Claressa Shields Dominates Tori Nelson
January 12, 2018
Anthony Saldana (83 articles)

Claressa Shields Dominates Tori Nelson

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña


Friday night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona New York, the two-time olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs), put her IBF and WBC female super middleweight titles on the line in a scheduled 10-round bout against challenger Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KOs). In the first round Shields showed her opponent a lot of respect as round one was a big feeling out round for both fighters. In the second Claressa began unloading wide wild punches as Nelson tried get inside in a closely contested round. To start the third Shields began to gain confidence, take control of fight and outboxed Nelson, landing her power shots and combinations at will. Throughout seven rounds Shields had out landed Nelson 157-57 in total punches. Nelson although game was easily outclassed and after ten lopsided rounds of boxing all three judges were in agreement with scores of 100-90 in favor Claressa Shields. “I landed every shot possible that I could land, but she was tough she wasn’t a pushover, stated Shields after the fight. When asked about the presence of the undefeated WBO and WBC Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer who was sitting ringside Shields said “I think Hammer is pretty scared to be honest, she didn’t even show up here to fight, she’s more worried about me than I am of her, I’m gonna kick Hammers ass”


In a very entertaining Co- Main event Jesse Angel Hernandez (10-1, 7 KO’s) from Fort Worth, Texas battled Ernesto Garza III (9-2, 5 KO’s) from Saginaw, Michigan in a ten round bout. Garza and Hernandez both stood toe to toe early and often landing power shots on each other in heated exchanges. In the second Garza caught Hernandez coming in with a straight left sending Hernandez to canvas. Hernandez easily beat the count and in the third and fourth rounds Hernandez gained his composure and began to take control of the bout as Garza seemed to be losing steam. In the middle rounds Garza and Hernandez went back and forth landing three and four punch combinations on each other as neither boxer refused to take a step backwards. Garza came out in the ninth round with a fighting with a sense of urgency easily out boxing Hernandez setting up a solid tenth round as both fighters left it all in the ring. After ten action packed rounds of boxing the judges scored the fight, 95-94 Hernandez, 95-93 Garza and 97-93 giving Jesse Hernandez the split decision victory.


To kick off the televised portion of the card undefeated prospect Shohjahon Ergashev (10-0, 10 KO’s) took on another undefeated prospect Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KO’s) in a Super Lightweight bout. From the opening bell Ergashev used a solid left jab and hard combinations to hurt his taller opponent. Ergashev easily cut off the ring landing power shots at will as Fredrickson never found a way to use his reach to control the distance in the fight. In the third Ergashev pinned Fredrickson in the corner landing power shots at will and forcing referee Benji Esteves to call a halt of the bout at the 1:58 mark of the round. With the victory Shohjahon Ergashev moves to (11-0, 11 KO’s).




Anthony Saldana