ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is based tonight at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton WA. The headliner is a title event.
Thomas Williams Jr, vs Cornelius White, 10 rounds, light heavyweights, for the vacant WBO and NABO titles.
I swear I never heard of the NABO but apparently it’s a regional rep for the WBO.
Both fighters got the opportunity for this belt after Eleider Alvarez’s 4th successful defense. WBO’s info has it tha tSergey Kovalev is the champion, and Alvarez is back to #2. No I haven’t figured it out yet.
Thomas Williams is 15-0-0, 10 by KO. First fight in the Pacific Northwest. It’s also his 2nd fight at 10 rounds. Further it’s his very first title fight. His prior fight was a decision win, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMarbnvwG6c)
Prior to his last 2 decision fights, he had a string of 6 KO wins.
BoxRec ranks the southpaw as the #6 fighter of his class in the US, #23 worldwide.
Now a look at his cycles:
Not good. All cycles downward, plus feeling the effect of the physical cycle means he’s likely to be cut and not be very motivated to go 10 rounds.
Cornelius White is BoxRec’s #5 light heavyweight. Da Beast, based in Houston comes in with a record of 21-2-0, 16 wins and both losses by KO. It’s just 4th fight at 10 rounds plus, and comes out of a TKO loss to champion Sergey Kovalev, an IBF title eliminator
Williams is the 2nd straight opponent for White coming in undefeated.
Cornelius’s cycles are better but not by much, as he’s fairly weak physically but does have a fair amount of heart. His punching power should be fine. He’s not going to make his share of correct decisions on punches.
Could be a fairly ugly yet physical contest. I see this as White winning with a late KO.