Another great night of boxing at the Patriot Center culiminated with another victory by Jimmy Lange in 12 rounds over the somewhat comical Ruben Gaivan, who some how managed to go the distance, but could not prevent Lange from capturing WBU and NABU jr. middleweight championships.
In the sixth round, Lange, delivered a hard right hook to the body, followed by a combination to the head briefly stopped Gaivan and forced him to find a way to deliver blows in ways Lange was not expecting. Gaivan later dished back with two hard right crosses of his own and closed out the round strong with last second flurrie.
In the championship rounds Lange delivered a few strong punches to the face and Gaivan seemed to be a little winded at that point and even took a few boos from the crowd.
All three judges were in an agreement, unanimously scoring the fight in favor of Lange. Official cards read 120-108 (3x). With the win, Lange improves to 38-4-2, 25KOs.
The co-main event featuring Delaware’s popular Mike ‘No Joke’ Stewart (49-7-3, 25KOs)claimed the vacant WBU welterweight strap with a lackluster technical majority decision win over Pittsburgh, PA’s Joe Wyatt (23-3, 15KOs. This fight offered much of nothing at all for fans and was the bigges bust of the night in our eyes. Both fighters sort of toyed with each other and no solid blows were delivered.
The match-up of the night that got the most attention didnt come from any of the men fighting, but a local favorite in Fighting mom and world middleweight champion Tori ‘Sho Nuff’ Nelson (6-0-1) of Ashburn, VA denied the lively effort and challenge of the younger Vashon ‘Lady V’ Living (5-3-1) to claim the vacant WIBA jr. middleweight crown over ten rounds.
Tori dominated this fight from start to finish, but Lady V pushed her the distance. Lady V delivered some solid punched in the sixth and seventh rounds that could had pushed the judges either way, but in the end the verdict was unanimous in favor of Nelson who won by 97-90 (twice) and 99-88.
“She fought me tough, I was getting a little tired towards the end of the ninth round, but I said to myself, i got this and I am going to go back and take it in the tenth, said Nelson as she gathered with family and friends in the stands holding her championship belt.