Sunday, April 30, 2017
In crossing the six-round threshold for the first time in his young pro career, Balogun focused on his boxing skills and used good foot movement throughout the contest against the awkward Young, who showed Balogun a lot of his left shoulder and made himself a difficult target to hit at times. Young sparingly engaged with Balogun during the contest except during the final round when he landed some wild shots that didn't bother Balogun, who won by shutout on one card, 60-54 and won 59-55 on the other two cards. Balogun remains undefeated at 11-0, eight KO's while Young falls to 12-22-3, eight KO's.
There were only two other bouts on the card. Washington, DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines made a successful pro debut, stopping the equally debuting Zach Johnson of Rochester, NY at 1:18 of the first round. Hines spent the round chasing Johnson around the ring as Johnson quickly decided he did not want to engage with the charging Hines. Hines landed a couple of right hands that dropped Johnson to his knees and forced referee Michelle Myers to stop the bout without administering a count.
Also on the card, District Heights, MD super middleweight Jason Bell won a relatively easy four-round unanimous decision over debuting George Sheppard of Newport News, VA. Bell landed solid combinations to the body throughout the contest to help gain the shutout (40-36) win. Bell is now 2-0, one KO.
Bell's twin brother, Justin was scheduled to be on the card but suffered an injury in training.
The matchmaker for the card was Brian Dillon and the ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
We have an interview with Mike Balogun after his contest.
Listen to "Mike Balogun Interview 4/29/17" on Spreaker.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Mike Balogun 234 vs. Grover Young 241
Jason Bell 166 vs. George Sheppard 164
Alton Smith 178 vs. Chris Yarborough 173
Cornell Hines 147 vs. Zach Johnson 142
Marcos Suarez 138 vs. Kevin Womack (will weigh in tomorrow)
Both Chris Curtis and Portland Pringle will weigh in tomorrow.
First bout is scheduled to begin at 7 PM ET. If you can't make the card, listen to the broadcast live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android. IOS listeners may hear the broadcast on the Boxing Along The Beltway Spreaker page at https://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway or the IHeartRadio page at https://www.iheart.com/podcast/Boxing-Along-The-Beltway-22903291/ The broadcast will begin at 6:55 PM ET.
Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner will make the first defense of his NABA Cruiserweight title against former NABA champion Alex Guerrero of Salisbury, MD. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.
Kisner (19-3-1, six KO's) fought on the last card at Michael's, winning an eight-round split decision over Lamont Singletary on March 30th. Kisner won the NABA title on November 23 with a 10-round majority decision over Brian Holstein in Columbus, OH.
Guerrero (12-1-1, six KO's) captured the vacant NABA title with an eight-round stoppage of Anthony Ferrante in November of 2014 in Wilmington, DE. However, in his next outing, Guerrero lost by first-round TKO to Brian Howard in September of 2015 in Queens, NY. Guerrero has not competed since that loss.
The two men are no strangers to each other as they battled each other twice in the amateurs, including once at the 2008 Washington Golden Gloves. Kisner won both contests.
There will also be a super middleweight battle of Baltimore as "Dangerous" Donald Wallace will face off against Devin Butcher. Wallace (2-0, one KO) fought on the January 13th card at Michael's and won a six-round unanimous decision over Tahir Thomas. Butcher (6-1, three KO's) bouncoed back from suffering his first pro loss by winning a four-round unanimous decision over Eric Govan on November 12th at DuBurns Arena in Baltimore.
Other boxers slated to be on this card are Baltimore heavyweight Colby Madison (4-0, three KO's), West Virginia welterweight Matthew "Boogieman" Bowling (4-0, four KO's) and 2012 Dominican Republic Olympian Wellington Arias Romero of Newburgh, NY (12-0-1, six KO's. Romero, a welterweight, is a Roc Nation-signed prospect.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Congratulations to WBA Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson who was honored on Tuesday with a special day by the District of Columbia.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was on hand to present the three-time, two division world champion with a special proclamation naming April 25, 2017 as "Lamont Peterson Day" in the District of Columbia. Peterson was honored for his work in and out of the ring, especially for his charity work.
This is not the first time Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO's) has received such an honor. Peterson was honored by the DC City Council in June of 2009.
Peterson last fought on February 18th, winning the WBA title with a 12-round unanimous decision over David Avanesyan in Cincinnati, OH.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
According to Brad Snyder of The Undercard, Rahman was all business as Shaw seemed comical, often turning away from Rahman and turning his back to him. Rahman was able to find Shaw up against the ropes and unload a barrage of punches that sent Shaw to the canvas. Rahman pounced on Shaw as soon as the fight continued. This knocked a very, outmatched Shaw to the canvas, again. Shaw's corner threw in the towel. Shaw was making his pro debut.
Both of Rahman, Jr.'s wins have had added significance. When Rahman, Jr. made his pro debut on April 14 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, he weighed in at 234 pounds -- the exact same weight his father had when he made his pro debut in 1994. The win against Shaw came 16 years to the day that Hasim, Sr. was preparing to shock the heavyweight boxing world when he would knock out Lennox Lewis in the fifth round in South Africa for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
Alexandria, VA 165-pounder Troy Isley won his second straight Open Division regional title defeating Ashton Sykes of Columbia, MD. Isley, who is ranked second in the country by USA Boxing in his weight class, was very accurate and outgunned the game Sykes. Isley was also named the Outstanding Boxer of the tournament.
Hagerstown, MD's Genc Pllana will also make his second consecutive trip to the nationals as he stopped William Jones of Hopewell, VA in the third round to win the 178-pound Open title. Pllana broke Jones down enough to gain three standing-eight counts during the contest and sealed the victory after knocking Jones down with a crunching left to the body.
The Avelar Brothers of Germantown, MD split in their bouts. Wilfredo Avelar won the 141-pound title with a victory over Diego Abregu of Leesburg, VA. However, Tommy Avelar lost his bid for the 132-pound championship by decision to Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA.
At 152 pounds, Keeshawn Williams of Washington, DC won the title with a strange-looking third-round TKO over Jacques Jean of Alexandria. Williams was in control of the bout for the most part. However, Jean seemed to at least be competing and fighting back. Late in the third round, Jean's cornerman saw something he did not like and asked that the bout be stopped.
Steven Kelly of Fayetteville, NC captured the 201-pound title with a decision victory over Thomas Mottinger of Seaford, DE and Malik Titus of Baltimore, MD won the 201+-pound championship with a win over George Harris of Alexandria.
Here is your 2017 Regional Golden Gloves team that will head to Lafayette, LA April 30th-May 7:
108 Pounds: Julius White, Washington, DC
114 Pounds: Rasheed Wright, Washington, DC (also a two-time regional champion, in two weight divisions [108 and 114]. However, both regional victories were by walkover)
123 Pounds: Marcus Wright, Temple Hills, MD
132 Pounds: Javon Campbell, Raleigh, NC
141 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar, Germantown, MD
152 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams, Washington, DC
165 Pounds: Troy Isley, Alexandria, VA
178 Pounds: Genc Pllana, Hagerstown, MD
201 Pounds: Steven Kelly, Fayetteville, NC
201+ Pounds: Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD
In the Novice Division, one bout stole the show early in the evening. Davonte Warren of Laurel, MD won the 152-pound championship in an outstanding contest against J'oan Planas of Manassas, VA. These two boxers fought tooth and nail all through the bout including a fierce third-round that brought the crowd to their feet.
At 165 pounds, Christian Fayne of Richmond, VA won his second straight Novice title with a victory over Elan Trombley of Fredrick, MD. At 141 pounds, Khari Clinkscales of Manassas took the title with a win over Ian Simmons of Hillcrest Heights, MD.
The 201+-pound championship saw James McMurdo of Salisbury, MD land crushing shots to stop Ricky Campbell of Chesapeake, VA in the first round. Also, Giovanni Scuderi of Ashburn, VA won the 201-pound championship with a decision over Tyler Langer of Baltimore, MD and DeAngelo McDonald of District Heights, MD captured the 123-pound title with a win over Gabriel Smith of Heathsville, VA.
Two boxers won by medical walkover -- DaJuan Concepcion of District Heights, MD (132 Pounds) and Jason Ampy of Sutherland, VA (178 Pounds).
Here are your Novice Division Regional Golden Gloves Champions for 2017:
114 Pounds: Brandon Brockington, Forestville, MD
123 Pounds: DeAngelo McDonald, District Heights, MD
132 Pounds: DaJuan Concepcion, District Heights, MD
141 Pounds: Khari Clinkscales, Manassas, VA
152 Pounds: Davonte Warren, Laurel, MD
165 Pounds: Christian Fayne, Richmond, VA
178 Pounds: Jason Ampy, Sutherland, VA
201 Pounds: Giovanni Scuderi, Ashburn, VA
201+ Pounds: James McMurdo, Salisbury, MD
Friday, April 21, 2017
According to Fightnews.com's Boxing Bob Newman, Shabranskyy wasted no time, launching over hand rights, more than a few missing their mark. Finally, one landed high in Pryor’s temple, staggering him in a neutral corner, with the follow up barrage sending him down. Pryor rose, and was sent down again in his own corner with a flurry that mostly missed, but needed to be avoided, Pryor must’ve felt as he took a knee. Despite Shabranskyy’s best efforts, he could not end matters then and there as Pryor bravely fought off the ropes and got out of the round. It didn’t matter though as a final knockdown in Shabranskyy’s corner saw Pryor take the full count on his knee for a knockout at 54 seconds of the second round. Shabranskyy is now 18-1, 15 KOs, while Pryor goes to 10-16, five KOs.
Tonight at DeCarlo's Convention Center in Warren, Michigan, Baltimore, MD heavyweight Hasim "GoldBlooded" Rahman, Jr. will take on debuting Demetrius Shaw in a four-round bout. Rahman won his pro debut on the April 14th card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD needing just 40 seconds to stop Ralph Alexander.
Rahman, Jr., who will be in the main event on this card, weighed in Thursday at 233 pounds. Shaw did not weigh in yesterday because he, along with many of the boxers on the card, were delayed by severe weather conditions.
The main event will feature undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight prospect Mike "Silverback" Balogun who will take on veteran Grover Young of Memphis, TN in a six-round contest.
Balogun (9-0, eight KO's) has knocked out his last four opponents in either the first or the second round. In his last bout, Balogun scored a crushing first-round TKO over Branden Lee Hinkle on October 20th at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
Young (12-22-3, eight KO's) is winless in his last nine bouts, including five straight losses. Young lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Gregory Corbin on January 28th in Tunica, MS. Young started his career as a middleweight and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Beltway Boxer Dominic Wade in February of 2011 in Salisbury, MD. As Young moved up in weight, he has fought quality opposition like Sergey Kovalev, Farah Ennis, Badou Jack and Malik Scott. The last time Young fought in the Beltway region, he lost a six-round majority decision to Dwayne McRae in November of 2014 at Constitution Hall in DC.
The Bell Twins -- Justin and Jason -- return to action on this card. Both super middleweight boxers made their pro debuts on March 25th at the University of the District of Columbia. Justin Bell (1-0) won a four-round unanimous decision over veteran Greg Hackett while Jason Bell (1-0, one KO) scored a first-round TKO over David Rohn. Justin Bell will take on the debuting George Sheppard of Newport News, VA while Jason Bell battles debuting Zack Johnson of Rochester, NY.
Two other locals will make their pro debuts on this card. Welterweight Cornell Hines of Washington, DC will face Jason Carroll of Starlightsville, OH who is also making his pro debut. Also, Alton George Smith of Lanham, MD will be in a light heavyweight debut bout against Chris Yarborough of Richmond, VA.
Other Beltway Boxers scheduled to be on the card are Fort Washington, MD featherweight Marquel "Monster" Johns (7-1-2, six KO's) and Silver Spring, MD welterweight Samuel Amoako (21-14, 15 KO's).
In other bouts scheduled for the card, undefeated Reading, PA super middleweight prospect Shakeem Hodge (4-0, three KO's) will take on Aushton Midkiff of St. Louis, MO who will make his pro debut on this card. Hodge makes his second straight trip to the ABC Sports Complex. On December 10th, Hodge won a four-round technical decision over Noe Lozano after Lozano suffered an injury because of an accidental head butt.
Also, undefeated Bronx, NY super lightweight Marcos Suarez makes his first road trip on this card when he battles Matt Murphy of St. Louis in a four-rounder. Suarez (5-0-1, one KO) has not fought since May of 2015 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Sidney Maccow in Queens, NY. All of Suarez's bouts have been in New York. Murphy (2-11-1, two KO's) will compete for the sixth time in 2017 and will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Pryor (10-15, five KO's) has not fought since losing by first-round TKO to Samuel Clarkson on December 9 in Dallas, TX. Shabranskyy (17-1, 14 KO's) looks to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss -- a seventh-round KO to Sullivan Barrera on December 16 in Indio, CA.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Interim Title Bout And Title Eliminator Contest Added To May 20th Card At MGM National Harbor Casino!
We already know that the main event will feature WBC Featherweight champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD (27-1, 16 KO's) making the second defense of his title against Oscar Escandon of Ibague, Colombia (25-2, 17 KO's). However, there will be two more scheduled 12-round contests on this card.
All three of these bouts will make up the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast that evening.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
(Photo by Mike Greenhill)
Travis "Seveer" Reeves has won an eight-round unanimous decision over Taneal "Spider" Goyco in the final bout of the night at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.
Reeves landed the cleaner and sharper punches and kept Goyco off balance. Goyco was tough and stayed upright but Reeves was in complete control. Judge Lynne Carter scored a shutout for Reeves, 80-72 while judges John Gradowski and Don Risher saw the bout 78-74 for Reeves, who is nwo 14-2-2, seven KO's. Goyco is 9-10-1, four KO's.
The attendance was 2,159.
Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up show where Juan Marshall and I recap the TV portion of the card as well as the Reeves-Goyco contest:
Listen to "Post-Fight Wrap-Up From MGM National Harbor Casino 4 / 14 / 17" on Spreaker.
Here is the Intermission Recap for the undercard:
Listen to "Intermission Report From MGM National Harbor Casino 4/14/17" on Spreaker.
We also have an interview with Malik "Iceman" Hawkins:
Listen to "Malik Hawkins Interview 4/14/17" on Spreaker.
Friday, April 14, 2017
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Undefeated WBA Interim Light Heavyweight champion Dmitroy Bivol scored a crushing-round TKO over a game but outmatched Samuel "The Main Event" Clarkson to retain his title in our main event here tonight.
Bivol started off very aggressive and dropped Clarkson twice with right hands in the first round. Clarkson to make a bout of it but was totally outgunned as Bivol patiently broke Clarkson down. Bivol would land a crushing left-right combination that would send Clarkson down to the canvas for the third and final time as referee Harvey Dock would stop the bout at 1:40 of the fourth round.
Bivol is now 10-0, eight KO's. Clarkson falls to 21-4, 12 KO's.
(Photo by Mike Greenhill)
Malik "Iceman" Hawkins put in a dominating performance stopping previously undefeated Carlos Soto of Torreon, Mexico at the end of the second round.
Hawkins found a home with his right hand and repeatedly battered Soto with it, causing a huge welt over Soto's left eye. Eventually, the ringside physician, Dr. Doug Frankel, looked at the eye and ruled Soto unfit to continue.
Hawkins remains undefeated at 11-0, eight KO's. Soto falls for the first time and he is 13-1-2, seven KO's.
By the way, the Travis Reeves-Taneal Goyco is now slated to be the walkout bout this evening after our main event.
(Photo by Mike Greenhill)
In one of the best bouts seen in the area in some time, undefeated Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn won an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Leroy Davila of, East Windsor, NJ.
The two participated in some brutal exchanges in close throughout the bout. Dezurn seemed to landed the harder blows in many of those exchanges. Midway through the bout, Davila altered his game plan to include side-to-side movement. However, Dezurn was successful in cutting the ring off. The two talented boxers ended the contest with a fierce eighth round that saw both men land crushing shots.
All three judges -- Lynne Carter, John Gradowski and Don Risher -- scored the bout 78-74 for Dezurn, who is now 9-0, six KO's. Davila is now 5-1, three KO's.
(Photo by Mike Greenhill)
Hasim Rahman, Jr. needed just 40 seconds to stop equally debuting heavyweight Ralph Alexander. Rahman pummeled Alexander in his own corner with lefts and rights before referee Bill Clancy stopped the bout. Rahman's father, former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim, Sr., worked his son's corner.
Villa is now 5-0, three KO's. Diaz loses for the first time and he is 2-1, one KO.
Our first locals enter the ring as Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. of Baltimore takes on Ralph Alexander of Lanham. Both guys making pro debuts as heavyweights.
Dutchover was able to cut the ring off successfully throughout the bout and land piercing left jabs to Amaro's face. Eventually, Amaro's corner threw in the towel at the end of three.
Dutchover remains perfect at 4-0, four KO's while Amaro drops to 2-3, one KO.
Next is Ruben Villa of Salinas, CA (4-0, two KO's) taking on Luis Diaz of San Juan, Puerto Rico (2-0, one KO). Six rounds, super featherweights.
Judge Don Risher scored the bout for Dawejko, 77-75 while John Gradowski judged in favor of Hernandez, 78-74. Judge Lou Carter saw the draw, 76-76.
Dawejko's record is now 17-4-4, 10 KO's. Hernandez is now 10-5-2, two KO's.
In the ring now is Michael Dutchover of Midland, TX (3-0, three KO's) battling Eder Amaro of Matamoros, Mexico (2-2, one KO). Six rounds, junior lightweights.
They have changed the order and in the ring now is Joey Dawejko of Philadelphia, PA (17-4-3, 10 KO's) facing Rodney Hernandez of Modesto, CA (10-5-1, two KO's). Eight rounds, heavyweights.
Hasim Rahman, Jr. will make his pro debut in the second bout on the undercard against the equally debuting Ralph Alexander of Lanham, MD.
Travis Reeves will take on Taneal Goyco of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round contest that will be the fifth bout on the card.
The undercard begins at 7:15 PM. Glenn Dezurn opens the telecast against Leroy Davila at 10 PM ET on Showtime.
Here is the link to the article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/boxing/2017/04/13/glenn-dezurn-boxing-franchon-crews-shobox/100436456/
Dezurn's bout against undefeated two-time amateur champion Leroy Davila will open the televised portion of the card from the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD at 10 PM ET on Showtime.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
In the co-feature bout, undefeated Baltimore welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins will face off with equally undefeated Carlos "Narro" Soto of Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico in an eight-round encounter. Hawkins (10-0, seven KO's) comes off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Antonio Chaves Fernandez on November 11 in Sloan, IA. Hawkins will face an undefeated boxer and go eight round for the first time in his pro career.
Soto (13-0-2, seven KO's) makes his first trip to the United States after fighting all of his pro bouts in his native Mexico. Soto is a former Youth Silver lightweight champion who is competing for just the second time in three years. Soto scored a third-round technical knockout over Alonso Martinez on February 3 in Sinaloa, Mexico.
Opening the ShoBox telecast will be undefeated Baltimore super featherweight Glenn Dezurn who will take on two-time national amateur champion Leroy Davila of New Brunswick, NJ in another eight-round contest. Dezurn (8-0, six KO's) has scored TKOs in his last three contests including a second-round stoppage of Devon Jones on December 15 in Charenton, LA. Davila (5-0, three KO's) is coming off a third-round TKO over Anthony Taylor on January 20th in Atlantic City, NJ. Neither boxer has gone six rounds before, much less eight.
The main event on the card will be a bout for the interim WBA Light Heavyweight championship. Undefeated Dmitry Bivol of Vsevolzhsk, Russia will defend his title against Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, TX. Bivol (9-0, seven KO's) made the first defense of the interim title by knocking out Robert Berridge in the fourth round on February 23 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. Bivol won the title on May 21 in Moscow by a 12-round unanimous decision over Felix Valera. As the interim titleholder, Bivol is ranked number one by the WBA.
The non-televised undercard will feature an interesting eight-round light heavyweight contest between Travis "Seveer" Reeves of Baltimore taking on Taneal "Spider" Goyco of Philadelphia, PA. Reeves (13-2-2, seven KO's) was one of the three Beltway Boxing Prospects of the Year in 2016. Reeves is currently riding a 10-bout winning streak which includes his second-round dismantling of Aaron Quattrocchi for the USBO Light Heavyweight title on November 14 in Baltimore.
However, Goyco (9-9-1, four KO's) has proven to be a spoiler for Beltway Boxers over the years, gaining a 3-1 record with two knockouts. In his last outing, Goyco upset Jerry Odom by fifth-round stoppage on November 11th in Philadelphia. Goyco also has a sixth-round split decision win over Devin Butcher and a sixth-round knockout victory over Jeremy Trussell. Goyco's one loss came against Demond Nicholson by stoppage in the fourth round.
The card will also mark the pro debut of Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. who will battle Lanham, MD's Ralph Alexander in a four-round heavyweight encounter. The older son of the former two-time heavyweight champion, Rahman, Jr. competed in Las Vegas as an amateur until legal issues delayed his entry into the pros. Alexander competed in the Washington Golden Gloves in the novice and open divisions from 2014 to 2017.
In other bouts on the card, Philadelphia heavyweight Joey Dawejko will take on Rodney Hernandez of Modesto, CA in an eight-round bout. Dawejko (17-4-3, 10 KO's) comes off a first-round TKO over Willie Kyles on December 3 in Johnson City, TN. Dawejko's four losses have all come when he has stepped up in competition, including a 10-round unanimous decision loss to fellow Philadelphia heavyweight Amir Mansour for the Pennsylvania State title. Hernandez (10-5-1, two KO's) is trying to bounce back from a six-round unanimous decision loss to Zhilei Zhang on July 22 in Atlantic City, NJ. Hernandez is 0-2 when fighting on the East Coast of the US.
In another eight-round heavyweight battle, undefeated Sergey Kuzmin of Saint Petersburg, Russia will face off with Carlos "El Chicano" Cotto of Caguas, Puerto Rico. Kuzmin (9-0, six KO's) has scored TKO's in his last three contests and is the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Heavyweight champ. Kuzmin knocked out Vaclav Pejsar on February 23 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. Cotto (8-1-1, five KO's) is a cousin of former world champion Miguel Cotto. Carlos Cotto has not fought since winning a six-round split decision over Jimmy Suarez in April of 2015 in Mayguez, Puerto Rico. Suarez knocked out Cotto in the first round in their first meeting two months earlier.
In a six-round featherweight encounter, Salinas, CA's Ruben Villa will take on Luis Enrique Diaz Torres of Puerto Rico. Villa (4-0, two KO's) is coming off back-to-back four-round unanimous decisions while Torres (2-0, one KO) is also coming off a four-round unanimous decision.
Another six-round bout has Michael Dutchover of Santa Fe Springs, CA (3-0, three KO's) facing off with Eder Amaro "Koriano" Fajardo of California by way of Mexico (2-2, one KO) Dutchover has scored first-round knockouts in his last two outings while Fajardo will try to bounce back from a six-round unanimous decision loss.
Also slated to appear on this card will be Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd (2-0, one KO). The brother of IBF Super Welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd scored his first pro stoppage in his last bout when he stopped Dawond Pickney in the second round on February 11th in Fort Washington, MD. Promoters are still looking for an opponent for Hurd.
The doors will open at 6:30 and the first bout is slated to begin at 7:15 PM ET. At last report, tickets were still available.
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Baxter dropped the heavier Ellis in every round of the bout while suffering some head butts and shots behind the head. Finally, Baxter was able to land body shots and an overhead right to stop Ellis, who could not beat the count in the final round.
Baxter is now 5-1, five KO's while Ellis is 0-5.
Listen to "Post-Fight Wrap-Up From MGM National Harbor Casino In Oxon Hill, MD!" on Spreaker.
Lomachenko faced a very game and defensive Sosa in the early rounds but the champion finally caught up to the challenger and Lomachenko was able to land solid shots to Sosa's face and causing a welt over Sosa's left eye. Eventually, Lomachenko's offense proved to be too much and the Sosa corner, on the advice of the ringside physician, would not let their fighter come out for the 10th round.
"I came into to show everyone the 'Hi-Tech. I think I did that very well," Lomachenko said. Lomachenko is now 8-1, five KO's. Sosa, a former WBA Super Featherweight champion, is now 20-2-4, 15 KO's.
We will have a post-fight wrap-up show in a few moments!
Saturday, April 08, 2017
After a strong start in the opening round, Gvozdyk picked up the pace in the second round, hammering Gonzalez with lefts and rights. Gvozdyk would seal the win by knocking Gonzalez down in the third round and finishing him off with a barrage of punches that forced Gonzalez's corner to call a halt to the bout at 2:55.
"He was the best boxer I ever fought," Gvozdyk said of his opponent. "Once I hurt him, I just kept throwing punches."
Gvozdyk is now 13-0, 11 KO's while Gonzalez's record drops to 18-3, 14 KO's.
The main event is coming up and the bout will be refereed by the Beltway's own Kenny Chevalier!
Usyk is now 12-0, 11 KO's while Hunter loses for the first time and he is 12-1, eight KO's.
Hart, who is ranked number one by the WBO, is now 22-0, 18 KO's while Campa is 16-3, 11 KO's.
Coming up is the first 10-round bout for Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed (21-0, 12 KO's) as he takes on Reyes Sanchez of Ciudad Neza, Mexico (26-9-2, 15 KO's).
Harris remains undefeated at 11-0, seven KO's. Garcia dips under .500 at 6-7 , one KO.
Next up -- a 10-round contest for the NABO/USBA Sup.er Middleweight championship. The champion, Jesse "Hard Work" Hart (21-0, 17 KO's) of Philadelphia, PA will take on Alan Campa of Guaymas, Mexico (16-2, 11 KO's)
Kavaliauskas knocked Agaton down twice in the third round with crushing right hooks. Then late in the fourth, Kavilauskas finished the job with a crushing straight right hand that ended the evening. Referee Brent Bovell stopped the contest at 2:58 of the fourth.
Kavaliauskas is now 16-0, 12 KO's. Agaton falls to 17-3-3, nine KO's.
The first of our Beltway Boxers is up next -- Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD (10-0, seven KO's) taking on Omar "Power" Garcia of Monterrey, MX (6-6, one KO). Eight rounds, super lightweights.
The first bout is in the ring -- Egidijus Kavaliauskas (15-0, 12 KO's) taking on Ramses Agaton (17-2-3, nine KO's. Eight rounds, welterweights.
Friday, April 07, 2017
(photos by Kent Green)
Mike Reed 141.2 vs Reyes Sanchez 141.4
Patrick Harris 136.0 vs Omar Garcia 136.6
Vasyl Lomachenko 129.6 vs Jason Sosa 130
Oleksander Gvozdyk 174.2 vs Yunieski Gonzalez 174.8
Mike Hunter 198.0 vs Oleksandr Usyk 199.4
Jesse Hart 168.0 vs Alan Campa 165.6
Egidijus Kavaliausks 148.2 vs Ramses Agaton 147.0
The card gets underway at 7 PM ET with the HBO telecast starting at 10 PM ET.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Soto makes his television and his American debut on this card. Soto scored a third-round TKO over Alonso Martinez on February 3rd in Sinaloa, MX. The televised portion of the card will begin at 10 PM ET.
Corley (48-27-1, 28 KO's) has won four straight and six of his last seven -- the majority of the wins have come against rising prospects. Corley is coming off a 12-round majority decision win over Dexter Gonzales on August 27 in Lilliendaal, Guyana for the vacant WBC Fecarbox Lightweight title. Santiago (9-0-1, seven KO's) scored a second-round TKO over winless Ramon Matias Perez on May 12th in the Dominican Republic.
First, let's talk about the two bouts for Beltway Boxers on the card. Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed will compete in his first 10-round bout when he battles Reyes Sanchez of Nezahualcóyotl, México. Reed (21-0, 12 KO's) is currently ranked sixth in the world by the WBO and is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Sidney Siqueira on December 10th in Omaha, NB. Sanchez (26-9-2, 15 KO's) is a multi-time former regional champion. Sanchez will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak including a third-round stoppage loss to Juan Heraldez on September 16th in Las Vegas, NV.
Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick Harris will also look to remain undefeated when he takes on Omar "Mr. Power" Garcia of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in his first scheduled eight-round encounter. Harris (10-0, seven KO's) last fought on September 30th and scored a third-round TKO over Sean Lockhart at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC. The win was Harris's third straight knockout victory. Garcia (6-6, one KO) has lost three in a row including a six-round unanimous decision to Nestor Bravo on November 18th in Kissimmee, FL.
The main portion of the card will by televised by HBO, marking the first time the network has ever broadcast a card from the state of Maryland. In the main event, WBO Super Featherweight Vasyl "Hi-Tech" Lomachenko of Oxnard, CA by way of the Ukraine defends his title against former WBA Super Featherweight titleholder Jason Sosa of Camden, NJ. Lomachenko (7-1, five KO's) will be making the second defense of the title he won on June 11th by knocking out Roman Martinez in the fifth round in Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko is a former WBO Featherweight titleholder, defeating now-WBC champion Gary Russell, Jr. by majority decision in June of 2014.
Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KO's) defended his WBA version of the super featherweight title on November 12th winning a unanimous decision over Stephen Smith in Monte Carlo. Sosa decided to vacate his title to challenge Lomachenko.
In the co-feature, undefeated Ukrainian cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk will defend his WBO championship against undefeated Michael Hunter of Las Vegas, NV. This will be a battle of 2012 Olympians. Usyk (11-0, 10 KO's) made a successful first defense of his world title by scoring a ninth-round TKO over Thabiso Mchunu on December 17th in Inglewood, CA. Usyk won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. Hunter (12-0, eight KO's) lost in the first round in the London Olympics but has been unblemished as a pro. Hunter won a 10-round unanimous decision over Isiah Thomas in his last outing on May 13th in Las Vegas.
The third bout on the televised card will feature undefeated Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Oxnard, CA via the Ukraine in a 10-round contest against Yunieski "The Monster" Gonzalez of Miami, FL by way of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KO's) won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics. Gvozdyk is coming off an eight-round stoppage of Isaac Chilemba on November 19th in Las Vegas. Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KO's) has scored back-to-back first-round TKO's in his last two outings.
There are two more bouts on the undercard. Undefeated Philadelphia, PA super middleweight Jesse "Hard Work" Hart will be in a 10-round contest against Alan "Amenaza" Campa of Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. Hart (21-0, 17 KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Andrew Hernandez on November 4 in Las Vegas. Campa (16-2, 11 KO's) is riding a three-bout winning streak including a sixth-round TKO over Roberto Valdez on July 30th in Hermosillo, Sonora, MX.
Also, welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Oxnard, CA by way of Lithuania (15-0, 12 KO's) will be in an eight-round encounter against Ramses Agaton of Tlalneplanta, Distrito Federal, Mexico (18-5-3, 10 KO's). Kavaliauskas won an eight-round unanimous decision over Cameron Kreal on October 14 in Studio City, CA. Agaton broke a three-bout losing streak by scoring a fifth-round TKO over Moises Cruz on December 9th in Tlalneplanta.
The doors open at 6:30 PM ET and the card is scheduled to get underway at 7 PM. The HBO telecast will start at 10 PM ET. The card has been a sellout for the past month. Boxing Along The Beltway will be blogging throughout the evening. Also, we will have live podcast reports on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android as well as on the BATB pages on Spreaker.com and Iheartradio.com.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Middleweight Gregory "Glizzy" Clark scored a fourth-round TKO over Devin McMaster of Pennsylvania. Clark dropped McMaster in the second round then battered McMaster in a neutral corner in the fourth before the referee stopped the contest at 1:28. Clark gets his first pro knockout and is now 2-1, one KO. McMaster is now 1-1.
Featherweight Jordan "The Kidd" Peters had to settle for a four-round draw against Hector Bayanilla of Allentown, PA. In his first bout since June of 2013, Peters managed a draw on two of the scorecards, 38-38. Bayanilla won one card 39-37. The records for both boxers are 1-0-1, one KO.
Also, congratulations to IBF Junior Middleweight champion and the Beltway's own "Swift" Jarrett Hurd for a solid job of color commentary on the FS1 telecast of the card! Hurd worked alongside Brian Custer in calling the action.
Monday, April 03, 2017
Clark weighed in at 157.4 pounds for his bout against Devin McMaster who came in at 154 1/2.
Peters tipped the scales at 123.7 pounds for his contest against Hector Bayanilla, who weighed 124.4.
Sigmon lost by 99-91 scores across the board and his record drops to 29-11-1, 16 KO's. Arias's record rises to 17-0, eight KO's.
(Photo courtesy of Tony's Athletic Club)
Washington, DC welterweight Jonathan "Bad Badger" Baxter won by first-round knockout on April 1 at the Tara Center in Jonesboro, GA. Baxter knocked out Daron Hester of Wilson, NC at 1:01 of the first.
After losing his pro debut by a split decision in November of 2016, Baxter (4-1, four KO's) has scored four straight first-round knockouts. Hester remains winless at 0-4.
Super middleweight Gregory "Glizzy" Clark will be in a four-round contest against Devin McMaster of Pennsylvania. Clark (1-1) bounced back from losing his pro debut in November to capture a four-round split decision over Patrick Rivera on February 11th in Fort Washington, MD. McMaster (1-0) won his pro debut via a four-round split decision over Luis Fernando Aguilar on March 2 in Tijuana, Mexico.
Also, DC super featherweight Jordan "The Kidd" Peters returns to action for the first time since making his pro debut in June of 2013 when he faces Hector Bayanilla of Allentown, PA in a four-rounder. Peters (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut by first-round TKO over Anthony Ganway in DC. Bayanilla (1-0, one KO) scored a third-round TKO over Jair Nava on July 16 in Layton, UT.
Sunday, April 02, 2017
In the Open Division, it was a great night for the Avelar Brothers -- Tommy and Wilfredo -- from the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center. With brother Brian working the corners, both men advanced to the Regional Championships with victories on Saturday. Tommy defeated Ebrima Jawara of Laurel to win his second straight 132 Pound championship while Wilfredo captured the 141 Pound title with a win over Donnell Poe of Old School. The Sugar Ray Leonard Center would capture the Open team trophy.
In a marquee bout at 152 Pounds, Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up) defeated Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard). At 165 pounds, Ashton Sykes (Odenton) scored the only stoppage victory of the night defeating Stephaun Hopps (Headbangers) in the third round.
Genc Pllana (Simon Brown) had the best performance of the evening defeating a very game Keon Burroughs (Headbangers) to capture his second consecutive 175-pound title. Pllana's outing would have been even better received by the audience had he not included outlandish in-ring antics like pretending to throw kicks during the contest. Pllana was verbally reprimanded by Potomac Valley Association officials after the bout.
In other Open Division championship bouts, Rasheed Wright (Headbangers) makes a return to the Regionals by capturing the 114-pound championship with a win over Paul Jerry (Hillcrest). Thomas Mottinger (Main Street) won the 201-pound title defeating Shaka Williams (NOMIS) and Malik Titus (Time 2 Grind) defeated Nathaniel Copeland (Tony's Gym) to earn the 201-pound championship. Marcus Wright (Keystone) won the 123-pound division title by walkover.
In the Novice Division, the Headbangers Gym won the Novice team trophy by sending three boxers to the Regional Championships. Brandon Brockington won the 114-pound title with a victory over Luis Estrada (Dover Boxing) while Elan Trombley captured the 165-pound championship by defeating Tory Hilton (Unattached). DaJuan Concepcion won the 132-pound title by walkover.
At 152 pounds, Davonte Warren (Odenton) put on a strong performance to win the title
over a game Darnell Pitman (Knowledge). Ian Simmons captured the 141-pound championship with a victory over Sean Cormier (Kicked-Up). DeAngelo McDonald (Tony's Gym) earned the 123-Pounds title with a win over Brient Rodriguez (Champions). At 201+ pounds, James McMurdo (Main Street) defeated Justin Maggi (Simon Brown). Aziz Williams (MVJ Athletics) won the 178-pound title by walkover.
The Regional Championships will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at Rosecroft Raceway. We should have a bout sheet later this week and we will do a full preview of the card on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android the week of the championships.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Here are the results from the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD:
The main event saw Baltimore, MD cruiserweight and NABA Champion "Slick" Nick Kisner win an eight-round split decision over Lamont Singletary of Dover, DE. Both men posed awkward challenges for each other as Kisner showed fast hands and continually switched from conventional to southpaw while Singletary would come leaping in at times trying to land punches. Neither man was in danger of being knocked down but both men would have their moments in the contest.
Kisner won on the scorecards of Don Risher (78-74) and Kenny Chevalier (77-75) while Paul Wallace scored the bout for Singletary (77-75). Kisner raises his record to 19-3-1, six KO's while Singletary falls to 8-2, five KO's.
In the co-feature, Sherman "The Tank" Artis of Severn, MD made his return to the ring a successful one as he won a four-round unanimous decision over Steve "Show Stealer" Wheeler of Catonsville, MD in a heavyweight contest. Artis, in his first bout since April of 2014, used his counter-punching skills to great use. Artis hardly used a jab at all during the contest but was able to catch Wheeler coming in with right hands to drop Wheeler in the second and third round. Artis would win the bout on all three scorecards, 38-36. Artis's record is now 3-1 while Wheeler, who was returning to the ring for the first time since September of 2010, loses for the first time and is now 6-1, five KO's.
In a very spirited bout between debuting welterweights, Jamal Dyer of Baltimore captured a four-round split decision over Evgueny Metchenov of Gaithersburg, MD by way of Sofia, Bulgaria. Both men showed great fundamentals for debuting boxers. In the second round, Metchenov seemed to gain an advantage as he rocked Dyer with a flurry of punches. However, during the flurry, Dyer landed a punch that knocked out Metchenov's mouthpiece. The stoppage to return the mouthpiece seemed to give Dyer new life and he was able to remain competitive in the contest. Dyer would win on the scorecards of judges Risher and Brent Bovell (39-37). Wallace saw the bout for Metchenov (39-37).
The opening bout saw Baltimore super featherweight Ernest "Lightning" Hall of Baltimore win a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont 'Superman" White of Waldorf, MD. Hall was the busier boxer in the contest, using solid left jabs and good foot movement to gain the win (39-37) on all three scorecards. Hall is now 2-0, one KO while White remains winless at 0-7, one NC.
Jake Smith leads Baltimore Pro Boxing. The matchmaker was Bryan Hagan. The ring announcer was "The Auctioneer" Brad Dudley.
There were two amateur bouts held during the evening. Brian Haneschalger of Baltimore Boxing won a heavyweight contest over Gabriel Fiorenza of Pasadena, MD and Deshawn Chase of Baltimore Boxing won his bout over Cameron Smoot of Last Round Boxing Club of Waldorf, MD at 156 pounds.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Dezurn (8-0, six KO's) will take on unbeaten two-time national amateur champion Leroy Davila of New Brunswick, NJ in an eight-round bout that will open the ShoBox telecast on Showtime at 10 PM ET.
Davila (5-0, three KO's) comes off a third-round TKO over previously undefeated Anthony Taylor on January 20th in Atlantic City, NJ.
BATB is also learning that two more Beltway Boxers have been added to the Banner Promotions/Greg Cohen Productions card -- Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd (2-0, one KO) and Washington, DC super bantamweight Malik Jackson (2-0, two KO's).
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Nick Kisner 204.6 vs. Lamont Singletary 204.2
Steve Wheeler 213.8 vs. Sherman Artis 212.4
Evgueny Nechenov 143.6 vs. Jahmal Dyer 140.2
Ernest Hall 134.6 vs. Lamont White 139
There are two scheduled amateur bouts that will precede the pro portion. If you can't make the card, the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android will broadcast the pro portion beginning at approximately 8:45 PM ET.
The bout for Sigmon (29-10-1, 16 KO's) against defending champion Luis "Cuba" Arias (16-0, eight KO's) of Milwaukee, WI was originally scheduled for April 1 in Maplewood, MN but will now be held on Friday, March 31 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead, PA.
There are a number of changes in the Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will be held on Thursday, March 30th at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.
The main event remains the same -- an eight round cruiserweight contest between "Slick" Nick Kisner of Baltimore, MD (18-3-1, six KO's) and Lamont "The Problem Solver" Singletary of Dover, DE (8-1, five KO's).
Baltimore's Steve "Show Stealer" Wheeler (6-0, five KO's) will be in a four-round heavyweight bout against Severn, MD's Sherman Artis (2-1). Both men return to the ring after long absences. Wheeler has not competed since 2010 while Artis last fought in 2014.
In a four-round super featherweight bout, Baltimore's Ernest "Frost" Hall takes on Lamont White of Washington, DC. Hall (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on the last card at Michael's on January 13 and stopped Cleveland Hemphill in the second round. White (0-6) last fought on February 11th and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Tyrek Irby.
In a battle of debuting welterweights, Jahmal Dyer of Baltimore takes on Bulgarian Evgueny Nechenov.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
There will be a strong Baltimore contingent of boxers on the card and two of them will be a part of the Showtime Shobox telecast. Undefeated welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins will have the toughest test of his young career when he battles equally undefeated Juan "El Nino" Ruiz of Tijuana, Mexico in an eight-round co-feature bout. Hawkins (10-0, seven KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Antonio Chaves Fernandez on November 11 in Sloan, IA. Ruiz (18-0, 11 KO's) is originally from Venezuela and won his last bout by first-round TKO over Fernando Carcamo on November 26 in Las Vegas, NV.
Undefeated Baltimore featherweight Glenn Dezurn will make his national television debut competing in his first scheduled eight-rounder against an opponent to be determined. Dezurn (8-0, six KO's) last fought on December 15 and scored a second-round TKO over Devon Jones in Charenton, LA. Dezurn has knocked out his last three opponents and will be looking to get the second straight win for the family. Dezurn's wife, Franchon Crews-Dezurn, needed just 29 seconds to get her first pro win on March 25 in Washington, DC.
The pro debut of heavyweight Hasim Rahman, Jr. will take place on the non-televised undercard. Rahman, Jr. will face Brian Imes of Kansas City, MO in a four-round encounter. Imes (1-4, one KO) will try to bounce back from dropping a four-round split decision to Andrew Todhunter on May 20 in Tulsa, OK.
This will be a family affair as Rahman, Jr.'s older brother Sharif "C3" Rahman has been added to the card. Sharif Rahman, a super middleweight, has not fought since making his pro debut in December of 2015 in Baltimore. Rahman scored a first-round TKO against Alex Asbury in that contest.
The main event on this card will be a 12-round contest for the interim WBA Light Heavyweight title. The champion is Dmitry Bivol of Vsevolzhsk, Russia who will battle Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, TX. Bivol (9-0, seven KO's) will make the second defense of his title that he won on May 21 in Moscow. Bivol won a unanimous decision over Felix Valera. On February 23, Bivol defended the title with a fourth-round stoppage of Robert Berridge in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.
Clarkson (19-3, 12 KO's) is riding a nine-bout winning streak that includes two wins over Beltway Boxers. In his last outing, Clarkson scored a first-round TKO over Larry Pryor on December 9 in Dallas, TX. Clarkson's biggest win came in a third-round stoppage of Jerry Odom on a nationally-televised card in July of 2015 in Bethlehem, PA.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Another Beltway Boxer, Another Strap: Douglas Wins WBC Latino Middleweight Title By KO In Dominican Republic!
The knockout came at 1:15 seconds of the second round. Douglas wins his second bout by knockout this month and his record rises to 21-1-1, 15 KO's. Mercedes is now 32-17, 27 KO's.
Three members of the Alexandria Boxing Club will lead the Open Division team. USA Elite Boxer Troy Isley, recently returned from international competition in Germany, scored a dominating second-round TKO over Rah'quand McDaniel of Port City Boxing in Wilmington, NC in the 165-pound championships. Keyshawn Davis, who was named the Outstanding Boxer of the Open VA/NC tournament, was equally impressive winning a decision from his former teammate Nick Sullivan of Team Norfolk at 132 pounds. Davis once trained at Norfolk and he and Sullivan grew up together.
The third member of the Alexandria Boxing Club, Jean-Jacques Broussard, won a close decision over Nigel Fennell of Down Under Gym in Salisbury, MD in the 152-pound division. Fennell is also eligible to compete in Virginia.
The Alexandria Boxing Club captured the Outstanding Team Trophy in the Open Division.
The VA/NC team will also be strengthened by the return of Diego Abregu (Herndon) who defeated Andreas Bostic (Port City, Wilmington, NC) to capture the 141-pound championship. Abregu was a Regional champion in 2015.
Here are the rest of the Open Results:
123 Pounds: Javon Campbell (Brick City, Raleigh, NC) over Donte Dunnaville (Gator Boxing, Roanoke, VA)
201+ Pounds: George Harris (Unattached) over Andre Clarke II (Crossroads Boxing, Fredricksburg, VA)
178 Pounds: Williams Jones (Combat Sports, Richmond, VA)
In the Novice Division, The Herndon Boxing Club won the Outstanding Team Trophy by placing two returning champions on the VA/NC team. Outstanding Novice Boxer Khari Clinkscales defeated Taeshaun Patterson of Team Norfolk to win the 141-pound title while Ian Homan captured the 132-pound championship with a victory over Pablo Cossio (Unattached). Both Clinkscales and Homan make their second straight trip to the Regional championships. Homan has won championships in two weight divisions -- he was the 123-pound titleholder in 2016.
Also returning to the Regionals will be Christian Fayne of 9th Dimension Boxing Club in Richmond. Fayne defeated Christian Salinas (Box-N-Go, Norfolk) to win the 165 Pound championship. Fayne is the defending regional champion.
Here are the rest of the Novice Division results:
178 Pounds: Jason Ampy (Combat Sports, Richmond) over Torase Tucker (Jasards, Roanoke Rapids, NC)
201 Pounds: Giovanni Suderi (Unattached) over Joshua Horton (Unattached)
201+ Pounds: Rickey Campbell (Unattached) over Manuel Ramos (Olympia, Falls Church)
The 152-Pound division championship will be decided during the Washington Golden Gloves championships on Saturday, April 1. Bawanhi Smith (Team ILA, Norfolk) won his bout over Angel Castro (Unattached) on Sunday. Smith will face Joan Planas (Herndon) in the championship on Saturday. The winner of the Smith-Planas bout will compete in the Regional championships on April 22.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
The main event saw the co-promoter, Gerome "GQ" Quigley scored a fourth-round TKO over Dennis Sharpe of Bayonne, NJ in a rematch of an April 2016 bout that Quigley won by first round TKO in Springfield, VA.
The rematch was delayed for about three minutes after the introductions because Quigley forgot to take his earring out of his left ear. Once the bout started, Quigley proceeded to batter Sharpe for the duration of the bout. Quigley would focus his attack on the body and knock Sharpe down in the third round before completing the job with the stoppage at 1:02 of the fourth round. Quigley remains undefeated at 16-0, 15 KO's while Sharpe falls to 17-24-4, four KO's.
The co-feature saw Baltimore, MD super middleweight Franchon Crews-Dezurn win her first pro bout as she needed just 29 seconds to stop Latashia Burton of Houma, LA. Crews-Dezurn, who last her pro debut to two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields in November, overpowered Burton in the corner before referee Vic DeWysocki stopped the contest. Crews-Dezurn is now 1-1, one KO and Burton drops to 17-25-4, four KO's.
In another female contest, "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown of Washington, DC won a four-round unanimous decision over a very game Natalie King of Wilson, NC in a featherweight contest. Brown was in complete control landing solid shots to King's face and body. King fought back valiantly but could not keep up with the speed and accuracy of Brown, who also is a police officer in DC. Brown is now 2-0, one KO while King is 0-7.
In an all-Maryland heavyweight contest, Luther "Lights Out" Smith of Crofton scored a third-round TKO over "The DC Diamond Cutter" Carlos Black of Rockville. Smith landed the harder shots early in the contest, including, unfortunately, a left hand that nailed Black after the bell rang to end the first round. Referee DeWysocki did not penalize Smith for the infraction. By the third round, Smith gained complete control over the game Black and finally stopped him with right hands near the end of the third round. The bout was stopped at 2:55. Smith, who recently has competed as a cruiserweight, is now 8-1, seven KO's. Black's record falls to 1-5.
In a spirited featherweight rematch, Marq "Monster" Johns of Fort Washington, MD and Stephon McIntyre of Jonesboro, GA fought to a four-round draw -- the second draw the two boxers have fought against one another. Much like their first contest in December of 2013 in Fort Washington, both men traded shots equally in the first two rounds. Johns seemed to gain the upper hand in the third round with strong and accurate jabs. However, McIntyre came storming back in the fourth with right hands that rocked Johns, who was able to hang on. McIntyre's final round output may have given him the bout on judge Paul Wallace's scorecard, 39-37. Johns won the bout according to Tammye Jenkins's card, 39-37. Judge Wayne Smith saw the draw at 38-38. Johns's record is now 7-1-2, six KO's while McIntyre is 2-29-3.
Undefeated Clinton, MD super featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy won a relatively easy six-round unanimous decision over Roy Garcia of Alice, TX. Breedy, who competed in a six-rounder for the first time, was in complete control of the bout. The native of Bridgetown, Barbados had no problem landing jabs and hooks to Garcia's face and body. Garcia, to his credit, managed to stay upright throughout the bout but could deliver no offense in return. Breedy won by shutout (60-54) on all three scorecards. Breedy is now 9-0, four KO's while Garcia 4-22-1, three KO's.
Glenarden, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls remained undefeated by stopping Rynell Griffin of New Orleans, LA at the end of the third round. The hand speed of Speed Rawls proved to be the difference in the contest as he generated power from his speed. In the third round, Speed Rawls picked up the pace and knocked Griffin down with a left hand to the body late in the round. After the round was over, Griffin could not come out of his corner for the fourth round. Speed Rawls remains undefeated at 8-0-1, six KO's while Griffin falls to 7-28-2, two KO's.
The Bell Twins -- super middleweights Justin and Jason of District Heights, MD -- both won their pro debuts. Justin had a rough time with veteran Greg "Hot Shot" Hackett of Philadelphia, PA. Hackett was crafty as he tried to lean and tie up with Justin Bell. Bell's output was spotty at times but he threw more punches in the contest. Hackett's shots seemed to be more effective but he did not throw as many punches. The judges seemed to like Bell's output and gave him the bout by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice). Hackett's record is now 2-17-1.
Jason Bell had an easier time in his pro debut, scoring a first-round TKO over David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Villa Park, IL Bell used a fierce body attack as he dropped Rohn with two strong left hand body shots. Bell would follow with a right hand to the head to knock down Rohn a second time, forcing referee Sharon Sands to stop the contest at 1:40. Rohn remains winless at 0-8-1.
In the opening contest, debuting super middleweight Leo Alcanera of Fort Washington, MD won a four-round unanimous decision over the equally debuting Alex Rojas of West Palm Beach, FL. Alcanera landed the stronger shots throughout the contest as all three judges scored the bout 39-37.
The bout featuring Shakeem Hodge of Reading, PA was cancelled when his opponent, Dustin Caplinger, did not come to the arena.
GQ Promotions is led by Quigley and his manager Jeff Gatling. The matchmaker was Brian Dillon and the ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Gerome Quigley 157.6 vs. Dennis Sharpe 152.4
Franchon Crews-Dezurn 165 vs. Latashia Burton 161
Dravontay Speed-Rawls 134.8 vs. Rynell Griffin 143.6
Tiara Brown 129.2 vs. Natalie King 132.2
Cobia Breedy 134.6 vs. Roy Garcia 135
Justin Bell 166 vs. Greg Hackett 173.6
Luther Smith 211.2 vs. Carlos Black 223.2
Marq Johns 128.2 vs. Stephon McIntyre 126.2
Leo Alcanera 161 vs. Alex Rojas 165.6
Jason Bell 167.2 vs. David Rohn 170.2
Shakeem Hodge 165.6 vs. Dustin Caplinger 174.6
The card is scheduled to get underway at 7 PM ET. If you can't make the card, you can hear the bouts live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android. IOS users can hear the call of the card on the BATB Spreaker page -- http://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway
or the Iheartradio.com page https://www.iheart.com/show/22903291/ The broadcast will begin at 6:55 PM ET.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Hackett defeated Isaiah Garcia of Adelanto, CA to win the Intermediate 114-pound championship.