Tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight
Who won Nelson vs Ballard?
Steven Nelson beat James Ballard by knockout in the 1st round on Saturday 10th December 2022 at CHI Health Center in Omaha.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 8 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Terence Crawford beating David Avanesyan for the WBO World Welterweight championship. Also, on the undercard Arnold Khegai defeated Eduardo Baez and Cris Cyborg was victorious over Gabby Holloway.
Nelson vs Ballard stats
Back in December 2022, Steven Nelson stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 17 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
James Ballard made his way to the ring with a record of 10 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Nelson had a massive power advantage over Ballard, boosting at 82% knock out percentage over Ballard's 30%.
Steven Nelson was the older man by 2 years, at 35 years old.
Ballard had a height advantage of 3 inches over Nelson.
Both Steven Nelson & James Ballard fought out of an orthodox stance.
Nelson was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2016, 1 year and 11 months later than Ballard, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 3 more professional rounds, 69 to Ballard's 66.
Nelson vs Ballard form
Nelson remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated DeAndre Ware on 5th September 2020 by technical knockout in the 6th round at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Cem Kilic on 11th January 2020 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Mark G. Etess Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey.
Going into that contest, he had beat Derrick Findley on 1st September 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Century Link Parking Lot, Nebraska.
Before that, he had won against Victor Darocha on 25th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Osceola Heritage Park, Florida.
He had beat Felipe Romero on 15th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 6 round contest at Grand Casino, Minnesota.
Nelson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 31 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.2 rounds on average.
What time did Nelson vs Ballard start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST at CHI Health Center, Omaha, United States, which was around 1:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Nelson vs Ballard?
Steven Nelson was a 1/33 (-3300) favourite going into the contest, while James Ballard made his way into the ring at 11/1 (+1100) with oddsmakers.