Shields-Hammer prelims to stream on Facebook

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The series will have its first world title fight on Saturday night.

Prelim fights for Saturday night’s Claressa Shields-Christina Hammer card will stream live on Facebook’s FightNight Live series, starting at 6 pm ET from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Here’s the rundown on what you can see if you tune in early.

In the featured prelim bout, the series will have what it can (and will) call its first-ever world title fight, as the vacant IBF featherweight title is on the line between Russia’s Elena Gradinar (9-0, 2 KO) and Argentina’s Brenda Karen Carabajal (15-4-1, 9 KO).

The belt is vacant because Jennifer Han, who won the title in 2015 and made four successful defenses through Feb. 2018, is pregnant and obviously out of action. Actually, the fight has been listed as both for the vacant IBF belt and an interim IBF belt, either of which would be reasonable in the situation, so it doesn’t really matter much. It’s a world title fight.

There will also be a familiar heavyweight name on the card, as former WBC titleholder Samuel Peter (37-6, 30 KO) returns to the ring in the second fight of a comeback he launched in February. Peter, whom it may shock you to learn is only 38, will face Mario Heredia (15-6-1, 13 KO) in an eight-round bout.

Peter is perhaps best-known for his three fights with the Klitschko brothers, two against Wladimir and one against Vitali, all of them losses, one of them competitive. Peter really hasn’t beaten anyone of note in over a decade, since dethroning Oleg Maskaev for that WBC belt in 2008. After a 2011 loss to Robert Helenius, he was inactive until 2014, when he fought once, and then out again until a pair of fights in 2016, the second a loss to Kubrat Pulev.

Detroit super flyweight prospect Ja’Rico O’Quinn (11-0-1, 8 KO) will also return, facing Vicente Alfaro Martinez (9-4, 3 KO) in an eight-round bout.

The opener will be a six-round middleweight fight between Isiah Seldon (12-2-1, 4 KO) and Bryan Goldsby (5-9, 0 KO).

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