Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Douglas, McCalla, Receive Press!

Two of the boxers appearing on Friday's ShoBox card received some nice press in recent days.

Headliner Antoine Douglas was the subject of a nice WJLA interview that you can see here:


Also, Cecil McCalla was featured in Fightnews.com (an article not written by me) as he prepares for his first national television appearance.


Could Taylor Face Broner In September?

When Baltimore, MD junior welterweight Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor lost to Chris Algeri in February, it turned out Taylor lost out on numerous future opportunities as Algeri was able to parlay that victory into winning the WBO Junior Welterweight title and a million-dollar date with Manny Pacquiao in November.

Now, after his big 10-round unanimous decision win over Karim Mayfield this past Friday in Huntington, NY, Taylor (18-2, 12 KO's) may have set himself up with a big date of his own.

FightHype.com is reporting that a bout is in the works for Taylor to face former three-time world champion Adrian Broner on September 6 in Broner's hometown of Cincinnati, OH.

Broner (28-1, 22 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Carlos Molina on May 3 in Las Vegas, NV.

If the bout comes to fruition, Showtime might carry.  However, that is the same night that Andre Berto and Lucas Matthysee return to action at another venue.

We will keep you posted if this bout becomes a reality.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Harrison MSG Opponent Changes!

The opponent has changed for Dusty Hernandez Harrison's appearance at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, July 26.

Veteran Wilfredo "El Zurdo" Acuna of Nicaragua will replace Eli Addison in the scheduled eight-round contest.  Acuna (15-14, 12 KO's) is in a tough stretch, losing seven of his last eight.  However, six of those seven losses have come to undefeated boxers including newly-crowned world champion Chris Algeri and, in his last outing on April 24, Cletus Seldin. Acuna was stopped in the seventh round by Seldin in Huntington, NY.

According to Boxrec, the bout is still for Harrison's WBC Youth Silver title.  However, with Acuna being 32 years old, he hardly fits the criteria.  The bout will be on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale main event.

Dezurn Added To Undercard Friday Night In New York!

There will be yet a fourth Beltway Boxer on the Friday, July 25 card at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.  Undefeated Baltimore, MD featherweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. will be in a four-round undercard bout against NyCedric Ellis of Ohio.

Dezurn (3-0, two KO's) is coming off a second-round knockout victory over Cody Fuller on June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.  Ellis (0-1) lost his pro debut on May 29 in Cincinnati, OH to Jayon Garnett via third-round TKO.

Dezurn's contest will not be televised but he will join Antoine Douglas, Jerry Odom and Cecil McCalla on the card.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kisner Wins Decision; King Gets Stopped in Hanover, PA!

Two local boxers participated on a card at the Hanover Armory in Hanover, PA Friday night.

Baltimore, MD heavyweight "Slick" Nick Kisner won a four-round decision over Pedro Martinez of Philadelphia, PA.  Kisner is now 13-1-1, five KO's.

Also on the card, Cambridge, MD junior welterweight Dontre "Pound For Pound" King was stopped in the fourth round by Sammy Quinones of York, PA.  King's record drops to 7-17-2, three KO's while Quinones's record rises to 8-2, three KO's.

Recap From Rosecroft!

Here is a recap from the sellout, standing room only Keystone Boxing card on Friday night at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

"The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio of Springdale, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over Grayson Blake of State College, PA in the junior middleweight main event.   Recio is now 7-0, five KO's while Blake is now 5-3-1, two KO's.

In the middleweight co-feature, Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson of Laurel, MD scored a first-round TKO over Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA.  The bout was stopped at 2:02 of the first.  Nicholson remains perfect at 8-0, eight KO's.  Noriega is now 2-12, two KO's.

Terron "Kid" Grant of White Plains, MD lost a six-round split decision to Jose Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a junior lightweight matchup.  Grant loses for the first time and is now 9-1, four KO's.  Del Valle is now 3-7-3.

Lightweight Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD stopped Michael Doyle of Prichard, AL at 49 seconds of the third round.  Harris is now 2-0, two KO's while Doyle is 2-10-1, one KO.

DC junior lightweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis won a six-round split decision over Thomas "The Animal" Herrera of Hollywood, CA.  Davis's record improves to 7-1, three KO's.  Herrera is now 3-12-1.

Marq "The Monster" Johns of Fort Washington, MD scored a brutal second-round TKO over Luis Hernandez of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a super bantamweight bout.  Johns is now 4-0-1, four KO's while Hernandez is 0-5.

Junior welterweight Myke "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD stopped Mason Wickett of Little Rock, AR at 1:29 of the third round.  Fox is now 3-0, one KO while Wickett is 0-7.

Lightweight Emanuel "Jab" Johnson of Brandywine, MD won a four-round majority decision over Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL.  Johnson is 2-0 while Smith is 2-8.

Welterweight Stephon "Flash" McDonald of Laurel, MD won a four-round majority decision over James Gooding of Tampa, FL.  McDonald is 3-0, two KO's while Gooding is 1-7-1, one KO.

Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up of the card.  I am joined by local amateur boxer and incredible student of the game Don Hollingsworth.

Recio Captures Six-Round Unanimous Decision!

Larry Recio wins our main event with a gritty six-round unanimous decision over a very tough Grayson Blake.

For the second straight contest, Recio faced an opponent that he couldn't completely overpower.  Recio scored a knockdown in the third round because of pressure. However, Blake stayed in the bout and challenged Recio by landing solid left hands repeatedly.

In the end, Recio was able to do more than enough to get the win as he landed powerful rights from distance and in close.  Recio won by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-53. Recio goes six rounds for the first time in his career and is now 7-0, five KO's.  Blake's record drops to 5-3-1, two KO's.

A tremendous SRO crowd enjoyed definitely one of the best cards of the year!  Good night from Fort Washington!

Nicholson Stops Noriega In One!

Demond Nicholson stops Jess Noriega at 2:02 of the first round.

Nicholson dropped Noriega early in the first round with a body shot.  Later in the round, Nicholson pressured Noriega in a neutral corner but landed a shot below the belt as referee Kenny Chevalier moved in to stop the contest.

Nicholson remains perfect at 8-0, eight KO's.  Noriega is now 2-12, two KO's.

Intermission followed by the main event,  "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio of Springdale, MD vs Grayson Blake of State College, PA.  Six rounds, junior middleweights.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Grant Drops Split Decision!

Jose Del Valle has won a six-round split decision over Terron Grant. 

Del Valle dropped Grant with a left hook late in the first round.  From there, Grant at 5'7" had a tough time getting inside on the 6'2" Del Valle who used his height extremely well.

Grant was dangerously close to losing points for low blows and just didn't have enough power to keep Del Valle away.

Don Risher and Paul Wallace scored the bout for Del Valle, 58-55 and 57-56. John Gradowski saw the bout for Grant, 58-55.

Del Valle is now 3-7-3.  Grant loses for the first time and is now 9-1, four KO's.

Next, co-feature, Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson of Laurel, MD takes on Jess "Thunder" Noriega.  Six rounds, middleweights.

Harris Earns Third-Round Stoppage!

Patrick Harris was dominant in his contest, stopping Michael Doyle at 49 seconds of the third round.

Harris was extremely accurate, especially to the body. Referee Kenny Chevalier was looking for opportunities to stop the contest. Harris finally gave him that chance after a couple of straight rights at the end.

Harris is now 2-0, two KO's.  Doyle is now 2-10-1, one KO. 

Next up: Terron "Kid" Grant of White Plains, MD takes on Jose Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  Six rounds, lightweights.

Davis Wins Split Decision!

Joshua Davis wins a six-round split decision over an extremely games Thomas Herrera.

Both men traded punches extremely well throughout the contest.  Davis more than likely won the contest in the last two rounds when he landed solid right hands that made Herrera start to take backward steps.

Judge John Gradowski scored the bout for Herrera, 58-56.  However, both Paul Wallace and Don Risher saw the bout for Davis, 58-56 and 59-55 respectively.

Davis is now 7-1, three KO's.  Herrera is now 3-12-1.

Next up, Hyattsville, MD lightweight Patrick Harris takes on Michael Doyle of Prichard, AL. Four rounds.

Johns Scores Brutal Second-Round TKO!

The list of Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year candidates got a little longer tonight as Marq Johns stopped Luis Hernandez at 21 seconds of the second round.

In the first round, Johns landed some brutal body shots.  In the second, Hernandez started to land some solid shots very early and challenged Johns to come forward.  That turned out to be a mistake as Johns came forward with a vicious right hand that leveled Hernandez and brought the sellout crowd to its feet. 

Hernandez beat referee Dave Braslow's count but was unfit to continue.

Johns remains undefeated at 4-0-1, four KO's.  Hernandez is now O-5.

Joshua "Dynamite" Davis of DC is in the ring in a six-round encounter against Thomas "The Animal" Herrera of Las Vegas, NV.  Junior lightweights.

Taylor Wins By Unanimous Decision!

Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor has won a 10-round unanimous decision over Karim Mayfield tonight in Huntington, NY.

Taylor was in control throughout the contest except the eighth round when he got caught by a Mayfield right hand and was dropped.

Despite that, however, Taylor won by scores of 97-92 and 95-94 (twice).

Fox Wins By Third-Round TKO!

Myke Fox has scored his first pro knockout stopping Mason Wickett at 1:29 of the third round.

Fox looked solid throughout landing a solid right jab.  Fox dropped Wickett with a right hook early in the third and then followed up seconds later with a solid combination that forced referee Brent Bovell to stop the bout.

Fox is now 3-0, one KO while Wickett is 0-8.

Next up:  Marq "Monster" Johns of Fort Washington battles Luis Hernandez of Puerto Rico in a four-round contest.

Johnson Also Wins Majority Decision!

I was a little ahead of myself in the last headline, however, Emanuel Johnson did indeed win a four-round majority decision over Calvin Smith.

It was not the prettiest bout you could see.  Johnson stayed closer to his nickname than he did in his pro debut as he used his jab a little more and that was the difference in the contest.

Johnson won by scores of 38-36 and 39-37. One judge scored it a draw at 38-38.

Johnson is now 2-0 while Smith is now 2-8.

Coming up: Myke "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD takes on Mason Wickett of Little Rock, AR. Four rounds, junior welterweights.

McDonald Wins Majority Decision!

Back here at Rosecroft, Stephon "Flash" McDonald has won a spirited four-round majority decision over James Gooding.

Both guys winged punched throughout the contest but Johnson landed the harder punches throughout the contest.

One judge saw the draw at 38-38. However, the other two saw the shutout at 40-36.

McDonald is now 3-0, two KO's.  Gooding is now 1-7-1, one KO's.

Up next: Emanuel "Jab" Johnson of Brandywine, MD in a four-round lightweight bout against Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL.

Jargal-Seldin Bout Declared No Contest!

Bayan Jargal's bout against Cletus Seldin tonight at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY has been declared a no-contest after three rounds.

Midway through the contest, Jargal suffered a nasty cut near his right eye as a result of an accidental headbutt.  Since the scheduled eight-round bout did not reach the halfway point, the bout was a no-contest.

Jargal's record is 17-5-3, 10 KO's, one NC.  Seldin is 13-0, 10 KO's.

Action Underway in Fort Washington!

Laurel, MD junior middleweight Stephon McDonald opens up the action tonight at Rosecroft as he makes his Maryland debut in a four-round bout against James Gooding of Tampa, FL.

Good Evening From Rosecroft!

Hi again, everyone from Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD for the Keystone Boxing card.  As you may know, this is a very busy night because we are also keeping tabs on what is taking place in New York with Emmanuel Taylor and Bayan Jargal tonight on ESPN2. The telecast is underway but neither man is in the ring yet.

We will have all the results throughout the evening.

Taylor, Jargal Hits Scales In New York!

(Photos courtesy of Star Boxing)

Emmanuel Taylor and Bayan Jargal weighed in for their nationally-televised contests tonight at The Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY.

Taylor (left) weighed in at 141 1/2 pounds while his opponent, Karim Mayfield came in at 143.

Both Jargal (right) and his opponent, Cletus Seldin, hit the scales at 141.

The ESPN2 broadcast begins at 8 PM ET.

Weights From Rosecroft!

Here is the scale watch for the Keystone Boxing Promotions card tonight at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Larry Recio 149 1/2 vs. Grayson Blake 150

Terron Grant 129 1/2 vs. Jose Del Valle 129 1/2

Patrick Harris 135 1/2 vs. Michael Doyle 131 1/2

Joshua Davis 131 1/2 vs. Thomas Herrera 132

Marq Johns 122 1/2 vs.  Luis Hernandez 122 1/2

Emmanuel Johnson 136 1/2 vs. Calvin Smith 133 1/2

Stephon McDonald 151 1/2 vs. James Gooding 157 1/2

Demond Nicholson 165 vs. Jess Noriega 165 1/2

Myke Fox 137 1/2 vs. Mason Wickett 139 1/2 Wickett (0-5) is a last-minute substitution who fought his last bout at Rosecroft on June 13, dropping a four-round unanimous decision to Emmanuel Johnson.

We will be blogging live from Rosecroft and keeping tabs with what goes on with Emmanuel Taylor and Bayan Jargal tonight in Huntington, NY.   Tonight's card is also being shown over GoFightLive.TV for a cost of $14.99.  However, it will be a tape-delayed contest.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lineup Is Complete For Friday At Rosecroft!

Here is the entire Keystone Boxing card for Friday, July 18 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

There are four six-round contests -- "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio (6-0, five KO's) of Landover, MD takes on Grayson Blake of State College, PA (5-2, two KO's) in a welterweight contest.

Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson (7-0, seven KO's) battles Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA (2-10, two KO's).

Lightweight Joshua Davis of Washington, DC (6-1, three KO's) will face Thomas "Animal" Herrera of Hollywood, CA (3-11-1, one KO).

White Plains, MD lightweight Terron "Kid" Grant (9-0, four KO's) takes on Jose Del Valle of Corozal, Puerto Rico (2-7-3).

In four-round contests, Mykal "The Professor" Fox (2-0) of Forestville, MD will be in a lightweight battle against Shannon Kelley of Columbus, OH (0-1).

Hyattsville, MD junior welterweight Patrick Harris (1-0, one KO) will take on veteran Michael Doyle of Prichard, AL (2-9-1, one KO)

Featherweight Marq "Monster" Johns of Fort Washington, MD (3-0-1, three KO's) battles Luis Hernandez of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico (0-4).

Emmanuel Johnson of Brandywine, MD (1-0) will be in a lightweight contest against Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL (2-7).

Baltimore, MD welterweight Stephon McDonald (2-0, two KO's) will take on James Gooding of Tampa, FL (1-6-1, one KO).

One other note -- Gerome Quigley will not be on the card because he suffered a rib injury in training.

The card gets underway at 8 PM.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beltway Boxing Coach John Sneed Passes!

Sad news to report.  Long-time DC-area boxing coach John F. Sneed passed away on July 10 of congestive heart failure.  He was 89 years old.

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Sneed started coaching boxing in 1952 at the Number 2 Boys and Girls Club on 3rd and K Streets, NW. His teams won numerous local and national championships in the 1960's.  Among his talented boxers were Sherman Williams, who was the All-Air Force champion in 1961 and 1962 and Calvin Woodland who was a National Golden Gloves champion in 1963 and 1964.

Mr. Sneed was inducted into the Jabbo Kenner Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Washington, DC Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.

Survivors include his daughter Cassandra Sneed Ogden as well as his grandsons -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden and former Howard University and NFL player Marques Ogden.

The funeral for Mr. Sneed will take place on Wednesday, July 16 at Florida Avenue Baptist Church located at 623 Florida Avenue in Northwest DC.  The viewing begins at 10 AM and the funeral starts at 11 AM.

BATB sends its deepest condolences to the Sneed and Ogden families as well as to the many boxers who were touched by his greatness.

Quarles Battles Fort August 2 in Minnesota!

"The Pride of Alexandria" Brandon Quarles returns to action on Saturday, August 2 in an eight-round contest against "Sir" Cerresso Fort of St. Paul, MN at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN.

Quarles (13-2-1, five KO's) is riding a three-bout winning streak including a six-round unanimous decision over Norman Allen on April 26 in Springfield, VA.  Fort (17-3-1, 11 KO's) has lost his last two bouts by TKO against Vitaliy Kopylenko and Caleb Truax whose combined won-loss records are 44-1-1.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Stevenson Battles For Vacant USBA Welterweight Title August 8 in Pittsburgh!

Baltimore, MD welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson will have the biggest bout of his career on Friday, August 8 when battles fellow undefeated boxer Samuel "The Who Can Mexican" Vasquez of Monessen, PA for the vacant USBA Welterweight championship at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Stevenson (21-0, 14 KO's) is coming off a third round TKO victory over Andre Baker on March 1 in Lynchburg, VA.  Stevenson has knocked out his last three opponents.

However, Vasquez (15-0, 11 KO's) is on a six-bout knockout streak with those knockouts coming against some very quality opponents including previously undefeated boxers Juan Rodriguez, Jr. and Berlin Abreu.  In his last outing, Vasquez scored a third-round TKO over Jay Krupp on June 6 in Verona, NY.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Womack Battles To Draw In New Jersey!

Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. of Baltimore, MD battled to a four-round split draw against Anthony Prescott of Cherry Hill, NJ Saturday night at Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, NJ.

According to reporter JR Jowett, Womack used the jab from long range to take the first round. Prescott upped the pressure and landed some good overhand rights to take rounds two and three. Round four was very close, Prescott pressuring but not landing too cleanly with Womack did score some counters.

Womack won on one scorecard by shutout, 40-36.  One judge scored for Prescott, 39-37 and one judge saw the draw at 38-38.
Womack is now 4-5-2, two KO's while Prescott is now 3-3-2, one KO.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Samuel Drops Eight-Round Unanimous Decision in Oxnard!

Baltimore, MD lightweight Tyrell "Da Show Shock 'A" Samuel lost an eight-round unanimous decision to David Rodela Friday night at the Performance Arts Center in Oxnard, CA.

According to Francisco Salazar of Boxingscene.com, Rodela, a native of Oxnard, was the busier fighter throughout and was very successful with left hooks to the head and body early in the contest.

Rodela stunned Samuel with combinations in the fifth and sixth rounds but almost let the bout get away in the final round when Samuel hurt him with a right hand in the last 30 seconds of the contest. Samuel could not follow up in time, however.  Samuel lost by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74.

Samuel's record drops to 15-6-1, six KO's while Rodela is now 17-9-3, seven KO's.

Womack Weighs 147 For Four-round Contest in New Jersey!

Kevin Womack, Jr. and Anthony Prescott both weighed 147 pounds for their four-round contest tonight at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, NJ.

Womack (4-5-1, two KO's) will be looking to break a six-bout winless streak.  Prescott (3-3-1, one KO) has won two of his last four.

Amateur Show In Southeast DC Cancelled!

We are hearing word that that the amateur boxing card scheduled for this afternoon at the DC Gateway Pavilion in Southeast DC has been cancelled.

However, Sunday's amateur card at the Washington Monument Grounds is still on and will begin at 2 PM.

Mayweather-Maidana Press Tour Hits DC Monday!

Washington, DC will be part of a five-city tour to promote Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s September 13 rematch with Marcos Maidana.  The two boxers will be at DAR Constitution Hall on Monday, July 14 at 6:30 PM.  The event is free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.  There will also be a free concert by DC native Wale after the main event.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Random Updates: McCalla Opponent Changed; Amateur Boxing on Washington Monument Grounds; Minor Makes Final of Women's National Golden Gloves!

The Friday, July 25 opponent for Baltimore, MD junior middleweight Cecil McCalla has changed.  Instead of Chris Van Heerden, McCalla (18-0, six KO's) will take on Oscar Godoy of Watsonville, CA in the eight-round nationally televised (Showtime ShoBox) bout at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.

Godoy (13-2, six KO's) will be fighting on the east coast for the very first time in his career. Godoy is coming off a six-round majority decision win over Victor Fonseca on March 14 in Tustin, CA.

There is a lot of amateur boxing in the area this weekend.  We have the show at DC Gateway Pavilion in Southeast DC on Saturday, July 12.  Now comes word that there will be amateur boxing on the grounds of the Washington Monument on Sunday, July 13 at 2 PM.  Both shows are free.

Congratulations to Beltway amateur Donielle Minor who has reached the finals in the Senior Novice Division of the Women's National Golden Gloves tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Minor will face Joy Rothstein of New York in the championship bout.  Earlier in the week, Amelia Moore lost her first round contest.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hernandez Harrison To Defend WBC Youth Silver Title July 26 in Madison Square Garden!

DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will make the first defense of his WBC Youth Silver Welterweight title on Saturday, July 26 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Harrison (22-0, 12 KO's) will face Eli Addison of Winston-Salem, NC in an eight-round contest.  Harrison stopped veteran Roberto Valenzuela in the fourth round in his last outing on May 17.

Addison (11-3, four KO's) has only fought once since 2007.  However, Addison won a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Meegal Harper on May 2 in Atlanta, GA.  The biggest name on Addison's record was a loss to future world champion Timothy Bradley in March of 2006.  Addison lost an eight-round unanimous decision for the very title that he will be competing for on July 26.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Douglas, Odom July 25 Bouts Are Now For Regional Titles!

Undefeated Beltway Boxers Antoine "Action" Douglas and "The King's Son" Jerry Odom now have more to battle for in their nationally-televised (Showtime ShoBox) appearances on Friday, July 25 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.

The 10-round bout for Douglas (14-0, nine KO's) against Michel Soro of France (23-1, 13 KO's) will be for the vacant WBA International Middleweight title.  Douglas will be vying for his second regional title, winning the interim WBC Fecarbox Middleweight title in January.

The eight-round contest for Odom (11-0, 10 KO's) against Vilier Quinonez of Miami, FL (8-0, five KO's) is for the interim WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight title -- a title most recently held by fellow Beltway Boxer Phil Jackson-Benson.

This will be the 200th episode of Shobox.

Amateur Boxing Action Comes to Southeast DC July 12!

There will be a free amateur boxing card and concert at the Gateway DC Pavilion located at 2700 Martin Luther King Avenue in Southeast DC on Saturday, July 12 at 2 PM.

There are 10 scheduled bouts on the card and a concert by local artist V.I.C. as well as music by DJ Flava. The food is also free for this event.

The event is being put together by Babie Girl Productions and the matchmaking for the boxing is by DC Boxing Hall of Famer Julius "Juice" Gatling.  For more information, call 202-365-5021.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

'Smooth' Kelly Is Latest Haymon Guy!

(Photo courtesy of Luke Runion)

Add yet another Beltway Boxer to the growing Al Haymon Family.  BATB has learned that undefeated DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly has signed a contract with the uber boxing promoter.

Kelly (6-0-1, five KO's) is coming off a solid first-round TKO over Eric Newell on June 5 in Boston, MA in front of a nationally televised (Fox Sports1) audience.  There is a possibility that Kelly may be added to the Saturday, August 9 card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, but nothing is set yet.  If the bout takes place, Kelly would join other Beltway Boxers on the card such as The Peterson Brothers, D'Mitrius Ballard and Lamont Roach, Jr..

The Beltway Division of the Haymon Family continues to grow as Kelly joins The Petersons, Gary Russell, Jr., Thomas Williams, Jr., Dominic Wade, Gervonta Davis, Kareem Martin, David  Grayton and Phil Jackson-Benson.

Kelly's head trainer is former world title contender and Beltway Boxing Legend Andrew Council (shown with Kelly in the above picture). Tim Valentine is his chief second and Kelly's manager is his long-time mentor Daryl Brown.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Samuel Faces Rodela July 11 in Oxnard, CA!

Baltimore lightweight Tyrell "Da Show Shock'A" Samuel returns to action on Friday, July 11 as he travels to the Performing Arts Center in Oxnard, CA for an eight-round contest against hometown hero David Rodela.

On May 9, Samuel (15-5-1, six KO's) returned to action after an almost two-year absence and won a six-round unanimous decision over Joey Tiberi in Dover, DE.  Rodela (16-9-3, seven KO's) will be looking to break a four-bout losing streak and will be making his return to the ring after an 11-month hiatus.  Rodela has faced some quality opponents during his career including Terrence Crawford and Ronny Rios.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Jargal Added To July 18 Card in New York!

Yet another Beltway Boxer will be on television this month.  Arlington, VA junior welterweight "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal will participate in the co-feature bout on the Friday, July 18 card at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY.

Jargal (17-5-3, 11 KO's) will take on undefeated Cletus "Hebrew Hammer" Seldin of Brooklyn, NY (13-0, 10 KO's) in the eight-round contest.  Jargal will try to break a two-bout losing streak that includes a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Zahir Raheem on January 10 in Tacoma, WA for the NABO Junior Welterweight title. Seldin is coming off a seventh-round TKO win over Wilfredo Acuna on April 24 at the Paramount.  This will be Seldin's fifth straight appearance at the Paramount and ninth in the last 10 bouts.

The bout will air on ESPN2 as will the main event that features another Beltway Boxer.  Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor of Baltimore, MD (17-2, 12 KO's) will face Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield of San Francisco, CA (18-1-1, 11 KO's) in the 10-round feature.

As of right now, five locals will be on TV in July -- Taylor and Jargal on the 18th followed by Antoine Douglas, Jerry Odom AND Cecil McCalla on the Showtime ShoBox card on Friday, July 25.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

'Hell-Rell' Harris Travels To Benin For Minor Title July 26!

(photo by Juan Marshall)

In a month where Beltway Boxers will be in many different locations, no one will travel further for a bout in July than undefeated DC welterweight Jerrell "Hell-Rell" Harris.

On Saturday, July 26, the 19-year-old Harris (4-0, four KO's) will be in Cotonou, Benin for a 10-round battle for the vacant International Boxing Union (IBU) welterweight title.  Harris has had a unique start to his young pro career -- he reportedly won a minor title in just his second pro bout facing an 0-1 opponent.  Harris has never been past the second round.  In his last outing, Harris scored a second-round TKO over Anthony Dave on March 28 in Weirton, WVA.

Harris's opponent will be a far cry from the opponents he has been facing as well. His opponent will be Anges Adjaho, a native of Cotonou who had been fighting out of Buffalo, NY.  Adjaho (25-7, 14 KO's) has not fought since losing by fifth-round TKO to Ronald Cruz in Atlantic City in November of 2011.  Adjaho has fought some very quality opponents during his career including losing a 10 round unanimous decision against future world champion Shawn Porter in Salisbury, MD in February of 2011.  Adjaho has also lost to former world champion Joel Julio and undefeated boxer Brad Solomon.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Bus Trips Available To New York To See Beltway Boxers Live!

There are two bus trips planned to see Beltway Boxers participate on separate cards in New York City.  Here is the information on both of them.

Dusty Hernandez Harrison will be on a card at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, July 26.  The bus trip costs $60 and the tickets to the boxing card range from $50 to $500. Deadline to purchase your tickets is July 11.  Call 301-437-3293 for more details.

Then on Saturday, August 9, there will be another trip to New York to see a number of Beltway Boxers including the Peterson Brothers, D'Mitrius Ballard and Lamont Roach, Jr. in action at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  The price of this bus excursion begins at $91 which includes a general admission ticket to the bout.  If you want to buy your own bout ticket ($31 to $256), than the bus ride is $60.  Call 202-528-7694 or 301-675-2003 for more info on this trip.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Boxing Returns To Rosecroft July 18!

Bouts are being finalized for the next Keystone Boxing card on Friday, July 18 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

One of the featured contests on the card involves undefeated Springdale, MD junior middleweight "The Cuban Assassin" Larry Recio who will step into a six-round bout for the first time in his young career when he faces Grayson Blake of State College, PA.

Recio (6-0, five KO's) will be looking for his sixth straight knockout victory.  In his last outing, Recio stopped Daniel Gonzalez in the second round on May 31 at the Washington Convention Center.  Blake (5-2, two KO's) has not fought since February of 2013 and will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak.

In another six-round contest, White Plains, MD lightweight Terron "Kid" Grant will take on Jose Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a bout where the won-loss records will not tell the whole story.

Grant (9-0, four KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Alberto Candelaria on April 18 at Rosecroft.  Del Valle (2-7-3) will be facing his fourth undefeated opponent in his last six outings and he will have one distinct advantage over Grant -- height. Del Valle is 6'2" and will have a seven-inch height advantage over Grant at 5'7".

Also on the card, DC lightweight Joshua Davis returns to action in another six-round encounter when he faces Thomas "The Animal" Herrera of Las Vegas, NV.  Davis (6-1, three KO's) won a tough six-round split decision over Joel Flores on March 7 at Rosecroft.  Herrera (3-11-1, one KO) makes his first trip to the East Coast and looks to break a four-bout losing streak. Herrera is a durable opponent who has never been stopped in a pro bout.

In four-round bouts already signed, undefeated Germantown, MD junior middleweight Gerome Quigley will battle Alfred Hall of Jackson, MI.  Quigley (4-0, three KO's) is coming off a third-round TKO of Damon Antoine on May 17 in Annandale, VA.  Hall (3-4-2, two KO's) has lost his last three.

Also, Forestville, MD junior welterweight Myke "The Professor" Fox will take on Shannon Kelley of Columbus, OH.  Fox (2-0) won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin Olinga on the last Rosecroft card on June 13.  Kelley (0-1) competes for the first time since losing his pro debut in November of 2012.

Also slated to participate on this card are Demond Nicholson, Patrick Harris, Marq Johns, Emanuel Johnson and Stephon McDonald.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Recap From Baltimore!

We finally have a complete BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up to bring you after some technical difficulties recently.  So here is my recap of Saturday's Ponytail Promotions card.

We also talked to Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson after his crushing first round TKO win.

Nelson Successfully Defends WIBA Title With Unanimous Decision!

Tori Nelson successfully defended her WIBA Welterweight title for the third time with a 10-round unanimous decision over a very tough Nicole Woods.

Woods was definitely not Mia St. John as she combined some good shots with some roughhouse tactics to make the bout a difficult one.  However, Nelson kept coming forward and landed a solid left hand and a very nice right uppercut at times.  Woods had to rely on her experience to grab and hold on throughout the contest.

Scorecards were 95-94 and 98-92 (twice) for Nelson who is now 10-0-3, one KO.  Woods is now 11-14-3, three KO's.

For now, good night from Baltimore!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fillippone Stops Williams In One!

Frankie Fillippone stops Willie Williams with two knockdowns in the first before referee Brent Bovell stopped the contest at 2:47 of the first.

Fillippone is now 16-4-1, three KO's while Williams drops to 13-8-2, four KO's.

Main event is next for the WIBA Welterweight championship of the world.  Champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson vs. "Notorious" Nicole Woods. Ten two-minute rounds.

Reeves Wins Unanimous Decision!

In what was a somewhat awkward bout, Travis Reeves won a six-round unanimous decision over Lamont Capers.  Reeves was the definitive aggressor moving Capers backward throughout the contest.

Capers tried to get an offense going but couldn't keep Reeves off of him.  Reeves won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 58-56.  Reeves is now 5-2-2, two KO's.  Capers drops to 4-4.

Co-feature in the ring.  The rematch between Willie "For Real" Williams and Frankie "The Freight Train" Fillipone.  Eight rounds.

Douglas Wins Six-Round Unanimous Decision!

In a bout that looked tougher than the scorecards indicated, Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas won a six-round unanimous decision over a very game Cristina Fuentes.

Douglas was active throughout, showing great lateral movement and landing solid shots with both hands.  Fuentes, however, would not stop coming and she did land some nice right hands.

However, Douglas landed the more telling shots and won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 58-56. Douglas is now 4-0, one KO and is reportedly looking at a WIBA title bout in her next contest in the fall.  Fuentes is now 3-6-3.

Up next. Travis "Severe" Reeves of Baltimore takes on Lamont "Smooth" Capers of Tobyhanna, PA.  Six rounds, Cruiserweights.

Douglas Battles Fuentes As Action Returns!

Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas of Baltimore battles Cristina Fuentes of Laredo, TX.  Six two-minute rounds in the flyweight division as action returns to Du Burns.

Nicholson Stops Gonzalez In First Round!

Using a picture-perfect straight left hand, Demond Nicholson brought the Du Burns crowd to its feet with an explosive first round stoppage of Lester Gonzalez.

Nicholson landed some solid shots throughout the contest but Gonzalez looked like someone who would keep coming forward.  However, he came forward right into Nicholson's left hand and was dropped for the count. The bout was stopped at 2:14 of the first.

Nicholson is now 7-0, seven KO's.  Gonzalez is now 12-15-4, six KO's.

We are now at intermission.

Billups Defeats Olinga By Majority Decision!

Seth Billups captures a tough four-majority decision over Benjamin Olinga. Billups moved well going forward, which probably gave him the win.  Olinga is getting tougher with each contest and he definitely challenged Billups at times during the contest. 

Judge Gary Camponeschi scored the bout even at 38-38.  However, judges Vic DeWysocki and Don Risher saw the contest 40-36 and 39-37 respectively for Billups, who remains undefeated at 3-0, two KO's.  Olinga is now 1-7.

Next: the first scheduled six-rounder for middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson of Laurel, MD against Lester Gonzalez of San Diego, CA. 

Trussell, Rohn Battle To Majority Draw!

Jeremy Trussell and David Rohn battled to a four-round majority draw. 

Trussell came out very tentatively, perhaps with some of the caution coming from being knocked out in his last outing on April 12 at Patapsco Arena.  He didn't seem to have the offensive firepower he normally shows.  Trussell landed some good shots but not in combination like usual.  Trussell got the nod on one scorecard, 39-37.

Rohn was able to land just enough punches to make things interesting as the other two judges saw the draw at 38-38.

Trussell is now 8-1-1, six KO's.  Rohn is now 0-1-1, two NC's.

Next up is an all-Beltway battle as Seth "Killer Bee" Billups of Ashburn, VA takes on Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga of DC.  Four rounds, junior welterweights.

Dezurn Knocks Out Fuller In Two!

Glenn Dezurn, Jr. scored a crushing second-round knockout over Cody Fuller in the opening bout.

Dezurn was in complete control of the contest, landing hard shots to the body and head and moving Fuller all around the ring.

Just as we wondered whether Dezurn had enough power to put Fuller away, he answered the question emphatically with a vicious chopping right hand that dropped Fuller to the canvas crossing his legs and making him minus one tooth.  Referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the contest at 2:44 of the second.

Dezurn is now 3-0, two KO's.  Fuller falls to 1-3.

Next up: Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell of Baltimore (8-1, six KO's) battles David "Rock Steady"  Rohn of Villa Park, IL (0-1, two NC's).  Four rounds, middleweights.

Dezurn Takes On Fuller In Opening Contest At Du Burns!

Baltimore lightweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. will open up tonight's festivities at Du Burns Arena.  Dezurn (2-0, one KO), who trains at the Alexandria Boxing Club in Alexandria, VA, takes on Cody Fuller of Tulsa, OK (1-2) in a four-round bout.

Good Evening From Baltimore!

Hi everyone from the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in the Canton /Fells Point section of Baltimore for the Ponytail Promotions card. 

Du Burns, by the way, is under new management, hence the name.

We are late getting started.  We are looking at a possible 7:45 start at this point.  We'll come back then.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Weights From Baltimore!

Here is the scale watch for the Ponytail Promotions card on Saturday, June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD:

Tori Nelson 146 1/2 vs. Nicole Woods 146
(WIBA Welterweight title bout)

Willie Williams 184 vs. Frankie Filippone 172 1/2

Travis Reeves 192 vs. Lamont Capers 193

Tyrieshia Douglas 113 vs. Christina Fuentes 114

Demond Nicholson 161 1/2 vs. Lester Gonzalez 160

Seth Billups 140 vs. Benjamin Olinga 139 1/2

Jeremy Trussell 161 vs. David Rohn 161 1/2

Glenn Dezurn, Jr. 123 vs. Cody Fuller 125 1/2

The card is slated to begin at 7 PM.  We look to start live blogging about that time.

Wade Captures Unanimous Decision in Vegas!

Dominic "Lights Out" Wade of Largo, MD has won a 10-round unanimous decision over Nick "Machine Gun" Brinson of Albany, NY tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV in front of a nationally televised ShoBox audience.

In completing 10 rounds for the first time in his pro career, Wade made things simple by using the basics, with everything coming off a strong left jab. Wade landed solid shots over the top with the right hand that helped him build an early lead.  Brinson tried to land some body shots but Wade was too big and too disciplined to let Brinson get any advantage.

Wade won by scores of 97-93 (twice) and 96-94 to remain undefeated at 16-0, 11 KO's.  Brinson falls to 16-2-2, six KO's.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

'Glove Story' Comes To DC Black Theatre Festival June 28!

If you remember back in 2010, the University of Maryland performed an opera called Shadowboxer based on the life of Joe Louis.  On Saturday, June 28, another boxing-themed production will come to DC and the DC Black Theatre Festival.

The play is called Glove Story and it's a fictional account of two former middleweight champions -- one black and one white -- who fought each other three times during the 1950's and 1960's amidst the backdrop of the growing Civil Rights Movement.

This play is written by former Sports Illustrated writer and current TV producer Ken Pisani and has been received favorably on the west coast.  This reading will be held at 8 PM at the ARC Theater located at 1901 Mississippi Ave in Southeast DC.  Admission is free.

Wade Weighs 162 For ShoBox Bout in Las Vegas!

Dominic Wade tipped the scales at 162 pounds for his 10-round contest with Nick Brinson at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  Brinson weighed in at 161 pounds.

The contest is slated to be the second bout televised Friday night on Showtime's ShoBox broadcast that gets underway at 9:25 PM ET.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Peterson Defends IBF Junior Welterweight Title Against Santana August 9 in Brooklyn!

IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson has an opponent for his Saturday, August 9 title defense at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO's) will face Edgar "El Chamaco" Santana of New York City by way of Puerto Rico in this title defense -- one of three title bouts on this card.

Santana (29-4, 20 KO's) has won his last three bouts by knockout, including a first-round stoppage of Michael Clark in his last outing on November 22 in Dover, DE for the NABA Junior Welterweight title.

The promoters of the card -- Golden Boy Promotions -- are hoping that Peterson will win his defense and that WBC and WBA Super World champion Danny Garcia will win his defense against Rod Salka on the same night.  This would lead to a unification contest later in the year.

The third title bout will be for the vacant WBA Middleweight championship -- Daniel Jacobs will face Jarrod Fletcher.  All three bouts will be televised by Showtime.

Update On July 25 ShoBox Card!

Three Beltway Boxers will be a part of a Showtime ShoBox card on Friday, July 25 at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

Undefeated Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas will headline the card in a 10-round bout against Michel Soro of France.  Douglas (14-0, nine KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over veteran Luca Messi on April 4 in Parsippany, NJ.  Soro, a native of the Ivory Coast (23-1, 13 KO's) makes his first appearance in the United States.  In his last bout, Soro scored a fifth-round TKO over Alexey Ribchev on June 7 in Villeurbanne, Rhone, France.

Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom risks his undefeated streak against fellow undefeated boxer Vilier Quinonez in a scheduled eight-round contest.  The last bouts for both men came against the same boxer -- Edgar Perez.  Odom (11-0, 10 KO's) went the distance for the first time in his pro career winning a four-round unanimous decision over Perez on April 26 in Springfield, VA.  Quinonez (8-0, five KO's) would face Perez just a few days later on May 1 in Hialeah, FL and score a first-round TKO.

By the way, after those two losses, Perez would go on to score a big upset in his next bout on June 14 in Springfield by winning a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lavern Harvell.

Undefeated Randallstown, MD junior middleweight Cecil McCalla takes perhaps the biggest step of his career when he faces Chris "The Heat" Van Heerden of Meyerton, Gauteng, South Africa in another eight-round bout.  McCalla (18-0, six KO's) returns to the Turning Stone Casino after winning a six-round unanimous decision over Antonio Chaves Fernandez on April 18. Van Heerden (21-1-1, 11 KO's) won a 10-round split decision over Ray Narh on April 16 in Santa Monica, CA.

One Beltway Boxer who was scheduled to be on the card was undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox who was slated to battle John Thompson.  According to ESPN.com's schedule, Thompson now has another opponent.

Monday, June 23, 2014

'Too Sweet' Coley Analyzes Russell-Lomachenko!

I came across a very nice perspective on the recent Gary Russell, Jr-Vasyl Lomachenko contest from someone who has competed at the highest level of the boxing business.

Beltway Boxing legend and former NABF and IBC Welterweight champion Derrell "Two Sweet" Coley put together a short video with his comments about the bout.  They are very insightful and I wanted to share them with you.

'Anonymous' Leaves The Blog For The Time Being!

It has become too much.  The hatred, the backbiting.  Just too many gutless wonders who have so much to say to put down our Beltway Boxers yet don't have the guts to put their names behind what they say.

Therefore, on what may..or may not..be a temporary basis, I am getting rid of the anonymous posts on this blog.  For the forseeable future, you will have to register to comment on posts on this blog.  This will force you to put your name behind what you say.

If you don't have the guts to do that, than you are not the fan we want on this blog anyway.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Russell Drops Majority Decision For WBO Featherweight Title!

"Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. has dropped a 12-round majority decision to Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO Featherweight championship tonight at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.

Lomachenko was a lot more dominant than the judges's scorecards indicated.  He was exceptional going to Russell's body and landing the harder shots throughout.  Lomachenko negated Russell's speed advantage.  Russell seemed get off to good starts in rounds but the two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist was able to get the timing down midway through each round and was able to land solid power shots.

Judges Max DeLuca and Pat Russell scored the bout 116-112 for Lomachenko negating a ridiculous 114-114 score from Lisa Giampa.  The BATB scorecard saw the bout 117-111 for Lomachenko.

Russell loses for the first time as a pro and is now 24-1, 14 KO's.  Lomachenko is now 2-1, one KO.