Sunday, November 23, 2014
Grayton, according to boxing writer Jack Obermayer, had a little struggle with Foster before knocking him down in the fourth. Foster also lost a point for holding in the final round.
Grayton is now 10-0, eight KO's while Foster drops to 2-6-1.
As many in the Beltway region are saddened at the announcement of the passing of Ward 8 Councilmember and former DC Mayor Marion S. Barry, Jr., so too are many in the local boxing scene.
Quietly and not with a lot of fanfare, Mr. Barry did a lot to elevate the boxing scene in Washington, DC. Under his tenure as mayor, Barry, a big boxing fan, inaugurated the Mayor's Cup amateur boxing tournament in 1985 and held for many years at Howard University's Burr Gymnasium. A number of local and national boxers became very prominent names through that tournament.
Barry appointed the first woman to head the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission -- his future wife, Cora Masters Barry. Mrs. Barry served on the commission from 1979 to 1987. Although her tenure was sometimes dubious, it was a time where championship bouts started coming to DC on a more regular basis.
Also during the Barry Administration, new places, new exceptional places to hold boxing events started to appear. Before, there was only the DC Armory but Marion Barry helped bring us the original Washington Convention Center and then the MCI (now Verizon) Center to hold some legendary bouts over the years.
At the heart, Barry was a big fan of the sport and did all he could to elevate boxing in the nation's capital. As late as this past September, Barry was honored alongside DC's legendary boxing champions as he promoted his autobiography.
Standing and watching the event at the legendary Ben's Chili Bowl, I could only think of how fitting that was. As the boxers who represented DC as champions, no one fought harder for Washington, DC and its prominence than Marion Barry. BATB sends our deepest condolences.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Brown, the defending world champion at 125 pounds, is a native of Fort Myers, FL who now lives in the DC area and trains at the Headbangers gym. Brown advanced by winning a 2-1 decision over Wen Ling Chen of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.
Brown competes in the semis on Sunday where she will face Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines.
Undefeated Salisbury, MD cruiserweight Alex Guerrero won the vacant NABA Cruiserweight championship with an eight-round stoppage of Anthony Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA. Guerrero dropped Ferrante in the sixth round. Ferrante suffered a bad cut over one of his eyes and could not come out for the ninth round.
With the win, Guerrero is now 12-0-1, six KO's. Ferrante, whose last victory came in Fort Washington, MD with a second-round knockout of Venroy July on October 24, is now 13-7, eight KO's.
Also on the card, Randallstown, MD welterweight Cecil McCalla remained undefeated needing just 47 seconds to knock out Francisco Javier "Pantera" Reza of Mexico.
McCalla dropped Reza twice with vicious right hands to earn the victory and raise his record to 20-0, seven KO's while Reza's record drops to 13-11, 10 KO's.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
In the nine years of writing Boxing Along The Beltway, I have not asked a lot from my readers. People have come up to me over the years and asked to sponsor my blog and nothing has really come out of that and I have not pushed for that.
However, I am on the verge of entering a new venture associated with the blog that will need your help to succeed.
In the very near future, I will be hosting the Boxing Along The Beltway radio show. The plan is to have a weekly series with guests and call-in. The show will be heard on the WBGR Sports Network (www.wbgrsports.com). We are still working on the details on when the show will air.
For this venture to work, I will need sponsors to cover the price of putting the show on the air. So, if you are willing to sponsor the show or know someone who is, please email me at email@example.com and either I or the folks at WBGR will get back in touch with you with details.
I thank you in advance and hope you will be listening.
DC lightweight Anthony Peterson will be in a 10-round contest. Peterson (34-1, 22 KO's) last fought on August 9 and scored a first-round TKO over Edgar Riovalle in Brooklyn, NY.
Undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade returns to action on this card. Wade (16-0, 11 KO's) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Nick Brinson on June 27 in Las Vegas, NV.
Also on the card will be the return of featherweight world title contender "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. This will be the first bout for Russell since his WBO Featherweight title loss to Vasyl Lomachenko on June 21 in Carson, CA.
The card also marks the pro debut of Russell's brother, Antonio, who will box as a bantamweight. Antonio Russell comes off a stellar amateur career that included winning the 2013 National Golden Gloves championship and being named the most outstanding boxer of the tournament.
The card will be televised by Showtime and hopefully, some of the locals contests will be on the Showtime Extreme channel.
No Xcuse Boxing Gym is sponsoring a bus trip for fans who want to see two of their boxers -- D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard (top) and Lamont Roach, Jr. -- participate in bouts on Saturday, December 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Round trip transportation is $60 and fight tickets range from $30 to $185. For more information, call 202-306-6026.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Two of the cards take place on Saturday, November 22. One will be at the Outreach Christian Center located at 6701 Clinton Manor Drive in Clinton, MD promoted by Keystone Boxing. If you are interested in having boxers participate on the card, call 202-809-2405. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information on tickets, call 301-899-2430. The card begins at 4 PM.
Over in Baltimore, MD, there will be a card on the same afternoon at the famed Mack Lewis Gym at 913 North Bond Street. You are asked to give a $20 donation. Also, the gym plans to show the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri card on site. For more information on that card, call 443-804-8906.
Then on the following Saturday, November 29, there will be a card promoted by the Baltimore Boxing Club at the Myers Pavilion, located at 4300 West Bay Avenue in Brooklyn, MD. The main event of the contest is a battle for the vacant East Coast 165-pound championship between Rashad Kilpatrick of Washington, DC and Donald Wallace of Baltimore.
Also on the card, Joey Veazey battles Jesse Singletary and Maryland State Junior Middleweight champ Allen Burris is also on the card. Bleacher seats are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Floor seats are $35. VIP seats are $50 and tables are $350 and $500. For more information, call 410-375-9175.
Reed (11-0, six KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Osnel Charles on October 4 in Atlantic City, NJ. This will be Reed's first scheduled eight-round contest. Valenzuela (8-0-1, five KO's) scored a first-round TKO against Frank Maruffo on July 18 in El Paso. Reed will be Valenzuela's most accomplished opponent.
This bout will be on the non-televised undercard of the Terrence Crawford-Raymundo Beltran WBO Lightweight title bout.
Tiara Brown has won her opening contest at 125 pounds today defeating Aneta Rygielska of Poland. Dara Shen, who is representing Chinese Taipei, has yet to compete in the 178-pound class.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Thomas Brown wins a relatively easy six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Reid.
Brown fought a very disciplined contest following his corner's instructions to the letter. Brown landed crisp head and body shots and landed solid uppercuts throughout the contest.
One judge scored three 10-8 rounds for Brown despite no knockdowns. That score was 60-51. Two other judges scored the bout 60-54 for Brown who raises his record to 16-4-2, nine KO's. Reid drops to 35-16, nine KO's.
Intermission followed by our co-feature for the WIBA and now, the vacant UBF Welterweight titles. WIBA champ Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson defends against Victoria "La Reina De Guerra" Cisneros of Albuquerque, NM. Ten two-minute rounds.
Seth Billups had an easy night as he stopped a very stoic and somewhat immobile Sean Lockhart.
Billups stayed on the outside and landed easy punches to Lockhart's head and body. Lockhart stayed in center ring and did nothing in defense. Billups knocked down Lockhart three times, once in each round, before the bout was stopped at 2:04 of the third.
Billups remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO's. Lockhart is 5-25-2, two KO's.
Next: Jonathan "Reid Dawg" Reid of Nashville, TN (35-15, nine KO's) battles Thomas Brown of York, SC (15-4-2, nine KO's). Six rounds, super middleweights.
Devar Ferhadi used a multitude of crushing body shots to defeat Jess Noriega.
Noriega started very strong and pressured Ferhadi with hard punches to the head. However, Ferhadi went to his bread and butter, the body shot and that turned things completely in his favor.
Noriega fought back valiantly but Ferhadi's body attack set up nice combinations to the head. At the end of the third round, the Noriega corner retired.
Ferhadi is now 4-0, three KO's. Noriega falls to 3-12, three KO's.
Next up: Seth "Killer B" Billups of Ashburn, VA (4-0, three KO's) battles Sean Lockhart of Columbia, MD (5-24-2, two KO's). Four rounds, junior welterweights.
Two fights, two first-round knockouts. Mike "Silverback" Balogun knocks out Percy Womack at 1:20. Balogun landed two heavy left hands to drop Womack twice. Womack could not beat referee Bill Clancy's count.
Balogun is now 2-0, two KO's while Womack loses his pro debut.
Next: Devar "The Warrior" Ferhadi of Frederick, MD takes on Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA.
Our first contest ends quickly as Ray Terry stops Kevin Bartlett at 2:10 of the first round.
Terry simply overwhelmed Bartlett and two separate flurries sent Bartlett to his knees twice before the bout was stopped.
Terry is now 2-0, two KO's. Bartlett is 0-5.
Up next: heavyweight Mike Balogun of Upper Marlboro, MD (1-0, one KO) taking on Percy Womack who debuts out of Danville, VA.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Here's the scale watch for the Saturday, November 15 card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:
Tony Jeter 159 vs. Jimmy Lange 159
Tori Nelson 146 vs. Victoria Cisneros 144
Devar Ferhadi 171 vs. Jess Noriega 168
Seth Billups 142 vs. Sean Lockhart (will weigh in tomorrow)
Mike Balogun 237 vs. Percy Womack 259
Jonathan Reid 166 vs. Thomas Brown 163
Ray Terry 166 vs. Kevin Bartlett 162
Bell time is 7 PM. I will be working with the video of the card, so blogging may be sporadic throughout the evening.
(photo by Mike Greenhill)
Tyrieshia Douglas captured the vacant WIBA Bantamweight title tonight at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD winning a 10-round unanimous decision over a very game Christina "Bullet" Ruiz of San Antonio, TX.
Douglas controlled the early portion of the bout with solid right jabs and straight left hands. Douglas showed a lot of patience as she did not rush in to go for the knockout. At times, Ruiz landed some shots but Douglas did not seem to be in any real danger.
Ruiz fought valiantly, especially in the eighth round when she suffered a nasty gash along her right eye as a result of an unintentional headbutt, according to referee Bill Clancy.
Douglas won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92 and remains undefeated at 8-0, three KO's. Douglas is now the fifth female Beltway Boxer to win a world title, joining Isra Girgrah Wynn, Lisa Foster Cohen, Tori Nelson and Jennifer Salinas. Ruiz's record evens at 7-7-3, four KO's.
In the co-feature, James Stevenson stopped Larry Ventus at 2:09 of the first round. Stevenson looked strong as he bounced back from the loss to Sammy Vazquez. Stevenson dropped Ventus twice en route to the victory.
Stevenson is now 22-1, 15 KO's while Ventus is 6-8-1, three KO's.
BATB talked to the brand new WIBA champion after the contest.
And we also have the full recap on the Post-Fight Show.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
We have had our fourth straight first-round stoppage of the night here in Baltimore as Ivan "The Volk" Golub stops Tyeson Harrison at 2:09.
Golub advanced on Harrison throughout the round landing hard, straight shots. Harrison went down three times before referee Bill Clancy stopped the contest.
Golub is now 8-0, two KO's while Harrison loses for the first time and he is 2-1, one KO.
Co-feature is next: James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson of Baltimore (21-1, 14 KO's) faces Larry Ventus of Detroit, MI (6-7-1, three KO's) in a six-round junior welterweight bout.
Kwame Ritter made a solid pro debut as he stopped Devon Mosley at 2:19 of the first round.
Ritter landed solid shots to knock Mosley down. Mosley could not beat referee Braslow's 10-count.
Mosley is now 0-2-1.
We move into the six-round bouts as Ivan Golub of Brooklyn, NY (7-0, two KO's) takes on Tyeson Harrison of Greensboro, NC (2-0, one KO).
It didn't take long and it didn't take much for Malik "Iceman" Hawkins to win his pro debut over Terrell Coles.
Hawkins landed a crushing body shot seconds into the contest that made Cole's crumple to the canvas. Referee Dave Braslow stopped the contest at just 16 seconds and Coles had to be taken from the ring on a stretcher.
Coles is now 0-2.
Another pro debut coming up as heavyweight Kwame Ritter of Columbia, MD takes on DC's Devon Mosley. Another four-rounder.
Ivan Baranchyk needed just 45 seconds to knock out Christopher Haney.
Baranchyk dropped Haney with a straight right early in the round then crushed Haney with a powerful counter left hook that made Haney crash to the canvas. Referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the contest immediately.
Baranchyk is now 3-0-1, three KO's. Haney is 0-2.
Heading to the ring, Baltimore's Malik Hawkins making his long-awaited pro debut against Terrell Coles of Bedford, VA. (0-1) Four rounds, junior middleweights.
In our first pro contest here in Baltimore, Stephon "Flash" McDonald has won a four-round split decision over Sydney McCow.
Tough bout for both men as each had their moments and also had prolonged moments of inactivity. McDonald had a flurry late in the contest that may have tipped the bout in his favor.
Judges John Gradowski and Bill Clancy scored the bout 39-37 for McDonald while Don Risher saw the same score for McCow.
McDonald remains undefeated at 4-0, two KO's while McCow is 0-2.
Up next, Ivan Baranchyk of Brooklyn, NY (2-0-1, two KO's) faces Christopher Haney of Mt. Prospect, IL (0-1). A junior welterweight four-round bout.
My thanks to the folks from South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing for the results from the amateur portion of tonight's card.
Sharif Rahman, the youngest son of former undisputed world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, won the featured bout. Rahman, representing the Upton Gym, defeated Jesse Singletary of Keystone Boxing in an open 165 pound contest.
In another open bout, Shunggyskan Tazhibay, now out of the Headbangers gym, won a decision over Kevin Ottley of the Mack Lewis Gym at 152 pounds.
Also, Osei Akinyele from Headbangers won over Ishawn Nelson of Upton at 100 pounds.
In all-Upton contests, Okezie Okoro won over Ibrahim Robinson at 95 pounds while Muhammad Robinson defeated Cuttino Oliver at 90 pounds.
We will kick off the pro portion momentarily with Stephon McDonald of Baltimore, MD (3-0, two KO's) taking on Sydney McCow of Irvington, NJ (0-1). Four rounds, lightweights.
Hi everyone from the Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore, MD for the initial ShawStyle Promotions card. The amateur portion of the card is underway. Unfortunately, I didn't get a lineup of who is competing on this portion of the card.
The reason is the minor development on this card. I am serving as the supervisor for the WIBA Bantamweight title bout between Tyrieshia Douglas and Christina Ruiz. I have been in meetings throughout the evening.
I hope to get results on the amateur portion of the card later on. I will be back during the pro portion.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tyrieshia Douglas 116 1/2 vs. Christina Ruiz 118
James Stevenson 144 vs. Larry Darnell Ventus 146 1/2
Ivan Golub 157 vs. Tyson Harrison 154
Malik Hawkins 148 1/2 vs Terrell Coles 153
Ivan Baranchyk 140 vs. Christopher Haney 136
Kwame Ritter 187 vs. Devon Mosley 199
Stephon McDonald 137 1/2 vs. Sidney McCow 138 1/2
Terrell Coles is from Lynchburg, VA and is a late sub for this card. The Said Ouali - Francisco Figueroa bout is off the card.
You already know about the main event -- the rematch between local middleweights Tony "Mo Better" Jeter of Stevensville, MD and Great Falls, VA's Jimmy Lange. That bout is scheduled for 10 rounds for the NABA USA Middleweight title.
You also know about the co-feature -- Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA defending her WIBA Welterweight title against "La Reina De Guerra" Victoria Cisneros of Albuquerque, NM.
Now, here is the rest of the card: Haymarket, VA junior welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez (5-2-1, four KO's) takes on Justin "Baby Boy" Johnson of Pittsburgh, PA (6-6-4) in a six-round contest. Rodriguez has not fought since October of 2012 when he beat Damon Antoine by a four-round unanimous decision in Arlington, VA. Johnson, who replaces Yurii Polischuk on this card, will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak.
In another six-rounder, Jonathan "Reid Dawg" Reid of Nashville, TN will take on Thomas Brown of York, SC. Both guys have been out of action for some time -- Reid (35-15, 19 KO's) competes for the first time since February 2012 while Brown (15-4-2, nine KO's) last fought in October 2013.
In four-round action, Ashburn, VA junior welterweight Seth "Killer B" Billups will face Travis "The Animal" Thompson of Pottstown, PA. Billups (4-0, three KO's) is coming off a second-round knockout of Ty Felton on September 27 in Springfield, VA. Thompson (7-11-3, three KO's) will try to continue a three-bout winning streak.
Returning to action will be Frederick, MD super middleweight Devar "The Warrior" Ferhadi as he battles Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA in a four-round encounter. Ferhadi (3-0, two KO's) competes for the first time since winning a unanimous decision against PJ Cajigas in April of 2013. Noriega (3-11, three KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with a first-round knockout of Cam Hoback on October 4 in Lynchburg.
Former college football standout and NFL player Mike Balogun of Upper Marlboro, MD will be in a heavyweight contest against the debuting Percy Womack of Fairfax, VA. Balogun made a successful pro debut on October 23, scoring a second-round TKO over Maurice Womack in Washington, DC.
Also, Raymond "Sugar" Terry of Lynchburg, VA (1-0, one KO) will take on Kevin Bartlett of North Carolina (0-4) in a four-round contest.
Monday, November 10, 2014
The weigh-in for the Saturday, November 15 card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA will take place at Brion's Grille located at 10621 Braddock Road in Fairfax, VA in the University Mall across from the Patriot Center. The event is free and open to the public and will get underway at noon.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Amateur boxers representing the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing won six out of eight contests at the first annual Virginia Challenge in Norfolk, VA on November 8. The PVA All-Stars also won the team trophy.
The PVA team competed against boxers from Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in this tournament. No other team won more than two bouts.
Tyreek Williams was named the Outstanding Boxer of the tournament. Other PVA winners were Nikko Williams, Khalil Phillips, Mekhi Phillips, Keeshawn Williams and Nigel Fennell.
In a close bout, Paul Jerry lost a 2-1 Decision and Tyreek Irby lost by DQ for mouth piece violations. The bouts for Max Garland, Richard Dodson, and Cornell Hines were scratched at weigh in.
Congratulations to the boxers and their coaches Jamie Harris, Kevin Tubar Williams, James Baker, Paul Garland and Anthony Metro Murril and their representative, Ricky Womack
Friday, November 07, 2014
Thursday, November 06, 2014
In what amounted to a glorified session for her title defense next Saturday, Tori Nelson won an easy four-round unanimous decision over Lucretia Meacham.
Nelson landed crisp shots to Meacham's head and body and was not in danger of getting hit back. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Nelson who is now 12-0-3, one KO and can fully focus on her WIBA Welterweight title defense against Victoria Cisneros on November 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.
Good night from Cockeysville!!
Melissa St. Vil and Ashleigh Curry fought to a six-round draw in our junior welterweight co-feature.
Both women missed more punches than they landed as neither boxer could stay consistent.
Judge John Gradowski scored the bout for St.Vil, 59-55. Brent Bovell saw the bout for Curry, 58-56. David Greer saw the draw at 57-57.
St. Vil is now 6-1-3 while Curry is 6-8-4, one KO.
Main event is in the ring. Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson in a non-title four-rounder against Lucretia Meacham of Pine Bluff, AR.
Rolando Chinea battered Evan Woolsey for six rounds en route to a six-round unanimous decision.
Chinea used a strong left jab to set up power shots. To his credit, Woolsey managed to stay on his feet for the entire contest but could not send any offense in return.
All three judges scored the bout 60-54 for Chinea, who remains undefeated at 10-0, six KO's. Woolsey is 2-5.
Intermission followed by our co-feature: Melissa St. Vil of Brooklyn, NY (6-1-2) vs. Ashleigh Curry of Houston, TX. (6-8-3, one KO.
A solid second contest as Willie Williams wins a unanimous decision over Michael Gutrick. The bout was shortened to four round
Both boxers landed solid shots throughout the bout. Williams managed to drop Gutrick with a right hand in the first round that looked more like Gutrick slipped.
Williams won by scores of 40-35 (twice) and 39-36. Williams is now 14-8-2, four KO's. Gutrick, who competed for the first time in eight years, is now 3-8, two KO's.
Now in the ring, lightweight Rolando "Iron Man" Chinea of Lancaster, PA (9-0, six KO's) battles Evan Woolsey of Wichita, KS (2-4) in a six-round bout.
James Robinson scores a second round TKO over Joshua "Juice" Robertson in our opening contest, a middleweight bout.
Robinson rocked Robertson late in the first round with a right hand and finished the job with another right that dropped Robertson. The bout was stopped as Robertson tried to recover. The time of the stoppage was 1:01.
Robertson evens his record at 7-7, two KO's. Robinson scores his first pro knockout and is now 2-1-2, one KO.
Next up: Willie "For Real" Williams of Baltimore takes on Michael "Nice" Gutrick of La Plata, MD. Four rounds, cruiserweights.
Hi again, from The Jonathan Ogden Foundation card at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.
As we said earlier, there are five bouts on the card tonight. Joshua Robertson of Lynchburg, VA (7-6, two KO's)will be in the opening bout against James Robinson of York, PA (1-1-2) in a four-round bout.
According to Hardwork Promotions representatives, the card had three bouts fall out over the last 48 hours and the promoters felt they could not put on a quality card. No word yet on the new date for the card.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Tori Nelson 144 vs. Lucretia Meacham 143 1/2
Melissa St. Vil 137 vs. Ashleigh Curry 140 1/2
Rolando Chinea 136 vs. Evan Woolsey 136
Joshua Robertson 166 vs. James Robinson 160 1/2
Willie Williams 188 vs. Michael Gutrick 188
We plan to blog from the card tomorrow night.
WIBA Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA will headline the card in a four-round non-title contest against Lucretia Meacham of Pine Bluff, AK.
For Nelson (11-0-3, one KO), this will be the first of two scheduled contests in a nine-day period as she is slated to defend her WIBA title on November 15 in Fairfax, VA. Nelson is coming off a tough 10-round split decision victory over Arlene Blencowe on September 27 in Springfield, VA. Meacham (3-12, one KO) will be looking to break a four-bout losing streak.
There will be a second women's bout on the card as "Little Miss Tyson" Melissa St. Vil of Brooklyn, NY will battle Ashleigh Curry of Saint Joseph, MO in a six-round junior welterweight bout.
St. Vil (6-1-2) is the current IWBF Welterweight champion and is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Dominga Olivo on May 10 in Whitehall, NY. Curry (6-8-3, one KO) is unbeaten in her last three contests including a four-round unanimous decision over Meacham on October 11 in Saint Joseph.
Also on the card, Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Willie "For Real" Williams will take on the returning Michael "Nice" Gutrick of La Plata, MD in a four-round bout. Williams (13-8-2, four KO's) will try to bounce back from a first-round TKO loss to Frankie Filippone on June 28 in Baltimore. Gutrick (3-7, two KO's) battles for the first time since December of 2006.
Lynchburg, VA middleweight Joshua "Juice" Robertson will face James Robinson of York, PA in a four-round encounter. Robertson (7-6, two KO's) will try to build on a four-round decision win over Nathan Petty on October 4 in Lynchburg. Robinson (1-1-2) is coming off a four-round split decision loss to Eric Harris on February 1 in Elizabeth, PA.
In a six-round bout, undefeated Lancaster, PA lightweight Rolando "Iron Man" Chinea will battle Evan Woolsey of Kansas. Chinea stopped Osnel Charles in the third round in his last outing on July 25 of Wyomissing, PA . This will be Chinea's fifth trip to Maryland. Chinea made his pro debut at this very same event in 2011. Woolsey (2-4) suffered a no contest verdict with DeAnthony Bonner on September 26 in Mesquite, TX.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
As BATB reported earlier, the main event will be a 10-round contest for the vacant WIBA Super Flyweight championship as Baltimore's Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas (7-0, three KO's) will battle Christina Ruiz of San Antonio, TX (7-6-3, four KO's).
One of the co-feature bouts will include Baltimore welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson taking on "Lightning" Larry Darnell Ventus of Detroit, MI in a six-round contest. This will be the first bout for Stevenson (21-1, 14 KO's) since his ninth-round TKO loss to Sammy Vasquez on August 8 in Pittsburgh, PA. Ventus (6-7-1, three KO's) will try to break a three-bout losing streak.
The other co-feature involves two out-of-town veterans -- "Prince" Said Ouali of Las Vegas, NV and Francisco "Gato" Figueroa of the Bronx, NY -- in an eight-round encounter. Ouali (29-5, 21 KO's) will try to bounce back from a six-round unanimous decision loss to Grady Brewer on September 27 in Oklahoma City, OK. Figueroa (20-7-1, 13 KO's) has lost his last four contests to solid contenders Alex Perez, Breidis Prescott, Thomas Dulorme and Erick Bone.
In other bouts on the card, undefeated rookie Hyattsville, MD lightweight Patrick Harris will battle with Anthony Hill of Oklahoma City, OK in a four-round bout. Harris (3-0, two KO's) won a four-round majority decision over Jeffrey Ramos on October 24 in Fort Washington, MD. Hill (1-2) lost a four-round unanimous decision to Justin Pauldo on October 24 in Kissimmee, FL.
Debuting DC cruiserweight Kwame Ritter will take on Devon Mosley of Capitol Heights, MD (0-1-1) in a four-round contest. Ritter was a very active amateur at 152 pounds in 2008 and 2009. Mosley is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Mario Flores on August 23 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore.
Baltimore welterweight Stephon McDonald will face Sidney McCow of New York City in a four-rounder. McDonald won a four-round majority decision over James Gooding on July 18 in Fort Washington. McCow (0-1) lost his pro debut to Jerome Conquest on September 16 in Philadelphia, PA.
The card will mark the pro debut of highly-touted Baltimore welterweight Malik Hawkins who will take on Chris Porter of Missouri. Hawkins was a member of the 2014 DC Region Golden Gloves squad at 152 pounds. Porter (0-1-1) is coming off a four-round majority draw with Shelby Graham on April 25 in St. Ann, MO.
Two undefeated (2-0, one KO) boxers will square off in a six-round contest. Ivan "The Volk" Golub of Brooklyn, NY by way of the Ukraine takes on Tyson Harrison of Greensboro, NC. Golub scored a first-round TKO over Kirk Huff on October 15 in New York City. Harrison stopped Chorles Parker in the second round on June 7 in Greensboro.
Also, Ivan Baranchyk of Brooklyn, NY by way of Belarus makes his pro debut against Christopher Haney of Glendale Heights, IL (0-1).
Monday, November 03, 2014
Craig Wick of Fightnews.com was ringside and reported on the contests. First, Nicholson's sixth round TKO loss to Lekan Byfield of Augusta, GA.
"The first three rounds were not kind to Byfield, as he was outboxed in round one, knocked down in round two, and picked apart in round three. The fight changed dramatically in round four, when Byfield landed a huge right hand that dropped Nicholson on the seat of his pants. The referee ruled it a slip but it was obvious that Nicholson’s legs now had a mind of their own. In round five, Nicholson boxed from the outside and it appeared as if the underdog’s advantage had passed. Undeterred, Byfiel d marched forward in round six and found another big right hand that landed to the head of Nicholson, dropping him hard in a neutral corner. Beating the count, it was apparent that he was spent goods, and this was reaffirmed seconds later when a combination dropped him again, this time in his own corner. The Laurel, Maryland fighter bravely beat the count, however the contest was wisely waved off at the 1:42 mark."
Nicholson suffers his first pro loss and he is 10-1, 10 KO's. Byfield is now 7-6-2 and scores his first pro knockout.
Sigmon was stopped by Caleb Truax of Osseo, MN in the eighth round.
"Truax’s blueprint was established early on, as he effectively raked Sigmon with heavy hooks to the body and solid right hands to the head. Sigmon fought back gamely, however other than an occasional right hand he was rarely in the fight. Truax continued committing to the body, but heavy shots upstairs had the ringside physician looking on with concern as round seven began. Early in the round, the ringside physician was again called up to inspect Sigmon’s eyes, with both appearing cut and beginning to swell. Action was allowed to resume however, and Truax resumed breaking down Sigmon, strafing him with left hooks and straight right hands to the head. After Sigmon was curiously deducted a point for holding in round eight, the end came moments later when Truax backed him up against the ropes and landed several jarring combinations, prompting the referee to intervene. Time of the stoppage was 1:42 of round eight."
Sigmon said on social media that he suffered broken ribs early in the contest. Sigmon is now 24-6-1, 13 KO's while Truax is 25-1-2, 15 KO's.
Sunday, November 02, 2014
Saturday, November 01, 2014
We are just getting underway here at Constitution Hall. However, there is big news coming out of the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. The news is not good.
Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson suffered his first pro loss tonight as he was stopped in the sixth round by Lekan Byfield of Atlanta, GA. No details yet but Nicholson is now 10-1, 10 TKO's. Byfield is now 6-5-1 and scored his first pro knockout.
Also tonight, Scott "Cujo" Sigmon was stopped in the eighth round by Caleb Truax.
Tonight's All-In Entertainment card begins at 6:30 PM at Constitution Hall.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Nicholson tipped the scales at 160 1/2 for his six-round contest against Lekan Byfield who came in at 159 1/2.
Sigmon weighed in at 160 pounds for his 10-round encounter with Caleb Truax, who weighed 166 1/2. Originally, this bout was slated to be on the Showtime Extreme channel but that will not happen at this point.
Dusty Hernandez Harrison 146 vs. Michael Clark 149
Joshua Davis 131 vs. John Wampash 131
Dwayne McRae 239 vs. Grover Young 259
Myke Fox 136 vs. Sean Lockhart 136
Brandon Quarles 162 vs. Dennis Sharpe 163
Emanuel Johnson 135 vs. Patrick Chaffin 127
Jarrett Hurd 154 vs. Larry Cade (will weigh in later)
Larry Recio weighed in at 150 pounds, however, he is still waiting on an opponent.
(Photos by Luke Runion)
On the undercard of the Andrew Farmer-Danny O'Connor bout at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA, two more Beltway Boxers scored first-round victories.
Temple Hills, MD light heavyweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard scored a first-round stoppage when his opponent, Thomas Gifford of Hot Springs, AR, broke his ankle backpedaling away from Ballard. Gifford was taken out of the ring on a stretcher.
Ballard is now 7-0, six KO's while Gifford drops to 2-3-1, one KO.
Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. (with his father, Lamont, Sr.) made short work of Rafael Francis of Boston, MA knocking him down three times en route to a first-round TKO. Roach landed a brutal left hook to end the bout.
Roach is now 4-0, two KO's while Francis is now 0-2.
Both boxers are slated to be on a card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on December 6.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
WIBA Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA has an opponent for her title defense on this card. The undefeated Nelson will face Victoria "La Reina De Guerra" Cisneros of Albuquerque, NM in a 10-round contest. This will be Nelson's fourth title defense this year.
Cisneros (11-16-2, four KO's) will be participating in a world title bout for the sixth time in her career including her last four appearances. Cisneros has faced a who's who of prominent female boxers including Holly Holm, Cecilia Braekhus, Chevelle Hallback and Mary McGee.
Also, Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike Balogun has been added to the card. The former NFL linebacker made his pro debut on October 23 and scored a second-round TKO in Washington, DC.
Two Beltway Boxers who were scheduled to be on the card will not participate. Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley could not get a suitable opponent and Todd "White Lightning" Wilson hurt his ankle in training.
Ronald Hearns is also off the card and he will be replaced in his bout against Jonathan Reid by Thomas Brown of York, SC (15-4-2, nine KO's).
Undefeated Washington, DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison was recently honored by the DC City Council in a formal recognition ceremony.
The Council congratulated Harrison on his many accomplishments as a pro boxer including holding the WBC Youth Welterweight title as well as for his contributions to the city in and out of the ring.
Following background and introductions by Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Hernandez Harrison said, “It’s an honor to receive recognition from a City that I love so much.”
Harrison (23-0, 12 KO's) will take on Michael "Cold Blood" Clark of Columbus, OH in the 10-round main event on Saturday, November 1 at DAR Constitution Hall in DC. Harrison will talk about the card tonight on News Channel 8's Sports Talk at 9 PM ET.
The weigh-in for the card is open to the public and will be held at TKO Burger, 2350 Washington PL in Northeast DC on Friday, October 31. The event begins at 3:00 PM.
By the way, Tony Jeter and Jimmy Lange will both appear on News Channel 8's Sports Talk on Wednesday, November 5 to talk about their Saturday, November 15 rematch at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Here is a report on the bout from Kurt Wolfheimer of Fightnews.com:
Cummings came out strong and immediately muscled Mack to the ropes. Surprisingly, Mack got caught while exchanging and dropped to his knees from two left hooks. Mack rose to his feet and Cummings attacked like a bull, but Mack put him to the canvas with a right hand. Referee Sammy Viruet incorrectly called it a slip and wiped off the gloves. The shorter Cummings was glued to Mack’s chest and continued to bang away. In the final thirty seconds, Mack turned it around with a huge right hand that forced Cummings to fall into the ropes. It should have been scored another knockdown, but veteran referee Sammy Viruet missed the call again by not calling anything.
Cummings looked out of gas in the second round as Mack with his back to the ropes banged two good body shots. Mack did not continue the attack, as he was also running on empty. Cummings turned him around and did some good work off his own. Mack would not get off the ropes, as he chose to fight the bowling ball-like Cummings fight. Mack eventually slipped away, but was again caught with a big shot and was taking a beating against the ropes as the round came to a close.
Mack sent Cummings into the ropes with a good right hand again in the third round. Cummings looked like he knew he could pull the upset and seemed energized as he continued to bang away on the inside. Mack slipped out and stood up Cummings with a left on the button. It would not stop Cummings, who just kept pressing forward. Mack finally began to gain his rhythm in the closing minute with sharp single shots.
It was battle of wills in the fourth, with Cummings pushing Mack to the ropes, but he would not quit and banged his opponent to slide off the ropes. Mack looked to be turning the tide by stepping out of range while landing single shots. Cummings would not let up though and again did his work whenever Mack laid on the ropes.
Cummings was on him like a wet suit, banging away as the fifth round began. Mack tried to regain his composure and box, but Cummings kept his head pressed against his chest. The former USBA champ finally found his mark with a big right as both traded. Mack hurt him again with a right hook. Cummings recovered quickly and got back inside, where he could stay away from Mack’s power until the bell sounded to end the round.
Mack tried desperately to land the big shot in the sixth and final round. He found his mark with a big right hand up top, but Cummings was steel chinned and came back with a left off he own. Mack swung away with a few more good shots, but just couldn’t hurt Cummings as the final bell sounded to end the fight.
The score were tallied and all three judges saw it in favor of Cory Cummings by scores of 59-54, 58-56 and 57-56 respectively.
Cummings is now 18-7-1, 13 KO's while Mack falls to 31-8-2, 17 KO's.
Former NFL linebacker Mike Balogun scored a second-round TKO over the equally debuting Maurice Womack on a card put on by Alarm.com during their annual conference. Balogun is a native of Upper Marlboro, MD who played college football at Lackawanna Junior College and the University of Oklahoma. Balogun lost his eligibility in 2009 when the NCAA ruled Balogun played with a Maryland minor league team after he turned 21.
Balogun was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and also played for Washington, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Dallas and Indianapolis.
Also on the card, DC super featherweight "The Lion of Sri Lanka" Nuwan Jayakody stopped Arthur Parker of Lancaster, PA in the fourth round. Jayakody evens his record at 4-4-1, three KO's. Parker falls to 1-12-1, one KO.
Frederick, MD light heavyweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor won a six-round unanimous decision over Rayco "War" Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA. Pryor is now 9-9, five KO's while Saunders drops to 23-26-2, 10 KO's.
The main event saw Aaron Pryor, Jr. of Cincinnati, OH and Marcus Upshaw of Jacksonville, FL battle to an eight-round draw. Pryor, whose hall of fame father was in attendance, now has a record of 19-7-1, 12 KO's while Upshaw's record is 17-13-3, eight KO's.
According to eyewitnesses, the most exciting contest was the ladies bout between super flyweights Mikayla "MK Ultra" Nebel of Las Vegas, NV and Marisol "La Chihuahua" Miranda of Hollywood, FL. Nebel won her first pro bout with a six-round unanimous decision over Miranda. Nebel is now 1-6 while Miranda falls to 5-8-1, one KO.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
In the main event, Douglas, a middleweight from Burke, VA, stopped a very game Jose "Stinger" Medina of Tilden, NH at 42 seconds of the sixth round. According to noted boxing writer Jack Obermayer, Douglas hit Tilden with every punch in the book, especially in the latter stages of the contest. Newly re-appointed New Jersey Commission Boxing Chair Larry Hazzard forced the referee to stop the contest.
Douglas remains undefeated at 15-0-1, 10 KO's while Medina drops to 18-16-1, seven KO's.
Dezurn, a featherweight from Baltimore, MD, won a four-round unanimous decision over Joshua Reyes of Millville, NJ. Obermayer said Dezurn showed great hand speed in his combinations and Reyes offered very little resistance. All three judges scored a shutout for Dezurn, 40-36.
Dezurn is now 5-0, three KO's. Reyes falls to 5-3, two KO's.
Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. remained undefeated with a sixth-round TKO over Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico in the main event. Rivers was solid throughout as he used a crisp jab and precise body shots to eventually break Garcia-Rios down. The bout was eventually stopped at 2:19 of the sixth round.
Rivers is now 10-0, seven KO's while Garcia-Rios drops to 4-3, one KO.
In the co-feature, Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July was stopped in the second round by Tony "Boom Boom" Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA, July's lack of power proved to be the undoing as he could not keep the powerful Ferrante away. After Ferrante felt July's punches in the first round, he came right after July in the second, staggering July around the ring. Ferrante finished his work with a brutal straight right hand that toppled July back-first to the canvas. July tried to get to his feet but couldn't and the bout was stopped at 1:26.
July is now 16-2-3, six KO's while Ferrante is 14-6, nine KO's.
Junior welterweight Patrick Harris of DC won a tough, four-round majority decision over Jeffrey Ramos of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Harris had a difficult time with his defense as Ramos landed some tough shots to the body. However, Harris's offense was the difference especially in the first and final rounds as he was able to use his jab very efficiently. Judge Don Risher saw an even contest at 38-38 but he was overruled by judges Brent Bovell and John Gradowski who saw the bout for Harris at 39-37.
Harris goes the distance for the first time in his young pro career and he is now 3-0, two KO's. Ramos's record evens at 3-3, two KO's,
Junior lightweight Cobia "Soldier" Breedy of Bridgetown, Barbados made his pro debut a successful one as he won a four-round unanimous decision over Thomas "The Animal" Herrera of Las Vegas, NV.
Breedy, who fought in front of a host of supporters including the Barbadian Ambassador to the United States, used very quick hands to keep Herrera off balance. Herrera tried to make the contest an ugly one but got beat up in the process. Breedy dropped Herrera twice in the latter stages of the contest but Herrera was upright at the final bell. All three judges scored a shutout, 40-36 and 40-35 (twice).
Herrera is now 3-13-1, one KO.
Capitol Heights, MD light heavyweight Shaborn Ryals scored his first professional knockout stopping David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Grand Rapids, MI at 1:04 of the first round.
Ryals dominated early, throwing a nice right hand to the body that dropped Rohn to his knees twice en route to the victory. Ryals is now 2-0, one KO while Rohn is 0-2-1, two NC's.
DC featherweight Marcus "The Dreamcrusher" Bates stopped a game Edgardo Marin of Humacao, Puerto Rico at 1:08 of the fourth round.
Bates and Marin fought on even terms during the first two rounds, however Bates picked up the pace in the second half of the contest, knocking down Marin in the third and fourth rounds with right hands. The bout was stopped at 1:08 of the fourth.
Bates is now 3-0-1, three KO's while Marin is 0-3-1.
In the opening bout, Rockville, MD cruiserweight Mario Flores won a four-round split decision over 39-year old debuting Marcellus "O.G. Superpug" Yates of DC,
Flores established his jab in the first two rounds. Yates responded with some crushing right hands that backed Flores up at times. The two traded crisp punches throughout the duration of the contest, with Flores gaining enough of an advantage to win the contest 39-37 on two scorecards. One judge saw the bout 39-37 for Yates.
Flores's record improves to 6-1-2, four KO's.
Among those attending the card were The Peterson Brothers, Beltway Boxing legends Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson and Keith Holmes as well as former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout.
Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up. I am joined by Rich Quiniones of GoFightLive.tv.
Friday, October 24, 2014
One card will be on Saturday, October 25 at Nicholas Orem Middle School, located at 6100 Editors Park in Hyattsville, MD. The show begins at 4 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 202-374-1411 for details.
There will also be a card on Saturday, November 1 at the Capital Club House located at 3033 Waldorf Market Place in Waldorf, MD. The first bout will be at 6 PM. Tickets are $10 general admission for kids (ages 6-13) $15 for adults. Ringside tickets are $25 for kids and $35 for adults. VIP/Balcony tickets are $45 for kids and $55 for adults. For more information, call 202-568-2452.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Douglas weighed in at 162 pounds for the eight-round main event bout with Jose Medina, who tipped the scales at 163 pounds.
Dezurn came in at 125 pounds for his four-round contest against Raymond Chacon who came in at 124 pounds.
This card will be shown live on GoFightLive.TV (again, the Keystone Boxing card will be a delayed broadcast). The broadcast costs $14.99.
Kevin Rivers, Jr. 127 1/2 vs. Karl Garcia-Rios 127 1/2
Venroy July 198 vs. Tony Ferrante 198 1/2
Patrick Harris 136 1/2 vs. Jeffrey Ramos 136
Shaborn Ryals 173 vs. David Rohn 166
Marcus Bates 125 vs. Edgardo Marin 122
Mario Flores 180 1/2 vs. Marcellus Yates 176 1/2
Cobia Breedy 128 1/2 vs. Thomas Herrera 131
The card is slated to begin at 7:30 PM. Once again, if you can't be at Rosecroft, join us on the internet on GoFightLive. You can purchase the card for $14.99 by going to www.gfl.tv. I will be on the call alongside play-by-play broadcaster Rich Quiniones, therefore I will not be blogging as frequently tomorrow night. I have just been told that the card will NOT be shown live.
(Photo by Juan Marshall)
Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner has signed a promotional contract with Greg Cohen Promotions of New Jersey.
Kisner (13-1-1, five KO's) last fought on July 18 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Pedro Martinez in Hanover, PA. The bout was Kisner's first since suffering his first pro loss -- a six-round split decision to undefeated Junior Anthony Wright in Chicago, IL in August of 2013.
Kisner joins a growing number of Beltway Boxers who have or currently work under the GCP banner over the years including Hasim Rahman, Maurice Byarm, Antoine Douglas, Jerry Odom, Glenn Dezurn and Cecil McCalla.