Nick Frese: Cool. Calm. Lethal.
Saturday March 24th: The young man born in Holland, a country synonymous with soccer, today proved yet again that his heart, body and mind belongs to the sweet science of Boxing — you may wonder why the earlier the mention of soccer, well Nick Frese, the subject of this article could very well be plying his trade as a professional footballer, instead of a professional boxer as when he was a teenager he was a promising talent on the books of footballing giants, Ajax of Amsterdam. Thankfully somewhere along the way boxing got hold of Nick, and now he is showing the world of professional boxing his wondrous set of silky skills, he continues to hone, each and every time he steps into the ring.
Today was another one of those days when Nick faced off against formidable Japanese pugilist Daichi Yoshikawa, in a bout set in the 147lb welterweight division. The fight was scheduled for six rounds of action and both boys showed two very different spectrum's of the always grueling, yet majestic art of boxing. The first round saw Nick look to control the center of the ring landing clean, effective shots to the head and body of Daichi, who for his for his part was busy setting up and throwing combinations, many of which Nick just soaked up on his shiny black Twins gloves.
Round two saw both boxers came out of the blocks looking to land big shots — Daichi was once again very busy with his non-stop forward movement, but it was Nicks impressive foot work and piercing jab that lead the way for the Dutch/Thai fighter, who was busy looking to land the big right hook to the head of his Japanese opponent. The third round came, the halfway point in the bout - about twenty seconds into the round a nasty wound opened up over the right eye of the Japanese boxer, a wound caused by an accidental class of heads, and it was at this point Nick stepped up the pressure: picking off some fantastic shots to the body and chin of Daichi, who for his part, once again continued to play a tremendous role in the fight, epitomizing the never-say-die spirit of Japanese warriors, past and present.
The fourth and fifth rounds were more of the same as Nick worked some excellent body and foot movement, looking to learn more about his ring prowess, a prowess that becomes more and more evident as he progresses in his career — let’s not forget the indomitable Daichi, who kept kept coming forward to the amazement of those in attendance, but that aggressive walk forward style was perfect Frese’s passive silky way of thinking in the squared circle when at times he landed some venomous shots to the body of his opponent. Nick continued to create more ring dominance, displaying excellent effective aggression, picking off his opponent with his smooth fluent jab and at times Daichi for his part was a little too brave for his own good, his hands were too low, Nick once again, was showing fantastic footwork fundamentals which he has developed under the guidance of legendary Cuban trainer Ismael Salas.
The sixth and final round came, the crowd rose to their feet to applaud not only Nick’s fluid boxing skills, but also to recognize Daichi’s brave-heart performance — the bell rang to commence the round, once again the Japanese samurai never stopped coming forward - Nick showed great patience and all the while was landing strikes with finesse and control, picking off a couple beautiful body shots and right hooks to the chin of his Japanese opponent. The final bell rang, a bloodied and battered Daichi congratulated his young and hungry opponent on a job well done; Daichi also earned a huge amount of respect from Nick.
Another successful six rounds were in the bag for Nick in the pro ranks — his hand was raised in victory, the judges scored a unanimous decision scoring the bout 60-54 for the 24-year old — who now moves on to (8-0-0) and Daichi’s record goes to (8-7-0). Photos supplied by WP Boxing and HustleBoss.