Steven ‘So Cold’ Nelson looks to heat things up on Nov. 4

Photo credit: Omaha World-Herald/

Photo credit: Omaha World-Herald/


Early next month, Omaha, Nebraska’s Steven “So Cold” Nelson, 3-0 (3), will step into the ring for his fourth bout of the year after turning pro last March.


Nelson will be part of the Nov. 4 undercard at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, supporting undefeated headliners Casey Ramos, 23-0 (6), and Andy Vences, 16-0 (10), squaring off for the vacant WBC Continental Americas super featherweight title. The card will also feature undefeated light heavyweight contender Seanie Monaghan, 27-0 (17), and Philadelphia’s super middleweight contender Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 20-0 (16).


Nelson has been impressive in his three professional appearances, stopping all of his opponents thus far. His last victory, a fourth round TKO over Tim Meeks, came on the undercard of WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford’s July victory over former WBC champion Viktor Postol.


While it is early days for Nelson, he is anxious to make the most of every opportunity and prove he may be someone to keep an eye on in the not-too-distant future.


Nelson turned professional after wrapping up his amateur career while boxing in the World Class Athletes Program (WCAP) for the United States military. Nelson was in the service for seven-and-a-half years and had hoped to land a spot on the 2016 Olympic team after making it to the finals and being selected as an alternate in the 2012 Olympic Trials.


Nelson is currently being handled by Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, also from Omaha. McIntyre may be a familiar name to many as his main client is Crawford, a fighter bordering on superstardom, who is currently considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing.


While growing up in Omaha, Nelson was a friend of Crawford’s, so the connection to McIntyre was a natural fit. After Nelson moved to Colorado to train, while with the WPAC program, he contacted McIntyre and raved about the phenomenal training facilities there. McIntyre and Crawford have been running their training camps out of Colorado ever since.


With boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao set to go to work at the University of Nevada’s Thomas and Mack Center the night after Nelson’s Treasure Island gig, Nelson knows all the eyes will be on Vegas boxing that weekend. It is another great night to shine and he plans to make the most of it.


Now residing in California, Nelson is trained by Basheer Abdullah, out of the Arena Gym in San Diego. Abdullah brings a wealth of experience to Nelson, having been the United States Army’s head coach for 20 years along with being a three-time Olympic coach. caught up Nelson to get his thoughts on his upcoming bout and how he is feeling eight months into his first year as a pro.


“I’m feeling great,” enthused the well-spoken Nelson. “I’m working hard and getting ready for my next fight in early November.”


Asked how he is feeling after getting these fights under his belt as a professional, Nelson said he found the transition from the amateurs to the pros to be relatively smooth.


“You know, I was facing very good fighters in the amateurs, some of the best of different countries,” he said. “So, in reality, I felt good and ready to make my transition into the pro game. Fighting now in the amateurs, without the headgear, is pretty much like a pro fight, in many ways, anyway. The main transition I find is I’m working on being patient. The amateur style is fast and quick, let everything go at a fast pace. In the pros, you have to be patient and measured in your plan.”


At age 28, some might consider that Nelson got somewhat of a late start into the professional game. However, he believes it was just the right time.


“Lots of guys are taking a lot of physical punishment from, say, age 15 or so. I didn’t really do anything that physical until the service,” he said. “I had the Olympic goals and then, when that ended, I was steady to turn pro. I think it was the right time for me and I’m feeling great.”


The 5-foot-10 Nelson, who is very strong and muscular, will fight this upcoming bout at a catchweight of 172 but is slowly chipping his way down to the super middleweight division.


“I walk around at close to 200 pounds between fights,” he admitted. “Everyone in my family is big. I can make 168 but I want to remain strong and so I am doing it slowly, a bit at a time. But, yes, 168 pounds is where I’d like to end up.”


At a perfect 3-0, and finding slots on some pretty high-profile cards in some pretty high-profile fight towns, things are looking “so far, so good” for Nelson. And he wants to keep that momentum rolling. However, he knows it takes hard work, patience and dedication to keep taking those next steps and, on Nov. 4, he looks to show that and more.


“I have had three fights and I’d like to have six-to-seven fights a year for the first couple of years for sure,” said Nelson. “So I am looking forward to getting back in the ring in November. In my next bout, like all my fights, I want to go out there and take control, fight my fight; go out there and be me, be who I am. Let my opponent be the one who has to adjust to me. I have to go in there be aware of everything and be patient. This is very different from the amateurs. “There isn’t room for losses and mistakes. If you lose in the amateurs, you can change it the next week. In the pros, it’s a setback. I’ll go out on November 4th and be on top of things at all times, be patient and fight my fight and get the win.”



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