Watch live on SHOWTIME Friday, January 12 at 10PM ET.
Unified women’s super middleweight world titleholder Claressa Shields will make her first defense against Tori Nelson, one of her mandatory challengers, on Jan. 12 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The fight will headline a “ShoBox: The New Generation” card on Showtime at 10PM ET.
Shields (4-0, 2 KOs), 22, of Flint, Michigan, went 77-1 in the amateur ranks and won Olympic gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Games. She is the first American boxer to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. On Aug. 4, she knocked out Germany’s Nikki Adler in the fifth round of a one-sided fight in Detroit to claim her 168-pound title and also win a vacant belt.
Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs), of Ashburn, Virginia won a middleweight world title in 2011 and scored a second-round knockout of long-faded women’s star Mia St. John in 2014. However, Nelson has fought just twice since June 2015, and she is nearly double Shields’ age at 41. Still, she has wanted to face Shields.