Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jack Obermayer, Legendary Boxing Scribe, Passes at 72!


Jack Obermayer, a long-time and award-winning boxing scribe for more than 50 years, passed away from liver cancer on Saturday, June 25 at his home in Lindenwold, NJ.  He was 72 years old.

From the first time he wrote about a boxing card (Muhammad Ali vs. Doug Jones on March 13, 1963), Mr. Obermayer would attended 3,514 cards in 49 states (only Alaska did not have the pleasure of his company) and visit more than 400 cities, including the Beltway on countless occasions.

"KO-JO" as Mr. Obermayer was known, wrote for a number of publications during his tenure, including Ring Magazine, Boxing Illustrated/Boxing Digest and USA Boxing News.  His "KO-JO Says" column would chronicle his travels and his favorite diners along the way.

Mr. Obermayer, a native of Staten Island, NY who was a Vietnam War veteran, was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame this year.  He also was the recipient of the Barney Nagler Award for Long and Meritorious Service by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2010.

He is survived by a daughter, Ellen Kaplan, 44, and two granddaughters, Alexis Clawans, 18 and Sydney Clawans, 15. Obermayer had been living with Darlene Dontonville for the past 16 years.

The viewing will be held on Thursday at the Harmon Funeral Home at 571 Forest Avenue in Staten Island, New York from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. There will be a Friday funeral mass at 10:30 a.m., also in Staten Island with the location details to follow.

So, you may ask why Jack Obermayer, who is not from the Beltway, included here.  Two reasons.  One, Jack was a dear friend and in many ways, a mentor to me.  And two:  His writing and coverage of many bouts in the Beltway area helped us establish a media base in the boxing business well before Boxing Along The Beltway was even thought of.

I first met Jack in the mid-80's covering cards in DC.  From the very start, Jack was incredible to me with great conversation, stories and giving away the latest copies of magazines and newsletters that included his stories.  Jack, along with his right hand man, JR Jowett, were a duo that I always look forward to seeing at a show and they would come to the club shows as well as the big shows in the Beltway area and that helped establish my mindset about covering local cards going forward.



This picture was taken in November of 2014 at the Jonathan Ogden Foundation Boxing card at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.  It was a reunion of myself and the four guys I spent covering boxing in the Beltway in the eighties and early 90's.  From left to right: (Eric Bottjer, who actually was doing a print version of this blog during that time and is now one of the top matchmakers in boxing; Jack, JR Jowett,  (seated) who is still going strong writing about amateur and pro boxing; John Scheinman, who was a legendary boxing writer and now an Eclipse-Award winning horse racing writer; and me.  To Jack, we all had nicknames -- Eric was "The Creep," JR was "Jowett-Boy, John was "The Midge" or "Scheinie."  I was "Dig."

Jack made his last trip to the Beltway on May 14 for a card in Timonium, MD.  His last overall assignment was in Bristol, PA on June 4.  The main event featured a Beltway Boxer as Lenwood Dozier lost a six-round unanimous decision to Derrick Webster.

Jack was a wonderful person who was so important to this business.  No card was too big or too small for him to cover.  I couldn't begin to count the number of world champions he saw in person.  He will be missed terribly by me and the numerous boxing writers around the country who learned from him and was fortunate enough to laugh with him.  Thank you for everything, Jack!



Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hurd Stops Molina in Ten!

Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd put on another exceptional performance in scoring a 10th round TKO over previously undefeated Oscar Molina of Norwalk, CA tonight in front of a nationally-televised audience (CBS) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Hurd got off to a great start scoring a knockdown in the first round with a vicious right uppercut.  Molina was able to survive the knockdown but was outgunned throughout the rest of the contest.  Hurd showed a great chin, seemingly walking through many of Molina's shots.

In the 10th round, Hurd, who had never gone past seven rounds in his career, completed his dominance by landing combinations that forced referee Ricky Gonzalez to stop the bout at 2:02.

Hurd remains undefeated at 18-0, 12 KO's.  Molina drops to 13-1-1, 10 KO's.

Free Amateur Boxing Event Saturday In Marlow Heights!

Keystone Boxing is hosting a free amateur boxing show at the Marlow Heights Shopping Center in Marlow Heights MD today beginning at 3 PM.   This is the same card that was scheduled to take place in DC.

There is free parking next to the Burger King at the center.  Once again, the first bout is slated for 3 PM and there are 15 bouts scheduled.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hurd Weighs 154 For 10-round Bout In Brooklyn!

Jarrett Hurd tipped the scales at 153.8 pounds for his 10-round, nationally-televised contest against fellow undefeated boxer Oscar Molina Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Molina weighed in at 154.8.

The bout will open the PBC on CBS telecast at 9 PM ET.

Beltway Pros Compete On Card In Bethlehem, PA June 28!

Three Beltway Boxers will participate on a King's Promotions card on Tuesday, June 28 at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Antonio Russell will be in a scheduled six-round contest against Rudolph "Cutting Edge" Hedge of Kingston, Jamaica.  Russell (6-0, five KO's) last fought on April 16 and won by second-round TKO over Alberto Serna in Mashantucket, CT.  Hedge (10-3-3, four KO's) will try to bounce back from a ninth-round TKO loss to Dewayne Beamon for the UBF All-America Bantamweight title on May 13 in Raleigh, NC.

Two King's Promotions signees from the Beltway will also be on this card.  Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox returns in a six-rounder against veteran Jose Valderrama of Manati, Puerto Rico.   Fox (9-0, two KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda on February 27 in Washington, DC.  Valderrama (5-13, three KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with a four-round unanimous decision win over Rafael Martinez on April 17 in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.  Valderrama is 0-3 against Beltway Boxers losing to Demond Nicholson, Malik Hawkins and David Grayton in consecutive contests.

Also, DC featherweight Marcus Bates returns to action in a four-round bout against the debuting Bennie Culpepper of St. Louis, MO.  Bates (3-0-1, three KO's) has not fought since winning by four-round knockout over Edgardo Marin in October of 2014 in Fort Washington, MD.  This will be his first bout under the King's Promotions banner.

Bouts on this card are slated to appear on FS1. However, there is no word on whether the bouts featuring Beltway Boxers will be shown.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gary Antuanne Russell Officially Heads To Rio!




Congratulations to Capitol Heights, MD's Gary Antuanne Russell who has officially punched his ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil!

Russell won his quarterfinal bout today in Baku, Azerbaijan, defeating Obada Alkasbeh of Jordan by a 3-0 decision.  The win placed him in the final four of the Olympic Qualifier.  Russell needed to place in the top five to head to Rio.  Russell continues in the competition Friday as he faces Richardson Hitchins, who competes out of Brooklyn, NY but has qualified for the Haitian Olympic Team.

Russell becomes the first Olympian from the Beltway since his brother, Gary, Jr. qualified in 2008.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Russell Advances To Olympic Qualifier Quarterfinal!

Gary Antuanne Russell stands one victory away from heading to the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Russell won his third round bout over David Biddle of Australia Tuesday in Baku, Azerbaijan.   Russell now needs a win over Obada Alkabesh of Jordan on Thursday to punch his Rio ticket.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hurd-Molina Battle Elevates To National Television June 25 From Brooklyn!

 BATB has learned that the 10-round contest between undefeated Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd and fellow undefeated boxer Oscar Molina of Norwalk, CA has been elevated to the co-feature contest and will be televised live on Saturday, June 25 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  CBS will televise the bout prior to the main event between WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman and challenger Shawn Porter.

The Hurd-Molina bout moved up on the card when the bout between WBA Featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar and former world champ Abner Mares was cancelled because Mares could not pass two New York State Athletic Commission-administered eye exams.

Hurd, the 2015 Beltway Boxing Prospect Of The Year,  (17-0, 11 KO's) is coming off his biggest win to date -- a sixth-round TKO win over previously undefeated Frank Galarza on November 14 in Las Vegas, NV.  The victory placed Hurd into the world rankings as he is ranked ninth by the IBF and 10th by the WBA.

Molina (13-0-1, 10 KO's) is ranked 10th by the WBC despite fighting to a 10-round majority draw with Domonique Dolton on September 29 in Las Vegas.

The CBS telecast will begin at 9 PM ET.

Russell Scores TKO To Advance In Olympic Qualifier!

Gary Antaunne Russell has advanced to the third round of the Olympic Qualifier in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Russell scored a first-round TKO over Girmachew Bahiru Tedesse of Ethiopia in Sunday's second-round contest. Russell stopped Tedesse at 2:58 of the round.

Russell can move into the quarterfinals on Tuesday if he defeats David Biddle of Australia.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Antuanne Russell Wins Opening Bout At Olympic Qualifier In Azerbaijan!

Gary Antuanne Russell won his first bout at the Olympic Qualifier tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan on Friday night.

The Capitol Heights, MD 141-pounder defeated Victor Petrov of the Ukraine by a 3-0 decision.  Russell will face Girmachew Bahiru Tadesse of Ethiopia on Sunday. Russell has to place in the top five in his division to earn his trip to the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Russell Continues Olympic Quest In Azerbaijan; Hackett Competes In Amateur Tourney In Puerto Rico!

Two Beltway amateurs will be competing this week representing the US in foreign countries.

Capitol Heights MD's Gary Antuanne Russell continues his bid to compete at the 2016 Olympics by participating in a qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan this week. Russell, the US Olympian at 141 pounds, begins work on Friday, June 17 as he faces Victor Petrov of the Ukraine.  Russell must finish in the top five in his weight class to qualify for the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Meanwhile, members of the US Junior Olympic Team are in Puerto Rico competing against some of the best juniors in the world.  One of the US team members is 13-year-old Jalil Hackett of Washington, DC.  Hackett is a National Junior Olympic champion as well as a Silver Gloves titleholder at 108 Pounds.  Leadership runs in the Hackett family. Jalil's father, Bernard, is one of the coaches for the US team and Jalil has been named the team captain.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Williams To Challenge 'Superman' Stevenson For WBC Light Heavyweight Title July 29 In Quebec City, Canada!



Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will get his first shot at a world title when he challenges Adonis "Superman" Stevenson of Blainville, Quebec, Canada for the WBC Light Heavyweight title on Friday, July 29 from the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.

Williams (20-1, 14 KO's) earned his title shot by stopping Edwin Rodriguez in the second round on April 30 in Carson, CA.  Williams is currently ranked ninth by the WBC.

This is a voluntary defense for Stevenson (27-1, 22 KO's) who hasn't fought since September 11th when he defended his title for the sixth time, scoring a third-round TKO over Tommy Karpency in Toronto, Canada.

The bout will headline a PBC on Spike TV telecast.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Reed Scores Sixth-Round TKO In New York City!

Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed remained undefeated with a sixth-round TKO over Abraham "Bombi" Cordero of Guadalajara, Mexico Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Reed knocked down Cordero in the first round and then dominated him for the rest of the contest until the bout was stopped at 2:29 seconds.

Reed is now 19-0, 11 KO's while Cordero falls to 13-2-1, seven KO's.

Marin Captures IBO International Bantamweight Title With Third-Round TKO!

Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru "The Spartan" Marin scored a third-round TKO over Johnny "The Law" Determan of Dallas, TX to win the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) International Bantamweight title Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  The bout was the main event of the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card.

In the second round of the bout, Marin landed a straight left followed by a picture-perfect right hook to the head that dropped Determan to his knees.  Marin would land a left-right combination to Determan's face to drop him a second time.

Marin would finish the job late in the third round as he walked Determan down with pressure eventually leading to a straight left hand that dropped Determan for the third time in the bout. Determan's corner would not let their boxer continue and the bout was stopped at 2:37 of the round.

Marin remains undefeated at 12-0, eight KO's while Determan falls to 10-2, eight KO's.

The co-feature contest would be the only bout to go the distance as Gerald Tucker of Cincinnati, OH won a four-round unanimous decision over Reggie Barnett, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA in a featherweight contest.  Tucker was able to win the contest with good offensive pressure in the second half of the contest.  Tucker won by scores of 39-37 across the board to remain undefeated at 7-0-1, three KO's.  Barnett loses for the first time and he is now 3-1, two KO's.

Woodbridge, VA cruiserweight Mario Flores won his bout by disqualification over Greg Hackett of Philadelphia, PA. Flores had difficulty at times landing shots on the elusive and crafty Hackett.  However, Hackett stayed in survival mode throughout the contest and provided little to no offense in the contest.  Referee Michelle Myers deducted a point from Hackett in the fourth round for holding and one in the fifth round for intentionally dropping his head down.  Finally, near the midpoint of the sixth round, Myers disqualified Hackett for continued offenses.  Flores is now 7-1-2, four KO's while Hackett is 2-16-1.

Middleweight Carlos Cruz of Ashburn, VA made his pro debut a successful one as he scored a first-round TKO over the equally-debuting Jerrel Artis of Brooklyn, NY.  Cruz jumped on Artis early, landing a left hook that dropped Artis. Moments later, Cruz landed another left hand that sent Artis to the canvas for the count.  The bout was stopped at 1:12.

Baltimore, MD super middleweight Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris scored a first-round TKO over David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Villa Park, IL.  Morris dropped Rohn twice in the contest before it was stopped at 2:59.  Morris is now 3-0, three KO's while Rohn is 0-6-1.

Leesburg, VA super lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez scored a TKO over Arthur "Two Heads" McCrow of Greensboro, NC when McCrow could not come out for the second round.  Hernandez battered McCrow throughout the first round, knocking him down twice.  After the bell rang to begin the second round, McCrow could not come off his stool. Hernandez raises his record to 8-0, five KO's while McCrow falls to 0-3.

Another Leesburg super lightweight product, Matthew Abregu, stopped Alan Beeman of Providence, RI at 2:51 of the second round. Abregu pressured Beeman with head and body shots for the duration of the bout.  Abregu knocked down Beeman with a series of right uppercuts.  Beeman, while taking the count, shook his head and chose not to continue. Abregu is now 3-0, three KO's and Beeman falls to 0-13.

Highly-touted Philadelphia, PA welterweight prospect Jaron "Boots" Ennis needed just 20 seconds to knockout Deshawn Debose of Milwaukee, WI.  The 18-year-old Ennis landed a solid straight left hand that dropped Debose for the count. Ennis is now 3-0, three KO's.  Debose drops to 0-5.

Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest scored a second-round knockout over Dan "The Disciple" Shull of Winchester, VA.  Forrest dropped Shull with a right hand in the first round.  The punishment continued in the second round as Forrest blasted Shull with a left hand sending Shull to the canvas.  Shull could not get up from the punch and the bout was stopped at 40 seconds of the round.  The win is the fifth knockout victory in a row for Forrest, who is now 12-2, 11 KO's. Shull falls to 3-32-1, one KO.

In the opening contest, Joshua Jones, a super lightweight from Philadelphia, PA, dropped Charleston, WVA's Christopher "Rocky" Kuhn three times en route to a first-round stoppage at 1:52. Jones is now 2-0, two KO's while Kuhn is 0-2.









Saturday, June 11, 2016

Weights From Springfield!

Here are the weights for the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions Card being held tonight at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Alexandru Marin 117 vs. Johnny Determan 118
(IBO International Bantamweight Title)

Matthew Abregu 137 vs. Dustin Caplinger (will weigh-in tomorrow)

Mario Flores 179 vs. Greg Hackett 187

Carlos Cruz 159 vs. Jerrell Artis 156 1/2

Stephen Morris 164 vs. David Rohn 168

Eric Hernandez 139 vs. Arthur McCrow 133 1/2

James Early 128 1/2 vs. Alan Beeman 129 1/2

Gerald Tucker 127 1/2 vs. Reggie Barnett, Jr. 128 1/2

Jaron Ennis 143 vs. Deshawn Dubose 142

Jerry Forrest 230 vs. Daniel Shull 209

Joshua Jones 137 1/2 vs. Chris Kuhn 137

Remember, if you can't make the card in person tonight, join us tonight live for the blow-by-blow call.  Android users can download the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android by going to this link: Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Reed Weighs 142 Pounds For Eight-Rounder In New York City!

Mike Reed tipped the scales at 142 pounds for his eight-round contest against Abraham Cordero Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cordero weighed in at 139 pounds.

The bout is slated to be shown on www.toprank.tv.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Late Weekend Results -- Dozier Drops Decision While Moore Scores Knockout!

A couple of late results from this past weekend:

Suitland, MD super welterweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier lost a six-round unanimous decision to Derrick "Take It To The Bank" Webster of Glassboro, NJ on June 4 at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA.  Webster won the bout by shutout (60-54) on all three cards.  Dozier falls to 9-11-2, four KO's while Webster raises his record to 20-1, 10 KO's.

On Friday, June 3, Marquis Moore, a native of Fort Washington, MD who now lives in Colorado Springs, CO, scored a first-round TKO over Turner Williams of Beckley, WVA at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.  The bout was stopped at 1:20 of the round.  Moore is 2-0 with two first-round knockouts.  Williams is 1-3.

Undefeated Reed Faces Cordero In Eight-Round Contest June 11 At The Theater at MSG!

Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action on Saturday, June 11 as he battles Abraham "Bombi" Cordero of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight-round contest at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Reed (18-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Samuel Amoako on March 18 in Philadelphia, PA.  Cordero (13-2-1, seven KO's) won an eight-round split decision over previously undefeated Rafael Guzman on August 1 in Guadalajara.  Cordero, a former WBC Silver Lightweight champion, will compete in the United States for the first time in his pro career.

The bout is slated to be shown on Top Rank's website, www.toprank.tv.

Monday, June 06, 2016

June 11 Card Update!

There are a few updates to the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, June 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

The opponent for undefeated Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez has changed.  Hernandez (7-0, four KO's) will now face off with Dustin Caplinger of Akron, OH in a six-round contest.  Caplinger (2-7, one KO) last fought on April 9 at the ABC Sports Complex and lost by fourth-round TKO to Yurii Polischuk.

Washington, DC welterweight Matthew Abregu returns to action in a four-round contest against Andrew Moreno of Mishawaka, IN. Abregu (2-0, two KO's) has had two first-round knockouts including his last bout against Arthur McCrow on March 5 in Norfolk, VA.  Moreno (0-3) has not fought since August of 2013 when he lost by first-round TKO to Alberto Machado in Rochester, NY.

Baltimore, MD super middleweight Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris will take on David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Villa Park, IL in a four-round matchup.  Morris (2-0, two KO's) last fought on May 14 and scored a third-round TKO over Brian Stevens in Timonium, MD.  Rohn (0-5-1) will try to break a four-bout losing streak including a first-round knockout loss to Jeff McCalla on September 26 in Norfolk, VA.

Also on the card, Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest returns to action in a six-round bout against veteran Daniel Shull of Winchester, VA.  Forrest (11-2, 10 KO's) has won four straight bouts -- all by knockout -- since his last loss in June of 2014.  Forrest is coming off a second-round knockout over Richard Carmack on March 20 in Rahway, NJ.  Shull (3-31-1, one KO) last fought on April 9 at the ABC Complex and lost by six-round unanimous decision to Nick Kisner.  Shull will be looking to break a 16-bout losing streak.

The main event for this card remains the same -- Alexandru "Spartan" Marin of Silver Spring, MD (11-0, eight KO's) battles Johnny "The Law" Determan of Dallas, TX (10-1, eight KO's) in a 10-round contest for the vacant IBO International Bantamweight championship.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Results From Springfield VA -- Quigley Scores KO Of The Year Candidate In Main Event!

Here are the results from the Jeter Promotions card held Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

In the main event, Gaithersburg, MD super welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley scored a vicious first-round knockout over veteran Reggie "Two-Gun" Nash of Grand Rapids, MI. Quigley rocked Nash with a right hand on top of Nash's head that dropped him to his knees.  Nash was able to recover from that knockdown but a few seconds later, Quigley landed a powerful left-right combination that sent Nash crashing to the canvas.  Referee Freddy Corritone did not have to finish the count before the bout was stopped at 2:33.

Quigley remains undefeated with a record of 15-0, 14 KO's while Nash falls to 10-39-1, two KO's.  The fact that Quigley registered a Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year candidate is even more impressive considering that three weeks prior to the bout, Quigley was hit by a truck while doing roadwork in preparation for the bout.  Quigley, fortunately, suffered only minor injuries.

The co-feature saw Jeter Promotions signee Steve Weimer of York, PA score a ruthless first-round stoppage of Damian Archer of Zebulon, NC.  Weimer jumped on Archer early, pummeling him into a neutral corner.  Referee Alisha Daniels saw enough and the bout was stopped at just 34 seconds.  Weimer is now 11-0, three KO's while Archer is 0-2.

In the only bout on the card to go the distance, undefeated Clinton, MD lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy won a four-round unanimous decision over Stephon McIntyre of Atlanta, GA in a rematch of a bout that took place two months ago in the same location.  In this rematch, Breedy was more aggressive early in the contest and took the fight to his opponent.  McIntyre's offensive attempts decreased during the contest and Breedy would go on to win by a 40-36 shutout on all three scorecards. Breedy is now 7-0, four KO's while McIntyre is 2-21-2.

Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco Bustos scored a second-round TKO over Corey Macon of Durham, NC. Bustos ended a rather strange second round that saw both boxers and the referee trip and fall over each other throughout. Midway through the round, Bustos landed a solid left hand that sent Macon reeling. Referee Corritone saw the damage and moved in to check Macon's condition. As he moved forward, Corritone tripped over the charging Bustos and fell. As Corritone recovered, Bustos continued to punish Macon before Corritone stopped the contest at 2:11.  Bustos remains undefeated at 5-0, three KO's while Macon falls to 0-2-1.

Palmer Park, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls won by first-round TKO in bizarre fashion when Speed Rawls and his opponent, David Perez of Pittsburgh, PA clashed heads.  Perez dropped to his knees and could not continue.  The bout was stopped at 2:12.  Speed Rawls is now 7-0-1, five KO's while Perez remains winless at 0-5-1.

In the opening contest, Jesus "Nightmare" Saucedo of York, PA brutalized veteran Shane Gierke of Youngstown, OH for three rounds before the bout was stopped at 1:04 of the third. Saucedo, returning to the ring after an almost four-year absence, pummeled Gierke with head and body shots, knocking Gierke down three times before the bout was stopped.  Saucedo's record rises to 5-2-1, two KO's while Gierke drops to 5-41-2, four KO's.

We talked to both Gerome Quigley and Cobia Breedy after their wins.




Grayton Suffers Second-Round Knockout Loss In Montreal!

Washington, DC welterweight David "Day Day" Grayton suffered his first loss of his pro career Saturday night as he was stopped in the second round by fellow undefeated boxer Bryant "Goodfella" Perrella of Fort Myers, FL at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The bout was televised live on ESPN.

Grayton had difficulty finding the range against the taller Perrella.  He could not get inside as Perrella used his height very well.  Perrella rocked Grayton midway through the second round and scored two knockdowns before the bout was stopped at 2:19.

Grayton is now 14-1, 10 KO's while Perrella remains undefeated at 14-0, 13 KO's.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016!


So many words have been -- and will be -- said about the life and times of Muhammad Ali.  I have decided that this will be a rememberance, not an obituary.

I can remember four times where Mr. Ali came to the Beltway area and touched my life and many, many others.


1. April 30, 1976 -- Mr. Ali defended his heavyweight title for the first time in the Beltway when he defeated Jimmy Young at the Capital Centre in Largo, MD.  The bout wasn't one of his best outings but he did get a knockdown as he went on to a 15-round unanimous decision.  Even though, this was nowhere near the prime Ali, to have him compete in my home area was a thrill.



2. May 16, 1977 -- Mr. Ali made his second defense of his world title at the Capital Centre against Alfredo Evangelista. One of the most special days of my life.  I was 13 years old and my father picked me up from school and said "I have a surprise for you."  As we were driving, I noticed we had past our house.  Next thing I know, we are at the Capital Centre and I remember the fact that Ali was fighting tonight.  Again, Mr. Ali was nowhere near his prime but to see him in person -- in my first live boxing card ever -- was a thrill that has stayed with me always.

3. October 11, 1995 -- Another special night for me personally, my very first Fight Night -- Fight For Children, the annual charity event that takes place at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.  There were legends galore that night -- Carmen Basilio, Joe Frazier, Kid Gavilan, Jake La Motta, Archie Moore, Floyd Patterson, Ingemar Johannsen, Willie Pep, Sandy Saddler.  I had the pleasure of interviewing most of those legends.

However, I will never forget what ring announcer Michael Buffer said after announcing all of those legends to the packed ballroom that night -- "And there was another."

As Mr. Ali made his way to the ring, the crowd exploded with the familiar "Ali, Ali, Ali" chants.  I get chills to this day just thinking about this.  What a fantastic moment.

4. June 11, 2005 -- This was the night at the MCI (now Verizon Center) where Mike Tyson fought his final bout. However, Laila Ali was on the card and she stopped Erin Toughill in the third round.  Mr. Ali was in attendance that night and was so proud of his daughter.  The packed house once again, shook with the "Ali" chant after he was introduced to the crowd.

We should all feel very blessed that we got to share the same universe at the same time with this wonderful man.  Although I have written this through many tears, I know full well that Muhammad Ali's life is TRULY one to be celebrated!  Rest well, champ.

June 4 Card In Springfield Is Now Complete!

The Jeter Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA is now complete.  Here is the lineup:

Undefeated Gaithersburg, MD super welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley will be in a six-round bout against veteran Reggie "Two-Gun" Nash of Grand Rapids, MI.  Quigley (14-0, 13 KO's) last fought on the April 9 Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex and scored a first-round knockout over Dennis Sharpe.  Nash (10-38-1, two KO's) has lost 11 in a row including a first-round TKO loss to Seth Billups in his last outing on September 26 in Norfolk, VA.  Nash also lost to Beltway Boxers Todd Wilson and Dusty Hernandez Harrison during the losing streak.

Glenarden, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls will be in a scheduled six-round bout when he takes on David Perez of Pittsburgh, PA.  Speed Rawls (6-0-1, four KO's) scored a six-round TKO over Benjamin Olinga on the April 9 card in Springfield, VA.  Perez (0-4-1) just fought a week ago on May 27 and battled James Brown to a four-round draw in Indianapolis, IN.

In four-round bouts, Forestville, MD lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy will battle veteran Stephon McIntyre of Jonesboro, GA in a rematch.  Breedy (6-0, four KO's) and McIntyre (2-20-2) met on the April 9 show in Springfield and Breedy won a four-round unanimous decision. Breedy has not fought since that bout while McIntyre lost a four-round unanimous decision to Carlos Adame, Jr. on May 24 in Dallas, TX.

Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco Bustos looks to remain undefeated when he squares off against Cory Macon of Durham, NC.  Bustos (4-0, two KO's) won a tough, four-round split decision over Darryl Watkins on the April 9 card. Macon (0-1-1) lost by second-round TKO to Joseph Jackson on December 12 in Greensboro, NC.

In a featherweight contest, Marq "Monster" Johns of Fort Washington, MD will take on debuting Isaiah Stubbs.  Johns (7-1-1, six KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Alan Beeman on the April 9 card.

Jeter Promotions signee Stevie Weimer of York, PA returns to action in a four-round contest against Damian Archer of Wilson, NC.  Weimer (10-0, two KO's) also fought his last bout on the April 9 card and won a four-round unanimous decision over Joseph Figueroa.  Archer (0-1) lost by first-round TKO to Courtney Blocker in his pro debut in June of 2015 in Charlotte, NC.

Philadelphia, PA lightweight Joshua Jones will face the debuting Rakim Cox in another four-round encounter.  Jones (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on April 30 in Saint George, UT and scored a third-round TKO over Jason Thompson.

Also on the card, Jesus Saucedo of York, PA returns to action after an almost four-year absence when he competes in a four-round welterweight bout against Shane Gierke of Youngstown, OH.  Saucedo (4-2-1, one KO) has not fought since losing a four-round majority decision to David Warren Huffman in December of 2012 in York.  Gierke (5-40-2, four KO's) will be looking to break an 18-bout losing streak. Gierke last fought on October 16 and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Eric Palmer in Morgantown, WVA.

Here is the scale watch for the card:

Gerome Quigley 155 vs. Reggie Nash (will weigh-in on Saturday)

Stevie Weimer 147 vs. Damian Archer 146

Cobia Breedy 133 vs. Stephon McIntyre 133

Francisco Bustos 160 vs. Cory Macon 156

Marq Johns 128 vs. Isaiah Stubbs 129

Drayvontay Speed Rawls 139 vs. David Perez 143

Joshua Jones 138 vs. Rakim Cox 144

Jesus Saucedo 145 vs. Shane Gierke (will weigh-in on Saturday)

We will have the live blow-by-blow call of the card beginning at 8 PM ET.  Android users can hear the call by downloading the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App for Android from this page: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spreaker.custom.prod.app_3023

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Grayton Weighs 146 For Nationally-Televised 10-Round Bout In Montreal!

David Grayton weighed in at 146 pounds for his 10-round contest Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The bout will be shown live on ESPN beginning at 11 PM ET.  Grayton's opponent, Bryant Perrella, also weighed in at 146.

Davis Remains Undefeated With First-Round Knockout In Florida!

Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis scored a first-round knockout of veteran Mario "Huracan" Macias Rorozco tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL.

Davis hit Rorozco with a right hook on the ear that stunned Rorozco and dropped him to the canvas.  Rorozco could not beat the count and the bout was stopped at 41 seconds.

Davis remains undefeated with a record of 16-0, 15 KO's. Rorozco falls to 28-19, 14 KO's.


Davis, Moore Hit Scales In Florida and New York!

Gervonta Davis and Marquis Moore weighed in for their bouts in two locations on Friday.

Davis weighed in at 136 pounds for his eight-round contest against Mario Macias Rorozco at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL.  Rorozco tipped the scales at 133 pounds.  The bout will be shown on Spike TV tonight at 9 PM ET.

Moore weighed in at 167 1/2 pounds for his four-round bout against Turner Williams at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.  Williams weighed 165 1/2.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

'Tank' Davis Returns To National TV June 3!

Undefeated Baltimore, MD lightweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis returns to action and to national television when he faces former world title contender Mario "Huracan" Macias Rorozco of Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico in an eight-round encounter on Friday, June 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL.  The bout will be shown on Spike TV.

Davis (15-0, 14 KO's) is coming off a sixth-round TKO over Guillermo Avila on April 1 in front of a packed house and a nationally-televised audience at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.  The Rorozco bout will be Davis's fourth straight appearance on national television.

Rorozco (28-18, 14 KO's) has won two of his last three bouts including a seventh-round stoppage of Mateo Perez Vasquez on May 6 in Chiapas, Mexico.  In December of 2011, Rorozco challenged Koki Kameda for the WBA Bantamweight title in Osaka, Japan, losing by fourth-round knockout.

The telecast will begin at 9 PM ET.

Monday, May 30, 2016

'Spartan' Marin Challenges For Vacant IBO International Bantamweight Title June 11 In Springfield, VA!

Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin will take the biggest challenge of his young career when he takes on Johnny "The Law" Determan of Dallas, TX in a 10-round bout for the vacant International Boxing Organization International Bantamweight title on Saturday, June 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

The undefeated Marin, a native of Iasi, Romania (11-0, eight KO's) is coming off a third-round knockout win over Miguel Del Valle on March 5 in Norfolk, VA.  Determan (10-1, eight KO's) will try to bounce back from his first loss, a six-round unanimous decision to Oscar Mojica on January 16 in Dallas.

Both men have never gone past 10 rounds and both will take steps up in competition.

Other bouts have been signed for this Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card.  Undefeated Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez will battle veteran Terrence "T-Brick" Roy of Covington, TN in a six-round bout.  Hernandez (7-0, four KO's) last fought on the March 5 card in Norfolk and won a fifth-round technical decision over Darrell Jones.  Hernandez suffered an eye injury in that bout and Jones was originally awarded the victory. However, the Virginia Commission overturned the decision and gave the win to Hernandez.

Roy (11-50, two KO's) has lost six straight bouts, all by knockout.  Roy will face a Beltway Boxer for the fourth time in his career.  Roy has lost by knockout to Thomas Snow, Ty Barnett and former world champion Eric Aiken.  Roy fought Aiken twice, losing a six-round unanimous decision in their first outing.

Ashburn, VA lightweight Seth "Killer B" Billups returns to action in a six-round encounter against the aforementioned Darrell Jones of Jacksonville, FL.  Billups (8-0, six KO's) will go into the six-rounders for the first time in his career as he comes off a four-round unanimous decision over Corey McCants on March 5 in Norfolk.  Jones (3-16-1, one KO) has fought once since the loss to Hernandez and lost by first-round TKO to Boubacar Sylla on April 23 in New Cumberland, WVA.

In light heavyweight action, Mario "Bazooka" Flores will be in a four-round contest against veteran Greg Hackett of Philadelphia, PA.  Flores (6-1-2, four KO's) returns to action for the first time since winning a four-round split decision over Marcellus Yates in October of 2014 in Fort Washington, MD.  Hackett (2-15-1) also returns after a long absence, competing for the first time since battling Issa Coulibaly to a four-round majority draw in May of 2014 in Washington, DC.

Rookie Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early makes a quick return to action when he faces Alan Beeman of Providence, RI in a four-round bout.  Early just fought on May 14 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Tyshae Ferguson in Timonium, MD.  Beeman (0-12) has lost his last seven contests by knockout including a third-round TKO to Marq Johns on April 9 at the ABC Sports Complex.

Other boxers slated to be on this card are heavyweights Mike Balogun and Jerry Forrest and lightweight Matthew Abregu.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Quick Look At June Beltway Boxing Schedule!

Here is a quick look at what the June Beltway Boxing Schedule looks like.  We will have in-depth information on these cards and bouts in the next few weeks.

Events Inside The Beltway

Saturday, June 4 -- ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, VA -- Jeter Promotions pro card.

Saturday, June 4 -- Freddie Gray and Powerman Center, Baltimore, MD -- Amateur boxing card.

Saturday, June 11 -- ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, VA -- Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions pro card.

Thursday, June 16 -- Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD -- Amateur boxing card.

Friday, June 17, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- PVA Junior Olympic Fight Night (Amateur).

Saturday, June 18, Last Round Boxing Club, Waldorf, MD -- Pre-Father's Day Fight Fest  (Amateur).

Traveling Beltway Boxers Schedule

Friday, June 3 -- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, FL -- Gervonta Davis against Mario Macias Rorozco in a 10-round contest.  Bout is slated to be televised on Spike TV.

Friday, June 3 -- Resorts World Casino, Queens, NY -- Marquis Moore against TBA in four-round bout.  Moore, a native of Fort Washington, MD, fights out of Colorado Springs, CO.  Moore is a two-time National Golden Gloves champion who is 1-0, one KO as a pro.

Saturday, June 4 -- Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- David Grayton vs. Bryant Perrella in 10-round contest that will be shown on ESPN.

Saturday, June 4 -- Grundy Arena, Bristol, PA -- Lenwood Dozier vs. Derrick Webster in six-round contest.

Saturday, June 11 -- The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY -- Mike Reed vs. Abraham Cordero in an eight-round encounter.

Saturday, June 25 -- Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY -- Jarrett Hurd vs. Oscar Molina in 10-round contest that will be shown on CBS.

Saturday, June 25 -- Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX -- Many Beltway amateurs will compete in the 2016 Junior Olympic National Championships.

Tuesday, June 28 -- Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, PA -- Myke Fox slated to be in a six-round encounter, opponent TBA.

Bouts and cards can change without notice.  However, we will try to keep you up-to-date on these events.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kisner, Lockett Drop Decisions In Atlantic City!

Tough night for Beltway Boxers at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ Friday night.

Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner lost an eight-round split decision to Lamont Capers of Hawley, PA.

According to William Holmes of BoxingInsider.com, Kisner had moments in the bout where he was able to outwork his opponent, but he spent too much time during the fight with his head in his opponents chest and wasn’t throwing enough punches.  Capers landed the harder shots in the bout and Kisner lost a point for holding in the seventh round.  Kisner did get the decision on one scorecard, 76-75.  However, the other two judges each scored the contest for Capers, 77-74.

Kisner's record falls to 16-3-1, six KO's while Capers broke a four-bout winless streak and is now 6-8-2.

Takoma Park, MD cruiserweight Willis "The Prophet" Lockett lost a six-round unanimous decision in a rematch against Chuck "The Professor" Mussachio of Middle Township, NJ.

Mussachio kept Lockett at bay with his jab and Lockett could not counter effectively.  Holmes said Lockett did rock Mussachio with a right hand over the top in the fifth round but Mussachio won the bout with his jab and better footwork. Mussachio won by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.

Lockett is now 14-17-5, five KO's while Mussachio, in his first bout in three years, is now 19-3-2, five KO's.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hawkins Stops Hall In Five Rounds In Niagara Falls!

Baltimore, MD super welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins remained undefeated with a fifth-round TKO over veteran Richard "Tiger" Lee Hall of Rocky Mount, NC tonight in front of a nationally-televised audience (CBS Sports Network) at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.

Hawkins's offense was very accurate as he landed solid jabs and right uppercuts throughout the bout as he rocked Hall in round two before unleashing a barrage of punches that forced the stoppage at 1:05 of the fifth.

Hawkins is now 8-0, seven KO's while Hall falls to 11-24-3, seven KO's.


Bute Camp Makes Statement On Positive Test!

The camp of former world super middleweight champion Lucian Bute has made statements concerning his positive test for ostarine after his April 30th title bout against WBC champion Badou Jack at the DC Armory.  The test was Bute's A sample.

“I am surprised and sorry about this. I don’t understand what led to this positive result,” Bute said. “I have always passed every anti-doping test that I was asked to take since I won a world title. More recently for my fight against James DeGale, in Quebec City, last November, I was tested eight times from before my training camp until after my fight. I have never taken any illegal products. I have a complete trust in my team. There will be an analysis of the B sample and I am sure that this result will be negative.”

Bute’s promoter Yvon Michel stated, “GYM has always been strongly in favor of a strict anti-doping policy to keep the sport of boxing clean. We are really surprised by this first result and we now hope that the B sample proves that the first result was wrong. Until then, we support Lucian Bute.”

Hawkins Weighs 148 For Six-Rounder In Niagara Falls!

Malik Hawkins weighed in at 148 pounds for his six-round bout against Richard Hall tonight at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.  Hall tipped the scales at 143 pounds.  The bout is scheduled to be shown on the CBS Sports Network at 9 PM ET.

It looks like Glenn Dezurn's bout that was also scheduled for this card may be off.  There was no listing of weights for Dezurn or his opponent.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bute Tests Positive For Banned Steroid-Like Substance After April 30 Title Bout In DC!

Former super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute tested positive for a banned substance after his April 30th title bout against WBC champion Badou Jack at the DC Armory.

The WBC was notified by the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission that Bute tested positive for the substance ostarine, which also goes by the names enobosarm and MK-2866.  The substance causes steroid-like muscle growth without the side effects of steroids.  Ostarine has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list since 2008.

The bout between Jack and Bute ended in a 12-round majority draw. Jack expressed his feelings about Bute's positive findings to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael:

"This is the hurt business. You can die in the ring. It's bad. I like [Bute] as a person. He's a nice guy, but that's not cool at all. You put your life on the line every time you step in the ring and your opponent is cheating? You can die. Anything can happen in boxing.

"I hit him with some very hard body shots and he recovered from them, which I was surprised by. For him to come back that strong in the later rounds, that's what I was thinking about [when I heard about the failed test]. I thought he was an honest guy. I didn't expect that from him.

"He's still couldn't beat me even using something. I won the fight. Everybody thought I won the fight. It should not have been a draw in the first place. Hopefully it could be changed to a win."

The outcome of the bout, more than likely, will be changed to a no-decision.  Bute's camp did not respond to a request from ESPN.com for comment on this situation.

Kisner, Lockett Tip Scales In Atlantic City!

Nick Kisner and Willis Lockett weighed in for their Friday bouts at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Kisner tipped the scales at 198 pounds for his eight-round contest against Lamont Capers, who weighed in at 196 pounds.

Lockett came in at a heavy 205 pounds for his six-round rematch against Chuck Mussachio, who tipped the scales at 183 pounds.  The two fought to an eight-round draw back in September of 2008.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Baltimore Boxers Head To Niagara Falls May 27!

Two Baltimore boxers will participate on a pro card on Friday, May 27 at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.  The card is scheduled to be shown on the CBS Sports Network.

Super welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins will look to remain undefeated as he takes on his most experienced foe to date in Richard "Tiger" Lee Hall of Rocky Mount, NC in a six-round contest.  Hawkins (7-0, six KO's) scored a sixth-round TKO over Errol Sidney in his last outing on April 16 in Las Vegas, NV.

Hall (11-23-3, seven KO's) last fought on August 1 and scored a sixth-round TKO win over Maurice Chalmers in Greensboro, NC.  Hawkins will be the tenth boxer from the Beltway that Hall has faced in his career.  Hall has wins over Ricardo Edmonds and Antonio Reese, a draw with Bayan Jargal and losses to Cliff Richard, Marlon Haynes, Ishmail Arvin, Tim Coleman, Jessie Nicklow and, most recently to Gerome Quigley, who knocked Hall out in the fifth round in March of 2015 in Springfield, VA.

Also on the card will be the returning Glenn Dezurn who will be in a six-round contest against Harvey "Chi Chi" Murray of Rochester, NY.  Dezurn (6-0, four KO's) has not fought since scoring a first-round TKO over Ronald McGriff in December 2014.  This will also be Dezurn's first bout since signing with Greg Cohen Promotions.

Murray (4-4-2, one KO) will be looking to break a two-bout losing streak and has not fought since dropping a four-round unanimous decision loss to Raul Lopez in Rochester in August of 2012.

Crews Advances To Medal Round At Women's World Championships In Kazakhstan!

Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Franchon Crews has advanced to the medal round of the 2016 Women's World Championships in Astana Kazakhstan.

Crews defeated Maria Kovacs of Hungary by a 3-0 decision in the quarterfinals to move into the semifinal round.  Crews will take on Xiaoli Yang of China in the semifinals on Thursday morning.  Crews is one of five Americans that have advanced to the medal round including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Clarissa Shields and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza.

The bouts are being streamed on www.aiba.org.  Thursday's session begins at 7 AM ET.



Monday, May 23, 2016

Boxing Returns To Springfield June 4!

Pro Boxing returns to the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA on Saturday, June 4 with a Jeter Promotions card.

No matchups have been made yet, however, scheduled to appear on the card are Beltway Boxers Gerome "GQ" Quigley (14-0, 13 KO's), Drayvontay Speed-Rawls (6-0-1, four KO's), "The King's Son" Jerry Odom (13-2-1, 12 KO's), "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk (9-1-1, three KO's), Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy (6-0, four KO's) and Francisco Bustos (4-0, two KO's).

Jeter Promotions signee Stevie Weimer of York, PA (10-0, two KO's) also returns to action along with two boxers from Texas, O'Shaquie "Ice Water" Foster of Houston (10-1, seven KO's) and Adam "Mantequilla" Lopez of San Antonio (15-0, seven KO's.

DC Middleweight Jovan Davis Makes Successful Pro Debut In North Carolina!



(Javon Davis celebrates his pro debut victory in Charlotte, NC with his camp -- [from left to right] Tony Hamilton, J.C. "Concrete" Cuffee and Jerry Cotto.  Not in the picture: Bishop Bobby Long. Photo courtesy of Tony Hamilton.)

Washington, DC Middleweight Jovan Davis won his pro debut by scoring a second-round TKO over Khalil Clark of Concord, NC on May 21 at the Carole Heafner Center in Charlotte, NC.  

Davis, who trains at Tony's Athletic Club in Northeast Washington, used a lot of pressure before stopping Clark with a body shot. The bout ended at 2:40 of the second round. Clark remains winless at 0-2.