Friday, March 31, 2006

Watch Digital on City Cable 16 Tonight!

For you folks who have cable in DC, you can watch the newest installment of "WDC Boxing" tonight at 9 pm. This show should include bouts from the recent "Fighting on the U" card at the Lincoln Theatre. I don't know what bouts will be shown on this one-hour telecast.

I had the pleasure of doing the blow-by-blow call for this show alongside my longtime partner, "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears.

If you don't live in DC, you can watch via the internet by going to

Let me know what you think of the broadcast.

McNamara to Appear on California Card April 12!

Cambridge, MD lightweight Angel "Saumnice" McNamara will be a part of the April 12 card at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA.

McNamara (6-4-1, two KO's) will square off in an eight-round rematch bout against Canadian Jessica Rakoczy. The two women fought each other in December 2005 in the same location with Rakoczy (22-2, seven KO's) winning a six-round unanimous decision.

Since that bout, both boxers have won their most recent contests. McNamara won a four-round unanimous decision over Cynthia Jones on March 3 in DC. Rakoczy won an eight-round unanimous decision over Terri Blair on February 23 in Lemoore.

By the way, the main event for this card has been listed as Sharmba Mitchell taking on Paul "The Punisher" Williams. That will NOT be the case, however.

Aiken to Battle Former IBF Bantam Champ on Saturday!

Despite suffering a six-round unanimous decision loss just two weeks ago, NABA Featherweight champion Eric "Mighty Mouse" Aiken of Forestville, MD will take on his most notable foe to date. Aiken will battle former IBF Bantamweight champion Tim Austin on Saturday, April 1 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH.

Aiken (14-4, 11 KO's) lost to undefeated Johnnie Edwards on March 18 in Columbus, OH. But where Edwards only has six pro bouts, Austin (27-1-1, 24 KO's) is an experienced veteran in the midst of his own comeback. This will be Austin's third bout since 2003.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Corley Slated to Battle for Vacated WBC 140-Pound Title!

Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley of DC may soon have an opportunity to win a second world title.

Corley (31-4-1, 17 KO's) who is ranked number two by the WBC, is slated to take on European Champion and WBC number one-ranked competitor Junior Witter of Bradford, England (33-1-2, 19 KO's) for the now-vacant WBC 140-pound crown sometime this summer. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. recently announced that he would stay at 147 pounds so he vacated the WBC title.

Witter is still scheduled to defend his European title on April 28 against Giuseppe Lauri in Varese, Italy.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Results from Pikesville, MD!

My thanks to my buddies "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and photographer extraordinare Mike Greenhill for covering for me last night in Pikesville. Jerome handled the announcing on the videotape while Mike did this report for

Louisiana heavyweight Andrew Greeley destroyed Baltimore's local favorite Jed Phipps at 2:36 of round one at the Armory in Pikesville, Maryland Friday night, flooring Phipps twice before sending him wobbling around the ring, whereupon referee Malik Waleed called a halt. The Phipps-Greeley main event was delayed 20 minutes due to the ringside paramedics having to help an ill spectator out on a stretcher, so the bout could not start until the EMTs had returned.

The delay did not affect Monroe, LA native Greeley, who pounced on Phipps from the get-go, showing surprising hand speed for a heavyweight. He rocked Phipps with hard rights over Phipps' low left hand, hurting him on several occasions. A hard right sent Phipps down on his behind, without all his faculties. He never recovered as Greeley downed him again with a hard left to the head, then had Phipps wavering around the ring with his back to his opponent at the time of the stoppage. Phipps drops to 17-4 (10), while Greeley improves to 11-11-2 (7). (UPDATE: Greeley's father is out of the hospital and is headed back to Louisiana)

The most exciting bout took place earlier in the evening, as Baltimore super middleweight Henry Mayes rallied off the ropes to stop Nick Collins of Bel Air, Maryland, in two rounds. Furious exchanges took place from the opening bell, and after moments of distress in a neutral corner, Mayes attacked off the ropes, knocking Collins down with a classic left hook as the crowd went wild. Collins beat the count, but Mayes jumped on him in the blue corner, crumpling him to the bottom of the turnbuckle with a flurry of punches. Ken Chevalier halted matters right away, at the 1:15 mark of the second. Collins was flat on his back for a while, but turned out to be okay. Mayes is now 5-1 (4), while Collins suffers his first defeat after 2 wins.

Reisterstown, Maryland light middleweight Matt Hill broke a long losing streak with a workmanlike unanimous 4-round decision win over Marquis McConnell of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Those who watched his last few bouts wondered if Hill, now 7-28-2 (4), would ever win again. But he awkwardly outworked McConnell, who had a point deducted in the final round for holding.

Local former amateur star Jesse Nicklow raised his pro mark to 3-0 (1) with a 4-round unanimous decision win over Larry Brothers of Temple Hills, Maryland. Pasadena, Maryland's Nicklow attacked the body and head throughout, but abandoned the jab in the second round. "He headbutted me early, and it got me angry and overanxious to take him out," explained Nicklow. Brothers falls to 6-19-3 (4).

Putty Hill, Maryland heavyweight Adam Bloom was outweighed, 227 to 263, by Fort Mill, South Carolinas Ryan Shay. Perhaps the extra pounds proved detrimental to Shay, who ran out of gas at 1:50 of the second, after Bloom pounded him in two different corners over the nearly 5 minutes of fighting. Once Shay could no longer raise his arms, ref Gary Componeschi stopped the fight. Bloom is now 4-0 (3), while Shay goes home with a 1-4 (1) record.

On hand to watch the action were NFL Hall of Fame running back Lenny Moore, as well as former multiple division titlist Vinny Paz.

(Editor's note: Just wanted to let everyone know I am still recovering from this virus and my time in front of the computer will be limited for a couple of days. Let me also thank those of you who sent in your results as well)

Wilson Loses NABF Title Bout!

Silver Spring, MD cruiserweight Darnell "The Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson lost a 12-round unanimous decision to undefeated Felix "Bad News" Cora for the NABF Cruiserweight championship. Wilson's big moment came in the third round when he was able to rock Cora. However, Wilson was unable to follow up.

Wilson's record is now 18-4-3, 15 KO's while Cora is now 18-0 9 KO's.

I was able to watch this bout because a virus kept me from going to the show in Pikesville last night. If anyone has results, please send them in.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Weights for Pikesville March 24!

Here is the scale watch for tomorrow night's card at the Pikesville Armory in Pikesville, MD:

(Beltway Boxers in Bold)

Jed Phipps 214 1/2 vs. Andrew Greeley 226 1/4

Henry Mayes 165 1/4 vs. Nick Collins 167 1/4

Adam Bloom 226 1/4 vs. Ryan Shay 263

Jessie Nicklow 159 vs. Larry Brothers 161 1/2

Matt Hill 153 3/4 vs. Marcus McConnell 158 1/4

Willie Williams weighed in at 175 3/4, however, his scheduled opponent, Carlos Jones, decided not to take the bout.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

'Ding-a-Ling Man' Fights for NABF Title on ESPN2 Friday Night!

Silver Spring, MD cruiserweight Darnell "The Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson will challenge Galveston, TX's Felix "Bad News" Cora for the NABF Cruiserweight title on Friday, March 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, FL. The bout became an ESPN2 co-feature because of an injury to Hector Camacho, Sr. who was scheduled to appear on that card.

Wilson (18-3-3, 15 KO's) has lost his last two bouts, including a trip to the heavyweight division where reports say he hung tough against Owen Beck on January 7 in New York City.

Cora, who holds both the NABF and USBA cruiserweight titles, is an undefeated southpaw (17-0-2, nine KO's). This will be Cora's first bout in 2006. In his last outing, Cora stopped former IBF Cruiserweight champion Arthur Williams in the eighth round in October of 2005.

The ESPN2 telecast begins at 9 pm ET.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Aiken Loses Unanimous Decision in Non-Title Affair!

According to, NABA Featherweight Champion Eric "Mighty Mouse" Aiken of Forestville,MD lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Johnnie Edwards on Saturday, March 18 in Columbus, OH.

No judges scores were released for the media, but judging by the pictures I saw on the Powers Boxing website (, it looked like a rough tussle.

But having said that, Aiken just cannot afford any more losses like this. Edwards only had five pro bouts before this contest. Add to that the fact that this bout was in Aiken's adopted home base of Columbus. Edwards is from Greensboro, NC. If Aiken wants to be considered as one of the best featherweights in the world, he has to be sharp at all times.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Thoughts on Rahman-Toney!

Here are my comments on the WBC Heavyweight title bout between Hasim Rahman and James Toney. I'm anxious to read your thoughts about my theory.

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Rahman Keeps WBC Heavyweight Title With Draw!

Baltimore's Hasim "The Rock" Rahman held on to his WBC heavyweight title with a 12-round majority draw against James Toney at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

I will have some thoughts on this decision later in the day.

On the undercard, Silver Spring, MD heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson scored a fourth-round TKO over Maurice Wheeler. The bout was stopped at 2:10 of the fourth round. Thompson is now 27-1, 17 KO's and has now won 23 straight bouts.

Also, DC light heavyweight Edward Andre Hempfield lost a four-round majority decision over undefeated Chuck Mussachio. Hempfield now falls to 3-3.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Could Rahman's Next Bout be in Baltimore?

I thought this was an interesting tidbit from the blog of Baltimore Sun columnist Rick Mease, who is joining Lem Satterfield in coverage of tonight's WBC Heavyweight Championship between Champ Hasim Rahman and James Toney in Atlantic City.

According to Mease, Rahman's promoter Bob Arum said that if Rahman gets past Toney tonight, he wants to put his next bout in front of Rahman's home crowd in Baltimore, possibly at M&T Bank Stadium.

Arum went on to tell Mease that he believes that Rahman can revitalize the heavyweight division and eventually be exclusively a pay-per-view boxer.

There could be more riding on this bout than we thought!

Friday, March 17, 2006

'Mighty Mouse' Back in Action on March 18!

NABA Featherweight Champion Eric "Mighty Mouse" Aiken of Forestville, MD will be back in action on Saturday, March 18 in a non-title matchup in Columbus, OH. Aiken (14-3, 11 KO's) will be facing undefeated Johnnie Edwards (4-0, three KO's) of Greensboro, NC in a six round bout.

'Punisher' Phipps Headlines in Pikesville!

Baltimore, MD heavyweight Jed “The Punisher” Phipps will headline the next Baltimore Pro Boxing card on Friday, March 24 at the Pikesville Armory in Pikesville, MD.

Phipps (17-3, 10 KO’s) has won his last three bouts, with his two most recent wins coming by explosive knockouts. Phipps scored a first round KO over David Cleage on January 20 in Pikesville. Phipps will face Andrew Greeley of Monroe, LA in an eight-round contest. Greeley (10-11-2, 1 NC, six KO’s) has lost his last three encounters all to boxers who were undefeated when Greeley faced them. In his last bout, Greeley lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Eddie Chambers on February 10 in Philadelphia.

The co-feature should be a good one as Nick “Flash” Collins of Bel Air, MD will take on Henry “Hurricane” Mayes of Baltimore in a six-round super middleweight match. Both boxers have a combined seven bouts between them and neither one has gone six rounds in their careers.

Collins is undefeated (2-0, two KO’s) and is coming off a third-round knockout over Charles Mack on February 23 in Woodlawn, MD. Mayes (4-1, three KO’s) recently bounced back from suffering a first-round KO in May of 2005 to score a first-round KO over Marvin Robinson on October 14 in Waldorf, MD.

In another interesting matchup, Severn, MD rookie middleweight Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow, who has only two bouts to his credit (2-0, one KO) takes on veteran Larry “The Gladiator” Brothers of Washington, DC, who has 28 bouts on his resume (6-18-3, 1 NC, four KO’s). The bout is a scheduled four-rounder.

Nicklow scored his first professional knockout in his last contest, stopping William Armstead in the first round on February 23 in Woodlawn. Brothers is winless in his last five bouts (0-3-1, 1 NC). This includes a four-round unanimous decision loss to William Boggs on February 10 in Philadelphia.

In other bouts scheduled for the card, undefeated Baltimore heavyweight Adam “Boom Boom” Bloom will take on South Carolina’s Ryan Shay in a four-rounder. Bloom (3-0, two KO’s) is coming off a four-round split decision victory over Glen Williams on February 23 in Woodlawn. Shay (1-2, one KO) has fought once a year since his pro debut in November of 2003. He lost his last bout, a four-round unanimous decision to Roy Matthews in July of 2005 in York, SC.

Baltimore light heavyweight Willie “For Real” Williams (1-0, one KO) will be looking for his second straight victory when he faces veteran Carlos “The Headbanger” Jones of Landover, MD (5-8, three KO’s) in a four-round bout. Williams made an explosive pro debut by knocking out Jay Holland in the first round on February 23 in Woodlawn. Jones has won two of his last three bouts, but lost his last encounter by six-round TKO to Jarell Jackson on February 18 in Fairfax, VA.

Also, crowd favorite "Diamond" Matt Hill of Reisterstown, MD will be on the card.

The promoter for the card is Jake “The Snake” Smith of Baltimore Pro Boxing. The matchmaker is Josh Hall.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Han Kim Signs Beltway Cruiserweight Prospect!

One of the big stories around the area over the last six months has been the reemergence of Northern Virginia as a boxing force along the Beltway. Of course, the two shows at the George Mason University Patriot Center promoted by Keystone Boxing have contributed to that story.

Another big story has been a reemergence within the Virginia story. That part involves former boxer Han "Sugar" Kim. In the twilight of his boxing career, which ended in 2002, Kim started promoting shows in Northern Virginia. This year, Kim has returned with a vengance. He already promoted one successful show in February and has another one coming up on April 15.

Now, Kim is promoting boxers and he recently told me about what I consider to be a major acquisition. Kim has signed Baltimore-based cruiserweight prospect Emmanuel Nwodo to a three-year promotional contract.

Nwodo (18-3, 14 KO's) has been quietly making waves in the cruiserweight division as he is ranked fifth by the USBA and eighth by both the NABO and the NABA. His biggest win was a first-round knockout over former IBF Cruiserweight champion Imamu Mayfield in December of 2004. Nwodo, a native of Enugu, Nigeria, has won his last eight bouts, five by KO.

"He has so much talent that it will be a shame if I don't make him world champion," Kim told me.

Kim added that the IBF/USBA has promised that Nwodo will be ranked even higher in the USBA rankings and he hopes to promote a USBA title bout for Nwodo in the near future. The title as well as the first two spots in the top 10 are vacant as of last month.

Hopefully, another goal will be to have Nwodo fight locally more often. In his 18 bouts, Nwodo, who has trained in the area for at least two years, has only competed in the area once. He scored a fourth round TKO over Willie Herring in September 2004 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. His last five bouts and seven of his last eight have been in Philadelphia.

Another one of Kim's boxers, light heavyweight Edward Andre Hempfield of DC, will be on the undercard of the Hasim Rahman-James Toney championship bout in Atlantic City this Saturday. Hempfield (3-2, one KO) will take on undefeated Chuck "The Professor" Mussachio of Wildwood, NJ. Kim says that Victor Davis and former WBC Heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon will be working Hempfield's corner.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

'Fight Doctor' Spears Gives Prediction on WBC Heavyweight Title Bout!

In part two of my talk with "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears, he gives his prediction on the Rahman-Toney battle.

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'Fight Doctor' Gives Prescription for Rahman-Toney!

The Beltway Boxing scene's resident Physician of Pugilism
The "Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears joins me to discuss this Saturday's WBC Heavyweight title bout between Hasim Rahman and James Toney.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Let HBO Know You Want Discombobulating Jones!

Let me say that the following is part of a team effort.

One of my newest friends in the boxing business is Joe Hensley. Although we have never met face to face, we have corresponded on numerous occasions and we share a lot of the same views about the sport.

Joe promotes boxing shows in southern Virginia and has a solid website called Major League, which has a link on this site. When Joe promotes shows, he does something that a number of Beltway promoters seem to have a tough time doing; he uses Henry "Discombobulating" Jones as his ring announcer.

Joe confirmed something that I wasn't truthfully aware. "Discombobulating" Jones is one of the finalists for the ring announcer's job on HBO's new version of "Boxing After Dark." Apparently HBO is in the process of revamping the show and Jones is in the running to be a part of the show.

If you remember, Henry was the ring announcer for HBO's KO Nation series a few years ago.

Jones deserves this spot, but he will need our help to get it. You can send an email to the head of HBO Sports Ross Greenburg. Please send a brief email to and write "Hire Discombobulating Jones" in the subject heading. Please cc Henry in your emails. His address is

I thank you in advance for your efforts.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Tony Thompson on Undercard of Rahman-Toney on March 18!

Silver Spring, MD heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson will appear on the undercard of the WBC Heavyweight title bout between champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman and James "Lights Out" Toney on Saturday, March 18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Thompson (26-1, 16 KOs) will make his third start under the Goossen Tutor Promotions banner and will be seeking his 23rd consecutive win in a scheduled eight-rounder against Maurice Wheeler of Philadelphia (10-4-1, 1 KO). Both are southpaws. In his last outing, Thompson captured the vacant Maryland State Heavyweight title with a fourth-round TKO over Brandon "The Beast" Cabell of Baltimore on January 26 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
"We are excited to see Tony Thompson’s progress in such a short period of time," said promoter Dan Goossen in a press release. "I am looking forward to watching "The Tiger" show his stripes the same night that James Toney puts the lights out on the championship reign of Hasim Rahman."

Quick commentary: Quite frankly, I don't know what Dan Goosen means by "short period of time." Maybe he means his time with Goossen Tutor. We along the Beltway know that Thompson hasn't lost since July 2000 (his loss against Maurice Harris in the final of the Thunderbox Tournament didn't count against his record) and yet he has not fought anyone of any significance in the heavyweight division. Many people, including myself, are waiting for Thompson to step up in class.

Maybe Wheeler is considered a step up. Some of Wheeler's four losses come against the likes of Malik Scott and Dominick Guinn, who, I think are very close to the level of Tony Thompson. But I would like to see Thompson get close to at least, a regional heavyweight title by the end of the year.

Anthony Peterson Wins in Tunica, MS!

Undefeated DC junior welterweight Anthony Peterson raised his record to 16-0, 12 KO's by scoring a third round technical knockout over Stephen Verdin on March 11 at Fitzgerald's Casino in Tunica, MS.

According to, Peterson was in control throughout the contest and won when Verdin (5-27-2) could not come out for the fourth round.

Both Anthony Peterson and his brother, Lamont(15-0, seven KO's) will headline a nationally televised ShoBox card on Friday, April 28 in New Town, ND.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Gary Russell Jr. Defends US Amateur Title!

Capitol Heights, MD bantamweight Gary Russell, Jr. successfully defended his US Amateur Boxing Championship last night in Colorado Springs, CO.

Russell defeated Leodegario Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights, CA 13-6 to win the title. Russell received his USA Boxing Male Athlete of the Year award during last night's card.

Russell will now begin training for an international meet in Azerbaijan later this month.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Crews Captures Second National Title!

Baltimore 165-pounder Franchon Crews won her second consecutive US Amateur Boxing Championship last night in Colorado Springs, CO.

Crews defeated the 2004 champion, Allana Huggins of Fort Worth, TX in a four-round decision by the score of 22-20. According to, the two battled in a competitive bout as the lead exchanged hands through all eight minutes. The bout was deadlocked at 16 as the fourth round began, and the final two minutes determined the middleweight national champion. Crews scored the two determining points in the final round to win a 22-20 decision and her second straight national championship.

Tonight, Gary Russell, Jr of Capitol Heights, MD tries for his second straight US title in the 119-pound class. Russell will face Leodegario Santa Cruz of Los Angeles, CA, the 2005 Junior Olympic champion.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Russell, Crews Advance to Final Round at US Championships!

Gary Russell Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD and Baltimore's Franchon Crews have advanced to the final round of the US Amateur Boxing Championships in Colorado Springs, CO.

Russell, the defending champion at 119 pounds, won his semi-final contest defeating Troy Wohosky of Medford, OR 11-3. The bout was a rematch of the semi-finals last year.

Crews, the defending female champion at 165 pounds won her match on retirement when her opponent Lekesha Whitaker of Sacramento, CA had to retire in the third round.

In other bouts, Marcus Henry of Cockeysville, MD lost his semi-final bout when he was stopped by James Zimmerman of San Jose, CA in the second round. Also, Lucas Runion of College Park, MD lost by decision to Mike Wilson of Medford, OR, 25-5.

More From Glen Burnie!

"But make no mistake, promoter Scott Wagner and matchmaker Chris Middendorf are doing their best to put a good card on for tomorrow night." -- From March 9 post

It's safe to say that they succeeded, especially during the main event.

As I said earlier, the junior middleweight matchup between Baltimore's Maxell "The General" Taylor and undefeated Derek Ennis of Philadelphia will have Beltway Boxing fans talking for a long time to come.

The folks who knew anything about either man knew how dangerous this bout could be. You may also know that both guys were scheduled to face different opponents. It took the brains of Chris Middendorf to put the two against one another.

The result was a tremendous gut-check of a bout delivered by both men. In the third round, Ennis dropped Taylor with a right hand. Taylor was off-balance but a punch was delivered and referee Malik Waleed made the correct call.

As the round came to a close, it was Taylor who continued the offense. It looked like Ennis may have lost his wind. Taylor took advantage of that in the fourth when sent Ennis to the canvas twice. It was a 10-7 round and Ennis looked like he was done.

But Ennis fought back bravely and the two men battled to a deserved draw. I scored the bout 56-56 as did one of the judges. The other two were split. No one booed the decision. I think the majority of fans felt that neither man deserved to lose the bout.

Taylor's record is now 12-2-1 with five KO's while Ennis is 9-0-1, six KO's.

For the other locals on the card, it was not a good night. Manassas, VA junior middleweight Orazio "The Razor" Robinson lost a six-round majority decision to undefeated New Yorker Jose Rodriguez. Robinson got off to a good start only to falter in the second half of the contest. Stamina seemed to be a major issue for Robinson. Rodriguez fought well through a nasty gash along the side of his left eye as a result of a nasty head clash.

Robinson is 5-3-2 with four KO's. After recovering well from a tough start to his career, he has suffered two defeats that could be devastating to his career. Rodriguez is 5-0, one KO.

Featherweight Andre Nichols of Dale City, VA had a tough outing against James Franks of Newport News, VA. Franks was just a little too powerful for Nichols, who was boxing against a taller opponent. Nichols was stopped at 1:55 of the third. Nichols is now 1-1 while Franks is 2-1.

Those were the only bouts featuring Beltway Boxers on the card.

In other news from the card, there is talk that hall of fame promoter and trainer Lou Duva will be putting on a card in the Baltimore area in the next couple of months. People are telling me that the site will be DuBurns Arena. Duva was in attendance in Glen Burnie and he told me personally that they are working on putting something together, but he gave no official date or site.

Taylor, Ennis Battle to Incredible Draw in the Ballroom!

The main event at the Ballroom Boxing show at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie tonight will be one talked about for a long time to come.

Baltimore's Maxell "The General" Taylor and undefeated Derek Ennis of Philadelphia fought to a scintilating six-round draw. As Ballroom Boxing ring announcer Pat O'Malley said, it was one of the best bouts in Ballroom history. I would go so far as to say it was one of the best club bouts I have seen in a real long time anywhere.

Both junior middleweights had their moments. Ennis dropped Taylor in the third round, only to have Taylor return the favor twice in the fourth. But neither boxer deserved to lose and honestly, I'm glad it was a draw.

I will have more to say about this bout and this card in a future post, but it has been a long night, so let me get the results out to you.

Undefeated junior middleweight Jose Rodriguez of New York City won a six-round majority decision over Manassas, VA's Orazio "The Razor" Robinson.

In a featherweight contest, James "Boo" Franks of Newport News, VA defeated Andre Nichols of Dale City, VA via third-round TKO 1:53 into the third round.

In other bouts on the card, undefeated featherweight prospect Eric Hunter took just :29 to defeat Steve Lozoya of Las Cruces, NM.

Muhsin Corbbrey of Bluffton, South Carolina scored a four-round unanimous decision over Kareem Robinson of Philadelphia.

Jameson Bostic of Brooklyn, NY scored a four-round unanimous decision over William "The Storm" Bailey of Newport News, VA.

I'll have more on this card later today.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Ballroom Boxing Card Complete!

Here are the rest of the bouts for tonight's Ballroom Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, according to

The main event could be a great one for the fans but a very dangerous one for the participants. Baltimore junior middleweight Maxell "The General" Taylor (12-2, five KO's) will take on undefeated Derek Ennis of Philadelphia (9-0, six KO's) in a six-round encounter.

This one is especially dangerous for Taylor because he is coming off a tough loss against Ahmed Kaddour. To go in the ring against another tough foe will be a daunting task. Ennis has appeared on two Beltway cards recently (the last Ballroom show and the Clash of the Contenders card in Fairfax) and everyone who has seen him has been very impressed. This will be my first opportunity to see him.

Also on the card, cruiserweight William "The Storm" Bailey of Virginia Beach, VA will take on Jameson Bostic of New York City in a six-round bout. Bailey is 3-7-1, two KO's while Bostic is 4-3, four KO's.

Undefeated Philadelphia featherweight Eric Hunter (4-0, two KO's) will battle winless Steve Lozoya (0-2) of El Paso, TX.

According to the site, promoters are still looking for an opponent for undefeated Baltimore junior lightweight Tyrell Samuel (5-0, four KO's).

Some Weights from Glen Burnie!

Here is a partial look at the matchups for tomorrow's Ballroom Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie (Beltway Boxers in bold):

Orazio Robinson 155 1/4 vs Jose Rodriquez 155 1/2

Andre Nichols 124 3/4 vs. James Franks 123 3/4

Mushin Corrbrey 146 3/4 vs. Kareem Robinson 148

So far, those are the only definite bouts on this card. There is still 11th hour negotiations going on to try and get more bouts on the card. Sometimes this happens, folks. But make no mistake, promoter Scott Wagner and matchmaker Chris Middendorf are doing their best to put a good card on for tomorrow night.

Satterfield Gives Rahman-Toney Prediction!

In part two of my interview with The Baltimore Sun's Lem Satterfield, he gives his prediction on the Rahman-Toney bout.

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Lem Satterfield Analyzes Rahman-Toney!

One of the great boxing writers in the world, Lem Satterfield of the Baltimore Sun, breaks down the March 18 WBC Heavyweight Championship bout between the champion, Baltimore's own Hasim "The Rock" Rahman and James "Lights Out" Toney.

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Local Boxers Advance Through US Quarterfinals!

Capitol Heights, MD's Gary Russell, Jr. led a contingent of four Beltway Boxers who advanced through the quarterfinals of the US Amateur Championships in Colorado Springs, CO.

Russell won a 14-7 decision over Shemuel Pagan of Brooklyn, NY in the 119-pound class to continue his quest for a second straight US title.

Cockeysville, MD's Marcus Henry won his quarterfinal match by decision over Leni Drewelow of Fergus Falls, MN in the 201-pound class gave no score for that contest.

In the 201+-pound category, Lucas Runion of College Park, MD won his match over Flint, MI's Jovohn Carr by retirement in the third round.

In women's action, Baltimore's Franchon Crews won her matchup in the 165-pound division, defeating Desiree Abrams of Tallahassee, FL, 25-13.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Local Amateurs Perform Well at US Championships!

Some of the Beltway's brightest amateur boxers began journeys toward championship glory at the US Amateur Boxing Championships in Colorado Springs, CO.

Defending US 119-pound champ Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD moved into the quarterfinals with a 23-14 win over Darryl Nichols of Brandon, MS. Russell was recently named USA Boxing's Fighter of the Year for 2005.

In the 165-pound weight class, Fernando Guerrero of Fruitland, MD moved to the next round by defeating Tristan Todd of Memphis, TN, 19-4.

Cockeysville, MD's Marcus Henry won his bout in the 201-pound division, scoring a 5-4 victory over Jacob Garretson of Camp Lejeune, NC.

In the 201+ division, Lucas Runion of College Park won his bout by stopping Reginald Jackson of Bloomsfield, NM. The referee stopped the contest.

In other bouts, Baltimore's Dalemanik Roberson-El lost a close contest to Alfonzo Lopez of Huntsville, TX 15-14 in the 178-pound class.

In the 152-pound class, Randallstown, MD's Cecil McCalla lost to Keith Thurman of St. Petersburg, FL 15-1.

The tournament continues through March 11.

Glen Burnie, Pikesville Cards Taking Shape!

I should have a final card tomorrow for the Ballroom Boxing Show on Thursday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

There is question now about the main event. Junior middleweight Maxell "The General" Taylor of Baltimore was scheduled to take on Dante Craig. But Craig just fought this past Friday and defeated Purcell Miller in DC. I talked to Craig's handlers after the Miller bout and they said they did not know anything about the Glen Burnie bout. I should have weights tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile, the Friday, March 24 show at the Pikesville Armory should be interesting. Baltimore heavyweight Jed "The Punisher" Phipps (17-3, 10 KO's)will take on Andrew Greeley of Monroe, LA (11-6, seven KO's)in the main event.

There is another interesting matchup scheduled for this show. Baltimore super middleweight "Hurricane" Henry Mayes (4-1, three KO's) battles undefeated Bel Air prospect Nick "Flash" Collins (2-0, two KO's).

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Sightings and Stories from the Lincoln Theatre!

If all goes well, you will be hearing some interesting interviews in future weeks on this blog. I ran into some real good people at the Lincoln Theatre, a couple I have not seen in a long time. They have all consented to interviews that you will be hearing in the future.

One person I ran into was former IBC Middleweight champion Gerry "Rock" Payne. This gentleman holds a special place in my boxing career. During the early-90's, Payne, who was a highly respected amateur and an alternate on the 1988 US Olympic team, was a solid pro who headlined cards in his first two bouts. The first time I ever called a boxing card for television was Payne's pro debut, a six-round bout that was the main event at Coolidge Senior High School.

Payne was a member of the famous "Hard Corps" stable of manager Barry Linde along with Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley, Reggie "Showtime" Green and the late Reuben "Ratman" Bell. In the archives of this blog (August 2005), I talk about this stable in detail.

Payne's career reached an apex in 1994 when he beat Jeff Johnson for the IBC Middleweight title at the DC Convention Center. Personal problems halted what was an exciting career.

Also on the show were three guys that made my top 10 list of the best Beltway Boxers of the last 20 years. Former three-time world champ Simon Brown, former two-time world champion Keith Holmes and the legendary Darryll Tyson were all in attendance.

As far as current Beltway Boxers are concerned, there is some interesting news concerning Lamont Pearson and Teddy Reid, who were both at the Lincoln last night. The Pearson info I won't get into at this time. I want you to hear it from him personally. Reid told me that he will be fighting for a Commonwealth title in England next month. I will interview him about that one.

There was some outside-the-area star power also. Undefeated junior welterweight and welterweight contender Paul "The Punisher" Williams was in attendance. There has been some talk that Williams was scheduled to face former WBA Junior Welterweight champ Sharmba Mitchell on April 12 on ESPN2. I have been in contact with both men and that bout will not happen. In an ironic twist, Williams is now scheduled to face Chris Smith on April 12. If you remember, Smith was the guy Mitchell beat for the NABA Welterweight title on the McBride-Tyson card in DC last June.

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman was at the card. He is the nephew of the newly-crowned Tri-State Cruiserweight champion Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan.

I am saving the best for last and let me start by saying that I was honored to do the blow-by-blow commentary for City Cable 16's broadcast of this card. I will let you know when the card will be aired. My broadcast partner, of course, was "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears. I also had a little help from Henry "Discombobulating" Jones at the beginning of the card.

I mention this also because one of the interviews that Spears and I conducted for City Cable 16 was with a true legend of the game. The card was honored by the presence of the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of the world Michael Spinks. Spears and I had a nice long chat with Spinks and it was one of the most enjoyable interviews I have ever participated in. By the way, Spinks' long time manager and promoter, Butch Lewis was also in attendance. They are working with the undefeated heavyweight Faruq Saleem.

So it was a good night to star watch if you are a boxing fan!

Results and Commentary on 'Fighting on the U'!

As I said in my scale watch on this show, The "Fighting on the U" card was going to be interesting. It turned out to be more than that. It was exciting in spots and very controversial in others.

First, promoter Cassandra White along with her matchmaker Jack Crider, deserve MAJOR kudos! They put together a solid card that put local boxers on display the way it should be done!

I must say that the card was hampered by a force neither White nor Crider could control. That force was the inexperience of two of the referees working the contest. I say this knowing full well that refereeing in boxing is one of the toughest jobs in all of sports,

For Nick Ellis and Oliver Murray, it was a tough night in many respects. I don't remember seeing Ellis before. I met Murray during the week of the McBride-Tyson card and he may have worked a bout during that show, but I can't remember. As we walk through the card, you'll see what I mean.

Let's start right up top with the main event. Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan remained undefeated with a devastating first round TKO over Lloyd "Jabba" Bryan to win the Tri-State Cruiserweight championship. Buchanan came out firing in this one. Offensively, he was as good as I have ever seen him. Bryan truly had no defense against him. When the bout was stopped at 2:52 of the round by veteran referee Joe Cooper, the Bryan corner complained vehemently, but in this case, Cooper prevented a more perilous fate from happening to Bryan. Buchanan was sharp, accurate and, as we both said in my interview with him, he has matured greatly as a boxer. In my opinion, Buchanan has matured greatly as a person also.

Buchanan is now 13-0 with 11 KO's while Bryan falls to 21-13 with nine KO's.

The controversy came in the co-feature where Dante Craig stopped Purcell Miller in the second round. Miller brought his signature fanfare with him. Yes, the band returned in grand fashion as they came down the aisle of the Lincoln Theatre.
To his credit, Craig seemed unfazed by the fanfare.

The bout had the makings of a "fight of the year" candidate. Both men threw and took vicious shots from each other for a round and a half. The bout took on a noticable pattern: Each boxer would get the other in trouble before the other would fight back.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the pattern unfold to a definite conclusion. Midway through the second round, Miller had Craig in trouble as he was pummeling Craig against the ropes. Craig, however, fought back and gained an advantage. With about 30 seconds to go in the round, Craig backed up Miller and began his assault. Yes, Miller was taking shots, but it looked to me that he was moving his head to avoid the shots and Craig's punches weren't truly hurting him. However, referee Ellis saw it differently and called a halt to the bout at 2:59 of the round.

The fans were irate. It did not look like a good stoppage from my vantage point at ringside. It was a tough decision for Ellis to make, however.

I did talk to one veteran fighter (who I won't name) who made a very good point about the stoppage, however. When Craig was against the ropes, he had his hands UP. When Miller was against the ropes, he had his hands DOWN. That was very true and that can be taken as a clear signal that a man is unable to defend himself. That may have been what Ellis thought. Any referee, with or without experience, would have to make that call in that situation.

The fans and my disagreement with Ellis's stoppage comes from the fact that we know Miller is a tough guy with a good chin. Ellis may not have been aware of that. I will say this for Ellis. He made his call without any hesitation. He stuck by it. I didn't agree with it, but I have to applaud his decisiveness.

Miller's record falls to 21-4-1, 17 KO's. Craig scores his seventh straight victory and raises his record to 16-4-1 with 12 KO's.

Two other Beltway Boxers had solid outings last night. DC junior welterweight Reggie "The Mechanic" Holly bounced back strong from a tough outing last November to put on a virtuoso performance scoring an easy four-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Ken Humphreys of Ripley, TN.

Last November at the Show Place Arena, Holly fought a guy in Sheldon Rudolph that pressured him throughout and Holly couldn't get Rudolph off him. This time, Holly fought a guy that was tailor made for him. Holly used jabs, combinations and kept Humphreys at bay throughout the contest. He was very accurate and scored a knockdown late in the contest. I did not think it was a knockdown because the feet were tangled in the situation. Referee Murray saw it differently, however.

The last time I saw Holly, he was heading to a nearby hospital after taking that beating in November. To come back and put on as great of a performance as he did shows volumes about his abilities and his character. Judges Steve Rados and Tammye Jenkins scored the bout 40-35 while Paul Artisst saw the contest 40-36. I agreed with Rados and Jenkins.

Holly is now 6-1, with two KO's. Humphreys is now 2-1, two KO's.

We also got our first local look at a young man who could make some serious waves in this area. Featherweight Thomas "KO" Snow of Capitol Heights made short work of Corey Hope of Philadelphia, scoring a first round TKO. Snow showed good power very early in this contest, pummeling Hope throughout. Hope had no hope in surviving this one. The bout was stopped at 1:51 of the first.

Snow is now 3-0, three KO's. Hope is 0-3.

The closest bout of the night was the women's bout. Cambridge, MD junior welterweight Angel "Saumnice" McNamara won a six-round decision over Cynthia "Sunshine" Jones. (Note I didn't say what type of decision. I'll say why in a moment.)

At some points in this contest, McNamara looked in trouble. Jones did a great job in pressuring her. McNamara fought back bravely and gained advantages throughout. Both ladies and their corners deserve a lot of credit for making adjustments throughout the contest. This made for a very exciting contest. McNamara had a lot of power down the stretch and that may have been the difference.

There was a mistake made in the decision. When ring announcer Nino Del Buono announced the scores, he announced a majority decision for McNamara. Judges Jenkins and Rados's scores were 39-37. Judge Artisst's score was read as 38-38. However, Artisst told me that his score was tabulated incorrectly and should have been 39-37 as well. Therefore it should go down as a unanimous decision for McNamara.

With the win, McNamara breaks a three-bout losing streak and raises her record to 6-4-1, two KO's. Jones now has lost six straight bouts and falls to 1-6, one KO.

In the opening contest, heavyweight Scott "Duke" Buchanan of DC made his long awaited pro debut a successful one with a first round KO over Felton Worrell of Manassas, VA. Buchanan has been a familiar face around the local gyms for a long time and it was good to see him finally start his pro career.

Buchanan pummelled Worrell throughout and this was really where the referee controversy started. In this bout, referee Ellis saw Worrell take a serious beating and hesitated before making the stop at 2:10 of the round. It was a rough stoppage, one that could have resulted in Worrell being seriously injured. I wonder if that played in Ellis' mind during the Miller-Craig matchup? Only Ellis knows for sure.

Worrell was also making his pro debut during that bout.

In another matchup on the card, undefeated heavyweight Faruq "The Dream" Saleem of Newark, New Jersey used a 68-pound weight advantage and a sizable height advantage to pummel Hillsborough, NC's Eric Starr and score a second-round TKO. Truthfully, the less said about this one, the better. Starr was moving up from the light heavyweight and cruiserweight ranks and was no match for the towering Saleem.

Saleem raised his record to a lofty 35-0, 31 KO's. Starr falls to 14-24-2, four KO's.

So overall a very good first outing for promoter Cassandra White. Quite honestly, she seemed to be a nervous wreck during this, as could be expected. But it was a solid performance and it looks like there could be some great times for boxing in the Nation's Capital.

My next post will deal with the star power that was in attendance at this card.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Weights for 'Fighting on the U'!

This will be an interesting card. I can tell by the results of the weigh-in.

First the main event:

Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan 179 1/2 vs. Lloyd "Jabba" Bryan 175

Because of the disparity of the weights, the bout is now for the Tri-State CRUISERWEIGHT title.

If you think that's something, check this out:

In my previous post, I said that Dante Craig had decided to skip tomorrow night and go to the Ballroom next Thursday. Well, apparently he WILL be on the show against Purcell Miller in the co-feature bout.

Both men weighed in at 162 pounds.

Other weights:

Reggie Holly 140 vs. Ken Humphries 137

Thomas Snow 127 vs. Corey Hope 132

Eric Starr 200 vs. Faruq Saleem 268

Angel McNamara 139 vs. Cynthia Jones 146

That looks like the card for tomorrow.

Taylor, Craig in Ballroom Main Event!

The main event for the next Ballroom Boxing show on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie has been announced. Baltimore junior middleweight Maxell "The General" Taylor will take on 2000 Olympian Dante "Inferno" Craig in an eight-round encounter.

Taylor (12-2, five KO's)has not fought since his eight-round unanimous decision loss to Ahmed Kaddour in July of 2005 in Santa Ynez, CA.

Craig (15-4, 11 KO's) was originally scheduled to appear on tomorrow's "Fighting on the U" card at the Lincoln Theatre in DC against Purcell Miller, but apparently, he decided to be in a main event bout instead of an undercard bout. The native of Cincinnati, OH will go back to the scene of his last loss, a fourth-round stoppage at the hands of George Armenta in March of 2004. Since that loss, Craig has won his last six bouts.

I will have more info on the Ballroom card over the weekend. I hope to have the weights for tomorrow's card sometime this evening.