HANOVER – Demond Nicholson, a Laurel native, sent the sold-out crowd at Live! Casino and Hotel home early with a first round knockout of Jessie Nicklow from Baltimore last Friday night.
Nicholson displayed the 3 P’s perfectly: poise, polish and Power. Nicklow (27-10) charged Nichloson in the opening minutes of round one, but Nicholson, 26, calmly and with poise took a few blows, turned Nicklow around and started landing his powerful jab and devastating body shots and had Nicklow covering up in the corner of the ring.
Back to the middle of the ring, Nicholson caught Nicklow with a right hand on the top of his head. Nicklow took five or six steps backward and hit the canvas hard. Referee Dave Braslow had seen enough and halted the bout at 1:16 of round one.
“I’ve been in there with light heavy weights and Nicholson hits with the power of a bigger man,” said Nicklow. “He is a world class fighter and damn, he hurt me.”
Nicholson (21-3-1, 20 KOs) could not have been happier with his performance.
“I have not had a first-round knockout in a long time,” said Nicholson who has developed one of the best jabs in the division. “My jab is always in my fight plan. That’s a God given talent I have.”
His body shots, however, are in the learning stage.
“The body shots were a little different tonight from what I usually throw. I was using my range tonight, so that helped a lot,” said Nicholson. “I have been learning a lot in these last few months…everything I’ve been learning really showed up tonight.”
Nicholson earned the Maryland State Championship belt with his victory.
Nicholson’s team, according to his manager Thomas Williams, thinks he needs at least one more fight before looking at one of the champions at super middleweight (168).
In other local action on the ‘Live Casino card, Glenarden native, Drayvontay Speed-Rawls scored a third round TKO of Dante Cox from Elkridge. Speed-Rawls improved to 11-1, while Cox fell to 3-1.
Greg Outlaw, from Bowie and Ty Crawley, Jr.’s bout was ruled a technical no-contest. In the first round, both fighters got their feet tangled and both fighters fell to the canvas. Crawley injured his leg and the ringside Doctors ruled that he could not finish. A.J. Williams from Cockeysville scored a TKO over Washington, D.C. native Dameron Kirby.
The best fight of the night may have been the battle of Prince George’s vs Montgomery Counties. Ebrima Jawara from Germantown was making his pro debut against Suitland native, Malik Loften. Jawara showed poise and skill far beyond a fighter making his pro debut. The judges ruled Loften the winner on a split decision that got the big crowd buzzing with disbelief.
Next up on the local scene will be Washington, D.C. fighters Lamont and Anthony Peterson fighting at the MGM Hotel and Casino in Oxon Hill on March 24. It is an important fight for both fighters.