Undercards Fights at Hard Rock Casino

Dmitry Bivol celebrates after retaining the WBA light heavyweight title by decision over Isaac Chilemba at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City in August. Bivol will return to the Hard Rock for a Nov. 24 fight against former champion Jean Pascal.

The unification fight between women’s middleweight champions Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer that was scheduled to be held in Atlantic City on Nov. 17 has officially been postponed.

Showtime Sports announced Friday that Hammer (23-0, 10 KOs) asked for the bout to be rescheduled for next year at some point due to medical reasons. It was slated for Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom.

“All parties have agreed to reschedule Shields vs. Hammer on Showtime in 2019,” Showtime Sports said in a statement. “In the meantime, Showtime has agreed to let Shields seek an optional title defense as Hammer pursues a return to the ring.”

Shields vs. Hammer is viewed as the biggest women’s boxing event in years. Shields (6-0, 2 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist from Flint, Michigan, is the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association champion. Hammer, from Dortmund, Germany, holds the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization titles.

Despite the postponement, there are two boxing events still scheduled for Atlantic City next month.

On Nov. 16, Millville’s Thomas LaManna (26-2-1, 9 KOs) will take on Atlantic City’s Mike Arnoutis (26-11-2, 13 KOs) for the New Jersey State welterweight title at Showboat Atlantic City Hotel.

WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs) will face former champion Jean Pascal (33-5-1, 20 KOs) on Nov. 24 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. The fight is also being televised on HBO.

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Member of The Press sports staff since 1986, starting my 25th season as The Press Eagles' beat writer. Also cover boxing, MMA, golf, high school sports and everything else.

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