Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will make the first defense of his WBC Youth Super Featherweight championship on Friday, June 30th against Jesus A. "Chuito" Valdez of Huatabampo, Sonora, Mexico at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. The bout will be shown on ESPN2 and it is scheduled for 10 rounds.
Roach (13-0, five KO's) returns to the location where he won his title in his last contest, scoring a crushing first-round knockout over Alejandro Valdez on January 28th. Valdez (20-2-1, nine KO's) makes his first trip to the continental United States. Valdez has won his last four bouts in his native Mexico but all four of those wins were against under-.500 competition.
Suitland, MD middleweight veteran Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier returns to action on Friday, June 23 in a six-round contest against Detroit, MI veteran Darryl Cunningham at the Motor City Casino in Detroit.
Dozier (10-17-2, five KO's) will be looking to break a five-bout losing streak that includes a second-round TKO loss to Winfred Harris, Jr. on April 29th in Louisville, KY. Cunningham (35-9, 14 KO's) makes his third straight trip to the Motor City Casino where he has won his last two bouts. Cunningham comes off a six-round unanimous decision to Taronze Washington on February 24th.
Two Maryland Boxers made pro debuts on a card at the Small Arena PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA on June 17th.
Salisbury, MD light heavyweight Ryan Watson made a successful debut winning a four-round unanimous decision over the equally debuting Carl Murphy of Harrisburg. According to well-known boxing writer JR Jowett, Murphy won a close bout by scores of 39-37 across the board.
Also on the card, Baltimore, MD welterweight Dan Koch lost his pro debut by first-round knockout to debuting Roy McGill of Harrisburg. Jowett reports that Koch was caught by a McGill right hand that dropped him face first on the canvas. The bout was stopped at 2:21 of the round.
One other note on this card. There were four bouts on the card and six of the eight boxers were making their pro debuts.
Tyriesha "Lady Tiga" Douglas won the vacant Universal Boxing Federation Female Super Flyweight championship with a fourth-round TKO over previously undefeated Ebony "The Storm" Rivera of Fayetteville, NC at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The bout was the main event of the Shabazz Brotherz card.
Douglas, a native of Washington, DC who trains in Baltimore, used extremely quick hands to set up her power shots. At first, Rivera seemed to withstand the early onslaught but by the second round, the speed of Douglas proved to be too much as Douglas would land three or four shots in an exchange while Rivera could only land one shot.
Douglas picked up the pace in the third round as she landed blistering shots to Rivera's face and body that seemed to stagger Rivera throughout the two-minute stanza. Rivera gamely tried to fight back and survived the round. Finally in the fourth round, Rivera landed a right hand but Douglas landed a quick combination that knocked Rivera backwards. Referee Brent Bovell immediately stopped the contest, giving Douglas the win and the title at 35 seconds of the round. Douglas wins her third UBF title in her third weight class (flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight) and her record rises to 12-1, five KO's Rivera loses for the first time and her record is 7-1, three KO's.
In the co-feature, Baltimore light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves defeated Josue "Chiquilin" Obando of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico by fourth-round disqualification. Reeves, the reigning USBO Light Heavyweight and Maryland State Cruiserweight titleholder, had some difficulty generating an offense against the taller Obando. However, Obando did not help his cause at all as he lost two points for holding the arms of Reeves. Finally, on the third infraction, referee Kenny Chevalier disqualified Obando at 19 seconds of the fourth round. Reeves has won 12 straight contests and his record is now 15-2-2, seven KO's. Obando has lost nine in a row and he is now 14-16-1, 11 KO's.
The rest of the night proved to be a rough one for local boxers. Shane Pearson, a middleweight from Statesville, NC, scored a stunning first-round TKO over previously undefeated Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris of Baltimore. Morris, who fought for the first time since the passing of his father in March, could not get going as Pearson rocked Morris with a huge right hand. Moments later, another right hand from Pearson dropped Morris to the canvas. Referee Dave Braslow immediately stopped the bout and Pearson got the win at 2:10. Morris falls to 4-1, three KO's while Pearson, who competed for the first time in almost five years, is now 2-1, two KO's.
Also on the card, middleweight Aidos Yerbossynuly of Almaty, Kazahkstan totally negated the offense of Baltimore's Devin "Bite" Butcher en route to an easy six-round unanimous decision. Yerbossynuly, making only his second appearance in the United States, showed impressive defensive skills as he was able to cut off Butcher at every turn. Offensively, Yerbossynuly was able to land solid shots to the head and body of Butcher, who had no answer for any of his opponent's tactics. Butcher can claim a moral victory as he is the first boxer to make Yerbossynuly go the distance. Yerbossynuly won by scores of 60-53 and 59-54 (twice) to remain undefeated at 6-0, five KO's. Butcher drops to 6-2, three KO's.
Baltimore super featherweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV battled to a four-round majority draw with Matt Murphy of St. Louis, MO. In going the distance for the first time in his career, Allison got off to a good start as he landed quality shots in the first round. However, Murphy was able to work his way inside and outwork Allison in parts of the contest. Allison was able to win one scorecard as judge John Gradowski scored the bout 39-37. However Brent Bovell and Dave Braslow saw the draw at 38-38. Allison remains undefeated at 7-0-1, seven KO's. While Murphy is now 2-13-2, two KO's.
Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Grover "The Cobra" Young of Memphis, TN. In a battle of southpaw heavies, Forrest used a blistering right jab throughout the contest to keep Young at bay. Forrest could not follow up with big left hands consistently but his jab was more than enough to give him the win. Forrest won by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 58-56 to raise his record to 16-2, 13 KO's. Since suffering those back-to-back losses, Forrest has won nine in a row. Young falls to 12-24-3, eight KO's and is winless in his last 11 bouts.
Brian Dillon did the matchmaking on this card and the ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
The South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing sanctioned three amateur bouts on the card. In the featured bout, Baltimore's six-time National Silver Gloves champion Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson stopped Ashton "The Goon" Sykes of Columbia, MD in a 178-pound open contest. Also, Destiny Day-Owens of Baltimore won a decision over Clinton, MD's Shevon Lewis in a 141-pound novice female contest and Musa Robinson of Baltimore won an 80-pound open contest over Jeremiah Jimason of Oxon Hill, MD.
Here is the scale watch for the Shabazz Brothers card that will take place Saturday at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD:
Tyrieshia Douglas 112 vs. Ebony Rivera 112.8
(UBF Super Flyweight title)
Stephon Morris 159.2 vs. Shane Pearson 166.8
Travis Reeves 176.2 vs. Josue Obando 175.8
Devin Butcher 167.2 vs. Aidos Yerbossynuly 166.2
Jerry Forrest 224.2 vs. Grover Young 265
Mack Allison IV 132 vs. Matt Murphy 138.2 (Murphy will have to weigh in again today)
There are also two amateur bouts scheduled for the card. Six-time National Silver Gloves champion Lorenzo Simpson of Baltimore will take on regional Golden Gloves finalist Ashton Sykes of Columbia, MD. There will be a female amateur contest featuring Baltimore's Destiny Day-Owens.
The first bout is scheduled to begin at 5 PM ET. If you can't be there in person, join us live by downloading the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android and hear the live audio broadcast beginning at 4:55 PM ET. IOS listeners can hear the show by going to the BATB pages on Spreaker.com https://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway and IHeartRadio.com https://www.iheart.com/podcast/Boxing-Along-The-Beltway-22903291/
More bouts are being announced for the Shabazz Brothers card that will take place on Saturday, June 17th at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD.
Baltimore light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will be in an eight-round contest against Josue "Chiquilín" Obando of Guadalajara, Mexico. Reeves (14-2-2, seven KO's) last fought on April 14th and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Taneal Goyco in Oxon Hill, MD. Obando (14-15-1, 11 KO's) will be trying to break an eight-bout losing streak. Obando has fought quality people in his career, including Matt Korobov, Junior Castillo and the Beltway's own D'Mitrius Ballard, who won a six-round unanimous decision over Obando in Philadelphia, PA in June of 2015.
Baltimore super middleweight Devin "Bite" Butcher will take on undefeated Aidos Yerbossynuly of Almaty, Kazakhstan in a six-round bout. Butcher (6-1, three KO's) bounced back from suffering his first loss by winning a four-round unanimous decision over Eric Govan on November 12th at Du Burns. Yerbossynuly (5-0, five KO's) made his American debut in his last outing with a second-round TKO over Riarus Dudley on March 23rd in Randolph, NJ.
Another Baltimore super middleweight, Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris will battle Shane Pearson of Statesville, NC in a four-round encounter. Morris (4-0, three KO's) last fought on November 12th at Du Burns and won a four-round majority decision over Gregory Clark. Pearson (1-1, one KO) returns to action for the first time since September of 2012.
Undefeated Baltimore super featherweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV returns to action in a four-round bout against Matt Murphy of St. Louis, MO. Allison, the 2016 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year(7-0, seven KO's), last fought on December 10th and scored a third-round TKO over Rodger Williams in Springfield, VA. Murphy (2-13-1, two KO's) will be trying to break a five-bout losing streak. Murphy has been very busy in 2017 -- this will be his eighth bout this year.
In a heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Jerry "Slug" Forrest of Norfolk, VA will take on veteran Grover Young of Memphis, TN. Forrest (15-2, 13 KO's) has won eight straight since suffering back-to-back losses. The last two wins for Forrest came against Willis Lockett in August of 2016 and May of 2017, when he knocked out Lockett in the second round in Norfolk. Young (12-23-3, eight KO's) is winless in his last 10 bouts, including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Mike Balogun on April 29th in Springfield, VA.
The main event will be the10-round UBF female Bantamweight title bout between Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas (11-1, four KO's) and Ebony "The Storm" Rivera (7-0, three KO's).
Four Beltway Boxers will be heading to the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA to compete on a Kings Promotions card on Saturday, June 24th.
In six-round contests, Washington, DC featherweight Marcus "The Dreamcrusher" Bates will take on Roberto "Escorpion" Pucheta of La Villa de Cuerámbaro, Jalisco, Mexico. Bates (6-0-1, six KO's) is coming off an explosive six-round TKO over Alec McGee on February 11th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Pucheta (10-11-1, six KO's) will be taking on a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time. Pucheta lost a six-round unanimous decision to Kevin Rivers, Jr. on May 24th in Santa Monica, CA. This bout was originally scheduled to take place on the June 3rd Kings Promotions card at Rosecroft. However, Pucheta was deemed unfit to compete. Also, DC super welterweight Gregory "Glizzy" Clark will battle Darryl "Dreamking" Bunting of Asbury Park, NJ. Clark (2-1-1, one KO) comes off a tough six-round majority draw with Donald Wallace on May 12th in Glen Burnie, MD. Bunting, a native of Marietta, GA (3-1-2, one KO) will try to build off a four-round unanimous decision victory over Juan Zapata on November 11th in Chester, PA. Bunting will be competing for the first time in a scheduled six-round encounter. In four-round bouts, Jordan "Kidd" Peters of DC will be in a lightweight battle with "Pretty Boy" Chaise Nelson of Dayton, OH. Peters (2-0-1, two KO's) fought on the June 3rd Rosecroft show and got off of the canvas in the first round to score a second round stoppage of Bryan Perez-Navarez. Ironically, Nelson (5-1, three KO's) also scored his last victory over Perez-Navarez, winning a four-round unanimous decision on May 12th at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia. Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison (4-0, three KO's) is also slated to appear on this card in a four-round contest. Madison has not fought since scoring a first-round TKO over Lamarco Ellis on February 4th in Wilson, NC.
Washington, DC's Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas will defend the Universal Boxing Federation Female Bantamweight championship against undefeated Ebony Rivera of Fayetteville, NC on Saturday, June 17th at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD.
Douglas (11-1, four KO's) is a two-time, two-division UBF champion who steps into the ring for the first time since May of 2016 when she won an eight-round unanimous decision over Anahi Torres at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD.
Rivera, a native of Lancaster, PA (7-0, three KO's) competes for the first time in a title bout. Rivera last fought in April of 2016 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Nancy Franco in Fayetteville.
Washington, DC super lightweight Lamont White lost a four-round unanimous decision to Tomas Romain of Brooklyn, NY on Saturday at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. White lost by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.
White, who scored his first pro win in his last outing, now has a record of 1-8, one KO, one NC. White has never been stopped in a contest, one of his losses came by disqualification. Romain is now 3-1.
Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson lost a tough eight-round split decision to undefeated Steve "Mr." Rolls of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Friday night in front of a national television audience (Showtime) at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.
Nicholson got off to a good start early in the bout as he caught Rolls with a right hand. However, Rolls countered with a right-left combination that dropped Nicholson to the canvas late in the first round. Nicholson persevered and was able to mount offense, especially in the middle portions of the offense. However, Rolls was able to do just enough to win the contest on the scorecards, receiving two 77-74 scores. Nicholson got the nod on one scorecard 77-75.
Nicholson is now 17-2-1, 16 KO's while Rolls remains undefeated at 16-0, nine KO's.
Washington, DC super lightweight Lamont White tipped the scales at 137.5 pounds for his four-round contest against Tomas Romain that will take place on Saturday, June 10th at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Romain weighed in at 133.5 pounds.
White (1-7, one KO) will try to build momentum after earning his first pro victory -- a second-round knockout over previously undefeated Roger Belch on May 13th in Norfolk, VA. Romain (2-1) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over Sidell Blocker on March 11th at the Claridge.
Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson returns to action in an eight-round encounter against undefeated Steve Rolls of Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Friday, June 9th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. The bout will be a part of a ShoBox telecast on Showtime.
Nicholson (17-1-1, 16 KO's) is coming off an eight-round majority decision draw with Immanuwel Aleem on July 29th in Quebec, Canada. Rolls (15-0, nine KO's) last fought on December 16th and won by third-round TKO over Attila Koros also in Quebec. Rolls is a former NABF Super Welterweight champion.
A couple of weeks ago, we listed the boxers from the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing that will be heading to the Junior Olympic Youth Open and Prep National Championships in Charleston, WVA June 26th through July 1st.
The South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing will send eight boxers to the nationals based on competition held in Salisbury, MD on May 20th: Here are their representatives:
11/12: 80 Pounds: Cornelio Phipps 90 Pounds: Jamie Robinson 101 Pounds: Tommy Coe 13/14: 101 Pounds: Muhammad Robinson 15/16: 110 Pounds: Meon Davis 119 Pounds: Jeremy Adorn 125 Pounds: Xavien Ramirez 132 Pounds: Jermaine Royster
This means the Beltway region will send 23 boxers to the Junior Olympic Nationals later this month.
Beltway Boxers prospects put in some quality work as they won bouts during the Kings Promotions card Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
(Photos by Daniel Cork)
In the main event, undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox won an eight-round unanimous decision over "The Hudson Valley Kid" Daniel Sostre of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. The 6'4" Fox worked everything off of his long jab that kept Sostre off balance throughout the entire contest. Sostre provided very little offense to counter Fox's assault. Fox won the bout by scores of 80-71 and 79-72 (twice) to raise his record to 14-0, four KO's. Sostre's record is now even at 13-13-1, five KO's.
The co-feature saw another Forestville, MD prospect Tyrek "I Get Busy" Irby win a six-round unanimous decision over Brandon "Bam" Sanudo of Baja California, Mexico. Irby battered Sanudo over the entire six rounds. So dominant was Irby's performance that one judge, John Gradowski, scored two 10-8 rounds for Irby despite the fact that there were no knockdowns in the contest. Gradowski scored the contest 60-52. Judges Brent Bovell and David Braslow saw the bout, 60-54. Irby is now 3-0, one KO while Sanudo drops to 5-5, two KO's.
Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw, Jr. scored a fourth-round TKO over Mario Perez of Baja California, Mexico. After starting off as a southpaw in the first round of the contest, Outlaw switched to conventional in the second round and picked up his offensive pace, dropping Perez with a right hand. Outlaw would knock down Perez three more times in the contest before the bout was stopped at 1:32 of the fourth round. Outlaw, who recently graduated from Bowie State University, remains undefeated at 3-0, one KO. Perez falls to 1-2.
Super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd of Accokeek, MD stopped Alberto Delgado of Roanoke, VA in the third round. Hurd, the younger brother of IBF Super Welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd was dominant in his performance, battering Delgado throughout the contest and eventually forcing the Delgado corner to call a halt to the contest at 1:23 of the third. Hurd is now 3-0, two KO's while Delgado is 0-2-1.
Super featherweight Malik "Lil Leak" Loften of Suitland, MD made an impressive pro debut, scoring a fourth round TKO over Jemour Edwards of Orlando, FL. Edwards came out very aggressive and tried to pressure Loften in the first round. Loften, however, handled the pressure very well and started to land quality head and body shots of his own that, by the fourth round, overwhelmed Edwards and forced referee Brent Bovell to stop the contest at 2:41. Edwards falls to 0-2.
In the opening contest, Washington, DC super featherweight Jordan "Da Kidd" Peters scored a TKO at the end of the second round over Bryan Perez-Nevarez of Carolina, Puerto Rico. Peters bounced back from suffering a first-round knockdown from a Perez-Nevarez counter right hand. In the second round, Peters shot a straight right hand that dropped Perez-Nevarez. Peters turned up the pressure and dropped Perez-Nevarez a second time in the second round. Perez-Nevarez could not come out for the third round. Peters is now 2-0-1, two KO's while Perez-Nevarez is now 2-7-1, one KO.
Marshall Kauffman leads Kings Promotions. Kauffman and Desmond Hammond handled the matchmaking duties. The ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
Here are the results from the amateur boxing card held Friday night at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC:
Pharroh Hamilton (Langdon Rec) defeated Sa'Mari Everette (Baltimore) Marcell Steele (Keystone) defeated Xavier Rodriguez (Philadephia) Isaac Rivera ( Philadelphia) defeated Jeremiah Williams (Baltimore) Mario Rodriguez (New England) defeated Ben Johnson (No Xcuse) Semaj Alston (Philadelphia) defeated Kardan Chapman (No Xcuse) Jamal Harvey (Oxon Hill) defeated Cuttino Oliver (Baltimore) Cardarius Johnson ( Headbangers) defeated Juan Riverea (Philadelphia) Malik Warren (Baltimore) defeated Gabe Gerena (New Jersey) Jamir Cope (New Jersey) defeated Leroy Payne (Headbangers) Deric Davis (Headbangers) defeated Ibrahim Robinson (Baltimore) Quincy Williams (Lyfe Style) defeated Diego Bengochea (New England) Jalil Hackett (Enigma) defeated Yasir Harris (Philadelphia) Nick Sullivan (Norfolk) defeated Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) Lamar Odom (Lyfe Style) defeated Rashiem Jefferson III (Philadelphia) Saleem Kelly (New Jersey) defeated Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) Lorenzo Simpson (Balimore) defeated Maurice Winslow (Georgia) Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse) defeted Joseph Gordon (Keystone) Max Garland (Headbangers) defeated Stacey Selby (Baltimore) ..
The Maryland State Athletic Commission has issued the following statement concerning the events of May 20th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD:
“Based on an initial investigation of events that took place on May 20, 2017 during a professional boxing show held at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, licensed second (cornerman) Leon Lawson, II was summarily suspended by the Maryland State Athletic Commission as of May 23, 2017 for exhibiting unruly conduct in violation of Commission regulations. Such action is pursuant to Maryland State law authorizing the summary suspension of a licensee where the Commission finds that the public health, safety and welfare imperatively requires emergency action.
The action was taken as a result of Mr. Lawson punching professional boxer Jose Uzcategui in the face following the conclusion of the boxing contest between Mr. Uzcategui and Andre Dirrell. The Maryland State Athletic Commission’s suspension of Mr. Lawson was issued on an indefinite basis. The Commission is continuing its investigation and takes this matter very seriously.”
According to ESPN.com's, Dan Rafael, Lawson has plans to turn himself in to Prince George's County police on Friday. Lawson's counsel says that his client has not been on the run, that he has been in Flint, MI discussing this case.
There will be an amateur card that will be held at a very unique location in Washington, DC on Friday, June 2. There will be a card held at the historic Howard Theatre, located at 620 T Street in Northwest DC, that will include a number of local Beltway amateur stars. There are 21 bouts scheduled for this card. Here is the proposed bout sheet:
1. Sa’Mari Everette(Baltimore) vs Pharroh
Hamilton (Langdon Rec)
2. Nameek Rodriguez(New
England) vs Marcell Steele (Keystone)
3. Rashiem Jefferson III(Philly) vs
Kardan Chatman (No Xcuse)
4. Isaac Rivera (Philly) vs Jeremiah Williams(HeadBangers)
5. Mario Rodriguez (New England) vs Ben Johnson (No Xcuse)
6. Nasir Shelton(New England) vs
Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassins) vs Jeff Young(Woodland Tigers)
8. Marvelous Corbin (Philly) vs Marcus Johnson (Lime Lite)
Cuttino Oliver (Baltimore) vs Jamal
Harvey (Oxon Hill)
Rivera (Philly) vs Cardarius Johnson (HeadBangers)
11. Gabe Gerena (New Jersey) vs Malik Warren (Baltimore)
12. Adam Ali (New Jersey) vs Leroy Payne(HeadBangers)
13. Jose Rodriguez (New England) vs Deric Davis (HeadBangers)
14. Diego Bengochea (New England) vs Quincy Williams (Lyfe Style)
15. Yasir Harris (Philly) vs Jalil Hackett (Enigma)
16. Nick Sullivan (Norfolk) vs Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
17. Rashiem Jefferson II (Philly) vs Lamar Odom (LyfeStyle)
18. Saleem Kelly (New Jersey) vs Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
19. Stacey Selby (Baltimore) vs Max Garland (HeadBangers)
20. Keon Davis (ABC Boxing) vs Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)
21. Maurice Winslow (Georgia) vs Lorenzo Simpson (Baltimore)
The card will begin at 7 PM ET. Tickets are $25 General Admission and $40 Ringside. The money for ticket sales will help send 15 boxers who have qualified for the Junior Olympic National Tournament to Charleston, WVA in late June.
The history of the Howard Theatre dates back to 1910 when it was part of the Black Broadway entertainment circuit (also known as the "Chitlin' Circuit"). The Regal Theatre in Baltimore and the Apollo Theatre in New York would later be added to the circuit. Many of the biggest African-American performers played at the Howard during the theatre's hey day, including Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Nat King Cole along with DC's own Duke Ellington and Marvin Gaye. The theatre closed down after the riots in 1968 but was reopened in 2012.
One other result to tell you about from this past weekend. Washington, DC welterweight Jonathan "Bad Badger" Baxter won a four-round unanimous decision over Mychal Bynum of Kinston, NC on May 26th in Raleigh, NC.
According to reports, Baxter had to avoid not only an early barrage of punches from his opponent but also the food he ate after making weight made him a little nauseous. Baxter was able to pick up the pace in the bout and bloodied Bynum's nose en route to winning the contest. No word on the scores.
Baxter is now 6-1, five KO's. Bynum was making his pro debut.
As we mentioned in the previous post, Landover, MD featherweight Kevin "K-Smoove" Rivers, Jr. made an unheralded return to boxing with a six-round unanimous decision victory over Roberto "Escorpion" Pucheta of La Villa de Cuerámbaro, Mexico during a charity boxing card at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.
Rivers, who had not fought since his sixth-round TKO victory over Angel Aispuro in March of 2016 in Washington, DC, won the bout by scores of 60-54, 58-56 and 59-55 to raise his record to 14-1, 10 KO's. Pucheta, who returns to the ring on the June 3rd card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD against Marcus Bates, is now 10-11-1, six KO's.
The card raised funds to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and its mission to fund life-changing research, care and awareness for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise. The card was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
The first pro boxing card in June will take place on Saturday, June 3 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. This will be a Kings Promotions card.
Undefeated Kings Promotions signee Mykal "The Professor" Fox will headline the card in an eight-round super lightweight bout against "The Hudson Valley Kid" Daniel Sostre of Highland New York by way of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Fox, a native of Forestville, MD (13-0, four KO's), fought on the last King's Promotions card at Rosecroft on February 11th and won an eight-round majority decision over Tre'Sean Wiggins. Sostre (13-12-1, five KO's) makes his first appearance of 2017 after dropping an eight-round unanimous decision to Derrieck Cuevas on December 10th in Catano, Puerto Rico in a bout for the vacant WBA Fedecentro Welterweight title. Sostre will look to break a three-bout losing streak.
In the co-feature, Bowie, MD cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith will be in a six-round bout against Elvin "Koko" Sanchez of Paterson, NJ. Smith (8-1, seven KO's) is coming off a third-round TKO victory over Carlos Black on March 25th in Washington, DC. Sanchez (7-3-1, five KO's) has not fought since winning a four-round majority decision over Brad Austin in October of 2014 in North Bergen, NJ. Sanchez holds a TKO victory over former Beltway Boxer Venroy July that took place in February of 2013 in DC.
Also in a six-rounder, DC featherweight Marcus "The Dream Crusher" Bates will face off with Roberto "Escorpion" Pucheta from La Villa de Cuerambaro, Mexico, Bates (6-0-1, six KO's), also a Kings Promotions signee, scored a brutal sixth-round TKO over Alec McGee on the February 11th Rosecroft card. After a tough five rounds, Bates landed the first punch to McGee four seconds into the sixth round and stopped him. Pucheta (10-11-1, six KO's) will face a Beltway Boxer for the second time in two weeks. Pucheta lost a six-round unanimous decision to the returning Kevin Rivers, Jr. on May 24th during a charity boxing card in Santa Monica, CA.
Forestville, MD super lightweight Tyrek "I.G.B. (I Get Busy)" Irby will battle Brandon "Bam" Sanudo of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico in a six rounder. Irby (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White on the February 11th Rosecroft card. Samudo (5-4, two KO's) had a five-bout winning streak snapped with a six-round unanimous decision loss to Thomas Velasquez on May 19th in Philadelphia, PA.
In four-round bouts, Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw of Bowie will take on Mario Perez of Baja California, Mexico in a super lightweight contest. Outlaw (2-0) comes off a four-round majority decision over Kashon Hutchinson on the February 11th Rosecroft card. Perez (1-1) lost to the debuting Richardson Hitchins on March 4th in Brooklyn, NY.
Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd returns to action against Alberto Delgado of Roanoke, VA. Hurd (2-0, one KO) scored his first pro stoppage on the February 11th Rosecroft card when he stopped Dawond Pickney in the second round. Delgado (0-1-1) lost to the debuting Joey Veazey on October 22 in Winchester, VA.
Suitland, MD super bantamweight Malik Loften makes his pro debut in a four-rounder against Jonel Lorenzo of Newark, NJ. Loften competed in the Washington Novice Golden Gloves in 2015. Lorenzo (0-1) has not fought since dropping a four-round majority decision to Michael Stoute in April of 2016 in Huntington, NY.
DC lightweight Jordan "The Kidd" Peters will be in a four-round contest against Bryan Perez-Nevarez of Carolina, Puerto Rico. Peters (1-0-1, one KO) comes off a four-round majority draw with Hector Bayanilla on April 4th in Bethlehem, PA. Perez-Nevarez (2-6-1, one KO) will be trying to break a four-bout losing streak including a four-round unanimous decision to Chaise Nelson on May 12th in Philadelphia, PA.
Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun made a successful first road trip as he won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Terrence "Big Jim" Marbra of Saint Petersburg, FL on May 26th at the Boca Raton Resort and Spa in Boca Raton, FL.
According to reports, Balogun suffered a flash knockdown early in the bout. However, Balogun came back to knock Marbra down twice. Balogun went on to win the bout by scores of 59-53 (twice) and 58-54. Balogun is now 11-0, eight KO's. Marbra falls to 8-5, six KO's.
IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis has signed an exclusive endorsement deal with Under Armour. The deal was announced today with the unveiling of new billboards that hover over Interstate 95 in Davis's hometown of Baltimore, MD.
The 22-year-old Davis, who successfully defended his title with a crushing third-round TKO over Liam Walsh on May 20th in London, England, joins fellow world boxing champions Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Anthony Joshua along with legendary Baltimore-area athletes Ray Lewis and Michael Phelps as Under Armour endorsers. Under Armour's headquarters are in Baltimore.
Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun returns to action on Friday, May 26th in a six-round contest against veteran Terrence "Big Jim" Marbra of St. Petersburg, FL at the Boca Raton Hotel and Club in Boca Raton, FL. This will be Balogun's first contest outside the Beltway.
Balogun (10-0, eight KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Grover Young in his last outing on April 29th at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. Marbra (8-4, six KO's) last fought on July 15th and lost a six-round unanimous decision to Justin Jones in Tunica, MS.
The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing will be sending 15 locals to the Junior Olympic Youth Open and Prep National Championships that will take place June 26-July 1 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WVA.
Here are the members of the PVA Team that earned their berths this past Saturday in Salisbury, MD:
The Beltway Boxing action that took place on Saturday, May 20th wasn't confined to the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill or the Copperbox Arena in London, England. There were a number of Beltway Boxers involved in action throughout the country.
Let's start at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC where the ageless wonder and former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley captured the vacant UBF All-America Welterweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over former WBA Super Lightweight champion "Vicious" Vivian Harris of Brooklyn, NY. In a bout promoters said should have happened 10 or 15 years ago, Corley took the bout by scores of 95-92 and 94-93 (twice). Corley raises his record to 49-28-1, 28 KO's. Harris falls to 32-12-2, 19 KO's.
On the same card, Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez lost for the first time in his pro career, dropping an eight-round unanimous decision to "Mr. Marvelous" Maynard Allison of Siler City, NC. Allison won the bout by 79-73 across the board to capture the UBF All-America Lightweight title. Hernandez is now 9-1, five KO's. Allison's record rises to 8-1, five KO's.
Meanwhile at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, TX, Landover, MD featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White suffered his first pro loss by a six-round unanimous decision to fellow undefeated boxer Adam Lopez of Glendale, CA in a bout that was shown on FS1. The White camp told ProAm Fight Talk's Juan Marshall that White broke his left hand in the first round and was hampered the rest of the way. White would lose by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-54. White drops to 4-1, three KO's while Lopez is now 7-0, three KO's.
A further postscript on what took place during the co-feature at MGM National Harbor. Leon Lawson, Jr., the uncle of Andre Dirrell who threw a punch at Dirrell's opponent, Jose Uzcategui after Uzcategui was disqualified for landing an after-the-bell punch that knocked out Dirrell, has been indefinitely suspended by the World Boxing Council for his actions. According to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, the WBC has suspended Lawson from participating in any WBC-sanctioned fight "in any form or manner." Lawson is still wanted by local police for his actions.
“Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. scored a seventh-round TKO over a very game Oscar Escandon of Tolima, Colombia to keep his WBC Super Featherweight championship in the main event of the TGB Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. Russell was in complete control of the contest, dropping Escandon with a solid shot in the third round. The smaller Escandon tried to generate offense but was overpowered by the speed and accuracy of the champion. In the seventh round, Russell rocked Escandon with lefts and rights that sent Escandon into the ropes. Referee Harvey Dock stopped the contest at 59 seconds of the seventh. Russell is now 28-1, 17 KO’s while Escandon is now 25-3, 17 KO’s.
In a bout that ended in a crazy scene, Flint, MI super middleweight Andre Dirrell won the Interim IBF Super Middleweight title by eighth-round disqualification over Jose Uzcategui of Merida, Venezuela. Uzcategui seemed to be in control of the bout until the eighth round when, after the bell rang, Uzcategui landed a crushing left hand that dropped Dirrell face first to the canvas. Referee Bill Clancy immediately ruled the punch came after the bell and Dirrell was awarded the victory. A number of altercations took place in and out of the ring including a member of Dirrell’s corner striking Uzcategui in his own corner after the bout. Dirrell is now 26-2, 16 KO’s while Uzcategui falls to 26-2, 22 KO’s.
Former two-time world champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy and won a 12-round unanimous decision over Kiryl Relikh of Minsk,Belarus to become the top WBA contender in the Super Lightweight division. Relikh seemed outwork Barthelemy throughout the contest and was credited with a knockdown by referee Kenny Chevalier in the fifth round. Barthelemey would land a solid left hook to the body that dropped Relikh late in the eighth round. However, the judges saw Barthelemy winning the contest. John Gradowski scored the bout 116-110. Judge Henry Gant saw it 115-111 and Don Risher saw the bout 117-109. Barthelemy remains undefeated at 26-0, 13 KO’s and Relikh is now 25-3, 16 KO’s.
Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis successfully defended his IBF Super Featherweight title with a brutal third-round stoppage of mandatory challenger Liam Walsh of England tonight at the Copperbox Arena in London, England.
Davis imposed his will on the slightly-taller Walsh and subsequently broke the challenger down in front of his home fans throughout the bout. Davis would knock Walsh down with an overhand right in the first minute of the third round before the bout was stopped at 1:11 seconds.
Davis is now 18-0, 17 KO's while Walsh loses for the first time and he is now 21-1, 14 KO's.
Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over 100-fight veteran German "Panteonero" Meraz of Agua Prieta, MX in the final undercard bout at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.
Marin spent the majority of the contest cutting the ring off on Meraz and landing crisp hook shots and uppercuts. Meraz was in no danger of being knocked down but he was unable to generrate any offense. Marin won by shutout on all three scorecards, 60-54 to, raise his record to 13-0, nine KO's. Meraz is now 55-44-1, 32 KO's, one NC.
We are in an intermission as we get ready for the televised contests.
Gary Antonio Russell has scored a third-round TKO Jovany Fuentes of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. After a relatively close first round, Russell was able to drop Fuentes late in the second round with a solid left hook to the body followed by a right uppercut. Russell finished the contest early in the third round when he dropped Fuentes with a vicious right hook. Referee Brent Bovell stopped the bout at 22 seconds of the third.
Russell remains undefeated with a record of 8-0, five KO's while Fuentes drops to 7-9, six KO's.
Next up, bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin of Rockville, MD by way of Romania (12-0, nine KO's) will take on German Meraz of Agua Prieta, Mexico (52-43-1, 32 KO's, one NC) in a scheduled six-round bout.
Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne "The Last" Russell made short work of Joshua Ross of Monroe, LA in his pro debut. The 2016 US Olympian dropped Ross with a straight left hand midway through the first round then landed a series of shots that dropped Ross two more times before referee Bill Clancy stopped the contest at 2:25 of the first round.
Ross is now 2-4-4.
Antonio "Another" Russell (7-0, five KO's) is heading to the ring to face Jovany Fuentes of Bayamon, Puerto Rico (7-8, six KO's) in a scheduled six -round super bantamweight bout.
Clinton, MD featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy has won the opening contest today at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD capturing a six-round unanimous decision over a game Wilfredo Garrica of Ponce, PR.
Breedy managed to land some solid shots throughout the contest but took some hard shots from Garrica at times. Breedy won the bout by scores of 59-55 twice and 58-56. Breedy remains undefeated at 9-0, three KO's. Garrica drops to 3-7-1, two KO's.
Now in the ring, the pro debut of Gary Antuanne "The Last" Russell as he takes on Joshua Ross of Monroe, LA (2-3-4).
Two Beltway Boxers will try to win minor regional championships Saturday on a card at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.
In a battle of experienced former world champions, former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley of Washington, DC will battle former WBA Super Lightweight titleholder "Vicious" Vivian Harris in a 10-round bout for the vacant UBF All-Americas Welterweight title.
Corley (48-28-1, 28 KO's) had a four-bout winning streak snapped in his last outing when he dropped a controversial 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated prospect Jovanie Santiago on April 7th in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Corley dropped Santiago during the contest, which was for the UBF International Super Lightweight title.
Harris (32-11-2, 19 KO's) has not fought since being knocked out in the fourth round by Prichard Colon in September of 2015 in Toronto, Canada. Harris will be looking to break a two-bout losing streak.
Also on the card, undefeated Leesburg, VA super lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez will take the biggest step of his young career when he faces "Mr. Marvelous" Maynard Allison of Siler City, NC in a 10-round bout for the vacant UBF All-Americas Lightweight title. Hernandez (9-0, five KO's) last fought on December 10th and won a six-round unanimous decision over Roy Garcia in Springfield, VA.
Allison (7-1, five KO's) has won two straight since suffering his only loss to Ladarius Miller on September 16th in Las Vegas, NV. In his last outing, Allison won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Joseph Figueroa on April 8th in Greensboro, NC. Neither boxer in this bout has gone past six rounds.
Washington, DC super featherweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis notched a big win Friday night when he stopped Carlos Rosario of Pennsauken, NJ in the seventh round at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
Despite being out of action since November of 2015, Davis was in complete control of the contest. Davis knocked Rosario down in the second and sixth rounds then battered Rosario enough in the seventh round to force referee Gary Rosato to stop the bout at 1:49. Davis raises his record to 11-1, five KO's while Rosario falls to 7-2, four KO's.
Also on the card, Manassas, VA super lightweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Tyrone Crawley of Philadelphia. Rodriquez got off to a good start in the first round but Crawley was able to adjust and gain control of the rest of the contest. Crawley won by scores of 59-55 and 60-54 (twice). Rodriguez is now 7-7-1, five KO's while Crawley remains undefeated at 7-0.
It took more than one try but Gervonta Davis hit the 130-pound weight limit for his IBF Super Featherweight championship title defense against Liam Walsh on Saturday at the Copperbox Arena in London, England.
On the first try, Davis missed by two ounces. By IBF rules, Davis had two hours to shed the extra weight and did that ninety minutes later. Walsh weighed in at 130 as well.
The bout begins the Showtime split-site telecast at 6 PM ET. Those of you attending the card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD will be able to watch the bout on the screens.
Joshua Davis and Juan Rodriguez weighed in for their Friday bouts at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
Davis hit the scales at 131.5 for his eight-round main event against Carlos Rosario, who tipped the scales at 130.7. Rodriguez weighed in at 139.3 for his six-round contest against Tyrone Crawley, came in at 143.6.
Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard won a 10-round unanimous decision over late sub Adrian Luna of Mexico to capture the WBC USNBC Super Middleweight championship Thursday at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. The bout was shown on ESPN2.
Ballard dropped Luna in the second round with a counter left hand and had the bout in control. However, Luna fought back gamely and landed some shots on Ballard. Ballard was able to do enough to win the bout on the scorecards, 97-92 and 95-94 (twice). Ballard remains undefeated at 17-0, 12 KO's while Luna falls to 20-5-1, 13 KO's.
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