Wednesday, July 27, 2016
At one time, the event was the creme de la creme of amateur boxing tournaments in Washington, DC. Since its inception in 1985, the Mayor's Cup has been an event where future world champions -- from the Beltway and beyond -- have competed in. Beltway legends like hall of famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, Sharmba Mitchell, Keith Holmes, Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley and Gerry "Rock" Payne participated along with many nationally-known future champions like Ray Mercer, Riddick Bowe, Kennedy McKinney and Al Cole.
The tradition of the Mayor's Cup returns on Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 at the Ridge Road Recreation Center located on 800 Ridge Road in Southeast, DC. The bouts begin on Friday at 6 PM, Saturday's card starts at 11 AM and Championship Sunday will start at noon.
For more information, call 202-528-7694.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Hernandez Harrison Scheduled To Face LaManna For USBA Welterweight Title September 16 In Atlantic City!
The bout has not been officially announced, however, both boxers are claiming it is a done deal. Hernandez Harrison (29-0-1, 16 KO's) is ranked number one in the most recent USBA rankings despite battling to a 10-round split decision draw against Mike Dallas on May 13 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. LaManna (21-1, nine KO's) made a recent drop to the welterweight rankings and is listed fourth by the USBA. LaManna last fought on July 22 and scored a first-round TKO over Engleberto Valenzuela at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
This will be LaManna's third time facing a Beltway Boxer. In March of 2013, LaManna won a six-round unanimous decision over Joshua Snyder in Atlantic City. Then in March of 2015, LaManna was stopped in the sixth-round by Antoine Douglas on a nationally-televised (ShoBox on Showtime) card in Westbury, NY. Both those fights took place in the middleweight division.
Another local boxer is ranked in the USBA Welterweight rankings -- Gerome Quigley of Gaithersburg, MD (15-0, 14 KO's) is listed ninth.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Jackson, son of the legendary former world champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson, controlled the action for the first two rounds as he pressured Odom and landed solid inside punches.
However, Odom turned the bout around for good in the third round with one punch, a crushing right hand that landed on the bridge of Jackson's nose and dropped him to the canvas. Jackson barely beat referee Arthur Mercante, Jr's count but was deemed unfit to continue. The bout was stopped at 1:57.
With the win, Odom breaks a two-bout winless streak and is now 14-2-1, 13 KO's. Jackson suffers his second straight knockout loss and falls to 19-2, 15 KO's.
Here is how Fightnews.com's Jason Marchetti saw the contest:
The fight opened with Valenzuela scoring on the inside with body shots followed by overhand right hands. In the 2nd, Fox landed a flush straight right hand to the temple and wobbled Valenzuela on the ropes. As the fight progressed, Fox used his jab to keep Valenzuela away and the tiring opponent took more and more punishment as cuts opened on both sides of his face. Fox scored heavy with his left hook in the 5th and Valenzuela could not answer the bell at the end of the 6th round. Fox was likely way up on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage by the ringside doctor.
Fox raised his record to 20-0-1, nine KO's while Valenzuela falls to 17-4, 11 KO's.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
(Photo by Rosie Cohe/Showtime)
Jerry Odom (left) and Julius Jackson both weighed in at 168 pounds for their eight-round televised bout Friday night at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
The televised portion of the card will begin at 10 PM ET on ShoBox on Showtime as the show celebrates its 15th anniversary. Three out-of-town boxers who have appeared on Beltway cards will also participate on this card. O'Shaquie "Ice Water" Foster of Houston, TX (10-1, seven KO's, two Beltway appearances) will take on Rolando "Iron Man" Chinea of Lancaster, PA (12-1-1, six KO's, six Beltway-area bouts including his pro debut) in another eight-rounder and Ian Green of Paterson, NJ (9-1, seven KO's, three Beltway appearances) will be in his first scheduled eight-rounder when he takes on undefeated Khiary Gray Pitts of Worcester, MA.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Fox (19-0-1, eight KO's) is coming off a fourth-round stoppage of Milton Nunez on May 8 in Lakeland, FL. Valenzuela (17-3, 11 KO's) last fought on May 17 and scored a second-round TKO over Armando Corral in Santa Rosalia.
Both men weighed in for the bout today. Fox came in at 162 pounds while Valenzuela tipped the scales at 163 pounds.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
We've already told you about the main event -- Laurel, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will challenge Quebec's Adonis "Superman" Stevenson for Stevenson's WBC World Light Heavyweight title.
Now comes word that two top Beltway middleweight prospects will face each other in a very interesting 10-round contest. Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson of Laurel will take on undefeated Immanuwel "Manolo" Aleem of Richmond, VA. Nicholson (17-1, 16 KO's) went the distance for the first time in his pro career in his last outing when he won an eight-round unanimous decision over Joshua Okine on April 1 at the DC Armory. Aleem (16-0, nine KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Cepeda on April 19 in Bethlehem, PA.
This contest, the first scheduled 10-round bout for both men, may open the PBC On Spike telecast on that evening.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Baltimore, MD's "Slick" Nick Kisner bounced back from his unanimous decision loss earlier this year to score a four-round unanimous decision victory over Steven Tyner of Akron, OH in a heavyweight bout held at the Roar At The Shore biker rally in Erie, PA.
Kisner won by shutout (40-36) in the heavyweight encounter to raise his record to 17-3-1, six KO's. Tyner falls to 3-14-3, two KO's.
Also on the card, Fairfax, VA welterweight Ahmet "The Turk" Kayretli battled to a four-round majority decision draw with Joshua Jones of Philadelphia, PA. Here's how Kurt Wolfheimer of Fightnews.com described the bout:
Jones opened the fight boxing well from the outside. However, Kayretli made a game of it in the second with wild charges and combinations. Jones turned the tables again in the third as he kept Kayretli off balance with well-timed counters. The fight was on the line in the fourth and final round. Jones seemed to do just enough while timing the rushes with counters, but Kayretli was the aggressor as the fight ended. One judge saw the fight 39-37 for Jones but was overruled as the other two officials saw the fight 38-38 even for the majority draw.
Kayretli, a native of Turkey, is now 0-1-1 in his young pro boxing career as he continues to make a transition from Mixed Martial Arts. Jones is now 2-0-1, two KO's.
At the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL, lightweight Samuel "Bruno" Amoako of Silver Spring, MD lost a six-round unanimous decision to Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin of Cleveland, OH. Amoako seemed to be his usual durable self but had very little offense for Martin who was landing shots at will, according to Tracy Morin of Fightnews. Amoako, who has lost eight in a row, is now 21-12, 15 KO's. Martin remains undefeated at 15-0, nine KO's.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Odom (13-2-1, 12 KO's) is coming off an eight-round majority draw with Ronald Ellis on February 19 in Atlantic City, NJ. Ironically, Odom is replacing Ellis in this bout. Ellis suffered a hand injury in training and could not compete. This will be Odom's fifth straight appearance on ShoBox -- he is 2-1-1 in his previous ShoBox opportunities. Odom also had a tough seventh-round knockout victory on ESPN2 in July of 2014.
Jackson (19-1, 15 KO's) will try to bounce back from suffering his first loss where he was stopped in the second round by Jose Uzcategui on October 6 in San Antonio, TX. . Jackson is the son of former world champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson and the older brother of John "Dah Rock" Jackson, who just lost a world title shot to Jermell Charlo in May.
Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner returns to action in a six-round contest against Steven Tyner of Akron, OH at the Roar At The Shore in Erie, PA. Kisner (16-3-1, six KO's) looks to bounce back from his eight-round split decision loss to Lamont Capers on May 27 in Atlantic City, NJ. Tyner (3-13-3, two KO's) comes off a four-round split decision draw with Alexander Dedovets on June 11 at the Presque Isle Downs Casino in Erie.
Kisner weighed 216 pounds while Tyner tipped the scales at 210.
Meanwhile at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL, Silver Spring, MD-based junior welterweight Samuel "Bruno" Amoako will be in an eight-round bout against undefeated Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin of Cleveland, OH. Amoako (21-11, 15 KO's) last fought on May 13 and lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Abner Cotto at the DC Armory. Amoako, a native of Accra, Ghana, has lost seven in a row, his last six by unanimous decision. Martin (14-0, nine KO's) has scored three straight knockouts including a fifth-round KO of Rosbel Montoya on April 23 in Inglewood, CA.
Both men weighed in at 138 pounds. This contest is on the non-televised undercard of the title bout between WBC World Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Chris Arreola.
Columbia, MD light heavyweight Kwame Ritter returns to action in a four-round contest against the debuting Nathaniel Edge of Snow Hill, NC. Ritter (2-0, one KO) has not fought since winning a four-round unanimous decision over Santos Martinez in March of 2015 in Woodlawn, MD.
Featherweight James "Too Slick" Early of Seat Pleasant, MD continues his busy 2016 with his third bout in five months. Early (2-0) will battle with Marquis Pierce of Newark, NJ (1-9) in a four-rounder. Early won a four-round unanimous decision against Tyshae Ferguson on May 14 in Timonium, MD. Pierce won his pro debut in June of 2013 but has lost nine in a row since then. That streak includes a four-round unanimous decision loss to Alex Barbosa on May 14 in Philadelphia, PA.
The card will also mark the pro debut of Baltimore, MD super featherweight Mack Allison IV. The son of noted Baltimore trainer Mack Allison III had a solid amateur career, winning a Junior Golden Gloves title and faced the likes of James Early and Keeshawn Williams in the Open Division of the Washington Golden Gloves. Allison IV will take on Brian Raglin of Indianapolis, IN (0-13) in a four-round bout. Raglin has been stopped in every bout he has been in, including first-round stoppage losses to Beltway Boxers Cobia Breedy and Drayvontay Speed Rawls.
Three popular Tidewater-area boxers will participate in the featured contests on the card. Frankie "The Freight Train" Filippone of Norfolk (20-5-1, seven KO's) will battle Dennis Sharpe of Bayonne, NJ (17-20-4, four KO's) in a 10-round super middleweight contest. Lightweight "Dangerous" Dorin Spivey of Portsmouth, VA (45-7, 33 KO's) will face off with Stephon McIntyre of Jonesboro, GA (2-22-2) in an eight-round encounter. Also, heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest of Newport News, VA (12-2, 11 KO's) will take on Lamont "Too Smooth" Capers of Hawley, PA (6-8-2) in a six-round bout. Capers is coming off an upset eight-round split decision win over Nick Kisner on May 27 in Atlantic City, NJ.
Thursday, July 07, 2016
DC Boxing Hall of Fame ring announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones is in Chengdu, China getting ready for a big assignment this weekend. Jones will be the announcer for a Pacquiao Promotions card on Saturday, July 9 at the Sichuan Gymnasium.
Scheduled to be on the card is a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Welterweight Title between Rafik Harutjunjan of The Netherlands (9-0, five KO's) and Sonny Katiandagho of The Philippines (9-1, five KO's).
Also on the card is a female bout that includes someone who should be familiar to Beltway Boxing fans -- "Little Miss Tyson" Melissa St. Vil of Brooklyn, NY (7-2-3) will take on "La Super Baby" Katy Wilson Castillo of the Dominican Republic (18-1, 11 KO's) in a 10-round encounter.
St. Vil has fought twice at the Jonathan Ogden Foundation boxing event in Cockeysville, MD including in 2015 when she lost a 10-round decision to Jennifer Salinas in a bout that was named the Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year. Since that bout, St. Vil won the vacant WBC Silver Female Super Featherweight title in Auckland, NZ on April 16. Castillo is the IBF Female Super Bantamweight champion. No word if either title will be on the line in this contest.
Jones would like to thank all of his supporters for your support throughout his 28-year announcing career!
The featured bouts remain the same -- Myke "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD (10-0, two KO's) vs. Somner "Magic Man" Martin of Martinsburg, VA (5-2, three KO's) in an eight-round super lightweight main event and the six-round all-Maryland heavyweight co-feature between Luther "Lights Out" Smith of Bowie (5-0, four KO's) and Mike "Silverback" Balogun of Upper Marlboro (6-0, five KO's).
A few additions and subtractions to this card, possibly because of the new date. The card is slated to mark the first Beltway appearance of Washington, DC bantamweight Jordan "Shortdog" White (2-0, two KO's) in a four-round encounter. White, however, is scheduled to be on a card on Saturday, July 9 at the Sun Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ. White's opponent is Juan Carlos Benavides of Sonora, Mexico (5-8-1, two KO's).
Also, Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison has been added to the card. Madison (2-0, one KO) won his last bout by four-round unanimous decision to Lonnie Kornegay on May 14 in Timonium, MD.
Frederick, MD cruiserweight Darnell Pierce is no longer on the card.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
The Crystal City Hilton is located on 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington.
The main event on the card will be an eight-round super lightweight contest between undefeated Myke "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD and Somner "Magic Man" Martin of Martinsville, VA. Fox (10-0, two KO's) hits the eight-round plateau for the first time in his pro career coming off a sixth-round unanimous decision over Jose Valderrama on June 28th in Bethlehem, PA. Martin (5-2, three KO's) has not fought since dropping a six-round unanimous decision to Kareem Martin on April 1 in DC. Martin will also be competing in his first eight-round bout.
A potentially explosive contest of young, undefeated Beltway heavyweights will serve as the co-feature as Luther "Lights Out" Smith of Crofton, MD will take on Mike "Silverback" Balogun of Upper Marlboro, MD in the first scheduled six-rounder for both men. Smith (6-0, five KO's) went the distance in a bout for the first time in his last outing, winning a four-round split decision over Solomon Maye on April 29 in Atlantic City, NJ. Balogun (6-0, five KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO over Devon Mosley on May 13 in DC.
Other Beltway Boxers scheduled to appear on the card are Frederick, MD middleweight Devar “Jengawar” Ferhadi (6-0, five KOs), Frederick cruiserweight Darnell “The Unknown” Pierce (4-0 , one KO), Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight “The Vanilla Gorilla” Sam Crossed (3-0, one KO), DC featherweight Marcus “The Dreamcrusher” Bates (3-0-1, three KOs), and the professional debut of “Slick” Justin Hurd of Accokeek, MD, the younger brother of undefeated super welterweight contender Jarrett Hurd.
Other boxers slated to appear are St. Louis, MO junior welterweight Kent Cruz (10-0, six KOs) and Atlantic City light heavyweight Antowyan Aikens (10-2-1, one KO).
We'll have more on this card when information comes in.
(Courtesy of the Jamaica Observer)
Over the past five months, former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley has been participating in a version of "The Contender" on the island of Jamaica. Corley was a part of a USA team that battled a number of young boxers from the Caribbean.
Score one for experience. The 42-year old Beltway Boxing legend blew through the competition to capture the championship in the “Wray & Nephew Jamaican Contender Series” by coming back from a fifth-round knockdown to defeat Richard "Frog" Holmes of Jamaica on July 2 via seventh-round knockout. Corley knocked out two of his opponents during the competition on the way to winning the first prize of two million Jamaican dollars (US equivalent: $15,829).
The bouts count on Corley's record which now stands at 47-27-1, 28 KO's.
Saturday, July 02, 2016
(Photo courtesy of the Simpson Family)
Lorenzo Simpson of Baltimore (above) won the gold medal in the Junior 165 Pound division with a decision over Juan Vasquez of Omaha, NE. Simpson was also named the Outstanding Male Boxer in the entire Junior Division.
Also, Candice Carter of Towson, MD earned the silver medal in the Youth Female 112-pound class. The two medals raise the Beltway's final overall medal count to 12.
Congratulations to all our Beltway amateurs for outstanding work. Also, special thanks to Rickey Womack of the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing and to Danica Nicole, Lorenzo Simpson's mother, who kept fans abreast of the progress of the locals throughout the competition through outstanding live videos on Facebook!
So far, Beltway Boxers have won 10 medals -- including three gold -- during the week. On the penultimate day of competition on Friday, Jahmal Harvey of Oxon Hill, MD and Quincy Williams of Washington, DC captured first place in their respective divisions. Harvey won the Intermediate 80-Pound division with a decision over Harley Cuevas of Tacoma, WA. Williams took the gold in the Intermediate 90-Pound class with a decision over Julius Ballo of Lakeside, CA. This is the second straight national title for Williams. Harvey and Williams join Jelani Hill who won the gold in the Pee Wee 90-Pound division earlier in the week.
Locals won two silver medals on Friday as Richard Dodson of Capitol Heights, MD (Bantam/70 Pounds) and Stacey Selby of DC (Intermediate/125 pounds) were runners-up in their classes.
Five more DC amateurs earned bronze medals during the competition: Cardarius Johnson (Pee Wee/60 Pounds) Marcel Steele (Pee Wee/80 Pounds), Benjamin Johnson (Bantam 80 Pounds), Kevon Cooke (Junior/106 Pounds) and Siete Shuler (Junior/154 Pounds).
Two Baltimore-area Boxers will compete on the final day of competition today. Lorenzo Simpson of Baltimore will take on Juan Vasquez of Omaha, NE in the championship of the Junior/165 Pounds division and Candice Carter of Towson, MD will compete in the finals of the Youth Female 112-Pound class when she battles Pauline Viesca of Commerce, CA.
Friday, July 01, 2016
Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Willie "For Real" Williams lost by second-round TKO to undefeated Charles Foster of New Haven, CT. The bout was stopped at 2:01. Williams has dropped four in a row and is now 14-12-2, four KO's. Foster is 11-0, six KO's.
"The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas of Manassas, VA scored a fourth-round TKO over late sub Angel "Non-Stop" Gladney of Columbia, SC. According to Jason Marchetti of Fightnews.com, Salinas, now fighting out of Providence, RI, was in control the entire bout, aggressively throwing right and left hooks to the head and body. Salinas fought on the inside and from a distance when her opponent allowed, winning all the rounds until the TKO. It was unclear whether it was the referee or the doctor standing on the mat that called off the fight, but Salinas earned the knockout with her onslaught of landed combinations. The bout was halted at 1:51. This is the third win Salinas has earned over Gladney. Salinas won by fifth and 10th round decisions in the two previous bouts.
Salinas, competing on her birthday, has won eight straight contests and is now 19-3, five KO's. Gladney drops to 9-12-1, six KO's.
Here are the results from Day 3:
PeeWee 9-10/60 lbs: Andrew Corona, Laveen, Ariz., dec. Cardarius Johnson, Washington DC
Bantam/70 lbs: Richard Dodson, Capitol Heights, Md., dec. Camren McKinstry, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bantam/80 lbs: Samuel Contreras, Palmdale, Calif., dec. Benjamin Johnson, Washington DC
Intermediate/80 lbs: Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Md., dec. Tanner Gurle, Riverton, Utah
Intermediate/90 lbs: Quincy Williams, Washington DC dec. Diego Bengochea, Meridien, Conn.
Intermediate/125 lbs: Stacey Selby, Washington DC dec. Joseley Diana, Las Vegas, Nev.
Intermediate/138 lbs: Nathan Pagan, Washington DC dec. Jacques Cazeau, Framingham, Mass.
Semifinals will take place later Friday at 4 PM CT.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Junior/106 lbs: Kevon Cooke, Washington, D.C., dec. Aspen Bandaphone, Clovis, Calif.
Junior/114 lbs: Malik Nelson, Avenel, N.J., dec. Chamar Flowers, Washington, D.C.
Junior/145 lbs: Shyquell Jervey, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Wilfredo Avelar, Silver Spring, Md.
Junior/154 lbs: Siete Shuler, Washington, D.C., dec. Thorn Castellon, Madera, Calif.
Junior/165 lbs: Lorenzo Simpson, Baltimore, Md., dec. Miles Hunt, Temple Terrace, Fla.
PeeWee 9-10/60 lbs: Cardarrius Johnson, Washington DC dec. Quawi Hendrick, Union, N.J.
PeeWee 9-10/80 lbs: Malachi Ross, Grandview, Mo., dec. Marcell Steele, Washington DC
Bantam/70 lbs: Richard Dodson, Capitol Heights, Md., dec. Devon Ceasar, Crowley, La.
Bantam/75 lbs: Mason Huntley, Toledo, Ohio dec. Lonzo Malcolm, Washington DC
Bantam/80 lbs: Benjamin Johnson, Washington DC dec. Eliaz Garcia, Phoenix, Ariz.
Intermediate/70 lbs: Yahir Calderon, Kansas City, Kansas dec. Jordan Roach, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Intermediate/80 lbs: Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Md., dec. Willie Weaver, Orange Park, Fla.
Intermediate/85 lbs: Andrew Rodriguez, Salinas, Calif., dec. Anthony Wheeler, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Intermediate/90 lbs: Quincy Williams, Washington DC won on TKO over Gavin Greenwood, Evansville, Wyo.
Intermediate/95 lbs: Eron Luna, Mesquite, Texas dec. Jacob Matthews, Washington DC
Intermediate/106 lbs: Trinidad Vargas, Grand Prairie, Texas dec. Deric Davis, Clinton, Md.
Intermediate/125 lbs: Stacey Selby, Washington DC dec. Ezequiel Ibarra, New Orleans, La.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
(Photo courtesy of Ricky Womack)
Jelani Hill of Washington, DC captured the Pee Wee, 9-10, 90-pound championship with a win over Ethan Montenegro of Jersey City, NJ.
Here are the other results featuring Beltway Boxers from Day 1 of the competition:
Junior/101 lbs: Jorge Carlos, Kansas City, Mo., dec. Lamar Odom, Washington DC
Junior/106 lbs: Kevon Cooke, Washington DC dec. Jonathan Medeiros, Dothan, AL
Junior/154 lbs: Siete Shuler, Washington DC dec. Jorge Garcia, Romulus, MI
PeeWee 9-10/60 lbs: Cardarrius Johnson, Washington DC won on walkover over Joesan Martinez, Wichita, KS W/O
PeeWee 9-10/65 lbs: Marcus Luther, Washington DC dec. Curmel Moton, Las Vegas, NV
PeeWee 9-10/80 lbs: Ben Lincoln, Framingham, MA., dec. Joshua Briggs, Oxon Hill, MD
PeeWee 9-10/85 lbs: Marcell Steele, Washington DC dec. Aldo Blancas, Milwaukee, WI
Bantam 75 lbs: Lonzo Malcolm, Washington DC dec. Jermaine Correa, Tacoma, WA
Intermediate 106 lbs: Deric Davis, Clinton, MD dec. Maximum Castro, Phoenix, AZ
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Two Beltway Boxers won six-round unanimous decisions tonight at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.
In a televised contest (FS1), Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Antonio "Another" Russell defeated Rudolph "Cutting Edge" Hedge of Kingston, Jamaica. Russell went on the offensive early against his very game opponent, damaging Hedge's nose in the first round with his quick hands. Hedge bravely tried to stay with Russell but the combinations from the younger brother of the WBC Featherweight champ, Gary Russell, Jr. proved to be too much. Russell won by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice) to remain undefeated at 7-0, five KO's. Hedge's record falls to 10-4-3, four KO's.
On the undercard, super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD scored a shutout victory over Jose Valderrama of Manati, Puerto Rico. Fox won by scores of 60-54 across the board. Fox also remains undefeated at 10-0, two KO's while Valderrama drops to 5-14, three KO's.
Veteran Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Willie "For Real" Williams will face undefeated Charles Foster of New Haven, CT in a six-round contest. Williams (14-11-2, four KO's) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak that includes a first-round TKO loss to Luis Garcia on December 5 in Brooklyn, NY. The streak started with a second-round TKO loss to future hall of famer Roy Jones, Jr. in Concord, NC in March of 2015.
Foster (10-0, five KO's) last fought on June 11 and won by first-round disqualification over Ralph Johnson in Quincy, MA. Foster also holds a victory over Beltway Boxer Larry Pryor. Foster won a six-round unanimous decision over Pryor at the Foxwoods in January of 2015.
Participating in the co-feature on this card is Manassas, VA-born super featherweight and two-time women's world champion "The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas who will battle Gina Chamie of Budapest, Hungary in an eight-round encounter. Salinas, who now trains and fights out of Providence, RI (18-3, four KO's), has not fought since her 10-round unanimous decision win over Melissa St. Vil on November 12 in Cockeysville, MD. The win earned Salinas the Universal Boxing Federation Super Featherweight title and the bout was chosen as the 2015 Beltway Boxing Bout of the Year.
Chamie (14-6, six KO's) is a former WBC Youth lightweight titleholder but has struggled when competing against more experienced opponents for bigger titles. Chamie last fought on May 15 and won a six-round decision over Veronica Hornyak in Budapest.
(Kay Koroma with Kavon Robertson -- courtesy of the Alexandria Boxing Club)
The 2016 United States Olympic Men's Boxing team will have more of a Beltway flavor than we previously thought. Congratulations to Burke,VA boxing coach Kay Koroma who has been selected as the Associate Coach for the Men's team.
Koroma signed on as USA Boxing's resident coach this year and was named the 2014 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year for Boxing. Koroma has created numerous national champions and World Championships medalists through his work at the Alexandria Boxing Club in Alexandria, Va. A former amateur and professional boxer (5-1, three KO's), Koroma led American athletes at the Junior and Youth Women’s World Championships, Elite Men’s World Championships, the Americas Qualifier as well as multiple World Series of Boxing matches.
Most recently, Koroma directed the preparatory training camp for the World Olympic Qualifying Event and has recently been training the qualified athletes for this summer’s Olympic Games at the Olympic Training Center. He will travel to Vargas, Venezuela with the male athletes for the final qualifying event next week.
Koroma will join Head Women's coach Billy Walsh and assistant coach Augie Sanchez on the USA Boxing coaching staff. Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, MD recently punched his ticket to Rio by advancing to the semifinals of the most recent qualifier in Azerbaijan.
This is the second time in the BATB era that a local coach has been named to the USA Olympic coaching staff. Robert "Herb" Martin was on the staff of the 2008 Olympic team that featured Russell's brother, current WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr.
Antonio Russell tipped the scales at 117 pounds for his televised contest against Rudolph Hedge, who weighed 119 pounds.
Mykal Fox weighed in at 142 pounds for his bout against Jose Valderrama, who came in at 144 pounds.
Bouts on this card will be televised on FS1 (Fox Sports 1) tonight at 9 PM ET.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Jack Obermayer, a long-time and award-winning boxing scribe for more than 50 years, passed away from liver cancer on Saturday, June 25 at his home in Lindenwold, NJ. He was 72 years old.
From the first time he wrote about a boxing card (Muhammad Ali vs. Doug Jones on March 13, 1963), Mr. Obermayer would attended 3,514 cards in 49 states (only Alaska did not have the pleasure of his company) and visit more than 400 cities, including the Beltway on countless occasions.
"KO-JO" as Mr. Obermayer was known, wrote for a number of publications during his tenure, including Ring Magazine, Boxing Illustrated/Boxing Digest and USA Boxing News. His "KO-JO Says" column would chronicle his travels and his favorite diners along the way.
Mr. Obermayer, a native of Staten Island, NY who was a Vietnam War veteran, was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame this year. He also was the recipient of the Barney Nagler Award for Long and Meritorious Service by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2010.
He is survived by a daughter, Ellen Kaplan, 44, and two granddaughters, Alexis Clawans, 18 and Sydney Clawans, 15. Obermayer had been living with Darlene Dontonville for the past 16 years.
The viewing will be held on Thursday at the Harmon Funeral Home at 571 Forest Avenue in Staten Island, New York from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. There will be a Friday funeral mass at 10:30 a.m., also in Staten Island with the location details to follow.
So, you may ask why Jack Obermayer, who is not from the Beltway, included here. Two reasons. One, Jack was a dear friend and in many ways, a mentor to me. And two: His writing and coverage of many bouts in the Beltway area helped us establish a media base in the boxing business well before Boxing Along The Beltway was even thought of.
I first met Jack in the mid-80's covering cards in DC. From the very start, Jack was incredible to me with great conversation, stories and giving away the latest copies of magazines and newsletters that included his stories. Jack, along with his right hand man, JR Jowett, were a duo that I always look forward to seeing at a show and they would come to the club shows as well as the big shows in the Beltway area and that helped establish my mindset about covering local cards going forward.
This picture was taken in November of 2014 at the Jonathan Ogden Foundation Boxing card at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD. It was a reunion of myself and the four guys I spent covering boxing in the Beltway in the eighties and early 90's. From left to right: (Eric Bottjer, who actually was doing a print version of this blog during that time and is now one of the top matchmakers in boxing; Jack, JR Jowett, (seated) who is still going strong writing about amateur and pro boxing; John Scheinman, who was a legendary boxing writer and now an Eclipse-Award winning horse racing writer; and me. To Jack, we all had nicknames -- Eric was "The Creep," JR was "Jowett-Boy, John was "The Midge" or "Scheinie." I was "Dig."
Jack made his last trip to the Beltway on May 14 for a card in Timonium, MD. His last overall assignment was in Bristol, PA on June 4. The main event featured a Beltway Boxer as Lenwood Dozier lost a six-round unanimous decision to Derrick Webster.
Jack was a wonderful person who was so important to this business. No card was too big or too small for him to cover. I couldn't begin to count the number of world champions he saw in person. He will be missed terribly by me and the numerous boxing writers around the country who learned from him and was fortunate enough to laugh with him. Thank you for everything, Jack!
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd put on another exceptional performance in scoring a 10th round TKO over previously undefeated Oscar Molina of Norwalk, CA tonight in front of a nationally-televised audience (CBS) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Hurd got off to a great start scoring a knockdown in the first round with a vicious right uppercut. Molina was able to survive the knockdown but was outgunned throughout the rest of the contest. Hurd showed a great chin, seemingly walking through many of Molina's shots.
In the 10th round, Hurd, who had never gone past seven rounds in his career, completed his dominance by landing combinations that forced referee Ricky Gonzalez to stop the bout at 2:02.
Hurd remains undefeated at 18-0, 12 KO's. Molina drops to 13-1-1, 10 KO's.
There is free parking next to the Burger King at the center. Once again, the first bout is slated for 3 PM and there are 15 bouts scheduled.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Jarrett Hurd tipped the scales at 153.8 pounds for his 10-round, nationally-televised contest against fellow undefeated boxer Oscar Molina Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Molina weighed in at 154.8.
The bout will open the PBC on CBS telecast at 9 PM ET.
Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Antonio Russell will be in a scheduled six-round contest against Rudolph "Cutting Edge" Hedge of Kingston, Jamaica. Russell (6-0, five KO's) last fought on April 16 and won by second-round TKO over Alberto Serna in Mashantucket, CT. Hedge (10-3-3, four KO's) will try to bounce back from a ninth-round TKO loss to Dewayne Beamon for the UBF All-America Bantamweight title on May 13 in Raleigh, NC.
Two King's Promotions signees from the Beltway will also be on this card. Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox returns in a six-rounder against veteran Jose Valderrama of Manati, Puerto Rico. Fox (9-0, two KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda on February 27 in Washington, DC. Valderrama (5-13, three KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with a four-round unanimous decision win over Rafael Martinez on April 17 in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Valderrama is 0-3 against Beltway Boxers losing to Demond Nicholson, Malik Hawkins and David Grayton in consecutive contests.
Also, DC featherweight Marcus Bates returns to action in a four-round bout against the debuting Bennie Culpepper of St. Louis, MO. Bates (3-0-1, three KO's) has not fought since winning by four-round knockout over Edgardo Marin in October of 2014 in Fort Washington, MD. This will be his first bout under the King's Promotions banner.
Bouts on this card are slated to appear on FS1. However, there is no word on whether the bouts featuring Beltway Boxers will be shown.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Gary Antuanne Russell stands one victory away from heading to the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Russell won his third round bout over David Biddle of Australia Tuesday in Baku, Azerbaijan. Russell now needs a win over Obada Alkabesh of Jordan on Thursday to punch his Rio ticket.
Monday, June 20, 2016
The Hurd-Molina bout moved up on the card when the bout between WBA Featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar and former world champ Abner Mares was cancelled because Mares could not pass two New York State Athletic Commission-administered eye exams.
Hurd, the 2015 Beltway Boxing Prospect Of The Year, (17-0, 11 KO's) is coming off his biggest win to date -- a sixth-round TKO win over previously undefeated Frank Galarza on November 14 in Las Vegas, NV. The victory placed Hurd into the world rankings as he is ranked ninth by the IBF and 10th by the WBA.
Molina (13-0-1, 10 KO's) is ranked 10th by the WBC despite fighting to a 10-round majority draw with Domonique Dolton on September 29 in Las Vegas.
The CBS telecast will begin at 9 PM ET.
Russell scored a first-round TKO over Girmachew Bahiru Tedesse of Ethiopia in Sunday's second-round contest. Russell stopped Tedesse at 2:58 of the round.
Russell can move into the quarterfinals on Tuesday if he defeats David Biddle of Australia.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The Capitol Heights, MD 141-pounder defeated Victor Petrov of the Ukraine by a 3-0 decision. Russell will face Girmachew Bahiru Tadesse of Ethiopia on Sunday. Russell has to place in the top five in his division to earn his trip to the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Two Beltway amateurs will be competing this week representing the US in foreign countries.
Capitol Heights MD's Gary Antuanne Russell continues his bid to compete at the 2016 Olympics by participating in a qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan this week. Russell, the US Olympian at 141 pounds, begins work on Friday, June 17 as he faces Victor Petrov of the Ukraine. Russell must finish in the top five in his weight class to qualify for the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Meanwhile, members of the US Junior Olympic Team are in Puerto Rico competing against some of the best juniors in the world. One of the US team members is 13-year-old Jalil Hackett of Washington, DC. Hackett is a National Junior Olympic champion as well as a Silver Gloves titleholder at 108 Pounds. Leadership runs in the Hackett family. Jalil's father, Bernard, is one of the coaches for the US team and Jalil has been named the team captain.