SEABROOK — From coast to coast, local boxers were showing their skills in boxing rings around the country on Sept. 14.
In her hometown of Sterling, Virginia, middleweight Tori Nelson closed out her career with a knockout of Latasha Burton at the one-minute mark of round 2. She connected on a clean left hook that sent Burton to the canvas face first.
Burton got up but unable to withstand the pressure from Nelson. The fight was ultimately waved over by the referee.
Nelson won 12 championship belts over the course of her career. She fought at a time before the great explosion of women boxers, but it is time to end her career, she said.
“This is my last fight, my official last fight. I am extremely blessed, extremely blessed,” Nelson said.
While her time in the ring ends, Nelson said she happy to see the rise in women’s boxing in the metropolitan region and over the world. She finished her career with a 20-2-3.
“Women’s boxing is growing every day and I hope I played a big role in the growth of the sport for women,” Nelson
On the same card in Virginia was Daron Williams from Suitland. He scored a first-round knock out of Raymond Chacon to improve to 8-1.
Across the country in Carson, California, Franchon Crews-Dezurn successfully defended her WBC super-middleweight crown and added the WBO super-middleweight belt to her repertoire.
Crews-Dezurn (6-1) was originally scheduled to fight Alejandra Jimenez but issues with her visa did not allow her to enter the country. WBO champion Maricelo Cornjeo (13-4) stepped in the last minute and decided to put her belt on the line.
After a hard slugfest, Crews-Dezurn prevailed with a unanimous decision and scores of 98-92, twice and 97-93. She will bring her two belts back to her home in Baltimore.
In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Forestville native Mykal Fox scored a unanimous decision over Eudy Bernado (25-5) from the Dominican Republic. All three judges scored the fight a shut out for Fox with scores of 100-90. Fox improved to 21-1 with 5 KO’s.
Fox liked the judge’s scores but said, “I was actually trying to get a stoppage in the fight.”
Fox is still an up-and-coming prospect but found out before his last fight he is ranked No.15 by the WBA.
“I found out I was ranked before this fight and I wanted to come out and prove to my self that I deserve the ranking,” said Fox. “I know it is a slow process but being ranked is a good start.”