Salita Promotions on Shobox at Turning Stone Resort &Casino, Verona, NY, Featured two-time Gold Medalist Claressa Shields.
In the main event WBC & IBF Middleweight Champion Claressa “T-Rex “Shields, 5-0 (2), of Flint, MI, Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson, 17-1-3 (2), of Ashburn, VA, in a non-tile Super Middleweight scheduled 10.
In the first round Shields coming forward throwing punches with “bad intentions” as the shorter Nelson counters. Shields had a good round showing much more power and accuracy. In the second round Shields rocked Nelson several times in the round but Nelson doesn’t back down. Shields landed a good left hook to the chin of Nelson who shook her head like she wasn’t hurt but was she?
In the third round Nelson comes out slugging but its Shields known to be the better puncher of the two. Both boxers exchanged left hooks to the chin of one another. In a close round Nelson may have pulled it out. In the fourth round with Nelson coming forward Shields counters well to the head of Nelson. Shields was backed into a corner only to counter Nelson well. Shields drove Nelson across the ring to the bell.
In the fifth round Shields continued to head hunt rocking Nelson with a long right at the mid point of the round. The 41 year-old Nelson could be starting to fade early against the 22 year old Shields. In the sixth round back peddling Nelson landed a straight right to the chin of Shields with little effect. Shields keep coming forward landing well. Shields had too much power for Nelson.
In the seventh round Shields had Nelson in a slugfest but Nelson doesn’t have the power to hang in there with her. At the bell a solid right from Shields to the chin of Nelson hurt her. In the eighth round Shields goes to the body and head putting Nelson on the defense. Shields used a good jab to set up Nelson with right hands to the head.
In the ninth round Shields decided to stay on the ropes while out punching Nelson. Nelson was hanging in there looking to go the distance. In the tenth and final round a chopping right by Shields to the head of Nelson hurt her. Shields was trying to end it but Nelson stayed low and inside trying not to give Shields any punching room but to little effect.
All 3 judges Feldman, McKaie and Trella had it 100-90 while this writer had it 99-91. The referee was Charley Fitch.
Super Lightweight southpaw Shokjahon “Descendant of Tamerlane” Ergashev, 11-0 (11), of UZB and Brooklyn, NY, stopped Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson, 18-1 (12), of Toledo, OH, at 1:58 of the third round.
In the first round Ergashev came rushing out trying to end it early with one punch. The taller Fredrickson used a jab to hold him off as best as he could. Ergashev landed a lead left to the chin and body throughout the round. In the second round Ergashev came storming out again but found some resistance from Fredrickson who went on the offense. Fredrickson threw a right as Ergashev was throwing a left that connected first to the chin of Fredrickson. By the end of the round Fredrickson got in a couple of good punches to the head of Ergashev.
In the third round Ergashev swarmed all over Fredrickson who was on the defense. Ergashev held Fredrickson behind the head and dropped him and Referee Benjy Estaves, Jr. did the right thing it calling it a non-knockdown warning Ergashev. Ergashev jumped on Fredrickson and drove him into the ropes forcing referee Esteves to wave it off!
Super Bantamweight “The One” Jesse Angel Hernandez, 11-1 (7), of San Antonio, TX, came off the canvas to win a split decision over southpaw Ernesto “The Saginaw Pride” Garza, 9-3 (5), of Saginaw, MI, over 10 rounds of exciting action.
In the first round the shorter Garza forced the action as Hernandez countered back well. Halfway thru the round Hernandez turned southpaw for about fifteen seconds before returned to orthodox and back to southpaw again. With half a minute left in the round Garza hurt Hernandez making him to hold on until the bell. In the second round both fighters went at each other. Garza had Hernandez against the ropes only to have Hernandez come off the ropes and fighting back. Garza landed several good left uppercut to the chin of Hernandez. Ten seconds before the round ended Garza landed a short left to the chin dropping Hernandez who got up just prior to the bell ending the round.
In the third round Garza continued to beat Hernandez to the punch forcing him to hold. Hernandez just under a minute left in the round landed a good right to the chin getting Garza’s attention. This was an exciting round getting the fans into it. In the fourth round Hernandez landed a lead left on the chin of Garza knocking him back several steps. Just under two minutes left in the round Hernandez rocked Garza again with a right to the chin. Hernandez started overwhelming Garza until a punch went low forcing referee Gary Rosato to give Garza a minutes rest. It was a big round for Hernandez.
In the fifth round Garza came back on the attack putting Hernandez on the defense. Garza got inside out punching Hernandez who landed several good right uppercuts. Good round for Garza. In the sixth round both fighters continued slugging it out. With under half a minute left in the round Hernandez had Garza in trouble several times.
In the seventh round it was Hernandez doing well using his reach. Garza lost his mouthpiece for the second time and received a warning if it comes out again he would lose a point. Hernandez landed a good double right hook to the head of Garza who came back with a combination to the head of Hernandez in an action packed round. In the eighth round Hernandez landed several good punches to the mid-section of Garza hurting him. Garza landed combination after combination as Hernandez continues to plod after him.
In the ninth round Garza continued landing more punches. Hernandez at the halfway point stopped Garza in his tracks with a lead right to the chin. Hernandez missed with a left while Garza came back with a 3-punch combination to the head. Just prior to the bell Hernandez rocked Garza who seemed to grab his eye. In the tenth and final round Hernandez looking for a knockout possibly thinking he was behind and needs a knockout. Hernandez got warned for using his elbow. They were throwing leather right up until the end of the round.
Judges Akerman 95-94 and Kintz 97-93 both for Hernandez while Schreck 95-93 for Garza. This writer had it 96-93 Garza.