Darnell Wilson Ding-a-Rings the bell of Emanuel Nwodo and any critic who thinks he don’t deserve a title shot!

nwodo29.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: The question of course being: Which 200 and under champ has the Cajones to give it to hims? Tonight on ESPN "Friday Night Fights," Darnell Wilson notched his fourth high caliber knockout win in a row against another quality cruiser in Emanuel Nwodo.

Though it was a grueling battle throughout with tides and turns in the action, Wilson was finally able to crack through Nwodo’s Liberty bell in the first of the last two rounds. Wilson knocked the African down in the final seconds of the third, did the same with more emphasis in the 10th and displayed what many observers felt was to this point the KO of the Year in the 11th.

As a fan of Darnell and somebody who has had the pleasure of chatting with him, and considering his situation, I do feel it necessary to offer one criticism. The purpose of this is not to tear down this spectacular performance, or “Ding” as a fighter, but rather to possibly help encourage him to do even better then he did tonight. While the bout did end in KO, and further emphasized how strong a fighter Darnell is, the bout was on its way to the cards in a hurry. Another four minutes would have left it in the hands of the judges and we all know how much they enjoy giving our ESB alum points wins. A future opponent looking at this bout might say to himself that if he were in this situation he can choose to change gears and run away with it banking on the judges looking his way as the better boxer.

If that would be the case, then Darnell would need to do be just that bit stronger in order to have the conditioning to finish the job inside the distance, or have enough to take it on points from a guy getting on his bike. We all know that besides being a sensational boxer, Darnell also works as a consultant at an engineering company in the daytime. While there is no doubt that he deserves respect for juggling a full blown career and a full blown dream at the same time, if he really wants to be at his best in a title attempt, he needs to have the ability to focus completely on that bout. I am not suggesting he quit earning a steady income as that is simply foolish, but rather pointing out how much better he would be if he could take time off leading up to an important fight to focus on accomplishing his dream.

Based on the interview he did for our site, it seems that Darnell’s training regimen takes place after work. While I do not think that means he somehow slacks off in training, I do feel that after such a day of distracting labor, he cannot put in his best effort in the gym. It doesn’t seem possible to be able to be as sharp after work, as it is after a good night’s sleep where the gym work is your 9-5.

Either way, I think it is clear that Darnell deserves his rightful crack at a title and the opportunity to ring a ling or ding a ring, or any other rhyme you can come up with, the bell of Mormeck or any of the other cruiser champs. However, as I mentioned earlier, if he can get that title shot opportunity with this body of work even while focusing on a day job, imagine how much better he would be if he had the ability to go away to training camp and really wail away on his preparation for an extended period of time?

First and foremost, Congratulations are still in order for such an amazing display of heart and character. ESB offers it’s version of a 21 gun salute to the Ding.

Article posted on 30.06.2007

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