Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fight Journal's Brandi Miller Interviews Mike Reed!

As we get ready for this big Beltway Boxing weekend, we also take an opportunity to welcome a new member of the Beltway Boxing press corps.

Her name is Brandi Miller and she writes for The Fight Journal. as well as Eastside Boxing. A little bit about Brandi:  She is a former amateur boxer who trained at Upton Gym in Baltimore.  Also, she is a recent graduate of Coppin State University in Baltimore.  Although our paths had crossed in the past, we had never formally met until this past Saturday at the Patapsco Arena.

Miller has hit the ground running with some solid interviews with some big names in the business including both Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov as well as Luis Collazo.  You can find those interviews by going to the Fight Journal at

Miller also recently interviewed undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed prior to his bout Friday night vs. Regino Canales at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Here's that interview:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Full Card Announced For Rosecroft April 18!

Barring last-minute changes, here is the entire Keystone Boxing card for Friday, April 18 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Main event: Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed (8-0, five KO's), Waldorf, MD vs. Regino Canales (6-4, two KO's), Caguas, Puerto Rico.  Six rounds, junior welterweights.

Co-feature: Terron "Kid" Grant (8-0, four KO's), White Plains, MD vs. Alberto Candelaria (3-1-1, two KO's), Miami, FL. Six rounds, lightweights.

Gerome Quigley (2-0, two KO's), Montgomery Village, MD vs. Dontre "Pound For Pound" King (7-15-2, three KO's), Cambridge, MD.  Four rounds, welterweights.  King is a last-minute sub for James Gooding of Tampa, FL who took a bout on April 10 in New York and was knocked out in the second round.

Mykal "The Professor" Fox (pro debut), Forestville, MD vs. David Ruiz (pro debut), San Antonio, TX. Four rounds, junior welterweights.

Rodrigo Gabriel (1-0), Frederick, MD vs. Gabriel Braxton (0-2), Atlanta, GA.  Four rounds, junior bantamweights.

Tyrone Wright (1-1), Washington, DC vs. Enrique Vargas (pro debut), East Reading, PA.  Four rounds, lightweights.

We say barring any last-minute changes because at this late hour, there are still no opponents for Beltway Boxers Jarrett Hurd, Kevin Rivers, Jr. and Marq Johns. Again, barring a late change, that will be the case and they will not participate on the card.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beltway Boxing Weekend Update: Whitlock on ESPN2 From Verona, NY with McCalla on Undercard; Dozier on Undercard in Monroeville, PA; Opponents Named For Browne and Alexander in DC!

There's a lot of movement here and elsewhere involving Beltway Boxers and Beltway Boxing cards slated for this coming weekend.

BATB has learned that undefeated DC junior welterweight Cornelius "The Bodysnatcher" Whitlock will open an ESPN2 telecast from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY on Friday, April 18.  Whitlock (3-0-2, two KO's) will face fellow undefeated boxer Greg Jackson of Philadelphia, PA (3-0-1, one KO) in a four-round contest.

Whitlock, a Banner Promotions signee, is coming off back-to-back first round TKO victories -- the last one taking place in just 35 seconds against Luis Castillo on February 21 in Laughlin, NV.  Jackson hasn't fought since a four-round majority draw with Jimmy Williams on August 3 in Uncasville, CT.

Undefeated Baltimore, MD middleweight Cecil McCalla is also slated to appear on this card in a non-televised contest.  McCalla (17-0, six KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Eric Mitchell in his last contest on January 31 in West Orange, NJ.  McCalla is slated to take on Antonio Chaves Fernandez of Brockton, MA (4-16-2) in a six-round bout but that opponent may change.

Also on Friday, April 18, Glen Burnie, MD welterweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier will be in an eight-round contest at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, PA.  Dozier (9-5-1, four KO's) will ride a two-bout winning streak into this bout against Yudel Jhonson of Miami, FL by way of Cuba (14-1, nine KO's).  This card will be on Showtime, however, Dozier's bout is not scheduled to be televised.

Speaking of Showtime, there have been opponents named for some boxers on the undercard of the world championship tripleheader card at the DC Armory on Saturday, April 19.

Undefeated 2012 US Olympian Marcus Browne of Staten Island, NY will take on Otis Griffin of Sacramento, CA in an eight-round light heavyweight bout.  Browne (9-0, seven KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Kentrell Claiborne on January 30 in Brooklyn, NY. Griffin (24-15-2, 10 KO's) will be trying to break a five-bout losing streak.

Also, Norfolk, VA lightweight Chris "The Dentist" Alexander (4-0, four KO's) will face Jose Valderrama of Puerto Rico (3-7, three KO's) in a four-round contest. Alexander has scored two straight first-round TKO's in his last two contests.  Valderrama has lost seven straight after winning his first three bouts.

No word yet on an opponent for DC welterweight David Grayton on this card.  Also, the officials have been named for the main event on this card -- the light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov.  The referee will be Earl Brown of New York with Gustavo Padilla of Panama and Jerry Roth and Dave Moretti of the US serving as judges.

As we've already said, the Beltway's own Kenny Chevalier will be the referee for the WBO Middleweight title bout between champion Peter Quillin and challenger Lukas Konecny.  This will be Chevalier's 13th world title bout.  One of the judges will also be from the area as Steve Rados joins Michael Pernick of Florida and William Lerch of Illinois.

Matchups Set For Golden Gloves Regionals!

We now have the scheduled bout sheet for the Washington Golden Gloves Regional Championships which will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the Waldorf Jaycees in Waldorf, MD.

Novice Division:

114 Pounds: Kollin Shrewsbury, Washington, DC is the regional champion.

123 Pounds: Cody Woodland, Washington, DC vs. Dewayne Beamon, Goldsboro, NC

132 Pounds: Taylor Woodland, Washington, DC vs. Emmanuel Lopez, Virginia Beach, VA

141 Pounds: Tyrek Irby, Oxon Hill, MD vs. Craig Callen, Winchester, VA

152 Pounds: Shynggyskhan Tazhibay, Rockville, MD vs. Maynard Allison, Newport News, VA

165 Pounds: Tyrell Boyd, Baltimore, MD vs. Jauvan John, Richmond, VA

178 Pounds: Jordon Payne, Hyattsville, MD vs. Christopher Ware, Richmond, VA

201 Pounds: Jordan Davenport, Baltimore, MD vs. Charles Bright, Chantilly, VA

201+ Pounds: Carlos Black, Gaithersburg, MD vs. Thomas  Harper, Suffolk, VA

Open Division:  (Winners will advance to the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions May 11-18 in Las Vegas, NV)

108 Pounds: Demetrius Young, Bowie, MD vs. Jonathan Howard, Hamstead, NC

114 Pounds: Malik Jackson, Washington, DC vs. Shakur Stevenson, Burke, VA

123 Pounds: Gary Antonio Russell, Capitol Heights, MD vs. Louis Carter, Norfolk, VA

132 Pounds: Jalen Jones, Washington, DC vs. Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, VA

141 Pounds: Gary Antuanne Russell, Capitol Heights, MD vs. Eric Hernandez, Leesburg, VA

152 Pounds: Malik Hawkins, Baltimore, MD vs. Michael Garrison, Roanoke, VA

165 Pounds: Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD vs. Clinso Brumfield, Alexandria, VA

178 Pounds: Justin Bell, Severn, MD vs. O'Bryan Mapp, South Chesterfield, VA

201 Pounds:  Milik Titus, Baltimore, MD vs. Benjamin Dobbs, Virginia Beach, VA

201+ Pounds: Anthony Nembhard, College Park, MD vs. Nicholas Thompson, Raleigh-Durham, NC.

The card begins at 8 PM.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hopkins-Shumenov Weigh-in Open To the Public April 18!

The weigh-in for the Bernard Hopkins-Beibut Shumenov card that will be held Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC will be on Friday, April 18 and the weigh-in is open to the public free of charge.

The weigh-in will be at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel located at 999 Ninth Street in Northwest DC in the Renaissance Ballroom West.  The doors open at noon and the weigh-in will begin at 1 PM.

By the way, on Saturday, April 19, the doors to the DC Armory will open at 5 PM with the first bout slated to begin at 5:30 PM. A reminder:  All the Beltway Boxers (Dominic Wade, D'Mitrius Ballard, David Grayton and Lamont Roach, Jr.) along with Chris Alexander of Norfolk, VA (who is managed by local Sharif Salim) will be fighting between 5:30 and 7 PM on this card.

Seven PM is when the Showtime Extreme telecast gets underway. The main Showtime telecast (with the three world title bouts) will start at 9:15 PM.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Artis Drops Unanimous Decision in Atlantic City!

Severn, MD middleweight Sherman Artis, Jr. lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Antowyan Aikens of Atlantic City, NJ Saturday night at Bally's in Atlantic City.

Artis was knocked down in the sixth round and lost by scores of 60-53 and 59-54 (twice).  This was Artis's first bout in almost three years and the first loss of his pro career -- he is now 2-1.  Aikens remains undefeated at 9-0, one KO.

Interview with 'The Cuban Assassin!'

As we said earlier, Landover, MD junior middleweight "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio scored a first-round TKO over Jose Felix of Albuquerque, NM Saturday night at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD.

We had an opportunity to talk with Recio after his victory.  Here's the interview.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

July And Graves Battle To Majority Draw!

Venroy July and Quantis Graves battled to a rather ugly eight-round majority draw in our main event tonight at Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD.

When Graves takes a look at the footage from this bout, he will probably see a number of missed opportunities he had to take control of the contest.

Instead, both men engaged in a lot of holding and some headbutting that may have served July a little better in the contest.  The phone booth-style nature of the contest neutralized Graves offense the rest of the way. 

July received the nod on Kenny Chevalier's card at 77-76.  However, John Gradowski and Don Risher saw the draw at 76-76.

July is now 16-1-3, six KO's.  Graves remains undefeated at 9-0-2, four KO's.

That's all from Baltimore.  Next stop, Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on Friday, April 18. Hope to see you there!!

Goyco Stops Trussell In Sixth!

Taneal "Spider" Goyco has given Jeremy Trussell his first pro loss and did it in dominating fashion, scoring a sixth-round knockout.

Goyco's camp developed an exceptional game plan that their boxer followed to perfection.  Goyco's jab was crisp throughout and kept Trussell off-balance.  Goyco also neutralized Trussell's best punch, the overhand right hand.  Trussell did have success using his left hand but he didn't use it nearly enough.

In the fourth round, Goyco dropped Trussell with a solid right-left combination.  From that point on, Trussell was in defensive mode, hoping for an opportunity to turn the fight around.

That opportunity never came.  Late in the sixth round, Goyco landed a stunning straight left that stunned Trussell and sent him crashing to the canvas.  Trussell tried to get up but couldn't and the bout was stopped at 2:34.

Trussell suffers his first pro loss and he is now 8-1, six KO's.  Goyco evens his record at 6-6-1, three KO's.

The main event is next:  Venroy "Hardwork" July of Suitland, MD (16-1-2, six KO's) versus the undefeated "Grim Reaper" Quantis Graves of Beaumont, TX (9-0-1, four KO's). Eight-round cruiserweight contest.

McRae Wins Controversial TKO!

Controversy has followed Dwayne McRae once again, although McRae won a TKO at the beginning of the second round over Jonte Willis.

The first round was pretty even as McRae and Willis traded punches. Willis suffered a bloody nose during those exchanges. Near the end of the round, Willis landed a solid right hand to McRae's face.  McRae pressured Willis into Willis's own corner and landed shots.  Unfortunately for McRae, three of those shots landed as rabbit punches in the back of Willis's neck.

Between rounds, Willis felt pain in the back of his neck and could not come out for the second round.

Barring a successful future protest by the Willis camp, McRae's record is now 13-3, seven KO's.  Willis is now 9-10-1, three KO's.  You may remember back on May 11 of 2013,  McRae and his opponent, Dennis Benson, were both disqualified in the first round of their bout.

The co-feature is next:  Baltimore middleweight Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell (8-0, six KO's) faces Taneal Goyco of Philadelphia, PA (5-6-1, two KO's). Six-round contest.

Nicholson Quickly Dispatches Rohm As We Return From Intermission!

Demond "Da Best At It" Nicholson of Laurel, MD made very short work of David Rohn of Villa Park, IL as we returned from Intermission.

Nicholson needed just 51 seconds to score the knockout, landing a brutal right hand to the body.  Rohn couldn't beat referee Brent Bovell's 10-count.

Nicholson remains perfect at 6-0, six KO's.  Rohn is now 1-1.

Next up:  heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae of Laurel, MD (12-3, six KO's) takes on Jonte "Rock Steady" Willis of Tacoma, WA (9-9-1, three KO's) who channeled his inner Michael Jackson to the sounds of "Billie Jean" during his ring walk.  The bout is slated for six rounds.

Reyes Dominates En Route To First-Round Stoppage!

Edwin Reyes was dominant in his encounter with the debuting Chris Haney, stopping him at 2:56 of the first round.

Reyes was on the offensive from the very start and never let up until the contest was stopped.  Haney just covered up in the latter stages of the contest.

Reyes is now 3-0, two KO's.

We are now at intermission.

Recio Does Damage With First Round Stoppage!

Larry Recio has delivered another stunning TKO victory with a devastating first-round stoppage of veteran Jose Felix.

In the first minute of the round, Recio shot a straight right hand that dropped Felix to the canvas.  In the last minute of the round, Recio sent the same punch crashing towards Felix, who crumpled back to the canvas.  Referee Kenny Chevalier immediately stopped the bout at 2:49.

Recio scores his fourth straight knockout win and is now 5-0, four KO's.  Felix is now 11-14-2 four KO's.

By the way, congratulations to Chevalier who has been named the referee for the WBO Middleweight title bout between champion Peter Quillin and Lukas Korneczy on Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory.

Up next: Edwin "El Matador" Reyes of Laurel, MD (2-0, two KO's) takes on the debuting Chris Haney of Chicago, IL.  Four rounds, lightweights.

Marin Takes Unanimous Decision!

Alexandru Marin wins a four-round unanimous decision over Alex Hipolito.  Marin was able to land shots throughout the bout ad Hipolito seemed content to look mostly for counter shots which were few and far between.
Judges John Gradowski and Kenny Chevalier scored a shutout for Marin, 40-36 while Don Risher saw the bout, 39-37.
Marin remains undefeated at 3-0, two KO's while Hipolito falls to 2-3, two KO's.
Up next: "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio of Landover, MD (4-0, three KO's) battles Jose Felix of Albuquerque, NM (11-14-2, four KO's). Four rounds, junior middleweights.

Davis Wins Tough Majority Decision!

De'Andre "The Flash" Davis has won a tough four-round majority decision over a game, debuting Christopher Johnson.
Davis made the bout a little tougher than it should have been.  Davis was very accurate in the opening round with his shots.  Davis' biggest problem in the early part of the bout was keeping his mouthpiece in.
That changed in the third round when Johnson, despite a bloody nose and mouth, battled back strong to take some control.  The two waged a strong battle in the final round.
Judge Gary Camponeschi scored the bout even at 38-38. John Gradowski and Don Risher saw the bout for Davis at 39-37 and 40-36, respectively.
Davis's record rises to 2-0, one KO.
Now in the ring: Silver Spring, MD featherweight Alexandru Marin (2-0, two KO's) faces Alex Hipolito of Lubbock, TX.  Four-round contest.

Reeves Makes Short Work of Martinez!

Well, one of the tests we talked about earlier did not come in our opening bout.  Travis Reeves, fighting for the first time in his hometown of Baltimore, stopped Santos Martinez at 1:25 of the first round.

Reeves was on top of his opponent from the opening bell, landing strong shots to the body and head.  A straight right hand by Reeves dropped Martinez to the canvas.  Martinez beat referee Gary Camponeschi's count but was in no condition to continue.

Reeves is now 4-2-2, two KO's.  Martinez falls to 2-6-1, two KO's.

Up next: De'Andre Davis of Odenton, MD (1-0, one KO) takes on Christopher Johnson of South Bend, IN.  Four rounds, junior welterweights.

Good Evening From The Patapsco Arena!

Good evening from Baltimore, MD and the Hardwork Promotions "B-More Battles" card at the Patapsco Arena.  The card is late in getting started and the fans are filing in.  Just received word that we will be getting underway shortly.

There are high hopes for a number of matchups on this card as a few of the locals might get some tests tonight. 

We'll keep you updated throughout the evening and try to answer questions.  The first bout will be Travis Reeves of Baltimore (3-2-2, one KO) taking on Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI in a four-round cruiserweight contest.

Artis Weighs 168 For Atlantic City Bout!

Sherman Artis weighed in at 168 pounds for his four-round contest against undefeated Antowyan Aikens tonight at Bally's in Atlantic City, NJ.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weights From The Patapsco Arena!

Here is the scale watch for the Hardwork Promotions card Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD:

Venroy July 199 vs. Quantis Graves 198

Dwayne McRae 233 vs. Jonte Willis 225

Jeremy Trussell 160 1/2 vs. Taneal Goyco 161

Larry Recio 154 vs. Jose Felix 154

Demond Nicholson 160 vs. David Rohn 160

DeAndre Davis 141 vs. Christopher Johnson 140

Edwin Reyes 138 1/2 vs. Christopher Haney 135

Alexandru Marin 127 vs. Alex Hipolito 127

Travis Reeves 195 vs. Santos Martinez 195

We look forward to blogging live Saturday night from the Patapsco Arena.

Lamont Roach, Jr. Makes Pro Debut on Hopkins-Shumenov Card April 19 in DC!

 BATB has learned that Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will make his pro debut on the Bernard Hopkins-Beibut Shumenov undercard on Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.

Roach, a recent Golden Boy Promotions signee and 2013 National Golden Gloves champion. will take on Victor Galindo of  Puerto Rico (1-3, one KO) in a four-round encounter.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Jersey All-Star Amateurs Look For Redemption Against PVA All-Stars Saturday in DC!

On Saturday, April 5, a number of Beltway amateurs traveled to New Jersey and faced a group of amateurs from the Garden State.  According to reports, the Potomac Valley Association (PVA) All-Stars won the dual competition in NJ.

This Saturday, April 12, the rematch will take place at the Merrick Recreation Center, 4275 4th Street, SE in DC.  The first bout is slated to begin at 3 PM.  This will also be a reunion event for any boxers who fought for the Ham Athletic Club at any time.  Tickets are $15 in advance.  For more information, call 202-528-7694.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

April 18th Rosecroft Card Is Coming Together!

This huge week of Beltway Boxing is starting to really come together.  We've told you about the Saturday, April 12 card in Baltimore as well as the Saturday, April 19 card in DC.

Now comes a portion of the Friday, April 18 Keystone Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  In the main event, undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed will be in a six-round contest against Regino Canales of Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Reed (8-0, five KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Bilal Mahasin on the last Keystone card at Rosecroft on March 7.  This will be Reed's sixth straight appearance at Rosecroft.  Canales (6-4, two KO's) makes his first trip to the continental US and is 2-2 in his last four contests.  Canales has beaten boxers who were 9-1 and 6-1 during his career.

In another six-round encounter, undefeated White Plains, MD lightweight Terron "Kid" Grant will face off against Alberto Candelaria of Miami, FL by way of Utuado, Puerto Rico.  Grant (8-0, four KO's) last fought on December 14 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Damon Antoine in Washington, DC.  Candelaria (3-1-1, two KO's) will look to bounce back from a six-round unanimous decision loss to John Joe Nevin on March 17 in Boston, MA.

Also on the card, Montgomery Village, MD junior middleweight Gerome Quigley returns to action as he faces James Gooding of Tampa, FL in a four-round contest.  Quigley (2-0, two KO's)  hasn't fought since scoring a third-round TKO over Damien Butler on November 7 in Cockeysville, MD.  Gooding (1-5-1, one KO) has lost four of his last five bouts but all by decision.

Frederick, MD super bantamweight Rodrigo Gabriel makes his return after a year's absence and takes on Gabriel Braxton of Atlanta, GA in a four-round encounter. Gabriel (1-0) made his pro debut in March of 2013 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Quincy Braxton in Frederick.  Braxton (0-2) makes his second straight appearance at Rosecroft and looks to do better than his last appearance where he was knocked out in the second round by Marq Johns on March 7 of this year.

DC featherweight Tyrone Wright (1-1) will also take on the debuting Enrique Vargas of Reading, PA.

Also slated to be on the card are "Swift" Jarrett Hurd, Marq "The Monster" Johns, the returning Kevin Rivers, Jr. and the debuting Mykal "The Professor" Fox, the younger brother of Alantez Fox.

Monday, April 07, 2014

April 19th Card Coming Together For DC Armory; Beltway Boxers in Short Supply!

The Golden Boy Promotions undercard slated for Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory is starting to come together.  However, it won't exactly be a showcase for the Beltway Boxing scene.

As of right now, only three locals will be on the card and they have matchups that will not be shown on television.  Undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic Wade (14-0, 10 KO's) will take on veteran Marcus Upshaw of Jacksonville, FL (15-11-2, seven KO's) in an eight-round contest.

Wade is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Dashon Johnson on January 25 at the Armory.  Wade was knocked down in the first round but came back to win.  Upshaw will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak and is making his second trip to the Beltway region. Upshaw won a six-round split decision over Jarrell Mason Jackson in February 2007 in Suitland, MD.
Also, undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius Ballard (4-0, three KO's) will battle Quincy "Pretty Boy Vegas" Miner of Kansas City, MO (3-5) in a four-round contest.

Ballard also appeared on the January 25 card at the DC Armory and scored a third round TKO over Marlon Farr. Miner is winless in his last four bouts.

Undefeated DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton (6-0, five KO's) is also slated to be on the card against an opponent to be determined.

Right now, it doesn't look like 2013 co-Beltway Boxer of the Year "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson-Benson will be on the card, however, there is no confirmation either way.

In other bouts on the card, undefeated Brooklyn, NY welterweight Sadam "World Kid" Ali will take on Jeremy Bryan of Paterson, NJ in a scheduled 10-round contest that will be the featured bout on the Showtime Extreme telecast.

Ali (18-0, 11 KO's) is coming off a six-round TKO over Jesus Selig on December 7 in Brooklyn.   Bryan (17-3, seven KO's) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Issouf Kinda on February 14 in Huntington, NY.

Random Beltway trivia:  In 2001 as an amateur, Ali came to DC and participated in the Platinum Gloves tournament at the old Washington Convention Center.  His opponent that night in the 80-pound contest would be Gary Russell, Jr.  Seven years later, the two would be teammates on the 2008 US Olympic Team. Russell won the contest, by the way.

Also on the card, undefeated Brooklyn junior welterweight Zachary Ochoa (6-0, three KO's) takes on veteran Hector Marengo of Arecibo, Puerto Rico in a four-round contest while 2012 US Olympian Marcus Browne (9-0, seven KO's) of Staten Island, NY will be in an eight-round contest against an opponent to be determined.

Norfolk, VA lightweight Chris "The Dentist" Alexander will still be on the card.  No word yet on his opponent.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Final Two Bouts Set For April 12 Baltimore Card!

The Hardwork Promotions card is complete for Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD.

Undefeated Baltimore middleweight Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell will be in a six-round contest against Taneal Goyco of Philadelphia, PA.  Trussell (8-0, six KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO of Jeremy Boardwine on March 1 in Lynchburg, VA.  Goyco (5-6-1, two KO's) also scored a victory in his last outing, winning a six-round majority decision over Frankie Fillipone on August 2 in Newark, DE.

Also, Silver Spring, MD featherweight Alexandru Marin will battle Alex Hipolito of Lubbock, TX in a four-round contest.  Marin (2-0, two KO's) fought his last bout at the Patapsco Arena and scored a first-round TKO over David Warren Huffman on November 23.  Hipolito (2-2, two KO's) will try to bounce back from a four-round unanimous decision loss to Fernando Fuentes on August 23 in Corona, CA.

So the nine-bout card is complete.  Here's how the rest of the card looks:

Venroy "Hardwork" July (16-1-2, six KO's), Suitland, MD vs. Quantis Graves (9-0-1, four KO's), Lubbock, TX. eight rounds, cruiserweight .

"The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae (12-3, six KO's), Laurel, MD vs. Jonte Willis (9-9-1, three KO's), Tacoma, WA. six rounds, heavyweight.

DeAndre Davis (1-0, one KO), Bowie, MD vs. Christopher Johnson (pro debut), Chicago, IL. four rounds, featherweight.

Travis Reeves (3-2-1, one KO), Baltimore, MD vs. Santos Martinez (2-5-1, two KO's). Adrian, MI, four rounds, cruiserweight.

"The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio (4-0, three KO's), Landover, MD vs. Jose Felix (11-14-2, four KO's), Albuquerque, NM.  Four rounds, junior middleweight.

Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson (5-0, five KO's), Laurel, MD vs. David Rohn (1-0), Villa Park, IL. Four rounds, super middleweight.

Edwin Reyes (2-0, two KO's), Laurel, MD vs. Christopher Haney (pro debut), Chicago, IL.  Four rounds, lightweight.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Douglas, Odom Score KO Wins in New Jersey!

Two undefeated Beltway Boxers scored solid knockout victories on a GH3/Greg Cohen Promotions card at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, NJ tonight.

In the main event, Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas scored a second-round TKO over former world title challenger Luca Messi of Bergamo, Italy.  Douglas was extremely active and accurate en route to the stoppage at 1:47 of the round.  Douglas is now 14-0, nine KO's.  Messi drops to 37-10-1, 13 KO's.

In a scheduled six-round encounter, it was another win, another first-round TKO for "The King's Son" Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD as he dispatched Douglas Otieno Okola of Kenya at 2:19.  Odom dropped Okola three times en route to the win over a very experienced foe.  Odom remains perfect at 10-0, 10 KO's.Eight of Odom's knockouts have come in the first round.  Okola falls to 24-9, 12 KO's.

Also on the card, Baltimore, MD heavyweight Aaron Bratton lost a four-round unanimous decision to Patrick O'Connor of Newark, NJ.  Bratton really did not get going until the final round.  Bratton is now 1-2 while O'Connor is 2-0.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Douglas, Odom, Bratton New Jersey Bouts To Be Shown on GoFightlive.TV!

Three Beltway Boxers will be involved in a card at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, NJ on Friday, April 4.  Their bouts will be shown on (GFL).

Undefeated Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas (13-0, eight KO's) will face his most experienced foe to date in Luca Messi of Bergamo, Italy (37-9-1, 13 KO's) in his first scheduled 10-round encounter.

Undefeated Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom (9-0, nine KO's) also faces a very experienced foe in Douglas Otieno Okola of Nairobi, Kenya (24-8, 12 KO's) in a six-round bout.

Baltimore heavyweight Aaron Bratton (1-1) will take on Patrick O'Connor of New Jersey (1-0) in a four-round bout.

The entire card will be shown on GFL and will cost $9.99.  To order the card go to this link: GoFightLive  The card will begin at 7 PM ET.

Here are the weights for the three bouts featuring Beltway Boxers:

Antoine Douglas 160 vs. Luca Messi 160

Jerry Odom 168 vs. Douglas Otieno Okola 171

Aaron Bratton 254 vs. Patrick O'Connor 232 1/2

Boxing Returns to Springfield, VA April 26!

The Commonwealth of Virginia is becoming a very busy area for boxing.  There has already been one card in the state back in March and now we know there will be a card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA on Saturday, April 26.  This will be a pro-am card jointly promoted by RBA Promotions and Jeter Promotions.

The "Jeter" in Jeter Promotions, of course, is Stevensville, MD middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter who will be looking to defend his WBC Fecarbox Middleweight title in the 10-round main event.  No word on whom his opponent will be.  This will be the first bout for Jeter (16-4-1, 11 KO's) since his second-round knockout loss to Patrick Nielsen for the WBC Silver title on February 15 in Denmark.

There are no matches officially signed for this card, however, there is a lot of young Beltway talent slated to compete.

Undefeated Alexandria, VA lightweight Todd "White Lightning" Wilson is scheduled to be in the co-feature which may be an eight-round bout for a regional title.  Wilson (15-0, four KO's) returned to action after a 13-month absence on October 5 at the ABC Complex and won a four-round unanimous decision over Reggie Nash.

"The Pride of Alexandria" Brandon Quarles also is scheduled to see action on this card.  Quarles, the Virginia State Middleweight champion (12-2-1, five KO's), is coming off a first-round TKO of Travis Davidson on the last card at the ABC Complex on March 15.  Quarles will be in a six-round encounter.

Returning to action after an almost two-year absence will be Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez.  Rodriguez (5-2-1, four KO's)  has not fought since winning a four-round unanimous decision over Damon Antoine in October of 2012 in Arlington, VA.  Rodriguez is also slated to be in a six-round contest.

Also scheduled to compete is Lynchburg, VA junior middleweight Joshua Robertson (5-5, one KO) who will look to break a four-bout losing streak.

Also slated to make his return after a long absence will be Laurel, MD lightweight Ikem "The Warrior" Orji, who has not fought in almost four years.  Orji (7-4, three KO's) has been attending Howard University and is slated to graduate in the fall.  Orji will be in a four-round contest.

Lanham, MD welterweight "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yuri Polischuk will be in action in a four-round encounter.  Polischuk (3-1-1, two KO's) is coming off a third-round stoppage of Kevin Womack, Jr. on March 7 in Fort Washington, MD.

Springfield, VA's own undefeated junior welterweight Edgar "The Tiger" Torres (4-0-1, three KO's) will also be in a four-round encounter.  Torres stopped Greg Thomas in the second round on October 15 at the ABC Sports Complex. 

Also slated to be on the card will be "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio of Landover, MD.  Recio (4-0, three KO's) is scheduled to be in a four-round bout that will be predicated by the outcome of his appearance on the April 12 card at Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD.  Recio will battle former Jeter foe Jose Felix in a four-rounder in Baltimore.

We'll bring you updates on this card as they come in.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Yahoo Sports Profiles 'Hardwork' July!

One of the leading names in the boxing media -- Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports has put together a very nice profile of Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July.  Iole talks about July being a true "triple threat" as a corporate lawyer, pro boxer and promoter.

July (16-1-1, six KO's) will be headlining a self-promoted show for the third time (he's promoted other cards where he did not compete) on Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD where he will take on undefeated Quantis Graves of Beaumont, TX (9-0-1, four KO's) in an eight-round bout.

Here is the link to the article.  Let me say that Iole told me and the world via Twitter that he was very impressed with July.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lockett Stopped In Fifth Round in North Dakota!

Takoma Park, MD's Willis "The Prophet" Lockett was stopped in the fifth round by undefeated Michael Seals of Atlanta, GA Friday night at the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, ND.

Seals stopped Lockett at 2:50 of the fifth round, scoring his eighth consecutive knockout despite being outweighed by 13 pounds.

Lockett's record evens at 13-13-5, five KO's while Seals is now 18-0, 14 KO's.

Brown, Crews Win Bouts During Dual Meet Vs. Canada!

Tiara Brown and Franchon Crews won their bouts during a dominant performance by Team USA in a dual competition against Canada Saturday at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Brown competed in international competition for the first time since the 2012 World Championships and won her bout against Sabrina Aubin at 125 pounds by unanimous decision.

Crews was in one of the marquee bouts of the competition as she faced off in the 165 Pound contest against three-time world champion Mary Spencer.  Crews was able to box well and win a four-round unanimous decision.

The third member of the Beltway contingent, Dara Shen, did not compete because no opponent was available at light heavyweight. Shen won by walkover.

US boxers took seven of the nine scheduled bouts in the competition.  The team also included Olympians Marlen Esparza and Queen Underwood.

The 2014 Open And Novice Washington Golden Gloves Teams!

To recap from Saturday's Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals, here are the members of the 2014 Open and Novice DC/MD teams that will compete in the Regional Golden Gloves championships against Virginia/North Carolina on Saturday, April 26 at the Waldorf Jaycees in Waldorf, MD:

Open Division:

108 Pounds: Demetrius Young (Sugar Ray Leonard)

114 Pounds: Malik Jackson (Limelite)

123 Pounds:  Gary Antonio Russell (Enigma)

132 Pounds: Jalen Jones (Limelite)

141 Pounds:  Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma)

152 Pounds: Malik Hawkins (Upton)

165 Pounds:  Tavon Body (Headbangers)

178 Pounds: Justin Bell (No Xcuse)

201 Pounds: Malik Titus (Upton)

201+ Pounds: Anthony Nembhard (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Novice Division:

114 Pounds: Kollin Shrewsbury (NOMIS)

123 Pounds: Cody Woodland (Woodland)

132 Pounds: Taylor Woodland (Woodland)

141 Pounds: Tyrek Irby (Headbangers)

152 Pounds: Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (Raw Assassin)

165 Pounds: Tyrell Boyd (Upton)

178 Pounds: Jordan Payne (Woodland)

201 Pounds: Jordan Davenport (Mack Lewis)

201+ Pounds: Carlos Black (Champions)

Nembhard Wins 201+ Pound Title!

Anthony Nembhard (Sugar Ray Leonard) wins the final title of the evening -- the 201+ Pound title -- with a victory over Calvin Countess (Charm City).

We'll have a brief Post-Fight Wrap-Up later today.  Until then, good night from the Waldorf Jaycees!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Titus Stops Morris To Win Heavyweight Crown!

Malik Titus (Upton) stops Stephon Morris (UMAR) in the first round to capture the 201 Pound championship. 

The final bout of the night is the 201+ Pound championship between Anthony Nembhard (Sugar Ray Leonard) and Calvin Countess (Charm City).

Bell Takes 178-Pound Championship!

Justin Bell (No Xcuse) has won the 178-Pound title bout with a tough victory over Genc Pllana (unattached).  Bell gutted out the victory over the last two rounds.

The 201-Pound title contest is next -- an all-Baltimore affair between Malik Titus (Upton) and Stephon Morris (UMAR).

Body Wins 165-Pound Title!

Tavon Body (Headbangers) won an outstanding contest in the 165-Pound championship over Russell Gaskins (Enigma).

  Gaskins got off to a good start despite competing with a bicep tendon tear in his left arm.  Body took control in the final two rounds, however some in the crowd thought Gaskins might have pulled out the win.

Up next: The 178-Pound title bout -- Justin Bell (No Xcuse) vs. Genc Pllana (unattached).

Hawkins Wins 152-Pound Title!

Malik Hawkins (Upton) wins the 152-Pound championship in a very competitive contest over Zarifbek Nishanbaev (Raw Assassin).  Solid performance for Hawkins.

Now, it's the 165-Pound title bout between Russell Haskins (Enigma) and Tavon Body (Headbangers).

Keystone, Woodland Awarded Junior, Novice Titles!

As we resume action here at the Waldorf Jaycees, congratulations to Keystone and Woodland Gyms.  They won the most titles in the Junior and Novice Divisions respectively.

In the ring is the 152-Pound Open title between Malik Hawkins (Upton) and Zarifbek Nishanbaev (Raw Assassin).

Antuanne Russell Wins 141-Pound Title!

Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) wins the 141-Pound Open title with a victory over Nigel Fennell (Down Under).

We are now at intermission with five bouts remaining. 

Congratulations to four boxers who received Sportsmanship awards during the tournament:

Deric Davis (Old School)

Elijah Gilchrist (Kenilworth)

Jayese Stephens (Hagerstown)

Damian White, Jr. (Tony's Gym)

Jones Defeats Cole To Win 132-Pound Title!

Jalen Jones (Limelite) picks up the 132-Pound title with a victory over Jalonte Cole (No Xcuse).  Good contest.

Next bout is the 141-Pound title bout between Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) and Nigel Fennell (Down Under).

Jackson Wins 114-Pound Title!

Malik Jackson (Limelite) has won the 114-Pound championship with a decision over a very game Paul Jerry.

Gary Antonio Russell (Enigma) has won the 123-Pound title by walkover.

We head to the 132-Pound Open title bout between Jalonte Cole (No Xcuse) and Jalen Jones (Limelite).

Black Wins 201+ Pounds Championship!

Carlos Black (Champions) is the winner of the 201+ Pound title defeating Johnathen Surratt (Tony's Gym).

We now move into the Open Division with the 114-Pound championship.  Paul Jerry (unattached) takes on the top-ranked boxer in this weight class in the nation, Malik Jackson (Limelite).

Davenport Wins 201-Pound Championship!

Jordan Davenport (Mack Lewis) takes the Novice crown at 201 Pounds with a decision over Phillip Murray (Laurel).

Our final Novice contest is in the Super Heavyweight division.  Johnathen Surratt (Tony's Gym) faces Carlos Black (Champions).

Payne Captures 178-Pound Crown!

In a very close contest, Jordan Payne (Woodland) wins the 178-Pound title with a decision over Demarvea Cutchember (Cross 4 Christ).

This has been a very good night for Woodland Gym -- all three of their boxers advanced to next month's regionals.

We head to the 201-Pound championship bout -- Phillip Murray (Laurel) vs. Jordan Davenport (Mack Lewis).

Boyd Wins 165-Pound Title!

Tyrell Boyd (Upton) is the winner of the 165-Pound Novice championship here in Waldorf.  Boyd defeated Francisco Bustos (Champions).

We move to the 178-Pound championship bout where Jordan Payne (Woodland) faces Demarvea Cutchember (Cross 4 Christ).

Tazhibay Wins 152-Pound Title!

Shynggskhan Tazhibay (Raw Assassin) has captured the Novice Title at 152 Pounds by defeating Monyae Gregory (Upton).

Next up is the 165 Pound title bout between Tyrell Boyd (Upton) and Francisco Bustos (Champions).

Irby Defeats HeadbangersTeammate Zeledon at 141 Pounds!

Tyrek Irby has captured the 141-Pound Novice title with a decision over Headbangers gymmate Siprano Zeledon.  Irby battered Zeledon, who fought valiantly despite have his nose bloodied.

Up next, the 152-Pound Novice title bout between Monyae Gregory (Upton) and Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (Raw Assassin).

Woodland Brothers Win First Two Novice Titles!

Cody and Taylor Woodland (Woodland) have won the first two Novice Division titles of the evening.  Cody Woodland won the 123-Pound title with an RSC-1 over Albert Sostre (Sugar Ray Leonard) while Taylor captured the championship at 132-Pounds with a decision over Juan Melsur (Infinite).

The 141-Pound championship bout is an all-Headbangers affair between Soprano Zeledon and Tyrek Irby.

Action Underway at Washington Golden Gloves!

Good evening from the Waldorf Jaycees in Waldorf, MD for the Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals.  Action is already underway in the Novice Division.  We are having some internet issues here tonight but we will give you results as best we can.

Grayton Added to April 19 Card In DC!

Although there are no Beltway Boxers slated for the feature bouts on the Saturday, April 19 card at the DC Armory, the undercard is loaded with Beltway talent.

The latest addition to the card is undefeated DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton (6-0, five KO's) who will be in a four-round contest.  Grayton has not fought since winning a four-round unanimous decision over Roberto Lopez on October 26 at the Washington Convention Center.

Another boxer added to the card comes from just outside the region but has ties to the Beltway area.  Undefeated Norfolk, VA lightweight Chris "The Dentist" Alexander (4-0, four KO's) will compete in a four-round encounter.  Alexander is one of the latest signees of Al Haymon and is managed by local manager Sharif Salim.  Alexander, who has family in the DC area, is the second Salim-managed boxer to sign with Haymon -- The first being Seth Mitchell.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Washington Times Profiles Bobby Magruder!

Washington Times columnist Thom Loverro profiles the man some have come to know in the area as the "Don King of Southern Maryland," Bobby Magruder in today's edition.  Magruder, of course, is the man behind the Washington Golden Gloves Championship tournament.  As you should know by know, the Washington finals will be Saturday, March 29 at 8 PM at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, MD.

By the way, BATB plans to blog live from the Jaycees.  Here is Loverro's column:

Lamont Roach, Jr. Signs With Golden Boy Promotions!

(from No Xcuse Twitter Feed)

BATB has learned that Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. has signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions and will look to make his pro debut sometime in May.

Roach capped off a stellar amateur career in 2013 by winning the National Golden Gloves and the USA Nationals in his weight class and earning a bronze medal at the Klitschko Brothers Tournament in Ukraine.

Unlike many of his Beltway brethren, Roach did not sign with manager Al Haymon.  Roach's father, Lamont, Sr. will serve as manager.  Roach, Jr. joins his No Xcuse gym mate D'Mitrius Ballard as Golden Boy signees.

Tori Nelson To Defend WIBA Welterweight Title Against Mia St. John May 17 in Annandale, VA!

BATB has learned that undefeated WIBA (Women's International Boxing Association) Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA will defend her title against one of the more recognizable names in female boxing -- former world champion Mia "The Knockout" St. John of Oxnard, CA -- on Saturday, May 17 at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA. WIBA Chairman Ryan Wissow confirmed the news exclusively to BATB.

This will be the second title defense for Nelson, the 2013 Beltway Boxing Co-Boxer of the Year (8-0-3), who won a 10-round unanimous decision over Kali Reis on November 7 in Cockeysville, MD in her first defense.  This will be Nelson's sixth consecutive time competing in a world title bout.

St. John (47-13-2, 18 KO's) is a well-traveled veteran who, like Nelson, has won numerous world titles.  Like Nelson, St. John's most recent outings have been in world title bouts.  St. John's last win came against the legendary Christy Martin in August of 2012.  St. John won a 10-round unanimous decision.  St. John initially announced her retirement after the bout, however she has fought two more times since the Martin victory, losing a 10-round unanimous decision to Tiffany Junot in Bakersfield, CA for the WBC Junior Middleweight championship in November 2012 and, in her last outing, St. John was stopped in the third round by WBA/WBC/WBO Welterweight champion Cecelia Brakhus on April 13 in Denmark.

This will be the main event on the inaugural card promoted by Ponytail Promotions, the new group headed by well-known Baltimore-area trainer and manager James Hogan.  More to come on the rest of the card.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lockett Weighs 191 For North Dakota Contest!

Willis "The Prophet" Lockett will hold a distinct weight advantage in his eight-round contest against undefeated Michael Seals Friday night in New Town, ND..if the bout actually takes place.

Lockett weighed in at 191 pounds while Seals tipped the scales at 173.  As of this hour, the bout is still on.  No word on whether Lockett was asked to lose any weight.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Awesome April of Beltway Boxing Begins April 4!

Seemingly every year, April is the busiest month on the schedule. This year is no different.  We call it the Awesome April of Beltway Boxing. 

This year, the Beltway Boxing scene may have outdone itself.  We have a lot going on in April including three local pro cards in the span of one week (April 12-19).  As of right now, here is the schedule:

Friday, April 4 – Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA – Larry “Hitman” Pryor of DC (7-8, four KO’s) returns after a two-year absence to face undefeated Sullivan Barrera of Miami, FL by way of Cuba (10-0, six KO’s) in a six-round light heavyweight battle.

Friday, April 4 – Parsippany PAL, Parsippany, NJ – Antoine “Action” Douglas of Burke, VA (12-0, seven KO’s) is in a scheduled 10-round main event against Luca Messi of Bergamo, Italy (37-9-1, 13 KO’s).  Also, “The King’s Son” Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD (8-0, eight KO’s) squares off against Douglas Otieno Okola of Nairobi, Kenya (24-8, 12 KO’s) in a six-round contest.

Saturday, April 12 – Hardwork Promotions card at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD.

Saturday, April 12 – Bally’s Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ – Sherman Artis, Jr. of Severn, MD (2-0) takes on Antowyan Aikens of Atlantic City (8-0, one KO) in a six-round bout.

Friday, April 18 – Keystone Boxing Promotions card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD

Saturday, April 19 – Golden Boy Promotions card at the DC Armory in Washington, DC televised on Showtime and Showtime Extreme.

Thursday, April 24 – Aqua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, CA – Thomas Williams, Jr. (16-0, 11 KO’s) of Fort Washington, MD will meet Enrique Ornelas of La Habra, CA (34-8, 22 KO’s) in a 10 round contest on ESPN2.  Also hearing word that Gervonta Davis will also be on this card.

Saturday, April 26 – ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, VA – Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card

Amateur cards: 

Saturday, April 12 – Ham AC Old School Boxing Reunion – DC vs. NJ Rematch – Merrick Center, 4275 4th Street, SE

Saturday, April 26 – Golden Gloves Regional Championships – DC/Baltimore vs. VA/NC – Waldorf Jaycees, Waldorf, MD.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lockett Faces Undefeated Seals March 28 in North Dakota!

Takoma Park, MD light heavyweight Willis "The Prophet" Lockett will try to stay on the winning track when he travels to the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, ND for a scheduled eight-round contest against undefeated Michael Seals of Atlanta, GA.

Lockett (13-12-5, five KO's) broke a five-bout losing streak with a six-round unanimous decision over Julius Fogle on February 7 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.  Seals (17-0, 13 KO's) will try to continue a seven-bout knockout streak in which six of his seven KO's have come in the first round and the seventh was in the second round.  However, only two of those seven knockouts came against boxers with over-.500 records.

Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals Bout Sheet!

Here is the list of scheduled bouts for the Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals that will take place at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, MD on Saturday, March 29 at 8 PM.

Novice Division:

114 Pounds: Kollin Shrewsbury (NOMIS) walks over as 2014 Champion.

123 Pounds: Cody Woodland (Woodland) vs. Albert Sostre (Sugar Ray Leonard)

132 Pounds: Taylor Woodland (Woodland) vs. Juan Melsur (Infinite)

141 Pounds: Siprano Zeledon (Headbangers) vs. Tyrek Irby (Headbangers)

152 Pounds: Monyae Gregory (Upton) vs. Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (Raw Assassin)

165 Pounds: Tyrell Boyd (Upton) vs. Francisco Bustos (Champions)

178 Pounds: Jordan Payne (Woodland) vs. Demarvea Cutchember (Cross 4 Christ)

201 Pounds: Phillip Murray (Laurel) vs. Jordan Davenport (Mack Lewis)

201+ Pounds: Johnathen Surratt (Tony's Gym) vs. Carlos Black (Champions Gym)

Open Division:

108 Pounds: Demetrius Young (Sugar Ray Leonard) walks over as 2014 Champion

114 Pounds: Paul Jerry (Unattached) vs. Malik Jackson (Limelite)

123 Pounds: Gary Antonio Russell (Enigma) vs. Daron Williams (Benning Park)

132 Pounds: Jalonte Cole (No Xcuse) vs. Jalen Jones (Limelite)

141 Pounds: Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) vs. Nigel Fennell (Down Under)

152 Pounds: Malik Hawkins (Upton) vs. Zarifbek Nishanbaev (Raw Assassin)

165 Pounds: Russell Gaskins (Enigma) vs. Tavon Body (Headbangers)

178 Pounds: Justin Bell (No Xcuse) vs. Genc Pllana (Unattached)

201 Pounds: Malik Titus (Upton) vs. Stephon Morris (UMAR)

201+ Pounds: Anthony Nembhard (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Calvin Countess (Charm City)

The winners from this event advance to the Regional Championships that will be on Saturday, April 26 at the Waldorf Jaycees.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Female Beltway Amateurs In USA Boxing Camp Preparing For Dual Event Vs. Canada!

Three female Beltway amateurs are at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO at this hour preparing for a dual competition against a team from Canada that will be held there on Saturday, March 29.

From left to right in the above picture: Dara Shen of Alexandria, VA received an invitation to the camp on the heels of winning her first USA Boxing National championship in January at light heavyweight.

In the center is seven-time national champion Franchon Crews of Baltimore, MD who won a silver medal in the middleweight division at the 2014 USA National championships.

On the right is Tiara Brown of DC by way of Fort Myers, FL who was a world champion in 2012 and captured a USA title this year at featherweight.

As soon as we get all the matchups for the event on March 29, we'll pass them along.

Washington Golden Gloves Wrap Up Semis With Exciting Open Action!

The Washington Golden Gloves finished their last night on Saturday at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center with another night of exciting action before another packed house that included former world champion Adrian Broner (here with former three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy).

All roads will lead to the Waldorf Jaycees in Waldorf, MD for the championship round on Saturday, March 29.

In the Open Division semifinals, Antonio and Antuanne Russell (Enigma) both moved into the final round.  Antonio Russell outgunned Hector Soto (Down Under) in the 123 Pound class while Antuanne Russell earned a RSC-3 with a crushing stoppage of Montell Pridgett (UMAR) at 141 Pounds.

However, the bout of the night -- and maybe the most exciting bout of the tournament thus far -- was in the 178 Pound class where Justin Bell (No Xcuse) took on Jeffery McCalla (Upton) in a back and forth contest that brought the crowd to its feet.  Both men had their moments, however it was Bell who moved on to Waldorf with a well-deserved decision over McCalla, who is the younger brother of undefeated pro junior middleweight Cecil McCalla.

Also, Malik Jackson (Limelite), recently ranked number one in the US advanced to the 114 Pound Division finals with a decision victory over Duglas Soto (Down Under).

Here are the rest of the Open Division Semifinal Results:

123 Pounds:  Daron Williams (Benning Park) over Keeshawn Williams (The Answer)

132 Pounds:  Jalen Jones (Limelite) over Anthony Hooker (Diamonds N Da Ruff)

141 Pounds:  Nigel Fennell (Down Under) over Cornell Hines (Woodland)

152 Pounds: Malik Hawkins (Upton) over Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under)

165 Pounds: Russell Gaskins (Enigma) over Maynard Sterling (Down Under)

165 Pounds: Tavon Body (Headbangers) over Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under)

201 Pounds:  Malik Titus (Upton) over Daquan Johnson (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Three other boxers advanced by walkover:

178 Pounds: Genc Pllana (unattached)

201+ Pounds: Anthony Nembhard (Sugar Ray Leonard)

201+ Pounds: Calvin Countess (Charm City)

The Novice Division crowned three female champions on Saturday night.  At 132 Pounds, Amelia Moore (Club One) won the crown with a decision over Lisa Bodenburg (Kicked Up).

D'Ajah Scott (Diamonds N Da Ruff) and Krista Robinson (D-Block) won titles at 140 and 152 Pounds respectively by walkover.

In the men's Novice Division Semis, two of the heavier boxers scored stoppages in their bouts.  Jordan Davenport (Mack Lewis) scored an RSC-2 over Mitchell Clinton (Sugar Ray Leonard) at 201 Pounds while Carlos Black (Champions) also earned an RSC-2 over Ralph Alexander (unattached).

There was an RSC-1 at 141 Pounds when Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) stopped Delante Perkins (Cherry Lane).

In other Novice Division results:

123 Pounds: Cody Woodland (Woodland) over Preston Gatling (Hillcrest)

132 Pounds: Juan Melsur (Infinite) over Stephen Blaylock, Jr. (No Xcuse)

141 Pounds: Siprano Zeledon (Headbangers) over Gregory Blakeney (Dream Team)

165 Pounds: Francisco Bustos (Champions) over Dayshawn Jones (UMAR)

165 Pounds: Tyrell Boyd (Upton) over Mark Dunkin (Headbangers)

201 Pounds: Phillip Murray (Laurel) over Jordan Scott (Sugar Ray Leonard)

201+ Pounds: Johnathen Surratt (Tony's Gym) over Shaka Williams (NOMIS)

Two other boxers won by walkover:

152 Pounds: Monyae Gregory (Upton)

178 Pounds: Jordan Payne (Woodland)

Congratulations also to Jesse Reyes (Old School) who was the champion at 15, 95 Pounds in the Junior Division.

The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals will be on Saturday, March 29 at 8 PM at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, located at the intersection of Routes 301 and 5 in Waldorf, MD.  Tickets are General Admission $25 ($30 at the door), Reserved $35 ($40 at the door) and Ringside $45 ($50 at the door).  For ticket info, call 301-843-6165.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tony Thompson WIns WBC International Title Via Split Decision in Turkey!

Tony "The Tiger" Thompson continues to stay relevant in the heavyweight division.

Tonight in Tekidrag, Turkey, Thompson won a 12-round split decision over Odlandier Solis to capture the vacant WBC International Heavyweight championship.

Thompson (39-4, 26 KO's) won by scores of 115-114 and 115-113.  Solis (20-2, 13 KO's) took one scorecard by a 116-111 score.

Here is the recap from's Editor-in-Chief Karl Freitag:

The story of this fight was that Thompson fought for three minutes every round while Solis fought in spurts. The taller Thompson came out pumping his southpaw jab in round one. Solis stalked “The Tiger” but didn’t land much. Thompson methodical in his approach, while Solis had moments with short bursts of activity. Thompson was more aggressive in round three and outworked Solis. Neither landed much in a tactical round four. Thompson was busier. Open scoring has Solis up 39-37, 40-36, 39-37 after four. Thompson upped the pressure and had some good moments in round five. Both had moments in round six. Thompson again working harder. Thompson’s offense again more consistant in round seven, Solis scored in spurts. The tactical fight continued in the eighth neither fighter clearly winning.

Scores were announced as 77-75, 77-75 for Thompson, 78-74 Solis after eight. Thompson again busier in the ninth. Solis finally showed some urgency in the tenth, his most decisive round in the fight. Both fighters were more aggressive in the last two stanzas, while still not completely opening up. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Thompson Weighs 266 1/2 For Tussle in Turkey!

(photo courtesy of

Tony Thompson weighed in at 266 1/2 for his 12-round contest with Odlander Solis Saturday in Tekirdag, Turkey.  The bout will be for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title.

Thompson's weight is the highest of his career.  Solis weighed in at 257 pounds, 10 pounds more than when he faced Vitali Klitschko almost three years ago.

Peterson Wins Unanimous Decision in California!

Anthony Peterson has won a 10-round unanimous decision over Marcos Jimenez tonight at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA.

Peterson was in complete control of the contest landing solid jabs and rights to the head and body.  Peterson won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92.

Peterson is now 33-1, 21 KO's.  Jimenez falls to 20-5, 13 KO's.

Recio Battles Veteran Felix; Trussell Takes On Williamson; Davis Returns Against Johnson April 12 in Baltimore!

We've told you a little bit about the Hardwork Promotions card on Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD.  Three bouts have been added to that card and one in particular, could be a very interesting one.

Undefeated rookie junior middleweight "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio of Landover, MD has been added to the card and he will take on veteran Jose Felix of Albuquerque, NM in a four-round encounter.

Recio (4-0, three KO's) has stopped his last three opponents, including a second-round stoppage of Mike Santiago on March 7 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  However, if you combine the amount of bouts of Recio's previous four opponents, they would not have close to the experience of Felix (11-14-2, four KO's).

Felix steps into the ring for the first time since November of 2012 when he was stopped in the first round against Quatavious Cash in Atlanta, GA.  The last victory for Felix came in the Beltway region when he scored a fifth-round TKO over Tony Jeter in Arlington, VA in December of 2011.

Also, Baltimore middleweight Jeremy Trussell returns to action as he battles Shakee Williamson of Danville, VA in a four-round encounter.  Trussell ( 8-0, six KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Jeremy Boardwine on March 1 in Lynchburg, VA.  Williamson (1-1, one KO) returns for the first time since March of 2011 when he stopped Mike Sawyer in the second round in Ransom, WVA.

Bowie, MD junior welterweight DeAndre Davis (1-0, one KO) returns for the first time since making his pro debut in January 2013 when he faces the debuting Christopher Johnson of Chicago, IL.  Davis stopped Coy Lambert in the first round in Fort Washington, MD.

A. Peterson Weighs 135 For his 10-Rounder in California!

Anthony Peterson (32-1, 21 KO's) weighed in at the lightweight limit of 135 for his nationally-televised 10-round contest against Marcos Leonardo Jimenez Friday at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA.  Jimenez (20-4, 13 KO's) tipped the scales at 132.

The bout will be shown on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.  The show begins at 9 PM ET.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Russell To Battle Lomachenko For Vacant World Featherweight Title, Says WBO!'s Lem Satterfield is reporting word that the WBO has officially made Ukranian Vasyl Lomachenko the mandatory opponent for number-one ranked "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD and the two will compete for the vacant WBO Featherweight championship.

The questions now, of course, are when and where the bout will take place.  Those questions might end up having very interesting answers.  Russell is associated with Golden Boy Promotions and Lomachenko is promoted by Top Rank.  The WBO has said that the two competing promotional companies have 30 days to negotiate a contract for the bout.  If no contract comes in that period, the bout would go to a purse bid.

Lomachenko (1-1, one KO) received an opportunity to battle for the WBO in just his second pro bout (although Fight Fax, Inc. lists Lomachenko's record as 7-1 because he received payments for his appearances in the World Series of Boxing) on March 1 when he faced then-champ Orlando Salido in San Antonio, TX.  Russell was named the mandatory challenger to Salido in October.  However, Salido decided to take a voluntary title defense against Lomachenko.

Salido ended up losing the title on the scales, giving Lomachenko an opportunity to win the vacated title if he won.  However, Salido defeated Lomachenko by split decision.

In an interview with Satterfield, Russell (24-0, 14 KO's) wasn't exactly pleased with the WBO's decision on Lomachenko. Here is that interview:

Russell, Jr. Rips WBO Decision

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Interesting DC-NJ Weekend Takes Place On Weekend of April 4!

Local pro and amateur Beltway Boxers will be involved in an interesting weekend on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5 in New Jersey.

On Friday, April 4,  two undefeated local pros -- Antoine "Action" Douglas" and "The King's Son" Jerry Odom  -- will be in action on a card at the Parsippany PAL Arena in Parsippany, NJ. Both men are coming off knockout wins over their opponents at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA on March 15.

Douglas (13-0, eight KO's) will headline the card in his first scheduled 10-round contest as he battles veteran and former world title contender "The Bergamo Bomber" Luca Messi of Bergamo, Italy.  Messi (37-9-1, 13 KO's) is coming off a six-round decision over Kristian Camino on February 1 in Bergamo.  The win broke a two-bout losing streak.  In August of 2005, Messi lost a bid for the WBA Junior Middleweight championship to Alejandro Garcia by unanimous decision in Chicago, IL.

Odom (9-0, nine KO's) will be in a six-round encounter on the card against an opponent to be determined.

Special guest attendees of this card will be a contingent of Potomac Valley Association amateur boxers who will be town in a dual meet against the Elite Heat All-Stars of NJ that will take place on Saturday, April 5 in Newark, NJ. No official word on who will represent the PVA squad.

One week later, on Saturday, April 12, the PVA squad will host the New Jersey team for another card at the Merrick Recreation Center in Southeast, DC.  We'll have more on that card in a few days.