Thursday, May 31, 2007

Russell Brothers Profiled in Post!

Check out today's Washington Post for a nice profile of Gary Russell, Jr. and Gary Allen Russell, who are both getting closer to making the United States Olympic Team.

Here is the link:

Scale Watch For Tomorrow's Ballroom Boxing Card!

Here are the weights for tomorrow's Ballroom Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD:

Demetrius Davis 165 vs. Omar Pittman 169 3/4

Phill Brown 285 1/4 vs. Mike Sheppard 212 1/4

Nick Collins 161 3/4 vs. Terrell Nixon 161

Bayan Jargal 138 1/2 vs. Jaime Rodriguez 140 3/4

Durrell Richardson 156 1/2 vs. Scott Ball 155 3/4

Anatoliy Dudchenko 175 vs. William Gill 179

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ballroom Boxing Card Features Official Davis Return!

Here is how tomorrow's Ballroom Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie is coming along:

The main event features the official return of DC super middleweight Demetrius Davis. This will be Davis's first bout since October 2, 1998 when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Thomas Tate in Philadelphia, PA for the NABF Super Middleweight title.

Davis (17-11-4, seven KO's) has looked good in a couple of exhibitions, but he will have a solid test in this six-round bout against Philadelphia's Omar "Pitbull" Pittman (13-3-1, eight KO's). Pittman won four in a row before battling Dhafir Smith to a six-round draw on January 11 in Philadelphia.

In another six-round encounter, undefeated Upper Marlboro heavyweight "Big" Phill Brown will take on Mike Sheppard of Palestine, WVA. Brown is coming off a third-round TKO over Jamal Terry on May 18 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Sheppard (8-6-1, five KO's) has not fought since June 16, 2006 when he lost a six-round unanimous decision to Thomas Hayes -- who was 24-1 at the time -- in Cicero, IL.

Also on the card, Bel Air, MD super middleweight Nick "Flash" Collins will face Terrell Nixon of Cincinnati, OH in a four-round encounter. Collins (3-2, three KO's) broke a two-bout losing streak by scoring a third-round TKO over Henry Mayes on May 11 at DuBurns Arena in Baltimore.

Nixon (1-0) will participate in his first bout since making his pro debut in December of 2005, when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Luther Aldridge in Cincinnati.

In another four-round contest, Arlington, VA junior middleweight Bayan Jargal (also known as Bayanmunkh Bayanjargal) will battle Jaime Rodriguez of Reno, NV.

Jargal (2-0, two KO's) is coming off a devastating first round TKO over Shane Gierke on May 12 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Both bouts for Jargal -- a native of Mongolia -- have ended in the first round.

Rodriguez (2-1, one KO) stopped Pernell Jackson in the third round in his last bout on March 2 in Stateline, NV.

Two other bouts will round out the six-bout pro card. Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Durrell Richardson (9-0, four KO's) will take on Scott Ball of Rochester, MN (8-3, six KO's) in a six-round encounter. Also undefeated Ukrainian light heavyweight Anatoliy "Dragon" Dudchenko (2-0, two KO's) will battle tough Toms River, NJ veteran William Gill (7-17, six KO's), who is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career stopping cruiserweight prospect Richard Stewart in the sixth round on May 4 in Fairless Hills, PA. The Dudchenko-Gill bout is scheduled for four rounds.

There are also amateur bouts slated for this card.

'Mayhem' Mitchell on News Channel 8's 'Sports Talk' Tonight!

As we know, the amateur scene along the Beltway is really heating up. One of the newest discoveries along the amateur scene is super heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell, who has been training at Old School Boxing gym.

The 24-year-old, 6-2, 250 pound graduate of Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, MD and Michigan State University is currently 4-0, four KO's. He was an all-everything middle linebacker until he suffered a knee injury.

Tonight, Mitchell will be a guest on "Sports Talk" with Glenn Harris at 8 pm ET on News Channel 8.

By the way, a lot of credit should be given to Glenn Harris -- one of my mentors in the sports journalism field -- for his continued support of the Beltway Boxing community.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

New Beltway Boxing Poll: Who Wins -- Nwodo or Wilson?

I rarely do a poll such as this, but I am so curious to see what Beltway Boxing Fans think about the USBA Cruiserweight championship between champion Emmanuel "Chukwu" Nwodo of Baltimore and challenger Darnell "The Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson of Silver Spring that I had to create this poll.

If you remember back in January, I asked you what bout would you most like to see along the Beltway in 2007. The Nwodo-Wilson bout placed second in the poll behind a matchup between Anthony Peterson and Dorin Spivey. But out of all the proposed matchups listed, this one is the first to actually become a reality.

I plan to talk to both men within the next two weeks and you'll hear those interviews right here. However, here is what we already know about the Friday, June 29 matchup that will be nationally televised on ESPN2 from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY:

Nwodo is 21-3, 17 KO's. Nwodo won the USBA title on July 1 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA with a third-round TKO over Chris Thomas. He hasn't fought since. However, since coming full-time to the United States, The Nigerian native Nwodo is 10-0 with eight KO's. He has knocked out his last three opponents and seven of his last eight. Nwodo is ranked eighth in the world by the WBA and ninth by the IBF.

Wilson is 21-5-3, 18 KO's. Wilson has won three straight -- all by knockout to solid competition (Daniel Judah, Dale Brown and Kelvin Davis) -- after losing four in a row. On March 24, 2006, Wilson lost a unanimous decision to Felix Cora for the NABF Cruiserweight title. The win over Brown on January 19, 2007 gave Wilson the Trans America Cruiserweight title. Wilson is ranked 13th by the IBF and tenth by Ring Magazine.

This will be a great battle that I want your opinion on. Please answer the poll question.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Relive the 'American Champions' Experience!

For those who couldn't make the event or those who want to relive a great night of Beltway Boxing -- The May 25 "American Champions" card at the DC Armory -- please go to this link:


This way, you can see a great gallery of photos courtesy of one of the best photographers in the business, Linda Siadys!

There are many who can capture the boxing action in the ring, but Linda (who was voted best Beltway Boxing Photographer during the 2006 BATB Year-End Excellence Awards) has developed a knack for capturing the entire fight night experience, including what goes on behind the scenes. Her site also has many galleries of other recent boxing cards in the area. Please check them out and let her know what you think!

Wade, Russell, Guerrero Advance to US Championships!

Three of the Beltway's top amateurs have advanced to the US Championships in Colorado Springs by winning trial championship bouts in recent weeks.

Largo, MD middleweight Dominic Wade won his first open division championship by defeating Kelly Max Buchanan of Teague, TX by stoppage in the third round at the Western Trials in Salt Lake City, UT.

Earlier in the month, Capital Heights, MD lightweight Gary Russell, III advanced to the US Championships by defeating Cleveland, OH's Miguel Gonzalez 27-15 to win the lightweight title at the Midwestern Trials in Cincinnati, OH.

Also at the Midwestern Trials, Salisbury, MD's Fernando Guerrero defeated the 2006 Under-19 champion Shawn Porter of Cuyahoga Falls, OH 29-19 to win the middleweight title.

The US Championships will take place on June 2-8 in Colorado Springs, CO. The top eight finishers from the US Championships will advance to the Olympic Team Trials.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Baltimore City Paper Chronicles Dietrich Return!

I'm a bit late on this one but you can check this story online. The Baltimore City Paper has a nice story on the return of undefeated Baltimore heavyweight "The American Dream" Mike Dietrich to boxing.

This is the link:


There is also an audio slideshow of the event online. Please check it out.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Peterson Brothers Lead Local Victory Contingent in DC!

The Peterson Brothers fought two solid performances en route to TKO victories in their first main event performance in front of their hometown crowd at the DC Armory.

NABO Lightweight champion Anthony Peterson successfully defended his title with a ninth-round stoppage of Luis Ernesto Jose of the Dominican Republic.

Peterson started early in the bout landing tough combinations. However, Jose showed his toughness in the contest by staying in close with Peterson.

By the middle rounds, Peterson started to take control with blistering body shots. In the ninth round, Peterson completed the domination with a three-piece combination to the body and head that dropped Jose to one knee in his own corner. Jose's handlers saw enough and stopped the bout at 1:36 of the round.

Peterson is now 23-0, 17 KO's. Jose falls to 27-5-2, 24 KO's.

Older brother Lamont Peterson also remained undefeated with a powerful eighth-round TKO over veteran John "The Eastern Beast" Brown of Atlantic City, NJ. Peterson dominated the shorter Brown with uppercuts and solid combinations. Brown had very little opportunity to challenge Peterson in the contest because the uppercuts kept him from coming forward. Finally at 28 seconds of the eighth round, referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the contest.

Lamont Peterson raises his record to 21-0, nine KO's while Brown, who fought just a few days after the passing of his mother, falls to 23-13-1, 11 KO's.

In off-TV bouts on the card:

Reginald Taylor of DC scored a second-round TKO over fellow DC boxer John Owens. Taylor is now 6-0, three KO's. Owens is 3-4, two KO's.

Tyrone Barnett of DC won an easy six-round unanimous decision over Armando "El Policia" Cordova of Miami, FL.
Barnett remains undefeated at 8-0-1, six KO's. Cordova falls to 23-27-2, 17 KO's.

Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow of Severn, MD made his first pro trip to DC a successful one by registering a third-round TKO over DC's Larry "The Gladiator" Brothers. Nicklow keeps his undefeated string going by raising his record to 11-0-1, five KO's. Brothers loses for the second time in two weeks and falls to 7-26-3, five KO's.

Also, Angel Estrada, a San Diego boxer who is now training with the HeadBangers gym in DC, also remained undefeated with a solid third-round TKO over Filiberto Nieto of New York City. Estrada is now 3-0-1 two KO's while Nieto is now 1-4, one KO.

Before we get to the Gabcast Post-Fight Wrap-Up, let me say that this was a real strong night for DC boxing. There were a number of people from the political, communications and sports world all throughout the arena. We talked about the strong media blitz in the hours leading up to the event. That definitely helped.

The DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission did an outstanding job in preparation for this event. I talked to people involved with the ESPN2 telecast and they were very pleased with the performance of the Commission. The fact that they had to do very little on the night of the bout means that everything was in place prior to the event and that is a great situation. Also give a lot of credit to the promoters -- Peak Management Group -- and their media staff for a great job.

For the rest of our commentary, I now invite you to listen to the Post-Fight Wrap-Up.

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #57 - Post-Fight Wrap-Up From DC!

It was an exciting, star-studded night at the DC Armory. "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and I recap a solid "American Champions" card including the bouts you didn't see on TV.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Full Bout Sheet for Tonight's Card!

Here is the full bout for tonight's "American Champions" card at the DC Armory:

There is one big change in the card. Undefeated Severn, MD junior middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow (10-0-1, four KO's) will take on DC's Larry "The Gladiator" Brothers (7-25-3, five KO's). The bout is scheduled for four rounds.

Also, Reginald Taylor (5-0, three KO's) will take on John Owens (3-3, two KO's) in an all-DC super middleweight four-rounder.

Here is the scale watch for tonight's card:

Anthony Peterson 134 1/2 vs. Luis Ernesto Jose 134

Lamont Peterson 138 vs. John Brown 140 1/2

Ty Barnett 136 vs. Armando Cordova 135

Jessie Nicklow 156 vs. Larry Brothers 155

Reginald Taylor 168 vs.John Owens 170

Filiberto Nieto 135 vs. Angel Estrada 136

Peterson Brothers All Over the Media!

The local media has picked up on tonight's "American Champions" card at the DC Armory.

The Washington Post has two articles in today's editions, one is on local NBA star Steve Francis, who is very involved in the promotion of this card. Also, Dan Steinberg of the Post's Sports Bog has an interesting post on the Petersons.

The Washington Times also has an article on Francis and The Washington Examiner had an article on the Petersons earlier this week, and USA Today has a feature story on the brothers in today's edition.

'Pretty Boy Floyd' Comes to DC!

This comes from

WBC super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather will embark on a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C. this weekend. Mayweather arrives Friday morning with long time advisor Leonard Ellerbe and will immediately head to Capitol Hill where he will visit the offices of Senator Harry Reid [D-NV], Senator Debbie Stabenow [D-MI], Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.[D-Washington, D.C.], and Congresswoman Shelley Berkely [D-NV]. Team Mayweather will then proceed to local government offices to meet with District council members.

Later that evening, Floyd will attend ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" at the D.C. Armory, sitting ringside with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, NBA stars Steve Francis and Caron Butler and other local celebrities. Mayweather will spend the remainder of the weekend with inner-city youth and amateur boxing programs by day, then attend attend VIP receptions in his honor at area nightclubs.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Petersons Profiled in Washington City Paper!

Thanks to "ACW" for the heads-up on this one. Dave McKenna, who does the great "Cheap Seats" column in the Washington City Paper, has a really good article on the undefeated Peterson Brothers. The article is called "Brother, Can You Spar a Time?" The article can be found by copying this link:


This is the second article McKenna has written in recent weeks about local boxing. Last month, McKenna did a profile of Marion "Jackhammer" Wilson . I think McKenna is planning a profile of Tony "The Tiger" Thompson in the near future.

Monday, May 21, 2007

May 25 DC Armory Card Takes Shape!

Here's how the Friday, May 25 "American Champions" card at the DC Armory is starting to shape up.

Undefeated lightweight contender Anthony Peterson will be defending his NABO Lightweight championship against veteran Luis Ernesto “The Butcher” Jose of La Romana in the Dominican Republic.

Peterson (22-0, 16 KO’s) will fight for the first time since January 5, 2007 when he successfully defended his NABO title with a fourth-round KO over Adan Hernandez in Biloxi, MS. Peterson is the top-ranked contender in the lightweight division, according to the WBO.

Jose (27-4-2, 24 KO’s) is making his United States debut, fighting the majority of his bouts in the Dominican Republic with other bouts taking place in Haiti, Denmark and Costa Rica throughout his career. Jose has won his last six bouts and 10 of his last 11. Eight of his 10 victories in that stretch have come by knockout. However, in his last contest, Jose won an eight-round unanimous decision over Ambioris Figuero on March 17 in Santo Domingo.

In the co-featured bout, Lamont Peterson will take on former world title contender John “The Eastern Beast” Brown of Atlantic City, NJ in a 10-round bout. Peterson’s WBC US Junior Welterweight crown will not be on the line.

Peterson (20-0, eight KO’s) also made his last appearance on the January 5 card in Biloxi, scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over Joaquin Gallardo. Peterson is ranked third in the world by the WBC.

The 38-year-old Brown (23-13-2, 11 KO’s) has fought for a world title four times in his career losing to Shane Mosley at lightweight and Diego Corrales and Steve Forbes (twice) at super featherweight. Brown is winless in his last seven bouts (0-5-2) and last fought almost one year exactly to the date of this bout – May 24, 2006 – when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Herman Ngoudjo for the NABF and WBC International Light Welterweight titles in Montreal, CA.

A number of local boxers will make up the undercard. Undefeated DC lightweight Ty Barnett will return to the area to battle veteran Armando “El Policia” Cordoba of Miami, FL in a six-round contest.

Barnett (9-0-1, seven KO’s) is fighting for just the second time in his hometown, having been successful back in DC in June of 2005. In his last overall outing, Barnett scored a first-round TKO over Marcus in Brashers on February 16 at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA.

Cordoba (23-36-2, 17 KO’s) has lost eight of his last nine bouts, including an eight-round unanimous decision over Orlando Cruz on May 11 in Orlando, FL. This bout will mark Cordoba’s second trip to DC in the last month. Cordoba lost a four-round unanimous decision to Hector Sanchez on April 27 at the DC Armory.

Rising DC super featherweight prospect Ron “Teflon” Boyd tries to continue his winning ways as he faces undefeated Juan Velasquez of New York City in a four-round encounter.

After losing his pro debut, the 37-year-old Boyd (5-1, two KO’s) has reeled off five consecutive impressive victories. The latest win came on March 8 in Glen Burnie, MD when he stopped tough Jorge Lara in the second round.

Velasquez (2-0, two KO’s) stopped Markel Muhammad in his last bout on May 2 in Miami, FL.

Also on the card will be undefeated light heavyweight Reginald Taylor of DC along with middleweight John Mackey, who was born in DC but now makes his home in Montgomery, AL. Taylor (5-0, three KO’s) is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Nick Collins on February 17 in Suitland, MD. Mackey (4-0, two KO’s) fought for the first time in the Beltway area on February 24 in Springfield, VA and won a four-round unanimous decision over Larry Brothers. Both men are still looking for opponents for this card.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Nwodo-Wilson Now June 29 on ESPN2!

In case you did not hear the announcement on the Post-Fight Wrap-Up show from Rosecroft Raceway, the USBA Cruiserweight title bout between champion Emmanuel "Chukwu" Nwodo and challenger Darnell "The Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson has a new date and venue.

The bout will be held on Friday, June 29 at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. Interesting choice of venue that makes me wonder whether something is going on involving ESPN2 Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas, who is from Staten Island. There may be a special night for him, but I'm not sure.

I plan to talk to both combatants during the first week in June as they prepare for this big clash.

Coleman, Brown, Champion Win at Rosecroft!

Undefeated Beltway Boxers Tim Coleman and "Big" Phill Brown kept their spotless records intact with tough victories in front a nice crowd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Coleman, the welterweight from Baltimore, won a tough six-round unanimous decision over Carlos "El Perro" Cisneros, who now fights out of Riverdale, MD. Coleman is now 10-0, two KO's while Cisneros falls to 8-15-1, five KO's.

Brown, the heavyweight from Upper Marlboro, survived two low blows from his opponent -- Jamal Terry of Wilmington, DE -- to stop Terry in the third round. Brown is 6-0, three KO's while Terry -- in his first bout since 2003, falls to 3-6, two KO's.

Also on the card, Suitland, MD junior middleweight Jayson Champion put on a scintillating performance using strong body shots to stop Kenny Meeks, a DC native now living in Sharpsburg, NC at 1:43 of the first round. Champion broke a two-fight losing streak with the victory and he is now 4-3, three KO's. Meeks is 1-2, one KO.

Other bouts on the card saw undefeated junior lightweight Carney "Beeper" Bowman of York, PA win a four-round unanimous decision over Muhammad Yamin of Qatar. Bowman is 7-0, three KO's while Yamin is 7-16-1, three KO's.

West Islip, NY heavyweight Darrel "King David" Madison stopped Kevin Thompson of Clinton, NC in the first round to raise his record to 4-1, three KO's. Thompson falls to 2-4, two KO's.

There was also a spirited exhibition bout between Demetrius Davis and Scott "Duke" Buchanan.

Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up show which also includes some breaking news involving the upcoming matchup between USBA Cruiserweight champ Emmanuel Nwodo and Darnell Wilson.

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #56 - Post-Fight Wrap-Up From Rosecroft Raceway!

Two undefeated Beltway Boxers were involved in interesting co-feature bouts in front of a good crowd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and I recap the events.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Scale Watch for Tonight's Card at Rosecroft!

Here are the weights for tonight's Keystone Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Tim Coleman 142 1/2 vs. Carlos Cisneros (who trains in Maryland) 144 1/4

Phill Brown 283 vs. Jamal Terry 312

Jason Champion 150 1/2 vs. Kenny Meeks 154 1/2

Carney Bowman 130 1/2 vs. Yamin Mohammed 126 1/2

Daryl Madison 251 1/2 vs. Kevin Thompson 207 1/2

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Rosecroft Raceway Card Shaping Up!

Here is what we know about the lineup for this Friday’s Keystone Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Undefeated Baltimore welterweight Tim Coleman will headline the show. Coleman (9-0, two KO’s) last fought on March 30 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over John Lipscomb in Phoenixville, PA.

Coleman will face Carlos Arnoldo Cisneros in the six-round main event. Cisneros (8-14-1, five KO’s) is a native of El Salvador who now lives in Los Angeles, CA. Cisneros has not fought since his last trip to the Beltway area on December 9, 2006 when he stopped Reggie Holly in the third round at the Lincoln Theatre in DC.

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight “Big” Phill Brown will be in the co-feature. Originally, Brown (5-0, two KO’s) was scheduled to face Capitol Heights heavy Wayne “Hammerhead” Hampton, but Hampton suffered an injury in training. Brown is still slated to be on the card, however, as he tries to build on a good performance in his last outing against Jonathan Felton on March 8 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Brown stopped Felton in the third round of that contest.

Upper Marlboro junior middleweight Jason Champion is also scheduled to participate on the show. Champion (3-3, two KO’s) has lost his last two bouts, but performed well in both contests, going the six-round distance with not only Coleman (in his last outing on January 27 at the Pikesville Armory) but also Jessie Nicklow (on December 7, 2006, also in Pikesville).

On this card, Champion will be in a four-round encounter against Kenny Meeks of Sharpsburg, NC (1-1, one KO). Meeks is coming off a second-round knockout loss to Dave Peterson on October 13 in Philadelphia, PA.

Along with the Brown bout, there are other heavyweight bouts slated for this card. Trainer-turned-boxer Scott “Duke” Buchanan of DC (1-0, one KO) will battle Lajuan Henderson of Portsmouth, VA (1-2). Henderson replaces Clinton, MD heavyweight Paul Tillery who was originally scheduled for this four-round bout.

DC heavyweight Cecil Smith “And Wesson” (0-1) also returns as he will face New Castle, DE’s Jamal Terry (3-5, two KO’s). Terry has not fought since August of 2003. Two other bouts featuring non-Beltway Boxers will complete the card.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Changes, Additions to June Beltway Boxing Schedule!

There have been some adjustments in the June Beltway Boxing Schedule.

The June show scheduled for the Fredricksburg Fieldhouse has been cancelled. The show was first scheduled for Saturday, June 16 then the date was switched to June 23.

However, the show has now been cancelled because of two injuries suffered by headliner "JC Superstar" Juan Carlos Robles. The undefeated cruiserweight from Waynesboro, VA was involved in a motorcycle accident near his home. Robles broke his right forearm and shattered his kneecap. Robles's manager, Bruce Frank, says the boxer will make a complete recovery.

You can add Friday, June 22 to the schedule. That will be the next Baltimore Pro Boxing show at DuBurns Arena in Baltimore.

As of right now, the rest of the schedule remains the same with Saturday, June 9 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA and Saturday, June 23 at Howard University's Burr Gymnasium in DC.

One other note: Pick up a copy of Boxing 2007 magazine. The subject of the "10 Questions" feature in this issue is our own Darnell "The Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

'Chop Chop' Corley Loses in Nicaragua!

Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley lost by eighth-round TKO to Jose Alfaro last night in Managua, Nicaragua on the World Boxing Association "KO Drugs" card.

According to, Corley actually dropped Alfaro in the first round, but Alfaro came back strong with a vicious body attack that sent Corley to the canvas in rounds six, seven and eight before the bout was halted.

Corley, who fought this bout at lightweight, falls to 31-6-1, 17 KO's. Alfaro, who had lost three of his last seven bouts, now has a record of 18-3, 17 KO's.

Lange Captures WBC Continental Americas Title!

It took heart, guts and ability, but Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange won the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight title with an eighth-round TKO over Fontaine Cabell in front of a very excited crowd at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

This was a solid performance by Lange, who came out aggressive from the opening bell. Cabell also deserves a lot of credit for trying to match Lange's aggressiveness. Cabell gave as good as he took for the first six rounds, but Lange eventually wore him down.

The end actually started in the seventh round when Lange dropped Cabell with a vicious right hand with 10 seconds to go in the round. Cabell survived but succumbed 55 seconds into the eighth round thanks to the Lange pressure.

Lange is now 28-3-2, 20 KO's while Cabell is 22-7-2, 17 KO's.

The co-feature was a picture of domination for Damian Fuller of Detroit, MI. Fuller decimated Dean "Pitbull" White scoring a third-round TKO.

Fuller caught White with a devastating counter right hand that dropped White in the third. Later in the round, Fuller's accuracy proved to be too much and the bout was stopped at 2:20 of the round.

Fuller is now 28-4-1, 13 KO's while White is 14-7-1, seven KO's.

Other bouts on the card:

Damon Antoine of Akron, OH scored a second-round TKO over previously undefeated "Irish" Mike Carrigan of Vienna, VA.

In a battle of debuting Northern Virginia middleweights, Tracey Brewer of Arlington won a four-round unanimous decision war over Tim Scache of Alexandria.

Bayan Jargal of Arlington won by first-round TKO over Shane Gierke. Jargal is 2-0, two KO's, both knockouts have come in the first round.

Philadelphia, PA junior welterweight Lenny "The Hitman" DeVictoria won a six-round unanimous decision over Jason Jordan of Akron, OH.

Former IBF Light Heavyweight champion William Guthrie battled "Gentleman" James Johnson to a six-round draw.

Here is the complete Gabcast Post-Fight Wrapup which includes an interview with the new WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight champion.

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #55

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Complete Patriot Center Card!

Here is the complete lineup for tonight's card at the George Mason University Patriot Center:

Bayanmunkh Bayanjargal AKA Bayan Jargal 143 1/2 vs. Shane Gierke 149

Tim Scache 156 vs. Tracey Brewer 160.

Mike Carrigan 149 vs. Damon Antoine 149

Lenny DeVictoria 137 vs. Jason Jordan 140

William Guthrie 189 vs. James Johnson 189

Dean White 132 vs. Damian Fuller 132

Jimmy Lange 150 1/2 vs. Fontaine Cabell 150 1/2

Recapping A Wild Night at DuBurns!

It was an emotional, exciting, and crazy night at DuBurns Arena last night in Baltimore. Here are the quick results:

Undefeated Baltimore heavyweight "The American Dream" Mike Dietrich made an emotional return to boxing by winning a four-round unanimous decision over "The People's Champion" Jonathan Felton of Stafford, VA.

Although Dietrich maintained control of the bout throughout, this was not an easy one as Felton was game and actually had a chance to take the bout from Dietrich in the fourth round by landing solid shots. However, Felton lost his chance by tossing Dietrich to the canvas, repeating an earlier infraction against him when Felton lifted Dietrich off the canvas in the first round. Felton lost a point in the fourth round for the second toss. All three judges scored the bout 40-35.

Dietrich is now 8-0, three KO's while Felton is 3-8, three KO's.

In the co-feature, undefeated Severn, MD junior middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow, scored perhaps his best victory as a pro by dominating previously undefeated Matt "The Bull" Berkshire and registering a third-round TKO in the rematch of their March bout. Nicklow landed some brutal left hands to decimate Berkshire. The bout was stopped at 1:20 of the third.

The euphoria over the victory turned to anger when members of Nicklow's family were acosted by fans of Berkshire who came from Morgantown, WVA to cheer their fighter on.

Nicklow is now 10-0-1, four KO's and may have solidified his position as THE prospect to watch in the Baltimore section of the Beltway. Berkshire's record falls to 8-1-1, three KO's.

In another rematch, Bel Air, MD middleweight Nick "Flash" Collins evened the score with Baltimore's Henry "Hurricane" Mayes by virtue of a third-round TKO. Collins used a series of right hands to stop Mayes. This is the second straight time Mayes has been knocked out. Collins is now 3-2, three KO's. Mayes is 5-3, four KO's and two no-contests.

In other bouts on the card, "The Golden Greek" Elias Bouloubassis of Owings Mills, MD had to settle for a draw for the third time in his four fights. This was the second technical draw of his career as the bout with debuting Rakeem Carter of Delmar, NY was stopped when Bouloubassis suffered a cut on the top of his head that drew a stream of blood that Chief Physician Dr. John Stiller could not stop.

Bouloubassis's record is now 1-0-3, one KO.

Baltimore welterweight Earl "Mighty Mouse" Cole suffered his first defeat, dropping a four-round unanimous decision to John "The Berlin Bomber" Snyder of Salisbury, MD. Cole is now 2-1, two KO's while Snyder is 3-2, one KO.

In the opening contest, Philadelphia, PA junior welterweight Kevin "Kid" Carmody scored the first knockout of his career with a first-round TKO over Jose Luis Torres of Albany, NY. The knockout came at 1:24 of the first.

Here is the Gabcast Post-Fight Wrap-Up show as "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and I recap the DuBurns show and look ahead to tonight's rematch between Jimmy Lange and Fontaine Cabell at the George Mason University Patriot Center.

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #54

Friday, May 11, 2007

Final Update on This Weekend's Cards!

Here is the final lineup for tonight's card at DuBurns Arena in Baltimore:

Kevin Carmody 143 1/4 VS Jose L. Torres 137

Earl Cole 147 VS Josh Snyder 155

Henry Mayes 162 VS Nick Collins 161

Elias Bouloubassis 159 1/2 VS Raquim Carter 153 3/4

Jessie Nicklow 155 3/4 VS Matt Berkshire 155 1/2

Mike Dietrich VS Jonathan Felton (no weights given)

As far as tomorrow night's card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA, both Jimmy Lange and Fontaine Cabell weighed in at 150 1/2 pounds for their WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight title rematch.

Also, both Dean White and Damian Fuller tipped the scales at 132 pounds for the co-featured bouts.

A number of the out-of-town boxers did not get to town in time for the weigh-in today. They will probably weigh in later this evening.

One notable change on this card: Alexandria, VA junior welterweight Jaime "The Punisher" Palma is off this card. Palma severely injured an ankle doing roadwork. Palma was scheduled to take on Philadelphia's Lenny DeVictoria. DeVictoria will now face Jason Jordan of Akron, OH.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Beltway Boxers on Media Rounds: Part Two!

Hope you had a chance to catch the stories on Tony Thompson and the Peterson Brothers on DC television. Both Channel 7 and Channel 4 were at the press conference yesterday.

Today, Jimmy Lange will be on "The Bram Weinstein Show" about 12:10 on Triple X ESPN Radio.

Also, returning Baltimore heavyweight "The American Dream" Mike Dietrich is the subject of two articles. One is in the Baltimore City Paper and the other is on Press Box Online and can be found by copying this link:


Of course, Dietrich will be a part of the Baltimore Pro Boxing card tomorrow, May 11 at Duburns Arena. I should have the full lineup for that card later this evening. Also, I will have the full lineup for the Saturday, May 12 card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA this evening as well.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Breaking News: Thompson in WBO Heavyweight Eliminator July 14!

What many of you have alluded to is now a reality. DC heavyweight and NABO and WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight champion Tony "The Tiger" Thompson has signed to fight Luan Krasniqi in a WBO Elimination match on July 14 in Germany. The winner of this bout will be the mandatory challenger to the winner of the June 2 WBO title bout between champion Shannon Briggs and challenger Sultan Ibragimov.

Because of this development, Thompson, who is ranked third in the world by the WBO, will NOT appear on the May 25th ESPN2 card at the DC Armory.

The May 25th card WILL go on as scheduled with the undefeated Peterson Brothers headlining a show in DC together for the very first time. Opponents are still being lined up for the Petersons.

Three audio interviews are available for you:

First, Tony Thompson talks more about the upcoming bout with Luan Krasniqi.

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Anthony and Lamont Peterson talk about being able to fight in their hometown for the first time in a long time. First Anthony:

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Now Lamont:

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Beltway Boxers Make the Media Rounds!

Make sure that you pick up a copy of today's Washington Post to see the solid article on DC's own Tony "The Tiger" Thompson written by John Scheinman.

As Scheinman alluded to in his article, the Thompson-Eliser Castillo bout slated on May 25 may not be a done deal after all. Hopefully, I will have some definite answers to that later today.

Meanwhile, Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange is on the media blitz promoting his May 12 rematch against Fontaine Cabell at the George Mason University Patriot Center. Earlier today, Lange appeared on the "Elliot in the Morning" show on DC101. Lange will appear on the "Doc Walker Show" on Sportstalk 980 at 10:10 today and he will join legendary trainer Angelo Dundee on "Sports Talk with Glenn Harris" tonight at 8 PM on News Channel 8.

Tomorrow, Lange and Dundee will appear on Comcast SportsNet "Washington Post Live" at 5 PM.

The weigh-in for the May 12 bout will be held on Friday, May 11 at Champps Restaurant in the Fair Oaks Shopping Center in Fairfax, VA. The event starts at noon and is open to the public.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Diego Corrales: 1977-2007!

The boxing world has been shocked to learn of the passing of former world champion Diego "Chico" Corrales. Corrales died in a three-vehicle accident last night in Las Vegas. Corrales was driving a motorcycle when it struck the back of a car. He was just 29 years old.

One of the best descriptions of Corrales's life in and out of the ring will come from his promoter, Gary Shaw, who said "Diego Corrales lived an X Games lifestyle."

Corrales's epic bout against Jose Luis Castillo exactly two years and one day ago (May 7, 2005) in Las Vegas is just one example of that extreme lifestyle in the ring. Corrales was knocked down twice in the 10th round before coming back in the very same round to stop Castillo.

Damian Fuller, who will face Dean White this Saturday at the George Mason University Patriot Center, can tell you how tough Corrales was. Fuller was brutally stopped in the third round in June of 2003.

Corrales had a career of 40-5, 33 KO's with his only losses coming to Floyd Mayweather, Joel Casamayor (twice) Castillo (in the rematch) and Joshua Clottey in his last bout on April 7.

Corrales was the father of five children. He also leaves behind his wife, Michelle, who was seven months pregnant. He will truly be missed.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

June Beltway Schedule Quickly Taking Shape!

With five cards still remaining in May, it's amazing that we can look towards June and see even more Beltway Boxing action. But three pro cards are already on the books for June with more cards promised.

On Saturday, June 9, Han Kim's SugarHan Productions is having what amounts to a day-night, pro-am doubleheader at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.. At 3:30 PM, there will be an amateur card that will feature Virginia boxers taking on Maryland boxers. Then at 8 PM, there will be a pro card that is scheduled to feature Demetrius Davis, "Money" Mike Sawyer and rookie Edgar "The Tiger" Torres. The main event on the card will be a 10-round bout between Hackensack, NJ cruiserweight Bobby Gunn -- who was born in Virginia -- and Antoine Barrett of Paterson, NJ. Gunn has a record of 16-3, 13 KO's while Barrett is 13-8-1, seven KO's.

One week later, on Saturday, June 16, Joe Hensley's Major League Boxing will have a show in Fredricksburg, VA. A number of Virginia boxers are scheduled to participate on this card including "Cold Blood" Patrick Budd, Adam "The Real Deal" Seal, Terry "T-Brick" Roy and "War Time" George Rivera. Hensley says he's looking to make a bout between "JC Superstar" Juan Carlos Robles and William "The Storm" Bailey for this card.

Then the following Saturday -- June 23 -- Cassandra White's Babie Girl Productions is having a show at Howard University's Burr Gymnasium. Clarence "Untouchable" Vinson is slated to be on this show and this card is also scheduled to have a special appearance by the Camacho Family -- Hector Sr. and Jr.

More cards are in the works for June, so it looks like the summer will pick up where the spring left off.

Turner Loses in Golden Glove Finals!

DC super heavyweight Tyler Turner lost his bid for a National Golden Gloves championship, falling in the finals to Nathaniel James of Malden, MA. last night in Chattanooga, TN.

James stopped Turner in the second round of their final contest. The win was James's second over Turner during the competition. In an earlier round, James won a 5-0 decision.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Turner Advances to Golden Glove Finals!

DC super heavyweight Tyler Turner is the only Beltway Boxer to advance to the finals of the National Golden Gloves in Chattanooga, TN.

Turner advanced to the finals by defeating the 2006 National Champion Jonte Willis. Turner stopped Willis at 1:06 of the fourth round (all medal round bouts are four two-minute rounds).

Turner will now face 2005 Golden Gloves runner-up Nathaniel James of Malden, Mass in tonight's final. James defeated Turner earlier in the competition by a 5-0 decision. A victory means that Turner would advance to the 2007 US Championships, the only Olympic Trials qualifier.

Oxon Hill light heavyweight Alexander Johnson lost in his semifinal contest to Siju Shabazz of Las Cruces, NM, 5-0.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Johnson, Turner Advance to Golden Glove Semifinals!

Two Beltway Boxers advanced to tonight's semifinals of the National Golden Gloves competition in Chattanooga, TN.

Oxon Hill, MD's Alexander Johnson advanced to the 178-pound semis with a 3-2 victory over Terrell Gausha of Cleveland, OH. Johnson will take on Siju Shabazz of Las Cruces, NM in the semifinals.

Also, despite losing a bout during the preliminary round, Tyler Turner of DC won his quarterfinal bout in the Super Heavyweight decision, 4-1 over Jesse Barboza of Hyannis, MA. Turner will take on Jonte Willis of Tacoma, WA in the semifinals.

A number of Beltway amateurs did not advance to the semis. This includes 165-pounder Dominic Wade of Largo, MD, who lost to Willie Monroe, Jr. of Rochester, NY 4-1.

Heavyweight Jose Mario Flores of DC also failed to move into the final four by dropping a 4-1 decision to Deontay Wilder of Tuscaloosa, AL.

And flyweight Larry Tumlin of DC was stopped in the second round by Joseph Francisco of Chattanooga, TN.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Beltway Amateurs at National Golden Gloves!

A number of Beltway amateur boxers are participating in the 2007 National Golden Gloves competition in Chattanooga, TN. The following Beltway Boxers are headed to the quarterfinals of the event based on action from last night's session:

In the Flyweight division, Larry Tumlin of DC advanced by stoppage victory defeating Travis Richardson of Syracuse, NY at 36 seconds of the second round. Tumlin will face hometown hero Joseph Francisco in the quarterfinals.

In the middleweight division, two-time Junior Olympic champion Dominic Wade of Largo made his national Open Division debut with a second-round stoppage of Bryan Smith of Toledo, OH. Wade stopped Smith at 1:49 of the round. Wade will face Rochester, NY's Willie Monroe, Jr in the quarters.

In the 178-pound class, Alexander Johnson of Oxon Hill advanced by winning a 4-1 decision over Orlando Reyes of Muscatine, Iowa.

Jose Mario Flores of DC moved into the quarters of the heavyweight division by defeating Vincent Hadley of St. Louis, MO, 5-0.

And, according to, DC super heavyweight Tyler Turner fought twice yesterday. Turner defeated Kimdo Bethel of Albany, NY 3-2 in his first bout. However, Turner lost to Nathaniel James of Malden, Mass in his second bout, 5-0. This section may be double elimination.

Other Beltway Boxers who were eliminated yesterday:

Light flyweight Francis Taylor of DC lost to Charles Martin of Bakersfield, CA, 5-0.

Stephon Alexander (originally from Norfolk, but fighting out of DC) lost in the 125-pound class to Rick Myrie of Florida, 3-2.

Cordaro Simpkins of DC (by way of Chesapeake, VA) lost to Archie Ray Marquez of Albuquerque, NM in the 132-pound class, 4-1.

In the 152-pound class, Richard Williams of Norfolk, VA (boxing with the DC-area contingent) lost to Jesse Lubash of Munhall, PA, 5-0.

Quarterfinal action is tonight in the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Thompson-Castillo May 25 at the DC Armory!

What some of you have already said seems to be true. is reporting that DC heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson will take on Miami, FL's Elieser Castillo in the main event on Friday, May 25 at the DC Armory.

Thompson will come into the contest with a record of 29-1, 17 KO's. Thompson has won 25 straight bouts and is ranked #3 in the world by the WBC, #6 by the WBO, #11 by the IBF and #12 by the WBA.

Castillo, a native of Havana, Cuba, is 29-5-2, 16 KO's and has won his last three, including a 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Lenzie Morgan on March 30 in Alexandria, LA. Castillo lost two in a row prior to his current winning streak, including a 12-round majority decision loss to DaVarryl Williamson in April of 2004.

Update on 'Magnificent May'!

Here is an update on the cards for the “Magnificent May Along the Beltway:”

The weekend of May 11-12 should be called “Rematch Weekend.”

On Friday, May 11 at DuBurns Arena, there will be three rematches on the Baltimore Pro Boxing card. The main event will be the rematch of undefeated boxers as Pasadena, MD junior middleweight Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow (9-0-1, three KO’s) will take on Morgantown, WVA’s Matt “The Bull” Berkshire (8-0-1, three KO’s) in another six-round encounter. The first bout on March 10 in Pikesville did not get out of the first round before the two men butted heads and Berkshire suffered a cut over his right eye.

Also on the card, undefeated Baltimore super middleweight “The Golden Greek” Elias Bouloubassis will take on Chris Cook of York, SC in a four-round rematch of a bout that took place December 7 in Pikesville. Bouloubassis (1-0-2, one KO) is looking for a result that would be similar to his rematch victory over Vincent Robbins on the March 10 Pikesville card. Bouloubassis knocked out Robbins in just 15 seconds. Cook has not fought since the December 7 bout in Pikesville.

And there will be a rematch between Baltimore area light heavyweights Henry “Hurricane” Mayes and Nick “Flash” Collins. Mayes (5-2, four KO’s) won the first bout on March 24, 2006 in Pikesville, scoring a second-round TKO over Collins (2-2, two KO’s). Both men have struggled since the last contest; Mayes is winless in his last three bouts (0-2, one NC) while Collins his last bout in February.

Then on Saturday, May 12 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA, Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange will battle Fontaine Cabell of Staten Island, NY once again for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Junior Middleweight title.

The two men fought to a 12-round draw on December 9 at the Patriot Center and have not fought since that night. Lange is 27-3-2, 19 KO’s while Cabell is 22-6-2, 17 KO’s.

The co-feature will match Smithsburg, MD lightweight Dean “Pit Bull” White against Damian Fuller of Detroit, MI in a 10-round bout. White (14-6-1, seven KO’s) has lost two of his last three in tough battles against Monty Meza-Clay and Verquan Kimbrough. However, White won his last battle at the Patriot Center on December 9, scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over Dorin Spivey. Fuller (27-4-1, 12 KO’s) is unbeaten in his last seven bouts (6-0-1, two KO’s).

In another interesting matchup, Alexandria, VA junior welterweight Jaime “The Punisher” Palma will take on Philadelphia, PA’s Lenny DeVictoria in a 10-round bout. Palma (11-10-1, two KO’s) has won four straight bouts to put his record over .500. DeVictoria (8-8, two KO’s) has lost five in a row.

One weekend later on Friday, May 18, Keystone Boxing will have a card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Undefeated Baltimore, MD welterweight Tim Coleman (9-0, two KO’s) will headline the card against an opponent to be determined.

Two heavyweight bouts have been announced for this card. Undefeated “Big” Phill Brown of Upper Marlboro, MD (5-0, three KO’s) will take on Capitol Heights, MD’s Wayne “Hammerhead” Hampton (5-4, three KO’s) and Paul Tillery of Clinton, MD (1-2) will take on Scott “Duke” Buchanan of DC (1-0, one KO).

After the May 25 card in DC, there will also be cards on Thursday, May 31 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD and Saturday, June 9 at ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. More information on those cards by the end of the week.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Breaking News: L. Peterson-Spivey is Off!

I have just received word that the anticipated matchup between Lamont Peterson and Dorin Spivey scheduled for Friday, May 25 at the DC Armory is off.

Apparently, Spivey hurt his shoulder in training last night and medical proof said he cannot go on the 25th.

(I had to take the letter off because personal information can be seen)

That bout is a tough loss because that looked like a good one.