Claressa Shields retains titles with 10-round unanimous decision against Tori Nelson

Claressa Shields retains titles with 10-round unanimous decision against Tori Nelson

Even though Nelson is almost 20 years older than Shields, she has one huge advantage in this match: experience.

Now that unified women's WBC and IBF super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) has defeated previously undefeated Tori Nelson, the 22-year-old 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist now has her sights set on the middleweight division where she will eventually target undefeated and unified women's middleweight world champion Christina Hammer, who was ringside Friday in Verona, NY.

Nelson claimed a middleweight world title in 2011, but had only fought twice since June 2015.

All three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Shields, the 22-year-old two-time Olympic champion.

Shields' victory was televised on Showtime, with the MI fighter becoming the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable, having done so in March and again in August 2017. She's more anxious about me than I am about her.

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In the final round, Nelson was swinging wildly looking for a knockout while Shields methodically landed punches to the head, missing a couple of big ones.

Shields started the fourth round strong by letting her hands go and landing combinations. The two will also be vying for the WBAN Super Middleweight World Title that is exclusive to only the very elite in the sport. 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. Showtime (live stream) will broadcast this much-anticipated bout live from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

"As far as fighting me, I think she's pretty scared, to be honest", Shields said.

"I think I'm going to have five fights this year", Shields said.

Hammer (22-0, 10 KOs) said she couldn't wait to make her US debut. It will be the game-changer for female boxing. The only other US boxer to win two Olympic gold medals is Oliver Kirk, who took the bantamweight and featherweight titles at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis.

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