Friday, October 31, 2014

Nicholson, Sigmon Hit Scales in Chicago!

Demond Nicholson and Scott Sigmon weighed in for their bouts Saturday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.

Nicholson tipped the scales at 160 1/2 for his six-round contest against Lekan Byfield who came in at 159 1/2.

Sigmon weighed in at 160 pounds for his 10-round encounter with Caleb Truax, who weighed 166 1/2.  Originally, this bout was slated to be on the Showtime Extreme channel but that will not happen at this point.

Weights From DC!

Here is the scale watch for the All-In-Entertainment card on Saturday, November 1 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC:

Dusty Hernandez Harrison 146 vs. Michael Clark 149

Joshua Davis 131 vs. John Wampash 131

Dwayne McRae 239 vs. Grover Young 259

Myke Fox 136 vs. Sean Lockhart 136

Brandon Quarles 162 vs. Dennis Sharpe 163

Emanuel Johnson 135 vs. Patrick Chaffin 127

Jarrett Hurd 154 vs. Larry Cade (will weigh in later)


Larry Recio weighed in at 150 pounds, however, he is still waiting on an opponent.

Ballard, Roach, Jr. Score First Round TKO's In Plymouth!


(Photos by Luke Runion)

On the undercard of the Andrew Farmer-Danny O'Connor bout at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA, two more Beltway Boxers scored first-round victories.

Temple Hills, MD light heavyweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard scored a first-round stoppage when his opponent, Thomas Gifford of Hot Springs, AR, broke his ankle backpedaling away from Ballard.  Gifford was taken out of the ring on a stretcher.

Ballard is now 7-0, six KO's while Gifford drops to 2-3-1, one KO.


Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. (with his father, Lamont, Sr.) made short work of Rafael Francis of Boston, MA knocking him down three times en route to a first-round TKO. Roach landed a brutal left hook to end the bout.

Roach is now 4-0, two KO's while Francis is now 0-2.

Both boxers are slated to be on a card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on December 6.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Farmer Stopped In Fourth In Plymouth, MA!

Front Royal, VA welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer had a tough night tonight at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA.  Hometown hero Danny O'Connor stopped Farmer at 2:33 of the fourth round in front of a wildly partisan crowd and a nationally televised (Fox Sports 1) audience.

O'Connor was very aggressive throughout the contest landing hard shots to Farmer's head and body.  A series of shots forced Farmer to take a knee in the second round.  In the fourth round, the two clashed heads and O'Connor suffered a cut along the right eye.  However, O'Connor maintained his aggression and landed a brutal body shot that dropped Farmer again to one knee.  Farmer did not beat the referee's count and the bout was stopped.

Farmer's record drops to 18-3, seven KO's while O'Connor rises to 24-2, eight KO's.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Update on November 15 Patriot Center Card!

There's a lot of movement as we update the Patriot Center card for Saturday, November 15.

WIBA Welterweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA has an opponent for her title defense on this card.  The undefeated Nelson will face Victoria "La Reina De Guerra" Cisneros of Albuquerque, NM in a 10-round contest.  This will be Nelson's fourth title defense this year.

Cisneros (11-16-2, four KO's) will be participating in a world title bout for the sixth time in her career including her last four appearances.  Cisneros has faced a who's who of prominent female boxers including Holly Holm, Cecilia Braekhus, Chevelle Hallback and Mary McGee.

Also, Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike Balogun has been added to the card.  The former NFL linebacker made his pro debut on October 23 and scored a second-round TKO in Washington, DC.

Two Beltway Boxers who were scheduled to be on the card will not participate.  Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley could not get a suitable opponent and Todd "White Lightning" Wilson hurt his ankle in training.

Ronald Hearns is also off the card and he will be replaced in his bout against Jonathan Reid by Thomas Brown of York, SC (15-4-2, nine KO's).

Hernandez Harrison Honored By DC City Council!


Undefeated Washington, DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison was recently honored by the DC City Council in a formal recognition ceremony.

The Council congratulated Harrison on his many accomplishments as a pro boxer including holding the WBC Youth Welterweight title as well as for his contributions to the city in and out of the ring.

Following background and introductions by Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Hernandez Harrison said, “It’s an honor to receive recognition from a City that I love so much.”

Harrison (23-0, 12 KO's) will take on Michael "Cold Blood" Clark of Columbus, OH in the 10-round main event on Saturday, November 1 at DAR Constitution Hall in DC.  Harrison will talk about the card tonight on News Channel 8's Sports Talk at 9 PM ET.

The weigh-in for the card is open to the public and will be held at TKO Burger, 2350 Washington PL in Northeast DC on Friday, October 31.  The event begins at 3:00 PM.

By the way, Tony Jeter and Jimmy Lange will both appear on News Channel 8's Sports Talk on Wednesday, November 5 to talk about their Saturday, November 15 rematch at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cummings Wins Unanimous Decision Over Mack In New Jersey!

It's been a good weekend for Beltway Boxers in New Jersey.  On Friday night, Antoine Douglas and Glenn Dezurn captured victories in Somerset.  Then on Saturday night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ, Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Cory "Black Ice" Cummings won a six-round unanimous decision over Yusef "Mack Attack" Mack of Philadelphia, PA.

Here is a report on the bout from Kurt Wolfheimer of Fightnews.com:

Cummings came out strong and immediately muscled Mack to the ropes. Surprisingly, Mack got caught while exchanging and dropped to his knees from two left hooks. Mack rose to his feet and Cummings attacked like a bull, but Mack put him to the canvas with a right hand. Referee Sammy Viruet incorrectly called it a slip and wiped off the gloves. The shorter Cummings was glued to Mack’s chest and continued to bang away. In the final thirty seconds, Mack turned it around with a huge right hand that forced Cummings to fall into the ropes. It should have been scored another knockdown, but veteran referee Sammy Viruet missed the call again by not calling anything.


Cummings looked out of gas in the second round as Mack with his back to the ropes banged two good body shots. Mack did not continue the attack, as he was also running on empty. Cummings turned him around and did some good work off his own. Mack would not get off the ropes, as he chose to fight the bowling ball-like Cummings fight. Mack eventually slipped away, but was again caught with a big shot and was taking a beating against the ropes as the round came to a close.

Mack sent Cummings into the ropes with a good right hand again in the third round. Cummings looked like he knew he could pull the upset and seemed energized as he continued to bang away on the inside. Mack slipped out and stood up Cummings with a left on the button. It would not stop Cummings, who just kept pressing forward. Mack finally began to gain his rhythm in the closing minute with sharp single shots.

It was battle of wills in the fourth, with Cummings pushing Mack to the ropes, but he would not quit and banged his opponent to slide off the ropes. Mack looked to be turning the tide by stepping out of range while landing single shots. Cummings would not let up though and again did his work whenever Mack laid on the ropes.

Cummings was on him like a wet suit, banging away as the fifth round began. Mack tried to regain his composure and box, but Cummings kept his head pressed against his chest. The former USBA champ finally found his mark with a big right as both traded. Mack hurt him again with a right hook. Cummings recovered quickly and got back inside, where he could stay away from Mack’s power until the bell sounded to end the round.

Mack tried desperately to land the big shot in the sixth and final round. He found his mark with a big right hand up top, but Cummings was steel chinned and came back with a left off he own. Mack swung away with a few more good shots, but just couldn’t hurt Cummings as the final bell sounded to end the fight.

The score were tallied and all three judges saw it in favor of Cory Cummings by scores of 59-54, 58-56 and 57-56 respectively.

Cummings is now 18-7-1, 13 KO's while Mack falls to 31-8-2, 17 KO's.

Mike Balogun, Former NFL Player, Makes Successful Pro Boxing Debut!

A private boxing show (not open to the media) held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC on October 23 showcased the debut of a new Beltway Boxer with an interesting background.

Former NFL linebacker Mike Balogun scored a second-round TKO over the equally debuting Maurice Womack on a card put on by Alarm.com during their annual conference.  Balogun is a native of Upper Marlboro, MD who played college football at Lackawanna Junior College and the University of Oklahoma. Balogun lost his eligibility in 2009 when the NCAA ruled Balogun played with a Maryland minor league team after he turned 21.

Balogun was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and also played for Washington, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Dallas and Indianapolis.

Also on the card, DC super featherweight "The Lion of Sri Lanka" Nuwan Jayakody stopped Arthur Parker of Lancaster, PA in the fourth round.  Jayakody evens his record at 4-4-1, three KO's.  Parker falls to 1-12-1, one KO.

Frederick, MD light heavyweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor won a six-round unanimous decision over Rayco "War" Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA.  Pryor is now 9-9, five KO's while Saunders drops to 23-26-2, 10 KO's.

The main event saw Aaron Pryor, Jr. of Cincinnati, OH and Marcus Upshaw of Jacksonville, FL battle to an eight-round draw.  Pryor, whose hall of fame father was in attendance, now has a record of 19-7-1, 12 KO's while Upshaw's record is 17-13-3, eight KO's.

According to eyewitnesses, the most exciting contest was the ladies bout between super flyweights Mikayla "MK Ultra" Nebel of Las Vegas, NV and Marisol "La Chihuahua" Miranda of Hollywood, FL.  Nebel won her first pro bout with a six-round unanimous decision over Miranda.   Nebel is now 1-6 while Miranda falls to 5-8-1, one KO.



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Douglas, Dezurn Victorious In New Jersey!

Antoine "Action" Douglas and Glenn Dezurn scored victories on a card at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, NJ on Friday.

In the main event, Douglas, a middleweight from Burke, VA, stopped a very game Jose "Stinger" Medina of Tilden, NH at 42 seconds of the sixth round. According to noted boxing writer Jack Obermayer, Douglas hit Tilden with every punch in the book, especially in the latter stages of the contest. Newly re-appointed New Jersey Commission Boxing Chair Larry Hazzard forced the referee to stop the contest.

Douglas remains undefeated at 15-0-1, 10 KO's while Medina drops to 18-16-1, seven KO's.

Dezurn, a featherweight from Baltimore, MD, won a four-round unanimous decision over Joshua Reyes of Millville, NJ. Obermayer said Dezurn showed great hand speed in his combinations and Reyes offered very little resistance.  All three judges scored a shutout for Dezurn, 40-36.

Dezurn is now 5-0, three KO's.  Reyes falls to 5-3, two KO's.

Results From Rosecroft!

Here are the results from the Keystone Boxing card Friday night at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. remained undefeated with a sixth-round TKO over Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico in the main event.  Rivers was solid throughout as he used a crisp jab and precise body shots to eventually break Garcia-Rios down.  The bout was eventually stopped at 2:19 of the sixth round.

Rivers is now 10-0, seven KO's while Garcia-Rios drops to 4-3, one KO.

In the co-feature, Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July was stopped in the second round by Tony "Boom Boom" Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA,  July's lack of power proved to be the undoing as he could not keep the powerful Ferrante away.  After Ferrante felt July's punches in the first round, he came right after July in the second, staggering July around the ring.  Ferrante finished his work with a brutal straight right hand that toppled July back-first to the canvas.  July tried to get to his feet but couldn't and the bout was stopped at 1:26.

July is now 16-2-3, six KO's while Ferrante is 14-6, nine KO's.

Junior welterweight Patrick Harris of DC won a tough, four-round majority decision over Jeffrey Ramos of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Harris had a difficult time with his defense as Ramos landed some tough shots to the body.  However, Harris's offense was the difference especially in the first and final rounds as he was able to use his jab very efficiently.  Judge Don Risher saw an even contest at 38-38 but he was overruled by judges Brent Bovell and John Gradowski who saw the bout for Harris at 39-37.

Harris goes the distance for the first time in his young pro career and he is now 3-0, two KO's.  Ramos's record evens at 3-3, two KO's,

Junior lightweight Cobia "Soldier" Breedy of Bridgetown, Barbados made his pro debut a successful one as he won a four-round unanimous decision over Thomas "The Animal" Herrera of Las Vegas, NV.

Breedy, who fought in front of a host of supporters including the Barbadian Ambassador to the United States, used very quick hands to keep Herrera off balance.  Herrera tried to make the contest an ugly one but got beat up in the process.  Breedy dropped Herrera twice in the latter stages of the contest but Herrera was upright at the final bell.  All three judges scored a shutout, 40-36 and 40-35 (twice).

Herrera is now 3-13-1, one KO.

Capitol Heights, MD light heavyweight Shaborn Ryals scored his first professional knockout stopping David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Grand Rapids, MI at 1:04 of the first round.

Ryals dominated early, throwing a nice right hand to the body that dropped Rohn to his knees twice en route to the victory.  Ryals is now 2-0, one KO while Rohn is 0-2-1, two NC's.

DC featherweight Marcus "The Dreamcrusher" Bates stopped a game Edgardo Marin of Humacao, Puerto Rico at 1:08 of the fourth round.

Bates and Marin fought on even terms during the first two rounds, however Bates picked up the pace in the second half of the contest, knocking down Marin in the third and fourth rounds with right hands.  The bout was stopped at 1:08 of the fourth.

Bates is now 3-0-1, three KO's while Marin is 0-3-1.

In the opening bout, Rockville, MD cruiserweight Mario Flores won a four-round split decision over 39-year old debuting Marcellus "O.G. Superpug" Yates of DC,

Flores established his jab in the first two rounds.  Yates responded with some crushing right hands that backed Flores up at times.  The two traded crisp punches throughout the duration of the contest, with Flores gaining enough of an advantage to win the contest 39-37 on two scorecards.  One judge saw the bout 39-37 for Yates.

Flores's record improves to 6-1-2, four KO's.

Among those attending the card were The Peterson Brothers, Beltway Boxing legends Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson and Keith Holmes as well as former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout.

Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up. I am joined by Rich Quiniones of GoFightLive.tv.





Friday, October 24, 2014

Amateurs In Action During Fall Session!

During the busy Beltway Boxing fall session, the amateurs will not be left out.  There are two amateur boxing cards coming up in the next two weeks.

One card will be on Saturday, October 25 at Nicholas Orem Middle School, located at 6100 Editors Park in Hyattsville, MD.  The show begins at 4 PM.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Call 202-374-1411 for details.

There will also be a card on Saturday, November 1 at the Capital Club House located at 3033 Waldorf Market Place in Waldorf, MD.  The first bout will be at 6 PM.  Tickets are $10 general admission for kids (ages 6-13) $15 for adults.  Ringside tickets are $25 for kids and $35 for adults.  VIP/Balcony tickets are $45 for kids and $55 for adults.  For more information, call 202-568-2452.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weights From Somerset, NJ!

Antoine Douglas and Glenn Dezurn weighed in for their bouts tomorrow at the Ukranian Cultural Center in Somerset, NJ.

Douglas weighed in at 162 pounds for the eight-round main event bout with Jose Medina, who tipped the scales at 163 pounds.

Dezurn came in at 125 pounds for his four-round contest against Raymond Chacon who came in at 124 pounds.

This card will be shown live on GoFightLive.TV  (again, the Keystone Boxing card will be a delayed broadcast).  The broadcast costs $14.99.

Weights From Rosecroft!

Here is the scale watch for the Keystone Boxing card on Friday, October 24 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Kevin Rivers, Jr. 127 1/2 vs. Karl Garcia-Rios 127 1/2

Venroy July 198 vs. Tony Ferrante 198 1/2

Patrick Harris 136 1/2 vs. Jeffrey Ramos 136

Shaborn Ryals 173 vs. David Rohn 166

Marcus Bates 125 vs. Edgardo Marin 122

Mario Flores 180 1/2 vs. Marcellus Yates 176 1/2

Cobia Breedy 128 1/2 vs. Thomas Herrera 131

The card is slated to begin at 7:30 PM.  Once again, if you can't be at Rosecroft, join us on the internet on GoFightLive.  You can purchase the card for $14.99 by going to www.gfl.tv.  I will be on the call alongside play-by-play broadcaster Rich Quiniones, therefore I will not be blogging as frequently tomorrow night.  I have just been told that the card will NOT be shown live.


Kisner Signs With GCP Promotions!



(Photo by Juan Marshall)

Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner has signed a promotional contract with Greg Cohen Promotions of New Jersey.

Kisner (13-1-1, five KO's) last fought on July 18 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Pedro Martinez in Hanover, PA.  The bout was Kisner's first since suffering his first pro loss -- a six-round split decision to undefeated Junior Anthony Wright in Chicago, IL in August of 2013.

Kisner joins a growing number of Beltway Boxers who have or currently work under the GCP banner over the years including Hasim Rahman, Maurice Byarm, Antoine Douglas, Jerry Odom, Glenn Dezurn and Cecil McCalla.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Who Wins Jeter-Lange Rematch?

Here is another poll for fans.  This one concerns the rematch between Tony "Mo Better" Jeter and Jimmy Lange on Saturday, November 15 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.  How do you see this rematch ending?  Cast your vote here.  Also, take a look at some of the pictures of the first bout courtesy of Juan Marshall.



Hurd Signs With Haymon!

(photo by Juan Marshall)

Undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd has become the latest Beltway Boxer to sign with uber-boxing manager Al Haymon.

Hurd (12-0, seven KO's) has improved steadily in his three years as a professional.  Hurd had the Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year in 2013 when he stopped George Armenta on December 6 in Fort Washington, MD.

Hurd returns to action on Saturday, November 1 when he takes on Terry Cade of Aiken, SC (4-6-1, two KO's) in a six-round bout at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

Haymon now has 11 Beltway Boxers under contract.  Hurd joins a list featuring The Peterson Brothers, Gary Russell, Jr. Thomas Williams, Dominic Wade, Gervonta Davis, Kareem Martin, David Grayton, Phil Jackson Benson and Danny Kelly.

Monday, October 20, 2014

T. Douglas Challenges For Vacant WIBA Super Flyweight Title November 13 in Baltimore!

Baltimore, MD's Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas will get an opportunity for her first world title on Thursday, November 13 when she moves up in weight to challenge Christina Ruiz of San Antonio, TX for the vacant WIBA Super Flyweight title at the Royal Farms Arena (formerly the Baltimore Arena) in Baltimore.

The undefeated Douglas (7-0, three KO's) has scored back-to-back first-round knockouts in her last two contests.  This will be Douglas's first time competing in a scheduled 10-round contest as she tries to be the fifth female Beltway Boxer to win a world title (joining current champions Tori Nelson and Jennifer Salinas and former champions Isra Girgrah Wynn and Lisa Foster Cohen).

Ruiz (7-6-3, four KO's) will be the most experienced boxer Douglas has faced.  Not only has Ruiz had more pro bouts, she has also faced better competition en route to winning a world title of her own (the IFBA Bantamweight title).  Ruiz has battled such notables as Jennifer Han, Alicia Ashley, Kaliesha West and Emily Klinefelter.

We will post the rest of this card later in the week.

Bratton Scores Knockout In Pennsylvania; Jackson Takes Bronze In Finland!

A couple of late results from the weekend:  Baltimore, MD heavyweight Aaron Bratton scored a fourth-round TKO over the debuting Chin Achebe of Long Island, NY on October 18 at the Dunmore Community Center in Scranton, PA.  The bout was stopped at 2:31.

With the win, Bratton evens his record at 2-2 and scores his first pro knockout.

In amateur action, flyweight Malik Jackson of DC won a bronze medal at the 2014 Tammer Tournament in Tampere, Finland. Jackson won his preliminary bout against Ali Srour of Norway. However, he lost his semi-final match against Enrico La Cruz of the Netherlands.

Update On October 24 Card at Rosecroft!

The Keystone Boxing card on Friday, October 24 is now complete.
As BATB reported earlier, undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. returns to action in the six-round main event. Rivers (9-0, six KO's) will take on Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico (4-2, one KO).

Rivers is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Xavier Montelongo on June 13 at Rosecroft. Garcia-Rios won a four-round split decision over previously undefeated Pedro Vicente on March 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Garcia-Rios will be led to to the ring by former two-division WBO champion Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon who is making his debut as a head trainer.

The co-feature will match Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July against Tony Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round battle. July (16-1-3, six KO's) fought to an eight-round draw against Quantis Graves on April 12 in Baltimore, MD. Ferrante (12-6, seven KO's) is winless in his last five bouts.

Rookie junior welterweight Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD will take on Jeffrey Ramos of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a four-round contest. Harris (2-0, two KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Michael Doyle on July 18 at Rosecroft. Ramos (3-2, two KO's) was stopped in the third round against Luis Olivares on March 14 in Kissimmee, FL.

Also, DC featherweight Marcus "The Animal" Bates goes against Edgardo Marin of Humacao, Puerto Rico in another four-rounder. Bates (2-0-1, two KO's) battled to a four-round draw against Stephon McIntyre on January 17 at Rosecroft. Marin (0-2-1) has fought in back-to-back split decisions, losing one and one ending in a draw.

Three more bouts are slated for the card.  Capitol Heights, MD light heavyweight Shaborn Ryals will battle David Rohn of Grand Rapids, MI in a four-round contest.  Ryals (2-0) will battle for the first time as a pro on the DC side of the Beltway.  The last bout for Ryals was a four-round unanimous decision victory over Lamont Capers on November 23 in Baltimore.  Rohn (0-2-1, two NC) lost a four-round unanimous decision to James Ballard on October 3 in Detroit, MI.

The card will also feature the debut of Bridgetown, Barbados featherweight Cobia Breedy who will face Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL (2-8).  Breedy is a former amateur champion on the island of Barbados.  Smith makes his second straight trip to Rosecroft Raceway.  Smith lost a four-round majority decision to Emanuel Johnson on July 18.

Woodbridge, VA cruiserweight Mario "Bazooka" Flores will return quickly to action when he faces the debuting Marcellus "O.G. Superpug" Yates of Oxon Hill, MD in a four-round contest.  Flores (5-1, four KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Christian Pittman on October 11 in Springfield, VA.  Yates makes his pro debut at the age of 39.

If you can't come to the card in person, the card will be streamed live on GoFightLive.tv. for $14.99.  Yours truly will provide color commentary on the broadcast joining play-by-play broadcaster Rich Quiniones.  Because of these added duties, I may not be able to blog results until after the card is over.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beltway Boxing Hometown Schedule!

We will mark the last three months of Beltway Boxing 2014 with no less than EIGHT pro cards between October 24 and December 6!

This does not include the private card that is being held at the Renaissance Hotel in DC on Thursday, October 23.  No fans or media are allowed at that event.

My writing partner, Juan Marshall, has the majority of the schedule listed on his blog, ProAm Fight Talk.  That list, with the accompanying posters, can be found here:  http://proamfighttalk.blogspot.com/2014/10/beltway-boxing-area-upcoming-fight-cards.html   Some of these cards (October 24, November 1 and November 15) we have talked about in some detail.

We also have the two annual charity boxing cards -- the eighth Annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation card on Thursday, November 6 at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD and the 25th anniversary of Fight Night at the Washington Hilton Hotel in DC on Thursday, November 13.

By the way, the Royal Farms Arena, where the Baltimore card is taking place on November 13, is the new name for the downtown Baltimore Arena -- or for you old heads like me, the Baltimore Civic Center.

Beltway Boxers Making Fall Traveling Arrangements!

A number of Beltway Boxers will hit the road in the next few weeks, many scheduled to appear on some marquee cards.  Here's the list as we know it now (bouts subject to change):

Saturday, October 18 -- Undefeated Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom (12-0, 11 KO's) is slated to headline a card at the Dunmore Community Center in Scranton, PA.  No word yet on an opponent for this scheduled eight-round contest.

Friday, October 24 -- Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas and Baltimore, MD featherweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. will participate on a card at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, NJ.  Douglas (14-0-1, nine KO's) will be in the eight-round main event against Jose "Stinger" Medina of Tilton, NH by way of Mexico (18-15-1, seven KO's).  Douglas is coming off the 10-round draw against Michel Soro on July 25 in Verona, NY.  Medina has lost three of his last four.

Dezurn (4-0, three KO's) will face Joshua Reyes of Millville, NJ (5-2, two KO's) in a four-round encounter.  Dezurn scored a first-round TKO over Andre Canada on July 25 in Verona, NY.  Reyes last fought on February 12 and lost a six-round unanimous decision to Bryant Cruz in New York City.

Saturday, October 25 -- Baltimore light heavyweight Cory "Black Ice" Cummings will battle Yusef "The Mack Attack" Mack of Philadelphia, PA at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ. The bout is a scheduled six-rounder.  Cummings (17-7-1, 13 KO's) and Mack (31-7-2, 17 KO's) will try to break three-bout losing streaks.

 Thursday, October 30 -- We've already told you about this one -- Front Royal, VA junior welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer will battle Danny O'Connor in a 10-round, nationally-televised (Fox Sports 1) main event bout at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA.

Now comes word that two more Beltway Boxers have been added to the undercard -- super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard of Temple Hills, MD (6-0, five KO's) and lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD (3-0, one KO).  Neither man has an opponent for their bout.

Saturday, November 1 -- undefeated Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson (10-0, 10 KO's) makes his first trip away from the Beltway as he has been added to the card at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.  No word yet on his opponent.

Also on that card, Lynchburg, VA middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon (24-5-1, 13 KO's) takes on Caleb "Golden" Truax of Osseo, MN (24-1-2, 14 KO's) in a 10-round contest.  That bout will be part of the Showtime Extreme telecast.

Saturday, November 29 -- Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed (11-0, six KO's) travels to the Century Link Center in Omaha, NE for his first scheduled eight-round contest.  No word yet on his opponent.

This card will be on the undercard of a world title doubleheader -- Terence Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title against Raymundo Beltran and Evgeny Gradovich puts his IBF Featherweight title on the line against Jayson Velez.  This will be an HBO-televised card but no word if Reed's bout will be televised.

This out-of-town schedule, combined with what we have scheduled in the area, will make for a fun last three months of the year!  We'll have the Beltway schedule later on today.




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

November 1 'Hometown Takeover' Card Coming Together!

The All-In Entertainment card slated for Saturday, November 1 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC is coming together.

As BATB mentioned earlier, main eventer Dusty Hernandez Harrison of DC will have a new opponent for this contest as Hector Munoz, Harrison's scheduled opponent for the card's original date of September 27, could not participate on this date.

The new opponent for Harrison (23-0, 12 KO's) in this scheduled 10-round contest will be veteran Michael "Cold Blood" Clark of Columbus, OH (44-11-1, 18 KO's).   Harrison is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Wilfredo Acuna on July 26 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.   Clark, a cast member of the second season of The Contender, has been stopped in four of his last five contests.

There are four six-round bouts scheduled for the card.  Undefeated Landover, MD junior middleweight "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio will battle Roberto Lopez of Kissimmee, FL.  Recio (7-0, five KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Grayson Blake on July 24 in Fort Washington, MD.  Lopez (4-7-2, one KO's) will be facing a Beltway Boxer for the third time.  Lopez lost by four-round unanimous decision to David Grayton in October of 2013 in DC and was stopped by Mike Reed in the third round in July of last year in Fort Washington.

In heavyweight action, "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae will face off against Grover Young of Memphis, TN.  McRae (14-3, eight KO's) is looking for his fifth straight victory.  McRae stopped Zeferino Albino in the third round in his last bout on May 17 in Annandale, VA.  Young (8-13-1, five KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with his first-round knockout victory over Mathan Hester on September 20 in Memphis.

Undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd returns to action against Terry Cade of Aiken, SC.  Hurd (12-0, seven KO's) stopped Joshua Robertson in the first round on June 13 in Fort Washington.  Cade (4-6-1, two KO's) will try to break a four-bout losing streak as he faces an undefeated boxer for the fourth time in his last five contests.

In another six-round contest, "The Pride of Alexandria" Brandon Quarles of Alexandria, VA will take on Dennis Sharpe of Bayonne, NJ.  Quarles (13-3-1, five KO's) will look to bounce back from his eight-round unanimous decision loss to Corey Rodriguez on August 2 in Carlton, MN.  Sharpe (17-13-4, four KO's) will make his second straight trip to DC.  In his last outing, Sharpe was stopped in the fourth round by Demond Nicholson.

Rookie lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD will battle veteran Sean Lockhart of Columbia, SC in a four-round bout.  Fox (3-0, one KO) scored his first professional knockout in his last outing with a third-round TKO over Mason Wicket on July 18 in Fort Washington, MD.  Lockhart (5-23-2, two KO's) also makes a quick return to DC after dropping a six-round unanimous decision to Bobby Gunn, Jr. on August 9.

Fort Washington super bantamweight Marq "The Monster" Johns will be in another four-rounder against Jesus Gonzales of Bethlehem, PA.  Johns (4-0-1, four KO's) has stopped his last four opponents.  Gonzales (2-9, two KO's) has gone the distance in four of his last five contests but has lost five in a row.

Also, lightweight Emanuel "Jab" Johnson of Brandywine, MD will take on the debuting Patrick Chaffin of Memphis, TN.  Johnson (2-0) won a four-round majority decision over Calvin Smith on July 18 in Fort Washington.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bouts Added To November 15 Patriot Center Card!

Some interesting bouts have been added to the Saturday, November 15 card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

In an all-Virginia junior welterweight showdown, "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk of Alexandria battles Juan "The Savior' Rodriguez of Haymarket in a six-round contest.  Polischuk (6-1-1, two KO's) just fought on October 11 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Benjamin Olinga at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  Rodriguez (5-2-1, four KO's) returns to action for the first time since October of 2012 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Damon Antoine in Arlington, VA.

Also on the card, undefeated Frederick, MD super middleweight Devar "The Warrior" Ferhadi returns to action in a four-round bout against veteran Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA. The last outing for Ferhadi (3-0, two KO's) was in April of 2013 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over PJ Cajigas in Upper Marlboro, MD.  Noriega (3-11, three KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with a first-round knockout win over Cam Hoback on October 4 in Lynchburg.

Two out-of-town veterans will face each other in a special attraction contest.  "The Chosen One" Ronald Hearns of Southfield, MI battles Jonathan "Reid Dawg" Reid of Nashville, TN.  Both men are in desperate need of a win -- Hearns (26-5, 20 KO's) has been stopped in each of his last four bouts while Reid (35-15, 19 KO's) has just one win in his last 11 contests.

Hearns, the son of hall of fame champion Thomas Hearns, has ties to the DC area as he played basketball at American University.  Reid makes his fourth trip to the Patriot Center and his last bout was in the greater Beltway region when he was stopped in the eighth round against Scott Sigmon in Winchester, VA.

This card features the rematch between Tony Jeter and Jimmy Lange along with bouts featuring DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson and Todd "White Lightning" Wilson.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Remembering Tracy Thorpe!




(Photos courtesy of the South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing)

We need more people in the Beltway Boxing community like Tracy Thorpe.  Yes, we have so many people who care about our young boxers.  However, Tracy cared enough to not let them get away with anything.

Whether she was in the ring as a referee or outside the ring as a judge or as an administrator, Tracy defined the term "no-nonsense" during her 17 years with the South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing. She was a true leader in every sense of the word.  Nothing got past her and no matter how hectic things got, she never got rattled and she always kept the boxers first.

Tracy was a lifetime member of Ring 101 and the first woman and African-American to receive the organization's Harry Jaffra award for meritorious service.  That was an example of the type of leader and person she was.




Tracy suffered a stroke in September of 2012 and, being the fighter she was, she battled.  In July of 2013 at a card at Coppin State University, Tracy made an appearance and looked wonderful. This picture has her alongside Calvin Ford. That was my last time having an opportunity to talk to her and I was proud of the way she fought back.

Eventually, however, Tracy lost her battle this past Friday on what would have been her 64th birthday.  Tracy's memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 18 at:

First Baptist Church of Guilford
7504 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD

The service will begin at 9:30 AM.  

Thank you for everything, Tracy.  You will truly be missed.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Polischuk Captures Virginia State Title!

Yurii Polischuk captured a six-round unanimous decision over Benjamin Olinga to win the Virginia State Junior Welterweight title.

Polischuk simply landed the harder and crisper punches against the game Olinga.  Polischuk won the bout by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-54.  Polischuk is now 6-1-1, two KO's.  Olinga is now 1-9.

Good night from Springfield!

Quigley Stops Coney In One!

Gerome Quigley had an easy time defeating Cedric Coney at 2:57 of the first round. 

Quigley had to chase Coney around a little bit before he finally landed a couple of rights that stopped Coney and dropped him to his knees. 

Quigley is now 5-0, four KO's.  Coney is 3-2.

Main event is next for the Virginia State Junior Welterweight Title --"The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk (5-1-1, two KO's vs. Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga (1-8). Six rounds.

Sawyer Drops Chambers Twice For First-Round Victory!

Mike Sawyer scored two knockdowns en route to an easy first-round stoppage of Nate Chambers.

Sawyer fended off the charging offense of Chambers to drop him twice with right hands.  The bout was stopped at 1:07.

Sawyer is now 6-3, three KO's.  Chambers is 0-2.

Co-feature is next: Gerome Quigley of Montgomery Village, MD 4-0, three KO's battles Cedric Coney (3-1) of Kannapolis.

Reyes Stops Stewart In Two!

Edwin Reyes has stopped Tyron Stewart at 40 seconds of the second round.

After an awkward first round, Reyes put on the pressure and dropped Stewart with a right hand.  Stewart beat the count but was in no condition to continue.

Reyes remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO's.  Stewart is now 3-3.

Next up: "Money" Mike Sawyer of Winter Park, FL by way of Culpepper, VA (5-3, three KO's) battles Nate Chambers of Kannapolis, NC (0-1). Four rounds, light heavyweights.

Reyes Battles Stewart As Action Resumes In Springfield!

We are back in action at the ABC Sports Complex as Edwin "El Matador" Reyes of Laurel, MD (4-0, three KO's) faces Tyron Stewart of Kannapolis, NC (3-2). Four rounds, Junior lightweights.

Cepeda Stops Gonzalez in Five!

Jonathon Cepeda scored a fifth-round TKO over a game Lester Gonzalez. 

Cepeda dropped Gonzalez in the fourth round with a vicious right hand.  The fifth round saw Cepeda stagger Gonzalez with another right.  Gonzalez fell to the canvas and the bout was stopped at 1:57.

Cepeda is now 15-1, 13 KO's while Gonzalez is 12-15-4, six KO's.

We are now at intermission.

Flores Blasts Pittman In One!

We have yet another candidate for Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year.  Mario Flores used a brutal right hand to drop Christian Pittman three times en route to a first-round stoppage.

Early in the first, Flores dropped Pittman with a solid right hand.  Moments later, Flores used the same punch with the same result.

As soon as Pittman got up from the second knockdown, Flores came roaring out of the neutral corner, right hand cocked.  Flores rushed over and fired the right hand landing flush on Pittman's jaw and knocking him out.  The bout was immediately stopped at 1:51.

Flores is now 5-1-2, four KO's.  Pittman drops to 3-5.

Now in the ring, Jonathan "El Conquistador" Cepeda of New York City (14-1, 12 KO's) takes on Lester "El Cubanito" Gonzalez of San Diego, CA.  Eight rounds, super middleweights.

Farmer Stops Coca In First; Williamson Wins in Second!

Our first two bouts have completed.  Tevin Farmer stopped Dominic Coca at 1:41 in the first round.  Farmer dropped Coca with a left hook early in the first then completed the job with a left to the body.

Farmer is now 17-4, three KO's while Coca is 8-10, two KO's.

Our second contest is one of the few knockouts caused by sheer exhaustion of the losing boxer simply because he was trying so hard to avoid being hit.

At 6'7" and 250 pounds, Columbia, MD heavyweight Stan Williamson had a huge size over opponent Juwan Love of Concord, NC, who was making his pro debut.  Love was determined to avoid the possibly punishing blows of Williamson.

So he ran around the ring.  And ran. And landed a couple of punches, followed by more running. Williamson landed some punches but Love kept running and dodging.  So much so that he got tired enough that the combination of punches and running made him take a knee.  Seconds later, Love took another knee for the 10-count and the bout was over at 1:20 of the second round.

Williamson is now 3-0, three KO's.

Up next:  Mario "Bazooka" Flores (4-1-2, three KO's takes on Christian Pittman of Baton Rouge, LA (3-4). Four rounds, light heavyweights.

Good Evening, Once Again, From Springfield, VA!

Hi again from the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA for the joint promotion with Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions.  This is our second visit to the ABC Complex in two weeks -- we were here for the Ponytail Promotions card featuring Tori Nelson and Tyrieshia Douglas on September 27.

Speaking of Douglas, she needed just 44 seconds to dispatch of Shanna Allen in Winston- Salem, NC tonight.  Douglas is now 7-0, three KO's.

We are almost ready to get underway with our first bout -- "The American Idol" Tevin Farmer of Philadelphia, PA (16-4, three KO's) battles Dominic Coca (8-9, two KO's) of Watts, CA. Eight rounds, junior lightweights.

Martin Wins Unanimous Decision; McCombs Falls In First in Kentucky!

Kareem Martin won a four-round unanimous decision Friday night at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, KY.  Martin defeated Domonique Foster of Columbus, OH to raise his record to 3-0-1, two KO's while Foster dropped to 1-5-1.

Also on the card, Richard McCombs was stopped in the first round by undefeated light heavy Donald Anderson of Columbus.  Anderson is now 6-0, two KO's while McCombs falls to 1-6, one KO.

T. Douglas, M. Taylor Hit Scales In North Carolina and Kansas!

Two Beltway Boxers weighed in Friday for bouts in North Carolina and Kansas.

Tyrieshia Douglas and her opponent Shanna Allen both weighed 118 pounds for their contest at the Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym in Winston-Salem, NC.  Douglas is 6-0, two KO's while Allen is 0-2.

At the Beech Activity Center in Wichita, KS, Maxell Taylor (18-8-1, eight KO's) weighed in at 183 pounds for his contest against undefeated Jeff Page, Jr. (14-0, nine KO's) for the UBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title.  Page tipped the scales at 174.  We mention the title because, since Taylor came in over the light heavyweight limit, he is ineligible to win the title.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tracy Thorpe, Long-Time Member of South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing, Passes!

We will have a full obituary on her in the next couple of days but I just wanted to get the word out that one of the true gems of the Beltway amateur scene has passed away.

Tracy Thorpe, a long-time member of the South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing, died Friday evening on what would reportedly have been her 63rd birthday.

As I said, I will have a full obit on Tracy but suffice it to say, she was a wonderful person who was no-nonsense when it came to what went on during an amateur card.  As many of her co-workers have said, she was the glue that kept many cards together.  To say she will be truly missed is an understatement.

I will have more to say in the next few days.  BATB sends its deepest condolences to the family.

Weights From Springfield!

Here is the scale watch for the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, October 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Yurii Polischuk 140 vs. Benjamin Olinga 140

Stan Williamson 249 vs. Juwan Love 202

Mario Flores 181 vs. Christian Pittman 175

Edwin Reyes 135 vs. Tyrone Stewart 131

Mike Sawyer 174 vs. Nathan Chambers 168

Gerome Quigley 151 vs. Cedric Coney 154

Jonathan Cepeda 164 vs. Lester Gonzalez 165

Tevin Farmer 130 vs. Dominic Coca 130

We will start blogging around 8 PM or so when this card gets underway.

Martin, McCombs Hit Scales in Kentucky!

Two Beltway Boxers weighed in Thursday for bouts tonight at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, KY.

Kareem "Reemo" Martin (2-0-1, two KO's) of DC will take on Dominique Foster of Hilliard, OH (1-4-1) in a four-round welterweight contest.  Martin last fought on August 22 and scored a first-round knockout over Taif Harris in Temecula, CA.  Foster has been stopped in the second round in his last two outings.

Martin weighed in at 147 pounds.  Foster had not weighed in on Thursday.

Also, Richard McCombs (1-5, one KO) of DC will take on undefeated Donald "Too Slick" Anderson of Columbus, OH (5-0, two KO's) n another four-rounder in the light heavyweight division. McCombs has not fought since being stopped in the first round by Khalib Whitmore in August of 2013 in Valley Forge, PA.   Anderson is coming off back-to-back unanimous decision victories.

McCombs tipped the scales at 174 while Anderson weighed in at 179.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Out-Of-Town Bout Added To October 11th Card in Springfield!

The Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, October 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA has what should be an interesting bout between two out-of-town boxers.

Philadelphia, PA featherweight "The American Idol" Tevin Farmer will take on Dominic Coca of Watts, CA in an eight-round contest.

Farmer (16-4-1, three KO's) is coming off winning his first 10-round encounter, scoring a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Emanuel Gonzalez on June 5 in Boston, MA. Farmer is currently riding a nine-bout winning streak.

Farmer has fought in the Beltway region before -- his first two pro contests took place in Maryland.  Farmer lost his pro debut to Oscar Santana by fourth-round TKO in Baltimore in February of 2011, then defeated Angelo Ward in April of that year by unanimous decision in Millersville.

Coca (8-9, two KO's) will be trying to break a seven-bout losing streak including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Cesar Villarraga on July 25 in Ontario, CA.  This will be only the second time Coca has fought on the East Coast of the US.

The main event on this card remains the six-round rematch for the Virginia State Junior Welterweight title between Yurii Polischuk and Benjamin Olinga.





Snyder Falls In Fifth Round!

In the third bout featuring Beltway Boxers at the Beau Rivage Casino on Wednesday, Joshua Snyder lost to undefeated Justin DeLoach via fifth-round TKO.  The bout was one-sided throughout and Snyder was dropped in the fourth before his corner stopped the contest in the fifth.

Snyder is now 9-10-1, three KO's while DeLoach is 9-0, five KO's.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Jackson-Benson Scores Seventh-Round TKO in Mississippi!

"The Real Deal" Phil Jackson-Benson scored a seventh-round TKO over Michael Gbenga tonight at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, MS.  Here is how Tracy Morin of Fightnews.com saw the bout:

"With Gbenga unable to sustain an offense thanks to his leaping and lunging attack, a patient Benson landed body shots and vicious right hooks at will. But the bout would have a bizarre finish: Gbenga hit the canvas after a low blow and claimed he was unable to continue. Referee Keith Hughes called the fight as a TKO victory for Benson at 0:34 in round 7."

Jackson-Benson is now 15-1, 14 KO's while Gbenga is now 20-17, 20 KO's.

Davis Wins Six-Round Unanimous Decision in Mississippi!

Gervonta "Tank" Davis has won a six-round unanimous decision over German"Panteonero" Meraz tonight at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, MS.

According to Tracy Morin of Fightnews.com, Davis dropped Meraz in the second and fifth rounds with solid right hooks.  Meraz managed to last the distance, making him the first man to go the distance with Davis.

Davis won by shutout, 60-52, across the board to raise his record to 9-0, eight KO's.  Meraz falls to 47-32-1, 25 KO's.

We are still waiting for results from the bouts featuring Phil Jackson-Benson and Joshua Snyder.  They may take place after the ESPN2 telecast.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Davis, Jackson-Benson, Snyder Hit Scales In Biloxi!

Gervonta Davis and Phil Jackson-Benson weighed in for their bouts Wednesday night at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS.


(Photos by Lorin Chvotkin)

Davis (right) weighed in at 127 pounds for his six-round contest against German Meraz that will be the opening contest on the ESPN2 telecast that begins at 9 PM ET.  Meraz came in at 125



Jackson-Benson (left) tipped the scales at 172 pounds for his eight-round contest against Michael Gbenga, who came in at 174.

Also, in a bout recently added to the card, "The Berlin Bomber" Joshua Snyder (9-9-1, three KO's) of Berlin, MD weighed 155 for his six-round contest against undefeated Justin DeLoach of Georgia, LA (8-0, four KO's).  DeLoach weighed 156 pounds.

By the way, the main event on the card -- the IBF Middleweight title bout between champion Sam Soliman and former champion Jermain Taylor  -- will be refereed by one of the good friends of the Beltway, Bill Clancy.  Clancy, who lives in North Carolina, has refereed numerous bouts in Maryland and Virginia over the years.

October 24 Rosecroft Card Coming Together!

The Keystone Boxing card slated for Friday, October 24 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD is coming together.

Undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. returns to action in the six-round main event.  Rivers (9-0, six KO's) will take on Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico (4-2, one KO).

Rivers is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Xavier Montelongo on June 13 at Rosecroft.  Garcia-Rios won a four-round split decision over previously undefeated Pedro Vicente on March 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  Garcia-Rios will be led to to the ring by former two-division WBO champion Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon who is making his debut as a head trainer.

The co-feature will match Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July against Tony Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round battle.  July (16-1-3, six KO's) fought to an eight-round draw against Quantis Graves on April 12 in Baltimore, MD.  Ferrante (12-6, seven KO's) is winless in his last five bouts.

Two other bouts are signed for the card at this time.  Rookie junior welterweight Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD will take on Jeffrey Ramos of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a four-round contest.  Harris (2-0, two KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Michael Doyle on July 18 at Rosecroft.  Ramos (3-2, two KO's) was stopped in the third round against Luis Olivares on March 14 in Kissimmee, FL.

Also, DC featherweight Marcus "The Animal" Bates goes against Edgardo Marin of Humacao, Puerto Rico in another four-rounder.  Bates (2-0-1, two KO's) battled to a four-round draw against Stephon McIntyre on January 17 at Rosecroft.  Marin (0-2-1) has fought in back-to-back split decisions, losing one and one ending in a draw.

Also scheduled to be on this card are Capitol Heights, MD light heavyweight Shaborn Ryals (2-0), junior lightweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis (7-1, three KO's) and the debuting Cobia "Soldier" Breedy, a former Caribbean featherweight amateur champion from Bridgetown, Barbados.


Crews, Moore Win 165-Pound PAL Titles!

Two local boxers captured titles in the 165-pound division at the National PAL Boxing Tournament in Oxnard, CA this past weekend.

On the female side, multi-time US Amateur champion Franchon Crews of Baltimore, MD won the championship with a win over Danielle Mitchell.  Marquis Moore, who is from Fort Washington, MD and is stationed at Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado, won the title on the men's side with a victory over Randy Foster.  Moore is a two-time National Golden Gloves champion.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Thompson Rematch With Solis Postponed!

The Saturday, October 18 heavyweight rematch between Tony "The Tiger" Thompson and Odlandier Solis has been postponed.

According to promoter Ahmet Oner, Solis injured his ankle in training.  The bout, according to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, has a tentative reschedule date of November 22.  The bout will still be held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

De La Hoya Tells Washington Post He Wants To Bring Another Big Fight To DC!

The Washington Post's Gene Wang recently sat down with 10-time world champion, International Boxing Hall of Famer and founder of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya.

During the interview, De La Hoya, who now has control of the day-to-day operations of Golden Boy Promotions, expressed a deep interest in bringing a big card to the Verizon Center in DC.

To read the article and see the accompanying interview, click on this link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/de-la-hoya-eyes-bringing-fight-to-dc/2014/10/05/24a82016-4be9-11e4-a4bf-794ab74e90f0_story.html

There is an inaccuracy in the article.  The article says that the Mike Tyson-Kevin McBride fight was the first and only fight to be held at MCI (now Verizon Center).  Longtime readers of this blog know that is definitely not true.  The "Triple Jeopardy" card of April 24, 1999 was the first followed by a card five months later on September 24, 1999 featuring William Joppy vs. Julio Cesar Green and Keith Holmes-Andrew Council II.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Reed Wins Six-Round Unanimous Decision In Atlantic City!


(photo by Craig Matthews/CM Works Photography)

Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed won a six-round unanimous decision over a very tough "Prince" Osnel Charles of Atlantic City, NJ Saturday night at Bally's in Atlantic City.

Reed dropped Charles with a left hook in the second round.  However, according to observers, Reed took some shots, more than he has taken in his pro career.   Reed won the bout by scores of 59-53 and 60-52 (twice).

Reed remains undefeated at 11-0, six KO's while Charles, a native of Haiti, drops to 10-11-1, one KO.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Harrison DC Bout Now Scheduled For November 1 At Constitution Hall!

Dusty Hernandez Harrison's bout that was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 27 will now take place on Saturday, November 1 at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

The opponent for the bout will probably change, according to Harrison's Twitter page.  The original opponent, Hector Munoz, probably will not be ready for the bout due to the cancellation of the Sept. 27 contest.   That word is not official from the promotional company, All-In Entertainment.

There is also no word on whether the contest will still be for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.  We will keep you posted.

Reed Weighs 140 For Atlantic City Outing!



(Photo by Ross Molovinsky)

Mike Reed weighed in at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds for his six-round contest versus Osnel Charles on Saturday, October 4 at Bally's in Atlantic City, NJ.    Charles tipped the scales at 138 pounds.

Reed Opponent Changes For Saturday Bout In Atlantic City!

The opponent for undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed has changed yet again for his six-round contest on Saturday, October 4 at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Reed (10-0, six KO's) will now face "Prince" Osnel Charles of Atlantic City by way of Haiti.  Charles (10-10-1, one KO) is a veteran who is moving up from the lightweight division.  Charles has faced some quality opposition including Rod Salka, Naim Nelson, Bryant Cruz and Rolando Chinea.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Coley, Green, Vinson Headline 2014 DC Boxing Hall Of Fame Induction Class!

Two members of the Beltway's famed "Hard Corps" stable and a former Olympian lead the Washington, DC Boxing Hall Of Fame Induction Class for 2014.

Former NABF champions Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley and Reggie "Showtime" Green are two of the selections in the Professional Boxers category.  Coley, Green, Reuben "Ratman" Bell and Gerry "Rock" Payne comprised the "Hard Corps" group of the early-mid 90's that was led by manager Barry Linde and trained by Leonard Langley, Al Scott and Vardell McCann.

Coley (38-2-2, 27 KO's) fought out of Capitol Heights, MD and first came to prominence with a first-round TKO over former world champion Saoul Mamby in August of 1993 at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD.  Coley captured the NABF Welterweight championship on July 5, 1994 with a thrilling 11th round TKO over Terrence Alli in front of a nationally-televised (USA Network) audience at the Washington Convention Center.

Coley lost the title to Oba Carr by a very controversial 12-round unanimous decision on August 12, 1995 in Las Vegas.  Coley regained the NABF title in another thrilling contest, winning by 11th round TKO over Kip Diggs on March 25, 1997 in Oxnard, CA.

Coley became the first Beltway Boxer since Sugar Ray Leonard to fight for a million-dollar purse in his battle against Oscar De La Hoya on February 26, 2000 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Coley started well in the bout but eventually was stopped in the seventh round.  Coley finished his career winning his last four bouts.



Green (33-5, 15 KO's) won his first title -- the Maryland State Junior Welterweight title -- in the second of two contests with fellow local Lyndon Paul Walker.  After winning his first 16 contests, Green faced Beltway Boxing legend Darryll Tyson in a 12-round contest for the NABF and USBA 140-pound titles on September 20, 1994 at the DC Armory.  Green would lose by a 12-round split decision in one of the most thrilling contests in Beltway Boxing history.

Green would return to the Armory and capture the USBA title on January 31, 1995 with a 12-round split decision over Jaime Balboa.  However, he would lose another opportunity to win the NABF title in a second-round knockout loss to Charles Murray on October 10, 1995 in Murray's hometown of Rochester, NY.  Green would eventually win the NABF title with a unanimous decision over Ray Oliveira on August 5, 1997 in Mashantucket, CT.

Green would receive his first world title shot against Beltway Boxing legend Sharmba Mitchell for Mitchell's WBA Junior Welterweight championship in the main event of the "Triple Jeopardy" card at the MCI (now Verizon Center) in DC on April 24, 1999.  Green would drop a 12-round majority decision.  In his next bout, Green fought another tough bout against Micky Ward on October 1, 1999 in Salem, NH and would be stopped in the 10th round.  Green would end his career with another world shot against IBF Junior Welterweight champ Zab Judah on January 13, 2000 in Uncasville, CT but would lose by 10th round TKO.

Joining Coley and Green in the Professional Boxers category are "Dangerous D" Darryl Lattimore and "Joltin'" Joe Fitzpatrick.  
Lattimore (24-20, 10 KO's) fought some very notable names in the welterweight division throughout his 13-year career.  Lattimore's most notable win was an eight-round unanimous decision over then-undefeated Romallis Ellis on July 8, 1992 in New York City.  Lattimore fought fellow locals Coley, Antonio Reese, Keith Holmes, Robert Sawyer and Emil Baku as well as former world champion Mark Breland during his career.

Fitzpatrick (14-4, 10 KO's) was a fan favorite in the lightweight division who won his first 10 bouts.  Fitzpatrick fought for only five years as a pro.



The Amateur Boxers category is led by 2000 Olympic Bronze medalist Clarence Vinson.  Vinson was the United States Amateur Flyweight champion in 1997 and 1998 then won the US Amateur Bantamweight title in 1999.

Vinson would go on to win a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia before turning pro in 2001.  Vinson compiled a pro record of 17-2, seven KO's before retiring in 2009.


Also in the amateur category will be Tom Quinn, a former NCAA Eastern Heavyweight champion from Georgetown University.   Quinn would later have a successful acting career appearing in such movies as And Justice For All and Enemy of the State as well as playing Detective Patrick Mahon on the HBO drama The Wire. Quinn, who passed away in January of this year at the age of 79, is a member of the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame and will be posthumously inducted in the DC Boxing Hall of Fame.

Joining them will be Ray Furmage, Jr. and Anthony Hamilton.  Furmage fought out of the Oakcrest Gym and Lanham Boys and Girls Club and compiled an amateur record of 70-4 while winning eight Junior Golden Gloves and four AAU titles.  Hamilton, a former Marine, was a Regional Golden Gloves champion in 1997 and has gone on to coach numerous amateurs in the Beltway area.



(photo courtesy of StiffJab.com)

Four Outstanding Contributors will be inducted including the patriarch of the boxing Russell Family, Gary Russell, Sr.  A former boxer, Russell has trained four of his sons and made history with them. Gary, Jr. Allan, Antonio and Antuanne became the first group of four brothers to win National Golden Gloves championships. As a pro, Gary, Jr. competed in a world title bout earlier this year.



(courtesy of the Salisbury Independent)

Also in this category is noted Salisbury, MD coach Hal Chernoff.  Chernoff is the founder of the Main Street Boxing Gym that has produced numerous amateur champions.  The most noted boxer to come out of the gym was world title challenger Fernando Guerrero.


Manager and promoter Sharif Salim will be inducted into this class.  Salim managed two of the more prominent young heavyweights to come out of the Beltway region -- Corey "T-Rex" Sanders and Seth Mitchell.  Salim also promoted a number of cards in DC including an outdoor card in October of 1995 at Eastern High School featuring Eastern alum and future hall of famer Mark Johnson.  The card took place the weekend before the Million Man March.  Salim will join his brother, legendary trainer Adrian Davis, in the DC Boxing Hall of Fame.

Longtime amateur official Rosemarie Trindle has been an official with USA Boxing for more than 30 years, starting in the Beltway region.  Trindle continues to serve as an ABF Official in Mercer, PA.

(photo by Juan Marshall)

Also, undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed will receive the James Balukevich Outstanding Boxer award this year.  Reed won a National Golden Gloves title in 2011 and is 10-0, six KO's as a pro going into his bout on October 4 in Atlantic City, NJ.

The honorees will be formally inducted at the DC Boxing Hall of Fame Awards and Induction Banquet on Friday, November 21 at Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive in Greenbelt, MD beginning at 8 PM.  Tickets for the banquet are $55 per person and reservations must be received by November 14.  Call 301-843-6165 for reservations and details.




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wade Off October 4 Showtime Card Due To Injury!

ESPN.com's Dan Rafael is reporting that undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade is now off the Saturday, October 4 card at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT.  Wade injured his back in training.

Wade (16-0, 11 KO's) was scheduled to take on KeAndre Leatherwood of Birmingham, AL in a 10-round contest that was to open the Showtime broadcast.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Davis, Jackson-Benson Have Opponents For October 8 in Biloxi, MS!

Add another TV appearance for a Beltway Boxer in October.  Undefeated Baltimore, MD featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis (8-0, eight KO's) now has an opponent for his eight-round contest at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS on Thursday, October 8.

Davis will take on Mexican veteran German Meraz (47-31-1, 25 KO's) in a contest that will open a special telecast of ESPN2 Boxing.  The headline contest will be a bout for the IBF Middleweight championship between champion Sam Soliman and former champion Jermain Taylor.

Meraz lost a six-round technical decision to Alexis Santiago on September 20 in Phoenix, AZ.

The undercard features Landover, MD super middleweight "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson-Benson in an eight-round non-televised bout against "The Amazing" Michael Gbenga of Accra, Ghana.

Jackson-Benson (14-1, 13 KO's) is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Thomas Hanshaw on August 1 in Shelton, WA.  Gbenga (20-16, 20 KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with a third-round knockout of Felipe Polo on September 7 in Tolu, Columbia.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wade, Farmer Make TV Appearances In October!

Two Beltway Boxers will make important television appearances during the month of October.

On Saturday, October 4, undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade will take on KeAndre Leatherwood of Birmingham, AL in a 10-round contest that will take place on Showtime from the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT.

Wade (16-0, 11 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Nick Brinson on June 27 in Las Vegas, NV.  Leatherwood (14-2-1, 10 KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Mickey Scarborough on April 5 in Tuscaloosa, AL.

At the end of the month, Front Royal, VA junior welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer will travel to Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA on Thursday, October 30 to face Danny O'Connor of Framingham, MA in a 10-round contest that will be shown on Fox Sports 1.

Farmer (18-2, seven KO's) has fought sporadically, taking one bout a year since 2012.  Farmer scored a six-round unanimous decision victory over David Warren Huffman on May 17 in Annandale, VA.  This will be Farmer's first scheduled 10-rounder.

O'Connor (23-2, seven KO's) has not fought since losing a 10-round split decision to Vivian Harris on October 12 in Philadelphia, PA.

This bout was originally scheduled for February of this year but O'Connor suffered an injury in training.


Nelson Defends WIBA Title; Douglas Captures USBU Belt; Reeves Stops Espinal in Three; Billups Gets Off Canvas To Win in Second; Goss, Dawe Battle To Majority Draw!

I apologize for not being able to get all the results up from the card last night.  I was doing double duty as reporter and ring announcer and ring announcing won out.

So here are the rest of the results from the Ponytail Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA (Photos by Mike Greenhill)



The main event saw Ashburn, VA welterweight Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson successfully defend her WIBA Welterweight title with a 10-round split decision over a very game Arlene Blencowe of New South Wales, Australia.

This was Nelson's toughest title defense as Blencowe came out firing and rocked the champion in the first round.  However, Nelson maintained her composure and landed enough blows to hold on to the title.

Judges Alisha Daniels and Gail Jasper scored the bout 96-94 for Nelson while judge Dorothea Perry saw the bout for Blencowe, 97-93.  Nelson defends her title for the fourth time and remains undefeated at 11-0-2, one KO.  Blencowe, who has held two world titles, is now 2-3.


The co-feature saw undefeated Baltimore, MD flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas make short and easy work of an overmatched Whitney Gunter of Pelham, NC.

Douglas attacked Gunter from the opening bell and Gunter had absolutely no defense.  After two knockdowns, referee Alisha Daniels stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:22 of the first round.

Douglas won a minor regional title (USBU) with the victory and raised her record to 6-0, two KO's.  Gunter is now 0-2.

Both female bouts were officiated by an all-female crew -- Daniels and Michelle Myers alternated as referees and judges (Myers refereed the Nelson-Blencowe bout), Perry and Jasper were the other two judges and the Event Inspector was Tracy Fagan.

Also on the card, Baltimore cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves scored a third round TKO over veteran Ariel "Iron" Espinal of Brooklyn, NY.

Reeves battered Espinal for the duration of the bout as he landed body shots at will.  Reeves dropped Espinal 39 seconds into the third round and referee Vic DeWysocki stopped the contest.

Reeves, the USBU cruiserweight champion, wins his fourth straight contest and raises his record to 7-2-1, three KO's while Espinal drops his 12th straight and falls to 8-25-3, four KO's.

Ashburn, VA junior welterweight Seth "Killer B" Billups recovered from a first-round knockdown to stop the debuting Ty Felton of Danville, VA in the second round.

Felton dropped Billups with a right-left combination early in the first round.  Later in the round, Billups scored a knockdown on Felton, however, ringside observers thought the punch landed on the back of Felton's head and forced Felton's gloves to touch the canvas.

Billups made no doubt about a knockdown in the second round as he landed a picture-perfect right hand right down the middle of Felton's guard that dropped Felton to his hands and knees.  Felton didn't beat referee DeWysocki's 10-count and the bout ended at 1:14.

Billups remained undefeated at 4-0, three KO's.

In the only other bout to go the distance, Hagerstown, MD lightweight Henry "The Boss" Goss and Anthony Dave of Columbus, OH battled to a four-round majority draw.  Both men had a tough time landing shots consistently which made the bout a tough one to watch.

Judge Daniels thought Dave won by shutout, 40-36 but judges Perry and Jasper saw the draw at 38-38.   Goss, who fought for the first time since 2009, has an even record at 3-3-3, two KO's while Dave is now 0-4-1.

In the amateur portion of the card, Eric Hernandez of LA Boxing defeated Jessie Singletary of Keystone Boxing in an open 152 pound contest.  Matthew Abregu of LA Boxing won over Mack Allison IV of Upton Boxing in an exciting open 152 pound title. Also, Steven Zaiden (unattached) won a decision over Christopher Gooch of LA Boxing in an open 132 pound bout.

Here's the BATB Post-Fight Wrap Up as Juan Marshall and I give our thoughts on the card.