Friday, October 15, 2021

Bout Sheet For Washington Golden Gloves Quarterfinals October 23rd!

The Washington Golden Gloves have returned and this year, they will start with the Quarterfinal Round in the Novice and Open Divisions.  This will tale place on Saturday, October 23rd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Here is the scheduled bout sheet:

NOVICE DIVISION:

138 Pounds: Kiayon Strowbridge (Dream Team) vs. Malik Smalls (Upton)

138 Pounds: Raguan King (Old School) vs. Edris Zabi (Headbangers)

138 Pounds: Brandon Brown (Upton) vs. Jaylen Harris (Tony's Gym)

138 Pounds: Nicholas Isacc (Unattached) vs. Jayden Cotturo (Laurel)

152 Pounds:  Aaron Clingman (Raw Boxing) vs. Wayne Johnson (Laurel)

152 Pounds:  Christian Portillo (Laurel) vs. Omar Mobley (Headbangers)

165 Pounds:  Antoine Holmes III (Headbangers) vs. Justin Slade (O'Connor Boxing)

165 Pounds:  McCoy Hayes III (Headbangers) vs. Tyrick Johnson (#11 Overcomers)

165 Pounds:  Phillip Carpenter-Powell (Knowledge Boxing) vs. Jessie Gonzales (Adaptive Boxing)

165 Pounds: Marcus Scott (#11 Overcomers) vs. Jymeen McGrier (NOMIS)


OPEN DIVISION:

125 Pounds:  Te'Von Wilson (5th District) vs. Ervin Fuller (Hillcrest)

138 Pounds:  Romello Webster (NOMIS) vs. Devante Alexander (Knowledge Boxing)

138 Pounds:  Oluwajwonio Adadeselu (5th District) vs. Lavay Lawrence (Hillcrest)

152 Pounds:  Quincey Williams (Headbangers) vs. Salvador Jovel (Round One)

152 Pounds:  Eric Middleton (NOMIS) vs. Khari Clinkscales (Hillcrest)

152 Pounds:  Quintin Stephens (Headbangers) vs. D'Lante Briscoe (Knowledge Boxing)

152 Pounds:  Davion Taylor (5th District) vs.  Stefon Jordon (Champions Gym)

178 Pounds:  Nasheed Smith (Headbangers) vs. Edward Lay (Langdon Recreation Center)


The first bout begins at 7:30 PM ET.  Here is the rest of the Golden Gloves schedule:

The Semi-Finals will be on Saturday, October 30th at 7:30 PM.

The Washington Golden Gloves Championships will be on Saturday, November 20th at 7:30 PM.

The Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves Championships will be on Friday and Saturday, November 12th and 13th at 7:30 PM at Rosecroft Raceway.

The Regional Championships which matches DC/MD/Delaware boxers versus boxers from Virginia and North Carolina will be on Saturday, December 4th at 7 PM at Rosecroft.




Thursday, October 14, 2021

Preview Of Three October Beltway Cards!

The Beltway Boxing scene is heating up very quickly as there are three scheduled pro shows in a seven-day period.  This post will preview all three cards in chronological order.

The first card is a Jeter Promotions card that will be on Saturday, October 23rd at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD. The main event is a 10-round contest super featherweight contest between Washington, DC's Jordan "Shortdog" White and "Smokin'" Joe Perez of San Diego, CA.  White (11-1, nine KO's) comes off perhaps his biggest win to date, scoring a sixth-round TKO over Misael Lopez on March 10th in Uncasville, CT. Perez (15-5-2, 10 KO's) looks to bounce back from a sixth-round split decision loss to Gilbert Venegas on June 19th in Davenport, IA.

The co-feature is an eight-round bout between Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson and Victor "The Spartan" Darocha of Miami, FL by way of Sao Paolo, Brazil.  Nicholson (23-4-1, 20 KO's) comes off an eight-round unanimous decision loss to Edgar Berlanga on April 24th in Kissimmee, FL. Nicholson was the first boxer to take Berlanga the distance.  Darocha (9-5-1, six KO's) has not fought since September of 2019 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Mark Anderson in Miami.

In a six-round bout, undefeated Gwynn Oak, MD featherweight Brandon "The Hitter" Chambers will battle Blake Quintana of Nebraska, who is also undefeated.  This will be the first six-rounder for both men and will be for the vacant American Boxing Federation Atlantic Featherweight title. Chambers (5-0-1, three KO's) stopped Don Stewart in his last contest on August 7th in Philadelphia, PA.  Quintana (4-0, one KO) comes off a four-round unanimous decision win over Christopher Hawkins on March 27th in Grand Island, NE.

Baltimore, MD super middleweight Anthony Leon Williams, Jr. (AKA AJ Williams) will be in a six-round rematch encounter against Ricardo Vasquez Becerril on Kinston, NC.  The two men fought each other on August 7th in Philadelphia with Williams winning a four-round unanimous decision. Williams (4-1, two KO's) has not fought since that bout while Becerril (2-9-1, two KO's) lost a six-round unanimous decision to Dorell Van Horn, Jr. on August 27th in Dearborn, MI.

Germantown, MD featherweight Ebrima Jawara will take on undefeated Christian "Veneno" Otero of New York City in a six-round contest. In his last outing, Jawara (4-1, one KO) captured a six-round unanimous decision over Phillip Davis on the last Live! Casino card in February of 2020.  Otero (3-0, two KO's) scored a second-round TKO over Edward Hatler on March 6th in Jonesboro, GA.

In an all-Beltway super bantamweight four-rounder, Jaqeem Hutcherson of Forestville, MD battles the returning Ernest Hall of Baltimore, MD. Hutcherson (2-0) won both his 2021 bouts in Philadelphia, PA by four-round unanimous decisions. Hall (3-1, one KO) has not fought since March of 2018 when he lost a four-round unanimous decision to Ricky Tomlinson in Clearwater, FL.

Baltimore, MD super welterweight "Bazooka" Joe Veazey will be in a four-round contest against Ryan Wilson of South Carolina.  Veazey (4-0, three KO's) looks to build on a first-round TKO win over Leonidas Fowlkes on July 10th in Vienna, WVA.  Wilson (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut on June 19th in Columbia, SC with a first-round knockout of Dylan Williams.

Accokeek, MD junior featherweight Chamar Flowers takes on Baltimore's Antonio Dunton-El, Jr. in a four-round encounter.  Flowers won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Elie Charles on July 10th in Newark, NJ. Dunton-El battled to a four-round draw in his pro debut in October of 2019 against Blaze Fidler Hernandez at Live! Casino.

Now, lets talk about the Rising Star Promotions card that will be on Friday, October 29th at the Entertainment And Sports Arena in Washington, DC. The card is still developing but a few bouts have been signed.

The main event is a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Featherweight championship.  Hyattsville, MD's Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy will take on Silver Spring, MD's Sulaiman Segawa.  Breedy (15-1, five KO's) has not fought since losing his first bout, a 12-round split decision to Tugstogt Nyambayar in September of 2020 in Uncasville, CT.  Segawa (13-3-1, four KO's) returns to action for the first time since November of 2020 when he lost by seventh-round KO to Jamaine Ortiz in Los Angeles, CA.  That bout was for the WBC USNBC Silver Lightweight title.

There will be a six-round light heavyweight contest between Greenbelt, MD's "Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed and veteran Ronald "Salvaje" Montes of Barranquilla, Colombia. Crossed (11-1, seven KO's) has won two straight bouts since suffering his first pro loss in February of 2020.  Both wins were by first-round TKO in Agua Prieta, Puerto Rico.  Montes (19-14, 17 KO's) broke a seven-bout losing streak with a third-round stoppage of Evaristo Tordecilla on September 24th in Santiago De Tolu, Colombia.

Fredericksburg, VA heavyweight Christopher Arnold will battle the debuting Terrick Maven of Vineland, NJ in a four-round bout.  Arnold (3-0, three KO's) makes his Beltway debut after competing in Atlanta, GA and Rock Hill, SC.

Other local boxers scheduled for this card include DC native and former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley (51-33-1, 28 KO's), undefeated Baltimore super bantamweight Dominique Crowder (10-0, six KO's), DC welterweights Cornell "Hitman" Hines (5-1, two KO's) and Jalil "Major" Hackett (1-0, one KO), Fort Washington, MD lightweight Donnell Poe (1-0, one KO) and Fort Washington featherweight Marq "The Monster" Johns (7-2-2, six KO's).

Then on Saturday, October 30th, there will be a card that will take place at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Baltimore, MD.  Clinton, MD super lightweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin is scheduled for the main event and will be in a 10-round contest for the vacant American Boxing Federation USA Super Lightweight title against an opponent to be determined.  Martin (14-2-1, four KO's) has a five-bout winning streak but has not fought since December of 2019.

Baltimore super featherweight Malik "King" Warren will compete in his first scheduled six-rounder when he matches up against Arturo De Islas of Monterrey, Mexico.  Warren (5-0, five KO's) last fought on April 10th and scored a first-round knockout over DaRon Jenkins in Rock Hill, SC. De Islas (2-0, one KO) comes to the United States for the first time after winning both of his bouts in Monterrey.

Baltimore female super featherweight Mia "Killer Bee" Ellis will be in a four-round contest against Sarah "Switch Kick" Click of Buzzard Bay, MA. Ellis (2-0, two KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Myasia Oglesby on January 30th in Myrtle Beach, SC. Click (0-1-1) hasn't fought since September of 2018 when she battled Shayna Foppiano to a four-round draw in Lincoln, RI.

Laurel, MD super middleweight Mansaborie "The Punisher" Conde will take on Bilal Quintyne of Marietta, GA in a four-round contest.  Conde (3-0, two KO's) got a third-round stoppage on William Lorenzo on April 3rd in Atlanta, GA.  Quintyne (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut on March 27th in Decatur, GA, scoring a third-round TKO over Steven Andrade.  Upper Marlboro, MD super lightweight Stacey Selby (3-0, three KO's) is also scheduled for this card against an opponent to be determined.



Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Golden Gloves Return In October!

The 2021 Washington Golden Gloves Tournament will begin on Saturday, October 23rd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  The pairings will be announced on Saturday, October 9th at the Hillcrest Heights Bingo Hall in Hillcrest Heights, MD beginning at 10 AM ET.

Monday, October 04, 2021

Barry Linde, Millionaire And Beltway Boxing Manager, Passes!

He was one of the most colorful people on the Beltway Boxing scene during the 1990's.  He was also one of the most humble.

BATB has received word that Barrett "Barry" Linde, a self-made millionaire and boxing manager, recently passed away at the age of 86.  Mr. Linde passed away on June 23rd but the announcement was made on October 3rd. 

Mr. Linde was born in Baltimore, MD and raised in Washington, DC where he was a graduate of the Bullis School in Potomac, MD. He went on to Harvard University and the Wharton Business School.

Mr. Linde made his fortune building houses in the Capitol Hill section in the late 1950's and developing townhouses in the Capitol Hill, Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods in DC.

In the mid-1990's, Mr. Linde turned to managing boxers and he guided the careers of four rising stars in the Beltway scene -- Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley, Reggie "Showtime" Green, Reuben "Ratman" Bell and Gerry "Rock" Payne. Together, they were known as the "Hard Corps."  All four reached various degrees of success and notoriety.

After leaving the boxing scene, Mr. Linde moved to Florida where he resumed his development business. He is survived by three children and five grandchildren.  He is interred in the Adas Israel Cemetery in Southeast DC.

Barry Linde was one of the true characters in the Beltway Boxing scene.  Talking to him was always a pure joy during the Boxing Spotlight era.  Despite his successes, he was always very humble.  He had a tan that wouldn't go away and he seemed to truly enjoy his time in the Beltway Boxing scene.  He hired the premier public relations firm in the DC area -- Brotman, Winter, Fried -- to promote his boxers and everyone did an outstanding job.  It was truly a wonderful time in our area and Barry Linde had a lot to do with the development of that.  He will truly be missed.


Late Results From Sterling & Fort Washington!

 Here are some very late results from cards that took place on Saturday, September 25th.

At the Ponytail Promotions/Chad Clifton card at the Michael and Son Sportsplex in Sterling, VA on Saturday evening,  Baltimore, MD lightweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV won a six-round unanimous decision over Philip Davis of Worcester, MA.  Allison is now 12-3-1, nine KO's while Davis is 2-5-1.

Baltimore middleweight Tyrell Boyd scored a first-round TKO over Trevor Ollison of Hot Springs, AR.  Boyd is 3-0, three KO's while Ollison is 0-3-1.

Manassas, VA super welterweight Joan Planas took a four-round unanimous decision over debuting Duryea Duggan of Atlanta, GA.  Planas is 2-0, one KO.

Debuting Salisbury, MD cruiserweight Thomas "TJ" Mottinger won a four-round majority decision over Calvin Mends of Leesburg, VA by way of Ghana.  Mends is 2-1, two KO's.

Baltimore, MD heavyweight Malik Titus made a successful pro debut with a third-round stoppage of Nathaniel "The Juggernaut" Copeland of Bowie, MD.  Copeland could not come out for the third round and he is now 1-2, one KO.

Kensington, MD's Brient Rodriguez, a native of The Philippines, won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Alonzo Sims Ampey Littlejohn of Kalamazoo, MI who was also debuting.

Miami, FL heavyweight Ricardo Volcin scored a second-round TKO over Freeman Joshua of Manassas.  Volcin is 2-0, two KO's while Joshua was making his pro debut.

On Saturday afternoon at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD, Dominique Crowder, a super bantamweight from Baltimore, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Rob Diezel of Seattle, WA.  All three judges scored a shutout (80-72) for Crowder, who remains undefeated at 10-0, six KO's.  Diezel is 14-8, four KO's.

Upper Marlboro female bantamweight Rianna Rios won a four-round majority decision over Unique Harris of Philadelphia, PA. One judge called the bout a draw at 38-38 but the score was overruled by two 40-36 scores.  Rios is 2-0.  Harris is 1-4-1.

Waldorf, MD welterweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick lost by third-round TKO to Veshawn Champion of Dayton, OH.  The bout was stopped at 2:16.  Kilpatrick suffers his first defeat and he is now 5-1, two KO's.  Champion is 2-0, one KO.

DC super welterweight Victor Williams scored a second-round TKO over Angelo Thompson of Irvington, NJ.  Williams stopped Thompson at 1:36.  Williams is now 3-0, three KO's.  Thompson was making his pro debut.

Hagerstown, MD super bantamweight Christopher Glenn won his pro debut with a four-round majority decision over the equally debuting Kameron Ricks Holmes of Temple Hills, MD.


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Beltway Boxers Have Tough Weekend!

Local boxers had a tough weekend on Friday and Saturday, September 10th and 11th.  Four Beltway Boxers were in action.

On Saturday, September 11th, Columbia, MD super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes lost by third-round TKO to DeAndre "Axeman" Ware of Toledo, OH.  The bout ended at 2:32 of the third. Sykes falls to 5-6, one KO while Ware is 14-3-2, nine KO's.

On Friday, September 10th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA, two locals squared off with Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "Sharpshooter" Outlaw scored a second-round TKO over Edgar "The Tiger" Torres of Woodbridge, VA. Outlaw landed solid head and body shots to earn the victory at 1:47 of the round.  Outlaw raises his record to 9-1, four KO's while Torres falls to 8-2-1, four KO's.

At the Motor City Casino in Detroit, MI, welterweight Akeem "Action Action" Jackson lost to Rolando Vargas of Milwaukee, WI by first-round TKO.  The bout was stopped at 2:27.  Jackson falls to 5-3, five KO's while Vargas is now 6-1, six KO's.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Marshall Scores Second-Round TKO in Minnesota!

Capitol Heights, MD super welterweight Travon "Sniper" Marshall scored a second-round TKO over Maycon Oller Da Silva of Concord, NH by way of Brazil on Sunday, September 5th at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, MN.

Marshall was able to use two solid body shots to drop Da Silva and get the bout stopped at 1:03 of the second.  Marshall, who is trained by Beltway Boxing legend Andrew Council, remains undefeated at 3-0, two KO's.  Da Silva remains winless at 0-3.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

September Schedule Features In-Home Beltway Action!

The September Beltway Boxing Schedule features interesting bouts plus the first two cards that will be housed within the Beltway since February of 2020.  These cards will be held on the same evening.  Here is the schedule:

Friday, September 10th -- 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Two Beltway Boxers will face off in a six-round super lightweight contest.  Bowie, MD's Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw will battle Edgar "The Tiger" Torres of Woodbridge, VA.  Both men suffered tough first losses as pros on a June 5th card at the 2300 Arena.  Outlaw (8-1, three KO's) dropped a six-round unanimous decision to Andrew Rodgers while Torres (8-1-1, four KO's) lost by first-round TKO to Kashon Hutchinson.

Saturday, September 11th -- Skyway Rec Center, Oregon, OH -- Columbia, MD super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes is slated for a six-round contest against DeAndre "Axeman" Ware of Toledo, OH.  Sykes (5-5, one KO) is looking to break a two-bout losing streak.  In his last outing, Sykes lost a six-round unanimous decision to Nadim Salloum on June 12th in Louisville, KY.  Ware (13-3-2, eight KO's) also has lost two in a row.  Ware comes off back-to-back TKO losses to undefeated boxers.  However, Ware's last win was against previously undefeated Ronald Ellis by 10-round majority decision in February in 2019.

Friday, September 17th -- 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Two locals are looking for opponents on this card.  Undefeated Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Muhsin Cason is scheduled for action in a six-round bout.  Cason (8-0, five KO's) comes off a third-round TKO over Tristan James on July 23rd at the 2300 Arena.

Also, Norfolk, VA lightweight Nick Sullivan will be in a four-round encounter against an opponent to be determined.  Sullivan (3-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Gabriel Chacon on June 11th in Orlando, FL.

Another Beltway Boxer, welterweight Leonidas Fowlkes of Winchester, VA by way of Baltimore, will take on Isaiah Johnson of Pennsylvania, by way of New Jersey in a four-round contest.  Fowlkes (2-3) has lost his last three contests including a first-round TKO loss to Joseph Veazey on July 10th in Vienna, WVA. Johnson won his pro debut by first-round TKO over David Loureiro on April 17th in Philadelphia.

Saturday, September 18th --Sports Complex, Monroeville, PA -- Washington, DC heavyweight Nathaniel "The Juggernaut" Copeland makes his return to boxing in a four-round bout against Dajuan Galloway of Warrensville Heights, OH.  Copeland (1-1, one KO) lost by first-round TKO to Muhsin Cason in June of 2019 in Fort Washington, MD.  Galloway (2-0, two KO's) has scored first-round knockouts in both of his previous bouts.

Also, Baltimore welterweight Joshua Zimmerman will be looking for his first win as he faces Mike "Maverick" Conway of West Virginia in a four-round bout.  Zimmerman, a native of Hendersonville, NC (0-3) has lost all of his bouts by four-round unanimous decision.  Conway (3-2-1, two KO's) hasn't fought since February of 2019 when he battled another local, David Veras Pena, to a four-round majority draw in New Cumberland, WVA.

And now for our two cards in the Beltway:

Saturday, September 25th -- Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD --  This will be a Cynation Sports card that features a main event between Baltimore super bantamweight Dominique Crowder taking on Rob Diezel of Seattle, WA in an eight-round contest.  Crowder (9-0, six KO's) competes in the Beltway for the first time.  In his last outing, Crowder won an eight-round unanimous decision over Jesus Martinez on April 10th in Rock Hill, SC.  Diezel (14-7, four KO's) is riding a five-bout winning streak but hasn't fought since April of 2019 when he won a fifth-round unanimous decision over Gilberto Duran in Auburn, WA.

Also slated to be on this card are Waldorf, MD welterweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick (5-0, two KO's), Accokeek, MD featherweight Chamar Flowers (1-0) , DC super welterweight Victor Williams (2-0, two KO's) and debuting locals Kashif Muhammad Brown and Dwayne Holmes of Upper Marlboro, MD. Also returning is undefeated "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown, who has returned to Fort Myers, FL (10-0, six KO's).  Brown is a former Washington, DC police officer.

Saturday, September 25th -- Michael And Son Sportsplex, Sterling, VA -- This Ponytail Promotions/Chad Clinton Promotions card already has a number of contests approved.  

Baltimore lightweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV is scheduled for a six-round encounter against Philip Davis of Worcester, MA. Allison (11-3-1, nine KO's) competes for the first time since December of 2019 when he scored a first-round TKO over Mike Fowler at the Michael And Son Sportsplex.  Davis (2-4-1) lost a four-round unanimous decision to Steve Moore on April 24th in Philadelphia, PA.  Davis also lost to Ebrima Jawara in February of 2020 in Hanover, MD.

Returning DC welterweight Dionte "Mr. Untouchable" Burts will battle Haymarket, VA's Juan De La Cruz Rodriguez in a four-round contest.  Burts (4-0-1, two KO's) will be in his first bout since December of 2019 when he also appeared on the card at the Michael And Son Sportsplex and fought to a four-round draw with Darel Harris.  Rodriguez (8-16-1, six KO's) is looking to break a nine-bout losing streak that includes a four-round unanimous decision to James Martin in October of 2019 in Philadelphia, PA.

Baltimore super middleweight Tyrell Boyd will face Christian Torres of Johnson City, NY in a four-round bout.  Boyd (2-0, two KO's) has scored first-round TKO's in his first two contests.  Torres lost his pro debut to Malik Jackson on July 30th in Windham, NH.

Leesburg, VA cruiserweight Calvin Mends will battle the debuting Thomas "TJ" Mottinger of Salisbury, MD by way of Delaware in a bout scheduled for four-rounds.  Mends, a native of Ghana (2-0, two KO's) comes back for the first time since the December 2019 card at Michael And Son Sportsplex where he scored a third-round TKO over William Brown.  Mottinger was a fixture at the Washington and Regional Golden Gloves where he won numerous titles.

Baltimore heavyweight Malik Titus will make his long-awaited pro debut against Brandon Maske of Charlotte, NC by way of Maryland.  Titus was a multi-time regional Golden Glove champion.  Maske (0-3) has lost all three of his bouts by TKO.

Also slated for this card are returning undefeated Ashburn, VA super lightweight Seth "Killer Bee" Billups (11-0, six KO's), Manassas, VA super welterweight Joan Planas (1-0, one KO) and all three Avelar Brothers of Germantown, MD.  Wilfredo and Brian Avelar both won their pro debuts in November of 2019 in Glen Burnie, MD while Tommy will be making his pro debut on this card.





Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Simpson Scores Third-Round Stoppage in Georgia!

Baltimore, MD middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson remained undefeated with a third-round stoppage of Manny "Shake Em' Up" Woods of St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday, August 14th at the Cosmopolitan Lounge in Decatur, GA.

The bout was stopped at the three-minute mark of the third round.  Simpson is now 10-0 six KO's while Woods falls to 17-13-1, six KO's.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Weekend Beltway Roundup!

A number of Beltway Boxers were in action on Saturday, August 14th in many locations around the nation and the world.  Here's a recap:

Four locals were on a card at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.  Returning Washington, DC super lightweight Anthony Peterson defeated Jairo "Doberman" Lopez of Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico by six-round unanimous decision.  All three judges scored a shutout for Peterson, 60-54.  This was Peterson's first bout since March of 2019 and his record is now 38-1-1, 24 KO's.  Lopez falls to 26-13, 17 KO's.

Both the Rahman Brothers of Baltimore, MD were successful in their bouts.  Heavyweight Hasim "Goldblooded" Rahman, Jr. scored a first-round TKO over Nathan Bedwell of Lexington, TN. The bout was stopped at 2:01.  Rahman, Jr. remains undefeated at 12-0, six KO's. Bedwell is 5-18-1, four KO's.

Super welterweight Sharif "C3" Rahman won a six-round unanimous decision over Donnis Reed of Lemon Grove, CA.  Reed won all three scorecards by a 60-54 score.  Rahman is now 5-0, three KO's.  Reed is 3-9-1, two KO's.

District Heights, MD super featherweight Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines battled Nathan Benichou of Puebla, Mexico to a six-round majority draw.  One judge scored a shutout for Gaines, 60-54.  However, the two other judges scored the bout a draw, 57-57.  Gaines is now 10-2-1, three KO's while Benichou is 2-5-1, two KO's.

The bouts with the Rahmans and Gaines were refereed by the Beltway's Kenny Chevalier.  The ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.

At the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, FL, Lanham, MD welterweight "The Next Big Thing" Keeshawn Williams remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Antonio Sanchez of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico.  No official word on the scorecards.  Williams is now 8-0-1, two KO's.  Sanchez is now 6-11-3, three KO's.

Baltimore-born heavyweight Cassius "C.O.G" Chaney won a 10-round unanimous decision over Shawndell Terell Winters of Harvey, IL at the Palladium in Worcester, MA.  Chaney, who now lives in New London, CT, won by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 in his first scheduled 10-rounder.  Chaney remains undefeated at 21-0, 14 KO's.  Winters falls to 13-6, 12 KO's.


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Russell Interim Title Bout Ends In No-Contest!

The WBA Interim Bantamweight Title bout between Antonio "Another" Russell of Capitol Heights, MD and Emmanuel Rodriguez of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico on Saturday, August 14th at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA ended in a no-contest.  The bout was shown on Showtime.

After just 16 seconds, the two men clashed heads and Rodriguez suffered an injury. Referee Sharon Sands ruled that Rodriguez could not continue.

Russell's record remains at 18-0, 12 KO's while Rodriguez is 19-2, 12 KO's.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Maestre Stripped of Interim WBA Welterweight Title!

More fallout from the controversial result of the August 7th bout between Upper Marlboro, MD welterweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox and Gabriel Maestre of Venezuela. According to Dan Rafael, the World Boxing Association (WBA) has stripped Maestre of the interim welterweight title.

The WBA also said that it will "respectfully request the Minnesota commission to declare the bout a no contest."

Also, the WBA has moved their suspension of judge Gloria Martinez Rizzo from six months to an indefinite suspension.  However, the suspension was not because of her outrageous 117-110 score in favor of Maestre.  The suspension was due to her racist tweets towards blacks found in 2020 on her now-deleted Twitter account.

The outcome of the Fox-Maestre bout has caused the WBA to face intense scrutiny from fans, media and the Association of Boxing Commissions.  The bout exposed how the organization has conducted itself in terms of the proliferation of numerous titles, how it appoints judges in states without strong commissions and the many appearances of conflicts of interest.  

The Fox-Maestre bout was a big example of two conflicts of interest: Maestre and WBA President Gilberto Mendoza are both from Venezuela and Rizzo's husband has clear ties to the WBA.

ABC President Mike Mazzulli sent Mendoza a letter earlier this week saying that WBA having at least three titles per division "is misleading to the public and the boxers."  The letter also said that if the WBA does not clean up its act, the ABC would recommend to its membership that it not recognize WBA-sanctioned bouts in the United States.  A move like that would put the WBA out of business because the vast majority of its revenue comes from bouts held in the United States.  

Mazzulli's letter also said it could recommend that ABC members bar the WBA from having any role in recommending officials for its bouts and from allowing WBA supervisors at ringside.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

WBA Orders Immediate Fox-Maestre Rematch; Judge Martinez Rizzo Under Suspension!

The fallout from the Saturday, August 7th bout between Upper Marlboro, MD welterweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox and Venezuelan Gabriel Maestre is coming fast and furious.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has called for an immediate rematch of the bout that was held in Minneapolis, MN.  Fox lost a widely-disputed 12-round unanimous decision despite knocking down Maestre in the second round.  The bout was televised by Fox TV.  Judges David Singh (114-113), John Mariano (115-112) and Gloria Martinez-Rizzo (117-110) all scored the bout for Maestre despite Fox's brilliant performance on that evening.  The interim WBA Welterweight title was on the line and that prompted Fox's promoter, Marshall Kauffman of Kings Promotions, to ask the WBA for the immediate rematch.

However, the WBA, according to their rules, has conditions for ordering a rematch.  

Per WBA rule C.26 covering contested decisions in championship contests, “a bout decision may be contested by a boxer if within ten (10) days of the decision the boxer submits payment of a $10,000.00 fee, and the following:

a)     A concise statement by the boxer or his authorized agent setting forth the grounds on which the challenge has been brought, arguments and authority in support, and identification of other persons with a material interest likely to be affected by a decision on the challenge.

b)     For the person filing the challenge, the following information: • A postal address; • An email address (if one exists); • A facsimile address; • A telephone number; and • A signature of the boxer on whose behalf the challenge is filed.

c)     If the challenge is signed by someone other than a boxer, a certified statement of authorization by the boxer to file the challenge.

“For good cause, the President may waive all or part of the fee. The fee must be paid by certified or cashier’s check or wire transfer, and will not be set off against any amount claimed due by the party contesting the decisions. The Committee may request that the International Officials Committee, or a special officials committee, evaluate the fight and give their opinion and recommendations to the Committee. The Championship Committee, in its sole discretion, may order the boxers fight a rematch. Failure to timely pay the fee or contest the decision shall waive any and all right, claim, or argument of the boxer or his representatives to contest a decision.

According to BoxingScene.com, The WBA is also saying the outcome of the bout will be under an independent investigation and all three judges will be interviewed separately.

Meanwhile, one of the judges is already under fire. ESPN.com is reporting that Gloria Martinez Rizzo, the judge who had the outrageous 117-110 score, has been suspended by the WBA for six months. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza told ESPN that Rizzo is under suspension not only for her controversial scorecard on August 7th but for racist tweets that were uncovered on a since-deleted account connected to her.

Mendoza told ESPN that he will meet with Rizzo on Thursday to discuss discipline and possible permanent expulsion from judging any bouts sanctioned by the WBA.  

After the bout, tweets from 2020 were discovered on Rizzo's now-deleted account that were racist in nature, including tweets about Michelle Obama and LeBron James.  Also, Rizzo is married to someone who has had close ties with the WBA.

"We saw her score was wrong despite the unanimous decision," said Mendoza, who was born in Venezuela, where the WBA is based. "Those comments she made in the past -- she might be expelled by the WBA.

"I don't support any kind of racism. I believe in equality...Sports are the only thing that brings equality into the world sometimes."

Also, Maestre, a two-time Venezuelan Olympian, has close ties with Mendoza, who is also from Venezuela.

ESPN asked for a response from the Minnesota Office of Combative Sports concerning whether the result of the bout would be overturned or whether the scoring would be reviewed.  The commission gave no comment but issued a statement saying, "The Minnesota Office of Combative Sports has a grievance procedure. However, it is ultimately up to the World Boxing Association to determine if there is a rematch."

Mendoza ordered an immediate rematch between Maestre and Fox but added a few stipulations. Mendoza told ESPN that there will be no champion's advantage; if there is a draw, the title will be vacated. And there will be no special permits to allow an interim fight. Premier Boxing Champions was hoping to match fast-rising prospect Eimantas Stanionis (who fought to a no-contest against Luis Collazo on the same card as Fox-Maestre) against Maestre next, sources said. If for some reason the rematch doesn't take place next, the title will be in abeyance.

"We need to get new judges," Mendoza said. "I have a concept of making an academy and bringing people who like boxing to online courses and test them in different parts of the world. I want to step away from the boxing circle and find fans who like boxing [to become judges]."




Monday, August 09, 2021

Beltway Boxers Gain Victories In Philadelphia!

A host of Beltway Boxers earned victories on a Jeter Promotions card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, August 7th.

In the main event, Gwynn Oak, MD lightweight Brandon "The Hitter" Chambers scored a second-round TKO over Donald Stewart of St. Charles, MO.  According to reports, Chambers battered Stewart all over the ring.  Stewart did not come out for round three.  Chambers remains undefeated at 5-0-1, three KO's while Stewart falls to 2-5, two KO's.

Cockeysville, MD super middleweight AJ "We Are" Williams won a four-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Becerill of Kinston, NC.  Williams won by scores of 39-36 and 38-37 (twice).  Williams raises his record to 4-1, two KO's while Becerill drops to 2-8-1, two KO's.

Forestville, MD super bantamweight Jaqeem Hutcherson earned a four-round unanimous decision victory over Elie Charles of Brooklyn, NY.  Hutcherson won by scores of 39-37 across the board and is now 2-0. Charles is 0-2.

In a battle of young Beltway Boxers, Evan Harker of Baltimore, MD scored a first-round TKO over the debuting Alvin Scott of Rosedale, MD.  Harker landed solid punches to stop Scott at 1:44.  Harker evens his record at 1-1, one KO.

Washington, DC super welterweight Victor Williams stopped debuting Jeff Bozier, Jr. of Baltimore in the third round.  In round three, Williams hurt Bozier with a right hand.  Then another right hand dropped Bozier and the fight was stopped at 1:51 of the third.  Williams is 2-0, two KO's.

In other bouts on the card, Philadelphia welterweight Thyler Williams scored a second-round TKO over Jordan Morales of Sunbury, PA.  In the second round, Williams dropped Morales with two left hooks to the body.  Williams would send a flurry of punches that forced the stoppage at 2:02.  Williams remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO's.  Morales falls to 4-9, two KO's.

Camden, NJ lightweight Naheem Parker won a four-round unanimous decision over Joshua Zimmerman of Baltimore.  Parker won by shutout (40-36) on all three cards.  Parker is now 3-0, one KO.  Zimmerman is 0-3.

Englishtown, NJ featherweight John Leonardo captured a four-round unanimous decision over Jalen Woodmore of Detroit, MI.  Leonardo won by shutout on all three cards to raise his record to 3-0-1, two KO's.  Woodmore was making his pro debut.

Glendale, Queens, NY junior middleweight Matthew "The Future" Castro made a successful pro debut by knocking out McArio "Scrapyard Dog" DelCastillo of Salem, VA.  Castro landed a large barrage of punches early in the fourth round forcing a stoppage at 38 seconds.  DelCastillo is now 0-5.

Welterweight Steve Moore of Orange, NJ scored a fourth-round TKO over Philadelphia's Antonio Allen. Moore landed a heavy barrage of punches on the ropes in the fourth round and the referee ruled a knockdown.  Another hard right forced a stoppage at 1:27.  Moore is 5-8, four KO's.  Allen is 1-13-1, one KO.

Tony and Christen Jeter comprise Jeter Promotions.  The matchmaker was Nick Tiberi.



Sunday, August 08, 2021

Davis Earns Silver Medal In Tokyo Olympics!

Congratulations to Norfolk, VA born and Alexandria, VA trained lightweight Keyshawn Davis who earned a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. 

Davis lost the championship bout to Andy Cruz of Cuba by a 4-1 judges decision on Saturday.  It was the fourth time Davis had lost to Cruz.  Davis had a remarkable run at the Tokyo games.

The last Beltway Boxer to win an Olympic silver medal was Sgt. Charles Mooney in 1976.

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Fox Robbed In Interim WBA Title Bout In Minneapolis!

In one of the worst decisions in recent boxing history, Upper Marlboro, MD welterweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox has lost a unanimous decision to Gabriel Maestre of Barranquilla, Colombia by way of Venezuela for the vacant Interim WBA Welterweight title at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, MN. The bout was shown nationally on Fox.

Fox put on a career-defining performance during the bout, outshining Maestre at every turn.  He kept Maestre off-balance and used his height and reach almost to perfection.  Fox knocked down Maestre with a counter left hand in the second round and appeared to be in complete control throughout the contest.

However, when the scores were announced, Judge David Singh scored the bout 114-113, Judge John Mariano had the bout 115-112 and Judge Gloria Martinez Rizzo saw the contest an unbelievable 117-110, all for Maestre.  This decision should be investigated immediately by the commission in Minnesota as well as the Association of Boxing Commissions.

Fox falls to 22-3, five KO's. Maestre is now 4-0, three KO's.  Personally, this may replace the Derrell Coley-Oba Carr decision in August of 1995 as the worst decision I have ever seen for a Beltway Boxer.



Friday, August 06, 2021

Fox Hits Scales For Interim WBA Title Bout In Minneapolis!

Mykal Fox tipped the scales at 146.4 pounds for his Interim WBA Welterweight title bout against Gabriel Maestre at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, MN.  Maestre weighed in at 146 pounds.

This bout has been moved to the main event position on this card that will be televised by Fox beginning at 8 PM ET.

Preview And Weights From Philadelphia!

Here is the entire lineup for the Jeter Promotions card that will take place Saturday, August 7th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  This will be a night of four-round bouts:

The main event has Gwynn Oak, MD lightweight Brandon "The Hitter" Chambers battling Don Stewart of Saint Charles, MO.  Chambers (4-0-1, two KO's) comes off a third-round TKO over Jonathan Gray on April 24th at the 2300 Arena.  Stewart (2-4, two KO's) last fought on July 17th and scored a second-round KO over Dalton Treaster in St. Louis, MO.

Cockeysville, MD super middleweight AJ "We Are" Williams takes on the debuting Ricardo Barerril.  Williams (3-1, two KO's) competes for the first time since February of 2020 when he knocked out Michael Brock Willis in Hanover, MD.

Forestville, MD bantamweight Jaqeem Hutcherson will face Elie Charles of Brooklyn, NY.  Hutcherson (1-0) won his pro debut over Jeffery Williams by four-round unanimous decision on April 24th at the 2300 Arena.  Charles, a native of Haiti (0-1), lost his pro debut to another Beltway Boxer, Chamar Flowers, on July 10th in Newark, NJ.

Baltimore, MD lightweight Evan Harker will take on the debuting Alvin Scott of Rosedale, MD.  Harker lost his pro debut by unanimous decision to Joshua Clark on April 24th at the 2300 Arena.

In other bouts on the card, super welterweight Mathew "The Future" Castro of Glendale, Queens, New York will make his pro debut against McArio Del Castillo of Salem, VA.  Castro is well known in the New York Golden Gloves.  Del Castillo (0-4) returns for the first time since November 1st when he lost a four-round unanimous decision to Estaban Munoz in Corona, CA.

Undefeated Philadelphia welterweight Tyhler Williams will face Jordan Morales of Sunbury, PA. Williams (4-0, three KO's) has not fought since January of 2020 when he scored a first-round TKO over Demetris Williams in Bensalem, PA.  Morales (4-8, two KO's) lost by six-round unanimous decision to Nicolas Hernandez on June 11th in Lebanon, PA.

Camden, NJ lightweight Naheem Parker will take on Joshua Zimmerman of Baltimore, MD.  Parker (2-0, one KO) won by third-round TKO over Mathew Apolinaris on April 17th at the 2300 Arena.  Zimmerman (0-2) lost both of his bouts by unanimous decision.

Englishtown, NJ bantamweight John Leonardo will battle debuting Jalen Woodmore of Pontiac, MI. Leonardo (2-0-1, two KO's) comes off a first-round KO over Juan Bryand on June 5th in Jonesboro, GA.

Welterweight Steve Moore of Orange, NJ will compete against Antonio Allen of Philadelphia, PA.  Moore (4-8, three KO's) is riding a three-bout winning streak including a four-round unanimous decision over Philip Davis on the April 24th card at the 2300 Arena. Allen (1-12-1, one KO) looks to bounce back from a second-round TKO loss to Demontrez Holliman on May 30th in Augusta, GA.

Here are the weights for this card:

Brandon Chambers 123.6 vs. Donald Stewart 127

AJ Williams 166 vs. Ricardo Barerril 165

Jaqeem Hutcherson 122.1 vs. Elie Charles 122.5

Evan Harker 147 vs. Alvin Scott 154.7

Mathew Castro 150.3 vs. McArio DelCastillo 153.4

Thyler Williams 141.2 vs. Jordan Morales 141.9

John Leonardo 125.9 vs. Jalen Woodmore 119.8

Naheem Parker 138.8 vs. Joshua Zimmerman 138.2

Steve Moore 143.8 vs. Antonio Allen 146.1






Davis Advances To Gold Medal Bout In Tokyo!

Alexandria, VA lightweight Keyshawn Davis has advanced to the Gold Medal bout at the Tokyo Olympics!

Davis won a 5-0 victory against Hovhannes Bachov of Armenia this morning despite being deducted a point in the second round.  This was Davis's second victory over Bachov.  Davis defeated Bachov at the 2019 World Championships.

Davis will face Andy Cruz of Cuba in the championship on Sunday morning.  Cruz has beaten Davis in their three previous meetings.  If Davis wins, he will be the first Beltway gold medalist since Andrew Maynard in 1988 as well as the first American lightweight gold medalist since Oscar De La Hoya in 1992.

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Beltway Super Welterweight 'Mighty' Marlon Haynes Passes Away!

 A tough loss for long-time Beltway Boxing Fans.  Hyattsville, MD super welterweight "Mighty" Marlon Haynes passed away because of cancer.  

Haynes was born in Guyana and had a five-year career as a pro boxer.  He debuted on August 30th, 1998 and won a four-round split decision to Chad Greenleaf in Chester, WVA.  Haynes fought for the first time in DC on February 2, 1999 and fought to a third-round technical decision draw with Jerry Booker.

Haynes fought a number of Beltway Boxers during his career including Mike McFail, Lawrence Brooks, Vincent White, Melvin Jones, Luther (Sugarman) Smith, and Charles Clark.  Two of his biggest bouts came against former world champion Vince Phillips and contender Chris Smith.  Haynes lost both contests by technical knockout.  Haynes concluded his career with a third-round TKO win over Richard "Tiger" Lee Hall at the DC Armory on June 28th, 2003. His final record was 14-5-3, four KO's. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Haynes was one of the tough boxers we had in the area during the late 90's.  He would give anyone a tough battle.  He will definitely be missed.  BATB sends its condolences to all family and friends.


Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Davis Moves Into Olympic Medal Round!

Lightweight Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA has moved into the medal round of the Tokyo Olympics.

Davis won a 4-1 decision over Gabil Mamedov of the Russian Olympic Committee.  Davis scored a standing-eight count on Mamedov in the third round to seal the victory.

Davis is assured of at least a bronze medal.  He is the first Beltway Boxer to earn a medal since Clarence Vinson in 2000 in Sydney, Australia.  Davis now looks to become the first local to win a gold medal since Andrew Maynard in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. 

Davis will face Hovhannes Bachov of Armenia in the semifinals on Friday, August 6th.

Monday, August 02, 2021

M. Fox Competes For Interim WBA Welterweight Title Saturday In Minneapolis!

Upper Marlboro, MD welterweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox will vie for his first world title when he takes on Gabriel Maestre of Barcelona, Venezuela on Saturday, August 7th at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, MN.  The co-feature bout will be part of a tripleheader shown on Fox beginning at 8 PM ET.

Fox (22-2, five KO's) takes this bout on relatively short notice as he is replacing Cody Crowley who had to withdraw from the contest due to a positive COVID-19 test.  Fox last fought almost one year to the day from this contest, losing a 10-round unanimous decision to Lucas Santamaria on August 8th, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA.

Maestre (3-0, three KO's) competed for Venezuela in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.  He has fought all three of his bouts in Colombia, including a first-round knockout of Daniel Vega Cota on December 17th in Puerto Colombia.  Maestre won a minor title (WBA Fedebol Super Welterweight title) in his pro debut, knocking out an opponent who was 20-0 and the three opponents he has knocked out had a combined won-loss record of 63-9-2.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Davis Advances To Olympic Quarterfinals With Second-Round Stoppage!

Alexandria, VA lightweight Keyshawn Davis has advanced to the Quarterfinal Round at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Davis scored a second-round TKO over Sofiane Oumiha of France on Friday.  Davis was leading on three of the five judges's cards after the first round but in round two, he landed a powerful right hand that hurt Oumiha and forced the referee to give an eight-count.  The referee would stop the contest with a minute left in the round.

This was the second time Davis had defeated Oumiha.  Davis won a unanimous decision at the 2019 World Championships.  Oumiha was the silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and was the top seed in this year's bracket.

Davis returns for his quarterfinal contest on Tuesday, August 3rd against Gabil Mamedov of the Russian Olympic Committee.  If Davis wins, it will secure the first Olympic medal for a Beltway Boxer since Clarence Vinson won a bronze medal in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Isley Olympic Run Ends With Split Decision Loss!

The Olympic dream is over for Alexandria, VA middleweight Troy Isley.  Isley lost a close 3-2 decision to Gleb Bakshi of the Russian Olympic Committee today in Tokyo.

Isley now returns to the pro ranks.  Alexandria, VA lightweight Keyshawn Davis returns to action later this week.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Davis, Isley Win Olympic Debuts In Tokyo!

Alexandria, VA boxers Keyshawn Davis and Troy Isley won their opening contests at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Davis, competing at lightweight, won a unanimous decision over Enrico Lacruz of the Netherlands.

Isley, a middleweight, took a 5-0 decision over Vitali Bandarenka of Belarus.

United States boxers are 5-1 after the first three days of competition.

Here Is The August Schedule!

The August Beltway Boxing Schedule continues to feature some young talent but also has one boxer competing for an interim world title.  Here is the schedule as of today:

Saturday, August 7th -- 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Jeter Promotions will have another card at the 2300 Arena.  A number of Beltway Boxers are slated to appear on this card, including Gwynn Oak, MD lightweight Brandon "The Hitter" Chambers (4-0-1, two KO's).  Chambers comes off a third-round TKO win over Jonathan Gray on April 24th at the 2300 Arena.  Also, Cockeysville, MD super middleweight AJ Williams (3-1, two KO's) returns to action for the first time since February of 2020.  Williams won by third-round knockout over Michael Brock Willis in Hanover, MD.

Forestville, MD super flyweight Jaqeem Hutcherson is also slated for this card.  Hutcherson won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Jeffery Williams on April 24th at the 2300 Arena.  Also, Baltimore, MD super lightweight Evan Harker will look to win his first bout on this card.  Harker lost his pro debut on April 24th at the 2300 Arena by four-round unanimous decision to Joshua Clark.   All of the locals are looking for opponents on this card.

The main event on the card will be a six-round contest between Michael Lee of Orange, NJ (8-1, six KO's) against Romain Tomas of Brooklyn, NY by way of France (8-3, one KO).

Saturday, August 7th -- Rock Hill, SC -- Frederick, MD cruiserweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor will be in a six-round contest against Craig Parker of Las Vegas, NV.  Pryor (14-24, eight KO's) looks to bounce back from a third-round knockout loss to Atif Oberlton on May 29th in Carson, CA.  It might be a tough order because Parker has a perfect record --10-0, 10 KO's. Parker's most recent knockout came on February 6th when he knocked out Alexis Eduardo Olmos in the second round in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Saturday, August 14th -- Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA -- Washington, DC bantamweight Antonio "Another" Russell will try for his first title as he battles Emmanuel Rodriguez of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico for the Interim WBA Bantamweight title.  Russell (18-0, 12 KO's) is ranked number two by the WBA and is coming off a seventh-round technical decision win over Juan Carlos Payano on December 19th in Uncasville, CT. Rodriguez (19-2, 12 KO's) is ranked 7th by the WBA and lost a 12th round split decision to Reymart Gaballo for the Interim WBA title on the same December 19th card.  This bout is slated to be televised on Showtime.

Saturday, August 14th -- World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA -- The Rahman Brothers of Baltimore, MD are slated to be on this card in six-round bouts.  Heavyweight Hasim "Goldblooded" Rahman, Jr. will take on Nathan Bedwell of Jackson, TN.  Rahman, Jr. (11-0, five KO's) last fought on June 4th and won a six-round majority decision over Mario Rodriguez Juarez in Matamoros, Mexico.  Bedwell (5-17-1, four KO's) has not fought since June of 2019 when he lost a six-round unanimous decision to Codie Shuffield in Tunica, MS.

Super welterweight Sharif "C3" Rahman battles Donnis Reed of Lemon Grove, CA.  Rahman (4-0, three KO's) comes off a third-round TKO over Gladimir Jacinto on February 6th in Philadelphia, PA.  This is the first scheduled six-round bout for Rahman.  Reed (3-8-1, two KO's) battled to a four-round draw with Adan Gamboa on June 4th in Tijuana, Mexico. 

This card also marks the return of Oxon Hill, MD super lightweight Anthony Peterson who will be in a six-round bout against an opponent to be named.  Peterson (37-1-1, 24 KO's) has not fought since March of 2019 when he fought to a 10-round split decision draw with Algenis Mendez in Oxon Hill.

District Heights, MD super featherweight Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines also returns to action on this card in a six-round bout against Nathan Benichou of Puebla, Mexico by way of France.  Gaines (10-2, three KO's) last fought in May of 2019 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Eduardo Melendez in Washington, DC.  Benichou (2-5, two KO's) is looking to break a five-bout losing streak.

Saturday, August 14th -- Cosmopolitan Lounge, Decatur, GA -- Baltimore, MD middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson is slated for an eight-round encounter with Manny "Shake 'Em Up" Woods of Saint Petersburg, FL.  Simpson (9-0, five KO's) comes off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Sanny Duversonne on October 9th in Las Vegas, NV.  Woods (17-12-1, six KO's) will face a Beltway Boxer for the second straight bout.  Woods lost by seventh-round TKO to Alantez Fox on June 27th in Minneapolis, MN.

Also on this card will be Upper Marlboro, MD super lightweight Stacey Selby who is looking for an opponent.  Selby (3-0, three KO's) last fought on June 26th in Atlanta, GA and scored a third-round TKO over William Parra Smith.

Saturday, August 21st -- Columbus, OH -- Baltimore, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner is scheduled for a 10-round bout against undefeated Alante "Bam Bam" Green of Cleveland, OH. The bout is for Green's USBC Cruiserweight title and the vacant USBA Cruiserweight championship. Kisner (22-5-1, six KO's) comes off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Sam Crossed in February 2020 in Hanover, MD for the Maryland State Cruiserweight title.  Green (8-0-1, five KO's) won the vacant USBC title with an eight-round unanimous decision over Stivens Bujaj on June 4th in Newark, DE.









Cason Wins By Third-Round KO In Philadelphia!

Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Muhsin Cason scored a third-round knockout over Tristan James of Des Moines, IA on Friday, July 23rd at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Cason got the stoppage at 2:43 of the round to remain undefeated at 8-0, five KO's.  James's record evens at 4-4-2, one KO.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Weekend Recap: Cokley Scores First-Round TKO In South Carolina!

Oxon Hill, MD middleweight Ian "Dancer" Cokley scored a first-round technical knockout over Tony Gaines, Jr. of Wilson, NC on Saturday, July 17th at the Greenville Marriott in Greenville, SC.

Cokley pummeled Gaines from the opening bell and never let up.  Gaines offered no resistance whatsoever.  Gaines took a knee, then rose and turned his back to Cokley.  Referee Wayne Spinola mercifully stopped the bout at 2:13 of the round. Cokley remains undefeated at 4-0, two KO's.  Gaines is 0-2.


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Aleem Loses Tough Majority Decision In San Antonio!

Richmond, VA middleweight "The Chosen One" Immanuwel Aleem lost a tough 10-round majority decision to undefeated Amilcar Vidal of Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday, July 17th at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.  The bout was shown on Showtime.

Aleem fought a great bout showing physical power and tremendous heart.  He went toe-to-toe with the knockout artist Vidal, often landing more shots.  Vidal had a solid body attack and hurt Aleem in the sixth round.  However, Aleem stayed upright and gave a solid performance.

One judge saw a draw at 95-95.  However, the other two judges scored the bout 97-93 for Vidal.  Aleem's record falls to 18-3-2, 11 KO's.  Vidal is now 13-0, 11 KO's.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Beltway Week In Review: Roach, Jr. Scores Impressive Knockout; Madison Suffers KO In California; Veazey, Boyd Win By First-Round KO In West Virginia; Flowers Wins Pro Debut!

Beltway Boxers were, for the most part, very successful on the weekend of July 10th scoring wins in a number of locations.

Let's start on Friday, July 9th at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA where a leaner and stronger super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD scored an impressive second-round knockout over Daniel "Bad Boy" Rosas of Mexico City, Mexico.  Roach was able to show great power by landing body shots that would eventually stop Rosas at 2:14 of the second.  The win is Roach's second straight knockout victory since losing his title opportunity against Jamel Herring in November of 2019.  Roach is now 21-1-1, nine KO's.  Rosas falls to 22-5-1, 14 KO's.

On the same card, Baltimore, MD heavyweight Colby Madison lost by second-round knockout to Mihai Nistor of Bucharest, Romania in a very strange bout.  Madison actually knocked down Nistor in both the first and second round.  However, Madison also suffered knockdowns in both rounds.  Nistor landed a body shot in the second round that Madison couldn't recover from.  The bout was stopped at 2:16 of the second.  Madison is now 9-3-2, six KO's while Nistor is 3-0, three KO's.

Two locals scored first-round knockouts on a card at 1500 Grand Central Avenue in Vienna, WVA on Saturday, July 10th.  Baltimore, MD super welterweight "Bazooka" Joe Veazey stopped Leonidas Fowlkes of Winchester, VA at 2:59.  Veazey remains undefeated at 4-0, three KO's while Fowlkes falls to 2-3.

Also, Baltimore super middleweight Tyrell Boyd knocked out Tyrell Fry of Houma, LA at 2:56 of the first round.  Boyd is now 2-0, two KO's.  Fry is 0-2.

On Saturday, July 10th at the Trec Recreation Center in Newark, NJ, featherweight Chamar Flowers of Accokeek, MD made a successful pro debut winning a four-round unanimous decision over the equally debuting Elie Charles of Brooklyn, NY by way of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.  No word on the scores.  Flowers had a long and distinguished amateur career in the Beltway.