By Scott Christ
Claressa Shields retained her belts with a decision win over Tori Nelson.
Claressa Shields retained her WBC and IBF super middleweight titles tonight on ShoBox, defeating Tori Nelson via shutout decision over 10 rounds.
All three judges had the fight 100-90 for Shields, who improves to 5-0 (2 KO). It was never a competitive affair, but Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KO) did hang around and took it a full 10-round distance.
“I didn’t think she was a walkover, but I was better skilled and was stronger. She did her game plan, but I just did more,” Shields said. “I landed every shot I thought possible to land. She was just tough.”
Asked about her plans to move down in weight to potentially face Christina Hammer, Shields said, “I think I can make 160 easy. I know I’ll definitely be bigger and stronger than the girls. We’ll just have to see what happens. … I can’t wait to fight her.”
In a very fun co-feature, Jesse Hernandez overcame a very spirited effort from Ernesto Garza in a scrappy, action-packed fight. Hernandez won by split decision, coming off the canvas at the end of the second round.
Scores were 95-94 Hernandez, 95-93 Garza, and 97-93 Hernandez. This is one to check out on replay if you’re just looking for a fun fight to watch.
In the televised opener, Uzbekistan-born Shohjahon Ergashev went to 11-0 (11 KO) with a wipeout win over Toledo’s Sonny Fredrickson (18-1, 12 KO), stopping Fredrickson in the third round.
Ergashev owned the first and second rounds completely, all without ever landing a jab, but he landed just under 60% of his power punches as he continued to rip away at Fredrickson in the third, badly wobbling his opponent before closing the show when referee Benjy Esteves Jr stopped the fight.
Source:: Bad Left Hook