WILLIE NELSON ON THE ROAD AGAIN TO CONNECTICUT
Press Release: On March 1st, Willie "The Great" Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) faces Michael "El Magnifico" Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs) in a ten-round junior middleweight bout to be shown on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, live from MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Nelson has been compared to a right-handed Paul Williams and young Tommy Hearns because of his freakish size (6'4" & 81" reach) for a 154-pounder.
Coming off consecutive victories over previously unbeaten boxers- two-time Cuban National champion Yudel Jhonson (12-1), on ShoBox, and John "Dah Rock" Jackson (13-1, 12 KOs), Nelson hopes he is on the verge of a world title fight.
The Cleveland-native Nelson, who trains in Youngstown, Ohio with Loew, has a rich amateur pedigree having had nearly 250 matches, including title-winning performances in the PAL National Championships twice and U.S. Under-19 Tournament, and only 22 losses.
Rumble Time Promotions president Steve Smith, who co-promotes Nelson with DiBella Entertainment, can't wait to watch Nelson showcase his talent. "Willie is really looking forward to this fight," Smith said. "He's fully focused and ready to go. Willie is now a complete fighter working with head trainer Jack Lowe and his nutritionist and strength-and-conditioning coach, Mike Bartos. Willie is patient in the ring. He has learned how to use his height and long jab to be more of an advantage for him in the ring. Boxing fans will get to see the scariest 154-pounder in the world, standing 6' 4" and hitting his opponent from across the ring with his tremendous reach. I can't wait for boxing fans all over the world to see the complete package known as Willie 'The Great" Nelson."
Medina will be giving away 3 ½ inches in height, as well as a 9-inch reach, when he challenges Nelson. The Los Angeles-based fighter's most notable win is by 10-round decision in 2011 to Grady Brewer. Medina has been stopped only once, by Saul Roman, and his only other losses as a professional have been to Vanes Martirosyan and John Duddy.