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Championship boxing to pit Maryland native against Brazilian middleweight, other locals

Laurel-born fighter Demond Nicholson will face Brazilian Isaac Rodrigues to try to claim the WBC-USNBC super middleweight title Aug. 18.
Laurel-born fighter Demond Nicholson will face Brazilian Isaac Rodrigues to try to claim the WBC-USNBC super middleweight title Aug. 18. (Handout)

As the summer winds down, local boxing is only winding up.

The debut of championship boxing is set for Aug. 18 in the Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, featuring Laurel-born fighter Demond Nicholson in the main event match, Live! Casino & Hotel announced Tuesday.

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Nicholson, whose last recorded win came by dispatching Josue Obando nearly a year ago, will take on Brazilian Isaac Rodrigues to try to claim the WBC-USNBC super middleweight title.

In addition to the headliners, Live! Casino & Hotel’s bartender Dante “Red Comet” Cox (Elkridge), who kicked off his boxing career in 2017, will meet Roanoke, Va., resident Latorie Woodberry in the ring.

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For the co-main welterweight event, Mykal “Mike” Fox (Forestville) will tangle with veteran DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (Washington, D.C.).

Alongside them, the cast of Old Line State characters continues for the undercard: with the East Coast tussle between middleweight Francisco Bustos (Rockville) and Juvuan John (New York); the inter-state matchup of Donald “Dangerous” Wallace (Baltimore) versus Ashton Sykes (Columbia); the cross-border battle between Zarifbek “The Uzbek Warrior” Nishanbaev (Arlington, Va.) and Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack (Baltimore); and the Beltway brawl between Charles Johnson (Washington, D.C.) and Chester Stewart (Bowie), who is making his pro debut.

Tickets begin at $80 and are available at livecasinohotel.com. The undercard is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and the undercard and main event will be broadcast on CBS Sports at 9 p.m.

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