TWO-TIME OLYMPIC champion Claressa Shields successfully defended her WBC and IBF super middleweight titles in NY early on Saturday morning.
The fight was watched by WBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer, with Shields admitting she would be happy take on the Kazakhstani fighter.
Crutchfield said he thought Nelson was ready to quit but instead the challenger responded with perhaps her best round of the fight before getting staggered by Shields just before the bell.
Nelson did land a sharp body shot in the seventh round as she put Shields on the ropes and landed several more punches, but the 22-year-old Shields, who likes to boast she's the greatest of all-time, managed to dodge most of the hard punches and landed a right hand that stunned Nelson and sent her backward.
But this fight against Shields will be the biggest fight of her career. The two will also be vying for the WBAN Super Middleweight World Title that is exclusive to only the very elite in the sport. That lopsided fight, Adler's first loss in 17 bouts, was stopped in the fifth round.
While not inept by any means, she simply couldn't match Shields for speed, accuracy, power, endurance and pure skill.
However, Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) took an unusual route to this fight.
"I think she wasn't a walkover, but I did say I was better skilled and that I was stronger", Shields said. "I can't wait to fight her and show her that she isn't [better than me]". The difference in class was evident as Shields did as she pleased in style.
"She was definitely tough and brought a good fight".
Shields was the headliner on Showtime's ShoBox: the New Generation fight card for the fourth time in five professional fights.