Sunday, September 21, 2014
Here are two special photos that I would like to share.
These are our version of the "Four Kings" -- the men who held their world titles at the same time in the mid-90's: From left to right:
Keith Holmes, William Joppy, Sharmba Mitchell and Mark Johnson.
This is a photo that I have always wanted to have. When I started covering the Beltway Boxing scene, Mitchell was becoming established as a well-known prospect in the sport.
However, the other three were just starting out as pro boxers and to see all four of them develop from the very beginning to become the outstanding boxers they were was a privilege and a time in my life that I will always cherish.
Another opportunity presented itself -- three of the four women who have won world titles in the BATB Era where also in attendance at last night's card.
From Left to Right: Lisa Foster Cohen, Tori Nelson and Isra Girgrah Wynn. Only Jennifer Salinas was missing.
Not too many boxing areas can claim four female world champions in its history, but again, the Beltway Boxing scene is very special and unique and I enjoyed watching these special ladies hold the banner of women's boxing high.
Again, for someone like me who has been covering this area as long as I have, this weekend was extremely memorable!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Coming off a year's layoff, undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox won a six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Garcia of Aguada, Puerto Rico at Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.
Fox won by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice) to raise his record to 13-0-1, four KO's. Garcia drops to 4-9-1, one KO.
Meanwhile, back here at the Convention Center, there has been a delay in starting the Corley-Attah contest. No one knows why.
Demond Nicholson stopped Dennis "Shark" Sharpe in the fourth round. Nicholson dropped Sharpe three times, twice with body shots in the fourth before the bout was stopped at 2:36.
Nicholson was incredibly accurate hitting Sharpe with every punch imaginable and eventually wearing Sharpe down.
Nicholson remains perfect at 10-0, 10 KO's while Sharpe falls to 17-13-4, four KO's.
Up next: two DC veterans go at it for a scheduled 10 rounds. DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley takes on Daniel "The Prophet" Attah.
Good action provided by the amateur portion of our card tonight at the Washington Convention Center.
Daron Williams of Benning Park won the featured contest, stopping Chris Glenn of Hagerstown with a vicious left hook to the body in the first round.
Williams's gym mate, Deonte Burts, won a decision over Brian Rodriguez of Down Under gym of Salisbury, MD.
Tyreek Williams of The Answer defeated Muhammad Robinson of Upton Gym.
Carlos Black from Champions Gym won over Lloyd Marshall of Interstate Connection.
Jalil Hackett of Enigma Boxing took a decision over Leon Jones of Overcomers Gym.
Cornell Hines from Woodland defeated Emmanuel Rodriguez of Down Under.
The opening bout saw Paul Jerry of X2 Rep defeat Hector Soto of Down Under.
The pro portion of the card should begin momentarily.
Hi again, everyone from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the GFS Entertainment Promotions card.
The promotion spared no expense as they are using the large ballroom on the third floor on the seventh street side of the center.
We are in the midst of the amateur portion of the card. There are seven scheduled amateur bouts.The pro side will start closer to 8:30 or 9 PM.
The final tally on the poll for the Henry Buchanan-Alexander Johnson bout had 69 percent saying Buchanan would win and 31 percent thought Johnson would be victorious. There were two who voted for the draw.
We will give the results of the amateurs before the pros kick off.
(photo courtesy of USA Boxing)
Congratulations to DC amateur flyweight Malik Jackson who won his first gold medal in international competition at the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament in Kielce, Poland today. Jackson is out of the Limelite Gym in DC.
We are still trying to get details on how Jackson won and who his opponent was.
In other amateur news, we told you that Tiara Brown of DC was a member of the Elite Women's USA team that will be competing in the Women's Continental Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico beginning on Wednesday, September 24. We also know that one of the coaches of the US squad is DC's own Patrice "Boogie" Harris from the Headbangers gym.
Hurd was scheduled to face Damon Antoine of Akron, Ohio in a six-round encounter this evening. Hurd's camp posted this statement:
"GFS Entertainment has decided to pull Swift Jarrett Hurd bout off tonight's show at the DC Convention Center for reasons unknown. A bout was made last night with agreements from both camps and DC commissioner, weight was made and agreement was settled. Unfortunately, I don't think GFS realize that as many people that were planning on attending to see Swift Hurd fight, it would have paid for both purses and than some. Sorry for the confusion and to those that have already purchased tickets but we were professionals and held our side of the business!"
The pro-am event begins at 5 PM with the amateur portion followed by the pros.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
A number of local dignitaries including former DC Mayor Marion Barry, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, current DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chair Scottie Irving and former commission chair Cora Masters Barry all honored the past boxing champions as the "DMV Honors" weekend that will culminate in the GFS Entertainment Promotions card on Saturday, September 20 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
And the boxers were the real stars of the evening. Here's who was in attendance:
Three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy
Two-time WBA Junior Welterweight champion "Little Big Man" Sharmba Mitchell
Two-time WBC Middleweight champion Keith Holmes
Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion who will be fighting on Saturday's card, DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley
Former women's world champion Lisa "Too Fierce" Foster Cohen
DC-born former undisputed world middleweight champion Ronald "Winky" Wright
Former NABF Welterweight titleholder Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley
Former USBA and NABF Junior Welterweight champ Darryll "Terrible T" Tyson
Former USBA Welterweight champ Teddy "Two-Gun" Reid
Former WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight champ Jamal "The Bodysnatcher" Hinton
Maryland State Welterweight champ Curtis "Dynamite" Peoples
Former heavyweight contender Melvin "Top Gun" Foster
Former middleweight contender Percy "No Mercy" Harris
Virginia State Junior Welterweight champ Anthony "Da Beast" Suggs
Former welterweight contender "Dangerous D" Darryl Lattimore
On a personal note: This was the first time in a long while that I had a chance to see all of those boxers in one setting. I can't
accurately describe to you the flood of memories coming from chronicling all of their exploits at one time or another. With my TV shows like Friday Night At The Fieldhouse and Boxing Spotlight, I had the honor of calling many of these competitors's bout and many were legendary.
Speaking of legendary, two other, more current boxers were in attendance tonight and introduced to the crowd -- Tony Jeter and Jimmy Lange. They were there to talk about something that may add to the historic legacy of Beltway Boxing. That info comes in our next post.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Back on March 22, Thompson (39-5, 26 KO's) won a 12-round split decision over Solis (20-2, 13 KO's) for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title in Tekirdag, Turkey The rematch will be for another regional WBC title.
Thompson has had one bout since the first encounter with Solis, losing a 12-round unanimous decision to Carlos Takam on June 6 in France. Solis has not fought since the Thompson bout.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Fox (12-0-1, four KO's) battles for the first time in 2014 and will mark his first appearance as a DiBella Promotions signee with this bout. Fox last fought in September of 2013 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Zain Shah. Garcia (4-8, one KO) broke a five-bout losing streak by winning a six-round split decision over Robert Sockwell on June 20 in Scranton, PA.
There has been a change in "Swift" Jarrett Hurd's opponent for September 20th at the Washington Convention Center in DC. Hurd (12-0, seven KO's) will now take on Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, RI in a six-round encounter. Soto replaces Greensboro, NC's Steven Matthews.
Soto (12-8, four KO's) has lost eight straight after winning his first 12 and has been knocked out his last four contests.
Both opponents for the Beltway Boxers have another common local opponent -- Dusty Hernandez Harrison. Garcia lost a six-round unanimous decision to Harrison on April 12, 2013 in Dover, DE. On May 18, 2013, Harrison stopped Soto in the fifth round at the University of the District of Columbia.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Harrison was slated to battle Victor "Hurricane Munoz of Albuquerque, NM for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title in the main event of the card. Harrison's advisor, Jeff Fried tells BATB that an official decision on the bout will not be made before Friday, when Harrison is scheduled to have a doctor look at the ankle.
"Top priority is always Dusty's health and well being and we will know more tomorrow once we get together and receive medical guidance and see how Dusty is feeling," said Fried. "We will then make a collective decision on what is best."
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Reigning 114-pound national champion Malik Jackson of DC will be a member of the Men's Elite US Boxing team when they travel to Kielce, Poland for the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament September 15-20. Teams from Europe, Asia and North America will participate.
On the women's side, current 125-pound world champion Tiara Brown of DC by way of Fort Myers, FL will join the US Women's team as they head to Guadalajara, Mexico for the 2014 Women's Continental Championships from September 23-28. The US will face squads from North, Central and South America.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Right now, there are six bouts on the pro side of the card with four including Beltway Boxers. We've already talked about (and you have been voting on) the eight-round light heavyweight matchup between Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan and Alexander "The Great" Johnson.
There is another all-Beltway battle -- this one between two DC veterans who, amazingly in their 18-year careers, have never fought each other. Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley will take on former world title contender Daniel "The Prophet" Attah in a 10-round lightweight battle.
Corley (41-22-1, 25 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Dedrick Bell on August 22 in Tampa, FL. Attah (28-18-1, 11 KO's) last fought on the Lamont Peterson-Dierry Jean card on January 25 at the DC Armory and dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to undefeated Robert Easter. However, Attah was the first man to take Easter the distance in a bout.
Also on the card, undefeated Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson will risk his perfect record against veteran Dennis Sharpe of Bayonne, NJ in a six-round contest.
Nicholson (9-0, nine KO's) ventured past the second round for the first time in his career and past the first round for the first time in eight bouts when he scored a fourth-round stoppage of Taneal Goyco on August 23 in Baltimore, MD. Sharpe (17-12-4, four KO's) has fought some quality opponents in his 14-year career including, Pawel Wolak, Andy Lee, James McGirt, Jr., James Kirkland and Ronald Hearns.
Just added to the card is undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd who will battle fellow undefeated boxer Steven Matthews of Greensboro, NC in a six-round contest. Hurd (12-0, seven KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO of Joshua Robertson on June 13 in Fort Washington, MD. Matthews (4-0, two KO's) has scored back-to-back first-round knockouts in his last two contests. This will be the first time going six rounds for Matthews and the first time competing away from his hometown.
As mentioned before, the two featured bouts include notable names Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy of St Petersburg, FL and Hector "Machito" Camacho, Jr. of Orlando, FL. Former world champion Lacy (26-5, 18 KO's) will take on Rayco "War" Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA (23-24-2, 10 KO's) while Camacho (58-6-1, 32 KO's) faces "Dangerous" Ryan Davis of East St. Louis, IL (24-14-3, nine KO's). Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.
The event is named after the longest-tenured chair of the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission, Dr. McKnight, who was chair of the commission from 1993 until his passing in August of 2007.
Admission is free. If you are an athlete planning to participate in the event, the weigh-in is at 9 AM.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Taylor had a solid first half of the bout as he pressured Broner against the ropes and landed solid body shots and at times, beat the speedy former three-time world champion to the punch.
The second half of the contest proved to be more difficult for Taylor as Broner stepped up his game and found his distance, keeping Taylor at bay with long right jabs. Taylor wouldn't wilt, though and stayed in the pocket throughout. Broner was cut above the right eye, the first time he has ever received a cut in a pro contest.
In the final round, however, Taylor was tagged by a Broner left uppercut and dropped to the canvas with approximately 20 seconds to go in the round. The knockout wasn't the difference in the contest, according to the scorecards (115-112, 116-111, 116-111) as the judges gave most of the final rounds to Broner.
Taylor put on an outstanding performance in an opponent's hometown and he has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
Taylor's record drops to 18-3, 12 KO's while Broner is now 29-1, 22 KO's.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Roach won by scores of 39-37 (twice) with one judge seeing a draw at 38-38. Roach remains undefeated at 3-0, one KO while Espinoza's record drops to 4-9.
Later tonight, the main event between Emanuel Taylor and Adrien Broner. That will be on Showtime.
No word on the new date for the card. Ticket buyers may receive a full refund for their tickets at the point of purchase.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Taylor tipped the scales at 138 1/2 pounds for his 12-round junior welterweight contest against former three-time champion Adrien Broner. Broner weighed in at the junior welterweight limit of 140.
Also, Roach and his opponent Rocco Espinoza, both weighed in at 131 1/2 for their four-round contest on the undercard.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
This will be a 1 PM game and will come a little more than 24 hours before Harrison is to step into the ring at Constitution Hall on Saturday, September 27.
(Photo courtesy of Showtime/Golden Boy Promotions)
Things got a little testy between Emanuel Taylor and Adrien Broner during their final press conference today in Cincinnati before their contest Saturday at US Bank Arena.
Broner even put his hands around Taylor's throat while playing to the media in attendance.
Both men made final quotes.
Emanuel Taylor: “This fight can change my life. That’s how important it is. For the record, Broner – you’re not knocking me out. I’m not going to let a 135-pound fighter who’s been fighting midgets his whole career knock me out. It’s not happening. You say you’re going to knock me out? Don’t get tired trying to knock me out because that’s your (expletive). I’m not going to let anyone disrespect me. He’s all talk. I don’t really do much talking, but I have to stand up for myself and go back at him. I’m going to do what I have to do. He was saying, ‘I’m going to beat your (expletive), I’m going to beat your (expletive).’ Let me see it. Do it. This happens in boxing. Fighters get heated, words get exchanged. I’m definitely motivated to knock him out. He’s a slouch. I’m going to get in there and give him an (expletive) whooping. I’m going to do this in his hometown of Cincinnati. You’ll see.”
Adrien Broner: “I really don’t know how to say it. I could say it in English, I could say it in Bronish – I’m just going to kick your (expletive). You know you’re not going to win. He’s not coming to win; he’s just coming to not get stopped. I’m going to stop this guy. He’s shaking right now. He already knows what’s up.
“This isn’t a joke. There should be three winners on Saturday: two ABs (Adrien Broner and Andre Berto) and then my next opponent, Lucas Matthysse. That’s what’s happening. He knows what he’s in for. Everybody knows what they’re in for when they fight a guy like me. But, at the end of the day, I’m going to be victorious. He didn’t get under my skin, but he invaded my space. I’m a man and you have to respect me. I’ve been motivated to knock him out since this fight was announced. I’m at home, this is my homecoming. This is what I do at home.”
The 12-round contest will be the main event of the Showtime tripleheader that begins at 9:30 PM ET.
(Photo by Juan Marshall)
Undefeated Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. has signed a promotional contract with GH3 Promotions of Nutley, NJ.
Dezurn (4-0, three KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO over Andre Canada on July 25 in Verona, NY. GH3's president, Vito Mielnicki is very impressed with his new signee.
"Glenn is a very good prospect," Mielnicki said in a press release. "It is rare to find a kid like him in the lower weights on the east coast. He has a good pedigree and he can punch. We are really excited to watch him progress into a championship caliber fighter."
Dezurn joins fellow Beltway Boxers Antoine Douglas and Jerry Odom in the GH3 camp. Dezurn is tentatively slated to be on the Keystone Boxing card on Friday, September 12 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Dezurn will join Douglas and Odom on a GH3 Promotions card in Somerset, NJ on Friday, October 24.
Saturday, September 27 is turning out to be a huge boxing day in the Beltway region. We've already talked about the two cards in the area -- at Constitution Hall in DC and at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.
September 27 is also the weekend of the Congressional Black Caucus and as part of that weekend, there will be a special Sports Symposium that will be held at the Washington Convention Center, West Salon, Room G that will begin at 11 AM. The symposium will look at life "Beyond The Ring" and will focus on topics like education, health and wellness and bullying.
The host of the symposium will be former WBA Junior Welterweight champion "Little Big Man" Sharmba Mitchell. Joining Mitchell on the panel are fellow world champions Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson and Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway along with fellow Beltway legends Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley and Anthony "Da Beast" Suggs.
This is a free event and youth groups are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 301-821-0410.
Monday, September 01, 2014
(Photos courtesy of Team Reed and Ross Molovinsky)
Undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed threw out the first pitch at Sunday's Bowie Baysox baseball game at Prince George's Stadium.
Reed, who is promoted by Top Rank Promotions, used the opportunity to promote his October 4th bout at Bally's in Atlantic City. No word yet on who Reed's opponent will be.
"Thank you to the Baysox for inviting me to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and for helping promote my upcoming fight on October 4 in Atlantic City" Reed said in a statement. "It was a great experience, and it was great meeting the players, staff, and all the fans at the game. I'm looking forward to returning next season. I am also happy to say that my pitch was thrown accurately, and over the plate!"
Reed also signed autographs during the game in which the Baysox came from behind to defeat the Altoona Curve, 8-7.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Roach, Jr. (2-0, one KO) will take on Rocco Espinosa of Las Vegas, NV (4-8) in a four-round contest. Roach is coming off a first-round stoppage of Miguel Antonio Rodriguez on June 5 in Boston, MA. Rodriguez dislocated his shoulder in the contest.
Espinosa dropped a four-round split decision to undefeated Santiago Guevara on January 24 in Indio, CA. Espinosa will be facing an undefeated boxer for the third straight time as he tries to break a three-bout losing streak.
Junior middleweight Malik Hawkins will appear on the card on what is slated to be his amateur swan song. Also scheduled to appear is multi-time junior national champion Lorenzo Simpson as well as Sharif Rahman, youngest son of former undisputed heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.
General admission tickets are $20. You can also buy tables for $300. For more information, call 410-428-5998.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Undefeated WIBA Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA will make the fourth defense of her title when she faces Australian Arlene Blencowe in a 10-round contest at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.
Nelson (10-0-3, one KO) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Nicole Woods on June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore,MD.
Despite having just four pro bouts, Blencowe (2-2) has held the WIBA Junior Welterweight title and the WBF Welterweight crown. Blencowe lost her last outing -- an eight-round unanimous decision to Sabrina Ostowari on February 14 in Queensland, Australia.
On the same night at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will face veteran Hector "Hurricane" Munoz of Albuquerque, NM in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Harrison (23-0, 12 KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Wilfredo Acuna on June 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Munoz (23-13-1, 15 KO's) has faced some top-flight competition in his 12-year career including, Shawn Porter, Mike Jones, Jermall Charlo, Danny O'Connor and Hector Camacho, Jr. Munoz scored a first-round knockout over winless Fidel Zazueta on June 14 in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico.
We will give you details on the undercards for both bouts as soon as we get the information.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Reed (10-0, six KO's) will be on the mound before the game begins at 2:05 PM. Reed is slated to be back in the boxing ring on Saturday, October 4 when he returns to Bally's Atlantic City in New Jersey.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Some of you may have seen the above picture from Adrian Broner's Instagram feed with Broner standing nose-to-nose with IBF Junior Welterweight champion, DC's own Lamont Peterson.
The caption underneath read that Broner was going to face Peterson in his next bout on October 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. This would mean that Broner would back out of his September 6 contest with Emanuel Taylor in Broner's hometown of Cincinnati, OH.
If it were actually true. Broner played an August Fool joke that very briefly unsettled folks around the boxing world. The Peterson camp got a lot of calls concerning this situation. I can assure you this bout will not happen. Broner and his camp has, actually, been training with Peterson at the Headbangers gym in DC for the last two months in preparation for the bout with Taylor, which is still on.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox has signed a promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing.
Fox (12-0-1, four KO's) impressed his new promoters back in September of 2012 when he fought another DiBella/New Legend prospect, Frank Galarza, to an eight-round draw in Queens, NY.
"Fox is an undefeated, super high quality junior middleweight," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "We feel that Galarza is one of the best 154lb. fighters in the world and Fox gave him his toughest fight. We believe that, along with Galarza, he too can be a force on the championship level in the competitive 154lb. division."
"I am excited about the signing of our new prospect, Alantez Fox," said Felipe Gomez, of New Legend Boxing. "I saw him for the first time in 2012 when he fought Galarza on one of my New Legend shows. Watching him fight, I really had a lot of interest in him. With his height, reach and boxing skill, Fox is going to be a huge threat in the junior middleweight division."
Fox has not fought since his six-round unanimous decision
over Zain Shah in September of 2013 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Fox is scheduled to return to Rosecroft on September 12 in a six-round contest.
From left to right: former world title contender Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley, promoter and cruiserweight contender Venroy "Hardwork" July, former IBF Junior Middleweight champion Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway, three-time world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, former IBF Cruiserweight champion and current USBA heavyweight champ Steve "U.S.S. Cunningham of Philadelphia, former three-time WBA Middleweight champ William Joppy, former two-time WBA Junior Welterweight champ "Little Big Man" Sharmba Mitchell and current IBF Junior Welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson. (not in the picture but in attendance was WIBA Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson)
For the first time in his young career, Nicholson was taken past the first and second rounds. Nicholson stopped his previous seven opponents in the first. However, Nicholson kept his overall stoppage streak alive by scoring a TKO over a very tough Taneal Goyco of Philadelphia, PA at the end of the fourth round.
The stoppage came with a bit of controversy. Late in the fourth, Nicholson dropped Goyco with a quick right hand. Goyco tried to get up twice and fell before getting up to beat the count.
As the bell sounded to end the round, Goyco walked unsteadily to his corner, which happened to be where the ringside doctors were sitting. Chief Physician Dr. John Stiller took a look at Goyco on his stool and immediately told referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout. The Goyco corner was furious but Stiller was very adamant about his decision.
Nicholson remains perfect at 9-0, nine KO's. Goyco is now 6-8-1, three KO's.
The co-feature saw Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves dominate Bryan "Wildman" Donahue of Philadelphia en route to a six-round unanimous decision.
Reeves hit Donahue with every punch seemingly possible. However, Donahue showed his toughness by urgent Reeves to hit him more. Reeves won by shutout on all three cards, 60-54 to raise his record to 6-2-2, two KO's while Donahue falls to 3-10-2.
Once again, the reason why results are a little late is because we were trying to do audio podcasts of each contest. Unfortunately, none of the bouts came completely in (we lost the Kornegay-Pugh bout completely). If you would like to hear the portions of each bout that survived, you can go to this link: http://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway
The good news is that the Post-Fight Wrap-Up show is completely intact and noted Philadelphia writer George Hanson, Jr. joins me to recap this card.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
We're doing something a little different tonight here at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore. I am recording podcasts on Spreaker.com of tonight's bouts. Joining me for commentary on the podcast is legendary Philadelphia writer George Hanson, Jr.
If you don't want to know the results, stop reading now.
Edwin "El Matador" Reyes
won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga. Reyes's corner, led by legendary Adrian Davis, won this bout for him. Reyes moved from side to side and allowed Olinga to come forward. Reyes was more aggressive the rest of the way and that gave him the edge. Reyes won by scores of 39-37 (twice). One judge had it even.
Reyes goes the distance for the first time and is now 4-0, three KO's. Olinga is now 1-8.
Mario "Bazooka" Flores used a crushing shot to the solar plexus to stop Devon Mosley at 58 seconds of the first.
Baltimore heavyweights Lonnie Kornegay and Alando Pugh fought to a four-round majority draw.
Taylor (18-7-1, eight KO's) will be looking to break a three-bout losing streak that took place against opponents with a combined won-loss record of 49-3. Taylor was stopped in all three contests. Jimenez (14-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Lester Gonzalez on April 18 in Hammond, IN.
Taylor weighed 184 pounds while Jimenez came in at 176 pounds.
DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly suffered his first pro loss as he dropped a six-round unanimous decision to late sub Avery Gibson of Los Angeles at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. According to reports, Kelly was simply outworked for the duration of the bout and lost by scores of 60-53, 59-54 and 57-56.
Kelly's record is now 6-1-1, five KO's while Gibson rises to 4-6-2, one KO.
DC middleweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin did indeed appear on this card and made short work of the debuting Taif Harris of Palmdale, CA dropping him two times en route to a first-round stoppage at 1:57. Martin is now 2-0-1, two KO's.
Meanwhile at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL, former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley captured the vacant WBF (World Boxing Federation) North American Junior Welterweight title with a second-round TKO over late sub Dedrick Bell of Memphis, TN. Bell replaced David Rodela in the bout. Corley is now 41-22-1, 25 KO's while Bell dropped to 12-20-1, seven KO's.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Demond Nicholson 162 1/2 vs. Taneal Goyco 163
Travis Reeves 191 vs. Brian Donahue 192
Edwin Reyes 139 vs. Benjamin Olinga 139 1/2
Mario Flores 203 vs. Devin Mosley 201
Alando Pugh 222 vs. Lonnie Kornegay 270 1/2
Kelly's opponent has changed. Avery Gibson of California (3-4-1, two KO's) will replace Javier Torres in this bout. Gibson has lost two straight -- he weighed in at 245 pounds. Kelly's original bout was slated to make tonight's ESPN2 telecast. No word yet on whether this bout will be shown.
Kareem Martin was slated to be on the card but, according to reports, his bout has been scratched.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Crews will face a familiar foe in 2012 Canadian Olympian and three-time world champion Mary Spencer in a middleweight contest. Crews defeated Spencer in March of this year at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
In fact, Team USA, which also features the likes of Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza and Olympian Queen Underwood, won six of nine contests during the first meeting of the two countries in March.
The weigh-in for the event will be at 3 PM and the card gets underway at 6 PM.
There will be a lot of amateur action in the area over the next few weeks. On Saturday, August 23, there is the card at the Laurel Ice House followed by the Cease Fire event on August 30 in Northwest DC. There will also be two events in the first two weeks of September as well.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The event is the Cease Fire Don't Smoke the Brothers and Sisters amateur boxing event and cookout that will take place on Saturday, August 30 at the Upshur Recreation Center located at 14th and Arkansas Avenue in Northwest DC. Universal Madness and the UMAR Learning Center in DC are also sponsors of the event.
The cookout will begin at noon and last until 8:30 PM. The food is free and there will also be free medical screenings. The boxing will commence at 3 PM.
As in previous years, the event also calls for a six-month moratorium to stop the killings in the city. For more information, call 202-210-1960.