Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The bout will be shown on the CBS Sports Network channel with the telecast beginning at 10 PM ET.
Here is an exclusive audio interview with Kisner. These are the type of podcasts you can hear when you download the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App for Android. The link can be found in the Other Boxing Links section of this blog.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Nicholson (12-1, 12 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Edgar Perez (no relation) on March 20 in Woodlawn, MD. German Perez (11-1-3, three KO's) is undefeated in his last seven bouts including an eight-round unanimous decision win over Mario Alberto Mondragon on March 15 in Zacatecas, Mexico. This is the first time competing in the United States for Perez.
The undefeated boxer from Waldorf, MD (14-0, eight KO's) will travel to the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City for an eight-round contest versus Luis Joel Gonzalez on Saturday, June 13. The bout will be on the undercard of the WBA Featherweight title bout between champion Nicholas Walters and challenger Miguel Marriaga and will be held on the eve of the annual Puerto Rican Day parade.
Reed last fought on May 8 and scored a second-round TKO over Osenohan Vasquez in Newark, NJ. However, Reed had an issue making the 140-pound weight limit, coming in three pounds over.
Gonzalez (11-1-1, six KO's) makes his first trip to the continental United States and is coming off two straight victories against boxers with records of 4-30 and 0-15.
The two men share a common opponent in Rameses Gil. Reed stopped Gil in the sixth round on September 7, 2013 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD in the 2013 Beltway Boxing Bout of the Year. Gonzalez suffered his only loss against Gil in February of 2012 in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico via six-round unanimous decision.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Sad news to report. Internet broadcaster and former boxer Cyprian "CP" Khumalo passed away last week at the age of 41. The cause of death was unknown.
Mr. Khumalo, a native of South Africa, lived in Maryland and had a very short stint as a pro boxer in 2012. Mr. Khumalo later turned his attention to the coverage of boxing and other sports through his DMV Sports Zone YouTube series. Not only was boxing covered on the show but also what Mr. Khumalo called "grass roots" sports such as youth and club soccer, football and tennis.
There is a memorial service planned for Mr. Khumalo in the near future. The funds are limited for a proper burial in the United States. There is a GoFundMe page that is raising money for final expenses. Here is the link: http://www.gofundme.com/DentProfessor. Please give whatever you can.
On a personal note, this is a tough loss for me. CP was someone that had a lot of passion for coverage of local sports. He reminded me a lot of myself in my younger days when I covered DC high school football and basketball and when I started covering Beltway Boxing. That passion and enthusiasm that CP had will truly be missed.
The two of us crossed paths at a number of events before I met CP formally at the Champion Class boxing event at UDC in May of 2013. CP was working on a documentary called "Why We Box." CP interviewed me for the documentary and I helped him get other interviews for the project.
I was blessed to be one of CP's first in-studio guests when he started his DMV Sports Zone series. The interview turned out to be a very frank discussion about the Beltway Boxing scene in 2013. Here is the video. Please take a few moments to watch:
Also, CP videotaped one of our BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up shows one night. The night was long and very busy for us but lugging a camera around all evening took its toll on CP and he barely stayed awake long enough to finish the video. It was a great moment.
Again, this is a tough loss for not only the Beltway Boxing community but also the local sports community. Cyprian "CP" Khumalo was a friend to both and he, again, will truly be missed.
Friday, May 22 was a sad day for all boxing fans because of the conclusion of the Friday Night Fights series on ESPN2. Although there will still be boxing on ESPN2 on a monthly basis, it will never be the same.
The Beltway Boxing community will miss the series incredibly because ESPN2 was very kind to this area throughout the 17-year run of the series, showcasing local boxers numerous times. This post will focus on Beltway Boxers who appeared on Friday Night Fights during the 10-year history of this blog. Since BATB began on July 30, 2005, 64 boxers made appearance on ESPN2. Some of those moments will live on forever in Beltway Boxing lore.
One of the sickest knockouts ever seen on the series took place between two Beltway cruiserweights in Staten Island, NY on June 29, 2007. No one will forget when Darnell Wilson knocked out Emmanuel Nwodo in the 11th round with one of the most powerful left hands ever seen. Lead announcer Joe Tessitore called it the most powerful punch he had ever seen and had a tremendous call of the knockout.
That was one of the reasons Wilson was one of four Beltway Boxers who had the most appearances on Friday Night Fights during the BATB era. Wilson, along with Fernando Guerrero and Anthony Peterson were on the program four times.
Two of Guerrero's appearances were in his hometown of Salisbury, MD where he was the drawing card and performed in front of packed houses at the Wicomico Civic Center. Guerrero won an eight-round unanimous decision over Gabriel Rosado on February 6, 2009 and then won the NABF Middleweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Derrick Findley on February 18, 2011.
It may come as a surprise that Anthony Peterson made more appearances on Friday Night Fights than his older brother, Lamont, who was on the show three times. Lamont Peterson was the only Beltway Boxer to defend a world title (IBF Super Lightweight) on the show during the BATB era, stopping former world champion Kendall Holt on February 22, 2013 at the DC Armory.
The Peterson Brothers headlined an ESPN2 card on May 25, 2007 at the DC Armory. Anthony Peterson scored a ninth-round TKO over Luis Ernesto Jose while Lamont Peterson stopped John Brown in eight rounds.
There were a total of five Friday Night Fight telecasts that originated from the Beltway region during the 10-year period of this blog. However, there was none more controversial than the one that took place on August 15, 2008 at the now-closed Ibiza Nightclub in DC. That was the night that ESPN2 tried to nudge instant replay into boxing.
The main event on the card was a matchup for a minor regional junior middleweight title between Baltimore's Ishmail Arvin and Anthony Thompson of Philadelphia. Arvin won by TKO in the sixth round because what we saw as a clash of heads caused a gash over Thompson's left eye. Despite the gash, Thompson was able to knock Arvin down twice in the bout.
However, Thompson's eye got progressively worse and the fight was stopped. Arvin got the TKO win because referee Malik Waleed ruled the cut came as result of a punch, not a headbutt. ESPN2 announcer Tessitore put a monitor on the ring apron and got Waleed and other DC commissioners to watch the replay and Waleed admitted he made a mistake, but the decision stood.
The controversy lasted for days with many folks around the boxing world giving their opinions. The DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission upheld the decision but the governing body of the title competed for (The International Boxing Organization for the USBO) stripped Arvin of the title. Yours truly was dragged into the controversy by Thompson's camp because they made a false claim that I helped influenced the decision because I had a financial stake in Arvin's career.
By the way, both Alexander Johnson and Seth Mitchell made TV appearances on that card.
Here is the list of boxers who appeared on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights in the BATB era:
Four appearances: Anthony Peterson, Fernando Guerrero, Darnell Wilson
Three appearances: Bayan Jargal, Thomas Williams, Lamont Peterson, Tony Thompson, Seth Mitchell, Emanuel Taylor
Two appearances: Dusty Hernandez Harrison, Antoine Douglas, Tim Coleman, Dominic Wade, DeMarcus Corley, Eric Aiken, Emmanuel Nwodo, Teddy Reid
One appearance: Ishmail Arvin, Jessie Nicklow, Cecil McCalla, Samuel Neequaye, Cornelius Whitlock, Ty Barnett, Maurice Byarm, Scott Sigmon, Immanuwel Aleem, George Armenta, Horace Grant, Henry Buchanan, Alexander Johnson, Sharmba Mitchell, Michael Warrick, Lamont Pearson, Dean White, Luther Smith
The first to appear on the show in the BATB Era: Luther Smith (August 5, 2005 in Mashantucket, CT)
The last to appear: Jessie Nicklow (May 8, 2015, Philadelphia, PA)
So, farewell to ESPN2's Friday Night Fights -- a legendary series that will be talked about and remembered fondly by boxing fans all over the country for many years to come and a series that was a true reason why Beltway Boxers are known throughout the boxing world.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly stopped Curtis Lee Tate of Oakland, TN at 1:05. Kelly is now 8-1-1, seven KO's. Tate falls to 7-6, six KO's. According to Arvin Nundloll of Fightnews.com, Kelly knocked Tate down twice in the round but didn't get credit for either knockdown by the referee. After the third time, the referee stopped the contest.
Capitol Heights, MD bantamweight Antonio Russell knocked out Brandon Ali Garvin of Philadelphia, PA at 1:03. Russell is now 2-0, two KO's while Garvin is 0-2.
Richmond, VA middleweight Immanuwel Aleem got some TV time on NBC. However, he only needed 30 seconds to dispose of veteran David Toribio of Miami, FL. Aleem is 13-0, nine KO's while Toribio is 21-15, 14 KO's.
Ballard, Roach To Appear On Fox Sports 1 Telecast June 30 in Philadelphia; Rivers, Jr. On Undercard!
Undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard will participate in his first eight-round contest on Tuesday, June 30 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The bout will be a televised co-feature contest on a Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes telecast of "Golden Boy Live." Ballard (9-0, eight KO's) is riding a six-bout knockout streak and is coming off a first-round stoppage of previously undefeated Jason Zabokrtsky on March 12 in San Antonio, TX. No word yet on Ballard's opponent for this bout.
Opening the telecast will be Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. who will face Christian Santibanez of San Antonio, TX in a six-round encounter. Roach (7-0, three KO's) last fought on April 18 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Miguel Castro in Verona, NY. Santibanez (3-4, two KO's) will try to bounce back from a third-round TKO loss to Ruslan Madiev on April 30 in Indio, CA.
The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoove" Rivers, Jr. who will compete in a six-round contest against an opponent to be determined. Rivers, Jr. (11-0, eight KO's) returns to the ring after a third-round TKO over Stephon McIntyre on January 17 in Washington, DC.
Kenney lost her semifinal contest Friday to Lu Zheng of China by a 3-0 decision. This is Kenney's second bronze medal earned at these championships -- she won bronze in 2013 as a 132-pound junior in Bulgaria.
Congratulations also to Kenney's coach, Kay Koroma of Burke, VA, who is part of the US coaching squad that has six boxers in Saturday's championship round.
Danny Kelly weighed in at 240 pounds for his six-round heavyweight contest against Curtis Lee Tate, who tipped the scales at 229 pounds.
Antonio Russell came in at 117 pounds for his four-round junior featherweight bout versus Brandon Garvin, who weighed in at 119 pounds.
Immanuwel Aleem weighed 159 pounds for his six-round middleweight bout against David Toribio, who tipped the scales at 160 pounds.
These bouts will be on the undercard of two bouts televised by NBC Saturday afternoon at 4:30 ET.
Baltimore featherweight Davis, participating in his first scheduled eight-round contest, needed just 75 seconds to stop Alberto Mora of Mexico. Davis is now 11-0, 10 KO's. Mora drops to 5-4, one KO.
DC welterweight Martin moved up to the six-round category for the first time and won a unanimous decision over Donald Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM. Martin won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 58-56. Martin's record is now 5-0-1, three KO's while Sanchez falls to 2-2, one KO.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Davis tipped the scales at 132 pounds for his eight-round bout against Alberto Mora who came in at 130.
Martin and his opponent, Donald Sanchez, both weighed in at 150 pounds for their six-round bout.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
One of the boxers out of that gym, of course, is undefeated featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis who will be participating in an eight-round contest on Friday, May 22 in Atlantic City, NJ. Here is the article:
The 17-year-old Kenney has scored third round TKO's in both her bouts thus far. Kenney stopped Taylor Ross of Canada at 1:20 of the round on Tuesday. Wednesday's action saw Kenney score a stoppage over Fanni Szokol of Hungary at 1:07 of the third.
Kenney can do no worse than a bronze medal in the Youth Division from this event, which is what Kenney did as a Junior in the same tournament in 2013 in Bulgaria. Kenney's semifinal bout will be on Friday against Lu Zheng on Friday.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Wade (17-0, 12 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Eddie Hunter on December 20 at the Little Creek Casino Resort. Wade has knocked out four of his last six opponents.
Soliman (44-12, 18 KO's) will not be an easy person to put away. The former IBF Middleweight champion has only been stopped once in his career. That was when Soliman lost to Anthony Mundine in the ninth round in March of 2007. Soliman, who won the IBF title in March of 2014 with a unanimous decision over Felix Sturm, lost the title in his first defense against Jermain Taylor in Soliman's last outing on October 8 in Biloxi, MS.
We hope to talk to Wade about this huge contest in the very near future.
The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing (PVA) will be hosting the Junior Olympic Regional Tournament on Friday through Sunday, May 29-31 at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southwest Washington, DC. The organization is looking for your support.
The PVA is putting together a program for the event and they are looking for supporters and organizations to place ads in the program. If you are interested, contact Rickey Womack at (202) 528-7694 by Friday of this week.
Two more Beltway Boxers will be on a card at the Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University in Boston, MA on Saturday, May 23.
DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly will be in a six-round bout against Curtis Lee Tate of Oakland, TN. Kelly (7-1-1, six KO's) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss in August of 2014 by scoring a first-round knockout of Kevin Franklin on February 21 in Allentown, PA. Tate (7-5, six KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Zhang Zhilei on August 8 in Fallon, NV.
Also, undefeated Richmond, VA middleweight Immanuwel Aleem returns to action with a swing bout on the card against veteran David Toribio of Miami, FL. The bout will either be a six or an eight-round contest. Aleem (12-0, eight KO's) has knocked out his last five opponents, including a second-round stoppage of Emmanuel Sanchez on April 18 in Valley Forge, PA.
Toribio (21-14, 14 KO's) is a veteran who has won his last two bouts against boxers with a combined won-loss record of 2-23. Toribio has fought in the Beltway twice, defeating Ishmail Arvin by eight-round majority decision in Glen Burnie, MD in September of 2008 and losing an eight-round unanimous decision to Oscar Diaz in DC on November of 2005.
The Friday, May 22 bout for DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin has been knocked back to a four-round contest because his opponent has changed, The undefeated Martin (4-0-1, three KO's) will now face Marques "Goose" Jackson of Atlanta, GA. Jackson (3-15, two KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Brandon Brewer on April 25 in Winston-Salem, NC. Prior to that, Jackson won a four-round unanimous decision over Rajiv Bhattacharya on March 31 in Columbia, SC.
Beltway Boxing fans may remember Jackson as the first person to knock down Dusty Hernandez Harrison in a bout. That was in August of 2012 at the Washington Convention Center. Jackson dropped Harrison in the sixth and final round but Harrison won the bout by unanimous decision.
UPDATE: We are now hearing that the Martin bout may not happen. Sources tell BATB that Jackson has not been contacted about this contest.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Phipps Loses in Pennsylvania; Antonio Russell Returns To Action In Boston; Nicholson Competes In Philadelphia!
According to Fightnews.com, Phipps was game but overmatched in the contest against the 6'7, 257-pound Martz, who dropped Phipps in the first and fourth rounds and then finished the job with a straight right hand that ended the bout at 1:59 of the fifth.
Phipps is now 19-10, 11 KO's while Martz is 13-2-1, 10 KO's.
Two more Beltway Boxers will be in action in the next two weeks. Capitol Heights, MD bantamweight Antonio Russell will be in his second bout as a pro on Saturday, May 23 when he faces Brandon Ali Garvin of Philadelphia, PA in a four-round bout at the Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University in Boston, MA.
Russell won his pro debut on January 31 in Philadelphia, PA with a second-round knockout of Harold Reyes. Garvin lost his pro debut on April 10 in Melrose, MA when he was stopped in the first round by Marcos Forestal.
Also, Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson returns to action in his first scheduled eight-round contest at the Stadium Holiday Inn in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 29. Nicholson (12-1, 12 KO's) has won two straight since suffering his only pro loss in November of 2014. There is no word yet on Nicholson's opponent.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Despite being in Denver two weeks before the contest in an attempt to acclimate himself with the Colorado climate, Corley said on his Facebook page that he had breathing issues with the altitude during the outdoor boxing match. Perez seemed to be one step ahead of the former WBO Super Lightweight champion throughout the contest.
After the sixth round, Corley told the referee he could not continue and the bout was over. Corley is now 42-23-1, 25 KO's while Perez's record rises to 23-11-1, five KO's.
(Photo by Wallace Barron)
Ferndale, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner is having an open workout this afternoon at 3 PM at the Lights Out Gym located at 9051 Red Branch Road in Columbia, MD. This event is free and open to the public!
Kisner (14-1-1, five KO's) is preparing for his Friday, May 29 10-round bout against undefeated Lateef "Power" Kayode of Hollywood, CA at the WC Handy Pavilion in Memphis, TN. The bout will be the main event of a nationally-televised card shown on the CBS Sports Network.
We hope to be able to get an interview with Kisner that you can hear by going to the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App for Android or on Spreaker.com.
Then on Friday, legendary DC sportscaster Glenn Harris had undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed as his in-studio guest. Examiner.com Boxing Columnist Ron Harris (Glenn's brother) is also on the show. Here is the show:
Orozco started well in the early rounds but Taylor picked up the pace near the middle of the bout. Taylor gave up too many of the early rounds, however, and lost the bout by scores of 96-94 (twice) and 98-92.
Taylor is now 18-4, 12 KO's while Orozco remains undefeated at 21-0, 15 KO's.
Friday, May 15, 2015
The streak is over. For the first time in six years, the Beltway will have no national Golden Gloves champions.
Jordan White and Tavon Body were both eliminated from quarter final competition on Thursday. White lost his 114 Pound battle to Christian Carto of Pennsylvania and Body dropped his quarterfinal contest to Isiah Jones of Detroit at 165 pounds.
There is only one DC Region boxer remaining in the tournament. DeWayne Beamon of Goldsboro, NC advanced to the semifinals at 123 pounds with a win over Victor Morales of Nevada.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Here is the segment:
Emmanuel Taylor (right) and Antonio Orozco both weighed 141 pounds for their 10-round contest Friday at the US Airway Center in Phoenix, AZ.
The bout will be the televised co-feature on TruTV . The telecast begins at 10 PM ET.
The 40-year-old Corley (42-22-1, 25 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Daniel Attah on September 20 in DC. Corley has won three of his last four contests.
Perez (22-11-1, four KO's) lost his last contest by third-round knockout to Victor Ortiz on December 13 in Las Vegas, NV.
The two men share a common opponent in world title contender Paul McCloskey. Corley stopped McCloskey in the 10th round in McCloskey's home country of Northern Ireland in May of 2012. McCloskey would bounce back four months later and win a 12-round unanimous decision over Perez in Belfast.
The bout can be witnessed live on Ustream.com by going to "Sting Like A Bee Entertainment." http://www.ustream.tv/channel/boxing-and-mix-martial-art-tv The event is scheduled to begin at 7 PM ET
Jordan White advanced to the next round at 114 pounds with a win over Fred Compton of Indiana. Tavon Body also moved into the next round at 165 pounds with a victory over Micah Hunt of Knoxville, TN.
DeWayne Beamon of Goldsboro, North Carolina is the third DC Region Boxer to advance as he won his bout at 123 pounds over Jeremy Olivarez of Michigan.
Three DC Region Boxers were eliminated from competition and one of the losses was a real shocker. Keeshawn Williams, who was the Outstanding Boxer of the Regional Golden Gloves on April 25, lost his first bout at the nationals at 132 pounds to Maliek Montgomery of Knoxville, TN.
Also at 178 pounds, Justin Bell lost his second round bout to Marco Delgado of California.
At 108 pounds, Jonathan Howard of Greensboro, NC was knocked out of the tournament by Pablo Ramirez of Texas.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Davis (10-0, nine KO's) will face Alberto "Iron Man" Mora of Mexico (5-3, one KO) in Davis's first scheduled eight-round bout. Davis is coming off a first-round knockout of Israel Suarez on February 20 in Pittsburgh, PA. Mora lost a four-round unanimous decision to Paul Romero on March 20 in Glendale, AZ.
Martin (4-0-1, three KO's) steps into six-round competition for the first time as he faces Juan Aguirre of Jacksonville, FL (6-14-1). Martin also scored a first-round knockout on February 20 in Pittsburgh when he stopped Cole Milani. Aguirre has lost four in a row including a four-round unanimous decision to Charles Natal on March 6 in Kissimmee, FL.
Jordan White won his opening bout at 114 Pounds defeating Manual Flores of California. At 178 Pounds, Justin Bell moved into the next round with a win over Cody Cross of Michigan.
Matthew Abregu lost his contest at 152 pounds to Melquades Ramirez of the Colorado/New Mexico region while Christopher Laws fell to Raymond Walker of Texas in the 201+ Pound bracket.
Keeshawn Williams and Jonathan Howard are the only DC boxers yet to compete -- Williams at 132 pounds, received a bye into the second round and will begin work today. Howard is competing in the 108-pound class and may not get to work until a little later in the tourney.
(photo courtesy of the Alexandria Times)
Best wishes to Alexandria, VA's Iesha Kenney who will be competing at the 2015 World Junior and Youth Women's World Championships in Taipei, Taiwan beginning on May 16.
The 17-year-old Kenney has been successful on a national and international level for a number of years. In 2013, Kenney won a bronze medal at this same tournament in Bulgaria, competing at 132 pounds. Kenney won a national title at 141 pounds in 2014.
This year, Kenney will compete as a middleweight on the Youth team.
The Washington Post's Brandon Parker has a nice feature on Kenney that you can find here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/alexandria-teen-iesha-kenney-is-ready-to-break-out-on-boxings-biggest-stage/2015/05/12/c3ac4558-e7a6-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html
Kenney's coach, Kay Koroma (shown with Kenney) is a member of the coaching staff for the US team in Taipei.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
DC Region boxers went two for four on the first day of competition at the National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas, NV.
Tavon Body won his opening bout at 165 pounds with a 5-0 victory over Anthony Rose of the Upper Midwest Region.
Dewayne Beamon of Goldsboro, NC took a 5-0 win over Elijah Varnell of Wisconsin.
In the 141-Pound class, Diego Abregu thought he won his bout. According to his Facebook page, Abregu was initially announced as the winner. However, the judges tabulated the scores incorrectly. Abregu lost to Dewone Johnson of Chicago by a 3-2 score.
At 201 Pounds, Malik Titus lost by TKO to Jason Beauchamp of Nevada.
The 2015 Junior Olympic Regional Boxing Tournament will take place at the Bald Eagle Recreational Center, located at 100 Joliet Street in Southwest DC on May 29-31.
There will be boxers from five states (Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio) and the District Of Columbia competing at the event.
For more information on times and ticket prices, call (202) 528-7694.
There is a bus trip being arranged for fans to see two undefeated Beltway Boxing prospects compete at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday, May 22.
Baltimore featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis (10-0, nine KO's) is slated to compete in his first scheduled eight-round contest and DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin (4-0-1, three KO's) is scheduled to participate in his first six-round bout. No word yet on their opponents.
Tickets for the trip are $75 which includes transportation, a ticket to the bouts and more. For more information, call 410-622-6034 for details.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
There has been one change made on the DC Regional team: Matthew Abregu of Leesburg, VA replaces Shynggskhan Tazhibay at 152 pounds. Tazhibay could not compete in the tournament because he is not a naturalized US citizen. Abregu joins his brother, Diego (141 Pounds) on the DC Regional squad and they will try to be the fourth brother combination in Beltway history to win National Golden Gloves titles (Mark Johnson and James Harris, The Peterson Brothers and The Russell Family are the others) The Abregus would be the first to win titles in the same tournament.
So, here once again, is the 2015 DC Regional squad:
108 Pounds: Jonathan Howard III, Wilmington, NC
114 Pounds: Jordan White, Waldorf, MD
123 Pounds: DeWayne Beamon, Goldsboro, NC
132 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams, Capitol Heights, MD
141 Pounds: Diego Abregu, Leesburg, VA
152 Pounds: Matthew Abregu, Leesburg, VA
165 Pounds: Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD
178 Pounds: Justin Bell, District Heights, MD
201 Pounds: Milik Titus, Baltimore, MD
201+ Pounds: Christopher Laws, Hampton, VA
For the first time in many years, there is an even number of boxers from the DC/Maryland and Virginia/North Carolina regions -- five each way. The DC region will try to have a boxer win a national Golden Gloves title for the sixth consecutive year.
Saturday, May 09, 2015
A sizable group of fans came to the District Heights Municipal Center in District Heights, MD to honor the new WBC Featherweight Champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. during a festive outdoor ceremony. Fans were able to get autographs and pose for pictures with the new champion who won his title in March with a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez.
Representatives from both the governments of District Heights and nearby Capitol Heights, MD (where Russell grew up) presented proclamations and Russell also received a congratulatory letter from Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council.
Russell told reporters in attendance that he may be back in action sometime in July.
Yours truly was honored to be one of the guest speakers for the event and my remarks, as well as those of the champ himself, can be heard here:
Friday, May 08, 2015
Nicklow Drops Decision, Womack Scores Knockout in Philadelphia; Reed Stops Opponent in Two, Black Falls In One In Newark!
Nicklow tipped the scales at 161 pounds for his eight-round nationally-televised (ESPN2) contest against DeCarlo Perez. Perez weighed in at 159 pounds.
Womack weighed 149 pounds for his six-round undercard contest against Nathanial Rivas, who came in at 148 pounds.
The Friday Night Fights telecast begins at 9 PM ET.
Thursday, May 07, 2015
(Photo by Ross Molovinsky)
Mike Reed (right) tipped the scales at 143 pounds for his eight-round contest with Osenohan Vazquez Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Vazquez came in at 140 pounds.
The bout is a swing contest for the TruTV telecast and may make the telecast if the other bouts end early.
Also on the card, Rockville, MD's Carlos Black came in at 238 for his four-round contest against George Arias, who tipped the scales at 229 pounds.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
There will be an amateur card at the Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, located at 7711 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD. Scheduled to appear on the card are two Beltway Boxers who are possible 2016 Olympians -- USA National champion Tiara Brown and USA Elite Boxer Tyrek Irby.
Both boxers have gotten very far in the amateur ranks and this may be the last time they may compete in the area before the Olympic Trials. Irby has already qualified for the trials and competed for the USA Knockouts team in the World Series of Boxing. Brown is a former national and world champion at 125 who is moving up to 132 pounds to try to reach the Olympics.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call (301) 899-2430.
Meanwhile at the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD, Baltimore Boxing Promotions is putting on a card that will feature an East Coast championship bout between Joe Veazey of Baltimore and Nigel Fennell of Salisbury, MD. Proceeds from the card benefit the Worcester County Humane Society.
Tickets for this card range $25, $50 and $65. You can go to the website at www.baltimoreboxing.com to purchase tickets.
Also, the Beltway Boxing Community will celebrate the recent WBC Featherweight title win by Capitol Heights, MD's "Mr" Gary Russell, Jr. with a free and open to the public ceremony at the District Heights Municipal Center, 2000 Marbury Drive in District Heights, MD. The event will begin at 2 PM and there will be free food available. Yours truly has been honored to be selected as one of the speakers for the event.
Russell (26-1, 15 KO's) won his title on March 28 when he scored a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Saturday, May 02, 2015
Kisner (14-1-1, five KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Marlon Hayes on March 28 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. Kayode, a native of Lagos, Nigeria who fights out of Hollywood, CA (20-0, 16 KO's) was stopped in the first round by Luis Ortiz for the interim WBA Heavyweight title in his last outing on September 11 in Las Vegas, NV. However, the decision was overturned in January because Ortiz failed a drug test. Kayode has won numerous regional cruiserweight titles.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Cecil McCalla dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to former world champion Ishe Smith at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV on ESPN2. McCalla fell behind early in the contest and was outgunned throughout by the former member of the first season Contender cast. McCalla lost by scores of 98-92 and 97-93 (twice).
McCalla loses his second straight bout and is now 20-2, seven KO's. Smith is now 27-7, 12 KO's.
At the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA, Joshua Snyder was stopped early in the second round in his bout against undefeated Jason Quigley on Fox Sports 1. Quigley landed a devastating right-left-right combination to drop Snyder at 44 seconds of the second round. Snyder falls to 9-12-1, three KO's while Quigley remains perfect at 6-0, six KO's.
Hunter gets assistance in his demonstration from Beltway Boxers Anthony Peterson and Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed. The video is packaged with a Rick Mease article on Mayweather.
Here's the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/boxing-mma-wrestling/is-floyd-mayweather-boring-only-when-hes-inside-the-boxing-ring/2015/04/30/f2e729aa-ef76-11e4-8050-839e9234b303_story.html
Snyder (9-11-1, three KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Travell Mazion on March 12 in San Antonio, TX. Quigley, a native of Ireland, (5-0, five KO's) scored a second-round TKO over Tolutomi Agunbiade on March 20 at the Fantasy Springs Casino.
The bout is slated to open tonight's Fox Sports 1 telecast at 10 PM ET. Remember, Cecil McCalla is in the main event of tonight's ESPN2 broadcast against Ishe Smith beginning at 9 PM ET. This will mean 11 Beltway Boxers have been on television in the first four months of the year.
Chris Korman focuses on the Upton Boxing Gym in Baltimore as a gym "fighting for the city's soul." This is a powerful article.
Here's the link: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/a-boxing-school-in-baltimore-is-fighting-for-the-citys-soul
Cecil McCalla and former world champion Ishe Smith both weighed 155 pounds for their 10-round nationally-televised bout Thursday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
The bout is the main event of a special Thursday night edition on Friday Night Fights.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The UMAR boxing gym in Baltimore is located right in the area where the epicenter of much of the turmoil took place, right on West North Avenue. No word on whether the gym suffered any issues during this tragic situation.
Meanwhile in the Fells Point section of the city, Jake Smith, a native of Baltimore who owns the Baltimore Boxing and Fitness Gym was very adamant in a published statement.
“In my forty-plus years in Baltimore, this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” said Smith, whose promotional efforts have helped many local organizations through raffles and donations. “We are all aware that there are issues with police brutality throughout the country and while I am extremely disappointed with the lack of prosecution following specific incidents, rioting only makes everything worse.
"I truly understand that emotions are at all-time highs in Baltimore and people want their voices to be heard but this is not the way to do it. Having worked with people from all walks of life, I wholeheartedly respect everybody’s point of view but I am pleading with the community as a whole to schedule peaceful and civilized meetings with city officials. This is the only way for everybody to get their thoughts and opinions out while hearing what the other side has to say. Riots are only going to tear apart and create further distance between police and citizens in this great city. I pray that everything calms down quickly and a resolution is met.”
BATB shares that prayer.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action on Friday, May 8 when he takes on Osenohan Vazquez of Newark, NJ in an eight-round contest at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Reed (13-0, seven KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Eddie Soto on March 14 at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC. Vazquez (8-3-1, three KO's) will try to bounce back from a first-round TKO loss to Clarence Booth on February 28 in Tampa, FL.
The bout is part of a card that will be televised on TruTV. No word on whether Reed's bout will make the telecast.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
The DC Region will send a solid group of Open Division boxers to Las Vegas, NV for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions May 10-17 as the region looks to have a national champion for the sixth consecutive year.
Capitol Heights, MD 132-pounder Keeshawn Williams won the Truman E. Tuttle Memorial Outstanding Boxer Award after an impressive win over Roger Belch III of Newport News, VA.
At 152 Pounds, Shynggyskhan Tazhibay of Rockville, MD won a decision over Matthew Abregu of Leesburg, VA while his Headbangers gymmate, Tavon Body of Burtonsville, MD captured his second straight 165-pound regional title with a win over Clinso Brumfield of Alexandria, VA.
Another returnee to the nationals will be Milik Titus of Baltimore, MD who will make his second trip after defeating Benjamin Dobbs of Virginia Beach, VA in the 201-pound final.
Also, Justin Bell of District Heights, MD won by walkover at 178 Pounds to put him on the DC Region team heading to the nationals for the second year in a row.
Unlike in recent years, where the DC/Maryland portion dominated the Open Division slots, four of the 10 members of the 2015 Open team will come from the Virginia/North Carolina division of the region. One of the four will be Diego Abregu of Leesburg. Abregu won by walkover at 141 Pounds when 2014 National Golden Gloves champion Gary Antuanne Russell pulled out of the tournament because of a bad shoulder.
Making his third trip to the nationals will be Jonathan Howard III of Wilmington, NC. Howard won the 108-pound championship with a win over Demetrius Young of Bowie, MD. Also, DeWayne Beamon of Goldsboro, NC advanced to the Nationals by medical walkover.
Here is the 2015 Regional Golden Gloves Team:
108 Pounds: Jonathan Howard III, Wilmington, NC
114 Pounds: Jordan White, Waldorf, MD
123 Pounds: DeWayne Beamon, Goldsboro, NC
132 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams, Capitol Heights, MD
141 Pounds: Diego Abregu, Leesburg, VA
152 Pounds: Shynggyskhan Tazhibay, Rockville, MD
165 Pounds: Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD
178 Pounds: Justin Bell, District Heights, MD
201 Pounds: Milik Titus, Baltimore, MD
201+ Pounds: Christopher Laws, Hampton, VA
Here are the Novice Division Champions for 2015:
114 Pounds: Kevin Pendergrass, Suitland, MD
123 Pounds: Jacob Garcia, Sterling, VA
132 Pounds: Donnell Poe, Fort Washington, MD
141 Pounds: Dante Cox, Severn, MD
152 Pounds: Sippriano Zelldon, Silver Spring, MD
165 Pounds: Aaron Anderson, Baltimore, MD
178 Pounds: Darryl Lane, Washington, MD
201 Pounds: Jonathen Surratt, Fort Washington, MD
201+ Pounds: Timothy Crawford, Washington, DC
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Crews won her 178-pound contest against the reigning world champion in her weight class, Xiao Li Wang, by a 2-1 decision. The victory clinched the USA's overall win in the dual meet.
Later today, two Beltway pro veterans will be in action. Former world title challenger Daniel "The Prophet" Attah of DC will take on undefeated prospect Omar "Super O" Douglas of Wilmington, DE in a six-round super featherweight contest at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino in Chester, PA. Attah (28-19-1, 11 KO's) fights for the first time since his 10-round unanimous decision loss to former world champion DeMarcus Corley on September 20 at the Washington Convention Center. Attah went the distance with Corley despite being knocked down five times during the bout. Attah will be trying to break a six-bout losing streak.
Douglas (13-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO over Osnel Charles on December 5 at Harrah's.
Attah weighed in at 138 pounds for the bout while Douglas tipped the scales at 133.
Meanwhile at the South Side Community Center in Winston-Salem, NC, Laurel, MD super welterweight Norman "The Shadow" Allen will be in a six-round contest against Marcus Willis of Fort Myers, FL. Allen (6-13, three KO's) lost a tough four-round majority decision to Edgar Torres on March 28 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. The loss was Allen's 12th in a row but was also one of Allen's best performances in recent memory.
Willis (13-4-2, three KO's) will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak of his own. Willis dropped a six-round majority decision to DeCarlo Perez on August 2 in Atlantic City, NJ.
Gazette Gives Preview Of Regional Golden Gloves; BATB Provides Live Coverage Tonight From Rosecroft!
Prince J. Grimes of the Gazette profiles a number of boxers in his previews including Shynggskhan Tazhibay and Tavon Body who will be in two of the marquee bouts of the evening.
Go to this link to read the Montgomery County Boxer preview: http://www.gazette.net/article/20150422/SPORTS/150429904/1021/rockville-boxer-gets-a-chance-at-his-dream&template=gazette#
And tap this link for the Prince George's County preview: http://www.gazette.net/article/20150423/SPORTS/150429700/1028/1028/bowie-fighter-gets-another-shot-at-regional-title&template=gazette
Hopefully, you can join us at Rosecroft Raceway tonight beginning at 7:30 PM ET. If you can't be there in person, Juan Marshall and I will have the blow-by-blow call of the event live at 7:25 ET. You can hear the action on the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android. IOS users can hear the action by going to this link: http://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway
As Washington Times columnist Thom Loverro points out, both boxers's public relations arms are headed by two people who got their start working with boxing in the Washington, DC area.
Kelly Swanson (Top), who heads DC's Swanson Communications, has worked with Mayweather for 10 years while Fred Sternburg, who is originally from Bethesda, MD, is the PR man for Pacquiao. Both worked together during the heavyweight title reigns of Riddick Bowe.
Here is the great column. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/23/former-local-pr-gurus-in-mayweather-pacquiao-corne/?page=all#pagebreak
I have been very fortunate to have worked with both Swanson and Sternburg especially at the beginning of my boxing career and you couldn't find two more professional people in this business.
Both have been very helpful to me over the years. I got to know Kelly first through her work with former Beltway Boxer Jermaine Fields and I met Fred through his work with the famed Hard Corps boxing crew that featured Derrell Coley, Reggie Green, Gerry Payne and Reuben Bell.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Stevenson, who took the bout on two weeks notice, came out strong in round one by landing a stiff uppercut to send Garcia to the canvas for the eight count. Stevenson didn't show too much more after winning rounds one and four. Garcia started coming forward and pressuring Stevenson to take over the bout. One judge scored the bout 77-74 while the other two judges had a score of 78-73 giving Garcia the unanimous decision win.
Stevenson falls to 22-2, 15 KO's while Garcia improves to 37-3, 23 KO's.
In the main event, cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves of Baltimore, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over Dan "Bada Bing" Biddle of Wilmington, DE. Reeves won every round on the scorecards (60-54) with solid offense and great defensive movement. Reeves is now 9-2-2, three KO's while Biddle falls to 9-3, five KO's.
The co-feature saw Baltimore junior middleweight Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell score a sixth-round TKO over Tyeson "H-Bomb" Harrison of Greensboro, NC. Trussell fought a nice bout offensively, showing great offensive skills. With less that 10 seconds remaining in the final round, Trussell landed a crushing right hand that dropped Harrison to the canvas. Harrison got up on wobbly legs and referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the contest. The time was 2:59. Trussell's record rises to 9-2-1, seven KO's while Harrison is 2-2, one KO.
In a battle of debuting local lightweights, Glenarden, MD's Dravontay Speed-Rawls won a four-round split decision over Beltsville, MD's "Mighty" Joel Young. Both men had their moments in the contest as they showed great movement and offensive skills. Neither boxer, however, had a clear advantage. Judges Chevalier and John Gradowski scored the bout 39-38 and 39-37 for Speed-Rawls while judge Don Risher saw the bout for Young, 39-37.
DC heavyweight Carlos "The Diamond Cutter" Black won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Lonnie Kornegay of Baltimore. Black scored two knockdowns in the second round and appeared to be on his way to a stoppage victory. However, Kornegay came back strong in the second half of the contest to make the bout closer on the scorecards. Judges Gradowski and Chevalier scored the bout 38-36 while Risher had it 39-35. Kornegay's record is 1-11-3.
Also on the card, debuting junior lightweight Albert "Spider Monkey" Mendoza of Fayetteville, AR scored a third-round TKO over Nicholas Rodriguez of Dayton, OH. Mendoza wore down Rodriguez throughout the contest before dropping him twice in the third. The bout was stopped at 2:27. Rodriguez is 0-2.
In an exhibition contest that had the participants wearing headgear,, Baltimore welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins knocked out William Kelley in the second round. Hawkins, who notched his third knockout victory in three tries on April 18 in Pennsauken, NJ, hit Kelley with a brutal right uppercut that sent Kelley crashing to the canvas. Kelley, eventually was able to leave the ring under his own power.
Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up which includes an interview with Travis Reeves: