Jordan Shimmell, 20-1 with 16 KOs, earned his 20th victory on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. Jordan took on Willis “the Prophet” Lockett who is from the nearby DC suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland. Lockett was 14-15-5 going into the fight and was coming off a victory in December 2015 over 13-3 John Lennox and a close split decision loss to 10-0 heavyweight Ed Latimore in January 2016.
Lockett’s resume shows that he has fought many top contenders and has defeated some, has drawn against some and lost close decisions to others. Lockett has shown that he’s durable as he’s only been knocked out once by heavyweight Javier Mora and stopped inside the distance three other times on cuts, disqualification and retirement. Lockett went the distance with a former world middleweight champion and also with two world title challengers. Lockett has a draw against Darnell Wilson who lost a 12 round decision for the WBA world cruiserweight title. However, Jordan Shimmell became just the 5th boxer to defeat Lockett inside the distance and did so in the shortest time frame when the bout was stopped at 1:23 of the 4th in a scheduled 8 round bout.
Jordan Shimmell was the aggressor from the opening bell and Willis Lockett had no answers for Jordan’s skills, strength and speed. Jordan clearly won the first round. In the second round Jordan knocked Lockett down twice with Lockett getting up at the count of 8 or 9 both times. It looked as if Lockett was going to quit or the referee was going to stop the bout after the second knockdown. During the 2nd knockdown Lockett spit out his mouthpiece to buy more time. The referee allowed the bout to continue and the round ended shortly thereafter. In the 3rd round Lockett began holding excessively and he spit out his mouthpiece again. Jordan was landing a lot of hard punches and Lockett was merely trying to survive by holding. In the 4th round it was more of the same and the referee deducted points from Lockett for the fouls. Finally, the referee had enough and disqualified Lockett at 1:23 of the round. It was clear that Lockett wanted to be disqualified instead of losing by knockout. According to heavybagboxing.com’s Ron Buckner “the referee issued 6 warnings and 2 separate point deductions for excessive holding and intentionally spitting out the mouthpiece.” Jordan Shimmell is now looking forward to his next bout sometime this spring.
Jordan Shimmell is world ranked by the IBO. He is ranked in the regional rankings by the NABA, NABF, NABO and USBA organizations. Jordan is one of the top cruiserweight prospects in the world.