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13 January 2018, 10:29 | Elsie Buchanan
Claressa Shields ends Tori Nelson's unbeaten record
Shields, 22, raised her record to 5-0 with two knockouts while Nelson, 41, fell to 17-1-3 with two KOs. She expected an aggressive Nelson to attack her, but both boxers fought tactically during the first round. "But with Claressa, we've been working really hard to build the local brand for her, so that the community supports her and the fans are able to see her development and see her growth, see her win world titles".
But it ended the same way the first four did - with Shields emerging victorious.
"I was trying to make her miss and make her pay".
"I know I can be a great fighter alone, by myself", said Shields (4-0, 2 KOs), who won the WBC and IBF titles last August with a fifth-round TKO of Germany's Nikki Adler at the MGM Grand Detroit. "She did her game plan, but I just did more".
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"I didn't think she was a walkover but I did say that I was better skilled and that I was stronger", Shields told Showtime, which televised the fight live.
"She was definitely tough and brought a good fight". It looked as if Shields would get her icing on the cake with a knockout in the tenth as she had Nelson reeling.
After beating Nelson, Shields - who began training November 10 - told Showtime she was going to celebrate by eating the meals she had to skip at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
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Nelson backed Shields into the ropes and had some success in the seventh round, only to have Shields come back and connect with power punches toward the end of that two-minute period.
Following tonight's bout Shields spoke afterwards also of how she would love a big fight at 160lbs with Christina Hammer. Shields got full extension on a right hand to Nelson's jaw in that sequence, but Nelson took it well.
Shields is expected to move down from 168 pounds to 160 for her next fight, probably sometime in April. She's more anxious about me than I am about her.
Hammer recently signed with Salita Promotions and was scheduled to fight on the undercard tonight before work visa issues forced a postponement.
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