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Nelson Shuts Out Turunen, Regains Middleweight Title

For her first time competing in D.C., multi-time world champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson seemed to have a very simple game plan: hit her opponent, Sanna Turunen, as hard as she could for as long as she needed to.

If that was the plan, then Nelson, a middleweight from Ashburn, Va., executed it to perfection, winning a relatively easy 10-round unanimous decision over Turunen of Tuusulam, Finland, to regain her Universal Boxing Federation middleweight title during the main event at the Tricky Entertainment/D.C. Fight Night card at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

Nelson landed numerous shots on both sides of Turunen’s head throughout the contest, causing Turunen to develop a welt over her right eye and another on the left side of her face.

Nelson, who won the bout by shutout (100-90) on all three judge’s scorecards, is now 19-2-3 with three KOs, while Turunen falls to 4-2-1, one KO.

In the co-feature, Greenbelt, Md., cruiserweight “The Vanilla Gorilla” Sam Crossed won a disputed six-round split decision over a very game Twon “The Truth” Smith of Oklahoma City. Crossed seemed to have a tough time finding his distance early, and with seconds remaining in the second round, Smith landed a big right hand that dropped Crossed to the canvas.

Once Crossed recovered, he seemed to have difficulty landing shots and when he did, Smith was able to shake the punches off. However, Crossed was able to land enough punches to get the win on judges Steve Rados and Wayne Smith’s cards, 57-56. Paul Wallace saw the bout for Smith by the same score.

Crossed remained undefeated (8-0, five KOs) while Smith falls to 3-2 with two KOs.

D.C. welterweight Kareem “Reemo” Martin won a six-round unanimous decision over Andrew Rodgers of Elkhart, Ind. Both boxers had a tough time landing quality shots in this bout. Rodgers spent the bulk of his time in the match holding Martin, who landed a good portion of body shots in the bout. All three judges scored the bout 59-55 for Martin, who is now 11-2 with three KOs. Rodgers falls to 4-5-1 with two KOs.

D.C. featherweight Jordan “Shortdog” White made short work of Ndira Spearman of Lavergne, Tenn., by way of Hagerstown, Md. White was able to knock down Spearman with body shots twice in the contest. After the second knockdown, Spearman told referee Brent Bovell that he had had enough. The bout was stopped at 2:02 of the first round. White is now 7-1 with five KOs while Spearman’s record dropped to 1-4.

Two boxers made returns to the ring after lengthy absences. D.C. junior welterweight Antonio “Teflon” Magruder, competing for the first time since September 2016, battled Matt Murphy of St. Louis to a four-round majority draw. Magruder is now 5-0-1, four KOs while Murphy is now 3-30-4, two KOs.

Meanwhile D.C. light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson returned to action for the first time since August 2016 and won a six-round unanimous decision over “The Dynamic Warrior” Mengistu Zarzar of Palmer Park, Md., by way of Liberia. Johnson is now 17-4-1 with seven KOs while Zarzar falls to 6-6-1 with five KOs.

Kiante Irving, a super middleweight from Beaver Falls, Pa., scored a second-round TKO over George Sheppard of Virginia. Irving, a 2018 National Golden Gloves champion, dominated the bout from start to finish, knocking down Sheppard twice before the bout was stopped at 1:06 of the second. Irving is now 3-0, all KOs while Sheppard falls to 1-5-1.

In the opening contest, Silver Spring, Md., heavyweight George Harris won by third-round TKO over Lamar Lewis of Conway, Ark. Harris was very patient in the bout and worked his way to the eventual knockout. Eventually, the punishment was too much for Lewis and referee Michelle Myers stopped the bout at 2:00 of the third round for Harris, who is now 2-0, both KOs. Lewis dropped to 0-4.

Renowned ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones was on hand for the card, which was spearheaded by Erwin Pendergrast of Tricky Entertainment and Sean Magruder, father of boxer Antonio Magruder and head of D.C. Fight Night.

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