Dazme Woods was dazzling in the N.C. Golden Gloves semifinals.
The Charlotte boxer earned a berth in the Open 178-pound final by stopping Kennan Nesbitt of Tryon in the first round of their bout Friday at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center. Woods, who improved to 10-4, is aiming for similar results on Saturday.
“I’m looking for a repeat,” he said. “I need a KO. It sends a statement. I want people to not want to fight me, to not be in my weight class.”
Woods, 24, opened by taking the initiative to Nesbitt’s midsection, then moving upstairs for a crushing overhand right to Nesbitt’s head that sent him to the canvas.
“I went to the body early because I understand the core; that’s a part a lot of people don’t want to work,” Woods said. “I understand hard work, so I went there to see if he’s been working as hard as me, and he wasn’t. He didn’t stand a chance.”
Woods wasn’t the only open division boxer to produce an impressive win. Nathaniel Williams of Raleigh, a former Western Kentucky basketball player, stopped William Holland of Charlotte in the second round of their 201-pound bout. In only his third bout, Williams (2-1) is one win from his first boxing title.
“To be a champion in anything is a big accomplishment,” Williams, 35, said. “From playing basketball, I had championships in that, and boxing is my next venture. Some people know what it takes to win, and I’m trying to get on that level.”
The 6-foot-8 Williams, who has been boxing for a year, used his considerable height and reach advantage to pepper Holland with combinations. He caught him with a barrage in the second, punctuated by a right that sent Holland face-first to the deck.
“It was basically listening to (my) coach, work my distance, work my reach and counterpunch when I saw the opening,” he said.
Williams didn’t waste much time seizing the opportunity, unloading a quick right through Holland’s defense.
“I never try to come in and underestimate anybody,” Williams said. “When I go in, I give them the utmost respect, see what they’ve got and adjust in the ring.”
Roy Jones Jr. wins with KO
Former world champion Roy Jones Jr., 46, reached 60 victories in his career with a second-round knockout of Willie “For Real” Williams at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center on Friday. Staff report