Willie Nelson continued his successful run with the Southside Boxing Club, knocking out Michael Medina in the first round Friday night at the MGM Grand in Mashantucket, Conn.
Nelson knocked down Medina midway through the first round. About 20 seconds after the fight resumed, Medina missed with a left-handed uppercut, leaving an opening for Nelson who took advantage, drilling Medina with a right hand.
The bout, which improved Nelson’s record to 20-1 and was his 12th KO, was televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
Nelson, a 6-foot-3 junior middleweight, is originally from Cleveland but moved to Boardman to train at Soutside with Jack Loew.
Since the move Nelson has won four fights in a row, including a 10-round unanimous decision in September for the vacant NABF title.
Medina came in to Friday’s fight at 26-3 with 19 KOs and had been knocked out just once previously.
Nelson was ranked fifth in the world by the WBC heading into the fight. Leow speculated earlier this week that a win could vault Nelson to third in the rankings and lead to more important bouts.