Wilson-Nwodo: Sudden Lightening on Staten Island

nwodo29.06.07 - By Ted Sares: On June 29, Nigerian slugger Emmanuel Nwodo met streaking Darnell “Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson in 12-round USBA Cruiserweight Championship bout at the St. George Theater in Staten Island on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Nwodo (21-3, 17 KO’s) is ranked eighth by the WBO, and had won 10 straight victories. Wilson, a winner of three in a row, was 21-5-2 coming in, including 18 wins by way of KO.

Nwodo had won the vacant USBA Cruiserweight Title a year ago by stopping Chris “Cold Steel” Thomas in three, but prior to that, he greatly impressed by icing tough Imamu Mayfield in one.

This was a battle of knockout artists and promised to be a “don’t blink” type of fight, but it proved to be something more.

In a classic ebb and flow war and with blood flowing from the eyes of each fighter due to butts, the Nigerian went down early from a sweeping left hook. However, he came back to win the middle rounds and grab the lead going down the stretch. He did it primarily with good foot movement and in and out punching and seemed in control going into the championship rounds. However, Wilson was never really hurt and seemed to have a much better chin; this would soon prove to be important.

In the tenth and with the suddenness of a lightening strike, Nwodo made the mistake of throwing a right from too far away and was countered by a short straight right and follow-up left which sent him to the canvas. The right did most of the damage.

Still not fully recovered going into the eleventh round, the game Nwodo came out willing and winging, but once again was staggered by the heavy handed Wilson who hits like he has embalming fluid in each fist. The Nigerian champion quickly found himself the prey in a track and execute type of situation. The tracking ended on the ropes as the “Ding-A-Ling Man” trapped Nwodo and missed with a whistling right but followed up with as savage a left hook as you will ever see. The punch landed with full force, leverage and impact knocking Nwodo cold. Without a doubt, it will be the Knockout of the Year. Heck, I would dread witnessing anything worse.

Emmanuel remained on the canvas for several scary minutes and there was a palpable sense of relief when he finally was able to stand. Fortunately, New Jersey has a competent commission and all necessary precautionary measures were in place in the event of just such a situation.

This was one Friday night fight I will not soon forget. These two guys came to rumble in the non-theatrical sense. It just doesn’t get any better.

Thanks for the memories.

Article posted on 30.06.2007

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