Shields cruises to lopsided UD
In the main event of Sho Box: The Next Generation series on Showtime, Claressa Shields improved to 5-0, with 2 KOs defeating Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2KOs) by unanimous decision to retain her WBC & IBF Super Middleweight belts.
From the beginning of the fight the hand speed difference was apparent as Shields took advantage by landing the crisper more effective punches. By the second round the difference in skills was obvious as Shields was taking advantage of Nelson’s deficiencies in the ring. Nelson came forward but couldn’t do much.
In the third and fourth kept the same theme with Shields turning Nelson and making her miss while picking her shots. Late in the fourth Nelson manage to pin Shields against the ropes only problem was Shields landed the bigger and harder shots.
In the fifth Shields hit Nelson with a shot the made her stumble back a little. Nelson was game kept coming forward and showed a tremendous amount of heart but was clearly being outclassed by Shields.
By the eighth it was becoming apparent that Nelson was going to go the distance and prove to be as tough as advertised.
It was a good performance by Shields, not explosive but solid. A good fight for a young fighter’s development. The judges all scored it 100-90 in an easy fight to score. For Shields all roads seem to lead to a Christina Hammer showdown.
By: Wilson Urena