The 2018 debut Showtime “Sho Box” card, hosted in the snow covered Turning Stone Resort and Casino located in Verona, New York right up the road from the Boxing Hall of Fame and Canastota gave us toe to toe action. The televised card that provided a night of exciting fight entertainment.
Opening up the show 26 yr old Shohahon Ergashev now 12-0,12kos took a first step in competition taking and impressively knocking out Sonny Fredrickson (18-1, 12kos) in three rounds of one sided action. Ergashev seems to be at advance stage in his career taking the fight to young fighter out of Ohio into a corner-commission stoppage seeming out on his feet in his own corner. Official time 1:58 of the 3rd round.
In a great fight pitting Jessie Angel Hernandez (11-1, 7kos) versus Ernesto Garza (9-3,5kos) ended in all action 10 round affair. While Jesse had all the physical tools in his favor heading in, Garza pushed his limits through out every single round. From the outgo Garza was not to be intimidated by the bigger Hernandez pushing the pace by being aggressive in his offense. Jesse weathered the opening round aggression with matching work pace and skill. A second-round flash knockdown seemed to be a warning sign for Jesse as he recovered and adjusted. As they fought into the middle rounds of the fight both fighters were unable to establish forceful power in their punches. It didn’t matter as they exchanged while pushing each other into trench inside fighting. As they moved into the later part of the fight. Pace and clean stinging punching from Hernandez seemed to have won over two of the judges with cards reading 95-94, 93-95, 97-93 in the Fort Worth natives direction.
In the main event of the 7-bout card, 2X Olympic gold medalist and current WBC/IBF champion Claressa Shields (5-0, 2ko) pitched the shutout versus 41 year old Tori Nelson(17-1-3,2ko). Nelson came into the fight undefeated but was no match for Shields who was the young, faster and overall better fighter. Nelson came into her biggest fight and welcomed the challenge as she fought 10 full rounds with a legit Female World Champ. Claressa headlining her 3rd straight ShoBox card received a solid workout and much needed experience from the 20-bout veteran. Claressa while never in any trouble pushed the pace at her will. What unfolded were two fighters at opposite ends of their respected careers, Shields moves on to bigger meaningful fights while Nelson is likely headed toward the end of her established career.