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Tonight:  Nikki Adler to fight Claressa Shields on ShoBox
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August 4, 2017

(AUG 4)  DETROIT  WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Nikki Adler and hometown favorite, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields officially made weight on Thursday, one day before they headline a doubleheader TONIGHT on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from MGM Grand Detroit.

Shields (3-0, 1 KO) tipped the scales at 165 pounds with the champion Adler (16-0, 9 KOs) of Germany coming in at 166 pounds even. In the ShoBox co-feature, world-ranked super bantamweight Vladimir Tikhonov (15-0, 9 KOs) of Russia will face Jesse Hernandez (8-1, 6 KOs) of Fort Worth, Texas, in an eight-round bout. Both fighters weighed in at 123 pounds.

Shields good friend and newly crowned UFC Featherweight World Champion Cris Cyborg Justino was on hand Thursday and will walk Shields into the ring on Friday. Also in attendance at the weigh-in was a potential future Shields opponent, five-time world champion Christina Hammer, who is undefeated at 21-0 and currently holds the WBC and WBO Middleweight titles.

Justino and Hammer met with the media in a forum moderated by Shields co-manager Mark Taffet before the weigh-in.

I never thought it would happen, that the sports of MMA and boxing would come together like it has with the upcoming Mayweather-McGregor fight, said Justino, the former Strikeforce and Invicta FC champion. I think its great and incredible and could possibly open the door for other fights between the sports.

Im looking forward to watching Claressa win the fight tomorrow night, said Hammer. I want to see her keep winning so we can fight one day. I only want to fight the best and she seems to be one of the best.

Tickets for the event promoted by Salita Promotions are on sale now and are priced at $350, $250, $125 and $60. They will be available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Programming Note: Episode 2 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. McGregor will air Friday night before the ShoBox telecast at 10 p.m. ET/PT. To watch an exclusive clip of the episode, click here: http://s.sho.com/2u8OxWK.


Nikki Adler: 166 Pounds
Claressa Shields: 165 Pounds
Vladimir Tikhonov: 123 Pounds
Jesse Angel Hernandez: 123 Pounds



This fight is very big in Germany, and I know there will be a lot of eye on me. It will be 4:30 in the morning, but there will be live streaming and viewing parties.

Im going to be defensive in the early going and know that Claressa is going to come forward. I want to get the fight into the later rounds. Its 10 rounds of boxing and there will be lots of action.

I know I will be tough to knock out and have no plans of going down. Claressa has gotten all the hype so far and she wants to put on a show for her fans. Im going to do everything I can to send those fans home upset after I beat her and carry those belts out of the ring.

This is my second fight with my trainer Rene [Friese]. I wanted to train with the best and I need a trainer who had worked with the top fighters.

My trainer has really been stressing strategies. We have a lot of them. The game plan is simple: Win the fight.

Fighting for the first time in the United States is going to be amazing. Ive only fought in Russia and Germany, so to be here in a main event on SHOWTIME is really special.


I feel like Im a lot healthier and hydrated than I did fighting at 160. Im not sluggish. I used a chef who prepared my meals for the first time and I feel great.

Ive known about Nikki Adler and Christina Hammer for a long time. I like both of the girls, but when it comes to getting in the ring its all about business.

Technically I see that [Nikki] is very poised and calm. Shes patient, but not too patient.

Even though she may be the bigger fighter, I know Im the aggressor. I think I can get her out in six rounds.

Of course everyone wants to get the big knockout, but I havent found the right punch that gets the girls knocked out. Im young so I know it will come.

Im glad Cyborg is here to support me. She hits hard and weve sparred. Shes strong and she is fast. Shes picked up a lot from me, and Ive learned from her. Shes the most feared MMA fighter, and Im most feared in boxing. So its great for both womens sports.


This is my first time ever in America. Im pretty impressed with it. Theres so much to do and see, but I cant let distractions get in the way.

Ive been here for about a month training at Kronk Gym. Russian fighters are known for being very disciplined, and we know the opportunity that is in front of us. There is no room for slip ups and to get lazy. This is my big shot and Im going to take advantage of it.

The sparring has been the biggest thing. Ive been sparring with pros and amateurs. Its so much more powerful here and the variety is something I would never get at home.

I can box and I can brawl. Whatever I have to do to get the win.


I had a layoff of about five years and worked construction jobs because I had to pay the bills, but now Im back and focused on boxing.

In the past Ive been known to be too aggressive, so Im going to try and slow things down and be a more tactical boxer.

I have six brothers who were professional boxers and Ive learned from them. My nickname is The One because now Im the only left fighting.

Im the youngest of 15 children, all with the same parents. We are a very close family.

Im a natural right-hander and Im ready to fight a lefty like Tikhonov. Ive fought some southpaws and Ive been sparring with lefties.

Hes undefeated for a reason. I dont think hes been in there with someone as tough as I am; as aggressive as I am.

RENE FRIESE, Adlers trainer

We came all the way over here to bring home the belts back to Germany.

We have our plan and our strategy in place. We are ready for this fight.

JASON CRUTCHFIELD, Shields trainer

There hasnt been much smack talking for this fight. I told her you need to let your fists do your talking. Your mouth cant help you in the ring.

We are ready for 10 rounds. Im not going to say its hard; its doable. Its her first time doing it. Weve trained for it and shes been 10 rounds in training three or four times.

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