Documentary filmmaker Jeff Riegel has been shadowing Ashburn mom and Women’s International Boxing Association champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson. Riegel’s filming a documentary about the young mother who struggles to make ends meet in Loudoun County, but wants to raise her children here. She has at times worked three or four jobs while training.
"It's a testament to Tori and her character," Riegel said in an interview with ReelFilmNew.com’s Brandon Troy, adding that women boxers do not get the recognition the United States that they do elsewhere. "We're trying to get Tori's name out there."
Nelson’s hard work resulted in winning the WIBA title belt. She heads to Bermuda in January for her next fight. Nelson said in the ReelFilm interview that women boxers fight an uphill battle.
"In the United States, women don't get the backing and support the men get," she said. Women also have to continue caring for children, Nelson said. "We do all this training while we raise our kids."
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