Perozzi eyes bout against undefeated Nelson

  • WBA world middleweight champion Teresa Perozzi

(Photo by Akil Simmons)

    WBA world middleweight champion Teresa Perozzi (Photo by Akil Simmons)

Reigning WBA world middleweight champion Teresa Perozzi has been linked with a potential championship bout with American Tori Nelson.

It is understood that both camps are in advanced discussions to finalise a deal to stage a ten-round championship bout in Bermuda in October.

Southpaw Perozzi landed the then vacant WBA world middleweight belt via a split decision win against American Lorissa Rivas in Trinidad last December. She then successfully defended her title with a unanimous points decision over Rivas’ compatriot April Ward on local soil last March.

The Bermudian’s pro record currently stands at 9-4-1.

The unbeaten Nelson, who turned pro in 2010, boasts a record of 6-0-1.

She is currently the top ranked female boxer in the United States and third in the world as well as a three-time Maryland/Washington DC Golden Gloves champion.

The mother of two, who is a fan of late world heavyweight champ Joe Frazier, currently holds the World International Boxing Association (WIBA) world middleweight title and is a past WBC world middleweight champion.

Even though a fight with Nelson has yet to be etched in stone, Perozzi makes it no secret she’s eager to lock horns with the undefeated American who goes by the fight name of ‘Sho Nuff’.

“She’s undefeated and so she will be a good opponent and her style of fighting is very similar to mine,” Perozzi said. “I am fired up because Tori likes to fight so she’s definitely a fighter.”

Nelson, who won the WIBA middleweight title via a unanimous points decision against veteran Vashon Living in her native Virginia earlier this year, is a fitness fanatic and Christian.

“My faith in the Lord is what continues to guide me through all challenges in life whether it is inside of the ring or outside of the ring,” she stated on her official website. “I am a mother, boxer and a Christian.

“I have 3 B’s in my life; the bible, my babies and boxing. We all go to church, I take care of my babies and we all go to the gym.”

With no opponent yet to be confirmed, in the interim mother of one Perozzi has been keeping herself in reasonably good physical shape.

“I have done some sparring and boxing training but I’m not in a training camp,” she said. “My plan is to officially kick in my training right after Cup Match.

“I want to give myself ample time to prepare because I want to be in good shape. And I’m looking forward to getting serious with my training.”

Earlier this year Nelson’s WBC world middleweight title was vacated.

“She never defended her WBC belt so the title was vacated,” Perozzi said. “She was unable to defend her title due to lack of willing opponents.”

In her previous outing in the ring Perozzi overpowered American Ward who was left battered and bruised at the end of the ten -round championship bout that went the distance.

American judges Lynn Carter and Steve Weisfield both had Perozzi winning 100-90 while local judge Vic Richmond scored it 99-92 in the Bermudian’s favour.

Perozzi dished out some heavy punishment but was unable to deliver the knockout blow that her dominant display in the ring so rightly deserved.

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