Jordan Shimmell closes 2014 with a bang

Jordan Shimmell, 18-0 with 15 KOs, once again dominated his opponent during his most recent pro fight on December 12, 2014 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The “Holiday Boxing Bash” show was promoted by Warriors Boxing and Jordan’s bout was the co-main event on the stacked card of top contenders and prospects including 3 time Olympian Raushee Warren in the main event. Jordan Shimmell went up against the tough fighter, Phil “The Drill” Williams, 14-6-2 with 13 KOs. Jordan Shimmell and Phil Williams had one common opponent that being Galen “Bad Boy” Brown. Williams had knocked out Galen Brown in 2 rounds in August 2014 while Galen Brown had gone the distance with Jordan Shimmell, losing a lopsided unanimous decision to Jordan in October 2013.

In interviews before the fight, Williams was very confident that he would KO Jordan Shimmell as he believed Jordan had been fighting a bunch of “heavy bags” and that the fight on December 12th was the biggest fight of the young Shimmell’s career. Jordan Shimmell acknowledged that the fight was the biggest fight of his career thus far but that he also viewed each and every fight that way and never underestimated any opponent. Jordan Shimmell’s father, Dennis Shimmell, Jr, who is also Jordan’s trainer and manager stated because Jordan has excellent skills, trains very hard for every fight and doesn’t take any opponent for granted that Jordan often makes very good boxers look bad.

Once the bout between Jordan Shimmell and Phil Williams began, Jordan used his snappy jab and superior skills to dominate the opening round. By the end of the 1st round, Williams’ right eye was already swelling. Jordan continued to outbox Williams in the 2nd round utilizing his excellent boxing skills, speed and footwork. Jordan landed his jab repeatedly and also used some heavy power punches to the body and head. In the 3rd round Jordan once again worked up and down and had Williams looking hurt on several occasions. In the 4th round Williams came out orthodox for the first time as his right eye was almost swollen shut but switching stances didn’t faze Jordan at all. Jordan continued to land heavy artillery and systematically break down Williams who appeared reluctant to throw punches from the outside because when he did Jordan would land hard counters. Williams also appeared discouraged as he had landed a solid left on Jordan’s chin in the 3rd round that didn’t do anything but cause Jordan to ramp up his own output. In the 5th round Williams threw a couple of hard punches that Jordan made miss and then Jordan pounded on Williams in retaliation. Jordan continued to land some hellacious body punches and some devastating straight rights that visibly hurt Williams. At the end of the round Williams made a last ditch effort to land something big and Jordan easily avoided the punch and narrowly missed a crushing counter of his own. Williams’ face showed the effects of the punches Jordan was landing. Jordan looked poised to end the fight by devastating knockout in the next round but Williams’ corner smartly threw in the towel during the break between the 5th and 6th rounds to avoid Williams having to take any further punishment.

In Jordan Shimmell’s prior fight before facing Williams, he boxed Joell Godfrey, 17-12-1 in Las Vegas on September 11, 2014. Jordan became the first boxer to ever stop Joell Godfrey inside the distance. Godfrey was a contestant in Season 4 of the reality TV show “The Contender”. Godfrey had been in the ring with many cruiserweight and heavyweight contenders and was coming off a big win in his prior bout defeating Marcus Vinicius de Oliveira who was 23-1-1. Godfrey, who had stated in an interview that he would embarrass Jordan Shimmell and make him look “regular” during the fight, was not able to land any meaningful punches on Jordan. Jordan wasted no time in the fight and dominated Godfrey from the opening bell all the way until Referee Jay Nady stopped the one-sided slaughter at 1:16 of the 7th round.

With two big knockout wins to close 2014 and three victories since signing with Al Haymon in June 2014, Jordan Shimmell has moved up even further in the world and regional rankings. Jordan Shimmell is the USBO Cruiserweight Champion and is world ranked #16 by the IBO and #21 by the WBC. In the regional rankings Jordan is ranked #3 NABA, #3 NABO, #5 NABF and #5 USBA. Having impressed the promoters, matchmakers and powers to be with his recent performances it looks very likely that Jordan Shimmell will be boxing on television in his next fight sometime in the first quarter of 2015.