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.