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Claressa Shields, Shohjahon Ergashev win on ShoBox

WBC and IBF female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields retained her world titles with a one-sided, lackluster ten round unanimous decision over Tori Nelson on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.


Shields dominated every minute of every round, but left a strangely unsatisfying feeling when she was unable to stop the outgunned Nelson. Even more troubling, it appeared in the later half of the fight Shields had become exhausted.

Now not to dwell on the negative, the fight could be a major learning experience for Shields, but for a fight that essentially started the televised season of boxing in 2018, I might have unreasonable expectations, but I hold Shields to the standards of the all-time greats and she didn’t quite meet those tonight. Shields was clearly faster, stronger and just flat-out better than Nelson.

Every judge had the bout 100-90.

Super lightweights Shohjahon “Descendant of Tamerlane” Ergashev picked up the first major win of his career defeating Roc Nation Sports prospect Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson by KO in the third round. Fredrickson, who appeared to be troubled by Ergashev’s southpaw stance as he was unable to gauge proper distance. In the third round, Ergashev dropped Fredrickson with a left hand finishing it shortly there after.

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