Skye Nicolson's Dominance: Retains WBC Interim Belt with First TKO Win

November 27, 2023

In a bout filled with anticipation, Skye Nicolson showcased her prowess in the boxing ring, securing a resounding ninth-round stoppage over Lucy Wildheart. This victory not only marked Nicolson's first TKO triumph but also solidified her status as a force to be reckoned with in the world of boxing.

Nicolson, the former Olympian with an undefeated record of 9-0 in a little over a year-and-a-half as a professional, displayed a multifaceted strategy in the ring. The opening rounds witnessed her familiar southpaw lead, controlling the action and showcasing her long-reaching jabs. However, a pledge to exhibit a more aggressive side led her to bring her backhand into play, keeping Wildheart on her toes.

Despite Wildheart's game efforts, she found herself outclassed by Nicolson's superior skills by the third round. A change of tactics from Wildheart, switching to southpaw, aimed to counter Nicolson's dominance. However, Nicolson's educated footwork and strategic feints left Wildheart struggling to find her rhythm.

As the rounds progressed, Nicolson's aggression intensified. In the fifth round, Wildheart walked into a powerful one-two and a meaty right hook, signaling Nicolson's commitment to upping the tempo. By the seventh round, Nicolson's footwork had her opponent swinging at air, showcasing her technical brilliance.

The penultimate round saw Nicolson delivering solid, straight shots, visibly affecting Wildheart. The Swedish boxer's damaged nose, a remnant from her previous bout against Mikaela Mayer, began to bleed profusely. As Nicolson continued to unleash a barrage of punches, the towel came in, signaling the end of the match.

Nicolson's victory adds to her impressive record and positions her as a formidable contender in the featherweight division. Her journey, highlighted by a strategic and aggressive display against Wildheart, sets the stage for what could be a defining moment in her career—a showdown against undisputed champion Amanda Serrano.

Part of Nicolson's motivation for securing and defending the interim WBC featherweight title is the dominance of pound-for-pound superstar Amanda Serrano in the 126 lbs division. Nicolson expressed her desire to become mandatory for a title shot against Serrano, aiming for an undisputed clash in her first fight of 2024.

However, the outcome of the main event in Dublin, featuring undisputed super lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron against Katie Taylor, could impact Nicolson's immediate plans. Regardless, the call-out to Serrano and Nicolson's aspirations for undisputed glory add intrigue to the ever-evolving landscape of women's boxing.

Source: The Sporting News

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