Sometimes boxing can be the least fair sport. Take for example a boxer like Cleveland native Willie Nelson who holds a career record of 27-3-1 which includes a TKO win over current WBC super welterweight champion Tony Harrison, but has yet to fight for a world title despite having the credentials.
Now at age 32, the former NABF super welterweight titleholder who moved back to Youngstown this past winter to again work with trainer Jack Loew in an attempt to make a run for that world title shot that has eluded him.
This past Friday, Nelson who goes by the alias Willie The Great and Loew took their first step towards greatness with a third-round stoppage victory over the tough Ramses Agaton, a 28-year-old Mexican southpaw who carries a 20-10-3 record and has gone toe to toe with many rising names in the super welterweight division.
Nelson, who represented the popular Facebook page Ohio Runs Boxing in his ring attire, controlled every aspect of the fight which took place at in Elkins, West Virginia.
From the opening bell, Nelson displayed superior boxing skills and power as he continuously cracked his opponent in the body while landing upstairs with precision as well to the point that the Agaton corner decided they had enough punishment between the third and fourth rounds.
The fact that Nelson looked so prepared after a nearly two-year layoff from the ring is not accidental.
The past couple weeks the Nelson camp has gotten some great sparring in Youngstown and on the road with Ashland, Kentucky native Travis "The Rattlesnake" Hanshaw who is preparing for the biggest fight of his career as he will take on Follansbee, West Virginia native Aaron Quattrocchi for the WBF super middleweight world title on June 29th in his hometown of Ashland.