Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Tori Nelson easily defeated Kita Watkins thanks to a 10-round unanimous decision to capture the vacant UBF Middleweight title Saturday night at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, Maryland.
Nelson (15-0-3, 1ko) recorded her ninth title and had no issues at all handling Watkins, who she earlier defeated in March.
The judges saw it 98-91 twice and 99-90 all in favor of Nelson, who floored Watkins in the fifth round with a gorgeous right hook. From there she was able to dominate the rest of the way after a quiet first couple of rounds.
The only flaw in her win against Watkins, was she lost a round on the judge’s scorecard — the first time in four bouts — that has happened.
A gritty and game Watkins fell to 7-13.
The question now for Nelson, is when will she step up in competition.
She has only fought two boxers with winning records over her last seven contests. At this stage of her career, the 38-year-old native of Ashburn, Virginia, might want to look to fighting overseas for bigger purses and tougher talent going forward.
She had several fights in her career outside the U.S, with two against Teresa Perozzi — both draws in 2012, and 2013, respectively.
A couple of names that come to mind would be against the likes of Oxandia Castillo, who is a rising young super welterweight with knockout power.
The 20-year-old Castillo (13-2-3, 10ko’s) fights out of the DR and that could be a tricky fight for Nelson, who would most likely have to travel for the bout and would have to also win over the judges in her opponent’s backyard.
Another interesting name stateside would be Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (12-3-2, 1ko), who fights out of Marshfield, Massachusetts by way of Poland. She does not posses a ton of punching power and is more a grinder, and she is an opponent that Nelson is familiar with.
Nelson defeated her back in 2013 for the WIBA title, but Lopes also fought a high caliber opponent in Mikaela Lauren, which was a close contest that saw Lauren slightly edge her over 10 rounds. Lopes is slated to fight June 27th, but no opponent has been named for the six-round bout at the Quincy Armory in Quincy, Massachusetts.
In other action, Jennifer Salinas improved to 17-3 with an easy eight-round unanimous decision win over four-fight veteran Jasmine Clarkson, who fell to 2-2.