The fight was closer than what some experts predicted but Cleveland’s Willie ‘The Great’ Nelson won by unanimous decision over Luis Grajeda on Friday Night in Nevada with all three judges scoring the bout 98 to 92.
The judges’ scores may have been a little wider than what viewers thought but Nelson deserved the victory as he outboxed Grajeda for a large majority of the fight.
I had the fight scored 97 to 93 for Nelson.
Grajeda (17-3-2) was able to move inside on Nelson (23-1-1) quite a bit throughout the fight, landing many big shots on the Cleveland native. In the eighth round, Grajeda nearly put Nelson on the canvas with a brutal right uppercut but Nelson proved tough and survived the round.
It was not Nelson’s best night but he put together a solid and gritty performance against a tough and strong opponent. Nelson has now won seven fights in a row and is currently ranked #7 by RING Magazine in the 154 pound weight division.
After such a competitive fight it will be interesting to see who Nelson fights next. He will have the option to fight one of the higher ranked fighters in the 154 pound division. Personally, I would like to see a fight between Nelson and IBF title holder Carlos Molina.
Also on Friday night, Cleveland middleweight prospect Eduardo Alicea (8-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated with an impressive stoppage of Kirk Huff (3-1, 1 KO) in round two. Alicea ended the fight with a slick and powerful counter right hook that Huff never saw coming.