Congratulations to Ashburn, VA boxer Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson who was recently named the Women's International Boxing Association (WIBA) Fighter of the Year!
The undefeated Nelson (8-0-3) won her second WIBA title on September 13 when she captured the welterweight championship with a 10-round unanimous decision over Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes in Lincoln, RI. Nelson, who also holds the organization's middleweight title, successfully defended the welterweight crown in a 10-round unanimous decision over Kali Reis on November 7 in Cockeysville, MD.
Also, Lem Satterfield of The Ring is reporting that undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. will return to action on Friday, December 13 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA.
Russell (23-0, 13 KO's) is still looking for an opponent for this card for this bout, which will be on the undercard of a Golden Boy Live card also featuring welterweight Joselito Lopez and junior lightweight Francisco Vargas.
Russell is the mandatory challenger to WBO Featherweight champ Orlando Salido, however, the prospects of a title bout could be dicey. First, Salido has a voluntary title defense against former amateur champ Vasyl Lomachenko slated for March 1. Then, there are the issues between Top Rank's Bob Arum, who promotes Salido, and Golden Boy Promotions who has connections with Russell through Al Haymon.
Satterfield says that both Arum and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer believe there will be no problem making a title bout between Russell and Salido and that a purse bid could be a resolution.