Skye Nicolson has claimed the biggest win of her young professional career, defeating Shanecqua Paisley Davis at Madison Square Garden on the undercard to the lightweight superfight between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano.
The Queensland southpaw became the first Aussie woman to fight at the iconic New York venue and she made the most of her opportunity on the big stage.
Nicolson won every round on all three cards, including a 10-8 in the sixth and final frame courtesy of the first knockdown of her professional career.
The 26-year-old southpaw set the tone early in the fight, landing accurate check hooks and straight lefts on her American opponent.
That trend continued throughout the bout as Nicolson, with her fan-friendly, hands-down fighting style, repeatedly found the target, with her hooks and jabs doing most of the damage.
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Davis simply couldn’t get anything going as Nicolson continued the impressive start to her professional career.
Late in the final round, the Aussie made good on her pre-fight promise to put on a show, landing a straight left behind a jab to send Davis to the mat.
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The final bell rang before Nicolson had time to push for the stoppage but there was no question as to whose hand would be raised once the cards were read out.
Nicolson improved to 3-0, having made her professional debut less than two months ago, and put the featherweight division on notice in the process.
After such a whirlwind start to her time in the pro ranks, Nicolson has no plans of slowing down, telling Sporting News earlier this week she’d like another quick turnaround for her next fight.
Eddie Hearn, chairman of Matchroom, Nicolson’s promoter, revealed plans to hold a show in Australia later this year, having put together a strong stable of local talent.
Unsurprisingly, Nicolson is keen to be a part of it.
“I can’t wait to have a professional fight in Australia in front of all my supporters that have supported me from day one, that have been there all through the amateur career as well,” Nicolson said.
“I’m very excited for that day and hopefully it’s the show in the September.
“As soon as that’s locked I can almost guarantee I’ll be on it.”