February 18, 2000
Review of the boxing card in Aalborg, Denmark, February 18th.
Promoted by Bettina Palle.
Attended by a crowd of an estimated 2000.
Jerry Lee Williams (11-8-1) W4 Simon Lundt Hansen (6-1)
The american came with seven losses in a row and few thought he would turn
the tables in this matchup. But Simon Lundt Hansen is still very green and
he couldn't cope with the very agressive Williams. Not many punches landed
cleanly, but the american had the initiative and that gave him the decision.
Hats of to the 3 danish judges who voted against their fellow countryman.
This is something that doesn't happen every day. According to my books Jerry
Lee Williams was the first in 12 years to win a decision in Denmark against
a danish fighter in a fight scored purely by danish judges appointed by the
Danish Professional Boxing Federation. I had it 39-38 Williams. The official
scorecards were unanimous: 39-38, 39-38, 39-37.
Simon Welms Nielsen (2-0) KO4 Mike McGrady (8-14-1)
A terrible boxing match. The american came to run and the dane came to chop
woods. I didn't see a single jab from Simon Welms Nielsen. He tried to kill
his opponent with every single punch but most of them missed. He was able to
put McGrady down with a punch to the body in round one - and again in round
two with a left hook. It was a left to the body that ended the unpretty
fight in round 4. Welms needs to go back to the gym and learn how to box.
Brian Nielsen (55-1) KO3 Jeff Pegues (17-7)
The great dane finally looked good. He hasn't really been his own self since
loosing to Dick Ryan, but tonight he was agressive and his punches had an
address attached to them. However Nielsen couldn't keep himself from giving
the crowd a laugh when he raised his arms and allowed Pegues to throw 3 big
punches to the body. The big dane didn't blink once and just stepped back
and smiled as if to say: Is that all you have ? That must have taken a last
drop of moral out of Pegues. The show ended in round 3 when Nielsen
connected with a good combination to both the head and the body. By the way
Jeff Pegues was once again overhyped by Team Palle. The Ring announcer told
a story about how Pegues proved to be a hardhitter when he knocked out Joe
Hipp in a world title match. Once again this was a NON-title fight and
Pegues didn't knock out anyone. Hipp injured his knee and was unable to
Steffen Nielsen (3-0) W4 Jesse Corona (5-8-1)
A fight that quickly be forgotten. Steffen Nielsen looked ordinary and
without motivation. Corona was just too ordinary to do any serious harm to
Mikkel Kessler (15-0) KO3 Charles Whittaker (17-8)
The European juniorversion of Oscar De La Hoya finally was able to knock out
his opponent again. Whittaker proved to be very competetive until round
number 3 in wich Kessler caught the american in the corner and finished it
off with a left hook and a straight right. Those who will attend the Ayala
vs. Bredahl PPV card in Vegas on March 4th will get a chance to see Kessler
in action as he will fight on the undercard.
Frank Olsen (33-1) TKO3 Rene Prins (13-5-1)
Olsen finally avoided getting rocked himself after trying that experience in
his last three fights. Rene Prins was overmatched and was knocked down once
in every round, before the referee did the right thing and stepped in to
stop the fight.
Junior Bantamweight IBC title
Jesper David Jensen (37-1) W12 Edgar Cardenas (25-9-1)
This was a great and very entertaining fight. Both fighters decided to slug
it out for 12 rounds and it was very close. However Jensen once again
finished strongly and therfore deserved the decision. I scored it 117-114
Jensen. The three judges scored it 116-114, 115-113, 117-111.
Weltweight IBC title
Thomas Damgaard (19-0) W12 Phillip Holiday (36-3)
What a war! The crowd gave both fighters a standing ovation. Referee Roy
Francis had busy night cause both fighters fought a bit dirty and landed
some very low punches. No doubt that Phillip Holiday was the better boxer of
the two, but Damgaard was simply too agressive insisting to come forward
time and time again. Damgaard put Holiday in serious troouble in round 9 but
the dane didn't succeed and looked very tired. Damgaard won the fight, but
it was close, and he can't survive in the boxing business for that many
years if he needs to take this many punches in order to come out on top. I
scored it 116-114 Damgaard, but the judges apparantly didn't think it was
Unfortunatly I cannot give a report on the following off tv-fights, as my
request for accreditation was turned down by Team Palle:
Steffen Noerskov W4 Delroy Spencer
Frederik Alvarez TKO7 Louis Llovet
Tue Bjoern Thomsen KO4 Mike Sedillo