Here are the pro AND amateur results from an outstanding night of boxing in front of a raucous, sellout, standing-room-only crowd of more than 800 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
Riverdale, MD heavyweight Horace "The Reason" Grant won by four-round unanimous decision over Mujaheed Moore of Cleveland, OH. Grant knocked down Moore in the first round but struggled down the stretch. Moore lost a point in the third round for holding. Grant is 6-1, four KO's. Moore is 4-2-1, three, KO's.
Seven-foot tall heavyweight Samson "Zeus" Mazyck of DC scored a crushing second-round knockout over Wilmington, DE's Jamal Terry. In the first round, Mazyck hit Terry with the very first punch he threw (a left hand) and dropped him. Terry fought back gamely, but the bout ended early in the second round when Mazyck landed a brutal left hand that put Terry away at 19 seconds of the round.
Mazyck is 6-0, four KO's while Terry is 3-7, two KO's.
Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Thomas "KO" Snow remained undefeated by making short work of Markel Muhammad of Columbus, OH. Snow knocked Muhammad down three times en route to a first-round TKO at 1:30. Snow is now 9-0, seven KO's. Muhammad is 2-5.
In a Beltway Fight of the Year candidate, Marlow Heights, MD welterweight Norman Allen won a four-round unanimous decision over Kendrik Walker of DC. Both men were making their pro debuts and they battled tooth and nail for the entire bout. The second round of this contest may be the best single round fought in the entire area this year.
In the first bout on the pro portion of the card, Oxon Hill, MD light heavy Alexander Johnson won by first-round TKO over Ed Edwards of Wilson, NC. The knockout was a controversial one because some ringside observers thought Johnson hit Edwards with either a headbutt or an elbow. The Maryland State Athletic Commission saw a video replay of the bout from a camera belonging to a relative of Johnson's that showed it was indeed a punch that landed. Give credit to the commission for taking time to make sure the correct call was made. Edwards's record is now 0-2.
On the amateur side of the card, DC heavyweight "The African Warrior" Abodurin Akinyanju of the Sugar Ray Leonard Gym scored a decision win over Brandywine, MD's Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell of Old School Boxing Gym.
Akinyanju, who is ranked second in the country by USA Boxing, scored a standing eight count on Mitchell in the second round. Momentum seemed to shift at that point and Akinyanju went on to victory. Akinyanju will now prepare for the Olympic Trials later this month in Houston, TX.
Old School's Dusty Harrison, fresh off his National Junior Golden Gloves victory in Nevada, won a convincing decision over Joseph Leon of the Bronx, NY. All the amateur winners won belts presented by Tony "The Tiger" Thompson. In the classiest move of the night, Harrison gave his belt to Leon after their match.
Also on the amateur card, Gary Antonio Russell -- the youngest of the Russell Family -- won by decision over Keystone Boxing's Roland Moss. Joshua Davis of Laurel Boxing won by decision over Old School's Rock Warden and Tyquan Mims of Hillcrest Boxing defeated Keystone's Gregory Ross .
There is a lot of audio for this card.
Here's an interview with Thomas "KO" Snow:
Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #73 - Thomas Snow Talks About His KO!
Undefeated featherweight Thomas "KO" Snow discusses his first-round knockout over Markel Muhammad at Rosecroft Raceway.
Here's an interview with Samson "Zeus" Mazyck:
Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #74 - 'Zeus' Mazyck Talks Knockouts and Transition!
The newest heavyweight on the Beltway Boxing scene -- Samson "Zeus" Mazyck -- talks about his second-round knockout over Jamal Terry and why the seven-footer chose boxing over basketball. Mazyck's manager, Lovell Long weighs in.
And Henry "Discombobulating" Jones and I bring you the complete Post-Fight Wrap-Up:
Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #75 - Post-Fight Wrap-Up From Rosecroft Raceway!
Henry "Discombobulating" Jones and I discuss an exciting night of boxing from Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. We also reflect about the passing of DC Boxing and Wrestling Chair Dr. Arnold McKnight.