Super middleweight women's champion Claressa Shields completely outworked and outclassed Tori Nelson, on Friday night, handing Nelson her first professional loss while retaining her WBC and IBF world title belts at Turning Stone Hotel and Casino in Verona, N.Y.
Shields said after her victory Friday night, which was televised live on Showtime, that she could easily go down in weight to face Hammer, who is from Kazakhstan and was there again to watch.
Shields continued to land against Nelson during the sixth round, but couldn't hurt her older, slower opponent.
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While not inept by any means, she simply couldn't match Shields for speed, accuracy, power, endurance and pure skill.
Until facing Nelson, Shields had never gone more than eight rounds.
Shields started the fourth round strong by letting her hands go and landing combinations.
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Shields snapped back Nelson's head with a left hook late in the second round.
In the first, both ladies eyed each other with some degree of respect, not looking to make a fight-ending mistake.
Crutchfield said he thought Nelson was ready to quit but instead the challenger responded with perhaps her best round of the fight before getting staggered by Shields just before the bell.
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However, Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) took an unusual route to this fight. She was supposed to have fought today, on the undercard. "They think she's a better fighter than me and I can't wait to show her she isn't". The Flint, Michigan, native wants to challenge WBC/WBO middleweight champ Christina Hammer in the fight after that. She don't want me to see her. "She's more anxious about me than I am her", Shields said after her win. "And I'm gonna kick Hammer's ass".