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Shields rolls through Nelson in shutout decision

From ESPN - January 12, 2018

VERONA, N.Y. -- Two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Tori Nelson on Friday night at Turning Stone Casino to retain her women's WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles.

Each of the three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Shields (5-0, 2 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, who was nearly 20 years younger than her opponent. The 41-year-old Nelson (17-1-3, 1 KO), who won a middleweight world title in 2011 but had only fought twice since June 2015, lost for the first time in her career.

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.

Nelson did land a sharp body shot in the seventh round as she put Shields on the ropes and landed several more punches, but the 22-year-old Shields, who likes to boast she's the greatest of all time, managed to dodge most of the hard punches and landed a right hand that stunned Nelson and sent her backward.

In the final round, Nelson was swinging wildly looking for a knockout, while Shields methodically landed punches to the head, missing a couple of big ones. The fight ended with a strong left hand from the champion.

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