By Gary “Digital” Williams
Just 41 days after successfully defending her WIBA Welterweight championship, undefeated Tori “ShoNuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA once again puts her title on the line against “Notorious” Nicole Woods of Stone Mountain, GA in a 10-round contest on Saturday, June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The card is being promoted by Ponytail Promotions.
In her last outing, Nelson (9-0-3, one KO) made short work of former world champion Mia St. John, scoring a second-round TKO on May 17 in Annandale, VA. Nelson will be defending her title for the third time in her bout against Woods (11-13-3, three KO’s), who has fought a tremendous list of opponents throughout her career including Cecelia Braekhus, Bonnie Mann, Belinda Laracuente and Melissa Hernandez.
The two women have a common opponent in Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes. Nelson won her WIBA Welterweight title against Lopes on September 13 in Lincoln, RI via 10-round unanimous decision. Two months later on November 23 in Boston, MA, Woods battled Lopes to a six-round majority draw.
The co-feature has Baltimore light heavyweight Willie “For Real” Williams taking on Frankie “The Freight Train” Fillipone of Norfolk, VA in an eight-round contest for the vacant United States Boxing Union title. This bout is a rematch of an August 28, 2010 bout won by Fillipone by six-round unanimous decision in Virginia Beach, VA. Since that bout, Williams (13-7-2, four KO’s) has only fought twice while Fillipone (15-4-1, two KO’s) has competed 13 times.
Also, Baltimore middleweight Jeremy “The Truth” Trussell (8-1, six KO’s) will look to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss as he faces David Rohn of Villa Park, IL (1-1)in a four-round contest. Both men suffered knockout losses on the same card at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore on April 12. Trussell was stopped in the sixth round by Taneal Goyco while Rohn fell to Demond Nicholson in the first round.
Nicholson, an undefeated middleweight from Laurel, MD, will participate in his first scheduled six-round bout on this card when he takes on Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez of San Diego, CA by way of Havana, Cuba. Nicholson (6-0, six KO’s) has only been out of the first round once and that was when he stopped his opponent in the second round in his pro debut. Gonzalez (12-13-4, six KO’s) is looking to break a seven-bout losing streak.
Baltimore cruiserweight Travis Reeves will participate in a six-round encounter against Lamont “Too Smooth” Capers of Hawley, PA. Reeves (4-2-1, two KO’s) is unbeaten in his last three bouts including a first-round stoppage of Santos Martinez on April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore. Capers (4-3) has won three in a row and will compete in a six-round contest for the first time in his career.
There will be a second women’s contest on the card as undefeated Baltimore, MD flyweight Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas will battle Christina Fuentes of Laredo, TX in a six-round encounter. Douglas (3-0, one KO) has not fought since July 20 when she won a four-round unanimous decision over Marisol Miranda at Coppin State University in Baltimore. Fuentes (3-5-3) is a two-time former world title challenger who is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Mikayla Nebel on March 14 in Hamilton Township, NJ.
Baltimore featherweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. returns to action on this card as he faces Cody Fuller of Tulsa, OK in a four-round contest. Dezurn (2-0, one KO) is coming off a first-round TKO over Carlos Alcala on October 18 in Fort Washington, MD. Fuller (1-2) won a four-round majority decision over Rockne Harris on April 5 in Fort Worth, TX.
Ashburn, VA lightweight Seth Billups is also on the card as he faces the very busy Benjamin “Wildcat” Olinga of DC in a four-round contest. Billups (2-0, two KO’s) fought on the last Ponytail Promotions card on May 17 in Annandale, VA and stopped Anthony Dave in the first round. Olinga (1-6) just fought on a June 13 card in Fort Washington, MD and lost a four-round majority decision to Myke Fox.