Saturday, April 30, 2016

Williams Scores Devastating Second-Round Knockout In California!

Thomas "Top Dog" Williams scored the biggest win of his career tonight in Carson, CA as he registered a devastating  second-round knockout of Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez at the StubHub Center.

The two went toe-to-toe on the Fox Network before Williams landed a crushing left that sent Rodriguez to the canvas.  The bout was stopped at 2:59 of the second.

With the win, Williams is now 20-1, 14 KO's while Rodriguez falls to 28-2, 19 KO's.

Also on the card, Phil Jackson Benson was stopped in the second round by undefeated David Benavidez at 2:07.  Jackson Benson is now 16-3, 15 KO's and Benavidez remains undefeated at 14-0, 13 KO's.

Jones Makes VERY Short Work Of Slade!

Latondria Jones needed just 18 seconds to stop Kamika Slade.  Jones landed one right hand that caused Slade to turn her head and walk towards the Jones corner.

Referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the bout almost immediately.  Jones is now 3-0, two KO's.  Slade loses her pro debut.

We will recap the rest of the card later this evening.

Grove Gets Unanimous Decision In Pro Debut!

Keegan Grove has won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Anthony Napunyi.  Grove landed solid shots with both hands but could not move the veteran Napunyi.  Midway through the fourth round, Grove suffered a cut over his right eye from what looked like an accidental headbutt.

Grove won by shutout (40-36) on all three cards.  Napunyi falls to 10-16, five KO's.

Up next:  Women's action as Latondria Jones of Las Vegas, NV by way of DC will take on Kamika Slade of Reidsville, NC. Four two-minute rounds, junior middleweights.

Aleem And Jackson Battle To Four-Round Draw!

Moshea Aleem and Martez Jackson battled to a four-round draw in our opening contest here at the DC Armory.

Aleem, in his first bout in more than two years, got off to a slow start as Jackson landed good left hooks.  Aleem came back and landed solid shots at times throughout the bout.  All three judges scored the bout a draw, 38-38.

Aleem is now 4-0-1, two KO's.  Jackson is now 2-0-2, one KO.

Next up: The pro debut of Keegan "Sandman" Grove of Frederick, MD.  Grove will battle Anthony Napunyi of Canal Point, FL by way of Kenya.  Four rounds, lightweights.

Good Evening From The DC Armory!

Hi everyone from the DC Armory for the Mayweather Promotions card featuring the super middleweight world championship doubleheader. 

There won't be a lot of blogging tonight as we will focus on what little Beltway presence there is on the card.  Moshea Aleem of Richmond, VA will open up the card taking on Martez Jackson of Warner Robbins, GA.  Four rounds in the junior middleweight division.

Smith Wins Split Decision; Pierce Scores Second-Round TKO; Rodriguez, Singletary, Pugh Lose In Atlantic City!

At the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ, Crofton, MD heavyweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith went the four-round distance for the first time and won a split decision over Solomon Maye of New Haven, CT.  Smith won two of the scorecards 40-36 and 39-37 while Maye won on one scorecard, 39-37.  Smith remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO's while Maye falls to 1-6-1.

Frederick, MD cruiserweight Darnell "The Unknown" Pierce scored a second-round TKO over Hafiz Montgomery of Toms River, NJ.  No word on when the bout was stopped. Pierce is now 4-0, one KO.  Montgomery falls for the first time and he is 2-1, one KO.

Also on the card, Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez lost a six-round unanimous decision to Anthony Young of Atlantic City.  No word on the scores but Rodriguez was dropped in the second round of the bout. Rodriguez's record drops to 6-5-1, five KO's while Young rises to 12-2, five KO's.

DC middleweight Jessie Singletary was stopped in the first round by Chris Thomas of Atlantic City.  Thomas landed a leaping right hand that sent Singletary to the canvas and the bout was stopped at 2:26.  Singletary is 0-2 and Thomas is 2-0, one KO.

Heavyweight Alando Pugh of DC lost by second-round TKO to "Brutal" Brendan Barrett of Little Egg Harbor, NJ.  Pugh falls to 1-8-1, one KO while Barrett is 4-0-2, four KO's.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Williams, Jackson Benson Hit Scales In Carson, CA!

Thomas Williams, Jr. and Phil Jackson Benson weighed in for their Saturday bouts at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.

Williams tipped the scales at 176.8 pounds for his 10-round co-feature bout against Edwin Rodriguez, who weighed in at 177 pounds.  This bout will be shown on the Fox Network telecast that will begin at 8 PM ET.

Jackson Benson weighed in at 169.2 pounds for his eight-round undercard encounter against David Benavidez, who tipped the scales at 167.8 pounds.


Recently, Laurel TV's Dave Owens did a feature on Thomas Williams, Jr. that can be seen here.  Yours truly was interviewed for the segment.

Weights From DC!

Here is the scalewatch for the Mayweather Promotions card on Saturday, April 30 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC:

WBC Super Middleweight championship
Badou Jack 167.4 vs. Lucian Bute 167

IBF Super Middleweight championship
James DeGale 167.6 vs. Rogelio Medina 167.8

(Undercard)

Chris Pearson 159 vs. Joshua Okine 158.8

Sharif Bogere 135.6 vs. Samuel Amoako 136

Carlos Gongora 173 vs. Zacharia Kelley 170.2

Latondria Jones 153.6 vs. Kamika Slade 144.4

Keegan Grove 133.4 vs. Antoney Napunyi 128.6

Moshea Aleem 153.8 vs. Martez Jackson 153

A reminder:  The doors open at 5 PM ET and the first bout will be at 5:45.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weights From Atlantic City!

Here is the scale watch for Beltway Boxers competing on a card on April 29 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ:

Luther Smith  211 vs. Solomon Maye 224

Jessie Singletary 164 vs. Chris Thomas 166

Alando Pugh 236 vs. Brandon Barrett 248

Darnell Pierce 199 vs. Hafiz Montgomery 202

Juan Rodriguez (did not weigh in)  vs.  Anthony Young 148
 

Beltway Light Heavies Williams, Jackson Benson, Compete On Card April 30 In California!

Saturday, April 30 will be a big Beltway day.  Not only do we have the super middleweight championship doubleheader at the DC Armory as well as the Regional Golden Gloves at Rosecroft Raceway, we also have two locals competing on a card at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA and one of those bouts will be nationally televised on Fox.

Fort Washington, MD's Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will be in the 10-round televised co-feature bout when he takes on Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez of Worcester, MA by way of the Dominican Republic.  Williams (19-1, 13 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Umberto Savigne on November 13 in Biloxi, MS.  Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KO's) also fought his last bout on the November 13 card in Biloxi and knocked out Michael Seals in the third round. Both men in a recent conference call said that this bout would not go the distance.  The telecast will begin at 8 PM ET.

In a non-televised contest on this card, Landover, MD's "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson Benson will battle undefeated David "Red Flag" Benavidez of Phoenix, AZ in an eight-round encounter.  Benson (16-2, 15 KO's) bounced back from his knockout loss to Darnell Boone in April of last year by scoring a third-round TKO over Jinner Guerrero on August 28 in DC.   The 19-year-old Benavidez (13-0, 12 KO's) has knocked out his last five opponents including a second-round knockout of Kevin Cobbs on January 19 in Los Angeles, CA. Eleven of Benavidez's 12 KO's have come in either the first or second round.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Card Looks Complete For Super Middleweight Championship Doubleheader April 30 at DC Armory!

The Mayweather Promotions card that will be held on Saturday, April 30 at the DC Armory looks to be complete.  The card is highlighted by two world super middleweight title bouts that will be shown on Showtime.

WBC 168-Pound champion Badou Jack "The Ripper" of Las Vegas, NV by way of Stockholm, Sweden (20-1-1, 12 KO's) will make his second defense of his title against former IBF world champion Lucian Bute of Laval, Quebec, Canada by way of Peches, Romania (32-3, 25 KO's). Current IBF champion James "Chunky" DeGale of London, United Kingdom (22-1, 14 KO's) will also defend his title for the second time when he takes on Rogelio "Porky" Medina of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico (36-6, 30 KO's).  Both bouts are slated for 12 rounds.

Frankly, there is not a strong Beltway presence on this card.   There are boxers who have ties to the area, however many are either starting out their careers, making returns to action or are originally from the area but no longer live here.

Making his pro debut on this card will be DC-based lightweight Keegan "Sandman" Grove, one of the latest Al Haymon signees from the Beltway region.  Grove will take on Anthony Napunyi of Canal Point, FL by way of Kenya.  Napunyi (14-18, seven KO's) makes his second straight appearance this month at the DC Armory.  Napunyi lost a four-round unanimous decision to Gerald Tucker on the April 1 card.

The card will also mark the return of Richmond, VA super welterweight Moshea Aleem who will battle fellow undefeated boxer Martez Jackson of Valdosta, GA in a four-round contest.  Aleem (4-0, two KO's) returns to boxing after a two-year hiatus in which his last bout was a four-round unanimous decision over Eddie Cordova in April of 2014 in Rancho Mirage, CA. Aleem is the older brother of Immanuwel Aleem who just won a bout on national television last week.  Jackson (2-0-1, one KO) competes out of Georgia for the first time, having stopped Bilah Barnes in the second round on February 20 in Macon.

In a four-round female middleweight contest, Latondria Jones of Las Vegas, NV battles debuting Kamika Slade of Virginia.  Jones (2-0, one KO) was born in DC, however, her family moved to South Carolina when she was eight years old.  Jones is reportedly the first female boxer to turn pro out of the Mayweather Boxing gym in Las Vegas.  Jones's last bout saw her win a four-round unanimous decision over Latashia Burton on February 16 in Las Vegas.

In a 10-round middleweight bout, Christopher Pearson of Trotwood, OH will take on returning Joshua Okine of Silver Spring, MD by way of Accra, Ghana.  Pearson (13-1, 10 KO's) looks to bounce back from suffering his first loss -- an eight-round unanimous decision to Eric Walker on December 18 in Las Vegas.  Okine (28-6-1, 17 KO's) fought on the April 1 card at the Armory and lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Demond Nicholson.  Okine was the first boxer to take Nicholson the distance in a bout.

Former world lightweight contender Sharif "The Lion" Bogere of Las Vegas by way of Kampala, Uganda will face off with Samuel "Bruno" Amoako who is also from Silver Spring by way of Accra, Ghana.  Bogere (27-1, 1 NC, 19 KO's)  had a no-contest in his last bout against Daniel Ruiz on August 15 in Quintana Roo, Mexico when Ruiz caught a shot in the back of the head in the second round and could not continue.  Bogere's only loss came when he challenged Richar Abril for the WBA Lightweight title in March of 2013.  Bogere lost a 12-round unanimous decision.  Amoako (21-9, 15 KO's) will be looking to break a five-bout losing streak that includes a six-round unanimous decision loss to Mike Reed on March 18 in Philadelphia, PA.

Light heavyweight Carlos Gongora of Brooklyn, NY by way of Esmeraldas, Ecuador will be in a six-round contest against Zachariah Kelley of Earlsboro, OK.  Gongora (4-0, three KO's) is coming off a fourth-round stoppage of Derrick Adkins on January 16 in Brooklyn.  Kelley (5-14, five KO's) has lost his last three bouts, all by knockout.

The doors open at the Armory at 5 PM ET and the first bout will be at 5:45.  The Showtime telecast gets underway at 10 PM ET.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Five Beltway Boxers Scheduled To Compete in Atlantic City April 29!

Five Beltway Boxers will be on a card at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday, April 29.

Crofton, MD heavyweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith has his first road bout as he takes on Solomon Maye of New Haven, CT in a four-round contest.  Smith (4-0, four KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO of Charlemagne Jones on February 27 in Washington, DC.  Maye (1-5-1, one KO) is coming off a loss and a draw to Jean Pierre Augustin in April and July of 2015.

Baltimore-based heavyweight Alando Pugh will take on undefeated "Brutal" Brendan Barrett of Little Egg Harbor, NJ in a four-round encounter.  Pugh, a native of DC, (1-7-1, one KO) last fought on the February 27 DC card and lost a tough four-round split decision to Wesley Triplett.  Barrett (3-0-2, three KO's) battled to a six-round draw with Daniel Pasciolla on February 19 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez of Haymarket, VA will be in a six-round contest against Anthony "Juice" Young of Atlantic City.  Rodriguez (6-4-1, five KO's) has lost two straight including a six-round unanimous decision to Yurii Polischuk on October 23 in DC.  Young (11-2, five KO's) will look to bounce back from losing by fifth-round TKO to Skender Halili on February 19 in Atlantic City.

In the cruiserweight division, there is a battle of young, undefeated boxers as Darnell "The Unknown" Pierce of Frederick, MD (3-0) battles Hafiz Montgomery of Toms River, NJ (2-0, one KO) in a four-round bout.  Pierce recently moved to the Beltway from Texas where he fought all three of his pro bouts.  Pierce is coming off a four-round majority decision win over Tomas Dorsey in April of 2015 in Stafford, TX.  Montgomery scored a first-round knockout of Devon Mosley on November 20 in Philadelphia, PA in his last bout.

Also, DC super middleweight Jessie Singletary (0-1) looks for his first win against Chris Thomas of Beachwood, NJ (1-0) in another four-rounder.  Singletary lost his pro debut by four-round unanimous decision to Jerome Featherstone on December 12 in Baltimore, MD.  Thomas won his pro debut by four-round unanimous decision to Greg Thomas on March 20 in Rahway, NJ.

DC super lightweight Antonio "Teflon" Magruder is now off this card due to an injury suffered in training.


Bout Sheet For Regional Golden Gloves!

Here is the bout sheet for the Regional Golden Gloves Championships that will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Novice Division:

123 Pounds:  Marcus Johnson, Silver Spring, MD vs. Ian Homan, Fairfax Station, VA

132 Pounds:  Blaze Fielder, Andrews Air Force Base vs. Nestor Rodriguez-Sanchez, New Bern, NC

141 Pounds:  Leroy Payne, Oxon Hill, MD vs. Khari Clinkscales, Centreville, VA

152 Pounds:  Mike Crain, Smyrna, DE vs. Darius Lard, Woodbridge, VA

165 Pounds:  Ashton Sykes, Columbia, MD vs. Christian Fayne, Richmond, VA

178 Pounds:  Leonard Poe, Fort Washington, MD vs. Dontez Blue, Durham, NC

201 Pounds:  Thomas Mottinger, Seaford, DE vs. Gregory Saunders, Durham, NC

201+ Pounds: Jimmy Speros, Great Falls, VA vs. Trey Gaines, Lynchburg, VA

Unopposed Champions:
108 Pounds: Davonte Lee, Waldorf, MD

114 Pounds:  Donte Lovelace, Cheltenham, MD

Open Division:

123 Pounds: Hector Soto, Salisbury, MD vs. Javon Campbell, Raleigh, NC

132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar, Germantown, MD vs. Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, VA

141 Pounds:  Tyrek Irby, Oxon Hill, MD vs. Jalonte Cole, Burke, VA

152 Pounds:  Maiwak Dagoot, Bowie, MD vs.  Ray Barlow, Raleigh, NC

165 Pounds:  Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD vs. Troy Isley, Alexandria, VA

178 Pounds:  Genc Pllana, Hagerstown, MD vs. Jonathan Housand, Virginia Beach, VA

201+ Pounds:  Cortez Dunston, Baltimore, MD vs. Leander Overby, Hampton, VA

Unopposed Champions:

108 Pounds: Rasheed Wright, Washington, DC

114 Pounds: Malik Jackson, Washington, DC

201 Pounds: Jonathan Surratt, Fort Washington, MD 

The first bout begins at 7:30 PM.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wade Falls In Two to Golovkin In Inglewood!

Dominic "Lights Out" Wade offered very little resistance to Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin tonight at the Forum in Inglewood, CA as he was knocked out in two rounds in front of a partisan, sellout crowd and a national television (HBO) audience.

The Largo, MD middleweight tried to land shots against Golovkin in the first round but it was quickly apparent that Wade did not have the power to move the native of Kazakhstan backward.  Late in the first round, Golovkin hit Wade with a right hand behind the ear and dropped him.

Golovkin finished the show with two knockdowns in the second round, the second coming from a picture-perfect right hand to Wade's face.  Referee Jack Reiss, who gave Wade every opportunity to continue in the bout, reached the count of 10 and the bout was stopped at 2:37.

The loss was Wade's first as a pro and he is now 18-1, 12 KO's.  Golovkin, who remains the WBA, IBF and the interim WBC Middleweight champion, is now 35-0, 32 KO's and has knocked out his last 22 opponents.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Wade Weighs 159.6 For Middleweight Title Tussle With 'Triple G!'

Dominic Wade tipped the scales at 159.6 pounds for his world middleweight title bout against Gennady Golovkin Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.  Golovkin weighed 159.

The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 10 PM ET.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Golovkin-Wade Weigh-In To Be Streamed Live April 22 at 4 PM!



The weigh-in for the Gennady Golovkin-Dominic Wade bout will be streamed live by HBO Boxing on Friday, April 22 at 4 PM ET (1 PM PT) from Inglewood, CA.

You can watch the live stream by going to this link on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wddyzZ5ueSQ&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fox New York Bout Cancelled!

Tonight's bout in Rye Brook, NY featuring Alantez Fox will not take place.

According  to Fox's Facebook page, his scheduled opponent, Josue Ovando, found out he has a brain tumor and he was not cleared to compete. BATB sends its best wishes to Ovando and his family.

Fox Weighs 160 For Eight-Round Contest In New York!

Alantez Fox weighed 160 pounds for his eight-round bout with Josue Ovando tonight at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.  Ovando also tipped the scales at 160. This is a DiBella Entertainment card.

Aleem Wins Tough Eight-Round Unanimous Decision In Pennsylvania!


(Photo by Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions)

Richmond, VA middleweight Immanuwel Aleem won a brutal eight-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Cepeda of The Bronx, NY in a nationally-televised (FS1) bout Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

The judge's scorecards said that Aleem won the bout handily (79-73 across the board) but the bout itself was incredibly tough as both men landed crushing blows.  Aleem managed to land more of the brutal shots but somehow Cepeda managed to stay upright and land solid punches of his own.  This was the second straight eight-round decision Aleem has won and he remains undefeated with a record of 16-0, nine KO's. Cepeda, who was competing for the first time since February of 2015, falls to 17-2, 15 KO's.

Aleem's older brother, Moshea, will return to action on the Mayweather Promotions card on Saturday, April 30 at the DC Armory when he takes on Martez Jackson (2-0-1, one KO) of Valdosta, GA in a four-round bout.  Moshea Aleem, a super welterweight (4-0, two KO's), returns after a two-year absence.  We will have more on the April 30 card later this week.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A. Fox Takes On Ovando In Westchester, NY April 20!

Undefeated Forestville, MD middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox returns to action on Wednesday, April 20th against Josue "Chiquilin" Ovando of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight-round bout at the Westchester Hilton in Westchester, NY.

Fox (18-0-1, seven KO's) is coming off a fourth-round stoppage of Todd Manuel on November 13 in Biloxi, MS.  Ovando (14-9-1, 11 KO's) has lost two straight and four of his last five bouts including a six-round unanimous decision loss to D'Mitrius Ballard in June of 2015.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Aleem Weighs 159 For Nationally-Televised Eight-Rounder In Pennsylvania!

Immanuwel Aleem weighed in at 159 pounds for his nationally-televised eight-round contest against Jonathan Cepeda Tuesday at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.  Cepeda tipped the scales at the middleweight limit at 160 pounds.

The Fox Sports 1 broadcast will begin at 10 PM ET.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Amateurs Aplenty In May!

May will be a big month for amateur Beltway Boxing as we will have three cards in the area.  These events will come directly after the Regional Golden Gloves which will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.


The first May card will be on Thursday, May 5 as Baltimore Boxing will bring a card to Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.  The card will feature the final amateur appearance of Baltimore 154-pounder Joe Veazey who will take on Andre Harris of Pasadena, MD for the East Coast 154-pound championship.  Veazey is a former Ringside World Champion and won a silver medal at the Junior Golden Gloves in 2014.

Also on the card, Tyrell Boyd of the Upton Boxing Club in Baltimore will battle Genc Pllana of the Bowerhouse Academy in Frederick, MD for the East Coast Middleweight title.  Boyd is a former Novice Washington Golden Gloves champion while Pllana is slated to compete for the Regional Open Golden Gloves championship at the same weight on April 30.

The card will serve as a tribute to Murray “Bushwacker” Smith Sr., the father of Baltimore Boxing’s Jake Smith. Smith Sr., a well-known figure in the Baltimore area for decades, was a longtime event promoter who lost his battle with Melanoma in 2013.

Tickets purchased in advance start at $25, reserved seats are $35, reserved tables for ten are $350, $50 VIP seats and $500 VIP tables of 10 can be purchased by calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the fights begin at 8.



Then on Saturday, May 7, there will be a card at the Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, located at 7711 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD.  Scheduled to appear on this card will be Deric Davis, Jamal Harvey, Stacey Selby and Tyreek Williams.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.  Call 301-312-4247 for details.


Friday through Sunday, May 13-15 will be the Regional Junior Olympic Championships which will be held at the Main Street Gym in Salisbury, MD.  There will be boxers from seven states represented.  Single day tickets are $20 and full tournament tickets are $35.  Call (410) 430-6687 for more information.

Gary Russell, Jr. Defends WBC Title With Second-Round KO; Brother Antonio Scores Second-Round Stoppage on Undercard; Hawkins Wins By Sixth-Round TKO In Vegas; Corley Drops Majority Decision In Mexico!

An overall successful night for Beltway Boxers on the road on Saturday.  Let's start at the Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT where Capitol Heights, MD's "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. made the first successful defense of his WBC Featherweight championship with a crushing second-round TKO over Patrick "The Punisher" Hyland of Dublin, Ireland.  The bout was shown on Showtime.

Russell used his trademark speed to simply overpower Hyland and knock him down three times in the second to win the contest. The bout was stopped at 1:33.  Russell is now 27-1, 16 KO's while Hyland drops to 31-2, 15 KO's.

On the undercard, Russell's younger brother, Antonio, began his 2016 campaign with a second-round stoppage of his own against Alberto Serna of Mexico.  Antonio Russell, the 2015 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year, dropped Serna twice with right hooks in the first round, then landed a quick combination to finish the bout at 39 seconds of the second.  Antonio Russell is now 6-0, five KO's while Serna is 2-5, one KO.

Meanwhile at the D Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Baltimore, MD welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins put on a punishing display en route to a sixth-round TKO of Errol "The Spider" Sidney of New Orleans, LA.  Hawkins kept Sidney off-balance with brutal left jabs and right hooks. Hawkins continually worked Sidney into corners -- so much so that hall of fame pro wrestling announcer Jim Ross, who called the bout for the CBS Sports Network, said that Sidney was in the corner so much, he would have to pay property tax.

Hawkins finished the job in the sixth with a crushing right uppercut that dropped Sidney to the canvas.  Referee Jay Nady stopped the bout at 1:02.  Hawkins remains undefeated at 7-0, six KO's.  Sidney is now 6-2-2, two KO's.

At the Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido in Monterrey, Mexico, former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley lost a 12-round majority decision to Adrian "Diamante" Estrella of Monterrey.  The bout was for Estrella's interim WBC Latino Lightweight title.

In an interesting situation, open scoring was used for this bout and after eight rounds, the scoring had the contest 80-72, 77-76 and 78-74 for Estrella. In round nine, Corley dropped Estrella with a right hand. Estrella survived the round and was pretty much on his bicycle for the rest of the fight. In the end, judges saw it 114-114 and 117-112, 116-111 for Estrella.

Corley falls to 44-27-1, 26 KOs while Estrella rises to 26-1, 23 KOs.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Scale Watches From Connecticut, Nevada And Mexico!

Lots of scale watches for this weekend's contests in three locations.

At the Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT, Gary Russell, Jr. tipped the scales at 126 pounds for his WBC Featherweight title defense against Patrick Hyland, who also weighed 126. . The bout will headline the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast at 11 PM ET.

On the non-televised undercard, Antonio Russell weighed 118 pounds for his six-round bout against Alberto Serna who came in at 117.

At the D Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Malik Hawkins weighed in at 146 pounds for his six-round contest against Errol Sidney, who came in at a very light 134 pounds.  This bout will open the CBS Sports Network telecast at 11 PM ET.

Meanwhile in Monterrey, Mexico, DeMarcus Corley came in at 133 1/2 pounds for his six-round contest against Adrian Estrella for the WBC International lightweight title.  Foster weighed 134.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Maryland State Title Bouts Highlight May 14 Card in Timonium!

Two Maryland State title bouts will be the featured attractions during the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card on Saturday, May 14 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

In a 10-round contest for the state light heavyweight title, Baltimore's Travis "Seveer" Reeves will face off against Frederick's Larry "Hitman" Pryor.  Reeves (11-2-2, five KO's) is working on an eight-bout winning streak which includes a first-round stoppage of Anthony Caputo Smith in his last outing on December 12 in Baltimore.  Reeves scored the 2015 Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year on July 9 when he knocked out Samer Barakat at the Tall Cedars Hall in Parkville.

Pryor (9-13, five KO's) has lost four in a row, all to undefeated competition that had a combined record of 51-0-2.  Pryor lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Travis Peterkin in his last contest on March 30 in New York City.

The Maryland Super Featherweight title contest will be a 10-round affair between Tyrell "Da Show Shocka" Samuel of Baltimore and Joshua "Dynamite" Davis of Catonsville. Samuel (16-6-1, seven KO's) returned to action after a 15-month absence and scored a fourth-round TKO over Victor Vasquez on October 2 in Philadelphia, PA.  Samuel is no stranger to state title bouts -- he is a former Maryland State Super Featherweight champion, winning the title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Ron Boyd in November of 2008 in Glen Burnie.

Davis (10-1, four KO's) has won six straight bouts since suffering his only loss in September of 2013.  Davis last fought on November 12 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Justin Lopez in Cockeysville, MD.  This will be Davis's first scheduled 10-round contest.

The undercard is also starting to come together.  DC flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas will take on Anahi Torres of Mexico in an eight-round contest.  Douglas (10-1, four KO's) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Nydia Feliciano on November 12.  Torres (13-13-1, two KO's) will try to bounce back from suffering a six-round unanimous decision loss to Jessica Nery Plata on February 13 in Queretaro, Mexico.

In a super middleweight contest scheduled for four rounds, Baltimore's Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris will battle with Darryl Watkins of Temple Hills, MD.  Morris (1-0, one KO) scored a second-round TKO over Casanova Brooks in his pro debut on December 12 in Baltimore.  Watkins (0-4) just fought on Saturday, April 9 and lost a tough, four-round split decision to Francisco Bustos in Springfield, VA.

Super middleweight Sharif "C3" Rahman returns to action in a four-round contest against Jessie Singletary of DC. Rahman (1-0, one KO), the 19-year-old son of former heavyweight world champion Hasim Rahman, made his pro debut a successful on December 12 when he stopped Alex Asbury in the first round.  Singletary (0-1) lost his pro debut on that same card to Jerome Featherstone by four-round unanimous decision.

Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James Early returns to action in a four-round bout against Tyshae Ferguson of Danville, VA.  Early (1-0) made his pro debut on March 5 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Arthur Parker in Norfolk, VA.  Ferguson (0-5) has been stopped in four of his five pro bouts.

Other local boxers slated to be on this card include: James Stevenson, Eric Hernandez, Patrick Harris, Devin Butcher, Seth Billups and Matthew Abregu along with Canadian super welterweight Cody Crowley.  This card has a special starting time of 5 PM ET.





Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Former World Champ Corley Says He's An 'Impossible' Test For Estrella April 16 In Mexico!

Former world champion DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley (44-26-1, 26 KOs) says WBC #10 lightweight Adrián “Diamante“ Estrella (25-1, 23 KOs) made a big mistake in selecting him as an opponent this Saturday, April 16 at the Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido in Monterrey, Mexico.

“I think the style of Estrella helps greatly for me to come out victorious,” said Corley in a press release. “He’s a very static fighter who has power but doesn’t move much and that’s where my skill and footwork will help me win this fight and beat a world ranked contender helping me get back to the top.

“I’m an impossible test for the Mexican. He doesn’t have what it takes to defeat me because I dare say he won’t even land a blow and he’ll finally despair and give up.”

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Local Prospects Are Successful In Springfield!

A number of Beltway Boxing prospects won bouts Saturday night on the Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner won a six-round unanimous decision over Dan "The Disciple" Shull of Winchester, VA.  Kisner showed good hand speed and accuracy throughout the contest as he peppered Shull with left jabs and right hooks throughout the contest.  Shull showed a solid chin but very little offense throughout the night.  All three judges scored the bout a shutout for Kisner, 60-54. Kisner is now 16-2-1, six KO's.  Shull falls to 3-31-1, one KO.

Undefeated Palmer Park, MD lightweight Drayvontay Speed-Rawls scored a sixth-round TKO over Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga of DC.  Speed-Rawls entered the sixth round for the first time in his pro career and handled it well as he finished the bout with a flourish, swarming Olinga with a flurry of punches that forced referee Michelle Myers to stop the contest at 2:28 of the sixth.  Speed-Rawls is now 6-0-1, four KO's while Olinga drops to 1-12.

Super welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley of Gaithersburg, MD put on one of his best performances in a first-round TKO victory over Dennis Sharpe of Bayonne, NJ.  The end came suddenly as Quigley, who was accurate all throughout the round, landed a brutal left hand that stopped Sharpe in his tracks.  Sharpe never went down but slumped against the ropes.  Referee Billy Johnson stopped the contest at 2:35. Quigley remains undefeated at 14-0, 13 KO's.  Sharpe drops to 17-20-4, four KO's.

Fort Washington, MD super bantamweight Marq "Monster Johns scored a third-round TKO over Alan Beeman of Newport, RI.  Johns landed a crushing left hand that opened up a cut along Beeman's nose late in the second round.  As the bell rang to start the third round, neither Beeman's corner nor the ringside doctor could stop the bleeding and the bout was stopped at two seconds of the third.  Johns bounces back from his first pro loss in July of 2015 and raises his record to 7-1-1, six KO's.  Beeman remains winless at 0-12.

"The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk of Landover, MD scored a fourth-round TKO over Dustin Caplinger of Akron, OH.  After a relatively even two rounds, Polischuk took control in the third round landing solid left hands that put Caplinger on his heels.  Caplinger lost a point for holding in the third.  Polischuk kept up the pressure in the fourth with more brutal lefts that made Caplinger turn his head and made referee Myers stop the contest at 1:54.  Polischuk's record rises to 9-1-1, three KO's.  Caplinger drops to 2-7, one KO.

In a very exciting bout, undefeated Oxon Hill, MD super lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy won a four-round unanimous decision over Stephon McIntyre of Atlanta, GA. The bout was fought primarily at close quarters and the bout was even early on with both men landing shots.  Gradually, Breedy took control of the bout and landed the more efficient shots but McIntyre stayed with Breedy and proved to be very tough but his offense became more limited as the bout wore on.  Breedy won by shutout (40-36) on all three cards but the bout looked a little closer.  Breedy, a native of Bridgetown, Barbados, remains undefeated at 6-0, four KO's while McIntyre falls to 2-19-2.

In an all-Maryland battle, Rockville middleweight Francisco Bustos won a four-round split decision over Darryl Watkins of Temple Hills.  There was a controversy in the first round as Watkins appeared to knock Bustos down with a right hand.  However, Watkins continued to hit Bustos after Bustos fell to the canvas.  Referee Johnson took a point away from Watkins for the infraction but did not give Watkins credit for knocking down Bustos.  Bustos ended up winning the contest on two of the scorecards 38-37 and 39-36 while Watkins received a score of 38-37 on one scorecard.  Bustos stays undefeated at 4-0, two KO's while Watkins remains winless at 0-4.

Baltimore heavyweight Colby Madison needed only 30 seconds to win his pro debut as he stopped Dominique Barnes of Wilson, NC.  Madison threw a right-hand punch at Barnes that, although it didn't seem to land, sent Barnes to the canvas. Barnes could not -- or did not want to -- get back up and the bout was stopped.  Barnes is now 0-2.

In other bouts on the card, York, PA welterweight Stevie Weimer made a successful debut under the Jeter Promotions managerial banner winning a four-round unanimous decision over Joseph "Trouble" Figueroa of the Bronx, NY.  Weimer showed good boxing skills in his first bout after an almost three-year hiatus from the sport in which he received his college degree from York College.  Weimer threw crisp combinations that didn't hurt Figueroa but did enough to win the bout by shutout on all three scorecards (40-36).  Weimer is now 10-0, two KO's whole Figueroa falls to 11-58-5, three KO's.

"The Young General" Ian Green of Paterson, NJ broke down Gundrick "Sho-Gun" King of Tuscaloosa, AL over five rounds to score a TKO in a middleweight contest.  Green started off patiently, using a solid left jab to set up crisp body and head shots with his right hand.  By the fifth round, Green swarmed King with powerful shots that forced referee Myers to stop the bout at 2:49.  Green bounced back from suffering his first pro loss in January and his record is now 9-1, seven KO's.  King drops to 18-17, 11 KO's.

Flyweight Matthew "Diamond Boy" Griego of Albuquerque, NM knocked out Concord, NC's Jordan Simmons in the first round. The 19-year-old Griego knocked down Simmons twice in the first round before the bout was halted at 1:32.  Griego is 4-0, four KO's.  Simmons is 0-2.

In the opening contest of the card, Zsolt Daranyi, Jr. of Toronto, Canada remained perfect with a first-round stoppage of Marqus "Goose" Jackson of Atlanta, GA.  After a short feeling out process, Daranyi hit Jackson with a crushing right hand to the body that stopped the contest at 1:09.  Daranyi is now 8-0, eight KO's while 8-0, eight KO's while Simmons is 0-2.

Hear the entire card right here:






Saturday, April 09, 2016

Weights From Springfield!

Here is the scale watch for the Jeter Promotions card Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Gerome Quigley 152 vs. Dennis Sharpe 156

Drayvontay Speed-Rawls 142 vs. Benjamin Olinga 138

Cobia Breedy 129 vs. Stephon McIntyre 131

Francisco Bustos 160 vs. Darryl Watkins 163

Marq Johns 124 vs. Alan Beeman 128

Yurii Polischuk 146 vs. Dustin Caplinger 154

Nick Kisner 199 vs. Dan Shull 197

Colby Madison 233 vs. Dominique Barnes 225

Stevie Weimer 146 vs. Joseph Figueroa 155

Ian Green 162 vs. Gundrick King 162

Zsolt Daranyi, Jr. 153 vs. Marqus Jackson 151

Matthew Griego 111 vs. Jordan Simmons 111

Bout summary:

Quigley (13-0, 12 KO's, Gaithersburg, MD) vs. Sharpe (17-19-4, Bayonne, NJ) six rounds.

Speed-Rawls (5-0-1, three KO's, Glenarden, MD vs. Olinga (1-11, Washington, DC) six rounds.

Breedy (5-0, four KO's, Oxon Hill, MD via Barbados) vs. McIntyre (2-18-2, Jonesboro, GA) four rounds.

Bustos (3-0, two KO's, Rockville, MD) vs. Watkins (0-3, Temple Hills, MD) four rounds.

Johns (6-1-1, five KO's, Fort Washington, MD) vs. Beeman (0-11, Providence, RI) four rounds.

Polischuk (8-1-1, two KO's, Landover, MD) vs. Caplinger (2-6, one KO, Akron, OH) six rounds.

Kisner (15-2-1, six KO's, Baltimore, MD) vs. Shull (3-30-1, one KO, Winchester, VA) six rounds.

Madison (Pro Debut, Baltimore, MD) vs. Barnes (0-1, Wilson, NC) four rounds.

Weimer (9-0, two KO's, York, PA) vs. Figueroa (11-57-5, Bronx, NY) four rounds.

Green (8-1, six KO's, Paterson, NJ) vs. King (18-16, 11 KO's, Tuscaloosa, AL) six rounds.

Daranyi, Jr. (7-0, seven KO's, Toronto, Canada via Hungary) vs. Jackson (3-23, two KO's, Atlanta, GA) six rounds.

Griego (3-0, three KO's, Albuquerque, NM) vs. Simmons (0-1, Concord, NC) four rounds.

The card is scheduled to begin around 8 PM ET.  If you can't be there in person, listen to the broadcast live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android or on the Boxing Along The Beltway pages on Spreaker.com or Iheartradio.com.





Thursday, April 07, 2016

DC Commission Rules On Judging Snafu!

The District of Columbia Boxing And Wrestling Commission has made a ruling based on their investigation into the strange scoring of judge Lloyd Scaife during the Luis Ortiz-Tony Thompson bout on March 5 at the DC Armory.

Scaife only had Ortiz winning by one point after the first five rounds despite Ortiz knocking down Thompson twice during that five-round period.  Ortiz would knock out Thompson in the sixth round.

In a statement, the Commission found "significant discrepancies” in the scoring of the bout that were the result of "human error” rather than anything malicious. Thus, no disciplinary action will be taken against Scaife.

According to RingTV.com's Mitch Abramson, the commission also said, “These findings were discussed with Mr. Scaife, who has acknowledged the errors and agrees with this determination of cause. While the Commission recognizes that these errors led to a significant discrepancy in one of the scorecards for the fight in question, it also acknowledges that these errors did not impact the final outcome of the fight.”

"Based upon the facts obtained through this investigation, the Commissions is comfortable with its finding that human error occurred and considers this matter concluded.  No further actions will be taken.”

Abramson is also reporting that Scaife, who has been judging bouts since the mid 1990's, has retired as a judge.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Broner-Theophane Telecast Sets Network Viewership Records!

The April 1st telecast of the Adrien Broner-Ashley Theophane bout at the DC Armory set a viewership record for Spike TV who televised the card.

The main event fight averaged 1.013 million viewers, making it the most-watched boxing match in Spike TV network history.  The overall Spike telecast on Friday, which included undefeated Baltimore boxer Gervonta Davis, averaged 873,000 viewers, also a Spike network record for a boxing event.

The previous record was the Amir Khan-Chris Algieri bout on May 29 in Brooklyn, NY.  The bout, won by Khan by 12-round unanimous decision, averaged one million viewers.

Bates, Grove Sign With Major Promoters!

Two more Beltway Boxers have signed with major national promoters.


DC featherweight Marcus "Dreamcatcher" Bates has become the latest local boxer to sign with King's Promotions of Reading, PA.  Bates (3-0-1, three KO's). will return to action in May after a two-year layoff.

Bates has not fought since winning scoring a fourth-round TKO over Edgardo Marin in October of 2014 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Bates's four-round draw with Stephon McIntyre in January of 2014 was one of the best bouts of that year.

King's Promotions head Marshall Kauffman is very high on his latest find.

"Marcus is a good prospect.  I have seen him in action and he has a lot of ability.  He is still very young and I look forward to see him develop over the next few years and I think he has a very high ceiling as a fighter." 

Bates joins fellow Beltway Boxers Mykal Fox, Thomas Snow, and another recent signee Devar Ferhadi under the King's Promotions banner.




Also, Al Haymon has another Beltway Boxer under contract.  DC-based lightweight Keegan "Sandman" Grove will be the second straight recent boxer to sign with Haymon before his first pro contest, which is scheduled to come later this month.

The 18-year-old Grove is a former regional Silver Gloves champion who has competed in the ring with the likes of fellow locals Gervonta Davis and Gary Antuanne Russell during his amateur career.

Grove will be trained by noted trainer George Peterson (shown with Grove), a former DC police officer who moved to South Carolina and set up a boxing gym.  Peterson's most famous charge was former world champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams, who recently made a successful debut as a trainer with Justin DeLoach who scored a brutal fourth-round knockout in March.

Grove joins the likes of Davis, Gary Russell, Jr., Jarrett Hurd, Thomas Williams, Jr., Danny Kelly, The Peterson Brothers, David Grayton and Phil Jackson Benson as Haymon signees.  Grove follows Jordan White as a boxer signed by Haymon before his first pro contest.





Monday, April 04, 2016

Beltway Pro Boxing Continues Saturday In Springfield!

The "Superb Spring Of Beltway Boxing" continues this Saturday, April 9 when Jeter Promotions brings another card to the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA that will be loaded with local talent.

Some bouts are already official -- Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner will be on the card taking on veteran Dan "The Disciple" Shull of Winchester, VA in a six-round contest.  Kisner (15-2-1, six KO's) bounced back from his nationally-televised 10-round unanimous decision loss to Lateef Kayode in May of 2015 by scoring a fourth round TKO over James Jones on March 11 in Weirton, WVA.

Shull (3-30-1, one KO) will be trying to break a 15-bout losing streak.  Shull is no stranger to the Beltway or to Beltway Boxers -- he has fought the likes of Thomas Williams, Jr., Scott Sigmon, Dale Robeson-El and Steve Wheeler and returns to the ABC Sports Complex for the first time since losing a four-round majority decision to Otgonbayer Daivii in January of 2009.

Other local talent scheduled to be on the card include Gerome Quigley (13-0, 12 KO's), Drayvontay Speed Rawls (5-0-1, three KO's), Cobia Breedy (5-0, four KO's), Francisco Bustos (3-0, two KO's), Marq Johns (6-1-1, five KO's) and Yurii Polischuk (8-1-1, two KO's).  Also on the card will be the first Jeter Promotions managerial signee, Stevie Weimer of York, PA (9-0, two KO's) who returns to the ring after an almost three-year absence.

In other bouts already signed for the card, Ian Green of Paterson, NJ looks to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss when he takes on Gundrick "Sho-Gun" King of Tuscaloosa, AL in a six-round middleweight contest.  Green (8-1, six KO's) lost a six-round majority decision to Devaun Lee on January 27 in New York City.  Green makes his third visit to the ABC Sports Complex, scoring knockout victories in his previous two contests.

King (18-16, 11 KO's) has lost eight in a row, but some of those losses have come against quality competition including Yuri Foreman and former world champion Randall Bailey.

Also on the card, undefeated Easton, PA welterweight Arturo Trujillo will be in a six-round contest against Rynell Griffin of New Orleans, LA.  Trujillo (8-0, five KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Jeffrey Wright on February 19 in Atlantic City, NJ.  Two of Trujillo's wins have come against Beltway Boxers -- Trujillo won a four-round unanimous decision over Yurii Polischuk in August of 2013 then scored a third-round TKO over Kevin Womack, Jr. in April of 2014. Both bouts were in Bethlehem, PA.

Griffin (7-24-2, two KO's) will be trying to turn his fortunes around after losing by fourth-round TKO to O'Shaquie Foster on January 16 at the ABC Sports Complex.  The loss was Griffin's ninth in a row.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Results From Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals!






(Photos by Kent Green -- kg-hotshots.smugmug.com)

There was a lot of quality amateur boxing action at the finals of the Washington Golden Gloves Championships in front of a packed house at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

A good portion of the marquee matchups took place in the Open Division.  In the 165-Pound weight class title bout, Tavon Body (Headbangers) won the title defeating Jordon Payne (Woodland Tigers).  Body will try to win his third consecutive regional championship later this month.

Body's teammate, Tyrek Irby, won his title at 141 pounds by defeating Joshua Lee (UMAR) by RSC (Referee Stops Contest) in the first round when Lee hurt his arm during the contest.  Along with Rasheed Wright who was an unopposed championship at 108 pounds, the Headbangers gym won the team trophy for the second straight year.

Also in the Open Division, Maiwak Da'goot (Hillcrest) won the 152-Pound championship with a victory over Mansabory Conde (Odenton Fitness).  Malik Jackson (Limelite) took the 114-Pound title defeating Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future).

At 123 Pounds, Hector Soto (Down Under) won the championship defeating Christopher Glen (Hagerstown). Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) took the 132-Pound title with a win over Ebrima Jawara (Laurel).  Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse) captured the 178-pound title with a win over Mark Duncan (Headbangers).

The 201-Pound class saw Jonathan Surratt (Tony's Gym) win the championship over Shaka Williams (NOMIS). Also,  Cortez Duncan (UMAR) won the 201+ pound championship over Nathaniel Copeland, Jr. (D-Block).

In the Novice Division, Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) stopped Francis Poulos, II (Sugar Ray Leonard) in the first round to win the 178-Pound title.  Poe's teammate, Blaze Fidler, defeated Ahmad Jones (UMAR) to capture the 132-Pound championship.  Another Hillcrest boxer -- Davonte Lee -- was unopposed as 108-pound champion.  The three wins earned Hillcrest the Novice Team Championship.

In other bouts, Marcus Johnson (Limelite) won the 123-Pound championship with a win over Joshua Woodard (Headbangers).  At 141 Pounds, Leroy Payne (Headbangers) defeated Tariq Harris (1st Class).

The 152-Pound championship saw Mike Crain of Delaware (Dog Pound) win the title with a victory over Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard).  Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) won the 165-pound title by medical disqualification when Antonio Haywood (Hillcrest) hurt his shoulder throwing a punch during the bout.

Thomas Mottinger (Main Street) captured the 201-Pound title with a win over Jordan Scott (Woodland) and Jimmy Speros (Olympia) defeated Aaron Blackwell (D-Block) to win the 201+ Pound title.

Congratulations to Owen Pannucci (Bowerhouse), Tyquawn Johnson (#11 Overcomers), Donte Baytop (UMAR) and DeAngelo McDonald (D-Block) who earned Sportsmanship awards.  Also, congratulations to the No Xcuse for winning the Junior Division team championship for the second consecutive year.

The Virginia-North Carolina Golden Gloves will be held April 15-17 at Wilson Middle School in Wilmington, NC.  The regional championship will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Rosecroft Raceway.




Friday, April 01, 2016

Kareem Martin Beats Somner Martin By Unanimous Decision!

Kareem Martin has won a six-round unanimous decision in our final bout of the evening here at the DC Armory.

  K. Martin defeated Somner Martin and did it primarily with one hand as it looked as if K. Martin hurt his hand in the first round with a punch to S. Martin's head.

K. Martin still won by shutout  (60-54) across the board to raise his record to 8-0-1, three KO's.  S. Martin is now 5-2, three KO's.

One More Bout Here In DC!

Kareem Martin has been waiting a long time but he will take on Somner Martin of Martinsville, VA.

By the way, the attendance tonight: 8, 172.

Davis Stops Avila In Six!

Gervonta "Tank" Davis has stopped Guillermo "El Borrego" Avila in the sixth round.  Davis broke down Avila throughout the bout, dropping him with a brutal straight left hand late in the fifth round.

Davis would close the show with two crushing right uppercuts that forced referee Michelle Myers to stop the bout at 29 seconds of the sixth round.  Davis is now 15-0, 14 KO's.  Avila is 15-6, 12 KO's.

Peterson Wins Unanimous Decision Over Neequaye!

Anthony Peterson has won a 10-round unanimous decision over Samuel Untouchable Neequaye.  Peterson fought Neequaye at close quarters all throughout the bout, using a solid left jab.  Neequaye stayed close but Peterson did most of the damage.

Peterson won by scores of 100-90, 97-93 and 96-94.  Peterson is now 37-1, 24 KO's.  Neequaye is 22-2, 15 KO's.

Love Stops Gbenga In Six!

Inkster, MI super middleweight J'Leon Love stopped Michael Gbenga of Lagos, Nigeria in the sixth round.

Love battered Gbenga throughout the contest before the bout was stopped two seconds into the sixth with Gbenga on his stool.

Love is now 22-1, 16 KO's.  Gbenga drops to 17-25, 16 KO's.

Now in the ring:  Anthony Peterson in a scheduled 10-round encounter against Samuel Neequaye.

Nicholson Goes The Distance For First Time In Unanimous Decision Victory!

Demond Nicholson went a full distance for the first time in his career in winning an eight-round unanimous decision over a very tough Joshua Okine tonight at the DC Armory.

Nicholson landed some vicious body shots although he was warned by referee Brent Bovell for low shots.  Okine showed signs of breaking down at times but also landed good shots as well.  Nicholson dictated the pace of the bout and got the win.  Nicholson won by scores of 80-72, 78-74 and 79-72.  Nicholson is now 17-1, 16 KO's.  Okine falls to 22-5, 15 KO's.

Next up: J'Leon Love of Las Vegas faces Michael Gbenga of Lagos, Nigeria in a scheduled 10-round super middleweight contest.

Harris Stops Bell In Two!

Lightweight Patrick Harris has scored the first knockout of the night as he scored a second-round TKO over Derrick Bell of Accra, Ghana.
Harris used powerful body shots to break Bell down.  Harris finally dropped Bell with a left to the body followed by a right to the head.  Bell beat referee Joe Cooper's count but was not able to continue. The bout was stopped at 1:03 of the second round.
Harris is now 9-0, six KO's. Bell is 12-28-1, seven KO's.
In the ring now: Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson of Laurel, MD taking on Joshua Okine of Accra, Ghana in an eight-round middleweight contest.

Tazhibay Wins Unanimous Decision!

Shynggyskhan Tazhibay has won a four-round unanimous decision over Rairus Dudley in a super welterweight contest.

Tazhibay landed good shots but faced a tough opponent in Dudley who wasn't going anywhere.  Tazhibay won by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice to raise his record to 3-0, two KO's while Dudley falls to 2-1-1, two KO's.

Next up: Patrick Harris takes on Dedrick Bell of Accra, Ghana in a four-rounder in the lightweight division.

We Are Underway From The DC Armory!

Hi everyone from the DC Armory in our Nation's Capitol for the Mayweather Promotions/About Billions Promotions/Headbangers Promotions card.  The card is already underway.

In the opening contest, Gerald Tucker of Cincinnati, Ohio won a four-round unanimous decision over Anthony Napunyi of Lagos, Nigeria.  Tucker won by shutout on all three cards, 40-36. 

In the ring is Rockville, MD-based welterweight Shynggyskhan Tazhibay who is taking on Riasus Dudley of Macon, GA.  Four rounds.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Weights From DC -- Broner Loses Title On Scale!

Adrien Broner will walk into the DC Armory on Friday night without his WBA Super Lightweight title.  Broner lost the title on the scales during today's weigh-in at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southwest DC.

Broner weighed in at 140.4 pounds (butt naked) while challenger Ashley Theophane weighed in at the super lightweight limit of 140 pounds.  Broner had two hours after the weigh-in to lose the four ounces he needed to.  Reportedly, he didn't even try to lose the weight.

Broner has been stripped of the title but the bout is still on.  If Theophane wins on Friday, he becomes the champion.  If Broner wins, the title will become vacant.  ESPN.com is reporting that Broner will have to pay Theophane a portion of his purse.  No word on the details of that agreement.

Broner, a four-time champion in four weight divisions, faces this situation for the second time in his career.  In July of 2012, Broner was slated to defend a junior lightweight title against Vicente Escobedo but weighed in three and a half pounds over the 130-pound limit.  The title was stripped from Broner but remained vacant because Broner knocked out Escobedo in the fifth round.

Here is the rest of the scale watch:

Robert Easter 133 vs. Algenis Mendez 134

Gervonta Davis 131 vs. Guillermo Avila 131

Anthony Peterson 138 vs. Samuel Neequaye 139

J'Leon Love 170 vs. Michael Gbenga 170

Demond Nicholson 164 vs. Joshua Okine 160

Kareem Martin 147 vs. Somner Martin 147

Patrick Harris 137 vs. Samuel Amoako (will weigh-in tomorrow)

Shnggyskhan Tazhibay 148 vs. Rairus Dudley 152

Gerald Tucker 129 vs. Anthony Napunyi 131

Once again, the first bout is at 5:30 PM ET.  We will have podcast reports on the non-televised undercard as well as some interviews and a post-fight wrap-up show on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android as well as on the Boxing Along The Beltway pages on Spreaker.com, Iheartradio.com and on YouTube.


Hernandez Harrison Has Opponent For May 13 TV Main Event At DC Armory!


Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison has an opponent for his Friday, May 13 main event appearance at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.

Harrison (29-0, 16 KO's) will take on "The Silent Assassin" Mike Dallas, Jr. of Bakersfield, CA in a 10-round contest that will headline a Roc Nation card that will be shown on BET.   Harrison is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Angel Hernandez on January 29 in Elk Grove, IL.

Dallas, Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KO's) has won two straight bouts since restarting his career after an almost two-year layoff.  In his last bout before his sabbatical, Dallas, Jr. lost by second-round TKO to Lucas Matthysse in January of 2013 for the interim WBC Super Lightweight title.




Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Broner, Theophane Hold Final Press Conference!



(Photos by Charles M. James, Three Cee Media.net)

Adrien Broner and Ashley Theophane made their final comments at the final press conference for their Friday, April 1 bout at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.

WBA Super lightweight champ Broner came to the Hamilton Live location in Northwest DC more than an hour late...and then had very little to say to the media assembled during the conference.

"I didn't even want to come here," Broner said.  "The fight is already sold."  Reportedly, there are about 200 tickets remaining for the card.  Broner then reiterated his promise that he would knock out the British challenger between four and eight rounds.

Theophane said he is looking for a war on Friday night.

"We are two days away and we are going to war," Theophane said.  "I hope he will try to live up to his promise -- to stalk me and try to knock me out."

As Theophane walked away from the podium, he ended his comments, "...and the new."

The weigh-in will be Thursday at 1 PM at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southwest DC. The weigh-in is no longer open to the public.

'Tank' Davis Honored By City Of Baltimore!



(Photo by Lorin Chvotkin)

Earlier this month during a media workout session in his hometown of Baltimore, MD, undefeated super featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis was given special recognition by Baltimore city for his leadership and community work.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (shown with Davis) was on hand at the Upton Boxing Center to present a certificate of recognition to Davis.  Mayor Rawlings-Blake had this to say about Davis.

“It is great to see Gervonta Davis accomplish so much and I know that this is just the beginning. He is a role model to all the young men and women who come to Upton Boxing, and the youth of Baltimore look up to him. He carries himself with respect, and he has pride for his hometown. To be a great boxer, you must be disciplined, you must train hard, and you must be dedicated. Although Tank is only 21 years old, his achievements illustrate his commitment to these principles. I am so very proud of him. I am excited for his next fight on April 1.”

That Friday, April 1 bout will be at the DC Armory in Washington, DC when Davis (14-0, 13 KO's) will take on Guillermo Avila of Tijuana, MX in a 10-round bout that will be shown live on Spike TV beginning at 9 PM ET.

Davis spoke to BATB about his April 1 contest and the special recognition from his hometown.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Prichard Colon Has Another Surgery Five Months After Bout In Virginia!

Prichard Colon, the Puerto Rican welterweight who has been in a comatose state since suffering injuries in a bout in Virginia, recently underwent another surgery with yet another one forthcoming.

Colon suffered a traumatic brain injury during a nationally-televised bout he lost against Terrell Williams of Los Angeles, CA at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA on October 17.  According to ESPN.com, Colon underwent surgery last week and is scheduled to have another one this week.  No word was given as to the specifics of the surgeries, one of many Colon has had since the injury.

"In the middle of [last] week, Pri underwent surgery," the family said in a statement. "[He will] go back to surgery next week. We ask that you take one minute to ask the creator for the health of our champion. Let us continue to pray to God for a miracle."

Colon (16-1, 13 KO's) lost by ninth-round disqualification to Williams during a foul-plagued contest.  Colon collapsed in his dressing room and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to relieve pressure inside his skull.

Colon was moved to Shepherd Center, a hospital in Atlanta, GA that specializes in treatment for those with brain and spinal cord injuries.  Colon had spinal surgery in February so a catheter could be implanted in order to administer a drug to help loosen his muscles.

During the bout, Colon took illegal punches behind the head, including one that knocked Colon down in the ninth round. Referee Joe Cooper did not penalize Williams for the rabbit punch.  Cooper did penalize Williams in the seventh round for rabbit punching but allowed a lot of illegal punches during the contest.

Colon was disqualified when his corner took his gloves off after the ninth round, thinking it was the 10th and final round. The corner could not get Colon's gloves back on during the one-minute rest period between rounds.  Colon walked to the dressing room under his own power but soon after became dizzy, vomited and passed out, at which point he was rushed to the hospital.

The Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulations recently announced that they had concluded their investigation of the bout and found "no regulatory violations."

The report said in part, "no regulatory violations appear to warrant disciplinary action against any Virginia licensees, including Williams. Cooper, the contract referee, generally maintained control of the contest -- despite noted disagreement over some foul calls and consistency of point deductions -- consulted with the ringside physician; and complied with regulatory requirements to attend to Colon's health. ... No one action (or failure to act) can be identified that is so apparent or egregious to justify holding accountable any one person."

The report concluded, "Although there is no evidence of foreseeable wrongdoing on the part of any particular individual, looking back at the 'what ifs' is indeed heartbreaking. DPOR remains committed to fighter safety, doing what we can to protect fighters despite the inherent risks of combative sports like boxing, and praying for Prichard Colon."

The DPOR also said in a statement, "Our hearts go out to Prichard Colon and his family, friends, and fans. All of us at DPOR, along with the boxing community, continue to hold out hope for his recovery. We fully appreciate that no report can ever truly make sense of the tragedy that occurred in Fairfax, Virginia, on Oct. 17, 2015."