Now not to dwell on the negative, the fight could be a major learning experience for Shields, but for a fight that essentially started the televised season of boxing in 2018, I might have unreasonable expectations, but I hold Shields to the standards of the all-time greats and she didn't quite meet those tonight. The fight ended with a strong left hand from the champion.
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.
Shields is the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable, also doing so in March and again in August on Showtime.
"I landed every shot that I thought possible to land". "She was just tough". She wasn't a pushover.
But Shields will have to defend her titles for the first time against Tori Nelson, a 41-year-old competitor from Ashburn, Virginia. "But she was definitely tough and fought a good fight".
Hammer (22-0, 10 KOs) said she couldn't wait to make her US debut. "She was supposed to fight on the undercard today and she didn't want me to see her". Even more troubling, it appeared in the later half of the fight Shields had become exhausted.
"I'm going to kick Hammer's ass".
She's likely to return to the ring in April and perhaps drop down in weight to face unbeaten middleweight champ Christina Hammer of Germany in June or July.
"As far as fighting me, I think she's pretty scared, to be honest", Shields said. Shields, meanwhile, claimed boxing gold at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games in London and Rio.