By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Brooklyn, MD super middleweight Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow stopped Chauncey “Grimm” Fields of Lynchburg, VA after seven rounds of competition in the main event of the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.
Nicklow repeatedly walked the larger Fields down throughout the contest and broke him down with solid punches inside. Nicklow was able to repeatedly land right and left uppercuts and body punches that negated any offense Fields tried to muster. At the end of the seventh round, the ringside physicians signaled that the bout should be stopped.
Nicklow scored his second win over Fields, having defeated him by eight-round unanimous decision in January of this year at Michael’s. Nicklow’s record is now 27-8-3, nine KO’s while Fields gets his record evened at 4-4, two KO’s.
In the co-feature, Arlington, VA super middleweight “The Uzbek Warrior” Zarifbek Nishanbaev made a successful return to the sport by winning a four-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated “Dangerous” Donald Wallace of Baltimore, MD. Nishanbaev, a native of Kyrgyzstan who competed for the first time since July of 2015, was more aggressive and was able to land more power shots. Wallace’s offense dwindled throughout the bout and Nishanbaev closed the bout in a very strong fashion. Judge Paul Wallace saw a shutout for Nishanbaev, 40-36 while judges Don Risher and Kenny Chevalier scored the contest, 39-37. Nishanbaev is now 3-1, two KO’s while Wallace is 2-1-1, one KO.
In an upset, Newark, NJ junior welterweight Dion Richardson won a six-round split decision over Drayvontay Speed Rawls of Cheverly, MD. Richardson was able to negate Speed Rawls’s quick hand speed and scored effective counters of his own. Speed Rawls landed some shots but Richardson’s offense gave him the edge as judges Wallace and Risher scored the bout for Richardson, 58-56 and 59-55 respectively. Judge Chevalier saw the bout for Speed Rawls, 58-56. Richardson is now 3-1, two KO’s and pins the first loss on an undefeated fighter for the second straight time. Richardson knocked out 5-0 Scott Kelleher in the first round on June 2 in Philadelphia, PA. Speed Rawls is now 8-1-1, six KO’s.
The opening contest saw Ernest “Lightning Bug” Hall of Baltimore win a four-round majority decision over Tyrone “Showtime” Wright of Washington, DC in a battle of super featherweights. Neither man had a strong offensive performance as both men clinched repeatedly and did not throw a large number of effective punches. Hall did just enough to win the bout as judges Wallace and Brent Bovell scored the bout 39-37. Judge Chevalier saw the draw at 38-38. Hall remains undefeated at 3-1, one KO while Wright, who fought for the first time since January of 2015, falls to 2-3.
Jake Smith heads Baltimore Pro Boxing. Bryan Hagan served as matchmaker. The ring announcer was local radio personality Kirk McEwen.