Monday, February 08, 2016

White Weighs 120 For Four-Round Bout In Pennsylvania!

Jordan White tipped the scales at 120 pounds for his four-round contest with Manuel Rubalcava Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA.  Rubalcava weighed 119 pounds.

Thompson To Challenge Ortiz For Interim WBA Heavyweight Title March 5 At DC Armory!

DC heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson will get his third opportunity at a world title when he faces "The Real King Kong" Luis Ortiz of Miami, FL for Ortiz's Interim WBA Heavyweight title on Saturday, March 5 at the DC Armory. The bout will be the main event on an HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.

For the 44-year-old Thompson (40-6, 27 KO's), this will be the first time he steps into a Beltway ring since a knockout win over Brandon Cabell on January 26, 2006 in Glen Burnie, MD.  Thompson has fought in four states and five countries and has won four regional titles since that win and has challenged for world titles two previous times, losing to Wladimir Klitschko in 2008 and 2012 by knockout.

Ortiz (24-0, 21 KO's) is coming off his biggest win as a pro, knocking out Bryant Jennings in the seventh round on December 19 in Verona, NY.  Ortiz's performance made it difficult to find opponents to face him for this contest.  Five boxers turned the contest down flat and the most recent boxer -- Alexander Dimitrenko -- had agreed to the bout but then wanted more money and did not sign the contract.

There are three scheduled world titles on this card.  As originally announced, Jessie Vargas (26-1, nine KO's) and Sadam "World Kid" Ali (22-0, 13 KO's) will battle for the vacant WBO Welterweight title.  Also, Oscar Escandon (24-2, 16 KO's) will face Robinson Castellanos (23-11, 13 KO's) for the interim WBC Featherweight title.  Gary Russell, Jr. is still recovering from an injury and can't defend the title at this point.

As also mentioned earlier, Beltway prospects Lamont Roach, Jr., D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard and Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. are all scheduled to appear on this card.




Four Beltway Boxers Bring National Silver Gloves Titles Home!

Four local amateurs captured National Silver Gloves championships in Independence, MO this past weekend.

Baltimore, MD's Lorenzo Simpson made history by winning his sixth straight national title in his sixth weight class.  Simpson captured the Boys Junior Open, 14-15, 157-165 pound with a win over Alexsis Espino of Las Vegas, NV.  Only Nico Hernandez has won six consecutive titles and Simpson broke a tie with hall of famer Oscar De La Hoya and the Beltway's own Dominic Wade who both won five national Silver Gloves titles.

Three other Beltway Boxers won titles during the weekend.  Ragahleak Bartee of DC won his second straight national title defeating Randy Canaday of St. Louis, MO to capture the Boys Intermediate Open, 12-13, 76-80 pound division.  Stacey Selby of DC won his second straight championship taking the Boys Intermediate Open, 12-13, 113-119 pound class from Jose Ibarra of Shafter, CA.  Also, Jelani Hill of DC won the Boys Pee-Wee Open, 8-9, 86-90 pound division with a victory over Demarko McKinstry of Cincinnati, OH.

The DC/Baltimore contingent was part of Region 3 which stretched from Maryland to Florida.  Region 3 boxers won 14 national titles, giving the region its first team title in 20 years.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Beltway Boxing People Featured In Michael And Son Super Bowl Commercial With Mike Tyson!

If you've watched tonight's Super Bowl in the Beltway area, you probably saw an interesting ad for Michael & Son, the plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning company based in Alexandria, VA.

The ad features a number of Beltway Boxing people along with former undisputed heavyweight champion "Iron" Mike Tyson.  The ad stars Tyson's son, Amir facing Beltway rookie cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed in the ring. The referee in the spot is our very own Brent Bovell and commentating from ringside is well known collegiate boxing coach Luke Runion.

The commercial was filmed at DC's Sphinx Club in January.

For those who missed it, here is the ad:



As a bonus, here is Tyson singing the Michael and Son jingle:




Saturday, February 06, 2016

Seven Beltway Amateurs Advance To Finals of National Silver Glove Championships!

Seven local amateurs have moved into today's championship session of the National Silver Gloves Championships in Independence, MO.

Ragahleak Bartee of DC won his semifinal bout in the Boys Intermediate Open, 12-13, 76-80 pound division, defeating Barrick Wilson of Cleveland, OH.  Bartee will face Randy Canaday, Jr. of St. Louis, MO in the finals.

DC's Stacey Selby advanced in the Boys Intermediate Open, 12-13, 113-119 pound class with a victory over Lance Xiong of Hugo, MN.  Selby will meet Jose Ibarra of Shafter, CA in today's title bout.

In the heavyweight division, Dontae White of Parkville, MD won his bout in the Boys Junior Open, 14-15 class, defeating Shaquan Cox of Flint, MI.  White will take on Shohruhjon Murtazoev of Brooklyn, NY in the championship contest.

Benjamin Johnson of Silver Spring, MD defeated Bobbie Pettigrew of Brooklyn, NY to move into the finals of the Boys Bantam Open, 10-11, 76-80 pound class title bout.  Johnson will face Samuel Contreras of Palmdale, CA.

DC's Cardarius Johnson won his semifinal contest in the Boys Pee-Wee Open, 8-9, 51-55 pound division, defeating Lain Sellers of Lafayette, LA.  Johnson will take on Jair Aguilar of Las Vegas, NV in the finals.

Lorenzo Simpson of Baltimore, MD defeated Juan Vazquex of Omaha, NB in the semis of the Boys Junior Open, 14-15, 157-165 pound class.  Simpson can make history as he goes for his sixth straight national title in his sixth weight class as he faces Alexsis Espino of Las Vegas today.

Jelani Hill of DC makes his first appearance in the Silver Gloves as he takes on Demarko McKinstry of Cincinnati, OH in the finals of the Boys Pee-Wee Open, 8-9, 86-90 pound division.

The competition will be streamed live for $9.99.  Go to this link to see the action:  http://www.ringside.com/ringside/live-stream




Friday, February 05, 2016

Eight Locals Advance In Silver Gloves National Championships!

On the first day of competition at the National Silver Gloves tournament in Independence, MO, eight Beltway amateurs advanced to the next round.

Cardarius Johnson of Washington, DC won his contest in the Boys Pee-Wee Open, 8-9, 51-55 pounds competition defeating Ryan Marti of Moscow Mills, MO.

Ragahleak Bartee of DC defeated Jovanny Aguilar of Las Vegas, NV in the Boys Intermediate Open, 12-13, 76-80 pounds class.

Silver Spring, MD's Benjamin Johnson captured a win over Devin Skenadore of Keshena, WI in the Boys Bantam Open, 10-11, 76-80 pounds division.

DC's Stacey Selby won his bout in the Boys Intermediate Open, 12-13, 113-119 pound division defeating Javier Fernandez of San Antonio, TX.

Siete Shuler of Laurel, MD took his first round bout in the Boys Junior Open, 14-15, 148-156 pound division with a win over Trenton Bailey of Louisville, KY.

Baltimore, MD's Lorenzo Simpson started his quest for a sixth straight National Silver Gloves title with a win over Leone Peters of Kashena, WI in the Boys Junior Open, 14-15, 157-165 pound division.

Nasheed Smith of Washington, DC won his bout in the Boys Junior Open, 14-15, 140-147 pound class, defeating Da'Velle Smith of Inkster, MI.

Malik Warren of Baltimore won his first bout in the Boys Junior Open, 14-15, 120-125 pound division defeating Pedro Parrilla of New York City.


Thursday, February 04, 2016

Beltway Middleweight Division Elevates: Wade-Golovkin Set For April 23 In California; A. Douglas Battles Soliman, F. Guerrero Faces Harrison March 5 In Pennsylvania!

Twenty years ago, we had two middleweight champions from the Beltway -- Keith Holmes and William Joppy -- who were major parts in elevating the division.

Two decades later, two more local 160-pounders look to make their mark as they face big matches in the next two months.

First, the bout between Dominic "Lights Out" Wade of Largo, MD (18-0, 12 KO's) and fellow undefeated boxer and world champion "Triple G" Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO's) is a done deal and is set for Saturday, April 23 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.  According to reports, the bout is for all of Golovkin's titles (WBA Super World Middleweight, IBF Middleweight, WBC Interim Middleweight and IBO Middleweight) and will be televised live on HBO.

However, before we even GET to April 23, we have to deal with Saturday, March 5, which now has become a HUGE night for the Beltway.

Not only do we have the Golden Boy Promotions card at the DC Armory that evening that will feature bouts televised by HBO, we now hear that on the VERY SAME NIGHT, Showtime will have a card that will feature undefeated Burke, VA middleweight and 2015 Beltway Boxing Co-Boxer of the Year Antoine "Action" Douglas in a 10-round bout against former world champion Sam Soliman of Melbourne, Australia at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA. This will be the first Showtime Championship Boxing card Douglas (19-0-1, 13 KO's) will appear on after five bouts on ShoBox.  Soliman (44-13, 18 KO's) will face a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time after losing a close 10-round split decision to Wade on June 26 in Shelton, WA.

And if that wasn't enough, ESPN.com's Dan Rafael is reporting that Fernando Guerrero of Los Angeles, CA by way of Salisbury, MD will take on Detroit, MI's Tony Harrison in a 10-round bout on that card.  Guerrero (28-3, 20 KO's) is coming off a seventh-round TKO win over Daniel Souza Santos on November 13 in Biloxi, MS.  Harrison (22-1, 18 KO's) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss with a 10-round unanimous decision win over Cecil McCalla on October 31 in Houston, TX.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Ring Announcer Jones Honored With February Events!

With February being African-American History Month, we have many people in the Beltway Boxing scene who have and continue to make history.


One such person is Beltway ring announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones -- The first prominent African-American ring announcer in professional boxing.  Not only is Jones being honored for that achievement, 2016 marks Jones's 25th anniversary as a ring announcer.

Both of these accomplishments will be celebrated at a special event that will take place on Saturday, February 13 at Takoma Station Tavern located at 6914 Fourth Street in Northwest Washington, DC. This will be a "Roast and Toast" that will go from 4-8 PM and will be hosted by "The Coach" Butch McAdams  of WOL radio.  Admission is free, however love offerings will be accepted at the door.

Then on Friday, February 19, Jones will be honored as part of a Black History Month Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  Jones will be honored alongside New Jersey State Boxing Chairman Larry Hazzard, Sr. and former New York State Boxing Chair Melvina Latham.  This is the same card that Beltway Boxer Jerry Odom will face undefeated Ronald Ellis of Lynn, MA and will be televised by Showtime.

There will be a bus trip going to this event that will leave from Rosecroft Raceway, located at 6336 Rosecroft Drive in Oxon Hill, MD at 2 PM and will return at 6 AM the next day. Tickets are $80 which includes food and drink on the bus, a $20 voucher and a general admission ticket to the card.  Call (301) 841-5584 or (240) 350-4274 for more information.

Washington Golden Gloves Physicals and Registration Is February 6!

The final registration and physicals for the 2016 Washington Golden Gloves take place on Saturday, February 6 from 9 AM to noon at the Hillcrest Heights Bingo Hall located at 4104 23rd Parkway in Hillcrest Heights, MD.  Please be prompt.

A few items on interest:

Headgear will be worn throughout the competition.

Coaches:  Make sure all applications are legible.

Make sure the name of the boxing club, the coach's name and phone number are on the application.

Please circle male or female and novice, open or junior on the entry form.

A physical exam must be sent along with the entry form by February 6.

For more information on the entry form, call 301-843-6165.

The drawings/pairings for the first round of competition will be held the following Saturday, February 13 at the Hillcrest Heights Bingo Hall.  Competition gets underway on Saturday, February 20 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD and will continue every Saturday until March 19.

The Washington Finals will be held at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on Saturday, April 2 and the Regional Golden Gloves will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Rosecroft.

Quarles Travels To Roanoke, VA For Six-Round Contest February 6!

Alexandria, VA middleweight "The Pride of Alexandria" Brandon Quarles returns to action in a six-round contest against veteran Marcos "The Terminator" Primera on Saturday, February 6 in Salem, VA.

Quarles (17-3-1, nine KO's) last fought on October 23 and scored a sixth-round TKO over Dennis Sharpe on October 23 in Washington, DC.  Primera (20-33-3, 13 KO's) has fought quality competition throughout his career including former world champions Austin Trout, Jermain Taylor and Luis Collazo.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Emil Baku, Former Beltway Boxer, Passes!


Sad news on the Beltway Boxing scene.  Former Beltway middleweight Emil Baku passed away on January 18 after a long bout with cancer.  Baku was 43 years old.

Mr. Baku, born Emil Israfilbekov, was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and, along with his younger brother, Rufat, had solid amateur careers in the former Soviet Union before receiving political asylum in the US.

Mr. Baku (22-2, 17 KO's) competed as a middleweight from 1995-2003 and, at one time, was one of the top middleweights in the United States, ranked number 12 by the USBA.

In 2012, Mr. Baku was diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma Astrocytoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.  When BATB wrote about this situation in March of 2014, his condition had worsened and he was given only two months to live.  Mr. Baku sought and received aggressive treatment in Brazil until he could not battle the disease any longer.

The funeral services for Baku will be held on Saturday, February 6 at Druid Ridge Cemetery located at 7900 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore.  The services begin at noon.

Emil Baku was a fun boxer to watch and was a fixture on cards throughout Maryland who defeated the likes of Beltway Boxers Darryl Lattimore and Kenny Blackston during his career. BATB sends its deepest condolences to the Baku/Israfilbekov family and all who knew and worked with them.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Grayton Survives Knockdown To Stop Santos In Florida!

DC welterweight David "Day Day" Grayton bounced back from a first-round knockdown to stop Daniel Souza Santos of Sao Paulo, Brazil in the third round tonight at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.

According to Ross Molovinsky, who was onsite, Grayton's knee touched the canvas in the first round but he was not seriously hurt.  Grayton came back strong in the second round using a solid body attack to drop Santos.  The Brazilian could not answer the bell for the third round.

Grayton remains undefeated at 14-0, 10 KO's while Santos is 14-10, 11 KO's.

Speed-Rawls Scores First-Round Knockout In North Carolina!

Glenarden, MD lightweight Drayvontay Speed-Rawls scored a first-round knockout Saturday on a card at the Durham Armory in Durham, NC.

Speed-Rawls knocked out the debuting Charles Whitted of North Carolina.  Speed-Rawls remains undefeated with the win at 5-0-1, three KO's.

Grayton Weighs 146 For Eight-Rounder In Florida!



(Photo by Ross Molovinsky)

David Grayton (left) tipped the scales at 146 pounds for his eight-round contest against late sub Daniel Souza Santos of Sao Paolo, Brazil tonight at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.  Santos weighed in at 147 pounds.

Santos (14-9, 11 KO's) is coming off a seventh-round knockout loss to Fernando Guerrero on November 13 in Biloxi, MS.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Harrison Scores Third-Round TKO In Illinois!

Dusty Hernandez Harrison remained undefeated with a third-round stoppage of Angel Hernandez Friday night at the Belvedere in Elk Grove, IL.

The bout was stopped when Hernandez could not come out for the third round.  Harrison is now 29-0, 16 KO's while Hernandez is 17-17-1, 13 KO's.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wade In Negotiations To Battle Golovkin In April!




ESPN.com's Dan Rafael is reporting that undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade could be next in line to face one of the top boxers in the sport -- "Triple G" Gennady Golovkin.

Rafael points out that Golovkin, who holds the IBF and WBA middleweight titles and another of the best in the business -- Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, the WBC champion -- have decided they will not face each other in the bout most boxing fans want to see until September at the earliest.  So each boxer will take interim contests.

Golovkin, who has a bout slated for April 23 on HBO, did make an offer to face the WBO champion, Billy Joe Saunders.  However, Saunders is reportedly asking too much to make the bout happen.

So, Golovkin, whose goal is to unify all the middleweight titles, must make his mandatory IBF title defense, which was originally slated to be against the number one challenger -- Tureano Johnson of Georgia.  However, Johnson has a shoulder injury and will not be ready by April.   The IBF has decided to go down its rankings and -- since there is no number two contender (don't ask why) -- Wade is next in line as he is ranked third.

The IBF has told Rafael that Wade has accepted the mandatory position and negotiations are underway.  Wade (18-0, 12 KO's) is coming off the biggest win of his career, a 10-round split decision over former world champion Sam Soliman on June 26 in Shelton, WA.

Rafael mentions another interesting aspect of this story -- Wade is one of the many Beltway Boxers either advised or managed by Al Haymon.  HBO Sports's former president Ken Hershman banned all Haymon boxers from the network two years ago.  Hershman's second-in-command, Peter Nelson, now runs HBO Sports and all indications point to a Golovkin-Wade bout taking place on the network.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Golden Boy Slated To Bring Nationally-Televised Card To DC Armory March 5!

There has been no official announcement on this, however, BATB has learned from a number of sources that there will be a Golden Boy Promotions card coming to the DC Armory on Saturday, March 5.

The sources are boxers who are slated to appear on the card, including undefeated lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr., who along with fellow Golden Boy boxers D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard and Kevin "K-Smoove" Rivers, Jr., are making up part of the local portion of the card.

Also talking about this card on social media is Las Vegas, NV welterweight Jessie Vargas, who is scheduled to be in one of the featured bouts on the card battling Sadam "World Kid" Ali of Brooklyn, NY for the vacant WBO Welterweight title.  Vargas posted on his Instagram page that the bout is a done deal.

BATB has learned that Vargas was offered the Ali bout a year ago but turned it down because the bout was slated to take place in New York.  DC ended up being a compromise of sort.

The other featured contest is scheduled to be a bout for the interim WBA Heavyweight title that will include the champion, Luis Ortiz of Miami, FL by way of Cuba against an opponent to be determined.  The two feature bouts are slated to make up an  HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.

More on this card as information comes in.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Beltway Boxers Prepare For February Travel!

February will see a number of Beltway Boxers hitting the road for some key bouts.  Here is the schedule of what we have so far:

On Tuesday, February 9, DC rookie featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White will be in a four-round contest against veteran Manuel "El Terco" Rubalcava of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA.  White (1-0, one KO) needed just 20 seconds to win his pro debut on December 8 over Jose Roman in Trenton, NJ.  Rubalcava (2-15) faces a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time, losing by second round knockout to Antonio Russell on September 12 in Mashantucket, CT.

Saturday, February 13 sees Frederick, MD light heavyweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor competing in an eight-round contest against undefeated Aaron Quattrocchi of Follansbee, WVA at the Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack in Chester, WVA.  Pryor (9-12, five KO's) lost a six-round unanimous decision to Stivens Bujaj on January 16 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  Quattrocchi, the West Virginia State Light Heavyweight champion (8-0-1, four KO's) defended that title in his last outing in a rematch against Mike Snider on December 11 and won a 10-round unanimous decision.

On Friday, February 19, Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom will be in a nationally-televised eight-round contest against undefeated Ronald Ellis of Lynn, MA at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout will be shown on Showtime's ShoBox telecast.  Odom (13-2, 12 KO's) looks to bounce back from his last contest -- a third-round TKO loss to Samuel Clarkson on July 17 in Bethlehem, PA.  This will be Odom's fifth straight appearance on Showtime.  Ellis (12-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Jas Phipps on August 29 in Inglewood, CA. Ellis has knocked out his last four opponents but Odom will be the most successful foe Ellis has faced in his career.

Two Beltway Boxers will be involved in a card at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, February 27.  Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed makes his second trip to the Big Apple as he takes on Marco Antonio "El Kua Kua" Lopez of San Luis Potosi, Mexico in an eight-round contest.  Reed (17-0, 10 KO's) scored a seventh-round TKO over Rondale Hubbert on November 7 in Las Vegas, NV.  The last time Reed was in New York, he won an eight-round unanimous decision over Luis Joel Gonzalez on June 13.  Lopez (24-8, 15 KO's) will be looking to break a three-bout losing streak.  In his last bout, Lopez lost a six-round unanimous decision to Clarence Booth on August 1 in Frisco, TX.

Also on the card, Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor of Edgewood Arsenal, MD will be in an eight-round super lightweight contest against veteran Wilfredo "El Zurdo" Acuna of Managua, Nicaragua.  Taylor (18-4, 12 KO's)  has lost two straight and three of his last four, all to quality opposition.  Taylor will try to regroup after a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Antonio Orozco on May 15 in Phoenix, AZ.  Acuna (16-18, 12 KO's) broke a five-bout losing streak by winning a four-round unanimous decision to previously undefeated Wilkens Santiago on November 25 in Erie, PA.  One of the five losses in that streak came against Dusty Hernandez Harrison.  Acuna lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Harrison at Madison Square Garden in July of 2014.

Both the Reed and Taylor bouts will be on the undercard of Terence Crawford's WBO title defense against Hank Lundy.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Russell Drops Decision In World Series Of Boxing Debut!

Capitol Heights, MD light welterweight and 2016 United States Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell received his first taste of elite international competition Thursday night as he made his World Series of Boxing debut at the Miccosukee Sports and Entertainment Dome in Miccosukee, FL.

Unfortunately, Russell lost a 3-0 decision to Pat McCormack of Great Britain and his USA Knockouts team fell to the British Lionhearts three bouts to two.  Russell fought very well in going five rounds.  However, McCormack was a solid counter puncher and that ability may have been the difference in the judge's scoring.  McCormack won by scores of 48-47, 49-46 and 49-45.

Russell now heads to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO for the first day of training camp on Sunday.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Grayton Travels To Florida For Eight-Round Contest January 31!

Undefeated Washington, DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton returns to action on Sunday, January 31 for an eight-round bout against Jeremiah Wiggins of Newport News, VA at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.

Grayton (13-0, nine KO's) last fought on October 17 and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Martin Wright at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA.  Wiggins (10-5-1, three KO's) has had difficulties since stepping up in competition. After winning 10 of his first 11 bouts (10-0-1) Wiggins is in the midst of a five-bout losing streak to boxers with a combined won-loss record of 54-1-1.

The bout will be part of a card that will be televised on Bounce TV.  No word yet on whether the bout will make the telecast.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Barnett Returns In Eight-Round Contest Against Attah February 27 In DC!

DC lightweight Ty Barnett returns to action in an eight-round main event bout against former world title challenger Daniel "The Prophet" Attah of DC on Saturday, February 27 at the Washington Convention Center.

Barnett (22-4-1, 14 KO's) has not fought since suffering a ninth-round TKO loss to Cosme Rivera on May 31, 2014 at the Washington Convention Center.  Attah (28-21-1, 11 KO's) will be looking to break an eight-bout losing streak including a fourth-round stoppage loss to Ayaz Hussain on December 4 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This King's Promotions card will feature a number of Beltway Boxers including Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson (15-1, 15 KO's), Mykal "The Professor" Fox (8-0, two KO's), "The Golden Goat" Albi Sadikaj (4-0, four KO's), "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed (1-0, one KO), Luther "Lights Out" Smith (3-0, three KO's) and the returning Antonio "Teflon" Magruder (3-0, two KO's).

Also appearing on the card will be Hudsonville, MI cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (19-1, 16 KO's) in a scheduled 10-round encounter.  More on this card as it develops.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Harrison Returns With Eight-Round Contest January 29 In Illinois!

Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison returns to action with an eight-round encounter against Angel Hernandez of Gary, Indiana on Friday, January 29 at The Belvedere in Elk Grove, IL.

Harrison (28-0, 15 KO's) is coming off a first-round knockout of James Wayka on September 26 in Norfolk, VA.  Hernandez (17-16-1, 13 KO's) broke a five-bout winless streak with a four-round unanimous decision over Sam Gibson on October 17 in Hammond, IN.

Beltway Boxers Receive Exceptional Press!

Two Beltway Boxers have received notable mainstream media press in the past few weeks.


Undefeated Baltimore, MD super featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis is the cover story of the latest issue of Press Box magazine.  The story is written by Bill Ordine and it is a great one that talks about Davis's road to his current status as one of the rising prospects in the sport.

The story is also available online by going to this link: http://www.pressboxonline.com/2016/01/13/baltimore-boxer-gervonta-davis-journey-to-glory


In the current issue (March 2016) of The Ring, the Women's Boxing section profiles DC flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas.  Thomas Gerbasi focuses on the bright future for the multi-time titleholder in the article.  Unfortunately, the article is not available online.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Kelly Drops Unanimous Decision To Kownacki In Brooklyn!

DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly lost an eight-round unanimous decision to undefeated Adam Kownacki of Brooklyn, NY by way of Poland on the Deontay Wilder-Artur Szipilka card at the Barclays Center on January 16 in Brooklyn.

According to Fightnews.com reporters Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll, Kelly was not knocked down but his right eye was swollen almost completely shut by the end of the contest.  Kownacki won the bout by scores of 80-72 (twice) and 79-73.

Kelly is now 9-2-1, eight KO's.  Kownacki is 13-0, 10 KO's.

Results From Springfield, VA Card!

Here are the results from the Jeter Promotions card held January 16 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA -- a card that featured boxers that represented 12 states and the District of Columbia and six countries.

Gaithersburg, MD welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley successfully defended his Virginia State Welterweight title with a second-round TKO of Dwayne "Diesel" Shelton of Bumpass, VA.

Quigley broke down Shelton early in the contest leading to two right hands in the second that dropped Shelton twice.  The bout ended at 1:58.  Quigley remains undefeated at 12-0, 11 KO's while Shelton falls to 2-2-1.

Springfield junior middleweight Edgar "The Tiger" Torres captured a four-round unanimous decision over Henry Mercer of Tarboro, NC.  Torres, originally from Mexico, was in control throughout the contest and won by shutout (40-36) on all three judge's cards.  Torres is now 8-0-1, four KO's while Mercer is 1-4, one KO.

Dodie Boy Penalosa, Jr. a native of the Philippines who is now competing out of Rockville, MD, used a number of solid body shots to stop Szilveszter Ajtai of Hungary in the first round of a Bantamweight contest.  The time of the stoppage was 2:22.  Penalosa is 18-0, 14 KO's while Ajtai falls to 4-2-1, two KO's.

Undefeated Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin stopped Robert Kanalas of Hungary in the second round.  After a slow first round, Marin set up a crushing straight right hand that dropped Kanalas early in the second.  Kanalas was able to get up from the knockdown but was soon met with a crushing right uppercut that forced the stoppage of the bout.  Marin is now 10-0, seven KO's while Kanalas's record drops to 11-7, eight KO's.

Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco Bustos dropped Aloric Carson of Indianapolis, IN twice en route to a first-round TKO at 2:59.  Bustos sent Carson to the canvas in the first minute with a left hand.  Later in the round, a Bustos right hand knocked Carson to the canvas, stopping the contest. Bustos is now 3-0, two KO's while Carson is 0-10.

Glenarden, MD junior welterweight Drayvontay Speed-Rawls had to settle for a third-round technical draw with Jonathan "2 Gunz" Hernandez of Columbia, SC.  During the third, the two boxers clashed heads causing a gash over Hernandez's left eye.  The ringside doctor took a look at the cut and could not stop the bleeding and the bout was called off.  Rawls is now 4-0-1, two KO's while Hernandez is 2-3-2, two KO's.

Junior welterweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy of Clinton, MD needed just 35 seconds to stop Jonathon Gears of Wilson, NC.  Breedy caught Gears with a right hand to the body and dropped him.  Gears decided that was enough.  Breedy, a native of Barbados, is now 5-0, four KO's.  Gears is 0-2.

In other bouts on the card, undefeated Albuquerque, NM super welterweight Brian "La Bala" Mendoza scored a second-round TKO over debuting Francisco Isata of Silver Spring, MD.  Isata injured himself trying to throw a counter right hand Isata hurt his leg and could not continue.  The bout was stopped at 2:49.  Mendoza is now 12-0, eight KO's.

Cruiserweight Stivens "Superman" Bujaj of New York City won a six-round unanimous decision over Larry "Hitman" Pryor of Frederick, MD.  Bujai, a native of Albania, kept Pryor off balance throughout the contest.  Pryor landed some shots but not enough to be truly competitive.  Bujai won by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-54.  Bujai remains undefeated at 14-0-1, nine KO's while Pryor is 9-12, five KO's.

Chinese light heavyweight Meng "Cold Blood" Fenlong registered a first-round TKO over debuting Kenneth "Good To Go" Gaudreau of Sterling, VA.  Meng, now fighting out of New Jersey, landed solid head and body shots with both hands dropping Gaudreau late in the round.  Gaudreau could not beat the count and the stoppage came at 2:59.  Meng is now 6-0, four KO's.

Heavyweight "Brutal" Brendan Barrett of Little Egg Harbor, NJ scored a crushing second-round TKO over Marquis Benson of Indianapolis, IN.  Brendan continually found a home for his right hand, dropping Benson twice in the first round before completing the job at 1:16 of the second.  Barrett is now 3-0-1, three KO's.  Benson is 0-3.

Houston, TX super lightweight O'Shaquie "Ice Water" Foster bounced back from suffering his first pro loss with a fourth-round TKO of veteran Rynell Griffin of New Orleans, LA.  Foster showed masterful use of the body shot dropping Griffin twice in the first round and once in the fourth, forcing the stoppage at 2:13.  Foster, who was coming off an eight-round unanimous decision loss to Samuel Teah in November, is now 9-1, six KO's.  Griffin falls to 7-24, two KO's.

"The White Tiger" Dustin Fleischer of Monmouth Beach, NJ won a six-round unanimous decision over Lionel Jimenez of East Moline, IL. Fleischer was in control of the bout using solid shots to the head and body.  Fleischer, did have some issues with Jimenez's awkward style at times.  Fleischer won the bout by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.  Fleischer goes the distance for the first time in his young career as he raises his record to 6-0, five KO's.  Jimenez, who has never been knocked out in his career, is now 2-9, two KO's.

Debuting welterweight Carlos Sanchez of San Felipe, Mexico made a successful pro debut with a first-round stoppage of Joshua Hinnant of Wilson, NC.  Hinnant resembled Fred Sanford's battles with Aunt Esther in the old "Sanford and Son" series as he confronted Sanchez, who promptly hit Hinnant with left hands that caused the stoppage at 1:18.  Hinnant is now 0-6 and is yet to get out of the first round.

Jeter Promotions promoted the card with Tony Jeter also serving as matchmaker.  The ring announcer was "The Auctioneer" Brad Dudley.

Here is the complete podcast of the card including the Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show:







Saturday, January 16, 2016

Jeter Promotions Card Is Complete!

Here is the complete Jeter Promotions card scheduled for tonight at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Main Event -- six rounds for the Virginia State Welterweight title -- Gerome Quigley (11-0, 10 KO's -- Champion, Gaithersburg, MD) vs. Dwayne Shelton (2-1-1 -- Bumpass, VA)

Eight rounds -- Super Bantamweights -- Dodie Boy Penalosa, Jr. (17-0, 13 KO's, Rockville, MD) vs. Robert Kanalas (11-6, eight KO's, Királyegyháza, Hungary)

Eight rounds -- Super Featherweights -- Alexandru Marin (9-0, six KO's, Silver Spring, MD) vs. Szilveszter Ajtai (4-1-1, two KO's, Kiskunfelegyhaza, Hungary)

Six rounds -- Cruiserweights -- Stivens Bujai (13-0-1, nine KO's, New York, New York) vs. Larry Pryor (9-11, five KO's, Frederick, MD)

Six rounds -- Lightweights -- O'Shaquie Foster (8-1, five KO's, Houston, TX) vs. Rynell Griffin (7-23-2, two KO's, New Orleans, LA)

Four rounds -- Welterweights -- Edgar Torres (7-0-1, four KO's, Springfield, VA) vs. Henry Mercer (1-3, one KO, Tarboro, NC)

Four rounds -- Heavyweights -- Brendan Barrett (2-0-1, two KO's, Little Egg Harbor, NJ) vs. Marquis Benson (0-2, Indianapolis, IN)

Four rounds -- Middleweights -- Francisco Bustos (2-0, one KO, Rockville, MD) vs. Aloric Carson (0-9, Indianapolis, IN)

Four rounds -- Super Featherweights --  Cobia Breedy (4-0, three KO's, Clinton, MD) vs. Jonathan Gears (0-1, Wilson, NC)

Four rounds -- Super Lightweights -- Drayvontay Speed-Rawls (4-0, two KO's, Glenarden, MD) vs. Jonathan Hernandez (2-3-1, two KO's, Columbia, SC)

Four rounds -- Super Lightweights -- Carlos Sanchez (Pro Debut, California) vs. Joshua Hinnant (0-5, Wilson, NC)

Four rounds -- Super Welterweights -- Brian Mendoza (11-0, seven KO's, Albuquerque, NM) vs. Francisco Isata (Pro Debut, Maryland)

Four Rounds -- Super Featherweights -- Jairo Vargas Fernandez (4-0, three KO's, Mechanicsville, VA) vs. Brandon Ruffin (Pro Debut, North Carolina)

Four Rounds -- Light Heavyweights -- Fanlong Meng (5-0, three KO's, Chifeng, China) vs. Kenny Gaudreau (Pro Debut, Virginia)

Four Rounds -- Super Lightweights -- Dustin Fleischer (5-0, five KO's, Monmouth Beach, NJ) vs. Lionel Jimenez (2-8, two KO's, East Moline, IL)

If you can't make the card in person, join us live on The Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android at 7:30 PM ET.  Juan Marshall and I will open the broadcast by discussing our year-end awards.  You can also listen to the broadcast over our Spreaker.com channel https://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway and our IHeartRadio channel http://www.iheart.com/show/Boxing-Along-The-Beltway/

Friday, January 15, 2016

Kelly Weighs 232 For Eight-Round Bout In Brooklyn!

Danny Kelly tipped the scales at 232 pounds for his eight-round contest against Adam Kownacki on Saturday, January 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Kownacki weighed in at 252 pounds.

We have been told that the bout will be shown on the Showtime Extreme channel.  That telecast will begin at 7 PM ET.

More Bouts Announced For Springfield!

More bouts have been signed for the Saturday, January 16 Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Undefeated super bantamweight Dodie Boy Penalosa, Jr., fighting out of Rockville, MD, will take on Robert "The Boss" Kanalas of Királyegyháza, Hungary.  Penalosa (17-0, 13 KO's) is coming off a second-round knockout of Johnny Frazier on December 12 in Fishers, IN.  Penalosa's father was a world champion as was his uncle, Gerry.  Kanalas (11-6, eight KO's) competes for the first time in the United States. . Kanalas looks to bounce back from a first-round knockout loss to Artem Dalakian on December 5 in Kiev, Ukraine for the WBA Continental Flyweight title.

Springfield, VA super welterweight Edgar "The Tiger" Torres looks to remain undefeated as he faces Henry Mercer of Tarboro, NC.  Torres (7-0-1, four KO's) fought on the last card at the ABC Sports Complex on November 14 and scored a second-round TKO over Aloric Carson.  Mercer (1-3, one KO) is coming off a fourth-round TKO loss to Armando Alvarez on July 25 in Fayetteville, NC.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Update On January 16 Card In Springfield!

The first Beltway Boxing card of 2016 is coming together.  The Jeter Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, January 16 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA has some interesting matchups.

Undefeated Glenarden, MD lightweight Drayvontay Speed-Rawls will take on Jonathan "2 Gunz" Hernandez of Columbia, SC in a four-round bout.  Speed-Rawls (4-0, two KO's) has scored back-to-back first-round TKO's in his last two outings.  Hernandez (2-3-1, two KO's) is also coming off a knockout win in the first round in his last bout.

Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco Bustos will battle with Bobby Gaither of Hickory, NC in another four-rounder.  Bustos (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Jovica Jovanovic on November 6 in Hessen, Germany.  Gaither (0-1) made his pro debut on the last card at the ABC Sports Complex, losing a four-round unanimous decision to Jerome Featherstone.

Silver Spring, MD super featherweight Alexandru Marin returns to action in a contest against Szilveszter Ajtai of Kiskunfelegyhaza, Hungary.  Marin (9-0, six KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Gabriel Braxton on December 11 in Wellsburg, WVA. Ajtai (4-1-1, two KO's) makes his United States debut in this contest and will try to bounce back from a second-round TKO loss to Mohammad Obbadi on November 27 in Toscana, Italy.

More bouts to be announced.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Malik Hawkins Signs With Greg Cohen Promotions!


Undefeated Baltimore, MD welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins has signed a promotional agreement with Greg Cohen Promotions of New York.

Hawkins (5-0, four KO's) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision victory over Jose Valderrama on December 12th at Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.

The former amateur standout says he is excited to join the GCP family which includes such names as former world champions Zab Judah and Austin Trout.

"I would like to thank GCP and Snappers Boxing Management for coming to terms for my boxing career," said Hawkins. "I look forward to becoming WORLD champion under the banner of GCP. This is a great day for boxing and to be a part of a great promotional company. GCP is phenomenal. This is my time. I know I'm young in the game, but I refuse to be derailed from my goals of being world champion. I also would like to thank Sarah Fina for acknowledging my talent, as well as my mentor, Mr. Roy Jones Jr. Thanks everyone and I will see you at the top!"

"Malik is one of the most highly coveted prospects in all of boxing and I'm ecstatic he's decided to work with GCP," said Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions. "I need to thank my Head of Operations, Sarah Fina, for all her hard work in making this happen. We intend to keep Malik busy and get him the right fights to help him become the world champion he is destined to be."

There is talk that Hawkins will make an appearance on a ShoBox card in February.

Beltway Sends Eighteen Boxers To National Silver Gloves!

Best wishes to the 18 boxers who will represent the Beltway region at the 2016 National Silver Gloves February 4-6 in Independence, MO.  All advanced by winning the recent Regional Silver Gloves held at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD last weekend.  Here is the list:

8-9 Years Old:

55 Pounds:  Cardius Johnson

70 Pounds:  Marcell Steele

90 Pounds: Jelani Hill

10-11 Years Old:

60 Pounds:  Kardan Chatman 

70 Pounds:  Richard Dodson

75 Pounds:  Lonzo Malcolm

80 Pounds:  Benjamin Johnson

12-13 Years Old:

65 Pounds: Jordan Roach

75 Pounds: Mekhi Phillips

80 Pounds: Raghaleak Bartee

90 Pounds: Tyreek Williams

100 Pounds:  Samuel Edmonds

119 Pounds:  Stacey Selby

14-15 Years Old:

112 Pounds: Chamar Flowers

125 Pounds:  Malik Warren

147 Pounds: Nasheed Smith

156 Pounds: Siete Shuler

165 Pounds: Lorenzo Simpson


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Beltway News And Notes -- Brown Wins Silver in USA Nationals, Lockett Falls in Detroit, Update on January 16 Springfield Pro Card and Baltimore Amateur Card on January 28!

Since we devoted this past week to the Beltway Boxing Year-End awards, let's catch up on some news from the area.

Saturday night in Reno, NV, Upper Marlboro, MD amateur Kashif Muhammad Brown won a silver medal at the US Junior Open and Youth National tournament in Reno, NV. Brown lost a tough 2-1 decision to Nikita Ababiy of Brooklyn, NY in the 165-pound division.

We are also awaiting the complete list of the Beltway-area winners who will be heading to Independence, MO for the 2016 National Silver Gloves on February 4-6.  The regionals took place at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD this past weekend.

On the pro side, Takoma Park, MD heavyweight Willis "The Prophet" Lockett lost a six-round split decision to undefeated Ed Latimore of Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, January 8 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI.  Here is the report on the bout from Bob Ryder of Fightnews.com:

Latimore, a member of the Roc Nation stable, had to work hard to pull this one out. Latimore scored an early first round knockdown and the bout had the look of a short one. Lockett frustrated Latimore for the remainder of the fight however, as Latimore loaded up with big swings that left him a little winded and allowed Lockett just enough opportunity to survive and make it interesting. Latimore still seemed to be the clear winner after the six rounds but had to settle for a split decision victory as the scores were 60-53 x2 and 57-56 for Lockett.

Lockett is now 14-15-5, five KO’s while Latimore remains undefeated at 11-0, six KO's.

Coming up on Saturday, January 16 will be the Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA and the main event for the bout has been signed.

Undefeated Gaithersburg, MD welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley will defend his Virginia State Welterweight title against Dwayne "Diesel" Shelton of Bumpass, VA in a six-round contest.

This will be the first bout for Quigley (11-0, 10 KO's) since winning the IBA Intercontinental Super Welterweight title with a first-round knockout of Vito Vendetta on November 6 in Hessen, Germany. Shelton (2-1-1) has not fought since battling to a four-round draw with Kendrick Walker in September of 2009 in Fairfax, VA.  Shelton has quality competition including a defeat of previously undefeated Mike Tiberi in November of 2008.  Shelton's only loss came via knockout to James Stevenson in April of 2009.

We should have the rest of the card later this week.  If you can't make the card, you can listen to the action live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android or on the BATB pages on Spreaker.com or IHeartRadio.com .  We will be on the air at 7:30 PM ET as Juan Marshall and I will have a special pre-fight show devoted to the year-end awards. The action will begin sometime around 8 PM ET.

There will be an amateur boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Thursday, January 28.  Baltimore Boxing is promoting the "Super Brawl of Boxing" card.

The featured bout is an all-Baltimore showdown at 168 pounds between Donald Wallace of the Baltimore Boxing gym and Tyrell Boyd of the Upton Gym.   Wallace competed in the 2015 Olympic Trials Qualifier losing a tough decision to Shariff Rahman.  Boyd was a novice regional Golden Gloves champion in 2014.

Baltimore junior middleweight Joey Veazey of Baltimore Boxing will battle Club One's Andre Harris in a co-feature bout.  Also, former Stevenson University basketball player Stefon McCray of Baltimore Boxing will battle TJ Mottinger of the Main Street Gym in Salisbury, MD in a cruiserweight contest.  Baltimore Boxing heavyweight Brian Haneschlager will also be on the card.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $35 for reserved seating ($350 for tables of 10) and $50 for VIP ($500 for a table of 10). Tickets to this first annual event are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175 or logging onto Baltimoreboxing.com.  The show begins at 8:15 PM.

The event will also raise awareness of the fight against colon cancer.  Members of the Colon Cancer Alliance will hand out pamphlets and speak to the crowd about this dreaded disease.

Beltway Boxing 2015 -- Boxer Of The Year!

We now come to the big award -- Beltway Boxer Of The Year!

As we said at the beginning of our Year-End Review, there were many local boxers who had wonderful years, accomplishing much in the advancement of their careers.

However, two boxers truly set the example of how to accomplish in this sport at its highest level.  One man reached the pinnacle of the sport by winning a world title.  The other had an exceptional year that put him at the precipice of winning a championship of his own.  There was no way to distinguish between the two as they both deserve to be the Boxer Of The Year.

The 2015 Beltway Boxers Of The Year are:



“Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. (26-1, 15 KO’s), featherweight, WBC Featherweight champion, Capitol Heights, MD 

and 

Antoine “Action” Douglas (19-0-1, 13 KO’s), middleweight, WBA and WBO International Middleweight champion, Burke, VA

Going into 2015, Russell seemed very confident.  In December of 2014, Russell bounced back from losing a majority decision to Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO Featherweight title with a sterling 10-round unanimous decision to Christopher Martin.  The win kept Russell in the conversation for a world title shot.

That opportunity finally came on March 28th in Las Vegas, NV in front of a nationally-televised audience on Showtime. Russell challenged Jhonny Gonzalez for his WBC Featherweight title.  This time, the 2008 United States Olympian left no doubt as he dominated Gonzalez dropping him once in the third and twice in the fourth.  The bout was stopped at 37 seconds of the fourth round.  The victory not only gained Russell the title but keeps him in the mainstream throughout the sport as well.  A scheduled defense in November fell through because Russell suffered an injury.  However, some great paydays should be forthcoming.

The same could possibly be said for Douglas, who put himself squarely in position to be one of the top contenders in the sport with three exceptional nationally-televised performances.  Two of Douglas’s opponents were undefeated before facing the boxer from Burke, VA, who became a fixture on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation series.

Douglas began the year on March 13 with a sixth-round TKO over previously undefeated Thomas LaManna in Westbury, NY.  Istvan Szili made his first appearance in a United States ring and ran into the Douglas buzzsaw on July 17 in Bethlehem, PA.  Douglas stopped Szili in three rounds.  Douglas ended the year by winning an impressive fourth-round TKO on November 6 in Las Vegas.

The victories have put Douglas in the top 15 in the rankings of all four major governing bodies, including a number four ranking by the WBO.  Already, there is talk that Douglas will appear on a Showtime Championship Boxing telecast in the first quarter of 2016.

Honorable Mention (In Alphabetical Order):




Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (18-0-1, seven KO’s), middleweight, Forestville, MD

A very busy year for the older half of the Fox Twin Towers duo.  Alantez Fox competed five times in 2015, starting with an eight-round majority decision win over Patrick Day on a nationally-televised (Showtime) card on January 10 in Cabazon, CA.  Fox then scored a second-round TKO over Franklin Gonzalez on April 17 in Uncasville, CT.

Fox returned home for his next two bouts, knocking out Guillermo Valdes in the first round on July 18 in Washington DC and winning by fifth-round disqualification over Eric Mitchell on October 17 in Fairfax, VA.  Fox made his final appearance in Biloxi, MS on November 13 as he stopped Todd Manuel in four rounds.  2016 could be a pivotal year for Fox.


Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KO’s), welterweight, Washington, DC

Peterson had two marquee matchups in 2015 as he became one of the faces of the new Premier Boxing Champions series.  Both of Peterson’s contests were shown on NBC.  The former IBF Super Lightweight champion lost a tough 12-round majority decision to former WBC/WBA champion Danny Garcia on April 11 in Brooklyn, NY.

Then on October 17, Peterson headlined a card a the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA and won a 12-round majority decision over previously undefeated 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist (Dominican Republic).  Peterson should be a solid factor in the welterweight division in 2016.



(photo courtesy of Top Rank Promotions)

Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed (17-0, 10 KO’s), super lightweight, Waldorf, MD

The former Beltway Boxing Rookie and Prospect of the Year and Top Rank signee had a solid 2015, competing five times against increasingly tougher competition.  Reed started his year with his first local appearance in almost a year.  Reed scored a second-round TKO over Edgar Soto on March 14 in Washington, DC.  Reed returned to the road and stopped Osenohan Vasquez on May 8 in Newark, NJ.

On June 13, Reed made his first trip to the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Luis Joel Gonzalez.  Reed finished his year with back-to-back appearances in Las Vegas.  On September 11, Reed stopped Antonio Canas in the fifth round.  Then on November 7, Reed scored a crushing seventh-round TKO over Rondale Hibbert on the Timothy Bradley-Brandon Rios undercard.  Reed has received a taste of what it is like to compete on major cards (he is slated to return to action on February 27 in Madison Square Garden on the Terrence Crawford-Hank Lundy card).  Time will tell if Reed will start to headline major cards in 2016.




“The Bolivian Queen” Jennifer Salinas (18-3, four KO’s), super featherweight, Manassas, VA

Salinas had a solid year in 2015 with three quality wins.  Salinas won the Universal Boxing Federation Super Featherweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Angel Gladney in a rematch on March 20 in Woodlawn, MD.  That bout was followed by an eight-round unanimous decision over Jasmine Clarkson on June 20 in Woodlawn.

Salinas made the first defense of her UBF title in the Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year on November 12th in Cockeysville, MD.  Salinas won a 10-round unanimous decision over Melissa St. Vil.  Salinas has become a multi-media star especially in the Hispanic community over the past year yet she has been able to maintain a high level of consistency in the ring.   It will be interesting to see which side of her career takes the lead in 2016.


Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (18-0, 12 KO’s), middleweight, Largo, MD

Wade only had one bout in 2015 but his performance put him ever closer to a world title shot.  Wade won a 10-round split decision over former world champion Sam Soliman on June 26 in Shelton, WA.

Wade already was ranked in the top 15 by both the WBA and WBC before the Soliman bout.  However, the victory over Soliman placed him in the rankings of all four major governing bodies, including a number three ranking by the IBF.  There could be some major opportunities for Wade in 2016.

Previous Beltway Boxers of the Year:

2006: Eric Aiken
2007: Darnell Wilson
2008: Lamont Peterson/Joshua Snyder
2009: Fernando Guerrero
2010: Tim Coleman
2011: Lamont Peterson
2012: Tony Jeter
2013: Phil Jackson Benson/Tori Nelson
2014: Tori Nelson

That concludes our look back at 2015.  Thank you for all of your support as we look ahead to what could be a very pivotal 2016!

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Beltway Boxing 2015 -- Card Of The Year!

There were a number of quality cards in 2015 where young Beltway Boxers were tested and crowds came out in large numbers.  One card, in particular, showcased a budding crop of locals in a relatively new location.

The 2015 Beltway Boxing Card Of The Year Took Place On:


July 18, Sphinx Club, Washington, DC -- Marq Johns vs. Karl Garcia-Rios, Patrick Harris vs. Rafael Vasquez, Alantez Fox vs. Guillermo Valdes, Mykal Fox vs. Juan Carlos Castillo

This Keystone Boxing card, the second at the Sphinx Club, saw an upset in the main event as previously undefeated Marq Johns lost a six-round unanimous decision to Karl Garcia-Rios.  Patrick Harris won his first six-round contest in a unanimous decision against Rafael Vasquez.  The Fox Brothers put on solid performances as Alantez scored a first-round knockout and Myke put on a great performance in winning a six-round unanimous decision, Renaldo Gaines won a tough six-round majority decision over the always-game Stephon McIntyre.  There were also knockout wins for Eric Hernandez, Albi Sadikaj, Devar Ferhadi and the debuting Shynggyskhan Tazhibay.

Honorable Mention (In Chronological Order):

January 17, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC -- Demond Nicholson vs. Rahman Yusubov, Kevin Rivers, Jr. vs. Stephon McIntyre, Mykal Fox vs. Luis Rodriguez

The first local card of 2015 was a Keystone card that took place in front of a sellout crowd  and they witnessed some great performances.  Demond Nicholson bounced back from suffering his first pro loss by knocking out Rahman Yusubov in the main event.  Kevin Rivers, Jr. stopped Stephon McIntyre in the third round and Myke Fox won his first six-round contest in a unanimous decision over Luis Rodriguez.  Gerome Quigley scored a second-round knockout over a game Norman Allen.  Marq Johns won an early Bout of the Year candidate with a four-round unanimous decision over Jaxel Marrero and Renaldo Gaines won a four-round unanimous decision over Arthur Parker. Tyrone Wright and Maurice Adams, Jr. lost bouts on this card.

August 22, North Hall At Eastern Market, Washington, DC -- Gerome Quigley vs. Dontre King, Luther Smith vs. Schuyler Marshall, Drayvontay Speed-Rawls vs. Brian Raglin.

This card makes the list because it had some of the best storylines of the year.  It was actually a feat to get the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card off at all as the ring arrived to the venue late.  The ring crew, to their credit, put the ring together in very short time.  Another storyline involved undefeated Gerome Quigley, who voluntarily took a rematch against the only man to go the distance against him, Dontre King.  Quigley knocked out King in the rematch in the second round.  Luther Smith had one of the quality knockouts of 2015, stopping Schuyler Marshall in the first round.  Drayvontay Speed-Rawls also had a first-round knockout over Brian Raglin.  Edgar Torres won a four-round unanimous decision over veteran Andre Baker and Stan Williamson scored a third-round TKO over Marquis Benson.  The card also saw quality performances from out-of-town boxers O’Shaquie Foster and Lavarn Harvell as well as an exhibition bout featuring Orazio Robinson, who returned to the ring after a long absence.

November 12, Martin’s Valley Mansion, Cockeysville, MD -- Jennifer Salinas vs. Melissa St. Vil, Tyrieshia Douglas vs. Nydia Feliciano, Joshua Davis vs. Justin Lopez

The Ponytail Promotions card took place at the Jonathan Ogden Foundation benefit card.  The 2015 Bout of the Year was on this card as Jennifer Salinas defeated Melissa St. Vil.  Tyrieshia Douglas won a 10-round unanimous decision over Nydia Feliciano to defend her UBF Bantamweight title.  Joshua Davis won a four-round unanimous decision over Justin Lopez.  In one of the more interesting stories of the year, Tallahassee, FL boxer Leonardo Kenon traveled 26 hours on a bus to participate on the card on short notice.  Kenon knocked out Chris Alexander of Norfolk, VA in the first round.

December 12, Coppermine Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD --Shariff Rahman vs. Alex Asbury, Travis Reeves vs. Anthony Caputo Smith, Stephon Morris vs. Cassanova Brooks

If there was an Event Of The Year, this card would win that award hands down.  The Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card took place in front of one of the biggest crowds in recent Du Burns boxing history -- a crowd that included the current mayor of Baltimore, the former mayor of Baltimore and a candidate who wants to be the next mayor of Baltimore.
The boxing was not bad, though.  The card included an exhibition bout featuring former undisputed World Heavyweight Champion and Beltway Boxing legend Hasim Rahman, who watched his son Shariff make his pro debut in the main event and gain a first-round TKO over Alex Asbury. Between Rahman and Stephon Morris, who stopped Cassanova Brooks in the second round, the card gave fans an early look at the Beltway rookie class of 2016.  Also, Travis Reeves stopped Anthony Caputo Smith in the first round and Malik Hawkins, Devin Butcher and Jerome Featherstone gained victories.

Previous Beltway Boxing Cards of the Year:

2006 -- December 9, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA (Jimmy Lange draws with Fontaine Cabell, Dean White defeats Dorin Spivey, JP Flaim of the Junkies loses against Jay Watts.)

2007 -- December 7, Pikesville National Guard Armory, Pikesville, MD (Tim Coleman draws with Martinus Clay, Jessie Nicklow defeats Anthony Little and John Mackey defeats Tony Cygan) and August 3, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD (Pro-Am card -- Horace Grant over Mujaheed Moore, Thomas Snow knocks out Markel Muhammad, Seth Mitchell [his only amateur loss] falls to Abodurin Akinyanju and Dusty Harrison also on the amateur portion.

2008 -- October 18, ABC Sports Arena, Springfield, VA (John Mackey wins over Jesse Williams, Darrell Martin over Andre Nichols)

2009 -- September 25, Shipley Arena, Westminster, MD (Mark Tucker wins USBO title, Tyrell Samuel over Gustavo Dailey)

2010 -- March 20, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD (Jessie Nicklow over Scott Sigmon, James Stevenson over George Rivera)

2011 – December 10, Washington Convention Center, Washington DC (Lamont Peterson over Amir Khan for IBF/WBA Junior Welterweight title, Seth Mitchell over Timor Ibragimov)

2012 -- October 27, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA (Tony Jeter over Jimmy Lange, Brandon Quarles draws with John Mackey)

2013 -- September 7 at Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD,  (Phil Jackson Benson vs. Scott Sigmon, Alantez Fox vs. Zain Shah, Mike Reed vs. Rameses Gil)

2014 -- July 18 at Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- (Larry Recio vs. Grayson Blake, Demond Nicholson vs. Jess Noriega, Terron Grant vs. Jose Del Valle)

Tomorrow: Our Final Award -- The Beltway Boxing Boxer Of The Year!

Friday, January 08, 2016

Beltway Boxing 2015 -- Bout Of The Year!

Where there was a plethora of great knockouts in 2015, the same can’t be said for great bouts.  We had very few contests that weren’t knockouts or bouts where one boxer won a decision by a wide margin.

The choice in 2015 was a quality contest between two boxers who battled phone booth-style for ten grueling rounds.

The Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year for 2015 is…


Jennifer Salinas 10-round unanimous decision over Melissa St. Vil, November 12, Martin’s Valley Mansion, Cockeysville, MD

This bout was the feature contest on the Jonathan Ogden Foundation benefit card and the bout turned heads to the ring and away from side conversations that normally take place at charity cards. The two ladies slugged it out for the 10-round duration.  St. Vil caught the early advantage by using her solid right hand.  However, Salinas started to take control midway through the contest as her straight left hand landed with consistency.  Both ladies suffered welts under the eyes as they clashed heads repeatedly.

Somehow, one judge saw the bout as an almost runaway for Salinas at 99-91.  However, the other two judges scored the bout deservedly much closer at 96-94.

Honorable Mention (In Chronological Order:)

Marq Johns four-round unanimous decision over Jaxel Marrero, January 17, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

This was a great bout that saw Johns win despite getting off to a slow start.  Marrero initiated the action in the first round,  landing some solid right hands.  Johns came back in the second using a strong left jab to set up his vicious overhand right.  Eventually,  Marrero's left eye started to close.  Marrero lost two points for holding and lost by identical scores of 39-35.

Drayvontay Speed-Rawls four-round split-decision over Joel Young, April 23, Tall Cedars Hall, Parkville, MD

Both debuting lightweights had their moments in this contest as they showed great movement and offensive skills.  Neither boxer, however, had a clear advantage. A very interesting bout with a lot of ebb and flow. Two judges scored the bout 39-38 and 39-37 for Speed-Rawls while another judge saw the bout for Young, 39-37.

Previous Beltway Boxing Bouts of the Year:

2006: Maxell Taylor six-round draw with Derek Ennis, March 9, Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD.

2007: John Mackey six-round unanimous decision over Tony Cygan, December 7, Pikesville, MD

2008: Juan Rodriguez TKO 3 over Benjamin Borteye, November 7, Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD

2009: Cory Cummings TKO 9 over Demetrius Davis, May 29, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD

2010: Jessie Nicklow 10-round unanimous decision over Scott Sigmon, March 20, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD/Nicklow 10-round draw with Julius Kennedy, September 17, Du Burns Arena/Sigmon 10-round unanimous decision over Kennedy, December 11, Pikesville National Guard Armory, Pikesville, MD.

2011:  Lamont Peterson 12-round split decision over Amir Khan, December 10, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

2012: Brandon Quarles D6 John Mackey, October 27, George Mason University Patriot Center (now Eagle Bank Arena), Fairfax, VA

2013: Mike Reed KO 6 over Rameses Gil, September 7, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD

2014: Tony Jeter 10 round majority decision over Jimmy Lange , November 15, George Mason University Patriot Center (now Eagle Bank Arena), Fairfax, VA

Tomorrow: The Beltway Boxing Card Of The Year!

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Beltway Boxing 2015 -- Knockout Of The Year!

Once again, the Knockout Of The Year selection was the closest of the year.  Beltway Boxers provided a plethora of quality knockouts throughout the area.  As in previous years, the criteria for this award is:

1. The knockout must have been performed by a Beltway Boxer.

2. The knockout must have taken place in a Beltway location.

This year’s winner was a crushing shot that signaled the start of a turnaround of a boxer’s career.

The Beltway Boxing Knockout Of The Year for 2015 is:




Travis Reeves TKO 6 over Samer Barakat, July 9, Tall Cedars Hall, Parkville, MD

Reeves had to work hard to gain this knockout.  The somewhat-awkward Barakat pressured Reeves enough early in the bout to avoid Reeves’s favorite shot, the looping right hand.  The problem for Barakat was his inability to provide any challenging offense.   This allowed Reeves to continue to figure out how to land his favorite punch.

Late in the fifth round, Reeves finally figured out how to land the overhand right, hurting Barakat with it as the bell rang. Finally in the sixth round, Reeves crumpled Barakat with another brutal overhand right that dropped him in a heap in a neutral corner.  The bout was stopped at 1:15.  Barakat was carted out of the ring and had to seek treatment at a local hospital.  Barakat recovered fully from his injuries.

Honorable Mention (In Chronological Order):

Zarifbek Nishanbaev third-round KO over Norman Allen, June 6, ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, VA

In just his second pro bout, “The Uzbek Warrior” faced off against the veteran “Shadow” Allen. Nishanbaev went on the offensive early and tried to swarm Allen with rights and lefts.  Nishanbaev trapped Allen against the ropes repeatedly, trying to land power punches.  Nishanbaev sent Allen to the canvas with a straight right hand early in the second round but Allen managed to weather the storm for the rest of the round.

In the third round, Nishanbaev landed a brutal counter right hand that drove Allen to the canvas.  The bout was stopped at 44 seconds.

Devin Butcher first-round KO over Walter McCray -- June 20, Martin’s West, Woodlawn, MD

After pressuring his opponent from the opening bell, Butcher stopped McCray with a crushing right hand that sent McCray crashing to the canvas and his mouthpiece flying over toward the BATB location at ringside.  The bout was over at 55 seconds.

Luther Smith first-round KO over Schuyler Marshall -- August 22, North Hall At Eastern Market, Washington, DC

Smith has become a very popular boxer in his first year of competition as he scored first-round knockouts in his first three pro contests.  His most devastating KO was this one against Marshall in front of a very partisan crowd.  Smith landed a brutal left-right combination that sent Marshall toppling backwards to the canvas.  Marshall tried to get up but could not do it before the bout was stopped at 39 seconds.

Stephon Morris second-round KO over Cassanova Brooks -- December 12, Coppermine Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD

In his pro debut, Morris used a brutal counter right hand to knock out Cassanova Brooks in the second round.  After a relatively-even first round, Morris caught Brooks with the counter hand that made Brooks crumple to the canvas. The bout was over at 28 seconds as Brooks could not beat the count.

Previous BATB Knockouts of the Year:

2006: Jed Phipps KO1 over David Cleage -- January 20, Pikesville Armory, Pikesville, MD.

2007: Elias Bouloubassis KO1 over Vincent Robbins -- March 10, Pikesville Armory, Pikesville, MD.

2008: Seth Mitchell TKO2 over Alexis Cruz Medina -- May 29, Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD.

2009: Tony Jeter KO1 over Keith Gross -- September 26, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.

2010: Jimmy Lange KO 10 over Joe Wyatt -- November 6, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.

2011: Kevin Womack KO4 over Benjamin Olinga, November 19, Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD

2012: Kevin Rivers KO1 over Bobby Wooten, November 3, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

2013: Jarrett Hurd KO2 over George Armenta, December 6, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD

2014: Marq Johns TKO 2 over Luis Hernandez, July 18, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD

Tomorrow: The Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year!