Tori Nelson Speaks with 8 Count News!

Posted: 25th June 2014 by knockout in Articles

Chris Thurman of 8CN got a chance to talk with WIBA welterweight champion Tori Nelson, who will defend her title against Nicole Woods at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on June 28th. Nelson is undefeated at 9-0-3 and says that she is very confident going into this match.
CT: How is training camp going so far?
TN: Great. Its going very good. The guys are pushing me hard and getting me ready.” title=

Oklahoma City, OK (June 24, 2014) – Former heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs looks to get back in the title hunt when he faces former WBO Latino titlist Raphael Zumbano Love Saturday evening in the main event of HD Boxing’s “Cathedral Rumble” at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

A limited number of tickets for “Cathedral Rumble” are still available at Doors open at 7 pm and the first bout is scheduled for 8.

All fans and media are also invited to attend the weigh in 6:30 pm Friday at Hooters, located at 3025 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City.

One of the most colorful fighters in history, Briggs has dynamic power in both hands, notching 48 knockouts in his 54 victories. Since a gutsy decision loss against then-WBC kingpin Vitali Klitschko, Briggs has been a man on a mission, knocking out all three of his opponents in the opening round. The Miami based Brooklynite has been chasing Klitschko’s younger brother and current unified heavyweight champion Wladimir during the last few months, with the hopes that another victory could earn him a shot.

Love has an outstanding professional record of 34 wins against only 7 defeats and 1 draw, with 27 of his victories coming by way of knockout. Hailing from Brazil and currently based in the boxing crazed city of Las Vegas, NV, Love is riding a wave of confidence, stopping Manoel Rodrigues de Souza (21-4) in 33 seconds last December.

Briggs meets Zumbano for the NABA heavyweight championship over 12 rounds.

In a special attraction bout, Trey Lippe-Morrison looks to go 3-0 when he challenges Marvin Babe in a four round heavyweight contest. A Tulsa, OK native, Lippe-Morrison’s the son of the late, great Tommy Morrison and has received international attention from various media outlets.

Rising junior welterweight star Haskell “Hackman” Rhodes of Spencer, OK puts his 20-0 ledger on the line against veteran John Revish in a 6 rounder. Rhodes, who is trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr. and served as a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao, is considered by many industry insiders to have world championship potential.

“I’m extremely excited about Saturday’s card,” said Bobby Dobbs, Co-Owner of HD Boxing. “Not only will fans get to witness a heavyweight bout where the winner will likely fight for a world title in the immediate future, but they’ll enjoy bouts featuring two of our most notable local fighters. Trey’s got a great story as many of you know but he’s an excellent puncher as well, while I think the sky’s the limit for Lydell. Make sure to come out on Saturday night because this will be a great evening of boxing!”

In addition to the aforementioned bouts, local stars light heavyweight Tracy Sneed, heavyweight Ty Cobb, junior welterweight Daniel Tran and welterweight Edwin Williams will all appear on the card.

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New York, NY (June 20, 2014) – Like every other prizefighter around the globe, junior middleweight Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson’s dreamed of competing in big bouts and making the most money possible; albeit for different reasons.

By now, the cause Melson fights for is well documented. As the co-founder of Team Fight to Walk who was an integral part of a successful May 2013 fundraising dinner amongst other events, he’s helped raise a significant amount of money for Spinal Cord Injury research. Melson’s also been a success inside the squared circle, compiling an impressive 14-1-1 record with 4 wins by knockout. Even with all of his accolades, the 32-year-old’s been looking for the kind of fight that will take him to the next level.

The popular Manhattan based Brooklynite will have the opportunity to show the world that he’s a top 154 pounder when he faces contender Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia Saturday, July 26 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the card featuring Melson-Tapia, which is headlined by a world middleweight title bout between WBA champion Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale, are available at

Hailing from the tough streets of Passaic, NJ, Tapia’s a blood and guts warrior who gives fans their monies worth every time he fights. Eight years Melson’s junior, he’s 20-1 with 12 wins by knockout, most notably stopping previously unbeaten Abie Han in July 2013. In his premium cable debut last December, Tapia got off to a blazing start and hurt James Kirkland in the opening round before ultimately ending up on the wrong end of a brutal sixth round stoppage. With the same management team that handled the late, great Arturo Gatti backing him, Tapia returned with a vengeance June 14, stopping veteran Keenan Collins in 84 seconds.

“This is going to be the toughest fight of my career but these are the kinds of bouts I have to win if I’m going to make it to the next level,” said Melson. “Glen is a good, strong fighter and I’ve seen him a number of times. I know I’m considered the underdog but I don’t feel like one. In the amateurs, I was defeated a number of guys that are currently top pros. I’ve been working almost four years as a professional for an opportunity like this and put in too much work just to let this massive stage get to me. I’m confident July 26 will be my coming out party to the upper echelon of the 154 pound division.”

In association with the 501 (C) 3 nonprofit, Melson and his best friend Christan Zaccagnino created Team Fight to Walk, whose mission is to raise awareness within the boxing community as well as the entire nation about the importance of bringing Clinical Trials to the United States to help cure Spinal Cord Injuries. Team Fight to Walk is comprised of Melson, Zaccagnino, former Rutgers football player/ESPY honoree Eric LeGrand, two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, Austin “No Doubt” Trout, title contender DeAndre “The Bull” Latimore, Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana, Sonya Lamonakis, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr., WBO Junior Middleweight titlist/2008 US Olympian Demetrius “Boo” Andrade and fellow 08’ Olympian Shawn Estrada along with prospects Sid “The Messenger” El Harrak, Jeff “TNT” Spencer, Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin, Will “Power” Rosinsky, Floriano “Italiano” Pagliara, Danny “Little Mac” McDermott, Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien, Ahmed “Prince of Egypt” Samir and Delen “Sniper” Parsley.

For more information or to make a donation, go to or All specific questions about the nature of the Clinical Trial to cure Spinal Cord Injury can be sent to

Baltimore, MD (June 10, 2014) – Undefeated multi-division world champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson will defend her WIBA welterweight belt against longtime contender Nicole Woods Saturday, June 28 in the main event a Ponytail Promotions card at the Du Burns Arena.

$30 general admission, $50 floor seats, $75 VIP seats and $750 VIP tables of 10 are available by calling 410-499-5361 or going to

One of the best female fighters on the planet, Nelson is 9-0-1 with one win by knockout. Hailing from Ashburn, VA, the popular Nelson’s fresh off a second round stoppage of ring legend Mia St. John in May. The 37-year-old captured titles at welterweight and middleweight, traveling to Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 to win the latter. A true world champion, Nelson twice battled to controversial draws against Teresa Perozzi in her native Bermuda.

An Atlanta, GA native, Woods has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport. Dubbed as “Notorious”, Woods shared the squared circle with a number of top fighters, often fighting on the road. She’s fought the likes of Cecelia Braekhus, Melissa Hernandez (twice), Erica Farais, Belinda Laracuente and Kimberly Connor amongst others. In 27 pro fights, she’s been stopped just once.

The Woods-Nelson bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.

In the co-featured bout of the evening, Baltimore’s Willie “For Real” Williams, 13-7-2 (4 KO’s), battles Norfolk, VA’s Frankie “Freight Train” Filippone, 15-4-1 (2 KO’s), in an eight round light heavyweight contest. Williams and Filippone, who is a police officer in Virginia, meet for the vacant USBU championship.

Rising welterweight star James “Keep’Em Sleepin” Stevenson looks to go 22-0 when he faces an opponent to be announced in an eight rounder. One of the many talented fighters in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, Stevenson’s inching closer to a major fight in the near future.

In separate undercard bouts, prospects Demond “Dbestatit” Nicholson, Jeremy Trussell, Tyriesha Douglas, Seth Billups, Glenn Dezurn, Alexandru Marin and Andrew Farmer along with surging lightweight Tyrell “Da Show Shocka” Samuel, Travis Reeves and Kevin Womack Jr. will face opponents to be named.

“June 28 is going to be one of the best local cards in recent memory,” said Ponytail Promotions CEO James Hogan. “We’ve got many of the top male and female fighters in the Baltimore, Maryland, DC area under one roof. From the Nelson-Woods bout to Stevenson, Williams-Fillippone and all of the upcoming prospects, ticketholders are guaranteed to get their money’s worth and then some!”

Doors for this excellent evening of boxing open at 6 pm with the first bout scheduled for 7. Popular radio station 92Q and DJ Squirrel Wyde will be on hand from 6-8 PM with prizes and special giveaways.”

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Founded in 2014 by respected Baltimore-based boxing businessman James Hogan, Ponytail Promotions envisions becoming one of the top promotional firms in the United States. With a keen interest in both male and female fighters, Ponytail Promotions will run a total of 10-12 shows per year in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina.

Hackensack, NJ (June 4, 2014) –Fast rising prospect Bobby Gunn Jr. continued his path of destruction last Saturday at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ, taking out Christopher Strootman in 129 seconds.

After briefly feeling his opponent out, Gunn Jr. decked Strootman with a crisp overhand right. Moments later, the Hackensack native ended his Garden State debut in impressive fashion, sending his foe home early by landing a vicious left hook to the body. Referee David Fields immediately waved the bout off as the pro-Gunn crowd cheered their fighter on.

“I had a lot of friends, fans and family at this fight so this win is something I’ll remember for a very long time” Gunn Jr., who is now 3-0 with all first round knockouts, stated. “I’m very happy with the way this fight ended and I’m a Jersey boy so I plan to fight here again soon.”

Quickly becoming the busiest fighter in the Northeast, Junior guns for win number four June 14 at the ABC Auditorium in Annandale, VA.