Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kelly, Russell, Aleem Score First-Round Knockouts In Boston!

Short, but successful work for three Beltway Boxers Saturday at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA.  All three locals scored first-round knockout victories.

DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly stopped Curtis Lee Tate of Oakland, TN at 1:05.  Kelly is now 8-1-1, seven KO's.  Tate falls to 7-6, six KO's.

Capitol Heights, MD bantamweight Antonio Russell knocked out Brandon Ali Garvin of Philadelphia, PA at 1:03.  Russell is now 2-0, two KO's while Garvin is 0-2.

Richmond, VA middleweight Immanuwel Aleem got some TV time on NBC.  However, he only needed 15 seconds to dispose of veteran David Toribio of Miami, FL.  Aleem is 13-0, nine KO's while Toribio is 21-15, 14 KO's.

Ballard, Roach To Appear On Fox Sports 1 Telecast June 30 in Philadelphia; Rivers, Jr. On Undercard!

On the heels of Dominic Wade's big nationally-televised (ShoBox) bout against former world champion Sam Soliman on Friday, June 26 in Shelton, WA comes word that two more Beltway Boxers will appear on national television just four days later with a third local on the undercard.

Undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard will participate in his first eight-round contest on Tuesday, June 30 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  The bout will be a televised co-feature contest on a Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes telecast of "Golden Boy Live."  Ballard (9-0, eight KO's) is riding a six-bout knockout streak and is coming off a first-round stoppage of previously undefeated Jason Zabokrtsky on March 12 in San Antonio, TX.  No word yet on Ballard's opponent for this bout.

Opening the telecast will be Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. who will face Christian Santibanez of San Antonio, TX in a six-round encounter.  Roach (7-0, three KO's) last fought on April 18 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Miguel Castro in Verona, NY.  Santibanez (3-4, two KO's) will try to bounce back from a third-round TKO loss to Ruslan Madiev on April 30 in Indio, CA.

The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoove" Rivers, Jr. who will compete in a six-round contest against an opponent to be determined.  Rivers, Jr. (11-0, eight KO's) returns to the ring after a third-round TKO over Stephon McIntyre on January 17 in Washington, DC.

Kenney Earns Bronze Medal At Junior And Youth Women's World Championships In Taiwan!

Alexandria, VA amateur middleweight Iesha Kenney won a bronze medal at this week's Junior and Youth Women's World Championships in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Kenney lost her semifinal contest Friday to Lu Zheng of China by a 3-0 decision.  This is Kenney's second bronze medal earned at these championships -- she won bronze in 2013 as a 132-pound junior in Bulgaria.

Congratulations also to Kenney's coach, Kay Koroma of Burke, VA, who is part of the US coaching squad that has six boxers in Saturday's championship round.

Kelly, Russell, Aleem Hit Scales in Boston!

Three Beltway Boxers hit the scales for bouts Saturday afternoon at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA.

Danny Kelly weighed in at 240 pounds for his six-round heavyweight contest against Curtis Lee Tate, who tipped the scales at 229 pounds.

Antonio Russell came in at 117 pounds for his four-round junior featherweight bout versus Brandon Garvin, who weighed in at 119 pounds.

Immanuwel Aleem weighed 159 pounds for his six-round middleweight bout against David Toribio, who tipped the scales at 160 pounds.

These bouts will be on the undercard of two bouts televised by NBC Saturday afternoon at 4:30 ET.

Davis, Martin Victorious In Atlantic City!

Beltway Boxers Gervonta "Tank" Davis and Kareem "Reemo" Martin scored victories Friday night on a card at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.

Baltimore featherweight Davis, participating in his first scheduled eight-round contest, needed just 75 seconds to stop Alberto Mora of Mexico.  Davis is now 11-0, 10 KO's.  Mora drops to 5-4, one KO.

DC welterweight Martin moved up to the six-round category for the first time and won a unanimous decision over Donald Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM.  Martin won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 58-56.  Martin's record is now 5-0-1, three KO's while Sanchez falls to 2-2, one KO.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Davis, Martin Hit Scales In Atlantic City!

Gervonta Davis and Kareem Martin weighed in Thursday for their bouts on Friday at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.

Davis tipped the scales at 132 pounds for his eight-round bout against Alberto Mora who came in at 130.

Martin and his opponent, Donald Sanchez, both weighed in at 150 pounds for their six-round bout.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baltimore's Ford and Davis Featured In Fightland Article!

Some really nice press for the Baltimore section of the Beltway Boxing scene.  Jeff Harder of Fightland.Vice.com has written a very nice story on Upton Boxing Gym head Calvin Ford and the outstanding work he has continued to do in the community.

One of the boxers out of that gym, of course, is undefeated featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis who will be participating in an eight-round contest on Friday, May 22 in Atlantic City, NJ.  Here is the article:

http://fightland.vice.com/blog/hope-and-fisticuffs-in-the-land-of-the-wire

Kenney Performing Well At World Women's Junior and Youth Championships In Taiwan!

Alexandria, VA's Iesha Kenney has been a dominating presence after her first two bouts at the World Junior and Youth Championships in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

The 17-year-old Kenney has scored third round TKO's in both her bouts thus far.  Kenney stopped Taylor Ross of Canada at 1:20 of the round on Tuesday.  Wednesday's action saw Kenney score a stoppage over Fanni Szokol of Hungary at 1:07 of the third.

Kenney can do no worse than a bronze medal in the Youth Division from this event, which is what Kenney did as a Junior in the same tournament in 2013 in Bulgaria.  Kenney's semifinal bout will be on Friday against Lu Zheng on Friday.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wade To Face Former World Champion Soliman June 26 In Shelton, WA!

BATB has received word that undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade will take the biggest step of his career when he faces former world champion "King" Sam Soliman of Melbourne, Australia on Friday, June 26 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA.  The 10-round bout is slated to be broadcast on Showtime's ShoBox telecast.

Wade (17-0, 12 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Eddie Hunter on December 20 at the Little Creek Casino Resort.  Wade has knocked out four of his last six opponents.

Soliman (44-12, 18 KO's) will not be an easy person to put away.  The former IBF Middleweight champion has only been stopped once in his career.  That was when Soliman lost to Anthony Mundine in the ninth round in March of 2007.  Soliman, who won the IBF title in March of 2014 with a unanimous decision over Felix Sturm, lost the title in his first defense against Jermain Taylor in Soliman's last outing on October 8 in Biloxi, MS.

We hope to talk to Wade about this huge contest in the very near future.

PVA Looking For Supporters For Junior Olympic Regional Tournament Program!



The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing (PVA) will be hosting the Junior Olympic Regional Tournament on Friday through Sunday, May 29-31 at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southwest Washington, DC.  The organization is looking for your support.

The PVA is putting together a program for the event and they are looking for supporters and organizations to place ads in the program.  If you are interested, contact Rickey Womack at (202) 528-7694 by Friday of this week.

Kelly, Aleem Added to May 23 Boston Card; Martin Has Four-Rounder Now in Atlantic City!

Two more Beltway Boxers will be on a card at the Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University in Boston, MA on Saturday, May 23.

DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly will be in a six-round bout against Curtis Lee Tate of Oakland, TN.  Kelly (7-1-1, six KO's) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss in August of 2014 by scoring a first-round knockout of Kevin Franklin on February 21 in Allentown, PA.  Tate (7-5, six KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Zhang Zhilei on August 8 in Fallon, NV.

Also, undefeated Richmond, VA middleweight Immanuwel Aleem returns to action with a swing bout on the card against veteran David Toribio of Miami, FL.  The bout will either be a six or an eight-round contest.  Aleem (12-0, eight KO's) has knocked out his last five opponents, including a second-round stoppage of Emmanuel Sanchez on April 18 in Valley Forge, PA.

Toribio (21-14, 14 KO's) is a veteran who has won his last two bouts against boxers with a combined won-loss record of 2-23.  Toribio has fought in the Beltway twice, defeating Ishmail Arvin by eight-round majority decision in Glen Burnie, MD in September of 2008 and losing an eight-round unanimous decision to Oscar Diaz in DC on November of 2005.

The Friday, May 22 bout for DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin has been knocked back to a four-round contest because his opponent has changed,  The undefeated Martin (4-0-1, three KO's) will now face Marques "Goose" Jackson of Atlanta, GA.  Jackson (3-15, two KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Brandon Brewer on April 25 in Winston-Salem, NC.  Prior to that, Jackson won a four-round unanimous decision over Rajiv Bhattacharya on March 31 in Columbia, SC.

Beltway Boxing fans may remember Jackson as the first person to knock down Dusty Hernandez Harrison in a bout.  That was in August of 2012 at the Washington Convention Center.  Jackson dropped Harrison in the sixth and final round but Harrison won the bout by unanimous decision.

UPDATE:  We are now hearing that the Martin bout may not happen.   Sources tell BATB that Jackson has not been contacted about this contest.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Phipps Loses in Pennsylvania; Antonio Russell Returns To Action In Boston; Nicholson Competes In Philadelphia!

A late result from Saturday.  Baltimore, MD heavyweight Jed "The Punisher" Phipps was stopped in the fifth round by Daniel "The Mountain" Martz of Clarksburg, WVA on a card at Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, PA.

According to Fightnews.com, Phipps was game but overmatched in the contest against the 6'7, 257-pound Martz, who dropped Phipps in the first and fourth rounds and then finished the job with a straight right hand that ended the bout at 1:59 of the fifth.

Phipps is now 19-10, 11 KO's while Martz is 13-2-1, 10 KO's.

Two more Beltway Boxers will be in action in the next two weeks.  Capitol Heights, MD bantamweight Antonio Russell will be in his second bout as a pro on Saturday, May 23 when he faces Brandon Ali Garvin of Philadelphia, PA in a four-round bout at the Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University in Boston, MA.

Russell won his pro debut on January 31 in Philadelphia, PA with a second-round knockout of Harold Reyes.  Garvin lost his pro debut on April 10 in Melrose, MA when he was stopped in the first round by Marcos Forestal.

Also, Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson returns to action in his first scheduled eight-round contest at the Stadium Holiday Inn in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 29.  Nicholson (12-1, 12 KO's) has won two straight since suffering his only pro loss in November of 2014.  There is no word yet on Nicholson's opponent.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Corley Stops On Stool After Six In Denver!

DeMarcus "Chop Chop' Corley was stopped at the end of six rounds today by Manuel "Manos" Perez of Denver, CO at PT Showclub in Denver.

Despite being in Denver two weeks before the contest in an attempt to acclimate himself with the Colorado climate, Corley said on his Facebook page that he had breathing issues with the altitude during the outdoor boxing match.  Perez seemed to be one step ahead of the former WBO Super Lightweight champion throughout the contest.

After the sixth round, Corley told the referee he could not continue and the bout was over.  Corley is now 42-23-1, 25 KO's while Perez's record rises to 23-11-1, five KO's.

Kisner Open Workout Today In Columbia!



(Photo by Wallace Barron)

Ferndale, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner is having an open workout this afternoon at 3 PM at the Lights Out Gym located at 9051 Red Branch Road in Columbia, MD.  This event is free and open to the public!

Kisner (14-1-1, five KO's) is preparing for his Friday, May 29 10-round bout against undefeated Lateef "Power" Kayode of Hollywood, CA at the WC Handy Pavilion in Memphis, TN.  The bout will be the main event of a nationally-televised card shown on the CBS Sports Network.

We hope to be able to get an interview with Kisner that you can hear by going to the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App for Android or on Spreaker.com.

Mike Reed Guests On SportsTalk!

NewsChannel 8's Toyota Sportstalk has given the Beltway Boxing scene great press in recent days.  Alex Parker visited the Russell Family for a nice segment on Wednesday.

Then on Friday, legendary DC sportscaster Glenn Harris had undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed as his in-studio guest. Examiner.com Boxing Columnist Ron Harris (Glenn's brother) is also on the show. Here is the show:

Taylor Drops Unanimous Decision In Phoenix!

Emanuel "Tranzforma" Taylor lost a 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated "Relentless" Antonio Orozco Friday night at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ in front of a nationally-televised (TruTV) audience.

Orozco started well in the early rounds but Taylor picked up the pace near the middle of the bout.  Taylor gave up too many of the early rounds, however, and lost the bout by scores of 96-94 (twice) and 98-92.

Taylor is now 18-4, 12 KO's while Orozco remains undefeated at 21-0, 15 KO's.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Corley Weighs 135 For Denver 10-Rounder!



(photo by John Russell)

DeMarcus Corley weighed 135 pounds for his 10-round contest Saturday night at PT's Showclub in Denver, CO.  Corley's opponent, Manuel Perez also weighed 135 pounds.

White, Body Eliminated From Golden Gloves Competition!

The streak is over.  For the first time in six years, the Beltway will have no national Golden Gloves champions.

Jordan White and Tavon Body were both eliminated from quarter final competition on Thursday.   White lost his 114 Pound battle to Christian Carto of Pennsylvania and Body dropped his quarterfinal contest to Isiah Jones of Detroit at 165 pounds.

There is only one DC Region boxer remaining in the tournament.   DeWayne Beamon of Goldsboro, NC advanced to the semifinals at 123 pounds with a win over Victor Morales of Nevada.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SportsTalk Profiles Russell Family!

NewsChannel 8's Sports Talk put together a nice profile of the Russell Family.  Father Gary Russell, Sr. and three of his sons -- WBC Featherweight champion Gary, Jr., Allen and Antonio -- were at the gym during the segment hosted by Alex Parker.

Here is the segment:

Taylor Weighs 141 For Ten-Rounder in Phoenix!


Emmanuel Taylor (right) and Antonio Orozco both weighed 141 pounds for their 10-round contest Friday at the US Airway Center in Phoenix, AZ.

The bout will be the televised co-feature on TruTV . The telecast begins at 10 PM ET.

Corley Continues Comeback Campaign May 16 in Denver!

Former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley continues his amazing comeback campaign when he faces Manuel "Manos" Perez of Denver, CO in a 10-round contest on Saturday, May 16 at PT's Showclub in Denver.

The 40-year-old Corley (42-22-1, 25 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Daniel Attah on September 20 in DC.  Corley has won three of his last four contests.

Perez (22-11-1, four KO's) lost his last contest by third-round knockout to Victor Ortiz on December 13 in Las Vegas, NV.

The two men share a common opponent in world title contender Paul McCloskey.  Corley stopped McCloskey in the 10th round in McCloskey's home country of Northern Ireland in May of 2012. McCloskey would bounce back four months later and win a 12-round unanimous decision over Perez in Belfast.

The bout can be witnessed live on Ustream.com by going to "Sting Like A Bee Entertainment."  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/boxing-and-mix-martial-art-tv  The event is scheduled to begin at 7 PM ET


White, Body, Beamon Remain In Hunt For Golden Gloves Titles!

Three DC Region Boxers remain in the hunt for National Golden Gloves titles in Las Vegas, NV.

Jordan White advanced to the next round at 114 pounds with a win over Fred Compton of Indiana.  Tavon Body also moved into the next round at 165 pounds with a victory over Micah Hunt of Knoxville, TN.

DeWayne Beamon of Goldsboro, North Carolina is the third DC Region Boxer to advance as he won his bout at 123 pounds over Jeremy Olivarez of Michigan.

Three DC Region Boxers were eliminated from competition and one of the losses was a real shocker.  Keeshawn Williams, who was the Outstanding Boxer of the Regional Golden Gloves on April 25, lost his first bout at the nationals at 132 pounds to Maliek Montgomery of Knoxville, TN.

Also at 178 pounds, Justin Bell lost his second round bout to Marco Delgado of California.

At 108 pounds, Jonathan Howard of Greensboro, NC was knocked out of the tournament by Pablo Ramirez of Texas.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Davis, Martin Gain Opponents For Atlantic City Bouts!

Undefeated Beltway Boxers Gervonta "Tank" Davis and Kareem "Reemo" Martin now have opponents for their bouts on Friday, May 22 at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Davis (10-0, nine KO's) will face Alberto "Iron Man" Mora of Mexico (5-3, one KO) in Davis's first scheduled eight-round bout.  Davis is coming off a first-round knockout of Israel Suarez on February 20 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Mora lost a four-round unanimous decision to Paul Romero on March 20 in Glendale, AZ.

Martin (4-0-1, three KO's) steps into six-round competition for the first time as he faces Juan Aguirre of Jacksonville, FL (6-14-1).  Martin also scored a first-round knockout on February 20 in Pittsburgh when he stopped Cole Milani.  Aguirre has lost four in a row including a four-round unanimous decision to Charles Natal on March 6 in Kissimmee, FL.

White, Bell Advance, M. Abregu, Laws Fall At National Golden Gloves!

Two more DC Region boxers advanced and two more were eliminated in competition Tuesday at the 2015 National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas, NV.

Jordan White won his opening bout at 114 Pounds defeating Manual Flores of California.  At 178 Pounds, Justin Bell moved into the next round with a win over Cody Cross of Michigan.

Matthew Abregu lost his contest at 152 pounds to Melquades Ramirez of the Colorado/New Mexico region while Christopher Laws fell to Raymond Walker of Texas in the 201+ Pound bracket.

Keeshawn Williams and Jonathan Howard are the only DC boxers yet to compete -- Williams at 132 pounds, received a bye into the second round and will begin work today.  Howard is competing in the 108-pound class and may not get to work until a little later in the tourney.

Kenney Represents US At Junior And Youth Women's World Championships In Taipei, Taiwan!


(photo courtesy of the Alexandria Times)

Best wishes to Alexandria, VA's Iesha Kenney who will be competing at the 2015 World Junior and Youth Women's World Championships in Taipei, Taiwan beginning on May 16.

The 17-year-old Kenney has been successful on a national and international level for a number of years.  In 2013, Kenney won a bronze medal at this same tournament in Bulgaria, competing at 132 pounds.  Kenney won a national title at 141 pounds in 2014.

This year, Kenney will compete as a middleweight on the Youth team.

The Washington Post's Brandon Parker has a nice feature on Kenney that you can find here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/alexandria-teen-iesha-kenney-is-ready-to-break-out-on-boxings-biggest-stage/2015/05/12/c3ac4558-e7a6-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html

Kenney's coach, Kay Koroma (shown with Kenney) is a member of the coaching staff for the US team in Taipei.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Body, Beamon Win, D. Abregu, Titus Fall On Day One Of National Golden Gloves!

DC Region boxers went two for four on the first day of competition at the National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas, NV.
Tavon Body won his opening bout at 165 pounds with a 5-0 victory over Anthony Rose of the Upper Midwest Region.

Dewayne Beamon of Goldsboro, NC took a 5-0 win over Elijah Varnell of Wisconsin.
In the 141-Pound class, Diego Abregu thought he won his bout.  According to his Facebook page,  Abregu was initially announced as the winner.  However,  the judges tabulated the scores incorrectly.   Abregu lost to Dewone Johnson of Chicago by a 3-2 score.

At 201 Pounds, Malik Titus lost by TKO to Jason Beauchamp of Nevada.

Junior Olympic Regionals Come To DC May 29-31!



The 2015 Junior Olympic Regional Boxing Tournament will take place at the Bald Eagle Recreational Center, located at 100 Joliet Street in Southwest DC on May 29-31.

There will be boxers from five states (Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio) and the District Of Columbia competing at the event.

For more information on times and ticket prices, call (202) 528-7694.

Bus Trip Available To See Davis, Martin May 22 In Atlantic City!




There is a bus trip being arranged for fans to see two undefeated Beltway Boxing prospects compete at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday, May 22.

Baltimore featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis (10-0, nine KO's) is slated to compete in his first scheduled eight-round contest and DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin (4-0-1, three KO's) is scheduled to participate in his first six-round bout.  No word yet on their opponents.

Tickets for the trip are $75 which includes transportation, a ticket to the bouts and more.  For more information, call  410-622-6034 for details.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

DC Regional Golden Gloves Team Touches Down In Las Vegas!

The DC Regional Golden Gloves team has arrived in Las Vegas and is making final preparations for the National Golden Gloves Tournament which gets underway starting tomorrow.

There has been one change made on the DC Regional team:  Matthew Abregu of Leesburg, VA replaces Shynggskhan Tazhibay at 152 pounds.  Tazhibay could not compete in the tournament because he is not a naturalized US citizen.  Abregu joins his brother, Diego (141 Pounds) on the DC Regional squad and they will try to be the fourth brother combination in Beltway history to win National Golden Gloves titles (Mark Johnson and James Harris, The Peterson Brothers and The Russell Family are the others)  The Abregus would be the first to win titles in the same tournament.

So, here once again, is the 2015 DC Regional squad:

108 Pounds: Jonathan Howard III, Wilmington, NC

114 Pounds: Jordan White, Waldorf, MD

123 Pounds: DeWayne Beamon, Goldsboro, NC

132 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams, Capitol Heights, MD

141 Pounds: Diego Abregu, Leesburg, VA

152 Pounds: Matthew Abregu, Leesburg, VA

165 Pounds: Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD

178 Pounds: Justin Bell, District Heights, MD

201 Pounds: Milik Titus, Baltimore, MD

201+ Pounds: Christopher Laws, Hampton, VA

For the first time in many years, there is an even number of boxers from the DC/Maryland and Virginia/North Carolina regions -- five each way.  The DC region will try to have a boxer win a national Golden Gloves title for the sixth consecutive year.


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Gary Russell, Jr. Honored At Community Celebration!



A sizable group of fans came to the District Heights Municipal Center in District Heights, MD to honor the new WBC Featherweight Champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. during a festive outdoor ceremony.  Fans were able to get autographs and pose for pictures with the new champion who won his title in March with a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez.

Representatives from both the governments of District Heights and nearby Capitol Heights, MD (where Russell grew up) presented proclamations and Russell also received a congratulatory letter from Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council.

Russell told reporters in attendance that he may be back in action sometime in July.

Yours truly was honored to be one of the guest speakers for the event and my remarks, as well as those of the champ himself, can be heard here:

Friday, May 08, 2015

Nicklow Drops Decision, Womack Scores Knockout in Philadelphia; Reed Stops Opponent in Two, Black Falls In One In Newark!

Mixed bag of results Friday for traveling Beltway Boxers.  
Baltimore middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow lost an eight-round unanimous decision to DeCarlo "3Mendo" Perez of New Jersey in front of a nationally televised (ESPN2) audience at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Nicklow got off to a good start landing solid right hands in the first round.   However,  Nicklow did little else the rest of the contest as Perez was able to get his range and beat Nicklow to the punch with regularity.  All three judges scored the bout 79-73.

Nicklow has lost three straight bouts and his record falls to 24-6-3, eight KO's.  Perez is now 14-3-1, five KO's.

On the same card, Baltimore welterweight Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. scored a first-round TKO over Nathaniel Rivas of Berlin,  NJ.  The bout was stopped at 1:24.  Womack evens his record at 5-5-2, three KO's.   Rivas is now 5-2, two KO's.

Over at the Prudential Center in Newark,  NJ,  Waldorf,  MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed remained undefeated with a second-round stoppage of Osenohan Vazquez of Newark.   Reed got the KO at the two-minute mark as he landed a crushing right uppercut-straight left hand combination that forced the referee to stop the bout as Vazquez was reeling from the punches.   Reed is now 14-0, nine KO's while Vazquez falls to 8-4-1, three KO's.

In a walkout bout, Rockville, MD heavyweight Carlos "The DC Diamond Cutter" Black was stopped in the first round by George Arias of The Bronx, NY.  The bout was stopped at 2:05.  Black, who made his pro debut on April 23 in Baltimore, is now 1-1.  Arias is 3-0, two KO's.

Nicklow, Womack Hit Scales in Philadelphia!

Baltimore boxers Jessie Nicklow and Kevin Womack, Jr. weighed in for their bouts tonight at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Nicklow tipped the scales at 161 pounds for his eight-round nationally-televised (ESPN2) contest against DeCarlo Perez.  Perez weighed in at 159 pounds.

Womack weighed 149 pounds for his six-round undercard contest against Nathanial Rivas, who came in at 148 pounds.

The Friday Night Fights telecast begins at 9 PM ET.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Reed Weighs 143 For Eight-Round Bout In Newark, NJ; Black Weighs 238 For Four-Rounder!


(Photo by Ross Molovinsky)

Mike Reed (right) tipped the scales at 143 pounds for his eight-round contest with Osenohan Vazquez Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  Vazquez came in at 140 pounds.

The bout is a swing contest for the TruTV telecast and may make the telecast if the other bouts end early.

Also on the card, Rockville, MD's Carlos Black came in at 238 for his four-round contest against George Arias, who tipped the scales at 229 pounds.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

May 9 Is A Busy Beltway Boxing Day!

Saturday, May 9 will be a very busy and exciting day of Beltway Boxing as we have two amateur shows in the area and an afternoon of celebrating the Beltway's newest world champion.




There will be an amateur card at the Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, located at 7711 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD.  Scheduled to appear on the card are two Beltway Boxers who are possible 2016 Olympians -- USA National champion Tiara Brown and USA Elite Boxer Tyrek Irby. 

Both boxers have gotten very far in the amateur ranks and this may be the last time they may compete in the area before the Olympic Trials.  Irby has already qualified for the trials and competed for the USA Knockouts team in the World Series of Boxing.  Brown is a former national and world champion at 125 who is moving up to 132 pounds to try to reach the Olympics.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  For more information, call (301) 899-2430.



Meanwhile at the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD, Baltimore Boxing Promotions is putting on a card that will feature an East Coast championship bout between Joe Veazey of Baltimore and Nigel Fennell of Salisbury, MD.  Proceeds from the card benefit the Worcester County Humane Society.

Tickets for this card range $25, $50 and $65.  You can go to the website at www.baltimoreboxing.com to purchase tickets.



Also, the Beltway Boxing Community will celebrate the recent WBC Featherweight title win by Capitol Heights, MD's "Mr" Gary Russell, Jr. with a free and open to the public ceremony at the District Heights Municipal Center, 2000 Marbury Drive in District Heights, MD.  The event will begin at 2 PM and there will be free food available.  Yours truly has been honored to be selected as one of the speakers for the event.

Russell (26-1, 15 KO's) won his title on March 28 when he scored a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Kisner To Face Kayode May 29 In Memphis!

Ferndale, MD's "Slick" Nick Kisner has perhaps his biggest bout in his career on Friday, May 29 when he faces undefeated Lateef  "Power" Kayode in Memphis, TN in a 10-round cruiserweight bout.  The contest is slated to be televised by CBS Sports Network.

Kisner (14-1-1, five KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Marlon Hayes on March 28 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  Kayode, a native of Lagos, Nigeria who fights out of Hollywood, CA (20-0, 16 KO's) was stopped in the first round by Luis Ortiz for the interim WBA Heavyweight title in his last outing on September 11 in Las Vegas, NV.  However, the decision was overturned in January because Ortiz failed a drug test.  Kayode has won numerous regional cruiserweight titles.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

McCalla Loses Unanimous Decision In Las Vegas; Snyder Stopped In Indio!

Tough night for Beltway Boxers as two lost nationally-televised contests.

Cecil McCalla dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to former world champion Ishe Smith at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV on ESPN2. McCalla fell behind early in the contest and was outgunned throughout by the former member of the first season Contender cast.  McCalla lost by scores of 98-92 and 97-93 (twice).

McCalla loses his second straight bout and is now 20-2, seven KO's.  Smith is now 27-7, 12 KO's.

At the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA,  Joshua Snyder was stopped early in the second round in his bout against undefeated Jason Quigley on Fox Sports 1.  Quigley landed a devastating right-left-right combination to drop Snyder at 44 seconds of the second round.   Snyder falls to 9-12-1, three KO's while Quigley remains perfect at 6-0, six KO's.

Trainer Hunter Dissects Mayweather-Pacquiao!

The Washington Post's Gene Wang has a video online with Headbangers head trainer Barry Hunter showing what Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao need to do to be victorious on May 2.

Hunter gets assistance in his demonstration from Beltway Boxers Anthony Peterson and Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed.  The video is packaged with a Rick Mease article on Mayweather.

Here's the link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/boxing-mma-wrestling/is-floyd-mayweather-boring-only-when-hes-inside-the-boxing-ring/2015/04/30/f2e729aa-ef76-11e4-8050-839e9234b303_story.html

Snyder Weighs 160 For Nationally Televised Six-Rounder In California!

Berlin, MD middleweight "The Berlin Bomber" Joshua Snyder weighed 160 pounds for his six-round contest against undefeated Jason Quigley of Woodland Hills, CA tonight at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.  Quigley weighed 161 pounds.

Snyder (9-11-1, three KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Travell Mazion on March 12 in San Antonio, TX.  Quigley, a native of Ireland, (5-0, five KO's) scored a second-round TKO over Tolutomi Agunbiade on March 20 at the Fantasy Springs Casino.

The bout is slated to open tonight's Fox Sports 1 telecast at 10 PM ET.  Remember, Cecil McCalla is in the main event of tonight's ESPN2 broadcast against Ishe Smith beginning at 9 PM ET.  This will mean 11 Beltway Boxers have been on television in the first four months of the year.

Baltimore Boxing Community Continues To Fight For Peace!

There was a very nice article in Thursday's USA Today about members of Baltimore's boxing community using the sport to help change things for the better in their community.


Chris Korman focuses on the Upton Boxing Gym in Baltimore as a gym "fighting for the city's soul."  This is a powerful article.


Here's the link:  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/a-boxing-school-in-baltimore-is-fighting-for-the-citys-soul

McCalla, Smith Weigh 155 For Vegas Battle!

Cecil McCalla and former world champion Ishe Smith both weighed 155 pounds for their 10-round nationally-televised bout Thursday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

The bout is the main event of a special Thursday night edition on Friday Night Fights.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beltway Boxing Community Responds To Issues in Baltimore!

The turmoil that took place Monday in Baltimore obviously affected many in and around the city, including the Beltway Boxing Community.

The UMAR boxing gym in Baltimore is located right in the area where the epicenter of much of the turmoil took place, right on West North Avenue.  No word on whether the gym suffered any issues during this tragic situation.

Meanwhile in the Fells Point section of the city, Jake Smith, a native of Baltimore who owns the Baltimore Boxing and Fitness Gym was very adamant in a published statement.

“In my forty-plus years in Baltimore, this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” said Smith, whose promotional efforts have helped many local organizations through raffles and donations. “We are all aware that there are issues with police brutality throughout the country and while I am extremely disappointed with the lack of prosecution following specific incidents, rioting only makes everything worse. 

"I truly understand that emotions are at all-time highs in Baltimore and people want their voices to be heard but this is not the way to do it. Having worked with people from all walks of life, I wholeheartedly respect everybody’s point of view but I am pleading with the community as a whole to schedule peaceful and civilized meetings with city officials. This is the only way for everybody to get their thoughts and opinions out while hearing what the other side has to say. Riots are only going to tear apart and create further distance between police and citizens in this great city. I pray that everything calms down quickly and a resolution is met.”

BATB shares that prayer.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Reed Battles Vazquez May 8 In Newark, NJ!

Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action on Friday, May 8 when he takes on Osenohan Vazquez of Newark, NJ in an eight-round contest at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Reed (13-0, seven KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Eddie Soto on March 14 at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC.  Vazquez (8-3-1, three KO's) will try to bounce back from a first-round TKO loss to Clarence Booth on February 28 in Tampa, FL.

The bout is part of a card that will be televised on TruTV.  No word on whether Reed's bout will make the telecast.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Results From Regional Golden Gloves!

The 2015 Regional Golden Gloves champions in the Open and Novice Divisions were crowned Saturday night in front of a large crowd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

The DC Region will send a solid group of Open Division boxers to Las Vegas, NV for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions May 10-17 as the region looks to have a national champion for the sixth consecutive year.

Capitol Heights, MD 132-pounder Keeshawn Williams won the Truman E. Tuttle Memorial Outstanding Boxer Award after an impressive win over Roger Belch III of Newport News, VA.

At 152 Pounds, Shynggyskhan Tazhibay of Rockville, MD won a decision over Matthew Abregu of Leesburg, VA while his Headbangers gymmate, Tavon Body of Burtonsville, MD captured his second straight 165-pound regional title with a win over Clinso Brumfield of Alexandria, VA.

Another returnee to the nationals will be Milik Titus of Baltimore, MD who will make his second trip after defeating Benjamin Dobbs of Virginia Beach, VA in the 201-pound final.

Also, Justin Bell of District Heights, MD won by walkover at 178 Pounds to put him on the DC Region team heading to the nationals for the second year in a row.

Unlike in recent years, where the DC/Maryland portion dominated the Open Division slots, four of the 10 members of the 2015 Open team will come from the Virginia/North Carolina division of the region.  One of the four will be Diego Abregu of Leesburg.  Abregu won by walkover at 141 Pounds when 2014 National Golden Gloves champion Gary Antuanne Russell pulled out of the tournament because of a bad shoulder.

Making his third trip to the nationals will be Jonathan Howard III of Wilmington, NC.  Howard won the 108-pound championship with a win over Demetrius Young of Bowie, MD.  Also, DeWayne Beamon of Goldsboro, NC advanced to the Nationals by medical walkover.

Here is the 2015 Regional Golden Gloves Team:

108 Pounds: Jonathan Howard III, Wilmington, NC

114 Pounds: Jordan White, Waldorf, MD

123 Pounds: DeWayne Beamon, Goldsboro, NC

132 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams, Capitol Heights, MD

141 Pounds: Diego Abregu, Leesburg, VA

152 Pounds: Shynggyskhan Tazhibay, Rockville, MD

165 Pounds: Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD

178 Pounds: Justin Bell, District Heights, MD

201 Pounds: Milik Titus, Baltimore, MD

201+ Pounds: Christopher Laws, Hampton, VA


Here are the Novice Division Champions for 2015:

114 Pounds: Kevin Pendergrass, Suitland, MD

123 Pounds: Jacob Garcia, Sterling, VA

132 Pounds: Donnell Poe, Fort Washington, MD

141 Pounds: Dante Cox, Severn, MD

152 Pounds: Sippriano Zelldon, Silver Spring, MD

165 Pounds: Aaron Anderson, Baltimore, MD

178 Pounds: Darryl Lane, Washington, MD

201 Pounds: Jonathen Surratt, Fort Washington, MD

201+ Pounds: Timothy Crawford, Washington, DC


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Crews Wins Bout At USA-China Duel Meet; Beltway Vets Attah, Allen Compete In PA, NC!

Congratulations to Baltimore, MD's Franchon Crews who captured a victory in a dual meet between teams representing the United States and China this afternoon in Atlanta, GA.

Crews won her 178-pound contest against the reigning world champion in her weight class, Xiao Li Wang, by a 2-1 decision.  The victory clinched the USA's overall win in the dual meet.

Later today, two Beltway pro veterans will be in action.  Former world title challenger Daniel "The Prophet" Attah of DC will take on undefeated prospect Omar "Super O" Douglas of Wilmington, DE in a six-round super featherweight contest at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino in Chester, PA.   Attah (28-19-1, 11 KO's) fights for the first time since his 10-round unanimous decision loss to former world champion DeMarcus Corley on September 20 at the Washington Convention Center. Attah went the distance with Corley despite being knocked down five times during the bout.  Attah will be trying to break a six-bout losing streak.

Douglas (13-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO over Osnel Charles on December 5 at Harrah's.

Attah weighed in at 138 pounds for the bout while Douglas tipped the scales at 133.

Meanwhile at the South Side Community Center in Winston-Salem, NC, Laurel, MD super welterweight Norman "The Shadow" Allen will be in a six-round contest against Marcus Willis of Fort Myers, FL.  Allen (6-13, three KO's) lost a tough four-round majority decision to Edgar Torres on March 28 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  The loss was Allen's 12th in a row but was also one of Allen's best performances in recent memory.

Willis (13-4-2, three KO's) will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak of his own.  Willis dropped a six-round majority decision to DeCarlo Perez on August 2 in Atlantic City, NJ.

Gazette Gives Preview Of Regional Golden Gloves; BATB Provides Live Coverage Tonight From Rosecroft!

The Montgomery and Prince George's Gazette newspapers have great previews of some of the Maryland boxers that will be participating in the Open Division of the Regional Golden Gloves tonight at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Prince J. Grimes of the Gazette profiles a number of boxers in his previews including Shynggskhan Tazhibay and Tavon Body who will be in two of the marquee bouts of the evening.

Go to this link to read the Montgomery County Boxer preview:  http://www.gazette.net/article/20150422/SPORTS/150429904/1021/rockville-boxer-gets-a-chance-at-his-dream&template=gazette#

And tap this link for the Prince George's County preview:  http://www.gazette.net/article/20150423/SPORTS/150429700/1028/1028/bowie-fighter-gets-another-shot-at-regional-title&template=gazette

Hopefully, you can join us at Rosecroft Raceway tonight beginning at 7:30 PM ET.  If you can't be there in person, Juan Marshall and I will have the blow-by-blow call of the event live at 7:25 ET.  You can hear the action on the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android.  IOS users can hear the action by going to this link:  http://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway

Pacquiao-Mayweather Has Beltway PR Flavor!

Next Saturday's Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout has had a Beltway flavor to it -- from the public relations end.

As Washington Times columnist Thom Loverro points out, both boxers's public relations arms are headed by two people who got their start working with boxing in the Washington, DC area.





Kelly Swanson (Top), who heads DC's Swanson Communications, has worked with Mayweather for 10 years while Fred Sternburg, who is originally from Bethesda, MD, is the PR man for Pacquiao.  Both worked together during the heavyweight title reigns of Riddick Bowe.

Here is the great column. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/23/former-local-pr-gurus-in-mayweather-pacquiao-corne/?page=all#pagebreak

I have been very fortunate to have worked with both Swanson and Sternburg especially at the beginning of my boxing career and you couldn't find two more professional people in this business.

Both have been very helpful to me over the years.  I got to know Kelly first through her work with former Beltway Boxer Jermaine Fields and I met Fred through his work with the famed Hard Corps boxing crew that featured Derrell Coley, Reggie Green, Gerry Payne and Reuben Bell.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Stevenson Drops Unanimous Decision In Chicago!

Baltimore, MD welterweight James "Keep Em' Sleepin'" Stevenson  lost an eight round unanimous decision to Roberto "La Amenaza" Garcia of Weslaco, TX in a nationally-televised (Spike TV) contest at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.

Stevenson, who took the bout on two weeks notice, came out strong in round one by landing a stiff uppercut to send Garcia to the canvas for the eight count. Stevenson didn't show too much more after winning rounds one and four. Garcia started coming forward and pressuring Stevenson to take over the bout. One judge scored the bout 77-74 while the other two judges had a score of 78-73 giving Garcia the unanimous decision win.

Stevenson falls to 22-2, 15 KO's while Garcia improves to 37-3, 23 KO's.

Results From Tall Cedars Hall!

Here are the results from the Hardwork Promotions card Thursday night at the Tall Cedars Hall in Parkville, MD:

In the main event, cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves of Baltimore, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over Dan "Bada Bing" Biddle of Wilmington, DE.  Reeves won every round on the scorecards (60-54) with solid offense and great defensive movement.  Reeves is now 9-2-2, three KO's while Biddle falls to 9-3, five KO's.

The co-feature saw Baltimore junior middleweight Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell score a sixth-round TKO over Tyeson "H-Bomb" Harrison of Greensboro, NC.  Trussell fought a nice bout offensively, showing great offensive skills.  With less that 10 seconds remaining in the final round, Trussell landed a crushing right hand that dropped Harrison to the canvas.  Harrison got up on wobbly legs and referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the contest.  The time was 2:59.  Trussell's record rises to 9-2-1, seven KO's while Harrison is 2-2, one KO.

In a battle of debuting local lightweights, Glenarden, MD's Dravontay Speed-Rawls won a four-round split decision over Beltsville, MD's "Mighty" Joel Young.  Both men had their moments in the contest as they showed great movement and offensive skills.  Neither boxer, however, had a clear advantage.  Judges Chevalier and John Gradowski scored the bout 39-38 and 39-37 for Speed-Rawls while judge Don Risher saw the bout for Young, 39-37.  

DC heavyweight Carlos "The Diamond Cutter" Black  won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Lonnie Kornegay of Baltimore.  Black scored two knockdowns in the second round and appeared to be on his way to a stoppage victory.  However, Kornegay came back strong in the second half of the contest to make the bout closer on the scorecards.  Judges Gradowski and Chevalier scored the bout 38-36 while Risher had it 39-35.  Kornegay's record is 1-11-3.

Also on the card, debuting junior lightweight Albert "Spider Monkey" Mendoza of Fayetteville, AR scored a third-round TKO over Nicholas Rodriguez of Dayton, OH.  Mendoza wore down Rodriguez throughout the contest before dropping him twice in the third.  The bout was stopped at 2:27.  Rodriguez is 0-2.

In an exhibition contest that had the participants wearing headgear,, Baltimore welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins knocked out William Kelley in the second round.  Hawkins, who notched his third knockout victory in three tries on April 18 in Pennsauken, NJ, hit Kelley with a brutal right uppercut that sent Kelley crashing to the canvas.  Kelley, eventually was able to leave the ring under his own power.

Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up which includes an interview with Travis Reeves:



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 23 Card Complete For Tall Cedars Hall!

The Hardwork Promotions card for Thursday, April 23 at the Tall Cedars Hall in Baltimore is complete.

BATB has already told you about the main event -- a six-round cruiserweight contest between Baltimore's Travis "Seveer" Reeves (8-2-1, three KO's) and Dan "Bada Bing" Biddle of Hockessin, DE (9-2, five KO's).

The co-feature has Baltimore middleweight Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell taking on Tyeson Harrison of Greensboro, NC in a six-round bout.  Trussell (8-2-1, six KO's) needs a win as he is winless in his last three contests (0-2-1)  Harrison (2-1, one KO) will try to bounce back from his first pro loss -- a first-round knockout loss to Ivan Golub on November 13 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

There will be a lightweight battle between two debuting boxers from Maryland as Laurel's Joel Young takes on Drayvantay Speed-Rawls of Glenarden.  Speed-Rawls is the nephew of Beltway Boxing legend Eugene "Sonny" Speed.

Also on the card, Rockville, MD heavyweight Carlos Black makes his pro debut against veteran Lonnie Kornegay of Baltimore (1-10-3).

Also in pro debuts, Vladimir Pierre of Harlem, NY takes on William Kelley of Fayetteville, AR in a welterweight contest while featherweight Albert Mendoza of Indiana makes his pro debut against Nicholas Rodriguez of Fayetteville, AR.

Here is the scale watch for the card:

Travis Reeves 194 vs. Dan Biddle 200

Jeremy Trussell 154 1/2 vs. Tyeson Harrison 155

Joel Young 135 1/2 vs. Dravontay Speed-Rawls 134 1/2

Carlos Black 238 1/2 vs. Lonnie Kornegay 252 1/2

Vladimir Pierre 145 vs. William Kelley 152 1/2

Albert Mendoza 135 vs. Nicholas Rodriguez (will weigh-in tomorrow)

Stevenson To Face Garcia April 24 In Chicago!

Baltimore, MD welterweight James "Keep Em' Sleepin'" Stevenson returns to action on Friday, April 24 when he faces Roberto "La Amenaza" Garcia of Weslaco, TX in a 10-round contest at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.

Stevenson (22-1, 15 KO's) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss with a first-round TKO of Larry Ventus on November 13 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

Garcia (36-3. 23 KO's) is riding an eight-bout winning streak including a 10-round unanimous decision win over Breidis Prescott on July 25 at the UIC Pavilion.

This bout will be the top undercard contest on a card featuring the Anthony Dirrell-Badou Jack and Daniel Jacobs-Caleb Truax contests that will be televised by Spike TV.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quigley To Defend VA State Title Against Olinga June 6 In Springfield!

Montgomery Village, MD welterweight Gerome "The Showstopper" Quigley will defend his newly-won Virginia State Welterweight title on the next Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, June 6 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

The undefeated Quigley (7-0, six KO's) won his title on the last Jeter/RBA card on March 28 at the ABC Complex, scoring a fifth-round TKO over Richard "Tiger" Lee Hall.  Quigley has knocked out his last four opponents.

Quigley's adversary for this six-round contest may not have the type of record you would normally see in a title bout.  However, DC welterweight Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga definitely has the heart to be in one.  Olinga (1-9) has gone the distance in his last five bouts and has given most of his opponents some very tough battles.  Three of Olinga's last five contests went to majority decision.

Olinga has faced nine Beltway Boxers in his career and has been stopped only once by a fellow local boxer.  That was in November of 2011 when he was knocked out by Kevin Womack, Jr. in the fourth round in what was the Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year in Upper Marlboro, MD.  The only other boxer to stop Olinga was Rolando Chinea of Lancaster, PA who knocked out Olinga in the third round of a November 2013 contest in Baltimore, MD.

We'll have more information from this card as it comes into us.  Also, congratulations to co-promoter and two-regional belt champion Tony "Mo Better" Jeter who recently cracked the top 15 rankings in the WBA.  Jeter (20-4-1, 14 KO's) is ranked at number 15 in the middleweight rankings to add to his number 13 ranking in the WBC.   By the way, another Beltway Boxer -- Antoine "Action" Douglas -- is ranked number 14 by the WBA.


DC Heavyweight 'King' Charles Jerome Passes!


(photo by Juan Marshall)

Sad news in the local boxing world.  DC heavyweight "King" Charles Jerome passed away on Monday, April 13 after a brief illness. Jerome was 33 years old.

Jerome, the son of former Potomac Valley Association Chair Jerry Jerome and his wife Cecilia, had a brief illness due to a staph infection.  Jerome had just one bout in his pro career, a four-round unanimous decision win over William Monroe at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD on November 23, 2013.

Charles Jerome's funeral will be held on Friday, April 24 at Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church located at 1712 North Capitol Street in Northwest DC.  The service begins at 10 AM.  BATB sends its deepest condolences to the family.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cummings, Jargal Lose Bouts In Huntington, NY!

Beltway Boxers Cory "Black Ice" Cummings and the "Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal lost featured bouts on a card at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY on April 18.

Cummings, a light heavyweight from Baltimore, MD, was stopped in the second round by "The Irish Bomber" Joe Smith, Jr. of Mastic, NY in the main event for the IBA Continental Americas Light Heavyweight title.  According to reports, both men came out swinging in the first round, throwing hard shots.  Smith gained an advantage late in the first when he rocked Cummings with a right hand.

In the second round, Smith landed a left hook that dropped Cummings face first to the canvas.  Cummings got up but a later flurry of punches by Smith forced the bout to be stopped at 2:10 of the second.  Cummings's record falls to 18-9-1, 13 KO's while Smith is now 18-1, 14 KO's.

In the co-feature, Jargal, of Arlington, VA, lost an eight-round majority decision to Anthony "Showtime" Karperis of Hicksville, NY in a lightweight bout.

Karperis moved well and showed good speed in the first three rounds of the contest.  However, Jargal came back and had a solid fourth round.  Both men waged an exciting second half of the bout.  Jargal got a draw (76-76) on one scorecard but that was overruled by the other two cards (79-73 and 78-74).

Jargal is now 17-7-3, 11 KO's while Karperis's record rises to 10-1, three KO's.