Thursday, December 12, 2013
On Friday, January 17, Keystone Boxing will have its first show of the year at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Scheduled to appear on the card are Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed, "Swift" Jarrett Hurd, Marcus "The Animal" Bates, Marq "The Monster" Johns and Larry Recio. Keystone is slated to have nine cards this year -- eight of those will be at Rosecroft and all eight of those cards will be on Friday nights, which were very successful attendance-wise in the latter months of this year.
We already know about the Saturday, January 25th Golden Boy Promotions card at the DC Armory featuring IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson defending his title against undefeated Dierry Jean. BATB has learned that Showtime will be carrying the card, which could mean that many of the undercard bouts, which are slated to feature a number of Beltway Boxers may be on the Showtime Extreme channel.
On Saturday, February 1 at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD, Jeter Promotions will have a pro card featuring a title defense by WBC Fecarbox Middleweight champion Tony "Mo Better" Jeter. No word yet on who his opponent will be. Also slated to be on that card are "Slick" Nick Kisner, "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae, Sherman Artis, Jr. and Charles Natal.
Keystone comes back with a card on Saturday, February 15 at location that will be announced in the next few weeks. That event will be followed by a Maryland Boxing Club card at the Carroll County AG Center in Westminster, MD on Friday, February 21. The card will be headlined by Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark "TNT" Tucker.
The first amateur card of 2014 is slated to be on Saturday, January 4 at the District Heights Municipal Center in District Heights, MD.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
10-11 Year Old Division:
65 Pounds: Mekhi Phillips (Keystone) over Reginald Ransom (Charm City)
70 Pounds: Tyreek Williams (The Answer) over Muhammad Robinson (unattached)
75 Pounds: Ervin Canlas (Keystone) over Damon Burnette, Jr. (Keystone)
85 Pounds: Stacey Selby (Langdon) over Jahlil Hackett (unattached)
12-13 Year Old Division:
90 Pounds: Malik Warren (Charm City) over Chamar Flowers (Headbangers)
90 Pounds: Kyron Curry (UMAR) over DeJon Corley (unattached)
14-15 Year Old Division:
119 Pounds: Sergio Bolanos (Headbangers) over Andres Garibey (unattached)
119 Pounds: Shadid Bond (Charm City) over Gregory Burton (Langdon)
132 Pounds: Mercado Copeland (Headbangers) over Danardo Johnson (Sugar Ray Leonard)
A number of boxers advanced to the next round unopposed.
Action continues on Saturday, September 14 at 1 PM at Rosecroft.
Monday, December 09, 2013
The 10-round co-feature should be a good one as undefeated Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo of Houston, TX will battle former world title challenger "King" Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, PA. Charlo (22-0, 11 KO's) is coming off a 10-round TKO over Jose Angel Rodriguez on October 14 in Sunrise, FL. Rosado (21-7, 13 KO's) will try to bounce back from his 10-round TKO loss to Peter Quillin for the WBO Middleweight title on October 26 in Atlantic City, NJ.
BATB is learning that a number of Beltway Boxers are slated for the card but no matchups have been announced. We are hearing that Anthony Peterson, Phil Jackson Benson, D'Mitrius Ballard and Dominic Wade are all slated to compete on the card. Whether more locals will be added remains to be seen.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Snow (16-1, 10 KO's) will participate in a six-round contest against undefeated Nate Green of New Haven, CT (4-0, one KO). Snow has not fought since winning by fourth-round TKO over Ernie Marquez in Hollywood, FL in June of 2012. Green is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Micah Branch on July 5 in Hartford, CT.
The card is being promoted by Curtis Jackson Promotions. Jackson, of course, is better known as 50 Cent.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
1. Jarrett Hurd has scored two knockouts in his last four contests. The one in this contest was as beautiful a knockout as you will ever see. It seemed to shock everyone in attendance with the sudden aspect of the blow. Hurd has shown a lot of improvement in the seven bouts he has had in 2013. This has been a solid year for the junior middleweight from Accokeek, MD.
2. Talked to Josh Elkins after his majority decision loss to Brandon Priest. Elkins showed me a badly damaged left hand which could explain why his jab was so ineffective throughout the contest. Elkins said he hurt his hand in the first round. Even with the bad hand, however, Elkins still had opportunities to win the bout, he just could not fully take advantage.
3. Elkins, the debuting Marq Johns and Larry Recio brought sizable and very vocal fan bases to the event. Johns was in a great contest with Stephon McIntyre that could have gone either way. Although the scores looked a little broad, the draw was the right call. Recio looked very solid tonight. Very accurate on his punches and broke down Brian Meadows.
4. The all-DC showdown between Joshua Davis and Hugh Hinds ended up being one-sided. Davis looked much improved from his last outing.
5. This card ends an outstanding year for the state of Maryland. The "Old Line State" regulated over 17 cards this year. That's a remarkable number considering in 2011, there were just 17 cards in the entire Beltway region. This is something we will talk more about in our year-end review at the end of this month.
Friday, December 06, 2013
When Josh Elkins sees the footage of his bout tonight against Brandon Priest he won't like what he sees. Elkins dropped a four-round majority decision to Priest in a bout he had ample opportunities to win.
Larry Recio of Springdale, MD was very precise landing crushing bodyshots that eventually stopped Brian "Bad Boy" Meadows of Clearwater, FL in the third round of a junior middleweight bout.
Recio was also very patient as he took his time landing his shots. By the time the stoppage took place, Meadows had no defense. Recio landed a crushing right hand to the body that made Meadows lunge forward and lose his mouthpiece. Meadows's corner, led by former three-time world champion Nate Campbell and former Virginia State Lightweight titleholder Jaime "The Punisher" Palma had seen enough. The bout was stopped at 1:29 of the third round.
Next is our co-feature -- "The Karate Kid" Josh Elkins of Waldorf, MD vs. Brandon Priest from West Dundee, IL. Four rounds in the middleweight division.
In what was a really good bout, Marq Johns and Stephon McIntyre battled to a four-round draw. Both guys fought very well including a great third-round in which both guys fought phone-booth style for the bulk of that three-minute period. Each man had their moments.
The bout was the pro debut for Johns while McIntyre is now 2-1-1 and has finished his first bout in the United States following two bouts in Panama and one in France.
We have a brief intermission as Marvis Frazier is being introduced to the crowd. Also there are memorial 10-counts for Maryland State Athletic Commission member Lou Leavey and former amateur boxer (his boyhood idol was Joe Louis) and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.
Action will get underway in mere moments here at Rosecroft. Hugh Hinds and Joshua Davis will kick off the action on this five-bout card. The contest is scheduled for six-rounds.
By the way, the card marks the full-time return of ring announcer and DC Boxing Hall of Famer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones, who is making his return from knee surgery. Jones did work the Armed Forces tournament in Arlington last month.
A number of Beltway Boxers are in attendance tonight. WBC Youth Welterweight champ Dusty Hernandez Harrison, WBC Fecarbox Middleweight champ Tony "Mo Better" Jeter, Virginia State Middleweight titleholder Brandon Quarles, Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. Demond " D Best At It" and Thomas "KO" Snow, who we'll have an announcement about this weekend.
Vlasov landed a right hand during the fourth round that dropped Taylor for the count. No word on the official time of the stoppage.
Taylor is now 18-6-1, eight KO's. Vlasov's record rises to 28-1, 14 KO's.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Here is the scale watch for the Keystone Boxing card on Saturday, December 6 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:
Jarrett Hurd 157 vs. George Armenta 158
Josh Elkins 163 1/2 vs. Brandon Priest 161
Larry Recio 153 vs. Brian Meadows 153 1/2
Marq Johns 122 1/2 vs. Stephon McIntyre 121 1/2
Hugh Hinds 131 1/2 vs. Joshua Davis 131 1/2
Yurii Polischuk's opponent came in 14 pounds over the welterweight limit. The promotion is looking for a last-minute opponent.
We will be blogging live from Rosecroft beginning at 7:15 ET.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Taylor had at least one more bout slated for 2013 but the bout fell through. Now, however, Taylor will return to headline an ESPN2 card from the Paramount on Friday, February 21. That is a recent change of date. The original date was to be January 24.
Taylor will face undefeated Chris Algieri of Huntington, NY (18-0, eight KO's) in a 10-round contest. Algieri will compete at the Paramount for the eighth consecutive time. The first bout in the streak was a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Bayan Jargal in November of 2011.
Douglas, a middleweight from Burke, VA scored a third-round TKO over previously undefeated Colby Courter of St. Joseph, MO. According to reporter JR Jowett, the two men engaged in a slugfest in the first round. Douglas rocked Courter with a right hand near the end of the round. By the third, Douglas was punishing Courter and dropped him with a right hand in the third. The bout was stopped at 1:12 of the round.
Douglas remains undefeated at 11-0, seven KO's. Courter is now 4-1, four KO's.
Odom, a super middleweight from Bowie, MD, kept his first-round knockout streak alive with a win over Eric Moon of Grand Rapids, MI. Odom dropped Moon three times before the bout was halted at 2:47. Odom is now 6-0, six KO's, one NC while Moon is 1-4.
Barring a last-minute miracle, that person would be undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed, whose reputation apparently has preceded him to the point where boxers up and down the East Coast seemingly either just did not want to fight him or asked for too much money to fight him (that is my observation, not an official statement). Here is the official statement from Keystone Boxing:
"Despite our best efforts, we were not able to find an opponent that meets the standards we set for Keystone Boxing and that Team Reed sets for Mike."
I can say that many folks around the area and up and down the East Coast tried to assist Keystone in finding an opponent for Reed. Unfortunately, it just didn't happen.
So here is how the card will shape up.
The main event is still intact -- undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd (9-0, five KO's) will take on Silver Spring, MD's George "El Gallo" Armenta (14-10, 11 KO's) in a six-round contest that will be fought at a weight of 158 pounds.
Waldorf, MD middleweight "The Karate Kid" Josh Elkins will face Brandon Priest of West Dundee, IL in a four-round bout. Elkins (1-0, one KO) scored a first-round TKO over Jamaal Davis in his pro debut on October 18 at Rosecroft. Priest (0-1) made his pro debut on that same card and lost by first-round TKO to Demond Nicholson.
Landover, MD junior middleweight Larry Recio battles Brian Meadows of Tampa, FL by way of Owensboro, KY in a four-rounder. Recio (1-0) made his pro debut on October 26 at the Washington, DC and won a four-round unanimous decision over Luis Teal. Meadows (1-4-2, one KO) makes his third straight trip to the Beltway region having scored a first-round knockout over Elmer Vera on November 7 in Cockeysville, MD. Prior to that, Meadows was the victim of a first-round TKO at the hands of Jeremy Trussell on September 28 in Baltimore, MD. Meadows will be accompanied by his trainer, former three-time world champion "The Galaxxy Warrior" Nate Campbell.
Fort Washington, MD bantamweight Marq "The Monster" Johns makes his pro debut against Stephon McIntyre of Newark, NJ. Johns is originally from Philadelphia, PA and trains at Old School Boxing gym located on the Rosecroft Raceway grounds. McIntyre (2-2) is fighting for the first time in his home country after three bouts in Panama and one in France. McIntyre will be looking to break a two-bout losing streak.
Also, Lanham, MD welterweight "The Baby-Face Assassin" Yurii Polischuk will face off against the debuting Stavone Warren of Chicago, IL in another four-round contest. Polischuk (2-1-1, one KO) battled Kevin Womack, Jr. to an exciting four-round draw in his last outing on November 23 in Baltimore. Warren is debuting as a conventional boxer but has participated in professional Muay Thai bouts.
Two DC lightweights will square off in a four-rounder. Joshua Davis will take on Hugh Hinds . Davis (4-1, two KO's) will look to bounce back from his first loss -- a four-round unanimous decision to Aaron Chavez on September 7 at Rosecroft. Meanwhile, Hinds (1-2) will try to keep his positive momentum going after winning his first pro contest by four-round majority decision over Deandre Walker on the October 18 Rosecroft card.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Douglas tipped the scales at 159 pounds while his opponent, Colby Courter, weighed in at 158 1/2.
Odom had a weight of 167 while Eric Moon was at the super middleweight limit of 168.
Monday, December 02, 2013
We are getting word that Baltimore, MD super middleweight Maxell "The General" Taylor is slated to compete against Maxim Vlasov of Samara, Russia in an eight-round bout at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. This will be the first bout for Taylor (18-5-1, eight KO's) since his seventh-round TKO loss to Phil Jackson Benson for the WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight title on May 11 in Millersville, MD. Vlasov (27-1, 13 KO's) fought one month ago on November 4 and scored a sixth-round TKO over Artem Redko in Krasnodar, Russia.
Next week on Friday, December 13, DC light heavyweight Richard McCombs returns to action to face Cian Dalton of Pittsburgh, PA by way of Ireland in a four-round bout at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, WVA. McCombs (1-5, one KO) will try to bounce back from his first-round TKO loss to Khalib Whitmore on August 23 in Valley Forge, PA. Dalton (2-0-1, one KO) is coming off a four-round draw with James Robinson on August 3 in Belle Vernon, PA.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly (left) captured a six-round unanimous decision over David Long of Cincinnati, OH tonight at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati.
Kelly won by scores of 59-57 (twice) while one judge scored the bout a draw in Kelly's first six-round contest. The win raises his undefeated record to 5-0-1, four KO's. Long falls to 12-3-2, eight KO's.
Another Beltway heavyweight -- William "The Blueprint" Monroe of Forestville, MD -- lost by first-round TKO in just 43 seconds to Randy Easton of Williamsport, PA tonight at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA. Monroe, who made his pro debut on November 23 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, is now 0-2. Easton wins his first pro bout and he is now 1-2-1, one KO.
There has been a lot of movement on the Madness Boxing card slated for Saturday, December 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The card has a number of changes, however, some matchups are set.
Oxon Hill, MD super middleweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson is still in the main event and he will face "The White Tiger" Angel Rios of the Bronx, NY in an eight-round contest. Johnson (14-1, six KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Simon Ruvalcaba on August 10 at the Convention Center.
Rios (9-19, six KO's) started his career as a lightweight in 1999 and has fought some familiar names as he has moved up in weight including Nate Campbell, Mike Anchondo, Terrence Crawford, Rod Salka, Dorin Spivey and the Beltway's own James Stevenson. The last bout for Rios was at super middleweight and he lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Willie Fortune on October 17 in Detroit, MI.
One of the big changes on the card is the addition of Capitol Heights, MD super middleweight Henry "Sugarpoo" Buchanan who will face veteran William Gill of Toms River, NJ in a six-round contest. Buchanan (20-3, 13 KO's) returns to the ring for the first time since losing a 10-round unanimous decision to Shawn Hawk on March 31, 2012 in New Town, ND.
Gill (9-30, seven KO's) has fought a who's who of prospects and contenders in the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions including David Telesco, Anthony Hanshaw, Jaidon Codrington and Max Alexander. Gill has also lost three bouts to Beltway Boxer Mike Paschall, one to Carlos Jones, and, if you like comparing won-loss records, Gill also lost a six-round unanimous decision to Alexander Johnson in April of 2010 at the Convention Center.
Also added to the card is undefeated Baltimore, MD featherweight Gervonta "Rambo" Davis who will battle James Franks of Newport News, VA in a six-round battle. Davis (5-0, five KO's) is coming off a fourth-round TKO win over Eric Jamar Goodall on October 17 in Bethlehem, PA. Franks (2-8-1, two KO's) has not fought since losing a four-round decision to Frank Santos De Alba in August of 2011 in Virginia Beach, VA. Davis will be the fifth Beltway Boxer Franks has faced after losing to Tyrell Samuel, Ron Boyd and Thomas Snow and winning over Andre Nichols.
Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson also returns to action in a four-round contest against Stanley Harvey of Norfolk, VA. Nicholson (4-0, four KO's) will look to extend his three-bout, first-round knockout streak which included a 57-second knockout of Ayei Lama on November 23 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore. Harvey (1-6, one KO) is facing an undefeated boxer for the fourth straight time. This includes losses to locals Dillon Hayman and Antoine Douglas.
In other bouts signed for the card, Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae will face Franklin "A Cup" Edmondson of Durham, NC in a six-round contest. McRae (11-3, six KO's) won a four-round unanimous decision over Willie Chisolm on September 28 at the Patapsco Arena in his last outing.
Edmondson (14-39-1, five KO's) has had a career that spans a 20-year period and includes bouts against a who's who in the light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions including former world champions Jean-Marc Mormeck and Imanu Mayfield along with former heavyweight contenders Owen Beck and Courage Tshabalala. Edmondson has also fought locals Floyd Seymour, Courtney Butler and two bouts against former Maryland State Light Heavyweight champion Fabian Garcia.
In another six-round contest, DC light heavyweight "Mr. Amazing" Greg Newby will take on Philadelphia, PA's Greg "Hot-Shot" Hackett. Newby (9-0, five KO's) scored a second-round TKO over James Jones on August 10 at the Convention Center. Hackett (2-13) will face a Beltway Boxer for the fourth time in his last five outings having lost previously to Johnson, Jarrett Hurd and Alantez Fox.
In an all-Beltway four-round bout, DC featherweight Shadeed Floyd will battle Baltimore's Darrell "Bad Azz" Martin. Both men fought on the last card at the Convention Center on October 26. Floyd (1-1-1, one KO) fought to a four-round draw against Nuwan Jayakody while Martin (4-16, one KO) dropped a four-round split decision to DC's Joshua "Marvelous Moe" Parker.
Parker (4-0, two KO's) is still looking for an opponent for this card as are undefeated White Plains, MD lightweight Terron "Kid" Grant (7-0, four KO's) and DC junior welterweight Cornelius "Bodysnatcher" Whitlock (2-0-2 one KO, one NC). The boxers no longer on the card are locals Kevin Rivers, Jr. and James Stevenson along with Philadelphia, PA boxer Tyrone Brunson.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Let's start on Saturday, December 7 for the opening day of the Silver Gloves tournament at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. The tournament will get under way at 3 PM. This will make for a good weekend of boxing at Rosecroft because of the pro show that will take place on Friday, December 6.
The next Saturday -- December 14 -- will have a card promoted by Paschall Promotions at the API (Athletic Performance Inc.) Arena, located on 740 MD Route 3 South in Gambrills, MD. Tickets will be $35 and the show begins at 7 PM. Also, they will also have a canned food drive so everyone is asked to bring at least one canned food item.
Then on Friday, December 20, there will be a Friday Night Fights Winter Gloves event at the Merrick Recreation Center located at 4275 Fourth Street in Southeast DC.
This card will feature the best from the Potomac Valley Association (PVA) versus an all-star lineup from Philadelphia, PA. Scheduled to represent the PVA are National Golden Gloves champions Gary Antonio Russell and Lamont Roach along with USA National champs Malik Jackson, Patrick Harris and Kareem Martin. Harris and Martin are competing in their final amateur contests on this card.
Tickets will go on sale at the Silver Gloves for just 10 dollars. The event will cost more at the door.
You will also be able to buy tickets at the Silver Gloves for the first annual PVA Family Awards Banquet that will be held on Saturday, December 28 at Upscale Ballroom at 3900 Bexley Place in Suitland, MD. Tickets are $20 and the event will begin at 5 PM.
(photos courtesy of Andre Johnson and Mike Reed)
The Peterson Brothers joined DC Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) at her annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at the Deanwood Recreation Center in Northeast DC.
Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed and Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell were involved in Safeway's "Feast of Sharing" at the Washington Convention Center.
Then there is Buddy Harrison, proprietor of Old School Boxing Gym in Fort Washington, MD and father of Dusty Harrison. Buddy Harrison's traveled through DC handing out meals to the homeless and it was chronicled by RedEye Films who have done a great job in capturing the Harrison Family's exploits in and out of the ring.
Here's the video.
These are just the ones we have heard about. If other boxers did similar acts during the holidays, please let us know..and thank you!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Kelly (4-0-1, four KO's) is coming off the four-round draw he participated in against Jamal Woods on September 13 in Newark, NJ. Long (12-2-2, eight KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Quincy Palmer on September 7 in Cincinnati. Prior to that win, Long lost to undefeated Deontay Wilder via first-round knockout in November of 2011.
The undefeated Nelson (8-0-3) won her second WIBA title on September 13 when she captured the welterweight championship with a 10-round unanimous decision over Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes in Lincoln, RI. Nelson, who also holds the organization's middleweight title, successfully defended the welterweight crown in a 10-round unanimous decision over Kali Reis on November 7 in Cockeysville, MD.
Also, Lem Satterfield of The Ring is reporting that undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. will return to action on Friday, December 13 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA.
Russell (23-0, 13 KO's) is still looking for an opponent for this card for this bout, which will be on the undercard of a Golden Boy Live card also featuring welterweight Joselito Lopez and junior lightweight Francisco Vargas.
Russell is the mandatory challenger to WBO Featherweight champ Orlando Salido, however, the prospects of a title bout could be dicey. First, Salido has a voluntary title defense against former amateur champ Vasyl Lomachenko slated for March 1. Then, there are the issues between Top Rank's Bob Arum, who promotes Salido, and Golden Boy Promotions who has connections with Russell through Al Haymon.
Satterfield says that both Arum and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer believe there will be no problem making a title bout between Russell and Salido and that a purse bid could be a resolution.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The services for Maryland State Athletic Commission member Lou Leavey have been announced.
The service will be held on Friday, November 29 at Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home located at 8900 Reisterstown Road at Mount Wilson Lane in Baltimore, MD. The family will arrive at 11 AM and the service will begin at noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send a donation to:
Foundation Fighting Blindness
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
You may donate online and watch the video of the service by going to this link: http://www.sollevinson.com/notice.php?lr=loc&id=24990
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Beltway Boxing scene and, in particular, the State of Maryland lost an icon today. If you ever boxed or, yes, wrestled in Maryland, you knew Lou Leavey. You also respected and loved Lou Leavey.
Mr. Leavey passed away today after a long illness. He was 90 years old. Prior to his career in boxing, Mr. Leavey served with distinction in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a boxing coach at the Central YMCA in Baltimore. What many don't know about Mr. Leavey is that he trained and co-managed former world middleweight champion Terry Downes of England. Downes won the world championship in London in 1961.
Mr. Leavey joined the Maryland State Athletic Commission in 1985 and was serving on the commission at the time of his passing. Mr. Leavey was one of the inspectors and helped conduct the drug testing for all participants.
Lou came off as kind of a curmudgeon to some folks but he was a really nice person. Lou served as mentor to many and was a really nice person to talk to. As word has filtered through social media about his passing, we already know he will be truly missed.
Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. won a convincing 10-round unanimous decision over former world title contender Yusef Mack of Philadelphia, PA tonight in front of a nationally-televised (Fox Sports 1) audience at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.
The undefeated Williams fought southpaw throughout the contest and it paid dividends as he kept the pressure on the durable Mack throughout the contest. Williams was able to slow down Mack in the bout as the rounds wore on as he landed shots to the head from different angles and shot crushing punches to Mack's body. Williams won by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-92 in his first 10-round contest.
Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas will take on fellow undefeated boxer Colby Courter of St. Joseph, MO in a six-round contest. Douglas (10-0, six KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Marcus Brooks on October 5 in Springfield, VA. Courter (4-0, four KO's) will face the most experienced foe to date in his short pro career. Every opponent Courter has fought to this point was making a pro debut when they faced him.
Also slated to be on the card is Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom who is still looking for an opponent for this card. Odom (5-0, five KO's, one NC) has yet to be taken past the first round in any bout in his pro career.
The card is slated to be shown over the internet via GoFightLive.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Thomas Williams, Jr. and Yusef Mack both weighed in at 175 pounds for their 10-round contest Tuesday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.
The bout is scheduled to be a part of the Fox Sports 1 telecast that begins at 9 PM ET.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
We are getting late word on two successful nights for Beltway Boxers over this weekend.
On Friday, Baltimore cruiserweight Travis Reeves scored a big win in the walkout bout at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Reeves scored a first-round TKO over previously undefeated Lamont Singletary of Dover. This was the same card that Dusty Hernandez Harrison and Alex Guerrero appeared on. Here's how reporter JR Jowett of SecondsOut.com described the action.
"The muscular underdog (Reeves) took it straight to the equally imposing favorite and just outslugged him on the inside. Finally, Singletary was drilled by a wicked straight right that sent him reeling to the ropes. Travis pounced and proceeded to open up when suddenly Johnson stepped in and waved the bout over,at 1:33. Lamont thought it was just a break and was stunned when he realized he'd lost! The angry fans booed vigorously."
Reeves is now 3-2 and scored his first pro knockout with the win. Singletary is now 6-1, three KO's.
Also on Friday, DC light heavyweight Joe Jones III won by first-round TKO over Jimmie Speight of Wilson, NC Friday night in Raleigh, NC. Jones is now 2-0, two KO's.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The bout was stopped at 2:09.