Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hurd Signs With Haymon!

(photo by Juan Marshall)

Undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd has become the latest Beltway Boxer to sign with uber-boxing manager Al Haymon.

Hurd (12-0, seven KO's) has improved steadily in his three years as a professional.  Hurd had the Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year in 2013 when he stopped George Armenta on December 6 in Fort Washington, MD.

Hurd returns to action on Saturday, November 1 when he takes on Terry Cade of Aiken, SC (4-6-1, two KO's) in a six-round bout at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

Haymon now has 11 Beltway Boxers under contract.  Hurd joins a list featuring The Peterson Brothers, Gary Russell, Jr. Thomas Williams, Dominic Wade, Gervonta Davis, Kareem Martin, David Grayton, Phil Jackson Benson and Danny Kelly.

Monday, October 20, 2014

T. Douglas Challenges For Vacant WIBA Super Flyweight Title November 13 in Baltimore!

Baltimore, MD's Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas will get an opportunity for her first world title on Thursday, November 13 when she moves up in weight to challenge Christina Ruiz of San Antonio, TX for the vacant WIBA Super Flyweight title at the Royal Farms Arena (formerly the Baltimore Arena) in Baltimore.

The undefeated Douglas (7-0, three KO's) has scored back-to-back first-round knockouts in her last two contests.  This will be Douglas's first time competing in a scheduled 10-round contest as she tries to be the fifth female Beltway Boxer to win a world title (joining current champions Tori Nelson and Jennifer Salinas and former champions Isra Girgrah Wynn and Lisa Foster Cohen).

Ruiz (7-6-3, four KO's) will be the most experienced boxer Douglas has faced.  Not only has Ruiz had more pro bouts, she has also faced better competition en route to winning a world title of her own (the IFBA Bantamweight title).  Ruiz has battled such notables as Jennifer Han, Alicia Ashley, Kaliesha West and Emily Klinefelter.

We will post the rest of this card later in the week.

Bratton Scores Knockout In Pennsylvania; Jackson Takes Bronze In Finland!

A couple of late results from the weekend:  Baltimore, MD heavyweight Aaron Bratton scored a fourth-round TKO over the debuting Chin Achebe of Long Island, NY on October 18 at the Dunmore Community Center in Scranton, PA.  The bout was stopped at 2:31.

With the win, Bratton evens his record at 2-2 and scores his first pro knockout.

In amateur action, flyweight Malik Jackson of DC won a bronze medal at the 2014 Tammer Tournament in Tampere, Finland. Jackson won his preliminary bout against Ali Srour of Norway. However, he lost his semi-final match against Enrico La Cruz of the Netherlands.

Update On October 24 Card at Rosecroft!

The Keystone Boxing card on Friday, October 24 is now complete.
As BATB reported earlier, undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. returns to action in the six-round main event. Rivers (9-0, six KO's) will take on Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico (4-2, one KO).

Rivers is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Xavier Montelongo on June 13 at Rosecroft. Garcia-Rios won a four-round split decision over previously undefeated Pedro Vicente on March 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Garcia-Rios will be led to to the ring by former two-division WBO champion Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon who is making his debut as a head trainer.

The co-feature will match Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July against Tony Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round battle. July (16-1-3, six KO's) fought to an eight-round draw against Quantis Graves on April 12 in Baltimore, MD. Ferrante (12-6, seven KO's) is winless in his last five bouts.

Rookie junior welterweight Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD will take on Jeffrey Ramos of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a four-round contest. Harris (2-0, two KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Michael Doyle on July 18 at Rosecroft. Ramos (3-2, two KO's) was stopped in the third round against Luis Olivares on March 14 in Kissimmee, FL.

Also, DC featherweight Marcus "The Animal" Bates goes against Edgardo Marin of Humacao, Puerto Rico in another four-rounder. Bates (2-0-1, two KO's) battled to a four-round draw against Stephon McIntyre on January 17 at Rosecroft. Marin (0-2-1) has fought in back-to-back split decisions, losing one and one ending in a draw.

Two more bouts are slated for the card.  Capitol Heights, MD light heavyweight Shaborn Ryals will battle David Rohn of Grand Rapids, MI in a four-round contest.  Ryals (2-0) will battle for the first time as a pro on the DC side of the Beltway.  The last bout for Ryals was a four-round unanimous decision victory over Lamont Capers on November 23 in Baltimore.  Rohn (0-2-1, two NC) lost a four-round unanimous decision to James Ballard on October 3 in Detroit, MI.

The card will also feature the debut of Bridgetown, Barbados featherweight Cobia Breedy who will face Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL (2-8).  Breedy is a former amateur champion on the island of Barbados.  Smith makes his second straight trip to Rosecroft Raceway.  Smith lost a four-round majority decision to Emanuel Johnson on July 18.

If you can't come to the card in person, the card will be streamed live on GoFightLive.tv. for $14.99.  Yours truly will provide color commentary on the broadcast joining play-by-play broadcaster Rich Quiniones.  Because of these added duties, I may not be able to blog results until after the card is over.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beltway Boxing Hometown Schedule!

We will mark the last three months of Beltway Boxing 2014 with no less than EIGHT pro cards between October 24 and December 6!

This does not include the private card that is being held at the Renaissance Hotel in DC on Thursday, October 23.  No fans or media are allowed at that event.

My writing partner, Juan Marshall, has the majority of the schedule listed on his blog, ProAm Fight Talk.  That list, with the accompanying posters, can be found here:  http://proamfighttalk.blogspot.com/2014/10/beltway-boxing-area-upcoming-fight-cards.html   Some of these cards (October 24, November 1 and November 15) we have talked about in some detail.

We also have the two annual charity boxing cards -- the eighth Annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation card on Thursday, November 6 at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD and the 25th anniversary of Fight Night at the Washington Hilton Hotel in DC on Thursday, November 13.

By the way, the Royal Farms Arena, where the Baltimore card is taking place on November 13, is the new name for the downtown Baltimore Arena -- or for you old heads like me, the Baltimore Civic Center.

Beltway Boxers Making Fall Traveling Arrangements!

A number of Beltway Boxers will hit the road in the next few weeks, many scheduled to appear on some marquee cards.  Here's the list as we know it now (bouts subject to change):

Saturday, October 18 -- Undefeated Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom (12-0, 11 KO's) is slated to headline a card at the Dunmore Community Center in Scranton, PA.  No word yet on an opponent for this scheduled eight-round contest.

Friday, October 24 -- Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas and Baltimore, MD featherweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. will participate on a card at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, NJ.  Douglas (14-0-1, nine KO's) will be in the eight-round main event against Jose "Stinger" Medina of Tilton, NH by way of Mexico (18-15-1, seven KO's).  Douglas is coming off the 10-round draw against Michel Soro on July 25 in Verona, NY.  Medina has lost three of his last four.

Dezurn (4-0, three KO's) will face Joshua Reyes of Millville, NJ (5-2, two KO's) in a four-round encounter.  Dezurn scored a first-round TKO over Andre Canada on July 25 in Verona, NY.  Reyes last fought on February 12 and lost a six-round unanimous decision to Bryant Cruz in New York City.

Saturday, October 25 -- Baltimore light heavyweight Cory "Black Ice" Cummings will battle Yusef "The Mack Attack" Mack of Philadelphia, PA at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ. The bout is a scheduled six-rounder.  Cummings (17-7-1, 13 KO's) and Mack (31-7-2, 17 KO's) will try to break three-bout losing streaks.

 Thursday, October 30 -- We've already told you about this one -- Front Royal, VA junior welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer will battle Danny O'Connor in a 10-round, nationally-televised (Fox Sports 1) main event bout at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA.

Now comes word that two more Beltway Boxers have been added to the undercard -- super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard of Temple Hills, MD (6-0, five KO's) and lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD (3-0, one KO).  Neither man has an opponent for their bout.

Saturday, November 1 -- undefeated Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson (10-0, 10 KO's) makes his first trip away from the Beltway as he has been added to the card at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.  No word yet on his opponent.

Also on that card, Lynchburg, VA middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon (24-5-1, 13 KO's) takes on Caleb "Golden" Truax of Osseo, MN (24-1-2, 14 KO's) in a 10-round contest.  That bout will be part of the Showtime Extreme telecast.

Saturday, November 29 -- Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed (11-0, six KO's) travels to the Century Link Center in Omaha, NE for his first scheduled eight-round contest.  No word yet on his opponent.

This card will be on the undercard of a world title doubleheader -- Terence Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title against Raymundo Beltran and Evgeny Gradovich puts his IBF Featherweight title on the line against Jayson Velez.  This will be an HBO-televised card but no word if Reed's bout will be televised.

This out-of-town schedule, combined with what we have scheduled in the area, will make for a fun last three months of the year!  We'll have the Beltway schedule later on today.




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

November 1 'Hometown Takeover' Card Coming Together!

The All-In Entertainment card slated for Saturday, November 1 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC is coming together.

As BATB mentioned earlier, main eventer Dusty Hernandez Harrison of DC will have a new opponent for this contest as Hector Munoz, Harrison's scheduled opponent for the card's original date of September 27, could not participate on this date.

The new opponent for Harrison (23-0, 12 KO's) in this scheduled 10-round contest will be veteran Michael "Cold Blood" Clark of Columbus, OH (44-11-1, 18 KO's).   Harrison is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Wilfredo Acuna on July 26 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.   Clark, a cast member of the second season of The Contender, has been stopped in four of his last five contests.

There are four six-round bouts scheduled for the card.  Undefeated Landover, MD junior middleweight "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio will battle Roberto Lopez of Kissimmee, FL.  Recio (7-0, five KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Grayson Blake on July 24 in Fort Washington, MD.  Lopez (4-7-2, one KO's) will be facing a Beltway Boxer for the third time.  Lopez lost by four-round unanimous decision to David Grayton in October of 2013 in DC and was stopped by Mike Reed in the third round in July of last year in Fort Washington.

In heavyweight action, "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae will face off against Grover Young of Memphis, TN.  McRae (14-3, eight KO's) is looking for his fifth straight victory.  McRae stopped Zeferino Albino in the third round in his last bout on May 17 in Annandale, VA.  Young (8-13-1, five KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with his first-round knockout victory over Mathan Hester on September 20 in Memphis.

Undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd returns to action against Terry Cade of Aiken, SC.  Hurd (12-0, seven KO's) stopped Joshua Robertson in the first round on June 13 in Fort Washington.  Cade (4-6-1, two KO's) will try to break a four-bout losing streak as he faces an undefeated boxer for the fourth time in his last five contests.

In another six-round contest, "The Pride of Alexandria" Brandon Quarles of Alexandria, VA will take on Dennis Sharpe of Bayonne, NJ.  Quarles (13-3-1, five KO's) will look to bounce back from his eight-round unanimous decision loss to Corey Rodriguez on August 2 in Carlton, MN.  Sharpe (17-13-4, four KO's) will make his second straight trip to DC.  In his last outing, Sharpe was stopped in the fourth round by Demond Nicholson.

Rookie lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD will battle veteran Sean Lockhart of Columbia, SC in a four-round bout.  Fox (3-0, one KO) scored his first professional knockout in his last outing with a third-round TKO over Mason Wicket on July 18 in Fort Washington, MD.  Lockhart (5-23-2, two KO's) also makes a quick return to DC after dropping a six-round unanimous decision to Bobby Gunn, Jr. on August 9.

Fort Washington super bantamweight Marq "The Monster" Johns will be in another four-rounder against Jesus Gonzales of Bethlehem, PA.  Johns (4-0-1, four KO's) has stopped his last four opponents.  Gonzales (2-9, two KO's) has gone the distance in four of his last five contests but has lost five in a row.

Also, lightweight Emanuel "Jab" Johnson of Brandywine, MD will take on the debuting Patrick Chaffin of Memphis, TN.  Johnson (2-0) won a four-round majority decision over Calvin Smith on July 18 in Fort Washington.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bouts Added To November 15 Patriot Center Card!

Some interesting bouts have been added to the Saturday, November 15 card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

In an all-Virginia junior welterweight showdown, "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk of Alexandria battles Juan "The Savior' Rodriguez of Haymarket in a six-round contest.  Polischuk (6-1-1, two KO's) just fought on October 11 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Benjamin Olinga at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  Rodriguez (5-2-1, four KO's) returns to action for the first time since October of 2012 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Damon Antoine in Arlington, VA.

Also on the card, undefeated Frederick, MD super middleweight Devar "The Warrior" Ferhadi returns to action in a four-round bout against veteran Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA. The last outing for Ferhadi (3-0, two KO's) was in April of 2013 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over PJ Cajigas in Upper Marlboro, MD.  Noriega (3-11, three KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with a first-round knockout win over Cam Hoback on October 4 in Lynchburg.

Two out-of-town veterans will face each other in a special attraction contest.  "The Chosen One" Ronald Hearns of Southfield, MI battles Jonathan "Reid Dawg" Reid of Nashville, TN.  Both men are in desperate need of a win -- Hearns (26-5, 20 KO's) has been stopped in each of his last four bouts while Reid (35-15, 19 KO's) has just one win in his last 11 contests.

Hearns, the son of hall of fame champion Thomas Hearns, has ties to the DC area as he played basketball at American University.  Reid makes his fourth trip to the Patriot Center and his last bout was in the greater Beltway region when he was stopped in the eighth round against Scott Sigmon in Winchester, VA.

This card features the rematch between Tony Jeter and Jimmy Lange along with bouts featuring DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson and Todd "White Lightning" Wilson.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Remembering Tracy Thorpe!




(Photos courtesy of the South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing)

We need more people in the Beltway Boxing community like Tracy Thorpe.  Yes, we have so many people who care about our young boxers.  However, Tracy cared enough to not let them get away with anything.

Whether she was in the ring as a referee or outside the ring as a judge or as an administrator, Tracy defined the term "no-nonsense" during her 17 years with the South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing. She was a true leader in every sense of the word.  Nothing got past her and no matter how hectic things got, she never got rattled and she always kept the boxers first.

Tracy was a lifetime member of Ring 101 and the first woman and African-American to receive the organization's Harry Jaffra award for meritorious service.  That was an example of the type of leader and person she was.




Tracy suffered a stroke in September of 2012 and, being the fighter she was, she battled.  In July of 2013 at a card at Coppin State University, Tracy made an appearance and looked wonderful. This picture has her alongside Calvin Ford. That was my last time having an opportunity to talk to her and I was proud of the way she fought back.

Eventually, however, Tracy lost her battle this past Friday on what would have been her 64th birthday.  Tracy's memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 18 at:

First Baptist Church of Guilford
7504 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD

The service will begin at 9:30 AM.  

Thank you for everything, Tracy.  You will truly be missed.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Polischuk Captures Virginia State Title!

Yurii Polischuk captured a six-round unanimous decision over Benjamin Olinga to win the Virginia State Junior Welterweight title.

Polischuk simply landed the harder and crisper punches against the game Olinga.  Polischuk won the bout by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-54.  Polischuk is now 6-1-1, two KO's.  Olinga is now 1-9.

Good night from Springfield!

Quigley Stops Coney In One!

Gerome Quigley had an easy time defeating Cedric Coney at 2:57 of the first round. 

Quigley had to chase Coney around a little bit before he finally landed a couple of rights that stopped Coney and dropped him to his knees. 

Quigley is now 5-0, four KO's.  Coney is 3-2.

Main event is next for the Virginia State Junior Welterweight Title --"The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk (5-1-1, two KO's vs. Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga (1-8). Six rounds.

Sawyer Drops Chambers Twice For First-Round Victory!

Mike Sawyer scored two knockdowns en route to an easy first-round stoppage of Nate Chambers.

Sawyer fended off the charging offense of Chambers to drop him twice with right hands.  The bout was stopped at 1:07.

Sawyer is now 6-3, three KO's.  Chambers is 0-2.

Co-feature is next: Gerome Quigley of Montgomery Village, MD 4-0, three KO's battles Cedric Coney (3-1) of Kannapolis.

Reyes Stops Stewart In Two!

Edwin Reyes has stopped Tyron Stewart at 40 seconds of the second round.

After an awkward first round, Reyes put on the pressure and dropped Stewart with a right hand.  Stewart beat the count but was in no condition to continue.

Reyes remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO's.  Stewart is now 3-3.

Next up: "Money" Mike Sawyer of Winter Park, FL by way of Culpepper, VA (5-3, three KO's) battles Nate Chambers of Kannapolis, NC (0-1). Four rounds, light heavyweights.

Reyes Battles Stewart As Action Resumes In Springfield!

We are back in action at the ABC Sports Complex as Edwin "El Matador" Reyes of Laurel, MD (4-0, three KO's) faces Tyron Stewart of Kannapolis, NC (3-2). Four rounds, Junior lightweights.

Cepeda Stops Gonzalez in Five!

Jonathon Cepeda scored a fifth-round TKO over a game Lester Gonzalez. 

Cepeda dropped Gonzalez in the fourth round with a vicious right hand.  The fifth round saw Cepeda stagger Gonzalez with another right.  Gonzalez fell to the canvas and the bout was stopped at 1:57.

Cepeda is now 15-1, 13 KO's while Gonzalez is 12-15-4, six KO's.

We are now at intermission.

Flores Blasts Pittman In One!

We have yet another candidate for Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year.  Mario Flores used a brutal right hand to drop Christian Pittman three times en route to a first-round stoppage.

Early in the first, Flores dropped Pittman with a solid right hand.  Moments later, Flores used the same punch with the same result.

As soon as Pittman got up from the second knockdown, Flores came roaring out of the neutral corner, right hand cocked.  Flores rushed over and fired the right hand landing flush on Pittman's jaw and knocking him out.  The bout was immediately stopped at 1:51.

Flores is now 5-1-2, four KO's.  Pittman drops to 3-5.

Now in the ring, Jonathan "El Conquistador" Cepeda of New York City (14-1, 12 KO's) takes on Lester "El Cubanito" Gonzalez of San Diego, CA.  Eight rounds, super middleweights.

Farmer Stops Coca In First; Williamson Wins in Second!

Our first two bouts have completed.  Tevin Farmer stopped Dominic Coca at 1:41 in the first round.  Farmer dropped Coca with a left hook early in the first then completed the job with a left to the body.

Farmer is now 17-4, three KO's while Coca is 8-10, two KO's.

Our second contest is one of the few knockouts caused by sheer exhaustion of the losing boxer simply because he was trying so hard to avoid being hit.

At 6'7" and 250 pounds, Columbia, MD heavyweight Stan Williamson had a huge size over opponent Juwan Love of Concord, NC, who was making his pro debut.  Love was determined to avoid the possibly punishing blows of Williamson.

So he ran around the ring.  And ran. And landed a couple of punches, followed by more running. Williamson landed some punches but Love kept running and dodging.  So much so that he got tired enough that the combination of punches and running made him take a knee.  Seconds later, Love took another knee for the 10-count and the bout was over at 1:20 of the second round.

Williamson is now 3-0, three KO's.

Up next:  Mario "Bazooka" Flores (4-1-2, three KO's takes on Christian Pittman of Baton Rouge, LA (3-4). Four rounds, light heavyweights.

Good Evening, Once Again, From Springfield, VA!

Hi again from the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA for the joint promotion with Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions.  This is our second visit to the ABC Complex in two weeks -- we were here for the Ponytail Promotions card featuring Tori Nelson and Tyrieshia Douglas on September 27.

Speaking of Douglas, she needed just 44 seconds to dispatch of Shanna Allen in Winston- Salem, NC tonight.  Douglas is now 7-0, three KO's.

We are almost ready to get underway with our first bout -- "The American Idol" Tevin Farmer of Philadelphia, PA (16-4, three KO's) battles Dominic Coca (8-9, two KO's) of Watts, CA. Eight rounds, junior lightweights.

Martin Wins Unanimous Decision; McCombs Falls In First in Kentucky!

Kareem Martin won a four-round unanimous decision Friday night at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, KY.  Martin defeated Domonique Foster of Columbus, OH to raise his record to 3-0-1, two KO's while Foster dropped to 1-5-1.

Also on the card, Richard McCombs was stopped in the first round by undefeated light heavy Donald Anderson of Columbus.  Anderson is now 6-0, two KO's while McCombs falls to 1-6, one KO.

T. Douglas, M. Taylor Hit Scales In North Carolina and Kansas!

Two Beltway Boxers weighed in Friday for bouts in North Carolina and Kansas.

Tyrieshia Douglas and her opponent Shanna Allen both weighed 118 pounds for their contest at the Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym in Winston-Salem, NC.  Douglas is 6-0, two KO's while Allen is 0-2.

At the Beech Activity Center in Wichita, KS, Maxell Taylor (18-8-1, eight KO's) weighed in at 183 pounds for his contest against undefeated Jeff Page, Jr. (14-0, nine KO's) for the UBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title.  Page tipped the scales at 174.  We mention the title because, since Taylor came in over the light heavyweight limit, he is ineligible to win the title.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tracy Thorpe, Long-Time Member of South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing, Passes!

We will have a full obituary on her in the next couple of days but I just wanted to get the word out that one of the true gems of the Beltway amateur scene has passed away.

Tracy Thorpe, a long-time member of the South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing, died Friday evening on what would reportedly have been her 63rd birthday.

As I said, I will have a full obit on Tracy but suffice it to say, she was a wonderful person who was no-nonsense when it came to what went on during an amateur card.  As many of her co-workers have said, she was the glue that kept many cards together.  To say she will be truly missed is an understatement.

I will have more to say in the next few days.  BATB sends its deepest condolences to the family.

Weights From Springfield!

Here is the scale watch for the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, October 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Yurii Polischuk 140 vs. Benjamin Olinga 140

Stan Williamson 249 vs. Juwan Love 202

Mario Flores 181 vs. Christian Pittman 175

Edwin Reyes 135 vs. Tyrone Stewart 131

Mike Sawyer 174 vs. Nathan Chambers 168

Gerome Quigley 151 vs. Cedric Coney 154

Jonathan Cepeda 164 vs. Lester Gonzalez 165

Tevin Farmer 130 vs. Dominic Coca 130

We will start blogging around 8 PM or so when this card gets underway.

Martin, McCombs Hit Scales in Kentucky!

Two Beltway Boxers weighed in Thursday for bouts tonight at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, KY.

Kareem "Reemo" Martin (2-0-1, two KO's) of DC will take on Dominique Foster of Hilliard, OH (1-4-1) in a four-round welterweight contest.  Martin last fought on August 22 and scored a first-round knockout over Taif Harris in Temecula, CA.  Foster has been stopped in the second round in his last two outings.

Martin weighed in at 147 pounds.  Foster had not weighed in on Thursday.

Also, Richard McCombs (1-5, one KO) of DC will take on undefeated Donald "Too Slick" Anderson of Columbus, OH (5-0, two KO's) n another four-rounder in the light heavyweight division. McCombs has not fought since being stopped in the first round by Khalib Whitmore in August of 2013 in Valley Forge, PA.   Anderson is coming off back-to-back unanimous decision victories.

McCombs tipped the scales at 174 while Anderson weighed in at 179.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Out-Of-Town Bout Added To October 11th Card in Springfield!

The Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, October 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA has what should be an interesting bout between two out-of-town boxers.

Philadelphia, PA featherweight "The American Idol" Tevin Farmer will take on Dominic Coca of Watts, CA in an eight-round contest.

Farmer (16-4-1, three KO's) is coming off winning his first 10-round encounter, scoring a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Emanuel Gonzalez on June 5 in Boston, MA. Farmer is currently riding a nine-bout winning streak.

Farmer has fought in the Beltway region before -- his first two pro contests took place in Maryland.  Farmer lost his pro debut to Oscar Santana by fourth-round TKO in Baltimore in February of 2011, then defeated Angelo Ward in April of that year by unanimous decision in Millersville.

Coca (8-9, two KO's) will be trying to break a seven-bout losing streak including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Cesar Villarraga on July 25 in Ontario, CA.  This will be only the second time Coca has fought on the East Coast of the US.

The main event on this card remains the six-round rematch for the Virginia State Junior Welterweight title between Yurii Polischuk and Benjamin Olinga.





Snyder Falls In Fifth Round!

In the third bout featuring Beltway Boxers at the Beau Rivage Casino on Wednesday, Joshua Snyder lost to undefeated Justin DeLoach via fifth-round TKO.  The bout was one-sided throughout and Snyder was dropped in the fourth before his corner stopped the contest in the fifth.

Snyder is now 9-10-1, three KO's while DeLoach is 9-0, five KO's.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Jackson-Benson Scores Seventh-Round TKO in Mississippi!

"The Real Deal" Phil Jackson-Benson scored a seventh-round TKO over Michael Gbenga tonight at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, MS.  Here is how Tracy Morin of Fightnews.com saw the bout:

"With Gbenga unable to sustain an offense thanks to his leaping and lunging attack, a patient Benson landed body shots and vicious right hooks at will. But the bout would have a bizarre finish: Gbenga hit the canvas after a low blow and claimed he was unable to continue. Referee Keith Hughes called the fight as a TKO victory for Benson at 0:34 in round 7."

Jackson-Benson is now 15-1, 14 KO's while Gbenga is now 20-17, 20 KO's.

Davis Wins Six-Round Unanimous Decision in Mississippi!

Gervonta "Tank" Davis has won a six-round unanimous decision over German"Panteonero" Meraz tonight at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, MS.

According to Tracy Morin of Fightnews.com, Davis dropped Meraz in the second and fifth rounds with solid right hooks.  Meraz managed to last the distance, making him the first man to go the distance with Davis.

Davis won by shutout, 60-52, across the board to raise his record to 9-0, eight KO's.  Meraz falls to 47-32-1, 25 KO's.

We are still waiting for results from the bouts featuring Phil Jackson-Benson and Joshua Snyder.  They may take place after the ESPN2 telecast.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Davis, Jackson-Benson, Snyder Hit Scales In Biloxi!

Gervonta Davis and Phil Jackson-Benson weighed in for their bouts Wednesday night at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS.


(Photos by Lorin Chvotkin)

Davis (right) weighed in at 127 pounds for his six-round contest against German Meraz that will be the opening contest on the ESPN2 telecast that begins at 9 PM ET.  Meraz came in at 125



Jackson-Benson (left) tipped the scales at 172 pounds for his eight-round contest against Michael Gbenga, who came in at 174.

Also, in a bout recently added to the card, "The Berlin Bomber" Joshua Snyder (9-9-1, three KO's) of Berlin, MD weighed 155 for his six-round contest against undefeated Justin DeLoach of Georgia, LA (8-0, four KO's).  DeLoach weighed 156 pounds.

By the way, the main event on the card -- the IBF Middleweight title bout between champion Sam Soliman and former champion Jermain Taylor  -- will be refereed by one of the good friends of the Beltway, Bill Clancy.  Clancy, who lives in North Carolina, has refereed numerous bouts in Maryland and Virginia over the years.

October 24 Rosecroft Card Coming Together!

The Keystone Boxing card slated for Friday, October 24 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD is coming together.

Undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. returns to action in the six-round main event.  Rivers (9-0, six KO's) will take on Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico (4-2, one KO).

Rivers is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Xavier Montelongo on June 13 at Rosecroft.  Garcia-Rios won a four-round split decision over previously undefeated Pedro Vicente on March 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  Garcia-Rios will be led to to the ring by former two-division WBO champion Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon who is making his debut as a head trainer.

The co-feature will match Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July against Tony Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round battle.  July (16-1-3, six KO's) fought to an eight-round draw against Quantis Graves on April 12 in Baltimore, MD.  Ferrante (12-6, seven KO's) is winless in his last five bouts.

Two other bouts are signed for the card at this time.  Rookie junior welterweight Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD will take on Jeffrey Ramos of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a four-round contest.  Harris (2-0, two KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Michael Doyle on July 18 at Rosecroft.  Ramos (3-2, two KO's) was stopped in the third round against Luis Olivares on March 14 in Kissimmee, FL.

Also, DC featherweight Marcus "The Animal" Bates goes against Edgardo Marin of Humacao, Puerto Rico in another four-rounder.  Bates (2-0-1, two KO's) battled to a four-round draw against Stephon McIntyre on January 17 at Rosecroft.  Marin (0-2-1) has fought in back-to-back split decisions, losing one and one ending in a draw.

Also scheduled to be on this card are Capitol Heights, MD light heavyweight Shaborn Ryals (2-0), junior lightweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis (7-1, three KO's) and the debuting Cobia "Soldier" Breedy, a former Caribbean featherweight amateur champion from Bridgetown, Barbados.


Crews, Moore Win 165-Pound PAL Titles!

Two local boxers captured titles in the 165-pound division at the National PAL Boxing Tournament in Oxnard, CA this past weekend.

On the female side, multi-time US Amateur champion Franchon Crews of Baltimore, MD won the championship with a win over Danielle Mitchell.  Marquis Moore, who is from Fort Washington, MD and is stationed at Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado, won the title on the men's side with a victory over Randy Foster.  Moore is a two-time National Golden Gloves champion.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Thompson Rematch With Solis Postponed!

The Saturday, October 18 heavyweight rematch between Tony "The Tiger" Thompson and Odlandier Solis has been postponed.

According to promoter Ahmet Oner, Solis injured his ankle in training.  The bout, according to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, has a tentative reschedule date of November 22.  The bout will still be held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

De La Hoya Tells Washington Post He Wants To Bring Another Big Fight To DC!

The Washington Post's Gene Wang recently sat down with 10-time world champion, International Boxing Hall of Famer and founder of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya.

During the interview, De La Hoya, who now has control of the day-to-day operations of Golden Boy Promotions, expressed a deep interest in bringing a big card to the Verizon Center in DC.

To read the article and see the accompanying interview, click on this link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/de-la-hoya-eyes-bringing-fight-to-dc/2014/10/05/24a82016-4be9-11e4-a4bf-794ab74e90f0_story.html

There is an inaccuracy in the article.  The article says that the Mike Tyson-Kevin McBride fight was the first and only fight to be held at MCI (now Verizon Center).  Longtime readers of this blog know that is definitely not true.  The "Triple Jeopardy" card of April 24, 1999 was the first followed by a card five months later on September 24, 1999 featuring William Joppy vs. Julio Cesar Green and Keith Holmes-Andrew Council II.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Reed Wins Six-Round Unanimous Decision In Atlantic City!


(photo by Craig Matthews/CM Works Photography)

Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed won a six-round unanimous decision over a very tough "Prince" Osnel Charles of Atlantic City, NJ Saturday night at Bally's in Atlantic City.

Reed dropped Charles with a left hook in the second round.  However, according to observers, Reed took some shots, more than he has taken in his pro career.   Reed won the bout by scores of 59-53 and 60-52 (twice).

Reed remains undefeated at 11-0, six KO's while Charles, a native of Haiti, drops to 10-11-1, one KO.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Harrison DC Bout Now Scheduled For November 1 At Constitution Hall!

Dusty Hernandez Harrison's bout that was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 27 will now take place on Saturday, November 1 at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

The opponent for the bout will probably change, according to Harrison's Twitter page.  The original opponent, Hector Munoz, probably will not be ready for the bout due to the cancellation of the Sept. 27 contest.   That word is not official from the promotional company, All-In Entertainment.

There is also no word on whether the contest will still be for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.  We will keep you posted.

Reed Weighs 140 For Atlantic City Outing!



(Photo by Ross Molovinsky)

Mike Reed weighed in at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds for his six-round contest versus Osnel Charles on Saturday, October 4 at Bally's in Atlantic City, NJ.    Charles tipped the scales at 138 pounds.

Reed Opponent Changes For Saturday Bout In Atlantic City!

The opponent for undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed has changed yet again for his six-round contest on Saturday, October 4 at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Reed (10-0, six KO's) will now face "Prince" Osnel Charles of Atlantic City by way of Haiti.  Charles (10-10-1, one KO) is a veteran who is moving up from the lightweight division.  Charles has faced some quality opposition including Rod Salka, Naim Nelson, Bryant Cruz and Rolando Chinea.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Coley, Green, Vinson Headline 2014 DC Boxing Hall Of Fame Induction Class!

Two members of the Beltway's famed "Hard Corps" stable and a former Olympian lead the Washington, DC Boxing Hall Of Fame Induction Class for 2014.

Former NABF champions Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley and Reggie "Showtime" Green are two of the selections in the Professional Boxers category.  Coley, Green, Reuben "Ratman" Bell and Gerry "Rock" Payne comprised the "Hard Corps" group of the early-mid 90's that was led by manager Barry Linde and trained by Leonard Langley, Al Scott and Vardell McCann.

Coley (38-2-2, 27 KO's) fought out of Capitol Heights, MD and first came to prominence with a first-round TKO over former world champion Saoul Mamby in August of 1993 at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD.  Coley captured the NABF Welterweight championship on July 5, 1994 with a thrilling 11th round TKO over Terrence Alli in front of a nationally-televised (USA Network) audience at the Washington Convention Center.

Coley lost the title to Oba Carr by a very controversial 12-round unanimous decision on August 12, 1995 in Las Vegas.  Coley regained the NABF title in another thrilling contest, winning by 11th round TKO over Kip Diggs on March 25, 1997 in Oxnard, CA.

Coley became the first Beltway Boxer since Sugar Ray Leonard to fight for a million-dollar purse in his battle against Oscar De La Hoya on February 26, 2000 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Coley started well in the bout but eventually was stopped in the seventh round.  Coley finished his career winning his last four bouts.



Green (33-5, 15 KO's) won his first title -- the Maryland State Junior Welterweight title -- in the second of two contests with fellow local Lyndon Paul Walker.  After winning his first 16 contests, Green faced Beltway Boxing legend Darryll Tyson in a 12-round contest for the NABF and USBA 140-pound titles on September 20, 1994 at the DC Armory.  Green would lose by a 12-round split decision in one of the most thrilling contests in Beltway Boxing history.

Green would return to the Armory and capture the USBA title on January 31, 1995 with a 12-round split decision over Jaime Balboa.  However, he would lose another opportunity to win the NABF title in a second-round knockout loss to Charles Murray on October 10, 1995 in Murray's hometown of Rochester, NY.  Green would eventually win the NABF title with a unanimous decision over Ray Oliveira on August 5, 1997 in Mashantucket, CT.

Green would receive his first world title shot against Beltway Boxing legend Sharmba Mitchell for Mitchell's WBA Junior Welterweight championship in the main event of the "Triple Jeopardy" card at the MCI (now Verizon Center) in DC on April 24, 1999.  Green would drop a 12-round majority decision.  In his next bout, Green fought another tough bout against Micky Ward on October 1, 1999 in Salem, NH and would be stopped in the 10th round.  Green would end his career with another world shot against IBF Junior Welterweight champ Zab Judah on January 13, 2000 in Uncasville, CT but would lose by 10th round TKO.

Joining Coley and Green in the Professional Boxers category are "Dangerous D" Darryl Lattimore and "Joltin'" Joe Fitzpatrick.  
Lattimore (24-20, 10 KO's) fought some very notable names in the welterweight division throughout his 13-year career.  Lattimore's most notable win was an eight-round unanimous decision over then-undefeated Romallis Ellis on July 8, 1992 in New York City.  Lattimore fought fellow locals Coley, Antonio Reese, Keith Holmes, Robert Sawyer and Emil Baku as well as former world champion Mark Breland during his career.

Fitzpatrick (14-4, 10 KO's) was a fan favorite in the lightweight division who won his first 10 bouts.  Fitzpatrick fought for only five years as a pro.



The Amateur Boxers category is led by 2000 Olympic Bronze medalist Clarence Vinson.  Vinson was the United States Amateur Flyweight champion in 1997 and 1998 then won the US Amateur Bantamweight title in 1999.

Vinson would go on to win a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia before turning pro in 2001.  Vinson compiled a pro record of 17-2, seven KO's before retiring in 2009.


Also in the amateur category will be Tom Quinn, a former NCAA Eastern Heavyweight champion from Georgetown University.   Quinn would later have a successful acting career appearing in such movies as And Justice For All and Enemy of the State as well as playing Detective Patrick Mahon on the HBO drama The Wire. Quinn, who passed away in January of this year at the age of 79, is a member of the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame and will be posthumously inducted in the DC Boxing Hall of Fame.

Joining them will be Ray Furmage, Jr. and Anthony Hamilton.  Furmage fought out of the Oakcrest Gym and Lanham Boys and Girls Club and compiled an amateur record of 70-4 while winning eight Junior Golden Gloves and four AAU titles.  Hamilton, a former Marine, was a Regional Golden Gloves champion in 1997 and has gone on to coach numerous amateurs in the Beltway area.



(photo courtesy of StiffJab.com)

Four Outstanding Contributors will be inducted including the patriarch of the boxing Russell Family, Gary Russell, Sr.  A former boxer, Russell has trained four of his sons and made history with them. Gary, Jr. Allan, Antonio and Antuanne became the first group of four brothers to win National Golden Gloves championships. As a pro, Gary, Jr. competed in a world title bout earlier this year.



(courtesy of the Salisbury Independent)

Also in this category is noted Salisbury, MD coach Hal Chernoff.  Chernoff is the founder of the Main Street Boxing Gym that has produced numerous amateur champions.  The most noted boxer to come out of the gym was world title challenger Fernando Guerrero.


Manager and promoter Sharif Salim will be inducted into this class.  Salim managed two of the more prominent young heavyweights to come out of the Beltway region -- Corey "T-Rex" Sanders and Seth Mitchell.  Salim also promoted a number of cards in DC including an outdoor card in October of 1995 at Eastern High School featuring Eastern alum and future hall of famer Mark Johnson.  The card took place the weekend before the Million Man March.  Salim will join his brother, legendary trainer Adrian Davis, in the DC Boxing Hall of Fame.

Longtime amateur official Rosemarie Trindle has been an official with USA Boxing for more than 30 years, starting in the Beltway region.  Trindle continues to serve as an ABF Official in Mercer, PA.

(photo by Juan Marshall)

Also, undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed will receive the James Balukevich Outstanding Boxer award this year.  Reed won a National Golden Gloves title in 2011 and is 10-0, six KO's as a pro going into his bout on October 4 in Atlantic City, NJ.

The honorees will be formally inducted at the DC Boxing Hall of Fame Awards and Induction Banquet on Friday, November 21 at Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive in Greenbelt, MD beginning at 8 PM.  Tickets for the banquet are $55 per person and reservations must be received by November 14.  Call 301-843-6165 for reservations and details.




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wade Off October 4 Showtime Card Due To Injury!

ESPN.com's Dan Rafael is reporting that undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade is now off the Saturday, October 4 card at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT.  Wade injured his back in training.

Wade (16-0, 11 KO's) was scheduled to take on KeAndre Leatherwood of Birmingham, AL in a 10-round contest that was to open the Showtime broadcast.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Davis, Jackson-Benson Have Opponents For October 8 in Biloxi, MS!

Add another TV appearance for a Beltway Boxer in October.  Undefeated Baltimore, MD featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis (8-0, eight KO's) now has an opponent for his eight-round contest at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS on Thursday, October 8.

Davis will take on Mexican veteran German Meraz (47-31-1, 25 KO's) in a contest that will open a special telecast of ESPN2 Boxing.  The headline contest will be a bout for the IBF Middleweight championship between champion Sam Soliman and former champion Jermain Taylor.

Meraz lost a six-round technical decision to Alexis Santiago on September 20 in Phoenix, AZ.

The undercard features Landover, MD super middleweight "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson-Benson in an eight-round non-televised bout against "The Amazing" Michael Gbenga of Accra, Ghana.

Jackson-Benson (14-1, 13 KO's) is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Thomas Hanshaw on August 1 in Shelton, WA.  Gbenga (20-16, 20 KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with a third-round knockout of Felipe Polo on September 7 in Tolu, Columbia.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wade, Farmer Make TV Appearances In October!

Two Beltway Boxers will make important television appearances during the month of October.

On Saturday, October 4, undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade will take on KeAndre Leatherwood of Birmingham, AL in a 10-round contest that will take place on Showtime from the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT.

Wade (16-0, 11 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Nick Brinson on June 27 in Las Vegas, NV.  Leatherwood (14-2-1, 10 KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Mickey Scarborough on April 5 in Tuscaloosa, AL.

At the end of the month, Front Royal, VA junior welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer will travel to Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA on Thursday, October 30 to face Danny O'Connor of Framingham, MA in a 10-round contest that will be shown on Fox Sports 1.

Farmer (18-2, seven KO's) has fought sporadically, taking one bout a year since 2012.  Farmer scored a six-round unanimous decision victory over David Warren Huffman on May 17 in Annandale, VA.  This will be Farmer's first scheduled 10-rounder.

O'Connor (23-2, seven KO's) has not fought since losing a 10-round split decision to Vivian Harris on October 12 in Philadelphia, PA.

This bout was originally scheduled for February of this year but O'Connor suffered an injury in training.


Nelson Defends WIBA Title; Douglas Captures USBU Belt; Reeves Stops Espinal in Three; Billups Gets Off Canvas To Win in Second; Goss, Dawe Battle To Majority Draw!

I apologize for not being able to get all the results up from the card last night.  I was doing double duty as reporter and ring announcer and ring announcing won out.

So here are the rest of the results from the Ponytail Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA (Photos by Mike Greenhill)



The main event saw Ashburn, VA welterweight Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson successfully defend her WIBA Welterweight title with a 10-round split decision over a very game Arlene Blencowe of New South Wales, Australia.

This was Nelson's toughest title defense as Blencowe came out firing and rocked the champion in the first round.  However, Nelson maintained her composure and landed enough blows to hold on to the title.

Judges Alisha Daniels and Gail Jasper scored the bout 96-94 for Nelson while judge Dorothea Perry saw the bout for Blencowe, 97-93.  Nelson defends her title for the fourth time and remains undefeated at 11-0-2, one KO.  Blencowe, who has held two world titles, is now 2-3.


The co-feature saw undefeated Baltimore, MD flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas make short and easy work of an overmatched Whitney Gunter of Pelham, NC.

Douglas attacked Gunter from the opening bell and Gunter had absolutely no defense.  After two knockdowns, referee Alisha Daniels stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:22 of the first round.

Douglas won a minor regional title (USBU) with the victory and raised her record to 6-0, two KO's.  Gunter is now 0-2.

Both female bouts were officiated by an all-female crew -- Daniels and Michelle Myers alternated as referees and judges (Myers refereed the Nelson-Blencowe bout), Perry and Jasper were the other two judges and the Event Inspector was Tracy Fagan.

Also on the card, Baltimore cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves scored a third round TKO over veteran Ariel "Iron" Espinal of Brooklyn, NY.

Reeves battered Espinal for the duration of the bout as he landed body shots at will.  Reeves dropped Espinal 39 seconds into the third round and referee Vic DeWysocki stopped the contest.

Reeves, the USBU cruiserweight champion, wins his fourth straight contest and raises his record to 7-2-1, three KO's while Espinal drops his 12th straight and falls to 8-25-3, four KO's.

Ashburn, VA junior welterweight Seth "Killer B" Billups recovered from a first-round knockdown to stop the debuting Ty Felton of Danville, VA in the second round.

Felton dropped Billups with a right-left combination early in the first round.  Later in the round, Billups scored a knockdown on Felton, however, ringside observers thought the punch landed on the back of Felton's head and forced Felton's gloves to touch the canvas.

Billups made no doubt about a knockdown in the second round as he landed a picture-perfect right hand right down the middle of Felton's guard that dropped Felton to his hands and knees.  Felton didn't beat referee DeWysocki's 10-count and the bout ended at 1:14.

Billups remained undefeated at 4-0, three KO's.

In the only other bout to go the distance, Hagerstown, MD lightweight Henry "The Boss" Goss and Anthony Dave of Columbus, OH battled to a four-round majority draw.  Both men had a tough time landing shots consistently which made the bout a tough one to watch.

Judge Daniels thought Dave won by shutout, 40-36 but judges Perry and Jasper saw the draw at 38-38.   Goss, who fought for the first time since 2009, has an even record at 3-3-3, two KO's while Dave is now 0-4-1.

In the amateur portion of the card, Eric Hernandez of LA Boxing defeated Jessie Singletary of Keystone Boxing in an open 152 pound contest.  Matthew Abregu of LA Boxing won over Mack Allison IV of Upton Boxing in an exciting open 152 pound title. Also, Steven Zaiden (unattached) won a decision over Christopher Gooch of LA Boxing in an open 132 pound bout.

Here's the BATB Post-Fight Wrap Up as Juan Marshall and I give our thoughts on the card.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Marin Scores Second-Round TKO!

Silver Spring, MD featherweight Alexandru Marin stopped Jackson, MI's Rasool Shakoor at 1:56 of the third round.

Marin dropped Shakoor three times -- twice with right hooks and once with a solid left hook in the third.  Referee DeWysocki stopped the contest.

Marin remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO's.  Shakoor is 2-15-1, one KO.

Now in the ring: Henry Goss battles Anthony Dave.  Four rounds, lightweights.

Pryor Knocks Out Martinez In One!

Results tonight will come a little haphazardly tonight as I am doing double duty this evening.  Our first pro bout has ended and Larry "Hitman" Pryor of Frederick, MD has scored a first-round knockout over Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI.

Pryor landed a crushing body shot with the right hand to score the first knockdown then finished the job.  Martinez could not beat referee Vic DeWysocki's count and the bout was stopped at 1:48.

Next up:  Alexandru Marin faces Rasool Shakoor in a four-round featherweight battle.

Good Evening From Springfield!

Hi again everyone from the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA for the Ponytail Promotions pro-am card.

The amateurs are in action at this point and we will give you the results later this evening.  I am being pressed into ring announcing duties this evening.  Actually, pressed is not completely true.  I thought I was just announcing the main event.

One pro bout has been scratched this evening -- Edgar Torres will not face Anthony Walls.  Walls was a no-show.

Speaking of ring announcing, I've received word that one of the legendary east coast voices has left us.  Veteran ring announcer Ed Derian passed away yesterday.  Mr. Derian was a fixture in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and was the main announcer on USA Network's Tuesday Night Fights, which brought him to DC on numerous occasions.

I had the honor of meeting Mr. Derian a few times.  He was a nice man.  The last time I spoke to him was about 10 years ago at the DC Armory.  The conversation came across some accidental research I was doing on Roller Derby.  Mr. Derian was one of the great onside track announcers of that legendary sport.  Mr. Derian and his wife were very happy and surprised to know someone remembered.

He was a solid announcer and a fixture in TV boxing.  Rest in peace, Ed Derian...Derian.

Weights From Springfield, VA!

Here is the scale watch for tonight's Ponytail Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Tori Nelson 146 vs. Arlene Blencowe 147

Tyrieshia Douglas 111 vs. Whitney Gunter 110

Travis Reeves 191 vs. Arial Espinal 200

Seth Billups 140 vs. Ty Felton 135

Larry Pryor 186 vs. Santos Martinez 194

Henry Goss 135 vs. Anthony Dave 137

Edgar Torres 151 vs. Anthony Walls (will weigh-in later today)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Polischuk-Olinga Rematch Highlights Oct 11 Card in Springfield!


The Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, October 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA will have a very interesting rematch as its main event.

"The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk will take on Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga in a six-round contest that will be for the vacant Virginia State Junior Welterweight title.

Polischuk (5-1-1, two KO's) won the first bout with Olinga (1-8) on April 26 at the ABC Sports Complex by four-round unanimous decision.  Since that bout, Polischuk has fought once, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Damon Antoine on August 9 in DC.  Olinga, meanwhile, has lost three straight majority decisions to fellow locals Edwin Reyes, Seth Billups and Mykal Fox.  This will be Olinga's first scheduled six-round contest.

One other bout has been signed for this card.  Middleweight Jonathan Cepeda of New York City will be in an eight-round contest against Lester "El Cubanito" Gonzalez of San Diego, CA. Cepeda (14-1, 12 KO's) is coming off a third-round stoppage of Larry Smith on September 12 in Durham, NC.

Cepeda makes his second trip to the Beltway region -- he won by second-round disqualification over Quincy Miner on the August 9 card in DC.  Gonzalez (12-14-4, six KO's) also returns to the area and will try to bounce back from his first-round knockout loss to Demond Nicholson on June 28 in Baltimore, MD.

Beltway Boxers Eric "The Inferno" Govan, Gerome Quigley and Stan Williamson are also slated to be on this card, which will be the second card to be held at the ABC Sports Complex in a three-week period.  There is a card this Saturday, September 27 at the complex.


Reed To Face Montiel October 4 in Atlantic City!

Undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed has a new opponent for his Saturday, October 4 bout at Bally's in Atlantic City, NJ.

Reed will now face veteran Juan Manuel Montiel of Mexico City, MX in a six-round contest.  This will be another Top Rank card appearance for Reed (10-0, six KO's.)

Montiel (7-6-3, two KO's) competes for the first time since being stopped in the eighth round by Abner Cotto in July of 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Antoine Douglas Profiled In Forbes!

Throughout the year, many Beltway Boxers get some press on other boxing sites or in the sports sections or broadcasts in the mainstream media.

Rarely, however, does a boxer get an article in a magazine not specifically devoted to boxing or sports. It happened earlier in the year with Dusty Hernandez Harrison's profile in Washingtonian magazine.

Now, undefeated Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas gets a nice profile in Forbes magazine as contributing writer Andrew Goodman takes a look at "The Making of a Middleweight Boxing Champ."

The link is here:   http://www.forbes.com/sites/agoodman/2014/09/24/the-making-of-a-middleweight-boxing-champ-the-inspirational-story-of-antoine-action-douglas/


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

'Tank' Davis To Hold Public Workout Friday in Baltimore!



Undefeated Baltimore, MD featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis will have a free public workout on Friday, September 26 at Mondawmin Mall located at 2401 Liberty Heights Ave in Baltimore.

The workout will be from 6-8 PM in the center court as Davis (8-0, eight KO's) prepares for his nationally televised contest (ESPN2) on Wednesday, October 8 bout in Biloxi, MS against an opponent to be determined. The workout will also be a part of Davis's "Bullying Stops Here" campaign.

"I'm looking forward to seeing all my supporters at Mondawmin Mall on Friday night, September 26,"  Davis said. "If we look out more for other people, a lot of bullying problems can be prevented. Thank you to my team, Shoe City, RK Jewelers, and Mondawmin Mall, for helping to put all bullies on notice. Bullying stops here!"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Women Headline Card September 27 in Springfield, VA!

Women's boxing will headline the Ponytail Promotions card on Saturday, September 27 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Undefeated WIBA Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA will make the fourth defense of her title when she faces Arlene Blencowe of Taree, New South Wales, Australia.

Nelson (10-0-2, one KO) successfully defended her title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Nicole Woods in her last outing on June 28 in Baltimore, MD.  Blencowe (2-2) has won two world titles despite having just four pro bouts.  Blencoe won the WIBA Junior Welterweight and the WBF Welterweight title by winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Daniella Smith in June of 2013 in New Zealand.  However, in her first bout of 2014, Blencowe lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Sabrina Ostowari on February 14 in Queensland, Australia.

The co-feature will pit Baltimore, MD flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas against Whitney Gunter of Pelham, NC in a six-round contest.  Douglas (5-0, one KO) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Christina Fuentes on the June 28 Baltimore card.  Gunter (0-1) steps into the ring for the first time since losing her pro debut in April of 2007 via fourth-round unanimous decision to Terri Moss.

Also on the card, Baltimore cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will battle veteran Ariel "Iron" Espinal of Brooklyn, NY in a four-round bout.  Reeves (6-2-1, two KO's) was impressive in winning a six-round unanimous decision over Brian Donahue on August 23 in Baltimore.  Espinal (8-24-3, four KO's) makes his 14th trip to the Beltway region in his career.  Espinal lost a four-round unanimous decision to Jed Phipps in his last bout on May 17 in Annandale, VA.

Ashburn, VA junior welterweight Seth Billups will battle Tevin Reynolds of Danville, VA in another four-rounder.  Billups (3-0, two KO's) won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin Olinga on June 28 in Baltimore.  Reynolds (0-1) was stopped in the third round in his pro debut on November 1 in Ruffin, NC.

Springfield, VA welterweight Edgar "El Tigre" Torres faces Anthony Walls of Cleveland, OH in a four-round contest.  Torres (4-0-1, three KO's) has not fought since scoring a second-round TKO over Greg Thomas on October 5 at the ABC Complex.  Walls (0-8) will look to get his first win.

Silver Spring, MD featherweight Alexandru Marin will battle veteran Rasool Shakoor of Jackson, MI in another four-rounder.  The Romanian-born Marin (4-0, three KO's) is coming off a first-round stoppage of Darrell Martin on May 17 in Annandale, VA. Shakoor (3-12-1, one KO) makes his second straight trip to the Beltway region after being stopped by Kevin Rivers, Jr. in June of 2013 in Washington, DC.

Frederick, MD light heavyweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor takes on Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI in a four-rounder.  Pryor (7-9, four KO's) looks to bounce back from his six-round unanimous decision loss to Sullivan Barrera on April 4 in Philadelphia, PA.  Martinez (2-6-1, two KO's) returns to the area after being knocked out by Travis Reeves in the first round on April 12 in Baltimore.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Beltway Boxing Honors Gilbert Ware!

During a weekend in which many of the Beltway's boxing legends were honored, there was one more ceremony held for the man who helped many of those boxers receive opportunities to box in DC.

There was a get-together on September 21 to honor Gilbert Ware, the former deputy commissioner of the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission.  The location was QuBall 1 pool hall in Capitol Heights, MD, a location Mr. Ware was very familiar with as he was quite the pool shark in his day.

However, many of the people, like myself, were there to thank Mr. Ware for his more than 40 years of service to boxing both in the Beltway region and abroad.

I have said many times that Mr. Ware played a major role in starting my boxing journalism career as he gave me an opportunity -- sight unseen -- to start broadcasting cards in the mid 80's and I am always indebted to him.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Our Beltway Kings and Queens!

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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




Post Fight From the Convention Center!

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


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Johnson Devastates Buchanan In One!

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

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

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

Corley Wins Unanimous Decision!

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

Corley-Attah Getting Underway!

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

Fox Captures Unanimous Decision In New York!

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

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

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

Nicholson Stops Sharpe In Four!

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

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

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

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

Nicholson Battles Sharpe In Opening Pro Contest!

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

Amateurs Deliver Solid Action!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cornell Hines from Woodland defeated Emmanuel Rodriguez of Down Under.

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

The pro portion of the card should begin momentarily.

Good Evening From DC!

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

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

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

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

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

Malik Jackson Wins Gold In Poland!


(photo courtesy of USA Boxing)

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

Jackson defeated Soghomonyan Konyun of Armenia by a 2-1 decision.

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

Hurd Reportedly Off Tonight's Card In DC!

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

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

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

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

Fox Weighs 157 For Battle in Queens!

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