NELSON: “His 0 has to Go”
By Bill Green
As previously reported B & B and Omaha’s own Steven “So Cold” Nelson 3-0 (3) returns to the ring this Friday night on a Top Rank promoted card televised by UniMas at the famed Treasure Island located in Las Vegas, NV.
What we didn’t know at the time is the name of his opponent. It was released about 2 weeks ago that Colorado KO artist Reyes “Vegas” Diaz 5-0 (5) will step in the ring with Nelson in a scheduled 4 RD slugfest.
This reporter knows Diaz well, as I helped match Diaz with fellow Scottsbluff Combat warrior, Chris Saucedo 2-3 (2). Diaz would later be a special guest in Gering, NE for Knockdown in G-Town II, when Saucedo and Vince Martinez put a thrilling and controversial main event. He is well spoken and a real pro inside and outside of the ring.
Diaz is an orthodox straight ahead puncher, who also likes to turn southpaw, and take chances by forcing the fight on the inside. His matchmaker, Steve Mestas, wanted this fight badly for his fighter. The team of Mestas and Diaz will be on point come fight night and this is a nice step up in class for Nelson.
The credentials for Nelson are straight up awesome. His list of amateur accomplishments alone put him as the clear favorite on paper heading into this exciting matchup.
2012 - Olympic Alternate
2013 - USA Senior National champion
2012 - 2014 All Army Champion
2012 - Armed Forces Champion
As an amateur, he took on some elite talent, now in the pros such as Golden Boy Promotion’s Super Middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard 15-0 (11), Al Haymon/PBC’s Light-Heavyweight Marcus “Sir” Browne 18-0 (13) and Minnesota NABA Middleweight champion, Robert “Bravo” Brant 21-0 (14). Also, worthy of note he has been in camp with Former Super Middleweight P4P king, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward 30-0 (15)
I caught up with Nelson to gather his thoughts regarding Diaz and to keep his already strong legion updated on his career.
BG: Well it’s fight week champ, you now have an opponent and to be honest a tough one. What do you personally know about him?
Nelson: I know that he’s 5-0…I know that he’s a step up from my other pro opponents and I also know that I’m ready for him.
BG: He can effectively turn southpaw and likes to go for the knockout. Does the southpaw stance or his knockout percentage concern you?
Nelson: No, none of it. I have fought plenty of southpaws in both the amateurs and my first opponent in the pro’s was a southpaw. I mean, that plays right into my advantage…straight right and goodnight lol as far as his knockouts go, all I can say is I’m not his other opponents. I believe I’m something different and on Nov 4th I plan on showing and proving that fact.
BG: Hmmm... this fight has me and I’m sure all the Nebraska/Colorado fan’s pumped. What do you fell are your biggest advantages heading into this potentially fight of the night?
Nelson: I feel like I’m really diverse, we work on so much. Coach Basheer Abdullah has me working on a dozen plans of action. We will figure him out and adapt. Keep in mind most don’t see me as having power…but then after I hit them clean, their plan changes. We know he is tough, we respect that, we plan for that and are prepared for any and everything.
BG: If successful, B&B will keep you busy as you are all ready penciled in as the main event on Dec 17th in your hometown of Omaha, NE. That will be 5 fights this year, is that too much for an athlete these days?
Nelson: Not at all, I mean I would like to stay extremely active. Fight every 45 days. I want to take on challenges, move up the rankings, establish myself, pay the bills with my skills lol
BG: In closing, what can fight fans expect come fight night?
Nelson: They are gonna see me shine and do my thing. I plan on being So Cold in there….and his O has to go!!!