Undefeated blue-chip prospects who are emerging world title contenders don’t often risk their perfect records against each other a dozen fights or so into their promising careers. Far less often do promoters work across promotional lines to have their two blue-chippers square off. There’s too much to lose and not enough prize money to make the juice worth the squeeze. Lou Dibella and Joe Deguardia worked across promotion lines and gave us the first battle of an unbeaten prospect since boxing’s coronavirus hiatus and likely the first time its happened in years. The 12-0 Charles Conwell and the 12-0 Wendy Toussaint put it all on the line to advance their careers and take a step up from prospect to world title contender on Showtime’s ShoBox’s return. It was ShoBox’s first card since march in Minnesota and it produced its best main event, at least on paper, that the program has given us in years.
Charles Conwell the Olympic standout and among the most touted young prospects in the sport regardless of weight class took the biggest test of his career. Battling a surging prospect, Wendy Toussaint, who has emerged as a bit of a hardcore’s darling. A pure boxer who carries some snap in both fists and can fight coming forward and off the back foot. A real threat to anyone in the 154-pound division. Conwell was the brighter prospect and expected to win. However, Toussaint of Huntington, Long Island, was nobodies push over and fought that way throughout the scheduled 10 rounders. Pumping a jab and adding the occasional right hand into the face of Conwell, stopping him from just walking in the front door. Toussaint was staying competitive in the fight, and perhaps winning a few rounds. In what was a fairly competitive fight, Conwell’s inside fighting was carrying the rounds. Working his opponent over with a ferocious body attack Toussaint was still boxing relatively well and having success in spots but it was painfully obvious the former Olympian was winning the war, breaking his opponent down and slowing him down, Conwell landed a picture-perfect right uppercut that broke Toussaints nose and dropped him to the canvas and kept him there for the full 10-count. Running Conwell’s record to 13-0 (10)
Conwell was the better prospect and should secure a big fight, perhaps against a former world champ, Austin Trout or Jessie Vargas next. He earned that chance the hard way by beating another one of the highly touted 154-pound prospects. A division that is choc-filled with high-level prospects that includes Tim Tszyu, Israil Madrimov, and Sebastian Fundora. Conwell and Toussaint as well as their promoters risked their zeros and dared to be great. Toussaint will be back and will likely be on another big card in the near future as he accounted well for himself and Conwell emerges as the best prospect in an extremely loaded division. This is exactly what fighters and promoters need to do. Challenge their young fighters and test them to see how far along they are. It’s also what the fans deserve. It is now confirmed Charles Conwell is the best prospect in the 154-pound division. We are a bit of gratitude to Lou Dibella and Joe Deguardia and Toussaint and Conwell deserve full credit and respect for putting their perfect records on the line.