Napoleon took the fight to Nelson in the first two rounds and tried to overpower Nelson with an aggressive game plan. Nelson weathered the early storm and in the third round, launched a fierce attack of her own. Nelson kept Napoleon off balance the rest of the bout as she continually landed hooks with both hands and straight left hands. Nelson's offense allowed her to win the contest going away. Nelson won by scores of 99-91 and 98-92 (twice).
Nelson is now 16-0-3, one KO. Nelson has won 12 world titles and is 10-0-1, one KO in world title bouts and has won titles in four weight divisions (welterweight, super welterweight, middleweight and super middleweight). Napoleon loses for the first time and she is now 7-1, five KO's.
In the co-feature, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico veteran Jose Alfredo "Torito" Rodriguez won the vacant UBF All Americas light flyweight championship with an eight-round split decision over Edwin "Puto" Rodriguez of Puerto Rico. Jose Rodriguez stood his ground in the middle of the ring and was able to use jabs to keep Edwin Rodriguez on the outside of his punches. Edwin was successful at times at closing the distance but could not keep up the pressure long enough to secure the win. Edwin did capture one judge's scorecard at 78-74 but the other judges scored the card for Jose by the same score. Jose Rodriguez raises his record to 32-4, 19 KO's while Edwin Rodriguez's record drops to 8-4, five KO's.
In other bouts on the card, Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Roy "The Reaper" Garcia of Alice, TX. Hernandez used great hand speed to land shots to the head and body to gain a shutout victory (60-56 on all three cards). Hernandez is now 9-0, five KO's. Garcia falls to 3-21-1, two KO's.
Featherweight Reggie Barnett, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA scored a minor upset by winning a six-round majority decision over previously undefeated James "Too Slick" Early of Seat Pleasant, MD. Barnett forced the action on Early, who tried to confuse Barnett by continually switching from a conventional stance to the southpaw stance. Early seemed to be more successful as a southpaw but did not stay in that stance long enough. When Early stayed in the conventional stance, Barnett took advantage and was able to execute his offense successfully. One judge scored the bout a draw but Barnett took the decision on the other cards, 58-56 and 57-56. Barnett bounces back from suffering his first pro loss and is now 4-1, two KO's. Early is now 2-1.
In another six-rounder, "The Young General" Ian Green of Paterson, NJ scored an easy first-round knockout over Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack of Baltimore, MD. Green used a counter right hand to drop Womack to his knees. Womack stayed on his knees for the entire 10-count. Green is now 11-1, nine KO's while Womack drops to 7-14-3, five KO's.
Rookie Baltimore super featherweight Mack "Papi' Allison IV scored a third-round TKO over the debuting Rodger Williams of Washington, DC. Williams started off quickly and tried to land wide shots but Allison stayed poised and was able to land shots of his own. Allison entered the third round for the first time in his pro career but was in complete control as he dropped Williams twice with two right hands to finish the bout at 57 seconds of the third. Allison remains perfect at 7-0, seven KO's.
Clinton, MD lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy won a four-round unanimous decision over Nicholas Rodriguez of Somerset, KY. Breedy, a native of Bridgetown, Barbados, dropped Rodriguez twice in the first round. Rodriguez stayed tough in the contest but had very little offense in the contest as Breedy was able to land solid uppercuts and hooks to gain a 40-34 decision across the board. Breedy remains undefeated at 8-0, four KO's while Rodriguez is 1-5-1,
In an all-DC super lightweight contest, Matthew "Dogo" Abregu won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga. This was a tough bout where both men had their moments. Despite the awkwardness of Olinga, Abregu was able to land the harder shots throughout the contest as he went the distance for the first time in his young career. One judge saw the bout as a draw, 38-38. However, two judges saw a shutout for Abregu, 40-36. Abregu is now 4-0, three KO's while Olinga is now 1-13.
Virginia Beach, VA middleweight Brandon "The Janitor" Pennington made a successful pro debut winning a four-round majority decision over Carlos Cruz of Ashburn, VA. Pennington made the bout difficult for Cruz as he used a fierce body attack to help him win the contest. Cruz did not help his cause as he did not use a jab to help his cause. Cruz's record evens at 1-1, one KO. One judge did score the bout even at 38-38 but the two other judges scored the contest a shutout for Pennington at 40-36.
Lightweight Roger "RB3" Belch of Hobbsville, NC scored a first-round knockout over Jakil Smiles of Wilson, NC. Smiles was very awkward and threw himself to the canvas twice while throwing punches. Later in the first, Belch sent Smiles to the canvas with a left hand. Smiles stayed on the canvas for the 10-count. Belch is now 8-0, six KO's while Smiles is 0-2.
In a cruiserweight contest, Montez Brown of Virginia Beach, VA wins a four-round majority decision over Marquice Weston of Tacoma, WA. The 5' 10" Brown dealt well with a nine-inch height disadvantage as he was able to get inside the 6'7" Weston and land shots to Weston's chest and body. While one judge scored the bout even (38-38), two other judges scored the bout 39-37 for Brown who is now 2-0, one KO. Weston loses his first bout and he is 7-1-1, three KO's.
Shakeem Hodge of Reading, PA won his super middleweight contest by fourth-round technical decision when the debuting Noe Lozano of Fort Pierce, FL suffered a gash along his right eye after an accidental headbutt. Hodge was able to win the contest by scores of 39-37 (twice). One judge scored a draw (38-38). Hodge is now 4-0, three KO's.
The matchmaker on the card was Brian Dillon. The ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
Juan Marshall and I talked to the champion Tori Nelson after the contest.