Thursday, August 21, 2014
Crews will face a familiar foe in 2012 Canadian Olympian and three-time world champion Mary Spencer in a middleweight contest. Crews defeated Spencer in March of this year at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
In fact, Team USA, which also features the likes of Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza and Olympian Queen Underwood, won six of nine contests during the first meeting of the two countries in March.
The weigh-in for the event will be at 3 PM and the card gets underway at 6 PM.
There will be a lot of amateur action in the area over the next few weeks. On Saturday, August 23, there is the card at the Laurel Ice House followed by the Cease Fire event on August 30 in Northwest DC. There will also be two events in the first two weeks of September as well.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The event is the Cease Fire Don't Smoke the Brothers and Sisters amateur boxing event and cookout that will take place on Saturday, August 30 at the Upshur Recreation Center located at 14th and Arkansas Avenue in Northwest DC. Universal Madness and the UMAR Learning Center in DC are also sponsors of the event.
The cookout will begin at noon and last until 8:30 PM. The food is free and there will also be free medical screenings. The boxing will commence at 3 PM.
As in previous years, the event also calls for a six-month moratorium to stop the killings in the city. For more information, call 202-210-1960.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Here is the link to the story: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/outdoors/bs-sp-outdoors-boxers-franchon-crews-glenn-dezurn--20140816,0,1885065.story?page=1
Saturday, August 16, 2014
(Photo by Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions)
Emanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor (right) and Adrian "The Problem" Broner met each other this past Thursday in the first press conference to announce their Saturday, September 6 12-round contest at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH.
Both men had plenty to say during this conference about the bout.
Taylor: “He can’t get under my skin. I always keep my calm. I knew he was going to talk, but at the end of the day we have to throw our hands. I’m definitely an underdog, but I can’t tell you my game plan. We just have to go in there and do what we have to do to get a win. I have to beat him really bad to get the win, I know that. I know we’re going up against the odds fighting him in his hometown. I’m going to go in there and fight my fight. That’s what we train hard for. I saw his fight against [Marcos] Maidana and I saw a lot of weaknesses there. But that’s not the only way he can be beaten. I definitely can take advantages of his weaknesses but I have some other plans for fighting this guy. I’m definitely looking to make a statement. This is the biggest fight of my career. This is what I’ve been working for my whole life since I was a little kid. It’s my time to make a statement. I’m coming to fight to give the fans what they want. At the end of the day may the best man win. I’m coming here to fight and do my thing.”
Broner: “I’m more than excited to be back in Cincinnati. It’s like when you spoil a kid —when you buy a kid a new pair of sneakers, the next time they come out they are going to expect another pair. Every time I’ve fought at home I gave my fans a knockout. I spoiled my fan base in Cincinnati. So every time I fight here that’s what they want.bI have to give them a knockout, I got to. And it’s got to be pretty, too. I think I’m going to hit him with the 30 piece and the biscuit. My fans keep supporting me and I’m going to fight for them. We’ve waited a long time to get to this spot and now we have to stay on top.
“My mind isn’t anywhere but on Emanuel Taylor. That’s my main objective. After I get my job done then I’ll think about another fight. But right now I’m focused on what I have to do. I’m going to put on a show like I always do and I’m ready right now. I know Taylor pretty well and I respect him, but at the end of the day he’s my enemy. I have to go out there and get my victory.”
Corley (40-22-1, 24 KO's) battles for the first time in 2014. Corley lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Franklin Mamani on December 13 in La Paz, Bolivia. The bout was for the WBC Fecarbox Junior Welterweight title.
Rodela (17-9-3, seven KO's) is battling a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time. Rodela won an eight-round unanimous decision over Tyrell Samuel on July 11 in Oxnard.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
There is a possibility that one of the local boxers might make the telecast. Undefeated DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly will face fellow undefeated boxer Javier "Monster" Torres of Long Beach, CA in a six-round contest. Kelly (6-0-1, five KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO over Eric Newell on June 5 in Boston, MA. If the bout does make the telecast, this will be Kelly's second straight national TV appearance. The bout against Newell was shown on Fox Sports 1.
Torres (6-0-2, three KO's) is coming off a four-round draw against Rodney Hernandez on March 14 in Tustin, CA. This will be the first scheduled six-round contest for Torres.
Also on the undercard, rookie DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin will be in a four-round contest against the debuting Taif Harris of San Diego, CA. Martin (1-0-1, one KO) battled to a four-round draw against Azamat Umarzoda on May 16 in Mashantucket, CT.
The main event on this card is the returning former world champion Austin Trout taking on Daniel Dawson.
Scheduled to participate on this card are Club One Fitness boxers Amelia Moore, Ben Marshall, Monzo Condi and Davonte Warren. Also slated to compete are Matt Reid of Level Up Boxing and Laurel Boxing's Andy Barrett.
All tickets are $35. For more information, call 410-729-3900.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Nicholson has another streak that will be tested -- his last seven bouts have all ended in the first round. This includes a stoppage of Jess Noriega on July 18 in Fort Washington, MD.
Goyco (6-7-1, three KO's) has won two of his last three contests including a six-round knockout victory over Jeremy Trussell on the last Patapsco card on April 12. The loss was the first for Trussell and he has not won a bout since, going 0-1-1 in his next two contests.
In other scheduled bouts on the card, Baltimore cruiserweight Travis Reeves takes on "Wildman" Brian Donahue of Philadelphia in a six-round contest. Reeves (5-2-1, two KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Lamont Capers on June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Donahue (3-9-2) will try to keep positive momentum going after winning a four-round unanimous decision over Derek Brent on June 20 in Scranton, PA.
Also in what should be an interesting four-round contest, undefeated Laurel, MD lightweight Edwin Reyes (3-0, three KO's) will take on Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga of DC (1-7). Reyes scored a first-round TKO over Christopher Haney on the April 12 card at the Patapsco Arena.
Olinga has fought a growing list of Beltway prospects in his young career -- this will be the seventh Beltway Boxer he has faced. In his last outing, Olinga lost a tough four-round majority decision to Seth Billups on June 28 at Du Burns.
Olinga has also competed against Mykal Fox, Yurii Polischuk, Cornelius Whitlock, Tyrone Wright, Kevin Womack, Jr. and Dontre King. Olinga's lone out-of-town opponent was Rolando Chinea of Lancaster, PA whom Olinga lost to by fourth-round TKO at Patapsco on November 23.
Also scheduled to be on this card are Beltway Boxers Nuwan Jayakody, Shaborn Ryals, Alexandru Marin and the debuting Jeffrey McCalla, the brother of undefeated middleweight Cecil McCalla.
Capitol Heights, MD's Buchanan (21-3, 14 KO's) has not fought since scoring a third-round TKO over William Gill at the Convention Center on December 14. Johnson, of Oxon Hill, MD, (15-2, six KO's), will be trying to bounce back from his 10-round unanimous decision loss to Eleider Alvarez on May 24 in Montreal, Canada.
This bout will be the local highlight on what looks to be a power packed card put on by the new promoters in town -- GFS Entertainment Group. Former IBF Super Middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy of St. Petersburg, FL will headline the card in a 10-round bout against Rayco "War" Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA.
Lacy (26-5, 18 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Umberto Savigne on July 10 in Miami, FL. Saunders (23-24-2, 10 KO's) will be trying to break a five-bout losing streak.
Also on the card will be Hector "Machito" Camacho, Jr. of Orlando, FL who will battle "Dangerous" Ryan Davis of East St. Louis, IL in another 10-round contest. Camacho (57-6-1, 31 KO's) lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Hector Munoz on September 11 in Parker, AZ. Davis (24-14-3, nine KO's) has lost his last five contests.
The card is part of a big weekend of boxing-themed activities which will include scheduled appearances by many of the Beltway's former world champions, including hall of famers Sugar Ray Leonard and Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
We have some results from the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card Saturday night at North Hall at Eastern Market in DC.
Locals Eric Govan and Stan Williamson scored first-round TKO's while Yurii Polischuk won a four-round unanimous decision.
Bobby Gunn, Jr. won a six-round unanimous decision over Sean Lockhart to capture the WBU Youth Junior Middleweight title.
Also, Elton Dharry scored a first-round TKO while Jonathan Cepeda won his bout by second-round disqualification.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
The Peterson Brothers scored solid knockout victories tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson made a successful defense of his crown with a 10th round TKO of Edgar Santana of Harlem, NY. Peterson was very solid throughout the contest, doing a great job of going to the body. Eventually, Peterson broke Santana down to where the bout was stopped at 2:48.
Peterson is now 33-2-1, 17 KO's while Santana drops to 29-5, 20 KO's.
Earlier tonight, Anthony Peterson scored a wicked first-round knockout of Mexican Edgar Riovalle. Peterson dropped Riovalle with a crushing right hand with about 30 seconds to go in the round. Riovalle could not beat the 10-count and the bout was over at 2:41.
Peterson is now 34-1, 22 KO's while Riovalle falls to 37-19-2, 26 KO's.
Beltway Boxers opened the card tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
D'Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, MD stopped Columbia, MD's Barry Trotter at 2:35 of the first round. According to reports, Ballard trapped Trotter along the ropes at the two-minute mark and pummeled him until the bout was stopped.
Ballard remains undefeated at 6-0, five KO's. Trotter is now 2-2, one KO.
Also, DC junior middleweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Prichard Colon of Puerto Rico. Dozier was shutout 60-54 on all three cards. However, Dozier was able to extend Colon the distance for the first time in his pro career.
Dozier's record drops to 9-7-1, four KO's. Colon is now 11-0, 10 KO's.
Five Beltway Boxers weighed in for tonight's card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Lamont Peterson tipped the scales at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds for his IBF title defense against Edgar Santana. Santana weighed in at 139 1/2.
Anthony Peterson came in at 137 pounds for his battle with Edgar Riovalle, who was seven pounds over the contracted weight at 144.
D'Mitrius Ballard weighed in at 169 pounds for his six-round encounter with fellow Beltway Boxer Barry Trotter, who came in at 168.
The fifth local on the card is Lenwood Dozier who will take on Prichard Colon. Dozier tipped the scales at 154 while Colon was 150 pounds.
Anthony Peterson's bout will be a part of the Showtime Extreme telecast that begins at 7 PM ET. Lamont Peterson's contest will be one of the bouts on the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader that will get underway tonight at 9 PM ET.
Friday, August 08, 2014
James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson of Baltimore put on a gallant effort but he was eventually stopped by Monessen, PA's "Who Can Mexican" Sammy Vasquez, Jr. in the ninth round tonight at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Vasquez was clearly the best opponent Stevenson has faced in his career. Vasquez thrilled the hometown crowd with his accuracy to the head and body.
Stevenson tried to make the bout a brawl midway through and caught Vasquez with a solid right at the end of the fifth round.
Eventually, however, Vasquez's pressure proved to be too much for Stevenson as Vasquez wore Stevenson down, getting a stoppage at 21 seconds of the ninth.
Stevenson loses for the first time and is now 21-1, 14 KO's. Vasquez remains undefeated at 16-0, 12 KO's and wins the USBA Welterweight title.
The Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card is ready to go for the North Hall at Eastern Market on Saturday, August 9.
The main event will be a six-round contest featuring undefeated junior welterweight Bobby Gunn of Hackensack, NJ who will take on veteran Sean Lockhart of Columbia, SC.
Gunn (4-0, four KO's) is coming off a first-round over Evan Coles on June 14 in Annandale, VA. Lockhart (5-22-2, two KO's) lost his last bout by first-round knockout to Daniel Powell on June 7 in Greensboro, NC.
In another six-round contest, super bantamweight Elton Dharry of Brooklyn, NY will face Leshaun "Lil' Bozeman" Blair of Memphis, TN.
Dharry, a native of Guyana (15-5-1, nine KO's), returns to the ring for the first time since May of 2013 when he scored a first-round TKO over Desi Williams in Charlotte, NC. Blair (4-31) fights for the second time in less than a week. Blair lost a six-round unanimous decision to Dedrick Bell in Charlotte, NC.
Beltway Boxer "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk" of Landover, MD will take on veteran Damon Antoine of Akron, OH in a six-round encounter. Polischuk (4-1-1, two KO's) won a four-round unanimous decision over Benjamin Olinga on April 26 in Annandale, VA. Antoine (11-54-2, five KO's) lost a six-round unanimous decision to Eric Johnson on July 26 in Winston-Salem, NC.
In four-round contests, Columbia, MD heavyweight Stan Williamson will battle the debuting William Chaplin of North Carolina. Williamson (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on June 14 in Annandale, VA and scored a second-round TKO over Keanu Braithwaite.
Cheverly, MD light heavyweight Eric "The Inferno" Govan returns to action against debuting Nathan Chambers of NC. Govan (2-1) will try to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss -- a first-round TKO to Jess Noriega on September 7 in Fort Washington, MD.
Also, Jonathan Cepeda of West Palm Beach, FL will face Quincy Miner of Kansas City, MO in a four-round light heavyweight bout. Cepeda (12-1, 11 KO's) competes for the first time since suffering his first pro loss -- a first-round TKO defeat to Lamar Russ in October of 2012. Miner (3-7) was disqualified in his last outing in the third round to Dillon Cook on May 24 in Miami, OK. Miner fought in DC on April 19 and lost by second-round TKO to D'Mitrius Ballard.
James Stevenson weighed in at 146 pounds for his USBA Welterweight title bout versus Sammy Vasquez tonight at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Vasquez weighed 147.
The bout will be shown on Fox Sports 1. The telecast will begin at 9 PM ET.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Peterson (33-1, 21 KO's) will take on Mexican veteran Edgar Riovalle (37-18-2, 26 KO's) in a bout scheduled for either eight or 10 rounds.
D'Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, MD will be in a non-televised six-rounder on the card against Columbia, MD's Barry Trotter.
Sunday, August 03, 2014
According to Jesse Kelley of MinnesotaBoxing.com, Rodriguez's relentless pressure and accurate punches were the difference in the fight although Quarles did well boxing, moving, and landing solid shots of his own particularly in the early going. Scores read 78-74, 77-75, 78-74 all in favor of Rodriguez.
Quarles's record drops to 13-3-1, five KO's while Rodriguez's record rises to 12-3-3, four KO's.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Cummings is now 17-7-1, 13 KO's and has lost three straight. Chilemba is now 23-2, 10 KO's.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Williams was in a very tough battle that fell apart for him in the fourth round when Campillo landed a right hand that cut Williams. Williams and his cornermen seemed to be unnerved by the cut, as this was the first time this had happened. After the fifth round, the corner called the doctor over to look at the cut and the bout was stopped.
The bout was an IBF elimination contest and with the win, Campillo vaults to number two in the world. Campillo's record is now 24-6-1, 10 KO's. Williams is now 17-1, 12 KO's.
Also, on the ESPN2 telecast, Richmond, VA's "The Chosen One" Immanuwel Aleem scored a sixth-round TKO over a very game Juan Carlos Rojas of Mexico. The stoppage came at 2:45 of the sixth. Aleem is now 10-0, six KO's while Rojas falls to 6-7-1, four KO's.
We are also hearing that Phil Jackson Benson has scored a fourth-round TKO over Thomas Hanshaw. Benson is now 14-1, 13 KO's. Hanshaw drops to 5-4, three KO's. Also, Gervonta Davis (8-0, eight KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Hector Lopez (1-5). The bout was stopped at 1:14 of the first. David Grayton stopped Eddie Cordova in the second round. Grayton is now 9-0, eight KO's while Cordova is 4-9-1, one KO.
Thomas Williams, Jr. (17-0, 12 KO's) and his opponent, Gabriel Campillo (23-6-1, 10 KO's), both tipped the scales at the light heavyweight limit of 175 for their 12-round IBF eliminator bout that will be the main event on the ESPN2 telecast that gets underway at 9 PM ET. The winner of the bout will be ranked number two by the IBF.
David Grayton (8-0, seven KO's) tipped the scales at 147 for his six-round contest against Eddie Cordova of Clearfield, UT (4-8-1, one KO). Cordova weighed in at 148 pounds.
Immanuwel Aleem (9-0, six KO's) hit the scales at 163 pounds. Aleem's opponent, Juan Carlos Rojas of Mexico (6-6-1, four KO's), weighed in at 162 pounds. Their bout is slated for six rounds.
Gervonta Davis (7-0, seven KO's) weighed in at 132 pounds as did his opponent, Hector Lopez (1-4) of Mexico.
Phil Jackson Benson (13-1, 12 KO's) weighed in at 180 pounds while his opponent, Thomas Hanshaw of Ashland, KY (5-3, three KO's) was 181 pounds.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The scheduled 12-round bout will be part of a tripleheader that will include contests featuring Lucas Matthysse and Andre Berto. Showtime will televise.
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya said Taylor will be a test for Broner.
"Emanuel Taylor is no easy test for Broner," said De La Hoya. "He's fast and talented. This is a life-changing fight for him, which makes him particularly dangerous."
We have interviews with all three. First, IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson:
Then, his brother Anthony:
Finally, D'Mitrius Ballard, who will be in an all-Beltway bout on August 9 against veteran Barry Trotter of Columbia, MD:
Tyreek Williams of Washington, DC won his opening bout in the Boys Bantam Open, 11 -12, 66-70 pound division defeating Gabe Sandoval of Las Cruces, NM.
Maximus Garland of Waldorf, MD started well by winning his first bout in the Boys Bantam Open 11-12, 81-85 division with a victory over Johann Zavala of Greeley, CO.
DC's Nasheed Smith started strong in the Boys Intermediate Novice, 13-14, 126-132 class with a win over Axel Alvarez of Oklahoma City, OK.
Another DC boxer, Damien White, Jr, advanced in the Boys Intermediate Novice 13-14, 139-145 division.
Chamar Flowers of Accokeek, MD moved into the next round in the Boys Intermediate Open 13-14, 102-106 class with a win over Darren Kinamore, Jr. of Chattanooga, TN.
Also advancing in that same division is Kavon Robertson of Staunton, VA who defeated Terrence Williams of New Port Richey, FL.
Ameer Brown of Upper Marlboro, MD moved into the second round of the Boys Junior Open, 15-16 Blue, 120-125 class by defeating Axel Alvarez of Rock Springs, WY.
Also winning on Wednesday were Mark Duncan of Clarksburg, MD (Men's Senior Novice, 19-40 Blue), Salisbury, MD's Nigel Fennell (Men's Senior Open, 19-40 Red, 142-152) and Phillip Hooker of DC (Men's Senior Open, 19-40 Red, 153-165).
The Ringside World Championships continue until Saturday, August 2.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
According to noted boxing writer Jack Obermayer, Jenkins nailed Trussell with a body shot in the first round then dropped him with a left hook. In the second, Jenkins punished Trussell against the ropes where Trussell fell again. Trussell beat the count but he was in no condition to continue. The bout was stopped at 2:52 of the second.
Trussell is now winless in his last three contests and his record is 8-2-1, six KO's. Jenkins is now 8-1, three KO's.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Trussell will look to get back on the winning side of the ledger after a draw and a knockout loss in his last two contests. Trussell looked tentative in a four-round majority draw against David Rohn on June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Jenkins has won his last two bouts. However, Trussell is the most accomplished boxer Jenkins has faced to date.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
August will be a very busy month as we have a couple of cards in the area and many locals will be competing on cards all around the country.
Let's start at home where there are two pro cards and one amateur card during the month.
On the pro side, Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions are teaming up for a Pro-Am card that will be held on Saturday, August 9 in a brand new location -- North Hall at Eastern Market located at 225 7th Street in Southeast DC. The pro side is loaded with big guys including local heavyweights "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae, Stan Williamson, Albi Sadikaj and the returning Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm. Also slated to be on the card is Eric "The Inferno" Govan.
Then on Saturday, August 23, boxing returns to the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD with a Hardwork Promotions card scheduled to feature a number of locals including Demond Nicholson, Nuwan Jayakody, Travis Reeves, Edwin Reyes, Alexandru Marin, Shaborn Ryals and debuting boxers Malik Hawkins and Jeremy McCalla.
On the amateur side, we have a card held at the home of the Goodman Summer Basketball League -- The BF (Barry Farms) Coliseum located on 1230 Sumner Road in Southeast DC -- on Friday, August 8 at 6 PM. This is a free outdoor event and there are 15 bouts scheduled for the card.
Now, let's talk about the out-of-town schedule for the month, which seems to get busier with every passing day.
We've already told you about Thomas "Top Dog' Williams, Jr. headlining an ESPN2 card on Friday, August 1 at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA. Williams will face off against former world champion Gabriel Campillo in a 12-round IBF light heavyweight eliminator contest.
What we can now tell you that Williams may not be the only local that will make the televised portion of the card. Three other Beltway Boxers are scheduled to be on the card and one may sneak onto the telecast.
Landover, MD super middleweight "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson Benson is the only one of the three that has an opponent for this card. Benson (13-1, 12 KO's) will take on Junior Moar of Richmond, British Columbia (11-3, two KO's). No word yet on how many rounds the bout is scheduled for.
The other two locals on this card are DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton and "The Chosen One' Immanuwel Aleem of Richmond, VA who does a good portion of his training in the area. Both are undefeated and looking for opponents.
On Saturday, August 2, we've mentioned that the "Pride of Alexandria (VA)," Brandon Quarles will be in an eight-round junior middleweight contest. However, the opponent for Quarles (13-2-1, five KO's) has changed -- Corey "Collateral Damage" Rodriguez of St. Anthony, MN replaces Cerresso Fort for the card at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Rodriguez (11-3-3, four KO's) is coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Stephen Watt on June 13 in Minneapolis, MN.
Also on August 2, Baltimore, MD veteran light heavyweight Cory "Black Ice" Cummings takes on Issac "Golden Boy" Chilemba of Johannesburg, South Africa by way of Malawi in a 10-round contest at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. This bout is the co-feature on the Sergey Kovalev-Blake Caparello card. However, the bout will not be shown on the HBO telecast because the network is also showing another bout in another location.
Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KO's) is coming off a eight-round unanimous decision loss to Azea Augustama on June 7 in Miami, FL. Chilemba (22-2-2, nine KO's) has won his last two contests including a 10-round unanimous decision over Denis Grachev on March 15 in Bethlehem, PA.
Now, let's look at the weekend of Friday, August 8 where we could have as many as four Beltway Boxers make appearances on national TV.
Two locals are assured of being shown before a national television audience because they are either in main event or co-feature contests.
On Friday, August 8, undefeated Baltimore welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson (21-0, 14 KO's) will challenge for the vacant USBA Welterweight championship against fellow undefeated boxer Sammy "The Who Can" Mexican" Vasquez of Monessen, PA (15-0, 11 KO's) in a 12-round contest that will be the main event shown on Fox Sports 1.
Of course, you know by now that IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson will defend his title against veteran Edgar Santana on Saturday, August 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. That bout will be shown on Showtime Championship Boxing. Since Showtime is carrying this card, there is a good possibility that Anthony Peterson and D'Mitrius Ballard will have their bouts carried on the Showtime Extreme channel. Neither one has an opponent yet for this card.
By the way, the deadline is coming up for purchasing tickets for the bus trip heading up to Brooklyn for the card. Call 202-528-7694 for details.
We also hear word that undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox is slated to be on a card at BB King's Bar and Grill in New York City on Tuesday, August 12. No word yet on the opponent.
There is also word (not official yet) that two locals -- Danny Kelly and Kareem Martin -- will appear on the Friday, August 22 ESPN2 card in Temecula, CA. That's the Friday Night Fights season finale headlined by former world champion Austin Trout facing Daniel Dawson.
That's a very busy August -- which will be followed by an even BUSIER September! There are events happening in September that I can't even talk about in full right now. Some info has leaked out about one out-of-town bout in particular but I have been asked to hold off on talking about it officially until a later time.
However, the next two months will provide many opportunities to throw your support for these Beltway Boxers and the Beltway Boxing scene!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
According to Matt Richardson of Fightnews.com, Harrison had no trouble with Acuna as he had him hurt in the fourth and fifth rounds. Harrison, however, could not put the journeyman away before the eighth round ended.
Harrison is now 23-0, 12 KO's while Acuna falls to 15-15, 12 KO's.
Eleven-year old Lawrence won a decision to capture the 85 pound championship while 10-year old Lonzo won the title in the 65 pound division by first-round TKO. The Malcolm Brothers train at Keystone Boxing.
Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas may have let a possible win slip away but managed to get a 10-round majority draw with Michel Soro of France in the ShoBox main event in Verona, NY.
Douglas was in control of the contest through the first half as he landed good left hands.
However, in the eighth round, Soro rocked Douglas with a combination that turned the bout completely. Soro could not Rubio what he started, however.
One judge scored the bout 96-95 for Soro, however, two judges saw the draw at 95-95.
Douglas's record is now 14-0-1, nine KO's. Soro is now 23-1-1, 13 KO's.
In a non-televised bout earlier tonight at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, Baltimore's Glenn Dezurn, Jr. scored a first-round knockout over Andre Canada of New York.
According to Boxing Bob Newman of Fightnews.com, Dezurn wasted no time as he landed a series of head and body shots. Eventually, Canada succumbed to Dezurn's power and dropped to his hands and knees, taking the entire 10-count.
Dezurn is now 4-0, three KO's. Canada is 0-2.
Surviving a mid-bout cut, Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom scored a gutsy seventh-round technical knockout over Vilier Quinonez in Verona, NY.
Odom dropped Quinonez in the fourth round with a right hand. However, Quinonez, who suffered a cut along his right eye in the second round, bounced back to make the fight close. Odom was cut along his left eye in the sixth round and that seemed to spur him on into the seventh when he rocked Quinonez and dropped him with two rights before referee Charlie Fitch stopped the bout at 2:25.
Odom captures the interim WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight title and remains undefeated at 12-0, 11 KO's. Quinonez loses for the first time and he is now 8-1, five KO's.
Friday, July 25, 2014
In the first of three Beltway Boxers to appear on ShoBox in Verona, NY, Baltimore welterweight Cecil McCalla was very impressive in winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Victor Godoy of California.
McCalla's jab was exceptional as he continually backed Godoy up during the contest. McCalla also used a solid right hand during the bout..
Two judges scored a shutout for McCalla, 80-72. The other saw the contest 79-73.
McCalla is now 19-0, six KO's while Godoy is now 16-3, six KO's.
The bout will be on the non-televised portion of the card which features the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale contest.
As you may know, tonight's edition of Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation is the 200th episode of the series. Since the series began in 2001, Beltway Boxers have made an impact. With tonight's card, 16 locals have made 29 appearances on this series.
The first appearance for Beltway Boxers on ShoBox did not take place until five years after the series began. On April 28, 2006, the Peterson Brothers fought on a card in New Town, ND. Lamont won a 10-round unanimous decision over Mario Ramos while Anthony stopped Jermaine White at the end of three rounds. Both Petersons would make one more successful appearance on ShoBox.
Three months later, on July 28, Henry Buchanan in the first of three high-profile appearances on the series, participated in the ShoBox Super Middleweight tournament in Las Vegas and won a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lucas Green Arias. Later in the year, Buchanan would lose in the semifinals to Jean Paul Mendy.
In February of 2009, Buchanan would lose to future world champion Andre Ward by a 12-round unanimous decision in Lemoore, CA.
With three appearances, Buchanan is tied with Fernando Guerrero and Gary Russell, Jr. for the most times a Beltway Boxer has competed on ShoBox. One of Guerrero's appearances was an all-Beltway showdown with Jessie Nicklow in December of 2009 in Hickley, MN. Guerrero stopped Nicklow in the fourth round.
Guerrero is the only local to bring a ShoBox card to the Beltway region. On April 16, 2010, Guerrero brought a packed house to the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, MD to see him score a second-round TKO over Michael Walker. Exactly three months later on July 16, Guerrero would win a tough 10-round unanimous decision over Ishe Smith in Southhaven, MS.
Russell, Jr. made his pro debut on a ShoBox card scoring a third round TKO over Antonio Reyes on January 16, 2009 in Tulsa, OK. It would be three more years before Russell would reappear on the series. Russell would score consecutive crushing third-round knockouts against Christopher Perez and Roberto Castaneda in June and November of 2012.
Joining the Petersons with two ShoBox appearances are Nicklow, Tim Coleman, Dominic Wade and with tonight's card, Antoine Douglas. Nicklow's second appearance was a high-profile one in December of 2011 when he took on former world champion Jermain Taylor in Cabazon, CA. Nicklow lost in a gutsy performance by eight-round TKO.
Locals who have made singular appearances on ShoBox are Tyrell Samuel, Seth Mitchell, Brandon Quarles, Alexander Johnson, Emmanuel Taylor, DeMarcus Corley and now, Jerry Odom and Cecil McCalla.
Beltway Boxers have a record of 16-9 going into tonight's action.
Antoine Douglas 155 1/2 vs. Michel Soro 157
Jerry Odom 167 vs. Vilier Quinonez 167
Cecil McCalla 147 vs. Oscar Godoy 146
Glenn Dezurn 130 1/2 vs. Andre Canada 132
The ShoBox card begins at 10 PM ET
Thursday, July 24, 2014
(Photo by Juan Marshall)
What has been rumored for a few weeks is now official -- undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight and 2013 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank Promotions.
Reed (10-0, six KO's) had what amounted to an audition for Top Rank in his last outing when he won a six-round unanimous decision over Alberto Morales on June 14 in Atlantic City, NJ.
In a press release, the 21-year-old Reed said, “I am delighted to sign with Top Rank. They’ve been successful for a long time, and have promoted the biggest names in boxing, from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao. I am excited to have the same opportunities as the legends that came before me. Top Rank clearly has an understanding of how to market their fighters and they know how to build pay-per-view superstars. Team Reed is looking forward to having a long, successful relationship with one of the most prestigious promotional companies in boxing."
Reed continued, "This is a huge opportunity for me, and I will continue to work hard. I have the right people on my team and now add the security of a powerful, promotional company to help me reach my goal of winning multiple world titles. I’m grateful to everyone that has played a part in helping me reach this level, but I’m just getting started. I’m looking forward to representing the elite class of fighters from the DMV and the Beltway region.”
Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti speaks very highly of Reed and his abilities.
"He has a solid amateur background and his hand speed travels faster than bad news," Moretti told Rafael. "He's only 21 and has a terrific following from the D.C. area. We look forward to building him and eventually having him featured in TV fights in Washington, D.C., which is a great fight town."
Taylor seems to be out of the mix now and former world champion Paul Spadafora seems to be the leading candidate. "The Pittsburgh Kid" (49-1-1, 19 KO's) suffered his first loss in November but rebounded with an eight-round decision win earlier this month.
No reason was given why Taylor is out of the running at this point.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Headliner Antoine Douglas was the subject of a nice WJLA interview that you can see here:
Also, Cecil McCalla was featured in Fightnews.com (an article not written by me) as he prepares for his first national television appearance.
Now, after his big 10-round unanimous decision win over Karim Mayfield this past Friday in Huntington, NY, Taylor (18-2, 12 KO's) may have set himself up with a big date of his own.
FightHype.com is reporting that a bout is in the works for Taylor to face former three-time world champion Adrian Broner on September 6 in Broner's hometown of Cincinnati, OH.
Broner (28-1, 22 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Carlos Molina on May 3 in Las Vegas, NV.
If the bout comes to fruition, Showtime might carry. However, that is the same night that Andre Berto and Lucas Matthysee return to action at another venue.
We will keep you posted if this bout becomes a reality.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Veteran Wilfredo "El Zurdo" Acuna of Nicaragua will replace Eli Addison in the scheduled eight-round contest. Acuna (15-14, 12 KO's) is in a tough stretch, losing seven of his last eight. However, six of those seven losses have come to undefeated boxers including newly-crowned world champion Chris Algeri and, in his last outing on April 24, Cletus Seldin. Acuna was stopped in the seventh round by Seldin in Huntington, NY.
According to Boxrec, the bout is still for Harrison's WBC Youth Silver title. However, with Acuna being 32 years old, he hardly fits the criteria. The bout will be on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale main event.
Dezurn (3-0, two KO's) is coming off a second-round knockout victory over Cody Fuller on June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Ellis (0-1) lost his pro debut on May 29 in Cincinnati, OH to Jayon Garnett via third-round TKO.
Dezurn's contest will not be televised but he will join Antoine Douglas, Jerry Odom and Cecil McCalla on the card.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Baltimore, MD heavyweight "Slick" Nick Kisner won a four-round decision over Pedro Martinez of Philadelphia, PA. Kisner is now 13-1-1, five KO's.
Also on the card, Cambridge, MD junior welterweight Dontre "Pound For Pound" King was stopped in the fourth round by Sammy Quinones of York, PA. King's record drops to 7-17-2, three KO's while Quinones's record rises to 8-2, three KO's.
"The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio of Springdale, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over Grayson Blake of State College, PA in the junior middleweight main event. Recio is now 7-0, five KO's while Blake is now 5-3-1, two KO's.
In the middleweight co-feature, Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson of Laurel, MD scored a first-round TKO over Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA. The bout was stopped at 2:02 of the first. Nicholson remains perfect at 8-0, eight KO's. Noriega is now 2-12, two KO's.
Terron "Kid" Grant of White Plains, MD lost a six-round split decision to Jose Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a junior lightweight matchup. Grant loses for the first time and is now 9-1, four KO's. Del Valle is now 3-7-3.
Lightweight Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD stopped Michael Doyle of Prichard, AL at 49 seconds of the third round. Harris is now 2-0, two KO's while Doyle is 2-10-1, one KO.
DC junior lightweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis won a six-round split decision over Thomas "The Animal" Herrera of Hollywood, CA. Davis's record improves to 7-1, three KO's. Herrera is now 3-12-1.
Marq "The Monster" Johns of Fort Washington, MD scored a brutal second-round TKO over Luis Hernandez of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a super bantamweight bout. Johns is now 4-0-1, four KO's while Hernandez is 0-5.
Junior welterweight Myke "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD stopped Mason Wickett of Little Rock, AR at 1:29 of the third round. Fox is now 3-0, one KO while Wickett is 0-7.
Lightweight Emanuel "Jab" Johnson of Brandywine, MD won a four-round majority decision over Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL. Johnson is 2-0 while Smith is 2-8.
Welterweight Stephon "Flash" McDonald of Laurel, MD won a four-round majority decision over James Gooding of Tampa, FL. McDonald is 3-0, two KO's while Gooding is 1-7-1, one KO.
Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up of the card. I am joined by local amateur boxer and incredible student of the game Don Hollingsworth.
Larry Recio wins our main event with a gritty six-round unanimous decision over a very tough Grayson Blake.
For the second straight contest, Recio faced an opponent that he couldn't completely overpower. Recio scored a knockdown in the third round because of pressure. However, Blake stayed in the bout and challenged Recio by landing solid left hands repeatedly.
In the end, Recio was able to do more than enough to get the win as he landed powerful rights from distance and in close. Recio won by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-53. Recio goes six rounds for the first time in his career and is now 7-0, five KO's. Blake's record drops to 5-3-1, two KO's.
A tremendous SRO crowd enjoyed definitely one of the best cards of the year! Good night from Fort Washington!
Demond Nicholson stops Jess Noriega at 2:02 of the first round.
Nicholson dropped Noriega early in the first round with a body shot. Later in the round, Nicholson pressured Noriega in a neutral corner but landed a shot below the belt as referee Kenny Chevalier moved in to stop the contest.
Nicholson remains perfect at 8-0, eight KO's. Noriega is now 2-12, two KO's.
Intermission followed by the main event, "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio of Springdale, MD vs Grayson Blake of State College, PA. Six rounds, junior middleweights.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Jose Del Valle has won a six-round split decision over Terron Grant.
Del Valle dropped Grant with a left hook late in the first round. From there, Grant at 5'7" had a tough time getting inside on the 6'2" Del Valle who used his height extremely well.
Grant was dangerously close to losing points for low blows and just didn't have enough power to keep Del Valle away.
Don Risher and Paul Wallace scored the bout for Del Valle, 58-55 and 57-56. John Gradowski saw the bout for Grant, 58-55.
Del Valle is now 3-7-3. Grant loses for the first time and is now 9-1, four KO's.
Next, co-feature, Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson of Laurel, MD takes on Jess "Thunder" Noriega. Six rounds, middleweights.
Patrick Harris was dominant in his contest, stopping Michael Doyle at 49 seconds of the third round.
Harris was extremely accurate, especially to the body. Referee Kenny Chevalier was looking for opportunities to stop the contest. Harris finally gave him that chance after a couple of straight rights at the end.
Harris is now 2-0, two KO's. Doyle is now 2-10-1, one KO.
Next up: Terron "Kid" Grant of White Plains, MD takes on Jose Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Six rounds, lightweights.
Joshua Davis wins a six-round split decision over an extremely games Thomas Herrera.
Both men traded punches extremely well throughout the contest. Davis more than likely won the contest in the last two rounds when he landed solid right hands that made Herrera start to take backward steps.
Judge John Gradowski scored the bout for Herrera, 58-56. However, both Paul Wallace and Don Risher saw the bout for Davis, 58-56 and 59-55 respectively.
Davis is now 7-1, three KO's. Herrera is now 3-12-1.
Next up, Hyattsville, MD lightweight Patrick Harris takes on Michael Doyle of Prichard, AL. Four rounds.
The list of Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year candidates got a little longer tonight as Marq Johns stopped Luis Hernandez at 21 seconds of the second round.
In the first round, Johns landed some brutal body shots. In the second, Hernandez started to land some solid shots very early and challenged Johns to come forward. That turned out to be a mistake as Johns came forward with a vicious right hand that leveled Hernandez and brought the sellout crowd to its feet.
Hernandez beat referee Dave Braslow's count but was unfit to continue.
Johns remains undefeated at 4-0-1, four KO's. Hernandez is now O-5.
Joshua "Dynamite" Davis of DC is in the ring in a six-round encounter against Thomas "The Animal" Herrera of Las Vegas, NV. Junior lightweights.
Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor has won a 10-round unanimous decision over Karim Mayfield tonight in Huntington, NY.
Taylor was in control throughout the contest except the eighth round when he got caught by a Mayfield right hand and was dropped.
Despite that, however, Taylor won by scores of 97-92 and 95-94 (twice).
Myke Fox has scored his first pro knockout stopping Mason Wickett at 1:29 of the third round.
Fox looked solid throughout landing a solid right jab. Fox dropped Wickett with a right hook early in the third and then followed up seconds later with a solid combination that forced referee Brent Bovell to stop the bout.
Fox is now 3-0, one KO while Wickett is 0-8.
Next up: Marq "Monster" Johns of Fort Washington battles Luis Hernandez of Puerto Rico in a four-round contest.
I was a little ahead of myself in the last headline, however, Emanuel Johnson did indeed win a four-round majority decision over Calvin Smith.
It was not the prettiest bout you could see. Johnson stayed closer to his nickname than he did in his pro debut as he used his jab a little more and that was the difference in the contest.
Johnson won by scores of 38-36 and 39-37. One judge scored it a draw at 38-38.
Johnson is now 2-0 while Smith is now 2-8.
Coming up: Myke "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD takes on Mason Wickett of Little Rock, AR. Four rounds, junior welterweights.
Back here at Rosecroft, Stephon "Flash" McDonald has won a spirited four-round majority decision over James Gooding.
Both guys winged punched throughout the contest but Johnson landed the harder punches throughout the contest.
One judge saw the draw at 38-38. However, the other two saw the shutout at 40-36.
McDonald is now 3-0, two KO's. Gooding is now 1-7-1, one KO's.
Up next: Emanuel "Jab" Johnson of Brandywine, MD in a four-round lightweight bout against Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL.
Bayan Jargal's bout against Cletus Seldin tonight at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY has been declared a no-contest after three rounds.
Midway through the contest, Jargal suffered a nasty cut near his right eye as a result of an accidental headbutt. Since the scheduled eight-round bout did not reach the halfway point, the bout was a no-contest.
Jargal's record is 17-5-3, 10 KO's, one NC. Seldin is 13-0, 10 KO's.
Hi again, everyone from Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD for the Keystone Boxing card. As you may know, this is a very busy night because we are also keeping tabs on what is taking place in New York with Emmanuel Taylor and Bayan Jargal tonight on ESPN2. The telecast is underway but neither man is in the ring yet.
We will have all the results throughout the evening.
(Photos courtesy of Star Boxing)
Emmanuel Taylor and Bayan Jargal weighed in for their nationally-televised contests tonight at The Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY.
Taylor (left) weighed in at 141 1/2 pounds while his opponent, Karim Mayfield came in at 143.
Both Jargal (right) and his opponent, Cletus Seldin, hit the scales at 141.
The ESPN2 broadcast begins at 8 PM ET.
Larry Recio 149 1/2 vs. Grayson Blake 150
Terron Grant 129 1/2 vs. Jose Del Valle 129 1/2
Patrick Harris 135 1/2 vs. Michael Doyle 131 1/2
Joshua Davis 131 1/2 vs. Thomas Herrera 132
Marq Johns 122 1/2 vs. Luis Hernandez 122 1/2
Emmanuel Johnson 136 1/2 vs. Calvin Smith 133 1/2
Stephon McDonald 151 1/2 vs. James Gooding 157 1/2
Demond Nicholson 165 vs. Jess Noriega 165 1/2
Myke Fox 137 1/2 vs. Mason Wickett 139 1/2 Wickett (0-5) is a last-minute substitution who fought his last bout at Rosecroft on June 13, dropping a four-round unanimous decision to Emmanuel Johnson.
We will be blogging live from Rosecroft and keeping tabs with what goes on with Emmanuel Taylor and Bayan Jargal tonight in Huntington, NY. Tonight's card is also being shown over GoFightLive.TV for a cost of $14.99. However, it will be a tape-delayed contest.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
There are four six-round contests -- "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio (6-0, five KO's) of Landover, MD takes on Grayson Blake of State College, PA (5-2, two KO's) in a welterweight contest.
Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson (7-0, seven KO's) battles Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA (2-10, two KO's).
Lightweight Joshua Davis of Washington, DC (6-1, three KO's) will face Thomas "Animal" Herrera of Hollywood, CA (3-11-1, one KO).
White Plains, MD lightweight Terron "Kid" Grant (9-0, four KO's) takes on Jose Del Valle of Corozal, Puerto Rico (2-7-3).
In four-round contests, Mykal "The Professor" Fox (2-0) of Forestville, MD will be in a lightweight battle against Shannon Kelley of Columbus, OH (0-1).
Hyattsville, MD junior welterweight Patrick Harris (1-0, one KO) will take on veteran Michael Doyle of Prichard, AL (2-9-1, one KO)
Featherweight Marq "Monster" Johns of Fort Washington, MD (3-0-1, three KO's) battles Luis Hernandez of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico (0-4).
Emmanuel Johnson of Brandywine, MD (1-0) will be in a lightweight contest against Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL (2-7).
Baltimore, MD welterweight Stephon McDonald (2-0, two KO's) will take on James Gooding of Tampa, FL (1-6-1, one KO).
One other note -- Gerome Quigley will not be on the card because he suffered a rib injury in training.
The card gets underway at 8 PM.