Cleveland boxer Willie 'The Great' Nelson made short work of Darryl Cunningham on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bout was part of the non-TV fight card on the Miguel Cotto-Sergio Martinez pay-per-view event.
Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs), displaying great power and speed, put Cunnigham (29-7) down twice in round one before the ref stepped in to stop the fight. The win was Nelson's sixth in a row since losing a close decision in April 2011.
Trained by Jack Loew (best know for training Youngstown native Kelly Pavlik to middleweight superiority) Nelson is fighting his way to the top of the junior middleweight division. Currently, Nelson is ranked as the 13th best junior middleweight in the world by Boxrec.
With tremendous height (6'3) and reach (81 inches) Nelson has a tactical advantage against most fighters in the division. What’s next for Nelson? Perhaps a fight against ‘Irish’ Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs), who kicked off the pay-per-view telecast with a stunning comeback and brutal knockout of prospect John Jackson. Nelson holds a 2012 decision victory over Jackson.
Andy Lee should prove to be a good test for the young Nelson A victory against Lee will propel him to a legitimate title contender in the weight class.