Claressa Shields Dominates Tori Nelson in ShoBox Main Event

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

Nelson, at 41 years of age, did not have much to offer in terms of offense, but she did show tremendous heart in extending Shields all 10 rounds and took a substantial amount of punishment along the way.

Turns out she was getting her hair done - braided with a neon blue weave - for tonight's big show in NY, where Shields, the two-time Olympic gold medalist who is now a rising star in professional boxing, will defend her world super middleweight titles as the main event for Showtime's live "ShoBox" telecast.

All three judges awarded every round to Shields, scoring her first title defense 100-90.

Shields has long talked about becoming a transcendent figure in her sport, as the first American woman to win Olympic boxing gold and the first US fighter - male or female - to win back-to-back Olympic titles. She was just tough, 17-0, two knockouts. "She definitely did what I thought she was gonna do, be aggressive, try to pin me against the ropes. She did her game plan, but I just did more". She won her titles by stopping Nikki Adler (16-1, 9 KOs) in the fifth round of her previous fight, August 4 at MGM Grand Detroit. It looked as if Shields would get her icing on the cake with a knockout in the tenth as she had Nelson reeling. Shields connected with 186 of 425 power punches to 70 of 348 for Nelson and the champion hit Nelson with 63 body shots while taking 21.

Hammer (22-0) was on hand to watch Shields fight Nelson.

Shields continued to land against Nelson during the sixth round, but couldn't hurt her older, slower opponent.

Shields snapped back Nelson's head with a left hook late in the second round.

The fight didn't begin the way Shields thought it would. Afterward, she credited Nelson for the fight she put up while going the full 10 rounds.

Shields is expected to move down from 168 pounds to 160 for her next fight, probably sometime in April.

WBAN has just posted pre-fight interviews and footage of the upcoming fight tonight between Shields vs. Nelson.

Hammer recently signed with Salita Promotions and was scheduled to fight on the undercard tonight before work visa issues forced a postponement.

"I didn't think she was a walkover but I did say that I was better skilled and that I was stronger", Shields told Showtime, which televised the fight live. She's more anxious about me than I am about her.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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