Friday, January 18, 2019

Hines Weighs 149.2 For Six-Round Bout In New York!

Washington, DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines weighed in at 149.2 for his six-round contest against Farhad "The Puncher" Fatulla of Salt Lake City, UT Friday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Hines (3-0, two KO's) comes off a four-round unanimous decision over Samuel Forjoe on September 30th at the Sphinx Club in DC.  Fatulla (1-2) faces a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time.  Fatulla lost a four-round unanimous decision to Keeshawn Williams on September 14th in Philadelphia, PA.

Reeves Wins Unanimous Decision In Las Vegas!

Baltimore, MD super middleweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves won a 10-round unanimous decision over Lanell Bellows of Las Vegas, NV Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

Reeves was able to knock down Bellows twice during the contest en route to the victory.  Somehow, judge Dave Moretti only saw Reeves winning by one point, 95-94.  Judges Patricia Morse Jarman and Adalaide Byrd scored the contest, 97-91.  Reeves raises his record to 17-3-2, seven KO's.  Bellows falls to 18-4-2, 11 KO's.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Russell Brothers To Participate On Brooklyn Card January 26th!

Two of the Russell Brothers -- Antuanne and Antonio -- will be heading to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY for bouts on Saturday, January 26th.

The bout for super lightweight Antuanne (7-0, seven KO's) will be scheduled for either six or eight rounds and will take place against Roberto "R15" Almazan (7-8, two KO's) of Brownsville, TX.  The bout will be shown during the preliminary portion on the Fox Network and Fox Deportes at 6 PM ET.  Antuanne Russell, one of the BATB Prospects Of The Year for 2018, is coming off a first-round knockout victory over Jose Antonio Esquivel on August 4th in Uniondale, NY. Almazan has won two straight bouts including a six-round unanimous decision win over Daniel Perales on April 12th in Monterrey, Mexico.  Despite fighting out of Texas, Almazan has never competed in the United States.

Super bantamweight Antonio Russell (12-0, 10 KO's) will be in a non-televised eight-round bout against Lucas "Mendieta" Baez (34-17-5, 18 KO's) of Belle Glade, FL by way of Argentina.  Russell last fought on August 24th and scored a first-round knockout of Nick Otieno in Minneapolis, MN.  Baez looks to bounce back from a fifth-round TKO loss to Isaac Lowe on December 1st in Los Angeles in a bout for the vacant WBC International Featherweight championship.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

PBC Names Hurd 'Fighter Of The Year!'

The accolades continue to pour in for undefeated IBF/WBA/IBO 154-Pound champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd.  The Accokeek, MD native has been named the Premier Boxing Champions Fighter Of The Year for 2018.

Much like BATB's selection of Hurd as one of the best in the Beltway for the third consecutive year, Hurd got the nod from PBC because of his outstanding 12th round split decision win over Erislandy Lara on April 7th in Las Vegas, NV for all three of the titles and for his fourth-round knockout win over Jason Welborn on December 1st in Los Angeles, CA.

Hurd's bout against Lara was voted the Fight Of The Year by ESPN and the Sporting News.

Here is the PBC tribute:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

January Schedule Is Strong With Beltway Talent!

As we head into the second half of January, there are a number of Beltway Boxers who will be in action.  Here is the schedule for the rest of the month.

Thursday, January 17th -- MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV -- Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will be in a bout against Lanell Bellows of Las Vegas by way of Kansas City, MO.  Reeves (16-3-2, seven KO's) comes off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Devin Butcher on September 22nd in Bowie, MD.  Bellows (18-3-2, 11 KO's) also fought his last bout on September 22nd and lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Christopher Brooker at Sam's Town in Las Vegas.

Friday, January 18th -- Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City -- Washington, DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines will be in his first six-round contest against an opponent to be determined.  Hines (3-0, two KO's) went the distance for the first time in his last outing, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Samuel Forjoe on September 30th in DC.

Friday, January 25th -- Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD -- The first amateur show of the year for Baltimore Boxing promotions called "The Super Brawl of Boxing."  Local heavyweight Brian Haneschlager is scheduled to return on that card.  We'll have a bigger preview on this card in the coming days.

Saturday, January 26th -- Waldorf Culture Center, Waldorf, MD -- The first Beltway pro show of 2019 will be a Cynation Sports Promotions card and will take place at a new location with a number of prospects including two former Beltway Rookies Of The Year -- Mack Allison IV and Jahmal Dyer -- in separate bouts.  Also slated are "The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana, Jonathan Burrs, George Harris, Nigel Fennell, Filip Stankovic, Lamont White and the debuting Destiny Day-Owens.  More on this card in the coming days.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Beltway Boxing 2018 -- Boxer Of The Year!

We now come to our final award for 2018 -- Boxer Of The Year!  In 2018, we had a number of Beltway Boxers who had great years.  However, two in particular had exceptional years that we could not separate them and had to give this award to both of them.  One boxer, in a very short time, moved into world championship status and opened up opportunities for even bigger bouts down the road.  The other moved into elite status as one of the best and most talked about boxers in the sport and continued his domination of this award as he becomes the first to win it three times.

The 2018 Beltway Boxers Of The Year are:




"The Heavy Hitting Diva" Franchon Crews Dezurn (4-1, one KO), super middleweight, Baltimore, MD


And 





"Swift" Jarrett Hurd (23-0, 16 KO's) junior middleweight, Accokeek, MD

Ever since Crews Dezurn turned pro in November of 2016, she has been fighting for respect.  Despite her many, many amateur achievements, the "Heavy Hitting Diva" from Baltimore was looking for quality opportunities in the pro ranks.  She performed well in her pro debut against two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields but lost by unanimous decision. We weren’t sure that Crews Dezurn would get another opportunity like that again.

Are we happy we were wrong.  After three solid performances against unheralded opposition, including a six-round unanimous decision win over Tiffany Woodard on January 12th in Verona, NY, Crews Dezurn would meet Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo on September 13th in Las Vegas for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on national television (ESPN).  In the first 10-rounder for Crews Dezurn, she would win a majority decision to earn her first world title in just her fifth pro bout.

Respect may not be completely there for Crews Dezurn, but it’s coming.  She has verbally agreed to a major unification bout in the spring and for the first time, she has been named one of the best pro boxers in the Beltway.

In winning this award for the third consecutive year, Hurd amazingly continued to build on his previous successes.  On April 7th, Hurd would become a three-belt world champion, successfully defending his IBF Super Welterweight title and earning the WBA and IBO belts in a thrilling 12-round split decision over Erislandy Lara in Las Vegas.  Hurd would gut out the win by knocking down Lara with 37 seconds left in the fight.  ESPN and The Sporting News recently chose the bout as its Bout of the Year.  Hurd would defend all three titles on December 1st in Los Angeles and knock out Jason Welborn in the fourth round.

As a result, Hurd would gain a lot of trappings that come with being a world champion -- He was lauded by the Prince George’s County Council, he got to cast his fist at the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, he led a community Back To School Drive, he was named the year’s Outstanding Boxer by the Washington, DC Boxing Hall Of Fame, spoke to a number of schools and was a guest of the Washington Pro Football team.  Hurd’s quality wins in the ring led to quality events outside the ring.  Going into 2019, Hurd is truly among the best in the boxing game.

Side note: Both Crews Dezurn and Hurd would win their titles in 2018 in the same location in Las Vegas, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.


Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):



Gervonta "Tank" Davis (20-0, 19 KO's), super featherweight, Baltimore, MD

Davis only appeared once in 2018 but it was a big performance, especially when Davis’s last outing -- his eighth-round knockout over Francisco Fonseca in August of 2017 -- was very underwhelming and he lost his IBF Super Featherweight title on the scales.  Davis returned to elite status with a third-round decimation of Jesus Cuellar to win the WBA Super version of the Super Featherweight title on April 21st in Brooklyn, NY.  Davis is slated to defend his title on February 9th against Abner Mares in Carson, CA.



Mykal "The Professor" Fox (19-0, five KO's), welterweight, Forestville, MD

Fox was one of the busiest boxers in the area in 2018, competing four times against increasingly tougher competition.  On February 13th, Fox won an eight-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Garcia in Bethlehem, PA.  Then on May 11th in Philadelphia, PA, Fox would win another eight-round unanimous decision over Anthony Mercado.  Fox would compete on national television (CBS Sports Network) in his next outing in a definitive crossroads bout against former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley on August 18th in Hanover, MD.  Fox, who is literally half Corley’s age, would win a 10-round unanimous decision.  Fox would complete his year with a second-round TKO of Gonzalo Carlos Dallera on December 8th in Bowie, MD.  Fox has started to push the next gear on his career and looks to have a very exciting 2019.




Alexandru "Spartan" Marin (17-0, 11 KO's), super flyweight, Bethesda, MD

The native of Iasu, Romania would win two regional titles in 2018.  Marin captured the vacant IBO Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title with a blistering second-round TKO over Michael Ruiz, Jr. on April 14th in Norfolk, VA.  Then, in his biggest bout as a pro to date, Marin would overcome a cut over his right eye to win a 10-round split decision over Bruno Escalante to earn the IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight crown on September 8th in Inglewood, CA.  Marin is currently ranked third by the IBF and 12th by the WBO.  2019 could be an even bigger year for the “Spartan.”



(Photo by Daniel Cork)

Demond "D' Best At It" Nicholson (20-3-1, 19 KO's), super middleweight, Laurel, MD

Nicholson had a very challenging, yet very productive 2018 with three big contests.  The year got off to a tough start as Nicholson suffered a seventh-round knockout loss to Jesse Hart on April 28th in Philadelphia, PA.  To his credit, Nicholson regrouped very nicely and on August 18th at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD, Nicholson scored one of the best Beltway knockouts of the year stopping Isaac Rodrigues in the sixth round to win the vacant WBC USNBC Super Middleweight championship, showing a lot of guts along the way.  Nicholson would defend his title with a second-round knockout of Fernando Castaneda on December 8th in Bowie, MD.  Nicholson has worked hard to get back to the verge of contender status and it will be interesting to see his advancement in 2019.




Lamont Roach, Jr. (18-0-1, seven KO's), super featherweight, Upper Marlboro, MD

Roach would compete three times in 2018 and in each bout he was either going after or defending a regional title.  On April 19th in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roach would battle Orlando Cruz to a 10-round draw for the vacant WBO International Super Featherweight title.  Roach would get another opportunity at that title against Deivi Julio Bassa on July 20th in Cancun, Mexico.  Roach would leave no doubt in that encounter, stopping Bassa in the sixth round to win the title.

Roach would defend his title on December 15th in Madison Square Garden in New York, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Alberto Mercado.  As of December, Roach is ranked fifth in the world by the WBO and on the verge of bigger things in the coming year.



"Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. (29-1, 17 KO's), featherweight, Capitol Heights, MD

Russell made his annual boxing appearance on May 19th and successfully defended his WBC Featherweight championship in a outstanding bout against Joseph Diaz at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  The bout solidified Russell as the best featherweight in the world.  We can only hope that Russell will be more active and move toward unifying the featherweight division.


Previous Beltway Boxers of the Year:

2006: Eric Aiken
2007: Darnell Wilson
2008: Lamont Peterson/Joshua Snyder
2009: Fernando Guerrero
2010: Tim Coleman
2011: Lamont Peterson
2012: Tony Jeter
2013: Phil Jackson Benson/Tori Nelson
2014: Tori Nelson
2015: Antoine Douglas/Gary Russell, Jr.
2016: Gervonta Davis/Jarrett Hurd
2017: Jarrett Hurd

That completes our look at Beltway Boxing 2018!  Thank you to everyone who has supported BATB throughout the years.  We look forward to continued coverage of "The Best Boxing In The World!"







Thursday, January 10, 2019

Beltway Boxing 2018 -- Card Of The Year!

We now come to the Card Of The Year.  2018 did not have as many high-profile cards as in previous years.  However, one card had a number of bouts that have already been talked about in these awards.  That is why this card was selected as the best card of the year.

The 2018 Beltway Boxing Card Of The Year Took Place On:





August 18th, Live Casino, Hanover, MD -- Demond Nicholson vs. Isaac Rodrigues, Mykal Fox vs. DeMarcus Corley, Donald Wallace vs. Ashton Sykes

This nationally-televised Jeter Promotions card (CBS Sports Network) had a little bit of everything on it.  Demond Nicholson came back strong after his loss to Jesse Hart in April to win the WBC USNBC Super Middleweight championship with a gutsy knockout over Isaac Rodrigues.  The card had the Bout Of The Year -- a classic between Donald Wallace and Ashton Sykes, a solid crossroads bout between Mykal Fox and former world champion DeMarcus Corley as well as another knockout of the year candidate in Francisco Bustos stopping Jauvan John.  Also, Dante Cox, who works at the casino, participated and won on this card.  Despite the lack of high-profile bouts, this card had a lot of quality.

Honorable Mention (In chronological order:)

June 16th, Gardens Ice House, Laurel, MD -- Gerome Quigley vs. Raymond Serrano, Sam Crossed vs. Joshua Jones, Francisco Bustos vs. Jauvan John I

Despite the disappointment of the Quigley-Serrano bout going to a no-contest, this was still a solid Jeter Promotions/GQ Promotions card that was highlighted by the knockout of the year in Crossed stopping Jones.  The first contest between Bustos and John went to a four-round unanimous decision win for Bustos and got some early looks for bout of the year.  


October 27th, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Genc Pllana vs. Jason Bell, Justin Bell vs. DeAndre West, Shynggyskhan Tazhibay vs. Juan Rodriguez.

This Cynation Sports card had a lot of solid individual performances.  Both Pllana and Jason Bell performed well as Pllana would win a six-round majority decision.  Justin Bell, Jason’s twin brother, would score a second-round TKO.  Tazhibay would win his first six-rounder with a unanimous decision over Rodriguez.  Also Jahmal Dyer, Jonathan Burrs and George Harris would get knockout wins.


December 8th, AC Jordan Arena, Bowie, MD -- Demond Nicholson vs. Fernando Castaneda, Greg Outlaw vs. Mack Allison IV, Lorenzo Simpson vs. DeAndre West. 

This Shabazz Promotions card had a lot of Beltway star power to go along with great performances.  Nicholson successfully defended his WBC USNBC title with a second-round knockout.  Outlaw outclassed Allison to win a six-round contest.  Simpson made his pro debut with a first-round TKO.  Also, Tiara Brown stopped former world champion Dahiana Santana in the fourth round and Mykal Fox scored a second-round TKO in his contest.


Previous Beltway Boxing Cards of the Year:

2006 -- December 9, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA -- Jimmy Lange draws with Fontaine Cabell, Dean White defeats Dorin Spivey, JP Flaim of the Junkies loses against Jay Watts.

2007 -- December 7, Pikesville National Guard Armory, Pikesville, MD -- Tim Coleman draws with Martinus Clay, Jessie Nicklow defeats Anthony Little and John Mackey defeats Tony Cygan and August 3, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Pro-Am card -- Horace Grant over Mujaheed Moore, Thomas Snow knocks out Markel Muhammad, Seth Mitchell [his only amateur loss] falls to Abodurin Akinyanju and Dusty Harrison also on the amateur portion.

2008 -- October 18, ABC Sports Arena, Springfield, VA -- John Mackey wins over Jesse Williams, Darrell Martin over Andre Nichols

2009 -- September 25, Shipley Arena, Westminster, MD -- Mark Tucker wins USBO title, Tyrell Samuel over Gustavo Dailey

2010 -- March 20, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD -- Jessie Nicklow over Scott Sigmon, James Stevenson over George Rivera

2011 – December 10, Washington Convention Center, Washington DC -- Lamont Peterson over Amir Khan for IBF/WBA Junior Welterweight title, Seth Mitchell over Timor Ibragimov

2012 -- October 27, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA -- Tony Jeter over Jimmy Lange, Brandon Quarles draws with John Mackey

2013 -- September 7 at Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Phil Jackson Benson vs. Scott Sigmon, Alantez Fox vs. Zain Shah, Mike Reed vs. Rameses Gil

2014 -- July 18 at Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Larry Recio vs. Grayson Blake, Demond Nicholson vs. Jess Noriega, Terron Grant vs. Jose Del Valle

2015 -- July 18, Sphinx Club, Washington, DC -- Marq Johns vs. Karl Garcia-Rios, Patrick Harris vs. Rafael Vasquez, Alantez Fox vs. Guillermo Valdes, Mykal Fox vs. Juan Carlos Castillo

2016 -- November 12, Coppermine Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD -- Travis Reeves vs. Aaron Quattrocchi, Stephon Morris vs. Gregory Clark, Jeffrey McCalla vs. Jose Valderrama, Devin Butcher vs. Eric Govan

2017 -- February 11,  Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Mykal Fox vs. Tre’Sean Wiggins, Luther Smith vs. Darnell Pierce, Gregory Clark vs. Patrick Rivera, Marcus Bates vs. Alec McGee

Next: Our Final Award:  Boxer Of The Year!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Beltway Boxing 2018 -- Bout Of The Year!

We now come to the 2018 Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year.  Once again, the bout chosen must take place within the Beltway area so that eliminates the Jarrett Hurd-Erislandy Lara contest that took place in Las Vegas from this award.

However, our choice for 2018 should go down as a Beltway-area classic between two solid local prospects.

The 2018 Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year is:




(Photo by Mike Greenhill)

Bout of the Year: Winner: Donald Wallace TKO 6 over Ashton Sykes, August 18th, Live Casino, Hanover, MD

This all-Beltway contest was a toe-to-toe slugfest from the opening bell as both men were extremely offensive-minded.  Both men were able to land quality shots throughout the bout. Increasingly, Wallace's punches began to take their toll in the middle rounds.


In the sixth, Wallace stepped up his attack to land crushing shots to Sykes's face.  The punches really took their toll, forcing referee Harvey Dock to stop the contest at 2:50 of the round.  Tremendous bout.


Honorable Mention (in chronological order):

Gary Russell, Jr. UD 12 over Joseph Diaz, Jr. May 19th, MGM National Harbor Casino, Oxon Hill, MD.

Early on, Russell landed extremely quick flurries and was able to use his hand and foot speed to his advantage.

In the third round, Diaz started to score with wicked body shots with his right hand.  Diaz seemed to be in control while Russell was suffering from an injured hand that may have hurt in that round.
As the bout reached the midway point, Russell's output increased as he made adjustments with his positioning and Diaz could not use his right hand body shot as effectively.  Russell landed effective punches that gave the advantage back to him and helped him regain his WBC Featherweight championship.

Diaz ended the bout with a solid 12th round but he did not do enough to gain the victory.  Dave Braslow saw the bout 115-113 while judges Dave Moretti and Nathan Palmer scored the contest 117-111.

Tyrieshia Douglas 10 round majority draw with Helen Joseph, June 29th, Martin’s West, Woodlawn, MD. 

This bout, for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation Super Flyweight championship, had a little bit of everything. Both boxers had elaborate ring walks -- Joseph, who is from Connecticut by way of Nigeria, wore a unique headdress and was accompanied by live drummers and dancing girls.  Douglas, originally from Washington, DC, would follow with African warriors as she came to the ring.

The bout was halted before it started as the Douglas camp complained of a substance that was on Joseph's body.  Maryland Commission officials made the Joseph corner wipe the substance off their boxer's body before the bout could begin.  Once the bout got underway, Joseph proved to be the aggressor in the contest as she forced Douglas backward and did not allow Douglas to use her vaunted hand speed.  Douglas used good defense to avoid some of Joseph's punches but Joseph did land her share.

Judge Don Risher saw the bout for Joseph, 98-92 but he was overruled by judges Dave Braslow and John Gradowski who scored the draw at 95-95.


Previous Beltway Boxing Bouts of the Year:

2006: Maxell Taylor six-round draw with Derek Ennis, March 9, Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD.

2007: John Mackey six-round unanimous decision over Tony Cygan, December 7, Pikesville, MD

2008: Juan Rodriguez TKO 3 over Benjamin Borteye, November 7, Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD

2009: Cory Cummings TKO 9 over Demetrius Davis, May 29, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD

2010: Jessie Nicklow 10-round unanimous decision over Scott Sigmon, March 20, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD/Nicklow 10-round draw with Julius Kennedy, September 17, Du Burns Arena/Sigmon 10-round unanimous decision over Kennedy, December 11, Pikesville National Guard Armory, Pikesville, MD.

2011:  Lamont Peterson 12-round split decision over Amir Khan, December 10, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

2012: Brandon Quarles D6 John Mackey, October 27, George Mason University Patriot Center (now Eagle Bank Arena), Fairfax, VA

2013: Mike Reed KO 6 over Rameses Gil, September 7, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD

2014: Tony Jeter 10 round majority decision over Jimmy Lange, November 15, George Mason University Patriot Center (now Eagle Bank Arena), Fairfax, VA

2015: Jennifer Salinas 10-round unanimous decision over Melissa St. Vil, November 12, Martin’s Valley Mansion, Cockeysville, MD

2016: Jordan White six-round unanimous decision over Jose Elizondo, November 5, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD

2017: Glenn Dezurn eight-round unanimous decision over Leroy Davila, April 14th, MGM National Harbor Casino, Oxon Hill, MD

Next: The Beltway Boxing Card Of The Year!




Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Beltway Boxing 2018 -- Knockout Of The Year!

We come to the 2018 Knockout Of The Year.  There were a number of devastating knockouts in 2018 but one in particular was extremely quick in its devastation.

The 2018 Beltway Boxing Knockout Of The Year is:




(Photos by Mike Greenhill)

Sam Crossed KO1 over Joshua Jones, June 16th, Gardens Ice House, Laurel, MD  

In this co-feature bout, the cruiserweight known as “The Vanilla Gorilla” needed just 23 seconds to knock out his opponent.  Crossed landed a devastating right hand to Jones's chin that made Jones slump forward and fall to his knees.  Referee Brent Bovell immediately waived the bout off without a count.  Crossed becomes the first Beltway Boxer to win this award twice. Crossed took this award in 2016.


Honorable Mention (in chronological order):

Demond Nicholson KO 6 over Isaac Rodrigues, August 18th, Live Casino, Hanover, MD

Nicholson’s gutsy knockout victory for the vacant WBC USNBC Super Middleweight title made this selection close.  The bout was a war of attrition with both boxers taking and delivering quality punches.  Nicholson had a mouse under his left eye while Rodrigues suffered a cut near his right eye. In the sixth round, Nicholson pressured Rodrigues with straight right hands before dropping him with a vicious right hand body shot.  Rodrigues could not beat referee Harvey Dock's count and the bout ended at 2:07.

Francisco Bustos KO1 over Jauvan John, August 18th, Live Casino, Hanover, MD

Bustos landed a crushing left hand to the body that turned John around and dropped him to his knees in the Bustos corner. John could not beat referee Kenny Chevalier's 10 count and the bout was over in just 45 seconds.  Bustos improved on the first meeting against John that he won by four-round unanimous decision.

Nathaniel Copeland KO1 over Kwasi Horton, December 15th, Tyson’s Playground, Vienna, VA

In his pro debut, Copeland used a right-left combination to send Horton crashing to the canvas.  Horton's eyes blinked rapidly as he tried to get up.  Referee Billy Johnson stopped the contest in mid-count at 45 seconds.

Previous Beltway Boxing Knockouts of the Year:

2006: Jed Phipps KO1 over David Cleage -- January 20, Pikesville Armory, Pikesville, MD.

2007: Elias Bouloubassis KO1 over Vincent Robbins -- March 10, Pikesville Armory, Pikesville, MD.

2008: Seth Mitchell TKO2 over Alexis Cruz Medina -- May 29, Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD.

2009: Tony Jeter KO1 over Keith Gross -- September 26, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.

2010: Jimmy Lange KO 10 over Joe Wyatt -- November 6, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.

2011: Kevin Womack KO4 over Benjamin Olinga -- November 19, Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD

2012: Kevin Rivers KO1 over Bobby Wooten --  November 3, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

2013: Jarrett Hurd KO2 over George Armenta -- December 6, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD

2014: Marq Johns TKO 2 over Luis Hernandez --July 18, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD

2015: Travis Reeves TKO 6 over Samar Barakat --July 9, Tall Cedars Hall, Parkville, MD

2016:  Sam Crossed KO1 over Mike Estus -- August 19, Crystal City Hilton, Crystal City, VA

2017: Luther Smith KO 1 over Darnell Pierce -- February 11, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD.

Next:  The Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year!

Monday, January 07, 2019

Beltway Boxing 2018 -- Prospect Of The Year!

Now we come to the Prospect Of The Year for 2018.  After the 2017 selection being an easy one to make, this category returned to being one of the toughest to choose.  For the second time in three years, we could not pick just one because three boxers in particular had outstanding years and made great strides to expand their careers.

The 2018 Beltway Boxing Prospects Of The Year Are:




“The Dark Menace” Tiara Brown, super featherweight, 7-0, five KO’s, Bladensburg, MD





Greg “The Sharpshooter” Outlaw, super lightweight, 7-0, two KO’s, Bowie, MD



 Antuanne "The Last" Russell, super lightweight, 7-0, 7 KO’s, Capitol Heights, MD

After announcing her signing with DiBella Entertainment in May of 2018, Brown would go on to have an outstanding year, scoring three stoppages against veteran opponents.  On June 30th, Brown scored a fifth-round TKO over Brittany Cruz at the Sphinx Club in DC.  Brown would make her DiBella debut on September 22nd and stop Jasmine Clarkson in the fourth round at Bowie State University.  Brown would return to Bowie State’s A.C. Jordan Arena on December 8th and score another fourth-round stoppage against Dahiana Santana.  In the fast-moving world of women’s pro boxing, look for Brown to challenge for a regional or possibly, a world title in 2019.


Outlaw had a solid 2018 as well beginning with a road trip to Atlantic City, NJ on June 2 where he won by second-round TKO over Dan Murray.  Then Outlaw would make his foray into being a headlining boxer by appearing in the main event of the two cards at his alma mater, Bowie State University.  On September 22nd, Outlaw would win a six-round unanimous decision over Rashad Bogar followed by an impressive performance in winning by six-round shutout over Mack Allison IV on December 8th.  Outlaw looks like he is ready to ascend to contender status in the near future.


The competition got a little better for the 2016 United States Olympian and 2017 co-Beltway Boxing Rookie Of The Year as he faced four opponents with winning records.  However, the results were exactly the same as he knocked out all three foes.  On March 3rd, Russell would knock out fellow undefeated boxer Keasen Freeman in the second round in Brooklyn, NY.  Russell would return to the Barclays Center and knock out Andrew Rodgers in the third round on April 21st.  Russell would move into the scheduled eight-rounders on May 19th but would only need one round to knock out Wilmer Rodriguez at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  Russell closed out his year with another first-round stoppage on August 4th against Jose Arturo Esquivel in Uniondale, NY.  Russell, along with his brothers Gary and Antonio, should have interesting 2019 seasons.


Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):



Antonio "Another" Russell, super bantamweight, 12-0, 10 KO’s, Capitol Heights, MD

Russell competed twice in 2018 and scored two knockouts against veteran opponents.  On May 19th, Russell scored a fifth-round TKO over Jonathan Lecona Ramos at MGM National Harbor.  Russell scored a first-round KO over Nick Otieng on August 24th in Minneapolis, MN in his first scheduled eight-round bout.




Shynggyskhan Tazhibay, welterweight, 8-0, two KO’s, Washington, DC

The native of Kazakhstan continued his winning ways against veteran opponents as he won three bouts in 2018.  On April 21st, Tazhibay won a four-round unanimous decision over Isaac Freeman in Brooklyn, NY.  Then on September 14th, Tazhibay defeated Justin Johnson by four-round unanimous decision in Philadelphia, PA.  Tazhibay would move up to the six-round level and would defeat veteran Juan Rodriguez on October 27th by unanimous decision in Fort Washington, MD.

Previous Beltway Boxing Prospects of the Year:

2006: Tyrell Samuel
2007: Tim Coleman
2008: Bayan Jargal
2009: Mark Tucker
2010: Gary Russell, Jr. and Seth Mitchell
2011:  Maurice Byarm and Venroy July
2012: Thomas Williams, Jr.
2013: Dusty Hernandez Harrison
2014: Mike Reed
2015: Jarrett Hurd
2016: Mykal Fox, Travis Reeves and Lamont Roach, Jr.
2017: Malik Hawkins

Next:  The Beltway Boxing Knockout Of The Year!




Sunday, January 06, 2019

Beltway Boxing 2018 -- Rookie Of The Year!

Our first award is for Beltway Boxing Rookie Of The Year.   This goes to the boxer who had the best first-year campaign from November of 2017 to November of 2018.  Our winner had a solid year during that time period and he did it all on the road against quality opposition.

The 2018 Beltway Boxing Rookie Of The Year Is...



“The Next Big Thing” Keeshawn Williams, welterweight, 4-0-1, one KO, Washington, DC

Williams started his career late in November of 2017 with a second-round knockout of Christian Salas in Flint, MI.  After a four-round draw against Dennis Okoth on January 20th in Brooklyn, NY, Williams would win a majority decision on May 20th in Cincinnati, OH followed by back-to-back unanimous decision victories in his last two bouts.  Williams would win by four-round shutout against Farhad Fatulla in Philadelphia PA on September 14th followed by another win on October 13th against Ramel Snegur in Omaha, NB.


Williams has taken an unusual route in his first full year, competing against boxers who were young in their career but their records were .500 or better.  Also, Williams has competed strictly on the road, a trend that will hopefully change some in 2019.

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):



 Muhsin Cason, cruiserweight, 3-0, one KO, Baltimore, MD

Cason, the younger brother of former undisputed world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, had a solid rookie year.  Cason made his pro debut in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada on May 5th with a four-round unanimous decision over Alexander Rosales Cruz.  Cason would make his Beltway debut on June 29th with a four-round unanimous decision over Charles Johnson at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD.  Then on September 22nd, Cason would score his first pro knockout with a second-round stoppage of Donnell Daniels at Bowie State University.  Cason is scheduled to return to Peterborough for another contest in February.




Ian “The Dancer” Cokley, middleweight, 1-0, Fort Washington, MD

Cokley came into boxing with a wonderful story.  At one time, Cokley weighed around 300 pounds.  In a relatively short time, Cokley was able to get down to close to the 160 pound middleweight limit to make his pro debut on August 4th and won a four-round unanimous decision over Carlos Cruz in Sterling, VA.  Cokley showed great boxing skill during the contest and it will be interesting to see his story continue in 2019.



George Harris, heavyweight, 2-0, two KO’s, Silver Spring, MD

Harris made two impressive showings during his rookie campaign. On October 27th, Harris scored a second-round TKO over veteran Damian Reed in Fort Washington, MD followed by a third-round TKO over Lamar Lewis on December 1st in Washington, DC.  Harris looks to show more promise in 2019.

Previous Beltway Boxing Rookies of the Year:

2006: Jessie Nicklow
2007: Bayan Jargal
2008: Fernando Guerrero
2009: Dominic Wade
2010: Nick Kisner
2011: Dusty Hernandez Harrison
2012: Duane Mobley
2013: Mike Reed
2014: Lamont Roach, Jr.
2015: Antonio Russell
2016: Mack Allison IV
2017: Antuanne Russell and Jahmal Dyer

Next: Beltway Boxing Prospect Of The Year!





Saturday, January 05, 2019

Beltway Boxing 2018 --The Year Of The Status Quo!




Welcome to our look back at Beltway Boxing 2018!  Before we start, on behalf of my writing and podcasting partner, Juan Marshall, I want to thank everyone for their support of what we have done throughout the year. 

As usual, we will hand out year-end awards in six categories:

Rookie of the Year

Prospect of the Year

Knockout of the Year

Bout of the Year

Card of the Year

Boxer of the Year

As usual, we start with an overview of the year, which we call “The Year Of The Status Quo.”  For the most part, things stayed the same in 2018 as they did in 2017.  The champions remained champions and the contenders remained contenders, although there was some serious improvement in the contender category by the end of the year.

Accokeek, MD’s “Swift” Jarrett Hurd would make the first big impact in the Beltway Boxing scene for 2018 on April 7th, winning a split decision over Erislandy Lara in Las Vegas, NV to become a multi-belt world super welterweight champion and one of the best boxers in the world.  The bout was one of the best in the boxing world in 2018.  Hurd would defend the titles on December 1st, scoring a fourth-round knockout over Jason Welborn in Los Angeles, CA.

On April 21st, Gervonta “Tank” Davis of Baltimore, MD would win his second world title, capturing the WBA Super Featherweight championship with a third-round decimation of Jesus Cuellar in Brooklyn, NY.

Capitol Heights, MD featherweight “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. made his annual appearance and won a unanimous decision over Joseph Diaz, Jr. on May 19th in Oxon Hill, MD to successfully defend his WBC Featherweight title.

The Beltway added a world champion this year as Baltimore’s “Heavy Hitting Diva” Franchon Crews Dezurn won a 10-round majority decision over Maricela Cornejo on September 13th in Las Vegas to capture the WBC Female Super Middleweight championship.

Also, after two tough losses earlier in the year, Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson would successfully defend her UBF Middleweight championship with a 10-round unanimous decision over Sanna Turunen on December 1st in Washington, DC.

Local boxers would also win a number of regional titles in 2018.  Two of the belts would go to Bethesda, MD super flyweight Alexandru “Spartan” Marin.  The Romanian native would capture the IBO Inter-Continental title with a second-round knockout of Michael Ruiz, Jr. on April 14th in Norfolk, VA followed by the IBF Inter-Continental title with a 10-round split decision over Bruno Escalante on September 8th in Inglewood, CA.

Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. would battle Orlando Cruz to a 10-round draw in his first attempt at the WBO International title on April 19th in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, three months later on July 20th, Roach would travel to Cancun, Mexico to win that same title with a sixth-round stoppage of Deivi Julio Bassa.  Roach would defend that title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Alberto Mercado on December 15th in New York City.

The year started roughly for Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond “D’Best At It” Nicholson as he challenged for the NABF Super Middleweight title.  Nicholson was knocked out in the seventh round by Jesse Hart on April 28th in Philadelphia, PA.  Undeterred, Nicholson would bounce back to win the vacant WBC USNBC Super Middleweight crown with a sixth-round knockout of Isaac Rodrigues on August 18th in Hanover, MD.  Nicholson would defend the title with a second-round destruction of Fernando Castaneda on December 8th in Bowie, MD.

Also, Malik "Iceman" Hawkins won the NABA-USA Welterweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Raymond Serrano on March 30th in Philadelphia and "Slick" Nick Kisner won the NABA-USA Cruiserweight championship by unanimous decision over Brian Holstein on March 2nd in Columbus, OH.

Locally, Beltway Boxing took a slight tumble in the number of cards. There were 19 cards in 2018.  Maryland fell from 11 cards in 2017 to seven in 2018.  DC had four cards in 2018 compared to five the previous year.  Only Northern Virginia made a slight improvement, moving up one to four cards compared to three in 2017.

While the number of cards decreased, the amount of new venues in the Beltway increased.  Washington unveiled the Entertainment and Sports Arena in December.  Maryland had cards at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Live! Casino in Hanover and two shows at Bowie State University’s AC Jordan Arena.  Virginia went the fitness location route, having cards at the Michael and Son Sportsplex at Dulles in Sterling and Tysons Playground in Vienna.

Beltway Boxers were featured on national TV 16 times in 2018 with Tori Nelson, Jarrett Hurd, Lamont Roach, Jr. and Demond Nicholson each on twice.  Other locals on TV included Gervonta Davis, Mike Reed, Lamont Peterson, Glenn Dezurn, Jr., Franchon Crews Dezurn,
Gary Russell, Jr., Mykal Fox and DeMarcus Corley (against one another), Antonio Russell and Jessie Nicklow.

On the amateur side, much of the news centered around the Alexandria, VA trio of Keyshawn Davis, Troy Isley and Amelia Moore.  All three rose to elite status in 2018 and represented Team USA in many events around the world. 

 Davis, a lightweight, had an outstanding year, winning a gold medal at the Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, a silver at the Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany and a gold medal at the USA Championships in Salt Lake City, UT.

Isley, a middleweight, would win a silver at the Strandja Tournament and, along with Davis compete in numerous dual meets for Team USA in Massachusetts, Tennessee and the Netherlands.

After a 2017 where she won four major championships, Moore joined the USA Women’s Elite team and made an impact in September by winning a gold medal in her first international tournament, the Boxam tournament in Castellon, Spain.  All three boxers have qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2019.

Another amateur who had an outstanding year was Jahmal Harvey of Oxon Hill, MD who won championships at the Junior Olympics and USA Nationals in 2018.

Unfortunately, we lost a number of Beltway Boxing legends and other personalities in 2018.  We remember:

David Crawford -- Beltway trainer

Frank Gilbert -- Head trainer, Loch Raven Gym

Eugene “Thunder” Hughes -- Owner, Midtown Youth Academy

Dave Jacobs -- Trainer of Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson

John McCain -- Arizona Senator, Presidential Candidate and friend of boxing

Aujee “Quick” Tyler -- Pro Boxer

Scott Wagner -- Promoter of Ballroom Boxing

“Magic” Michael Ward -- Former Beltway Boxer


That's a quick look back at 2018.  Tomorrow, our first award -- Rookie Of The Year!

Friday, January 04, 2019

Noted Promoter DiBella Working On All-Female Card; WBC Champion Crews Dezurn Verbally Agrees To Unification Bout!

Could be some interesting times in women's boxing in 2019, especially if one noted promoter gets his way.

Legendary boxing maven Lou DiBella has been in negotiations to put a very high-profile, all-female card on Showtime in the spring of 2019.  According to DiBella, the card would be held somewhere in the New York Tri-State area and will include at least two, and maybe as many as four world title bouts.

One of the championship bouts that has been verbally agreed to is a unification Super Middleweight champion contest between WBC champion "The Heavy-Hitting Diva" Franchon Crews Dezurn of Baltimore, MD and WBA titleholder Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon of Lindenhurst, NY.

Crews Dezurn (4-1, one KO) won her title in her last outing, a 10-round majority decision over Maricela Cornejo on September 13th in Las Vegas, NV.  Napoleon (10-1, five KO's) won three straight bouts after suffering her only loss, a 10-round unanimous decision to Beltway Boxer Tori Nelson, in December of 2016 in Springfield, VA.  Napoleon would win the WBA Super Middleweight title on March 3rd defeating Femke Hermans by unanimous decision in Brooklyn, NY.  Napoleon successfully defended her title by beating Hannah Rankin by unanimous decision on August 4th in Uniondale, NY.

The other unification title bout would be in the featherweight division as WBO champion Heather Hardy takes on WBA/WBC titleholder Jelena Mrdjenovich.

“I’ve said for a long time that I was going to do an all-women’s card and I feel more strongly than ever that it’s way beyond its time,” DiBella told BoxingScene.com. “There needs to be a card of women, top to bottom, that’s representative of the sport. Claressa Shields is a terrific fighter and her fight with Hanna Gabriels was a terrific fight because you had two world-class women together. There are other terrific fighters out there, no doubt about that. But you need a card that’s match made to bring the best in women’s boxing to the public.”

“Those two matchups can’t go wrong,” said DiBella. “And both sides of each fight have agreed to fight each other if it’s on a televised platform.”

Dibella has a number of female boxers under contract, including Napoleon and Hardy.  This proposed card could also be an opportunity for another DiBella prospect, undefeated Beltway Boxer "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown of Bladensburg, MD.  Brown (7-0, five KO's) has registered two stoppages since coming under the DiBella banner.

“There are other names like Raquel Miller, Mariana Juarez, Ava Knight, Tiara Brown, Jessica McCaskill, Melissa St. Vil,” DiBella said. “I’m not limiting this to people that I promote. I want to make a fight card that blows people’s minds."

ESPN Names Hurd-Lara Title Clash 'Bout Of The Year!'




(Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

ESPN.com's Senior Boxing Writer Dan Rafael has named the WBA/IBF/IBO Super Welterweight title bout between champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd and former WBA champion "The American Dream" Erislandy Lara the 2018 Bout Of The Year.

The bout, that took place on April 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, was an incredibly close contest that Hurd won by split decision.  Hurd secured the win by knocking down Lara with a left hook with 37 seconds left in the 12th and final round.  Hurd won the bout on two scorecards, 114-113 while Lara took one card by the same score.

The 10th round of the contest was also named among the best rounds of 2018.  We will start announcing The BATB Year-End Awards on Saturday, January 5th.

UPDATE:  The Sporting News has also named this bout as the Bout Of The Year.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Davis, Mares Meet Prior To February 9th Title Bout!



(photo courtesy Mayweather Promotions)

Two-time Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis and three-division world titleholder Abner Mares met each other for the first time during a press conference in Los Angeles, CA to promote their world title bout on Saturday, February 9th at StubHub Center (soon to be Dignity Health Sports Park) in Carson, CA.  Both men were very confident of victory.  Here are some comments:

Gervonta Davis:

"In 2019, I want to make a big statement not only in the ring but by letting the boxing world know that I'm the next star. I'm aiming to headline a pay-per-view by 2020 if everything goes right. I have great fights lined up for next year, without looking past Abner.

I don't know what Abner sees, but he was sure he wanted to take this fight so obviously he sees something. I have power, speed, movement and really a blend of everything. I believe that I'm a better fighter than him."

Abner Mares:

"One day I just thought to myself that this fight against Gervonta Davis would be a great matchup and that I can win it. There are other big fights at featherweight that I could have gotten. I'm taking this fight because of the challenge that it brings. I'm all about that.

We're not just going into this fight blind. I'm not stupid. I'm taking this fight because I see something in this guy. It's a tough fight, no doubt. All fights are tough. He's in for a good fight. At the end of the day, you guys have to stop worrying about my weight and if I'm too small. You guys are going to get a great fight and that's all that matters. Sit back, look pretty and enjoy the fight."

Davis will defend his WBA Super Featherweight title on this Mayweather Promotions/TGB Promotions/Ringstar Sports card and the bout will be the main event.  The bout will be televised live on Showtime.






Sunday, December 23, 2018

Quarles, Duncan Victorious In Brooklyn!

Two middleweight Beltway Boxers were successful in bouts on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Alexandria, VA's Brandon "Bulldog" Quarles won a 10-round unanimous decision over Todd Manuel of Rayne, LA.  According to reports, the uppercut seemed to be the key punch for Quarles as he landed them often to Manuel's body. Quarles worked Manuel up against the ropes and landed one of those body shots that looked to hurt Manuel. Manuel landed a left hook of his own that paused the action of Quarles for a moment, but the pressure continued. The activity of Quarles is what separated this bout and the judges at ringside scored it 97-93, 98-92 twice.

Quarles has won three straight contests and is now 21-4-1, 10 KO's,  Manuel's record evens at 17-17-1, five KO's.

Also on the card, Mark "Sayless" Duncan of Clarksburg, MD scored a first-round knockout over Ray "Sugar" Cervera of Bakersfield, CA.  Duncan controlled the action from the opening bell. Duncan landed some clean shots that were effective on Cervera. It was a left hook followed by a crushing right hand that dropped Cervera to the canvas. The referee saw that Cervera was too hurt to continue and stopped his count at seven, waving the bout off at 1:51 in round one.

Duncan is now 2-0, two KO's while Cervera remains winless at 0-4.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Quarles, Duncan Tip Scales In Brooklyn!

Brandon Quarles and Mark Duncan weighed in for their bouts tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Quarles tipped the scales at 157 pounds for his eight-round bout against Todd Manuel.  Manuel came in at 154 1/2 pounds. Duncan came in at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds while his opponent, Ray Cervera, weighed 161 3/4 pounds for their four-round encounter.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Hernandez Harrison Signs Promotional Contract With Canadian Company!

Undefeated DC boxer Dusty Hernandez Harrison has signed a promotional contract with Lee Baxter Promotions of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. No word on the terms of the deal.

Harrison (30-0-1, 16 KO's) has not competed since winning a unanimous decision over Thomas LaManna in 2016.  A former top 15 competitor, Harrison is hoping to get back to that level and beyond under the Lee Baxter banner.

"I'm excited to get back in the ring and to prove that I belong with the best welterweights in the world," said Hernandez. "Lee Baxter Promotions has a lot of momentum behind it right now, and I felt Lee was the best guy to help me get to the top of this sport."

Baxter, who has such boxers as former world title contender Dierry Jean and and regional champion Samuel Vargas under contract, sees the Harrison signing as a major coup.

“It’s not often that fighters of this caliber become available,” said Baxter. “There’s no doubt that every promoter in the world has taken a look at Dusty and has offered him something, but we feel that we can provide him with the best opportunity to succeed. Dusty is a star, and he deserves to be treated like one.”

An injury kept Harrison off the December 1st card at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in DC.  According to BoxingScene.com, Harrison is scheduled to be on a card at the Mountaineer Casino Ballroom in New Cumberland, WVA in a bout against Austin "Speedy" Marcum of Breeden, WVA (11-11-1, five KO's) on Saturday, February 16th.

Beltway Boxers Quarles, Duncan Travel To Brooklyn December 22nd!

Two local boxers will be on a card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, December 22nd.  In an eight-round encounter, Alexandria, VA middleweight Brandon "Bulldog" Quarles makes his second straight appearance in Barclays Center to take on veteran Todd Manuel of Rayne, LA.

In his last visit to Brooklyn, Quarles (20-4-1, 10 KO's) won an eight-round split decision over Marcus Willis on September 8th.  Manuel (17-16-1, five KO's) has scored back-to-back knockout victories in his last two bouts. On November 9th, Manuel stopped Blake Franklin in the third round in Bossier City, LA.

Also on the card, Clarksburg, MD middleweight Mark "Sayless" Duncan will be in a four-round contest against Ray "Sugar" Cervera on Bakersfield, CA.  Duncan (1-0, one KO) made a successful pro debut scoring a second-round TKO over Jonell Christmas on September 22nd in Bowie, MD.  Duncan was scheduled to be on the last Bowie card on December 8th but his bout was cancelled.  Cervera (0-3) has lost all three of his bouts by four-round unanimous decision.

These bouts will be on the undercard of the Charlo Brothers card at Barclays Center.  Jermell Charlo defends the WBC Super Welterweight title against perennial world title contender Tony Harrison while Jermall Charlo will compete for the interim WBC Middleweight title against late sub Matt Korobov.  The main events on the card will be televised by Fox.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Davis To Defend WBA Super Featherweight Title Against Former Three-Division Champ Mares February 9th In Carson, CA!




Undefeated WBA Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore, MD will make the first defense of his title when he battles former three-division world champion Abner Mares of Montebello, CA on Saturday, February 9th at the StubHub Center (soon to be the Dignity Health Sports Park) in Carson, CA.  The bout will be the main event on a Showtime telecast.

Davis (20-0, 19 KO's) won the WBA Super Featherweight title in his last outing on April 21st in Brooklyn, NY knocking out Jesus Cuellar in the third round.  The title is Davis's second of his career.

Mares (31-3-1, 15 KO's) has won world titles at bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight.  Mares comes off dropping the WBA Super World Featherweight title by 12-round unanimous decision to Leo Santa Cruz on June 9th in Los Angeles, CA.  Mares, a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, looks to become the fourth boxer born in Mexico to win titles in four weight divisions joining Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Jorge Arce.

"I'm very excited to be showcased in my first main event in the United States on February 9," said Davis. "I want to make a statement in this fight by putting on a tremendous performance against an experienced world champion like Abner Mares. I plan on showing everyone why I belong in pound-for-pound discussions and why I'm the most exciting champion in boxing today. You don't want to miss it!"

"I wanted this fight and I want this challenge against Gervonta Davis," said Mares. "I'm preparing well and I will add my fifth world title in my fourth weight class on February 9 on SHOWTIME."


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Roach, Jr. Successfully Defends Title In Madison Square Garden!

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. successfully defended his WBO International Super Featherweight championship with a 10-round unanimous decision over Alberto Mercado of Puerto Rico Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Here is the recap from Miguel Maravilla of Fightnews.com:

Boxing smoothly throughout the fight, Roach controlled the action as the aggressor Mercado pressured. Past the halfway point, Roach continued to put in work in the seventh as he backed Mercado to the ropes with a left hook. Mercado pressured late in the fight looking to rally but the D.C. fighter, Roach’s slick style was too much for the Puerto Rican. Scores were 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93.

Roach, Jr. is now 18-0-1, seven KO's while Mercado falls to 15-2-1, three KO's.

Rodriguez Falls To Anderson In Vienna Main Event!

Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan De La Cruz Rodriguez lost a six-round unanimous decision to Michael "Slick" Anderson of Newark, NJ Saturday night during the main event of the T.A.C. Promotions card at Tyson's Playground in Vienna, VA.

Anderson, fighting for the first time since June of 2015, established control of the bout early as he was able to land continuous punches on Rodriguez.  In the second round, Anderson landed a solid right uppercut that dropped Rodriguez to the canvas.  Rodriguez beat referee Billy Johnson's count but was boxing to survive the rest of the contest.  Judges Michelle Myers and Mark D'Antillo scored the bout 58-55 while Judge Brian Costello saw the bout 57-56 all for Anderson, who raises his record to 17-2-1, 12 KO's while Rodriguez falls to 8-13-1, six KO's and has now lost six in a row.

The co-feature saw cruiserweight Arman "Gazija" Mrkanovic of Queens, NY by way of Bosnia score a fifth-round TKO over Antwaun Taylor of Cincinnati, OH.  After a slow start, Mrkanovic was able to drop Taylor twice with looping right hands in the second round.  The two men clashed heads in the fourth round, giving Mrkanovic a gash under his right eye.  However, Mrkanovic did not falter and continued to land shots.  In the fifth round, Mrkanovic landed a combination that would send Taylor through the ropes and out of the ring.  Referee Brent Bovell issued a 20-count that Taylor beat back into the ring.  However, Bovell saw that Taylor was not fit to continue and stopped the contest at 2:59 of the round.   Mrkanovic's record rises to 9-3, four KO's while Taylor, a son of former WBA Heavyweight champion Tony Tubbs, falls to 4-8, one KO.

Arlington, VA super middleweight Filip Stankovic knocked out Keith Collins of Davenport, IA at 2:52 of the first round.  Stankovic, a native of Nis, Serbia, had a large Serbian contingent, including the Serbian Ambassador to the United States, Gerge Matkovic, cheering him on and Stankovic wasted no time as he jumped on Collins early, landing hard body shots that eventually would open up punches to the head.  Collins never went down but took enough punishment to force referee Bovell to stop the contest.  Stankovic remains undefeated at 4-0 and gets his first pro knockout while Collins drops to 4-40, two KO's.

In an all-Beltway welterweight rematch, Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White of Washington, DC.  This bout opened a little differently then the first bout that Kilpatrick won on June 16th in Laurel, MD.  White would land body shots in the first round but Kilpatrick would eventually return the shots and increase his work rate throughout the contest.  Much like the bout in June, Kilpatrick would win this contest by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).  Kilpatrick is now 4-0, one KO while White is now 1-16, one KO.

Heavyweight Nathaniel "The Juggernaut" Copeland, Jr. made a successful pro debut, needing just 44 seconds to knock out Kwasi "Hollywood" Horton of Waldorf, MD.  Copeland, who wished to be billed as being from "All of Prince George's County, MD," used a right-left combination to send Horton crashing to the canvas.  Horton's eyes blinked rapidly as he tried to get up.  Referee Johnson stopped the contest in mid-count.  Horton's record dropped to 0-2.

Jersey City, NJ's Jordan Rosario won a four-round split decision over the debuting Thomas Hartshauser of Las Vegas, NV by way of Helsinki, Finland in a catchweight-like contest.  Rosario, who weighed almost 10 pounds less than his opponent, was able to land some clean shots on Hartshauser in the bout.  Hartshauser was able to use his own punches to get back into the bout but judges Myers and D'Antillo scored the bout for Rosario, 40-36 and 39-37 respectively.  Hartshauser won judge Costello's card, 39-37.  This was the first win for Rosario, who is now 1-6.

The opening contest saw 30-year-old middleweight Zach "The Kid" Dubnoff make a successful pro debut over "The New Creation" Erik Plumeri of Lockport, NY.  This was not an easy win for Dubnoff as he tasted the canvas early courtesy of a hard Plumeri right hand.  Moments later, Dubnoff would use his own right hand to send Plumeri to the floor.  Plumeri would beat referee Bovell's count but would take more punishment before the bout was stopped at 2:35 of the first round.  Plumeri's record is now 0-9-1.

T.A.C. Promotions is led by Anthony Hamilton.  The matchmaker was Cedric Harden.  This reporter served as ring announcer.


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Vienna, VA Card Is Now Set!

The T.A.C. Promotions card is now set for Saturday, December 15th at Tyson's Playground in Vienna, VA.

A number of Beltway Boxers will participate on the card.  Waldorf, MD welterweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick will take on veteran Lamont White of Washington, DC in a four-round rematch.  Kilpatrick (3-0, one KO) comes off a four-round majority decision over Carlos Pena on the last T.A.C. Promotions card on September 22nd in Springfield, VA.  White (1-15, one KO) last fought on September 22nd in Bowie, MD and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Tyrek Irby.  White has never been knocked out in a pro contest.  The two fought each other on June 16th in Laurel, MD with Kilpatrick winning a four-round unanimous decision.

Bowie welterweight Marlon "The Machine" Bolen will battle the debuting George Gethers of Jersey City, NJ in another four-rounder.  Bolen (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on June 16th and scored a third-round TKO over Christopher Thorne in Laurel, MD.  Gethers was a solid amateur in his home state of New Jersey.

Filip Stankovic, a light heavyweight from Arlington, VA by way of Nis, Serbia, competes for the second time in the Commonwealth when he takes on veteran Keith Collins of Davenport, IA in a four-round contest.  Stankovic (3-0) took on another veteran in Greg Hackett on September 22nd in Springfield and won a four-round unanimous decision.  Collins (4-39, two KO's) looks to bounce back from a four-round unanimous decision loss to Eddie Hamilton in Davenport on October 6th.

Also, DC heavyweight Nathaniel Copeland will make his pro debut against Kwasi "Hollywood" Horton of Waldorf, MD in a four-round bout.  Copeland competed numerous times in the Washington Golden Gloves as well as in the Mayor's Cup in 2017.  Horton (0-1) lost his pro debut on the last T.A.C. Promotions card on September 22nd in Springfield, dropping a four-round unanimous decision to Michael Davis.

The main event on the card will feature Newark, NJ welterweight Michael "Slick" Anderson facing Beltway Boxer Juan De La Cruz Rodriguez of Haymarket, VA in a six-round encounter.  Anderson (16-2-1, 12 KO's) is currently riding a four-bout winning streak but hasn't fought since June of 2015 when he scored a first-round TKO over Johnny Frazier in Weirton, WVA.  Rodriguez (8-12-1, six KO's) will look to break a five-bout losing streak which includes a six-round unanimous decision loss to Shynggyskhan Tazhibay on October 27th in Fort Washington, MD.

In another six-round bout, cruiserweight "The Bosnian Prince" Arman Mrkanovic of Queens, NY will battle Antwaun Taylor of Cincinnati, OH.  Mrkanovic, a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina (8-3, three KO's) last fought on May 18th and won a six-round unanimous decision over Nicholas Lavin in Queens.  Taylor (4-7, one KO) comes off a four-round majority decision loss to David Murray on December 1st in Hockessin, DE  Taylor is the son of former WBA Heavyweight champion Tony Tubbs.

Welterweight John Thomas Hartshauser of Henderson, NV will make his pro debut against Jordan Rosario of Jersey City, NJ.  Hartshauser is a native of Helsinki, Finland.  Rosario (0-6) has not fought since May of 2017 when he dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Travis Gambardella in Melrose, MA.

Also, super middleweight Zach Dubnoff of Little Falls, NJ will make his initial foray into the pros when he takes on "The New Creation" Erik Plumeri of Lockport, NY.  Dubnoff makes his pro debut at the age of 30 after winning three of his last four amateur contests.  Plumeri (0-8-1) has been knocked out in four of his last five contests including a first-round TKO at the hands of Justin Bell in July of 2017 in DC.

Here is the scale watch for the card:

Rashad Kilpatrick 145.8 vs. Lamont White 144.6

Marlon Bolen 146 vs. George Gethers 146.6

Filip Stankovic 167.8 vs. Keith Collins 165

Nathaniel Copeland 249 vs. Kwasi Horton 265

Michael Anderson 148 vs. Juan Rodriguez 148

Arman Mrkanovic 195.4 vs. Antwaun Taylor 199.8

John Thomas Hartshauser 164.8 vs. Jordan Rosario 155.4

Zach Dubnoff 163 vs. Erik Plumeri 169

Tyson's Playground is located at 8502 Tyco Road in Vienna, VA.  The card is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 PM ET.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Roach Hits Scales In New York City!

Lamont Roach, Jr. weighed in at 129 1/2 for his 10-round WBO International Super Featherweight title defense against Alberto Mercado on Saturday, December 15th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Mercado came in at 129 1/4 pounds.

The bout will be part of the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding card that will be streamed live on DAZN.  No word on what time the card will get underway or whether the Roach-Mercado card will make the live stream.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Results From Saturday's Card At Bowie State!

Here are the results from the Shabazz Brothers card that took place on Saturday, December 8th at the AC Jordan Arena at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD:

In the main event, Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson successfully defended his WBC USNBC Super Middleweight title with a second-round knockout of Fernando "El Huracan" Castaneda of Aquascalientes, Mexico.  Nicholson landed a brutal right uppercut to knock Castaneda to the canvas at 2:10 of the second round.  Nicholson is now 20-3-1, 19 KO's while Castaneda falls to 26-13, 17 KO's.

The co-feature saw Bowie super lightweight Greg "Sharpshooter" Outlaw win a six-round unanimous decision over Baltimore, MD's Mack "Papi"Allison IV.  According to Juan Marshall of ProAm Fight Talk, Outlaw out boxed Allison in every round.   The jab was the key component for Outlaw as he was able to get off his shots first to keep Allison from being aggressive. Allison wasn't throwing as many punches as he should have been to win rounds. Every time Allison stepped in he was met with a clean jab from Outlaw. Allison had his game face on, but he wasn't producing the work he should have been putting out. Outlaw's punch output was rising as the fight went into the later rounds. All three judges scored the bout at 60-54 for Outlaw, who is now 7-0, two KO's while Allison falls to 8-2-1, seven KO's.

The pro debut for Baltimore middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson lasted less than 90 seconds as he stopped Deandre West of Winston-Salem, NC.  There were no knockdowns in the contest but Simpson's power simply overwhelmed West, enough for referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout at 1:26.  West's record drops to 0-3.

Undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox rolled to a second-round TKO over previously undefeated Gonzalo Dallera of Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Fox stayed tall and rangy as he popped his jab into the face of Dallera. Dallera tried to land some looping shots, but Fox showed some good movement to avoid getting hit. As Dallera wanted to get close he had a habit of dropping his head, and that was a mistake Fox noticed. Dallera tried to come inside again that's when Fox landed a straight left to drop Dallera for the eight count. In the next round Dallera still tried to be aggressive, but the footwork Fox used changed the angles causing Dallera to look wild. Fox used his jab to set up combinations that landed continuously, and hurting Dallera forcing referee David Braslow to stop the bout at 2:21 of round two.

Fox is now 19-0, five KO's while Dallara, who faced a boxer who won a bout for the first time, is now 5-1, four KO's.

Featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown of Bladensburg, MD stopped former world champion Dahiana Santana of the Dominican Republic at the end of the fourth round.  Brown, a DiBella Entertainment signee, dominated the former champion from start to finish. Brown was relaxed as she slipped side to side dodging any shots Santana tried to land. Brown used a good jab to slide inside to land body shots on Santana. The defense of Brown worked great as she blocked shots and counted with her own.

Towards the closing of the second-round, Brown put together some good combinations. Santana was a little more defensive minded in the third-round, but Brown turned up the action by pumping her jab to set up more combinations that started to hurt Santana. In round four Santana showed that she was hurt and started to hold on throughout the round causing referee Kenny Chevalier to take a point away. Brown pressed forward to land more shots as the round ended. Santana had enough and did not answer the bell to start the fifth-round.

Brown remains undefeated at 7-0, five KO's while Santana falls to 36-11, 15 KO's.

In other bouts on the card, Bowie, MD cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith got a six-round split decision win against Joshua Temple of St. Louis, MO. Smith is now (11-4, 10 KO's) while Temple falls to (7-2, 6 KO's).

Baltimore, MD heavyweight Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. won by four-round unanimous decision against veteran Damion Reed of Danville, VA. Rahman Jr. improves to (7-0, 4 KO's) and Reed is now (3-20-1, 1 KO).

Keith "The Bounty" Hunter, an undefeated welterweight from Las Vegas, NV scored a first-round knockout at 2:22 against Siddharth Ravindra Varma of Pune, India. Hunter record improves to (8-0, 7 KO's) while Varma is now (5-4-1, 1 KO).

Brooklyn, NY middleweight Omar Kabary Salem won by six-round majority decision against Jonathan Garcia of Aguada, Puerto Rico. Salem remains undefeated at (7-0, 3 KO's) while Garcia is now (4-19-1, 1 KO).

The matchmaker for the card was "The Boxing Diva" Renee Aiken.  The ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.



Sunday, December 09, 2018

Harvey, Davis Win USA Titles In Salt Lake City!

Beltway amateurs won two more national titles at the 2018 Elite and Youth National Championships and Youth and Prep Open in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday.

Congratulations to Jahmal Harvey of Oxon Hill, MD who won the Youth Male 114 Pound title with a unanimous decision win over Jesus Flores of Selma, CA.

Also, Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA continued his winning ways with a unanimous decision over Dalis Kaleiopu of Waianae, HI.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Beltway Boxers Head To Final Day Of USA Championships!

A number of Beltway Boxers will be competing on the final day of the 2018 USA Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior and Prep Open in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday.

Three locals battled for championships on the semifinal day on Friday.  Benjamin Johnson of Washington, DC won the title in the Intermediate Male 114 Pound division with a unanimous decision over Emiliano Gandara of Dallas, TX.

In the Bantam Male 65 Pound final Brandon Chestnut of Bowie, MD lost by split decision to Moises Rodriguez of El Paso, TX.  Also, Jeremiah Jimerson of Upper Marlboro, MD lost by split decision to Francisco Cruz, Jr. in the Intermediate Male 95 Pound title bout.

Amelia Moore of Alexandria, VA has advanced to the title bout of the Elite Female 132 pound championship.  In her semifinal, Moore scored a stoppage win over Meriem Boudjarane of Berkeley, CA.  Moore, who was seeded eighth in her bracket, will take on third-seeded Rashida Ellis of Lynn, MA in the final.

Alexandria's Keyshawn Davis advanced to the finals of the Elite Male 138 pound bracket.  Davis defeated Joseph Macedo of Las Vegas, NV by unanimous decision in the semis.  Davis, who was seeded second in this bracket, will take on fourth-seeded Dalis Kaleiopu of Waianae, HI in the championship match.

Alexandria's Troy Isley, who is the top seed in the Elite Male 165 Pound division, will be in the finals against second-seeded Javier Martinez of Milwaukee, WI.  Isley moved to the finals by defeating Joseph Hicks of Grand Rapids, MI by unanimous decision in the semifinals.

By winning their semifinal bouts, Moore, Davis and Isley have all punched their tickets to the 2020 Olympic Trials, which will take place in December of 2019.

Jahmal Harvey of Oxon Hill, MD will be in the finals of the Youth Male 114 pound bracket by virtue of her semifinal unanimous decision win over Chavez Barrientes of Las Vegas, NV.  Harvey will face Jesus Flores of Selma, CA in the title bout.


Friday, December 07, 2018

Weights From Bowie, MD!

Here is the scale watch for the Shabazz Brothers card that will take place on Saturday, December 8th at the AC Jordan Arena at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD:

Demond Nicholson 167.4 vs.  Fernando Casteneda 167.4 (WBC USNBC Super Middleweight championship)

Greg Outlaw 136.2 vs.  Mack Allison, IV 134.4

Lorenzo Simpson 163.4  vs.  Deandre West 161.6

Mykal Fox  141.8 vs.  Gonzalo Carlos Dallera 143.6

Tiara Brown 129.4 vs. Dahiana Santana 132

Luther Smith 199.6 vs.  Joshua Temple 198.2

Hasim Rahman, Jr. 211.8 vs.  Damion Reed 228.2

Keith Hunter 143 vs. Siddharth Varma 143.2

Jonathan Garcia 164.6 vs  Omar Salem 165.2

Due to a previous commitment, I will not be able to attend Saturday's card.  Please follow all the action of the card on Juan Marshall's blog, ProAm Fight Talk located at www.proamfighttalk.blogspot.com.

Toledo Scores First-Round Knockout In Philadelphia!



(Photo by Daniel Cork)

Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Travis "Holy" Toledo has scored a first-round knockout over Ronnie Lawrence of Pottstown, PA tonight at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Toledo knocked down Lawrence twice during the contest to get the win at 2:30 of the first round. 

Toledo is now 4-0, three KO's while Lawrence falls to 0-3.

Beltway Amateurs Advance To Semifinals of USA National Championships!

A number of local amateurs advanced to the semifinals of the USA Elite and Youth National Championships And Prep Open in Salt Lake City, UT  Also, one Beltway Boxer has won a national title.

Tarvis Best of Washington, DC won the Bantam Male 125 Pound championship with a split decision over Christopher Rocha of North Las Vegas, NV.

In another big win, Alexandria, VA Elite 132-pounder Amelia Moore advanced to the semifinals with a split decision win over the top-seeded boxer in this division, Jajaira Gonzalez of Glendura, CA.

Moore's teammates from the Alexandria Boxing Club, Troy Isley and Keyshawn Davis, also won their quarterfinal bouts.  Isley, moved into the final four of the Elite 165-pound bracket with a victory over Joseph Hicks of Grand Rapids, MI.  Davis took a unanimous decision over Emmanuel Rojas of Las Vegas.

In other results, Brandon Chestnut of Bowie, MD advanced to the semis of Bantam Male 65 Pounds class with a unanimous decision over Christopher Fernandez of Phoenix, AZ.

Jahmal Harvey of Oxon Hill, MD will be in the final four of the Young Male 104 Pound division winning a unanimous decision over Samuel Cosco of Kansas City, MO.

In the Junior Male 101 Pound class, Jordan Roach of Upper Marlboro, MD advanced to the semis with a split decision over Steven Navarro of Los Angeles, CA.  Also in the Intermediate Male 95 Pound division, Jeremiah Jimason of Upper Marlboro, MD moved to the final four with a unanimous decision over Samuel Hale of Minot, ND.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

December 8th Bowie State Card Complete!

The Shabazz Brothers card that is slated to take place on Saturday, December 8th at the AC Jordan Arena at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD is now completely filled.

In the main event, Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson looks to make the first successful defense of his WBC USNBC Super Middleweight title when he faces veteran Fernando "El Huracan" Castaneda of Aquascalientes, Mexico in a 10-round bout. 

Nicholson (19-3-1, 18 KO's) won his title in his last outing, scoring a six-round knockout over Isaac Rodriguez on August 18th at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD.  Castaneda (26-12, 17 KO's) is riding a two-bout winning streak with back-to-back TKOs.  Castaneda knocked out Alberto Perez in the first round on September 22nd in Petare, Venezuela.

The co-feature will be a matchup of promising Beltway super lightweight prospects. Undefeated Bowie resident and Bowie State graduate Greg "Sharpshooter" Outlaw will battle Baltimore, MD's Mack "Papi" Allison IV in a six-round encounter.  Outlaw (6-0, two KO's) won his bout on the last Shabazz Brothers card at Bowie State, winning a six-round unanimous decision over Rashad Bogar on September 22nd.  Allison (8-1-1, seven KO's) last fought on August 4th in Sterling, VA and won a six-round unanimous decision over Rynell Griffin.

The card also will mark the pro debut of one of the most celebrated Beltway amateurs in recent memory in Baltimore middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson.  A six-time National Silver Gloves champion in six different weight divisions, the 18-year-old Simpson also medaled in national and international competitions, winning a silver medal at the recent Youth Continental Championships and the Brandenburg Cup.

Simpson's opponent in this four-round contest will be Deandre West of Danville, VA (0-2).  West was knocked out by Justin Bell in the second round on October 27th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox will be in a six-round contest against Gonzalo Carlos "El Malo" Dallera of Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Fox (18-0, four KO's) comes off a 10-round unanimous decision over former world champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley on the August 18th card in Hanover, MD.  Dallera (5-0, four KO's) has scored first-round knockouts in his last two bouts.  However, Dallera has yet to face a boxer who has won a pro contest and will fight in the United States for the very first time after fighting all of his bouts in his native Argentina.

Also on the card will be Bladensburg, MD featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown who will face veteran and former world champion Dahiana Santana of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in a six-round bout.  Brown stopped Jasmine Clarkson in the fourth round on the last Shabazz Brothers card on September 22nd at Bowie State.  Santana (36-10, 15 KO's) will be the most experienced boxer Brown has faced, having won the IBF and WBA World Featherweight titles.  Santana has lost two of her last three bouts, including a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Oshin Deriuew for the WBF Featherweight title on November 10th in Henin-Beaumont, France.

Bowie cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith will be in a six-round bout against Joshua Temple of St. Louis, MO.  Smith (10-4, nine KO's) needs a win badly as he has lost two straight and three of his last four.  Smith comes off a first-round knockout loss to Alexey Egerov on June 2nd in Atlantic City, NJ.  Temple (7-1, six KO's) will try to bounce back from his first pro loss, a six-round split decision defeat to Khetag Pliev on October 6th in Louisville, KY.

Baltimore heavyweight Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. competes in a four-round bout against veteran Damion Reed of Danville, VA.  Rahman, Jr. (6-0, four KO's) won his first six-rounder defeating Raymond Ochieng by unanimous decision on August 17th in Hinckley, MN.  Reed (3-19-1, one KO) will look to break a five-bout losing streak and will be facing a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time.  Reed lost by second-round knockout to George Harris on October 27th in Fort Washington, MD.

In another all-Beltway bout, Clarksburg, MD middleweight Mark "Sayless" Duncan will battle Ashton "The Goon" Sykes of Hanover, MD.  The bout is scheduled for four rounds.  Duncan made a successful pro debut on September 22nd in Bowie, scoring a second-round TKO over Jonell Christmas.  Sykes (2-2) comes off a tough six-round TKO loss to Donald Wallace on August 18th in Hanover.

Keith "The Bounty" Hunter, an undefeated welterweight from Las Vegas, NV will be in a six-round bout against Siddharth Ravindra Varma of Pune, India.  Hunter (8-0, six KO's) comes off a four-round unanimous decision victory over Matt Murphy on September 8th in Lawrence, KS.  Varma (4-2-1, one KO) lost by fourth-round knockout to Damien Lopez on October 18th in Los Angeles, CA.

Also, Brooklyn, NY middleweight Omar Kabary Salem will be in a six-round bout against Jonathan Garcia of Aguada, Puerto Rico.  Salem (6-0, three KO's) last fought on November 16th in Atlantic City and scored a fourth-round TKO over Alberto Delgado.  Garcia (4-18-1) is winless in his last 11 bouts including a six-round unanimous decision to Kurtiss Colvin on September 29th in Houston, TX.