Sunday, June 28, 2020

McCalla Returns With First-Round TKO in Florida!

(Photo by Damon Gonzalez/Latinbox Sports)

Well, we actually have some live boxing to talk about.  Congratulations to Randallstown, MD super welterweight Cecil McCalla who scored a first-round TKO over Matias Garcia of Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua on Saturday, June 27th at the White Sands Treatment Center in Plant City, FL.

According to reports, McCalla did an outstanding job of countering Garcia's attack and he knocked Garcia down twice before referee Andrew Glenn waved the bout off at 1:57 of the opening round.

This was the first bout for McCalla since he lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Madiyar Ashkeyev in Tucson, AZ in May of 2019.  That bout was for the NABF Jr. Super Welterweight title.  With the victory, McCalla raises his record to 22-4, nine KO's.

Garcia has now lost three straight contests, all by knockout, and his record drops to 17-18-1, 14 KO's.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Earl Savage, Noted Maryland Inspector, Passes At 98!

(photo courtesy of Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home webpage)

Sad news to report. Earl Savage, a Maryland Boxing Hall of Famer who served as a noted Maryland inspector, passed away on June 6th at the age of 98.

Mr. Savage was born on December 26th, 1921 in Washington, DC, and moved to Baltimore, MD where he was educated in the city public school system, attending Carver Vocational High School, where he pursued a course in tailoring.  He boxed for a short time as an amateur, using his first and middle names, "Earl Washington." 

From 1942-1945, Mr. Savage served in the United States Navy, eventually being sent to Pearl Harbor.  After an honorable discharge, he returned to Carver and finished his education under the G.I. Bill, completing his course in tailoring.  Mr. Savage would teach tailoring in New York and Philadelphia before returning to Baltimore and opening his own Tailoring and Cleaning business, East Lanval Tailors on East Lanvale Street, in 1954. He also worked at Charles Cleaners on Lexington Street until his retirement in 1986.

Mr. Savage had a long career with Maryland Boxing.  He was the Goodwill Ambassador for Ring 101 because of his outstanding service and was a no-nonsense, recognized, and accomplished inspector with the Maryland State Athletic Commission from 1994-2011.  In 2006, Mr. Savage was inducted into the Maryland Boxing Hall Of Fame.

Mr. Savage was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche, his brother Jesse, two of his children, Andrea and Phillip, and a granddaughter, Renee. Survivors include his daughter, Diane, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be a public viewing for Mr. Savage on Friday, June 26th from 3-5 PM ET at the Vaughn C. Greene, Sr. Funeral Home located at 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown, Maryland.  The funeral service will be held in the same location on Saturday, June 27th at 10 AM ET.

Earl Savage was truly Mr. "No-Nonsense" as an inspector.  A very nice man but he took no stuff from anyone he dealt with.  He kept things moving behind the scenes at Maryland events.  A truly, truly, nice man who will definitely be missed.  BATB sends its deepest condolences to his family as well as boxing officials and fans throughout Maryland.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Golden Gloves 2020 Is Cancelled!

There will be no National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of the tournament, which was to be held in Tulsa, OK.  Organizers had planned to delay the national tournament until mid-August but the pandemic in many states, including the Beltway, made that idea impossible because they could not finish the local Golden Gloves events.

In a letter to local boxers and coaches, Washington Golden Gloves officials say, "we will be in touch in the near future with further information for upcoming 2021 tournaments."

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Tiara Brown Featured In New BET Documentary June 13th!

DC super featherweight and reigning NABO champion "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown is the subject of a new BET documentary entitled "Gloves Off" that premieres on Saturday, June 13th at 9 PM ET.

The film focuses on Brown's dual role as a DC police officer by day and a champion boxer by night.  Brown has been very successful in both roles.  She was named DC Police Officer of The Year in 2019 and she has a record of 10-0, six KO's and is promoted by one of the top promoters in the country, Dibella Entertainment.

The film is co-directed by ​Nadine Natour and Ugonna Okpalaoka ​and it is a film that was funded by The Queen Collective, a development, and mentorship program launched by actress Queen Latifah, Proctor and Gamble, and Tribeca Studios.  Natour and Okpalaoka were handpicked by Latifah and other black creatives in the film industry as up-and-coming woman directors.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Crews-Dezurn Reinstated As WBC Super Middleweight Champion!

Once again, Baltimore, MD's "Heavy-Hitting Diva" Franchon Crews-Dezurn reigns as WBC/WBO Super Middleweight champion. is reporting that Crews-Dezurn was reinstated as WBC Champion after suspending Alejandra "Tigre" Jimenez for nine months for failing a drug test in January.

On January 11th, Jimenez defeated Crews-Dezurn by 10-round split decision in San Antonio, TX to win the WBO and WBC Super Middleweight titles. The Texas Boxing Commission would change the bout's ruling to a No-Decision.  The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) collected a test sample from Jimenez the day before the fight that tested positive for the banned substance Stanazol. Jimenez would be suspended by the Texas Commission for 90 days, the WBC would suspend her title reign and the WBO would put her on the clock.

The WBO would return its title to Crews-Dezurn in March.  According to BoxingScene's Miguel Rivera, the WBC conducted a five-month investigation and would also declare the January 11th bout a no-contest and return its title to Crews-Dezurn.

According to Rivera, the suspension to Jiménez is due to the fact that she admitted that she tested positive, but denied ingesting a prohibited substance.

“Ms. Jiménez's agreement with the WBC is not an admission that she actually ingested a prohibited substance to improve her performance. Instead, in the Award Agreement, Ms. Jiménez does not dispute the WBC-CBP finding as revealed by the anti-doping test," the WBC's statement read.

Rivera's article also says that. in addition to the suspension, a probation status of one year for Jimenez was agreed upon until October 10, 2021, although the WBC points out that there will be no economic sanctions for the fighter.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Donald 'Biff' Cline, Beltway Light Heavyweight, Passes At 72!

Donald "Biff" Cline, a light-heavyweight contender in the 70's who fought out of Hillcrest Heights, MD recently passed away at the age of 72.  No official word on the cause of death but reports say he had a form of Pugilistic Dementia for a number of years.

Mr. Cline's father, Chris, was a boxing trainer and father, but in high school, Biff was a star running back at Suitland High School. Mr. Cline then joined the US Armed Services and served in Vietnam.  He participated in the Tet-Offensive in 1968 and 1969.  After returning home, Mr. Cline became a Capitol Police Officer and embarked on a boxing career.

Mr. Cline would work his way to a record of 13-1, 13 KO's, and earn him the nickname "The Terror."  One of his bouts would be on April 30, 1976, at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD on the undercard of the Muhammad Ali-Jimmy Young championship bout.  Mr. Cline would score a second-round TKO over Jimmy Davis.

A future bout against Ray Elson on February 13, 1977, at Halsey Field House in Annapolis, MD, would prove to be career-changing in many ways.  The bout was on national television and Mr. Cline would lose by fourth-round TKO.

After the bout, Mr. Cline's name would be connected to one of the biggest scandals in boxing history -- the Ring Magazine Scandal. Three of his earlier bouts were proved to be bogus. Mr.Cline's padded record was used to secure him his ABC television bout with Elson in the United States Championship Tournament promoted by Don King. The Ring Magazine's John Ort was criticized for recording Cline's fictitious bouts in the Ring Record Book. Also, Cline's manager, Paddy Dolan was accused of submitting the bogus fights to The Ring.

Mr. Cline would never again be a contender for a championship.  His last big bout was against Baltimore-born and future light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi on September 26, 1977, at the Baltimore Civic Center (now Royal Farms Arena).  Mr. Cline would lose by first-round TKO. Mr. Cline's record was listed at 16-4-1, 16 KO's.

In 1982, Mr. Cline would suffer a detached retina and lost sight in his left eye.  He would work as a bouncer in clubs around Maryland.  Mr. Cline's survivors include a daughter and son.  BATB sends our deepest condolences to the family.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Brown, Chambers Highlighted By WBC For Police And Community Work!

Here's a very positive story for these troubling times.  Two Beltway Boxers who also serve as police officers have been honored by the World Boxing Council for their outstanding work in the community.

Washington, DC featherweight Tiara Brown was chosen as one of the WBC's Heroes Of Humanity for her community outreach.  Brown, who was named the DC Officer Of The Year in 2019, was lauded for her work on the front lines during this pandemic.

Owings Mills, MD lightweight Brandon Chambers was honored for his community work as a Baltimore City Police Officer. Chambers was chosen as the Baltimore City Police Officer of the year in 2018 and 2019.  Chambers works in the Neighborhood Services Unit focusing on community policing.  Prior to moving to this unit, Chambers would feed the homeless every week when he would get paid.  At one point he would buy forty cheeseburgers and hand them out at a local homeless shelter.

Chambers is promoted by Jeter Promotions, headed by former WBC Silver Middleweight champion Tony Jeter and his wife, Christen.  Tony Jeter is also a Baltimore City Police Officer.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Brenda Davis, First Lady of Beltway Amateur Boxing, Passes!

(Family photo)

One of the original first families of Beltway Boxing is the Davis Family -- Legendary trainer Adrian, boxing sons Victor and Demetrius and daughter Veeda.

BATB has learned that the matriarch of the family -- "Ms. B" Brenda Davis -- has passed away after a long bout with stage 7 Alzheimer's disease.

For many years, the Davis family were the brains -- and the finances -- behind Round One Gymnasium.  Round One was a legendary facility that was the home to many professional world champions from the Beltway including Sharmba Mitchell, William Joppy, Isra Girgrah Wynn, and Hasim Rahman.  Round One also changed the lives of many amateur boxers throughout the years. Brenda Davis was the driving force on the amateur side -- she was a three-time president of the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing and the first female amateur boxing judge in the region.

Brenda Davis's time in the amateurs dates all the way back to the '70s when she would hold bake sales to raise funds so boxers like Sugar Ray Leonard and Derrick Holmes could participate in the Pan American Games as amateurs.

Jeff Novotny, a former amateur boxer who trained at Round One during that time, told Thom Loverro of the Washington Times in a 2018 article about a fundraiser for the Davis Family that no boxer came through the gym without a kind word of encouragement from Ms. B.

"What she did for amateur boxing -- her impact, the amount of time she devoted and the out-of-pocket expenses that she had to help kids is amazing," Novotny told the Times.  "Anyone who passed through here, she had an impact."

On a personal note, Brenda Davis was truly an awesome woman.  My first forays into ring announcing in the early 2000s were on the amateur side and Ms. B was ALWAYS there to help out.  She and I would always exchange signals that would tell me who won the bouts.  Over the years, I interviewed the Davis family for different reasons -- including the struggles they had with keeping Round One afloat.  The gym had many different homes, including one across the street from Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Bladensburg, MD.  I was working at the cemetery at the time and would go over to Round One on my lunch break sometimes just to see how things were.

There is no question that I dearly loved Brenda Davis.  Her legacy continues with the many women who are now involved with the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing.  Brenda Davis made it much easier for those ladies -- and many others throughout the country -- to be accepted.  My deepest, deepest condolences to the entire Davis Family and the entire Beltway Boxing Community.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Keyshawn Davis Chooses Olympics Over Pro Boxing!

When the announcement came that the Tokyo, Japan Summer Olympics were going to be delayed until 2021, one of the United States' best hopes for a boxing gold medal -- Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA -- had a decision to make: whether to continue his Olympic dream or turn professional.

Davis has made his decision.  He will keep his Olympic Dream alive and turn pro after making a potential 2021 appearance.  Davis said he turned down numerous pro offers in order to make a run to qualify for the Tokyo games.

“Looking at the bigger picture, I felt it was a better decision for me,” said Davis, a world silver medalist in the lightweight division. “I get a chance to develop myself, even more, gaining a bigger platform going into the Olympics. I’ll be just that bigger of a fighter. Coming out [going pro in 2021], I should be a bigger star than I was going to be [in 2020].”

Back in March, it looked like Davis was leaning towards turning pro.  However, the stoppage of the pro boxing scene due to the coronavirus had an impact on his decision.  Davis won a silver medal at the World Championships in 2019, the highest finish for a United States male boxer since 2007.  No US boxer has won an Olympic medal since Andre Ward took gold in 2004.  Davis will try to qualify for the Olympics once events warrant.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Boxing Coach Babashan Debuts 'Your Cornerman' Podcast!

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You all know I appreciate your continued support of my Boxing Along The Beltway blog and podcast throughout the years.  You also should know that I don't mind promoting other projects, especially if they're good.

There's a new podcast that I really feel you should listen to and support.  It's called "Your Cornerman" and it is hosted by well known Beltway Boxing trainer Bruce Babashan.  Babashan is the head trainer at Champions Boxing and Fitness Gym in Rockville, MD and brings a well-rounded life to this project.  Babashan was a former competitive bodybuilder who also spent 20 years working in corporate America.  He is a well-known motivational speaker and coaches high school football in Clarksburg, MD.  As a boxing trainer, Babashan has worked with numerous amateurs and pros and currently works with undefeated super flyweight contender Alexandru Marin.

Another boxer that Babashan has worked with is the guest on his first episode of his podcast -- former two-time world champion "The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas.  This is a VERY revealing interview in which the multi-talented Salinas truly opens up on her past and present life.

"Your Cornerman" can be heard on many of the same podcast networks that carry the BATB podcast including Stitcher, Tunein, Google Podcasts, and Spotify as well as on Apple Podcasts.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Summer Olympics Postponed Until 2021!

The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan until the summer of 2021.  The IOC faced pressure from a number of countries, including the United States, Canada, and Australia, who requested a delay in the games due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Canada and Australia threatened to pull their teams from the games if they continued as scheduled.

Representatives of the IOC recently met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers and they decided that the games could not go ahead as scheduled this year.  Many athletes complained that they were unable to train properly due to the coronavirus.

What does this mean for the Beltway?  One of our boxers, Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA, is a member of the United States Olympic Team and was looking to qualify for the games.  Whether or not Davis will wait for 2021 remains to be seen.  By the way, the IOC says the games will be held "no later than summer 2021" but will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Monday, March 23, 2020

March 28th DC Card Postponed Due To COVID-19 Closure!

The Putney Promotions card that was scheduled for Saturday, March 28th at the Merrick Recreation Center in Washington, DC has been postponed due to the city's closure of events because of the COVID-19 virus.

The card was scheduled to feature Beltway Boxers Tiara Brown, Daron Williams, Kevin Womack, Jr. and the debuting Mansabory Conde.  No new date has been announced.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

WBO Reinstates Crews-Dezurn As Super Middleweight Champion After Jimenez Gets Stripped!

Baltimore, MD's "Heavy-Hitting Diva" Franchon Crews-Dezurn has been reinstated by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) as its Super Middleweight champion after the governing body stripped Mexico City, Mexico's Alejandra Jimenez of the title after failing to show cause after she tested positive for a banned substance.

On January 11th, Jimenez defeated Crews-Dezurn by 10-round split decision in San Antonio, TX to win the WBO and WBC Super Middleweight titles. The Texas Boxing Commission would change the bout's ruling to a No-Decision.  The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) collected a test sample from Jimenez the day before the fight that tested positive for the banned substance Stanazol. Jimenez would be suspended by the Texas Commission for 90 days, the WBC would suspend her title reign and the WBO would put her on the clock.

Jimenez would opt to have her "B" sample tested instead of going through a formal hearing.  The "B" sample also tested positive.  Crews-Dezurn produced clean samples throughout the entire process.

Having exhausted all options, the WBO would come back with the following ruling:

“Having this Committee examined and reviews the applicable rules and regulations, having granted all parties substantial due process, having confirmed with the Texas Licensing and Regulation Department, an administrative regulatory body with jurisdiction over the official bout result and imposed suspension, and having considered petitioner’s request, this Committee rules as follows,” noted Luis Batista-Salas, chairman of the WBO Championship Committee. “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the WBO World Championship Committee according to the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests as follows:

“The WBO World Championship Committee hereby strips Ms. Alejandra Jimenez of her WBO Female Super Middleweight Championship Title and it reinstates WBO Female Participant Ms. Franchon Crews-Dezurn as the official WBO Female Super Middleweight Champion.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

April 17th MGM National Harbor Card Canceled!

The Matchroom Boxing card that was scheduled to take place on Friday, April 17th at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The card was scheduled to feature a main event bout between Regis Prograis and Maurice Hooker and a contest between Cecilia Braekhus and Jessica McCaskill for the Unified Female Welterweight championship.  No Beltway Boxers were scheduled to be on this card.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has decreed that all casinos and race tracks in Maryland be closed indefinitely.  This puts other local boxing events -- specifically the Washington Golden Gloves -- in jeopardy.  No official word on whether the Washington Golden Gloves, which are being held at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD, will be canceled.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Beltway Amateur, Pro Cards Postponed!

The developments concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused havoc throughout the entire sports world.  Cancellations have run rampant and boxing is not immune from this, especially in the Beltway.

Both events slated for the weekend of March 13-14 have been postponed due to the virus that has paralyzed most of the nation and the world.

The Washington Golden Gloves semifinals scheduled to be held on Friday, March 13th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD are postponed due to an edict from USA Boxing.  Here is part of the announcement from USA Boxing:

"In light of recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and after extensive consultation with the USOPC (United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee), medical experts, legal counsel and Board of Directors President Chair, Tyson Lee, USA Boxing is suspending all sanctioned events through March 31st.  This is a very difficult decision given we are in the midst of Golden Gloves tournaments and entering the qualification timeframe for the 2020 Junior Olympics; however, USA Boxing’s greatest concern is for the health and safety of all boxers, coaches, officials, and physicians.

USA Boxing will review as circumstances evolve and more information becomes available and provide an update to membership by the end of March.

All events will be able to reschedule their shows at later dates. USA Boxing will not accept any new sanctioned event requests through at least April 15th. Refunds will not be given at this time, but you may reschedule your show for a later date.

Clubs and Gyms may continue training, however, they should limit participation to boxers and coaches, and discourage folks who “want to watch” to help reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus.

As far as the Beltway is concerned, this also means that the Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves Championships that were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 20th and 21st, are also postponed.  The directors of the Washington Golden Gloves want to emphasize that, once the suspension on events is lifted, the event will be held.

Now, let's turn to the TGB Promotions card that was slated to take place at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD on Saturday, March 14th.  That card has also been postponed.  The card was to feature a number of Beltway Boxers including Cobia Breedy, Drayvontay Speed Rawls, Tyrek Irby, Cornell Hines, and Aaron Anderson.  The main event was a 10-round bout between James Kirkland and Mark Anthony Hernandez.

Here is the statement from TGB Promotions in a press release:

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions event at MGM National Harbor in Maryland, headlined by James Kirkland vs. Marcos Hernandez and promoted by TGB Promotions, will be postponed until a later date.

“In the interest of public health and after reviewing the current information on COVID-19, we have decided the best course of action is to postpone Saturday’s event,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “We understand how disappointing this is to boxing fans and regret any inconvenience.”

All ticket orders will be refunded from your original point of purchase. If you have purchased online through Ticketmaster, all orders will be refunded automatically. If you have purchased with a credit card on the property or over the phone with MGM Resorts, all orders will be refunded automatically. 

 Credit Cards – Orders purchased with a credit card will be refunded to the credit card used for purchase. 

Third-Party Purchases – Please reach out to your original point of purchase for information regarding your credit. 

Please allow up to 30 days for this refund to reflect with your financial institution.

If you have any questions, please contact Ticketmaster’s Customer Service line at 1-800-653-8000.

BATB will keep you posted on any updates.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Bout Sheet For Second Washington Golden Gloves Semifinals!

Here is the bout sheet for the second night of semifinal action at the Washington Golden Gloves that will take place on Friday, March 13th at 7:30 PM at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

9, 75 Pounds: Anthony Durrett, Jr. (Limelite) vs. Jack Giordano (Main Street)

9-10, 82 Pounds: Omar Carter (Limelite) vs. Kymani Davis (Untouchables)

12-13, 105 Pounds: Rasheed Artis (Headbangers) vs. Rodney Cannon (Upton)

14-15, 130 Pounds: Anthony Drummond (Main Street) vs. Allen Lewis (Headbangers)

16, 132 Pounds: Erick Acosta (Main Street) vs. Mekhi Phillips (Untouchables)

Novice Division:

152 Pounds: Christian Aparicio (Laurel) vs. Desmond Nelson (UMAR)

Sub 152 Pounds:  Donyell Miller (Unattached) vs. Tyrone Palmer (Upton)

Unopposed Champions:

125 Pounds (Female): Jennifer Crum (Knowledge Boxing)

132 Pounds (Female): Ivana Parnell (Upton)

17, 141 Pounds (Female-Championship):  Symone Serrano (OC Fight Club) vs. Lydia Quinteros (Champions)

141 Pounds (Female-Championship): Asumina Tziamourani (Level-Up) vs. Jackie Arnold (Last Round)

165 Pounds: Aaron Clingman (Urban Boxing) vs. Stef'an Simmons (Upton)

Unopposed Champions:

17, 114 Pounds:  Jacob Meador (Knowledge Boxing) 

178 Pounds: Marie Hassan (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Open Division:

17, 152 Pounds (Championship):  Jeremiah Searcy (Simon Brown) vs. Maximus Garland (Headbangers)

17, 123 Pounds (Championship):  Tyquawn Johnson (Langdon) vs. Lavay Lawrence (Hillcrest)

123 Pounds: DeAngelo McDonald (Unattached) vs. Anthony Dominelli (Fight Factory)

141 Pounds:  Francois Scarboro (Untouchables) vs. Salvador Jovel (Unattached)

152 Pounds:  Ibrahim Robinson (G-Up Nation) vs. Enrico Williams (Upton)

165 Pounds:  Marquis Stokes (UMAR) vs. Crisanto Lucio (Old School)

178 Pounds:  Stephan Jiggetts (Hillcrest) vs. Nijay Brown (Charm City)

201 Pounds:  Donte White (Charm City) vs. Damian Pringle (NOMIS)

201+ Pounds:  Malik Titus (Time 2 Grind) vs. Justin Magi (Simon Brown)

Unopposed Champions:

17, 132 Pounds:  Deric Davis (Headbangers)

17, 114 Pounds:  Keith Burroughs (Oxon Hill)

March 14th MGM Card Is Complete!

The TGB Promotions card slated for Saturday, March 14th at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD is now complete.  There will be five Beltway Boxers on the card and one of them will be on the FS1 telecast, beginning at 8 PM ET.

Undefeated Hyattsville, MD featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy will be in a 10-round contest against Eugene "Rambo" Lagos of Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines.  Breedy (15-0, five KO's) is coming off a six-round TKO victory over Titus Williams on December 7th in Brooklyn, NY.  Lagos (16-5-3, 11 KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Michael Padayag on April 5th in Malaybalay, Philippines.  This is the bout that will begin the FS1 telecast.

Glenarden, MD lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls will be in an eight-round encounter against Clay "3rd Degree" Burns of Fort Worth, TX.  Speed Rawls (13-1-1, eight KO's) last fought on November 2nd at the MGM National Harbor Casino and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Wanzell Ellison.  Burns (9-7-2, four KO's) broke a two-bout losing streak by winning a six-round unanimous decision over Dartrell Smith on February 8th in Opelousas, LA.  This will be the second Beltway Boxer that Burns has faced.  He lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Patrick Harris in January of 2019 in Brooklyn.

In an all-Beltway six-round bout, undefeated Landover, MD welterweight Tyrek "I.G.B." Irby will take on once-beaten Cornell "Hitman" Hines of Washington, DC. Irby (9-0, three KO's) fought on the November 2nd card at MGM National Harbor Casino and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Joaquin Chavez.  Hines (5-1, two KO's) looks to bounce back from his first pro loss, a six-round unanimous decision defeat to Eben Vargas on August 30th in Pasadena, CA.

Baltimore, MD welterweight Aaron Anderson will compete in a six-round bout against Jose "Rated R" Carlos Rivera of Manchester, CT.  Anderson (6-0, four KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Akeem Black on August 31st in Minneapolis, MN.  Rivera (8-4-1, five KO's) battled Richard Acevedo to a six-round draw on August 22nd in Indio, CA.

Baltimore female super featherweight Mia "Killer Bee" Ellis will be in a four-round contest against Mikenna Tansley of Alberta, Canada.  Ellis (1-0, one KO) made a successful pro debut scoring a first-round TKO over Uneaka Best on December 28th in Atlanta, GA.  Tansley (3-0, one KO) comes off a four-round unanimous decision victory over Ana Ruth Castro on December 6th in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The rest of the card looks like this:  The main event will be a 10-round contest between San Antonio, TX super welterweight "The Mandingo Warrior" James Kirkland and Mark Anthony "Madman" Hernandez of Fresno, CA.  Kirkland (34-2, 30 KO's) comes off a second-round knockout win over Jas Phipps on November 9th in San Antonio.  Hernandez (14-3-1, three KO's) lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Kevin Newman II in his last outing on November 1st in Las Vegas, NV.

The co-feature has undefeated Oxnard, CA welterweight Eimantas Stanionis battle "The Chosen One" Justin DeLoach of Augusta, GA in a 10-round bout. Stanionis, a native of Lithuania (10-0, seven KO's), scored a third-round knockout over Julio Cesar Sanchez on December 21st in Ontario, Canada.  DeLoach (18-4, nine KO's) comes off a tough 10-round split decision loss to Terrell Williams on April 27th in Las Vegas.

In an eight-round contest, Jonathan "Diamante" Esquivel of Anaheim, CA takes on Dormedes Potes of Barranquilla, Colombia.  Esquivel (13-0, 12 KO's) has knocked out his last five opponents, including a first-round knockout of Bryant McClain on November 15th in Sloan, IA.  One of the other knockouts in the streak was a first-round KO of Gregory Clark on July 13th in Carson, CA.  Potes (12-2-1, nine KO's) competes in the United States for the first time after winning by fourth-round stoppage over Luis Guillermo Berrio on October 18th in Sabanalarga, Colombia.

Welterweight "The Machine Gun Kid" Livan Navarro of Miami, FL by way of Cuba, will be in an eight-round bout against DeMarcus Layton of Little Rock, AK.  Navarro (11-0, seven KO's) comes off an eight-round unanimous decision win over former world title challenger Breidis Prescott on May 10th in Hollywood, FL.  Layton (8-1-1, five KO's) knocked out Brandon Baue in the second round on September 21st in Little Rock.

Marietta, GA super middleweight Eric Moon competes in a six-round bout against Devaun Lee of Jamaica, Queens, NY.  Moon (11-2, six KO's) last fought on September 28th and lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Mike Guy in Atlanta, GA.  Lee (10-7-1, five KO's) makes his second straight appearance in Maryland.  On October 18th, Lee lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Demond Nicholson at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD.

The doors will open on Saturday, March 14th at 4 PM ET and the first bout begins at 5 PM.  There will be preliminary bouts shown on FS1 beginning at 6:30 PM and the main telecast starts at 8 PM.

Monday, March 09, 2020

Results From First Washington Golden Gloves Semifinals!

Here are the results from the first day of semifinals action at the Washington Golden Gloves that took place on Saturday, March 7th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

12-13, 118 Pounds (Championship): Christian Thompson (Untouchables) defeated Anthony Burke (Belin Boxing) 

14-16, 132 Pounds: Eric Acosta, (Main Street Gym) Walkover

15-16, 132 Pounds (Championship): Gabriel White (MVJ Athletics) defeated Tristan Folly (Champions) 

12, 101 Pounds (Championship):  Luis Casteneda (Oxon Hill) defeated Dominick Covington (Oxon Hill)

Novice Division:

17, 123 Pounds (Championship):  Ervin Fuller III (Hillcrest) defeated Pablo Valencia (Sugar Ray Leonard)

17, 141 Pounds (Championship):  Titus Ashe (Upton) defeated Ke'suan Stillwell (Unattached)

17, 165 Pounds (Championship):  Nazion Mallory (Hillcrest) defeated Fernando Perez (Old School) 

123 Pounds:  Tyree Phillips (Odenton) defeated Te'von Wilson (Unattached)

132 Pounds:  Kaiyon Strowbridge (Dream Team) Walkover

141 Pounds:  Elijah Mitchell (Last Round) defeated Aidan McNally (US Naval Academy) 

152 Pounds:  Anthony Ford (Old School) defeated Shawn Jester (Neutral Corner)  

165 Pounds: Tremaine Fuller (Knowledge Boxing) defeated Kenneth Blanchard (Unattached)  

178 Pounds:  Francois Benoit (US Naval Academy) defeated Sunday Alain (Laurel)

201 Pounds:  Rafael Medina (Urban Boxing) defeated Curtis Levere (1st Class)  

201+ Pounds:  Tyrone Adams (Unattached) Walkover

Open Division:

17, 123 Pounds: Lavay Lawrence (Hillcrest) Walkover

123 Pounds:  Kameron Ricks (Dream Team) Walkover

132 Pounds:  Sa'Quan Epps (NOMIS) defeated Marcus Johnson (Limelite)

141 Pounds:  Stacy Selby (Upton) Walkover

152 Pounds:  Quenton Stevens (Headbangers) Walkover

165 Pounds:  Walter Sanders (Charm City) defeated Adonis Wilkins (MVJ Athletics)

201 Pounds:  Ezri Turner (Unattached) defeated Ricardo Volcin (Old School)

The semifinals will continue on Friday, March 13th at Rosecroft Raceway at 7:30 PM ET.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Sykes Wins By Unanimous Decision; Nzau Loses By Unanimous Decision In Pennsylvania!

A split decision for Beltway Boxers in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania on Saturday.  Columbia, MD super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes won a four-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Isiah Hart of Mays Landing, NJ at the Pittsburgh Shrine Center in Cheswick, PA.  Sykes took the bout by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.  Sykes is now 5-3, one KO while Hart drops to 5-1-1, three KO's.

At the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA, super lightweight Dieumerci "Elephant" Nzau of Silver Spring, MD by way of the Democratic Republic of the Congo lost a six-round unanimous decision to Samuel "Tsunami" Teah of Philadelphia by way of Liberia.  Teah would win by scores of 60-53 (twice) and 59-54.  Nzau falls to 11-12, eight KO's while Teah rises to 17-3-1, seven KO's.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Sykes, Nzau Hit Scales For Bouts In Pennsylvania!

Two Beltway Boxers hit the scales for separate bouts Saturday in Pennsylvania.

Ashton Sykes weighed in at 165 pounds for his four-round bout against Isiah Hart at the Pittsburgh Shrine Center in Cheswick, PA.  Hart came in at 168.2 pounds.

Dieumerci Nzau tipped the scales at 139.7 for his six-round contest against Samuel Teah at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.  Teah weighed 140.8 pounds.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Early Look At Spring Beltway Boxing Schedule!

As we head into the spring months, we will be pretty busy with bouts in and out of the Beltway.  Here is an early look at the Spring Beltway Boxing Schedule:

Saturday, March 7 -- Pittsburgh Shrine Center, Cheswick, PA -- Columbia, MD super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes (4-3, one KO) will be in a four-round bout against undefeated Isiah Hart of Mays Landing, NJ (5-0-1, three KO's).

Saturday, March 7 -- 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Silver Spring, MD super lightweight Dieumerci Nzau (11-11, eight KO's) scheduled in a six-round bout against Samuel "Tsunami" Teah of Philadelphia, PA (16-3-1, seven KO's).

Friday, March 13th -- Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Semifinal action continues at the Washington Golden Gloves.

Saturday, March 14th -- MGM National Harbor Casino, Oxon Hill, MD -- There will be a TGB Promotions card headlined by a 10-round middleweight contest between James Kirkland of San Antonio, TX (34-2, 30 KO's) and Mark Anthony Hernandez of Fresno, CA (14-3-1, three KO's).  There are local boxers slated to be on this card that will be televised by FS1.  Undefeated Hyattsville, MD featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy (15-0, five KO's) has an opponent for the card in Eugene "Rambo" Lagos of Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines (16-5-3, 11 KO's). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.  There will also be a six-round contest between locals Tyrek "I.G.B." Irby of Landover, MD (9-0, three KO's) and Cornell "Hitman" Hines of Washington, DC (5-1, two KO's) Also slated for the card are locals Drayvontay Speed Rawls, Mia "Killer Bee" Ellis, and Aaron Anderson.

Friday and Saturday, March 20th and 21st -- Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- The Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves Championships.  The 21st will also be the final semifinal day for the Washington Golden Gloves.

Friday, March 20th -- Sheraton Hotel, Framingham, MA -- Frederick, MD boxer Larry "Hitman" Pryor (11-22, five KO's) will be in a six-round heavyweight bout against Tracey Johnson of Boston, MA (4-7-6).

Saturday, March 21st -- Fayetteville, NC -- Greenbelt, MD heavyweight Alando Pugh (1-10-1, one KO) returns to action for the first time since February 2017 when he faces Miree Coleman of Fayetteville (6-6, four KO's).

Saturday, March 28th -- Merrick Recreation Center, Washington, DC -- The Putney Promotions card will feature a number of Beltway Boxers including "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown (10-0, six KO's), Daron "Sweet Tay" Williams (8-1, five KO's), Mike "Silverback" Balogun (16-0, 12 KO's), Akeem Jackson (1-1, one KO),  Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. (9-20-4, seven KO's), George Harris (5-0, four KO's) and the debuting Mansabory Conde.

Saturday, April 4th -- Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals.

Saturday, April 11th -- Highland Community Entertainment Hall, Washington, DC -- Keystone Boxing Promotions return with a pro card.  No word yet on who is on that card.

Saturday, April 11th -- La Fontaine Bleue, Glen Burnie, MD -- Baltimore Boxing Promotions has an amateur card.

Friday, April 17th -- MGM National Harbor Casino, Oxon Hill, MD -- Matchroom Boxing has a card with two world title bouts. Luke Campbell of Hessle, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (20-3, 16 KO's) battles Javier Fortuna of Braintree, MA by way of the Dominican Republic (35-2-1, 24 KO's) for the vacant WBC Lightweight championship and Cecilia Braekhus of Bergen, Norway (36-0, nine KO's defends the Unified Welterweight championship against Jessica McCaskill of Chicago, IL (8-2, three KO's).  The main event is a 12-round bout between Regis Prograis of Houston, TX (24-1, 20 KO's) and Maurice Hooker of Dallas, TX (27-1-3, 18 KO's).  So far, no Beltway Boxers are listed on this card.

Saturday, April 18th -- Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- The Regional Golden Gloves Championship Finals.

Saturday, April 25th -- Michael And Son Sportsplex, Sterling, VA -- Ponytail Promotions has a card featuring locals Mack "Papi" Allison IV (11-3-1, nine KO's),  "The Red Comet" Dante Cox (6-1, four KO's), Joelle Flores (1-0), Joan Planas (1-0, one KO), Allan Johnson (1-1, one KO), Calvin Mends (2-0, two KO's), Dionte "Mr. Untouchable" Burts (4-0-1, two KO's) and debuting Tyrell Boyd.

All bouts and cards can change without notice.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Results From Final Golden Gloves Preliminaries And Bout Sheet For First Semifinals!

Junior Division:

Here are the results from the final preliminary card of the Washington Golden Gloves on Saturday, February 29th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

10-11, 65 Pounds (Championship):  Steve Casteneda (Oxon Hill) over Tameem Rafaie (Oxon Hill) 

9-10, 70 Pounds (Championship):  Ma'kye Fenwick (Oxon Hill) over Nathaniel Brown (Sugar Ray Leonard)

8-9, 98 Pounds (Championship):  Jacob Russell (Oxon Hill) wins by walkover.

12-13, 101 Pounds (Championship): Rocmunn Richardson (Last Round) over Deavonni Kelly (Oxon Hill) 

14-15, 147 Pounds (Championship):  Donald Zimmerman (#11 Overcomers) over Dewikeo Melton (Mack Lewis)

14, 188 Pounds (Championship):  Damien Williams (#11 Overcomers) over Luis Quinones (Knowledge Boxing)

10-11, 80 Pounds: Peyton Pullin-Davis (Oxon Hill) over Yusuf Robinson (G-Up Nation)

15-16, 132 Pounds:  Eric Acosta (Main Street) over Muhammad Robinson (G-Up Nation) 

Novice Division:

17, 141 Pounds:  Titus Ashe (Upton) over Adrian Hawkins (Floyd's Gym)

17, 141 Pounds: Ke'Suan Stillwell (Unattached) over Rayquan King (Old School) 

114 Pounds:  Davon Evans (Time 2 Grind) wins by walkover

141 Pounds:  Aidan McNally (US Naval Academy) over Jonathan Martinez (Odenton Boxing)

141 Pounds: Elijah Mitchell (Last Round) over Omar Mobley (Headbangers) 

141 Pounds:  Adrian Johnson (US Naval Academy) over Archie Ellis (Elite Gym) 

152 Pounds:  Christian Aparicio (Laurel) over Dominick Robinson (UMAR)

152 Pounds:  Shawn Jester (Neutral Corner) over  DeJuan Vaughn (1st Class)

201+ Pounds: David Weber (Champions) over Michael Adzima (US Naval Academy)

Open Division:

123 Pounds:  Anthony Dominelli (Fight Factory) over Alberto Sostre (Headbangers)

123 Pounds: DeAngelo McDonald (Unattached) wins by walkover 

141 Pounds:  Stacy Selby (Upton) over Theodore Reid (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds:  Ibrahim Robinson (G-Up Nation) over Nathan Lacy (Elite Boxing)

152 Pounds:  Enrico Williams (Upton) over Steven Jackson (Sugar Ray Leonard) 

152 Pounds:  Stephon Jordan (Champions) over Quenton Stevens (Headbangers) 

165 Pounds:  Walter Sanders (Charm City) over Michael Wright (Upton) 

Here is the bout sheet for the first semifinals of the Washington Golden Gloves that will take place on Saturday, March 7th:

Junior Division:

12-13, 118 Pounds (Championship): Anthony Burke (Belin Boxing) vs. Christian Thompson (Untouchables)

15-16, 132 Pounds (Championship): Tristan Folly (Champions) vs. Gabriel White (MVJ Athletics)

15-16, 132 Pounds (Championship): Eric Acosta (Main Street) vs. Benjamin Johnson (No Xcuse)

12, 101 Pounds (Championship):  Luis Casteneda (Oxon Hill) vs. Dominick Covington (Oxon Hill)

Unopposed Champions:

13, 95 Pounds: Brandon Carey (Main Street)

14, 113 Pounds:  Sir Anthony Stephenson (1st Class)

10, 125 Pounds:  Alexander Angel (No Xcuse)

15, 220 Pounds:  Anthony Butler (Old School)

14, 120 Pounds:  Jordan Trotter (Main Street)

Novice Division:

17, 123 Pounds (Championship):  Ervin Fuller III (Hillcrest) vs. Pablo Valencia (Sugar Ray Leonard)

17, 141 Pounds (Championship):  Titus Ashe (Upton) vs. Ke'suan Stillwell (Unattached)

17, 165 Pounds (Championship):  Fernando Perez (Old School) vs. Nazion Mallory (Hillcrest)

123 Pounds:  Tyree Phillips (Odenton) vs. Te'von Wilson (Unattached)

132 Pounds:  Yoseph Yilma (Limelite) vs. Kaiyon Strowbridge (Dream Team)

141 Pounds:  Aidan McNally (US Naval Academy) vs. Elijah Mitchell (Last Round)

152 Pounds:  Shawn Jester (Neutral Corner) vs. Anthony Ford (Old School)

165 Pounds:  Kenneth Blanchard (Unattached) vs. Tremaine Fuller (Knowledge Boxing)

178 Pounds:  Francois Benoit (US Naval Academy) vs. Sunday Alain (Laurel)

201 Pounds:  Curtis Levere (1st Class) vs. Rafael Medina (Urban Boxing)

201+ Pounds:  Damion Whatley (NOMIS) vs. Tyrone Adams (Unattached)

Unopposed Champions:

17, 152 Pounds:  Decordre Phelps (Unattached)

112 Pounds (Female):  Olivia DeCarlo (US Naval Academy)

Open Division:

17, 123 Pounds:  Jalen Irman (No Xcuse) vs. Lavay Lawrence (Hillcrest)

123 Pounds:  Kameron Ricks (Dream Team) vs. Brient Rodriguez (Hillcrest)

132 Pounds:  Sa'Quan Epps (NOMIS) vs. Marcus Johnson (Limelite)

141 Pounds:  Stacy Selby (Upton) vs. Jalen Jones (Limelite)

152 Pounds:  Quenton Stevens (Headbangers) vs. Corey Moore (Main Street)

165 Pounds:  Walter Sanders (Charm City) vs. Adonis Wilkins (MVJ Athletics)

201 Pounds:  Ezri Turner (Unattached) vs. Ricardo Volcin (Old School)

The first bout starts at 7:30 PM.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Nicholson Gets Tough Split Decision; White, Kisner Earn Regional Titles In Hanover, MD!

A sellout house of 4,800 fans saw one of the Beltway area's rising stars earn a tough decision and saw two others win vacant regional titles on a Jeter Promotions card at the Hall at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD.

Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson survived a sixth-round knockdown to win a tough 10-round split decision over a very game Mike "The Menace" Guy of Sacramento, CA.

Early in the bout, Nicholson seemed to be controlling Guy with a good left jab and would land some solid right hands. However, in the sixth round, Guy would catch Nicholson with a straight right hand and drop him to the canvas.  From there, Nicholson started moving from side-to-side as Guy barreled forward and tried to pressure Nicholson.  Guy would land some punches but most of the shots landed on Nicholson's gloves as he had his hands up.  Guy would do enough to win one judges' scorecard as David Braslow scored the bout 96-93 for Guy.  Judges Kenny Chevalier and Steve Rados saw the bout for Nicholson, 95-94. Nicholson raises his record to 23-3-1, 20 KO's and Guy falls to 12-5-1, five KO's.

The co-feature saw Washington, DC's Jordan "Shortdog" White capture the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Featherweight championship with a dominating seventh-round TKO over Rolando "Criminal" Solis of Cancun, Mexico.  White's speed and accuracy early proved to be the difference throughout the contest as he landed telling jabs and body shots. White looked as if he confused Solis by switching to southpaw in the contest.  Early in the seventh round, White landed a crushing counter left hand that dropped Solis to the canvas.  Solis would beat referee Kenny Chevalier's count but Chevalier felt he was in no condition to continue.  The bout was stopped at 15 seconds of the seventh round.  White is now 10-1, seven KO's while Solis loses for the first time in his United States debut and he is now 4-1-1, three KO's.

Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner won a 10-round unanimous decision over "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed of Greenbelt, MD to claim the vacant Maryland State Cruiserweight title.

Despite being three years younger than his opponent, Kisner was the more experienced boxer and that experience showed as the bout progressed.  Crossed started strongly as he tried to pressure Kisner in the first few rounds.  However, by the middle of the bout, Kisner would be able to get his distance and Crossed would get fatigued and start to reach with his punches.  Kisner remained poised throughout and would land solid jabs from distance in the second half of the bout.  Judge Braslow scored the contest 99-91, while judges Chevalier and Rados saw the bout for Kisner, 96-94.  Kisner, who lost more than 30 pounds for this contest, raises his record to 22-5-1, six KO's while Crossed suffers his first loss and he is 9-1, five KO's.

In other bouts on the card, Clinton, MD bantamweight Jay Stancil, III scored a first-round TKO over Antonio Lucaine of Mount Vernon, NY.  Early in the first, Stancil would seem to drop Lucaine with a right hand but referee Dave Braslow would call a push and not call a knockdown.  Later in the round, Stancil would dominate Lucaine and trap him near a neutral corner and land heavy head and body shots.  Braslow would step in and halt the bout.  The time of the stoppage was 1:21.   Stancil is now 2-0, one KO while Lucaine is 0-4.

Dallas, TX featherweight Charles Clark upset "The Ambitious One" Malik Loften and won a six-round unanimous decision.  The judges saw the quality of punches Clark threw in the bout as he landed solid shots to Loften's head and body.  Loften threw more punches but many of them did not land or were successfully blocked by Clark.  Judge John Gradowski scored the bout 59-55, Judge Rados saw a shutout, 60-54 and judge Chevalier scored the bout 58-56 for Clark.  Both men now have the same record at 3-2, two KO's.

Owings Mills, MD lightweight Brandon "The Hitter" Chambers won a four-round split decision over Christopher "Bad Boy" Haney of Glendale Heights, IL in the third bout between the two men. Other than the draw between the two on October 18th at Live! Casino, this was the closest contest of the trilogy.  Chambers seemed to be the busier of the two men in the contest as he seemed to outwork Haney in the contest.  Haney, however, did enough to get the nod on judge Eric Irizarry's card, 39-37.  Judges Braslow and Rados both saw a shutout for Chambers, 40-36.  Chambers is 3-0-1, two KO's, winning two of his bouts against Haney.  Haney drops to 0-6-2.

Cockeysville, MD super middleweight AJ "We Are" Williams registered a third-round knockout over Michael Brock Willis of Clarksburg, WVA.  Williams used his height advantage to good use and in the third, he would throw a quick right-left combination that sent Willis crumpling to the canvas.  Referee Braslow immediately stopped the bout at 2:20.  Williams rises to 5-1, three KO's while Willis is 1-6-1, one KO.

Middleweight Maurice "MG III" Winslow, now competing out of Odenton, MD, won by fourth-round disqualification over Dewayne "The Beast" Williams of Philadelphia, PA.  The bout was a clinch fest as both boxers would get into numerous tangles and referee Eric Irizarry would have to repeatedly come between the two.  Irizarry would take two points away from Williams in the third round for holding before the DQ and would deduct a point from Winslow in the fourth for the same infraction.  Williams's holding proved to be too excessive and Irizarry would call for the disqualification.  Winslow is now 3-1, one KO while Williams falls to 1-6-1, one KO.

Germantown, MD super featherweight Ebrima "E-Boy" Jawara won a six-round unanimous decision over Philip "Rock Solid" Davis of Worcester, MA.  Jawara was in complete control of the bout and would land solid jabs to Davis's head and body throughout.  Jawara would win by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice).  Jawara is 4-1, one KO while Davis is 2-3-1.

The opening contest saw Arnold, MD lightweight Blaze Fidler Hernandez win a four-round unanimous decision over Edward "The Mad" Hatler of Corydon, IN.  Hernandez used nice quickness and accuracy to win the contest by scores of 39-37 (twice) and 40-36.  Hernandez is now 1-0-1 while Hatler is 1-2.

Tony and Christen Jeter head Jeter Promotions.  The matchmaker was Nick Tiberi and the ring announcer, celebrating his 64th birthday, was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.

Pllana Wins Unanimous Decision In Las Vegas!

Big win for Hagerstown, MD super middleweight "The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana on national television Friday night at Sam's Town and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, NV.  Pllana won a 10-round unanimous decision over "The Second Coming" Kevin Newman II of Las Vegas.  The bout opened the ShoBox telecast on Showtime.

Here is a report on the bout from Ryan Burton of

The early rounds were close as Newman tried to solve the riddle of the Kosovo native.  Both fighters had their moments as Newman was the aggressor but Pllana counter punched very effectively. Newman jabbed forward successfully but ate more than a few big punches as he worked his way in.

At the end of the fourth round Newman hurt Pllana's nose. No blood was drawn but Pllana began to paw at it as he walked to his corner.  At the end of the fifth with his back against the ropes, Newman unloaded several power shots.  Defense went out the window in the sixth and seventh as both fighters threw wild punches with various degrees of success with Pllana getting the best of it. Newman finished the eighth round strong, landing several flush shots as Pllana just smiled.

Newman outworked Pllana in the last two rounds but Pllana was very successful with the punches that he did throw and he landed most of them flush.

All three judges scored the bout for Pllana, 96-94, much to the chagrin of the fans who came to see the hometown hero, who had competed at Sam's Town and Gambling Hall for seven occasions.  Pllana is unbeaten in his last four outings (3-0-1, one KO) and his overall record is 8-1-1, four KO's.  Newman saw his four-bout winning streak broken and he is now 11-2-1, six KO's.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Pllana Weighs 168 For 10-Round ShoBox Bout In Las Vegas!

Genc Pllana weighed in at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds for his 10-round contest against Kevin Newman II on Friday at Sam's Town and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, NV.  Newman II tipped the scales at 167 3/4 pounds.

The bout will headline the ShoBox telecast on Showtime tonight beginning at 10:45 PM ET.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Weights From Hanover, MD!

Here is the scale watch for the Jeter Promotions card that will take place on Friday, February 28th at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD:

Demond Nicholson 169.8 vs. Mike Guy 166

Jordan White 130 vs. Ronaldo Solis 129.8

Sam Crossed 188.8 vs. Nick Kisner 190

Brandon Chambers 131 vs. Christopher Haney 133

Jay Stancil III 123.8 vs. Antonio Lucaine 121.6

Malik Loften 126.6 vs. Charles Clark 126.2

AJ Williams 165.8 vs. Michael Brock 168.4

Ebrima Jawara 128 vs. Philip Davis 128.8

Blaze Fidler Hernandez 129.2 vs. Edward Hatler 130.2

Maurice Winslow III 159.4 vs. Dewayne Williams 159.2

Doors open at 6 PM and first bout is scheduled for 7 PM.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Results From Second Night Of Golden Gloves; New Preliminary Bout Sheet For This Week!

Here are the results from the second night of preliminary action from the Washington Golden Gloves held on Saturday, February 22nd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

9-10, 82 Pounds (Championship):   Kymani Davis (Untouchables) over Omar Carter (Limelite)

12-13, 95 Pounds (Championship): Musa Mooney (Time 2 Grind) over Donavan Randall (Hillcrest)

15-16, 101 Pounds (Championship): Daniel Jimenez (No Xcuse) wins by walkover.

14, 152 Pounds (Championship): Jeremiah Standley (UMAR) over Anthony Price (Neutral Corner) 

17NO, 132 Pounds (Championship): Renneff Garcia Luis (KO Boxing) over D'Marco Rodgers (Dream Team)

NOFE, 119 Pounds (Championship): Shea Auge (US Naval Academy) over Valerie Klebala (Unattached)

15-16, 132 Pounds: Tristan Folley (Champions) wins by walkover.  

Novice Division:

141 Pounds: Archie Ellis (Elite) wins by walkover.

141 Pounds: Adrian Jonnson (US Naval Academy) over Evan Harker (Charm City) 

152 Pounds:  Christian Aparicio (Laurel) over Noel Takwa (Champions) 

152 Pounds: Desmond Nelson (UMAR) wins by walkover.

152 Pounds:  Shawn Jester (Neutral Corner) over Karon Parker (Unattached) 

152 Pounds:  Anthony Ford (Old School) over Kenneth Keech (Fight Factory)

165 Pounds:  Tremaine Fuller (Knowledge Boxing) wins by walkover.

165 Pounds:   Aaron Clingman (Urban Boxing) over Anthony Reed (UMAR)

Open Division:

123 Pounds:  Brient Rodriguez (Champions) over Djon Brown (NOMIS)

123 Pounds:  Kameron Ricks (Dream Team) over Yovani Morales (Odenton Boxing)

123 Pounds:  Anthony Dominelli (Fight Factory) wins by walkover.

132 Pounds:  Sa'Quan Epps (NOMIS) over Nyles Mason (Old School) 

132 Pounds:  Elonte Kemp (Limelite) over Leon Jones (Langdon) 

141 Pounds: Francois Scarboro (Untouchables) over Devonte Alexander (Knowledge Boxing) 

Here is the bout sheet for the last evening of preliminary action for the Golden Gloves on Saturday, February 29th at Rosecroft Raceway:

Junior Division:

10-11, 65 Pounds (Championship):  Tameem Rafaie (Oxon Hill) vs. Steve Casteneda (Oxon Hill)

9-10, 70 Pounds (Championship):   Ma'kye Fenwick (Oxon Hill) vs. Nathaniel Brown (Sugar Ray Leonard)

8-9, 98 Pounds (Championship):  Jacob Russell (Oxon Hill) vs. Ashton Powell (Oxon Hill)

12-13, 101 Pounds (Championship):  Deavonni Kelly (Oxon Hill) vs. Rocmunn Richardson (Last Round)

14-15, 147 Pounds (Championship):  Donald Zimmerman (#11 Overcomers) vs. Dewikeo Melton (Mack Lewis)

14, 188 Pounds (Championship):  Damien Williams (#11 Overcomers) vs. Luis Quinones (Knowledge Boxing)

10-11, 80 Pounds: Peyton Pullin-Davis (Oxon Hill) vs. Yusuf Robinson (G-Up Nation)

12, 101 Pounds:  Luis Casteneda (Oxon Hill) vs. Asad Demus (Headbangers)

15-16, 132 Pounds:  Muhammad Robinson (G-Up Nation) vs. Eric Acosta (Main Street)

Unopposed Champions:

12, 70 Pounds:  Edward Lee (Time 2 Grind)

11, 95 Pounds:  Jonathan Brown (Oxon Hill)

13, 95 Pounds:  Samir Rafaie (Oxon Hill)

13, 114 Pounds:  Joshua Briggs (Oxon Hill)

13, 120 Pounds:  Arnold Manigault, Jr. (Time 2 Grind)

Novice Division:

17, 141 Pounds:  Adrian Hawkins (Floyd's Gym) vs. Titus Hawkins (Upton)

17, 141 Pounds:  Rayquan King (Old School) vs. Ke'Suan Stillwell (Unattached)

114 Pounds:  Davon Evans (Time 2 Grind) vs. Martin Smith (Knowledge Boxing)

141 Pounds:  Aidan McNally (US Naval Academy) vs. Jonathan Martinez (Odenton Boxing)

141 Pounds:  Omar Mobley (Headbangers) vs. Elijah Mitchell (Last Round)

141 Pounds:  Archie Ellis (Elite Gym) vs. Adrian Johnson (US Naval Academy)

152 Pounds:  Christian Aparicio (Laurel) vs. Dominick Robinson (UMAR)

152 Pounds:  Shawn Jester (Neutral Corner) vs. DeJuan Vaughn (1st Class)

201+ Pounds: Michael Adzima (US Naval Academy) vs. David Weber (Champions)

Open Division:

123 Pounds:  Alberto Sostre (Headbangers) vs. Anthony Dominelli (Fight Factory)

123 Pounds:  Jaqueem Hutcherson (Kenilworth) vs. DeAngelo McDonald (Unattached)

141 Pounds:  Stacy Selby (Upton) vs. Theodore Reed (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds:  Ibrahim Robinson (G-Up Nation) vs. Nathan Lacy (Elite Boxing)

152 Pounds:  Steven Jackson (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Enrico Williams (Upton)

152 Pounds:  Stephon Jordan (Champions) vs. Quenton Stevens (Headbangers)

165 Pounds:  Michael Wright (Upton) vs. Walter Sanders (Charm City)

The first bout starts at 7:30 PM ET.