Claressa Shields goes the distance in a dominating win over challenger Tori Nelson
VERONA-World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) retained her titles with a dominating performance over former three-time champion Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KOs)
Shield came out blazing, landing combinations to the head, and body of a very game Tori Nelson in Verona. Through the first half of the fight, Shields outworked and outclassed her elder opponent, landing 45% of her punches though never appearing to hurt Nelson.
The fight kept the same tone throughout with Shields dominating Nelson with sharp combinations, and a steady work rate which Nelson never found the answer for through ten rounds of action.
Shields gained valuable experience going the distance with an undefeated fighter and dominating from beginning to end. The champion showed refined skills and a patient demeanor in the fight.
All three judges' scorecards read 100-90 x 3 in favor of Claressa Shields, who retained her IBF and WBC super middleweight titles.
WBC and WBO middleweight champion Christina Hammer was ringside to observe the fight and expressed her interest once again to fight Shields, who is preparing to leave the super middleweight division to fight in the middleweight division.
In the co-main event, Jesse Hernandez (11-1, 7 KOs) defeated Ernesto Garza (9-3, 5 KOs) via split decision: 95-94 Hernandez, 95-93 Garza, 97-93 Hernandez. The two men fought ten rounds for the first time in their respective careers and left it all in the ring.
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