Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Boxing Returns To Michael's Eighth Avenue July 13th!

A battle of experience versus youth will headline the next Baltimore Pro Boxing card on Thursday, July 13th at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Longtime Beltway fan favorite Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow will be in the main event taking on Sherman "The Tank" Artis of Severn, MD in an eight-round super middleweight contest.  Nicklow (26-8-3, eight KO's) was the first BATB Rookie Of The Year in 2006.  Nicklow is undefeated (24-0-3) in the state of Maryland, winning his last contest on January 13th at Michaels, an eight-round unanimous decision over Chauncey Fields.  Nicklow has faced a who's who of solid competition in his career, including former world champion Jermain Taylor and contenders Fernando Guerrero, Ryota Murata and Ronald Gavril.

Although Artis (3-1) started his career in 2010, he has only fought four times as a pro.  Artis returned to action after an almost three-year absence and won a four-round unanimous decision over Steve Wheeler on March 30th at Michael's.

In a four-round bout on the card, Baltimore middleweight "Dangerous" Donald Wallace will face off with Shane Pearson of Statesville, NC.  Wallace (2-0-1, one KO) will look to improve off of a six-round majority draw against Gregory Clark on the last Michael's card on May 12th.  Pearson (2-1, two KO's) makes a quick return to the Beltway, having scored a shocking first-round TKO over Stephon Morris on June 17th at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.

Also on the card, undefeated Glenarden, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed-Rawls returns to action in a six-round contest against the incredibly busy Matt Murphy of St. Louis, MO.  Speed-Rawls comes off a third-round stoppage of Rynell Griffin on March 25th in Washington, DC.  Murphy (2-13-3, two KO's) will be competing for the 10th time in 2017.  Murphy comes off back-to-back draws over a five-day period.  On June 17th in Baltimore, Murphy held undefeated Mack Allison IV to a four-round majority draw.  Five days later, on June 22nd, Murphy traveled cross country to Los Angeles, CA and battled Zachary Wohlman to a four-round split decision draw.

Also scheduled to be on the card are IBO International Bantamweight champion Alexandru "Spartan" Marin of Bethesda, MD and junior lightweight Ernest "Lightning Bug" Hall of Baltimore.  Marin (13-0, nine KO's) comes off a six-round unanimous decision over German Meraz on May 20th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD and will be in an eight-round contest on this card.  Hall (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White on March 30th at Michael's.  Hall is scheduled to participate in a six-round contest for the first time as a pro.

The card, which will also have three amateur bouts, will be held in tribute to promoter Jake Smith's father, Murray "The Bushwacker" Smith.  Murray Smith was a fixture in Baltimore and promoted various events before passing away in 2013.

Competition Begins At Junior Olympic Prep And Youth Open In West Virginia!

The first day of competition is today at the National Junior Olympic Prep and Youth Open at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WVA.

More than 20 Beltway Boxers will be competing in the event.  Here is the Beltway Schedule for today:

Afternoon Session -- Noon

Ring 1:

Pee Wee 8 Novice 65 Pounds:  Payton Pullen-Davis, Fort Washington, MD vs. Michael O'Conner, Newburgh, NY

Pee Wee Open 55 Pounds:  Sa'mari Everette, Baltimore, MD vs. Martin Mosqueda, Houston, TX

Intermediate 90 Pounds: Jordan Roach, Upper Marlboro, MD vs. Infant Nunez, Kenner, LA

Ring 2:

Boys 65 Pounds: Cardarius Johnson, Washington, DC vs. Andrew Corona, Laveen, AZ

Boys 95 Pounds:  Khaliq Harrison, Fort Washington, MD vs. Jonathan Sosa, Irving, TX

Intermediate 95 Pounds: Samuel Edmonds, Fort Washington, MD vs. Daniel Cortez, Converse, TX

Ring 4:

Pee Wee 8 Novice 65 Pounds: Jayden Morgan, Laurel, MD vs. Seth Gaye, Philadelphia, PA

Pee Wee Open 70 Pounds:  Marcus Luther, Washington, DC vs. Fynest Cummings, Rochester, NY

Boys 85 Pounds: Jeremiah Jimason, Upper Marlboro, MD vs. Na'cyus Morrison, Greenville, SC

Boys 101 Pounds: Tommy Coe, Baltimore, MD vs. Ryan Williams, Toledo, OH

Intermediate 110 Pounds: Deon Giles, Capitol Heights, MD vs. Javen Encinas, Shafter, CA

Evening Session -- 6 PM

Ring 1:

Junior 165 Pounds:  Michael Tymas, Washington, DC vs. Darelle Valsaint, Orlando, FL

Youth 114 Pounds:  Chamar Flowers, Accokeek, MD vs.  Reggie Jones, Aiken, SC

Youth 132 Pounds:  Malik Warren, Catonsville, MD vs. Jordan Jenkins, Garland, TX

Ring 3:

Junior 90 Pounds:  Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, MD vs. Braylon Jones, Lafayette, LA

Youth 165 Pounds:  Lorenzo Simpson, Reisterstown, MD vs. Tyler Tomlin, Ashland City, TN

Ring 4:

Junior 101 Pounds:  Ragahleak Bartee, Washington, DC vs. Adrian Rodriguez, Glendale, AZ

The bouts are being livestreamed throughout the day for free.  Here is the page that will take you to the links for the live streams:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Late Result: Dozier Drops Unanimous Decision In Detroit!

Suitland, MD super welterweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier lost a six-round unanimous decision to Darryl Cunningham of Detroit, MI on Friday, June 23 at the Motor City Casino in Detroit.

Dozier lost the bout by scores of 59-55 across the board.  Dozier has lost his last six bouts and his record falls to 10-18-2, five KO's.  Cunningham is now 36-9, 14 KO's.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beltway Boxers Score Mixed Results In Philadelphia!

Four Beltway Boxers were part of an exciting Kings Promotions card of action at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA Saturday night.  They left the town with mixed results.

Undefeated Washington, DC bantamweight Marcus "The Dreamcrusher" Bates won a six-round unanimous decision over a very game Roberto "Escorpion" Pucheta of La Villa de Cuerámbaro, Jalisco, Mexico.  According to reports, Bates had to survive a solid Pucheta onslaught early on before coming on strong in the middle rounds.  Bates knocked down Pucheta in the fifth round with a left hand and went on to win the bout by scores of 59-54 and 58-55 (twice).  Bates is now 7-0-1, six KO's while Pucheta falls to 10-12-1, six KO's and loses to a Beltway Boxer for the second consecutive time.  Pucheta dropped a six-round unanimous decision to Kevin Rivers, Jr. on May 24th in Santa Monica, CA.

DC super middleweight Gregory "Glizzy" Clark won a six-round unanimous decision over Darryl "Dreamking" Bunting of Asbury Park, NJ.  Clark seemed to be in command throughout the contest, according to reports with one local reporter calling the bout a "horrible, ugly fight."  Clark is now 3-1-1, one KO while Bunting, originally from Marietta, GA, falls to 3-2-2, one KO.

Heavyweight Colby Madison of Owings Mills, MD fought to a six-round majority draw against fellow undefeated boxer Joel Caudle of Raleigh, NC.  According to the Madison camp, Madison was hampered by a broken right hand he suffered in the first round.  Caudle won the bout on one judge's scorecard, 58-56.  However, that judge was overruled by two judges seeing the draw, 57-57.  Madison, who went six rounds for the first time in his career, is now 4-0-1, three KO's.  Caudle is now 7-0-1, five KO's.

In the opening bout on the card, DC lightweight Jordan "Kidd" Peters lost a close four-round unanimous decision to "Pretty Boy" Chaise Nelson of Dayton, OH.  Peters lost by scores of 39-37 across the board.  Peters drops his first pro contest and is now 2-1-1, two KO's.  Nelson's record rises to 6-1, three KO's.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Beltway Boxers Tip Scales In Philadelphia!

Four Beltway Boxers weighed in Friday for Saturday contests on the Kings Promotions card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Marcus Bates tipped the scales at 123 pounds for his six-round encounter with Roberto Pucheta, who weighed in at 123.1 pounds.

Gregory Clark came in at 162.8 pounds for his six-rounder against Darryl Bunting.  Bunting weighed in at 164.9 pounds.

Colby Madison weighed in at 244.6 pounds for his six-round battle with fellow undefeated Joel Caudle, who came in at 267.  Madison is 4-0, three KO's while Caudle, of Raleigh, NC, is 7-0, five KO's.  This will be Madison's first scheduled six-rounder.

Jordan Peters tipped the scales at 125.1 for his four-rounder against Chaise Nelson, who weighed in at 125.2 pounds.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dozier Weighs 154.8 For Detroit Six-Rounder!

(Photo by Bob Ryder)

Lenwood Dozier (left) weighed in at 154.8 pounds for his six-round contest Friday night at the Motor City Casino in Detroit, MI.  Dozier's opponent, Darryl Cunningham, weighed in at 155.8.

Isley Qualifies For Elite World Championships With Victory In Honduras!

Congratulations to Alexandria, VA middleweight Troy Isley who recently qualified for the Elite Men's World Championships which will take place August 25th-September 3rd in Hamburg, Germany.

Isley punched his ticket to the world championships in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on June 17th, winning a 5-0 decision over Hebert Sousa of Brazil.  This bout was during the 2017 Continental Championships.

This is a nice bounce-back victory for Isley, who was upset in the first-round of the National Golden Gloves in May.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lamont Roach, Jr. Defends WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight Title June 30th In Indio, CA!

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will make the first defense of his WBC Youth Super Featherweight championship on Friday, June 30th against Jesus A. "Chuito" Valdez of Huatabampo, Sonora, Mexico at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.  The bout will be shown on ESPN2 and it is scheduled for 10 rounds.

Roach (13-0, five KO's) returns to the location where he won his title in his last contest, scoring a crushing first-round knockout over Alejandro Valdez on January 28th.  Valdez (20-2-1, nine KO's) makes his first trip to the continental United States.  Valdez has won his last four bouts in his native Mexico but all four of those wins were against under-.500 competition.

Dozier Travels To Detroit For Six-Rounder June 23!

Suitland, MD middleweight veteran Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier returns to action on Friday, June 23 in a six-round contest against Detroit, MI veteran Darryl Cunningham at the Motor City Casino in Detroit.

Dozier (10-17-2, five KO's) will be looking to break a five-bout losing streak that includes a second-round TKO loss to Winfred Harris, Jr. on April 29th in Louisville, KY.  Cunningham (35-9, 14 KO's) makes his third straight trip to the Motor City Casino where he has won his last two bouts.  Cunningham comes off a six-round unanimous decision to Taronze Washington on February 24th.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Maryland Boxers Split Pro Debuts In Harrisburg, PA!

Two Maryland Boxers made pro debuts on a card at the Small Arena PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA on June 17th.

Salisbury, MD light heavyweight Ryan Watson made a successful debut winning a four-round unanimous decision over the equally debuting Carl Murphy of Harrisburg. According to well-known boxing writer JR Jowett, Murphy won a close bout by scores of 39-37 across the board.

Also on the card, Baltimore, MD welterweight Dan Koch lost his pro debut by first-round knockout to debuting Roy McGill of Harrisburg.  Jowett reports that Koch was caught by a McGill right hand that dropped him face first on the canvas.  The bout was stopped at 2:21 of the round.

One other note on this card.  There were four bouts on the card and six of the eight boxers were making their pro debuts.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

T. Douglas Captures UBF Super Flyweight Title With Fourth-Round TKO!

Tyriesha "Lady Tiga" Douglas won the vacant Universal Boxing Federation Female Super Flyweight championship with a fourth-round TKO over previously undefeated Ebony "The Storm" Rivera of Fayetteville, NC at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD.  The bout was the main event of the Shabazz Brotherz card.

Douglas, a native of Washington, DC who trains in Baltimore, used extremely quick hands to set up her power shots.  At first, Rivera seemed to withstand the early onslaught but by the second round, the speed of Douglas proved to be too much as Douglas would land three or four shots in an exchange while Rivera could only land one shot.

Douglas picked up the pace in the third round as she landed blistering shots to Rivera's face and body that seemed to stagger Rivera throughout the two-minute stanza.  Rivera gamely tried to fight back and survived the round.  Finally in the fourth round, Rivera landed a right hand but Douglas landed a quick combination that knocked Rivera backwards.  Referee Brent Bovell immediately stopped the contest, giving Douglas the win and the title at 35 seconds of the round.  Douglas wins her third UBF title in her third weight class (flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight) and her record rises to 12-1, five KO's  Rivera loses for the first time and her record is 7-1, three KO's.

In the co-feature, Baltimore light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves defeated Josue "Chiquilin" Obando of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico by fourth-round disqualification.  Reeves, the reigning USBO Light Heavyweight and Maryland State Cruiserweight titleholder, had some difficulty generating an offense against the taller Obando. However, Obando did not help his cause at all as he lost two points for holding the arms of Reeves.  Finally, on the third infraction, referee Kenny Chevalier disqualified Obando at 19 seconds of the fourth round.  Reeves has won 12 straight contests and his record is now 15-2-2, seven KO's.  Obando has lost nine in a row and he is now 14-16-1, 11 KO's.

The rest of the night proved to be a rough one for local boxers.  Shane Pearson, a middleweight from Statesville, NC, scored a stunning first-round TKO over previously undefeated Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris of Baltimore.  Morris, who fought for the first time since the passing of his father in March, could not get going as Pearson rocked Morris with a huge right hand.  Moments later, another right hand from Pearson dropped Morris to the canvas.  Referee Dave Braslow immediately stopped the bout and Pearson got the win at 2:10.  Morris falls to 4-1, three KO's while Pearson, who competed for the first time in almost five years, is now 2-1, two KO's.

Also on the card, middleweight Aidos Yerbossynuly of Almaty, Kazahkstan totally negated the offense of Baltimore's Devin "Bite" Butcher en route to an easy six-round unanimous decision.  Yerbossynuly, making only his second appearance in the United States, showed impressive defensive skills as he was able to cut off Butcher at every turn.  Offensively, Yerbossynuly was able to land solid shots to the head and body of Butcher, who had no answer for any of his opponent's tactics.  Butcher can claim a moral victory as he is the first boxer to make Yerbossynuly go the distance.  Yerbossynuly won by scores of 60-53 and 59-54 (twice) to remain undefeated at 6-0, five KO's.  Butcher drops to 6-2, three KO's.

Baltimore super featherweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV battled to a four-round majority draw with Matt Murphy of St. Louis, MO.  In going the distance for the first time in his career, Allison got off to a good start as he landed quality shots in the first round.  However, Murphy was able to work his way inside and outwork Allison in parts of the contest. Allison was able to win one scorecard as judge John Gradowski scored the bout 39-37.  However Brent Bovell and Dave Braslow saw the draw at 38-38.  Allison remains undefeated at 7-0-1, seven KO's.  While Murphy is now 2-13-2, two KO's.

Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Grover "The Cobra" Young of Memphis, TN.  In a battle of southpaw heavies, Forrest used a blistering right jab throughout the contest to keep Young at bay.  Forrest could not follow up with big left hands consistently but his jab was more than enough to give him the win.  Forrest won by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 58-56 to raise his record to 16-2, 13 KO's.  Since suffering those back-to-back losses, Forrest has won nine in a row.  Young falls to 12-24-3, eight KO's and is winless in his last 11 bouts.

Brian Dillon did the matchmaking on this card and the ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.

The South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing sanctioned three amateur bouts on the card.  In the featured bout, Baltimore's six-time National Silver Gloves champion Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson stopped Ashton "The Goon" Sykes of Columbia, MD in a 178-pound open contest.  Also, Destiny Day-Owens of Baltimore won a decision over Clinton, MD's Shevon Lewis in a 141-pound novice female contest and Musa Robinson of Baltimore won an 80-pound open contest over Jeremiah Jimason of Oxon Hill, MD.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Weights From Du Burns!

Here is the scale watch for the Shabazz Brothers card that will take place Saturday at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD:

Tyrieshia Douglas 112 vs. Ebony Rivera 112.8

(UBF Super Flyweight title)

Stephon Morris 159.2 vs.  Shane Pearson 166.8

Travis Reeves 176.2 vs. Josue Obando 175.8

Devin Butcher 167.2 vs. Aidos Yerbossynuly 166.2

Jerry Forrest 224.2 vs. Grover Young 265

Mack Allison IV 132 vs. Matt Murphy 138.2 (Murphy will have to weigh in again today)

There are also two amateur bouts scheduled for the card.  Six-time National Silver Gloves champion Lorenzo Simpson of Baltimore will take on regional Golden Gloves finalist Ashton Sykes of Columbia, MD.  There will be a female amateur contest featuring Baltimore's Destiny Day-Owens.

The first bout is scheduled to begin at 5 PM ET.  If you can't be there in person, join us live by downloading the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android and hear the live audio broadcast beginning at 4:55 PM ET.  IOS listeners can hear the show by going to the BATB pages on Spreaker.com https://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway and IHeartRadio.com https://www.iheart.com/podcast/Boxing-Along-The-Beltway-22903291/

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 17th Baltimore Card Begins To Fill Out!

More bouts are being announced for the Shabazz Brothers card that will take place on Saturday, June 17th at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD.

Baltimore light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will be in an eight-round contest against Josue "Chiquilín" Obando of Guadalajara, Mexico.  Reeves (14-2-2, seven KO's) last fought on April 14th and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Taneal Goyco in Oxon Hill, MD.  Obando (14-15-1, 11 KO's) will be trying to break an eight-bout losing streak.  Obando has fought quality people in his career, including Matt Korobov, Junior Castillo and the Beltway's own D'Mitrius Ballard, who won a six-round unanimous decision over Obando in Philadelphia, PA in June of 2015.

Baltimore super middleweight Devin "Bite" Butcher will take on undefeated Aidos Yerbossynuly of Almaty, Kazakhstan in a six-round bout.  Butcher (6-1, three KO's) bounced back from suffering his first loss by winning a four-round unanimous decision over Eric Govan on November 12th at Du Burns.  Yerbossynuly (5-0, five KO's) made his American debut in his last outing with a second-round TKO over Riarus Dudley on March 23rd in Randolph, NJ.

Another Baltimore super middleweight, Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris will battle Shane Pearson of Statesville, NC in a four-round encounter.  Morris (4-0, three KO's) last fought on November 12th at Du Burns and won a four-round majority decision over Gregory Clark.  Pearson (1-1, one KO) returns to action for the first time since September of 2012.

Undefeated Baltimore super featherweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV returns to action in a four-round bout against Matt Murphy of St. Louis, MO.  Allison, the 2016 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year(7-0, seven KO's), last fought on December 10th and scored a third-round TKO over Rodger Williams in Springfield, VA.  Murphy (2-13-1, two KO's) will be trying to break a five-bout losing streak.  Murphy has been very busy in 2017 -- this will be his eighth bout this year.

In a heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Jerry "Slug" Forrest of Norfolk, VA will take on veteran Grover Young of Memphis, TN.  Forrest (15-2, 13 KO's) has won eight straight since suffering back-to-back losses.  The last two wins for Forrest came against Willis Lockett in August of 2016 and May of 2017, when he knocked out Lockett in the second round in Norfolk.  Young (12-23-3, eight KO's) is winless in his last 10 bouts, including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Mike Balogun on April 29th in Springfield, VA.

The main event will be  the10-round UBF female Bantamweight title bout between Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas (11-1, four KO's) and Ebony "The Storm" Rivera (7-0, three KO's).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beltway Boxers Travel To Philadelphia June 24th!

Four Beltway Boxers will be heading to the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA to compete on a Kings Promotions card on Saturday, June 24th.

In six-round contests, Washington, DC featherweight Marcus "The Dreamcrusher" Bates will take on Roberto "Escorpion" Pucheta of La Villa de Cuerámbaro, Jalisco, Mexico.  Bates (6-0-1, six KO's) is coming off an explosive six-round TKO over Alec McGee on February 11th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Pucheta (10-11-1, six KO's) will be taking on a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time.  Pucheta lost a six-round unanimous decision to Kevin Rivers, Jr. on May 24th in Santa Monica, CA.  This bout was originally scheduled to take place on the June 3rd Kings Promotions card at Rosecroft.  However, Pucheta was deemed unfit to compete.

Also, DC super welterweight Gregory "Glizzy" Clark will battle Darryl "Dreamking" Bunting of Asbury Park, NJ.  Clark (2-1-1, one KO) comes off a tough six-round majority draw with Donald Wallace on May 12th in Glen Burnie, MD. Bunting, a native of Marietta, GA (3-1-2, one KO) will try to build off a four-round unanimous decision victory over Juan Zapata on November 11th in Chester, PA.  Bunting will be competing for the first time in a scheduled six-round encounter.

In four-round bouts, Jordan "Kidd" Peters of DC will be in a lightweight battle with "Pretty Boy" Chaise Nelson of Dayton, OH.  Peters (2-0-1, two KO's) fought on the June 3rd Rosecroft show and got off of the canvas in the first round to score a second round stoppage of Bryan Perez-Navarez.  Ironically, Nelson (5-1, three KO's) also scored his last victory over Perez-Navarez, winning a four-round unanimous decision on May 12th at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia.

Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison (4-0, three KO's) is also slated to appear on this card in a four-round contest.  Madison has not fought since scoring a first-round TKO over Lamarco Ellis on February 4th in Wilson, NC.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

T. Douglas Defends UBF Bantamweight Title June 17th In Baltimore!

Washington, DC's Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas will defend the Universal Boxing Federation Female Bantamweight championship against undefeated Ebony Rivera of Fayetteville, NC on Saturday, June 17th at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD.

Douglas (11-1, four KO's) is a two-time, two-division UBF champion who steps into the ring for the first time since May of 2016 when she won an eight-round unanimous decision over Anahi Torres at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD.

Rivera, a native of Lancaster, PA (7-0, three KO's) competes for the first time in a title bout.  Rivera last fought in April of 2016 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Nancy Franco in Fayetteville.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

White Loses Unanimous Decision In New Jersey!

Washington, DC super lightweight Lamont White lost a four-round unanimous decision to Tomas Romain of Brooklyn, NY on Saturday at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.  White lost by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.

White, who scored his first pro win in his last outing, now has a record of 1-8, one KO, one NC.  White has never been stopped in a contest, one of his losses came by disqualification.  Romain is now 3-1.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Nicholson Drops Split Decision In New York!

Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson lost a tough eight-round split decision to undefeated Steve "Mr." Rolls of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Friday night in front of a national television audience (Showtime) at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.

Nicholson got off to a good start early in the bout as he caught Rolls with a right hand.  However, Rolls countered with a right-left combination that dropped Nicholson to the canvas late in the first round.  Nicholson persevered and was able to mount offense, especially in the middle portions of the offense.  However, Rolls was able to do just enough to win the contest on the scorecards, receiving two 77-74 scores.  Nicholson got the nod on one scorecard 77-75.

Nicholson is now 17-2-1, 16 KO's while Rolls remains undefeated at 16-0, nine KO's.

Friday, June 09, 2017

White Weighs In For Four-Rounder In Atlantic City!

Washington, DC super lightweight Lamont White tipped the scales at 137.5 pounds for his four-round contest against Tomas Romain that will take place on Saturday, June 10th at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.  Romain weighed in at 133.5 pounds.

White (1-7, one KO) will try to build momentum after earning his first pro victory -- a second-round knockout over previously undefeated Roger Belch on May 13th in Norfolk, VA.  Romain (2-1) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over Sidell Blocker on March 11th at the Claridge.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Nicholson Hits Scales In New York!

(Photo by Daniel Cork)

Demond Nicholson (right) weighed in at 162.5 pounds for his eight-round nationally-televised bout against Steve Rolls at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.  Rolls hit the scales at 161 pounds.

The bout will be shown as part of the  Shobox telecast on Showtime that will begin at 10:30 PM ET.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Nicholson Makes ShoBox Appearance Friday in New York!

Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson returns to action in an eight-round encounter against undefeated Steve Rolls of Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Friday, June 9th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  The bout will be a part of a ShoBox telecast on Showtime.

Nicholson (17-1-1, 16 KO's) is coming off an eight-round majority decision draw with Immanuwel Aleem on July 29th in Quebec, Canada.  Rolls (15-0, nine KO's) last fought on December 16th and won by third-round TKO over Attila Koros also in Quebec.  Rolls is a former NABF Super Welterweight champion.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

South Atlantic Sends Eight To Junior Olympic Nationals!

A couple of weeks ago, we listed the boxers from the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing that will be heading to the Junior Olympic Youth Open and Prep National Championships in Charleston, WVA June 26th through July 1st.

The South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing will send eight boxers to the nationals based on competition held in Salisbury, MD on May 20th:  Here are their representatives:


80 Pounds: Cornelio Phipps

90 Pounds:  Jamie Robinson

101 Pounds: Tommy Coe


101 Pounds:  Muhammad Robinson


110 Pounds: Meon Davis

119 Pounds:  Jeremy Adorn

125 Pounds:  Xavien Ramirez

132 Pounds: Jermaine Royster

This means the Beltway region will send 23 boxers to the Junior Olympic Nationals later this month.

Beltway Boxers Successful At Rosecroft!

Beltway Boxers prospects put in some quality work as they won bouts during the Kings Promotions card Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

(Photos by Daniel Cork)

In the main event, undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox won an eight-round unanimous decision over "The Hudson Valley Kid" Daniel Sostre of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.  The 6'4" Fox worked everything off of his long jab that kept Sostre off balance throughout the entire contest.  Sostre provided very little offense to counter Fox's assault.  Fox won the bout by scores of 80-71 and 79-72 (twice) to raise his record to 14-0, four KO's.  Sostre's record is now even at 13-13-1, five KO's.

The co-feature saw another Forestville, MD prospect Tyrek "I Get Busy" Irby win a six-round unanimous decision over Brandon "Bam" Sanudo of Baja California, Mexico.  Irby battered Sanudo over the entire six rounds.  So dominant was Irby's performance that one judge, John Gradowski, scored two 10-8 rounds for Irby despite the fact that there were no knockdowns in the contest.  Gradowski scored the contest 60-52.  Judges Brent Bovell and David Braslow saw the bout, 60-54.  Irby is now 3-0, one KO while Sanudo drops to 5-5, two KO's.

Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw, Jr. scored a fourth-round TKO over Mario Perez of Baja California, Mexico.  After starting off as a southpaw in the first round of the contest, Outlaw switched to conventional in the second round and picked up his offensive pace, dropping Perez with a right hand.  Outlaw would knock down Perez three more times in the contest before the bout was stopped at 1:32 of the fourth round.  Outlaw, who recently graduated from Bowie State University, remains undefeated at 3-0, one KO.  Perez falls to 1-2.

Super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd of Accokeek, MD stopped Alberto Delgado of Roanoke, VA in the third round.  Hurd, the younger brother of IBF Super Welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd was dominant in his performance, battering Delgado throughout the contest and eventually forcing the Delgado corner to call a halt to the contest at 1:23 of the third.  Hurd is now 3-0, two KO's while Delgado is 0-2-1.

Super featherweight Malik "Lil Leak" Loften of Suitland, MD made an impressive pro debut, scoring a fourth round TKO over Jemour Edwards of Orlando, FL.  Edwards came out very aggressive and tried to pressure Loften in the first round.  Loften, however, handled the pressure very well and started to land quality head and body shots of his own that, by the fourth round, overwhelmed Edwards and forced referee Brent Bovell to stop the contest at 2:41.  Edwards falls to 0-2.

In the opening contest, Washington, DC super featherweight Jordan "Da Kidd" Peters scored a TKO at the end of the second round over Bryan Perez-Nevarez of Carolina, Puerto Rico.  Peters bounced back from suffering a first-round knockdown from a Perez-Nevarez counter right hand.  In the second round, Peters shot a straight right hand that dropped Perez-Nevarez.  Peters turned up the pressure and dropped Perez-Nevarez a second time in the second round.  Perez-Nevarez could not come out for the third round.  Peters is now 2-0-1, two KO's  while Perez-Nevarez is now 2-7-1, one KO.

Marshall Kauffman leads Kings Promotions.  Kauffman and Desmond Hammond handled the matchmaking duties.  The ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Weights From Rosecroft!

Here is the scale watch for the Kings Promotions card that will take place Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Mykal Fox 142.4 lbs vs. Daniel Sostre 140.4 lbs

Tyrek Irby 142.4 lbs vs. Brandon Sanudo 142.8 lbs

Greg Outlaw, Jr. 137.2 lbs vs. Mario Perez 137.4 lbs

Justin Hurd 154.8 lbs vs. Alberto Delgado 156.8 lbs

Malik Loften 129.4 lbs vs. Jemour Edwards 129.2 lbs

Jordan Peters 128.2 lbs vs. Bryan Perez-Nevarez 129.0 lbs

The bouts that were scheduled to feature Luther Smith and Marcus Bates were scratched from the card.  The first bout is scheduled to begin at 7:15 PM ET.

Results From Howard Theatre Amateur Show!

Here are the results from the amateur boxing card held Friday night at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC:

Pharroh Hamilton (Langdon Rec) defeated Sa'Mari Everette (Baltimore)

Marcell Steele (Keystone) defeated Xavier Rodriguez (Philadephia)

Isaac Rivera ( Philadelphia) defeated Jeremiah Williams (Baltimore)

Mario Rodriguez (New England) defeated Ben Johnson (No Xcuse)

Semaj Alston (Philadelphia) defeated Kardan Chapman (No Xcuse)

Jamal Harvey (Oxon Hill) defeated Cuttino Oliver (Baltimore)

Cardarius Johnson ( Headbangers) defeated Juan Riverea (Philadelphia)

Malik Warren (Baltimore) defeated Gabe Gerena (New Jersey)

Jamir Cope (New Jersey) defeated Leroy Payne (Headbangers)

Deric Davis (Headbangers) defeated Ibrahim Robinson (Baltimore)

Quincy Williams (Lyfe Style) defeated Diego Bengochea (New England)

Jalil Hackett (Enigma) defeated Yasir Harris (Philadelphia)

Nick Sullivan (Norfolk) defeated Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Lamar Odom (Lyfe Style) defeated Rashiem Jefferson III (Philadelphia)

Saleem Kelly (New Jersey) defeated Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Lorenzo Simpson (Balimore) defeated Maurice Winslow (Georgia)

Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse) defeted Joseph Gordon (Keystone)

Max Garland (Headbangers) defeated Stacey Selby (Baltimore)


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Maryland Commission Issues Statement On Lawson Issue!

The Maryland State Athletic Commission has issued the following statement concerning the events of May 20th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD:

“Based on an initial investigation of events that took place on May 20, 2017 during a professional boxing show held at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, licensed second (cornerman) Leon Lawson, II was summarily suspended by the Maryland State Athletic Commission as of May 23, 2017 for exhibiting unruly conduct in violation of Commission regulations.  Such action is pursuant to Maryland State law authorizing the summary suspension of a licensee where the Commission finds that the public health, safety and welfare imperatively requires emergency action. 

The action was taken as a result of Mr. Lawson punching professional boxer Jose Uzcategui in the face following the conclusion of the boxing contest between Mr. Uzcategui and Andre Dirrell.  The Maryland State Athletic Commission’s suspension of Mr. Lawson was issued on an indefinite basis.  The Commission is continuing its investigation and takes this matter very seriously.”

According to ESPN.com's, Dan Rafael, Lawson has plans to turn himself in to Prince George's County police on Friday.  Lawson's counsel says that his client has not been on the run, that he has been in Flint, MI discussing this case.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Amateur Boxing Comes To Historic Howard Theatre June 2!

There will be an amateur card that will be held at a very unique location in Washington, DC on Friday, June 2.  There will be a card held at the historic Howard Theatre, located at 620 T Street in Northwest DC, that will include a number of local Beltway amateur stars.

There are 21 bouts scheduled for this card.  Here is the proposed bout sheet:

1. Sa’Mari Everette  (Baltimore) vs Pharroh Hamilton (Langdon Rec)

2.  Nameek Rodriguez  (New England) vs Marcell Steele (Keystone)

3.  Rashiem Jefferson III  (Philly) vs Kardan Chatman (No Xcuse)

4.  Isaac Rivera (Philly) vs Jeremiah Williams  (HeadBangers)

5. Mario Rodriguez (New England) vs Ben Johnson (No Xcuse)

6.  Nasir Shelton  (New England) vs Kaliq Harrison  (LyfeStyle)

7. Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassins) vs Jeff Young  (Woodland Tigers)

8.  Marvelous Corbin (Philly) vs Marcus Johnson (Lime Lite)

9.  Cuttino Oliver  (Baltimore) vs Jamal Harvey (Oxon Hill)

10.  Juan Rivera (Philly) vs Cardarius Johnson (HeadBangers)

11.  Gabe Gerena (New Jersey) vs Malik Warren (Baltimore)

12. Adam Ali (New Jersey) vs Leroy Payne  (HeadBangers)

13. Jose Rodriguez (New England) vs Deric Davis  (HeadBangers)

14.  Diego Bengochea (New England) vs Quincy Williams (Lyfe Style)

15.  Yasir Harris (Philly) vs Jalil Hackett (Enigma)

16.  Nick Sullivan (Norfolk) vs Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

17.  Rashiem Jefferson II (Philly) vs Lamar Odom (LyfeStyle)

18.  Saleem Kelly (New Jersey) vs Brian Avelar  (Sugar Ray Leonard)

19.  Stacey Selby (Baltimore) vs Max Garland (HeadBangers)

20.  Keon Davis (ABC Boxing) vs Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)

21.  Maurice Winslow (Georgia) vs Lorenzo Simpson (Baltimore)

The card will begin at 7 PM ET. Tickets are $25 General Admission and $40 Ringside. The money for ticket sales will help send 15 boxers who have qualified for the Junior Olympic National Tournament to Charleston, WVA in late June.
The history of the Howard Theatre dates back to 1910 when it was part of the Black Broadway entertainment circuit (also known as the "Chitlin' Circuit").  The Regal Theatre in Baltimore and the Apollo Theatre in New York would later be added to the circuit.  Many of the biggest African-American performers played at the Howard during the theatre's hey day, including Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Nat King Cole along with DC's own Duke Ellington and Marvin Gaye.  The theatre closed down after the riots in 1968 but was reopened in 2012.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Late Result: Baxter Wins Unanimous Decision In North Carolina!

One other result to tell you about from this past weekend. Washington, DC welterweight Jonathan "Bad Badger" Baxter won a four-round unanimous decision over Mychal Bynum of Kinston, NC on May 26th in Raleigh, NC. 

According to reports, Baxter had to avoid not only an early barrage of punches from his opponent but also the food he ate after making weight made him a little nauseous.  Baxter was able to pick up the pace in the bout and bloodied Bynum's nose en route to winning the contest.  No word on the scores.

Baxter is now 6-1, five KO's.  Bynum was making his pro debut.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rivers, Jr. Makes Quiet Return With Unanimous Decision In California!

As we mentioned in the previous post, Landover, MD featherweight Kevin "K-Smoove" Rivers, Jr. made an unheralded return to boxing with a six-round unanimous decision victory over Roberto "Escorpion" Pucheta of La Villa de Cuerámbaro, Mexico during a charity boxing card at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.

Rivers, who had not fought since his sixth-round TKO victory over Angel Aispuro in March of 2016 in Washington, DC, won the bout by scores of 60-54, 58-56 and 59-55 to raise his record to 14-1, 10 KO's.  Pucheta, who returns to the ring on the June 3rd card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD against Marcus Bates, is now 10-11-1, six KO's.

The card raised funds to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and its mission to fund life-changing research, care and awareness for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.  The card was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Pro Boxing Returns To Rosecroft June 3!

The first pro boxing card in June will take place on Saturday, June 3 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  This will be a Kings Promotions card.

Undefeated Kings Promotions signee Mykal "The Professor" Fox will headline the card in an eight-round super lightweight bout against "The Hudson Valley Kid" Daniel Sostre of Highland New York by way of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.  Fox, a native of Forestville, MD (13-0, four KO's), fought on the last King's Promotions card at Rosecroft on February 11th  and won an eight-round majority decision over Tre'Sean Wiggins.  Sostre (13-12-1, five KO's) makes his first appearance of 2017 after dropping an eight-round unanimous decision to Derrieck Cuevas on December 10th in Catano, Puerto Rico in a bout for the vacant WBA Fedecentro Welterweight title.  Sostre will look to break a three-bout losing streak.

In the co-feature, Bowie, MD cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith will be in a six-round bout against Elvin "Koko" Sanchez of Paterson, NJ.  Smith (8-1, seven KO's) is coming off a third-round TKO victory over Carlos Black on March 25th in Washington, DC.  Sanchez (7-3-1, five KO's) has not fought since winning a four-round majority decision over Brad Austin in October of 2014 in North Bergen, NJ.  Sanchez holds a TKO victory over former Beltway Boxer Venroy July that took place in February of 2013 in DC.

Also in a six-rounder, DC featherweight Marcus "The Dream Crusher" Bates will face off with Roberto "Escorpion" Pucheta from La Villa de Cuerambaro, Mexico,  Bates (6-0-1, six KO's), also a Kings Promotions signee, scored a brutal sixth-round TKO over Alec McGee on the February 11th Rosecroft card.  After a tough five rounds, Bates landed the first punch to McGee four seconds into the sixth round and stopped him.  Pucheta (10-11-1, six KO's) will face a Beltway Boxer for the second time in two weeks. Pucheta lost a six-round unanimous decision to the returning Kevin Rivers, Jr. on May 24th during a charity boxing card in Santa Monica, CA.

Forestville, MD super lightweight Tyrek "I.G.B. (I Get Busy)" Irby will battle Brandon "Bam" Sanudo of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico in a six rounder.  Irby (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White on the February 11th Rosecroft card.  Samudo (5-4, two KO's) had a five-bout winning streak snapped with a six-round unanimous decision loss to Thomas Velasquez on May 19th in Philadelphia, PA.

In four-round bouts, Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw of Bowie will take on Mario Perez of Baja California, Mexico in a super lightweight contest.  Outlaw (2-0) comes off a four-round majority decision over Kashon Hutchinson on the February 11th Rosecroft card.  Perez (1-1) lost to the debuting Richardson Hitchins on March 4th in Brooklyn, NY.

Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd returns to action against Alberto Delgado of Roanoke, VA.  Hurd (2-0, one KO) scored his first pro stoppage on the February 11th Rosecroft card when he stopped Dawond Pickney in the second round.  Delgado (0-1-1) lost to the debuting Joey Veazey on October 22 in Winchester, VA.

Suitland, MD super bantamweight Malik Loften makes his pro debut in a four-rounder against Jonel Lorenzo of Newark, NJ.  Loften competed in the Washington Novice Golden Gloves in 2015.  Lorenzo (0-1) has not fought since dropping a four-round majority decision to Michael Stoute in April of 2016 in Huntington, NY.

DC lightweight Jordan "The Kidd" Peters will be in a four-round contest against Bryan Perez-Nevarez of Carolina, Puerto Rico.  Peters (1-0-1, one KO) comes off a four-round majority draw with Hector Bayanilla on April 4th in Bethlehem, PA.   Perez-Nevarez (2-6-1, one KO) will be trying to break a four-bout losing streak including a four-round unanimous decision to Chaise Nelson on May 12th in Philadelphia, PA.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Balogun Wins Unanimous Decision In Florida!

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun made a successful first road trip as he won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Terrence "Big Jim" Marbra of Saint Petersburg, FL on May 26th at the Boca Raton Resort and Spa in Boca Raton, FL.

According to reports, Balogun suffered a flash knockdown early in the bout.  However, Balogun came back to knock Marbra down twice. Balogun went on to win the bout by scores of 59-53 (twice) and 58-54. Balogun is now 11-0, eight KO's.  Marbra falls to 8-5, six KO's.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Balogun Weighs 240 For Friday Bout In Florida!

Mike Balogun weighed in at 240 pounds for his six-round contest against Terrance Mabra Friday at the Boca Raton Resort and Spa in Boca Raton, FL.  Mabra tipped the scales at 217.6 pounds.