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Ashburn boxer to defend title

Tori Nelson is undefeated through the first 12 fights of her professional boxing career. Nelson will look to extend that streak to 13 on June 28. Times-Mirror File Photo/Beverly Denny
Fresh off her second-round stoppage of former champion Mia St. John, Ashburn's Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson will put her WIBA welterweight belt on the line June 28 against Nicole Woods in the main event of a Ponytail Promotions card in Baltimore.

Nelson (9-0-3) has enjoyed immense success since turning professional in 2010. Nelson, 37, is currently the top ranked female welterweight in the United States and is ranked third worldwide.

"It's crazy how fast it's going," said Nelson, who trains and teaches at UFC Gym in Ashburn. "Some women have been pros for a long time and have not even had a title shot. This will be my eighth title fight and I'm a three-time world champion. It's amazing."

Nelson noted that her "Facebook went crazy" after she disposed of St. John in the second round for her first professional knockout May 17 in Annandale.

"To do it against a big name like Mia St. John, that was just a blessing for me," Nelson said.

Nelson has now turned her attention to Woods (11-13-3). Nelson will defend her WIBA welterweight title in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds.

"The main thing is to get under her jab. She has a very good jab," Nelson said of Woods. "I just have to get in close, get past her jab and that will be my fight."
Nelson, trained and managed by Craig Fladager, also holds WBA and WIBA middleweight championship belts. One of her long-term goals is to garner five championship belts.

"I want to retire as an undefeated world champion," Nelson added. "And I want to be able to open more doors to allow females to fight on more cards. Let the promoters see that we can do just as much as the guys do ... so that women coming behind me don't have to struggle so much."

The Nelson vs. Woods fight headlines a multi-fight card. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.


I’ve always enjoyed taking 1 of Tori’s classes at LABoxing/UFC gym in Ashburn. Good Luck.

I’ve seen Tori fight on the Jimmy Lange cards at The GMU Patriot Center, and have always been impressed. Congrats on her recent success! And congrats to the LTM for finally running some more boxing in its sports coverage. It’s been a while, and I’m looking forward to more, especially since Loudoun County now has a “favorite daughter.”

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