HANOVER – In the first main event at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, Laurel native Demond Nicholson bounced back from a disappointing loss to Jesse Hart in April to knocked out Isaac Rodrigues (25-3) with a barrage of punches in the sixth round to win the World Boxing Council United States (USNBC) Super Middleweight […]
HANOVER – In the first main event at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, Laurel native Demond Nicholson bounced back from a disappointing loss to Jesse Hart in April to knocked out Isaac Rodrigues (25-3) with a barrage of punches in the sixth round to win the World Boxing Council United States (USNBC) Super Middleweight title.
Nicholson started fast with text book jabs to Rodrigues’ face. But the Brazilian came back with some stiff leather to Nicholson’s head in the third and fourth round. Despite Rodrigues getting the better of him in consecutive rounds, Nicholson said he could feel the momentum switching.
“Cause I was boxing, so I had to sit down on my punches. In rounds five and six, I listened to my corner and they said get off my feet and work the hooks to his body and head.” Nicholson said while holding an ice pack to the left side of his face.
In the sixth round, both fighters stood toe-to-toe with the sellout crowd deliriously cheering for the Laurel native. The body shot was clean, swift and fast with most fans not catching the final punch land. After Nicholson’s flurry of unexpected punches, Rodrigues went down to a knee and was counted out by veteran referee Harvey Dock. With the win, Nicholson won his first belt of any kind in his career.
“I caught him with a good left hook to the body and he went down”, Nicholson said. “I had to take him in deep waters. I was boxing him, using my jab. It was working, but I felt him picking it up a little bit, so I had to make him respect me.”
After the fight, Nicholson said he was happy to return back into the winner’s circle with his fourth knockout win for a championship title in front of his home state crowd.
“I love it,” Nicholson said. “It is the energy; energy from my fans and family that make me fight harder than I normally do… It’s what I worked my whole life for since I was 6 years old. I’m not a world champion, but I will be one soon.”
In the co-feature, Forestville’s Mykal Fox improved his record to 18-0 with a unanimous decision over veteran, 44-year-old, former champion, Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (51-31-1). Corley’s age and experience kept Fox’s father and trainer, Troy Fox, worried all night.
“We had to be careful,” Fox said. “We couldn’t do what we wanted, but we fought a smart fight and I am proud of him.”
Mykal, fighting for the first time on national TV, was on the move in the first round and stayed on his horse for all 10 rounds. The six-foot-four Fox proved to be a tall order for the shorter Washington, D.C. native Corley, who stood at five-foot-seven.
“Our plan was to move and stay tall,” Fox said. “I had to be weary of Chop Chop’s right hand. I watched the (Miguel) Cotto and (Floyd) Mayweather fights and saw how effective he was with his right hand… He caught me with it a couple of times, but I moved away most of the night.”
At 22 years-old, Fox surprised Corley and observers with his technical skills and uncanny accuracy in the ring, much of which has set him up with an 18-0 record. However, Corley was disappointed in the judges’ scorecards showing 96-94 twice and 98-92 all in favor of Fox.
“Fox is a good young fighter,” a dejected Corley said. “But he should not win a fight by running so much. He has no power and it is hard for me to see him as a world champion yet.”
In other local action, D.C. boxer Charles Johnson beat Bowie’s Chester Steward with a third-round TKO. Fan favorite, Dante Cox from Elkridge, who was sponsored by the venue, scored a third-round TKO win over Varon Webb to improve to 3-0.
The debuting card at Live! Casino & Hotel was televised on CBS Sports Network and promoted by Jeter Promotions.