Steven Nelson and DeAndre Ware faced off for a 10-rounder at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. This fight had all the drama from the get-go. However, two moments stole the show tonight, namely The Black Panther entrance by Steven Nelson and his incredible finish against Ware.
Right off the bat, Nelson set himself apart with a unique entrance. The super-middleweight walked out in a Black Panther mask, doing his bit to honor late actor Chadwick Boseman.
Despite getting cut and bleeding from the side of his left eye, Steven Nelson proved why he deserves to be the champion. The American boxer overcame DeAndre to retain his title and his undefeated status. During the fight, the duo accidentally head-butted each other multiple times. This happened as they were both ducking and aiming for the body at the same time.
The referee even got the doctor to check on Nelson after the first cut. However, it was not scary enough for the doctor to wave off the bout, even though it was close to the eye. However, Nelson got cut again. This time, it was a deeper cut right above the eye. Fortunately, the fight continued until the TKO.
The match ended in the sixth round when the champion significantly hurt the challenger. This win improved Nelson’s undefeated record to 17-0.
Well, it might be another loss on DeAndre Ware’s record. However, he proved himself to be a hero, regardless. Ware helped save the life of a Top Rank employee during the weigh-ins by performing CPR. This was possible because of his experience as a firefighter.