Advertisement
Advertisement

Willie Nelson Tops Grajeda; Zhang Zhelei Wins Pro Debut

By Jake Donovan

Willie Nelson picked up his seventh straight win with a 10-round decision over Luis Grajeda in their main event Friday evening in Fallon, Nevada.

Scores were 98-92 across the board for Nelson, who seemed to have his hands full at times but outboxed Grajeda in the key moments of the fight. The scores weren't entirely reflective of what took place in the ring, although it's hard to dispute that the right guy won.

Nelson moves to 23-1-1 (13KOs); Grajeda falls to 17-3-2 (13KOs), as he is now winless in his last three fights.

UNDERCARD

Jason Escalera bumped off his second consecutive unbeaten opponent, riding a 3rd round knockdown en route to a well-earned decision win over Norbert Nemesapati in their ESPN2-televised co-feature in Fallon, Nevada. 

Scores were 79-72, 78-72 and 78-73 in favor of Escalera.

The opening round threatened to go according to chalk. Nemesapati, having spent his entire career fighting in Hungary and Slovakia prior to Friday, enjoyed a strong start, but his night quickly unraveled. Escalera, once a rising prospect suddenly in desperate need of a big win, took over the fight in round two and never looked back.

A body shot led to the bout's lone knockdown, with Escalera flooring Nemesapati in round three. The threat of a knockout was briefly in the air, but Escalera eventually settled for a dominant performance throughout the final seven rounds of the bout.

With the win, Escalera improves to 15-2-1 (12KOs). A two-fight win streak - both against unbeaten opponents - follows the worst stretch of his career, in which the New Jersey native suffered all three career blemishes (two losses and a draw) in a perid spanning just under two years.

Nemesapati falls to 14-1 (13KOs) after coming up well short in his first fight in the United States.

Two-time Olympic super heavyweight Zhang Zhilei made his pro debut, though not forced to stick around for very long. Curtis Tate, a pudgy heavyweight clubfighter from Western Tennessee, showed no punch resistance as he was flattened in just 17 seconds of ring action.

Zhilei, a silver medalist for hosting nation China in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and also a member of the 2012 London Olympics, came out working his jab and straight left hand, hoping to get in some work in his celebrated first pro fight. 

As it turned out, the combination was all he needed to put his first win in the books. Tate found a soft spot on the canvas the first time he tasted a power shot, falling face-first to the deck. The referee saw the action as a suggestion that the heavyweight had no interest in continuing, thus immediately ending the contest.

Zhelei moves to 1-0 (1KO). The 6'7" southpaw wasn't given enough time to prove whether or not he can properly adapt to the pro ranks. Time will certainly tell, though hopefully the competition level will improve in a hurry.

Tate heads back to Tennessee with his record now at 7-5 (6KOs). All five career losses have come by knockout, easy to understand after his display of poor punch resistance Friday evening.


Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigjavi973 on 08-09-2014

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2PMEatqYbg[/url] hahahaha "That guy has a glass shoulder"... aaahhhhh classic. lol

Comment by Corelone on 08-09-2014

Did you hear Teddy? That Maneteslappy guy was a 5 to 1 favorite. and that Chinese guy won on a "body" shot. I thought they got rid of the gangsters in Nevada. Somebody cleaned up tonight. Nelson ducked a bullet.

Comment by Respect Power on 08-09-2014

He didn't take a dive ... It's like Teddy said "he has a glass shoulder" ... CLASSIC !

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 08-08-2014

[QUOTE=hamada44;14837877]The chinese guy didnt land a punch. That guy took a dive.[/QUOTE] Yeah, that fight was a joke.

Comment by hamada44 on 08-08-2014

The chinese guy didnt land a punch. That guy took a dive.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Thomas Williams: A lot of People Wrote Me Off in Rodriguez Fight Dillian Whyte: I Got a 2 Year Ban, Browne Got 6 Months For PED! Golovkin's Coach: Kovalev Will Be Too Much For Andre Ward! Photos: Tony Bellew Grabs WBC Title With Vicious KO of Makabu Photos: David Price, Paul Smith Rack Up Big Wins in Liverpool Daily Bread Mailbag: Kovalev-Ward, Canelo-GGG, Crawford, More David Price is Hungry To Get His Hands on Anthony Joshua Hearn: If Haymon Brings Sack of Money - Burns vs. Broner in Vegas Andre Berto Targets Danny Garcia: I Want To Make a Statement! "Fighting Words" - The Revolving Door and Boxing's Changing Faces Mayweather Continues To Push a McGregor PPV With Poster Gervonta Davis is Set To Face Mario Rorozco on Barthelemy-Bey Photos: Orlando Salido Arrives in LA For Francisco Vargas War Mosley Tabs Porter Over Thurman: He Has Better Chin, Endurance Hearn: Badou Jack-Callum Smith is The Fight We're Pushing For Mares: Don't Rule Out Possibility of Cuellar Getting Knocked Out! Deontay Wilder's Handlers Reach Out To Alexander Ustinov Kosei Tanaka Stops Rene Patilano in Six Rounds in Nagoya, Japan Video: Shane Mosley Jr. Reflects on Win, The Future, More Tony Bellew: I'll Face That Bitch David Haye on That Joker Channel! Denis Shafikov, Joel Diaz Jr. To See Action on June 11 in El Monte Tony Bellew Gets Off The Deck, Brutal KO of Makabu For WBC Belt Video: David Avanesyan, Trainer Talk Win Over Shane Mosley Stephen Smith, Sean Dodd, Scott Fitzgerald All Victorious Video: Roberto Duran on Mosley Defeat To Avanesyan David Avanesyan Will Be Ringside To Scout Thurman vs. Porter Callum Smith Stays on Course For Title Shot, Get TKO in Six Ricky Burns Ready For Revenge on Crawford, Broner Showdown Video: Shane Mosley Talks About Loss To David Avanesyan David Price Returns in Style With Quick Knockout Victory Holyfield Believes Anthony Joshua Could Break Marciano's Record Bellew vs. Makabu LIVE Results From Goodison Park Frank Warren Questions Hearn's Position on Joshua vs. Haye James DeGale's Coach Confident: Badou Jack is Tailor-Made For Us Hearn: Eubank is Bigger UK Fight For Golovkin Than Saunders Golovkin's Coach: Only GGG Fight Brings Mayweather 100 Million! Bellew: I'll Fight That Bitch David Haye, He's Degrading Boxing! Photos: Ricky Burns Makes History, Blasts Di Rocco For WBA Belt Bellew vs. Makabu: Sean Dodd Looks To Enter The World Scene Viktor Postol Motivated By Underdog Role Against Crawford
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement