Ferndale, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner lost a six-round split decision to undefeated Junior Anthony Wright of Evanston, IL Friday night at US Cellular Field in Chicago, IL.
Kisner won on one judge's scorecard at 58-56 but two other judges saw the bout 59-55 for Wright. Kisner was the first boxer to go the distance with Wright, who had not gone past three rounds in his young career.
Kisner loses for the first time in his pro career and is now 12-1-1, five KO's. Wright is now 8-0, seven KO's.
Here is the complete recap from Sam Geraci of Fightnews.com:
In his first test to date, undefeated cruiserweight Junior Wright (8-0, 7 KOs) of Evanston IL, managed to pull-off a majority decision over Nick "The Slick" Kisner (12-1-1, 5 KOs) of Baltimore, MD. When the scores were initially read, Kisner was awarded the decision, but judge Mauro Di Fiore's score was inaccurately given to ring announcer Thomas Treiber in favor of Kisner. Several minutes later, the correct scores were given: 58-56 for Kisner and 59-55 twice for Wright. Although Fightnews scored the bout in Wright's favor, this was an ugly and difficult bout to score with neither fighter landing many clean shots that could have gone either way.
In the first, Wright cut off the ring and looked to back Kisner to the ropes to pound the body and land his dynamic right hand while Kisner looked to counter with the left hook from a distance. Although Wright continued to back Kisner to the ropes, anytime Wright closed the distance, Kisner either countered with his left or held. The round probably could have gone either way, but Kisner appeared to pull it off.
Throughout the second, Wright plowed forward without his jab but managed to back Kisner to the ropes to land several significant body shots. Although Wright managed to land the most significant blows of the round, at times, Kisner managed to thwart Wright's attack by firing shots off the ropes and then clinching. Another close round, but Wright's aggression and body shots might have done enough.
Throughout the third, Kisner frustrated Wright, who did not have any answers for Kisner's elusive style followed by clinching. Even though Wright lost every second of the round, he managed to score with a big right in the final fifteen seconds followed by a small flurry against the ropes that should have done enough to steal the round because Kisner failed to land anything of significance.
In the fourth, Wright continued to plow forward and then get countered but did manage to score with several solid rights that probably did enough to steal another ugly and uneventful round. In the final minute of the round, however, Wright was caught with a solid counter left hook that might have cost him the round.
In the fifth, there were more ugly exchanges followed by holding with referee Celestino Ruiz forced to be the most active participant in the bout. Again, the round was ugly and it could have gone either way as Wright landed the more meaningful shots while coming forward at all times and Kisner countered effectively at times. In the final minute, Wright did begin to find a home for his left hook, which probably gave him the round.
In the sixth, Wright's durability and left hook carried the round. In fact, the sixth was probably the only round for which there should not have been any debate.
Both Wright and Kisner are talented fighters who deserve another opportunity to prove themselves, but please, let's not let them fight each other again!