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BOWIE – In front of an overflowed crowd on Dec. 8, during the second boxing card at Bowie State University, promoted by Shabazz Brothers, Demond Nicholson, defended his United States National Boxing Super Middleweight Championship with a picture-perfect right hook to the jaw of Fernando Castaneda that knocked him out for the second round knockout.
Nicholson (20-3) a Laurel native, came out with a crisp and stiff jab and displayed the confidence of a fighter with a championship belt in his possession.
Castaneda (26-13) was strong and aggressive in round one, but Nicholson was clearly on top of his game, connecting with hard shots and using all of his punches.
“I never lost my confidence. I always knew what I was capable of…I just had to make a little change in my lifestyle,” Nicholson said. He is prepared to be ranked in the top ten in the World Boxing Council (WBC).
He impressed the WBC with the punch that stopped Castaneda. “It was a right hook,” Nicholson said.
“My coach preached in me that if my opponent is straight in front of me, to throw my jab…if, he’s slightly to my right, to throw my right hook. He was there, and it connected perfectly.”
Nicholson now can add his name to the list of DMV contenders.
Bowie native and Bowie State University grad, Greg Outlaw, won on each judge’s card to shut out Baltimore’s Mack Allison IV and earned his seventh consecutive win as a pro.
“I dedicated this fight to my girlfriend who lost her battle with cancer,” said an emotional Outlaw. Allison attacked Outlaw all night, but Outlaw constantly peppered Allison with perfect jabs and body shots from an orthodox and a southpaw stance. The sizable crowd cheered loudly on each punch landed by Outlaw.
Forestville native, Mykal Fox (19-0), known as “The Professor,” took Gonzalo Dallera to school. He taught Dallera (5-1) that if he wants to be aggressive toward Fox, he would land on his back with a precise straight left. Fox said what he liked best was, “the knockdown. We worked intelligently. We didn’t waste any punches. We were very accurate in what we needed to throw.”
Fox is not known for flattening opponents. He proved again that his punches find their mark with great accuracy. He was even landing clean shots while back peddling. Something most young fighters cannot master. “He caught me with a good shot, but is wildness opened him up for counters, which were working well tonight,” Fox said.
The standing-room crowd saw some good action on the undercard. Hasim Rahman Jr., son of the former heavyweight champion by the same name, won a unanimous decision to improve to 7-0.
In a very competitive fight, Bowie native, Luther “Lights Out” Smith eked out a split decision to take his record to 12-4. Washington, D.C. native, Tiara Brown put on a boxing clinic to improve to 7-0. The Washington, D.C. police officer’s opponent (Dahiana Santana) could not answer the bell in the fifth round.
Lorenzo Simpson put his illustrious amateur career aside and made his professional debut with a TKO win when his bout was stopped in the first round.
Simpson was apparently superior to his opponent, but there was no reason to stop the bout at that point. The big crowd booed with their disapproval, as they wanted to see more of Simpson’s pro debut.