Nick Kisner wins in Ohio to defend cruiserweight title
By Seamus McNally
Jul 30, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Glen Burnie boxer “Slick” Nick Kisner won a competitive 10-round majority decision over Scott Sigmon of Lynchburg, Virginia, on Saturday night at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio.
The Old Mill graduate continued his reign as the World Boxing Association U.S. cruiserweight champion. One judge scored the fight a draw 95-95, but was overruled by the other two judges who scored the fight 99-91 and 96-94 in favor of Kisner.
With the win, the 27-year-old Kisner improved his record to 21–4–1, 6 knockouts) and has now won four of his last five fights. Sigmon (32–13–1, 17 KOs) had a two-fight win streak snapped.
This was Kisner’s second straight fight at the Hollywood Casino and third overall. He won the U.S. title in November 2016 at this venue against Brian Holstein and defended the belt in a rematch four months ago in his last outing.
Kisner used his height advantage early in the fight by staying on the outside and landing combinations while the shorter Sigmon tried to get inside and land his own punches. Kisner kept Sigmon at range with one-two combinations while occasionally slipping in right uppercuts and left hooks.
In the middle rounds, Sigmon’s relentlessness to come forward and Kisner’s willingness to stand his ground more and trade punches turned the fight from a boxing match into a brawl.
Kisner’s advantage in hand speed and overall boxing skill won him the fight over the rugged Sigmon. Kisner had over 100 amateur fights before entering the paid ranks compared to just nine for Sigmon and it showed.
Kisner was clearly the more skilled fighter and was able to adapt once Sigmon found success in close and beat him at his own game.The two combatants have known each other for years and have become good friends, but they did not let it get in the way of the task at hand in what was a highly-spirited contest.
“It was a good fight between me and Scott. I thought I won eight rounds to two or seven rounds to three,” Kisner said. “He brought a lot of pressure and does not stop coming forward. Look at me man, I am all busted up, (Sigmon) did great and I want to thank everyone for tuning in from Baltimore and Lynchburg and he is still my friend.”
Despite being the U.S. champion at the 200-pound cruiserweight class, Kisner plans on dropping down to light heavyweight and continuing his career at the 175-pound limit.