Sunday, September 21, 2014

Our Beltway Kings and Queens!

This weekend was very special for me in many ways.  Being able to spend some time with many of the boxers I have covered over the last 30 years all in one setting was just fantastic!

Here are two special photos that I would like to share.

These are our version of the "Four Kings" -- the men who held their world titles at the same time in the mid-90's:  From left to right:
Keith Holmes, William Joppy, Sharmba Mitchell and Mark Johnson.

This is a photo that I have always wanted to have.  When I started covering the Beltway Boxing scene, Mitchell was becoming established as a well-known prospect in the sport.

 However, the other three were just starting out as pro boxers and to see all four of them develop from the very beginning to become the outstanding boxers they were was a privilege and a time in my life that I will always cherish.

Another opportunity presented itself -- three of the four women who have won world titles in the BATB Era where also in attendance at last night's card.

 From Left to Right: Lisa Foster Cohen, Tori Nelson and Isra Girgrah Wynn.  Only Jennifer Salinas was missing.

 Not too many boxing areas can claim four female world champions in its history, but again, the Beltway Boxing scene is very special and unique and I enjoyed watching these special ladies hold the banner of women's boxing high.

Again, for someone like me who has been covering this area as long as I have, this weekend was extremely memorable!

Post Fight From the Convention Center!

Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up from the Convention Center.  I am joined by Juan Marshall and the chief scribe of, Michael Amakor.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Johnson Devastates Buchanan In One!

It took just one left hand to end all the speculation.
Alexander "The Great" Johnson sent a left hand crashing into the right jaw of Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan and dropped him with a minute to go in the opening round.  Buchanan got up but was in no condition to continue.  The bout was stopped at 2:10 of the round.

Johnson is now 16-2, seven KO's while Buchanan falls to 21-4, 14 KO's.

That will do it from the Convention Center!  Good night!  Post-Fight coming up!

Corley Wins Unanimous Decision!

DeMarcus Corley battered Daniel Attah for 10 rounds enroute to a lopsided unanimous decision.
Corley dropped Attah five times -- once in the fourth, twice in the fifth and twice in the eighth.  However, Attah somehow managed to last until the final bell.
Corley won by scores of 100-86, 99-86 and 100-85 to raise his record to 42-22-1, 25 KO's.  Attah has dropped to 28-19-1, 11 KO's.
Next, the featured bout, the Beltway grudge bout,  Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan vs. Alexander " The Great" Johnson.  Scheduled for eight rounds.
The Jeff Lacy- Rayco Saunders bout has been scratched.  No reason given.

Corley-Attah Getting Underway!

DeMarcus Corley and Daniel Attah are now in the ring.  Also, Roger and Jeff Mayweather are in the crowd.

Fox Captures Unanimous Decision In New York!

Coming off a year's layoff, undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox won a six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Garcia of Aguada, Puerto Rico at Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.

Fox won by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice) to raise his record to 13-0-1, four KO's.  Garcia drops to 4-9-1, one KO.

Meanwhile, back here at the Convention Center, there has been a delay in starting the Corley-Attah contest.  No one knows why.

Nicholson Stops Sharpe In Four!

Demond Nicholson stopped Dennis "Shark" Sharpe in the fourth round.  Nicholson dropped Sharpe three times, twice with body shots in the fourth before the bout was stopped at 2:36.

Nicholson was incredibly accurate hitting Sharpe with every punch imaginable and eventually wearing Sharpe down.

Nicholson remains perfect at 10-0, 10 KO's while Sharpe falls to 17-13-4, four KO's.

Up next: two DC veterans go at it for a scheduled 10 rounds.  DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley takes on Daniel "The Prophet" Attah.

Nicholson Battles Sharpe In Opening Pro Contest!

Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson will begin the pro portion of the card in a scheduled six-round contest against Dennis Sharpe.

Amateurs Deliver Solid Action!

Good action provided by the amateur portion of our card tonight at the Washington Convention Center.

Daron Williams of Benning Park won the featured contest, stopping Chris Glenn of Hagerstown with a vicious left hook to the body in the first round.

Williams's gym mate, Deonte Burts, won a decision over Brian Rodriguez of Down Under gym of Salisbury, MD.

Tyreek Williams of The Answer defeated Muhammad Robinson of Upton Gym.

Carlos Black from Champions Gym won over Lloyd Marshall of Interstate Connection.

Jalil Hackett of Enigma Boxing took a decision over Leon Jones of Overcomers Gym.

Cornell Hines from Woodland defeated Emmanuel Rodriguez of Down Under.

The opening bout saw Paul Jerry of X2 Rep defeat Hector Soto of Down Under.

The pro portion of the card should begin momentarily.

Good Evening From DC!

Hi again, everyone from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the GFS Entertainment Promotions card.

The promotion spared no expense as they are using the large ballroom on the third floor on the seventh street side of the center. 

We are in the midst of the amateur portion of the card.  There are seven scheduled amateur bouts.The pro side will start closer to 8:30 or 9 PM.

The final tally on the poll for the Henry Buchanan-Alexander Johnson bout had 69 percent saying Buchanan would win and 31 percent thought Johnson would be victorious.  There were two who voted for the draw.

We will give the results of the amateurs before the pros kick off.

Malik Jackson Wins Gold In Poland!

(photo courtesy of USA Boxing)

Congratulations to DC amateur flyweight Malik Jackson who won his first gold medal in international competition at the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament in Kielce, Poland today.  Jackson is out of the Limelite Gym in DC.

We are still trying to get details on how Jackson won and who his opponent was.

In other amateur news, we told you that Tiara Brown of DC was a member of the Elite Women's USA team that will be competing in the Women's Continental Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico beginning on Wednesday, September 24.  We also know that one of the coaches of the US squad is DC's own Patrice "Boogie" Harris from the Headbangers gym.

Hurd Reportedly Off Tonight's Card In DC!

The camp of undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd is saying that Hurd will not be on tonight's card at the Washington Convention Center.

Hurd was scheduled to face Damon Antoine of Akron, Ohio in a six-round encounter this evening.  Hurd's camp posted this statement:

"GFS Entertainment has decided to pull Swift Jarrett Hurd bout off tonight's show at the DC Convention Center for reasons unknown. A bout was made last night with agreements from both camps and DC commissioner, weight was made and agreement was settled. Unfortunately, I don't think GFS realize that as many people that were planning on attending to see Swift Hurd fight, it would have paid for both purses and than some. Sorry for the confusion and to those that have already purchased tickets but we were professionals and held our side of the business!"

The pro-am event begins at 5 PM with the amateur portion followed by the pros.

Fox Weighs 157 For Battle in Queens!

Alantez Fox weighed in at 157 pounds for his six-round contest against Jonathan Garcia tonight at Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.  Garcia tipped the scales at 156.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weights From DC!

Here is the scale watch for the GFS Entertainment Promotions card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:

Henry Buchanan 173 vs. Alexander Johnson 174

DeMarcus Corley 133 vs. Daniel Attah 135

Demond Nicholson 161 vs. Dennis Sharpe 163

Jarrett Hurd 154 vs. Damon Antoine (will weigh in on Saturday)

Jeff Lacy 178 vs. Rayco Saunders 174

Hector Camacho, Jr.'s bout with Ryan Davis has been scratched.

The card is a pro-am with the amateurs slated to begin at 5 PM and the pros scheduled to start at 7 PM.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jeter To Face Lange in Rematch November 15 At The Patriot Center!

Before their first bout, there was a lot of conversation as they are two of the most popular boxers in the Beltway region.  The conclusion of the contest was one of the most controversial in recent Beltway Boxing history.

On Saturday, November 15, they get to do it all over again.

Stevensville, MD middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter will battle Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA in a rematch at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.  The 10-round contest will be for the vacant NABA US Middleweight title, which may mean a bump in the WBA world rankings.

The first bout between these Beltway fan favorites took place at the Patriot Center on October 27, 2012. Jeter defeated Lange by 10-round split decision despite losing four points on the scorecards because of infractions during the bout.  The bout cemented an exciting 2012 for Jeter culminating in being named Beltway Boxer of the Year by this site.

Jeter, who walked into the ring in October 2012 as the WBC Fecarbox champion, parlayed the win over Lange and received a bigger payday as he faced Patrick Nielsen in Nielsen's home country of Denmark on February 15.  Jeter (17-4-1, 12 KO's) was stopped in the second round.  Jeter, who won his last bout by first-round TKO on April 26 in Annandale, VA, still is ranked in the World Boxing Council rankings at number 19.

Conversely, Lange (38-5-2, 25 KO's) has not fought since the first Jeter contest as he has been nursing injuries.  Lange had two surgeries in 2013 to repair badly torn ligaments in his left elbow.  This will be the 16th card that Lange has headlined at the Patriot Center.

Here's what the two men had to say about the rematch:

Tony Jeter:  “It’s Tony Jeter versus Jimmy Lange again in what we’re calling ‘The Rematch. I’m a little surprised that Jimmy wants to get back in the ring with me after the beating he suffered in our first fight. I’m very respectful of Jimmy and what he’s done in the past, and I even have to say I like Jimmy.  However, on November 15th we are not friends, he will be my enemy, and my intention is to win even more convincingly than I did in 2012.  I am training hard and will be ready to put on a great show for all the fans.  I am looking to pick up in the first round of this fight right where I left off in the 10th round of our first fight. ”

Jimmy Lange: “I'm looking forward to this fight more than any in my career.  I’m offering no excuses for losing last time because excuses are not my style.  I’m training very hard for the rematch and I’m doing it my way.  I’m excited to return to the ring and thankful that Tony has offered me this opportunity for a rematch."

So far, all we know about the undercard  at this early date is that WBA Women's Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson is slated to participate.  Nelson, by the way, is still headlining the Ponytail Promotions card on Saturday, September 27 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Beltway Legends Come Together to Kick Off Championship Weekend!

A large contingent of Beltway Boxing legends came together and were honored tonight at Ben's Chili Bowl in Northwest DC.

A number of local dignitaries including former DC Mayor Marion Barry, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, current DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chair Scottie Irving and former commission chair Cora Masters Barry all honored the past boxing champions as the "DMV Honors" weekend that will culminate in the GFS Entertainment Promotions card on Saturday, September 20 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

And the boxers were the real stars of the evening.  Here's who was in attendance:

Three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy

Two-time WBA Junior Welterweight champion "Little Big Man" Sharmba Mitchell

Two-time WBC Middleweight champion Keith Holmes

Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion who will be fighting on Saturday's card, DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley

Former women's world champion Lisa "Too Fierce" Foster Cohen

DC-born former undisputed world middleweight champion Ronald "Winky" Wright

Former NABF Welterweight titleholder Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley

Former USBA and NABF Junior Welterweight champ Darryll "Terrible T" Tyson

Former USBA Welterweight champ Teddy "Two-Gun" Reid

Former WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight champ Jamal "The Bodysnatcher" Hinton

Maryland State Welterweight champ Curtis "Dynamite" Peoples

Former heavyweight contender Melvin "Top Gun" Foster

Former middleweight contender Percy "No Mercy" Harris

Virginia State Junior Welterweight champ Anthony "Da Beast" Suggs

Former welterweight contender "Dangerous D" Darryl Lattimore

On a personal note:  This was the first time in a long while that I had a chance to see all of those boxers in one setting.  I can't
accurately describe to you the flood of memories coming from chronicling all of their exploits at one time or another.  With my TV shows like Friday Night At The Fieldhouse and Boxing Spotlight, I had the honor of calling many of these competitors's bout and many were legendary.

Speaking of legendary, two other, more current boxers were in attendance tonight and introduced to the crowd -- Tony Jeter and Jimmy Lange.  They were there to talk about something that may add to the historic legacy of Beltway Boxing.  That info comes in our next post.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thompson Faces Solis In Rematch October 18 In Germany!

DC heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson will try to make it two straight victories over Cuban Odlander Solis when the two meet on Saturday, October 18 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Back on March 22, Thompson (39-5, 26 KO's) won a 12-round split decision over Solis (20-2, 13 KO's) for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title in Tekirdag, Turkey  The rematch will be for another regional WBC title.

Thompson has had one bout since the first encounter with Solis, losing a 12-round unanimous decision to Carlos Takam on June 6 in France.  Solis has not fought since the Thompson bout.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A. Fox To Face Garcia September 20th in New York; Hurd Takes On Soto September 20th in DC!

Some updates on local boxers: Undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox returns to action on Saturday, September 20th when he takes on Jonathan Garcia of Aguada, Puerto Rico in a six-round contest at Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.

Fox (12-0-1, four KO's) battles for the first time in 2014 and will mark his first appearance as a DiBella Promotions signee with this bout.  Fox last fought in September of 2013 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Zain Shah.  Garcia (4-8, one KO) broke a five-bout losing streak by winning a six-round split decision over Robert Sockwell on June 20 in Scranton, PA.

There has been a change in "Swift" Jarrett Hurd's opponent for September 20th at the Washington Convention Center in DC.  Hurd (12-0, seven KO's) will now take on Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, RI in a six-round encounter.  Soto replaces Greensboro, NC's Steven Matthews.

Soto (12-8, four KO's) has lost eight straight after winning his first 12 and has been knocked out his last four contests.

Both opponents for the Beltway Boxers have another common local opponent -- Dusty Hernandez Harrison.  Garcia lost a six-round unanimous decision to Harrison on April 12, 2013 in Dover, DE.  On May 18, 2013, Harrison stopped Soto in the fifth round at the University of the District of Columbia.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Harrison Suffers Ankle Injury; Sept 27 Bout In Jeopardy!

Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison recently suffered an ankle injury in training that may postpone his Saturday, September 27th bout at Constitution Hall in DC.

Harrison was slated to battle Victor "Hurricane Munoz of  Albuquerque, NM for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title in the main event of the card.  Harrison's advisor, Jeff Fried tells BATB that an official decision on the bout will not be made before Friday, when Harrison is scheduled to have a doctor look at the ankle.

"Top priority is always Dusty's health and well being and we will know more tomorrow once we get together and receive medical guidance and see how Dusty is feeling," said Fried. "We will then make a collective decision on what is best."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jackson, Brown Prepare For International Amateur Competition!

Two Beltway amateurs are preparing for some international competition in September.

Reigning 114-pound national champion Malik Jackson of DC will be a member of the Men's Elite US Boxing team when they travel to Kielce, Poland for the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament September 15-20.  Teams from Europe, Asia and North America will participate.

On the women's side, current 125-pound world champion Tiara Brown of DC by way of Fort Myers, FL will join the US Women's team as they head to Guadalajara, Mexico for the 2014 Women's Continental Championships from September 23-28.  The US will face squads from North, Central and South America.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

September 20th Card Coming Together!

The GFS Entertainment card for Saturday, September 20th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is coming together.

Right now, there are six bouts on the pro side of the card with four including Beltway Boxers.  We've already talked about (and you have been voting on) the eight-round light heavyweight matchup between Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan and Alexander "The Great" Johnson.

There is another all-Beltway battle -- this one between two DC veterans who, amazingly in their 18-year careers, have never fought each other.  Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley will take on former world title contender Daniel "The Prophet" Attah in a 10-round lightweight battle.

Corley (41-22-1, 25 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Dedrick Bell on August 22 in Tampa, FL.  Attah (28-18-1, 11 KO's) last fought on the Lamont Peterson-Dierry Jean card on January 25 at the DC Armory and dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to undefeated Robert Easter.  However, Attah was the first man to take Easter the distance in a bout.

Also on the card, undefeated Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson will risk his perfect record against veteran Dennis Sharpe of Bayonne, NJ in a six-round contest.

Nicholson (9-0, nine KO's) ventured past the second round for the first time in his career and past the first round for the first time in eight bouts when he scored a fourth-round stoppage of Taneal Goyco on August 23 in Baltimore, MD.  Sharpe (17-12-4, four KO's) has fought some quality opponents in his 14-year career including, Pawel Wolak, Andy Lee, James McGirt, Jr., James Kirkland and Ronald Hearns.

Just added to the card is undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd who will battle fellow undefeated boxer Steven Matthews of Greensboro, NC in a six-round contest.  Hurd (12-0, seven KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO of Joshua Robertson on June 13 in Fort Washington, MD.  Matthews (4-0, two KO's) has scored back-to-back first-round knockouts in his last two contests.  This will be the first time going six rounds for Matthews and the first time competing away from his hometown.

As mentioned before, the two featured bouts include notable names Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy of St Petersburg, FL and Hector "Machito" Camacho, Jr. of Orlando, FL.  Former world champion Lacy (26-5, 18 KO's) will take on Rayco "War" Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA (23-24-2, 10 KO's) while Camacho (58-6-1, 32 KO's) faces "Dangerous" Ryan Davis of East St. Louis, IL (24-14-3, nine KO's).  Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.

Arnold McKnight Invitational Comes To Southwest DC September 13!

The fourth annual Dr. Arnold W. McKnight Amateur Boxing Invitational, Kickboxing and MMA Exhibition Event will take place on Saturday, September 13 at noon at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center located at 201 N Street in Southwest DC.

The event is named after the longest-tenured chair of the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission, Dr. McKnight, who was chair of the commission from 1993 until his passing in August of 2007.

Admission is free.  If you are an athlete planning to participate in the event, the weigh-in is at 9 AM.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Taylor Loses Tough Unanimous Decision to Broner in Cincinnati!

Despite a very valiant effort tonight at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH, Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Adrien "The Problem" Broner.

Taylor had a solid first half of the bout as he pressured Broner against the ropes and landed solid body shots and at times, beat the speedy former three-time world champion to the punch.

The second half of the contest proved to be more difficult for Taylor as Broner stepped up his game and found his distance, keeping Taylor at bay with long right jabs.  Taylor wouldn't wilt, though and stayed in the pocket throughout.  Broner was cut above the right eye, the first time he has ever received a cut in a pro contest.

In the final round, however, Taylor was tagged by a Broner left uppercut and dropped to the canvas with approximately 20 seconds to go in the round.  The knockout wasn't the difference in the contest, according to the scorecards (115-112, 116-111, 116-111) as the judges gave most of the final rounds to Broner.

Taylor put on an outstanding performance in an opponent's hometown and he has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

Taylor's record drops to 18-3, 12 KO's while Broner is now 29-1, 22 KO's.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Roach Wins Majority Decision In Cincinnati!

Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro has won a four-round majority decision over Rocco Espinoza of Las Vegas, NV tonight at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH.

Roach won by scores of 39-37 (twice) with one judge seeing a draw at 38-38.  Roach remains undefeated at 3-0, one KO while Espinoza's record drops to 4-9.

Later tonight, the main event between Emanuel Taylor and Adrien Broner.  That will be on Showtime.

September 12 Rosecroft Show Postponed!

The Keystone Boxing card slated for Friday, September 12 at Rosecroft Raceway has been postponed.  According to Keystone representatives, a number of the featured boxers suffered injuries in training and thought it was best to not force the show.

No word on the new date for the card.  Ticket buyers may receive a full refund for their tickets at the point of purchase.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Taylor Weighs 138 1/2; Roach Weighs 131 1/2 For Cincinnati Contests!

Beltway Boxers Emanuel Taylor and Lamont Roach, Jr. hit the scales today for their contests Saturday at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH.

Taylor tipped the scales at 138 1/2 pounds for his 12-round junior welterweight contest against former three-time champion Adrien Broner.  Broner weighed in at the junior welterweight limit of 140.

Also, Roach and his opponent Rocco Espinoza, both weighed in at 131 1/2 for their four-round contest on the undercard.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Harrison To Throw First Pitch At Nationals-Marlins Game September 26!

This could be a regular happening.  First Mike Reed throws out the first pitch at the Bowie Baysox season finale last Sunday  Now comes word that Dusty Hernandez Harrison will throw out the first ball at the Washington Nationals-Miami Marlins game on Friday, September 26 at Nationals Park.

This will be a 1 PM game and will come a little more than 24 hours before Harrison is to step into the ring at Constitution Hall on Saturday, September 27.

Taylor, Broner Get Heated At Final Press Conference!

(Photo courtesy of Showtime/Golden Boy Promotions)

Things got a little testy between Emanuel Taylor and Adrien Broner during their final press conference today in Cincinnati before their contest Saturday at US Bank Arena.

Broner even put his hands around Taylor's throat while playing to the media in attendance.

Both men made final quotes.

Emanuel Taylor: “This fight can change my life. That’s how important it is. For the record, Broner – you’re not knocking me out. I’m not going to let a 135-pound fighter who’s been fighting midgets his whole career knock me out. It’s not happening. You say you’re going to knock me out? Don’t get tired trying to knock me out because that’s your (expletive). I’m not going to let anyone disrespect me. He’s all talk. I don’t really do much talking, but I have to stand up for myself and go back at him. I’m going to do what I have to do. He was saying, ‘I’m going to beat your (expletive), I’m going to beat your (expletive).’ Let me see it. Do it. This happens in boxing. Fighters get heated, words get exchanged. I’m definitely motivated to knock him out. He’s a slouch. I’m going to get in there and give him an (expletive) whooping. I’m going to do this in his hometown of Cincinnati. You’ll see.”

Adrien Broner: “I really don’t know how to say it. I could say it in English, I could say it in Bronish – I’m just going to kick your (expletive). You know you’re not going to win. He’s not coming to win; he’s just coming to not get stopped. I’m going to stop this guy. He’s shaking right now. He already knows what’s up.

“This isn’t a joke. There should be three winners on Saturday: two ABs (Adrien Broner and Andre Berto) and then my next opponent, Lucas Matthysse. That’s what’s happening. He knows what he’s in for. Everybody knows what they’re in for when they fight a guy like me. But, at the end of the day, I’m going to be victorious. He didn’t get under my skin, but he invaded my space. I’m a man and you have to respect me. I’ve been motivated to knock him out since this fight was announced. I’m at home, this is my homecoming. This is what I do at home.”

The 12-round contest will be the main event of the Showtime tripleheader that begins at 9:30 PM ET.

Dezurn Signs With GH3 Promotions!

(Photo by Juan Marshall)

Undefeated Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. has signed a promotional contract with GH3 Promotions of Nutley, NJ.

Dezurn (4-0, three KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO over Andre Canada on July 25 in Verona, NY.  GH3's president, Vito Mielnicki is very impressed with his new signee.

"Glenn is a very good prospect," Mielnicki said in a press release.  "It is rare to find a kid like him in the lower weights on the east coast.  He has a good pedigree and he can punch.  We are really excited to watch him progress into a championship caliber fighter."

Dezurn joins fellow Beltway Boxers Antoine Douglas and Jerry Odom in the GH3 camp.  Dezurn is tentatively slated to be on the Keystone Boxing card on Friday, September 12 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Dezurn will join Douglas and Odom on a GH3 Promotions card in Somerset, NJ on Friday, October 24.

Mitchell Hosts Symposium September 27 At Washington Convention Center!

Saturday, September 27 is turning out to be a huge boxing day in the Beltway region.  We've already talked about the two cards in the area -- at Constitution Hall in DC and at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

September 27 is also the weekend of the Congressional Black Caucus and as part of that weekend, there will be a special Sports Symposium that will be held at the Washington Convention Center, West Salon, Room G that will begin at 11 AM.  The symposium will look at life "Beyond The Ring" and will focus on topics like education, health and wellness and bullying.

The host of the symposium will be former WBA Junior Welterweight champion "Little Big Man" Sharmba Mitchell. Joining Mitchell on the panel are fellow world champions Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson and Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway along with fellow Beltway legends Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley and Anthony "Da Beast" Suggs.

This is a free event and youth groups are encouraged to attend.  For more information, call 301-821-0410.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Reed Throws Strike At Prince George's Stadium!

(Photos courtesy of Team Reed and Ross Molovinsky)

Undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed threw out the first pitch at Sunday's Bowie Baysox baseball game at Prince George's Stadium.

Reed, who is promoted by Top Rank Promotions, used the opportunity to promote his October 4th bout at Bally's in Atlantic City.  No word yet on who Reed's opponent will be.

 "Thank you to the Baysox for inviting me to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and for helping promote my upcoming fight on October 4 in Atlantic City" Reed said in a statement.  "It was a great experience, and it was great meeting the players, staff, and all the fans at the game. I'm looking forward to returning next season. I am also happy to say that my pitch was thrown accurately, and over the plate!"

Reed also signed autographs during the game in which the Baysox came from behind to defeat the Altoona Curve, 8-7.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lamont Roach, Jr. Added to Broner-Taylor Card September 6!

Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will compete on the Saturday, September 6 card at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH.  That's the card that features Emanuel Taylor challenging Adrian Broner in the main event.

Roach, Jr. (2-0, one KO) will take on Rocco Espinosa of Las Vegas, NV (4-8) in a four-round contest.  Roach is coming off a first-round stoppage of Miguel Antonio Rodriguez on June 5 in Boston, MA.  Rodriguez dislocated his shoulder in the contest.

Espinosa dropped a four-round split decision to undefeated Santiago Guevara on January 24 in Indio, CA.  Espinosa will be facing an undefeated boxer for the third straight time as he tries to break a three-bout losing streak.

Amateur Boxing Returns To Shake And Bake in Baltimore September 6!

A number of talented amateur boxers are slated to participate at the amateur boxing event on Saturday, September 6 at Shake And Bake located at 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore, MD.

Junior middleweight Malik Hawkins will appear on the card on what is slated to be his amateur swan song. Also scheduled to appear is multi-time junior national champion Lorenzo Simpson as well as Sharif Rahman, youngest son of former undisputed heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.

General admission tickets are $20. You can also buy tables for $300.  For more information, call 410-428-5998.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Featherstone Amateur Swan Song Highlights Amateur Card in Baltimore September 20th!

Baltimore Boxing is bringing an amateur card to the William Myers Pavilion on Saturday, September 20th at 7:30 PM.  Myers Pavilion is located at 4300 West Bay Avenue in Brooklyn, MD.

The featured bout will mark the amateur finale for Baltimore middleweight Jerome Featherstone.  The 2013 Regional Golden Gloves champion will battle Francisco Bustos of Washington, DC for the East Coast Middleweight championship.  Featherstone, who started boxing just two years ago, is looking to turn pro by the end of this year.

There will be two other title bouts on the card.  Joey Veazey, who won a silver medal at the 2014 National Junior Golden Gloves, battles Keayen Coleman for the Maryland Welterweight title and Justin Knight faces Allan Burris for the Maryland Junior Welterweight championship.  

There will also be an award presentation -- the Murray B. Smith "School of Hard Knocks" award -- named after promoter Jake Smith's father.  The award will go to former IBF Junior Middleweight champion and Baltimore's own Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway.

Tickets from $25 and are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175. In addition to the $25 bleacher seats, $35 floor, $50 individual VIP, $350 reserved tables for 10, and VIP tables of 10 for $500 are currently on sale.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

September 27 Is Championship Saturday Along The Beltway!

We will conclude what will be a VERY busy September of boxing along the Beltway with two championship contests that will be held in separate locations on Saturday, September 27.

Undefeated WIBA Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA will make the fourth defense of her title when she faces Australian Arlene Blencowe in a 10-round contest at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Nelson (10-0-3, one KO) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Nicole Woods on June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore,MD.

Despite having just four pro bouts, Blencowe (2-2) has held the WIBA Junior Welterweight title and the WBF Welterweight crown.  Blencowe lost her last outing -- an eight-round unanimous decision to Sabrina Ostowari on February 14 in Queensland, Australia.

On the same night at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will face veteran Hector "Hurricane" Munoz of Albuquerque, NM in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.

Harrison (23-0, 12 KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Wilfredo Acuna on June 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Munoz (23-13-1, 15 KO's) has faced some top-flight competition in his 12-year career including, Shawn Porter, Mike Jones, Jermall Charlo, Danny O'Connor and Hector Camacho, Jr.  Munoz scored a first-round knockout over winless Fidel Zazueta on June 14 in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico.

We will give you details on the undercards for both bouts as soon as we get the information.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Buchanan Vs. Johnson: What's Your Opinion?

For the first time in a long while, I have decided to put up a poll on an upcoming bout.  Since there has been so much talk about a showdown between Beltway light heavyweights Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan and Alexander "The Great" Johnson and now that the eight-round bout is less than a month away, I wanted to know what the Beltway Boxing community thought.  Please answer this poll about the contest that will take place on the GFS Promotions card on Saturday, September 20 at the Washington Convention Center.  Also, please watch the great promo video that accompanies it.
online poll by Opinion Stage

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reed To Throw First Pitch At Baysox Season Finale!

Undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed has been chosen to throw out the first pitch at the season finale for the Bowie Baysox baseball team on Sunday afternoon August 31 at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie.

Reed (10-0, six KO's) will be on the mound before the game begins at 2:05 PM.  Reed is slated to be back in the boxing ring on Saturday, October 4 when he returns to Bally's Atlantic City in New Jersey.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Broner Versus Peterson ---NOT!!!

Some of you may have seen the above picture from Adrian Broner's Instagram feed with Broner standing nose-to-nose with IBF Junior Welterweight champion, DC's own Lamont Peterson.

The caption underneath read that Broner was going to face Peterson in his next bout on October 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  This would mean that Broner would back out of his September 6 contest with Emanuel Taylor in Broner's hometown of Cincinnati, OH.

If it were actually true.  Broner played an August Fool joke that very briefly unsettled folks around the boxing world.  The Peterson camp got a lot of calls concerning this situation.  I can assure you this bout will not happen.  Broner and his camp has, actually, been training with Peterson at the Headbangers gym in DC for the last two months in preparation for the bout with Taylor, which is still on.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Alantez Fox Signs With DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing!

(photo by Juan Marshall)

Undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox has signed a promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing.

Fox (12-0-1, four KO's) impressed his new promoters back in September of 2012 when he fought another DiBella/New Legend prospect, Frank Galarza, to an eight-round draw in Queens, NY.

"Fox is an undefeated, super high quality junior middleweight," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "We feel that Galarza is one of the best 154lb. fighters in the world and Fox gave him his toughest fight. We believe that, along with Galarza, he too can be a force on the championship level in the competitive 154lb. division."

"I am excited about the signing of our new prospect, Alantez Fox," said Felipe Gomez, of New Legend Boxing. "I saw him for the first time in 2012 when he fought Galarza on one of my New Legend shows. Watching him fight, I really had a lot of interest in him. With his height, reach and boxing skill, Fox is going to be a huge threat in the junior middleweight division."

Fox has not fought since his six-round unanimous decision
over Zain Shah in September of 2013 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Fox is scheduled to return to Rosecroft on September 12 in a six-round contest.

World Champions Get Together in Baltimore!

A number of current and former world champions were in attendance for the Hardwork Promotions card at the Patapsco Arena Saturday night.  These were some of the Beltway's finest!

(Photo by Juan Marshall)

From left to right: former world title contender Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley, promoter and cruiserweight contender Venroy "Hardwork" July, former IBF Junior Middleweight champion Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway, three-time world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, former IBF Cruiserweight champion and current USBA heavyweight champ Steve "U.S.S. Cunningham of Philadelphia, former three-time WBA Middleweight champ William Joppy, former two-time WBA Junior Welterweight champ "Little Big Man" Sharmba Mitchell and current IBF Junior Welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson. (not in the picture but in attendance was WIBA Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson)  

Nicholson Wins In Four; Reeves Takes Six-Round Unanimous Decision!

In the main event at Patapsco Arena,Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson saw one streak end and one continue.

For the first time in his young career, Nicholson was taken past the first and second rounds.  Nicholson stopped his previous seven opponents in the first.  However, Nicholson kept his overall stoppage streak alive by scoring a TKO over a very tough Taneal Goyco of Philadelphia, PA at the end of the fourth round.

The stoppage came with a bit of controversy.  Late in the fourth, Nicholson dropped Goyco with a quick right hand. Goyco tried to get up twice and fell before getting up to beat the count.

As the bell sounded to end the round, Goyco walked unsteadily to his corner, which happened to be where the ringside doctors were sitting.  Chief Physician Dr. John Stiller took a look at Goyco on his stool and immediately told referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout.  The Goyco corner was furious but Stiller was very adamant about his decision.

Nicholson remains perfect at 9-0, nine KO's.  Goyco is now 6-8-1, three KO's.

The co-feature saw Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves dominate Bryan "Wildman" Donahue of Philadelphia en route to a six-round unanimous decision.

Reeves hit Donahue with every punch seemingly possible.  However, Donahue showed his toughness by urgent Reeves to hit him more.  Reeves won by shutout on all three cards, 60-54 to raise his record to 6-2-2, two KO's while Donahue falls to 3-10-2.

Once again, the reason why results are a little late is because we were trying to do audio podcasts of each contest.  Unfortunately, none of the bouts came completely in (we lost the Kornegay-Pugh bout completely).  If you would like to hear the portions of each bout that survived, you can go to this link:

The good news is that the Post-Fight Wrap-Up show is completely intact and noted Philadelphia writer George Hanson, Jr. joins me to recap this card.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Intermission Recap From Baltimore!

We're doing something a little different tonight here at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore.  I am recording podcasts on of tonight's bouts.  Joining me for commentary on the podcast is legendary Philadelphia writer George Hanson, Jr.

If you don't want to know the results, stop reading now.

Edwin "El Matador" Reyes
won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga. Reyes's corner, led by legendary Adrian Davis, won this bout for him.  Reyes moved from side to side and allowed Olinga to come forward.  Reyes was more aggressive the rest of the way and that gave him the edge.  Reyes won by scores of 39-37 (twice). One judge had it even.

Reyes goes the distance for the first time and is now 4-0, three KO's.  Olinga is now 1-8. 

Mario "Bazooka" Flores used a crushing shot to the solar plexus to stop Devon Mosley at 58 seconds of the first.

Baltimore heavyweights Lonnie Kornegay and Alando Pugh fought to a four-round majority draw.

M. Taylor Weighs 184 For Six-Round Bout In Chicago!

Baltimore boxer Maxell "The General" Taylor returns to action tonight at US Cellular Field in Chicago, IL in a six-round contest against undefeated hometown boxer Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez.

Taylor (18-7-1, eight KO's) will be looking to break a three-bout losing streak that took place against opponents with a combined won-loss record of 49-3.  Taylor was stopped in all three contests.  Jimenez (14-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Lester Gonzalez on April 18 in Hammond, IN.

Taylor weighed 184 pounds while Jimenez came in at 176 pounds.

Kelly Upset, Martin Scores KO In California; Corley Wins WBF Title in Florida!

Interesting night for Beltway Boxers on both coasts Friday night.

DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly suffered his first pro loss as he dropped a six-round unanimous decision to late sub Avery Gibson of Los Angeles at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA.   According to reports, Kelly was simply outworked for the duration of the bout and lost by scores of 60-53, 59-54 and 57-56.

Kelly's record is now 6-1-1, five KO's while Gibson rises to 4-6-2, one KO.

DC middleweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin did indeed appear on this card and made short work of the debuting Taif Harris of Palmdale, CA dropping him two times en route to a first-round stoppage at 1:57.  Martin is now 2-0-1, two KO's.

Meanwhile at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL, former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley captured the vacant WBF (World Boxing Federation) North American Junior Welterweight title with a second-round TKO over late sub Dedrick Bell of Memphis, TN.  Bell replaced David Rodela in the bout.    Corley is now 41-22-1, 25 KO's while Bell dropped to 12-20-1, seven KO's.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weights From Baltimore!

Here is the scale watch for the Hardwork Promotions card on Saturday, August 23 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD:

Demond Nicholson 162 1/2 vs. Taneal Goyco 163

Travis Reeves 191 vs. Brian Donahue 192

Edwin Reyes 139 vs. Benjamin Olinga 139 1/2

Mario Flores 203 vs. Devin Mosley 201

Alando Pugh 222 vs. Lonnie Kornegay 270 1/2

Kelly Hits Scales In California; Will Face Different Opponent!

Danny Kelly weighed in at 249 pounds for his six-round contest tonight at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA.

Kelly's opponent has changed. Avery Gibson of California (3-4-1, two KO's) will replace Javier Torres in this bout.  Gibson has lost two straight -- he weighed in at 245 pounds.  Kelly's original bout was slated to make tonight's ESPN2 telecast.  No word yet on whether this bout will be shown.

Kareem Martin was slated to be on the card but, according to reports, his bout has been scratched.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Crews Battles Spencer In Rematch During 'Battle Of The Frontiers' In Montreal Tonight!

Multi-time national amateur champion Franchon Crews of Baltimore will be participating with Team USA tonight in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as part of a dual event with Team Canada being called the "Battle of the Frontiers."

Crews will face a familiar foe in 2012 Canadian Olympian and three-time world champion Mary Spencer in a middleweight contest.  Crews defeated Spencer in March of this year at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

In fact, Team USA, which also features the likes of Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza and Olympian Queen Underwood, won six of nine contests during the first meeting of the two countries in March.

Amateur Boxing in Southeast Friday Night!

We have another free amateur boxing card coming to town on Friday, August 22 at 6 PM at the Ferebee Hope Recreation Center located at 3899 8th Street in Southeast DC.

The weigh-in for the event will be at 3 PM and the card gets underway at 6 PM.

There will be a lot of amateur action in the area over the next few weeks.  On Saturday, August 23, there is the card at the Laurel Ice House followed by the Cease Fire event on August 30 in Northwest DC.  There will also be two events in the first two weeks of September as well.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Amateur Boxing Comes to Northwest DC August 30!

The event has become a late-summer tradition in DC and for the seventh year, it returns for another great event of food, fun and amateur boxing.

The event is the Cease Fire Don't Smoke the Brothers and Sisters amateur boxing event and cookout that will take place on Saturday, August 30 at the Upshur Recreation Center located at 14th and Arkansas Avenue in Northwest DC.  Universal Madness and the UMAR Learning Center in DC are also sponsors of the event.

The cookout will begin at noon and last until 8:30 PM.  The food is free and there will also be free medical screenings.  The boxing will commence at 3 PM.

As in previous years, the event also calls for a six-month moratorium to stop the killings in the city.  For more information, call 202-210-1960.