The Land of Steady Boxing

By Clarence George on June 19, 2013
The Land of Steady Boxing
Willie Nelson's sole loss thus far came against Vincent Arroyo, who won by MD in 2011.

There’s a scheduled 10-rounder between junior middleweights Willie Nelson and Luciano Leonel Cuello at Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut…

“I gotta rest my achin’ head.”—The other Willie Nelson

Some good fights coming up in The Land of Steady Habits on June 29. In addition to Gennady Golovkin squaring off against Matthew Macklin and Thomas Oosthuizen facing Brandon Gonzales, there’s a scheduled 10-rounder between junior middleweights Willie Nelson and Luciano Leonel Cuello, all to take place at the MGM Grand, Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

A seven-year pro, 26-year-old Nelson (20-1-1, 12 KOs) fought three times in 2012, stopping Brad Jackson by second-round TKO in January and defeating Yudel Jhonson in May and John Jackson in September, both by unanimous decision. “The Great” has fought once this year, stopping Michael Medina by first-round TKO in March. The Cleveland resident’s sole loss thus far came against Vincent Arroyo, who won by majority decision in 2011. He drew against Antonio Johnson in 2008.

A pro since 2004, 29-year-old Cuello (32-2, 16 KOs) fought once in 2012, stopping Samir Santos Barbosa by 11th-round TKO in September. “El Principito” has already had one fight this year, retiring Joaquim Carneiro in the eighth in March. The Argentine, who currently lives in New York, lost to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by unanimous decision in 2009 and to Saul Alvarez by sixth-round TKO in 2010.

Cuello has done very well against all but the cream of the crop. But, while far less tested, Nelson’s a superior class of fighter, and will decision the tough Argentine.

Next up for Nelson? One or both of the Charlo brothers, Demetrius Andrade, Sergey Rabchenko? All good matches.

There was talk, by the way, that super middleweight Will Rosinsky would be given a place on the Golovkin-Macklin card, but an opponent wasn’t found. Farah Ennis, James DeGale, Alexander Brand…no? A pity. Well, maybe not, given that Gonzales will be there dancing with another. Awkwaaard! Gonzales pulled out of his April bout with Rosinsky, ostensibly because of an injury, but perhaps because he was saving himself for the more impressive Oosthuizen. A meeting of the three super middles would have been uncomfortable, to say the least. Sort of reminiscent of when, so the story goes, Frank Sinatra walked in on wife Ava Gardner engaged in a sapphic threesome with Lana Turner and Barbara Payton.

Sort of.

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