Friday, October 28, 2005

Results from Woodlawn, MD!

Three of the Baltimore area’s finest prospects continued making positive strides in their young careers by notching victories in front of a raucous Baltimore Boxing crowd at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD.

In the main event, super featherweight Mike “Little Rock” Ricasa of Ellicott City, MD rebounded from a tough majority decision loss in his last bout to earn a tough six-round majority decision victory over a game Dean “Pit Bull” White of Fredrick, MD. The bout was Ricasa’s first six-round contest.

Both men showed themselves to be effective counter punchers but it was Ricasa who seem to land more of the scoring blows when it counted most. White, who was making his return after a five-year layoff, showed a very strong chin and took Ricasa’s best. By the end of the bout, both men started forsaking their jabs in favor of landing power shots.

Judge John Gradowski saw the bout even at 57-57 while judges Bill Holmes and Malik Waleed scored the bout 58-56 for Ricasa. My unofficial scorecard had Ricasa winning 59-55.

After the bout, Ricasa told me he knew what he was getting himself into by facing White.

“He’s just what his name says,” Ricasa said. “He’s a pit bull. I had a feeling he would hesitate coming in and when he did come in, I knew exactly what he was going to do. I’m a good counter puncher and I felt good going into the fight.”

Ricasa raises his record to 6-1, two KO’s with the victory. White falls to 11-3, six KO’s with the loss.

In the co-feature, undefeated super middleweight Tony “Cyclone” Cygan of Middle River, MD scored an explosive second-round technical knockout over Larry “The Gladiator” Brothers of DC.

Cygan started the damage early by dropping Brothers with a left hand to the head in the first round. Then Cygan finished Brothers off midway through the second round with a short, brutal, audience-gasping left cross that made Brothers crumple. Referee Malik Waleed didn’t bother to count to one, much less 10 and immediately stopped the bout at 1:50 of the second.

“My left was landing and I thought it was pretty strong,” Cygan said after the bout. “I tried to throw it a couple of times and was unsuccessful but then I caught him with those two good shots and that was it.”

Cygan is now 8-0 with six KO’s. Brothers is now 6-16-3, four KO’s.

Cygan is the truth, folks. Each bout he has shown me something different. First, it was the power shots. Then it was the body shots. In this contest, Cygan put the two together because it was the body shots that set up the head shots that put the normally durable Brothers on the canvas. This was a knockout of the year candidate for the Beltway.

Undefeated Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall of Baltimore had the toughest bout winning a four-round unanimous decision over Carlos “The Headbanger” Jones. This bout had Paschall moving up from super middleweight to light heavyweight while Jones dropped from his normal cruiserweight to light heavyweight.

The weight dynamic helped make an interesting bout as both men tried to land shots. Midway through the bout, Jones charged after Paschall, trying to bull rush Paschall. While Paschall was landing the more telling blows, referee Bill Holmes deducted one point in the second and third rounds for holding and use of your head.

However, Paschall finished the final round very strongly, landing power punches and keeping Jones at bay for the victory.

All three judges (Don Risher, Malik Waleed and Kenny Chevalier) scored the bout 38-36, the same as me.

Paschall’s record climbs to 6-0, two KO’s while Jones falls to 3-7, two KO’s. Paschall definitely is a crowd-pleasing fighter, but I would like to see more power from him.

In other bouts on the card, junior middleweight Derrick Willmore of Capitol Heights, MD registered a fairly easy four-round unanimous decision over “Diamond” Matt Hill of Reistertown, MD. Willmore, originally from Hollywood, FL, was in control throughout as he made his first in-ring appearance in almost two years. All three judges (Chevalier, Holmes and Risher) saw the bout the same as I did, 40-36.

Willmore is 7-3, one KO while Hill falls to 6-27-2, four KO’s.

Parkville, MD heavyweight Adam “Boom Boom” Bloom had an easy time scoring a second round TKO over the debuting Robert “The Man” Monroe of Front Royal, VA.

After knocking down Monroe twice in the first round, Bloom finished off his opponent 19 seconds into the second round. Bloom is now 2-0, two KO’s.

The final bout of the evening was a minor upset as Westbury, NY heavyweight “The People’s Champion” Jonathan Felton scored the first victory of his young career by stopping Wayne “Hammerhead” Hampton of Capitol Heights in the first round. Felton is now 1-2, one KO while Hampton falls to 1-1, one KO.

Boxing notables in attendance include USBA Super Featherweight champ Lamont “Bay” Pearson, former WBO Cruiserweight champ Boone Pultz, Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson, and local prospects Tony Jeter, Jed Phipps, Russ Shifflett and Mike Dietrich.

Also in attendance was pro football hall of famer Lenny Moore. The legendary running back for the Baltimore Colts has been a frequent attendee at Baltimore area boxing matches for years and now he will have the title of Commission Member to go along with his attendance. Moore was recently appointed to the Maryland State Athletic Commission by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich.

The promoter of the Baltimore Boxing card was Jake Smith. The matchmaker was Josh Hall. This was a solid show from top to bottom.

The next Baltimore Boxing show will be on Wednesday, December 7. Jake Smith told the crowd that Tony Cygan, Jed Phipps and Mike Dietrich will be on that card. Smith added that Cygan will be in the main event and he will participate in his first scheduled eight-round bout.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Anthony Peterson Scores Another Knockout Win!

This one got under the radar for everyone,including myself, but congratulations to Anthony Peterson. The junior welterweight from DC scored a fourth-round TKO over Roy Bohannon on October 15 at the Isle of Capri Casino in Lula, MS.

Peterson's record is now 14-0 with 10 KO's. He has now fought an amazing 10 times in 2005 with seven wins coming by knockout.

I still remember that scintilating performance Peterson put together on the McBride-Tyson undercard in DC. This was one of the best performances I've seen this year.

By the way, Anthony's brother Lamont is also undefeated at 14-0 with six KO's. Lamont has also fought 10 times this year with four wins by KO.

Official Card for Woodlawn, MD

Here is the official card for tomorrow night's Baltimore Boxing show at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD.

The main event remains the same: Tony "Cyclone" Cygan of
Middle River, MD will take on Larry "The Gladiator" Brothers of DC.

The co-feature will match Baltimore's Mike "The Persecutor" Paschall against veteran Carlos "Headbanger" Jones of Landover.

Mike "Little Rock" Ricasa of Ellicott City will battle Dean White of Reston, VA.

Adam "Boom Boom" Bloom of Baltimore will match up against Dan Monroe of Front Royal, VA.

Wayne Hampton of Laurel, MD takes on Johnathan Felton of Stafford, VA.

"Diamond" Matt Hill of Reistertown, MD will battle Derrick Wilmore of Hollywood, FL.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Update on Upcoming Cards!

Bear with me,folks. This will be a long post, but it will be informative. I have updated information on four of the five cards that will take place along the Beltway in the next month.

I will have definitive information on tomorrow night's Baltimore Boxing card at Martin's West in Woodlawn late this evening. There is a slight bit of confusion concerning that card that can affect two of the other cards in this time span. The confusion concerns two boxers: Ishmail "The Arsenal" Arvin and Dhafir "No Fear" Smith.

As I reported in an earlier post, Lem Satterfield of the Baltimore Sun mentioned that Arvin and Smith were scheduled to face each other on tomorrow's night card. However, representatives for the November 4 BXF card and the November 10 Ballroom Boxing card say Arvin and Smith will be on their cards. Arvin is slated to headline the Ballroom show against an opponent to be named while Smith is scheduled to face James McCallister in the main event at BXF.

I'm not saying either Arvin or Smith couldn't be in two matches in a very short period of time, but I think it would be highly unlikely.

As far as tomorrow's card is concerned, here's what we do know at this time.

There is a VERY interesting six-round super middleweight bout scheduled between undefeated Tony "Cyclone" Cygan of Middle River, MD and DC's Larry "The Gladiator" Brothers. Promoter Jake "The Snake" Smith seems to be moving Cygan (7-0, five KO's) on a fast track and with good reason; Cygan is the most talented guy, in my opinion, to come out of Smith's gym. Cygan is a fierce body puncher and has good power. That power will be tested against Brothers, who despite his won-loss record (6-15-1, 1 NC, three KO's), tends to live up to his "Gladiator" nickname. This will be an excellent test for Cygan to see where he is in this business.

Another decent scheduled matchup involves Mike "Little Rock" Ricasa of Ellicott City, MD and Joey VanDaniker of Laurel, MD. This will be a six-round super featherweight bout. The interesting part of this for me is that both man have a common opponent in Ron "Teflon" Boyd. Both Ricasa (5-1, two KO's) and VanDaniker
(5-3-1, four KO's) lost to Boyd in their last outings. Ricasa's was a tough majority decision loss on the last Martin's West card in July while VanDaniker lost by disqualification on the McBride-Tyson undercard in DC in June. Maybe the winner will get a rematch with Boyd.

Other boxers scheduled for the Martin's West card include undefeated super middleweight Mike "The Persecutor" Paschall (5-0, two KO's) and heavyweight Adam "Boom Boom" Bloom of Baltimore (1-0, one KO).

Let's now move to November 4 at BXF Live in Millersville, MD. The main event, as we've stated, is "King" James McCallister of Landover (9-5-1, three KO's) vs Dhafir "No Fear" Smith of Upper Darby, PA (13-11-2, three KO's). This will be an eight-round bout that was scheduled for the last BXF in September but was postponed.

The co-feature is scheduled to include the return of one of the more popular Beltway Boxers of the 1990's -- Purcell "Hard Rock" Miller. This junior middleweight from DC would have crowds literally dancing in the aisles as he made his way to the ring. This was because Miller was one of the few boxers in the world who brought his own BAND to the ring. A brass band would play New Orleans style as Miller walked to the ring. Miller married his loves of music (he plays the trombone) and boxing every time he fought.

Once in the ring, Miller showed quick hands and solid knockout power. His record was 21-3 with 17 KO's. The losses came to quality opponents: a split decision USBA welterweight title loss to world title contender Raul Frank, a unanimous USBA Junior Middleweight title loss to former WBA Junior Middleweight champ Carl Daniels and a majority decision loss to Robert "Push-Up" Frazier.

The Frazier loss came in 2000, and that was the last time Miller was in a boxing ring. A combination of lack of boxing desire and serious legal issues kept Miller away from the ring. I recently talked to Miller and he says he is ready to go and he promised me that he will strike up the band again. Miller's opponent for his six-round bout on November 4 is to be announced.

The undercard will feature a couple of guys who made successful pro debuts on Bobby Magruder's card in Waldorf earlier this month. Waldorf cruiserweight Nick Caroleo will face the debuting Willie Williams of Baltimore while Wayne Hampton of Capitol Heights (1-0) will take on LaJuan Henderson of Portsmouth, VA (1-1). Other bouts on the card include James Shedrick of Philadelphia (2-3,one KO) vs. John Terry of Portsmouth (1-1, one KO) in a four-round super middleweight bout; and Fred Fleming of Cincinnati, OH (0-1) against James Franks of Portsmouth (pro debut) in a super featherweight encounter. There may be two more bouts added to this card.

Now to the Ballroom Boxing show on Thursday, November 10 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Ishamail Arvin is in the main event, as I said. The co-feature is a rematch of a bout that took place on the last Ballroom card in September between "Magnificent" Martinus Clay of Wilson, NC and Keenan Collins of Reading, PA. The last time these junior middleweights met, the bout went to a six-round draw. This one is scheduled for eight rounds. Clay (9-9-1, three KO's) is making his third attempt to get a win in Glen Burnie. Clay is 0-0-1 with 1 NC in the Ballroom. Collins (7-1-1, seven KO's) is 0-1-1 when he goes the distance in a bout. Every bout he has won has finished in either the first or second round.

Undefeated Baltimore welterweight Tim Coleman (3-0, one KO) will also be on this card. Coleman is scheduled to face John Rudolph of Cincinnati (2-2, one KO) in a four-rounder.

Also on the card, junior welterweight Filiberto Nieto of New York City (1-2, one KO)who will take on Jonathan Jones of Wilson, NC (0-1-1) in a four-rounder and Calvin Dixon, a cruiserweight from Greenville, NC (2-0, three NC's) will face an opponent TBA in a six-rounder.

As far as the November 11 Fight Night charity show at the Washington Hilton and Towers, I am still awaiting word on who will be on that card. The only name I have heard about on this card is out of towner and NABA Cruiserweight champ Chad Van Sickle. One stat I have heard about this card is that it is NOT sold out. That is a rarity because usually this event sells out months in advance. My speculation is that it is on a Friday this year instead of a Thursday and that could have thrown people off.

November's boxing slate will end with what looks like a monster of a card. I talked about this November 26 card at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro in a previous post. There have been some changes since then. But if this lineup holds up, this will be a great card as far as Beltway star power is concerned. Originally, former WBA champ William Joppy and former NABF Welterweight champ Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley were slated to headline. That now looks like it won't happen. However, the card is now slated to feature Purcell Miller, Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan, Nick Caroleo, Jarell Jackson and possibly, Teddy Reid. Looks like a good one!

As you can see, there is a WHOLE lot going on. Look for the final card for the Martin's West show later this evening!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Nady to Referee Rahman-Klitschko; Arvin to Face Safir in Woodlawn

My writing colleague and good friend Lem Satterfield of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that veteran Nevada referee Jay Nady will be the third man in the ring when WBC Heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko and WBC interim champ Hasim Rahman battle on November 12 in Las Vegas.

Nady has worked a number of high-profile title bouts including Jermain Taylor-Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver-Roy Jones II and Kostya Tszyu-Zab Judah. It was during the Tszyu-Judah bout where Nady's name was well known because it was Nady that Judah attacked after the bout was stopped in favor of Tszyu.

Nady has also worked some of Rahman's bouts, including Rahman-Lennox Lewis II and Rahman's most recent victory over Monte Barrett.

I have only recently become a Nady fan. He has done well in some high-profile bouts. He is also a big guy (6-5, 250 pounds) so he shouldn't be intimidated by the big fellows. I think this is a good choice.

Satterfield says that Rahman has been sparring recently with two 6'6 boxers; Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride and Silver Spring, MD heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson.

By the way, Satterfield also reports that the judges for this contest will be Jerry Roth and Dave Moretti of Las Vegas and Anek Hongtongkam of Thailand.

As far as the local scene is concerned, the main event for this Thursday's Baltimore Boxing card will feature undefeated Baltimore junior middleweight Ishmail "The Arsenal" Arvin (13-0-1, six KO's). Arvin is scheduled to face Dhafir "No Fear" Smith of Upper Darby, PA (13-11-2, three KO's).

That would be interesting because originally Smith was scheduled to appear on the November 7 BXF card in Millersville against "King" James McCallister.

I hope to have full information on both cards in the next few days.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Boxing Card Rumors and News!

I am hearing rumors that there will be a pretty good card coming to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD on November 26.

I am hearing that it will be a Keystone Boxing card that is scheduled to feature former three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy, former junior middleweight prospect Purcell "Hard Rock" Miller (who is scheduled to make his return in Millersville on the next BXF card on November 7) and possibly former welterweight contender Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley.

I'll let you know if this is true and I will provide details if this is true.

If this card comes to fruition, it will add to an already busy November. The BXF card is Friday, November 4, the next Ballroom Boxing show in Glen Burnie is Thursday, November 10 and the Fight Night charity card at the Washington Hilton is Friday, November 11.

The BXF show is scheduled to feature Miller, Tony Jeter and James McAlister. The Ballroom Boxing show is slated to have a rematch between Baltimore heavyweight Jed Phipps and Tom "The Ripper" Cameron. Phipps was blasted by Cameron the last time they met. The Fight Night card is scheduled to feature NABA Cruiserweight champ Chad Van Sickle (who is not from this area).

Saturday, October 15, 2005

These ARE the Results from Waldorf!

Earlier today, I put up the results from the card from Waldorf, courtesy of my buddy Mike Swann of Thanks to an alert reader who noticed that they were the results from LAST year's card! I have deleted that post, but I want to make sure the poster who noticed that knew that I got your message and I thank you.

These are the results from Friday's show in Waldorf, once again courtesy of Mike Swann.

Every fall Bobby Magruder stages his annual pro boxing show at the Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf Maryland. The fighters are gritty and exciting, if not particularly skilled in a technical sense, and put on a great show for the bargain price of $40.

Magruder, a member of the Maryland and Washington D.C. boxing halls of fame, is a showman second to none in southern Maryland. Not only did the roaring sell out crowd enjoy a card of six fights, but on this night Magruder featured a Polynesian bent, “A Tribute to the Islands,” with each paying customer receiving a lei from hula girls upon entrance. In addition, the musical offerings of Charlie Taylor and Kurt Gibbons were on display prior to the live card and during the intermission.

Maryland fight fans, hungry for live professional boxing, are hopeful that Magruder provides more frequent offerings of his brilliant promotions.

On hand for the festivities were former jr. middleweight champ Vincent Pettway, former WBO cruiserweight titlist Boone Pultz, and light-heavyweight contender Darnell Wilson.

The honored guest of the evening was the legendary trainer Angelo Dundee. Everyone in the house flocked to Dundee like paparazzi after Lindsey Lohan. Women kissed him, men shook his hand and hugged him, and he graciously posed for pictures with the many that approached him with camera in hand.

The card began with a four rounder between light welterweights Tony Kinney, 1-3, and Pernell Jackson, who was making his pro debut. Jackson floored Kinney once in the first and twice in the second before the ringside physician advised referee John Gradowski that Kinney, should not come out for round three.

Next, in a six round jr. middleweight bout, Vance Garvey and Charles Clark fought to a majority draw by scores of 57-57, 57-57, and 57-56 for Clark. Garvey went down from body blows in the first and second rounds when his foot slipped on the canvas as he was hit, and referee Kenny Chevalier ruled them as knockdowns. However, two of the three judges scored both rounds as 10-9. One of the rounds was scored as 10-8 on the third card. Garvey is now 6-18-4, and Clark is at 14-21-2.

Henry Mayes, now 4-1 with 3 Ko’s, starched Marvin Robinson at 2:39 of round one with a good left hook that laid Robinson flat on the canvas for several minutes. Referee Malik Waleed immediately called a halt to the fight when Robinson, now 4-3, [3], hit the deck.

Jason Champion and Chris Govan both made their pro debuts in a jr. middleweight fight scheduled for four. Govan suffered a nasty cut over his right brow from a punch in the first round, and was floored in the second. By the third round, Champion’s punches spattered Govan’s blood on my score sheet, and referee Chevalier stopped the bout on the advice of the ring physician after the third round.

Oscar Colindres and Wayne Hampton were next in a heavyweight fight scheduled for four. Hampton, who had 1976 Olympic Silver medallist Charles Mooney working in his corner, floored Colindres in rounds one and two, and Colindres had a point deducted in round three for holding. Both fighters tired early and the fight was marked by clutching by both men. Referee Gradowski stopped the fight at 2:42 of round four after Colindres failed to return fire after being hurt by a barrage of shots from Hampton. The exhausted winner Hampton leaned over a neutral corner trying to catch his wind after the stoppage.

In the four round finale, local boy Nick Caroleo won his pro debut by majority decision over Derek Sierra, now 0-3-1, in a light heavyweight tilt. The scores were 40-36, 38-38, and 40-36. Caroleo showed some skills with some sharp body punching and was the aggressor throughout the fight, finishing with a flourish by banging Sierra with power shots against the ropes just before the bell in what had been a good round for both men.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Pro Boxing Comes to Waldorf October 14!

Bobby Magruder, known to many in the area as the "Don King of Southern Maryland," will have his annual pro card on Friday, October 14 at the Jaycees Hall in Waldorf, MD.

The most notable name on the card is scheduled to be Baltimore junior middleweight Charles Clark. Clark (14-21-1, five KO’s) is a wily veteran of the fight game who has had tough going of late, losing his last 10 bouts and 13 of his last 14. Included in that stretch are losses to two members of the first “Contender” series; runner-up Peter Manfredo, Jr. and DC-area rival Jimmy Lange. Clark has also lost to veteran contender Tony Marshall and undefeated prospect Yuri Foreman.

Clark’s opponent is scheduled to be veteran Vance Garvey of Indianapolis, IN. Garvey (6-18-3, one KO) has also struggled, going 0-4-1 in his last five bouts. Garvey has been busy this year. His scheduled six-round matchup against Clark will be Garvey’s 10th bout in 2005.

In another bout on the card, Baltimore super middleweight Henry “Hurricane” Mayes will try to bounce back from a devastating knockout loss in his last bout when he faces Marvin Robinson of Richmond, VA in a four-round contest. Mayes (3-1, two KO’s) was starched by Alton Rice in the first round on May 24 in Woodlawn, MD. Robinson (3-2, two KO’s) has not fought since winning a four-round unanimous decision over Mike Eatmon in Sept of 2004 in Richmond.

Five other bouts will make up the rest of the card which will include the pro debuts of DC-area boxers Nick Caroleo, Pernell “Action” Jackson, Wayne Hampton and Jason Champion.

Caraleo of Waldorf will battle Derek Sierra of Silver Spring (1-2) in a light heavyweight battle.

Jackson will face Jonny Kinney of Cincinnati in a junior welterweight encounter.

Heavyweight Hampton of Laurel battles Oscar Colindres of Atlanta, GA.

Champion of Hillcrest Heights takes on Cincinnati's Chris Govan in a junior middleweight encounter.

Monday, October 10, 2005

'Little Big Man' Challenges 'Pretty Boy Floyd'! is reporting that former WBA Super Lightweight champion Sharmba Mitchell of Takoma Park, MD will challenge undefeated WBC Junior Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on a November 19 HBO card at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

This should be a major payday for the "Little Big Man." Whether he can beat Mayweather remains to be seen, but it should be a great matchup. This will be the second Beltway Boxer Mayweather has faced. Mayweather scored a 12-round unanimous decision victory over former WBO Junior Welterweight champ DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley on May 22, 2004.

Mitchell has not fought since his fifth round technical decision victory over Chris Smith for the NABA Welterweight title on June 11 at MCI Center. The bout was the co-feature to Kevin McBride-Mike Tyson.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Jeter Wins in Comeback!

I was unable to attend the BXF show last night in Millersville, MD. However, One of my Fightnews colleagues and a man who is truly one of the best boxing photographers in the business, Mike Greenhill, was there and he filed the following report:

Middleweight Tony Jeter came back off a 4-year layoff in grand style, destroying Philadelphia's Lawrence Frisby in two rounds to win by TKO at BXF Gym (Boxing Extreme Fitness)in the Baltimore suburb of Millersville. Jeter, of Stevensville, enjoyed some home cooking, as he trains at BXF during the week. Jeter moved in behind his jab in Round One, and caught Frisby with a counter right to the head that turned his legs to pasta. Jeter then followed with a right to put Jeter down on the canvas. He rose on unsteady legs, and was promptly put down again, just before the bell.

Jeter wasted no time in the second round, flooring Frisby with a looping right to the top of the head. Moments later, the hometown kid dropped Frisby into the neutral corner with a counter left hook, and referee Gary Camponeschi waved off matters at 0:50 of the second. Jeter is now 4-1 (4) while Frisby falls to 3-9 (2).

In the night's other pro bout, light heavyweight Jarell Mason-Jackson of Temple Hills, MD gained a tough unanimous 6-round decision over Steve Garrett of Annapolis, MD. It was a back-and-forth battle until Mason-Jackson sealed the deal with a knockdown in the 6th and final round. Bill Holmes scored 58-55, Gary Camponeschi tallied 58-54 and John Gradowski recorded 59-54, all for Mason-Jackson. Garrett also had a point deducted in the final round for holding. Mason-Jackson improves to 3-3 (0), while Garrett falls to 2-4 (1).

There were only two pro bouts since the James McCallister-Dafir Smith main event fell through. However, the pro show was preceded by five amateur bouts, thus satisfying the Maryland State Athletic Commission's minimum 25-round requirement for the show to take place.

On hand to view the festivities were former cruiserweight champ Boone Pultz, welterweight contender Derrell Coley and USBA lightweight champ Lamont "Bay" Pearson.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

'King James' Headlines at BXF on Oct. 7!

Landover, MD super middleweight "King" James McAllister will headline a four-bout professional portion of a pro-am card on Friday, Oct. 7 at the Boxing Xtreme Fitness (BXF) Gym in Millersville, MD.

McAllister (9-5-1, three KO's) has not been in action since November 2004 when he lost a six-round majority decision to Carlos DeLeon Jr. in Las Vegas. McAllister will face Dhafir "No Fear" Smith (13-11-2, three KO's) of Upper Darby, PA in an eight-round bout. Smith has lost his last five bouts, including an eight round unanimous decision loss to Derrick Whitley on Sept. 17 in Mansfield, MA.

The co-feature will involve two boxers who are returning after lengthy absences; middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter of Columbia, MD. This will be Jeter's first bout since October 2001 when he lost a four-round unanimous decision to Kwame Bumphus in Philadelphia, PA.

Jeter(3-1, 1 NC, three KO's) will take on Lawrence Frisby of Philadelphia (3-8, two KO's) in a four-round encounter. Frisby has not fought since December 2001 when he won a six-round split decision over Tyrone Winkler in Philadelphia.

Two other four-round bouts will round out the pro part of the card; Jarell Mason Jackson of Temple Hills, MD (2-3) will battle Steve Garrett of Columbia in a four-round light heavyweight matchup. Also, James Shedrick of Philadelphia (2-3, one KO) will take on John Terry of Portsmouth, VA (1-1, one KO) in a four round super middleweight encounter.

Four amateur bouts are also scheduled for the card.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Aiken Loses Split Decision in Ohio!

Thanks to a poster for this tip.

Forestville, MD featherweight prospect Eric "Mighty Mouse" Aiken lost a tough six-round split decision to Leo Martinez in Columbus,OH on October 1.

I haven't seen any published reports on the bout, but Martinez is from Columbus so there could have been a hometown decision. One judge voted for Aiken, 58-56 while the other two voted 59-55 for Martinez. Martinez has, however, faced mostly winning record opposition throughout his career, so the win could be legitimate.

The loss looks bad for Aiken because his record is now 12-3 with nine KO's. Martinez's record is 7-5 with four KO's. So on paper, this is a bad loss. Maybe there will be a rematch.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Olakanye Loses on Byrd-Williamson Card!

Silver Spring heavyweight Adele "Super Bad" Olakanye lost by TKO on the undercard of the heavyweight doubleheader featuring Chris Byrd-Davarryl Williamson and James Toney-Dominick Guinn.

Olakanye was stopped in the fourth round by undefeated Shane Cameron of New Zealand (14-0, 13 KO's). Olakanye's record is now 6-3-2, four KO's.

By the way, Williamson, a native of DC who now lives in Colorado Springs, CO, lost by unanimous decision to Byrd in the WBC title matchup.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

King Sues Rahman!!

Interesting story from my good friend Lem Satterfield of the Baltimore Sun concerning a lawsuit against WBC Interim Heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman by Don King.

This is the story in its entirety:

Promoter Don King has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore native Hasim Rahman, charging that he is entitled to half of the $4.2 million purse the ex-champion will earn for fighting World Boxing Council heavyweight Vitali Klitschko in November.

The suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court's Southern District in Manhattan, charges the money is owed King in accordance with a contractual agreement granted in the event that King lost the purse bid to be the primary promoter for Rahman's title bout. The amount "is King's reward for driving up the bid," said Judd Burstein, King's attorney. King lost the purse bid to promoter Bob Arum, who bid $12 million to King's $11.1 million, but Burstein said Rahman still is under contract with King until July 2008.

Burstein said Rahman's refusal to agree to a payment stems from Rahman's financial trouble, and the fact that the Las Vegas resident "has a 2.1 million IRS tax lien against him."

The suit was filed, Burstein said, "because Rahman feels that if the IRS and Don King get their payments, then he's fighting Klitschko for nothing."

Ballroom Boxing Results!

Here are the results of the Ballroom Boxing card that took place on Sept. 29. The report is filed by my Fightnews colleagues Julian Burgower and "Priceless" Steve Price.

Ballroom Boxing opened their new season with a bang on Thursday night with the return of welterweight contender Kermit Cintron and heavyweight prospect Chazz Witherspoon featured in abbreviated but successful bouts in front of the always-animated fans at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Cintron, who was coming off an unsuccessful April bid to capture the WBO welterweight title from Antonio Margarito, showed a new-look style in the three rounds it took to dismantle outclassed Francisco Parra of Tijuana, Mexico.

In the first round, Cintron displayed what six months of adjustments in the gym can do for you as he jabbed Parra, 12-6 (10), and unbridled a new, more defensive-type approach to his game. Parra seemed stunned with every punch landed by “El Asesino” and although game, knew immediately that he was being outclassed.

The second saw more of the first as Cintron moved well and employed a shoulder-roll type of strategy brought to recent reemergence by fighters such as Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins and James Toney.
The third was to be Parra’s last, as Cintron opened up and let loose hard and well placed shots that connected with deadly accuracy. An overhand right dropped Parra midway through the round, with Parra dragging Kermit down to the canvass with him as he collapsed. Beating the count, Parra was briefly directed to be inspected by the ringside physician, his face having become a bloody mess. After the okay from ringside, Parra was put out of his misery as Cintron opened up a five-punch combination that connected beautifully with every shot. Parra again flopped to the ground, at which time it was said that he had had enough. The time was 2:07 as Cintron victoriously bellowed, “I’m back! I’m back!” to the crowd.

“I felt good,” exclaimed Cintron, now 25-1 (23), after the bout. “I wish he could have given me a better fight.” Citron also said that he feels comfortable in his new style and thinks that it will help him as he steps back up into major fights down the road. “I was working on it- concentrating on it more to give different fighters different looks.” Cintron expressed a desire to fight in his hometown of Reading, PA next, possibly in November before looking to challenge for another title. He said that it doesn’t matter whom he fights for a title, dropping names such as Margarito in a rematch, undisputed champion Zab Judah and Luis Collazo.

On the co-feature of the evening, heavyweight prospect Chazz Witherspoon, 8-0 (6), easily stopped 271-pound Lincoln Luke in two rounds.

Luke, who brought in a 45-pound weight advantage, proved that weight can also be a disadvantage as he was in no shape to fight. Out of breath within the first minute of the round, Luke forced the fight into a sloppy mess as he staggered around the ring with Witherspoon patiently stalking him. Witherspoon connected on several occasions resulting with Luke flopping into the ropes.

In the second round, Chazz connected with a stiff right jab that knocked Luke down for an eight-count. Upon rising, Luke was deemed not able to safely continue by referee Bill Holmes and waived the fight off at 2:00 into the round. Luke, still with little birdies flying around his head, reacted with class, twice pushing Holmes in protest before Ballroom security entered the ring to restore order. Executive Director Patrick Pannella of the Maryland State Athletic Commission declined to comment on any disciplinary actions to be taken against Luke.

In the most exciting fight of the evening, welterweights Martinus Clay and Keenan Collins fought to a six-round draw in a battle of wills.
Collins, 7-1-1 (7), came out looking to end the night early with a big right hand, stunning Clay, 9-9-1 (3), on occasion but unable to finish as he had on his seven other victims.

Clay countered Collins’ attack with a good inside game, raking a two-fisted body assault into Collins’ midsection.

As the fight wore on, the lanky Collins looked more and more to his right hand, neglecting to continue through with any follow up punches- punches that could have made a difference in the outcome.
In rounds three through five, Clay was able to back Collins into the ropes several times and dig to the body.

At the end of six, scores read 58-56 for Clay, 58-56 for Collins and 57-57, ending in a draw.

In cruiserweight action, southpaw Calvin Dixon, 2-0-1 (0) with 3 No-Contests, counterpunched his way to a split-decision victory over William Bailey by scores of 57-55 for Bailey and 58-56 (twice) in favor of Dixon.

In the show opener, John Terry improved to 1-1 (1) in stopping Michael Dickerson, 0-2, at 1:05 of round one in a super middleweight bout.

Also in attendance was Hall of Fame running back Lenny Moore and former welterweight title-challenger Derrell “Too Sweet” Coley, who affirmed he was coming out of retirement to resume his boxing career.
Ballroom Boxing is promoted by Michael and Scott Wagner of Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.