Monday, March 10, 2014
July will take on undefeated Quantis Graves of Beaumont, TX in an eight-round main event encounter. Graves (9-0-1, four KO's) fought to a six-round majority draw in his last outing against the very same Sherifi on November 16 in Verona, NY.
In other bouts scheduled for the card, Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae will take on Jonte "Rock Steady" Willis of Tacoma, WA by way of Memphis, TN in a six-round encounter. McRae (12-3, six KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Franklin Edmondson on December 14 at the Washington Convention Center in DC. Willis (9-9-1, three KO's) has fought some tough competition in his career including Eric Fields, Lateef Kayode and Danny Batchelder in his last three bouts. The combined record of those three opponents were 60-11-1.
In four-round contests, undefeated Laurel super middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson will battle David Rohn of Villa Park, IL. Nicholson (5-0, five KO's) has knocked out his last four opponents in the first round including his win over Darryl Fields on the December 14 DC card. Rohn (1-0, one NC) made his pro debut at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on July 13 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Jarrelle Scott. Rohn fought again in September and initially won a four-round unanimous decision but the decision was overturned when Rohn failed a post-bout drug test.
Baltimore cruiserweight Travis Reeves is also slated to be on the card. Reeves (3-2-1, one KO) will compete for just the second time in the Beltway area when he faces Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI (2-5-1, two KO's) in a four-round contest.
Reeves battled to a six-round draw with Kamarah Pasley on February 21 in Dover, DE. Reeves has fought in Delaware and Florida twice and in West Virginia. Reeves made his pro debut in Frederick, MD on March 23, 2013 and lost a four-round majority decision to Zakki Scott.
Martinez makes his third trip to the Beltway in his last four outings. Martinez drew with Devon Mosley after four rounds on July 13 in Fort Washington, MD and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Mario Flores on September 28 at the Patapsco Arena. Martinez lost a four-round unanimous decision to Thad Berkhousen in his last outing on February 22 in Grand Rapids, MI.
More bouts are slated to be announced.
(The all-Beltway bout between Larry Recio and Norman Allen announced earlier has been scrapped from the card.)
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Rufat, a junior middleweight, had just a three-year career (13-2-1, seven KO's). Emil, however, fought from 1995-2003 (22-2, 17 KO's) as a middleweight and, at one time, was one of the top middleweights in the United States, ranked number 12 by the USBA.
Now, however, Emil Baku faces a different and more potent foe. He will need help to defeat this one. In 2012, Emil was diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma Astrocytoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The now-42-year-old continued to train at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. Last month, his condition worsened and doctors told him that he has just two months to live.
Emil, his family and his trainer, Robert Crawford, are looking for donations to help pay for Emil to travel to Brazil for a special medical treatment. They are hoping to raise $2,500 to cover the costs of the treatment and transportation.
If you would like to help, call Robert Crawford at 410-419-4348 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
On Monday, March 17, two young locals will be in action on a card at the House of Blues in Boston, MA. Undefeated Baltimore featherweight Gervonta "Rambo" Davis is slated to be in a six-round contest. Davis (6-0, six KO's) battles for the first time in 2014, winning his last contest via second-round TKO over James Franks on December 14 in Washington, DC.
The card will also mark the highly-anticipated pro debut of DC junior middleweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin. Martin was a highly-decorated amateur boxer who had an outstanding 2013 winning both the USA Nationals and the National PAL Tournament as well as winning a gold medal in his weight class at the Klitschko Brothers Tournament in Ukraine.
Davis and Martin also share another distinction -- they are two of the most recent signees of uber-boxing manager Al Haymon. Haymon has raided the Beltway Boxing region in recent months as he has signed a number of the top prospects including number one WBO featherweight contender "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr., NABO Light Heavyweight champion Thomas "Top Dog" Williams and undefeated super middleweight prospect Dominic Wade.
This card, which is slated to be shown on Fox Sports 1, was originally scheduled to have three Beltway Boxers appearing on it. The main event was to have Front Royal, VA junior welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer facing Danny O'Connor of nearby Framingham, MA. However, O'Connor injured his shoulder and a replacement could not be found.
BATB has learned that DC lightweight Anthony Peterson will make his return on Friday, March 21 on an ESPN2 telecast originating from the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA. The bout will be a 10-round co-feature against an opponent to be determined.
Peterson (32-1, 21 KO's) has not fought since his second-round TKO victory over Dominic Salcido on May 18 in Atlantic City, NJ.
Then on Saturday, March 22 in Istanbul, Turkey, DC heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson looks to put himself in position for yet another world title shot when he faces Odlander Solis of Miami, FL by way of Cuba in a 12-round contest for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title.
Thompson (38-4, 26 KO's) will try to bounce back from a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Kubrat Pulev for the IBF International title on August 24 in Schwerin, Germany. Solis (20-1, 13 KO's) won the IBF Inter-Continental crown in his last outing scoring a seventh-round TKO over Yakup Saglam in Niedersachen, Germany.
Both men have received world title shots in the past --Thompson losing twice to Wladimir Klitschko while Solis's only loss came to Vitali Klitschko.
Junior Division Finishes; Novice and Open Divisions Heat Up On Week Three of Washington Golden Gloves!
Deric Davis (Old School) won the 10-11, 75 Pounds title with a win over Elijah Gilcrest (unattached).
In the 14-15, 113 Pounds title bout, Juan Jenkins (Mobtown) took the championship defeating Jay Cromwell (Dream Team).
Two other boxers won titles via walkover:
15-16, 119 Pounds: D'Jon Brown (NOMIS)
16, 132 Pounds: Mack Allison IV (Upton)
Six bouts were contested in Novice Division action as a number of bouts fell through and winners advanced via walkover.
132 Pounds: Juan Melsur (Infinite) over Donnell Poe (Old School)
132 Pounds: Stephen Blaylock, Jr. (No Xcuse) over Devonaire Johnson (Dream Team)
152 Pounds: Monyae Gregory (Upton) RSC-3 over Estebon Sanchez (D-Block)
140 Pounds Female: D'ajah Scott (Diamonds N The Ruff) over Courtney Feldheim (unattached)
152 Pounds: Christopher Perkins (Woodland) over Alejandro Rodriguez (Mack Lewis)
165 Pounds: Mark Dunkin (Headbangers) RSC-1 over Antonio Pennix (First Class)
201 Pounds: Phillip Murray (Laurel) RSC-3 over Flamur Pllanna (Hagerstown)
A number of boxers advanced to next Saturday's semifinals via walkover:
123 Pounds: Cody Woodland (Woodland)
123 Pounds: Albert Sostre (Sugar Ray Leonard)
132 Pounds: Corey Snowden (No Xcuse)
132 Pounds: Taylor Woodland (Woodland)
141 Pounds: Tyrek Irby (Headbangers)
152 Pounds: Derek Gibson (Down Under)
165 Pounds: Francisco Bustos (Champions)
165 Pounds: Maxwell Hulsh (No Xcuse)
210+ Pounds: Johnathen Surratt (Tony's Gym)
Only two Open Division bouts took place on Saturday night.
123 Pounds: Daron Williams (Benning Park) over Antwain Robinson (Upton)
132 Pounds: Jalonte Cole (No Xcuse) over Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Four other bouts were decided by walkover:
132 Pounds: Andrew Barrett (Laurel)
132 Pounds: Anthony Hooker (Diamonds N The Ruff)
141 Pounds: Nigel Fennell (Down Under)
165 Pounds: Maynard Sterling (Down Under)
The semifinals begin on Saturday, March 15 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center at 7:30 PM.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed put on another solid performance in winning a six-round unanimous decision over "Rebellious" Bilal Mahasin of Oakland, CA.
No knockdowns but Reed stuck to his gameplan landing shots to the body and head. Reed also stayed calm when Mahasin tried to rush in.
Reed won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55. Reed is now 8-0, five KO's and Mahasin is 4-1.
Yurii Polischuk has won the rematch over Kevin Womack, Jr. by third-round TKO. Early in the third, Polischuk landed a solid left hand that dropped Womack solidly to the canvas.
Moments later, Polischuk pressured Womack enough to get referee Brent Bovell to stop the bout at 1:39 in what looked like a very quick stoppage that wasn't helped by Womack going in retreat mode.
Polischuk is now 3-1-1, one KO. Womack falls to 4-4-1, two KO's.
Main event is next: Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed vs. Bilal Mahasin. Six rounds, junior welterweights.
In a bout that will get strong consideration for Beltway Bout of the Year in 2014, Joshua Davis won a tough split decision over a very game Joel Flores.
Both boxers landed solid shots. Davis may have received the win based on a crisp series of shots that dropped Santiago in the sixth round.
Even with the knockdown, judge John Gradowski scored the bout for Flores, 57-56. Judges Kenny Chevalier and Don Risher saw the contest for Davis, 57-56 and 58-55 respectively.
Davis is now 6-1, three KO's. Flores is now 4-5, three KO's.
Co-feature is next. The rematch between Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. and "The Baby-Face Assassin" Yurii Polischuk. Six rounds.
After Dusty Hernandez Harrison's win in San Diego, CA tonight, we returned to action here at Rosecroft with another solid performance by "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio of Landover, MD. Recio stopped the debuting Mike Santiago of Chicago, IL after two rounds.
Recio landed some devastating uppercuts with both hands. Recio dropped Santiago twice during the second round. Santiago made it to the end of the round but ringside physicians didn't allow him to come out for the third.
Recio is now 4-0, three KO's.
Up next: Joshua Davis of Catonsville, MD in a scheduled six-rounder against Joel Flores of Hart, MI.
Marq Johns used a solid overhand right to drop Gabriel Braxton and stop him at 1:01 of the second round. Johns was in complete control throughout.
Johns is now 2-0-1, two KO's. Braxton is 0-2.
We are in intermission watching Dusty Hernandez Harrison's contest on ESPN2.
Charlie Natal has won a four-round unanimous decision over Dontre King in our opening contest.
Natal increased the pressure steadily on King, getting a knockdown in the fourth round.
Two judges scored the bout 40-35, the other scored the contest 40-36.
Natal remains undefeated at 3-0-1. King is now 7-14-2, three KO's.
Next up: Marq "The Monster"Johns of Fort Washington, MD battles Gabriel Braxton of Philadelphia, PA. Four rounds bantanweights.
Tickets Now On Sale For Hopkins-Shumenov April 19 Card At DC Armory; Quillin WBO Title Defense is Co-Feature; D'Mitrius Ballard Added To Card!
This card features the light heavyweight unification bout between WBC champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov as Hopkins attempts to become, at 49 years old, the oldest man to unify a world title.
Tickets are $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
The co-feature for the card has been announced. WBO Middleweight champion "Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin of Brooklyn, NY will make the third defense of his title against the federation's European champion, Lukas Konecny of the Czech Republic.
The undefeated Quillin (30-0, 22 KO's) successfully defended his championship with a 10-round TKO of Gabriel Rosado on October 26 in Atlantic City, NJ. Konecny (50-4, 23 KO's) is a 2000 Czech Republic Olympian who once held the interim WBO title.
BATB has learned that undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius Ballard (4-0, three KO's) will participate on this card. No word yet on his opponent. Ballard, who is promoted by Golden Boy, will make his second straight appearance in DC on a Golden Boy Promotions card. Ballard scored a third-round TKO over Marlon Farr on January 25 at the DC Armory on the undercard of Lamont Peterson-Dierry Jean. Farr suffered a hand injury causing the stoppage of the contest, however, Ballard was in complete control.
Still no official word on whether Gary Russell, Jr. will face Jhonny Gonzalez for Gonzalez's WBC Featherweight championship on this card.
Mike Reed 141 vs. Bilal Mahasin 139
Yurii Polischuk 144 1/2 vs. Kevin Womack, Jr. 145 1/2
Joshua Davis 131 1/2 vs. Joel Flores 131 1/2
Larry Recio 154 vs. Mike Santiago 156
Marq Johns 123 1/2 vs. Gabriel Braxton 120
Charlie Natal 149 1/2 vs. Dontre King 151
Bouts get underway at 7:30 PM. We are scheduled to begin blogging live at around that time.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Dusty Hernandez Harrison and Michael Balasi both weighed in at 147 pounds for their nationally-televised contest Friday night at the Pala Casino and Resort in San Diego, CA.
The bout is now a six-round contest instead of an eight-rounder and will open the ESPN2 telecast at 9 PM ET. A reminder: you can watch the bout on the giant screens at Rosecroft Raceway during the Keystone Boxing card.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Main event -- Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed of Waldorf, MD (7-0, five KO's) takes on Bilal Mahasin of Oakland, CA (4-0), six rounds junior welterweights.
Co-feature -- Joshua Davis of Washington, DC (5-1, three KO's) battles Joel Flores of Hart, MI (4-4, three KO's), six rounds, lightweights.
Co-feature -- Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. of Baltimore, MD (4-3-1, two KO's) faces "The Baby-Face Assassin Yurii Polischuk of Lanham, MD (2-1-1, one KO) in a six-round rematch at welterweight.
Larry Recio of Springdale, MD (3-0, two KO's) takes on the debuting Mike Santiago of Chicago, IL. Four rounds junior middleweights.
Marq "The Monster"Johns of Fort Washington, MD (1-0-1, one KO) squares off against Gabriel Braxton of Atlanta, GA (0-1). Four rounds, bantamweights.
Dontre "Pound For Pound" King of Cambridge, MD (7-14-2, three KO's) battles "Mr. Hollywood" Charles Natal (2-0-1). Four rounds, welterweights.
As of this moment, Terron Grant is off the card. No suitable opponent could be found for him.
Also, the nationally-televised contest featuring Dusty Hernandez Harrison is slated to be shown on two giant screens at Rosecroft. Harrison (20-0, 11 KO's) is slated to open the ESPN2 telecast at 9 PM ET with his eight-round bout against Michael Balasi of Honolulu, HI (10-3, seven KO's). There will be an intermission during the live boxing card to show the Harrison bout.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
There will be four Junior Division Championship bouts on Saturday. Here is the scheduled bout sheet:
10-11, 75 Pounds: Deric Davis (Old School) vs. Elijah Gilchrist (unattached). This changes what was listed last week as we were told Davis won this title last week.
14-15, 113 Pounds: Juan Jenkins (Mobtown) vs. Jay Cromwell (Dream Team)
15-16, 119 Pounds: Andres Garibay (Laurel) vs. D'Jon Brown (NOMIS)
16, 132 Pounds: Mack Allison, IV (Upton) vs. Mercardo Copeland (Headbangers)
Two boxers were unopposed Junior Division champions:
14, 106 Pounds: Jordan Hunter (Keystone)
13, 152 Pounds: Derrick Brown (Mobtown)
Here is the list of scheduled Novice Division contests:
123 Pounds: Malik Lofton (Dream Team) vs. Cody Woodland (Woodland)
123 Pounds: Albert Sostre (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Robert Braxton, Jr. (NOMIS)
132 Pounds: Alex Ramos (Down Under) vs. Corey Snowden (No Xcuse)
132 Pounds: Taylor Woodland (Woodland) vs. Winfield Goldring (Upton)
132 Pounds: Juan Melsur (Infinite) vs. Donnell Poe (Old School)
132 Pounds: Stephen Blaylock, Jr. (No Xcuse) vs. Devonaire Johnson (Dream Team)
141 Pounds: Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) vs. Leroy Payne (Headbangers)
152 Pounds: Monyae Gregory (Upton) vs. Estebon Sanchez (D-Block)
140 Pounds Female: D'ajah Scott (Diamonds N The Ruff) vs. Courtney Feldheim (Knockout)
152 Pounds: Handal Munoz (Keystone) vs. Derek Gibson (Down Under)
152 Pounds: Alejandro Rodriguez (Mack Lewis) vs. Christopher Perkins (Woodland)
165 Pounds: Francisco Bustos (Champions) vs. Quinton Taylor (Tony's Athletic)
165 Pounds: Mark Dunkin (Headbangers) vs. Antonio Pennix (First Class)
165 Pounds: Maxwell Hulse (No Xcuse) vs. Dwayne Wheeler (Young Titans)
201 Pounds: Flamur Pllanna (Hagerstown) vs. Phillip Murray (Laurel)
210+ Pounds: Johnathen Surratt (Tony's Gym) vs. Lloyd Marshall (Innerstate)
Six bouts are scheduled for the Open Division:
123 Pounds: Antwain Robinson (Upton) vs. Daron Williams (Benning Park)
132 Pounds: Andrew Barrett (Laurel) vs. Joel Young (Enigma)
132 Pounds: Jalonte Cole (No Xcuse) vs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
132 Pounds: Anthony Hooker (Diamonds N The Ruff) vs. Brian Rodriguez (Down Under)
141 Pounds: Nigel Fennell (Down Under) vs. Jeffri Gutierrez (Laurel)
165 Pounds: Maurice Burrell (Mobtown) vs. Maynard Sterling (Down Under)
Monday, March 03, 2014
However, the circumstances that took place this past weekend in San Antonio, TX may change everything. The now-former WBO Featherweight titlist Orlando Salido lost his title on the scales but went on to win a 12-round split decision over Vasyl Lomanchenko. This means the WBO title is now vacant.
Today, the WBO formally announced that Russell is the number one contender and is line to battle for that title. No word yet on whom his opponent might be.
Headlining the card will be Virginia State Middleweight champion Brandon Quarles who will take on "The Carolina Kid" Jeremy Yelton of Forest City, NC in an eight-round encounter. Quarles (11-2-1, four KO's) is coming off his first-round TKO of Zain Shah for the Virginia State title on the last card at the ABC Sports Complex on November 9.
Yelton (17-15, eight KO's) will try to bounce back from a second-round knockout loss to Thomas LaManna on August 17 in Charlotte, NC. Yelton is a veteran who has some notable names on his resume including Paulie Malinaggi, Harry Joe Yorgey and Henry Crawford.
The undefeated Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna of Millville, NJ (13-0, seven KO's) will be in the co-feature bout on this card that is being promoted by his father. No word yet on his opponent. LaManna won a six-round unanimous decision over Joshua Robertson in his last outing on September 28 in Atlantic City, NJ.
The card marks the hometown return of Fairfax, VA's "Money" Mike Sawyer who will take on Montrail Speight of Wilson, NC in a four-round undercard bout. Sawyer (5-3, three KO's) has not fought in a Virginia ring since scoring a first-round TKO over Jimmy Lundy in June of 2007 at the ABC Sports Complex. Sawyer, who now lives in Winter Park, FL, recently made a return to boxing after a two-year absence and has fought in the Cayman Islands and in the Bahamas.
Speight (0-1) lost his pro debut by first-round TKO to Carlos Lopez on August 24 in Wilson.
Also slated to be on this card are undefeated Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom (8-0, eight KO's) and undefeated junior welterweight Edgar "The Tiger" Torres of Springfield, VA (4-0-1, three KO's). No word on their opponents.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
In the 10-11, 65 Pound division, Ragahleak Bartee (unattatched) won the title defeating Reginald Ransom (Charm City).
Deric Davis (Old School) took the 10-11, 75 Pound title with a win over Erick Acosta (Main Street).
Maximus Garland (Headbangers) won the 10-11, 80 Pound championship over Kessean Bagwell (Charm City).
Saquan Epps (Kenilworth) captured the 13-14, 100 Pound title with a win over Mekhi Payne-Dey (Keystone).
In the 14, 130 Pound class, Ameer Brown (The Answer) stopped Crisanto Lucio (Old School) in the third round to win the title.
Hakeem Middleton (Limelite) won the 16, 125 Pound title with a third-round stoppage of Nick Marchelli (Young Titans).
Daniel Thompson (Enigma) took the title at 16, 141 Pounds with a win over Aaron Grisby (Club One).
Stephaun Hopps (Old School) ended the Junior Division's night with a third-round stoppage of Michael Wilbar (Hagerstown) to win the title at 15, 165 Pounds.
There were a number of walkover champions as well.
10, 70 Pounds: Tyreek Williams (The Answer)
12-13, 106 Pounds: Donte Baytop (UMAR)
12-13, 125 Pounds: Michael Tymas (Langdon)
14, 120 Pounds: Gregory Burton (Langdon)
14-15, 150 Pounds: Jaseye Stephens (Hagerstown)
Here are results from the Novice Division as the following boxers moved into the next round:
123 Pounds: Preston Gatling (Hillcrest) over Dionte Lovelace (Headbangers)
141 Pounds: Siprano Zeledon (Headbangers) RSC-3 over Hoang Pho (D-Block)
152 Pounds: Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (Raw Assassin) RSC-1 over Yohanes Rezene (Sugar Ray Leonard)
152 Pounds: Derek Gibson (Down Under) over Joshua Lee (UMAR)
165 Pounds: Dayshawn Jones (UMAR) over Jesse Singletary (D-Block)
Two boxers won by walkover in the Novice Division:
141 Pounds: Gregory Blankney (Dream Team)
165 Pounds: Antonio Pennix (First Class)
Only one bout took place in the Open Division on Saturday. That bout was in the 165 Pound class as Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) won over Jason Bell (No Xcuse).
Two other open boxers won by walkover:
123 Pounds: Hector Soto (Down Under)
141 Pounds: Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma)
The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Tournament continues on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 PM at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Scott "Cujo" Sigmon, in front of his home crowd, scored a 10th round TKO over Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow.
James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson won by third round knockout over Andre Baker.
Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell scored a first-round TKO over Jeremy Boardwine.
We'll add to this once details come in. We will also post the results from tonight's Golden Gloves session on Sunday morning.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Baltimore's Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow (24-3-3, eight KO's) and Lynchburg, VA's own Scott "Cujo" Sigmon (23-5, 12 KO's) both weighed 160 pounds for their 10-round rematch.
Also, James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson of Baltimore (20-0, 13 KO's) hit the scales at 147 pounds for his six-round contest against veteran Andre Baker of Lumberton, NC (10-39-2, two KO's). Baker came in at 146 1/2.
Baltimore's Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell (7-0, five KO's) weighed in at 167 pounds for his four-rounder with the debuting Jeremy Boardwine of Lynchburg. Boardwine, who has had a number of MMA bouts, came in at 170 1/2 and will have to lose a couple of pounds to get to the super middleweight limit of 168 for this contest.
They also share one other distinction: both boxers have bouts on Friday, March 7 and that fact adds to writer Tammy Showalter's recent profile of the two boxers for the Maryland Independent newspaper. Here is the link to the article:
Reed is headlining the Keystone Boxing card on March 7 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Keystone plans to show Harrison's ESPN2 bout from San Diego, CA at Rosecroft during the evening.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Boxing is a required sport for all midshipmen to participate in as part of the Academy's physical education program. The sport is also offered as a club sport at the academy. The Brigade Boxing Championships will showcase the elite midshipmen boxers in 13 contests. The event has a rich history. In 1967, future Secretary of the Navy James Webb took on future Marine Corps Lt. Col., Oliver North in a welterweight contest. Also, the event was featured in the 2006 movie, "Annapolis." The best boxers from this event will go on to a regional competition to qualify for the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships which will be held in Miami, FL in April.
If you attend the event, you can park at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium at Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. Use the blue entrance and ride the free shuttle to Alumni Hall. You can also park outside the gate and walk onto the Naval Academy. However, you will need a picture ID to enter the gate.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
10-11, 65 pounds: Ragahleak Bartee (unattached) vs. Reginald Ransom (Charm City)
10, 70 Pounds: Tyreek Williams (The Answer) vs. Quincey Williams (Unattached)
10-11, 75 pounds: Deric Davis (Old School) vs. Erick Acosta (Main Street)
10-11, 80 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Keesean Bagwell (Charm City) vs. Maximus Garland (Headbangers)
13-14, 100 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Mekhi Payne-Dey (Keystone) vs. Saquan Epps (Kenilworth)
12-13, 106 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Edwin Angel (The Answer) vs. Donte Baytop (UMAR)
14, 120 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Gregory Burton (Langdon) vs. Alexander Gonzalez (Club One)
15-16, 119 Pounds: Andres Garibay (Laurel) vs. Sergio Bolanos (Headbangers)
12-13, 125 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Michael Tymas (Langdon) vs. Nasheed Smith (Headbangers)
14, 130 Pounds: (CHAMPIONSHIP): Ameer Brown (The Answer) vs. Crisanto Lucio (Old School)
16, 125 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Hakeem Middleton (Limelite) vs. Nick Marchelli (Young Titans)
16, 141 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Aaron Grigsby (Club One) vs. Daniel Thompson (Enigma)
14-15, 150 Pounds: Deshawn Gladden (Dunlap AC) vs. Jasaye Stephens (Hagerstown)
15, 165 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Stephaun Hopps (Old School) vs. Michael Wilbar (Hagerstown)
Unopposed champions in the Junior Division:
10, 55 Pounds: Jordan Roach (No Xcuse)
14, 106 Pounds: Jordan Hunter (Keystone)
16, 106 Pounds: Isaiah Johnson (Dunlap AC)
15, 210+ Pounds: Otis Tillman (Hagerstown)
123 Pounds: Dionte Lovelace (Headbangers) vs. Preston Gatling (Hillcrest)
141 Pounds: Hoang Pho (D-Block) vs. Siprano Zeledon (Headbangers)
141 Pounds: Donald Nalle (Headbangers) vs. Gregory Blankney (Dream Team)
152 Pounds: Yohanes Rezene (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (Raw Assassin)
152 Pounds: Derek Gibson (Down Under) vs. Josha Lee (UMAR)
152 Pounds: Andre Harris (Club One) vs. Avery Prince (LA Boxing)
165 Pounds: Jesse Singletary (D-Block) vs. Dayshawn Jones (UMAR)
165 Pounds: Antonio Pennix (First Class) vs. Reginald Smith (LA Boxing)
123 Pounds: Corey Moore (Main Street) vs. Hector Soto (Down Under)
141 Pounds: Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) vs. Dionte Burts (Woodland)
165 Pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) vs. Jason Bell (No Xcuse)
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Local welterweights Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. of Baltimore, MD will face "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk of Lanham, MD in a six-round rematch of their spirited four-round draw of November 23 in Baltimore.
In the first bout at the Patapsco Arena, the two men had solid moments -- Womack landed very well to the body while Polischuk sent solid shots to the head. The contest was an extremely even contest and, as we said then, it begged for a rematch which we will get on March 7.
Womack (4-3-1, two KO's) has fought one time since the last meeting with Polischuk, losing a four-round unanimous decision to Semajay Thomas on the Lamont Peterson-Dierry Jean undercard on January 25 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Polischuk (2-1-1, one KO) has not fought since the Womack contest.
Unfortunately, one other All-Beltway contest slated for the March 7 card has been scrapped. The bout between Zain Shah and George Armenta will not take place as Armenta will not be able to participate. No official reason was given.
The 2014 Washington Golden Gloves kicked off tonight in front of a packed house at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD.
Nine Junior Division boxers won championships on this opening night of competition and the night turned out to be a family affair.
Lonzo Malcolm of Keystone captured the first championship of the night earning the 8-9, 65 pound title with a win over Damari Philson of Langdon. Later in the evening, Malcolm's older brother, Lawrence, defeated Lamont Tate of Kenilworth to win the 11, 85 Pound title.
Daylynn Jones of #11 Overcomers won the 11, 90 Pound championship with a win over Keith Bagwell of Charm City. Jones's brother, Jordan, took the title at 11-12, 95 Pounds with a win over Kyron Curry of UMAR.
In other title bouts, UMAR's Ibrahim Robinson won the 12-13, 85 Pound title with a victory over Leon Jones of Langdon. Kenilworth's Donell Williams defeated Stacey Selby of No Xcuse to win the 12, 90 Pound title.
Malik Warren (Charm City, 13, 90 Pounds) Chamar Flowers (Headbangers, 13-14, 95 Pounds) and Hakeem Middleton (Limelite, 16, 125 Pounds) all won their titles via walkover.
Here are the results of the other Junior Division contests on Saturday:
10-11, 65 Pounds: Ragahleak Bartee (Unattached) over Cuttino Oliver (Upton)
10, 70 Pounds: Tyreek Williams (The Answer) over Michki Phillips (Keystone)
10-11, 75 Pounds: Elijah Gilcrist (Unattached) over Muhammad Robinson (UMAR)
10-11, 80 Pounds: Maximus Garland (Headbangers) RSC-2 over Santino Saunders (Hillcrest)
13-14, 100 Pounds: Mehki Payne-Dey (Keystone) over Keith Cooke (No Xcuse)
14-15, 113 Pounds: Jay Cromwell (Dream Team) over Siete Shuler (Langdon)
Kesean Bagwell (Charm City) won his bout in the 10-11, 80 Pound division by walkover.
Five bouts took place in the Novice Division Saturday night. Here are the results.
141 Pounds: Delante Perkins (Cherry Lane) over Maurice Baggage (Tony's Gym)
152 Pounds: Andre Harris (Club One) over Deonte Stokes (First Class)
152 Pounds: Monyae Gregory (Upton) RSC-2 over Diante Simms (Tony's Gym)
152 Pounds: Alejandro Rodriguez (Mack Lewis) over Nicholas Lee (Laurel)
152 Pounds: Christopher Perkins (Woodland) over Kristopher Gatling (Hillcrest)
Also in the 152 Pound division, Yohanes Rezene (Sugar Ray Leonard), Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (Raw Assassin), Handal Munoz (Keystone) and Estebon Sanchez (D-Block) all won their bouts by walkover.
The tournament continues on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 with the Open Division slated to get underway that night.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Normally, we post a schedule in chronological order. However, what is slated to happen at the end of the schedule is going to be big so it will get top billing.
What you may have heard or read is true. The oldest man to ever hold a world championship -- 49-year-old Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins -- will be coming to the DC Armory on Saturday, April 19 to try and become the oldest man to unify portions of a world title. IBF Light Heavyweight champ Hopkins will face the WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan in the 12-round main event on this card.
If you know anything about the career of Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO's) you know that a number of the big moments in his career took place in the Beltway region. Hopkins made his first try at a world title on May 22, 1993 when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Roy Jones, Jr. for the vacant IBF Middleweight title at RFK Stadium in the co-feature to Riddick Bowe-Jesse Ferguson. On April 29, 1995, Hopkins would finally win his first title -- the IBF crown -- at the USAir Arena in Landover, MD, scoring a seventh-round TKO over Segundo Mercado in the co-feature to the title bout between Vincent Pettway and Simon Brown.
Hopkins would successfully defend the IBF title against four legendary Beltway Boxers -- Brown, Andrew Council, Keith Holmes and William Joppy -- during his career and also make a title defense in DC when he defeated Robert Allen on February 6, 1999 at the Washington Convention Center.
Hopkins told ESPN.com's Dan Rafael that he is looking forward to returning to the nation's capitol.
"When I was in Washington (on Jan. 25) promoting the Lamont Peterson (junior welterweight title) fight at the Armory, the people there showed me a lot of love and respect," Hopkins said. "I got mad respect for the fans there and they got mad respect for me in D.C. Fighting in D.C. is like fighting in Philly as far as I'm concerned. It will definitely be a Bernard Hopkins house and I will give them something to cheer about."
If speculation turns out to be true, April 19 may be a strong house for a local boxer as well. There are rumors that there will be another title bout on this card. Speculations run rampant that undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. will be on the card and will challenge WBC Featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez for the title in the co-feature bout. If this pans out, it will be the first time that Russell will compete in front of his home fans. We'll keep you posted.
That is just part of what looks to be an outstanding Spring slate of Beltway Boxing. Here is what the rest of the schedule looks like at this moment:
The Saturday, March 1 card slated to be in Millersville, MD at Club One Fitness is off. If you want to see some Beltway Boxers in action on that day, you can go to the Boonsboro Ruritan Club in Lynchburg, VA for the rematch between Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow and Scott "Cujo" Sigmon. Nicklow won the first bout against Sigmon in March of 2010 via a 10-round unanimous decision in one of the trilogy of contests between Nicklow, Sigmon and Julius Kennedy that was named the Beltway Boxing Bout of the Year in 2010.
Also slated to be on that card are undefeated Baltimore Boxers James "Keep Em' Sleepin'" Stevenson and Jeremy "The Truth" Trussel.
We know already that there is a card on Saturday, March 7 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. That Keystone Boxing card is set. There was also scheduled to be a card on March 7 in DC co-promoted by Headbangers Promotions and Iron Mike (Tyson) Promotions. That card has been postponed and is slated to take place on Friday, April 11 at the Washington Convention Center. If that holds up, that means there will be two cards in DC in an eight-day period.
Northern Virginia is back in the mix as well as there will be a card at the ABC Sports Complex on Saturday, March 15 that is slated to feature Brandon Quarles and "The King's Son" Jerry Odom in separate bouts.
April may be a crazy month. Not only do we have the two shows slated for DC, Maryland may have three shows on the docket, with two tentatively scheduled for the same night. We are hearing that Hardwork Promotions may have a card on Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD. Also, there are two cards slated for Friday, April 18. Keystone Boxing has one at Rosecroft while the Maryland Boxing Club is slated to return to the Shipley Arena. In the wake of the Mark Tucker loss Friday night, however, that could change.
BATB has also received word that there will be a card co-promoted by Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions that will take place at the ABC Sports Complex in Arlington on Saturday, April 26.
Of course, running every week during this time will be the Washington Golden Gloves at Sugar Ray Leonard Center in Palmer Park and, by the end of April, the Waldorf Jaycees Center in Waldorf, MD.
That is just the local schedule. We also have a number of boxers scheduled to compete around the country during this period. We'll have that for you on Sunday.
Friday Out of Town Results: Whitlock Scores First-Round TKO; Neequaye Stopped in Second; Reeves Gets Draw; Ward KO'd in Three!
The only winner of the night was Cornelius "The Bodysnatcher" Whitlock of DC who needed just 35 seconds to stop Luis Hernandez of San Bernadino, CA at the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, NV According to reports, Whitlock landed a picture-perfect right hand that stiffened Hernandez. Whitlock remains undefeated at 3-0-2, two KO's. Hernandez is 2-7.
In one of the featured televised bouts on that card, DC lightweight "Unbelievable" Samuel Neequaye was stopped in the second round by Fernando Carcamo of Mexico in the first round of the Boxcino Lightweight Tournament. Carcamo dropped Neequaye in the first round and finished the job at 1:58 of the second. For Neequaye, it was his first pro loss and he is now 21-1, 15 KO's. Carcamo is now 16-5, 13 KO's.
Meanwhile at Dover Downs Casino in Dover, DE, Baltimore cruiserweight Travis Reeves fought to a six-round majority draw against Kamarah Pasley of Philadelphia, PA. According to noted boxing scribe Jack Obermayer, both men were very reluctant throughout most of the contest, however Reeves did have Pasley hurt in the fifth round. Reeves did win one scorecard by a 58-56 score but two other judges scored the bout a draw at 57-57.
Reeves is now 3-2-1, one KO while Pasley is 6-6-2, two KO's.
At the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI, DC cruiserweight Andre Ward was stopped by Alvin "Iron Majik" Varmall, Jr. of LaPlace, LA in the third round. As time wore down in the third, Varmall wobbled Ward with an overhand right and then followed up with a double left hook that sent Ward crashing to the canvas. The bout was stopped with one second remaining in the third round.
Ward's record falls to 1-2-4, one KO while Varmall is 2-0, two KO's.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Zakki Scott has suffered his first loss as a pro as he drops a six-round unanimous decision to Robert Alfonso.
Alfonso outgunned Scott throughout the bout and Scott had nothing of real significance coming back. Two judges scored the bout a shutout, 60-54 while the third saw the bout a little closer at 58-56.
Scott drops to 4-1, one KO while Alfonso is now 4-0.
Main event is next: Mark "TNT" Tucker battles Paul Vasquez. 10 rounds light heavyweights.
Rolando Chinea had an easy time as he dominated Rafael Luna forcing a stoppage at 1:32 of the third round.
Chinea was extremely dominant as he caused blood to fly from Luna's nose all over ringside.
Ringside physician Dr. John Stiller mercifully stopped the contest from ringside.
Chinea is now 6-0-1, three KO's while Luna falls to 3-6-3, one KO.
Intermission has come and gone and the co-feature is in the ring as undefeated heavyweights Zakki Scott takes on Cuban Robert "Cosito" Alfonso. Six rounds.
Ievgen Khytrov has stopped Julius Kennedy at 2:29 of the fifth round. Khytrov was very accurate throughout the contest as he battered Kennedy around the ring. Kennedy, to his credit, tried to stay in the contest. By the fifth round, however, Khytrov had done enough damage for referee Brent Bovell to stop the contest.
Khytrov is now 3-0, three KO's. Kennedy drops to 7-8-1, three KO's.
We have late word that the pro debut of Seth Billups against Benjamin Olinga has been scratched. No word was given for the cancellation.
In the ring, Rolando "Iron Man" Chinea takes on Raphael Luna.
Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell has won a six-round split decision over a game Greg "Hot-Shot".Hackett.
Quite honestly, the bout looked like a lot of bouts where Hackett made things competitive while trying to survive. However, Hackett did land enough to gain the nod on one scorecard, 57-56.
What probably gave Trussell the nod was scoring a knockdown in the final round as Trussell landed shots to the body and head and sat Hackett down against the ropes. Referee Dave Braslow ruled it a knockdown. Trussell won by scores of 59-54 and 57-56.
Trussell remains undefeated at 7-0, five KO's. Hackett drops to 2-15.
In the ring now: "Relentless" Julius Kennedy faces Ievgen Khytrov. Six rounds super middleweight.
Good Evening from the Shipley Arena on the grounds of the Carroll County AG Center in Westminster, MD. Action is underway with the first bout of the evening as Jeremy Trussell of Baltimore battles Greg Hackett of Philadelphia, PA in a six-round super middleweight bout.
Two locals will be on tonight's card at the Edgewater Casino and Resort in Laughlin, NV. Samuel Neequaye weighed in at 135 pounds for his six-round Boxcino Lightweight Tournament bout that will be shown on ESPN2. Neequaye's opponent, Fernando Carcamo, hit the scales at 135 1/2.
On the non-televised undercard, junior welterweight Cornelius "The Bodysnatcher" Whitlock of Baltimore, MD (2-0-2, one KO) will take on Luis Hernandez of San Bernadino, CA (2-6, two KO's). Whitlock weighed at 144 while Hernandez came in at 141.
Meanwhile at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI, DC cruiserweight Andre Ward (1-1-4, one KO) will take on Alvin "Iron Majik" Varmall, Jr. of LaPlace, LA (1-0, one KO) in a four-round contest. Both men tipped the scales at 198.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Mark Tucker 175 vs. Paul Vasquez 171
Zakki Scott 233 vs. Robert Alfonso 241
Seth Billups 138 vs. Benjamin Olinga 140 1/2
Ievgen Khytsov 164 vs. Julius Kennedy 164 1/2
Jeremy Trussell 167 vs. Greg Hackett 173 1/2
Rolando Chinea 135 vs. Raphael Luna 137
Tyrell Samuel, Demond Nicholson and Shaborn Ryals are no longer on this card. No opponents could be found for them.
The matchup between Scott (4-0, one KO) and Alfonso (3-0) is a late addition to the card. Alfonso (3-0) is a native of Havana, Cuba who boxes out of Orlando, FL and was a member of the 2008 Cuban Olympic Team.
Kudos to Paul Vasquez, who regularly donates his entire purse to a local children's hospital everywhere he boxes. After his bout against Mark Tucker, Vasquez will make a $5,000 donation to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. Vazquez says he does this to encourage and inspire others to donate to children's health.
UPDATE: Trussell weighed in for a second time and Hackett for the first time this morning at the Maryland State Athletic Commission offices. The weights reflect the change in weights.
The card will get underway at 8 PM. I will be working with the videotaping of the card, however, I will try to blog as frequently as I can.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
As usual, the tournament will get underway with the Junior and Novice Divisions. Here is the scheduled bout sheet:
8-9, 65 Pounds (Championship): Damari Philson (Langdon) vs. Lonzo Malcolm (Keystone)
10-11, 65 Pounds: Ragahleak Bartee (unattached) vs. Cuttino Oliver (Upton)
10, 70 Pounds: Tyreek Williams (The Answer) vs. Michki Phillips (Keystone)
10-11, 75 Pounds: Muhammad Robinson (UMAR) vs. Elijah Gilcrist (unattached)
10-11, 80 Pounds: KeSean Bagwell (Charm City) vs. Donald Ford (Kenilworth)
10-11, 80 Pounds: Maximus Garland (Headbangers) vs. Santino Saunders (Hillcrest)
11, 90 Pounds: Daylynn Jones (#11 Overcomers) vs. Keith Bagwell (Charm City)
11, 85 Pounds (Championship): Lawrence Malcolm (Keystone) vs. Lamont Tate (Kenilworth)
12-13, 85 Pounds (Championship): Ibrahim Robinson (UMAR) vs. Leon Jones (Langdon)
12, 90 Pounds (Championship): Stacey Selby (No Xcuse) vs. Donell Williams (Kenilworth)
11-12, 95 Pounds (Championship): Jordan Jones (#11 Overcomers) vs. Kyron Curry (UMAR)
13, 90 Pounds (Championship): D'Angelo Thompson (Enigma) vs. Malik Warren (Charm City)
13-14, 95 Pounds (Championship): Chamar Flowers (Headbangers) vs. Cornell Gray (Kenilworth)
13-14, 100 Pounds: Mehki Payne-Dey (Keystone) vs. Keith Cooke (No Xcuse)
14-15, 113 Pounds: Siete Shuler (Langdon) vs. Jay Cromwell (Dream Team)
16, 125 Pounds: Korwan Keith (NOMIS) vs. Hakeem Middleton (LimeLite)
There are two unopposed champions in the Junior Division:
12, 80 Pounds: Khalil Phillips (Keystone)
14, 75 Pounds: Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)
141 Pounds: Maurice Baggage (Tony's Gym) vs. Delante Perkins (Cherry Lane)
152 Pounds: Andre Harris (Club One) vs. Deonte Stokes (First Class)
152 Pounds: Diante Simms (Tony's Gym) vs. Monyae Gregory (Upton)
152 Pounds: Blaine Donker (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Avery Prince (LA Boxing)
152 Pounds: Handal Munoz (Keystone) vs. Toure' Lake (Laurel)
152 Pounds: Gary Jones (Enigma) vs. Yohanes Rezene (Sugar Ray Leonard)
152 Pounds: Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (Raw Assassin) vs. Jalil Hunter (Headbangers)
152 Pounds: Nicholas Lee (Laurel) vs. Alejandro Rodriguez (Mack Lewis)
152 Pounds: Kristopher Gatling (Hillcrest) vs. Christopher Perkins (Woodland)
152 Pounds: Estebon Sanchez (D Block) vs. Jonathan Johnson (Young Titans)
Brooklyn, NY middleweight "The Ukranian Lion" Ievgen Khytrov will take on Windsor Mill, MD's "Relentless" Julius Kennedy in a six-round contest. Khytrov (2-0, two KO's) represented the Ukraine in the 2012 Summer Olympics and won the world championships in 2011. Khytrov has not taken the conventional road as a young pro boxer -- his first bout was slated for eight rounds and the second contest was scheduled for six rounds. Khytrov is trained by former world champion Buddy McGirt.
Kennedy (7-7-1, three KO's) is winless in his last eight contests including losses to Harry Joe Yorgey, Alantez Fox, Decarlo Perez and Denis Douglin.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Nielsen dropped Jeter twice in the first round and got the stoppage at the 1:06 mark of round two. Jeter falls to 16-4-1, 11 KO's while Nielsen's record rises to 22-0, 11 KO's.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Taylor, much like his first loss to Prenice Brewer in November of 2011, got off to a very slow start in the contest. Taylor seemed to do better in the middle rounds but could not pick up the pace any more and Algieri, who showed some very quick and accurate hands throughout the contest, coasted to the victory.
The judge's scorecards were 98-92 and 97-93 (twice). Taylor's record drops to 17-2, 12 KO's. Algieri is now 19-0, eight KO's.
(photo by Team Sauerland)
Tony Jeter (right) weighed in at 158 1/2 for his 12-round WBC Silver Middleweight title bout Saturday in Albertslund, Denmark. Jeter's opponent, Patrick Nielsen, tipped the scales at 160 pounds.
Here is video of the weigh-in:
Thursday, February 13, 2014
The contest will be the featured bout on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights which will air at 9 PM ET.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Harrison (20-0, 11 KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Tim Witherspoon, Jr. on January 31 in West Orange, NJ. Harrison's opponent will be Michael Balasi of Honolulu, HI (10-3, seven KO's) who is coming off a two-bout losing streak.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
At a recent PVA Board of Governors meeting, Ronald Simms was stripped of his duties as president of the organization. Tony Bell, Sr. will serve as interim president. The PVA, according to information provided to BATB, cited a number of reasons for Mr. Simms's ouster including:
* Inability to raise funds for PVA during his tenure as president
* Coaching and training boxers in another Local Boxing Committee (LBC) to participate against PVA Boxers in local, regional and national tournaments
* Opening a second bank account for the PVA without the knowledge of or discussion with anyone on the PVA's board
*Sanctioning a recent amateur show in which four "exhibition" bouts took place and insisting PVA referees and judges work those bouts as training sessions. USA Boxing no longer allows exhibitions.
Reportedly, Mr. Simms is protesting the meeting, calling it an illegal one and will look to file a grievance with USA Boxing.
Mr. Simms was named the president of PVA in April of 2012, almost two years after a similar Board of Governors meeting forced the ouster of then-president Jerry Jerome in May of 2010. Mr. Jerome was relieved of his duties for violation of the PVA's voting process and conduct unbecoming a member of the PVA's board of directors. Mr. Jerome's wife, Cecilia, who served as treasurer at that time, was also ousted for failure to file important documents with the PVA and USA Boxing.
No word yet on who will serve as permanent PVA President.
Once again, the Beltway will have back-to-back boxers appear on national television. We've already talked about Emmanuel Taylor's bout versus Chris Algieri on Friday, February 14 on ESPN2.
We also have a transplanted local boxer that will be a part of ESPN2's eight-man Boxcino lightweight tournament. That boxer is undefeated NABA Lightweight champion Samuel "Unbelievable" Neequaye, a native of Accra, Ghana who now fights out of DC. Neequaye is trained by local trainer Zeke Thompson.
Neequaye (21-0, 15 KO's) will face Fernando Carcamo of Mexico (15-5, 12 KO's) in a six-round contest on Friday, February 21 at the Edgewater Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, NV. Neequaye won the NABA title in his last outing, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Dorin Spivey on August 30 in Newark, DE. Carcamo is coming off a second-round TKO of Sergio Rivera on December 20 in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.
The winners of the first-round matchups advance to the semi-finals on Friday, March 28 at the 4 Bears Casino in New Town, North Dakota. The finals will be held on Friday, May 23 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. There is also an eight-man middleweight Boxcino tournament as well. Banner Promotions is promoting both tourneys.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Tucker (16-1, seven KO's) returned to action for the first time in more than two years and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Rayford Johnson on November 15 at the Shipley Arena. Vasquez (9-4-1, three KO's) will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak.
In the co-feature, undefeated Lancaster, PA junior welterweight Rolando Chinea will face Raphael Luna of Albany, NY in a six-round contest. Chinea (5-0-1, three KO's) is coming off a four-round TKO victory over Benjamin Olinga on November 23 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD. Luna (4-6-3, one KO) is 0-3-2 in his last five bouts over a four-year period.
Olinga, a welterweight from DC by way of Cameroon (1-4), will try to bounce back from his last two losses on this card as he will be the opponent for the debuting Seth Billups of Ashburn, VA. Billups is a former Virginia State amateur champion.
Also returning to action will be former Maryland State Lightweight champion Tyrell "Da Show Shock'A" Samuel of Baltimore, MD who will take on David Warren Huffman of Cincinnati, OH in a four-round contest. Samuel (14-5-1, six KO's) has not fought since dropping a six-round majority decision to Ryan Belasco in May of 2012 in Dover, DE. Huffman (4-18-1, one KO) has lost his last seven bouts but has been very successful in the Beltway as three of his four wins have come in local settings.
Also slated to be on the card are undefeated Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond Nicholson (5-0, five KO's) and Capitol Heights, MD cruiserweight Shaborn Ryals (2-0).
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Let's take the second bout of the weekend first. On Friday, Stevensville, MD middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter (16-3-1, 11 KO's) and his team arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark to prepare for his 12-round contest against undefeated hometown hero Patrick Nielsen (21-0, 10 KO's) for the WBC Silver title on Saturday, February 15. A win against Nielsen puts Jeter in line for a world title shot.
While not a huge bout stateside, this bout will be televised in five countries. Jeter will be fighting in front of a huge and what should be a hostile crowd as Nielsen is a huge favorite in his homeland.
On Friday, February 14, Baltimore, MD junior welterweight Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor will face a hostile crowd of his own when he faces undefeated hometown hero Chris Algieri in a 10-round nationally televised contest at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY.
Taylor (17-1, 12 KO's) is ranked number six in the world by the IBF so he needs the win to keep that momentum going. Taylor scored a solid six-round TKO victory against Ray Serrano at the Paramount in January of 2013. This will be Taylor's third straight national TV contest -- his second straight on ESPN2.
Algieri (18-0, eight KO's) is unranked and this is a big step-up for him. Algieri has fought his last seven bouts at the Paramount with his biggest win coming against former title contender Mike Arnaoutis by 10-round unanimous decision on July 20.
Again, this bout will be the main event on ESPN2 on Friday, February 14 at 9 PM ET.
Lockett won a six-round decision over Julius Fogle of Cary, NC. Overall, a very pedestrian contest where Lockett was busier than the game Fogle. Judge Paul Wallace saw a shutout for Lockett at 60-54, Lloyd Scaife saw the contest 59-55 while judge Wayne Smith registered a 58-56 decision.
Lockett creeps back over the .500 mark with a record of 13-12-5, five KO's. Fogle falls to 16-10, 11 KO's.
Scott won a four-round decision over Franklin Edmondson of Durham, NC, who accepted this contest late Thursday evening. Scott was able to land punches frequently although very few were damaging. Edmondson had little defense against Scott's output. All three judges scored a shutout for Scott. Wallace and Scaife scored the contest 40-36 while judge Smith saw a 40-35 score despite no knockdowns in the contest.
Scott remains undefeated at 4-0, one KO while Edmondson falls to 14-41-1, five KO's.