Emmanuel Nwodo vs. Darnell Wilson
2007-06-29 : Emmanuel Nwodo 198 lbs lost to Darnell Wilson 198 lbs by KO at 2:00 in round 11 of 12
- Location: St. George Theater, Staten Island, New York, USA
- Referee: David Fields
- Judge: Robert Gilson
- Judge: Luis Rivera
- Judge: Steve Epstein
- ESPN Friday Night Fights with guest commentator Bob Foster, former Light Heavyweight Champion, and ringside guest Paul Malignaggi, newly-crowned IBF light welterweight champion.
- Wilson's Top Ten cruiserweight ranking by The Ring magazine was on the line.
Both boxers sustained cuts by their left eyes from a head clash in the second round. Wilson scored a knockdown in the final seconds of the third round with a short left hook. A brutal fourth round saw Wilson bleeding from his eye cut. Nwodo complained of a problem with his vision during the rest period before the fifth round started. Wilson scored another knockdown two minutes into the tenth round with a right uppercut. Nwodo was getting punished from the middle of the 11th round by a chasing Wilson before getting knocked out by a massive left hook at 2:00 of the round. (ESPN commentators stated near the end of the program that this was probably the greatest knockout in the 10-year history of the "Friday Night Fights" series.) When Nwodo eventually arose from the canvas and was seated upon his stool many minutes after the KO, he received warm applause from the concerned crowd.