Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weights From Winchester!

We gave you the weights for Joey Veazey's bout at Body Renew Fitness in Winchester, VA.  Here is the scale watch for the rest of the Left Hook Promotions card:

Andrew Farmer 152 vs. Somner Martin 148

Darmani Rock 244 vs. John Orr 331

Terry Roy 200 1/2 vs. Damian Reed 214

Joe Jones 192 vs. Borngod Washington 187

Matthew Bowling 137 vs. Nathan Petty 138 1/2

Jairo Vargas 134 vs. Tony Wilson 142

Joseph Cusmano 231 vs. Jason Pauley (will weigh in later today)

Craig Callen 143 1/2 vs. Brian Otey (will weigh in later today)

Ballard Tips Scales In Montreal; Veazey Weighs In Winchester!

D'Mitrius Ballard weighed in at 169 pounds for his eight-round contest against Geuro Horvath tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Horvath tipped the scales at 166 pounds.

Ballard (14-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a first-round knockout of Ernesto Berrospe on June 11 in Salt Lake City, UT. Horvath (9-1-1, five KO's) is a native of Budapest, Hungary who last fought on September 28 and knocked out the debuting Szabolcs Fenyvesi in Budapest.

In Winchester, VA, Joey Veazey weighed 150 pounds for his pro debut Saturday at Body Renew Fitness. Veazey's opponent, Alberto Delgado, tipped the scales at 152 pounds.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Beltway Boxers Are Successful In Charlotte!

Two Beltway Boxers were victorious on a card at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, October 19.

Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed made his first road trip a successful one with a second-round TKO over Michael Tillery of Wilson, NC.  The bout was stopped at 1:22.  Crossed remains undefeated at 5-0, three KO's.

Also, Frederick, MD cruiserweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor broke a five-bout losing streak with a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Berry "Killer Bee" Butler of Greenville, SC.  Pryor won by scores of 59-54 and 58-55 (twice).  Pryor is now 10-14, five KO's.  Butler, who has fought numerous Beltway Boxers throughout his career including Beethavean Scotland, Jake Smith and Courtney Butler, is now 25-14-1, 20 KO's.

Balogun Scores First-Round Knockout In Special DC Card!

Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun remained undefeated with a first-round knockout over Branden "The Iron Lion" Hinkle Thursday night at a card at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. This was the annual card that is closed to the media and to fans.

With the win, Balogun raised his record to 9-0, eight KO's. Hinkle loses for the second straight time and he is now 6-2, five KO's.  Balogun was the only Beltway Boxer on the card.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Celebrating 20 Years Of...What Might Have Been!

This week, BATB celebrates a somewhat bittersweet anniversary. One that would have been a grand anniversary if the event actually accomplished what it was intended to.

Twenty years ago, on October 19, 1996, a major card took place at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD that was supposed to lead to an eventual unification in the middleweight division.  The card had a double main event that was televised nationally by Showtime as both Beltway Middleweight champions -- WBA titleholder William Joppy and WBC kingpin Keith Holmes -- made the first defenses of their titles that they won earlier in the year. Joppy would face Ray McElroy of Long Beach, CA while Holmes took on undefeated Richie Woodhall of the United Kingdom.

The undercard would feature two future world champions,one former world titleholder and a two-time world title contender. Sharmba Mitchell was two years away from winning the WBA Super Lightweight title and DeMarcus Corley participated in just the fifth fight of his career that would eventually lead him to the WBO Super Lightweight championship in 2000.  Also, former IBF Super Welterweight champion Paul Vaden was on the card.  Vaden won the title from Vincent Pettway in August of 1995 but would drop the belt to Terry Norris four months later.  The world title contender was Andrew Council who would eventually challenge Holmes and Bernard Hopkins for middleweight championships.

The focus, however, was on Joppy and Holmes as the Don King-promoted card was put together to showcase the two future Beltway legends and gain momentum towards a unification bout in 1997.  In fact, during the week, there was as much talk about their days as sparring partners as there was about their opponents.

Everything worked according to plan in the ring for the Beltway contingent.  Joppy would score a seventh-round TKO over McElroy.  Holmes would have a little tougher time but would eventually stop Woodhall in the 12th.    Council knocked out fellow Beltway Boxer Allen Watts in the first round.  Corley won a four-round decision over Antonio Pressley. Also, Vaden who was from San Diego, CA won a 10-round unanimous decision over Bernice Barber.  So, everything was in alignment for a big unification bout between our two Beltway champions that would set the local boxing scene on its ear.

So, what happened?  Where did it all go wrong?  Well, initially, money reported played an issue as the two camps could not agree.  Both Holmes and Joppy would lose and regain their titles.  The talk started a second time but money once again was a problem.  Joppy was in a car accident in 1998 but would comeback strong and hold on to his title.

The last opportunity came in 2001 as both Holmes and Joppy joined Hopkins and Felix Trinidad in Don King's Middleweight Championship Series.  King promised that, win or lose, the two Beltway legends would face each other during the series.  Holmes would lose a 12-round unanimous decision to Hopkins in April and Joppy would be knocked out by Trinidad in the fifth round in May.   Hopkins met Trinidad in late September but, for whatever reason, Holmes and Joppy did not meet in the co-feature.

One personal note:  This was my first time covering a card alongside a large contingent of the British boxing press who were there to cover Woodhall, who was an undefeated rising star.  I got to meet legendary writers like Graham Houston and Colin Hart.   They were fired up about Woodhall but, after the card was over, Carl and Deborah King, who were holding down the fort for their father, got the press almost incensed about another King Promotions boxer, Tom Johnson and a possible bout against future world champion Naseem Hamed. The post-fight press conference was almost as interesting as the card itself.

Both Joppy and Holmes, have gone on to be successful in their post-boxing lives.  However, every now and then, the urge hits them.  I'll just leave it at that.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

'Bazooka' Joe Veazey To Make Pro Debut October 22 in Winchester!

From giving exhibitions as a small child through 100 amateur fights, 18-year-old  Joey "Bazooka" Joe" Veazey of Baltimore, MD has been a fixture in the Beltway for a number of years.  On Saturday, October 22, Veazey will take the next step in his boxing career when he makes his professional debut at Body Renew Fitness in Winchester, VA.

Veazey, who graduated with honors from Northeast High School,  won a number of local and national Silver Gloves titles throughout his amateur career and now looks to life as a pro boxer.

"It's a dream come true," Veazey said in a press release.  "I've been looking forward to this since my first amateur bout.  I'm excited to go out there and follow my dream.  The amateurs were fun but my dream has always been to go pro and win world titles.  I want to become a household name one day so now is the time to get on track."

Veazey will take on Alberto Delgado of Roanoke, VA (0-0-1) who has not fought since earning a draw against Jason Wahr in Lynchburg, VA in April of 2013.

The bout is part of the Left Hook Promotions card that is scheduled to feature Front Royal, VA welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer (19-3, seven KO's)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

'Rock' Simms, Legendary Beltway Trainer Passes!

You may have heard by now that legendary Beltway trainer Marvin "Rock" Simms passed away on October 11th. Simms trained numerous boxers in the area including former world champions William Joppy and Sharmba Mitchell.

The service for Mr. Simms will be held on Tuesday, October 25 2016 at Pope Funeral Home located at 5538 Marlboro Pike in District Heights, MD.

The viewing begins at 10 AM followed by the service at 11 AM.

BATB sends its deepest condolences to the family of this wonderful man.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

PVA Hosts Awards Banquet In DC November 4!

The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing (PVA) will be having its annual awards banquet on Friday, November 4 at the ARC, located at 1001 Mississippi Ave in Southeast Washington, DC.

The PVA will honor its numerous amateur champions and also give special recognition to International Boxing Hall of Famer and former world champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson for his continued work with future generations of local boxers. Tickets are $30 for non-PVA members and the event begins with dinner at 5:30.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Olympic Gold Medalist Maynard Leads 2016 DC Boxing Hall Of Fame Class!

An Olympic Gold medalist will lead the 2016 class of the Washington, DC Boxing Hall of Fame.

"Boxing" Andrew Maynard, who took gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, will highlight this year's class.  The light heavyweight, who fought out of Laurel, MD (26-13-1, 21 KO's) had a solid pro career winning the NABF Light Heavyweight title in 1990.  Maynard also challenged for the Cruiserweight title, dropping a 12-round unanimous decision to WBC champion Anaclet Wamba in October of 1992 in Paris, France.

Also inducted in the pro category will be Capitol Heights, MD super featherweight James Baker and Laurel middleweight Percy "No Mercy" Harris.  

Baker (13-7-3, four KO's) fought from 1997-2005 and was a fan favorite as he took on noted opponents like Monty Meza Clay, Nate Campbell and Daniel Attah.   

Harris (15-4, nine KO's) only fought for three years as a pro (1989-1992) but fought quality opponents throughout his career.  Harris won the IBF Inter-Continental Middleweight title with a decision over previously undefeated Thomas Tate in December of 1991 in Lombardia, Italy. Harris also fought future International Boxing Hall of Famers Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr during his career.

Inducted into the amateur category are Sean Johnson and Alfonzo Hatcher.  Johnson was a well-known boxer at 106 pounds in the nineties, participating in the 1996 Olympic Trials.  Hatcher is now known as a prominent trainer in the Beltway.

The Contributors section is star-studded with a prominent trainer, two well-known media figures and two members of the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission who will be inducted posthumously.

Legendary trainer Barry Hunter heads to the hall.  Hunter, who leads the Headbangers camp out of the Bald Eagle Boxing Gym in Southeast DC, has trained numerous amateur and professional champions, most notably former IBF Super Lightweight champion Lamont Peterson.  Hunter was named the WBO Trainer of the Year in 2007.

Washington Times sports columnist Thom Loverro will enter the hall.  Loverro has been a sportswriter at the Times since 1992 and covered boxing throughout, both on the pro and college scene.  Loverro is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and has won numerous awards from that organization.  Loverro also is the host of his own podcast "Cigars and Curveballs" which can be downloaded for free on Itunes.

Recently-retired Beltway sportscasting legend Glenn Harris has also been chosen.  Harris worked in the DC area for more than 40 years and has interviewed a who's who of local, national and international boxing and sports figures.  Harris has also been a fixture as an announcer at the local and regional Golden Gloves tournaments for many years.

(photo by Linda Chubbs)

The late DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission chair Dr. Arnold W. McKnight (top) and the late Deputy Commissioner Alfred Grant have also been chosen.  Dr. McKnight joined the commission in 1991 and was the longest-tenured chair of the commission, serving from 1993 until his passing in July of 2007. Mr. Grant was also with the commission in the 1990's until his passing in February of 2015.

Undefeated super featherweight prospect Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD will receive the James Balukevich Outstanding Boxer Award for 2016.  Roach (12-0, four KO's) last fought on September 2 and scored a third-round knockout of Mario Antonio Macias in Los Angeles, CA.

The inductees will be honored at a banquet on Friday, November 11 at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.

Reed Scores Sixth-Round TKO In Philadelphia!

(Photos by Kent Green)

Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed remained undefeated with a sixth-round TKO over Aaron Herrera of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico Friday Night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Reed dropped Herrera in the sixth round with a body shot and Herrera's corner stopped the bout at the end of the round. Reed is now 20-0, 12 KO's while Herrera falls to 29-6-1, 18 KO's.

Also on the card, Baltimore, MD's Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. lost a four-round unanimous decision to Hasan Young of Philadelphia.  Womack lost by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.  Womack has now lost eight bouts in a row and his record drops to 7-13-3, five KO's.  Young is now 6-1-1, two KO's.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Reed Weighs 141.9 For Eight-Rounder In Philadelphia!

Mike Reed weighed in at 141.9 for his eight-round main event bout tonight at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Reed's opponent, Aaron Herrera, weighed in at 145 pounds.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Beltway Boxing Legends Participate in Anti-Bullying Video!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and a number of Beltway Boxing legends came together to participate in a short video.

Featured in the video are former world champions Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway and DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley as well as legends Darryll "Terrible T" Tyson and Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley.  Also in the video is DC Boxing Hall of Fame ring announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.

Here is a link to see the video.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor, 1955-2016!

By now, you have heard of the Sunday passing of one of the legendary boxers of the 1980's,  Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor.  A native of Cincinnati, OH, Pryor was regarded as the greatest super lightweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press.

After falling short on a bid to make the 1976 Olympic Team (Pryor was defeated by Howard Davis, Jr.), Pryor (39-1, 35 KO's) turned pro in November of 1976 and scored a second-round TKO against Larry Smith in his hometown of Cincinnati.

On August 2, 1980, Pryor won his first world title, knocking out Antonio Cervantes in the fourth round for the WBA Super Lightweight title at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

Pryor would make five title defenses before the first of his two legendary encounters with Alexis Arguello on November 12, 1982 in the Orange Bowl in Miami, FL.  Pryor was originally scheduled to face Sugar Ray Leonard for the welterweight title but Leonard had suffered a detached retina and retired. Arguello was the betting favorite in the bout but Pryor was able to gain a knockout in the 14th round.  The ending was controversial as there were claims that Pryor's trainer, Panama Lewis used a tainted water bottle that helped revive Pryor after the 13th round.  The bout was named the Fight of the Decade by The Ring in 1990 and the 8th greatest title bout of all time by The Ring in 1996.

After the bout, Pryor would wage a battle outside of the ring against drugs.

Pryor and Arguello would meet again on September 9, 1983 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV.  Pryor would have an easier time, stopping Arguello in the 10th round.

Pryor would also capture the IBF crown and defend it once, winning a narrow 15-round split decision over Gary Hinton in March of 1985 in Atlantic City.  Pryor would retire after that bout but come back two years later, only to suffer his only pro loss -- a seventh-round TKO-- to Bobby Joe Young on August 8, 1987 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Pryor would win three more bouts before retiring for good in 1990.   Pryor would be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996.

Pryor was a constant attendee at the annual Fight Night charity boxing event at the Washington Hilton Hotel in DC in November.  This year's event will be on Thursday, November 10th.  It will be strange not seeing "The Hawk" in the ring.  Pryor is survived by his wife, Frankie, and children Aaron, Jr., Antwan, Stephan and Elizabeth.  Aaron, Jr. and Stephan continue their father's legacy in the ring.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Reed Returns To Philadelphia For Eight-Round Contest October 14!

Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action in an eight-round feature contest against Aaron "La Joya" Herrera of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico on Friday, October 14 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Reed (19-0, 11 KO's) last fought on June 11 and scored a sixth-round TKO over Abraham Cordero at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  This will be Reed's second trip to the 2300 Arena in his last three contests.  Reed won a six-round unanimous decision over Samuel Amoako on March 18.

Herrera (29-5-1, 18 KO's) will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak.  Herrera was stopped in the first round by Regis Prograis on March 25 in Miami, OK.

In another bout on the card, Baltimore, MD welterweight Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. will be in a four-round contest against Hasan Young of Philadelphia.  Womack (7-12-3, five KO's) has lost seven in a row including a first-round knockout loss to Alexander Besputin on August 6 in Tuscon, AZ.  Young (5-1-1, two KO's) competes for the first time since January of 2014 when he won a six-round unanimous decision to Justin Johnson in Atlantic City, NJ.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

PBC Goes '12 Rounds' With Gary Russell, Jr.!

The Premier Boxing Champions website has a nice "12 Rounds" feature with WBC Featherweight champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr.   The story is written by Lem Satterfield.

Here is the link:

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Fox Stops Montes In Two In Chicago!

Forestville, MD middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox scored an impressive second-round TKO over Ronald Montes of Barranquilla, Colombia in front of a nationally-televised audience (CBS Sports Network) Friday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.

Fox crumpled Montes with a brutal left hand to the body near the end of the round and the bout was over.  The time was 2:59.  Fox remains undefeated with a record of 21-0-1, 10 KO's while Montes drops to 17-4, 15 KO's.

Harris Leads Knockout Parade In DC!

Undefeated Landover, MD featherweight Patrick Harris scored a third-round TKO over Sean Lockhart of Greenwood, SC in the main event of the DC Fight Night Promotions card at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC.

Harris dropped Lockhart with a left hand late in the first round.  Lockhart survived the knockdown.  Harris dominated the contest throughout, eventually putting Lockhart away with a right uppercut in the third round.  The bout was stopped at 42 seconds of the round.  With the win, Harris is now 10-0, seven KO's while Lockhart falls to 5-27-2, two KO's.

The main event was the only bout on the card that went past the first round.  The six other bouts featured the Beltway versus boxers from Wilson, NC and it was a clean sweep for the Beltway.

In the co-feature, DC featherweight Antonio "Teflon" Magruder stopped debuting Ronnie Watson at 1:34. Magruder landed solid left hands to the head and body to stop the debuting Watson. Magruder is now 5-0, four KO's.

Three Beltway Boxers made successful pro debuts. Featherweight  "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown of Bladensburg, MD scored a knockout over debuting Khadija Sanders. Brown landed a crushing body shot to stop Sanders at 1:13.  Brown, a two-time participant at the US Women's Olympic Trials, had some great teammates supporting her at ringside including two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields and multi-time amateur champion Franchon Crews.

DC lightweight Tyrek "I.G.B. (I Get Busy)" Irby won his bout over Marquis Johnson.  Irby used a crushing left hand to knock the equally debuting Johnson out at 1:08.

DC bantamweight Malik Jackson used a lot of pressure to overwhelm Javonta Cherry before the bout was stopped at 1:55.  Cherry falls to 0-2.

In other bouts on the card,  Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun knocked out Demonte Cherry with body shots to win his bout at 1:43.  Balogun is now 8-0, seven KO's while Cherry is 1-2.  Also, Renardo "Misunderstood" Gaines of DC won his lightweight bout over Isaiah Stubbs at 1:51 despite having two points taken away from him.  Gaines knocked Stubbs down with a solid left hand but continued to batter Stubbs while he was down.  Referee Kenny Chevalier took away two points from Gaines but Gaines kept the pressure on, forcing Stubbs to quit the contest.  Gaines is now 8-2, five KO's while Stubbs loses his pro debut.

Friday, September 30, 2016

DC 'Battles' Wilson, NC Tonight At The Sphinx Club!

There will be a card tonight at the Sphinx Club in Northwest Washington, DC that will warrant a different type of preview than I normally give.  First, I apologize for the late notice of the card.  I actually was given the details of the card only yesterday afternoon.

After looking at the bout sheet, I started to understand why.

The positives out of the way first. Tonight's DC Fight Night Promotions card will feature the pro debut of three of the most accomplished amateurs to come out of the Beltway in many years.

Tyrek Irby of Oxon Hill, MD was the first local to qualify for the Olympic Trials at 141 pounds.  Irby participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning two bouts.

Tiara Brown of  Bladensburg, MD was a world amateur champion at 125 pounds and was a two-time participant in the Women's US Olympic Trials.

Malik Jackson of DC won medals in numerous tournaments in Poland and the Ukraine and is a former USA Nationals champion.

Unfortunately, the pro debuts may not be as memorable as hoped.  Seven of the nine bouts on the card -- including the three bouts for Irby, Brown and Jackson -- will match Beltway Boxers against boxers from Wilson, NC, a town where a North Carolina boxing blogger tabulated that boxers went 0 for the entire year of 2015.

Back in June of 2013, there was a similar card that took place at Echostage lounge in DC.  My normal thought pattern is not judge the card simply by what is written on paper.  However, the card was what I thought it would be -- a fiasco.

Three years later, I can't help but pre-judge now.  On this card, only one of the boxers from Wilson has a win,  two are winless and four are making pro debuts.

If you have heard my podcasts, you have heard my take on this.  I'm afraid that one of these Wilson boxers will get seriously injured.  Also, the Beltway Boxers will not get an opportunity to show their talent.

After the June 2013 card, the District Of Columbia Boxing And Wrestling Commission had banned boxers from Wilson from coming to DC.  Unfortunately,  the man who imposed the ban, Deputy Commissoner Alfred Grant, passed away in 2015.

I don't want you to avoid this card entirely -- there are some quality boxers on the A side of this event and you should support them.  However, history has proven that you should not expect much from their opponents.

With that, here is the card:

Main Event - Six Rounds - Lightweights -- Patrick Harris (9-0, six KO's), Hyattsville,  MD vs. Joseph "Trouble" Figueroa (11-59-5, three KO's), Bronx, NY.  Harris is coming off a second-round TKO over Dedrick Bell on April 1 at the DC Armory.  Figueroa makes his third straight trip to the Beltway.  Figueroa lost back-to-back unanimous decisions in April and May in Springfield, VA to Andrew Farmer and Steve Weimer.

Co-Feature - Four Rounds -- Super Lightweights-- Antonio "Teflon" Magruder (4-0, three KO's), Washington, DC  vs. Ronnie Watson (pro debut), Wilson, NC.  Magruder last fought on February 27 and scored a third-round TKO over Terrell James at the Washington Convention Center.

Four-Rounds - Lightweights - Females - Tiara Brown (pro debut), Bladensburg, MD vs. Khadija Sanders (pro debut), Wilson, NC.

Four-Rounds - Super Featherweights - Renardo "Misunderstood" Gaines (7-2, one KO), District Heights, MD vs. Sean Lockhart (5-26-2, two KO's), Greenwood, SC.  Gaines has not fought since winning a six-round majority decision over Stephon McIntyre in July of 2015 at the Sphinx Club.  Lockhart last fought in January of 2015 at the Convention Center and was stopped by Harris in the first round.

Four-Rounds - Heavyweights -  Mike "Silverback" Balogun (7-0, six KO's)  Upper Marlboro, MD  vs. Demonte Cherry (1-1, one KO), Wilson, NC.  Balogun scored a second-round TKO over Luther Smith on August 19 in Crystal City, VA.  Cherry knocked out Mose Smith in the second round on July 29 in Charlotte, NC. 

Four-Rounds - Bantamweights - Mo Adams, Jr (1-1), Washington, DC vs. Isaiah Stubbs (Pro Debut), Wilson, NC.  This will be the first bout for Adams, Jr. since losing to Gabriel Braxton by third-round TKO in January of 2015 at the Washington Convention Center.

Four-Rounds - Super Lightweights - Tyrek Irby vs. Marquis Johnson (pro debut), Wilson, NC.

Four-Rounds - Bantamweights - Malik Jackson vs. Javonta Cherry (0-1), Wilson, NC.  Cherry lost his pro debut by first-round TKO to Mack Allison IV on July 23 in Durham, NC.

Four-Rounds - Middleweights - Philip Hooker (1-0, one KO) , Washington, DC vs.  Damian Archer (0-2), Wilson, NC.  Hooker made his pro debut on August 19 and scored a first-round TKO over David Rohn in Crystal City, VA.  Archer was stopped in the first round by Steve Weimer on June 4 in Springfield, VA.

First bell for the card is at 7 PM ET.

Fox Weighs 163 1/2 For Eight-Round Bout In Chicago!

Alantez Fox tipped the scales at 163 1/2 for his nationally-televised eight-round co-feature bout against Ronald Montes tonight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.  Montes weighed 162 pounds.

The bout will be shown on the CBS Sports Network.  The telecast begins at 9 PM ET.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

'SlyAza' Fox Battles Montes In Televised Eight-Rounder September 30 in Chicago!

Undefeated Forestville, MD middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox returns to action in an eight-round contest against Ronald "Salvaje" Montes of Barranquilla, Colombia on Friday, September 30 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.  The bout is the co-feature on the card and will be shown on the CBS Sports Network.

Fox (20-0-1, nine KO's) has stopped five of his last six opponents including a fifth-round stoppage of Paul Valenzuela on July 21 in Mashantucket, CT.  Montes (17-3, 15 KO's) broke a three-bout losing streak with a fourth-round knockout of Edinson Jimenez on June 18 in Barranquilla.

The telecast is scheduled to begin at 9 PM ET.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stevenson Stopped In Third Round In Oklahoma!

Baltimore, MD welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson was stopped in the third round against undefeated Ivan "The Volk" Golub of Brooklyn, NY by way of the Ukraine Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.  The bout was televised on Showtime.

Stevenson gamely stayed in the bout in the first two rounds but was dropped in the third by a powerful Golub right hook. Stevenson got up and tried to continue but Golub's follow-up shots got the bout stopped at 2:51.  Stevenson is now 23-3, 16 KO's while Golub is now 13-0, 11 KO's.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Stevenson Weighs 146 For Televised Eight-Rounder In Oklahoma!

James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson weighed in at 146 pounds for his eight-round nationally-televised (Showtime) contest against undefeated Ivan "The Volk" Golub tonight at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.  Golub tipped the scales at 146 1/2 pounds.

Stevenson is a native of Baltimore, MD (23-2, 16 KO's) has not fought since May 14 when he scored a fifth-round TKO over Kevin Womack, Jr. in Timonium, MD.  Golub is from Brooklyn, NY by way of Gorlovka, Ukraine (12-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Ernesto Ortiz on July 21 in Mashantucket, CT.  Golub has fought in the Beltway as he scored a first-round knockout of Tyson Harrison at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore in November of 2014.

The (ShoBox) broadcast begins at 10 PM ET.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Reed Returns In Eight-Round Contest October 14 In Philadelphia, PA!

Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action in an eight-round contest against Aaron "La Joya" Herrera of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico on Friday, October 14 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Reed (19-0, 11 KO's) last fought on June 11 and scored a sixth-round TKO over Abraham Cordero at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Herrera (29-5-1, 18 KO's) has lost his last two contests including a first-round TKO loss to Regis Prograis on March 25 in Miami, OK.

The bout is scheduled to be shown on GoFightLive.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hernandez Harrison Wins USBA Welterweight Championship With Unanimous Decision In Philadelphia!

Washington, DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison has scored the biggest win of his career to date with a 10-round unanimous decision over Thomas "Cornflake" La Manna of Millville, NJ today at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Harrison earns the vacant USBA Welterweight title with the victory, shown on the CBS Sports Network.

Hernandez Harrison started slowly in the first couple of rounds as LaManna was able to use his height and shoot jabs. However, LaManna's punches had very little effect on Harrison, giving the DC native opportunities in the later rounds to land punishing shots of his own.

By the end of the bout, Hernandez Harrison was in complete control and went on to win by scores of 98-92 and 97-93 (twice).  The win should also put Hernandez Harrison in the top 15 in the world in the next IBF rankings.  Hernandez Harrison remains undefeated at 30-0-1, 16 KO's.  LaManna falls to 21-2, nine KO's.  Both LaManna's losses have come against Beltway Boxers.  LaManna's first loss came against Antoine Douglas in May of 2013 by sixth-round TKO.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hernandez Harrison Weighs 146.8 For USBA Welterweight Title Bout In Philadelphia!

Dusty Hernandez Harrison tipped the scales at 146.8 pounds for his bout against Thomas LaManna for the vacant USBA Welterweight title Thursday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  LaManna weighed in at 146.1 pounds.

The bout will be the main event of the card that will be shown on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 10 PM ET.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Amateur Cards Highlight September Beltway Slate!

There will be two big amateur boxing cards happening in the Beltway this coming week.

On Thursday, September 15, Baltimore Boxing is having a card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Michael's is located at 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie. The card begins at 8 PM.

The card is called "Fight For Vince" as proceeds from the event will help pay the medical bills for Vince Veazey, who recently underwent bypass surgery.  Veazey is a noted Beltway Boxing supporter and the father of accomplished amateurs Joey and Sean Veazey.  

The main event is a rematch between East Coast Middleweight champion Tyrell Boyd of Baltimore and Genc Pllana of Frederick.  The two boxers met in May and Pllana won a razor-thin decision.

In another 165-pound contest, Ashton Sykes of Columbia, MD will battle Omar Serrano of Ocean City, MD.

Also on the card will be a boxer making her ring debut with a very special story.  Lori Reed of Glen Burnie will face an opponent to be named.  Reed was suffering with stage four cancer.   Reed had many physical and metal challenges, including the spreading of cancer to her lungs. Miraculously, she has recovered and the mother of five lives a normal life today. Reed says she is dedicating her bout to Vince Veazey.

Then on Saturday, September 17, Team Gary Russell  -- The Russell Family will host a card at the Oxon Hill Boxing Gym located at 7711 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD.  This card starts at 3 PM.

There are slated to be boxers from up and down the East Coast and as far away as Nevada, Tennessee and Texas.  Many of these boxers are Junior Olympic champions.

For more information on both these cards, please look at the flyers posted.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Roach, Jr. Remains Undefeated With Third-Round Stoppage In Los Angeles!

Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. kept his undefeated streak going with a dominant, third-round knockout over Mario Macias of Mexico tonight at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Roach made Macias stumble to the canvas late in the first round then came back late in the second round with a grazing left hook to the body followed by a crushing left hook to the head to drop Macias a second time.

Roach jumped all over Macias as soon as the bell rang for the third round and dropped him with another left hook before the bout was stopped at seven seconds of the round.

Roach is now 12-0, four KO's while Macias drops to 26-20, 14 KO's.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Roach, Jr. Weighs 131 For Eight-Rounder In Los Angeles!

Lamont Roach, Jr. tipped the scales at 131 pounds for his eight-round encounter against Mario Macias Rorozco Friday night at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.  Rorozco weighed in at 133 pounds.

The bout may be shown online on  The card is also scheduled to air on Estrella TV beginning at 10 PM ET.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Beltway Boxers Suffer Losses In Bayonne!

The struggle continues for two DC boxers as they lost bouts on a card at the Bayonne Pavilion in Bayonne, NJ.

Heavyweight Alando Pugh was stopped in the first round by Leon Johnson of Newark, NJ.  According to Kurt Wolfheimer of, Pugh tried to get the upset early in the bout as he pressured Johnson against the ropes. Johnson kept his defense tight and then landed a crushing uppercut that dropped Pugh to the canvas.  The bout was immediately waived off at 2:46. Pugh is now 1-9-1, one KO while Johnson is 2-0, two KO's.

DC welterweight Lamont White was disqualified in the fourth round of his bout with Caleb Hernandez of Paterson, NJ.  Wolfheimer reports that Hernandez targeted the body early in the opening round with heavy hooks. White was in good shape but Hernandez continued the constant pressure, mixing up two and three punch combinations throughout rounds two and three. White went on the bicycle and switched to southpaw to relieve the pressure late in the third. White was not listening to the instructions of Referee Ronald Ali Bashir on breaks. Finally, Bashir had seen enough and disqualified White at 2:29 of the fourth and final round. White remains winless at 0-3.  Hernandez is 3-0, one KO.

Corley Captures Fecarbox Title With Majority Decision In Guyana!

DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley has done it again.  The 42-year-old wonder won a 12-round majority decision over Dexter Gonzales of Trinidad and Tobago to win the vacant WBC Fecarbox Lightweight championship Saturday in Lilliendaal, Guyana.

Corley recovered from a third-round knockdown to win the title by scores of 115-115, 115-110 and 113-112.  Corley's record is now 47-27-1, 28 KO's.  Gonzales is now 8-2-2, five KO's.  Corley has fought in 18 title bouts in his 20-year career and has won the WBO Super Lightweight world title, the NABF and USBA Super Lightweight titles and now, the WBC Fecarbox Lightweight championship.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Roach, Jr. Returns To Action September 2 in Los Angeles!

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. returns to action on Friday, September 2 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Roach (11-0, three KO's) will take on his most experienced foe to date when he battles Mario Macias Rorozco of Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico in an eight-round encounter.  Roach is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Jose Arturo Esquivel on May 7 in Las Vegas, NV.  Rorozco (28-19, 14 KO's) competes against a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time.  Rorozco suffered a first-round knockout at the hands of Gervonta Davis on June 3 in Hollywood, FL.

By the way, there is some great press on Roach as he is featured in the "New Faces" section of the latest issue (November 2016) of the Ring magazine.  Mitch Abramson has a nice profile of the 2014 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year.  The cover story of the Ring celebrates the 60th birthday of Hall of Famer, six-time world champion and Beltway Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.  Leonard was chosen by the magazine as the all-time greatest living boxer.

Corley Challenges For WBC Fecarbox Lightweight Title Saturday in Guyana!

Former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley continues his world tour as he challenges Dexter Gonzales of Marabella, Trinidad And Tobago for the vacant WBC Fecarbox Lightweight title in a 12-round bout Saturday at the Giftland Office Max in Lilliendal, Guyana.

Corley (47-27-1, 28 KO's) has been feasting off young, relatively inexperienced competition as of late winning three bouts in a Contender-style competition in Jamaica.  Gonzales (8-1-2, five KO's) is looking for his second straight title. Gonzales captured the vacant WBC Caribbean title in his last outing, scoring an eighth-round TKO over Clive Atwell on October 24 in Lilliendal.  Gonzales has four straight knockouts.