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On Friday, Jan. 12, Tori Nelson will fight Claressa Shields for the WBC and IBF super middleweight titles on Showtime. The fight will headline the ShoBox: The New Generation card, which will take place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. It’s a primetime bout, pitting two women who took diametric paths to success.
Shields is one of the current forces of women’s boxing. At just 22 years old, she is already the only American boxer to ever win consecutive gold medals at the Olympics. She has accomplished about as much as anyone can in such a short period of time, and got going early — she started at 11 years old to become one of the world’s best fighters.
And when you look to the other side of the ring, you’ll see Nelson — a 41 year old who didn’t think about boxing until age 29, who hit her prime well past the age when the world’s best boxers are past theirs.
Nelson, who resides in Ashburn, Va., was an overburdened, working-class single mother before she started boxing. She worked as an IHOP waitress, a cafeteria worker, and a school bus driver to make ends meet. There weren’t enough hours in the day for her to relax.
Her ex-husband — who boxed in the military — told her the cardiovascular aspect of boxing would help her get in shape. The training regimen was overwhelming at first.
“Oh my God, it was crazy getting up at 5:30 a.m. I used to try and get up and go to the gym and work early,” Nelson said. “Then, I would come back [home] to shower, get them off to school, go to work, and try to train in the evening. It was a lot.”
Nelson’s children — Simone, now 19, and Q, 22 — accompanied her all the time to the gym, where they would complete their homework and play. Nelson trained five times a week at several gyms to spar against different boxers. Because she was a single mother, she needed to take her kids with her to look after them. They never had play time in the evenings, she said. “They were robbed of that.”
Tonight at 10 pm ET from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, Showtime kicks off 2018 in boxing with a tripleheader edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, featuring the return of Claressa Shields in the main event.
Shields (4-0, 2 KO) has dominated thus far as a professional, not unexpected after she did the same at London 2012 and Rio 2016 to win a pair of gold medals. The Flint, Michigan, native has picked up the WBC and IBF super middleweight titles already. Tonight, she faces veteran Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KO), a 41-year-old fighter from Virginia and a clear underdog.
Also on the card, super bantamweights Jesse Hernandez (10-1, 7 KO) and Ernesto Garza III (9-2, 5 KO) will square off in a 10-round bout, and the show will open in the junior welterweight division, with Shohjahon Ergashev (10-0, 10 KO) taking on Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KO) in an eight-round fight.
The show was also supposed to feature the U.S. boxing debut of Christina Hammer, which has been canceled due to visa issues.
Tonight at 10 pm ET from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York- Showtime kicks off -”2018”- in boxing with a tripleheader edition of ShoBox.
On Friday night one of the biggest attractions in women’s boxing, former Gold Medalist and current IBF/WBC Super Middleweight women’s World Champion Claressa Shields will be defending her titles against Tory Nelson.
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.”
“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.”
Nelson realizes the deck is stacked against her, not least because Shields is nearly 20 years her junior. But Nelson is used to colliding with younger fighters.
“It’s no different. If you look at everybody I fought, these girls are young,” Nelson said. “Everybody is younger. The only person I fought that was probably my age was Mia [St. John]. It’s nothing new to me.”
Nelson doesn’t look at her opponent’s age when training. She knows the opposition will throw punches and defend, things all fighters do.
Nor does Nelson care that people are doubting her.
“Haters are my motivators. At the end, I’ll apologize for upsetting you,” she said with a laugh.
Life taught Nelson how to adjust to anything, and how to turn her burdens — obligations to her livelihood, while trying to take care of herself and her children — into her strength. When Nelson steps in the squared circle on Jan. 12, she’ll be the underdog. But that’s OK with her. She is prepared to adapt to anything Shields throws at her.
“If she wants to box, I’m fighting. If she wants to fight, I’m boxing,” Nelson said, echoing something Fladager told her.
“I’m ready for whatever.”