Sunday, January 15, 2017
The Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year is:
Sam Crossed KO1 over Mike Estus, August 19, Crystal City Hilton, Crystal City, VA
On a card that featured a number of knockouts, the one created by "The Vanilla Gorilla" stood out. Crossed crushed Estus with right hands that stretched Estus on the campus. After two decision wins that made some question his power at the cruiserweight level, Crossed changed some ideas with this vicious knockout.
The Beltway Boxing Card of The Year took place on:
November 12, Coppermine Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD
The Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card contained a solid victory by Travis Reeves -- a second-round TKO over Aaron Quattrochi in the main event. However, it was the middle bouts that made the card special. Stephon Morris won a tough, four-round majority decision over Gregory Clark in a solid middleweight bout. In another middleweight contest, Jeffrey McCalla worked hard to earn a third-round TKO over a game Jose Valderrama. Also, Devin Butcher won a close unanimous decision in an all-Maryland light heavyweight bout over Eric Govan. This was a very competitive card.
The 2016 Beltway Boxers of the Year are:
"Swift" Jarrett Hurd, super welterweight, Accokeek, MD 19-0, 13 KO's
Gervonta "Tank" Davis, super featherweight, Baltimore, MD 16-0, 15 KO's (prior to January 14)
No other boxers moved their careers better than these two undefeated boxers. It wasn't about the number of bouts both men had as each men fought just twice in 2016. However, it was the quality of bouts and their successful performances under the bright lights that set them apart.
For Hurd, his movement came as a continuation of an ascent that began with his eye-opening sixth round TKO of Frank Galarza in November of 2015. On June 25, Hurd was in a co-feature contest against fellow undefeated boxer Oscar Molina in Brooklyn, NY. Hurd forced Molina's glove to touch the ground in the first round and proceeded to systematically break down Molina until the bout was stopped in the 10th and final round
On November 12th in Philadelphia, PA, Hurd, after one boxer became ill and another refused to face him, took on former world title contender Jo Jo Dan. Hurd proceeded to batter Dan for six rounds before Dan's corner had the bout stopped. The two wins have made Hurd one of the top 154-pounders in the world as he is ranked in the top 10 in three major governing bodies as well as Ring Magazine. A title shot could be mere months away.
For Davis, the 22-year-old also used strong performances to put himself in contender position. In front of a large Beltway crowd at the DC Armory in Washington, DC, Davis put on a very impressive performance with a sixth-round stoppage of Guillermo Avila on April 1. Davis broke down Avila throughout the bout, dropping him with a brutal straight left hand late in the fifth round. Davis would close the show with two crushing right uppercuts that forced referee Michelle Myers to stop the bout at 29 seconds of the sixth round.
On June 3, Davis needed just 41 seconds to stop Mario Macias in Hollywood, FL. The win against the two veteran boxers put Davis in the top ten rankings in the super featherweight division and, even though this selection was made before January 14, everyone can see why we made this selection.
DAVIS WINS IBF JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE; ALEEM CAPTURES WBC SILVER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE IN BROOKLYN!!!
Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis won the IBF Junior Lightweight title with an impressive seventh-round TKO over former champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza of Cidra, Puerto Rico. Davis pressured Pedraza early getting inside the taller Pedraza's defenses. Davis was able to land solid combinations and uppercuts. Davis showed incredible poise throughout the contest, even as Pedraza attempted to put on the pressure in the middle rounds.
Davis responded to Pedraza in the sixth round by landing what turned out to be a life-changing body shot with his left hand. Pedraza never truly recovered. In the seventh, Davis finished his work with a crushing right hook to Pedraza's head. Pedraza fell backwards to the canvas. Pedraza beat referee Ricky Gonzalez's count but was in no shape to continue and the bout was stopped at 2:36.
At age 22, Davis is now the youngest current world champion from the United States and follows Joe Gans, Vincent Pettway and Hasim Rahman, Sr. as world champions from Baltimore. Davis's record is now 17-0, 16 KO's. Pedraza, who was making the third defense of his title, loses for the first time and he is now 22-1, 10 KO's.
Earlier in the evening, Richmond, VA middleweight "The Chosen One" Immanuwel Aleem won the vacant WBC Silver Middleweight championship with an incredibly gutsy performance over Ievegen Khytrov of Brooklyn by way of the Ukraine in an early contender for Bout of the Year status.
Aleem got off to a great start in the contest, rocking the heavily-favored Khytrov with a vicious overhand right in the first round. However, in the second, Aleem seemed to tire and Khytrov came back with hard shots of his own. Aleem was not overwhelmed, however, and came back strong by knocking Khytrov down in the third round with a left hook. The equally-gutsy Khytrov came back in the same round and rocked Aleem late.
Aleem would knock Khytrov down again with brutal rights in the sixth round before finishing the job later in the round with a crushing left hook to the head that forced referee Eddie Claudio to stop the contest at 1:20 of the round. Aleem, who trains in the Beltway, remains undefeated at 17-0-1, 10 KO's while Khytrov loses for the first time and he is now 14-1, 12 KO's.
One other note about this evening -- Even the main event of this card was shaped by a Beltway event. The unification world super middleweight title bout between champions Badou Jack and James DeGale was created by a card that took place on April 30th at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. WBC champ Jack fought Lucian Bute to a controversial draw (many, including this reporter, thought Jack won and Bute failed a post-fight doping test) while DeGale won a 12-round unanimous decision to keep his IBF title.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
(Photos by Mike Greenhill)
Baltimore, MD super middleweight veteran Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow won an eight-round unanimous decision over Chauncey "Grimm" Fields of Lynchburg, VA in front of a packed house at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. The bout was the main event of the Baltimore Pro Boxing promotions card.
Nicklow came forward and pressured Fields for the duration of the contest. Nicklow also showed good footwork as he was able to cut Fields off at almost every turn. There was one misstep in the third round, however, as the feet of both men tangled and Nicklow went down as Fields threw a punch. Referee Kenny Chevalier ruled a knockdown in favor of Fields.
However, Nicklow remained undeterred as he continued his pressure, beating Fields to the punch. Nicklow would go on to win by a 79-73 score across the board. Nicklow's record now stands at 26-8-3, eight KO's. Fields loses for the first time and is now 4-1, two KO's.
In other bouts on the card, Baltimore super welterweight Aaron "The Game Changer" Anderson scored a vicious first-round knockout over the debuting Roger Caruso of Dundalk, MD. Anderson dropped Caruso to one knee with a straight right hand to the head. Caruso got back up but was met with a brutal Anderson left hand to the body that put him down for good. Referee Brent Bovell waived off the bout at 1:34. Anderson is now 2-0, two KO's.
In an early Beltway Boxing Bout of the Year candidate, super middleweight "Dangerous" Donald Wallace of Baltimore won a tough six-round unanimous decision over Tahir Thomas of Salisbury, MD. Wallace and Thomas exchanged solid shots during the contest. Thomas took an early advantage by knocking down Wallace with a counter right hand in the third round. However, Wallace recovered and took control of the contest as Thomas seemed to wear down. Wallace continued the assault en route to winning the contest. Judges Ken Chevalier and Don Risher scored the bout 57-56 and judge John Gradowski saw the bout 59-55. Wallace is now 2-0, one KO while Thomas is 4-1-1, three KO's.
In the opening contest, Baltimore lightweight Ernest "Frost" Hall won by stoppage over Cleveland Hemphill of Temple Hills, MD in a battle of debuting boxers. Hall dropped Hemphill three times, twice with body shots over a two-round period. Hemphill could not come out for the third round.
In amateur contests, Brian Haneschlager of Baltimore Boxing won over his gym mate Mike Burris by second-round TKO.
Deshawn Chase of Baltimore Boxing won a decision at 165 pounds over Eric Walker of Arvin Boxing and Fitness.
Tyrell Boyd of Mack Allison Gym won by decision over Ashton Sykes of Baltimore at 168 pounds.
Andy Bueno of the Lincoln Way gym in York, PA won a 140 pound bout by decision over Dorien Bostic of the Dave Sewell Gym.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Jessie Nicklow 164 vs. Chauncey Fields 163.6
Donald Wallace 166 vs. Tahir Thomas 167
Ernest Hall 130 vs. Cleveland Hemphill 133.6
Aaron Anderson 154 vs. Roger Caruso 151.2
There will be four amateur bouts on the card tonight as well.
Our top rookie had one of the busiest first years in recent memory, fighting seven times in a five-month period. His first four bouts were in a three-week time span. Also, all seven wins were by knockout.
(Award designs by Ross Molovinsky)
The 2016 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year is:
Mack "Papi"Allison IV, super featherweight, 7-0, seven KO's, Baltimore, MD
The 19-year-old super featherweight did not begin his pro career until July 16th when he scored a first-round TKO over Brian Raglin in Norfolk, VA. Allison would fight three times in a 13-day period in July winning all three bouts by first-round knockout. Most of Allison's bouts took place in North Carolina before he would fight in the Beltway for the first time, winning by third-round knockout over Rodger Williams in Springfield, VA on December 10. Allison is starting slowly but starting to get more rounds in. The future looks bright.
Beltway Boxing 2016 -- Prospect Of The Year
This year, we had numerous prospects make considerable movements in their young careers. This is why this category was the hardest to select. In the end, we couldn't select just one as three men made significant moves to position themselves for a solid 2017.
The 2016 Beltway Boxing Prospects Of The Year are:
Mykal "The Professor" Fox, 12-0, four KO's, Forestville, MD
Travis "Seveer" Reeves, 13-2-2, seven KO's, Baltimore, MD
Lamont Roach, Jr., 12-0, four KO's, Upper Marlboro, MD
Fox fought four times in 2016, progressing nicely throughout the year. On February 27, Fox won a six-round unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda at the Washington Convention Center. Four months later, Fox had a shutout victory over tough veteran Jose Valderrama in Bethlehem, PA. As Fox advanced into scheduled eight-round bouts, Fox's performances got even more dominant as he scored impressive knockout victories over Somner Martin and Juan Rodriguez.
Reeves only fought twice in 2016 but both bouts were for minor titles and has put him in position for bigger events in 2017. Reeves won the Maryland State Cruiserweight title with a seventh-round TKO over Larry Pryor on May 14th in Timonium, MD. On November 12th, Reeves scored an impressive second-round TKO over Aaron Quattrocchi in Baltimore. Reeves is looking at an International Cruiserweight title shot in the IBO in the first quarter of 2017.
Roach used 2016 to move into the eight-rounders for the first time where he was very successful. After an eight-round unanimous decision over Jesus Lule on March 5 at the DC Armory, Roach went on the road and scored two great victories -- an eight-round unanimous decision on May 7 over Jose Esquivel in Las Vegas, NV and an impressive third-round TKO over Mario Macias in Los Angeles, CA. Roach is looking at a breakout year in 2017.
Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year - 2016
The Bout of the Year was an impressive showing between two young prospects that showed a lot of talent and grit from both men.
The 2016 Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year is:
Jordan White, six-round unanimous decision over Jose Elizondo, November 5, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD.
The 19-year-old White was participating in his first six-round contest after just three bouts. The DC native was able to knock Elizondo, a native of Mexico, down twice in the first two rounds. The first knockdown happened with less than 10 seconds in the first round while the second happened in the second round as White landed a punch while Elizondo seemed to lose his footing. From that point on, the two men battled fiercely for the remainder of the contest. White won the bout by scores of 57-55 (twice) and 58-55. White, raised his record to 4-0, three KO's. Elizondo also competing in a six-round contest for the first time, fell to 2-2.
We will have the rest of the awards this weekend.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Beltway Boxing 2016 saw numerous locals make out of town trips in attempts to further their careers. Locals traveled to 18 states and five countries. A few of those trips were made at the highest level of the sport as three Beltway Boxers participated in world title bouts.
On April 16, Gary Russell, Jr. made a successful defense of the WBC Featherweight title scoring a second-round TKO over Patrick Hyland in Mashantucket, CT. Two other locals were unable to capture world titles in their bids. Dominic Wade lost by second-round knockout to Gennady Golovkin for the Unified World Middleweight title on April 23 in Inglewood, CA and Thomas Williams, Jr. lost by fourth-round KO to Adonis Stevenson for the WBC Light Heavyweight title on July 29 in Quebec City, Canada.
Some prospects used road trips very successfully to become contenders. Jarrett Hurd won two nationally-televised contests by knockout in June and November to place himself in the top 10 among super welterweights in the WBA, WBC and IBF. Mike Reed won four times in 2016 and is now ranked sixth by the WBO at super lightweight. Also, Gervonta Davis scored two knockouts to place himself in the top 10 in the IBF at super featherweight and in line for a world title bout in January.
The voyages by our better-known Beltway Boxers left very sparse action inside the Beltway in 2016 as far as local action was concerned. The Beltway hosted 18 cards in 2016, one less than 2015. However, DC and Northern Virginia increased their number of cards -- DC had eight cards (one more than the previous year) and Northern Virginia hosted seven (three more than 2015). Maryland had just three cards in 2016 but that looks to change with the opening of the MGM Casino at National Harbor.
DC had an interesting year as four of their cards were shown on national television within a two-month period. There were five world title bouts during that time period -- none involving Beltway Boxers. However, DC, working with a new commission, became a solid player in 2016.
Northern Virginia, specifically, the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, was the home of many regional title bouts and one world title contest. Tori Nelson captured the vacant UBF and WIBA Super Middleweight titles with a 10-round unanimous decision over Alicia Napoleon on December 10. Alexandru Marin won the IBO International Bantamweight title with a third-round TKO over Johnny Determan on June 11. Travis Reeves earned one state and one regional title in 2016.
On the amateur side, Beltway Boxers participated at the highest level of competition. Gary Antuanne Russell competed in the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, falling just one bout short of earning a medal. Lorenzo Simpson captured his sixth consecutive National Silver Gloves championship. Noted female amateurs Franchon Crews and Tiara Brown made long-awaited pro debuts.
Tomorrow -- we will announce our first three awards -- Rookie of the Year, Prospect of the Year and Bout of the Year.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
The card will be headlined by veteran Baltimore, MD super middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow who will take on undefeated Chauncey "GRIMM" Fields of Lynchburg, VA in an eight-round contest. Nicklow (25-8-3, eight KO's) competes for the first time since November of 2015 when he was stopped by Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the third round in Las Vegas, NV. Nicklow is undefeated in Maryland (24-0-3) and has competed all over the state but makes just his second appearance as a pro at Michael's. In June of 2009, Nicklow fought to an eight-round draw against John Mackey. Nicklow was the first BATB Rookie of the Year and his March 20th, 2010 victory over Scott Sigmon and his September 17, 2010 draw with Julius Kennedy were two of the three bouts chosen as Bout of the Year in 2010 (the third bout was Sigmon's win over Kennedy on December 11, 2010).
Fields (4-0, two KO's) also has an interesting history. As an amateur, he once fought at the 201-Pound division, losing a bout in Millersville, MD in 2013. As a pro, Fields never fought a four-round contest. All four of his contests have been scheduled six-rounders. That includes his last bout, a third-round TKO over the debuting Noe Quintanilla on December 10 in Greensboro, NC.
One other bout has been announced for this card -- an all-Maryland six-round super middleweight contest between "Dangerous" Donald Wallace of Baltimore and Tahir Thomas of Salisbury. Wallace (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on May 21 and scored a first-round TKO over the equally-debuting James Smith in Springfield, VA. Thomas (4-0-1, three KO's) has not fought since battling Antowyan Aikens to a six-round draw in Philadelphia, PA in November of 2015.
Also scheduled to appear on this card are Baltimore, MD super welterweight "Bazooka" Joey Veazey (1-0) and Baltimore-based veteran "The Amazing" Michael Gbenga (21-25, 20 KO's). There are also amateurs scheduled to appear on this card.
The last card to feature pro boxers at Michael's took place on April 2, 2010 during the highly successful "Ballroom Boxing"era promoted by the owners of Michael's, the late Senator Michael J. Wagner and his son, Scott.
Saturday, January 07, 2017
Sunday, January 01, 2017
We are working on the Beltway Boxing Awards for 2016 and hope to have them out in the next two weeks.
Also, we find that 2017 will start very quickly with our first pro card scheduled for Friday, January 13 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.
January will also find our first Beltway Boxer competing for a world title in 2017. Gervonta Davis will battle for the IBF Super Featherweight title against champion Jose Pedraza on Saturday, January 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Mr. Ware's association with boxing was a 40-year journey that included work as a trainer, promoter, matchmaker and, eventually, a member of the DC Commission, beginning in 1986. Mr. Ware served on the commission for 20 years, representing the city at numerous boxing conventions around the world.
Mr. Ware's Homegoing service will be on Monday, December 19th at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home located at 3401 Bladensburg Road in Brentwood, MD. The wake will be from 9:30 to 10:30 AM with the funeral to follow.
On a personal note, Gilbert Ware is one of the reasons I am in this business to begin with. When I started covering boxing in the late eighties, I wanted to bring more exposure to the local scene. I pitched a concept of a television series called "Friday Night At The Fieldhouse" and Mr. Ware was my contact. I walked into his office sight unseen. He didn't know me from anyone. That meeting started a long friendship that I have always cherished. Mr. Ware would have dinners together at Red Lobster and talk about what was coming up in the area. Mr. Ware was a remarkable man and I can't thank him enough for what he has meant to me.
My condolences to Mr. Ware's wife, Helen and their four children.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Reed Remains Undefeated With Eight-Round Unanimous Decision In Omaha; Isley Captures Elite Title In Kansas City!
In amateur action, congratulations to Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA who won the Elite 165-pound championship at the Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior Open at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, MO. Isley won a 5-0 decision over Javier Martinez of Milwaukee, WI.
Also on Saturday, Amelia Moore of Greenbelt, MD lost in the finals of the Elite Female 141-pound championship to Stacia Suttles of Bronx, NY by a 4-1 decision.
Baltimore, MD's Lorenzo Simpson, who won a Youth title at 165 pounds on Friday, was named the Outstanding Male Youth Boxer of the tournament.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
(Photo courtesy of Top Rank Boxing)
Mike Reed tipped the scales at 142 pounds for his eight-round contest against Sidney Siquiera at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NB. Siquiera weighed in at 141.6.
Meanwhile, Frederick, MD cruiserweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor was knocked out in the first round by Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, TX on Friday at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX. According to Jeff Zimmerman of Fightnews.com, Clarkson took the fight to the taller Pryor landing hard shots to the head and body of Pryor. A right hook to the body dropped Pryor midway through the first round and with his fans chanting his name, Clarkson unleashed a flurry later in the round that saw Pryor hit the canvas again and the fight was over. The official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the 1st round.
Pryor falls to 10-15, five KO's while Clarkson is now 19-3, 12 KO's.
Two other Beltway Boxers captured runner-up positions on Friday. Edwin Angel of Capitol Heights, MD lost by second-round TKO to Daniel Blancas of Milwaukee, WI in the Junior 145-Pound championship bout. Also, Candace Carter of Baltimore, MD lost by third-round TKO to Heaven Garcia of El Monte, CA in the 112-pound Youth Female title match.
Two more locals will have opportunities to win titles in the Elite Division on the final day of competition today. Greenbelt, MD's Amelia Moore advanced to the finals of the female 141-pound bracket with a 5-0 decision win over Kim Putzier of St. Cloud, MN. Moore will face Stacia Suttles of Bronx, NY in the finals. Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA will also try for a title when he takes on Javier Martinez of Milwaukee, WI in the 165 Pound championship. Isley moved into the final by defeating Austin Williams of Fresno, TX by a 5-0 score on Friday.
Vacant UBF/WIBA Super Middleweight Championship
Tori Nelson 162 vs. Alicia Napoleon 157 1/2
Vacant UBF Super Flyweight Championship
Jose Alfredo Rodriguez 115 vs. Edwin Rodriguez 116
Ian Green 163 vs. Kevin Womack, Jr. 157
James Early 127 vs. Reggie Barnett, Jr. 128
Eric Hernandez 135 vs. Roy Garcia 135
Matthew Abregu 138 vs. Benjamin Olinga 141
Mack Allison IV 129 vs. Rodger Williams 130
Carlos Cruz 164 vs. Brandon Pennington 164
Roger Belch 135 vs. Jalik Smiles 132
Seth Billups 138 vs. Joshua Davis 145
Shakeem Lodge 166 vs. Noe Lozano 165
Marquice Weston 197 vs. Montez Brown 195
Cobia Breedy 129 vs. Nicholas Rodriguez 130
The Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android will have the call of the entire card beginning at 5:55 PM ET. IOS listeners can hear the call on the Boxing Along The Beltway pages on Spreaker.com and Iheartradio.com.
Thursday, December 08, 2016
In the Junior Division, Deric Davis of Washington, DC advanced to the next round with a 4-1 decision over Garrett Rice of Flint, MI. Also, Stacey Selby of DC moved closer to a championship winning a 4-1 decision over Aaron Aponte of Hialeah, FL.
At 125 pounds, Maximus Garland of Waldorf, MD lost a 5-0 decision to Joricksen Galiza of Waianae, Hawaii while Michael Tymas of DC was stopped in the third round by Ralph Clemente of Ronkonkoma, NY in a 165-pound contest.
In the Youth Division, Lorenzo Simpson of Baltimore, MD scored a first-round TKO over Isaac Ingram of Palatka, FL at 165 pounds.
Alexandria, VA's Troy Isley won his 165-pound bout in the Elite Division with a 4-1 decision over Joeshon James of Dixon, CA.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Beltway Amateurs Competing In Elite And Youth National Championships And Junior Open In Kansas City!
In the Junior Open, Deric Davis of Washington, DC advanced to the next round in the 114 Pound class with a 3-2 decision over Steve Johnson of East Palo Alto, CA.
In the Junior 125-pound class, Maximus Garland of Waldorf, MD won by a 3-2 score over Derek Cintron of The Bronx, NY.
Stacey Selby of DC scored a TKO in his bout over Roberto Gomez in the 132 Pound division.
In the Youth Division, Kevon Cooke of DC lost by TKO to Jorge Carlos of Olate, KS in the 108 Pound division while Malik Warren of Baltimore, MD lost a 4-1 decision to Mario Ramos of San Diego, CA. At 165 pounds, Lorenzo Simpson of Baltimore won a 5-0 decision over Noah Jones of Rowlett, TX but Nasheed Smith of DC lost his 165-pound encounter to Tyler Tomlin of Ashland City, TN by a 4-1 decision.
The Elite Division saw Jaqueem Hutcherson of Temple Hills, MD drop a 5-0 decision to Edward Richardson of Baton Rouge, LA at 123 pounds. Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA won his 165-pound bout by walkover.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action in a scheduled eight-round contest against Sidney Siqueira of Sao Paulo, Brazil at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NB. Reed (20-0, 12 KO's) is coming off a sixth-round TKO over Aaron Herrera on October 14 in Philadelphia, PA. Reed makes his second trip to Omaha -- he scored a sixth-round TKO over Oscar Valenzuela in November of 2014. Siqueira (26-11-1, 17 KO's) has not fought since losing a 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated Jose Benavidez almost a year ago on December 12 in Tuscon, AZ. Siqueira will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak.
This bout will be on the undercard of Terrence Crawford's WBC/WBO Super Lightweight title defense against John Molina, Jr.
Meanwhile, Fort Washington, MD featherweight Marq "Monster" Johns will battle undefeated Leroy Davila of New Brunswick, NJ in a four-round contest at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The bout will be a homecoming for Johns (7-1-1, six KO's) who is originally from Philadelphia. Johns last fought on April 9 and stopped Alan Beeman in the third round in Springfield, VA. Davila (4-0, two KO's) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Damon Simon on November 11 at the 2300 Arena. Davila was a member of the USA National Amateur Team in 2014.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
In a six-round lightweight contest, Eric "El Torito" Hernandez of Leesburg, VA will battle veteran Roy Garcia of Alice, TX. Hernandez (8-0, five KO's) stopped Arthur McCrow in the first round in his last outing on June 11 at the ABC Sports Complex. Garcia (3-20-1, two KO's) will be trying to break a nine-bout losing streak. Garcia has gone the distance in eight of those nine bouts.
In another six-rounder, Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early will take on Reggie Barnett, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA. Early (2-0) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Tyshae Ferguson on May 14 in Timonium, MD. Barnett (3-1, two KO's) will try to bounce back from suffering his first loss in a four-round unanimous decision to Gerald Tucker on the June 11th card in Springfield, VA.
Also, Centreville, VA middleweight Zain "Tiger" Shah has a tough opponent in front of him when he faces "The Young General" Ian Green of Paterson, NJ in a six-round bout. Shah (6-3, three KO's) has not fought since he broke a three-bout losing streak with a six-round unanimous decision win over Ryan Davis in October of 2015 in Washington, DC. Green (10-1, eight KO's) scored a second-round TKO over previously undefeated Khiary Gray Pitts on July 22 in Mashantucket, CT. Green is making his fourth trip to the ABC Sports Complex where he has scored knockouts in his previous three contests.
In four-round contests, undefeated Clinton, MD lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy will battle Nick Rodriguez of Somerset, KY. Breedy (7-0, four KO's) won back-to-back four-round unanimous decisions over Stephon McIntyre at the ABC Sports Complex in April and June of this year. Rodriguez (1-4-1) won his first pro contest in his last bout as he captured a six-round majority decision over Ryan Raglin on April 29 in Indianapolis, IN.
In an all-DC welterweight contest, Matthew Abregu will face off with Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga in a four-round contest. Abregu (3-0, three KO's) scored a second-round TKO over Alan Beeman on the June 11 card at the ABC Sports Complex. Olinga (1-12) last fought on April 9 at the ABC Sports Complex and was stopped in the sixth round by Drayvontay Speed-Rawls. Olinga will face a fellow Beltway Boxer for the 13th time in his 14-bout career.
Other bouts to be announced.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Nelson To Battle Napoleon For Vacant UBF And WIBA Super Middleweight Titles December 10 In Springfield, VA!
Undefeated multi-time, multi-division world champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA will try for yet another world title when she faces equally undefeated Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon of Lindenhurst, NY in a 10-round battle for the vacant UBF and WIBA Super Middleweight championships on Saturday, December 10 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. The card is promoted by Ponytail Promotions.
Nelson (15-0-3, one KO) has won titles in the welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight divisions. The two-time Beltway Boxer of the Year will participate in her 13th world title bout. Nelson competes for the first time since winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Kita Watkins for the vacant UBF Middleweight title in June of 2015 in Woodlawn, MD.
Napoleon (7-0, five KO's) has won the WBC Silver Super Welterweight title, capturing a 10-round unanimous decision over Szilvia Szabados on January 29 in Queens, NY. Napoleon's last bout was also against Watkins. Napoleon won a six-round unanimous decision over Watkins on July 22 in Queens.
We will talk about other bouts on the card in another post. The card will be broadcast live over the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The win is Kisner's first major regional title and raises his record to 18-3-1, six KO's. Holstein falls to 12-5-1, seven KO's.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
According to Fightnews.com's David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla, Crews, the 2015 U.S. national champion at light heavyweight and Olympic alternate, came out guns blazing at the opening bell, forcing Shields into a shootout when it was clear Shields wanted to try and box. But each time Shields tried to get into a rhythm behind her jab, Crews would swing away, forcing Shields to do the same. Shields’ class began to show though in round three, as Crews began to tire and Shields starting landing accurate big right hands before backing away and resetting her offense. It was more of the same by Shields in round four. Shields would win by shutout (40-36) on all judge's cards.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Korobov won by shutout across the board, 80-72. Sigmon's record drops to 27-10-1, 15 KO's while Korobov is now 27-1, 14 KO's.
Crews-Dezurn Weighs 168 Pounds For Four-Round Debut Against Olympic Gold Medalist Shields Saturday In Las Vegas!
Franchon Crews-Dezurn weighed in at 168 pounds for her four-round professional debut Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Her opponent, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (who is also making her pro debut) tipped the scales at 167 pounds.
The bout will be shown on HBO Boxing's YouTube Channel. The undercard is slated to begin at 7 PM ET.
Sigmon, from Lynchburg, VA (27-9-1, 15 KO's) is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Jeremy Broadwine on September 10 in Salem, VA. Korobov, a native of Orotukan, Russia now competing out of St. Petersburg, FL(26-1, 14 KO's), last fought on June 25 and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Brian Vera in Dallas, TX. Korobov's only loss came in an opportunity for the WBO Middleweight title in December of 2014 when he faced Andy Lee in Las Vegas, NV. Korobov was stopped in the sixth round.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The services will now take place at Berean Baptist Church, located at 924 Madison Street in Northwest Washington. The wake will begin at 2 PM and the service will start at 4 PM.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Davis will face undefeated IBF Super Featherweight champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza of Cidra, Puerto Rico on Saturday, January 14. Right now, the bout will take place at the Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, NY as one of the co-features to the super middleweight unification world title bout between WBC champ Badou Jack and IBF titleholder James DeGale. However, the site is contingent on whether the co-promoters of the card --Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment -- can secure an insurance policy approved by the New York State Athletic Commission that conforms to the recently implemented law that changed insurance standards for combat sports in the state. So far, there is no policy available to boxing promoters to buy so they can put on a boxing card in New York, which has not hosted a professional boxing event since Aug. 21.
Davis (16-0, 15 KO's) last fought on June 6 and scored a first-round TKO over Mario Antonio Macias in Hollywood, FL. Davis is unranked by the IBF but is ranked ninth by the WBA. Pedraza (22-0, 12 KO's) secured an exemption from the IBF to fight Davis instead of his mandatory challenger, Liam Walsh of England. Pedraza will be making the third defense of his title that he won by decision over Andrey Klimov in June of 2015 in Birmingham, AL.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
After a feeling-out first round, Reeves, who dropped down from cruiserweight, jumped on Quattrochi early in the second round and landed crushing lefts and rights that dropped Quattrochi to the canvas. Referee Kenny Chevalier waived the bout off at 1:06 of the second round.
Reeves has won his last 10 bouts and has knocked out his last four opponents. Reeves is now 13-2-2, seven KO's. Quattrochi falls to 10-1-1, five KO's.
In the co-feature, Baltimore middleweight Stephen "The Surgeon" Morris won a four-round majority decision over the debuting Gregory "Glizzy" Clark of Washington, DC. Morris started the bout off very quickly as he tried to rush Clark. However, the native of the Nation's Capitol held off the Charm City charge and stayed strong in the contest, having a solid second round. Morris was slightly more active in the second half of the contest and got the victory. Judges John Gradowski and Paul Wallace saw the bout for Morris 39-37 while judge Brent Bovell scored the bout a draw at 38-38. Morris goes the distance for the first time in his young pro career and he is now 4-0, three KO's.
Randallstown, MD middleweight Jeffrey "The Gladiator" McCalla scored a third-round TKO over veteran Jose Valderrama of Manati, Puerto Rico. McCalla was very aggressive in the first round landing left hands to the body and rights to the head. Two right hands to the body dropped Valderrama twice in the first round.
However, in the second round, Valderrama was able to land a solid right hand of his own that nearly dropped McCalla. The Maryland native was able to stay on his feet and get out of the round. In the third, McCalla ramped up his aggressiveness and the right hand came into play again as he landed crushing shots to the body and the head that forced referee Brent Bovell to stop the contest at 1:22. McCalla remains perfect at 4-0, four KO's while Valderrama drops to 5-17, three KO's.
In an all-Maryland light heavyweight contest, Devin Butcher of Baltimore won a four-round unanimous decision over Eric "The Immortal" Govan of Germantown. Govan started off very quickly in the first round as he landed a long left jab. However, Butcher was able to get inside Govan's jab throughout the contest and score with shots inside. Butcher stayed in control for the bulk of the contest until midway through the fourth round when Govan landed a stunning right hand that dropped Butcher to the canvas. Butcher was able to hang on to win the contest by scores of 38-37 across the board.
Butcher raises his record to 6-1, three KO's while Govan drops to 5-2, three KO's.
In other bouts on the card, lightweight Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev of Brooklyn, NY by way of Derbent, Russia won a six-round unanimous decision over a very tough Moises Delgadillo of Guadalajara, Mexico. Gadzhialiyev hit Delgadillo with seemingly every punch in the book. Gadzhialiyev landed multi-punch combinations on numerous occasions but Delgadillo stayed in the fire throughout the bout. Gadzhialiyev lost a point in the fifth round from referee Dave Braslow for a low blow but was in no danger of losing the contest. Gadzhialiyev won the bout by scores of 58-55 and 59-54 (twice). Gadzhialiyev is now 3-0 while Delgadillo is 16-17-2, nine KO's.
Debuting welterweight Valdemir Pierre of New York City won a four-round split decision over equally debuting Jonathan Baxter of Washington, DC. Baxter started off quickly but his output faded in the second half of the round. Pierre took control of the contest and went on to the victory. Judge John Gradowski scored the bout for Baxter, 39-37 while judges Paul Wallace and Kenny Chevalier scored the bout the same for Pierre.
Las Vegas, NV middleweight Taylor Paige made a crushing pro debut with a first-round TKO of Charles Carroll of the Bronx, NY who was making his pro debut as well. Paige landed a right hand to the body followed by a left-right combination to the head to drop Carroll. Referee Chevalier stopped the contest at 1:05.
In the opening contest, heavyweight Ruslan Shamalov of Brooklyn, NY by way of Cherkessk, Russia scored a second-round TKO over Rex Harris of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Shamalov landed thunderous right hands to Harris's head late in the second round. Harris never went down but the damage was bad enough to force referee Brent Bovell to stop the bout at 2:58 of the round. Shamalov is now 2-0, two KO's. Harris drops to 3-4-2, two KO's.
The matchmaker for the card was "The Boxing Diva" Renee Aiken. The ring announcer was DC Boxing Hall of Famer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
(Photos by Kent Green)
Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd continued his streak of impressive victories with a sixth-round TKO of former world title contender Jo Jo Dan of Montreal, Quebec, Canada Saturday night at the Temple University Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The bout was televised nationally by Spike TV.
Hurd never knocked Dan down but he battered Dan throughout the bout, eventually forcing the Romanian-born boxer's corner to ask referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. to stop the bout at 1:06 of the sixth round.
Hurd is now 19-0, 13 KO's while Dan falls to 35-4, 18 KO's. Hurd has knocked out his last five opponents, who had a combined won-loss record of 93-14-5. Four of those opponents were undefeated when they faced Hurd.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Just a reminder: We will be broadcasting live from the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD tonight from the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card.
I am now hearing that the card will not begin before 7 PM ET so we will be on the air at 6:55 PM ET. You can hear the card by downloading the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android.
IOS users can hear the card by going to these links: http://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway
Friday, November 11, 2016
Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom took a huge step backwards in his career as he was stopped in the fifth round by Taneal "Spider" Goyco of Philadelphia.
According to John DiSanto of Fightnews.com/Philly Boxing History, Odom fought very well in the first two rounds but could not keep the always-in your face-Goyco off of him. Goyco hammered Odom and almost stopped him in the fifth round. The bout was stopped at the end of the fifth round.
Odom's record drops to 14-3-1, 13 KO's while Goyco evens his record at 9-9-1, three KO's. Goyco is 3-1 against Beltway Boxers.
Also on the card, Suitland, MD super welterweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier lost a six-round unanimous decision to Hurshiddek Nomatov of Brooklyn, NY by way of Uzbekistan. Dozier lost by shutout (60-54) across the board. Dozier is now 10-14-2, five KO's while Nomatov is 3-0, one KO.
(Photo by Kent Green)
Both Jarrett Hurd and Jo Jo Dan weighed 153.1 pounds for their 10-round contest Saturday night at the Temple University Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The bout will be shown on Spike TV. The telecast begins at 9 PM ET.
Hawkins tipped the scales at 147.8 pounds for his six-round contest against Antonio C. Fernandez at the WinnVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, IA. Fernandez came in at 146 pounds. The bout will be shown on the CBS Sports Network early Saturday morning at 12:30 AM ET.
Odom weighed in at 167 1/2 pounds for his eight-round bout against Taneal Goyco at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
Goyco came in at 169.
Also on this card will be Suitland, MD super welterweight Lenwood Dozier who will take on Hurshidbek Normatov of Brooklyn, NY by way of Uzbekistan in a six-round contest. Dozier (10-13-2, five KO's) weighed in at 152.6 pounds while Normatov (2-0, one KO) came in at 155.2 pounds.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
The funeral services for former Beltway Boxer Gerry "Rock" Payne will be on Friday, November 18 at Mt. Airy Baptist Church located at 1100 N Capitol St NW. The Viewing will begin at 10 AM followed by the Service that starts at noon.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
The card will raise money for the medical bills for eight-year-old Nicholas Tasker, who is battling a rare form of abdominal cancer. The Tasker family resold the tickets and kept 100% of the money to help offset his medical bills. To further assist on fight night, Baltimore Boxing is hosting a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.
The card also honors the memory of the late Baltimore heavyweight "The American Dream" Mike Dietrich, who passed away in March of 2010 suddenly at the age of 26. Tasker will receive the Mike Dietrich American Dream Award from Baltimore Boxing’s Steve Wheeler.
Headlining the card is a heavyweight title match between Baltimore-area heavyweights “Dangerous” Dallas Butts and Brian “Bam Bam” Haneschlager. The two previously met in an intense match, with Butts taking a competitive decision. Tickets begin at $25 for the event.