Nelson displayed toughness throughout the bout, but little in terms of skill as a patient, poised Shields picked her apart to the head and body.
The event aired live on Showtime. "But she was definitely tough and fought a good fight". She's also the only American, male or female, to win a boxing gold medal since Andre Ward captured one at Athens in 2004. Even though Nelson is almost 20 years older than Shields, she has one huge advantage in this match: experience. Shields drilled Nelson with a flush right hand to the jaw when there were about 25 seconds to go in the fifth. "It's a great combination me and her on the same card", she said. Nelson pressed forward, but her wide shots enabled Shields to counter with accurate, straight shots down the middle.
The fight didn't begin the way Shields thought it would.
Shields is expected to move down from 168 pounds to 160 for her next fight, probably sometime in April. On the horizon is a matchup at middleweight with rival Christina Hammer who was in attendance ringside.
"I think she's pretty scared, to be honest".
Nelson 17-0-3 (2 KOs), absorbed tremendous punishment throughout the fight, but Shields was unable to put the gritty 41-year-old from Ashburn, Va., down, despite landing 144 more punches overall than her opponent.
Hammer (22-0) was on hand to watch Shields fight Nelson. "She didn't even show up here to fight". "She was supposed to fight on the undercard today and she didn't want me to see her".
Before entering the ring, Shields predicted she would win by TKO in either the fifth or sixth rounds.
"I'm going to kick Hammer's ass".