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Ashburn boxer Nelson to fight in main event on Showtime

Tori “Sho-Nuff” Nelson will fight Claressa “T-Rex” Shields in the main event of a Showtime boxing card Jan. 12 in New York.—File Photo
Unbeaten in 20 professional fights, Ashburn resident Tori “Sho-Nuff” Nelson will face her stiffest challenge to date Jan. 12 in the main event of a boxing card live on Showtime.

Nelson (17-0-3, 2 knockouts) will enter the ring against Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (4-0, 2 knockouts), a two-time Olympic gold medalist who will defend her World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation super middleweight titles for the first time.

"Ever since Claressa turned pro, I have wanted this fight," Nelson said in an interview with BoxingScene.com. "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," Nelson continued. "I am confident that I will win this fight and remain undefeated."

Nelson, 41, started boxing 12 years ago. A professional since 2010, Nelson has won a handful of title fights, highlighted by a WBC World Female Middleweight title in 2011.

Following back-to-back draws versus Teresa Perozzi in 2012 and 2013, Nelson has won 11 consecutive fights. Her latest victory was a second-round knockout of Latashia Burton in November at the Silver Eagle Gun Arena in Ashburn.

Nelson will aim to keep her unbeaten streak alive and add a world championship when she squares off with the 22-year-old Shields, one of the fastest rising stars in women's boxing.

The championship fight will take place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. It will serve as the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation live at 10 p.m.


Good Luck Tori. I’ve had her as an instructor for many of my boxing classes over the past 10 years. Very intense workout.

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