1999-09-18 Johnny Nelson w pts 12 Sione Asipeli, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO
1999-09-18 Johnny Nelson w pts 12 Sione Asipeli, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO. Referee: Joe Cortez. Defending his title in America, Nelson (190) was soon jabbing the tough Asipeli (190) at random and the fight quickly became relatively one-sided as the latter rushed in without being able to get his punches off. For round after round, Nelson treated Asipeli as if he was a sparring partner, banging in lefts and rights before moving on, and even going southpaw at times. Finally, in the tenth, Nelson made his domination pay off when flooring Asipeli with heavy right through the middle and then was docked a point later in the round when throwing back-hands. The last two sessions saw Nelson firing away with both hands as he waltzed to a virtual shut-out win over the always willing but outclassed Asipeli.