Thursday, May 26, 2016
The WBC was notified by the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission that Bute tested positive for the substance ostarine, which also goes by the names enobosarm and MK-2866. The substance causes steroid-like muscle growth without the side effects of steroids. Ostarine has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list since 2008.
The bout between Jack and Bute ended in a 12-round majority draw. Jack expressed his feelings about Bute's positive findings to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael:
"This is the hurt business. You can die in the ring. It's bad. I like [Bute] as a person. He's a nice guy, but that's not cool at all. You put your life on the line every time you step in the ring and your opponent is cheating? You can die. Anything can happen in boxing.
"I hit him with some very hard body shots and he recovered from them, which I was surprised by. For him to come back that strong in the later rounds, that's what I was thinking about [when I heard about the failed test]. I thought he was an honest guy. I didn't expect that from him.
"He's still couldn't beat me even using something. I won the fight. Everybody thought I won the fight. It should not have been a draw in the first place. Hopefully it could be changed to a win."
The outcome of the bout, more than likely, will be changed to a no-decision. Bute's camp did not respond to a request from ESPN.com for comment on this situation.
Kisner tipped the scales at 198 pounds for his eight-round contest against Lamont Capers, who weighed in at 196 pounds.
Lockett came in at a heavy 205 pounds for his six-round rematch against Chuck Mussachio, who tipped the scales at 183 pounds. The two fought to an eight-round draw back in September of 2008.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Super welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins will look to remain undefeated as he takes on his most experienced foe to date in Richard "Tiger" Lee Hall of Rocky Mount, NC in a six-round contest. Hawkins (7-0, six KO's) scored a sixth-round TKO over Errol Sidney in his last outing on April 16 in Las Vegas, NV.
Hall (11-23-3, seven KO's) last fought on August 1 and scored a sixth-round TKO win over Maurice Chalmers in Greensboro, NC. Hawkins will be the tenth boxer from the Beltway that Hall has faced in his career. Hall has wins over Ricardo Edmonds and Antonio Reese, a draw with Bayan Jargal and losses to Cliff Richard, Marlon Haynes, Ishmail Arvin, Tim Coleman, Jessie Nicklow and, most recently to Gerome Quigley, who knocked Hall out in the fifth round in March of 2015 in Springfield, VA.
Also on the card will be the returning Glenn Dezurn who will be in a six-round contest against Harvey "Chi Chi" Murray of Rochester, NY. Dezurn (6-0, four KO's) has not fought since scoring a first-round TKO over Ronald McGriff in December 2014. This will also be Dezurn's first bout since signing with Greg Cohen Promotions.
Murray (4-4-2, one KO) will be looking to break a two-bout losing streak and has not fought since dropping a four-round unanimous decision loss to Raul Lopez in Rochester in August of 2012.
Crews defeated Maria Kovacs of Hungary by a 3-0 decision in the quarterfinals to move into the semifinal round. Crews will take on Xiaoli Yang of China in the semifinals on Thursday morning. Crews is one of five Americans that have advanced to the medal round including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Clarissa Shields and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza.
The bouts are being streamed on www.aiba.org. Thursday's session begins at 7 AM ET.
Monday, May 23, 2016
No matchups have been made yet, however, scheduled to appear on the card are Beltway Boxers Gerome "GQ" Quigley (14-0, 13 KO's), Drayvontay Speed-Rawls (6-0-1, four KO's), "The King's Son" Jerry Odom (13-2-1, 12 KO's), "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk (9-1-1, three KO's), Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy (6-0, four KO's) and Francisco Bustos (4-0, two KO's).
Jeter Promotions signee Stevie Weimer of York, PA (10-0, two KO's) also returns to action along with two boxers from Texas, O'Shaquie "Ice Water" Foster of Houston (10-1, seven KO's) and Adam "Mantequilla" Lopez of San Antonio (15-0, seven KO's.
(Javon Davis celebrates his pro debut victory in Charlotte, NC with his camp -- [from left to right] Tony Hamilton, J.C. "Concrete" Cuffee and Jerry Cotto. Not in the picture: Bishop Bobby Long. Photo courtesy of Tony Hamilton.)
Washington, DC Middleweight Jovan Davis won his pro debut by scoring a second-round TKO over Khalil Clark of Concord, NC on May 21 at the Carole Heafner Center in Charlotte, NC.
Davis, who trains at Tony's Athletic Club in Northeast Washington, used a lot of pressure before stopping Clark with a body shot. The bout ended at 2:40 of the second round. Clark remains winless at 0-2.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Sad news to report. Former Baltimore, MD heavyweight Adam "Boom Boom" Bloom passed away on May 18. Bloom was 46 years old. Reportedly, Bloom suffered a blood clot in his leg that spread to his heart.
Bloom competed for a two-year stint as a pro boxer, winning all five of his bouts with four knockouts from 2005-2007. After leaving the sport, Bloom entered the business world and became a successful co-owner of McAvoy's, a popular bar and grill in Parkville, MD.
We are hearing that friends and family of Bloom will gather at McAvoy's, located at 2531 Putty Hill Avenue, on Saturday, May 28 for a tribute that will begin at 9 PM.
BATB sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of a man who was very instrumental in the early popularity of this very blog. Bloom was a fun boxer to watch during his short time in the ring and a nice man as well.
One local boxer advanced to the finals of the event, held in Salt Lake City, UT. Troy Isley fought in the finals of the 165-Pound division but lost a 5-0 decision to Isiah Jones of Detroit, MI in the championship bout on Saturday.
Nicholas Sullivan of Portsmouth, VA won the Sportsmanship Award in the 132-Pound class.
The main event saw Fort Valley, VA welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer win an eight-round unanimous decision over durable veteran Joseph "Trouble" Figueroa of the Bronx, NY. Farmer was in complete control of the contest throughout the contest as Figueroa was a punching bag with feet. Farmer knocked Figueroa down with a right hand in the fourth round and went on to the shutout victory in his first bout since October of 2014. Farmer is now 19-3, seven KO's while Figueroa falls to 11-59-5, three KO's.
The co-feature saw one of the sickest knockouts this reporter has ever witnessed as lightweight Drew "Cruel Intentions" Correll of Glassboro, NJ scored a vicious first-round knockout of debuting Kenny "KO" Herbin of Reidsville, NC. Correll set up the knockout with a solid right hand that stunned Herbin about a minute into the round. Moments later, Correll landed another right hand that lifted Herbin off his feet and sent him crashing back-first to the mat with a sickening thud. Referee Todd McGovern immediately waived the bout off at 1:19 of the first round. Correll is now 7-0, seven KO's.
In a matchup for the vacant Virginia State Cruiserweight championship, Virginia Beach's Earl "The Bull" Platt won a six-round majority decision over Front Royal's Terry "T-Brick" Roy. This was a roughhouse contest as Platt lived up to his nickname charging forward against the taller Roy. Platt was able to find a home for his straight right hand to the body throughout the contest, which may have been the difference in the bout. Roy, however, did land some straight jabs to Platt's face that opened a cut above Platt's nose. Judge Mark D'Atillo scored the bout a draw at 57-57 while judges Giovanni Lemm and Paul Wallace saw the bout for Platt, 58-56 and 59-55. Platt is now 5-2, three KO's while Roy falls to 8-3-2, seven KO's.
Baltimore middleweight "Dangerous" Donald Wallace made his pro debut a successful one as he knocked out equally debuting James Smith of Danville, VA in the first round. Wallace pressured Smith and battered him all over the ring. Smith was on his bicycle throughout the round before referee Michelle Myers called a halt to the bout at 1:45.
The opening bout saw Fort Valley's Matthew "Boogieman" Bowling stop Brian Otey of Lansing, MI in the first round. Bowling dropped Otey four times before the bout was stopped at 1:34. Bowling is now 2-0, two KO's while Otey is now 0-4.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Reports say Ballard lost a point for hitting Fonseca below the belt while he was down. Ballard dominated the bout forcing Fonseca's corner to signal the referee to stop the bout at 1:42 seconds. Ballard is now 13-0, nine KO's while Fonseca falls to 9-7-1, seven KO's.
At 165 pounds, Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA won his quarterfinal bout by a 3-2 decision over Quaseem Carter of New Jersey. Cortez Dunston of Baltimore, MD moved into the final four of the 201+ pounds bracket with a 4-1 win over Dante Stone of Nevada. Also, Nicholas Sullivan of Portsmouth, VA is in the semis of the 132-pound division by virtue of a 3-2 win over Brannon Terry of the Mid-South region.
The bout will be shown on RingTV.com starting at 5:30 PM ET.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Ballard (12-0, eight KO's) last fought on March 5 and scored a second-round TKO over Leosvy Mayedo in Washington, DC. Fonseca (9-7-1, seven KO's) has lost four in a row including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Antonio Gutierrez on October 2 in Los Angeles, CA.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Kelly lost by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55. Kelly is now 9-3-1, eight KO's while Shaw is 7-0, five KO's.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA won his first bout at 165 pounds, winning a 5-0 decision over Marcus Johnson of Wisconsin. Also, Javon Campbell of Raleigh, NC was victorious in his opening contest at 123 pounds by a 3-2 decision over Tyrone Arzeho of New Jersey.
At 141 pounds, Jalonte Cole of Burke, VA lost his bout by 5-0 decision to Vergil Ortiz of Texas while Johnathan Surratt of Fort Washington, MD lost his contest at 201 Pounds by a 4-1 score to Tristan James of Iowa.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Headlining the card will be Fort Valley, VA welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer who will make his return after an almost two-year absence. Farmer will take on veteran Joseph "Trouble" Figueroa of the Bronx, NY in an eight-round encounter. Farmer (18-3, seven KO's) has not fought since being stopped by Danny O'Connor in the fourth round in October of 2014 in Plymouth, MA. Figueroa (11-58-5, three KO's) makes his second straight visit to the ABC Sports Complex. Figueroa lost a four-round unanimous decision to Stevie Weimer on April 9. Figueroa will try to break a five-bout losing streak.
The card will also mark the return of Front Royal, VA cruiserweight Terry "T-Brick" Roy who will battle Earl "The Bull" Platt of Virginia Beach, VA for the vacant Virginia State Cruiserweight title. Roy (8-2-2, seven KO's) has not fought since winning a four-round stoppage over Benito Fernandez in February of 2012 in Winchester, VA. Platt (4-2, three KO's) last fought in May of 2014 and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Lamont Capers in Dover, DE.
Fort Valley junior welterweight Matthew "Boogieman" Bowling will be in a four-round contest Bowling (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on March 12 and scored a first-round TKO over Dwayne Lee in Roanoke, VA.
Also scheduled to be on the card will be debuting Strasburg, VA middleweight Dominick Lubrano who will take on the equally debuting James Smith as well as Baltimore middleweight Donald Wallace who will make his pro debut. Other bouts are scheduled to be added to the card.
Kelly (9-2-1, eight KO's) will try to bounce back from an eight-round unanimous decision loss to Adam Kownacki on January 16 in Brooklyn, NY. Shaw (6-0, five KO's) scored a first-round knockout of Dan Biddle on December 3 in Costa Mesa, CA.
Kisner (16-2-1, six KO's) has won two straight since his May 2015 nationally-televised 10-round unanimous decision loss to Lateef Kayode in Memphis, TN. Kisner is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Daniel Shull on April 9 in Springfield, VA. Capers (5-8-2) is winless in his last four bouts (0-2-2). Capers lost a six-round unanimous decision to Josh Himes on April 23 in New Cumberland, WVA.
Capers is 0-4 against Beltway Boxers. Capers lost two six-round unanimous decisions to Travis Reeves and lost four-round unanimous decisions to Shaborn Ryals and Mario Murphy.
Kisner will have an open public workout on Saturday, May 21 at Ivey League MMA. 1517 Ritchie Highway. Arnold, MD. The workout begins at noon.
On the women's side, Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Franchon Crews is in Astana, Kazakhstan competing with the USA Elite Women's team at the Women's World Boxing Championships. Competition is slated to begin on Thursday, May 19 and continue until Friday, May 27.
(Artwork by Ross Molovinsky)
The Potomac Valley Association Of USA Boxing (PVA) will send 20 boxers to the Junior Olympic Nationals that will be held June 26-July 2 in Dallas, TX. All of these boxers qualified for the nationals by winning in the regional championships that were held May 13-15 in Salisbury, MD. The PVA team captured the team trophy at the regional championships.
Here is the team that will head to Dallas:
8/9/10 Years Old:
11/12 Years Old:
13/14 Years Old:
15/16 Years Old:
Sunday, May 15, 2016
(Photos by Kent Green)
Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves scored an eighth-round technical knockout over Frederick, MD's Larry "Hitman" Pryor to win the vacant Maryland State Cruiserweight title in the main event of the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
Reeves was very aggressive throughout the contest repeatedly pushing Pryor up against the ropes. Reeves, however, was smothering his punches in the early part of the contest. In the seventh round, Reeves received credit for a knockdown as he found his distance and landed a crushing overhead right to Pryor's face. The punch made Pryor stumble against the ropes. Referee Brent Bovell ruled a knockdown for Reeves as the ropes kept Pryor from hitting the canvas. Finally, Reeves landed a series of right hands that forced Pryor into a neutral corner. Pryor could not defend himself and Bovell stopped the contest at 42 seconds.
Reeves registered his ninth straight win and third straight knockout to raise his record to 12-2-2, six KO's. Pryor's record falls to 9-13, five KO's.
In an outstanding co-feature bout, Washington, DC flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas won an eight-round unanimous decision over a very tough Anahi "Pantera" Torres of Mexico City, Mexico.
The bout was fought at extremely close quarters throughout as the two ladies traded jabs and body punches. Douglas's speed and accuracy proved to be the difference in the contest as she would land three punches to Torres's one on a regular basis. Despite the phone-booth style contest, there were very few head clashes. When one did take place in the seventh round, the two ladies stopped punching, Douglas wiped away any sweat away from Torres's forehead and the two ladies embraced in an incredible display of sportsmanship.
Douglas, the older sister of middleweight contender Antoine "Action" Douglas, won by scores of 80-72 (twice) and 78-74. Douglas is now 11-1, four KO's while Torres is now 13-14-1, two KO's.
Rookie Baltimore light heavyweight Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris scored a third-round TKO over the debuting Brian "Prime Time" Stevens of Jeffersonville, IN. Morris broke down Stevens throughout the contest, eventually landing a series of left and right hands to Stevens's head late in the third round, forcing referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the contest at 2:45. Morris, who sold $25,000 worth of tickets to the event, raises his record to 2-0, two KO's.
In an all-Baltimore welterweight matchup, James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson registered a fifth-round TKO over Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. when Womack suffered an injury to his right eye. Both men landed consistent punches throughout the awkward bout before an accidental thumb to the eye caused Womack's eye to blur. Ringside doctors observed the injury and deemed Womack unfit to continue. The bout was stopped at 2:36 of the fifth. Stevenson is now 23-2, 16 KO's while Womack falls to 7-11-3, five KO's.
In a minor upset, veteran Philadelphia, PA light heavyweight Taneal "Spider" Goyco won a six-round split decision over previously undefeated Devin Butcher of Baltimore. Butcher had an early offensive advantage as he landed solid shots with his right hand. But Goyco eventually wore down Butcher with constant pressure. Butcher lost a point in the sixth round for holding which may have been the difference on the judge's scorecards. Judges Brent Bovell and Don Risher scored the bout for Goyco 57-56 while judge Paul Wallace saw the bout for Butcher by the same score. With the win, Goyco evens his record at 8-8-1, three KO's while Butcher drops to 5-1, three KO's.
DC super welterweight Shynggyskhan Tazhibay won a four-round unanimous decision over the debuting Ahmet "The Turk" Kayrelti of Fairfax, VA. Tazhibay spent the bulk of the round chasing Kayrelti around the ring as Kayrelti used tremendous foot speed to try and avoid Tazhibay's onslaught. Tazhibay did land his share of solid punches to win the bout by shutout on two of the judge's scorecards, 40-36. One judge saw the bout 39-37 for Tazhibay, who remains undefeated at 4-0, two KO's.
Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison won a four-round unanimous decision over Baltimore heavy Lonnie Kornegay. Madison, whose pro debut lasted 30 seconds, did a solid job fending off the constant pressure of the veteran Kornegay. Madison used good footwork to put himself in position to land punches to Kornegay's face. Madison also dealt well with a cut along his left eye caused by an accidental head butt from Kornegay. Madison won the bout 39-37 on all judge's scorecards. Madison is now 2-0 while Kornegay is 1-13-3.
Las Vegas, NV based super welterweight Cody "The Crippler" Crowley won a six-round unanimous decision over Corey McCants of Douglasville, GA. Crowley dominated the bout offensively against the durable McCants and won the bout by shutout (60-54) on all scorecards. Crowley remains undefeated at 8-0, five KO's while McCants falls to 2-15-2, one KO.
The opening contest saw Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early win a four-round unanimous decision over Tyshae Ferguson of Danville, VA. Early was indeed too slick for Ferguson as he was able to combine movement with solid shots against Ferguson to gain a shutout win (40-36) on all cards. Early is now 2-0 while Ferguson remains winless at 0-6.
After the card, we conducted one of the classiest interviews heard on this blog in quite some time as we spoke to both Travis Reeves and Larry Pryor after their cruiserweight title bout. Please listen:
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Travis Reeves 179 vs. Larry Pryor 183 1/2
Tyrieshia Douglas 109 1/2 vs. Anahi Torres 109 1/2
James Stevenson 144 vs. Kevin Womack 149
Stephon Morris 172 vs. Brian Stevens 173 1/2
Devin Butcher 167 1/2 vs. Taneal Goyco 175 1/2
Shynggyskhan Tazhibay 148 vs. Ahmet Kayrelti 148
Colby Madison 238 vs. Lonnie Kornegay 251
James Early 124 1/2 vs. Tyshae Ferguson 123 1/2
Cody Crowley 147 1/2 vs. Corey McCants 152
Marvin Farjah Johnson is now off the card.
Dallas Jr. was the aggressor throughout the contest as he landed crisp combinations to the body of the hometown boxer. Dallas, Jr. knocked down Harrison with a left hand in the fifth round. In the eighth round, Harrison seemed to hit Dallas with a low blow that dropped him to the canvas. However, referee Malik Waleed ruled a knockdown for Harrison. Both men landed solid shots at the end of the bout. Judge Paul Wallace scored the bout for Dallas, 96-92. Judge Tammye Jenkins saw the contest for Harrison, 95-94. Judge Wayne Smith saw the draw, 95-95. BATB saw the bout 98-92 for Dallas. Harrison remains undefeated at 29-0-1, 16 KO’s. Dallas is now 21-3-2, 10 KO’s.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Philadelphia, PA heavyweight Darmani "Rock Solid" Rock made a successful pro debut with a first-round TKO over Carlos Black. Rock was able to swarm Black with solid shots, ending with a three-punch combination that dropped him. Black barely beat referee Michelle Myers's count but couldn't continue. Black is now 1-4.
Thomas Snow has lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Orlando Del Valle here at the DC Armory.
Del Valle knocked Snow down twice with left hands, once in the second round and once in the third. Snow made a bout of it late as he had a strong seventh round. However, Del Valle finished strong in the eighth to get the win by 76-74 across the board.
Snow is now 18-3, 12 KO's while Del Valle is 21-2, 15 KO's.
Sam Crossed has won a four-round majority decision over Damian Reed of Danville, VA in our final non-televised bout of the evening. Crossed started slowly but was able to land hard shots in the second half of the bout to eek out the win. One judge saw a draw at 38-38. The other two judges saw the bout 40-36 and 39-37.
Crossed is now 3-0, one KO while Reed is 2-14, one KO.
The TV portion is underway with Thomas Snow battling Orlando Del Valle. Eight rounds, featherweights.
Abner Cotto has won a six-round unanimous decision over Samuel Amoako. Cotto landed the harder blows throughout the contest. However, Amoako was competitive in the bout. As the bout progressed, Amoako's offense decreased. Cotto won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 58-56.
Cotto is now 20-3, nine KO's. Amoako is now 21-11, 15 KO's.
Next up: "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed takes on Damion Reed. Four rounds, Cruiserweights.
Zhang Zhilei scored the third straight first-round knockout of the night as he stopped John Orr.
Zhang landed brutal left hands to drop Orr twice before the bout was halted at 2:27. Zhang remains undefeated at 9-0, six KO's. Orr is 1-8.
Next up: Abner "Pin" Cotto, the second cousin of Miguel and Jose, (19-3, nine KO's) will be in a six-round junior welterweight bout against the busy Samuel "Bruno" Amoako of Silver Spring, MD by way of Ghana (21-10, 15 KO's). Amoako makes his second straight trip to the DC Armory in two weeks after dropping a 10-round unanimous decision to Sharif Bogere on April 30.
Mike Balogun made short work of Devon Mosley as a series of hard Balogun body shots dropped Mosley twice and stopped the contest at 1:08 of the first round.
Balogun remains undefeated at 6-0, five KO's while Mosley remains winless at 0-5-1.
More heavyweight action coming next as 6'6" Zhang "Big Bang" Zhilei of Zhenghou, China (8-0, five KO's) will face John Orr of Kansas City, MO (1-7). Six rounds.
Junior Younan has won our opening bout when Rodrigo Almeida hurt his wrist and could not come out for the second round. Younan is now 9-0, seven KO's while Almeida is 1-5.
Our first Beltway bout is next as heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun of Upper Marlboro, MD (5-0, four KO's) battles Devon Mosley of Capitol Heights, MD (0-4-1). Four rounds.
For the fourth time in two months, we say good evening from the DC Armory in our Nation's Capitol for the Throne Boxing/Roc Nation card. Our first bout is in the ring as Junior "The Young God" Younan of Brooklyn, NY (8-0, six KO's) takes on Rodrigo "The Young Lion" Almeida of Woburn, MA (1-4). Four rounds, light heavyweights.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
(Photo by Juan Marshall)
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison 146.6 vs. Mike Dallas, Jr. 146.6
Luis Orlando Del Valle 122.2 vs. Thomas Snow 121.8
Abner Cotto 137.6 vs. Samuel Amoako 138.6
Darmani Rock 246.6 vs. Carlos Black 231.4
Sam Crossed 186.2 vs. Damion Reed 192.4
Zhang Zhilei 249.4 vs. John Orr 322.2
Junior Younan 172.8 vs. Rodrigo Almeida 174.6
Mike Balogun 230.6 vs. Devon Mosley 212.2
The doors will open at 6:05 PM ET. The first bout is at 6:45 PM. The BET telecast gets underway at 10 PM ET. The card is also being streamed on Tidal.com.
Also, parking may be at a premium in the area because there will be a DC United soccer game at RFK Stadium Friday night. You may want to take the Metro.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Grayton (14-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a second-round stoppage of Daniel Souza Santos on January 31 in Immokalee, FL. Perrella (13-0, 12 KO's) last fought on January 12 and scored a second-round stoppage of Ramon Ayala in San Antonio, TX.
The two men have a common opponent -- both competed against Errol Spence in the amateurs. Grayton defeated Spence to win the 2010 National Golden Gloves title. Perrella lost to Spence at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Spence went on to represent the US in the Olympics that year.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The main event remains the same -- a 10-round bout for the Maryland State Light Heavyweight title pitting Travis "Seveer" Reeves of Baltimore (11-2-2, five KO's) against Larry "Hitman" Pryor of Frederick (9-13, five KO's).
Another bout still on the card will be an eight-round female contest between DC flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas (10-1, four KO's) and Anahi Torres of Tlalnepantla, México (13-13-1, two KO's)
Now, here are some bouts that have been added in the last two weeks:
In a six-round, all-Baltimore welterweight matchup, James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson will take on Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. Stevenson (22-2, 15 KO's) has lost two of his last three contests including an eight-round unanimous decision to Roberto Garcia in April of 2015 in Chicago, IL. Womack (7-10-3, five KO's) has lost five in a row to boxers with a combined won-loss record of 44-1-1. Womack lost his last bout by fourth-round TKO to Ed Brown on November 12 in Cockeysville, MD.
Undefeated Baltimore super middleweight Devin Butcher will compete in his first scheduled six-round contest when he battles Taneal Goyco of Philadelphia, PA. Butcher (5-0, three KO's) has knocked out his last three opponents including a fourth-round TKO of Darryl Watkins on December 12th in Baltimore. Goyco (7-8-1, three KO's) has not fought since winning a six-round unanimous decision over Dennis Hasson in November of 2014 in Valley Forge, PA. The last time Goyco was in Baltimore was in August of 2014 when he lost by fourth-round stoppage to Demond Nicholson at the Patapsco Arena. Goyco has also won in Baltimore as he knocked out Jeremy Trussell in the sixth round in April of 2014 in the same location.
Rockville, MD welterweight Shynggyskhan Tazhibay returns to action in a four-round bout against the debuting Ahmet "The Turk" Kayretli of Fairfax, VA by way of Turkey. Tazhibay, a native of Kazakhstan (3-0, two KO's), went the distance winning a four-round unanimous decision over Riarus Dudley on April 1 in DC. Kayretli makes a transition to boxing from mixed martial arts. Kayretli is 5-1 as an MMA fighter.
Rookie Baltimore super middleweight Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris will take on Derek Ntifo of Georgia in a four-round encounter. Morris (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on December 12 and scored a second-round TKO over Cassanova Brooks at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Ntifo (0-2) last fought in February of last year and lost to Orlando Jewell by second-round TKO in Atlanta, Georgia.
In an all-Baltimore heavyweight contest scheduled for four rounds, rookie Colby Madison (1-0, one KO) will face veteran Lonnie Kornegay. Madison needed just 30 seconds to win his pro debut over Dominique Barnes on April 9 in Springfield, VA. Kornegay (1-12-3) will look to bounce back from a four-round unanimous decision loss to Mike Balogun on July 24 at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. Kornegay is the only boxer to date to take Balogun the distance. In fact, Kornegay has only been knocked out once in his 16-bout career. That knockout loss came in Kornegay's pro debut against Darnell Wilson in September of 2001 in Glen Burnie, MD. Kornegay lost by second-round TKO.
Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James Early will make his Beltway debut on this card when he takes on Tyshae Ferguson of Danville, VA in a a four-round contest. Early (1-0) made his pro debut in Norfolk, VA on March 5 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Arthur Parker. Ferguson (0-5) lost his last bout by second-round TKO to DeVonte Allen on March 11 in Weirton, WVA.
Baltimore light heavyweight Marvin Farjah Johnson will make his pro debut against the equally-debuting Brian Stevens of Indiana in a four-round. Johnson is the son of legendary Baltimore-based trainer Marvin McDowell.
Also on the card will be undefeated Douro, Ontario, Canada middleweight Cody Crowley (7-0, four KO's) who will take on Corey McCants of Cincinnati, OH (2-14-2, one KO) in a six-round encounter. Crowley last fought on March 19 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Antonio Chaves Fernandez in Boston, MA. Crowley makes his second trip to Baltimore. In his last Charm City outing, Crowley scored a first-round knockout over Kevin Cooper on December 12. McCants has lost four in a row, going the distance each time.
There may be more bouts added to this card. Hopefully, you can attend this card in person but if not, you can hear the live blow-by-blow audio call of the card by downloading the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android. IOS users can hear the call on Boxing Along The Beltway Page on Spreaker.com or the Boxing Along The Beltway Page on IHeartradio.com. The broadcast will begin at 4:55 PM ET.
Monday, May 09, 2016
8/9/10 Years Old
60 Pounds: Cardarius Johnson (Headbangers)
65 Pounds: Marcus Luther (Headbangers)
70 Pounds: Marcell Steele (Unattached)
80 Pounds: Joshua Briggs (Oxon Hill)
90 Pounds: Jalani Hill (No Xcuse)
11/12 Years Old
65 Pounds: Karden Chatman (No Xcuse)
70 Pounds: Richard Dodson (Unattached)
75 Pounds: Lonzo Malcolm (Unattached)
80 Pounds: Ben Johnson (No Xcuse)
85 Pounds: Demari Philson (No Xcuse)
90 Pounds: Kaliq Harrison (Unattached)
13/14 Years Old
70 Pounds: Jordan Roach (No Xcuse)
80 Pounds: Jamal Harvey (Oxon Hill)
85 Pounds: Anthony Wheeler (No Xcuse)
90 Pounds: Quincy Williams (Lyfe Style)
95 Pounds: Jacob Matthews (Enigma)
101 Pounds: Deon Giles (No Xcuse)
106 Pounds: Deric Davis (Headbangers)
110 Pounds: Jalil Hackett (Enigma)
114 Pounds: Max Garland (Headbangers)
15/16 Years Old
85 Pounds: Nikko Williams (Headbangers)
90 Pounds: Tyreece Johnson (Headbangers)
95 Pounds: Khalil Phillips (Keystone)
101 Pounds: Lamar Odom (Lyfe Style)
106 Pounds: Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)
110 Pounds: Lamont Odom (Lyfe Style)
114 Pounds: Chamar Flowers (Unattached)
119 Pounds: George McRay (Unattached)
125 Pounds: Shakell Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard)
132 Pounds: Malcolm Lowery, Jr. (Enigma)
138 Pounds: Angel Edwin (No Xcuse)
145 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
154 Pounds: Siete Shuler (No Xcuse)
165 Pounds: Corey Matthews (Enigma)
BATB has learned that the Maryland State Super Featherweight bout between Tyrell Samuel and Joshua Davis has been called off. No word on why the bout was postponed but there is talk that the bout will take place sometime during the summer.
There are still some quality bouts on this card, including the Maryland State Light Heavyweight contest between Travis "Seveer" Reeves and Larry "Hitman" Pryor. In another all-Baltimore bout, James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson will face off against Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr.
We will post a full preview of the card later this week.
Sunday, May 08, 2016
According to reports, Nunez hurt Fox early in the second round but came back to control the end of the round. In the fourth, Fox landed relentless combos that crumbled Nunez, who did not answer the bell for round five.
With the win, Fox remains undefeated with a record of 19-0-1, eight KO's. Nunez falls to 35-16-1, 29 KO's.
The bout was on the undercard of tonight's Bounce TV telecast. One of the commentators on the telecast is trainer and the Beltway's own Barry Hunter.
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Alantez Fox weighed in at 167 pounds for his eight-round bout against Milton Nunez Sunday at the Lakeland Events Center in Lakeland, FL. Nunez came in at 175 pounds.
Fox's bout may make the BounceTV telecast that begins at 9 PM ET.
Roach battered Esquivel for the entire contest landing some crushing shots to the head and body. By the seventh round, Esquivel's left eye had completely closed. Roach, however, lost a point during the bout for low blows. All three judges scored the bout 79-72.
"I took the fight from him early," Roach, Jr. told Ron Harris of the Prince George's Sentinel. "He didn't want to fight after the first round. That's what I learned the most from this fight. To be ready from the start. I am also learning to relax and throw all of my punches within the game plan."
Roach is now 11-0, three KO's while Esquivel falls to 9-5, two KO's.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Fox (18-0-1, seven KO's) last fought on November 13 and stopped Todd Manuel in the fourth round in Biloxi, MS. Fox was scheduled to compete in April but his bout was cancelled because his opponent had medical issues.
Nunez (32-15-1, 29 KO's) has won four straight bouts since suffering his last loss, a first-round knockout defeat to Demond Nicholson on October 17 in Fairfax, VA. All four of the wins in the recent streak have come by knockout in his native Colombia.
This bout will be on the undercard of a Premier Boxing Champions telecast on BounceTV. This bout is not scheduled to be shown on the telecast.
Monday, May 02, 2016
In the main event, undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will take on "The Silent Assassin" Mike Dallas, Jr. of Bakersfield, CA in a 10-round contest. Harrison (29-0, 16 KO's) is coming off a second-round stoppage of Angel Hernandez on January 29 in Elk Grove, IL. Harrison, a Roc Nation signee, has stopped his last three opponents. Dallas, Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KO's) will be trying to extend a two-bout winning streak of his own, scoring two knockouts in Mexico in November and December of 2015. Dallas, Jr. fought for the interim WBC Super Lightweight title and was knocked out by Lucas Matthysse in the first round in January of 2013 in Las Vegas, NV.
In the co-feature, Capitol Heights, MD super bantanweight Thomas "KO" Snow will battle Orlando "Orlandito" Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in an eight-round encounter. Snow (18-2, 12 KO's) last fought on December 4 and scored a second-round KO over Tibor Nadori in Fort Washington, MD. Del Valle (21-2, 16 KO's) fought on April 9 and scored a second-round TKO over Josh Crespo in Salem, NH.
The opening bout on the BET telecast will have Rockville, MD heavyweight "The DC Diamond Cutter" Carlos Black taking on the debuting Darmani Rock of Philadelphia, PA in a four-round contest. After winning his pro debut in April of 2015, Black (1-3) has lost three straight including a first-round knockout loss to Jerry Forrest on September 26 in Norfolk, VA. Rock is a former national amateur super heavyweight champion who once beat 2016 Olympian Cam Awesome for the National Golden Gloves title. Rock was rated the number one super heavyweight in the United States and number five in the world at the end of his amateur career. He has signed with Roc Nation.
In a battle of Beltway heavyweights, undefeated Mike "Silverback" Balogun of Upper Marlboro, MD will face off against Devon Mosley of Capitol Heights, MD in a four-round encounter. Balogun (5-0, four KO's) went the distance for the first time in his young pro career when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Lonnie Kornegay on July 24 in Baltimore, MD. Mosley (0-4-1) will try to bounce back from a first-round knockout loss to Hafiz Montgomery on November 20 in Philadelphia, PA.
Rookie cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed of Greenbelt, MD will be in a four-round bout as he takes on Damion Reed of Danville, VA. Crossed (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Martez Williamson on February 27 at the Washington Convention Center. Reed (2-13-1, one KO) has not fought since being knocked out by Albi Sadikaj in the third round in August of 2013 in Millersville, MD.
In other bouts on the card, super lightweight Abner Cotto of Caguas, Puerto Rico will face off with Juan Jose "Pinocho" Beltran of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in an eight-round contest. Cotto (19-3, nine KO's) last fought on February 6 and scored a first-round knockout of Edwin Lopez in Caguas. Cotto is the second cousin of former world champion Miguel Cotto and world title contender Jose Miguel Cotto. Beltran (29-25-3, 18 KO's) lost his last bout to Del Valle by second-round stoppage on November 14 in Comerio, Puerto Rico.
Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Junior Younan of Brooklyn, NY (8-0, six KO's) will be in a six-round contest against Austin "Speedy" Marcum of Breedon, WVA. Younan won a four-round unanimous decision over Cristian Solorzano on March 26 in Oakland, CA. Marcum (10-6-1, five KO's) has won four straight contests but steps up in competition against Younan.
Also, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (8-0, 6 KOs) of Zhengzhou, China will also see action in a six-round heavyweight bout against an opponent to be determined.
The doors open at 6:30 PM with the first bout starting at 7:10 PM ET.
The Open Division has a new look as for the first time in many years, the Virginia-North Carolina team dominated the competition over DC/Maryland/Delaware, winning five of the seven bouts held.
In two of the marquee matchups, Jalonte Cole of Burke, VA defeated World Series of Boxing participant Tyrek Irby of Oxon Hill, MD to win the 141-Pound division and Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA dethroned two-time regional Golden Gloves champion Tavon Body of Burtonsville, MD to capture the 165-Pound class.
In other bouts in the Open Division, Javon Campbell of Raleigh, NC won the 123-Pound class, defeating Hector Soto of Salisbury, MD. Nicholas Sullivan of Portsmouth, VA won the 132-Pound division by defeating Tommy Avelar of Germantown, MD and Ray Barlow of Raleigh won the 152-Pound division with a victory over Maiwak Dagoot of Bowie, MD.
The only winners for the DC/Maryland/Delaware region on Saturday were Genc Pllana of Hagerstown, MD who defeated Jonathan Housand of Virginia Beach, VA at 178 Pounds and Cortez Dunston of Baltimore, MD won the 201+ Pound championship with a victory over Leander Overby of Hampton, VA.
Here is the 2016 Regional Golden Gloves team that will head to Salt Lake City, UT for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions May 15-22:
108 Pounds: Rasheed Wright, Washington, DC
114 Pounds: Malik Jackson, Washington, DC
123 Pounds: Javon Campbell, Raleigh, NC
132 Pounds: Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, VA
141 Pounds: Jalonte Cole, Burke, VA
152 Pounds: Ray Barlow, Raleigh, NC
165 Pounds: Troy Isley, Alexandria, VA
178 Pounds: Genc Pllana, Hagerstown, MD
201 Pounds: Johnathen Surratt, Fort Washington, MD
201+ Pounds: Cortez Dunston, Baltimore, MD
In the Novice Division, the DC/MD/DE region won five of the scheduled eight bouts. Marcus Johnson of Silver Spring, MD won the 123-pound title with a victory over Ian Homan of Fairfax Station, VA. At 141 Pounds, Leroy Payne of Oxon Hill, MD was victorious over Khari Clinkscales of Centreville, VA. At 178 Pounds, Leonard Poe of Fort Washington, MD won the title with a victory over Ter-Ryan Rogers of Richmond, VA.
Two of the victories in the region came from Delaware. Mike Crain of Smyrna took the 152-pound division with a win over Darius Lard of Woodbridge, VA and Thomas Mottinger of Seaford captured the 201-Pound title with a win over William Jones of Petersburg, VA.
Also in the Novice Division, Nestor Rodriguez-Sanchez of New Bern, NC won the 132-pound championship with a win over Blaze Fidler of Andrews Air Force Base. Christian Fayne of Richmond defeated Ashton Sykes of Columbia, MD to win the 165-pound class and Trey Gaines of Lynchburg, VA won the 201+-pound division with a victory over Jimmy Speros of Great Falls, VA.
One other note from the Regionals: Apparently someone walked off with the Golden Gloves Championship logo banner. They would like to have it returned. Here is a statement from the Washington Golden Gloves organization:
“At the Washington Golden Gloves Regional Championships on Saturday night, April 30, at Rosecroft Raceway, the Washington, DC Golden Gloves banner, which was hung just outside the room for the DC/Maryland boxers, was taken. If anyone knows of its whereabouts, it would be very much appreciated if it was returned to the main office at Rosecroft, no questions asked. This banner represents all of the Golden Gloves boxers from the DC/Maryland region and they and their families are proud to use it as the backdrop for photo opportunities at the championship finals. It means so much to so many, and it is hung so that everyone (boxers, coaches, parents, siblings and friends) might get use from it. Thank you in advance for doing the right thing!”
Sunday, May 01, 2016
Jack, Bute Battle To Majority Draw in WBC Super Middleweight Clash; . DeGale Defends IBF Super Middleweight Title in DC!
The main event saw WBC champion Badou Jack "The Ripper" of Las Vegas, NV by way of Stockholm, Sweden battle former world champion Lucian Bute of Laval, Quebec, Canada by way of Romania to a 12-round majority draw.
Both men threw solid shots at each other, however it looked as if Bute got off to a better start early in the contest. By the midway point, however, Jack started to take control of the bout, stunning Bute with a straight left hand. Bute managed to land a sweeping overhand left in the sixth that kept him in the bout. As the bout headed towards the championship rounds, Jack seemed to put on the pressure as Bute tired. However, Jack did not do enough to earn the victory outright, according to the judges. Local judge Steve Rados saw the bout for Jack 117-111. Judges Omar Mintun, Sr. and Glen Crocker both saw the draw at 114-114. Jack remains WBC champion and is now 20-1-2, 12 KO's while Bute is 32-3-1, 25 KO's.
In the co-feature, IBF Super Middleweight titleholder James "Chunky" DeGale of Harlesdon, England successfully defended his crown with a tough 12-round unanimous decision over Rogelio "Porky" Medina of Hermosillo, Mexico.
DeGale used his long reach and quick hands to land shots from distance throughout the contest. However, the very game Medina was able to get inside and pound away at DeGale's midsection. The two traded shots back and forth in the middle rounds and both men landed flush uppercuts and hooks. By the end of the bout, DeGale seemed to slow down by staying on the ropes as Medina continued to put on the pressure. However, DeGale did enough early in the bout to get the win. Judge John Madfis scored the bout 115-113 while judges Tony Paolillo and Steve Gray saw the contest 117-111 for DeGale, who is now 23-1, 14 KO's while Medina falls to 36-7, 30 KO's. Beltway referee Malik Waleed was the third man in the ring.
The plan is for Jack and DeGale to meet later this year to unify the WBC and IBF titles.
In other undercard bouts not previously posted, Chris "Young King" Pearson of Dayton, OH won a 10-round unanimous decision over Joshua Okine of Silver Spring, MD. Pearson started off very well in the bout but tired late, giving Okine a little bit of a reprieve. All three judges (David Braslow, Wayne Smith and Paul Wallace) scored the bout 98-92. Pearson is now 17-1, 11 KO's while Okine falls to 22-6, 15 KO's.
Super lightweight Sharif "The Lion" Bogere of Las Vegas won a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over Samuel Amoako of Silver Spring. Bogere used solid hand and foot speed to keep Amoako at bay throughout the contest. Amoako seemed happy to survive the contest as all three judges scored a shutout for Bogere, 100-90. Bogere is now 28-1, 19 KO's and Amoako falls to 17-10, 14 KO's.
Undefeated Brooklyn, NY light heavyweight Carlos Gongora scored a second-round TKO over Zacharia Kelley of Lawton, OK. Gongora blasted away at Kelley from the opening bell and scored two knockdowns in the second round before referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the bout at 1:50. Gongora is now 6-0, four KO's while Kelley is 5-14, five KO's.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Thomas "Top Dog" Williams scored the biggest win of his career tonight in Carson, CA as he registered a devastating second-round knockout of Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez at the StubHub Center.
The two went toe-to-toe on the Fox Network before Williams landed a crushing left that sent Rodriguez to the canvas. The bout was stopped at 2:59 of the second.
With the win, Williams is now 20-1, 14 KO's while Rodriguez falls to 28-2, 19 KO's.
Also on the card, Phil Jackson Benson was stopped in the second round by undefeated David Benavidez at 2:07. Jackson Benson is now 16-3, 15 KO's and Benavidez remains undefeated at 14-0, 13 KO's.
Latondria Jones needed just 18 seconds to stop Kamika Slade. Jones landed one right hand that caused Slade to turn her head and walk towards the Jones corner.
Referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the bout almost immediately. Jones is now 3-0, two KO's. Slade loses her pro debut.
We will recap the rest of the card later this evening.
Keegan Grove has won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Anthony Napunyi. Grove landed solid shots with both hands but could not move the veteran Napunyi. Midway through the fourth round, Grove suffered a cut over his right eye from what looked like an accidental headbutt.
Grove won by shutout (40-36) on all three cards. Napunyi falls to 10-16, five KO's.
Up next: Women's action as Latondria Jones of Las Vegas, NV by way of DC will take on Kamika Slade of Reidsville, NC. Four two-minute rounds, junior middleweights.
Moshea Aleem and Martez Jackson battled to a four-round draw in our opening contest here at the DC Armory.
Aleem, in his first bout in more than two years, got off to a slow start as Jackson landed good left hooks. Aleem came back and landed solid shots at times throughout the bout. All three judges scored the bout a draw, 38-38.
Aleem is now 4-0-1, two KO's. Jackson is now 2-0-2, one KO.
Next up: The pro debut of Keegan "Sandman" Grove of Frederick, MD. Grove will battle Anthony Napunyi of Canal Point, FL by way of Kenya. Four rounds, lightweights.
Hi everyone from the DC Armory for the Mayweather Promotions card featuring the super middleweight world championship doubleheader.
There won't be a lot of blogging tonight as we will focus on what little Beltway presence there is on the card. Moshea Aleem of Richmond, VA will open up the card taking on Martez Jackson of Warner Robbins, GA. Four rounds in the junior middleweight division.
Smith Wins Split Decision; Pierce Scores Second-Round TKO; Rodriguez, Singletary, Pugh Lose In Atlantic City!
Frederick, MD cruiserweight Darnell "The Unknown" Pierce scored a second-round TKO over Hafiz Montgomery of Toms River, NJ. No word on when the bout was stopped. Pierce is now 4-0, one KO. Montgomery falls for the first time and he is 2-1, one KO.
Also on the card, Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez lost a six-round unanimous decision to Anthony Young of Atlantic City. No word on the scores but Rodriguez was dropped in the second round of the bout. Rodriguez's record drops to 6-5-1, five KO's while Young rises to 12-2, five KO's.
DC middleweight Jessie Singletary was stopped in the first round by Chris Thomas of Atlantic City. Thomas landed a leaping right hand that sent Singletary to the canvas and the bout was stopped at 2:26. Singletary is 0-2 and Thomas is 2-0, one KO.
Heavyweight Alando Pugh of DC lost by second-round TKO to "Brutal" Brendan Barrett of Little Egg Harbor, NJ. Pugh falls to 1-8-1, one KO while Barrett is 4-0-2, four KO's.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Williams tipped the scales at 176.8 pounds for his 10-round co-feature bout against Edwin Rodriguez, who weighed in at 177 pounds. This bout will be shown on the Fox Network telecast that will begin at 8 PM ET.
Jackson Benson weighed in at 169.2 pounds for his eight-round undercard encounter against David Benavidez, who tipped the scales at 167.8 pounds.
Recently, Laurel TV's Dave Owens did a feature on Thomas Williams, Jr. that can be seen here. Yours truly was interviewed for the segment.
WBC Super Middleweight championship
Badou Jack 167.4 vs. Lucian Bute 167
IBF Super Middleweight championship
James DeGale 167.6 vs. Rogelio Medina 167.8
Chris Pearson 159 vs. Joshua Okine 158.8
Sharif Bogere 135.6 vs. Samuel Amoako 136
Carlos Gongora 173 vs. Zacharia Kelley 170.2
Latondria Jones 153.6 vs. Kamika Slade 144.4
Keegan Grove 133.4 vs. Antoney Napunyi 128.6
Moshea Aleem 153.8 vs. Martez Jackson 153
A reminder: The doors open at 5 PM ET and the first bout will be at 5:45.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Luther Smith 211 vs. Solomon Maye 224
Jessie Singletary 164 vs. Chris Thomas 166
Alando Pugh 236 vs. Brandon Barrett 248
Darnell Pierce 199 vs. Hafiz Montgomery 202
Juan Rodriguez (did not weigh in) vs. Anthony Young 148
Fort Washington, MD's Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will be in the 10-round televised co-feature bout when he takes on Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez of Worcester, MA by way of the Dominican Republic. Williams (19-1, 13 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Umberto Savigne on November 13 in Biloxi, MS. Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KO's) also fought his last bout on the November 13 card in Biloxi and knocked out Michael Seals in the third round. Both men in a recent conference call said that this bout would not go the distance. The telecast will begin at 8 PM ET.
In a non-televised contest on this card, Landover, MD's "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson Benson will battle undefeated David "Red Flag" Benavidez of Phoenix, AZ in an eight-round encounter. Benson (16-2, 15 KO's) bounced back from his knockout loss to Darnell Boone in April of last year by scoring a third-round TKO over Jinner Guerrero on August 28 in DC. The 19-year-old Benavidez (13-0, 12 KO's) has knocked out his last five opponents including a second-round knockout of Kevin Cobbs on January 19 in Los Angeles, CA. Eleven of Benavidez's 12 KO's have come in either the first or second round.