World Boxing Federation Women’s World Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer (12-0, 7 KOs) is all set for her fourth title defense on September 7 at the RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany when she takes on Dominican challenger Yahaira Hernandez.
One of the youngest world champions in the game, 22-year-old Hammer won the WBF World title in February 2011 against Hungarian Diana Kiss, and has since impressively defended her crown by defeating Sweden’s Super Welterweight World Champion Maria Lindberg, American Vashon Living and South African Champion Julie Tshabalala.
On September 7 she will be looking to put a stamp on her dominance of the middleweight division, where she is a clear number one in the BoxRec computerized world rankings, in front of 4000 spectators, less than 50 kilometers from her hometown Dortmund:
“I am looking forward to the fight. A lot of my fans in this region are from Muelheim, and I want to show them live, in the arena, that I am the absolute number one in women’s boxing”, said an excited Hammer before what will be the closest she has been to fighting at home since becoming world champion.
25-year-old Yahaira Hernandez (11-3, 5 KOs) will be no easy task though, and the Santo Domingo-boxer is hoping to make it third-time-lucky in Germany. In 2007 she lost world title-challenges to Natascha Ragosina at Super Middleweight in Magdeburg, and at Super Welterweight to Karolina Lukasik in Goeppingen.
In her most recent outing Hernandez beat fellow Dominican Mery Rancier last December, and she has had plenty of time to prepare for the fight against Hammer. She is confident that Middleweight is where she is most effective, and that she will be able to go home a world champion this time.
Hernandez: “Ragosina was too big for me at Super Middleweight, and I am too big to make Super Welterweight comfortably. Middleweight is right in between, and I will be at my very best, at my strongest and most dangerous in this weight class. Hammer better be ready, because she will have her hands full. I am coming to win”.
The Christina Hammer vs, Yahaira Hernandez World Boxing Federation Middleweight World title fight will be promoted by SES Boxing, and will air live in Germany on Sport 1 television. Also on the show will be an interesting heavyweight encounter between Francesco Pianeta and former WBF World Heavyweight Champion Francois Botha.