MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut - In a battle of undefeateds, IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen (21-0-2, 13KOs) kept his title, since it was a non-title contest, but he was unable to stop the unbeaten streak of Brandon Gonzales (17-0-1, 10KOs) - as they fought to a ten round draw. The scores were 98-92 for Gonzales, 96-94 for Oosthuizen and 95-95 for the draw.
Gonzales started strong, blasting Oosthuizen with hard punches in the first round. Oosthuizen tried stepping up the pace in the second. However, Oosthuizen was unable to deal with Gonzales' quicker hands and better skills. Gonzales was landing better, landing hard, and more active with his punches. Oosthuizen rallied in the final three rounds and it seemed to be enough to gain the draw.
Junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (21-1-1, 12KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Luciano Leonel Cuello (32-3, 16KOs). The scores were 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94.
Nelson came out swinging in first round and hurt Cuello more than once. Cuello tried to rally back in the second, but he continued to get tagged. In the third, Cuello began to land some very good punches and had the legs of Nelson shaking in the final minute. Nelson suffered a cut above the right eye in the third round.
Nelson boxed his way to win the fourth and likely the fifth and sixth. But Cuello came back in the seventh to stagger Nelson very badly. Nelson stayed on his feet and covered up very well. They were trading shots in the eight, going back and forth with hard punches.
Nelson managed to win the ninth, but Cuello once again had him in serious trouble during the tenth after landing some big punches on the inside. But he was able to finish the fight on his feet with a bad cut, this time around his left eye. Tags: Brandon Gonzales , Willie Nelson , Thomas Oosthuizen , Oosthuizen vs. Gonzales , Oosthuizen-Gonzales