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18 NOVEMBER 2018


Nelson-Reis Battle Highlights Ogden Charity Show

J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside: The 8th annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation charity show was presented on Nov. 7, 2013, at its traditional location. But no matter WHAT anyone says, Martin’s Valley Mansion is emphatically NOT in Cockeysville! That’s a couple of miles away. The well-appointed catering hall is in Warren, MD.


A full house in excess of 600 packed the upscale event, which supports a “charitable organization that assists young people in disadvantaged communities develop self-esteem through athletics and education.” The organization is the creation of the Baltimore Ravens Hall-of-Famer, the popular Jonathan Ogden, who was on site and mixing cordially with fans. It was promoted by Venroy July (Hardwork Prom’ns), with matchmaker Chris Middendorf.


A women’s 10 between Tori Nelson, 143, Ashburn, VA, 8-0-2, and Kali Reis, 144 ½, Providence, 5-2-1 (2), headlined an entertaining show. As usual…as always?...the women put on a fine contest, despite the Neanderthal attitude of some unreconstructed male boxing writers. They can take a walk off the pier.


The tall and sturdy visitor stalked the whole fight, but was constantly looking for a payoff punch and not letting her hands go. Meanwhile, the smaller local favorite was circling around her, popping jabs and tossing overhand rights while consistently outworking her opponent. Nelson’s style was taking three steps to Reis’ one, but the expected fatigue never set in (two-minute rounds). Reis’ plan almost worked when she landed a solid right and the end of the third. Kali came back in the next round with a jolting left hook, but Tori immediately retaliated with one of the best flurries of the fight, outscoring and punishing her.


The solid blows by Reis finally got the better of the movement and work rate of her opponent in round five, and it looked as though the fight was turning with still time left to pull out the win. But in the sixth, Nelson reasserted herself with a lively and spirited attack that had Reis trying to track her down while walking into punches.


The seventh was close and provided good action both ways. Heated exchanging continued in the eighth, with Nelson edging the round with another volley as in round four. Kali’s corner bawled her out loudly for not throwing enough, and the last two rounds went all-out. The ninth was wilder and free-swinging, with Nelson’s rights outgunning her foe.


Finally, too late, Kali’s work rate went into a higher gear in the tenth, with Nelson making up some ground with a finishing rally that had the crowd up. The decision was fair, unanimous to Nelson. John Gradowski and Dave Greer scored 98-92, Dave Braslow 96-94. The winner acknowledged that her foe had heavy hands and was looking for the KO, and that she could outscore her with a more active, points-directed fight plan.

Huge and hulking Jarrell Miller, 267, Queens, 6-0-1 (6), had no trouble getting rid of experienced Willie Chisholm, 235 ½, Clearwater, 7-19 (4), in 0:52 of round two, scheduled six. Miller started carefully behind the jab, then opened up. After taking a combination, Chisholm attempted to fire back a right haymaker, missing so wildly that he went to the canvas. Ref Brent Bovell administered a count as the round ended.


It looked like a choreographed sequence in a movie, but Miller settled all that in the next round. Chisholm was pounded defenseless on the ropes with a nice mix to head and body until the ref was forced to stop it.


Gerome Quigley, 150 ½, Montgomery Village, MD, 2-0 (2), looked sharp dismantling Damien Butler, 149, Wash., DC, 0-4, in 2:29 of the third, scheduled four. The rangy Butler made use of reach in an even first. But Quigley began whacking the body to get a step closer. In round two, Gerome finished an exchange with a sharp right…splat, to the kisser!...that dumped Butler. In the third, Damien carelessly walked straight into a short right and down again! Bovell looked him over and stopped it.


Jeremy Trussell, 169 ½, Balto., 5-0 (4), overwhelmed and TKO’d On’Rey Towns, 163, Saratoga, NC, 0-3, in 2:57 of round one, scheduled four. The stocky Trussell attacked fearlessly while the lanky underdog wanted none of it.


A right behind the ear forced an eight count. Then, trapped in his own corner, Towns was drilled by a double right, ribs and then a bomb to the head. The ropes were holding him up when ref Braslow stopped it. The dazed fighter attempted to exit through the strands and leave the ring, eventually being attended on the apron.


A wild and woolly walk-out featured two winless but willing warriors (how’s that for alliteration?). Brian Meadows, 151, Clearwater, 1-4-2, faced Elmer Vera, 154, a Peruvian fighting out of Queens, 0-4, in a scheduled four.


It went 1:19. The two came out trading with wild abandon, every punch intended to score the first win. The rangy southpaw Meadows got there first with his long arms, scoring two vicious knockdowns in short order. A left dropped Vera along the ropes and then a combination, of which a left under the ribs was the telling blow, left Elmer gasping on canvas for the KO.

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