Shields Dominates Nelson In First Title Defense
In her fifth professional fight and third main event, Claressa Shields successfully defended her IBF and WBC titles against Tori Nelson at the Turning Stone Casino, in Verona, New York.
Walking into the ring, Shields would not only be facing a woman that is nearly twice her age in Nelson, but was also a former world champion.
While Shields was nearly two decades younger and less experienced than Nelson, Shields held the weight advantage over Nelson, as well as a wave of momentum following her victory over Nikki Adler in her last fight.
Shields dictated the pace from the opening round to the final bell, with solid combinations and defense, being able to evade looping powershots from the challenger. At the halfway point, Nelson was only able to land 19% of her told punches, and only land 20% of the 400 punches thrown in ten rounds.
Shields wielded the power punches as she would land 44% of the 425 thrown in the fight, and while Shields’ jab wouldn’t be as profecient as the champion would like, she did find a way to stymie any attempts from the challenger to land her jab, as Nelson could only land 11 of 52.
When it came to the scorecards, it would not only be a unanimous decision, but a unanimous sweep for Shields’ as all three judges would score it 100-90 for the two time Olympian.
Following the fight, Steve Farhood would ask Shields about fellow champion, Christina Hammer, who was in the audience for the second straight Shields’ fight. The Flint native, riding a confident high following her victory said that she would “kick her A**.”
With this dominant of a performance, and with no real challenger for either fighter in their weight class, its now a matter of when these two face off, and not if.