Wednesday, March 01, 2017

'Tranzformer' Taylor Faces Matthysse May 6 In Las Vegas On Canelo-Chavez Jr. Undercard!

Edgewood Arsenal, MD welterweight Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor will have another big bout in store as he will face Lucas Matthysse of Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday, May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  The bout will be featured on the HBO pay-per-view portion of the Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. card.

After consecutive losses to Antonio Orozco and Adrien Broner in 2015 and 2014, Taylor (20-4, 14 KO's) recalibrated himself and scored two knockout wins against under-.500 competition in 2016. All four of Taylor's losses have been to quality opponents.

Matthysse (37-4, 34 KO's) has not fought since losing by 10th round TKO to Viktor Postol in October of 2015 in Carson, CA in a bout for the WBC Super Lightweight title.  Matthysse suffered a broken orbital bone around his eye in that bout.  Matthysse, a former interim world title holder, is also a fan-friendly boxer who has defeated two other Beltway Boxers in his career.  He scored an eight-round TKO over Demarcus Corley in January of 2011 and knocked out Lamont Peterson in the third round in May of 2013. Matthysse has also fought the likes of Danny Garcia, Ruslan Provodnikov and John Molina, Jr. during his career.




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bout Sheet For Golden Gloves March 4 At Rosecroft!

Here is the bout sheet for the third week of competition at the Washington Golden Gloves on Saturday, March 4 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

11-12 Years, 75 Pounds (Championship):  Richard Dodson (Keystone) vs. Kardan Chatman (No Xcuse)

16, 125 Pounds (Championship):  Fernando Ramos (Old School) vs. Shakell Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard)

16, 135 Pounds (Championship):  Jordan Thompson (Tony's Gym) vs. Montre' Nichol (Down Under)

15-16, 141 Pounds (Championship):  Joshua Hill (Tony's Gym) vs. Traron Marshall (Sugar Ray Leonard)

14-15, 156 Pounds (Championship): Brian Perry (Woodland) vs. Moses Bagby (Upton)

15-16, 133 Pounds:  Jay Stancil, III (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Malik Watson (Upton)

Unopposed Champions:

9, 125 Pounds: Santana Brown (Time 2 Grind)

16, 165 Pounds: Brendan Ohmann (Tony's Gym)

11, 178 Pounds:  Jayden Lowe, (Keystone)

16, 178 Pounds: Nasheed Smith (Headbangers)


Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Tyre Phillis (Laurel) vs. Anthony Dominelli (Fight Factory)

132 Pounds:  Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest) vs. Daniel Thompson (Sharp Shooters)

141 Pounds:  Daniel Hall (Charm City) vs. Sean Comier (Kick-Up)

141 Pounds: Ian Simmons (Hillcrest) vs. Joshua Zimmerman (Honeycomb)

152 Pounds: Darnell Pittman (Knowledge Boxing) vs. Steven Jackson (Hillcrest)

152 Pounds: Michael Lazoro (Round One) vs. Quenton Stevens (Headbangers)

165 Pounds:  Tory Hilton (Unattached) vs. Steve Layer, Jr. (Unattached)

165 Pounds:  Alexander Teague (Time 2 Grind) vs. Elan Trombley (Headbangers)

178 Pounds: Justin Sykes (Odenton) vs. Anthony Bryant (Hillcrest)


Open Division:

123 Pounds:  Marcus Wright (Keystone) vs. Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)

132 Pounds: Tariq Harris (First Class) vs. Embrima Jawara (Laurel)

132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Marcus Johnson (Limelite)

141 Pounds: Dionte Burts (Woodland) vs. Adonis Wilkins (MVJ Athletics)

141 Pounds: Donnell Poe (Old School) vs. Joshua Lee (Time 2 Grind)

141 Pounds: Sipriano Zeldon (Headbangers) vs. Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds: Champ Moultrie (Laurel) vs. Corey Moore (Main Street)
152 Pounds: Michael Scott (Dover Gym) vs. Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard)


178 Pounds: Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) vs. Genc Pllana (Unattached/Simon Brown)

The competition begins at 7:30 PM.




Russell-Escandon March 11 Title Bout Postponed Due to Escandon Injury!

The Saturday, March 11th card featuring WBC Featherweight champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. defending his title against Oscar Escandon at the MGM National Harbour Casino in Oxon Hill, MD has been postponed.  Escandon suffered a back injury in training.

This is the second time a bout between Russell and Escandon has been postponed.  The first time was because of an injury to Russell.  Escandon went on to win the interim WBC Featherweight title with a seventh-round TKO over Robinson Castellanos on March 5 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.

The card was slated to feature all three of the Russell Brothers -- undefeated Antonio as well as the debut of US Olympian Antuanne.  Also, Jermell Charlo was scheduled to defend his 154-pound world title against Charles Hatley on the card.  The card will be rescheduled for a later date.

Results From Second Night Of Golden Gloves!

Here are the results from the February 25th edition of the Washington Golden Gloves:

Junior Division:

10 Years, 60 Pounds (Championship): Pharaoh Hamilton (Langdon) over Keith Perry (Woodland)

11, 90 Pounds (Championship): Yeshaya Franklin (Hagerstown) over Keith Williams (Tony's Athletic)

8-9, 95 Pounds (Championship): Gavin Brown (Main Street) over Khyrie Proctor (Ferebee Hope Center)

10-11, 95 Pounds (Championship): Khaliq Harrison (Warriors) over Jelani Hill (Keystone)

14-15, 110 Pounds (Championship): Russell DGriffin (Main Street) over Owen Pannucci (Bowerhouse)

16, 116 Pounds (Championship):  DeAngelo Thompson (Sharp Shooters) over Dentre' King, Jr. (Unattached)

13, 125 Pounds (Championship):  Malik Watson (Keystone) over Jordon Brown (Main Street)

14, 132 Pounds (Championship):  Maximus Garland (Headbangers) over Jeremain Searay (Simon Brown)

15-16, 133 Pounds: Jo'i Lee (NOMIS) over Julian Galarza (Round One)


Novice Division: 

123 Pounds: Jeremiah Duckett (Last Round) over Sang Kim (Unattached)

152 Pounds:  Davonte Franklin (Odenton) over Markesse Hines (Main Street)

165 Pounds:  Elan Trombley (Headbangers) over Christopher Early (Elite)


Open Division:  

141 Pounds:  Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Justin Cureton (Dog Pound)

152 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up) over Marion Bolen (Floyd's Gym)


Boxing resumes at Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 PM.  We will have the bout sheet for the night later this week.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A. Fox Captures WBC USNBC Title With Unanimous Decision In Birmingham!



Forestville, MD middleweight Alantez "Slyaza" Fox completed a big night for the Beltway by winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Kenneth McNeil of Birmingham, AL to win the WBC USNBC Middleweight title Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham.

Fox had to weather an early McNeil storm as he was rocked by a McNeil overhand right in the middle of the first round.  However, late in the round, Fox dropped McNeil with a straight right hand of his own.

Fox would stick to his game plan throughout the contest.  However, McNeil would land another solid right in the fifth round.  Fox seemed to take that shot a lot better, however.  Fox started to bend McNeil over with continuous shots in the second half of the fight while McNeil would land one blow here and there. Fox was the busier fighter and would win the bout by scores of 95-94 (twice) and 97-92.

Fox remains undefeated at 22-0-1, 10 KO's while McNeil falls to 10-3, seven KO's.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

JARRETT HURD WINS IBF JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH NINTH-ROUND KO!



Congratulations to Accokeek, MD's "Swift" Jarrett Hurd, the brand new IBF Junior Middleweight champion.  Hurd won the title with a stunning ninth-round knockout of Detroit, MI's Tony "Superbad" Harrison tonight at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL.  The bout was shown live on Fox.

Early in the bout, Harrison used nice footwork and was able to land good shots.  Harrison was able to make Hurd miss landing power shots, however, Hurd's jab kept him in the bout and he did not deviate from his eventual game plan.

Much like his win over Frank Galarza in November of 2015, Hurd eventually was able to get inside and break Harrison down. Hurd ended the bout with a short, crushing right hook that dropped Harrison to the canvas.  Harrison got up at the count of nine but then spit out his mouthpiece.  Referee Jim Korb waived the bout off at 2:24.

Hurd remains undefeated at 20-0, 14 KO's.  Harrison's record falls to 24-2, 20 KO's.  Hurd is the third Beltway Boxer to win a world championship in the first two months of 2017.





Friday, February 24, 2017

NY Times Focuses On Ford and Ellis at Upton Boxing Center!

There is a very nice article in today's New York Times on Calvin Ford and Kenny Ellis, the trainers for IBF Super Featherweight titleholder Gervonta Davis.  Writer Finn Cohen profiles the camp at the Upton Boxing Center in Baltimore.  Here is the link to the story:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/sports/gervonta-davis-baltimore.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=image&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Hurd Weighs 153 For Title Contest In Birmingham, AL; Fox Weighs 159 For Regional Title Clash!

Jarrett Hurd weighed in at 153 pounds for his 12-round bout for the vacant IBF Super Welterweight title against Tony Harrison Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL.  Harrison tipped the scales at 153.6.

The bout is the co-feature on this card and will be shown on Fox. The telecast will begin at 8 PM ET.

On the undercard, Alantez Fox weighed 159.8 pounds for his 10-round contest against Kenneth McNeil for the vacant WBC USNBC Middleweight title.  McNeil came in at 158.6.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hernandez Harrison Arrested on Gun Possession Charge!

Undefeated Washington, DC welterweight and USBA Welterweight champion Dusty Hernandez Harrison was arrested Wednesday on a gun charge after an incident in Southeast DC.

According to WRC-TV who cited court documents, the 22-year-old Harrison was arrested in the 24-hundred block of Elvans Place in Southeast.  Police told WRC that when Harrison was arrested, he began "actively resisting."  Police found a .40 caliber handgun on Harrison.  A District Court ordered Harrison held overnight and Harrison is scheduled to appear in court on Friday morning.

As of now, Harrison is scheduled to take on veteran Said Ouali on the GQ Promotions card slated for Saturday, March 25 at the University of the District of Columbia Physical Activities Center.

Russell Family To Hold Open Workout March 1 in Capitol Heights!


The Fighting Russell Brothers -- WBC Featherweight champion Gary, Jr., prospect Antonio and US Olympian Antuanne -- will have an open workout on Wednesday, March 1 at Enigma Boxing gym located at 9100 Edgeworth Drive in Capitol Heights, MD.  The workout is open to the public and begins at 7 PM.

All three brothers are slated to appear on the Saturday, March 11th card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  Gary, Jr. will defend his title in the main event against Oscar Escandon in the main event.  Antonio will be in a six-round bout and Antuanne will make his pro debut in a four-rounder.


Newest Bout Sheet For Washington Golden Gloves Competition This Saturday!

The second night of competition for the Washington Golden Gloves will take place on Saturday, February 25th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  There will be a number of championship bouts in the Junior Division as well as the beginning of the Open Division competition this week.  Here is the proposed schedule:

Junior Division:

10 Years, 60 Pounds (Championship):  Pharaoh Hamilton (Langdon) vs. Keith Perry (Woodland)

11, 90 Pounds (Championship): Yeshaya Franklin (Hagerstown) vs. Keith Williams (Tony's Athletic)

8-9, 95 Pounds (Championship): Khyrie Proctor (Ferebee Hope Center) vs. Gavin Brown (Main Street)

10-11, 95 Pounds (Championship): Khaliq Harrison (Warriors) vs. Jelani Hill (Keystone)

12-13, 101 Pounds (Championship): John Shipley (Mack Lewis) vs. Tyreek Williams (Next-Up)

14-15, 110 Pounds (Championship): Owen Pannucci (Bowerhouse) vs. Russell Griffin (Main Street)

16, 116 Pounds (Championship):  Dentre' King, Jr. (Unattached) vs. DeAngelo Thompson (Sharp Shooters)

14-15, 119 Pounds (Championship): Deric Davis (Headbangers) vs. Robert Shackleford (Old School)

13, 125 Pounds (Championship): Malik Watson (Keystone) vs. Jordon Brown (Main Street)

14, 132 Pounds (Championship):  Jeremian Searay (Simon Brown) vs. Maximus Garland (Headbangers)

15-16, 133 Pounds: Julian Galarza (Round One) vs. Jo'i Lee (NOMIS)

Unopposed Champions:

12, 90 Pounds: Benjamin Johnson (No Xcuse)

13-14, 95 Pounds: Samuels Edmonds (Headbangers)

16, 107 Pounds: Kameron Holmes (Dream Team)

12, 119 Pounds: Markarius Brooks (Tony's Gym)

15, 90 Pounds: Ryan Jones (Last Round)


Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Jeremiah Duckett (Last Round) vs. Sang Kim (Unattached)

132 Pounds:  DaJuan Concepcion (Headbangers) vs. Damien Jones (Dream Team)

141 Pounds:  Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Ronnie Bullock (Dover Boxing)

141 Pounds: Charles Scott, III (Charm City) vs. Vincent Kirkley (Fight Factory)

152 Pounds: Markesse Hines (Main Street) vs. Davonte Warren (Odenton)

152 Pounds: Darnell Pittman (Knowledge Boxing) vs. Cong Nguyen (Laurel)

165 Pounds: Christopher Early (Elite Gym) vs. Elan Trombley (Headbangers)

178 Pounds: Kory Joyner, Jr. (Mack Lewis) vs. Camron Smoot (Last Round)

178 Pounds: Robby Happy (Elite) vs. Tyrone Russ (Woodland)


Open Division:

132 Pounds: Ulises Castaneda (Dog Pound) vs. Marcus Johnson (Limelite)

132 Pounds: Amer Brown (Knew Evolution) vs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds:  Justin Cureton (Dog Pound) vs. Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up) vs. Marion Bolen (Floyd's Gym)

The bouts begin at 7:30 PM and they will be showing the Jarrett Hurd championship bout on TV during the night.  General Seating tickets are 20 dollars and children under 12 are five dollars.





Sunday, February 19, 2017

Results From First Night Of Golden Gloves!

The 2017 Washington Golden Gloves kicked off Saturday night at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Here are the results from the first night of competition.

Junior Division: 

8 Years, 68 Pounds (Championship): Kairee Kelly (Keystone) defeats Brody Smith (1st Class)

8-9, 75 Pounds (Championship): Adam Dinkins (Tony's Gym) TKO-2 over Sema'j Gibson (Tony's Athletic)

11, 85 Pounds (Championship): Damari Philson (No Xcuse) TKO-1 over Taimal Hinton (1st Class)

10-11, 95 Pounds: Khaliq Harrison (Warriors) over Ka'reem Rivers (Hagerstown)

14, 110 Pounds:  Owen Pannucci (Bowerhouse) over Louis Hairston (Dover Boxing)

13, 125 Pounds: Malik Watson (Keystone) over Jonathan Estrada (Last Round)

16, 125 Pounds:  Fernando Ramos (Old School) over Issaac Rivera (Bowerhouse)

Unopposed Champions:  

10, 80 Pounds:  Shane Wright (Keystone)

10, 85 Pounds:  Marcell Steele (Keystone)

Novice Division:

123 Pounds: DeAngelo McDonald (Tony's Gym) over Arit Calle, Jr. (Kicked Up Gym)

132 Pounds: Omar Drakeford (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Carlo Ramiriz (Keystone)

152 Pounds: Steven Jackson (Hillcrest) over Neal Crossen (Bowerhouse)

152 Pounds:  Markesse Hines (Main Street) over Toren Seigler (Unattached)

178 Pounds:  Victor DeFreitas, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Ezri Turner (Dover Boxing)

Action continues at Rosecroft on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30 PM.


Lamont Peterson Wins WBA Welterweight Title With Unanimous Decision!!!

Washington, DC's Lamont Peterson won a 12-round unanimous decision over a very game David Avanesyan of Pyatigorsk, Russia to win the WBA "regular" Welterweight championship tonight at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH.

A 16-month layoff did not hurt Peterson as he used a strong body attack and basically outworked Avanesyan over the 12 rounds in what was a very entertaining contest.  Peterson was able to work his way in and take what Avanesyan was able to offer.  Peterson would win by scores of 115-113 and 116-112 (twice).

Peterson captures a world title in his second weight division and raises his record to 35-3-1, 17 KO's while Avanesyan, who came in as the defending champion, falls to 22-2-1, 11 KO's.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Williams, Jr. Stopped In Six In Cincinnati!

Laurel, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. has suffered a crushing knockout at the hands of undefeated "Sir" Marcus Browne of Staten Island, NY tonight at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Williams was never really in the contest after the first round. In round two, Browne caught Williams with a stiff right jab.  Williams went down to a knee and his glove touched the canvas.  However, Browne hit Williams again while he was down.  Referee Ken Millner took a point away from Browne.

Williams tried to find offense in the fourth and managed to land body shots while Browne was against the ropes but Browne landed a solid counter right hook and dropped Williams for the second time.  Browne would drop Williams for a third time with a straight left hand and finish the bout at 42 seconds of the sixth round.

Williams has now lost two straight and he is now 20-3, 14 KO's.  Browne remains undefeated and he is 19-0, 14 KO's.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Peterson, Williams, Jr. Hit Scales In Cincinnati!

Lamont Peterson and Thomas Williams, Jr. weighed in for their 12-round bouts at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Peterson tipped the scales at 146 1/2 pounds for his challenge for the interim WBA Welterweight championship.  David Avanesyan, the defending champion, came in at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.

Williams and his opponent, Marcus Browne, both weighed in at 174 1/2 pounds. 

The Showtime telecast gets underway at 9 PM ET.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hurd-Harrison Bout Now For Vacated IBF Super Welterweight Title!

BATB has learned that the 12-round contest between undefeated Accokeek, MD super welterweight  "Swift" Jarrett Hurd and Tony "Superbad" Harrison of Detroit, MI on Saturday, February 25th at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL will now be for the vacant IBF Super Welterweight title!   The bout will shown live on the Fox Network and on Fox Deportes with the telecast beginning at 8 PM ET.

The title became vacant after titlist Jermall Charlo dropped the belt to move up to middleweight to seek bigger challenges in a new division.

 Hurd, the 2016 co-Beltway Boxer Of The Year (19-0, 13 KO's), is coming off an outstanding six-round TKO over Jo Jo Dan on November 12 in Philadelphia, PA.  Hurd has knocked out his last five opponents and is ranked third in the world by the IBF.

Harrison (24-1, 20 KO's) is ranked number two by the IBF and has won three straight since suffering his only loss to Willie Nelson by ninth-round TKO in July of 2015 in Tampa, FL.  Two of Harrison three wins came against Beltway Boxers.  Harrison won a 10-round unanimous decision over Cecil McCalla in October of 2015 in Houston, TX then defeated Fernando Guerrero by sixth-round TKO on March 5 in Bethlehem, PA.

Here's what boxing people --and the boxers themselves -- are saying about this quality matchup.

"These guys have already shown their mettle by agreeing to fight each other - No. 2 versus No. 3 - for the No. 1 spot,'' said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. "Having this match be for a world title is a great reward for two young guys who have shown a willingness to face each other.''

"Boxing writers and fans are already buzzing about Harrison versus Hurd, an explosive matchup," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "The winner will now be the IBF champion, bringing greatly increased significance to what should already be a war."

"This is the moment every boxer dreams of, becoming the world champion,'' said Hurd. "I finally get that opportunity on the big stage - on the Deontay Wilder heavyweight championship card and on FOX in prime time on national TV. I'm blessed. I want to thank everyone for getting me to this point. Tony Harrison is a great fighter. It's not going to be an easy fight. Tony Harrison is top-level competition and I'm a top level competitor. Two great fighters going after something they want.  But I have to say my pants are falling and I need my belt.''

"I've been waiting on this for a long time. This the biggest shot of my life. It's like my son being born all over again,'' Harrison said. "This just made the fight that much more interesting. As a boxer this is what you dream of - the day you fight for a world title. Santa came early. We're both 26 years old. It's a dream come true for both of us. It doesn't change the approach. It just makes it much sweeter and puts that much more respect on the winner of this fight.''

Beltway Boxers have opportunities to win two belts on this card.   As BATB posted earlier, Alantez Fox of Forestville, MD will challenge Kenneth McNeil of Birmingham for the vacant NABF Middleweight championship on the undercard.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Washington Golden Gloves Begin This Saturday at Rosecroft!

The 2017 Washington Golden Gloves get underway on Saturday, February 18th beginning at 7:30 PM.  This year, every session of the Golden Gloves will be held at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Here is the scheduled bout sheet for the first night of competition:

Junior Division:

8 Years, 68 Pounds CHAMPIONSHIP: Kairee Kelly (Keystone) vs. Brody Smith (1st Class)

8-9 Years, 75 Pounds CHAMPIONSHIP:  Sema'j Gibson (Tony's Athletic) vs. Adam Dinkins (Tony's Gym)

10 Years, 80 Pounds CHAMPIONSHIP:  Shane Wright (Keystone) vs. Marcell Steele (Keystone)


11 Years,  85 Pounds CHAMPIONSHIP:  Taimal Hinton (1st Class) vs. Damari Philson (No Xcuse)

10-11 Years, 95 Pounds:  Ka'reem Rivers (Hagerstown) vs. Khaliq Harrison (Warriors)

14 Years, 110 Pounds: Louis Hairston (Dover Boxing) vs. Owen Pannucci (Bowerhouse)

13 Years, 125 Pounds:  Jonathan Estrada (Last Round ) vs. Malik Watson (Keystone)

16 Years, 125 Pounds:  Issaac Rivera (Bowerhouse) vs. Fernando Ramos (Old School)


UNOPPOSED CHAMPIONS:

11 Years, 65 Pounds:  Justin Johnson (Tony's Gym) 


12 Years, 80 Pounds:  Lonzo Malcolm (Keystone) 

12 Years,  132 Pounds:  Brendon Nararjo (Main Street)


Novice Division:

123 Pounds:  Brient Rodriguez (Champions) vs. Jaymes Malone (Charm City)

123 Pounds:  Arit Calle, Jr. (Kicked-Up) vs. DeAngelo McDonald (Tony's Gym)

132 Pounds:  Omar Drakeford (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Carlo Ramiriz (Keystone)

132 Pounds: Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) vs. Antoine Dunston-El (Honeycomb)

141 Pounds:  Daniel Hall (Charm City) vs. Jarvis Crawford (Honeycomb)

141 Pounds: Daniel Barlava (Limelite) vs. Jean Cormier (Kicked-Up)

152 Pounds:  Steven Jackson (Hillcrest) vs. Neal Crossen (Bowerhouse)

152 Pounds:  Toren Seigler (Unattached) vs. Markesse Hines (Main Street)

165 Pounds:  Avery Prince (Old School) vs. Troy Hilton (Unattached)

165 Pounds:  Gabriel Ruiz (Bowerhouse) vs. Stephen Layer, Jr. (Unattached)

178 Pounds:  Anthony Bryant, Jr. (Hillcrest) vs. Nigel Murray (Dog Pound)

178 Pounds:  Ezri Turner (Dover Boxing) vs. Victor DeFreitas, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)

For the first time, all bouts will be at Rosecroft Raceway, located at 6336 Rosecroft Drive in Fort Washington, MD.  General Seating tickets for this Saturday's competition is 20 dollars.  Tickets for children under 12 are five dollars.

Here is the schedule for Washington Golden Gloves competition (all events are on Saturdays at Rosecroft)

February 18th, 25th 

March 4th

Semifinals -- March 11th and March 18th

The Washington Championships will be held on April 1st

The Regional Championships will be held on April 22nd.



Monday, February 13, 2017

Baxter Wins Second Straight Bout In North Carolina!

Washington, DC welterweight Jonathan "Bad Badger" Baxter scored his second straight first-round knockout win in North Carolina on Saturday, February 11.  Baxter stopped Javonta Cherry of Wilson, NC in the first round at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh.  A series of body blows did the damage as Cherry was knocked down three times before the bout was stopped at the two-minute mark.

Baxter's two wins came within a week's time.  On Saturday, February 4th, Baxter knocked out Terrence Moore in Wilson, NC. This is also Baxter's third win in the Tar Heel state -- all three by first-round knockout. Baxter is now 3-1, three KO's and has won three straight since his pro debut where he lost to Vladimir Pierre by four-round split decision on November 12 in Baltimore, MD.

Cherry is 0-3 with all three losses coming by first-round knockout to Beltway Boxers.  Cherry previously lost to Malik Jackson and Mack Allison, IV.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

M. Fox Wins Majority Decision In Fort Washington!


Undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox won the toughest bout of his young pro career surviving an eight-round majority decision win over "Trigger" Tre'sean Wiggins of Newburgh, NY in front of a standing-room only crowd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  The bout was the main event of a very competitive King's Promotions card.

Fox, a King's Promotions signee, did a nice job of establishing his right jab throughout the contest. However, unlike many of Fox's previous opponents, Wiggins did a good job at times getting inside Fox's jab as he was able to land some shots in close.  Fox's defense proved to be a major key in the contest as he avoided the majority of Wiggins's punches while landing solid left hands of his own.

Judge Paul Wallace scored the bout even at 76-76 but judges John Gradowski (77-75) and David Braslow (78-74) saw the bout for Fox, who is now 13-0, four KO's while Wiggins's record falls to 7-3, six KO's.

In the co-feature, Bowie, MD cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith scored a crushing first-round knockout over Darnell "The Unknown" Pierce of Killeen, TX.  The two southpaw cruiserweights were feeling each other out in the early part of the round when suddenly, Smith sent a straight right hand that landed hard on Pierce and dropped him to the canvas.  Pierce barely beat referee David Braslow's count but was not fit to continue.  The bout was stopped at 1:59.

After starting his career as a heavyweight, Smith has won two straight at cruiserweight.  His overall record is 7-1, six KO's. Pierce loses for the first time in his career and he is now 5-1, one KO.

King's Promotions boxer Marcus "The Dreamcrusher" Bates of Washington, DC ended a close junior featherweight contest with Alec McGee of Reno, NV with a stunning, blink-and-you-missed-it knockout in the sixth and final round.

The two men had a very competitive bout as they were able to exchange solid shots.  As the bout entered the sixth round, it looked like Bates was going to go the distance for the first time in his pro career.  However, just as the bell rang to start the round, Bates threw a powerful straight right hand that sent McGee to the canvas. Referee Brent Bovell did not bother to count and the bout ended at one second of the sixth round.  Bates remains undefeated at 6-0-1, six KO's while McGee drops to 2-1.

In other bouts on the card, Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw won a four-round majority decision over "The Left-Handed Bandit" Kashon Hutchinson of Reading, PA.  Outlaw started the contest by landing the harder punches in the first couple of rounds.  By the end of the bout, Outlaw seemed to tire and Hutchinson was able to get his offense going as the bout came to a conclusion.  Judge Braslow scored the bout a draw at 38-38 but John Gradowski (39-37) and Paul Wallace (40-36) saw the contest for Outlaw, who remains undefeated at 2-0.  Hutchinson is now 2-1, one KO.

In a super welterweight contest, "Slick" Justin Hurd of Accokeek, MD scored a TKO at the end of the second round over Dawond Pickney of Hot Springs, AR.  Hurd established his jab very well throughout the bout which led to him landing a solid right hand in the waning seconds of the second round.  Pickney wobbled to his corner.  The ringside physicians evaluated Pickney's condition between rounds and ruled him unfit to continue.  Hurd is now 2-0 and gets his first pro knockout.  Pickney now falls to 1-4-2, two KO's.

Forestville, MD super lightweight Tyrek "I.G.B. (I Get Busy)" Irby won a four-round unanimous decision over Waldorf, MD's Lamont White.  Irby established his jab early and often throughout the contest.  White switched from southpaw to conventional often to try and confuse Irby but Irby was able to stick to his game plan and win a shutout (40-36) over the very durable White.  Irby's record per Boxrec is 2-0, one KO.  FightFax lists Irby's record as 4-2, two KO's because they include Irby's appearances in the World Series of Boxing as an amateur.  Irby was 2-2, one KO in the WSB. White is now 0-6.

The best bout of the night may have been the curtain-raising contest in which Gregory "Glizzy" Clark of Washington, DC won a tough four-round split decision over Patrick "New Era" Rivera of Edgewood, MD in a great bout of super middleweights.  Rivera took the early advantage in the contest as he landed some punishing shots.  By the end of the second round, Clark was able to turn the tide of the bout by hitting Rivera with some solid shots with his right hand.  Clark was able to get the nod on the cards of judges David Braslow and John Gradowski (39-37) while Ken Chevalier scored the bout for Rivera (39-37).  Clark evens his record with the win at 1-1 while Rivera is now 2-1, one KO.

The matchmakers for the card were promoter Marshall Kauffman and Ross Molovinsky.  The ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.




Friday, February 10, 2017

Weights From Rosecroft!

Here is the scale watch for the King's Promotions card Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Mykal Fox 141.4 vs. Tre'sean Wiggins 142.4

Luther Smith 198.8 vs Darnell Pierce 193.8

Marcus Bates 122 vs Alec McGee 121.2

Greg Outlaw, Jr. 140.2 vs Kashon Hutchinson 141.6

Justin Hurd 153 vs Dawond Pickney 155.4

Tyrek Irby 139.8 vs Lamont White 141.4

Patrick Rivera 163.6 vs Gregory Clark 165.8

If you can't join us at Rosecroft Raceway in person, we will have the call on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android. The app is free to download.  IOS listeners can hear the live call on the Spreaker.com page http://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway or on the IHeartRadio page at https://www.iheart.com/show/22903291/  We will be on the air around 7:55 PM ET.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Quarles, Rodriguez Travel To Philadelphia, PA March 11!

Two Northern Virginia boxers will be involved on a King's Promotions card on Saturday, March 11 at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, PA.

In the main event, "The Pride of Alexandria" Brandon Quarles returns to action in an eight-round middleweight contest against Tyrone "Young Gun" Brunson of Philadelphia.  Quarles (18-3-1, nine KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Marcos Primera on June 25 in Greensboro, NC.  Quarles has won five in a row.

Brunson (23-6-2, 22 KO's) set a world record for most consecutive first-round knockouts with 19 to start his pro career.  Brunson's first unanimous decision win came against Primera -- an eight-rounder -- in October of 2009.   Brunson is 3-6-1 in his last 10 bouts.

In another bout on the card, Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez of Haymarket will face off with David Gonzales of Philadelphia in a six-round bout.  Rodriguez (6-6-1, five KO's) will be looking to break a four-bout losing streak.  In his last outing, Rodriguez lost by seventh-round TKO to Mykal Fox on November 5 in Fort Washington, MD.  Gonzales (8-1-2, two KO's) will look to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss, a first-round KO loss to Samuel Teah on November 11 in Chester, PA.

Travis Reeves Travels To Australia To Vie For IBF International Light Heavyweight Title!

Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will travel to Eatons Hill, Queensland, Australia to challenge Australian Trent Broadhurst for the IBF International Light Heavyweight title on Saturday, March 18th.

Reeves (13-2-2, seven KO's) was one of our Beltway Prospects of the Year selections in 2016 as he won one state and one regional title. On May 14th in Timonium, MD, Reeves scored an eighth-round TKO over Larry Pryor to win the Maryland State Cruiserweight title then dropped down in weight to capture the USBO Light Heavyweight title with a second-round knockout of Aaron Quattrocchi on November 12th in Baltimore.

Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KO's) is no stranger to regional title bouts. After winning the WBA Oceania and the IBF Pan Pacific Light heavyweight titles, Broadhurst captured the IBF International title with a seventh-round technical decision win over Rob Powdrill in November of 2015 in Mansfield, Queensland, Australia. Broadhurst scored a third-round TKO over Nader Hamdan on February 3 in North Adelaide, Australia.  The Reeves bout will be the first defense of his IBF International title.

Late Result From North Carolina: Madison Scores First-Round TKO In Wilson!

Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison scored a first-round TKO over Lamarco Ellis of Wilson, NC this past Saturday at the Bill Ellis Convention Center in Wilson.

Madison battered Ellis in a neutral corner until the referee stopped the contest.  No official word on the time of the stoppage.  Madison remains undefeated at 4-0, three KO's.  Ellis is now 2-2, one KO.

Also on that card was DC welterweight Jonathan Baxter who scored a first-round TKO over Terrence Moore of Wilson.  Baxter is now 2-1, two KO's.  Moore, who lost his pro debut to Mack Allison IV by second-round knockout in October, is now 0-2.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Beltway Brings Home Eight National Silver Gloves Championships!

Congratulations to Beltway Amateurs who participated in the 2017 National Silver Gloves Championships in Independence, MO this past week.

Locals brought home eight national titles.  Here are the champions:

Jahmal Harvey-Oxon Hill

Richard Dodson-Untouchables (Keystone)

Marcus Luther-Headbangers

Tyreek Williams -NextUp Boxing 

Benjamin Johnson-NoXcuse 

Dontae White-Upton Boxing

Travis Best-Triple Threat

BJ Santana Brown -- Time 2 Grind Boxing

Best was a Silver Gloves regional champion as well.

Once again congratulations to all!

Friday, February 03, 2017

Madison Heads To North Carolina For Saturday Scrap!

Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison returns to action on Saturday, February 4 in a four-round contest against LaMarco Ellis of Wilson, NC at the Bill Evans Convention Center in Wilson.

Madison (3-0, two KO's) last fought on August 19th and scored a first-round TKO over Bryson Haubrick in Crystal City, VA.  Ellis (2-1, one KO) will look to bounce back from a four-round unanimous decision loss to Miree Coleman on December 10th in Greenville, NC.

UPDATE:  Madison weighed in at 246 1/2 pounds and Ellis came in at a whopping 320 pounds.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Boxing To Make Debut At MGM National Harbor Casino!

We are hearing that boxing will make its debut at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD in the very near future. In fact, one date already seems to be set.

ESPN.com's Dan Rafael is reporting that WBO Super Featherweight champion Vasyl "Hi-Tech" Lomachenko and WBA Super Featherweight titleholder Jason "El Canito" Sosa will meet in a unification bout on Saturday, April 8 at the new facility.  This will be a Top Rank promoted card that will also feature local undefeated super lightweight contender Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed of Waldorf, MD in his first 10-round contest.  Reed is currently ranked sixth in the world by the WBO.

However, that may not be the first boxing date at the new casino. There are some reports that the March 11th title defense for WBC Featherweight champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. against interim champ Oscar Escandon will also take place at the MGM National Harbor Casino.  Recently, the WBC said that the bout would take place on the February 18th card in Cincinnati, OH.  However, representatives for Russell are adamant in saying that the bout will take place at the MGM.  We will keep you posted.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Final Registration For Washington Golden Gloves Saturday In Hillcrest Heights!

The final registration for the 2017 Washington Golden Gloves, including the physical exam, will be held this Saturday, February 4, from 9:00 am to noon at the Hillcrest Bingo Hall located at 4104 23rd Parkway in Hillcrest Heights, MD.

The Washington Golden Gloves will begin later in February.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Lamont Roach, Jr. Wins WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight Championship With First-Round Knockout!


Upper Marlboro, MD's Lamont Roach, Jr. scored a blistering first-round knockout over former world title contender Alex Valdez of Ciudad Sonora, Mexico to win the vacant WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight championship at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA Saturday night.

Roach landed a solid right uppercut before knocking Valdez down with a straight right hand.  Moments later, Roach landed another crushing right uppercut to Valdez's solar plexus that knocked him down for the count.  Referee Edward Hernandez stopped the count at 1:41 of the first.

The win is Roach's second straight by knockout and he remains undefeated at 13-0, five KO's.  Valdez is now 26-9-2, 20 KO's.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Golden Gloves Registration Begins Saturday In Hillcrest Heights!

Registration for the 2017 Washington Golden Gloves begins on Saturday, January 28 at the Hillcrest Bingo Hall, located at 4104 23rd Parkway in Hillcrest Heights, MD from 9 am to Noon.  The registration will include the physical exam.


Hurd Competes In World Title Eliminator February 25 In Birmingham, AL!

Undefeated Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd will battle Tony "Superbad" Harrison of Detroit, MI in a 12-round world title eliminator on Saturday, February 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL. The bout will be the co-feature to Deontay Wilder's world heavyweight championship title defense and will be shown on FOX.  The telecast begins at 8 PM ET.

Hurd, the 2016 co-Beltway Boxer Of The Year (19-0, 13 KO's), is coming off an outstanding six-round TKO over Jo Jo Dan on November 12 in Philadelphia, PA.  Hurd has knocked out his last five opponents and is ranked sixth in the world by the IBF.

Harrison (24-1, 20 KO's) is ranked number two by the IBF and has won three straight since suffering his only loss to Willie Nelson by ninth-round TKO in July of 2015 in Tampa, FL.  Two of Harrison three wins came against Beltway Boxers.  Harrison won a 10-round unanimous decision over Cecil McCalla in October of 2015 in Houston, TX then defeated Fernando Guerrero by sixth-round TKO on March 5 in Bethlehem, PA.

This will be the second major contest for a Beltway Boxer announced for this card.  As BATB posted earlier, Alantez Fox of Forestville, MD will challenge Kenneth McNeil of Birmingham for the vacant NABF Middleweight championship on the undercard.




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Roach Competes For WBC Youth Super Featherweight Title January 28 In Indio, CA!

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will have the biggest bout of his young career when he challenges Alejandro Valdez of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico for the vacant WBC Youth Super Featherweight championship on Saturday, January 28 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.

Roach, the 2015 Beltway Boxing Rookie Of The Year and one of the three Beltway Prospects Of The Year for 2016 (12-0, four KO's), is coming off one of his best performances of his young career, scoring a third-round knockout over Mario Antonio Macias on September 2 in Los Angeles, CA.

Valdez (26-8-2, 20 KO's) is a former world title contender who has lost three of his last four bouts, all by knockout.  This includes a seventh-round knockout loss to Orlando Cruz on July 15 in Kissimmee, FL for the NABO Super Featherweight title.   Valdez has challenged for the WBA and WBC Bantamweight crowns in the past, losing both bouts by knockout.

L. Peterson Challenges For Interim WBA Welterweight Title; Williams Faces Undefeated Foe February 18 in Cincinnati!

Former world super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson of Washington, DC returns to action to challenge for the Interim WBA Welterweight title when he faces interim champion David Avanesyan of Pyatigorsk, Russia on Saturday, February 18 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH.  The bout is the co-feature to Adrian Broner's next bout and will be shown on Showtime.

This will be the first bout for Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KO's) since his 12-round majority decision win over Felix Diaz in October of 2015 at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA.  Peterson will be participating in his seventh world title bout.

Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KO's) will make the second defense of his title that he won over Charlie Navarro by ninth-round TKO in November of 2015.  Avanesyan successfully defended the title by winning a 12-round unanimous decision over former world champion Shane Mosley on May 28 in Glendale, AZ.

In another bout on the televised portion of the card, Laurel, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will battle undefeated "Sir" Marcus Browne of Staten Island, NY in a 10-round contest.  Williams (20-2, 14 KO's) will look to stay in the world title hunt after losing his bid for the WBC Light Heavyweight title to Adonis Stevenson by fourth-round KO on July 29 in Quebec City, Canada.  Browne, a 2012 US Olympian (18-0, 13 KO's), won the vacant WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight title by eight-round split decision over Radivoje Kalajdzic on April 16 in Brooklyn, NY.  Beltway fans may remember Browne competing in DC in April of 2014 when he won an eight-round unanimous decision over Otis Griffin on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins-Beibut Shumenov at the DC Armory.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

'SlyAza' Fox Challenges McNeil For NABF Middleweight Title February 25 In Birmingham, AL!

The previous post had information about the younger of the Fox Brothers.  However, the older brother is making some news also. We are learning that Forestville, MD middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox will challenge for the NABF Middleweight championship on Saturday, February 25th at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL.

Fox will battle Kenneth McNeil of Birmingham in the contest. Fox (21-0-1, 10 KO's) has stopped six of his last seven opponents, including a second-round knockout of Ronald Montes on September 30th in Chicago, IL.  McNeil (10-2, seven KO's) makes his second attempt at the NABF title.  McNeil lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Ievgen Khytrov on March 5th in Bethlehem, PA.  McNeil bounced back from that loss to score a second-round knockout over Robert Burwell on July 16 in the Legacy Arena.

No word on whether this bout will be televised.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

'Professor' Fox Headlines Card February 11 At Rosecroft!

Boxing returns to Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on Saturday, February 11 with a King's Promotions card.

Making his third straight appearance in a main event on a King's Promotions card will be undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight and King's Promotions signee Mykal "The Professor" Fox who will take on Tre'Sean Wiggins of Newburgh, NY in an eight-round contest.  Fox (12-0, four KO's) is coming off an outstanding 2016 where he went 4-0, with two KO's including a seventh-round TKO of Juan Rodriguez in his last outing on November 5 at Rosecroft.  Fox was named one of the top prospects in the Beltway area in 2016.

Wiggins (7-2, six KO's) will look to bounce back from a six-round split decision loss to Benjamin Whitaker on April 15 in Verona, NY.  This will be the first scheduled eight-round bout for Wiggins and the second Beltway opponent.  Wiggins stopped Kevin Womack, Jr. in the third round in Brooklyn, NY in August of 2015.  Also, Wiggins holds a first-round TKO victory over current WBA Super Featherweight champion Jason Sosa.  That took place in September of 2010.

In what should be an interesting cruiserweight contest, Luther "Lights Out" Smith of Bowie, MD will battle Darnell "The Unknown" Pierce of Frederick, MD by way of Texas in a six-round bout.  Smith (6-1, five KO's) was successful in his cruiserweight debut on November 5 at Rosecroft scoring a first-round knockout of Mike Marshall.  Previously, Smith competed as a heavyweight.  Pierce (5-0, one KO) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over Louis King on August 12 in Verona, NY.

Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed will participate in his first six-round contest when he battles Hafiz Montgomery of Toms River, NJ.  The undefeated Crossed (5-0, three KO's) scored a second-round TKO over Michael Tillery on October 19 in Charlotte, NC.  Montgomery (3-1, two KO's) bounced back from a knockout loss to Darnell Pierce in April to score a first-round TKO over Julian Poole on November 11 in Chester, PA.  Both Crossed and Montgomery will be competing in a scheduled six-round contest for the first time.

In another six-round contest, undefeated Washington, DC featherweight Marcus "The Dreamcrusher" Bates will face off with Alec Christopher McGee of Reno, NV.  Bates (5-0-1, five KO's) scored a sixth-round TKO over Francisco Muro on the November 5th Rosecroft card. Bates is also a King's Promotions signee.  McGee (2-0) has won his first two bouts by four-round unanimous decision.

In four-round contests, DC lightweight Tyrek "I.G.B" Irby will take on fellow DC boxer Lamont White.  Irby had an outstanding amateur career, participating in the World Series of Boxing and the US Olympic trials. Irby made his pro debut on September 30 at the Sphinx Club in DC and scored a first-round knockout over Marquis Johnson.

White (0-5, one No-Decision) will be looking for his first win. White's last contest against Anthony Laureano on December 2 in Lincoln, RI ended in a no-decision when the bout was stopped because of an accidental headbutt in the third round.  White also fought on the November 5 Rosecroft card and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Greg Outlaw.  Outlaw, a native of Bowie, MD (1-0), is also slated to be on this card against an opponent to be determined.

In another all-Beltway four-round contest, Edgewood, MD middleweight Patrick "New Era" Rivera will compete against Gregory Clark of DC.  Rivera (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Hakeem Atkinson on November 5 at Rosecroft.  Clark (0-1) lost his pro debut by a tough, four-round majority decision to Stephon Morris on November 12 in Baltimore, MD.

Also on the card, Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd will take on Dawond Pickney of Hot Springs, AK in another four-rounder.  Hurd (1-0) won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Hector Mercado on the November fifth Rosecroft Raceway.  Pickney (1-3-1) is winless in his last three contests and is coming off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Chordale Booker on December 10th in Bethlehem, PA.



Friday, January 20, 2017

Jackson Scores First-Round TKO Over Foster In Atlantic City!

Washington, DC junior featherweight Malik Jackson scored a first-round TKO over Christian Foster of Arlington, VA tonight at Bally's in Atlantic City, NJ.

According to Fightnews.com's John DiSanto, Jackson dropped Foster twice with body shots before referee Benji Esteves stopped the contest at 2:20 of the round.  Jackson is now 2-0, two KO's. Foster's record falls to 0-3.