Sunday, June 17, 2018
(Photos by Mike Greenhill)
The scheduled 10-round main event bout between Gerome "GQ" Quigley of Montgomery Village, MD and Raymond "Tito" Serrano of Philadelphia, PA at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD ended in a disappointing no-contest after almost two rounds.
In the first round, Serrano surprised the large partisan crowd by landing solid shots to put Quigley on his heels. However, during the round, the two men clashed heads causing a cut on Quigley's forehead. The cut continued to bleed during the second round and ringside physicians could not stop the bleeding and asked referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the contest at 1:59 of the second.
Quigley's record is 18-0, 16 KO's, one NC and Serrano is 24-5, 10 KO's, one NC. The USBA Welterweight and WBC USNBC Welterweight titles the two men were fighting for remain vacant.
The co-feature contest saw a Beltway Boxing Knockout Of The Year candidate delivered by Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed. Crossed needed just 23 seconds to knock out Joshua Jones of Brunswick, MA. Crossed, who won the same award in 2016, landed a devastating right hand to Jones's chin that made Jones slump forward and fall to his knees. Referee Brent Bovell immediately waived the bout off without a count. Crossed remains undefeated at 7-0, five KO's while Jones loses for the first time at 2-1, one KO.
Clinton, MD super featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy won a six-round unanimous decision over Drew "Cruel Intentions" Correll of Danville, VA. After a close couple of rounds, Breedy's speed and accuracy took over in the bout as he started to settle down and land the majority of telling blows. Referee David Braslow took a point away from Correll for spitting out his mouthpiece in the fourth round. Breedy would finish the bout with a strong sixth round. Judges John Gradowski and Don Risher scored the bout 60-54 while judge Paul Wallace saw the contest 60-53. Breedy is now 12-0, four KO's while Correll suffers his first pro loss and is now 9-1, eight KO's.
This Jeter Promotions/GQ Promotions card also had an area Bout Of The Year candidate as "The Cisco Kid" Francisco Bustos of Rockville, MD won a tough four-round unanimous decision over Jauvan John of Newport News, VA. The two men battled hard for all four rounds. However, after surviving a tough onslaught by John in the first round, Bustos landed a strong right hand in the second round that dropped John to the canvas. John would beat the count and come back to make the bout close but Bustos was able to withstand his oppnent's onslaught with quality shots of his own. Judge Gradowski saw the bout 39-36 while judges Risher and Wallace scored the contest 38-37 for Bustos, who remains undefeated at 7-0, four KO's. John is now 2-6-1.
Glenarden, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls scored a fourth-round TKO over Matthew Murphy of East St. Louis, MO. Speed Rawls would use Murphy for target practice throughout the contest, landing quality blows that battered his opponent. Murphy provided little offense during the bout. Eventually, Murphy's corner had the referee stop the contest at 1:34 of the fourth. Speed Rawls is now 10-1-1, seven KO's while Murphy falls to 3-25-3, two KO's.
Oxon Hill, MD welterweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White of Washington, DC. Kilpatrick was in complete control of the bout as White was in a defensive/survival mode. Kilpatrick would win by shutout across the board, 40-36. Kilpatrick raises his record to 2-0, one KO while White is 1-13, one KO.
Laurel, MD lightweight "The Red Comet" Dante Cox knocked out Ty'Shae Ferguson of Danville, VA at 2:10 of the first round. Cox landed a crushing left-right combination to drop Ferguson to the canvas. Ferguson would beat the count but was unfit to continue. Cox is now 2-0, one KO while Ferguson falls to 0-9.
In the curtain-raising contest, debuting welterweight Marlon "The Machine" Bolen of Clinton, MD scored a third-round TKO over the equally-debuting Christopher Thorne of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Bolen would drop Thorne with a solid series of punches in the first round. Bolen kept Thorne on his bicycle in the second round before ending the contest with a right hand in the third round that sent Thorne to the canvas again. The bout would be stopped at 2:10 of the third.
The husband and wife duo of Tony and Christen Jeter head Jeter Promotions. Quigley and Jeff Gatling are in charge of GQ Promotions. The matchmaker was Brian Dillon and the ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Davis comes off a strong performance in February, winning a gold medal at the Stradja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, his first international tournament. Davis also captured a National Golden Gloves title in 2017.
Davis's coach, Kay Koroma, who is also the National Assistant Coach for USA Boxing, will be one of the coaches on the Chemistry Cup trip. Davis will be the second straight local to participate in this tournament. Fellow Alexandria boxer Troy Isley advanced to the semifinals of the Chemistry Cup in 2017.
By the way, USA Boxing has a nice article on Davis. Brian Taylor writes about the struggles Davis had to overcome to get to where he is now. Here is the link: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing/Features/2018/June/08/Keyshawn-Davis-is-Pushing-His-Way-to-the-Top
Friday, June 15, 2018
Gerome Quigley 147 vs. Raymond Serrano 147
(Vacant USBA and WBC USNBC Welterweight titles -- Quigley made the weight on his third attempt)
Cobia Breedy 125.8 vs. Drew Correll 124.4
Drayvontay Speed-Rawls 138.6 vs. Matt Murphy 141.2
Francisco Bustos 158.4 vs. Jauvan John 160.4
Sam Crossed 196 vs. Josh Jones 195.6
Rashad Kilpatrick 145.8 vs. Lamont White 144.8
Marlon Bolen 145 vs. Christopher Thorne 153
Dante Cox 130 vs. Tyshae Ferguson 123.6 (Ferguson must weigh again on Saturday)
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Dezurn (3-1, one KO) will take on Crystal Byers of Ohio. Byers (0-3) last fought on April 21st and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Samantha Pill in Fairmont, WVA. This will be the first six-round contest for Byers, while Dezurn's last contest was a six-round unanimous decision victory over Tiffany Woodard on January 12th in Verona, NY.
The Dezurn-Byers bout will be on the undercard of the Women's Middleweight championship doubleheader featuring Ashburn, VA's Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson challenging Christina Hammer of Dortmund, Germany for Hammer's WBC and WBO Middleweight titles and Claressa Shields taking on Hanna Gabriels for the vacant WBA and IBF Middleweight championships. Both bouts will be televised live on Showtime.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The main event remains the same -- a 10-round contest for the vacant USBA and WBC USNBC Welterweight championships between Gerome "GQ" Quigley of Montgomery Village, MD and Raymond "Tito" Serrano of Philadelphia, PA.
Quigley (18-0, 16 KO's) last fought on August 26 when he scored a second-round TKO over Oscar Padilla in Neu-lensberg, Germany. The win gained Quigley the German version on the WBU Welterweight title, the fourth regional title that Quigley has won in his career. Serrano (24-5, 10 KO's) looks to bounce back from a loss in his last bout to another Beltway Boxer, Malik Hawkins, on March 30th in Philadelphia, PA. Serrano lost a 10-round unanimous decision in a contest for the WBA-USA Welterweight title.
In six-round bouts, Glenarden, MD super lightweight Dravontay Speed-Rawls will take on Matt Murphy of East St. Louis, IL. Speed-Rawls (9-1-1, six KO's) bounced back from his first pro loss suffered in July to win a four-round unanimous decision over Robert Hill on November 18th at the Merrick Recreation Center in Washington, DC. Murphy (3-24-3, two KO's) has lost his last eight contests although the last time Murphy competed in the Beltway, he battled Mack Allison IV to a four-round draw in June of 2017 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD.
Also, undefeated Clinton, MD super featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy will be in a six-rounder against equally undefeated Drew "Cruel Intentions" Correll of Danville, VA. Breedy (11-0. four KO's) comes off his best performance as a pro, winning a six-round shutout unanimous decision over Christopher Martin on May 19th at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. Correll (9-0, eight KO's) has not fought since scoring a third-round TKO over Charles Jones in November 2016 in Danville. Correll scored a first-round knockout over Kenny Herbin in May of 2016 in Springfield, VA.
There are a number of four-round contests on the card. Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed looks to remain undefeated when he battles Josh Jones of Brunswick, ME. Crossed (6-0, four KO's) last fought on July 15 and scored a fourth-round TKO over James Jones (no relation) at the Sphinx Club in DC. Jones (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on April 28th and knocked out Cristiano Pedro in Skowhegan, ME.
Rockville, MD middleweight "The Cisco Kid" Francisco Bustos will take on Jauvan John of Brooklyn, NY. Bustos (6-0, four KO's) also fought on the July 15th card in DC and scored a first-round knockout over Latrail Purdue. John (2-5-1) is winless in his last four (0-3-1) and looks to bounce back from a second-round stoppage against Dauren Yeleussinov on May 12th in Stone Mountain, GA.
Laurel, MD lightweight Dante Cox will be in a four-round bout against Tyshae Ferguson of Danville, VA. Cox (1-0) won his pro debut on July 15th in DC and won a four-round majority decision over Archie Weah. Ferguson (0-8) last fought on August 27th and lost a six-round unanimous decision to Cole Crumpler in Lynchburg, VA.
Oxon Hill, MD welterweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick battles Lamont White of DC in a four-rounder. Kilpatrick also made his pro debut on the DC card on July 15th and knocked out Martegus Martin in the second round. White (1-12, one KO) has lost his last five contests since scoring his only victory in May of 2017. White comes off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Roy McGill on December 9th in Harrisburg, PA. White has never been knocked out in a contest.
In a battle of debuting welterweights, Marlon Bolen of Clinton, MD will face off with Christopher Thorne of Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Gardens Ice House is located at 13800 Old Gunpowder Rd in Laurel, MD. The card is scheduled to begin at 8 PM.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
This has been a huge year for IBF/WBA/IBO Super Welterweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd. Earlier this week, Hurd received another honor as he was the only current boxer to be invited to have his fist casted during the International Boxing Hall Of Fame's induction weekend in Canastota, NY.
The Accokeek, MD native joined newly-inducted hall of fame boxers Vitali Klitschko, Winky Wright and Erik Morales, broadcasters Steve Albert and Jim Gray and future hall of famers Miguel Cotto, Kelly Pavlik and Robert Guerrero in the time-honored tradition.
Other Beltway Boxers who have had their fist casts recently include former world champions Hasim Rahman, Sr. and William Joppy. Of course, hall of famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson got his fist casted in 2012 when he was inducted into the hall of fame.
We start in Krasnodar, Russia on Saturday, June 9th where former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Aik Shakhnazaryan of Samara, Russia at the Olimp. No details on the bout but judging by the scorecards, Shakhnazaryan seemed to be in control as he won by scores of 100-90, 99-92 and 98-92. Corley is now 51-30-1, 28 KO's while Shakhnazaryan rises to 21-2, 11 KO's and captured the interim WBA Super Lightweight title.
Also on Saturday, Capitol Heights MD bantamweight Thomas "KO" Snow lost a 10-round split decision to Duke "The Baby Faced Terminator" Micha of Accra, Ghana at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. Here's a report on the bout from BoxingAfrica.com:
Micah came forward in the first looking to land the right hand against southpaw Snow. He continued to stalk in the second but struggled to land cleanly upstairs. Snow exhibited solid defense although he offered little in return.
The action was sparse in the third and fourth. Snow simply refused to engage. Ghana’s Micah had more success digging to the body than he did to the head but the crowd was largely silent during those stanzas.
“It was a tough fight,” Micah said afterward. “Snow didn’t really come to fight. He ran most of the time and when I did catch him, he held on for dear life.”
Snow enjoyed several moments in the middle rounds by turning the tables on Micah. When Micah missed, Snow spun him toward the ropes and fired to the ribs. A counter right upstairs slipped through Micah’s guard but the punch lacked any serious pop.
Michael had difficulty getting his offense going against a Snow who refused to engage. The American fought off his back foot, to keep away from the incoming yet hindered his own ability to throw something meaningful. When Micah closed the gap, he wisely clinched.
The actioned tightened up down the stretch as Snow’s corner implored him to let his hands go. Even so, Micah threw and landed more. He came out for the tenth and final stanza seeking to put a stamp on his performance. Two rights drove Snow toward the ropes. As Micah jumped in, Snow predictably attempted to hold on. Their feet got tangled and Snow tumbled to the floor while Micah threw. Only, he didn’t stop throwing, landing a right on top of Snow’s head as he lay on the canvas. The infraction cost Micah one point, a point made moot by two of the cards.
Snow did get the win on one judge's card, 95-94, but the other two judges scored the bout for Micah, 97-92 and 97-93. Snow's record falls to 19-4, 12 KO's while Micah remains undefeated at 22-0, 18 KO's and successfully defended his WBC International Bantamweight title.
At the East Martello Towers in Key West, FL, welterweight "The Hamden Hammer" Allen Burris of Baltimore, MD lost his pro debut in the first round to Ashot Mnatsakanian of Key West by way of Armenia. Burris seemed to be engaging his opponent well early in the round but he was hit with a sneaky left hand that made him slump face first over the bottom rope. Although it looked like Burris could recover, the referee quickly moved in to stop the bout. No word on the official time of the stoppage. Mnatsakanian evens his record at 2-2, two KO's.
On Friday, June 8th at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY, junior welterweight Juan De La Cruz Rodriguez of Haymarket, VA lost a six-round unanimous decision to John "The Hitman" Hernandez of Huntington. No details on the bout but all three judges scored the bout for Hernandez, 58-56. Rodriguez has lost two straight and three of his last four bouts and his record is under .500 at 8-9-1, six KO's. Hernandez raises his record to 9-3, one KO.
Friday, June 08, 2018
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Isley lost a 4-1 decision to Adam Chartoi of Sweden in a middleweight contest. Isley was looking to build on his bronze medal that he won in the 2017 World Championships. Isley is a member of the USA Boxing Elite team.
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
We have learned that the championship contest between 11-time titleholder Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA and current WBC/WBO titleholder Christina Hammer of Dortmund, Germany will be a part of the Showtime telecast on Friday, June 22nd at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, MI.
Originally, the bout between Nelson (17-1-3, two KO's) and Hammer (22-0, 10 KO's) would be relegated to highlights and the entire contest would not be shown. However, happily, the executives changed their minds.
This makes the night very historic. All four major versions of the middleweight title will be on display during the evening. Claressa Shields and Hanna Gabriels will battle for the vacant WBA and IBF middleweight championships in the main event. The winners of both bouts are scheduled to meet each other in the fall to unify the titles.
Monday, June 04, 2018
Eleven of the locals represent the Potomac Valley Association Of USA Boxing (PVA).
Cardarius Johnson (Headbangers) -- Bantam 75 Pounds
Marcus Luther (Headbangers) -- Bantam 80 Pounds
Marcell Steele (Untouchables) -- Bantam 101 Pounds
Joshua Briggs (Oxon Hill) -- Bantam 106 Pounds
Travis Best (Oxon Hill) -- Bantam 110 Pounds
Richard Dodson (Untouchables) -- Intermediate 85 Pounds
Jeremiah Jamison (Oxon Hill) -- Intermediate 90 Pounds
Khalique Harrison (Warriors) -- Intermediate 114 Pounds
Jordan Roach (No Xcuse) -- Junior 95 Pounds
Keith Burroughs (Oxon Hill) -- Junior 101 Pounds
Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill) -- Junior 114 Pounds
Six more are representatives of the South Atlantic Association Of USA Boxing (SAA).
Donte Dailey, Jr. (Charm City) -- Bantam 114 Pounds
Damari Philson (Upton) -- Intermediate 101 Pounds
Eric Acosta (Main Street) -- Intermediate 132 Pounds
Cuttino Oliver (Upton) -- Junior 106 Pounds
Muhammad Robinson -- (G-Up Nation/Charm City) -- Junior 110 Pounds
Stacey Selby (Upton) -- Junior 138 Pounds
Best wishes to our Beltway Boxers in West Virginia!
(Photo courtesy of the Ghana Crusader)
In its July 2018 issue, the editors of Ring Magazine have named IBF/WBA/IBO Super Welterweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, MD its Fighter Of The Month.
The Ring based its selection on Hurd's 12-round split decision victory over former WBA/IBO champ Erislandy Lara on April 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Hurd not only won the bout but also forced Lara to engage Hurd in an entertaining contest -- a bout that is a Fight Of The Year candidate.
Hurd's victory elevated him to the number-one position in Ring's Super Welterweight rankings. Also, Showtime boxing host Brian Custer was interviewed in the same issue and listed Hurd as one of his favorite current boxers to watch and the 12th round of Hurd-Lara (where Hurd dropped Lara late in the round) as one of his favorite current rounds.
According to JR Jowett of Secondsout.com, the contest was a dull one with De La Paz scoring from long range in the first round then trying to move away from Lockett the rest of the way. The two banged heads in the third round when Lockett tried to lumber in. The rest of the way saw De La Paz circling Lockett while Lockett would throw one punch at a time. Judge Lynn Carter saw the draw at 57-57 but was overruled by judges Al Bennett and Debra Barnes who saw the bout 58-56 and 60-54 respectively for De La Paz.
Lockett, who scored a majority decision victory over Prince Badi Ajamu on March 10th in Atlantic City, falls to 16-23-6, five KO's. De La Paz is now 8-1, four KO's.
Sunday, June 03, 2018
(Photos by Daniel Cork)
Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw remained undefeated with a second-round TKO victory over Daniel "Danny Boy" Murray of Lanoka Harbor, NJ. According to reports, a combination of speed and power that sent Murray to the canvas three times in the second round. After the third knockdown the referee stopped the bout at 1:47 of round two. Outlaw, who recently signed with the promoter of this card, Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Sports and Entertainment, is now 5-0, two KO's while Murray falls to 3-2.
Bowie cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith was stopped in the first round by undefeated Alexey Egorov of Obninsk, Russia. In the opening round, Egorov landed a hard shot on Smith that had a delayed reaction to send Smith to the canvas. Smith got back up but Egorov continued to press the action, backing him into the corner. Luther wasn’t throwing punches back in response to Egorov pressure so referee David Fields stepped in to stop the bout at 2:31 of the first-round.
After four bouts in Russia, Egorov wins his American debut and is now 5-0, four KO's. Smith, who has lost two straight and three of his last four, is now 10-4, nine KO's.
Friday, June 01, 2018
(Photos by Daniel Cork)
Greg Outlaw and Luther Smith weighed in for bouts Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
Outlaw tipped the scales at 136.8 pounds for his six-round contest against Dan Murphy, who weighed in at 138.4 pounds.
Smith came in at 198.6 pounds for his 10-round bout against Alexey Egerov, who weighed in at 199.8 pounds.
This bout was a late addition to the card. Smith (10-3, nine KO's) looks to bounce back from a six-round split-decision loss to Kennedy Katende on April 21st in Brooklyn, NY. Egerov (4-0, three KO's) is a native of Obninsk, Russia and competes in the United States for the first time as a pro. Egerov comes off a fourth-round TKO win over Andrei Kniazev on November 27th in Moscow.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Simpson lost his championship bout to Keno Machado of Brazil by a unanimous decision. Machado used a solid height advantage to help gain the victory. This was Simpson's second international tournament.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Simpson won a unanimous decision over Mohammad Zawadi of Canada during Thursday's semifinals. Simpson vies for the gold medal on Saturday when he faces Keno Machado of Brazil.
The event has been streamed live on YouTube all week. You can watch the finals for free beginning at 8 PM ET.
The services will be held on Saturday, June 2nd at noon at the American Legion Hall located at 8666 Silver Lake Drive in Perry Hall, MD.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Simpson won his quarterfinal contest by unanimous decision over Renso Folleco of Ecuador. Throughout the contest, Simpson was able to land his right jab on a regular basis and followed that up with good left hooks to the head.
Simpson will compete in the semifinals against Mohammed Zawadi of Canada who received a quarterfinal bye.
Simpson, who won a silver medal at an international tournament in Germany in 2017, makes his return to the international stage. Simpson will take on Renso Folleco of Ecuador in today's session.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Oxon Hill, MD lightweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown has announced that she has signed a promotional contract with DiBella Entertainment.
At the announcement ceremony held at the Kenilworth Recreation Center in Washington, DC., Brown said her contract will be a three-year deal with a scheduled three bouts per year.
"Words cannot express how happy I am to sign with Dibella Entertainment," Brown said during the ceremony. "All my career I've not only dreamed of the day that I would be a signed fighter, but I trained hard and kept the faith so my dream could become a reality."
Brown, a native of Fort Myers, FL, had a stellar amateur career that was highlighted by two gold medals at the World Championships and two trips to the Olympic Trials. Brown is 4-0 with two knockouts as a pro. Brown leads a very busy life as she also holds a full-time job as a police officer with the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department. According to DiBella Entertainment chair Lou DiBella, Brown's life as a boxer and police officer was a big reason why he wanted to sign Brown under contract.
"I believe in Tiara as a fighter and I appreciate what she brings in and out of the ring and especially as a public servant/police officer," DiBella said in a statement.
DiBella Entertainment has a number of female boxers under contract, including Heather Hardy, Alicia Napoleon, Shelly Vincent and Amanda Serrano. Brown will also join two other Beltway Boxers --Alantez Fox and Demond Nicholson -- under the DiBella banner.
Brown will compete in her final bout as a free agent on Saturday, June 30th at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC when she will headline the card against Carla Torres of Cleveland, OH.
BATB talked to Brown after the big announcement.
Listen to "Tiara Brown Signs With DiBella Entertainment" on Spreaker.
Let's start with Saturday, June 16 where there will be a card promoted by returning promotional organizations Jeter Promotions and GQ Promotions at a new location for the Beltway -- The Gardens Ice House located at 13800 Old Gunpowder Rd in Laurel, MD. The main event on the card will feature the "GQ" in GQ Promotions, undefeated Montgomery Village, MD welterweight Gerome Quigley who will be in the biggest bout of his career when he battles Raymond "Tito" Serrano of Philadelphia, PA in a 10-round contest for two regional titles -- the vacant USBA Welterweight championship and the vacant WBC USNBC Welterweight title.
Quigley (18-0, 16 KO's) last fought on August 26 when he scored a second-round TKO over Oscar Padilla in Neu-lensberg, Germany. The win gained Quigley the German version on the WBU Welterweight title, the fourth regional title that Quigley has won in his career. Serrano (24-5, 10 KO's) looks to bounce back from a loss in his last bout to another Beltway Boxer, Malik Hawkins, on March 30th in Philadelphia. Serrano lost a 10-round unanimous decision in a contest for the WBA-USA Welterweight title.
A number of Beltway Boxers are slated to appear on the card including Clinton, MD super featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy (11-0, four KO's) who just won a six-round unanimous decision over Christopher Martin on May 19th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.
Also scheduled for the card are middleweight Francisco "The Cisco Kid" Bustos of Rockville, MD (6-0, four KO's), Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed (6-0, four KO's), Fort Washington, MD super middleweight "Platinum Power" Leo Alcanera (2-0), Laurel, MD lightweight Dante Cox (1-0), Oxon Hill, MD welterweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick (1-0, one KO), Gaithersburg, MD welterweight Evgueny Metchenov (0-2) and the debuting Marlon Bolen, a welterweight from Clinton, MD.
On Friday, June 22nd, Ashburn, VA's Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson returns to the ring in a 10-round contest against undefeated middleweight Christina Hammer of Dortmund, Germany for Hammer's WBC and WBO Middleweight titles at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, MI. The bout is scheduled to be televised on Showtime.
Nelson (17-1-3, two KO's) an 12-time former world champion, will try to bounce back from her first loss, a 10-round unanimous decision to Claressa Shields on January 12th in Verona, NY. Hammer (22-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Gifty Ankrau on November 4th in Munich, Germany. This will be Hammer's 12th defense of the WBO title and her first defense of the WBC championship. Hammer is also the WBO Super Middleweight champion.
This card will be part of an all-female middleweight championship doubleheader. The main event will feature Shields against Hanna Gabriels in a bout for the vacant WBA and IBF versions of the title.
Also on the card will be Baltimore, MD super middleweight Franchon Crews Dezurn who will be in a six-round contest against an opponent to be determined. Dezurn (3-1, one KO) last fought on the same card as Nelson on January 12th and won a six-round unanimous decision over Tiffany Woodard.
The action returns to the Beltway on Friday, June 29th when Shabazz Brothers Promotions brings a card to Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD. The main event will be a 10-round contest between flyweights Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas of Baltimore, MD and Helen "Iron Lady" Joseph of New Haven, CT by way of Nigeria. This bout was originally scheduled for May 11th in Philadelphia.
Douglas (13-1, six KO's) last fought on November 4th and scored an eighth-round TKO over Crystal Hoy in Ashburn, VA. Joseph (15-3-1, 10 KO's) has scored three straight second-round knockouts in her last three contests.
Other boxers scheduled to compete on the card include Baltimore featherweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV (7-1-1, seven KO's), Columbia, MD super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes (1-1) as well as the Rahman Family -- heavyweight Hasim "Goldblooded" Rahman, Jr. (4-0, three KO's), super middleweight Sharif "C3" Rahman (2-0, two KO's) and their cousin, Mushin Cason, who is a cruiserweight making his pro debut.
The next night, Saturday, June 30th, there will be a Putney Promotions card at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC. Scheduled to appear in the main event is Oxon Hill, MD lightweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown who will be in a bout against Carla Torres of Cleveland, OH by way of Puerto Rico. Brown (4-0, two KO's) comes off a four-round unanimous decision win over Natalie King on November 18th at the Merrick Recreation Center in DC. Torres (5-5) last fought in March of 2017 and lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Sandy Tsagouris in Brampton, Canada.
BATB will have updates on all of these cards and other bouts featuring Beltway Boxers as they become available.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Saturday, May 19, 2018
Richmond, VA super middleweight " The Chosen One " Immanuwel Aleem won by six-round stoppage over Juan de Angel of Barranquilla, Colombia.
Aleem landed good punches on de Angel in the bout. De Angel was to land shots occasionally but was never able to hurt Aleem. Eventually, de Angel stayed in his corner and did not come out for the seventh round.
Aleem is now 18-1-1, 11 KO's. De Angel drops to 20-9-1, 18 KO's.
Junior welterweight Antuanne Russell made short work of Wilmer Rodriguez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic scoring a first-round TKO.
Russell scored two knockdowns, one with the right hand and one using a left-right combination. The bout would be stopped at 2:54 of the first.
Russell remains perfect at 6-0, six KO's while Rodriguez falls to 9-3, seven KO's.
Clinton, MD super featherweight Cobia " The Soldier " Breedy won by six-round unanimous decision over Christopher Martin of Chula Vista, CA.
Breedy was impressive offensively as he kept Martin continually off balance with his aggressiveness. Breedy would win by shutout (60-54) across the board to raise his record to 11-0, four KO's. Martin is now 30-10-3, 10 KO's.
Brandon Quarles and Antonio Russell have won their bouts by fifth-round TKO tonight at the MGM National Harbor Casino.
Both men wore down their opponents to gain the victories. Quarles stopped Fidel Monterrosa of Barranquilla, Colombia by wearing him down throughout the bout. Quarles, who has dropped down to super welterweight, landed solid shots until referee Dave Braslow stopped the bout at 2:01 of the fifth.
Quarles is now 19-4-1, 10 KO's.
Russell delivered a pummeling to Jonathan Lecona of Mexico City, Mexico, knocking him down in the first, fourth and early in the fifth before referee Bill Clancy halted the bout at 16 seconds of the fifth. Russell is 11-0, nine KO's. Lecona falls to 17-20-4, six KO's.
Reuben Simmons has won his bout at the end of the first round. Simmons's opponent Ayron Davis, could not answer the bell for the second round. Simmons pummeled Davis during the latter stages of the round.
Simmons is now 3-0, one KO while Davis is 0-2.
Hi everyone from the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD for the TGB Promotions / Golden Boy Promotions card. The first bout should begin shortly. It's a battle of Virginia super middleweights as Reuben Simmons of Lynchburg, VA (2-0, one KO) will take on Ayron Davis of Wytheville, VA (0-1) in a four-rounder.
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Baltimore, MD's Malik Titus lost his semi-final bout in the 201+-pound division by a 3-2 score to Sonny Conto of Pennsylvania.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Here is the scale watch for the TGB Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD:
Gary Russell, Jr. 125 1/2 vs. Joseph Diaz, Jr. 126
(WBC Featherweight Championship)
Cobia Breedy 128 vs. Christopher Martin 128.4
Immanuwel Aleem 163.6 vs. Juan De Angel 169.4
Antonio Russell 118.6 vs. Jonathan Lecona 119.2
Brandon Quarles 157.8 vs. Fidel Monterrosa 160.6
Antuanne Russell 137.2 vs. Wilmer Rodriguez 142.8
Reuben Simmons 166.8 vs. Ayron Davis 172.6
The card will begin at 6:30 PM ET with the main event starting at 10:05 PM.
Nick Sullivan of Portsmouth, VA won his quarter-final contest at 141 pounds, defeating Bryan Sanchez of Nevada by a 3-2 score. Also, Baltimore, MD's Malik Titus won a 3-2 decision over Antonio Mireles of Iowa at 201+ pounds.
In Friday's semifinals, Sullivan will battle Francois Scarboro of the Tri-State region while Titus will take on Sonny Cotto of Pennsylvania, who defeated the top-seeded boxer in the bracket earlier in the week.
The rest of the local boxers had a tough time in Thursday's quarterfinals. Amelia Moore of Alexandria, VA will not get an opportunity to win a second straight National Golden Gloves title. Moore lost her bout at 141 pounds by a medical walkover to Kimberly Carlson of Chicago. Moore later posted on Facebook that she has been battling a virus throughout the week and had a low-grade fever so she pulled out of her bout.
Also, Tommy Avelar of Germantown, MD lost a 3-2 decision to Oscar Perez of Texas at 132 pounds. . Kelvin Davis lost a 3-2 decision to Marcus Davidson of Kansas City at 152 pounds. Also, Jayda Davis (no relation to Kelvin) also lost a 3-2 decision to Asia Smith of Cleveland at 125 pounds.
Both men were on stage alongside their fathers, who are also their trainers and they all had a lot to say.
GARY RUSSELL JR.
"We're 120 percent ready for fight night. We're hungry. As long as I have this strap, nobody is walking in here and taking it. I know Diaz is going to bring his best to the table, but we're ready. The strap is staying at home.
"Me and my little brothers Gary Antuanne and Gary Antonio are on the undercard and they're going to show the work they've been doing. Our dad's birthday is the day after the fight so you know we have to make it special for him.
"It's cool that both me and 'JoJo' are trained by our fathers. Because at the end of the day, when you look at your coach, that's your last line of defense. When everything else goes wrong, you have to go the corner. You have to have a level of trust and belief in your corner, so who better to have than a parent there?
"It's difficult for me to know if 'JoJo' is my toughest opponent since Vasyl Lomachenko because I never train with a lot of worry about my opponents. I think that the biggest thing is preparing myself to the best of my ability and being the best that I can possibly be.
"I believe in my ability to make the necessary adjustments, no matter what my opponent brings to the ring. If he wants to come in and box, we are equally as comfortable boxing long ranged as we are making the fight rugged. In order to be great at anything, you have to have a level of versatility. That's something I bring to the table that a lot of fighters don't bring.
"Diaz worked his way up the ranks to get this fight. He did everything you have to do to get in position to fight for a world title. He's already mentioned that I'm the best fighter in the division and he knows that all the other champions in the division are afraid to step up and compete against me.
"Any fighter who has two months or more to prepare for one opponent is definitely dangerous. We never overlook anyone. I believe in my hand speed, my punching power, my ring generalship and in my ability to make adjustments.
"If we can get through this bout, I would love to get in the ring and unify with any of the other featherweight champions. The timing is perfect right now for any of these unification fights. If they still don't want it, I'm willing to move up in weight to meet any of the guys who have a name. It's time to make it happen.
"I take my hat off to him and to his team for having the guts to step into the ring. There are only certain people who can be made for this sport and it speaks volumes about him as an individual. I don't expect anything less than a worthy opponent.
"It's a pleasure being here for this fight right near my hometown. We had a very long training camp and everything is feeling good heading into the fight."
JOSEPH DIAZ JR.
"It's right here and around the corner. I'm very excited for the moment to be here. I've been waiting for this my whole entire life and I'm not going to take anything for granted. I trained extremely hard for this fight.
"I absolutely think Gary is overlooking me. I think he underestimated me. I've trained for this my whole entire life. This opportunity has been presented to me by my hard work and it's really the opportunity of a lifetime. I can't wait to show everybody my skills and what I'm truly about.
"It's all about timing. Gary has the fastest hands in boxing but we've watched a lot of tape and we see a lot of flaws. Every fighter has flaws. We're just going to capitalize on what we see and take full advantage on Saturday night.
"I don't think Gary having not fought since last year will be any kind of advantage. I want Gary Russell Jr. to be at his best come fight night. I know that I'm at my best and the best man should win on fight night. There shouldn't be any excuses after this fight and after I win the title.
"I believe after I win this title on Saturday night that I'll be on top of the throne in the featherweight division. Hopefully I can get some big fights soon after that.
"I'm prepared for everything he's going to offer. He's going to come out and box a little bit and look to use his jab, create angles and use his speed to keep me out of range. It's going to come to the point where he's not going to want to move as much and he'll starting fighting on the inside. That's where I want to be. We're going to deliver some great blows and may the best man win.
"I know what Gary Russell Jr. brings to the table. I know he's the toughest fighter in the division but I'm ready to go out there and bring back the WBC title. I'm ready to fight the best and unify all the titles.
"It's going to be fireworks on Saturday night. I've had a perfect training camp and I'm on weight. Everything feels great and I can't wait to step into the ring.
"I'm ready for anything. If it stops early or goes the distance, I'm going to keep pushing each round more than the last.
"It would mean everything to win this world title. Not just for myself, but for my whole family. All the hard work and struggles that we've been through, it's finally here. I'm going to do everything I can to come out victorious. Our lives are going to change and I'm going to inspire the youth and the people around me. I want people to know that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible."
GARY RUSSELL SR., Russell's Father & Trainer
"The reason for the inactivity is just politics. We always have the intention on fighting but we want to find the best opponent for Gary. 'JoJo' is the mandatory so we're going to fight him and after we get this win, we're looking at Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Carl Frampton. We want to unify.
"Before Gary retires from the sport, he'll move up and do whatever it takes to get a rematch with Lomachenko.
"We like to say that this is just Gary's occupation. He gets paid to fight and he's able to support his family because of that. All of the accolades don't really mean anything to him or to us. The WBC belt is definitely the most prestigious, but like Gary said, we're not really into the little trinkets. He would take it to the pawn shop if he could. We're not really into those type of accolades. We just want to conduct ourselves as gentlemen, set an example and get paid."
JOSEPH DIAZ SR., Diaz's Father & Trainer
"It's a blessing to be in this position. I really believe that god didn't bring us this far only to bring us this far. I really think the journey is going to continue. I'm very proud of my son. He has worked really hard and has shown a lot of will and determination. It means the world to me that he's pursuing his career and is doing something that he loves doing.
"It's exciting to finally have a fight on the east coast. It's beautiful out here. Joseph has been wanting to fight out here and now he has that opportunity to meet some of the fans he has out here that he hasn't had the chance to meet.
"Russell Jr. is a fast fighter. He's skilled and he's smart in there. We've been working on Joseph's timing. Joseph's a little deceiving because he kind of moves a little slow but he's actually much faster than people think he is. The speed of Russell doesn't affect us at all. Joseph has sparred and fought fast fighters especially in the amateurs.
"The plan is to go in there and beat Gary Russell up. And we're hoping this win sets up bigger and better fights with the Santa Cruz and the Selby's of the world. All of the champions. We're hoping to get some of those opportunities because it will bring a lot of attention to the boxing world. Joseph will be a very good ambassador for the sport of boxing."
The card begins at 6:30 PM ET and the main event will be at 10:05 PM.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
At 132 Pounds, Germantown, MD's Tommy Avelar defeated Mitchell Lecounte of Iowa by a 5-0 score. Nick Sullivan of Portsmouth, VA won his bout in the 140-pound division by a 5-0 decision over Devarius McClendon of Knoxville.
Kelvin Davis of Norfolk, VA continued to advance in the 152-pound division, winning his bout over Josnel Castro of the New England region. Also, Baltimore, MD's Malik Titus won his bout at 201+ Pounds, defeating Stanley Galloway of the Colorado-New Mexico Region by a 4-1 score.
A number of locals did not advance to the next round. Kevon Cooke of Washington, DC lost his bout at 108 Pounds by a 5-0 score to Timothy Jarman of St. Louis. Oscar Morales of DC dropped a 5-0 decision at 114 Pounds to Omar Brown of Michigan.
At 123 Pounds, DC's Dwayne Holmes lost by a close 3-2 score to Noah Contreras of Nevada while Thomas Mottinger of Salisbury, MD lost a 5-0 decision to Deangelo Leachman of Detroit at 201 pounds.
The National Golden Gloves continues until Sunday, May 20th.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Richmond, VA middleweight "The Chosen One" Immanuwel Aleem now has an opponent in veteran Juan De Angel of Barranquilla, Colombia. The bout is scheduled for 10-rounds. Aleem (17-1-1, 10 KO's) looks to bounce back from his third-round TKO loss to Hugo Centeno, Jr. on August 25th in Miami, OK. De Angel (20-8-1, 18 KO's) is looking to break a three-bout losing streak which includes losses to former world champion Austin Trout (an eight-round unanimous decision on February 17th in El Paso, TX) and Antoine Douglas (a fourth-round TKO on July 14th in Miami, OK)
One of the changes in the card is that it looks like the bout for Aleem's brother, Moshea, has now been scratched.
Undefeated Clinton, MD featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy will battle Christopher Martin of Chula Vista, CA in an eight-round encounter. Breedy (10-0, four KO's) has not fought since his last bout almost a year ago (May 20th) at the MGM National Harbor when he defeated Wilfredo Garriga by six-round unanimous decision. Martin (30-9-3, 10 KO's) looks to bounce back from a second-round TKO loss to Tramaine Williams on June 17th in Las Vegas, NV.
As far as Gary Russell, Jr.'s brothers Antonio and Antuanne are concerned, Antuanne's contest is still intact. Antuanne (5-0, five KO's) will take on Wilmer Rodriguez of the Dominican Republic (9-2, seven KO's) in an eight-round super lightweight bout. However, the opponent for Antonio (10-0, eight KO's) has changed. Antonio will face Jonathan Lecona "Zurdo" Ramos of Distrito Federal, Mexico in a bout that has been scaled back to six rounds. Ramos (17-20-4, six KO's) lost a six-round unanimous decision to Dagoberto Aguero on March 24th in Miami, FL.
Alexandria, VA super welterweight Brandon "Bulldog" Quarles (18-4-1, nine KO's) will be in a six-round contest against Fidel Monterrosa Munoz of Ecatepec, Mexico by way of Colombia. Munoz (38-17-1, 30 KO's) will try to break a four-bout losing streak.
One other bout has been added to the card. There will be a battle of Virginia cruiserweights as Reuben Simmons of Roanoke, VA (2-0, one KO) will battle Ayron Davis of Wytheville (0-1)
Remember, the doors will open at the MGM National Harbor Casino at 6 PM ET with the first bout slated for 6:30 PM. The main event is scheduled to start at 10:05 PM and will be televised by Showtime.
DC Region Maintains Winning Ways At National Golden Gloves; Females Compete in Tournament For First Time!
Arlington, VA's Amelia Moore is looking for her second straight National Golden Gloves championship and she is off to a great start as she scored a third-round TKO Tuesday over Myshelle Allen of Nevada. Another Beltway female competitor, Nerissa Turner of Washington, DC, lost her first-round bout at 132 pounds to Erika Sanchez of California by a 5-0 score.
As far as the men, there were a number of quality victories. Germantown, MD's Tommy Avelar won his first bout at 132 pounds, defeating Shamar Lutchman of the Buffalo region by a 5-0 score. Kelvin Davis of Norfolk, VA was successful in his first 152-pound contest, winning a 5-0 decision over Cody Craine of Toledo. Davis looks to follow in the footsteps of his brother Keyshawn who won a national Golden Gloves in 2017.
Four-time regional champion Malik Titus of Baltimore, MD won his first bout at 201+ Pounds defeating Luis Alvarado of Wisconsin by a 4-1 score. Also, Thomas Mottinger of Salisbury, MD won his contest at 201 pounds.
Dover, DE's Ezri Turner lost his bout at 178 pounds dropping a 5-0 decision to Anthony De La Cruz of California.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Nick Sullivan of Portsmouth, VA won his opening contest on Monday in the 141-pound division defeating Armond Richard of Cleveland by a 4-1 score. Sullivan was the Outstanding Boxer of the Regional Golden Gloves tournament in Fort Washington, MD last weekend.
Hampton, VA's 165-pounder Christian Salinas lost his first-round contest by a 3-2 score to Michael Fontanez of the New England Region.
Monday, May 14, 2018
We have the start time and schedule for the TGB Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD on Saturday, May 19th.
The doors will open at 6 PM ET with the first bout scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM.
The Showtime Championship Boxing split-site doubleheader telecast will get underway at 10:05 PM ET with the main event at MGM National Harbor Casino -- Gary Russell, Jr. defending his WBC Featherweight championship against number one contender Joseph Diaz, Jr.
The WBC Light Heavyweight title bout between champion Adonis Stevenson and former two-division titleholder Badou Jack will follow from Toronto, Canada's Air Canada Centre. However, that bout may not be shown to the general public, only to the media at ringside.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
On paper, it looked as though Rivers, Jr. was being fed a durable if not beatable journeyman in Olguin. Olguin however, didn’t read the script. Each man tried to force their game plan, looking for openings, firing crisp shots and avoiding what they could. In round three, Rivers walked into a hard right and blinked several times in the moments afterward, trying to clear his head. A minute later, Rivers missed a wild left hand and went down from his own momentum, an Olguin right missing over the top of Rivers’ head. Referee (Danny) Schiavone, however, was at a bad angle and ruled the slip a knockdown. The fight was otherwise even in terms of effort and results. Sensing the fight was in the balance, both combatants went for it all in the sixth and final round. The “knockdown” in the third proved the fatal difference as Don Ackerman had it 58-55 Olguin, Kevin Morgan saw it 58-55 Rivers, Jr. and Don Trella decided matters at 57-56 for Olguin via split decision. Rivers, Jr. drops to 14-2, 10 KOs, while Olguin moves to 13-9-3, nine KOs.
DC lightweight Dionte "Mr. Untouchable" Burts won a four-round unanimous decision over debuting Davis Veras Pena of Odenton, MD at the PAL Center in Hockessin, DE. Burts won by scores of 38-36, 39-36 and 38-37. It should be mentioned that this is the second win for Burts (4-0, two KO's) in a week's time.
Also, this late result from Friday: Seat Pleasant, MD super featherweight James "Too Slick" Early lost a four-round unanimous decision to undefeated Ricky De Los Santos of Providence, RI at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI. De Los Santos scored a shutout (40-36) on all judge's cards. Early's record evens at 3-3 while De Los Santos is now 5-0, one KO.
In the feature bout, undefeated Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick "YG Pat" Harris won by third-round TKO over veteran Rynell Griffin of New Orleans, LA. Despite being out of action since August of 2017, Harris was very active throughout the bout, landing hard shots to the head and body. Harris improved his onslaught such that referee Mark D'Antillo was forced to stop the contest at 1:07 of the third. Harris is now 13-0, eight KO's. Griffin falls to 8-37-2, two KO's.
Harris's Headbanger gym mate Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines of District Heights, MD came back after an almost two-year absence and put on a solid performance stopping Johnny Frazier of Las Vegas, NV at the end of the first round. Gaines, who over the last two years, has been shot and battled a non-small cell form of lung cancer, was very effective, landing crushing body shots that sent Frazier on his back foot the entire round. Frazier was able to survive the round without being knocked down but the corner did not let him come out for the second round. Despite his absence, Gaines now has a five-bout winning streak and is now 9-2, three KO's. Frazier drops to 2-31-4, two KO's, one NC.
In the opening bout, Arlington, VA middleweight Javon Davis and Alexander "Suave" Olave of Manassas, VA fought to a four-round majority draw. Both men were somewhat awkward in the contest. Davis seemed to get out to an early lead, landing the harder shots in the first couple of rounds. However, Olave, who was making his pro debut, stayed in the pocket and was able to land great shots in the latter stages of the bout. One judge, Lisa Cuellar, scored the bout for Olave, 39-37. However, judges Scott Foster and Brian Costello saw a draw at 38-38. Davis, who was boxing for the first time since making his pro debut in 2016, is now 1-0-1, one KO.