(JAN 9) The WBAN, one of the most
highly-respected organizations in female boxing, has announced
that their World Super Middleweight Championship belt will be on
the line this Friday, January 12, when two-time Olympic gold
medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) defends her WBC
and IBF titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori
Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from the
Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
The Women's Boxing Archive Network, founded in 1998 by former
#1-rated fighter Sue "TL" Fox, has become the world's leading
authority for resource and information on female boxing. The
WBAN belt is awarded selectively and only in recognition of
championship fights featuring best-in-class matchups in a
division. Shields and Nelson are ranked #1 and #2 at super
middleweight by the WBAN.
Over the ensuing years, a veritable "who's who" of female
fighters have held WBAN Championships and/or fought for the
belt, including Holly Holm, Anne Sophie Mathis, Myriam Lamare,
Frida Walberg, Amanda Serrano, Mary Jo Sanders, Ann Marie
Saccurato, Lindsay Garbatt, Melissa Hernandez, Diane Prazak and
"Through the WBAN, the 'best of the best' have the opportunity
to fight for an elite, independent belt," said Sue Fox. "This is
a tremendous fight between the two best female super
middleweights in the world and the WBAN is happy to add our
"I want to thank Sue Fox and the WBAN for their recognition of
the marquis quality of the Shields vs Nelson matchup as well as
the accomplishments of both WBC/IBF World Super Middleweight
Champion Claressa Shields and her undefeated veteran challenger
Tori Nelson," said Shields co-manager Mark Taffet. "We are proud
that these women are being recognized for taking on the biggest
and best challenges and contributing to the continued growth and
prominence of women's boxing."
"This belt adds another dimension to this terrific fight," said
Dmitriy Salita, Shields' promoter. "The WBAN has been a
respected body in women's boxing for many years. If Sue Fox says
you're the champion, you are the champion. Claressa is very
proud to be fighting for their belt."
In the February 2012 commemorative issue of The Ring Magazine,
Fox was named one of the Top-Ten Most Influential female boxers
of all time. In 2008, USA Boxing recognized Fox for her
contributions in developing the sport. Fox also created the
International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) in 2014.
Also featured on the January 12 telecast, Uzbekistan
power-puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) will face fellow
undefeated and top-10 ranked Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KOs) of
Toledo, Ohio. In the co-feature, Jesse Hernandez (10-1, 7 KOs)
will take on Ernesto Garza (9-2, 5 KOs; 1-3 WSB) in a 10-round
super bantamweight bout.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Salita Promotions,
are currently on sale for $75 for the first two rows of
ringside, $65 for remaining ringside seats and all others priced
at $49 and $37, plus any applicable fees. Tickets can be
purchased in person or by calling the Turning Stone Resort Box
Office at 800.771.7711 or online at Ticketmaster.
About Turning Stone Resort Casino
Host of the January 12 event, Turning Stone Resort Casino is an
award-winning destination resort, which continues to distinguish
itself as a premier venue for fight-of-the-year level boxing.
The January event will mark Turning Stone's 24th
nationally-televised boxing event, cementing the resort as a
leading destination for nationally-televised combat sports.
Turning Stone features world-class amenities including four
hotels, more than 20 signature restaurants and dining options,
two spas, an all-new 125,000 square foot Las Vegas style gaming
floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a 5,000-seat arena, five golf
courses, several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife venues
with live entertainment every weekend.
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