Friday, December 19, 2014

Tonight's Amateur Card Has Another New Venue!

Tonight's Friday Night Fights amateur boxing card has been moved again.  The card will now take place at Tony's Gym, located at 1216 Mount Olivet Road, NE in Washington, DC.

The card begins at 6 PM.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TV Portion Of Washington State Card Shuffles For Beltway Boxers!

There is a lot of shuffling going on with the Saturday, December 20 card at the Little Creek Resort in Shelton, WA with the Beltway Boxers on the card being affected the most.

First, Anthony Peterson's original opponent, Yakibu Amidu dropped off the card so Peterson (34-1, 22 KO's) will battle Mexican veteran Hector Velazquez (56-24-3, 38 KO's) in a 10-round contest.  However, because of the change in opponent, Peterson will no longer be the co-feature on the Showtime telecast.

"Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. will take Peterson's spot on the telecast as his 10-round contest with Christopher Martin remains intact. According to Boxrec.com, Russell's brother, Antonio, is no longer on the card.  Antonio Russell was scheduled to make his pro debut.

One other change, Dominic "Lights Out" Wade will not face Grady Brewer on this card.  Wade will now take on Eddie Hunter of Kent, WA (10-11-2, three KO's) in a 10-round contest.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 19th Amateur Card Has New Location!

The final Beltway amateur card of 2014 on Friday, December 19 has been moved from Friendly High School to The Answer Gym located at 9151 Hampton Overlook in Capitol Heights, MD.

All prices (with the exception, I assume of the Friendly High School student discount) remains the same.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

McCalla Travels To Madison Square Garden January 9 For IBF International Title Bout Against Van Heerden!

We are learning that Dusty Hernandez Harrison will not be the only Beltway Boxer battling for a title on Friday, January 9 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

World Boxing News is reporting that undefeated Randallstown, MD welterweight Cecil McCalla will take on Chris Van Heerden of Meyerton, Gauteng, South Africa for the vacant IBF International Title in the co-feature bout.

Harrison, as we've already mentioned, will take on Tommy Rainone for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title in the main event.  Both bouts will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

McCalla (20-0, seven KO's) is coming off a first-round knockout of Francisco Javier Reza on November 21 in Wilmington, DE.  Van Heerden, who is trained by hall of famer Freddie Roach (21-1-1, 11 KO's) won a 10-round split decision over Ray Narh on April 16 in Santa Monica, CA.

There is a bus trip being organized to see this card.  As soon as I can get a phone number for information, I will pass the news on.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Final Amateur Card December 19 at Friendly High School!


The final Beltway amateur card of 2014 will take place on Friday, December 19 at Friendly Senior High School located at 10000 Allentown Road in Fort Washington, MD.

There will be boxers from not only the local area but from various areas on the east coast.

Tickets are now on sale -- all general admission -- $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  There is a discount for all Friendly students with valid ID -- $5 in advance and $10 at the door.  Call (202) 528-7694 for details.


Rodriguez Scores Knockout Win In Philadelphia!

This late report from this past Saturday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez scored a fifth-round TKO over previously undefeated Nathaniel Rivas of Berlin, NJ.

Here's the report from Kurt Wolfheimer of Fightnews.com:  

"Rodriguez started quickly, dropping Rivas with a left hook, just seconds into the opening round. Rivas rose to his feet, but Rodriguez kept pounding away. Rivas eventually regained his senses and landed a good right just before the bell sounded to end the opening round. Rivas had solid welts on both cheeks as he entered the second round. Rodriguez was game, but it looked like the power of Rivas, who was taking over during rounds two through four. Rivas seemed like he was going to take over the fight in the fifth, however, a short right hand stunned him. Rodriquez jumped on Rivas with four unanswered punches, before dropping him in the corner. Rivas beat the count, but Rodriguez wouldn’t let him breath, banging away with reckless abandon. Rivas was taking excessive punishment when hall of fame referee Steve Smoger stepped in and called a halt to the contest at 1:01 of the fifth round."

Rodriguez is now 6-2-1, five KO's while Rivas falls to 5-1, two KO's.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Williams Wins Unanimous Decision In Chicago!

Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. has won a 10-round unanimous decision tonight over Michael Gbenga at UIC Pavilion.  Williams won by scores of 98-91 across the board as he bounces back from suffering his first pro loss.

Williams is now 18-1, 12 KO's while Gbenga falls to 20-18, 20 KO's.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Beltway Boxers Boxing Coast To Coast December 20!

On Saturday, December 20, six Beltway Boxers will be in action in two locations -- one on each coast of the United States.

We've mentioned that four of the locals on the card will be competing at the Little Creek Casino and Resort in Shelton, WA.  We can now update this with opponents.

DC lightweight Anthony Peterson will appear on the Showtime televised-portion of the card when he takes on Yakubu "Black Mamba" Amidu of Los Angeles, CA by way of Ghana in a 10-round contest.  Peterson (34-1, 22 KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Edgar Riovalle in her last outing on August 9 in Brooklyn, NY.

Amidu (21-5-2, 19 KO's) participated in the Boxcino Lightweight tournament on February 21 in Laughlin, NV and lost a seven-round split decision to Chris Rudd.  The boxers were even on the scorecards after six rounds and needed a tie-breaker round to decide a winner.

In one of the 10-round bouts that may make the Showtime Extreme telecast, undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade will battle former Contender champion Grady "Bad Boy" Brewer of Lawton, OK.

Wade (16-0, 11 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Nick Brinson on June 27 in Las Vegas, NV.  Brewer, who won the second season of the Contender (32-19, 16 KO's), has turned his career around with two straight wins after losing five in a row.  Brewer won a six-round unanimous decision over Said Ouali on September 27 in Oklahoma City, OK.

The card will be a special affair for the Russell Family of Capitol Heights, MD.  "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. (24-1, 14 KO's) makes his return in his first bout since losing the WBO Featherweight world title opportunity to Vasyl Lomachenko when he battles Christopher Martin of Chula Vista, CA (28-4-3, nine KO's) in a 10-round contest.

However, eyes will also be on Russell's brother, Antonio,  who will make his pro debut on this card.  Antonio Russell, the "Golden Boy" of the 2013 National Golden Gloves, will take on Salvador Perez of Fresno, CA (2-6-2, one KO) in a four-rounder.

Meanwhile, back east at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY, there will be a 10-round rematch between Arlington, VA junior welterweight "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal and "The Hebrew Hammer" Cletus Seldin of Brooklyn, NY.

The last time the two men met on July 18 at the Paramount, the bout only lasted into the third round when Jargal (17-5-3, 11 KO's) suffered a cut from an accidental head butt.  Jargal has not fought since July 18, however the undefeated Seldin (14-0, 11 KO's) scored a second-round knockout of Rameses Gil on September 19 at the Paramount.

The co-feature pits Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Maxell "The General" Taylor against Joe Smith, Jr. of Long Island, NY in an eight-round contest.  Taylor (18-9-1, eight KO's) will try to break a five-bout losing streak that has come against boxers with a combined won-loss record of 76-3.  Smith (16-1, 13 KO's) has won 10 straight since suffering his only loss in August of 2010.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hernandez Harrison Battles Rainone For Vacant WBC Continental Americas Title January 9 In NYC!

Undefeated DC Welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will headline a card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday, January 9.  Harrison will face Tommy "The Razor" Rainone of Plainview, NY in a 10-round contest for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.

The card will also be the first card under Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports organization and will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

Harrison (24-0, 13 KO's) is coming off a first-round knockout of Michael Clark on November 1 at Constitution Hall in DC.  This will be Harrison's third trip to MSG in his career.

Rainone (22-5-1, four KO's) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Carl McNickles on in his last outing on November 13 in Westbury, NY.  Harrison will be the most successful opponent Rainone has faced.


Monday, December 08, 2014

Williams Battles Gbenga December 12 in Chicago!

Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. returns to action on Friday, December 12 in a scheduled 10-round contest against veteran Michael "The Amazing" Gbenga of Accra, Ghana at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.

For Williams (17-1, 12 KO's) this will be his first bout since losing his first pro bout -- a fifth-round stoppage against Gabriel Campillo on August 1 in Shelton, WA.  Gbenga (20-17, 20 KO's) has only won once in his last eight bouts.  Gbenga's last outing was a seventh-round stoppage loss to Phil Jackson Benson on October 8 in Biloxi, MS.  Gbenga could not continue after being hit with an accidental low blow.  This will be Gbenga's ninth bout this year.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Jimmy Lange Interviews Tony Jeter After Win Saturday In Springfield!

Recently, Jimmy Lange joined the staff of Ringside Report.com and has been filing reports and interviews in recent weeks.
Saturday night, Lange was in attendance at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA and saw Tony Jeter get his 19th pro victory by first-round TKO.

After the bout, Lange filed this interview with the man he has faced in two epic battles.

Ballard, Roach, Jr. Are Victorious In Brooklyn!

Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Beltway Boxers D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard and Lamont Roach, Jr. remained undefeated with solid victories.

Ballard of Temple Hills, MD raised his record to 8-0, seven KO's with a third-round stoppage of Tylon Burris of Hartford, CT.  Ballard dropped Burris in the first and third rounds.  Another knockdown in the second was caused by a Ballard low blow. After the third-round knockdown, the bout was stopped at 2:57.  Burris's record falls to 5-3, three KO's.

Roach of Upper Marlboro, MD won a four-round unanimous decision over Alexander Charneco of Puerto Rico.  According to Arvin Nundloll of Fightnews.com, Roach was very heavy-handed and almost got a knockout in the fourth round.  Roach won by scores of 40-34 and 40-35 (twice) to lift his record to 5-0, two KO's while Charneco loses his first pro bout after two previous wins.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Post-Fight in Springfield!

Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up from tonight in Springfield.

Jeter Dispatches Wayka In One!

Tony Jeter completes the night of first-round knockouts as he stops James Wayka at 2:36.    Jeter is now 19-4-1, 13 KO's while Wayka is 16-13-1, eight KO's.

Good night from Springfield!

Balogun Drops Troutman In 11 Seconds!

Mike Balogun delivers another Beltway Boxing Knockout Of The Year candidate as he blasted debuting Cody Troutman of East Cleveland, OH in just 11 seconds.

Balogun threw two light punches to the midsection and then hurled an explosive overhand right that toppled Troutman onto his back.  The bout was immediately stopped.

Balogun is now 3-0 three KO's.  Troutman loses his pro debut.

Main event is next: Tony Jeter battles James Wayka in a scheduled eight-rounder.

Dezurn Stops McGriff In One!

Glenn Dezurn stops Ronald McGriff in the first round.  Dezurn landed bruising body shots to drop McGriff twice before the bout was stopped at 2:40.

Dezurn remains undefeated at 6-0, four KO's.  McGriff loses his pro debut.

We are now in intermission.  Don't know why.  Mike "Silverback" Balogun is next in a heavyweight bout against debuting Cody Troutman.

Alexander Wins Pro Debut!

Pasadena, MD heavyweight Loui Alexandre opens tonight's action with a first-round TKO over the equally debuting Montreal Mathis of Kannapolis, NC.

Alexandre dropped Mathis with three right hands before the bout was stopped at 2:11.

Glenn Dezurn is next up as he faces Ronald McGriff.  Scheduled for four rounds, super bantamweights.

Good Evening From Springfield!

Hi everyone from the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA where we could have a relatively short night.

The card has been pared down to just four bouts as the opponents for Jerry Odom and Gerome Quigley had weight issues.

So, Tony Jeter's contest against James Wayka will be the featured bout tonight.  All other bouts will go as scheduled.

We'll be back when action gets underway.

Hurd Wins Majority Decision In Chester!

Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd won a six-round majority decision over late sub Emmanuel Sanchez of Laredo, TX at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA.  One judge saw it a draw at 57-57 but Hurd won by scores of 59-55 and 58-56.

Hurd remains undefeated at 14-0, eight KO's while Sanchez drops to 5-2, one KO.

Tyrek Irby Claims Berth In US Olympic Trials!

(Courtesy of USA Boxing)



Congratulations to Oxon Hill, MD light welterweight Tyrek Irby who claimed one of the first berths to the US Olympic Trials by winning a championship contest at the WSB and World Championship Team Trials in Chattanooga, TN Friday night.

Irby, who trains out of the Headbangers Gym in DC, defeated Tra-Kwon Pettis of Atlanta, GA by a 2-1 decision.  The win gives Irby one of the first invitations to the Olympic Team Trials and also gives him an opportunity to participate in the World Series of Boxing representing the United States and also an opportunity to compete in the 2015 World Championships.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Ballard, Roach, Jr. Hit Scales in Brooklyn!

(Photos by Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions)

D'Mitrius Ballard and Lamont Roach, Jr. weighed in for their bouts Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.


Ballard (7-0, six KO's) weighed in at 171 while Tylon Burris of Hartford, CT (5-2, three KO's) came in at 170 pounds.


Roach, Jr. (4-0, two KO's) tipped the scales at 133 while his opponent, Alexander Charneco of Puerto Rico (2-0, two KO's), weighed in at 134.

Card Is Complete For Saturday Night in Springfield!

The Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card for Saturday, December 6 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA is ready to go.

Fresh off his 10-round majority decision win over Jimmy Lange on November 15 in Fairfax, VA, co-promoter and  NABA US Middleweight champ Tony "Mo Better" Jeter (18-4-1, 12 KO's) will take on James Wayka of Mounds View, MN in a 10-round non-title bout.

Wayka (16-12-1, eight KO's) has faced stiff competition during his career including Nick Casal, Harry Joe Yorgey, Dimitry Salita and Jesse Lubash.  Wayka has been stopped in three rounds or less in his last four contests.

In the co-feature, undefeated and interim WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight champion "The King's Son" Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD will face the only man to take him the distance in a bout -- Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL -- in a six-round rematch contest.

Odom and Perez fought at the ABC Sports Complex on April 26 and Odom won by four-round unanimous decision.

Odom (12-0, 11 KO's) won his title in his last outing, scoring a seventh-round TKO over previously undefeated Vilier Quinonez on July 25 in Verona, NY.  Perez (6-12, three KO's) has lost two straight since his last appearance in Springfield on June 14 when he upset previously undefeated Lavarn Harvell by six-round unanimous decision, knocking Harvell down twice along the way.

Also on the card, undefeated Montgomery Village, MD junior middleweight Gerome Quigley will take on Chorles Parker of Wilson, NC in a four-round bout.

Quigley (5-0, four KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Cedric Coney on October 11 at the ABC Complex.  Parker (1-4, one KO) made his pro debut in Washington, DC in May of 2013 and was brutally knocked out by Patrick Coye.  Parker bounced back from the loss and scored a first-round knockout of his own in his second contest.  Since that win, however, Parker has been stopped in his last three bouts.

Undefeated Baltimore, MD super featherweight Glenn Dezurn returns to action in a four-rounder against debuting Ronald McGriff of North Carolina.  Dezurn (5-0, three KO's) won a four-round unanimous decision over Joshua Reyes on October 24 in Somerset, NJ.

Rookie heavyweight Mike Balogun of Upper Marlboro, MD (2-0, two KO's) will face off against debuting Cody Troutman of North Carolina.  Balogun has scored two solid knockouts in his first two contests.

Also, Loui Alexandre of Maryland battles Montreal Mathis of North Carolina in a battle of debuting heavyweights.





Hurd Weighs 158 For Chester Conflict!

Jarrett Hurd weighed in at 158 pounds for his eight-round bout against Emmanuel Sanchez tonight at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA.

Sanchez will weigh in today for the bout.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Bowe, Smoger Among Newest IBHOF Inductees!

Two men who have connections to the Beltway region are among the newest inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe will be among the participant inductees. Bowe (43-1, 33 KO's) won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea before embarking on a legendary career that included a wonderful trilogy with Evander Holyfield that he won two of the three contests.  Bowe, a native of Brooklyn, NY, fought a good portion of his career while living in Fort Washington, MD.

Also inducted will be referee "Double S" Steve Smoger of New Jersey.  Smoger has been the third man in the ring for more than 200 title fights including Bernard Hopkins versus Felix Trinidad, Larry Holmes versus Ray Mercer and Andre Ward versus Chad Dawson.

Smoger has refereed numerous bouts in the Beltway region including Roy Jones versus Bernard Hopkins at RFK Stadium in 1993 and, most recently, the first contest between Tony Jeter and Jimmy Lange as well as Tori Nelson's title defense against Mia St. John.

Bowe and Smoger are part of an outstanding 2015 Hall of Fame class that includes former lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, featherweight titleholder "Prince" Naseem Hamed, light flyweight champ Yoko "Fierce Eagle" Gushiken, manager and booking agent Rafael Mendoza, journalist Nigel Collins and HBO Play-By-Play announcer Jim Lampley.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Hurd Opponent Changes In Chester!

"Swift" Jarrett Hurd will have a new opponent for his eight-round junior middleweight contest on Saturday, December 6 at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA.

Emmanuel Sanchez of Laredo, TX replaces Eric Mitchell in the main event bout.  Sanchez (5-1, one KO) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision victory over Egbert Reed on March 1 in Columbus, OH.  This will be the first scheduled eight-round contest for Sanchez against his most experienced opponent.

Bouts Announced For Silver Gloves Saturday at Rosecroft!

Here are the bouts announced for the first weekend of competition at the Silver Gloves which will take place on Saturday, December 6 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD at 3 PM.  These matchups have been set prior to the weigh-in on Saturday which will be at 10 AM.

8-9 Years Old

60 Pounds:  Yamar Johnson (Langdon) vs. Musa Robinson (Upton)

65 Pounds:  Marcell Steele (Headbangers) vs. Richard Dodson (Unattached)

10-11 Years Old

65 Pounds: Cuttino Oliver (Upton) vs. Lonzo Malcolm (Keystone)

70 Pounds: Reginald Ransom (Charm City) vs. Tyreek Williams (The Answer)

75 Pounds: Muhammad Robinson (Upton) vs. Quincey Williams (Kenilworth)

75 Pounds: Mehki Phillips (Keystone) vs. Kinta Dillard (Sugar Ray Leonard)

105 Pounds: Shawn Wesley (Upton) vs. Dennis Paniflov (Unattached)

12-13 Years Old

95 Pounds: Dennis Zeigler (Unattached) vs. Maximus Garland (Headbangers)

95 Pounds: Ibrahim Robinson (Upton) vs. Daylynn Jones (Unattached)

Lamar Odoms (Overcome) has a bye.


106 Pounds: Chima Okoro (Upton) vs. Donnell Williams (Kenilworth)

106 Pounds: Quarter Lott (Headbangers) vs. Keith Bagwell (Charm City)

Stacey Selby (No Xcuse) has a bye.


14-15 Years Old

112 Pounds: Jordan Hunter (Keystone) vs. Keith Cooke (No Xcuse)

Malik Warren (Charm City) has a bye.






Monday, December 01, 2014

Hurd Inserted in Main Event Bout Friday In Chester, PA!

He was scheduled to be on the card anyway, but undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd will now participate in the eight-round main event on Friday, December 5 at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA.

Hurd will face his most experienced foe to date in Eric "Murder" Mitchell, a native of Philadelphia who now fights out of Vero Beach, FL.  Hurd (13-0, eight KO's) is replacing Harry Joe Yorgey who pulled out of the bout.  Hurd is coming off back-to-back first-round stoppages in his last two bouts.

The 45-year-old Mitchell (23-11-2, 11 KO's) would have been in a rematch against Yorgey.  The first bout went to a six-round draw on July 25 in Wyomissing, PA.  The draw broke a four-bout losing streak for Mitchell that included a six-round unanimous decision loss to Cecil McCalla on January 31 in West Orange, NJ.

Amateurs Win Big On Last Saturday In November!

A number of Beltway amateur results to catch up on.

A strong contingent of local amateurs were victorious on an amateur card in Caldwell, NJ on Saturday.  A team from the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing won six of 10 bouts on the card.

The winning boxers were: Rahgeleek Bartee, Quincy Williams, Tyreek Williams, Jalil Hackett, Ameer Brown and Keeshawn Williams.

Also representing PVA were: Lawrence and Lonzo Malcolm, Max Garland and Donnell Williams.

Baltimore boxer Lorenzo Simpson was also victorious as was Kavon Robertson from Virginia. VA's Troy Isley's bout was scratched at the scale.

Closer to home, Donald Wallace of the Baltimore Boxing club won the East Coast 165-pound championship in the main event of a card at Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn, MD on Saturday.  Wallace won a decision over Rashad Kilpatrick of Keystone Boxing.

In the co-feature bout, Joey Veazey of Baltimore Boxing won a decision over Jessie Singletary of Keystone at 165 pounds.

Here are the results from the rest of the card:

141 Pounds (Open): Jahmal Dyer over Corey Moore.

152 Pounds (Open): Dashan Jones over Michael Garrison.

100 Pounds (Novice): Chima Okoro over Tavion Davis.

165 Pounds (Novice): Tucker Lutz over Domenico Lubrano.

201 Pounds (Open): Stephon Morris over Ryan Watson.

85 Pounds (Novice): Thomas Coe over Erick Acosta.

152 Pounds (Novice): Allen Burris over Lamont White.

95 Pounds (Novice): Artaz Cotton over Okezie Okoro.

117 Pounds (Novice): Melad Attashy over Erin Williams.

152 Pounds (Novice): Yohanes Rezene over Esteban Sanchez.

165 Pounds (Novice): Edward Park over Darrion James.

We've also heard that during a pro-am card in Lebanon, PA Saturday, a Maryland heavyweight named Antonio Savage from Kicked-Up Fitness won a bout over Shawn Zimmerman of Lebanon.

This is a good springboard into the Silver Gloves Tournament that will begin on Saturday, December 6 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  We will have the first matchups for you by the middle of the week.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Reed Cruises To Unanimous Decision Victory in Omaha!

Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed won an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Oscar Valenzuela of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE.  Reed won by scores of 77-75 (twice) and 79-76.

Here's a report on the bout from Bill Green of Fightnews.com:

"Reed displayed a nice mixture of punches, landing often to the body of Valenzuela. While Valenzuela proved to be plenty game, he was often outhustled throughout the fight. Reed remains undefeated going to 12-0, six KOs, while Valenzuela tastes defeat and drops to 8-1-1, five KOs."

Also on the card, Beltway referee Joe Cooper was the third man in the ring for the co-feature bout  -- the IBF Featherweight title bout between Evgeny Gradovich and Jayson Velez.  The bout went to a draw.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Beltway Amateurs Compete In New Jersey!

A large contingent of Beltway amateurs are in Caldwell, NJ today at West Essex Regional High School competing in the "Battle of The States."

The PVA (Potomac Valley Association) All-Stars, consisting of Lonzo Malcolm, Lawrence Malcolm, Rahgaleek Bartee, Quincey Williams, Tyreek Williams, Max Garland, Jalil Hackett, Donnell Williams, Ameer Brown and Keeshawn Williams, will be in attendance.  This is virtually the same squad that won a tournament in Norfolk, VA earlier this month, taking six of eight contests.

Also competing in this event will be Baltimore's Lorenzo Simpson along with Kavon Robertson, Troy Isley and Jordan Pathea from Virginia.

The card can be watched live on GoFightLive.TV for $14.99 and also slated to be shown live on Comcast Sports Net.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Reed Weighs 141 For Eight-Round Contest In Omaha!




(Photo by Keystone Boxing)

Mike Reed weighed in at 141 pounds for his eight-round contest with fellow undefeated boxer Oscar Valenzuela on Saturday at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NB.  Valenzuela tipped the scales at 139.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Final Beltway Card Is December 6 in Springfield, VA!

Beltway Boxing 2014 concludes with a card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA on Saturday, December 6.  Jeter Promotions once again teams with RBA Promotions for their fifth card of the year.

No matchups have been signed but scheduled to appear on the card are undefeated locals "The King's Son" Jerry Odom (12-0, 11 KO's), Glenn Dezurn, Jr. (5-0, three KO's),  Gerome Quigley (5-0, four KO's) and Mike Balogun (2-0, two KO's).

Also slated to appear is Newark, NJ's "Apollo Kidd" John Thompson (14-1, five KO's) and co-promoter Tony "Mo Better" Jeter says he is not ruling out the possibility of appearing in the ring on this card, just weeks after his big NABA US Middleweight title victory over Jimmy Lange.   Also scheduled to appear is debuting Maryland heavyweight Louie Alexandre.

More details on this card as it comes together.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Grayton Wins Unanimous Decision in Pennsylvania!

David "Day-Day" Grayton remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous decision over Dominique Foster of Columbus, OH Saturday night at Valley Forge Casino of King of Prussia, PA.

Grayton, according to boxing writer Jack Obermayer, had a little struggle with Foster before knocking him down in the fourth.  Foster also lost a point for holding in the final round.

Grayton is now 10-0, eight KO's while Foster drops to 2-6-1.

Marion Barry, Champion For Boxing In DC, Passes at 78!



As many in the Beltway region are saddened at the announcement of the passing of Ward 8 Councilmember and former DC Mayor Marion S. Barry, Jr., so too are many in the local boxing scene.

Quietly and not with a lot of fanfare, Mr. Barry did a lot to elevate the boxing scene in Washington, DC.  Under his tenure as mayor, Barry, a big boxing fan, inaugurated the Mayor's Cup amateur boxing tournament in 1985 and held for many years at Howard University's Burr Gymnasium.  A number of local and national boxers became very prominent names through that tournament.

Barry appointed the first woman to head the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission -- his future wife, Cora Masters Barry.  Mrs. Barry served on the commission from 1979 to 1987.  Although her tenure was sometimes dubious, it was a time where championship bouts started coming to DC on a more regular basis.

Also during the Barry Administration, new places, new exceptional places to hold boxing events started to appear.  Before, there was only the DC Armory but Marion Barry helped bring us the original Washington Convention Center and then the MCI (now Verizon) Center to hold some legendary bouts over the years.

At the heart, Barry was a big fan of the sport and did all he could to elevate boxing in the nation's capital.  As late as this past September, Barry was honored alongside DC's legendary boxing champions as he promoted his autobiography.

Standing and watching the event at the legendary Ben's Chili Bowl, I could only think of how fitting that was.  As the boxers who represented DC as champions, no one fought harder for Washington, DC and its prominence than Marion Barry.  BATB sends our deepest condolences.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Brown Advances To Semis Of AIBA World Championships!

Tiara Brown has advanced to the semifinals of the AIBA Women's World championships in Jeju, South Korea.

Brown, the defending world champion at 125 pounds, is a native of Fort Myers, FL who now lives in the DC area and trains at the Headbangers gym.  Brown advanced by winning a 2-1 decision over Wen Ling Chen of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

Brown competes in the semis on Sunday where she will face Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines.

A. Guerrero Wins NABA Cruiserweight Title; C. McCalla Scores First-Round Stoppage In Delaware!

A great night for Beltway Boxers at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE Friday night.

Undefeated Salisbury, MD cruiserweight Alex Guerrero won the vacant NABA Cruiserweight championship with an eight-round stoppage of Anthony Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA.   Guerrero dropped Ferrante in the sixth round.  Ferrante suffered a bad cut over one of his eyes and could not come out for the ninth round.

With the win, Guerrero is now 12-0-1, six KO's.  Ferrante, whose last victory came in Fort Washington, MD with a second-round knockout of Venroy July on October 24, is now 13-7, eight KO's.

Also on the card, Randallstown, MD welterweight Cecil McCalla remained undefeated needing just 47 seconds to knock out Francisco Javier "Pantera" Reza of Mexico.

McCalla dropped Reza twice with vicious right hands to earn the victory and raise his record to 20-0, seven KO's while Reza's record drops to 13-11, 10 KO's.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BATB Needs Your Help For Online Project!


In the nine years of writing Boxing Along The Beltway, I have not asked a lot from my readers.  People have come up to me over the years and asked to sponsor my blog and nothing has really come out of that and I have not pushed for that.

However, I am on the verge of entering a new venture associated with the blog that will need your help to succeed.

In the very near future, I will be hosting the Boxing Along The Beltway radio show.  The plan is to have a weekly series with guests and call-in.  The show will be heard on the WBGR Sports Network (www.wbgrsports.com).  We are still working on the details on when the show will air.

For this venture to work, I will need sponsors to cover the price of putting the show on the air.  So, if you are willing to sponsor the show or know someone who is, please email me at beltwayboxing@hotmail.com and either I or the folks at WBGR will get back in touch with you with details.

I thank you in advance and hope you will be listening.

Four Beltway Boxers Head to Washington..State December 20!

We can only wish this card was in DC, however, four Beltway Boxers will be participating on a card at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA.  All opponents are to be determined.

DC lightweight Anthony Peterson will be in a 10-round contest.  Peterson (34-1, 22 KO's) last fought on August 9 and scored a first-round TKO over Edgar Riovalle in Brooklyn, NY.

Undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade returns to action on this card.  Wade (16-0, 11 KO's) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Nick Brinson on June 27 in Las Vegas, NV.

Also on the card will be the return of featherweight world title contender "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr.  This will be the first bout for Russell since his WBO Featherweight title loss to Vasyl Lomachenko on June 21 in Carson, CA.

The card also marks the pro debut of Russell's brother, Antonio, who will box as a bantamweight.  Antonio Russell comes off a stellar amateur career that included winning the 2013 National Golden Gloves championship and being named the most outstanding boxer of the tournament.

The card will be televised by Showtime and hopefully, some of the locals contests will be on the Showtime Extreme channel.

Bus Trip To Brooklyn Available For December 6 Bouts Featuring Ballard and Roach, Jr.!














No Xcuse Boxing Gym is sponsoring a bus trip for fans who want to see two of their boxers -- D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard (top) and Lamont Roach, Jr. -- participate in bouts on Saturday, December 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Round trip transportation is $60 and fight tickets range from $30 to $185.  For more information, call 202-306-6026.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Three Amateur Cards End Strong November!

Now that the pro portion of the month has come and gone, the amateur boxers in the area can take center stage.  We have three amateur cards coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Two of the cards take place on Saturday, November 22.  One will be at the Outreach Christian Center located at 6701 Clinton Manor Drive in Clinton, MD promoted by Keystone Boxing.  If you are interested in having boxers participate on the card, call 202-809-2405.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  For more information on tickets, call 301-899-2430.  The card begins at 4 PM.

Over in Baltimore, MD, there will be a card on the same afternoon at the famed Mack Lewis Gym at 913 North Bond Street.  You are asked to give a $20 donation.  Also, the gym plans to show the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri card on site.  For more information on that card, call 443-804-8906.

Then on the following Saturday, November 29, there will be a card promoted by the Baltimore Boxing Club at the Myers Pavilion, located at 4300 West Bay Avenue in Brooklyn, MD.  The main event of the contest is a battle for the vacant East Coast 165-pound championship between Rashad Kilpatrick of Washington, DC and Donald Wallace of Baltimore.

Also on the card, Joey Veazey battles Jesse Singletary and Maryland State Junior Middleweight champ Allen Burris is also on the card.  Bleacher seats are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Floor seats are $35.  VIP seats are $50 and tables are $350 and $500.  For more information, call 410-375-9175.



Reed To Battle Undefeated Valenzuela November 29 In Omaha!

Undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed continues on the road as he will take on fellow undefeated boxer Oscar Valenzuela of El Paso, TX in an eight-round contest on Saturday, November 29 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE.

Reed (11-0, six KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Osnel Charles on October 4 in Atlantic City, NJ.  This will be Reed's first scheduled eight-round contest.  Valenzuela (8-0-1, five KO's) scored a first-round TKO against Frank Maruffo on July 18 in El Paso.  Reed will be Valenzuela's most accomplished opponent.

This bout will be on the non-televised undercard of the Terrence Crawford-Raymundo Beltran WBO Lightweight title bout.

Brown, Shen Compete In AIBA Women's World Championships In Korea!

Two local female amateurs are competing in the AIBA Women's World Championships in Jeju, Korea.

Tiara Brown has won her opening contest at 125 pounds today defeating Aneta Rygielska of Poland.  Dara Shen, who is representing Chinese Taipei, has yet to compete in the 178-pound class.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Post-Fight From The Patriot Center!

Here is the audio recap of what was a very exciting night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jeter Wins Majority Decision Over Lange!


(Photo by Mike Greenhill)

In what was one of the best Beltway bouts of 2014, Tony Jeter has defeated Jimmy Lange by a 10-round majority decision to win the vacant NABA USA Middleweight title.

This was a brutal fight, in many ways like the first bout.  However, there were some subtle differences.  Jeter used a great series of uppercuts and body shots to establish his gameplan.  However, Lange moved better laterally in the rematch.

Jeter was very effective with his inside attack and kept Lange off balance.  In the middle rounds, Lange came back strong and established his jab well.  However, Jeter closed the show with nice combinations to win the bout.

Judge Joe Cooper saw the draw at 95-95.  That was overruled by Brian Costello saw the bout at 97-93 and Mark D'Atillio who saw the bout 99-91 for Jeter, who is now 18-4-1, 12 KO's.  Lange falls to 38-6-2, 25 KO's.  Good night from the Patriot Center!

Nelson Successfully Defends WIBA Title With Unanimous Decision!


(Photo by Mike Greenhill)

Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson has successfully defended her WIBA Welterweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over a very game Victoria Cisneros.

Nelson landed great combinations to the head and body of Cisneros, who continued to charge in close.  At times, Cisneros went to a neutral corner and challenged Nelson to come from center ring to fight but Nelson would have none of that.

All three judges scored a shutout (100-90) for Nelson who remains undefeated at 13-0-3, one KO and defends her title for the fifth time, four of those defenses coming this year. Cisneros falls to 11-16-2, four KO's.

Now, the main event. Jeter vs. Lange II.

Brown Wins Unanimous Decision!

Thomas Brown wins a relatively easy six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Reid.

Brown fought a very disciplined contest following his corner's instructions to the letter.  Brown landed crisp head and body shots and landed solid uppercuts throughout the contest.

One judge scored three 10-8 rounds for Brown despite no knockdowns.  That score was 60-51.  Two other judges scored the bout 60-54 for Brown who raises his record to 16-4-2, nine KO's.  Reid drops to 35-16, nine KO's.

Intermission followed by our co-feature for the WIBA and now, the vacant UBF Welterweight titles. WIBA champ Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson defends against Victoria "La Reina De Guerra" Cisneros of Albuquerque, NM.  Ten two-minute rounds.

Billups Scores Third-Round TKO!

Seth Billups had an easy night as he stopped a very stoic and somewhat immobile Sean Lockhart.

Billups stayed on the outside and landed easy punches to Lockhart's head and body.  Lockhart stayed in center ring and did nothing in defense.  Billups knocked down Lockhart three times, once in each round, before the bout was stopped at 2:04 of the third.

Billups remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO's.  Lockhart is 5-25-2, two KO's.

Next: Jonathan "Reid Dawg" Reid of Nashville, TN (35-15, nine KO's) battles Thomas Brown of York, SC (15-4-2, nine KO's). Six rounds, super middleweights.

Ferhadi Stops Noriega At The End of Three!

Devar Ferhadi used a multitude of crushing body shots to defeat Jess Noriega.

Noriega started very strong and pressured Ferhadi with hard punches to the head.  However, Ferhadi went to his bread and butter, the body shot and that turned things completely in his favor.

Noriega fought back valiantly but Ferhadi's body attack set up nice combinations to the head.  At the end of the third round, the Noriega corner retired.

Ferhadi is now 4-0, three KO's.  Noriega falls to 3-12, three KO's.

Next up: Seth "Killer B" Billups of Ashburn, VA (4-0, three KO's) battles Sean Lockhart of Columbia, MD (5-24-2, two KO's).  Four rounds, junior welterweights.

Balogun Knocks Out Womack In First!

Two fights, two first-round knockouts.  Mike "Silverback" Balogun knocks out Percy Womack at 1:20.  Balogun landed two heavy left hands to drop Womack twice.  Womack could not beat referee Bill Clancy's count.

Balogun is now 2-0, two KO's while Womack loses his pro debut.

Next:  Devar "The Warrior" Ferhadi of Frederick, MD takes on Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA.

Terry Makes Short Work Of Bartlett!

Our first contest ends quickly as Ray Terry stops Kevin Bartlett at 2:10 of the first round.

Terry simply overwhelmed Bartlett and two separate flurries sent Bartlett to his knees twice before the bout was stopped.

Terry is now 2-0, two KO's.  Bartlett is 0-5.

Up next: heavyweight Mike Balogun of Upper Marlboro, MD (1-0, one KO) taking on Percy Womack who debuts out of Danville, VA.

Good Evening From The Patriot Center!

Hi again from the campus of George Mason University and the Patriot Center for the card that features the rematch between Tony Jeter and Jimmy Lange.

In our poll 68 people think Lange will win while 58 chose Jeter.  Six people think this bout will end in a draw.

We are getting ready for our first contest as "Sugar" Ray Terry of Lynchburg, VA (1-0, one KO) battles Kevin Bartlett of Eden, NC (0-4).  Four rounds, super middleweights.