Saturday, October 22, 2016
Andrew Farmer 152 vs. Somner Martin 148
Darmani Rock 244 vs. John Orr 331
Terry Roy 200 1/2 vs. Damian Reed 214
Joe Jones 192 vs. Borngod Washington 187
Matthew Bowling 137 vs. Nathan Petty 138 1/2
Jairo Vargas 134 vs. Tony Wilson 142
Joseph Cusmano 231 vs. Jason Pauley (will weigh in later today)
Craig Callen 143 1/2 vs. Brian Otey (will weigh in later today)
Ballard (14-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a first-round knockout of Ernesto Berrospe on June 11 in Salt Lake City, UT. Horvath (9-1-1, five KO's) is a native of Budapest, Hungary who last fought on September 28 and knocked out the debuting Szabolcs Fenyvesi in Budapest.
In Winchester, VA, Joey Veazey weighed 150 pounds for his pro debut Saturday at Body Renew Fitness. Veazey's opponent, Alberto Delgado, tipped the scales at 152 pounds.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed made his first road trip a successful one with a second-round TKO over Michael Tillery of Wilson, NC. The bout was stopped at 1:22. Crossed remains undefeated at 5-0, three KO's.
Also, Frederick, MD cruiserweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor broke a five-bout losing streak with a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Berry "Killer Bee" Butler of Greenville, SC. Pryor won by scores of 59-54 and 58-55 (twice). Pryor is now 10-14, five KO's. Butler, who has fought numerous Beltway Boxers throughout his career including Beethavean Scotland, Jake Smith and Courtney Butler, is now 25-14-1, 20 KO's.
With the win, Balogun raised his record to 9-0, eight KO's. Hinkle loses for the second straight time and he is now 6-2, five KO's. Balogun was the only Beltway Boxer on the card.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Twenty years ago, on October 19, 1996, a major card took place at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD that was supposed to lead to an eventual unification in the middleweight division. The card had a double main event that was televised nationally by Showtime as both Beltway Middleweight champions -- WBA titleholder William Joppy and WBC kingpin Keith Holmes -- made the first defenses of their titles that they won earlier in the year. Joppy would face Ray McElroy of Long Beach, CA while Holmes took on undefeated Richie Woodhall of the United Kingdom.
The undercard would feature two future world champions,one former world titleholder and a two-time world title contender. Sharmba Mitchell was two years away from winning the WBA Super Lightweight title and DeMarcus Corley participated in just the fifth fight of his career that would eventually lead him to the WBO Super Lightweight championship in 2000. Also, former IBF Super Welterweight champion Paul Vaden was on the card. Vaden won the title from Vincent Pettway in August of 1995 but would drop the belt to Terry Norris four months later. The world title contender was Andrew Council who would eventually challenge Holmes and Bernard Hopkins for middleweight championships.
The focus, however, was on Joppy and Holmes as the Don King-promoted card was put together to showcase the two future Beltway legends and gain momentum towards a unification bout in 1997. In fact, during the week, there was as much talk about their days as sparring partners as there was about their opponents.
Everything worked according to plan in the ring for the Beltway contingent. Joppy would score a seventh-round TKO over McElroy. Holmes would have a little tougher time but would eventually stop Woodhall in the 12th. Council knocked out fellow Beltway Boxer Allen Watts in the first round. Corley won a four-round decision over Antonio Pressley. Also, Vaden who was from San Diego, CA won a 10-round unanimous decision over Bernice Barber. So, everything was in alignment for a big unification bout between our two Beltway champions that would set the local boxing scene on its ear.
So, what happened? Where did it all go wrong? Well, initially, money reported played an issue as the two camps could not agree. Both Holmes and Joppy would lose and regain their titles. The talk started a second time but money once again was a problem. Joppy was in a car accident in 1998 but would comeback strong and hold on to his title.
The last opportunity came in 2001 as both Holmes and Joppy joined Hopkins and Felix Trinidad in Don King's Middleweight Championship Series. King promised that, win or lose, the two Beltway legends would face each other during the series. Holmes would lose a 12-round unanimous decision to Hopkins in April and Joppy would be knocked out by Trinidad in the fifth round in May. Hopkins met Trinidad in late September but, for whatever reason, Holmes and Joppy did not meet in the co-feature.
One personal note: This was my first time covering a card alongside a large contingent of the British boxing press who were there to cover Woodhall, who was an undefeated rising star. I got to meet legendary writers like Graham Houston and Colin Hart. They were fired up about Woodhall but, after the card was over, Carl and Deborah King, who were holding down the fort for their father, got the press almost incensed about another King Promotions boxer, Tom Johnson and a possible bout against future world champion Naseem Hamed. The post-fight press conference was almost as interesting as the card itself.
Both Joppy and Holmes, have gone on to be successful in their post-boxing lives. However, every now and then, the urge hits them. I'll just leave it at that.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
From giving exhibitions as a small child through 100 amateur fights, 18-year-old Joey "Bazooka" Joe" Veazey of Baltimore, MD has been a fixture in the Beltway for a number of years. On Saturday, October 22, Veazey will take the next step in his boxing career when he makes his professional debut at Body Renew Fitness in Winchester, VA.
Veazey, who graduated with honors from Northeast High School, won a number of local and national Silver Gloves titles throughout his amateur career and now looks to life as a pro boxer.
"It's a dream come true," Veazey said in a press release. "I've been looking forward to this since my first amateur bout. I'm excited to go out there and follow my dream. The amateurs were fun but my dream has always been to go pro and win world titles. I want to become a household name one day so now is the time to get on track."
Veazey will take on Alberto Delgado of Roanoke, VA (0-0-1) who has not fought since earning a draw against Jason Wahr in Lynchburg, VA in April of 2013.
The bout is part of the Left Hook Promotions card that is scheduled to feature Front Royal, VA welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer (19-3, seven KO's)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The service for Mr. Simms will be held on Tuesday, October 25 2016 at Pope Funeral Home located at 5538 Marlboro Pike in District Heights, MD.
The viewing begins at 10 AM followed by the service at 11 AM.
BATB sends its deepest condolences to the family of this wonderful man.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing (PVA) will be having its annual awards banquet on Friday, November 4 at the ARC, located at 1001 Mississippi Ave in Southeast Washington, DC.
The PVA will honor its numerous amateur champions and also give special recognition to International Boxing Hall of Famer and former world champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson for his continued work with future generations of local boxers. Tickets are $30 for non-PVA members and the event begins with dinner at 5:30.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
"Boxing" Andrew Maynard, who took gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, will highlight this year's class. The light heavyweight, who fought out of Laurel, MD (26-13-1, 21 KO's) had a solid pro career winning the NABF Light Heavyweight title in 1990. Maynard also challenged for the Cruiserweight title, dropping a 12-round unanimous decision to WBC champion Anaclet Wamba in October of 1992 in Paris, France.
Also inducted in the pro category will be Capitol Heights, MD super featherweight James Baker and Laurel middleweight Percy "No Mercy" Harris.
Baker (13-7-3, four KO's) fought from 1997-2005 and was a fan favorite as he took on noted opponents like Monty Meza Clay, Nate Campbell and Daniel Attah.
Harris (15-4, nine KO's) only fought for three years as a pro (1989-1992) but fought quality opponents throughout his career. Harris won the IBF Inter-Continental Middleweight title with a decision over previously undefeated Thomas Tate in December of 1991 in Lombardia, Italy. Harris also fought future International Boxing Hall of Famers Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr during his career.
Inducted into the amateur category are Sean Johnson and Alfonzo Hatcher. Johnson was a well-known boxer at 106 pounds in the nineties, participating in the 1996 Olympic Trials. Hatcher is now known as a prominent trainer in the Beltway.
The Contributors section is star-studded with a prominent trainer, two well-known media figures and two members of the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission who will be inducted posthumously.
Legendary trainer Barry Hunter heads to the hall. Hunter, who leads the Headbangers camp out of the Bald Eagle Boxing Gym in Southeast DC, has trained numerous amateur and professional champions, most notably former IBF Super Lightweight champion Lamont Peterson. Hunter was named the WBO Trainer of the Year in 2007.
Washington Times sports columnist Thom Loverro will enter the hall. Loverro has been a sportswriter at the Times since 1992 and covered boxing throughout, both on the pro and college scene. Loverro is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and has won numerous awards from that organization. Loverro also is the host of his own podcast "Cigars and Curveballs" which can be downloaded for free on Itunes.
Recently-retired Beltway sportscasting legend Glenn Harris has also been chosen. Harris worked in the DC area for more than 40 years and has interviewed a who's who of local, national and international boxing and sports figures. Harris has also been a fixture as an announcer at the local and regional Golden Gloves tournaments for many years.
(photo by Linda Chubbs)
The late DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission chair Dr. Arnold W. McKnight (top) and the late Deputy Commissioner Alfred Grant have also been chosen. Dr. McKnight joined the commission in 1991 and was the longest-tenured chair of the commission, serving from 1993 until his passing in July of 2007. Mr. Grant was also with the commission in the 1990's until his passing in February of 2015.
Undefeated super featherweight prospect Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD will receive the James Balukevich Outstanding Boxer Award for 2016. Roach (12-0, four KO's) last fought on September 2 and scored a third-round knockout of Mario Antonio Macias in Los Angeles, CA.
The inductees will be honored at a banquet on Friday, November 11 at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.
(Photos by Kent Green)
Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed remained undefeated with a sixth-round TKO over Aaron Herrera of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico Friday Night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
Reed dropped Herrera in the sixth round with a body shot and Herrera's corner stopped the bout at the end of the round. Reed is now 20-0, 12 KO's while Herrera falls to 29-6-1, 18 KO's.
Also on the card, Baltimore, MD's Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. lost a four-round unanimous decision to Hasan Young of Philadelphia. Womack lost by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37. Womack has now lost eight bouts in a row and his record drops to 7-13-3, five KO's. Young is now 6-1-1, two KO's.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Featured in the video are former world champions Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway and DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley as well as legends Darryll "Terrible T" Tyson and Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley. Also in the video is DC Boxing Hall of Fame ring announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
Here is a link to see the video.
Monday, October 10, 2016
By now, you have heard of the Sunday passing of one of the legendary boxers of the 1980's, Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor. A native of Cincinnati, OH, Pryor was regarded as the greatest super lightweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press.
After falling short on a bid to make the 1976 Olympic Team (Pryor was defeated by Howard Davis, Jr.), Pryor (39-1, 35 KO's) turned pro in November of 1976 and scored a second-round TKO against Larry Smith in his hometown of Cincinnati.
On August 2, 1980, Pryor won his first world title, knocking out Antonio Cervantes in the fourth round for the WBA Super Lightweight title at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.
Pryor would make five title defenses before the first of his two legendary encounters with Alexis Arguello on November 12, 1982 in the Orange Bowl in Miami, FL. Pryor was originally scheduled to face Sugar Ray Leonard for the welterweight title but Leonard had suffered a detached retina and retired. Arguello was the betting favorite in the bout but Pryor was able to gain a knockout in the 14th round. The ending was controversial as there were claims that Pryor's trainer, Panama Lewis used a tainted water bottle that helped revive Pryor after the 13th round. The bout was named the Fight of the Decade by The Ring in 1990 and the 8th greatest title bout of all time by The Ring in 1996.
After the bout, Pryor would wage a battle outside of the ring against drugs.
Pryor and Arguello would meet again on September 9, 1983 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV. Pryor would have an easier time, stopping Arguello in the 10th round.
Pryor would also capture the IBF crown and defend it once, winning a narrow 15-round split decision over Gary Hinton in March of 1985 in Atlantic City. Pryor would retire after that bout but come back two years later, only to suffer his only pro loss -- a seventh-round TKO-- to Bobby Joe Young on August 8, 1987 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Pryor would win three more bouts before retiring for good in 1990. Pryor would be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996.
Pryor was a constant attendee at the annual Fight Night charity boxing event at the Washington Hilton Hotel in DC in November. This year's event will be on Thursday, November 10th. It will be strange not seeing "The Hawk" in the ring. Pryor is survived by his wife, Frankie, and children Aaron, Jr., Antwan, Stephan and Elizabeth. Aaron, Jr. and Stephan continue their father's legacy in the ring.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Reed (19-0, 11 KO's) last fought on June 11 and scored a sixth-round TKO over Abraham Cordero at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This will be Reed's second trip to the 2300 Arena in his last three contests. Reed won a six-round unanimous decision over Samuel Amoako on March 18.
Herrera (29-5-1, 18 KO's) will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak. Herrera was stopped in the first round by Regis Prograis on March 25 in Miami, OK.
In another bout on the card, Baltimore, MD welterweight Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. will be in a four-round contest against Hasan Young of Philadelphia. Womack (7-12-3, five KO's) has lost seven in a row including a first-round knockout loss to Alexander Besputin on August 6 in Tuscon, AZ. Young (5-1-1, two KO's) competes for the first time since January of 2014 when he won a six-round unanimous decision to Justin Johnson in Atlantic City, NJ.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Here is the link: http://www.premierboxingchampions.com/news/12-rounds-gary-russell-jr
Saturday, October 01, 2016
Fox crumpled Montes with a brutal left hand to the body near the end of the round and the bout was over. The time was 2:59. Fox remains undefeated with a record of 21-0-1, 10 KO's while Montes drops to 17-4, 15 KO's.
Harris dropped Lockhart with a left hand late in the first round. Lockhart survived the knockdown. Harris dominated the contest throughout, eventually putting Lockhart away with a right uppercut in the third round. The bout was stopped at 42 seconds of the round. With the win, Harris is now 10-0, seven KO's while Lockhart falls to 5-27-2, two KO's.
The main event was the only bout on the card that went past the first round. The six other bouts featured the Beltway versus boxers from Wilson, NC and it was a clean sweep for the Beltway.
In the co-feature, DC featherweight Antonio "Teflon" Magruder stopped debuting Ronnie Watson at 1:34. Magruder landed solid left hands to the head and body to stop the debuting Watson. Magruder is now 5-0, four KO's.
Three Beltway Boxers made successful pro debuts. Featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown of Bladensburg, MD scored a knockout over debuting Khadija Sanders. Brown landed a crushing body shot to stop Sanders at 1:13. Brown, a two-time participant at the US Women's Olympic Trials, had some great teammates supporting her at ringside including two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields and multi-time amateur champion Franchon Crews.
DC lightweight Tyrek "I.G.B. (I Get Busy)" Irby won his bout over Marquis Johnson. Irby used a crushing left hand to knock the equally debuting Johnson out at 1:08.
DC bantamweight Malik Jackson used a lot of pressure to overwhelm Javonta Cherry before the bout was stopped at 1:55. Cherry falls to 0-2.
In other bouts on the card, Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun knocked out Demonte Cherry with body shots to win his bout at 1:43. Balogun is now 8-0, seven KO's while Cherry is 1-2. Also, Renardo "Misunderstood" Gaines of DC won his lightweight bout over Isaiah Stubbs at 1:51 despite having two points taken away from him. Gaines knocked Stubbs down with a solid left hand but continued to batter Stubbs while he was down. Referee Kenny Chevalier took away two points from Gaines but Gaines kept the pressure on, forcing Stubbs to quit the contest. Gaines is now 8-2, five KO's while Stubbs loses his pro debut.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Four-Rounds - Bantamweights - Mo Adams, Jr (1-1), Washington, DC vs. Isaiah Stubbs (Pro Debut), Wilson, NC. This will be the first bout for Adams, Jr. since losing to Gabriel Braxton by third-round TKO in January of 2015 at the Washington Convention Center.
The bout will be shown on the CBS Sports Network. The telecast begins at 9 PM ET.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Fox (20-0-1, nine KO's) has stopped five of his last six opponents including a fifth-round stoppage of Paul Valenzuela on July 21 in Mashantucket, CT. Montes (17-3, 15 KO's) broke a three-bout losing streak with a fourth-round knockout of Edinson Jimenez on June 18 in Barranquilla.
The telecast is scheduled to begin at 9 PM ET.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Baltimore, MD welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson was stopped in the third round against undefeated Ivan "The Volk" Golub of Brooklyn, NY by way of the Ukraine Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. The bout was televised on Showtime.
Stevenson gamely stayed in the bout in the first two rounds but was dropped in the third by a powerful Golub right hook. Stevenson got up and tried to continue but Golub's follow-up shots got the bout stopped at 2:51. Stevenson is now 23-3, 16 KO's while Golub is now 13-0, 11 KO's.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Stevenson is a native of Baltimore, MD (23-2, 16 KO's) has not fought since May 14 when he scored a fifth-round TKO over Kevin Womack, Jr. in Timonium, MD. Golub is from Brooklyn, NY by way of Gorlovka, Ukraine (12-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Ernesto Ortiz on July 21 in Mashantucket, CT. Golub has fought in the Beltway as he scored a first-round knockout of Tyson Harrison at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore in November of 2014.
The (ShoBox) broadcast begins at 10 PM ET.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Reed (19-0, 11 KO's) last fought on June 11 and scored a sixth-round TKO over Abraham Cordero at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Herrera (29-5-1, 18 KO's) has lost his last two contests including a first-round TKO loss to Regis Prograis on March 25 in Miami, OK.
The bout is scheduled to be shown on GoFightLive.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Hernandez Harrison started slowly in the first couple of rounds as LaManna was able to use his height and shoot jabs. However, LaManna's punches had very little effect on Harrison, giving the DC native opportunities in the later rounds to land punishing shots of his own.
By the end of the bout, Hernandez Harrison was in complete control and went on to win by scores of 98-92 and 97-93 (twice). The win should also put Hernandez Harrison in the top 15 in the world in the next IBF rankings. Hernandez Harrison remains undefeated at 30-0-1, 16 KO's. LaManna falls to 21-2, nine KO's. Both LaManna's losses have come against Beltway Boxers. LaManna's first loss came against Antoine Douglas in May of 2013 by sixth-round TKO.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Dusty Hernandez Harrison tipped the scales at 146.8 pounds for his bout against Thomas LaManna for the vacant USBA Welterweight title Thursday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. LaManna weighed in at 146.1 pounds.
The bout will be the main event of the card that will be shown on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 10 PM ET.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
On Thursday, September 15, Baltimore Boxing is having a card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Michael's is located at 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie. The card begins at 8 PM.
The card is called "Fight For Vince" as proceeds from the event will help pay the medical bills for Vince Veazey, who recently underwent bypass surgery. Veazey is a noted Beltway Boxing supporter and the father of accomplished amateurs Joey and Sean Veazey.
The main event is a rematch between East Coast Middleweight champion Tyrell Boyd of Baltimore and Genc Pllana of Frederick. The two boxers met in May and Pllana won a razor-thin decision.
In another 165-pound contest, Ashton Sykes of Columbia, MD will battle Omar Serrano of Ocean City, MD.
Also on the card will be a boxer making her ring debut with a very special story. Lori Reed of Glen Burnie will face an opponent to be named. Reed was suffering with stage four cancer. Reed had many physical and metal challenges, including the spreading of cancer to her lungs. Miraculously, she has recovered and the mother of five lives a normal life today. Reed says she is dedicating her bout to Vince Veazey.
Then on Saturday, September 17, Team Gary Russell -- The Russell Family will host a card at the Oxon Hill Boxing Gym located at 7711 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD. This card starts at 3 PM.
There are slated to be boxers from up and down the East Coast and as far away as Nevada, Tennessee and Texas. Many of these boxers are Junior Olympic champions.
For more information on both these cards, please look at the flyers posted.
Friday, September 02, 2016
Roach made Macias stumble to the canvas late in the first round then came back late in the second round with a grazing left hook to the body followed by a crushing left hook to the head to drop Macias a second time.
Roach jumped all over Macias as soon as the bell rang for the third round and dropped him with another left hook before the bout was stopped at seven seconds of the round.
Roach is now 12-0, four KO's while Macias drops to 26-20, 14 KO's.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
The bout may be shown online on www.ringtv.com. The card is also scheduled to air on Estrella TV beginning at 10 PM ET.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Heavyweight Alando Pugh was stopped in the first round by Leon Johnson of Newark, NJ. According to Kurt Wolfheimer of Fightnews.com, Pugh tried to get the upset early in the bout as he pressured Johnson against the ropes. Johnson kept his defense tight and then landed a crushing uppercut that dropped Pugh to the canvas. The bout was immediately waived off at 2:46. Pugh is now 1-9-1, one KO while Johnson is 2-0, two KO's.
DC welterweight Lamont White was disqualified in the fourth round of his bout with Caleb Hernandez of Paterson, NJ. Wolfheimer reports that Hernandez targeted the body early in the opening round with heavy hooks. White was in good shape but Hernandez continued the constant pressure, mixing up two and three punch combinations throughout rounds two and three. White went on the bicycle and switched to southpaw to relieve the pressure late in the third. White was not listening to the instructions of Referee Ronald Ali Bashir on breaks. Finally, Bashir had seen enough and disqualified White at 2:29 of the fourth and final round. White remains winless at 0-3. Hernandez is 3-0, one KO.
Corley recovered from a third-round knockdown to win the title by scores of 115-115, 115-110 and 113-112. Corley's record is now 47-27-1, 28 KO's. Gonzales is now 8-2-2, five KO's. Corley has fought in 18 title bouts in his 20-year career and has won the WBO Super Lightweight world title, the NABF and USBA Super Lightweight titles and now, the WBC Fecarbox Lightweight championship.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Roach (11-0, three KO's) will take on his most experienced foe to date when he battles Mario Macias Rorozco of Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico in an eight-round encounter. Roach is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Jose Arturo Esquivel on May 7 in Las Vegas, NV. Rorozco (28-19, 14 KO's) competes against a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time. Rorozco suffered a first-round knockout at the hands of Gervonta Davis on June 3 in Hollywood, FL.
By the way, there is some great press on Roach as he is featured in the "New Faces" section of the latest issue (November 2016) of the Ring magazine. Mitch Abramson has a nice profile of the 2014 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year. The cover story of the Ring celebrates the 60th birthday of Hall of Famer, six-time world champion and Beltway Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. Leonard was chosen by the magazine as the all-time greatest living boxer.
Corley (47-27-1, 28 KO's) has been feasting off young, relatively inexperienced competition as of late winning three bouts in a Contender-style competition in Jamaica. Gonzales (8-1-2, five KO's) is looking for his second straight title. Gonzales captured the vacant WBC Caribbean title in his last outing, scoring an eighth-round TKO over Clive Atwell on October 24 in Lilliendal. Gonzales has four straight knockouts.