BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Tori Nelson puts her undefeated record on the line when she takes on Kita Watkins in a 10-round affair for the vacant UBF World female super welterweight title Friday at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, Maryland.
Nelson (13-0-3, 1ko) is the current WIBA world champ and has not been tested in her last two fights, but she did get pushed against the inexperienced Arlene Blencowe when the two met for the WIBA welterweight title last September. Blencowe came into that fight with just four career bouts under her belt and lost a very close split-decision, which might have exposed Nelson to some degree.
Blencowe was very aggressive in that fight and was able to land some solid crisp shots against the 38-year-old Nelson.
Watkins (7-11, 1ko) has dropped three straight and four of five, but she has fought some very strong opponents, including a losing a competitive 10-round title contest to Molly McConell in 2011. That bout was for the WIBF World super lightweight title. Watkins has a tough chin and will let her hands go. She is always a fast starter, which Nelson will have to be weary of.
Two other titles in female boxing will be on the line as well. Baltimore’s Tyriesha Douglas (8-0, 3ko’s) will tangle up against Maria Suarez (9-1-1) over 10 rounds for the vacant UBF World female flyweight title, while Jennifer “The Bolivian Queen” Salinas (15-3, 4ko’s) takes on Angel Gladney (8-10-1, 6ko’s) for the vacant UBF World super featherweight title in a 10-round contest.
More to come on this card during Friday’s Double Jab Radio show.