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Claressa Shields will defend her
168-pound titles against undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori
November 20, 2017
(NOV 20) NEW YORK – Unified
Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields will
defend her 168-pound titles against undefeated IBF mandatory
challenger Tori Nelson on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME.
A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) will face
her second consecutive undefeated opponent in the main event of
ShoBox: The New Generationlive at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Turning
Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
Shields dethroned previously unbeaten Nikki Adler Aug. 4 on
SHOWTIME to pick up the WBC and vacant IBF titles less than one
year after she became the first American boxer to capture
back-to-back Olympic gold medals. The 22-year-old native of
Flint, Mich., returns to face Nelson, a seven-year veteran with
seven times the professional ring experience.
“I’m truly excited to have the chance to demonstrate my skills
against an opponent the caliber of Tori Nelson,” Shields said.
“I’m honored to be headlining the first ShoBox of 2018, and I
know January 12 will be a great night for the fans. This will be
the beginning of a historic year for me and for women’s boxing.”
Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) won a middleweight world championship in
2011 and owns wins over previously unbeaten Alicia Napoleon and
Mia St. John. The 41-year-old Ashburn, Va., native looks to
capture her second world title in a showdown with the fastest
rising star in women’s boxing.
“Ever since Claressa turned pro, I have wanted this fight,”
Nelson said. “She’s young and talented, but my experience will
make the difference. Since I became a boxer, I have dreamed of
being in big fights on television. I am confident that I will
win this fight and remain undefeated. And I plan to retire as an
undefeated world champion.”
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Salita Promotions in
association with Aasha Record Breakers, go on sale Monday, Nov.
13 for $75 for the first two rows of ringside, $65 for remaining
ringside seats and all others priced at $49 and $37, plus any
applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased in person or by
calling the Turning Stone Resort Box Office at 800.771.7711 or
online at Ticketmaster.
“Claressa’s determination to challenge the best available
contenders shows why she is one of the most accomplished
fighters in the sport today,” promoter Dmitriy Salita said.
“This is a great matchup and I am confident that we will witness
another memorable performance.”
Said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of ShoBox: The New
Generation: “Claressa is a star both in and out of the ring who
possesses all the intangibles to become the face of women’s
boxing. In just four professional fights, two as headliners on
ShoBox, she is already unified champion at 168 with plans to
conquer the 160 and 154-pound divisions. Tori Nelson is
undefeated, a former champion, and represents what should be the
toughest test of Claressa’s young career. Only time will tell,
but I don’t know if there is any fighter in the world who can
stop Claressa Shields.”
Shields compiled an amateur record of 77-1 and won her first
Olympic Gold when she was only 17 years old in the inaugural
women’s boxing competition at the 2012 London Games. She won a
second gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and turned
professional three months later.
In March 2017 in Detroit, Shields stopped Hungary’s Szilvia
Szabados in four rounds in the first women’s main event in
premium television history. Shields returned to headline her
second ShoBox telecast in August, knocking out Adler in the
fifth round to become unified champion in just her fourth
professional fight. With the win, Shields became the 70th world
champion in the history of the prospect developmental series.
Active in her community, Shields advocates for several social
issues and serves as an inspirational figure in her hometown of
Flint, a city beset by problems.
Nelson turned professional at the age of 29 and won the WBC
160-pound title in just her fifth professional fight. She twice
fought to a draw in middleweight world title bouts with Teresa
The high-pressure Nelson is one fight removed from a unanimous
decision over the previously unbeaten Napoleon, and is fresh off
a second round knockout of Latashia Burton in her first hometown
fight in Ashburn, Va.
Undercard bouts for the ShoBox telecast will be announced in the