Monday, May 22, 2017

Recap Of A Very Busy Beltway Saturday!

The Beltway Boxing action that took place on Saturday, May 20th wasn't confined to the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill or the Copperbox Arena in London, England.  There were a number of Beltway Boxers involved in action throughout the country.

Let's start at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC where the ageless wonder and former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley captured the vacant UBF All-America Welterweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over former WBA Super Lightweight champion "Vicious" Vivian Harris of Brooklyn, NY.  In a bout promoters said should have happened 10 or 15 years ago, Corley took the bout by scores of 95-92 and 94-93 (twice). Corley raises his record to 49-28-1, 28 KO's.  Harris falls to 32-12-2, 19 KO's.

On the same card, Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez lost for the first time in his pro career, dropping an eight-round unanimous decision to "Mr. Marvelous" Maynard Allison of Siler City, NC.  Allison won the bout by 79-73 across the board to capture the UBF All-America Lightweight title.  Hernandez is now 9-1, five KO's.  Allison's record rises to 8-1, five KO's.

Meanwhile at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, TX,  Landover, MD featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White suffered his first pro loss by a six-round unanimous decision to fellow undefeated boxer Adam Lopez of Glendale, CA in a bout that was shown on FS1.  The White camp told ProAm Fight Talk's Juan Marshall that White broke his left hand in the first round and was hampered the rest of the way.  White would lose by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-54.  White drops to 4-1, three KO's while Lopez is now 7-0, three KO's.

A further postscript on what took place during the co-feature at MGM National Harbor.  Leon Lawson, Jr., the uncle of Andre Dirrell who threw a punch at Dirrell's opponent, Jose Uzcategui after Uzcategui was disqualified for landing an after-the-bell punch that knocked out Dirrell, has been indefinitely suspended by the World Boxing Council for his actions.  According to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, the WBC has suspended Lawson from participating in any WBC-sanctioned fight "in any form or manner."  Lawson is still wanted by local police for his actions.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Russell Retains WBC Featherweight Title!

“Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. scored a seventh-round TKO over a very game Oscar Escandon of Tolima, Colombia to keep his WBC Super Featherweight championship in the main event of the TGB Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. Russell was in complete control of the contest, dropping Escandon with a solid shot in the third round. The smaller Escandon tried to generate offense but was overpowered by the speed and accuracy of the champion. In the seventh round, Russell rocked Escandon with lefts and rights that sent Escandon into the ropes. Referee Harvey Dock stopped the contest at 59 seconds of the seventh. Russell is now 28-1, 17 KO’s while Escandon is now 25-3, 17 KO’s.

In a bout that ended in a crazy scene, Flint, MI super middleweight Andre Dirrell won the Interim IBF Super Middleweight title by eighth-round disqualification over Jose Uzcategui of Merida, Venezuela. Uzcategui seemed to be in control of the bout until the eighth round when, after the bell rang, Uzcategui landed a crushing left hand that dropped Dirrell face first to the canvas. Referee Bill Clancy immediately ruled the punch came after the bell and Dirrell was awarded the victory. A number of altercations took place in and out of the ring including a member of Dirrell’s corner striking Uzcategui in his own corner after the bout. Dirrell is now 26-2, 16 KO’s while Uzcategui falls to 26-2, 22 KO’s.

Former two-time world champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy and won a 12-round unanimous decision over Kiryl Relikh of Minsk,Belarus to become the top WBA contender in the Super Lightweight division. Relikh seemed outwork Barthelemy throughout the contest and was credited with a knockdown by referee Kenny Chevalier in the fifth round. Barthelemey would land a solid left hook to the body that dropped Relikh late in the eighth round. However, the judges saw Barthelemy winning the contest. John Gradowski scored the bout 116-110. Judge Henry Gant saw it 115-111 and Don Risher saw the bout 117-109. Barthelemy remains undefeated at 26-0, 13 KO’s and Relikh is now 25-3, 16 KO’s.

Davis Defends IBF Title With Brutal Third-Round TKO!

Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis successfully defended his IBF Super Featherweight title with a brutal third-round stoppage of mandatory challenger Liam Walsh of England tonight at the Copperbox Arena in London, England.

Davis imposed his will on the slightly-taller Walsh and subsequently broke the challenger down in front of his home fans throughout the bout.  Davis would knock Walsh down with an overhand right in the first minute of the third round before the bout was stopped at 1:11 seconds.

Davis is now 18-0, 17 KO's while Walsh loses for the first time and he is now 21-1, 14 KO's.



Marin Remains Undefeated With Unanimous Decision!

Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over 100-fight veteran German "Panteonero" Meraz of Agua Prieta, MX in the final undercard bout at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.

Marin spent the majority of the contest cutting the ring off on Meraz and landing crisp hook shots and uppercuts.  Meraz was in no danger of being knocked down but he was unable to generrate any offense.  Marin won by shutout on all three scorecards, 60-54 to, raise his record to 13-0, nine KO's. Meraz is now 55-44-1, 32 KO's, one NC.

We are in an intermission as we get ready for the televised contests.

Antonio Russell Stops Fuentes In Three!

Gary Antonio Russell has scored a third-round TKO Jovany Fuentes of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. After a relatively close first round, Russell was able to drop Fuentes late in the second round with a solid left hook to the body followed by a right uppercut.  Russell finished the contest early in the third round when he dropped Fuentes with a vicious right hook.  Referee Brent Bovell stopped the bout at 22 seconds of the third.

Russell remains undefeated with a record of 8-0, five KO's while Fuentes drops to 7-9, six KO's.

Next up, bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin of Rockville, MD by way of Romania (12-0, nine KO's) will take on German Meraz of Agua Prieta, Mexico (52-43-1, 32 KO's, one NC) in a scheduled six-round bout.

Antuanne Russell Wins Pro Debut!

Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne "The Last" Russell made short work of Joshua Ross of Monroe, LA in his pro debut.  The 2016 US Olympian dropped Ross with a straight left hand midway through the first round then landed a series of shots that dropped Ross two more times before referee Bill Clancy stopped the contest at 2:25 of the first round.

Ross is now 2-4-4.

Antonio "Another" Russell (7-0, five KO's) is heading to the ring to face Jovany Fuentes of Bayamon, Puerto Rico (7-8, six KO's) in a scheduled six -round super bantamweight bout.

Breedy Wins Unanimous Decision!

Clinton, MD featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy has won the opening contest today at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD capturing a six-round unanimous decision over a game Wilfredo Garrica of Ponce, PR.

Breedy managed to land some solid shots throughout the contest but took some hard shots from Garrica at times.  Breedy won the bout by scores of 59-55 twice and 58-56.  Breedy remains undefeated at 9-0, three KO's.  Garrica drops to 3-7-1, two KO's.
Now in the ring, the pro debut of Gary Antuanne "The Last" Russell as he takes on Joshua Ross of Monroe, LA (2-3-4). 


Breedy Begins Card From MGM National Harbor Casino!

Hi again everyone!  We are back at the MGM National Harbor Casino card in Oxon Hill, MD for the TGB Promotions card.

Action is already in the ring as undefeated Clinton, MD featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy (8-0, three KO's) is battling Wilfredo Garrica of Ponce, PR (3-6-1, two KO's) in a six-round contest.

The majority of Beltway Boxers will be on the undercard that will go on up until the Gervonta Davis-Liam Walsh contest that will kick off the Showtime telecast at six PM ET.

Beltway Boxers Vie For Regional Straps In Raleigh!

Two Beltway Boxers will try to win minor regional championships Saturday on a card at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.

In a battle of experienced former world champions, former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley of Washington, DC will battle former WBA Super Lightweight titleholder "Vicious" Vivian Harris in a 10-round bout for the vacant UBF All-Americas Welterweight title.

Corley (48-28-1, 28 KO's) had a four-bout winning streak snapped in his last outing when he dropped a controversial 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated prospect Jovanie Santiago on April 7th in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.  Corley dropped Santiago during the contest, which was for the UBF International Super Lightweight title.

Harris (32-11-2, 19 KO's) has not fought since being knocked out in the fourth round by Prichard Colon in September of 2015 in Toronto, Canada.  Harris will be looking to break a two-bout losing streak.

Also on the card, undefeated Leesburg, VA super lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez will take the biggest step of his young career when he faces "Mr. Marvelous" Maynard Allison of Siler City, NC in a 10-round bout for the vacant UBF All-Americas Lightweight title.  Hernandez (9-0, five KO's) last fought on December 10th and won a six-round unanimous decision over Roy Garcia in Springfield, VA. 

Allison (7-1, five KO's) has won two straight since suffering his only loss to Ladarius Miller on September 16th in Las Vegas, NV. In his last outing, Allison won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Joseph Figueroa on April 8th in Greensboro, NC.  Neither boxer in this bout has gone past six rounds.

J. Davis Scores Seventh-Round TKO In Philly Main Event; Rodriguez Drops Six-Round Decision!

Washington, DC super featherweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis notched a big win Friday night when he stopped Carlos Rosario of Pennsauken, NJ in the seventh round at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Despite being out of action since November of 2015, Davis was in complete control of the contest.  Davis knocked Rosario down in the second and sixth rounds then battered Rosario enough in the seventh round to force referee Gary Rosato to stop the bout at 1:49.  Davis raises his record to 11-1, five KO's while Rosario falls to 7-2, four KO's.

Also on the card, Manassas, VA super lightweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Tyrone Crawley of Philadelphia.  Rodriquez got off to a good start in the first round but Crawley was able to adjust and gain control of the rest of the contest.  Crawley won by scores of 59-55 and 60-54 (twice).  Rodriguez is now 7-7-1, five KO's while Crawley remains undefeated at 7-0.

White Weighs 124 For Texas Six-Rounder!




Jordan White tipped the scales at 124 pounds for his six-round contest Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, TX.  White's opponent, Adam Lopez, also weighed in at 124.

The bout is part of a card that will be shown on FS1 tonight beginning at 10 PM ET.  However, no word on whether White's bout will be shown.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weights From National Harbor!

Here is the scale watch for the TGB Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD:

Gary Russell, Jr. 125 1/2 vs. Oscar Escandon 125 3/4
(WBC Featherweight Championship)

Andre Dirrell 167 1/2 vs. Jose Uzcategui 166 1/2
(Interim IBF Super Middleweight Championship)

Rances Barthelemy 139 1/2 vs. Kiryl Rehlik 139 1/2
(WBA Super Lightweight Eliminator)

Alexandru Marin 122.2 vs. German Meraz 120.8

Antonio Russell 119.6 vs. Jovany Fuentes 120.6

Antuanne Russell 137.6 vs. Joshua Ross 139.2

Cobia Breedy 133 vs. Wilfredo Garrica 133.2

The doors open at 3:30 PM and the first bout begins at 4 PM.  The Showtime televised bouts will begin right after the Gervonta Davis-Liam Walsh bout ends in London, England also on Showtime.


G. Davis, Walsh Hit Scales In London!


It took more than one try but Gervonta Davis hit the 130-pound weight limit for his IBF Super Featherweight championship title defense against Liam Walsh on Saturday at the Copperbox Arena in London, England.

On the first try, Davis missed by two ounces.  By IBF rules, Davis had two hours to shed the extra weight and did that ninety minutes later.   Walsh weighed in at 130 as well.

The bout begins the Showtime split-site telecast at 6 PM ET.  Those of you attending the card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD will be able to watch the bout on the screens.

J.Davis, Rodriguez Hit Scales In Philadelphia!

Joshua Davis and Juan Rodriguez weighed in for their Friday bouts at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Davis hit the scales at 131.5 for his eight-round main event against Carlos Rosario, who tipped the scales at 130.7.  Rodriguez weighed in at 139.3 for his six-round contest against Tyrone Crawley, came in at 143.6.

Ballard Captures USNBC Super Middleweight Title With Tough Unanimous Decision!

Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard won a 10-round unanimous decision over late sub Adrian Luna of Mexico to capture the WBC USNBC Super Middleweight championship Thursday at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ.  The bout was shown on ESPN2.

Ballard dropped Luna in the second round with a counter left hand and had the bout in control.  However, Luna fought back gamely and landed some shots on Ballard.  Ballard was able to do enough to win the bout on the scorecards, 97-92 and 95-94 (twice).  Ballard remains undefeated at 17-0, 12 KO's while Luna falls to 20-5-1, 13 KO's.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ballard Tips Scales In Tucson!




D'Mitrius Ballard (left) and Adrian Luna hit the scales for their 10-round contest that will take place Thursday at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ.  Ballard weighed in at 167.4 pounds while Luna came in at 167.8 pounds.

The bout will be part of the ESPN2 Golden Boy Boxing telecast that will get underway at 10 PM ET.

Ballard Thursday Opponent Changes..Again; Davis and Rodriguez Compete on Friday Card In Philadelphia!

The opponent for undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard for his Thursday, May 18th nationally televised bout at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ has changed for a second time.  Ballard (16-0, 12 KO's) will now face Adrian Luna of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, in a 10-round bout.

Luna (20-4-1, 13 KO's) competes for the first time in the United States and has won two straight by sixth-round TKO including his stoppage of Raul Arellano on October 15th in Chipas, Mexico.  The bout will be televised on ESPN2.

On Friday, May 19th, Washington, DC super featherweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis will battle Carlos Rosario of Pennsauken, NJ in an eight-round main event contest at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Davis (10-1, four KO's) returns to action for the first time since November of 2015 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Justin Lopez in Cockeysville, MD.  Rosario (7-1, four KO's) comes off a third-round TKO over Lance Williams on March 11 in Philadelphia.

Also on the card, Manassas, VA super welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez will take on undefeated Tyrone Crawley of Philadelphia in a six-round bout.  Rodriguez (7-6-1, five KO's) broke a four-bout losing streak with a six-round split decision victory over David Gonzales on March 11 in Philadelphia.  Crawley (6-0) is the son of the legendary lightweight world title contender Tyrone "Butterfly" Crawley.  Crawley, Jr. comes off a six-round unanimous decision win over Alexander Charneco on July 9th in Trenton, NJ.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ballard Thursday Opponent Changes; White Added To Saturday Card in Texas!

The coming week of boxing received an unexpected boost as one Beltway Boxer had an unexpected boost while another prospect was added to a card.

The opponent for undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard has changed for his nationally televised (ESPN2) 10-round bout at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ on Thursday, May 18th.  Ballard will now face veteran Denis "Momma's Boy" Douglin of Marlboro, NJ.  Douglin (20-5, 13 KO's) will look to bounce back from suffering a tenth-round TKO against David Benavidez on August 5th in Philadelphia, PA.  Douglin replaces Ulises Sierra on the card.

Douglin suffered his first loss in the Beltway, dropping a third-round TKO to Doel Carrasquillo in February of 2011 in Salisbury, MD.  Douglin would also stop Beltway Boxer Julius Kennedy in the fourth-round in Philadelphia.

On Saturday, May 20th, undefeated DC bantamweight Jordan "Short Dog" White will be on a card at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, TX.  White (4-0, three KO's) will be in a six-round bout against fellow undefeated boxer Adam "Blunose" Lopez (6-0, three KO's) of Glendale, CA.  White is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Jose Elizondo on November 5 in Fort Washington, MD.  Lopez won a four-round unanimous decision over Adan Ochoa on April 15th in Burbank, CA.  Ochoa will be in a six-round contest for the first time in his young pro career.

The card will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and the White-Ochoa bout is a swing bout that could end up on the telecast, which begins at 10 PM ET.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Russell-Escandon, Davis-Walsh Schedule!




The schedule for what will take place on Saturday, May 20th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD is rather unique and needs some explanation.  You should know by now that there will be two Beltway Boxers defending their world titles in two separate locations and both bouts will be shown on Showtime. 

Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis defends his IBF Super Featherweight title against fellow undefeated boxer Liam Walsh of London, England at the Copperbox Arena in London. That bout will be followed by "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD defending his WBC Featherweight championship against Oscar Escandon of Colombia at the MGM National Harbor.

Here is how the schedule will play out on Saturday:

The doors will open at 3:45 PM ET and the first live bout at MGM will start at 4 PM.

The Davis-Walsh telecast begins at 6 PM and will be shown in the MGM Theater.

Immediately after the Davis-Walsh bout concludes, the three televised bouts will start at the MGM Theater. That includes the main event as well as the Interim IBF Super Middleweight World Championship between Andre Dirrell and  Jose Uzcategui plus two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy in a WBA 140-pound world title eliminator against Kiryl Relikh.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wallace, Clark Battle To Majority Draw In Glen Burnie!


(photo by Mike Greenhill)

Beltway middleweights "Dangerous" Donald Wallace and Gregory "Glizzy" Clark put on an entertaining bout as they battled to a six-round majority draw in the main event of the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Baltimore, MD native Wallace and Washington, DC's Clark put on a scientific card as each man spent time probing each other for openings and traded good jabs and combinations.  Neither man seemed to be able to take full control of the bout.  However, one of the judges, Steve Rados scored a shutout for Clark at 60-54.  The other two judges -- Brent Bovell and Paul Wallace -- saw the draw at 57-57.

Wallace's record is 2-0-1, one KO while Clark is now 2-1-1, one KO.

The co-feature saw undefeated Chantilly, VA lightweight Matthew "Boogieman" Bowling put on an outstanding performance in winning a four-round unanimous decision over the returning Dwayne Martin of DC.  After winning his first four bouts by first-round TKO, Bowling proved he could easily go the distance as he was able to cut the ring off on Martin and land quick, precise combinations.  Martin, who was returning to the ring after a more than seven-year absence, was a game opponent but could not keep up with Bowling who won the bout by shutout (40-36) on all three judge's cards.  Bowling is now 5-0, four KO's while Martin falls to 2-2, one KO.

Also on the card, debuting Baltimore cruiserweight Desmond Townes battled to a four-round split decision draw with Martez Williamson of Alliance, OH.  Both men were unconventional in their movements in the contest as the taller Williamson gave up his height to Townes and made things difficult.  However, the inexperienced Townes could not take advantage.  Both men had a tough time landing quality shots.  Judge Kenny Chevalier scored the bout for Townes, 39-37 while judge Paul Wallace scored it 39-37 for Williamson.  Judge Steve Rados saw the draw at 38-38.  Williamson's record is now 3-18-1.

In the opening bout on the card, super lightweight Craig Callan of Winchester, VA won a four-round unanimous decision over Howard Thompson of Shelby, NC.  Callan was more active throughout the contest and won by shutout (40-36) on all three cards.  Callan is now 3-1, two KO's while Thompson is 0-2.

Jake Smith leads Baltimore Pro Boxing.  The matchmaker was Bryan Hagan.  The ring announcer was Baltimore radio personality Kirk McEwen.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Weights From Glen Burnie!

Here is the scale watch for the Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will take place on Friday, May 12th at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD:

Donald Wallace 162.2 vs. Gregory Clark 160.6

Drayvontay Speed-Rawls 141.6 vs. Evgueny Metchenov 137.8

Matthew Bowling 133.8 vs. Dwayne Martin 133.2

Craig Callen 145.2 vs. Howard Thompson 148.2

Desmond Townes 181.4 vs. Martez Williamson 182.8

The card is scheduled to begin at 8 PM.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 12th Card At Michael's Revamped!

The Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will take place on Friday, May 12th at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD has been revamped but still looks like a very interesting card.

The originally scheduled main event -- the NABA USA Cruiserweight title bout between Maryland boxers Nick Kisner and Alex Guerrero -- is off the card.  Kisner, the defending champion, suffered an injury in training.  However, the replacement main event should be a good one as Baltimore, MDsuper welterweight "Dangerous" Donald Wallace will take on Washington, DC's Gregory "Glizzy" Clark in a six-round contest.

Wallace (2-0, one KO) last fought on January 13th and won a six-round unanimous decision over Tahir Thomas at Michael's.  Clark (2-1, one KO) won by fourth-round TKO over Devin McMaster on April 4th in Bethlehem, PA.

In a four-round super lightweight contest, undefeated Glenarden, MD's Drayvontay Speed-Rawls will battle Evgueny Metchenov of Gaithersburg, MD.  Speed-Rawls (8-0-1, six KO's) stopped Rynell Griffin in the third round on March 25th in Washington, DC.  Metchenov, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, lost his pro debut on the March 30th card at Michael's, dropping a four-round split decision to Jahmal Dyer.

West Virginia lightweight Matthew "Boogieman" Bowling returns to action as he battles the returning Dwayne Martin of Laurel, MD in a four-round contest.  Bowling (4-0, four KO's) has scored first-round knockouts in all four of his bouts.  That includes his last outing on February 4th when he stopped Richardo Dejesus in Martinsburg, WVA.  Martin (2-1, one KO) competes for the first time since January of 2010 when he won a four-round majority decision over Darrell Martin at Michael's.

In a welterweight bout, Virginia's Craig Callan will face off with Howard Thompson of Shelby, NC.  Callan (2-1, two KO's) comes off a first-round TKO over Brian Otey on October 22nd in Winchester, VA.  Thompson lost his pro debut on April 29th, dropping a four-round unanimous decision to Pedro Martinez, Jr. in Charlotte, NC.

Debuting Baltimore cruiserweight Desmond Townes will battle veteran Martez Williamson of Akron, OH (3-18) in another four-round bout.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Beltway Boxers Return To Norfolk May 13th!

A number of Beltway Boxers will be participating on a Ponytail Promotions/Shabazz Brotherz card at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA on Saturday, May 13th.

There will be an all-Beltway four-round lightweight matchup between Leesburg, VA's Matthew Abregu and DC's Lamont White.  Abregu (4-0, three KO's) went the distance for the first time in his pro career in his last outing when he won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin Olinga on December 10th in Springfield, VA.  White (0-7) has never been knocked out and is coming off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Ernest Hall on March 30th in Glen Burnie, MD.

In a six-round super middleweight bout, Eric "The Immortal" Govan of Germantown, MD will take on Brandon Pennington of Virginia Beach, VA.  Govan (5-2, three KO's) will look to bounce back from a four-round unanimous decision loss to Devin Butcher on November 12th in Baltimore, MD.  Pennington (1-0) won his pro debut on December 10th in Springfield, VA capturing a four-round majority decision over Carlos Cruz.

There will be a six-round heavyweight rematch between Newport News, VA's Jerry "Slug" Forrest and Willis "The Prophet" Lockett of Takoma Park, MD.  Forrest (14-2, 12 KO's) won the first meeting between the two by four-round unanimous decision on August 25th in Virginia Beach, VA.  Forrest has not fought since that bout, however, Lockett (14-19-6, five KO's) fought to a six-round draw in his last outing on December 17th against Ed Lattimore in New Cumberland, WVA.

Other locals scheduled to be on the card are 2016 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year Mack "Papi" Allison IV of Baltimore, MD (7-0, seven KO's) and Seth "Killer B" Billups of Ashburn, VA (8-0, six KO's).  The card is scheduled to be headlined by veteran "Dangerous" Dorin Spivey of Portsmouth, VA (47-7, 33 KO's) in a six-round bout.  No word yet on opponents for these boxers.



Sunday, May 07, 2017

Keyshawn Davis Wins National Golden Gloves Championship!



Congratulations to Alexandria, VA's Keyshawn Davis who won the National Golden Gloves championship at 132 pounds Saturday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

Davis defeated Adrien Benton of California by a 4-1 decision to win the DC Region's first national Golden Gloves championship since Gary Antuanne Russell won a national title in 2014.

So for the first time since 2014, we can update this list of National Golden Gloves champions

1973 and 1974: Sugar Ray Leonard

1976: Louis "Heidi" Curtis

1978: William "Flip" Johnson

1979: Kenny "The Technician" Baysmore

1982: Warren "Chico" Thompson

1985: Eugene "Sonny" Speed

1986: Anthony Wilson

1988: Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson

1991: Melvin "Top Gun" Foster

1992: James Harris

1995: DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley

1995 and 1997: "Dangerous" Dana Rucker

1998: Lamont "Bay" Pearson

2001: Lamont Peterson

2003: Anthony Peterson

2005: "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr.

2010: Gary Allen Russell, David "Day-Day" Grayton

2011: Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed

2012: Gervonta "Rambo" Davis, D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard, "The King's Son" Jerry Odom

2013: Gary Antonio Russell, Lamont Roach, Jr.

2014: Gary Antuanne Russell

2017: Keyshawn Davis

To break this down a little bit, this list includes:

Two International Boxing Hall of Famers -- Sugar Ray Leonard and Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson

Six who have held professional world championships -- Leonard, Johnson, DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, Lamont Peterson, Gary Russell, Jr. and Gervonta Davis

Four United States Olympians -- Leonard, Louis "Heidi" Curtis,  Russell, Jr and Gary Antuanne Russell

Three brother combinations -- Johnson and James Harris, Lamont and Anthony Peterson and the Russell Family

Two boxers named Outstanding Boxer ("Golden Boy") of the National Tournament -- Jerry Odom (2012) and Gary Antonio Russell (2013)

Taylor Stopped In Five In Las Vegas!

Edgewood, MD welterweight Emanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor was stopped in the fifth round Saturday night by Argentinian Lucas Matthysse at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  The bout was part of the Pay-Per-View portion of Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. card.

Taylor was rocked late in the first round by a Matthysse right hand and continued his onslaught in the second round.  In the third, Matthysse dropped Taylor with another right hand after suffering a cut over his right eye because of an accidental head butt.   By the fifth round, Taylor had no chance to get back into the bout as Matthysse landed solid shots that forced referee Jay Nady to stop the contest at 2:21.

Taylor's record drops to 20-5, 14 KO's.  Matthysse, who was returning after a 19-month absence, is now 38-4, 35 KO's.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Davis Competes For National Golden Gloves Championship Saturday in Louisiana!

Alexandria, VA 132-pounder Keyshawn Davis is the DC Region's last hope for a National Golden Gloves championship.  Davis will vie for that title Saturday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

Davis won his semifinal bout with a 5-0 decision over Jonathan Rubio of California on Friday.  Davis will take on Adrien Benton of Cincinnati in the finals and try to be the first Beltway Boxer to win a National Golden Gloves championship since 2014.

Wilfredo Avelar of Germantown, MD lost his semifinal bout to Adam Ali at 141 pounds by a 5-0 decision.  Also, Keeshawn Williams lost in the semis at 152 pounds to Leon Lawson of Florida by a 5-0 decision.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Taylor, Matthyssee Weigh 147 For 10-Rounder In Las Vegas!

Emanuel Taylor and Lucas Matthyssee both weighed in at 147 pounds for their 10-round bout Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The bout will open the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast that will begin at 9 PM ET.

Three Locals Remain In National Golden Gloves!

Three local boxers are still in the competition to win National Golden Gloves honors at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

Wilfredo Avelar advanced to the semifinals of the 141-pound division with a 5-0 decision over Keenan Glaude of the Mid-South region.  Keeshawn Williams won his bout at 152 pounds with a 5-0 decision over Michael Calvin of the NY-Metro region .  Also, Keyshawn Davis is in the semis of the 132 pound division by way of a 5-0 victory over Jose Camacho of the Omaha region.

The tournament is over for Genc Pllana who lost his quarterfinal bout at 178 pounds by a 3-2 decision to Rafael Gaitan of Texas.  Also, Javon Campbell lost a 4-1 decision to Kevin Montano of California and Rasheed Wright fell to Tommy Robinson of Detroit by a 3-2 score at 114 pounds.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Five Locals Remain In National Golden Gloves Competition In Louisiana!

As they head into the quarterfinals of the 2017 National Golden Gloves at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA, five DC Region boxers remain in the competition.

Genc Pllana of Hagerstown, MD won his second bout in the 178-pound division with a 5-0 win over Derick Miller of Detroit.

Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA advanced with a 5-0 victory over Yamil Ortiz-Carrillo of Pennsylvania at 132 pounds.  Meanwhile, Javon Campbell of Raleigh, NC, won his first bout of the 123-pound competition on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over Aridis Duran of NY. 

At 141 Pounds, Wilfredo Avelar of Germantown, MD moved into the next round with a 3-2 decision over Efren Nieves of the New England region.  Keeshawn Williams of DC won his second contest at 152 pounds with a 3-2 win over Robert Mumford of Toledo, OH.

In other results, Steven Kelly of Fayetteville, NC lost his bid at 201 pounds by first-round TKO to Owen Saldana of Chicago, IL.  At 108 pounds, Julius White of DC lost a 5-0 decision to Salaam Gonzales of the Colorado-New Mexico Region. Rasheed Wright of DC dropped a 3-2 decision to Javionte Gaddy of Toledo at 114 Pounds.  Also, Malik Titus of Baltimore, MD lost a 5-0 decision at 201+ pounds to Jarod Anderson of Toledo.



Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Locals Win Bouts At National Golden Gloves!

DC Region boxers won three bouts during Tuesday's action at the National Golden Gloves at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA won his bout at 132 pounds defeating Jordon Pace of Texas by a 5-0 score.  Davis replaced Javon Campbell, who won the regionals last week.

DC's Keeshawn Williams advanced to the next round in the 152-pound division with a 5-0 win over Marcus Davidson of Kansas City, MO.

Hagerstown, MD's Genc Pllana won a 5-0 decision over Tayler Mears of the New England region to advance in the 178-pound division.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Isley Upset In First Round Of Golden Gloves Competition!

It has been very difficult finding early results of the 2017 National Golden Gloves from the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, LA.  The results we did find contain a huge shock for the DC Region team on Monday's opening day of competition.

Alexandria, VA's Troy Isley, who was one of the favorites to win the Beltway's first national championship since 2014, was upset in the first round of the 165-pound division by Joseph Hicks of Michigan.  Isley, who is ranked number two in the country at this weight class,  lost a 3-2 decision.

Germantown, MD's Wilfredo Avelar advanced to the next round of the 141-pound class with a 5-0 decision over Sir Tommy Sutton of Omaha, NB.

Ballard Competes In Nationally-Televised 10-Round Contest In Tucson, AZ!

Undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard will head into the biggest bout of his young pro career as he faces fellow undefeated boxer Ulises Sierra of San Diego, CA in a scheduled 10-round bout on Thursday, May 18th at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ.  The bout will be televised as the co-feature on a "Golden Boy Boxing" card on ESPN2 and is slated to be for the WBC USNBC Super Middleweight title.

Ballard (16-0, 12 KO's) has knocked out his last five opponents, including a fourth-round TKO over Zoltan Sera on March 11 in Verona, NY. Sierra (10-0-2, six KO's) won the California State Super Middleweight title with a first-round knockout over Jose Hernandez on July 16 in Lancaster, CA in his last outing.

Ballard has fought six straight guys with over -.500 records while Hernandez was the first boxer with a .500 or better record that Sierra has fought.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Balogun Wins Unanimous Decision In Springfield, VA!

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Grover "The Cobra" Young of Memphis, TN in the main event of the inaugural Victory Boxing Management card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

In crossing the six-round threshold for the first time in his young pro career, Balogun focused on his boxing skills and used good foot movement throughout the contest against the awkward Young, who showed Balogun a lot of his left shoulder and made himself a difficult target to hit at times.  Young sparingly engaged with Balogun during the contest except during the final round when he landed some wild shots that didn't bother Balogun, who won by shutout on one card, 60-54 and won 59-55 on the other two cards. Balogun remains undefeated at 11-0, eight KO's while Young falls to 12-22-3, eight KO's.

There were only two other bouts on the card.  Washington, DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines made a successful pro debut, stopping the equally debuting Zach Johnson of Rochester, NY at 1:18 of the first round.  Hines spent the round chasing Johnson around the ring as Johnson quickly decided he did not want to engage with the charging Hines.   Hines landed a couple of right hands that dropped Johnson to his knees and forced referee Michelle Myers to stop the bout without administering a count.

Also on the card, District Heights, MD super middleweight Jason Bell won a relatively easy four-round unanimous decision over debuting George Sheppard of Newport News, VA.  Bell landed solid combinations to the body throughout the contest to help gain the shutout (40-36) win.  Bell is now 2-0, one KO.

Bell's twin brother, Justin was scheduled to be on the card but suffered an injury in training.

The matchmaker for the card was Brian Dillon and the ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.

We have an interview with Mike Balogun after his contest.

Listen to "Mike Balogun Interview 4/29/17" on Spreaker.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Weights From Springfield!

Here is the scale watch for the Victory Boxing Promotions card that will be held on Saturday at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Mike Balogun 234 vs. Grover Young 241

Jason Bell 166 vs. George Sheppard 164

Alton Smith 178 vs. Chris Yarborough 173

Cornell Hines 147 vs. Zach Johnson 142

Marcos Suarez 138 vs. Kevin Womack (will weigh in tomorrow)

Both Chris Curtis and Portland Pringle will weigh in tomorrow.

First bout is scheduled to begin at 7 PM ET.  If you can't make the card, listen to the broadcast live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android.  IOS listeners may hear the broadcast on the Boxing Along The Beltway Spreaker page at https://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway or the IHeartRadio page at https://www.iheart.com/podcast/Boxing-Along-The-Beltway-22903291/  The broadcast will begin at 6:55 PM ET.

Kisner Defends NABA Cruiserweight Title Against A. Guerrero May12th At Michael's Eighth Avenue!

 Pro boxing returns to Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Friday, May 12th as Baltimore Pro Boxing Promotions brings an exciting main event to the card.

Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner will make the first defense of his NABA Cruiserweight title against former NABA champion Alex Guerrero of Salisbury, MD.  The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.

Kisner (19-3-1, six KO's) fought on the last card at Michael's, winning an eight-round split decision over Lamont Singletary on March 30th.  Kisner won the NABA title on November 23 with a 10-round majority decision over Brian Holstein in Columbus, OH.  

Guerrero (12-1-1, six KO's) captured the vacant NABA title with an eight-round stoppage of Anthony Ferrante in November of 2014 in Wilmington, DE.  However, in his next outing, Guerrero lost by first-round TKO to Brian Howard in September of 2015 in Queens, NY.  Guerrero has not competed since that loss.

The two men are no strangers to each other as they battled each other twice in the amateurs, including once at the 2008 Washington Golden Gloves.  Kisner won both contests.

There will also be a super middleweight battle of Baltimore as "Dangerous" Donald Wallace will face off against Devin Butcher.  Wallace (2-0, one KO) fought on the January 13th card at Michael's and won a six-round unanimous decision over Tahir Thomas.  Butcher (6-1, three KO's) bouncoed back from suffering his first pro loss by winning a four-round unanimous decision over Eric Govan on November 12th at DuBurns Arena in Baltimore.

Other boxers slated to be on this card are Baltimore heavyweight Colby Madison (4-0, three KO's), West Virginia welterweight Matthew "Boogieman" Bowling (4-0, four KO's) and 2012 Dominican Republic Olympian Wellington Arias Romero of Newburgh, NY (12-0-1, six KO's.  Romero, a welterweight, is a Roc Nation-signed prospect.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 25 Noted As 'Lamont Peterson Day' In DC!



Congratulations to WBA Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson who was honored on Tuesday with a special day by the District of Columbia.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was on hand to present the three-time, two division world champion with a special proclamation naming April 25, 2017 as "Lamont Peterson Day" in the District of Columbia.  Peterson was honored for his work in and out of the ring, especially for his charity work.

This is not the first time Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO's) has received such an honor.  Peterson was honored by the DC City Council in June of 2009.

Peterson last fought on February 18th, winning the WBA title with a 12-round unanimous decision over David Avanesyan in Cincinnati, OH.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rahman, Jr. Wins Second Pro Bout By First-Round Stoppage!

Baltimore, MD heavyweight Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. won his second pro contest and scored his second first-round TKO on April 21st at DeCarlo's Convention Center in Warren, MI.  Rahman stopped Demetrius Shaw of North Carolina at 2:16.

According to Brad Snyder of The Undercard, Rahman was all business as Shaw seemed comical, often turning away from Rahman and turning his back to him. Rahman was able to find Shaw up against the ropes and unload a barrage of punches that sent Shaw to the canvas. Rahman pounced on Shaw as soon as the fight continued. This knocked a very, outmatched Shaw to the canvas, again.  Shaw's corner threw in the towel. Shaw was making his pro debut.

Both of Rahman, Jr.'s wins have had added significance.  When Rahman, Jr. made his pro debut on April 14 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, he weighed in at 234 pounds -- the exact same weight his father had when he made his pro debut in 1994.  The win against Shaw came 16 years to the day that Hasim, Sr. was preparing to shock the heavyweight boxing world when he would knock out Lennox Lewis in the fifth round in South Africa for the undisputed heavyweight championship.

Results From Regional Golden Gloves!

Two repeating Regional Golden Gloves champions will lead the DC Region into the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions next Sunday in Lafayette, LA based on their impressive wins Saturday at the Regional Golden Gloves at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Alexandria, VA 165-pounder Troy Isley won his second straight Open Division regional title defeating Ashton Sykes of Columbia, MD.  Isley, who is ranked second in the country by USA Boxing in his weight class, was very accurate and outgunned the game Sykes.  Isley was also named the Outstanding Boxer of the tournament.

Hagerstown, MD's Genc Pllana will also make his second consecutive trip to the nationals as he stopped William Jones of Hopewell, VA in the third round to win the 178-pound Open title.  Pllana broke Jones down enough to gain three standing-eight counts during the contest and sealed the victory after knocking Jones down with a crunching left to the body.

The Avelar Brothers of Germantown, MD split in their bouts.  Wilfredo Avelar won the 141-pound title with a victory over Diego Abregu of Leesburg, VA.  However, Tommy Avelar lost his bid for the 132-pound championship by decision to Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA.

At 152 pounds, Keeshawn Williams of Washington, DC won the title with a strange-looking third-round TKO over Jacques Jean of Alexandria.  Williams was in control of the bout for the most part.  However, Jean seemed to at least be competing and fighting back.  Late in the third round, Jean's cornerman saw something he did not like and asked that the bout be stopped.

Steven Kelly of Fayetteville, NC captured the 201-pound title with a decision victory over Thomas Mottinger of Seaford, DE and Malik Titus of Baltimore, MD won the 201+-pound championship with a win over George Harris of Alexandria.

Here is your 2017 Regional Golden Gloves team that will head to Lafayette, LA April 30th-May 7:

108 Pounds: Julius White, Washington, DC

114 Pounds:  Rasheed Wright, Washington, DC (also a two-time regional champion, in two weight divisions [108 and 114]. However, both regional victories were by walkover)

123 Pounds:  Javon Campbell, Raleigh, NC

132 Pounds:  Keyshawn Davis, Alexandria, VA

141 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar, Germantown, MD

152 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams, Washington, DC

165 Pounds:  Troy Isley, Alexandria, VA

178 Pounds:  Genc Pllana, Hagerstown, MD

201 Pounds:  Steven Kelly, Fayetteville, NC

201+ Pounds:  Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD

In the Novice Division, one bout stole the show early in the evening.  Davonte Warren of Laurel, MD won the 152-pound championship in an outstanding contest against J'oan Planas of Manassas, VA.  These two boxers fought tooth and nail all through the bout including a fierce third-round that brought the crowd to their feet.

At 165 pounds, Christian Fayne of Richmond, VA won his second straight Novice title with a victory over Elan Trombley of Fredrick, MD.  At 141 pounds, Khari Clinkscales of Manassas took the title with a win over Ian Simmons of Hillcrest Heights, MD. 

The 201+-pound championship saw James McMurdo of Salisbury, MD land crushing shots to stop Ricky Campbell of Chesapeake, VA in the first round.  Also, Giovanni Scuderi of Ashburn, VA won the 201-pound championship with a decision over Tyler Langer of Baltimore, MD and DeAngelo McDonald of District Heights, MD captured the 123-pound title with a win over Gabriel Smith of Heathsville, VA.

Two boxers won by medical walkover -- DaJuan Concepcion of District Heights, MD (132 Pounds) and Jason Ampy of Sutherland, VA (178 Pounds).

Here are your Novice Division Regional Golden Gloves Champions for 2017:

114 Pounds:  Brandon Brockington, Forestville, MD

123 Pounds:  DeAngelo McDonald, District Heights, MD

132 Pounds:  DaJuan Concepcion, District Heights, MD

141 Pounds:  Khari Clinkscales, Manassas, VA

152 Pounds:  Davonte Warren, Laurel, MD

165 Pounds:  Christian Fayne, Richmond, VA

178 Pounds:  Jason Ampy, Sutherland, VA

201 Pounds:  Giovanni Scuderi, Ashburn, VA

201+ Pounds:  James McMurdo, Salisbury, MD


Friday, April 21, 2017

Pryor Stopped In Verona; Rahman, Jr. Hits Scales In Michigan!

Thursday at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, Fredrick, MD cruiserweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor lost by second round knockout to Vyacheslav "Lionheart" Shabranskyy of Los Angeles, CA by way of the Ukraine.

According to Fightnews.com's Boxing Bob Newman, Shabranskyy wasted no time, launching over hand rights, more than a few missing their mark. Finally, one landed high in Pryor’s temple, staggering him in a neutral corner, with the follow up barrage sending him down. Pryor rose, and was sent down again in his own corner with a flurry that mostly missed, but needed to be avoided, Pryor must’ve felt as he took a knee. Despite Shabranskyy’s best efforts, he could not end matters then and there as Pryor bravely fought off the ropes and got out of the round. It didn’t matter though as a final knockdown in Shabranskyy’s corner saw Pryor take the full count on his knee for a knockout at 54 seconds of the second round.  Shabranskyy is now 18-1, 15 KOs, while Pryor goes to 10-16, five KOs.

Tonight at DeCarlo's Convention Center in Warren, Michigan, Baltimore, MD heavyweight Hasim "GoldBlooded" Rahman, Jr. will take on debuting Demetrius Shaw in a four-round bout.  Rahman won his pro debut on the April 14th card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD needing just 40 seconds to stop Ralph Alexander.

Rahman, Jr., who will be in the main event on this card, weighed in Thursday at 233 pounds.  Shaw did not weigh in yesterday because he, along with many of the boxers on the card, were delayed by severe weather conditions.

Pro Boxing Returns To ABC Sports Complex April 29!

The next Beltway pro boxing card will take place on Saturday, April 29th at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  The card will be promoted by a new promotion -- Victory Boxing.

The main event will feature undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight prospect Mike "Silverback" Balogun who will take on veteran Grover Young of Memphis, TN in a six-round contest.

Balogun (9-0, eight KO's) has knocked out his last four opponents in either the first or the second round.  In his last bout, Balogun scored a crushing first-round TKO over Branden Lee Hinkle on October 20th at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

Young (12-22-3, eight KO's) is winless in his last nine bouts, including five straight losses.  Young lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Gregory Corbin on January 28th in Tunica, MS.  Young started his career as a middleweight and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Beltway Boxer Dominic Wade in February of 2011 in Salisbury, MD.   As Young moved up in weight, he has fought quality opposition like Sergey Kovalev, Farah Ennis, Badou Jack and Malik Scott.  The last time Young fought in the Beltway region, he lost a six-round majority decision to Dwayne McRae in November of 2014 at Constitution Hall in DC.

The Bell Twins -- Justin and Jason -- return to action on this card. Both super middleweight boxers made their pro debuts on March 25th at the University of the District of Columbia.  Justin Bell (1-0) won a four-round unanimous decision over veteran Greg Hackett while Jason Bell (1-0, one KO) scored a first-round TKO over David Rohn.  Justin Bell will take on the debuting George Sheppard of Newport News, VA while Jason Bell battles debuting Zack Johnson of Rochester, NY.

Two other locals will make their pro debuts on this card.  Welterweight Cornell Hines of Washington, DC will face Jason Carroll of Starlightsville, OH who is also making his pro debut.  Also, Alton George Smith of Lanham, MD will be in a light heavyweight debut bout against Chris Yarborough of Richmond, VA.

Other Beltway Boxers scheduled to be on the card are Fort Washington, MD featherweight Marquel "Monster" Johns (7-1-2, six KO's) and Silver Spring, MD welterweight Samuel Amoako (21-14, 15 KO's).

In other bouts scheduled for the card, undefeated Reading, PA super middleweight prospect Shakeem Hodge (4-0, three KO's) will take on Aushton Midkiff of St. Louis, MO who will make his pro debut on this card.  Hodge makes his second straight trip to the ABC Sports Complex.  On December 10th, Hodge won a four-round technical decision over Noe Lozano after Lozano suffered an injury because of an accidental head butt.

Also, undefeated Bronx, NY super lightweight Marcos Suarez makes his first road trip on this card when he battles Matt Murphy of St. Louis in a four-rounder.  Suarez (5-0-1, one KO) has not fought since May of 2015 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Sidney Maccow in Queens, NY.  All of Suarez's bouts have been in New York.  Murphy (2-11-1, two KO's) will compete for the sixth time in 2017 and will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pryor Weighs 178 3/4 For Eight-Round Bout In Verona, NY!

Frederick, MD cruiserweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor weighed in at 178 3/4 pounds for his eight-round contest against Vyacheslav " Lionheart" Shabranskyy of Los Angeles, CA by way of the Ukraine tonight at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.  Shabranskyy tipped the scales at 178 1/4.

Pryor (10-15, five KO's) has not fought since losing by first-round TKO to Samuel Clarkson on December 9 in Dallas, TX.  Shabranskyy (17-1, 14 KO's) looks to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss -- a seventh-round KO to Sullivan Barrera on December 16 in Indio, CA.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bout Sheet For Regional Golden Gloves Championships!

Here is the scheduled bout sheet for the 2017 Washington Golden Gloves Regional Championships that will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  The DC/Maryland/Delaware champions will battle the winners from Virginia/North Carolina:


Novice Division:

123 Pounds:  DeAngelo McDonald, District Heights, MD vs. Gabriel Smith, Heathsville, VA

132 Pounds:  DaJuan Concepcion, District Heights, MD vs. Ian Homan, Fairfax, VA

141 Pounds:  Ian Simmons, Hillcrest Heights, MD vs. Khari Clinkscales, Manassas, VA

152 Pounds:  Davonte Warren, Laurel, MD vs. J'oan Planas, Manassas, VA

165 Pounds:  Elan Trombley, Fredrick, MD vs. Christian Fayne, Richmond, VA

178 Pounds:  Aziz Williams, Bear, DE vs. Jason Ampy, Sutherland, VA

201 Pounds:  Tyler Langer, Baltimore, MD vs. Giovanni Scuderi, Ashburn, VA

201+ Pounds:  James McMurdo, Salisbury, MD vs. Ricky Campbell, Chesapeake, VA

Unopposed Champion: Brandon Brockington, Forestville, MD (114 Pounds)


Open Division:

123 Pounds:  Marcus Wright, Temple Hills, MD vs. Javon Campbell, Raleigh, NC

132 Pounds:  Tommy Avelar, Germantown, MD vs. Keyshawn Davis, Alexandria, VA

141 Pounds:  Wilfredo Avelar, Germantown, MD vs. Diego Abregu, Leesburg, VA

152 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams, Washington, DC vs. Jacques Jean, Alexandria, VA

165 Pounds:  Ashton Sykes, Columbia, MD vs. Troy Isley, Alexandria, VA

178 Pounds:  Genc Pllana, Hagerstown, MD vs. William Jones, Hopewell, VA

201 Pounds:  Thomas Mottinger, Seaford, DE vs. Steven Kelly, Fayetteville, NC

201+ Pounds:  Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD vs. George Harris, Alexandria, VA

Unopposed Champions:  Julius White, Washington, DC (108 Pounds)
                                          Rasheed Wright, Washington, DC (114 Pounds)

The first bout begins at 7:30 PM. 

Interim Title Bout And Title Eliminator Contest Added To May 20th Card At MGM National Harbor Casino!

Two quality bouts have been added to the TGB Promotions card that will take place at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD on Saturday, May 20.

We already know that the main event will feature WBC Featherweight champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD (27-1, 16 KO's) making the second defense of his title against Oscar Escandon of Ibague, Colombia (25-2, 17 KO's).  However, there will be two more scheduled 12-round contests on this card.

In a matchup for the interim IBF Super Middleweight championship, "The Resurrected" Andre Dirrell of Flint, MI will take on Jose "Bolivita" Uzcategui of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico by way of Venezuela.  Dirrell (25-2, 16 KO's) last fought on April 29th and won a 10-round unanimous decision over Blake Caparello in Atlantic City, NJ. 

By the way, Dirrell returns to the state where he made his professional debut.  Dirrell won his first pro bout by fourth-round TKO over Carlos Jones in January of 2005 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KO's) has won four straight contests since suffering his only loss -- a 10-round unanimous decision to Matt Korobov in June of 2014 in Omaha, NB.  One of his wins during the streak was a crushing second-round TKO over previously undefeated Julius Jackson in October of 2015.  Uzcategui last fought on August 20th and scored a second-round TKO over Fabiano Pena in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico.

The winner of this bout will face IBF champion James DeGale, who is recovering from injuries suffered in his title unification bout with WBC champ Badou Jack on January 14th in Brooklyn, NY.  That bout ended in a draw.  If Dirrell defeats Uzcategui, the win would set Dirrell up for a rematch against DeGale, who defeated Dirrell in a title bout in May of 2015 by unanimous decision in Boston, MA. 

There will also be a WBA super lightweight title elimination bout between undefeated former two-time, two-division world champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy of Las Vegas, NV by way of Arroyo Naranjo, Cuba and former world title challenger Kiryl "Mad Bee" Relikh of Minsk, Belarus. 

Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KO's) is trying to become the first Cuban-born boxer to win three world titles in three weight divisions.  In his last outing, Barthelemy successfully defended his IBF Lightweight title with a split decision over Mickey Bey on June 3 in Hollywood, FL.  Barthelemy is also a former IBF Super Featherweight champion. 

Relikh (21-1, 19 KO's)  needs a win to obtain a second opportunity at a world title.  In his last contest, Relikh lost by unanimous decision to Ricky Burns for the WBA Super Lightweight title on October 7 in Glasgow, Scotland.   This will be Relikh's first time competing in the United States.

The winner of this bout will be the WBA's mandatory contender for newly-crowned titleholder Julius Indongo, who defeated Burns to win the WBA and IBF championships by unanimous decision in Glasgow on April 15.

All three of these bouts will make up the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast that evening.

Also scheduled to appear on this card are Gary Russell's brothers, Antonio and the debuting Antuanne, a member of the 2016 US Olympic Team.  No word yet on their opponents.




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Reeves Wins Unanimous Decision In Walkout Bout at MGM!




(Photo by Mike Greenhill)

Travis "Seveer" Reeves has won an eight-round unanimous decision over Taneal "Spider" Goyco in the final bout of the night at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.

Reeves landed the cleaner and sharper punches and kept Goyco off balance.  Goyco was tough and stayed upright but Reeves was in complete control.   Judge Lynne Carter scored a shutout for Reeves, 80-72 while judges John Gradowski and Don Risher saw the bout 78-74 for Reeves, who is nwo 14-2-2, seven KO's.  Goyco is 9-10-1, four KO's.

The attendance was 2,159.

Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up show where Juan Marshall and I recap the TV portion of the card as well as the Reeves-Goyco contest:

Listen to "Post-Fight Wrap-Up From MGM National Harbor Casino 4 / 14 / 17" on Spreaker.


Here is the Intermission Recap for the undercard:

Listen to "Intermission Report From MGM National Harbor Casino 4/14/17" on Spreaker.


We also have an interview with Malik "Iceman" Hawkins:

Listen to "Malik Hawkins Interview 4/14/17" on Spreaker.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bivol Batters Clarkson Over Four Rounds To Retain Interim WBA Light Heavy Title!


(Photo by Mike Greenhill)

Undefeated WBA Interim Light Heavyweight champion Dmitroy Bivol scored a crushing-round TKO over a game but outmatched Samuel "The Main Event" Clarkson to retain his title in our main event here tonight.

Bivol started off very aggressive and dropped Clarkson twice with right hands in the first round. Clarkson to make a bout of it but was totally outgunned as Bivol patiently broke Clarkson down.  Bivol would land a crushing left-right combination that would send Clarkson down to the canvas for the third and final time as referee Harvey Dock would stop the bout at 1:40 of the fourth round.

Bivol is now 10-0, eight KO's.  Clarkson falls to 21-4, 12 KO's.

Hawkins Dominates Over Soto In ShoBox Co-Feature!




(Photo by Mike Greenhill)

Malik "Iceman" Hawkins put in a dominating performance stopping previously undefeated Carlos Soto of Torreon, Mexico at the end of the second round.

Hawkins found a home with his right hand and repeatedly battered Soto with it, causing a huge welt over Soto's left eye.  Eventually, the ringside physician, Dr. Doug Frankel, looked at the eye and ruled Soto unfit to continue.

Hawkins remains undefeated at 11-0, eight KO's.  Soto falls for the first time and he is 13-1-2, seven KO's.

By the way, the Travis Reeves-Taneal Goyco is now slated to be the walkout bout this evening after our main event.

Dezurn Wins Exciting Unanimous Decision Over Davila!



(Photo by Mike Greenhill)

In one of the best bouts seen in the area in some time, undefeated Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn won an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Leroy Davila of, East Windsor, NJ.

The two participated in some brutal exchanges in close throughout the bout.  Dezurn seemed to landed the harder blows in many of those exchanges.  Midway through the bout, Davila altered his game plan to include side-to-side movement.  However, Dezurn was successful in cutting the ring off. The two talented boxers ended the contest with a fierce eighth round that saw both men land crushing shots.

All three judges -- Lynne Carter, John Gradowski and Don Risher -- scored the bout 78-74 for Dezurn, who is now 9-0, six KO's.  Davila is now 5-1, three KO's.

Rahman Makes Short Work Of Alexander In Bout Of Debuting Local Heavyweights!


(Photo by Mike Greenhill)

Hasim Rahman, Jr. needed just 40 seconds to stop equally debuting heavyweight Ralph Alexander.  Rahman pummeled Alexander in his own corner with lefts and rights before referee Bill Clancy stopped the bout.  Rahman's father, former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim, Sr., worked his son's corner.

Villa Stops Diaz in Sixth!

Another 19-year-old prospect, super featherweight Ruben Villa of Salinas, CA was very impressive in stopping tough Luis Diaz of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Villa, a former two-time national Golden Gloves champion who lost to Shakur Stevenson in the 2016 Olympic Trials, showed solid accuracy as he battered Diaz throughout the contest eventually stopping Diaz at 34 seconds of the sixth round.

Villa is now 5-0, three KO's.  Diaz loses for the first time and he is 2-1, one KO.

Our first locals enter the ring as Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. of  Baltimore takes on Ralph Alexander of Lanham. Both guys making pro debuts as heavyweights.

Dutchover Stops Amaro in Three!

Michael Dutchover scored a TKO at the end of three rounds when opponent Eder Amaro could not come out for the fourth round.

Dutchover was able to cut the ring off successfully throughout the bout and land piercing left jabs to Amaro's face.  Eventually, Amaro's corner threw in the towel at the end of three.

Dutchover remains perfect at 4-0, four KO's while Amaro drops to 2-3, one KO.

Next is Ruben Villa of Salinas, CA (4-0, two KO's) taking on Luis Diaz of San Juan, Puerto Rico (2-0, one KO).  Six rounds, super featherweights.

Dawejko and Hernandez Compete To Eight Round Draw!

Heavyweights Joey "The Tank" Dawejko and Rodney Hernandez fought to an entertaining eight-round, split decision draw.  Defense was not a factor in this contest as both men slugged their way through the contest, landing hard shots to the head and body throughout the contest. Hernandez suffered a bloody nose that helped turn his white trunks into crimson.

Judge Don Risher scored the bout for Dawejko, 77-75 while John Gradowski judged in favor of Hernandez, 78-74.  Judge Lou Carter saw the draw, 76-76.

Dawejko's record is now 17-4-4, 10 KO's.  Hernandez is now 10-5-2, two KO's.

In the ring now is Michael Dutchover of Midland, TX (3-0, three KO's) battling Eder Amaro of Matamoros, Mexico (2-2, one KO).  Six rounds, junior lightweights.

Kuzmin Stops Hickman At The End Of Three!

The opening bout saw Sergey Kuzmin of St. Petersburg, Russia stop Keenan Hickman of Baton  Rouge, LA at the end of three rounds.  Early in the third, Hickman suffered an injury to his left arm.  Hickman continued the bout but was knocked down by a Kuzmin left hand.  Hickman finished the third but was unable to leave his corner for the fourth round.  Kuzmin remains undefeated at 10-0, seven KO's while Hickman, who took the bout on very short notice, falls to 5-2-1, two KO's.

They have changed the order and in the ring now is Joey Dawejko of Philadelphia, PA (17-4-3, 10 KO's) facing Rodney Hernandez of Modesto, CA (10-5-1, two KO's).  Eight rounds, heavyweights.

First Bout Enters The Ring At MGM National Harbor!

The first bout is heading to the ring -- Sergey Kuzmin of St. Petersburg, Russia takes on late sub Keenan Hickman of Baton Rouge, LA.  Eight rounds, heavyweights.  Kuzmin is 9-0, six KO's while Hickman is 5-1-1, two KO's.

Good Evening, Once Again, From National Harbor!

Hi again, from the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD!  As you probably know, this is the second card here in six days.  The Greg Cohen Promotions/Banner Promotions card will feature four boxers from Baltimore.

Hasim Rahman, Jr. will make his pro debut in the second bout on the undercard against the equally debuting Ralph Alexander of Lanham, MD.

Travis Reeves will take on Taneal Goyco of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round contest that will be the fifth bout on the card.

The undercard begins at 7:15 PM. Glenn Dezurn opens the telecast against Leroy Davila at 10 PM ET on Showtime.

USA Today Profiles Dezurns!

On the night that undefeated Baltimore super featherweight Glenn Dezurn appears on national television for the very first time, USA Today's Bob Velin has written a nice profile on Dezurn and his wife, boxer Franchon Crews-Dezurn that appears in today's issue.

Here is the link to the article:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/boxing/2017/04/13/glenn-dezurn-boxing-franchon-crews-shobox/100436456/

Dezurn's bout against undefeated two-time amateur champion Leroy Davila will open the televised portion of the card from the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD at 10 PM ET on Showtime.