Friday, March 27, 2015

Russell, Sigmon Hit Scales in Las Vegas!

Gary Russell and Scott Sigmon weighed in for their bouts Saturday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.


(Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime)

Russell tipped the scales at 126 pounds for his 12-round challenge for the WBC Featherweight championship held by Jhonny Gonzalez who weighed in at 125 pounds.

Sigmon came in at 164 1/2 pounds while his opponent in his eight-round contest, J'Leon Love, tipped the scales at 168 pounds, three pounds over the contracted weight.  The bout will go on as scheduled.

The Showtime broadcast that will feature Gonzalez vs. Russell will begin at 10 PM ET.  Apparently, there will be no Showtime Extreme coverage of this card so Sigmon's contest will not be shown on television.

Complete Lineup From Springfield!

Here is the complete lineup for the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, March 28 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA (weights now included)

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

'Big Ticket' McRae Battles Undefeated Martin For NABO Heavyweight Title April 25 at MSG!


(Photo by Juan Marshall)

Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae will be looking to cash the biggest ticket in his pro career to date when he challenges undefeated Charles Martin of Carson, CA by way of St. Louis, MO for Martin's NABO Heavyweight title on Saturday, April 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The bout will be on the undercard of the Vladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings heavyweight championship contest.

McRae (15-3, eight KO's) is undefeated in his six contests (5-0, one no contest) and is coming off a six-round majority decision over Grover Young on November 1 in Washington, DC.

“This is a great opportunity for my career,” said McRae in a press release. “In my eyes, I’m also undefeated since both of my decision losses were controversial and the other fight was stopped unjustly, so my position really should be similar to his.”

However, Martin (20-0-1, 18 KO's) will be by far the most accomplished foe McRae has faced in his pro career.  Martin has held the NABO title since April 16, 2014 when he stopped Alexander Flores in the fourth round in Santa Monica, CA.  Martin will be making the third defense of his title after knockout wins over Raphael Zumbano Love and Kersten Manswell.  Martin also has stoppage wins over Tyyab Beale and Joey Dawejko. 

Martin is ranked number four by the WBO and number six by the IBF.  However, McRae seems unimpressed.

“He’s a decent fighter but I didn’t see anything spectacular. I know what I can do in there and that’s far more important than officially having a 0 at the end of my record. When two fighters get in the ring regardless of who is supposed to be the next great fighter or not, anything can happen and this is my time to show everybody what I’m truly made of!”

This bout could make the international telecast on April 25.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Quarles, Kisner, Breedy Added To Saturday's Card in Springfield!

A number of Beltway Boxers have been added to the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, March 28 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

"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

Jackson-Benson, Hurd, Grayton, Aleem Appear on Card In Valley Forge, PA April 18!

A strong contingent of Beltway Boxers will travel to the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, PA for some very interesting contests on Saturday, April 18.

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

Results From Washington Golden Gloves Semifinals!

Another packed house at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD saw a talented group of boxers advance from the semifinals on Saturday night into the Washington Golden Gloves Championships on Saturday, April 4 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

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

Recap From Woodlawn!

Here's a quick recap from the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Promotions card that took place in front of a standing room only, turn away crowd at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD:

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

Ritter Captures Unanimous Decision!

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.

Butcher Stops Rohn In Two!

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.

Pros Getting Ready To Enter The Ring!

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.

Good Evening From Martin's West!

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.

Weights From Woodlawn!

Here is the scale watch for the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brotherz Promotions card at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD:

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

Frederick News-Post Profiles Devar Ferhadi!


(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:

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sports/pro-boxer-devar-ferhadi-is-all-business/article_7ba8278d-95a8-5dd5-bf2e-c1c8ce57fbe6.html

Legendary Beltway Coach 'Thunder' Hughes Profiled in City Paper!

The Washington City Paper has a wonderful article on one of the true legends of the Beltway Boxing community -- Eugene "Thunder" Hughes.  Writer Chris Opfer details how Mr. Hughes has managed to keep his Midtown Youth Academy operating despite the many years of change along the 14th Street corridor of Northwest DC.

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

'Cujo' Sigmon Added to Gonzalez-Russell Undercard; Johnson, Pettway, Harrison Appear at Amateur Card in Glen Burnie!

Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon will face Mayweather Promotions prospect J'Leon Love of Dearborn Heights, MI in an eight-round contest on Saturday, March 28 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.  The bout will be on the undercard of the WBC Featherweight title bout between champion Jhonny Gonzalez and challenger Gary Russell, Jr.

Sigmon (24-6-1, 13 KO's) is coming off an eight-round TKO loss to Caleb Truax on November 1 in Chicago, IL.  Love (18-1, 10 KO's) returns to the venue where he suffered his first pro loss -- a third-round knockout to Rogelio Medina on August 30.

There is a possibility that the bout may appear on the Showtime Extreme telecast that will precede the Gonzalez-Russell main event that will be on Showtime.

We told you about the amateur boxing card that will take place on Friday, March 27 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.  Now comes word that some noted local boxing luminaries will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.

International Boxing Hall of Famer and three-time world champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, former IBF Junior Middleweight champion Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway and undefeated welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will be on hand to chat with VIP ticketholders as well as sign autographs and take photos.  Joining these celebrities will be former five-time world champion Vinny Paz.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bout Sheet For Washington Golden Gloves Semifinals!

Here is the bout sheet for the final day of the Washington Golden Gloves semifinals at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD:


Junior Division: 

14-15, 114 Pounds (Championship): Keith Cooke (No Xcuse) vs. Philbert Griffith (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Unopposed Champion: 

15, 112 Pounds: Candice Carter (Upton)


Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Jaqueem Hutcherson  (No Xcuse) vs. D'Jon Brown (NOMIS)

132 Pounds: Stephen Epps (Rosedale) vs. Stephen Blaylock (No Xcuse)

132 Pounds: Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Donnell Poe (Old School)

141 Pounds: Joshua Lee (UMAR) vs. Dante Cox (Laurel)

141 Pounds: Dorian Bostic (UMAR) vs. Evgueny Metchenov (Laurel)

152 Pounds: Sippriano Zeldon (Headbangers) vs. Markee Stokes (UMAR)

165 Pounds: Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis) vs. Rashad Kilpatrick (Keystone)

178 Pounds: Ambrose Anderson (Knowledge) vs. Davon Wheeler (NOMIS)

201 Pounds: Johnathan Surratt (D-Block) vs. Jordan Scott (Sugar Ray)

201+ Pounds: Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray) vs. Ralph Alexander (Sugar Ray)


Open Division:

114 Pounds:  Jordan White (Pound for Pound) vs. Duglas Soto (Down Under)

123 Pounds:  Marcus Wright (Unattached) vs. Christopher Glenn (Hagerstown)

123 Pounds:  Hector Soto (Down Under) vs. Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future)

132 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams (The Answer) vs. Mack Allison IV (Upton)

132 Pounds:  Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Rayvon Drayton (Pound For Pound)

141 Pounds:  Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) vs. Sammie Smith (Headbangers)

141 Pounds: Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Jahmal Dyer
(Loch Raven)

152 Pounds: Nigel Fennell (Down Under) vs. Shynggskhan Tazhibay (Headbangers)

165 Pounds:  Jordan Payne (Woodland) vs. Tavon Body (Headbangers)

165 Pounds: Jerome Featherstone (Unattached) vs. Jason Bell (No Xcuse)

201 Pounds: Malik Titus (Upton) vs. Daquan Johnson (Sugar Ray Leonard)

The bouts get underway at 7:30 PM.

Washington Times Column Analyzes Importance of Super Fight to Local Boxing!

The March 15 Washington Times ran a Thom Loverro column concerning the importance of the Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao mega fight to boxing in the Beltway region.  It's an interesting column in which yours truly is quoted.

Here's the link to the article:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/15/loverro-though-locals-bristle-megafight-has-boxing/

Results From This Weekend's Washington Golden Gloves!

Here are the results from this weekend's action at the Washington Golden Gloves at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD:

Saturday:

Novice Division:

132 Pounds: Stephen Epps (Rosedale) over Joshua Woodard (Headbangers)

141 Pounds: Joshua Lee (UMAR) over Eric Middleton (NOMIS)

178 Pounds: Darryl Lane (Enigma) over Leonard Poe (Hillcrest)

Winners by Walkover:

123 Pounds: Delonte Rawlings (Old School) 

132 Pounds:  Donnell Poe (Old School)

152 Pounds:  David Bakker (Laurel)

165 Pounds:  Stephaun Hobbs (The Answer)

201 Pounds:  Alvin Amana (Lights Out)


Open Division:  

123 Pounds: Marcus Wright (Unattached) over Cesar Rojas (Sugar Ray Leonard)

132 Pounds:  Mack Allison IV (Upton) over James Early (Woodland)

141 Pounds:  Sammie Smith (Headbangers) over Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds:  Bryan Alevar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Montell Pridgett (UMAR)

152 Pounds: Shynggskhan Tazhibay (Headbangers) over Kevin Ottley (Mack Lewis)

165 Pounds: Jerome Featherstone (Unattached) over Mark Duncan (Headbangers)

165 Pounds:  Tavon Body (Headbangers) over Gregory Clark (NOMIS)

Winners by Walkover:

123 Pounds: Christopher Glenn (Hagerstown)

141 Pounds:  Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma)

165 Pounds:  Jordan Payne (Woodland)


Here are the results from Sunday's action:

Junior Division:

13, 112 Pounds (Championship):  Stacey Selby (No Xcuse) over Kyren Harrison (Keystone)

13-14, 120 Pounds (Championship): Donte Baytop (UMAR) over Edwin Angel Ramirez (The Answer)

15, 125 Pounds (Championship): Criss Dzringa (Mobtown) over Devon Smith (Diamonds N Da Ruff)

16, 123 Pounds (Championship): Nyles Mason (Dream Team) by DQ over Samuel Allen (Loch Raven)

15, 139 Pounds (Championship): Siete Shuler (No Xcuse) over Chayce Jawers (Loch Raven)

14-15, 139 Pounds Female (Championship):  Zoria Curry (UMAR) over Moniya Walker (NOMIS)

Unopposed Champions:

8, 70 Pounds: Jelani Hill (No Xcuse)

10, 72 Pounds: Benjamin Johnson (Cherry Lane)

11, 85 Pounds: Erick Acosta (Main Street)

14-15, 95 Pounds: Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)

13-14, 106 Pounds: Charmar Flowers (Unattached)

15, 106 Pounds (Female): Jasmine Garland (UMAR)

15, 119 Pounds (Female): Amiyah Moore (NOMIS)

15-16, 118 Pounds: Jordan Hunter (Keystone)

14, 115 Pounds: Marquis Ballon (Rosedale)

15, 132 Pounds: Ameer Brown (The Answer)

13-14, 147 Pounds: Michael Tymas (No Xcuse)

13-14, 150 Pounds: Derrick Brown, Jr. (Mobtown)

14, 155 Pounds (Female): Asya Brown (The Answer)

Winner By Walkover:  

14-15, 114 Pounds: Philbert Griffith (Sugar Ray Leonard)


Novice Division: 

114 Pounds:  Elliott Strickland (Lights Out) over Melad Attsshy (Baltimore Boxing)

141 Pounds:  Evgueny Metchenov (Laurel) over Luis Castellanos (Old School)

201+ Pounds: Jimmy Speros (Olympia) RSC-3 over Jeff Ansah (Keystone)

Unopposed Champion:

143 Pounds (Female): Destiny Day-Owens (Loch Raven)


Open Division:

141 Pounds: Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under) over Jahmal Dyer (Loch Raven)

201 Pounds: Stephon Morris (UMAR) over Timothy Lee (Enigma)

Winners By Walkover:

123 Pounds: Hector Soto (Down Under)

132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray)

152 Pounds: Nigel Fennell (Down Under)

165 Pounds: Jason Bell (No Xcuse)

178 Pounds:  Justin Bell (No Xcuse)

The semi-finals continue on Saturday, March 21 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center beginning at 7:30.  We will post the bout sheet sometime on Monday.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Post-Fight From The Sphinx Club In DC!

Here's the Post-Fight Wrap-Up from the Keystone Boxing card at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC.  Juan Marshall and I recap the card and talk to Marq "Monster" Johns and Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed who won bouts on the card.  To hear the calls of some of the bouts on the card, download the BATB Google App.

Reed, Johns, Harris Score Knockout Wins!

We tried some live broadcasts of the remaining bouts on the card so we could not blog like we did earlier.  You can hear the broadcasts on the Google App.

Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed maintained his undefeated record with a second-round stoppage of Edgar Soto.   Reed dropped Soto twice in the first round then sent Soto to his knees with a minute to go in the second round before the bout was stopped at 2:10.

Reed is now 13-0, seven KO's while Soto falls to 12-8, four KO's.

In the co-feature, Marq "Monster" Johns of Fort Washington, MD stopped Bryan Perez-Navarez of Carolina, Puerto Rico in the third round.   

Johns knocked Perez-Navarez four times -- twice in the first and twice in the third before Perez-Navarez was knocked out at 2:01 of the third.  Johns is now 6-0, five KO's while Perez-Navarez drops to 2-2, one KO,

Also, Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick Harris scored a second-round knockout over Carlos Acevedo of Aguadilla, PR.  Harris threw a vicious series of body shots to gain the victory at 36 seconds of the second round.  Harris is now 5-0, four KO's while Acevedo is 0-3.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Gaines Wins Four-Round Unanimous Decision!

In his best outing to date, Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines captured a four-round unanimous decision over Marquise Pierce.

Gaines repeatedly found a home with his left hand using jabs, hooks and body shots.  Gaines would go on to a win with scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice). 

Gaines is now 6-2, one KO while Pierce is 1-5.

Fox Hammers DeLeon In One!

Easy work for Myke Fox as he stops Thomas DeLeon at 1:51 of the first round.

DeLeon had no shot as Fox hammered him with great body shots until the bout was stopped.  

Fox is now 6-0, KO's while DeLeon is 0-2.

Sadikaj Scores Second-Round TKO!

Albi Sadikaj has scored a second-round TKO over the debuting Jose Alexis Rivera.  

Sadikaj battered Rivera in the second round with some solid right hands, eventually getting the win at 1:42. 

Sadikaj is now 3-0, three KO's.  Rivera makes his pro debut. 

Myke Fox is next against Thomad DeLeon.

Marin Wins Unanimous Decision!

Alexandru Marin has won a six-round unanimous decision over an awkward and game Arturo Santiago.

Marin had a tough time landing clean shots but Santiago was in defensive mode throughout the bout.  Marin was definitely the more offensive-minded boxer.

Marin is now 6-0, four KO's as he goes the six-round distance for the first time.  Santiago is now 7-11, one KO.

Next: The return of "The Golden Goat" Albi Sadikaj as he takes on the debuting Jose Alexis Rivera.   Four rounds, cruiserweights.

Warden Wins Pro Debut With Second-Round TKO!

Chris Warden won his pro debut with a second-round TKO over Marshawn Hughes, who was making a transition from MMA.
Warden followed the awkward Hughes all around the ring battering him along the way.

 At one point, Hughes briefly reverted to his MMA roots and tried to hit Warden with a spinning back fist.  Warden won the contest at 2:36.

Next up is Alexandru "The Spartan" Marin taking on Arturo Santiago.  Six rounds, bantamweights.

Williams Opens Card With First-Round TKO!

Joseph Williams of Far Rockaway, NY opens the action with a first-round TKO over the debuting Jorge Alvarez. 

Williams dominated from the opening bell, hitting Alvarez with solid body and head shots.  Alvarez eventually succumbed and the bout was stopped at 2:02.

Williams is still perfect at 4-0, four KO'S.

Next up, a battle of debuting lightweights- Chris "The Rock" Warden of Lusby, MD against Marshawn Hughes of South Bend,  IN.

Good Evening From The Sphinx Club!

Hi again everyone from the Sphinx Club in Northwest DC for the Keystone Boxing card.  We are moments away from getting started.

The Wifi is a bit suspect but we will do our best.  The first bout is a four-round cruiserweight contest between Joseph "Mack" Williams and Jorge Ernesto Alvarez.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Douglas Dominates LaManna For Sixth-Round Stoppage!

Antoine Douglas made a solid statement tonight in the main event of the ShoBox card at the Space at Westbury, NY stopping a very game Thomas LaManna in the sixth round.

Douglas broke down LaManna with solid shots throughout the contest eventually dropping LaManna three times before the bout was stopped at 2:44 of the sixth round.

Douglas remains undefeated at 17-0-1, 11 KO's while LaManna falls for the first time in his career (also gets stopped for the first time in his career) and he is now 16-1, seven KO's.

Odom Gains Revenge; Stops Hernandez in First!

The rematch for "The King's Son" Jerry Odom took less than three minutes at the Space at Westbury, NY.  Odom caught Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez late in the first round with some vicious left and right hands that forced the referee to stop the contest at 2:47.

Odom, of Bowie, MD is now 13-1, 12 KO's.  Hernandez, of Phoenix, AZ who vehemently protested the stoppage, loses for the first time and is now 8-1-1, one KO.

In their first fight in January, Odom knocked Hernandez down but was disqualified for hitting Hernandez while he was down.

Still to come -- the main event featuring Antoine "Action" Douglas and Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna.

Weights From DC!

Here is the scale watch for the Keystone Boxing card at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC:
Mike Reed 146 vs. Eddie Soto 147
Marq Johns 122 vs. Bryan Perez-Navarez 120
Patrick Harris 138 vs. Carlos Acevedo 133
Myke Fox 139 vs. Thomas DeLeon 140
Renaldo Gaines 127 vs. Marquise Pierce 122
Albi Sadikaj 195 vs. José Alexis Rivera 207
Alexandru Marin 125 vs. Alberto Santiago 126
Chris Warden 139 vs. Marshawn Hughes 133
Joseph Williams 189 vs. Jorge Alvarez 180

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Douglas, Odom Hit Scales In Westbury, NY!


Antoine Douglas and Jerry Odom hit the scales for their nationally televised contests Friday night at the Space at Westbury, NY.


(Photos courtesy GH3/Greg Cohen Promotions)

Douglas weighed 160 pounds for his 10-round main event contest against Thomas La Manna, who tipped the scales at 158 pounds.


Both Odom and Andrew Hernandez weighed in at 168 pounds for their eight-round co-feature rematch.

Jerrell Harris is no longer on the undercard due to an injury to his opponent. There is talk that Harris may appear on the March 28th card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

The card will be a Shobox card that will be shown on Showtime beginning at 10 PM ET.

Ballard Scores First-Round TKO in San Antonio!

Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard has scored a first-round TKO tonight over Jason Zabokrtsky at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX.

Ballard stopped Zabokrtsky with a left hook to the body at 1:10 of the first round.  Ballard remains undefeated at 9-0, eight KO's while Zabokrtsky loses for the first time and he is now 3-1, three KO's.

Bout Sheets For This Weekend's Golden Gloves Action!

The recent inclement weather has allowed us a full weekend of Washington Golden Gloves action as there will be competition on Saturday, March 14 AND Sunday, March 15 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center.

Here is the bout sheet for the March 14 event that will begin at 7:30 PM:

Novice Division:

123 Pounds:  Kollin Shrewsbury (NOMIS) vs. Delonte Rawlings (Old School)

132 Pounds:  Stephen Epps (Rosedale) vs. Joshua Woodard (Headbangers)

132 Pounds:  Donnell Poe (Old School) vs. Taylor Woodland (Woodland)

141 Pounds:  Joshua Lee (UMAR) vs. Eric Middleton (NOMIS)

152 Pounds: Dayshawn Jones (UMAR) vs. David Bakker (Laurel)

165 Pounds: Stephaun Hobbs (The Answer) vs. Jonathan Turlios (Last Round)

178 Pounds: Darryl Lane (Enigma) vs. Leonard Poe (Hillcrest)

201 Pounds:  Alvin Amana (Lights Out) vs. DeAngelo Gray (#11 Overcomers)


Open Division:

123 Pounds:  Christopher Glenn (Hagerstown) vs. Embrina Jawara (Laurel)

123 Pounds: Cesar Rojas (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Marcus Wright (Unattached)

132 Pounds: James Early (Woodland) vs. Mack Allison IV (Upton)

141 Pounds: Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) vs. Jefri Gutierrez (Laurel)

141 Pounds:  Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Sammie Smith (Headbangers)

141 Pounds: Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Montell Pridgett (UMAR)

152 Pounds: Christopher Perkins (Woodland) vs. Daniel Sauls (D-Block)

152 Pounds: Kevin Ottley (Mack Lewis) vs. Shynggskhan Tazhibay (Headbangers)

152 Pounds:  Jonathan Burrs II (Hagerstown) vs. Cornell Hines (Ham AC)

165 Pounds:  Tyrell Boyd (Upton) vs. Jordan Payne (Woodland)

165 Pounds:  Mark Duncan (Headbangers) vs. Jerome Featherstone (Knockout Fitness)

165 Pounds:  Tavon Body (Headbangers) vs. Gregory Clark (NOMIS)

We also have one unopposed champion in the Junior Division -- Donte VanHook (The Answer) 16, 144 Pounds.


The Junior Division will be the focus of the action on Sunday, March 15 as the majority of the bouts in that division will be championship contests.  Sunday's action begins at 3 PM.  Here's the bout sheet for Sunday:

Junior Division:  

14-15, 95 Pounds (Championship):  Leon Jones (Langdon) vs. Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)

13-14, 106 Pounds (Championship):  Chamar Flowers (Unattached) vs. Quartez Lott (Headbangers)

13, 112 Pounds (Championship):  Stacey Selby (No Xcuse) vs. Kyren Harrison (Keystone)

14-15, 114 Pounds:  Kobe Moore (Main Street) vs. Philbert Griffith (Sugar Ray Leonard)

13-14, 120 Pounds (Championship): Donte Baytop (UMAR) vs. Edwin Ramirez (The Answer)

15-16, 118 Pounds (Championship): Jay Cromwell (Dream Team) vs. Jordan Hunter (Keystone)

15, 125 Pounds (Championship): Criss Dzringa (Mobtown) vs.
Devon Smith (Diamonds N Da Ruff)

16, 123 Pounds (Championship): Samuel Allen (Loch Raven) vs. Nyles Mason (Dream Team)

15, 132 Pounds (Championship): Ameer Brown (The Answer) vs. Gregory Burton (Langdon)

15, 139 Pounds (Championship): Chayce Jawers (Loch Raven) vs. Siete Shuler (No Excuse)

14-15, 139 Pounds (Championship): Zoria Curry (UMAR) vs. Moniya Walker (NOMIS)

Unopposed Junior Division Champions:

8, 70 Pounds: Jelani Hill (No Xcuse)

10, 72 Pounds: Benjamin Johnson (Cherry Lane)

11, 85 Pounds: Erick Acosta (Main Street)

15, 106 Pounds: Jasmine Garland (UMAR)

15, 119 Pounds: Amiyah Moore (NOMIS)

14, 115 Pounds:  Marquis Ballon (Rosedale)

13-14, 147 Pounds: Michael Tymas (No Xcuse)

13-14, 150 Pounds: Derrick Brown, Jr. (Mobtown)

14, 155 Pounds: Asya Brown (The Answer)


Novice Division:  

114 Pounds:  Elliott Strickland (Lights Out) vs. Melad Attsshy (Baltimore Boxing)

141 Pounds:  Evgueny Metchenov (Laurel) vs. Luis Castellanos (Old School)

152 Pounds: Krista Robinson (Keystone) vs. Myesha Thompson (No Limits)

201+ Pounds:  Jeff Ansah (Keystone) vs. Jimmy Speros (Olympia)

One unopposed champion in the Novice Division:

143 Pounds: Destiny Day-Owens (Loch Raven)


Open Division:

123 Pounds:  Malik Lofton (Dream Team) vs. Hector Soto (Down Under)

132 Pounds:  Brian Rodriguez (Down Under) vs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds: Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under) vs. Jahmal Dyer (Loch Raven)

152 Pounds: Nigel Fennell (Down Under) vs. Kashif Brown (The Answer)

165 Pounds: Jason Bell (No Xcuse) vs. Donald Wallace (Baltimore Boxing)

178 Pounds: Taequane Nance (NOMIS) vs. Justin Bell (No Xcuse)

201 Pounds: Timothy Lee (Enigma) vs. Stephon Morris (UMAR)




Ballard Weighs 171 1/2 For Six-Rounder in San Antonio!

D'Mitrius Ballard tipped the scales at 171 1/2 pounds for his six-round contest against Jason Zabokrtsky tonight at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX.  Zabokrtsky weighed 170 pounds.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Amateur Boxing Show in Baltimore Honors Five-Time National Silver Gloves Champion!



(poster design by Ross Molovinsky)

There will be an amateur boxing card on Saturday, March 14 in Baltimore, MD that will honor one of the city's brightest amateur boxing stars.

The card will celebrate the achievements of Lorenzo Simpson who has won five consecutive national Silver Gloves championships.  The card will be held at St. Frances Academy, located at 501 East Chase Street in Baltimore.  All tickets are $20 and the card begins at 6 PM.

By attending, you can also celebrate Simpson's birthday which is on March 14.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Kevin Rivers, Jr. Signs With Golden Boy Promotions!


(photo by Juan Marshall)

BATB has received word that undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoove" Rivers, Jr. has signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions.

Rivers (11-0, eight KO's) has scored technical knockouts in his last two outings including a third-round TKO over Stephon McIntyre on January 17 in Washington, DC.

Rivers joins D'Mitrius Ballard and Lamont Roach, Jr. as current Golden Boy signees from the Beltway.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Ballard Battles Undefeated Zabokrtsky Thursday In San Antonio!

Undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard returns to action on Thursday, March 12 when he faces fellow undefeated boxer Jason Zabokrtsky of Topeka, KS in a six-round contest at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX.

Ballard (8-0, seven KO's) has knocked out his last five opponents, including his last outing, a third-round knockout of Tylon Burris on December 6 in Brooklyn, NY.

Zabokrtsky (3-0, three KO's) has not fought since December of 2013 but he has yet to go past the second round.

The bout will be part of a card that will be shown on HBO Latino.  No word on whether Ballard's bout will make television.

Results From Week Two Of Washington Golden Gloves!

Here are the results from the second night of competition at the Washington Golden Gloves at Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD:

Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Jaqeem Hutcherson (Keystone) over Jarron Smith (Diamonds N Da Ruff)

132 Pounds: Donnell Poe (Old School) over Juan Melgar (Laurel)

132 Pounds:  Taylor Woodland (Woodland) over Cortez Dargin (Rosedale)

141 Pounds: Eric Middleton (NOMIS) TKO-2 over Cleveland Hemphill (Keystone)

152 Pounds:  Sipriano Zelldon (Headbangers) over Jasper Briswell (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds: Dayshawn Jones (UMAR) over Yohanes Rezene (Lights Out)

165 Pounds: Stephaun Hobbs (The Answer) over Aaron Liang (Raw Assassin)

165 Pounds:  Jonathan Turlious (Last Round) over Rashad Quarles (Sugar Ray)

165 Pounds: Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis) over T'Avaughn Williams (Unattached)

165 Pounds: Rashad Kilpatrick (Keystone) over Vernard Roberts (Langdon)

178 Pounds: Darryl Lane (Enigma) RSC-3 over Timothy Joseph (Sugar Ray Leonard)

178 Pounds: Ambrose Anderson (Knowledge) over Arnaud Young (Lights Out)

201+ Pounds: Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Nathaniel Copeland (Old School)

Winners by Walkover:

123 Pounds: D'Jon Brown (NOMIS)

132 Pounds: Joshua Woodard (Headbangers)

132 Pounds: Stephen Blaylock (No Xcuse)

132 Pounds: Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds:  Dante Cox (Laurel)

141 Pounds: Dorian Bostic (UMAR)

141 Pounds: Luis Castellanos (Old School)

152 Pounds: Markee Stokes (UMAR)

178 Pounds:  Davon Wheeler (NOMIS)

201 Pounds: Johnathan Surratt (Tony's Gym)

201 Pounds: Jimmy Speros (Olympia)


Open Division:

132 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams (The Answer) over Kyean Coleman (No Limits)

141 Pounds: Bryan Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Corey Moore (Main Street)

152 Pounds: Cornell Hines (Ham AC) over Monyae Gregory (Upton)

165 Pounds: Mark Duncan (Headbangers) over Tavon Marshall (Upton)

165 Pounds: Jerome Featherstone (Knockout Fitness) over Esteban Sanchez (Keystone)


There will be a Golden Gloves Weekend this weekend as there will be back-to-back days of competition.  First, the regular Saturday night event on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 PM followed by a special Sunday afternoon matinee on March 15 at 3 PM.

BATB can't be at the Saturday card due to coverage of the pro show in DC that night.  However, we do plan to be at the matinee on Sunday afternoon.


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Update on March 14 DC Card!

The Beltway Boxing version of "March Madness" begins in earnest on Saturday, March 14 with the Keystone Boxing card at the Sphinx Club at Franklin Square located at 1315 K Street in Northwest DC.  Here's the current lineup.

The main event features undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed taking on veteran Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, RI in an eight-round contest.  Reed (12-0, six KO's) returns to the Beltway for the first time since April of 2014.  Reed was the 2014 Beltway Boxing Prospect of the Year.

 A Top Rank signee, Reed has fought his last three bouts on the road, including his last outing -- an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Oscar Valenzuela on November 29 in Omaha, NB.

Soto (12-7, four KO's) is also no stranger to the Beltway area as he lost by fifth-round TKO to Dusty Hernandez Harrison in May of 2013 at the UDC Physical Activities Center in DC.  Soto started his career winning his first 12 bouts but has since lost seven in a row.

The co-feature bout will be a six-round contest between undefeated Fort Washington, MD resident Marq "Monster" Johns and Bryan Perez -Navarez of Carolina, Puerto Rico.   Johns (5-0-1, four KO's) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over Jaxel Marrero on January 17 at the Washington Convention Center. Johns scored the Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year in 2014 when he stopped Luis Hernandez in the second round on July 18 in Fort Washington, MD.

Perez-Navarez (2-1, one KO) has won two straight since losing his pro debut.  In his last outing, Perez-Navarez won a four-round decision over Kevin Vasquez on July 11 in Humacao, PR.  This will be the first six-round bout for both fighters.

Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick Harris will be in a four-round contest against Carlos Acevedo of Aguadilla, PR.  Harris (4-0, three KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Sean Lockhart on the January 17th card in DC.  Acevedo (0-2) has been stopped in the first round in both of his losses.

District Heights, MD lightweight Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines is in a four-round encounter against Marquise Pierce of Phillipsburg, NJ.  Gaines (5-2, one KO) returned to action after an almost two-year absence and won a four-round unanimous decision over Arthur Parker on January 17 in DC.  Pierce (1-4) will be trying to break a four-bout losing streak.  Pierce fought in the Beltway region in July of 2013 and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Glenn Dezurn in Baltimore, MD.

In another four-round bout, Fort Washington, MD cruiserweight "The Golden Goat" Albi Sadikaj makes his return to boxing in a four-round bout against James Jenkins of Atlanta, GA.  Sadikaj (2-0, two KO's) has not fought since scoring a second round TKO over Alando Pugh in September of 2013 in Baltimore.  Jenkins (1-2-1, one KO) was stopped in the first round by Jay Rodriguez in his last contest on September 20 in Queens, NY.

Undefeated featherweight Alexandru Marin of Silver Spring, MD moves into the six-round bout camp with his contest against Arturo Santiago of Mayaquez, PR.  Marin (5-0, four KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Rasool Shakoor on September 27 in Springfield, VA.  Santiago (7-10-1, four KO's) will be facing an undefeated boxer for the fifth straight time.

This card will mark the pro debut of Lusby, MD lightweight Chris "The Rock" Warden who will take on the equally debuting Marshawn Hughes of South Bend, IN.  Warden was a prominent amateur in the area from 2008-2010 participating in the Junior Olympics, Washington Golden Gloves and the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic.  Hughes begins a transition to boxing from the Mixed Martial Arts world.

Also scheduled to be on the card are undefeated Forestville, MD lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox (5-0, one KO) and light heavyweight Joseph "Mack" Williams (3-0, three KO's) of Far Rockaway, NJ.  Both are still looking for opponents.

This will be the first of four pro cards in a three-week period along the Beltway.  There will also be pro cards on March 20 (at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD), 21 and 28 (both at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA) as well as one amateur card in Glen Burnie, MD on March 27 and the Washington Golden Gloves happening in Palmer Park, MD all throughout March.


Williams Falls In Two Against Jones, Jr.!

We are hearing word that Willie "For Real" Williams suffered a second-round knockout at the hands of former world champion Roy Jones, Jr. Friday night at the Carrabus Arena in Concord, NC.

According to video from the bout, Jones staggered Williams with a left hand and then used the same hand to drop Williams to the canvas.  Williams rose to his feet but referee Bill Clancy ruled him unfit to continue.

Williams is now 14-9-2, four KO's while Jones gets his 60th pro victory and he is now 60-8, 43 KO's.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Local Trainer Maxell Taylor, Sr. Helps Family Escape From Burning Home!

You may remember almost 10 years ago when former Beltway Boxer Boyer "Sugar Boy" Chew saved himself and many others when the truck he was driving burst into flames on Interstate 95.

Now, another local boxing personality is in the news for heroic deeds as he helped save a family from a burning home in his Edgewood neighborhood early Friday morning.

Boxing coach, trainer and Maryland Boxing Hall of Famer Maxell Taylor, Sr. awoke around three o'clock Friday morning to the sounds of his neighbors screaming.  A family of five -- four children and their mother -- were inside their burning home.  Taylor convinced the family to jump out of the third-story window and he caught the mother and three of the children.  Firefighters rescued the fourth child.   WBAL-TV reports that all four children, ages 4, 8, 10 and 12, were taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Center for non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released.

The mother was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview for treatment of mild smoke inhalation injuries and injuries suffered from jumping out of the window. She is expected to be released Friday.

Taylor has lived in the community for more than 20 years and told WBAL-TV that he talked the family into jumping to escape the fire.

"I heard the mother say, 'Mr. Max, help us.' I said, 'Go down the steps.' She said, 'We can't.' Then I said, 'Jump out the window.' She said, 'I'm scared.' But I said, 'You're going to have to to save your life,'" Taylor said.

Taylor is the father of Beltway pros Emmanuel "Transforma" Taylor and Maxell "The General" Taylor.


'Snap, Crackle And Pop' Amateur Card Comes to Michael's March 27!




Baltimore Boxing Promotions will bring an amateur boxing card called "Snap, Crackle and Pop" to Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Friday, March 27.

Headlining the card will be popular junior middleweight Joey Veazey of Baltimore who will take on DC's Lamont White for the East Coast Junior Middleweight title.  Veazey was slated to headline the January 23 card at Michael's but suffered an injury and could not compete.  Veazey captured a Silver medal at the National Junior Golden Gloves in 2014.

Heavyweight Sam Crossed will defend his East Coast title against Jeff Knight in the co-feature.  Back in 2013, Crossed scored a four-second knockout in a bout.

Also scheduled to be on the card is Tommy Coe, Jr. who won a junior Golden Gloves title at Sugar Ray Leonard Gym last Saturday.

In association with this solid evening of fights, Baltimore Boxing is hosting a special 50/50 raffle for the Brooke and Nathan Fenush Scholarship Fund. The fund was created to assist Baltimore County Fire Department Lieutenant Paul Fenush, whose wife recently passed away.

Tickets are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175 or going to Baltimoreboxing.com. Individual tickets start at $25 and VIP tables of 10 are available for $500. All VIP ticketholders can enjoy free hors d’oeurves from 7-8 pm and the best seats in the house. VIP ticketholders will also be able to participate in a special meet and greet with 5-time world champion Vinny Paz, who will be signing autographs, discussing his upcoming movie and wine company.

Doors open at 6:30 and the card is scheduled to begin at 8 PM.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Bus Trip Heads To Brooklyn For Peterson Battles April 11!



There will be a bus trip heading to Brooklyn, NY for the April 11 card at the Barclays Center that features the matchup between Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia as well as Anthony Peterson competing on the card.

The bus trip, sponsored by the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing and the Headbangers Gym, costs $60 round trip and ticket prices for the card are $57, $87, $107, $207 and $307.  These tickets cost $50 less than buying tickets from Ticketmaster because Ticketmaster adds fees and taxes.  The bus will leave from the Answer Gym in Capitol Heights, MD at 10 AM on the 11th.

For more information, call 202-528-7694.


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Beltway Boxing Update!

A couple of updates on some Beltway News:

There are some changes to the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Promotions card on Friday, March 20 at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD.  The opponent for Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas has changed.  Douglas (8-0, three KO's) will now take on Maria Suarez of Santa Maria, CA for the vacant UBF Flyweight world title.  Suarez (9-1-1) last fought on January 9 and won a six-round majority decision over Jolene Blackshear in Santa Ynez, CA.

Suarez replaces Chantel Cordova, who suffered an injury in training.  Suarez holds a victory over Cordova, which may be one of the reasons why Boxrec.com has given this bout three out of five stars.

Also on this card, Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson (11-1, 11 KO's) has a new opponent in Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL for his six-round clash.  Perez (6-12, three KO's) is no stranger to this area or to Beltway Boxers.  Perez is the only man to take Jerry Odom the distance, losing a four-round unanimous decision in Springfield, VA.  Perez also lost a unanimous decision to Antoine Douglas and Perez's last win came in Springfield, VA in June of 2014 when he won a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lavarn Harvell.  Harvell has not fought since that loss.


We are hearing that "The Pride of Alexandria (VA)" Brandon Quarles has been added to the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, March 28 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  No word yet on his opponent.

Also, Gary Russell, Jr's title quest against WBC Featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez on March 28 now has a home -- the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.  The bout will be on Showtime.


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Bout Sheet For Second Night of Washington Golden Gloves!

Here is the scheduled bout sheet for the Saturday, March 7 edition of the Washington Golden Gloves at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD.  There will only be Novice and Open Division bouts this week as the Junior Division gets the week off.  The first bout begins at 7:30 PM.


Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Jarron Smith (Diamonds N Da Ruff) vs. Jaqeem Hutcherson (Keystone)

123 Pounds: D'Jon Brown (NOMIS) vs. Earnest Hall (Baltimore Boxing)

132 Pounds: Cody Woodland (Woodland) vs. Joshua Woodard (Headbangers)

132 Pounds: Siraac Asefaw (Hillcrest) vs. Stephen Blalock  (No Xcuse)

132 Pounds: Marsellus Campbell (Headbangers) vs. Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard)

132 Pounds: Juan Melgar (Laurel) vs. Donnell Poe (Old School)

132 Pounds: Taylor Woodland (Woodland) vs. Cortez Dargin (Rosedale)

141 Pounds: Eric Middleton (NOMIS) vs. Cleveland Hemphill (Keystone)

141 Pounds: Christion Robinson (Upton) vs. Dante Cox (Laurel)

141 Pounds: Ronte Garrison (Upton) vs. Dorian Bostic (UMAR)

141 Pounds: Luis Castellanos (Old School) vs. Leroy Payne (Headbangers)

152 Pounds: Sipprino Zeldon (Headbangers) vs. Jasper Briswell (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds: Alejandro Rodriguez (Mack Lewis) vs. Markee Stokes (UMAR)

152 Pounds: Yohanes Rezene (Lights Out) vs. Dayshawn Jones (UMAR)

165 Pounds:  Stephaun Hobbs (The Answer) vs. Quinton Taylor (Tony's Athletic Club)

165 Pounds: Jonathan Turlios (Last Round) vs. Rashad Quarles (Sugar Ray Leonard)

165 Pounds: Ta'Vaughn Williams (Unattached) vs. Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis)

165 Pounds: Vernard Roberts (Langdon) vs. Rashad Kilpatrick (Keystone)

178 Pounds: Timothy Joseph (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Darryl Lane (Enigma)

178 Pounds: Ambrose Anderson (Knowledge) vs, Arnaud Young (Lights Out)

178 Pounds: Vincent Mosca (Arvin) vs. Davon Wheeler (NOMIS)

201 Pounds: Mark Manley (NOMIS) vs. Johnathan Surratt (Tony's Gym)

201 Pounds: Deangelo Gray (#11 Overcomers) vs. Larry Thornton (Raw Boxing)

201+ Pounds: Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Nathaniel Copeland (Old School)

201+ Pounds: Austin Deville (Raw Boxing) vs. Jimmy Speros (Olympia Boxing)


Open Division:

132 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams (The Answer) vs. Kyean Coleman (No Limits)

141 Pounds: Bryan Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Corey Moore (Main Street)

152 Pounds: Cornell Hines (Ham AC) vs. Monyae Gregory (Upton)

165 Pounds: Mark Duncan (Headbangers) vs. Tavon Marshall (Upton)

165 Pounds: Esteban Sanchez (Keystone) vs. Jerome Featherstone (Knockout Fitness)


Monday, March 02, 2015

Boxing Along The Beltway -- There's An App For That!

Today, we debut the Boxing Along The Beltway App for Android!  For those who want to hear the commentaries,  interviews, Post-Fight Wrap-Ups and play-by-play all in one place, now you can carry BATB everywhere!  Most of this audio has never and will never be posted here on the blog!

We are looking to get back to more live broadcasts in the near future and hopefully adding an IOS app as well. 
This is a free app that can be chosen at Google Play.  Thanks for your continued support!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Alfred Grant Funeral Services Announced!

There is information concerning the funeral services for DC Boxing And Wrestling Deputy Commissioner Alfred Grant.

The service will be on Friday, March 6 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, located at #1 Veterans Place in Silver Spring, MD. The service will begin at 10 AM.

First Night Of Washington Golden Gloves Completed!

A packed crowd at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD saw an active opening night of competition during the first night of the Washington Golden Gloves tournament on Saturday.

Because of the postponement of the first round last Saturday, there was action in all three divisions -- Junior, Novice and Open -- on Saturday.  That usually doesn't happen on the first night.

Five champions were crowned in the Junior Division.  Damari Philson of No Xcuse won the title in the 8-9, 70 Pound division with a win over Marcell Steele of Headbangers.  Muhammad Robinson of Upton captured the 11-12, 80 Pound class by defeating Jahmal Harvey of Keystone.

In the 9, 85 Pound division, Thomas Coe, Jr. of Lights Out captured the title with a win over Keystone's Khaliq Harrison.  In the 12, 95 Pound class, Maximus Garland of Headbangers won over Daylynn Jones of #11 Overcomers.  Also, in the 12-13, 85 Pound class, Deric Davis of Headbangers won the title, defeating Ervin Canlas of Keystone.

Here are the results for first-round Junior Division bouts:

13, 112 Pounds: Stacey Selby (No Xcuse) over Kyron Curry (UMAR)

15-16, 152 Pounds: Jaseye Stephens (Hagerstown) over Corey Russ (Woodland)

15-16, 178 Pounds: Aziz McIlwain (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Caleb Andrews (Langdon)

A number of boxers won by walkover in the Junior Division as well:

14-15, 95 Pounds: Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)

13-14, 106 Pounds: Chamar Flowers (Unattached)

13-14, 120 Pounds: Donte Baytop (UMAR)

14-15, 125 Pounds: Criss Dzaringa (Mobtown)

13-14, 139 Pounds: Nasheed Smith (Headbangers)


There were two stoppages in the Novice Division.  Evegueny Metchenov of Laurel scored a third-round stoppage over Brandon Etheridge of Hillcrest in the 141 Pound class while Ta'vaughn Williams (Unattached) stopped Wesley Best (Enigma) in the first round at 165 Pounds.  Williams, by the way, is the younger brother of highly-touted pro prospect Thomas Williams, Jr. 

One of the better bouts of the evening also took place in the Novice 165 Pound division.  Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis) won an exciting slugfest over Jalil Hunter (Headbangers).

In the 152 Pound division, David Baker (Laurel) advanced to the next round by defeating Vance Roberts (Langdon).

The following boxers won by walkover in the Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Delonte Rawlings (Old School)

132 Pounds: Stephen Epps (Rosedale)

141 Pounds: Dorian Bostic (UMAR)

152 Pounds: Yohanes Rezene (Lights Out)

165 Pounds:  Aaron Liang (Raw Assassin)

165 Pounds: Quinton Taylor (Tony's Athletic Club)

165 Pounds: Rashad Quarles (Sugar Ray Leonard)

165 Pounds: Verard Roberts (Langdon)

165 Pounds: Stephaun Hobbs (The Answer)

165 Pounds: Rashad Kilpatrick (Keystone)

Two bouts started competition in the Open Division. At 152 Pounds, Shynggskhan Tazhibay (Headbangers) won a decision over Alonzo Thompson (Cherry Lane).  Also, Jordon Payne (Woodland) defeated Kerry Brewster (No Limits) at 165 Pounds.

The Tournament continues on Saturday, March 7 at Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center at 7:30 PM.







Saturday, February 28, 2015

Golden Gloves Schedule Update!

There is a schedule update and a change in venue for the 2015 Washington Golden Gloves.  Due to the postponement on February 14, there may be an added day of competition on Sunday, March 15 at 3 PM at Sugar Ray Leonard Center.  That is not definite yet.

Also, the venue for the Washington Finals and Regional finals have changed again.  Both events will now be held at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  The dates remain the same -- Saturday, April 4 for the DC finals and Saturday,  April 25 for the regionals.