Friday, April 17, 2015
Fox scored a second-round TKO over Franklin Gonzalez of the Dominican Republic at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Fox is now 15-0-1, five KO's while Gonzalez drops to 16-14, 10 KO's.
Meanwhile at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT, Harrison won an eight-round unanimous decision over late sub "Classy" Chris Gray of Vero Beach, FL. Harrison scored an 80-72 shutout on all three cards. Harrison is now 26-0, 13 KO's while Gray is 13-20-1, one KO.
Fox weighed in at 158 1/4 for his eight-round contest Friday against Franklin Gonzalez at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Gonzalez tipped the scales at 161 1/4.
Harrison weighed in at 153 pounds for his eight-round bout against late sub Chris Gray of Vero Beach, FL Friday at the Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT. Gray (13-19-1, one KO) weighed 152 pounds for the bout. Gray replaces Henry Auraad, who reportedly had visa issues coming into the United States.
Juan Rodriguez, who was also scheduled to be on the Foxwoods card, is no longer competing on the show.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Baltimore cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will battle Dan "Bada Bing" Biddle of Hockessin, DE in a six-round encounter.
Reeves (8-2-1, three KO's) is riding a five-bout winning streak and is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Lamont Capers on March 20 at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD.
Biddle (9-2, five KO's) competes for the first time since July of 2012 when he won a six-round majority decision over Pedro Martinez in Atlantic City, NJ.
We'll have more on this card as information comes in.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
McCalla (20-1, seven KO's) suffered his first pro loss in his last outing when he dropped a 10-round split decision to Chris Van Heerden on January 9 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Smith (26-7, 12 KO's) made an unsuccessful attempt at his second world title when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Erislandy Lara for the WBA Super Lightweight title on December 12 in San Antonio, TX.
This will be the second time in two months that a Beltway Boxer has competed at the Palms Casino Resort. Back in March, Gary Russell, Jr. captured the WBC Featherweight title in that location.
(Courtesy of the Friends of Steven Copeland)
Sometimes as boxing fans, we get reminders of how brutal this sport can really be. We received another one of those reminders on Monday evening.
Newport News, VA amateur boxer Steven Copeland passed away Monday from injuries he suffered during a bout at the Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves championships in Hampton, VA this past weekend. Mr. Copeland was 28 years old.
According to eyewitnesses, Copeland took a punch to the head during his semifinal contest and turned to his corner and collapsed. Doctors came in the ring immediately to help and Copeland was sent to a local hospital. Doctors performed surgery to relieve the swelling on his brain but he lapsed into a coma that he never came out of.
Copeland had been a fighter for quite some time, according to reports, starting in MMA before taking up boxing. BATB sends deepest condolences to the family.
There are two GoFundMe pages set up for the Copeland family if you would like to help them financially. These are the links:
There will be a very special amateur boxing card held at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD on Saturday, April 18 that will honor a very special man.
That man is legendary coach and trainer Ham Johnson, best known as the father and trainer of International Boxing Hall of Famer and three-time world champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson.
Ham Johnson will celebrate his 80th birthday this weekend and there will be an amateur card held in his honor that will include boxers from five different states.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 5 and the card begins at 6 PM. For more information, call (202) 528-7694.
Monday, April 13, 2015
114 Pounds: Kevin Pendergrass, Suitland, MD vs. Napoleon Hart, Newport News, VA
123 Pounds: D'Jon Brown, Washington, DC vs. Jacob Garcia, Sterling, VA
132 Pounds: Donnell Poe, Fort Washington, MD vs. Christian Johnson, Hampton, VA
141 Pounds: Dante Cox, Severn, MD vs. Eduardo Mendivil, Newport News, VA
152 Pounds: Sippriano Zelldon, Silver Spring, MD vs. Jacques Jean, Fairfax, VA
165 Pounds: Aaron Anderson, Baltimore, MD vs. Carlos Cruz, Sterling, VA
178 Pounds: Darryl Lane, Washington, MD vs. Tony Reese, Richmond, VA
201 Pounds: Jonathan Surratt, Fort Washington, MD vs. Eric Chandler, Chesapeake, VA
201+Pounds: Timothy Crawford, Washington, DC vs. Aubur Wright, Richmond, VA
108 Pounds: Demetrius Young, Bowie, MD vs. Jonathan Howard, III, Wilmington, NC
123 Pounds: Marcus Wright, Temple Hills, MD vs. Dewayne Beamon, Goldboro, NC
132 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams, Capitol Heights, MD vs. Roger Belch, III, Virginia Beach, VA
141 Pounds: Gary Antuanne Russell, Capitol Heights, MD vs. Diego Abregu, Leesburg, VA
152 Pounds: Shynggskhan Tazhibay, Rockville, MD vs. Matthew Abregu, Leesburg, VA
165 Pounds: Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD vs. Clinso Brumfield, Alexandria, VA
178 Pounds: Justin Bell, District Heights, MD vs. Jermaine Jackson, Richmond, VA
201 Pounds: Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD vs. Benjamin Dobbs, Virginia Beach, VA
114 Pounds: Jordan White, Waldorf, MD
201+ Pounds: Christopher Laws, Hampton, VA
The winners in the Open Division will advance to the National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas, NV on May 10-17.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Haymarket, VA lightweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez returns to action on Friday, April 17 at Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Mashantucket, CT. Rodriguez (6-2-1, five KO's) will face undefeated Sonny Fredrickson of Toledo, OH (7-0, five KO's) in a six-round contest.
Rodriguez is coming off a fifth-round TKO over previously undefeated Nathaniel Rivas on December 13 in Philadelphia, PA. Fredrickson won a six-round unanimous decision over Eric Palmer on March 7 of 2014 in Cincinnati, OH.
Rodriguez will join DC's Dusty Hernandez Harrison on this card. Harrison will compete in an eight-round bout on this card.
On Saturday, April 18, Salisbury, MD middleweight Fernando Guerrero will compete in a 10-round contest against Abraham Han of El Paso, TX at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA.
Guerrero (26-3, 19 KO's) will try to bounce back from a third-round TKO loss to David Lemieux on May 24 in Montreal, Canada. Han (23-2, 14 KO's) is also coming off a loss -- a 12-round split decision to Sergio Mora on February 6 in Biloxi, MS.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Peterson was very impressive in the final four rounds of the contest battering Garcia with hard shots but it simply was not enough on the scorecards. One judge scored the bout a draw at 114-114 but was overruled by the other two judges who scored the bout 115-113.
Peterson is now 32-3-1, 17 KO's and no longer holds the IBF Super Lightweight championship. The IBF said earlier this week that they would strip Peterson of the title if he lost tonight. Garcia remains undefeated at 30-0, 17 KO's.
There will be a free community celebration to honor the new WBC Featherweight champion of the world, "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. on Saturday, May 9 at the District Heights Municipal Center, located at 2000 Marbury Drive in District Heights, MD. The event begins at 2 PM.
Once again, this is a free community event to honor one of our own. For more information, call 202-290-8321.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Washington, DC welterweight Harrison (25-0, 13 KO's) will be in an eight-round contest against Henry "Mamba" Auraad of Miami, FL by way of Cartagena, Colombia (16-9-1, 13 KO's) at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Harrison won his last bout, a 10-round unanimous decision over Tommy Rainone on January 9 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The win earned Harrison the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title. Auraad will be trying to bounce back from a first-round TKO loss to Jose Benavidez on July 26 in Phoenix, AZ.
The bout is part of a card that will be televised by FoxSports1. However, it doesn't look like the bout will be televised.
Forestville, MD's Fox (14-0-1, four KO's) will be in an eight-round super welterweight bout against Franklin Gonzalez of the Dominican Republic (16-13, 10 KO's) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Fox is coming off an eight-round majority decision win over Patrick Day on January 9 in Cabazon, CA. Gonzalez last fought on April 5 of 2014 and was stopped in the second round by Frank Galarza in Queens, NY. Galarza caused the only blemish on Fox's record in September of 2012 when they battled to an eight-round draw. Ironically, Fox and Galarza are now promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
These two locals will be part of a big weekend where 11 Beltway Boxers will be in action. Nine of those boxers will compete on Saturday, April 18 in bouts happening at four separate locations.
(Photo by Ed Diller/Dibella Entertainment)
Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia hit the scales this afternoon for their 12-round nationally televised and broadcast (NBC TV and Sirius XM Channel 92 Radio) bout Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Peterson hit the catchweight on the nose at 143 while Garcia came in at 142.
The NBC telecast will begin at 8:30 PM ET while the Sirius XM broadcast will start at 8 PM ET.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
(Photo by Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)
As part of the final week of media blitzing for the Lamont Peterson-Danny Garcia bout on Saturday, the two world champions had a publicity event at trendy New York City restaurant Beauty and Essex that included a photo shoot with cast members from the Food Network TV show "Chopped."
In this photo, Peterson and Garcia pose with one of the hosts of the show. Their will be a final press conference on Thursday followed by the weigh-in on Friday.
However, the New York State Athletic Commission did not approve the contest, despite the claims of McRae's promotional company, Mastermind Promotions, of a signed contract of a bout with Martin (20-0-1, 18 KO's).
According to McRae (15-3, eight KO's), the reason the NYSAC did not approve him for the bout is because McRae has never gone 10 rounds in a pro bout, the length the NABO title bout was scheduled for. McRae has not even been in an eight-round contest.
McRae's replacement for the bout, Tom Dallas of Kent, England (17-4, 12 KO's), has had two scheduled 10-round contests but has not passed the second round in either contest. Dallas has also not fought since September of 2013 when he lost via second-round TKO to Ian Lewison in London, England.
After being contacted earlier today, The NYSAC gave BATB the following statement:
"The promoter of the April 25 boxing card (headlined by Klitschko-Jennings) submitted a Before Contest Report dated March 25 to the New York State Athletic Commission, which proposed as one of the bouts Charles Martin versus Dwayne McRae. The New York Athletic Commission and its Executive Director, David Berlin, never approved that bout. In an email to the promoter, the Commission communicated the following:
'Martin-McRae is not approved. Dwayne McRae has never fought more than six rounds and there is nothing to suggest that he is ready for a ten-round bout. In addition, the level of his opposition in six-rounders has been far beneath the level of Charles Martin.'
The fact is that while McRae carries a record of 15-3, his last five opponents (whom he beat) all had losing records; in fact, the combined records of those five opponents is, according to http://boxrec.com, is 42-96-6. McRae has never fought more than six rounds and has not beaten an opponent with a winning record since he beat Theron Johnson (3-2) in 2010. The last opponent with a winning record whom he fought, David Saulsberry in 2011, had at that time a record of 6 wins and 3 losses, and knocked out McRae in the 1st round. McRae does not appear ready for a 10-round bout with Charles Martin, whose record stands at 20-0-1, with 18 knockouts. The fight would be a mismatch and is not in the best interest of boxing in New York.
Although Tom Dallas has been stopped in four of his last six bouts, his record stands at 17-4, with 12 knockouts. He has had two fights scheduled for ten rounds, meaning that he has trained for the 10-round distance, and has fought eight rounds on one occasion.
In terms of making determinations about which bouts to approve, the Commission reviews match-ups on a case-by-case basis and approves or disapproves each proposed bout based on the merits of the proposed match."
Monday, April 06, 2015
Baltimore, MD middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow returns to action on Friday, May 8 when he faces DeCarlo "3Mendo" Perez of Atlantic City, NJ at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The eight-round bout is a co-feature contest that will be televised by ESPN2.
Nicklow (24-5-3, eight KO's) will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak. Nicklow lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Ryota Murata on December 30 in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to that bout, Nicklow was stopped by Scott Sigmon in the 10th round on March 1 in Lynchburg, VA.
Perez (13-3-1, five KO's) has won seven of his last eight contests including a fifth-round TKO of Tyrone Brunson on October 18 at the 2300 Arena.
This means we will have back-to-back Baltimore-area boxers on national TV over a two-week period. We have already reported that Emmanuel Taylor will be on TruTV against Antonio Orozco on Friday, May 15 in Phoenix, AZ.
Sunday, April 05, 2015
In the Open Division, Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) continued his quest to win a second national Golden Gloves title at 141 pounds with a victory over Bryan Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard). Russell's hand speed and power was evident as he fended off a very game and talented Avelar.
At 165 pounds, Tavon Body (Headbangers) won his second straight title with a decision over Jerome Featherstone (Unattached). Body used his height and a strong left jab to fend off Featherstone throughout the bout.
However, the breakout star of the night was Keeshawn Williams (The Answer) who won the 132-Pound title with his win over Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard). Williams was in great form with impressive hand speed and power that Avelar just could not keep up with.
Other winners in the Open Division:
123 Pounds: Marcus Wright (Keystone) over Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future)
152 Pounds: Shynggskhan Tazhibay (Headbangers) over Jonathan Burr II (Unattached)
201 Pounds: Malik Titus (Upton) over Stephon Morris (UMAR)
108 Pounds: Demetrius Young (Headbangers) -- Unopposed Champion
114 Pounds: Jordan White (Pound For Pound) -- Wins by walkover
176 Pounds: Justin Bell (No Xcuse) -- Wins by walkover
In the Novice Division, Sippriano Zelldon (Headbangers) put on a charging perfomance to win the 152-Pound title over David Bakker (Laurel).
At 165 Pounds, Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis) won a wild bout over Stephaun Hobbs (The Answer). Both boxers landed solid shots but Anderson landed the more accurate blows to gain the victory.
In an all-Laurel final at 141 Pounds, Dante Cox defeated his gym mate Evegueny Metchenov.
Other winners in the Novice Division:
114 Pounds: Kevin Pendergrass (NOMIS) over Elliot Strickland (Lights Out)
123 Pounds: D'Jon Brown (NOMIS) over Delonte Rawlings (Old School)
132 Pounds: Donnell Poe (Old School) over Stephen Epps (Rosedale)
178 Pounds: Darryl Lane (Enigma) over Ambrose Anderson (Knowledge Boxing)
201 Pounds: Johnathen Surratt (Tony's Gym) over Alvin Amana (Lights Out)
201+ Pounds: Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Jimmy Speros (Olympia Boxing)
Unopposed champion 152 Pounds (Female): Krista Robinson (Keystone)
In the team awards competition, the Headbangers Gym won the Open Division, NOMIS took the Novice Division and No Xcuse won the Junior Division.
Three boxers were honored for Good Sportsmanship -- Deric Davis (Headbangers), Ervin Canlas (Keystone) and Siete Shuler (No Xcuse)
The Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves championships will be held this coming weekend, April 10-12, at the Hampton Roads Coliseum in Hampton, VA. The Novice and Open winners from that tournament will take on the DC/Maryland winners at the Golden Gloves Regional championships on Saturday, April 25 at Rosecroft.
Here is a recap of the card as well as some thoughts on upcoming events from Juan Marshall and myself:
Saturday, April 04, 2015
This will be the first bout for Taylor (18-3, 12 KO's) since his 12-round unanimous decision loss to Adrian Broner on September 6 in Cincinnati, OH. This will also be Taylor's sixth straight appearance on national TV.
Orozco (21-0, 15 KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over former world champion Steve Forbes on October 10 in Indio, CA.
Friday, April 03, 2015
So far, scheduled to appear on the card are the following Beltway Boxers:
Travis "Seveer" Reeves (cruiserweight, 8-2-1, three KO's), Baltimore, MD
Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell (middleweight, 8-2-1, six KO's). Baltimore, MD
Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga (welterweight, 1-9), Washington, DC via Cameroon
"The Lion of Sri Lanka" Nuwan Jayakody (super featherweight, 4-4-1, three KO's)
Lonnie Kornegay (heavyweight, 1-10-3, Baltimore, MD)
Barry Trotter (middleweight, 2-2, one KO, Columbia, MD)
As soon as the rest of the card fills out, we will give you an update. For more information on ticket prices, call 443-956-0678.
The next step in Beltway Boxing coverage begins on Tuesday, April 7 with the premiere of the Boxing Along The Beltway radio show on WBGR Sports at wbgrsports.com.
We will have a live, hour-long call-in show that will be on every Tuesday afternoon at 2 PM ET. If you would like to join us, call in at 301-429-9247. We will talk all things Beltway Boxing and even a little boxing beyond the Beltway. Of course, our main topic this coming Tuesday will be the Lamont Peterson-Danny Garcia bout that will take place on Saturday, April 11 live on NBC from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Once again, you can listen via www.wbgrsports.com or listen via the Tunein app.
The show is still looking for sponsors to keep it going so if you are or you know someone who is interested in being a sponsor for the show, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to all who have prayed for and supported this new venture and I look forward to Tuesday, April 7 at 2 PM!
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Lamont Peterson along with Danny Garcia, Andy Lee and Peter Quillin will all be profiled in this episode.
For folks who have the Dish Network, this is channel 159. Verizon Fios subscribers can view on channel 590 and Comcast has it on channel 226.
Phipps (19-9, 11 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Joshua Tufte on August 23 in Greensboro, NC. Phipps competes for the third time since returning to boxing after a four-year absence.
Martz (12-1-1, nine KO's) has won five straight since suffering his only pro loss to the same Joshua Tufte in April of 2013 in Weirton, WVA. In Martz's last contest, he scored a second-round TKO over Rubin Williams on October 11 in Fairmont, WVA.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Friday and Saturday's action begins at 6 PM and Sunday's card starts at 1 PM. Tickets are $27 for General Admission and Front Row Ringside are $42. For more information, call 757-589-9502.
The Novice and Open Division winners will meet their counterparts from the DC/Maryland region at the Regional Golden Gloves on Saturday, April 25 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
Friday, April 3 --Jed "The Punisher" Phipps (19-9, 11 KO’s), Baltimore, MD vs. Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (12-1, nine KO’s), Clarksburg, WVA in eight-round heavyweight contest at Robarts Arena, Sarasota, FL
Saturday, April 11 -- Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KO’s), Washington, DC vs. Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KO’s), Philadelphia, PA in 12-round 143-pound contest at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY. Televised by NBC.
Friday, April 17 -- Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (14-0-1, four KO’s), Forestville, MD vs. TBA in eight-round junior middleweight contest at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT.
Friday, April 17 -- Dusty Hernandez Harrison (25-0, 13 KO’s), Washington, DC vs. TBA in eight-round welterweight contest at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Card will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
Saturday, April 18 -- Malik “Iceman” Hawkins (2-0, two KO’s), Baltimore, MD vs. TBA in four-round super lightweight contest at GPG Events Center, Pennsauken, NJ.
Saturday, April 18 -- Lamont Roach, Jr. (6-0, three KO’s), Upper Marlboro, MD vs. TBA in six-round lightweight contest against TBA at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona, NY. The bout is on the undercard of Lucas Matthysse-Ruslan Provodnikov.
Saturday, April 18 -- “The Real Deal” Phil Jackson Benson (15-1, 14 KO’s), Landover, MD vs. Darnell “Deezol” Boone (20-21-4, nine KO’s), Atlanta, GA in eight-round contest; David “Day-Day” Grayton (10-0, eight KO’s) vs. Grayson Blake (6-3, two KO’s), State College, PA in six-round welterweight contest. “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (14-0, eight KO’s), Accokeek, MD vs. Eric “Murder” Mitchell (23-11-2, 11 KO’s), Vero Beach, FL in eight-round middleweight bout; “The Chosen One” Immanuwel Aleem (11-0, seven KO’s), Richmond, VA vs. TBA in eight-round middleweight contest at Valley Forge Casino and Resort, Valley Forge, PA.
Saturday, April 18 -- “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal (17-6-3, 11 KO’s), Arlington, VA vs. Anthony Karperis (9-2, three KO’s) Hicksville, NY in possible eight-round super lightweight bout; Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (18-8-1, 13 KO’s), Baltimore, MD vs. “The Irish Bomber” Joe Smith, Jr. (17-1, 14 KO’s), Long Island, NY in a 10-round bout at Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY
Saturday, April 25 -- “The Big Ticket” Dwayne McRae (15-3, eight KO’s), Laurel, MD vs. Charles Martin (20-0-1, 18 KO’s), Carson, CA in a 10-round heavyweight contest for Martin’s NABO Heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The bout is on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings, televised by HBO.
Monday, March 30, 2015
114 Pounds: Kevin Pendergrass (NOMIS) vs. Elliot Strickland (Lights Out)
123 Pounds: Delonte Rawlings (Old School) vs. D'Jon Brown (NOMIS)
132 Pounds: Stephen Epps (Rosedale) vs. Donnell Poe (Old School)
141 Pounds: Dante Cox (Laurel) vs. Evgueny Metchenov (Laurel)
152 Pounds: Sippriano Zelldon (Headbangers) vs. David Bakker (Laurel)
165 Pounds: Stephaun Hobbs (The Answer) vs. Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis)
178 Pounds: Darryl Lane (Enigma) vs. Ambrose Anderson (Knowledge Boxing)
201 Pounds: Johnathen Surratt (Tony's Gym) vs. Alvin Amana (Lights Out)
201+ Pounds: Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Jimmy Speros (Olympia Boxing)
114 Pounds: Malik Jackson (Limelite) vs. Jordan White (Pound For Pound)
123 Pounds: Marcus Wright (Keystone) vs. Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future)
132 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams (The Answer) vs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 Pounds: Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) vs. Bryan Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
152 Pounds: Jonathan Burr II (Unattached) vs. Shynggskhan Tazhibay (Headbangers)
165 Pounds: Tavon Body (Headbangers) vs. Jerome Featherstone (Unattached)
178 Pounds: Shaundre Kellum-Gee (Mobtown) vs. Justin Bell (No Xcuse)
201 Pounds: Malik Titus (Upton) vs. Stephon Morris (UMAR)
The card begins at 7:30 PM.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The main event saw undefeated Montgomery Village, MD welterweight Gerome "Showstopper" Quigley score a fifth-round knockout over Richard "Tiger" Lee Hall of Rocky Mount, NC to win the Virginia State welterweight title. Quigley was very precise with his jab and that set up his power shots including a vicious counter left hook that dropped Hall for the knockout at 2:30 of the fifth round.
Quigley is now 7-0, six KO's while Hall's record drops to 10-23-3, six KO's.
In the co-feature contest, WBC number 13-ranked middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter of Stevensville, MD stopped Jeremy Marts of Ottumwa, IA at 1:03 of the second round. Jeter dropped Jeremy Marts five times en route to the victory. Jeter gets his 20th pro victory and is now 20-4-1, 14 KO's. Marts's record dropped 12-19, nine KO's.
"The Pride of Alexandria (VA)" Brandon Quarles scored a second-round TKO over Andre Baker of Lumberton, NC. Quarles battered Baker into submission before the bout was stopped at 2:50 of the round. Quarles, the Virginia State Middleweight champion, is now 15-3, seven KO's. Baker falls to 10-42-2, two KO's.
There was loads of heavyweight action on this card. Ferndale, MD's "Slick" Nick Kisner won a six-round unanimous decision over "Rumblin' Man" Marlon Hayes of Newark, NJ. Kisner scored a shutout on all three judge's cards, 60-54 in what was a somewhat awkward bout. Kisner is now 14-1-1, five KO's. Hayes is now 23-17, nine KO's.
Upper Marlboro, MD's Mike "Silverback" Balogun maintained his perfect record with a first-round knockout of Charlemagne Jones of Washington, DC. Balogun overwhelmed Jones with solid left hands before the bout was stopped at 2:00 of the round. Balogun is now 4-0, four KO's while Jones drops to 2-4-1, two KO's.
Debuting heavyweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith of Crofton, MD delighted a huge portion of the crowd with a first-round knockout of Jonathan Williams of Spartansburg, SC. Smith stopped Williams at 1:37 of the round with a solid right hand. Williams is now 0-2.
Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest stopped Riley Brooks of Baltimore, MD at 2:51 of the second round. After weathering an initial flurry by Brooks in the first round, Forrest settled down and proceeded to hammer Brooks until the bout was stopped. Forrest breaks a two-bout losing streak and raising his record to 8-2, seven KO's while Brooks dropped to 1-5-1.
Hometown welterweight Edgar "Tigre" Torres of Springfield, VA won a four-round majority decision over Norman "The Shadow" Allen of Laurel, MD. Torres started the bout strong with hard shots to the body in the first two rounds. To his credit, Allen came back with hard shots to Torres's head. One judge saw a draw at 38-38 but was overruled by the two other judges who saw the bout 39-37 and 40-36. Torres remains undefeated at 5-0-1, three KO's. Allen falls to 6-13, three KO's.
Debuting super welterweight Zarifbek Nishanbaev of Landover, MD by way of Uzbekistan needed just 27 seconds to knock out equally debuting Mike Blocker of Spartansburg, SC. Blocker came charging out of his corner and tried to engage Nishanbaev. However, the former Washington Golden Gloves champion simply smiled and landed a brutal right hand that sent Blocker crumpling to the canvas. The bout was stopped immediately.
Bridgetown, Barbados junior lightweight Cobia "Soldier" Breedy
scored a first-round knockout over Bobby Wooten of Wilson, NC. Breedy stopped Wooten with solid shots getting the win at 2:30 of the round. Breedy is now 2-0, one KO while Wooten is 0-4.
In the opening bout, super middleweight Ian Green of New Jersey scored a second-round TKO over Jess Noriega of Lynchburg, VA. Green used a very disciplined jab to move inside and eventually break down Noriega. Green eventually stopped Noriega at 2:59 of the second. Green remains perfect at 3-0, three KO's. Noriega falls to 3-14-1, three KO's.
Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show with Juan Marshall and I recapping the card.
(Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime)
Congratulations to "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. , the brand new WBC Featherweight champion of the world!
Russell scored a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico to capture the title in front of a nationally televised (Showtime) audience at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
The Capitol Heights, MD native dropped Gonzalez late in the third round with a blistering right hook and then finished the job with two knockdowns early in the fourth, forcing referee Tony Weeks to stop the contest at :37.
Russell is now 26-1, 15 KO's while Gonzalez is now 57-9, 48 KO's.
Also on the card, Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon lost an eight-round unanimous decision to J'Leon Love. Sigmon drops to 24-7-1, 13 KO's while Love's record rises to 19-1, 10 KO's.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Sad news to report. Norvus "Butch" Miller, the brother and trainer of former Beltway title contender Purcell "Hard Rock" Miller, passed away this past Monday of a heart attack. He was 49.
Butch Miller played college football at Delaware State University before turning his vision to his boxing brother, Purcell, who was a rising prospect in the junior middleweight division. Purcell was a Washington and Regional Golden Gloves champion and won his first 18 pro bouts with Butch in the corner. Of course, who could forget those great ring walks complete with a brass band.
The funeral for Butch Miller will be held on Saturday, April 4 at the United House of Prayer For All People, located at 601 M Street in Northwest Washington. The wake will be from 9 AM to 10:30 AM with the funeral to follow.
Butch Miller and I had a great friendship. He was always smiling and we had not only boxing but MEAC football in common (since we went to rival schools).
My deepest condolences to Purcell and the rest of the Miller family.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Main event is six rounds for the Virginia State welterweight title -- Gerome Quigley (146 pounds, 6-0, five KO's, Montgomery Village, MD) vs. Richard "Tiger" Lee Hall (144 pounds, 10-22-3, six KO's, Rocky Mount, NC)
Co-feature, middleweights, eight rounds: Tony "Mo Better" Jeter (164 pounds, 19-4-1, 13 KO's -- ranked number 13 by the WBC, Stevensville, MD) vs. Jeremy Marts (164 pounds, 12-18, nine KO's, Ottumwa, IA)
Six rounds, middleweights: "The Pride of Alexandria (VA)" Brandon Quarles (160 pounds, 14-3-1, six KO's) vs. Andre Baker (159 pounds, 10-41-2, four KO's, Lumberton, NC)
Six rounds, heavyweights: "Slick" Nick Kisner (205 pounds, 13-1-1, five KO's, Ferndale, MD) vs. "The Rumblin' Man" Marlon Hayes (196 pounds, 23-16, 11 KO's, Newark, NJ)
Four rounds, heavyweights: Mike "Silverback" Balogun (241 pounds, 3-0, three KO's, Upper Marlboro, MD vs. Charlemagne Jones (254 pounds, 2-3-1, two KO's, Washington, DC)
Four rounds, super welterweights: Edgar "Tiger" Torres (149 pounds, 4-0-1, three KO's, Springfield, VA) vs. Norman "The Shadow" Allen (146 pounds, 6-12, three KO's, Laurel, MD)
Four rounds, super welterweights: Zarifbek Nishanbaev (153 pounds, pro debut, Landover, MD) vs. Mike Blocker (147 pounds, pro debut, Columbia, SC)
Four rounds, heavyweights: Luther "Lights Out" Smith (210 pounds, pro debut, Crofton, MD) vs. Jonathon Williams (226 pounds, 0-1, South Carolina)
Four rounds, lightweights: Cobia "Soldier" Breedy (129 pounds, 1-0, Bridgetown, Barbados) vs. Bobby Wooten (127 pounds, 0-3, Wilson, NC)
Four rounds, heavyweights: Jerry "Slug" Forrest (228 pounds, 7-2, six KO's, Newport News, VA) vs. Riley Brooks (285 pounds, 1-4-1, Baltimore, MD)
Four rounds, super middleweights: Ian Green (165 pounds, 2-0, two KO's, New Jersey) vs. Jess "Thunder" Noriega (168 pounds, 3-12, three KO's, Lynchburg, VA)
We will be on the air live from Springfield, VA at 7:30 PM ET. You can hear the broadcast for free and send your comments and questions by downloading the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App for Android. IOS users can listen to the broadcast online by clicking on the Boxing Along The Beltway Spreaker Page at this link: http://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
"The Pride of Alexandria (VA)" Brandon Quarles will be in a eight-round contest. No official word yet on his opponent. Quarles (14-3-1, six KO's) is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Dennis Sharpe on November 1 in Washington, DC.
Ferndale, MD heavyweight "Slick" Nick Kisner will battle "The Rumblin' Man" Marlon Hayes of Newark, NJ in a six-round contest. Kisner (13-1-1, five KO's) last fought on July 18 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Pedro Martinez in Hanover, PA.
Hayes (23-16, 11 KO's) has fought a number of quality opponents during his 18-year career including Adonis Stevenson, Elvir Muriqi, Deontay Wilder, Jaidon Codrington and Vadim Tokarev. Hayes competes in the Beltway region for the first time since April of 2002 when he won an eight-round unanimous decision over Dennis McKinney at the DC Tunnel (now EchoStage Lounge) in Washington, DC.
Super lightweight and Bridgeton, Barbados native Cobia Breedy also has been added to the show. Breedy (1-0) made his pro debut on October 24 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Thomas Herrera in Fort Washington, MD.
Also scheduled to appear on this card will be Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest and Lynchburg, VA super middleweight Jess "Thunder" Noriega.
These names are added to the boxers already announced for the card -- Tony "Mo Better" Jeter, Edgar "Tiger" Torres, Mike Balogun and the debuting Zaribek Nishanbaev and Luther Smith.
The main event on the card remains the battle for the Virginia State Welterweight title -- Gerome Quigley vs. Richard "Tiger" Lee Hall.
We will be broadcasting live from the ABC Sports Complex on Saturday night over the BATB Google App for Android. IOS users can hear the broadcast over the BATB Spreaker Page which can be found here: http://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway
Both are free. We are scheduled to begin around 7:30 ET.
Monday, March 23, 2015
The main event will pit Landover, MD super middleweight "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson-Benson against a dangerous spoiler in Darnell "Deazol" Boone of Atlanta, GA in an eight-round contest.
Jackson-Benson (15-1, 14 KO's) is coming off a seventh-round TKO over Michael Gbenga on October 8 in Biloxi, MS. Boone (20-21-4, nine KO's), however, may have the most deceptive record in the sport.
Boone has fought quality opponents like Sergey Kovalev, Brandon Gonzales and Dyah Davis and gave the first losses to future world title challenger Willie Monroe, Jr. and future light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson. That bout, where Boone stopped Stevenson in the second round, took place in April of 2010 at the Wicomico Center in Salisbury, MD. Boone was also the first man to drop world champion Andre Ward.
Three other locals will participate in eight-round contests on this card. Undefeated Accokeek, MD middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd will compete in an eight-rounder for the first time in his pro career against veteran Eric "Murder" Mitchell of Vero Beach, FL by way of Philadelphia, PA.
Hurd (14-0, eight KO's) won a six-round majority decision over Emmanuel Sanchez on December 5 in Chester, PA. the 45-year-old Mitchell (23-11-2, 11 KO's) is still a tough opponent, battling Harry Joe Yorgey to a six-round draw on July 25 in Wyomissing, PA. Prior to that bout, Mitchell lost a six-round unanimous decision to Cecil McCalla in January of 2014 in West Orange, NJ.
Undefeated DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton also enters eight-round territory for the first time as he takes on Grayson Blake of State College, PA. Grayton (10-0, eight KO's) makes his second straight trip to Valley Forge and looks to remain successful there. Grayton won a four-round unanimous decision over Dominique Foster on November 22.
Blake (6-3, two KO's) will also be in his first eight-rounder after winning a six-round unanimous decision over Anthony Prescott on January 31 in Philadelphia. Beltway fans may remember Blake when he lost a six-round unanimous decision to Larry Recio at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on July 18.
Richmond, VA super middleweight "The Chosen One" Immanuwel Aleem (11-0, seven KO's) is also scheduled to participate on this card. Aleem has knocked out his last four opponents. No word yet on his foe for this bout.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Let's start with the Open Division and the marquee final four grouping at 165 Pounds. The defending regional champion, Tavon Body (Headbangers), advanced to the finals by winning over Jordan Payne (Woodland). In the other semi, the 2013 regional champ Jerome Featherstone (Unattached) defeated Jason Bell (No Xcuse).
This means the 165 Pound Washington Golden Gloves final will match the last two regional champions in Featherstone and Body. What's more, this is a rematch from last year's championship in which Body defeated Featherstone.
In the 141 Pound bracket, Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) won his semi-final against Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under). Avelar will have a daunting task in the finals when he matches up against 141-pound national champion Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma). Russell won his bout by walkover on Saturday.
Avelar's older brother, Tommy (Sugar Ray Leonard), advanced to the finals by winning a decision over Rayvon Drayton (Pound For Pound) at 132 Pounds. Tommy Avelar will face Keeshawn Williams (The Answer). Williams won a tough contest over Mack Allison IV (Upton).
The 123 Pound final is set as Marcus Wright (Keystone) will face Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future) on April 4. Wright won his bout over Christopher Glenn (Hagerstown) while Jerry defeated Hector Soto (Down Under).
Soto's brother Duglas lost his bout at 114 Pounds to Jordan White (Pound For Pound) due to injury in the first round. Duglas Soto suffered an injury to the bridge of his nose earlier in the week but tried to compete, However, soon after the bout with White started, the ringside doctor said he could not continue.
White advances to the finals where he will face former USA number-one ranked 114-pounder Malik Jackson (Limelite) who drew a bye in the tournament.
In the 152 Pound semis, Shynggskhan Tazhibay (Headbangers) advanced to the finals by defeating Nigel Fennell (Down Under). No word yet on who Tazhibay will face in the finals. At 201 Pounds, Malik Titus (Upton) won his semifinal over Daquan Johnson (Sugar Ray). Titus will take on Stephon Morris (UMAR) who won his semifinal bout last Saturday.
Moving now to the Novice Division where there were some outstanding semifinal contests. At 152 Pounds, Sippriano Zeldon (Headbangers) won a great contest over Markee Stokes (UMAR). Zeldon will face David Bakker (Laurel) in the championship bout. Bakker walked over last Saturday.
In the 165 Pound semifinal, Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis) won an exciting bout over Rashad Kilpatrick (Keystone). Anderson will battle Stephaun Hobbs (The Answer) on April 4.
At 178 Pounds, Ambrose Anderson (Knowledge Boxing) won his semifinal bout over Davon Wheeler (NOMIS). Darryl Lane (Enigma) awaits Anderson in the final. Lane advanced last Saturday.
In the 201+ Pound semis, Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray) defeated his gym mate, Ralph Alexander to advance to the finals where he will face Jimmy Speros (Olympia), who advanced last Sunday.
The 141 Pound final will be an all-Laurel affair as both Dante Cox and Evgeni Metchenov won their semi final bouts over two UMAR boxers. Cox defeated Joshua Lee while Metchenov won by third-round stoppage over Dorian Bostic.
At 132 Pounds, Stephen Epps (Rosedale) defeated Stephen Blaylock (No Excuse) and will take on Donnell Poe (Old School) in the finals. Poe won by walkover.
In the 123 Pound division, D'Jon Brown (NOMIS) won his semifinal over Jaqueem Hutcherson (Keystone). Brown will take on Delonte Rawlings (Old School) in the final.
Also, Johnathan Surratt (D-Block) moved into the 201 Pound final by walkover and will face Alvin Amana (Lights Out) in the finals. Amana walked over last Saturday.
In the final Junior Division championship bout of the tournament, Keith Cooke (No Xcuse) won the 14-15, 114 Pound title with a win over Philbert Griffith (Sugar Ray Leonard).
We hope to have the complete bout sheet for the Washington Golden Gloves championships later this week. The winners from the Washington finals will advance to the regional championships which will be held on Saturday, April 25 also at Rosecroft.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
The night was a successful one for the Beltway Queens as all three added new hardware to their collections. In the main event, Ashburn, VA's Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson won a 10-round unanimous decision over Kita "Ready-Made" Watkins of Fort Worth, TX to win the Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Junior Middleweight title. Nelson dropped Watkins with a right hand in the second round.
Nelson won by scores of 100-89 across the board, meaning she has not lost a round in her last three contests -- a total of 24 rounds. Nelson raises her record to 14-0-3, one KO and has won her sixth title in her third weight division.
DC flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas put on a dominating performance en route to an eight-round TKO over Maria Suarez of Santa Maria, CA to win the UBF Flyweight title. Douglas had too much speed in her hands and feet for Suarez who just could not adjust. Douglas knocked down Suarez in the eighth and the bout was stopped shortly after that at 1:35 of the round.
Douglas is now 9-0, four KO's and has won her third title in her second weight class. Suarez is 9-2-1.
Also, "The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas of Manassas, VA captured the UBF Super Featherweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Angel "Non-Stop" Gladney of Columbia, SC. Salinas won by scores of 99-91 (twice) and 98-92 to defeat Gladney for the second time and win her second world title. Salinas is 16-3, four KO's while Gladney falls to 8-11-1, six KO's.
In other bouts on the card, Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson used solid body shots to win a second-round TKO over Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL by way of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Despite a 13-pound weight differential, Nicholson was precise and powerful as he dropped Perez twice during the contest with head and body shots on the way to the stoppage at 1:05 of the second. Nicholson is now 12-1, 12 KO's while Perez is 6-13, three KO's.
Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves won a six-round unanimous decision in a rematch against Lamont "Too Smooth" Capers of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. Reeves won for the second time against Capers by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55. Reeves is now 8-2-2, three KO's while Capers is 4-6.
Lightweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis of Catonsville, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over Hilario Medina of Longmont, CO. Davis used strong jabs to put off the awkward Medina. Davis is now 9-1, four KO's. Medina drops to 2-6.
Columbia, MD light heavyweight Kwame Ritter won a four-round unanimous decision over Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI. Ritter won by shutout (40-36) on all three cards to raise his record to 2-0, one KO. Martinez is now 2-8-1, two KO's.
The opening bout saw Devin Butcher of Baltimore stop David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Muskegon, MI at 52 seconds of the second round. Butcher dropped Rohn late in the first round before stopping him in the second. Butcher is 3-0, one KO while Rohn is 0-4-1.
Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show that contains interviews with Tyrieshia Douglas and Jennifer Salinas.
We also talked to Tori Nelson after her win.
Demond Nicholson and Joshua Davis talk to us in this interview.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Kwame Ritter wins a four-round unanimous decision over Santos Martinez. Ritter outboxed Martinez throughout the contest to get the win. Ritter is now 2-0, one KO. Martinez is now 2-8-1, two KO's.
We will go live at 9:15 ET with the rest of the card. Once again, go to the BATB app on Google or the BATB Spreaker page.
Devin Butcher gets his first pro knockout as he stops David Rohn at 52 seconds of the second round.
Butcher dropped Rohn late in the first round with a solid right hand. Rohn tried to fight back to start the second but met another right hand that dropped him for the final time.
Butcher is 3-0, one KO. Rohn is 0-4-1.
Next up, Kwame Ritter of Columbia, MD takes on Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI. Four rounds, light heavyweights.
Our first pro bout is getting ready to get started here at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD.
Devin Butcher of Baltimore (2-0) battles David Rohn (0-3-1) of Muskegon, MI in a four-round middleweight bout.
By the way, catch a wonderful interview with Devar Ferhadi, who was slated to be on the card, on the Spreaker app or Spreaker page.
Hi again everyone from the legendary Beltway Boxing location known as Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD for the Shawstyle Promotions/ Shabazz Brotherz card.
Should be a nice crowd filing in this evening that will begin with amateurs first.
We will blog most of the card here tonight. Juan Marshall on ProAm Fight Talk will also be blogging. I say most because we will go live and broadcast the three female title bouts on Spreaker.com. You can download tbe BATB App For Android. IOS users can go to the Spreaker link that is listed in the other links page.
We will be back here when the pros get underway.
Tori Nelson 147 vs. Kita Watkins 152 ½
Tyrieshia Douglas 110 ½ vs. Maria Suarez 110 ½
Jennifer Salinas 130 vs. Angel Gladney 130
Demond Nicholson 164 vs. Edgar Perez 175
Travis Reeves 193 vs. Lamont Capers 194
Joshua Davis 131 vs. Hilario Medina 128 ½
Devin Butcher 165 vs. David Rohn 165
Kwame Ritter 182 vs. Santos Martinez 184
Devar Ferhadi's bout with Rashad Jones has been scratched because Jones weighed in 23 pounds over the contracted weight for the bout. Promoters are trying to find a late replacement opponent.
We will blog from Martin's West and will have a live BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up show immediately following the card.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
(Photo by Graham Cullen, Frederick News-Post)
Very fascinating article from Joshua R. Smith of the Frederick (MD) News-Post about undefeated Frederick super middleweight Devar "The Warrior" Ferhadi.
Apparently, Ferhadi (4-0, three KO's), who will battle Rashad Jones of Selma, AL on Friday's card at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD, is here on a business trip of sorts. On Saturday, he will return to his native Kurdistan to continue medical school.
Here's the link to the very interesting article:
Mr. Hughes is one of the truly great men that I have had the pleasure to meet in this business!
Here's the link: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/46971/title-bout-how-eugene-thunder-hughes-and-his-boxing-gym