOs) - eight rounds, bantamweights

Franchon Crews-Dezurn (3-1, 1 KO) vs. Crystal Byers (0-3) - six rounds, female super middleweights

Apti Davtaev (14-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Cory Phelps (16-10-1, 8 KOs) - eight rounds, heavyweights

Leon Lawson III (6-0, 4 KOs) vs. TBA - six rounds, junior middleweights

Joseph Bonas (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. Michael Klekotta (1-2, 1 KO) - four rounds, welterweights

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