Claressa Shields, Shohjahon Ergashev win on ShoBox

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Shields dominated every minute of every round, but left a strangely unsatisfying feeling when she was unable to stop the outgunned Nelson.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Claressa Shields was featured in the main event of the years first edition of ShoBox: The New Generation.

Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) went strong to the body as well, landing 63 body shots to 21 for Nelson, who has a son as old as Shields and who works as a part-time waitress and school bus driver to supplement her boxing earnings.

"She was definitely tough and brought a good fight".

Hammer (22-0, 10 KOs) said she couldn't wait to make her USA debut.

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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. She's also the only American boxer to ever win two consecutive gold medals at the Olympics. Even though Nelson is almost 20 years older than Shields, she has one huge advantage in this match: experience.

Nelson, of Ashburn, Virginia, took the fight to Shields at the outset, but as the bout wore on the young champion proved to be the more skilled boxer, able to avoid Nelson's big hooks and using her jab to keep her foe at bay. "They think she's a better fighter than me and I can't wait to show her she isn't". "It's a great combination me and her on the same card", she said. She was supposed to have fought today, on the undercard.

Before entering the ring, Shields predicted she would win by TKO in either the fifth or sixth rounds. The Flint, Michigan, native wants to challenge WBC/WBO middleweight champ Christina Hammer in the fight after that.

"I'm going to kick Hammer's ass".

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