By Gary “Digital” Williams
While his opponent is no Apollo Creed, the boxing career of Baltimore middleweight Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow will take a Rocky-like turn on Friday, December 18 when he battles outside his home area of Maryland-DC-Virginia for the first time in his pro career. Nicklow (19-1-2, 7 KOs) travels to the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN for a 10-round main event bout against, ironically, another Maryland boxer – highly-touted and undefeated Fernando Guerrero (16-0, 13 KOs) of Salisbury. The bout will be carried live on Showtime as the lead bout on the network’s ShoBox telecast. The bout will also be Nicklow’s national television debut.
Normally a busy fighter, the 22-year-old Nicklow has only fought once this year – an eight-round draw against John Mackey on June 18 in Glen Burnie, MD. Nicklow has remained in the gym working with his amateur trainer Danny Kisner in preparation for this contest.
“I will have had five weeks of training for this fight,” Nicklow told Fightnews. “We were trying to get a bout with (Alfredo) Angulo, but he took the Harry Joe Yorgey fight instead. The promoter said they wanted to get another fight for me and they told Danny about this bout and when Danny told me it was Fernando I told him I wanted the fight.”
Nicklow and Guerrero have some history dating back to their amateur days. “I fought Fernando five times in the amateurs,” Nicklow said. “He won three bouts and I won two.” The two also sparred as pros as recently as this past April. “We definitely know each other and it will be a hard, competitive bout,” Nicklow added.
“He puts his punches together in combinations and stays busy in the ring,” Nicklow said of Guerrero. “I think a little more in the ring than Fernando. I can do more in the ring. I’m going to pressure him and take the fight to him. But I think the main difference will be the strength factor. I think I’m stronger.”
“I think this will be his toughest fight,” Nicklow said. “A lot of people are counting me out, but I’m not Ossie Duran. I’m not Gabriel Rosado (two of Guerrero’s previous opponents). I’m Jessie Nicklow and I’m going to pull this one out.”