Unified world female middleweight titleholder Christina Hammer (22-0) has had her U.S debut which was set to take place on the 12th of January, has been postponed due to visa issues. Hammer was due to make her US debut as part of the undercard to WBC female world super-middleweight title holder Claressa Shield’s maiden world title defence against Torri Nelson, in Verona, New York. The card was to be televised by Showtime as part of their established Shobox series.
Christina Hammer is a recent addition to Salita Promotions who also handle Claressa Shields, has been forced to put her US debut on hold due to visa issues. The issues of a visa being delivered according to manager Harald Pia are being blamed on the weather and the Christmas holiday period. Pia elaborated on the issues with acclaimed writer David Avila of The Prizefighters publication:
“Christine needed a P1 Visa to fight in the United States, and to apply for that you need a signed contract with a US promoter,” explained Pia. “We signed the contract on December 18th, which normally would have been no problem. The application was processed in New York, but because of the holidays and especially the extreme weather, we didn’t get the visa back in time. But we’re past that now and looking to the future.”
Hammer herself is also naturally disappointed to be facing a delay in fighting in the US, however, will still be present on fight night to scout potential foe Claressa Shields. Shields v Hammer has been proposed to take place at some point in 2018, in which would be one of the most competitive and anticipated bouts in whole boxing in my opinion.
Hammer spoke to same publication quoted above and writer, stating that she feel’s sorry for her team and management for the abrupt postponement of her bout:
“My fight got cancelled because we couldn’t get the work visa in time,” said Hammer. “I feel so bad, and sorry for my team, my fans and all the fantastic people who always support me.”
“I am really happy with the opportunities and televised fights I’ll get from Salita Promotions, so I am in top shape and was really ready to give the US a great show. I was disappointed but I stay strong and move forward. Sometimes (stuff) happens.”
Hammer goes on to say that she expects to be next appearing in March, which will be in the US according to herself. Hammer also goes on to suggest that her anticipated clash with Shields will be taking place in the summer:
“I’m just waiting for the fight in March, where I will defend my titles and finally make my United States debut,” reflected Hammer. “I imagine that I will stay in the US longer before my next fight and do some training there. Then in the summer will be the big fight against Shields. I like the mood about big events in the USA. It could be the biggest female fight ever.”
From a personal opinion, it is a massive shame and disappointment that Hammer will not be featuring on Friday night, Hammer is certainly one of continental Europe’s most premier and decorated world champions, establishing herself as one of the best female fighters pound for pound globally. Christina, in my opinion, would have showcased herself well on the 12th, which would have given her the needed exposure to the American market whilst being an household name in Germany and on the continent.