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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.

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Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields will defend her 168-pound titles against undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME.

A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) will face her second consecutive undefeated opponent in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation live at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Shields dethroned previously unbeaten Nikki Adler Aug. 4 on SHOWTIME to pick up the WBC and vacant IBF titles less than one year after she became the first American boxer to capture back-to-back Olympic gold medals. The 22-year-old native of Flint, Mich., returns to face Nelson, a seven-year veteran with seven times the professional ring experience.

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.”

Said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of ShoBox: The New Generation: “Claressa is a star both in and out of the ring who possesses all the intangibles to become the face of women’s boxing. In just four professional fights, two as headliners on ShoBox, she is already unified champion at 168 with plans to conquer the 160 and 154-pound divisions. Tori Nelson is undefeated, a former champion, and represents what should be the toughest test of Claressa’s young career. Only time will tell, but I don’t know if there is any fighter in the world who can stop Claressa Shields.”

Nelson turned professional at the age of 29 and won the WBC 160-pound title in just her fifth professional fight. She twice fought to a draw in middleweight world title bouts with Teresa Perozzi.

The high-pressure Nelson is one fight removed from a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Napoleon, and is fresh off a second round knockout of Latashia Burton in her first hometown fight in Ashburn, Va.

Undercard bouts for the ShoBox telecast will be announced in the coming weeks.

Nelson’s first boxing match as an amateur was in March 2008 after about a year of sparring. She had morphed into an up-and-coming competitor by then, ready to make a name for herself in the amateur ranks.

Nelson said the woman she clashed with in her first amateur fight was “so big.” The match was so intense that Nelson’s nose and lungs “were burning.” Both competitors were exhausted after the match and couldn’t stand.

“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.”

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