Saturday, February 28, 2009

Results From Day Two of Washington Golden Gloves!

Here are the results from day two of the Washington Golden Gloves at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center as four junior champions were crowned in bouts during this evening's competition:

8 Year Old, 60 pounds: Sean Veazey (Baltimore Boxing) defeated Quinton Johnson (Hillcrest)

9-10, 65 pounds: Greg Burton (Langdon Recreation Center) defeated Titus Murphy (Main Street).

Interesting note concerning that bout. Legendary Beltway Boxer Darryll "Terrible T" Tyson worked Burton's corner while undefeated current pro Fernando Guerrero was in the Murphy corner.

8, 70 pounds: Jamere Jones (Frederick) defeated Jaleen Pugh (Hillcrest)

16, 141 pounds: Mike Reed (Dream Team) defeated Cody Eisner (Baltimore Boxing)

Two boxers won titles via walkover:

9-10, 80 pounds: Joseph Veazey (Baltimore Boxing)

14, 119 pounds: Jarell Harris (Langdon)

In other junior results this evening:

9-10, 75 pounds: Daniel Walsh (Old School Boxing) defeated Deonte Washington (Diamonds in the Ruff)

11, 80 pounds: Mack Allison IV (Upton) defeated Theron Johnson III (Diamonds in the Ruff)

16, 119 pounds: Shadeed Floyd (Langdon) defeated Cesar Rojas (Round One). This was the bout of the night, a very spirited encounter.

The 15-16, 156 pound bout between Andres Perdomo (Nomis) and Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) was moved to next Saturday, March 7.

In Novice Division action:

132 pounds: Hlan Thaw (Loch Raven) RSC-3 Greg Wright (Baltimore Boxing)

141 pounds: Johnny Da Silva (Round One) defeated Joseph Iobbi (Loch Raven)

141 pounds: Chris Hernandez (Round One) defeated Juan Llivichuzhca (Baltimore Boxing)

165 pounds: Reginald Lucas (Upton) defeated Joe Banks (unattached)

178 pounds: Quincey Nelson (Hillcrest) RSC-1 Allante Ward (Sugar Ray Leonard Center)

201 pounds: Zachary Wilkerson (Nomis) RSC-1 Timothy Cartwright (Down Under)

The Washington Golden Gloves resume Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 PM at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center. Event organizers say the Open Division boxers will start to compete next Saturday with 11 bouts. There will also be four junior championships and seven Novice bouts for a total of 22 scheduled bouts. We'll have the bout sheet by the middle of next week.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Orji Loses By Decision in Newark, NJ!

Quick result from New Jersey: Laurel, MD lightweight Ikem "The Warrior" Orji lost a six-round decision to undefeated Anthony Flores of Philadelphia tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Orji lost by the score of 58-56 on all three judges's cards according to, although I've also been told that one of the cards may have had the bout even at 57-57. The loss was the first of Orji's career and he is now 4-1, one KO. Flores is now 7-0, four KO's.

Snyder Slated to Battle Smichet in Montreal March 7!

Speaking of Joshua Snyder, the 2008 co-Beltway Boxer of the Year is also slated to head to Montreal. The date for "The Berlin Bomber" will be on Saturday, March 7 when he faces Walid Smichet of Montreal (by way of Tunisia) in an eight-round bout at the Montreal Casino in Montreal.

Snyder (8-3-1, three KO's) is unbeaten in his last four bouts and is coming off the biggest win of his career -- an eight-round split decision over previously undefeated Aaron Pryor, Jr. on December 27 in Cincinnati, OH. Smichet (19-5-3, 14 KO's) lost his last bout -- a 10-round unanimous decision to Don Mouton at the Montreal Casino.

L.Peterson to Battle for Interim World Title April 4 in Montreal!

It looks like we may have a date and location for Lamont Peterson's interim world title bout.'s Dan Rafael's is reporting that Peterson will battle Willy Blain on Saturday, April 4 in Montreal, Canada.

The bout will be shown on Showtime as a co-feature to the junior welterweight unification bout between Timothy Bradley and Kendall Holt. Both men are undefeated (Peterson, 25-0, 12 KO's; Blain, 20-0, three KO's). Top Rank Chair Bob Arum told Rafael that Showtime has signed off on the bout and are working out details with the Blain camp.

Peterson was BATB's choice (along with Joshua Snyder) as 2008 Beltway Boxer of the Year.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Orji Weighs 135 for Clash of Undefeated in NJ!

Undefeated Laurel, MD lightweight Ikem "The Warrior" Orji (4-0, one KO) weighed in at the lightweight limit of 135 pounds for his six-round battle against Philadelphia's undefeated boxer, Anthony Flores (6-0, four KO's. The bout will take place tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on the undercard of the Tomasz Adamek-Jonathan Banks bout.

Flores weighed in at 133 1/2 for the bout.

Third Annual University of Maryland Boxing Invitational!

The University of Maryland Boxing Club is hosting the third annual Maryland Boxing Invitational also known as the "Rumble in Ritchie" on Saturday, March 7 at Ritchie Coliseum.

Scheduled to join boxers from Maryland in this event are boxers representing these schools:

Georgetown, Navy, Army, West Virginia University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania,
Salisbury State University, University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill, Gettysburg, Mansfield, Tom Quinn, Virginia Military Institute and Penn State University.

While the University of Maryland has hosted this event before, this could serve as a dress rehearsal for the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships that will take place at Ritchie Coliseum on April 2-4.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Arvin Scheduled to Battle for USBA Junior Middleweight Title!

There are reports that Baltimore's Ishmail "The Arsenal" Arvin will battle for the vacant USBA Junior Middleweight championship on Saturday, April 11 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

Arvin (15-1-4, seven KO's) briefly held the USBO Middleweight title after winning a controversial TKO over Philadelphia, PA's Anthony Thompson in his last bout on August 15 at Ibiza Nightclub in DC. However, USBO officials stripped Arvin of the title because of the controversy.

Arvin is slated to face another Philadelphia boxer -- one that will be familiar to Beltway Boxing fans. Arvin's opponent will be Derek "Pooh" Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KO's). Ennis fought one of the best bouts in Ballroom Boxing history when he battled Maxell Taylor to a spirited six-round draw in March of 2006.

Ennis also scored a first-round knockout over Martinus Clay in Glen Burnie in January of 2006 and stopped Roland Cummings in February of the same year at the George Mason University Patriot Center.

BATB will have more on this story as it develops.

Bout Sheet for Second Night of Golden Gloves Action!

Here is the expected lineup for the second night of the Washington Golden Gloves Championship Tournament on Saturday, February 28 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Community Center in Palmer Park, MD:

Junior Division

(Age) 8, 60 pounds -- Championship: Sean Veazey (Baltimore Boxing) vs. Quinton Johnson (Hillcrest)

9-10, 65 pounds -- Championship: Greg Burton (Langdon Recreation Center vs. Titus Murphy (Main Street Gym)

8, 70 pounds -- Championship: Jaleen Pugh (Hillcrest) vs. Jamere Jones (Frederick)

9-10, 75 pounds: Daniel Walsh (Old School) vs. Deonte Washington (Diamonds in the Ruff)

9-10, 80 pounds -- Championship: Devon Crosby (Cherry Lane) vs. Joseph Veazey (Baltimore Boxing)

11, 80 pounds -- Championship: Theron Johnson III (Diamonds in the Ruff) vs. Mack Allison (Upton)

14, 119 pounds -- Championship: Jarell Harris (Langdon) vs. Abdiel Rivera (Main Street Gym)

16, 119 pounds -- Championship: Shadeed Floyd (Langdon) vs. Cesar Rojas (Round One)

16, 141 pounds -- Championship: Cody Eisner (Baltimore Boxing) vs. Mike Reed (Dream Team)

15-16, 156 pounds -- Championship: Andres Perdomo (Nomis) vs. Demond Nicholson
(Cherry Lane)

A number of Junior Division boxers have already won championships in their age and weight class. Congratulations to those on this list:

14, 100 pounds: Malik Jackson (Limelite)

12, 70 pounds: Cory Moore (Main Street Gym)

12, 75 pounds: Keyshawn Moore (Old School)

12, 85 pounds: Gary Antuanne Russell (Keystone Boxing)

11, 95 pounds: Keegan Grove (Hagerstown)

14, 112 pounds: Juwon Ennis (Cherry Lane)

16, 112 pounds: Gary Antonio Russell (Keystone Boxing)

14, 132 pounds: Eric Hernandez (Old School)

14, 165 pounds: Taequone Nance (Nomis)

12, 178 pounds: Shalka Williams (Nomis)

16, 201+ pounds: Gary Seegers (Keystone Boxing)

Now back to the bout sheet:

Novice Division

132 pounds: Greg Wright (Baltimore Boxing) vs. Hlan Thaw (Loch Raven)

141 pounds: Onyelehi Nduka (Round One) vs. Andy Quinones (Main Street Gym)

141 pounds: Jeremiah Herr (Club One) vs. Daryean Gomez (Cherry Lane)

141 pounds: Joseph Iobbi (Loch Raven) vs. Johnny DaSilva (Round One)

141 pounds: Juan Llivichuzhca (Baltimore Boxing) vs. Chris Hernandez (Round One)

152 pounds: Daniel Garofolo (Club One) vs. Jose Murphy (Sugar Ray Leonard Center)

165 pounds: Joe Banks (unattached) vs. Reginald Lucas (Upton)

178 pounds: Manuel Ramos (Olympia Boxing) vs. Chris Welsh (Baltimore Boxing)

178 pounds: Allante Ward (Sugar Ray Leonard Gym) vs. Quincey Nelson (Hillcrest)

201 pounds: Antwine Purnell (Down Under) vs. Nyonteh Sipply (Loch Raven)

201 pounds: Zachary Wilkerson (Nomis) vs. Timothy Cartwright (Down Under)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Results From First Night of Golden Gloves!

Here are the results from the first night of action from the Washington Golden Gloves, held at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center in Palmer Park, MD:

Junior Division

9-10, 60 pounds: Dwayne Holmes (Old School) defeated Tyjon Jackson (Midtown Youth Academy)

9-10, 80 pounds: Devon Crosby (Cherry Lane) won by walkover against Reco Todd (Upton)

14-15, 106 pounds -- championship: Chancey Anderson (Supreme Defence) won by walkover against Brandon Patterson (Cherry Lane)

16, 119 pounds: Cesar Rojas (Round One) defeated Antonio Neveraz (Hagerstown)

16, 119 pounds: Shadeed Floyd (Langdon) defeated Antain Robinson (UMAR)

14-15, 141 pounds -- championship: Tavon Body (Cherry Lane) defeated Carl Harper (Sugar Ray Leonard Center)

16, 141 pounds: Mike Reed (Dream Team) defeated Jonathan Burrs (Hagerstown)

Novice Division

132 pounds: Seth Billups (Old School Boxing) defeated Alexander Swinson (Sugar Ray Leonard Center)

141 pounds: Deamonte Green (Nomis) defeated Bomani Farmer (Honeycomb Gym)

152 pounds: Darryl Jacobs (Nomis) defeated Richard Washington (BAA)

152 pounds: Charles Brumfield (Dream Team) defeated Adam Mitchell (Diamonds in the Ruff)

178 pounds: Alexis Lefebvre (Midtown Youth Academy) defeated Michael Baldwin (UMAR)

178 pounds: Zwade Haynes (Baltimore Boxing) defeated Timothy Hillegords (Club One)

The action continues this Saturday, February 28 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center, starting at 7:30 PM. I should have a bout sheet for the second night later this week.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Orji Heads to NJ; McRae to SC!

As we mentioned on the most recent BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show, undefeated Laurel, MD lightweight Ikem "The Warrior" Orji will be participating on a card on Friday, February 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Orji (4-0, one KO) will take on fellow undefeated boxer Anthony Flores of Philadelphia, PA (6-0, four KO's) in what will be Orji's first scheduled six-round contest.

We also mentioned that there will be a Beltway Boxer on a card in Hilton Head, SC on Saturday, February 28. I had the right venue but the wrong boxer. Undefeated Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae (3-0, three KO's) is scheduled to take on Corey Winfield on Winston-Salem, NC (2-4, two KO's.) Winfield fought on Fight Night 2007 at the Washington Hilton and Towers in DC, losing a six-round majority decision to Wilmer Vasquez.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Gross Loses by Knockout in Florida!

Lusby, MD middleweight Keith Gross was stopped in the first round by Cuban expatriate Erislandy Lara last night at the Don Taft University Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The bout was shown on ESPN2.

Lara took just 69 seconds to knock down Gross twice and score the victory. Lara landed a vicious right-left combination for the first knockdown then landed more combinations and finished Gross off with a left uppercut.

The loss was the first of Gross's career and he is now 3-1, one KO. Lara remains undefated at 4-0, three KO's.

Tucker Scores First-Round TKO in Westminster!

Before an estimated 2,000 fans, Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark "TNT" Tucker remained undefeated with a stunning first-round TKO over Richard Stewart of New Castle, DE at the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster, MD.

Tucker came out strong and landed a good jab, but Stewart did land a shot of his own. The shot didn't seem to faze Tucker, Stewart then started to clown a little bit and he paid for it as Tucker landed a hard left-right combo. Later in the round, Tucker landed a powerful right hand that sent Stewart crashing to the canvas on his knees. Stewart never recovered and referee John Gradowski waved off the contest at 2:30 of the round.

Tucker is now 7-0, six KO's. Five of Tucker's six knockouts have come in the first round. Stewart's record falls to 14-8-2, eight KO's.

In other bouts on the card:

The co-feature saw DC lightweight Ron "Teflon" Boyd win a six-round split decision over Dean "Pit Bull" White of Smithsburg, MD. This was a tough fight to watch as the two styles of the boxers made it difficult. White was penalized one point for holding in the sixth round.

Judges Gary Camponeschi and Malik Waleed scored the bout for Boyd, 59-54 while judge Don Risher had the bout 57-56 for White. BATB scored it 59-55 for Boyd, who breaks a four-bout losing streak and raises his record to 6-5, two KO's while White falls to 14-10-1, seven KO's. White has now lost five in a row.

Junior middleweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier, now fighting out of Laurel, MD, captured a close, four-round majority decision over Westminster, MD based Ken Dunham to remain undefeated. Dozier battled a cut along his right eye as well as a solid performance from Dunham. Camponeschi called the bout even at 38-38 while judges Gradowski and Risher scored the bout for Dozier at 39-37. BATB saw the bout 39-37 for Dunham.

Dozier is now 5-0-1, two KO's. Dunham is 5-7, three KO's.

Junior middleweight Jamar "Da Truth" Freeman of Wilson, NC won a four-round unanimous decision over Cambridge, MD's Dontre "Pound For Pound" King. Freeman is now 2-0 while King is 1-3-1.

Otganbayer Daivii of Annandale, VA lost a four-round unanimous decision to Mechanicsville, VA's Francois Ambang in a cruiserweight battle. Daivii is now 2-2-1, one KO while Ambang is 1-1.

In a hard-fought battle, Norfolk, VA middleweight Jeremiah "The Bounty Hunter" Wiggins won a four-round unanimous decision over the debuting Ron Reaves of Tampa, FL. Wiggins is now 2-0.

Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up which includes an interview with Mark Tucker, Jr. and Sr.

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #152 - Full Report from Westminster!

Here is the complete rundown of the TNT Promotions card in Westminster, MD.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Weights From Westminster!

Here is the scale watch for tonight's card the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County AG Center in Westminster, MD:

Mark Tucker 180 1/4 vs. Richard Stewart 181

Dean White 135 vs. Ron Boyd 138

Lenwood Dozier 152 3/4 vs. Ken Dunham 155 3/4

Dontre King 150 3/4 vs. Jamar Freeman 154

Otganbayer Daivii 181 3/4 vs. Francois Ambang 182

Ron Reaves 161 1/2 vs. Jeremiah Wiggins 159 1/2

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Interesting Changes to February 20 Card in Westminster!

There are some interesting changes to the Friday, February 20th card at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD.

The co-feature should be a good one as Dean "Pitbull" White of Smithsburg, MD will take on DC's Ron "Teflon" Boyd in a six-round lightweight encounter. White (14-9-1, seven KO's) and Boyd (5-5, two KO's) will both be trying to break four-bout losing streaks.

Also, undefeated Glen Burnie, MD junior middleweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier (4-0-1, two KO's) will battle Ken Dunham of Charlotte, NC (5-6, three KO's) in a four-rounder.

Arlington, VA cruiserweight Otgonbayer Daivii (2-1-1, one KO) will meet Francois Ambang of Richmond, VA (0-1) in a four-rounder.

Cumberland, MD junior middleweight Dontre King (1-2-1) will take on Jamar Freeman of North Carolina (1-0) in another four-rounder.

The main event remains the eight-round matchup between undefeated Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark "TNT" Tucker 6-0, five KO's) and Richard Stewart of New Castle, DE (14-7-2, eight KO's).

Beltway heavyweights Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae will not appear on this card.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bout Sheet for First Night of Golden Gloves Competition!

The Washington Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament begins this Saturday, February 21 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center, 7700 Barlowe Road in Palmer Park, MD.

Here is the bout sheet for the first night of action (bouts subject to change without notice):

Junior Division

9-10, 60 pounds: Tyjon Jackson (Midtown Youth Academy) vs. Dwayne Holmes (Old School Boxing)

9-10, 80 pounds: Devon Crosby (Cherry Lane) vs. Reco Todd (Upton Boxing)

14-15, 106 pounds -- Championship Bout -- Chancey Anderson (Supreme Defence) vs. Brandon Patterson (Cherry Lane)

16, 119 pounds: Cesar Rojas (Round One) vs. Antonio Neveraz (Hagerstown)

16, 119 pounds: Shadeed Floyd (Langdon Recreation Center) vs. Antwain Robinson (UMAR)

14-15, 141 pounds -- Championship Bout -- Tavon Body (Cherry Lane) vs. Carl Harper (Sugar Ray Leonard Center)

16, 141 pounds: Mike Reed (Dream Team) vs. Jonathan Burrs (Hagerstown)

Novice Division

132 pounds: Seth Billups (Old School Boxing) vs. Alexander Swinson (Sugar Ray Leonard Center)

141 pounds: Chris Hernandez (Round One) vs. Juan Llivichucha (Baltimore Boxing)

141 pounds: Deamonte Green (Nomis) vs. Bomani Farmer (Honeycomb)

152 pounds: Richard Washington (BAA) vs. Darryl Jacobs (Nomis)

152 pounds: Adam Mitchell (Diamonds In The Ruff) vs. Charles Brumfield (Dream Team)

152 pounds: Stephen Waltrip (Club One) vs. Pavel Mimchev (unattached)

178 pounds: Michael Baldwin (UMAR) vs. Alexis Lefevbre (Midtown Youth Academy)

178 pounds: Timothy Hillegords (Club One) vs. Zwade Haynes (Baltimore Boxing)

The preliminary rounds of the Washington Golden Gloves will run on consecutive Saturdays from February 21 until March 14. at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center. The semi-final round will be on Saturday, March 21, also at the SRL Center. All of the cards at the SRL Center will start at 7:30 PM.

The Washington finals will be held on Friday, March 27 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Highway in Waldorf, MD.

The Regional Golden Gloves Championships -- matching the DC/Maryland Champions against the champs from Virginia and North Carolina -- will also be held at the Waldorf Jaycees on Friday, April 17. The cards in Waldorf will begin at 8 PM.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Recent Washington Times Columns Highlight Beltway Boxing Scene!

Washington Times Columnist Thom Loverro continues his great work in highlighting parts of the Beltway Boxing scene. In two recent columns Loverro wrote about some great situations and events that are happening in our area.

Right after the Super Bowl, Loverro connected Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's concussions to a study that the Maryland State Athletic Commission has been working on concerning the possible symptoms of brain disorders among boxers. This study has also been featured in a recent column in Ring Magazine.

The Times column can be found here:

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Also, Loverro on his "Lovey Land" blog, wrote a very nice story on the recent Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic that took place at the Westin Hotel in DC. Here's that column:

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'TNT' Tucker Featured in Carroll County Times!

Undefeated Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark "TNT" Tucker is the subject of a nice profile by Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times as he gets ready to headline Friday night's card at the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminister, MD.

The story can be found here:

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Monday, February 16, 2009

A. Peterson Injures Knee; is Off Saturday Pay-Per-View!

DC lightweight Anthony Peterson, who was slated to take on Edner Cherry in the co-feature pay-per-view bout this Saturday in Madison Square Garden in New York, hurt his knee in training and will not be able to participate.

Peterson and his trainer, Barry Hunter, told that Peterson heard a clicking noise in his left knee, ran for eight miles and aggravated the kneecap. Peterson underwent an MRI this past Saturday.

“Anthony is very, very upset as he really wanted to fight at Madison Square Garden,” said Hunter. “He is physically unable to compete at this time.”

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Potomac Valley Wins Six; South Atlantic Wins One Title at East Central Regional Championships!

Potomac Valley amateur boxers (boxers from DC, Prince George's County and Montgomery County) captured eight championships at the East Central Regional Boxing Tournament in Charleston, WVA. South Atlantic Boxers (boxers from Baltimore and its suburbs) picked up one title. The next stop for the champions from this event will be the USA Boxing National Championships in Denver, Colorado June 8th - 13th.

Here are the results courtesy of DC Amateur Boxing:


119lbs. Marcus Gaddis (Potomac Valley) def. Shawn Maning (Mid Atlantic)

125lbs. Kevin Rivers (Potomac Valley) def. Glen Dezum (South Atlantic)

132lbs. Elvis Medrano (Potomac Valley) def. Francisco Wilkerson (Allegheny Mountain)

141lbs. Gary Allen Russell (Potomac Valley) def. Kevin Womack (South Atlantic)

152lbs. Julian Williams (Mid Atlantic) def. Alantez Fox (Potomac Valley)

165lbs. Travis Peterkin (South Atlantic) def. Willie Nelson (Virginia)

178lbs. Thomas Williams (Potomac Valley) def. Tod Unthank-May (Mid Atlantic)

201+ Joey Dawejko (Mid Atlantic ) def. Ronald Gamble (South Atlantic)


112lbs. Female Maria Cash (Potomac Valley) def. Brittany Fisher (West Virginia)

Unopposed Champions

106lbs. Miguel Cartegena (Mid Altantic)

112lbs. William Bentley (Mid Atlantic)

132lbs. Rasheda Horne (Mid Atlantic)

152lbs.-F Brittany Inkrote (Mid Atlantic)

165lbs.-F Franchon Crews (Potomac Valley)

201lbs. Charles Johnson (Potomac Valley)

Russell, Jr. Wins By Unanimous Decision in Florida!

Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over John Wampash (1-0-1, one KO) tonight in Sunrise, FL. Russell was credited with two knockdowns in round one and another in round four. No scores announced but it was later learned that Russell won 40-33 across the board.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Potomac Valley Sends Squad to East Central Regional in West Virginia!

The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing is sending the following boxers to the East Central Regional Amateur Boxing Tournament this weekend in Charleston, WVA:

112lbs Maria Cash (Headbangers) FEMALE
165lbs Franchon Crews (Keystone) FEMALE
119lbs Marcus Gaddis (SRL)
125lbs Kevin Rivers (Headbangers)
132lbs Elvis Modrano (Old School)
141lbs Gary Allan Russell (Keystone)
152lbs Alantez Fox (Dream Team)
165lbs Eric Govan (Jeff Gordan)
178lbs Thomas Williams (Cherry Lane)
201 Charles Johnson (SRL)

Head - Marshall Cunningham (Headbangers)
Robert "Herb" Martin (Keystone)
Craig Ashburn (Old School)
Robert Crawford (Jeff Gordan)
Troy Fox (Dream Team)
Wilbert Nicholson (Cherry Lane)

Jerry Jerome, President
Cecelia Jerome
Arlenette Footes
Brent Bovell
Curtis Rawlings

The South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing (which includes Baltimore) also sent a team but I haven't received the members yet. Best wishes to both squads!

Peterson Videos Talk About February 21 Bout with Cherry!

Let me thank New York-based boxing reporter "El Boxing Empress" Keisha Morrisey for the following videos from the recent press conference in New York concerning the Miguel Cotto bout at Madison Square Garden and the Kelly Pavlik bout card in Youngstown, OH.

These videos concern Anthony Peterson and his co-feature bout with Edner Cherry. The first features Peterson and trainer Barry Hunter at the podium. The second is a one-on-one interview with Peterson that someone other than Morrisey conducts along with Morrisey. Unfortunately, I was unable to embed these videos so I can only provide the link.



Russell Weighs 126 1/2 for Bout in Florida!

Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. and his opponent, John Wampash of Quito, Ecuador, weighed in at 126 1/2 for their four-round bout at the Bell Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL.

This bout will be on the non-televised undercard of the Nate Campbell-Ali Funeka bout, which took an interesting turn during the weigh-in. Campbell came in three pounds overweight on his initial weigh-in and could only lose a half-pound the second time on the scales. Campbell, in essence, lost his title on the scales. The title is now vacant and only Funeka has a shot at winning the title tomorrow night.

UPDATE: Apparently, Bayan Jargal is no longer on the November 14 card in Reno, NV. Looks like his scheduled opponent backed out.

A. Peterson Prepares To Punch at the Garden!

Undefeated DC lightweight Anthony Peterson is anxiously awaiting his February 21st PPV 10-round matchup against tough veteran Edner "Cherry Bomb" Cherry. Peterson (28-0, 19 KO's) also tells Alex Dombroff of that he is also excited to be fighting in the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden. Here's the link to the article.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hide Responds to Wilson!

Apparently, former WBO Heavyweight champion Herbie Hide heard about the comments made here on BATB and printed on from Darnell "The Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson. In the interest of fair and objective journalism, BATB prints Hide's response that was posted to Fightnews:

“Darnell Wilson can’t be serious. He must have some ‘Ding-A-Ling’ in his head. Isn’t he the man who just lost in Singapore to Ehinomen Ehikhamenor, a guy I clearly outclassed last year? How dare this kid calling me out? Wilson, listen son, if you want to come and play with the big boys do your homework first. You are coming off two straight losses and got nothing to offer. I am lined up for a final elimination bout. You can come and do sparring with me if you want. If you’re interested in a thorough thrashing from the ‘Dancing Destroyer’ – how much do you want to pay for it? If you bring some money to the table I might give you a good lesson. Otherwise, start beating mediocre guys before you try to compete at the top level.”

Results From Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic!

I was unable to attend this event, but here are the results from the recent Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic at the Westin Hotel in Washington, DC:

75lbs 11/12 Conor McLanon (Ireland) defeated Deonte Washington (DC)
75lbs 13/14 Thomas Waite (Ireland) defeated Keeshawn Moore (DC)
80lbs 12 yo Conal Quinn (Ireland) defeated Theron Johnson (DC)
100lbs 13 Chancey Anderson (DC) defeated Michael McCotter
100lbs 14 Derek Potter (Ireland) defeated Vernon Springs
115lbs 13 Devante Tolbert (DC) defeated Seamus Og Deeds
125lbs 14 Emmanuel Caddell (Ireland) defeated Rashard Beard (DC)
152lbs Novice Adam Mitchell (DC) defeated Adam Pettigrew (Ireland)
160lbs Novice Mathew Orr (Ireland) defeated Johnathan Williams (DC)
150lbs OPEN Cornelius Whitlock (DC) defeated Neil Murphy (Ireland)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wilson Campaigns for Bout Against Herbie Hide March 6!

Here's some outside the Beltway news that may eventually affect a Beltway Boxer.

There was a 12-round WBC Cruiserweight elimination bout that was slated for March 6 in Cruxhaven, Germany between former WBO Heavyweight champ Herbie Hide and top-rated contender Matt Godfrey.

However, Godfrey injured his hand in training and the bout was postponed. However, Hide plans to fight on the sixth and is looking for an opponent.

One man who is making himself very available for this bout is the Beltway's own Darnell "The Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson. Wilson is looking to put his recent stint on "The Contender" behind him and sees this as a possible opportunity to get back into the cruiserweight mix. If Wilson gets the bout, it will be an eight-rounder instead of a 12-round eliminator.

Wilson talked to BATB about this possible bout and speaks frankly about what happened in Singapore for "The Contender.

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #151 - Darnell Wilson Speaks on Possible Bout Opportunity and 'The Contender!'

Takoma Park, MD cruiserweight Darnell "The Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson campaigns for a spot in a March 6 bout in Germany and talks about his appearance on "The Contender."

Monday, February 09, 2009

Tucker Family Talks About February 20th Card in Westminster, MD!

A family affair on BATB. Mark Tucker, Jr. and Sr. talk about the TNT Promotions card on Friday, February 20 at the Shipley Arena on the grounds of the Carroll County AG Center in Westminster, MD.

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #149 - 'TNT' Tucker Talks About Main Event Bout in Westminster, MD!

Undefeated Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark "TNT" Tucker talks about his eight-round main event bout against veteran Richard Stewart on Friday, February 20 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #150 - Update on February 20 Card in Westminster, MD!

Mark Tucker, Sr. talks to BATB about his Friday, February 20 card at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. His son, Mark "TNT" Tucker headlines this show.

Johnson Sparring With Tarver; Chernoff to Lead USA Squad in Ireland!

Two very nice stories to pass along. Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson has been working in the camp of former IBF Light Heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver in Orlando, FL. Tarver is preparing for his March 14 rematch against current champ Chad Dawson that will take place in Las Vegas.

Johnson has been the chief sparring partner for Tarver and sources tell BATB that Johnson is performing quite well. So well, in fact, that Johnson (5-0, three KO's) may get an opportunity to fight on that March 14card.

Meanwhile, Salisbury, MD trainer Hal Chernoff is in the midst of a very busy February. This past Friday, Chernoff helped lead his long-time charge -- Fernando Guerrero -- to an eight-round unanimous decision victory in Salisbury. Now, Chernoff will prepare for a trip to Dublin, Ireland as one of the coaches of a USA Boxing team that will face the Irish National Team in two dual meets from February 27 - March 2.

Chernoff will be working with two-time Olympian Rau'shee Warren and 2008 Olympic teammate Raynell Williams as well as US Super Heavyweight champ Michael Hunter. Chernoff will first head to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for preparation from February 18-24 before heading to Ireland.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Beltway Amateurs Win Seven Titles at National Silver Gloves!

Beltway Boxers have won seven championships at the National Silver Gloves in Independence, MO tonight.

10-11 year old division:

50 Pounds: Jerome Williams

65 Pounds: Jordan White

70 Pounds: Zimmie Dickinson

12-13 year old division:

85 Pounds: Aujee Tyler

132 Pounds: Kareem Martin

14-15 year old division

165 Pounds: D'Mitrius Ballard

178 Pounds: Jerry Odom

Kareem Martin won outstanding boxer in the 12-13 year old class while Jerry Odom won oustanding boxer in the 14-15 year old class. Legendary Beltway trainer Junious Hinton was inducted into the Silver Gloves Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to the Silver Gloves National Champions!

Beltway Boxing Random Notes!

February is rapidly becoming a very busy month for the Beltway Boxing scene, so here are some of the events coming up for Beltway Boxers in chronological order.

Saturday, February 14 -- Reno Events Center -- Reno, NV -- undefeated Arlington, VA's "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal (10-0-1, seven KO's) will take on Albert Rodriguez of McKinney, TX (8-1-1, four KO's) in a six-round lightweight bout. This is the weight where Jargal's handlers would like him to be. This will be on the Joey Gilbert-Jesse Brinkley card.

Saturday, February 14 -- BankAtlantic Center -- Sunrise, FL -- Capitol Heights, MD's Gary Russell, Jr. (1-0, one KO) takes on John Wampash of Quito, Ecuador (1-0-1, one KO) in a four-rounder on the Nate Campbell-Ali Funeka card.

Friday, February 20 -- University Center Arena -- Fort Lauderdale, FL -- Undefeated Lusby, MD middleweight Keith Gross (3-0, one KO) will take on Erislandy Lara (3-0, two KO's) fighting out of Germany by way of Cuba in a four-round bout that is slated to be on ESPN2. Gross replaces Cecil McCalla, who was originally scheduled to be on the card.

Saturday, February 21 -- Madison Square Garden -- New York, NY -- Undefeated Washington, DC lightweight Anthony Peterson (28-0, 19 KO's) takes on Edner Cherry (24-6-2, 12 KO's) of Wauchula, FL in a 10-pound lightweight bout on pay-per-view.

Friday, February 27 -- Prudential Center -- Newark, NJ -- Undefeated Laurel, MD lightweight Ikem "The Warrior" Orji (4-0, one KO) will battle undefeated Anthony Flores of Philadelphia, PA (6-0, four KO's) in Orji's first scheduled six-round contest. This will be on the Tomasz Adamek-Jonathan Banks IBF Cruiserweight title card.

Closer to home, TNT Promotions and the Maryland Boxing Club have added on to their card on Friday, February 20 at the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County AG Center in Westminster, MD.

The main event on the card is still the first eight-round contest for undefeated Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark "TNT" Tucker (6-0, five KO's) as he takes on New Castle, DE veteran Richard Stewart (14-7-2, eight KO's).

The co-feature will be Dean "Pitbull" White of Smithsburg, MD 14-9-1, seven KO's) as he takes on Mario Garcia of Charlotte, NC (7-8-1, four KO's) in a six-rounder.

DC middleweight Antonio Walls (2-1, one KO) will battle the debuting Ron Reaves of Orlando, FL in a four-round contest.

Undefeated Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae (3-0, three KO's) takes on Andrew Jackson of Crossett, AK (3-3, two KO's).

Also, undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell (9-0-1, six KO's) and Cumberland, MD junior middleweight Dontre King (1-2-1) are slated to participate on the card. King is slated to battle Jamar Freeman of North Carolina (1-0).

Ten Beltway Amateurs Advance to Finals of National Silver Gloves!

The Beltway is sending 10 amateurs to the finals of the National Silver Gloves tonight in Independence, MO.

These were the semi-final results from last night:

10/11 65lbs. Jordan White (Region 3) def. Camron Brooks (Region 5)
10/11 70lbs. Zimmie Dickinson (Region 3) def. Orlando Hill (Region 5)
12/13 85lbs. Aujee Tyler (Region 3) def. Jalen Gibson (Region 7)
14/15 90lbs. Marquell Tyler (Region 3) def. Zachery Martiniez Jr. (Region 6)
14/15 132lbs. Dusty Harrison (Region 3) def. Lize Jarrett (Region 1)
14/15 165lbs. D'mitris Ballard (Region 3) def Ethan Lowe (Region 6)
14/15 178lbs. Jerry Odom (Region 3) def. Xavier Hayden (Region 4)
10/11 95lbs. Keegan Grove (Region 3) def. Carlos Martinez (Region 4)
12/13 132lbs. Kareem Martin (Region 3) def. Anthony Sims, Jr. (Region 2)
14/15 80lbs. Greg Outlaw (Region 3) def. Cody Lacefield (Region 5)

Boxers who didn't make the finals:

10/11 60lbs. Jaicob Amaya (Region 7) def. Dwayne Holmes (Region 3)
10/11 75lbs. Omero Gallegos (Region 7) def. Demetrius Young (Region 3)
10/11 80lbs. Cortez Chambliss (Region 2) def. Joey Veazey (Region 3)
12/13 90lbs. Daniel Ramirez (Region 6) def. Jalonte Cole (Region 3)
12/13 95lbs. Jousce Gonzalez (Region 8) def. Carlton Gray (Region 3)
14/15 85lbs. Eduardo Alcantara (Region 8) def. Lawrence Singh (Region 3
14/15 125lbs. Tamar Boyd (Region 2) def. Eric Hernandez (Region 3)

Guerrero Wins Unanimous Decision in Salisbury; Buchanan Loses by Decision in Lemoore!

As you saw on ESPN2, Fernando Guerrero won an eight-round unanimous decision over Gabriel Rosado to maintain his undefeated record at 13-0, 11 KO's at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD.

As you saw on Showtime, Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan lost a 12-round unanimous decision to undefeated Andre Ward at the Tachi Palace in Lemoore, CA.

Buchanan is now 17-2, 12 KO's while Ward is 18-0, 12 KO's.

Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up for the card in Salisbury. After the show was recorded, we learned from Maryland Commission officials that Dominic Wade's bout was scratched because of difficulties with his scheduled opponent.

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #148 - Post-Fight From Salisbury!

"Priceless" Steve Price of and Tom Luffman of join me to discuss the excitement from the nationally televised card at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Guerrero, Buchanan Weigh-in For Nationally Televised Bouts!

(Photo by Laura Emmons)

Fernando Guerrero and Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan hit the scales yesterday for their nationally televised bouts. In Guerrero's case, a little bit of controversy ensued.

According to, when Guerrero stepped on the scale the first time, he was over the 160-pound limit. It was determined later that the scale was off. Guerrero weighed in a second time, buck naked. The official weight was 157 3/4. Delmarvanow did not list Rosado's official weight. Reporter Tim Brennan of did mention that Rosado's camp was not happy.

"...members of Rosado's camp continued making comments about the questionable scale and what this all meant -- implying that the scale was off by as much as it needed to be so Guerrero could make weight, and that the scores tonight might be a similar situation (if the fight goes to a decision)."

The card at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD begins at 8 PM with the ESPN2 telecast starting at 9 PM ET.

I have not been able to obtain any info on Dominic Wade's weight or opponent at this time.

(Photo by Jan Sanders/Showtime)

Meanwhile, in Lemoore, CA, Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan (left) weighed-in at 167.6 pounds for his 10-round contest against undefeated 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward tonight on ShoBox. Ward tipped the scales at 166.2 pounds. This bout is for Ward's NABO and the vacant NABF Super Middleweight title.

This has been a rough stretch for Buchanan because his sister recently passed. But according to a Showtime press release, he is ready for this bout.

“I am here to fight and to win. No excuses in my last (Showtime) fight against (Jean Paul) Mendy – he beat me fair and square — but the fact is I entered the ring with a broken hand I had broken in the fight before that.

“I am not 100 percent healthy, I am 200 percent healthy for this and I am looking forward to the opportunity to defeat an Olympic gold medalist.

“Ward’s been down. I wasn’t even knocked down in the streets. It is not going to happen.

“My whole life has been uphill; nothing has come easy, my sister died just last week. So I am thrilled to get this fight. No matter what it says on paper, Ward had better be ready for the fight of his life.

“He’s a great fighter, no doubt about that. But if you want to make a name for yourself, and some money, in this sport, if you have bills to pay, you jump at this kind of opportunity and make the best of it.

“And that is exactly what I plan to do.’’

The Showtime ShoBox telecast begins at 11 PM ET from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA.

Seven Beltway Boxers Advance Thus Far at National Silver Gloves!

Seven Beltway amateurs won their first round matchups on day one of the National Silver Gloves Tournament in Independence, MO. All of the Beltway Boxers are in Region 3 of the tournament.

10/11 60lbs. Dwayne Holmes def. Sergio Santiago (Region 1)

10/11 65lbs. Jordan White def. Aaron Morales (Region 6)

10/11 70lbs. Zimmie Dickinson def. Michael Dutchover (Region 6)

10/11 80lbs. Joey Veazey def. Jaheem Anthony (Region 1)

12/13 95lbs. Carlton Gray def. Jose Quezada (Region 5)

14/15 125lbs. Eric Hernandez (Region 3) def. Juan [last name unknown] (Region 6)

14/15 132lbs. Dusty Harrison def. Brian Alvarez (Region 8)

Three Beltway amateurs lost their first round contests.

12/13 70lbs. Amery Zavala (Region 8) def. Devonte Jefferson

12/13 125lbs. Dylan Domizio (Region 3) def. Demetrius Martin

14/15 147lbs. Mason Dylan (Region 4) def. Ronald Gibbs

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Second Annual Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic Returns to DC February 7!

The second annual Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic amateur boxing card returns to DC on Saturday, February 7 at the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center Hotel on 1400 M Street NW.

A team from Belfast, Ireland will battle a DC Select squad for the second consecutive year. The Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project (BBBP) is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit group dedicated to providing cultural exchange and international amateur athletic competition through support of at-risk youth in the metropolitan Washington, D.C area and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The group held its first charitable tournament in January 2008 when 20 boxers between the ages of 11-17 participated in the event. Prior to the match, both teams entered the ring, received introductions and exchanges gifts with their opponents. Commemorative belts were awarded to all participants.

In addition to raising money to provide equipment for the boxing clubs, the BBBP is also working towards providing sponsorship for at-risk D.C. youth to participate in local programs through D.C. recreation centers. The BBBP's other goal is to offer the same cultural exchange experience to a group of D.C. boxers, and plans are being made for the city of Belfast to host a team from Washington, D.C. in 2009.

The DC Select team will be coached by Gary Russell, Sr. and will feature boxers from a number of gyms in the area including Keystone, Midtown Youth Academy, Supreme Defence, Diamonds in the Rough and Enigma Boxing. Among the boxers slated to be on the DC Select team are Xavier Ward and Chauncey Anderson from Supreme Defence, Midtown's Cornelius Whitlock and Adam Mitchell of Diamonds in the Rough, who was voted the Outstanding Boxer of the 2008 Mayor's Cup.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Corley Scores Seventh-Round TKO in New Jersey!

DC's Demarcus "Chop Chop" Corley scored a seventh-round TKO over Wilson Enrique Galli of Uruguay last night at the Meadowlands Sheraton in East Rutherford, NJ.

The former WBO Junior Welterweight champion faced a lot of forward pressure from Galli during the bout but Corley used his hand and foot speed to avoid any difficulties. In the seventh, Corley landed a huge straight left cross on Galli's chin that sent him sprawling to the floor. Galli bravely rose to his feet but his corner wisely threw in the towel. The time was 1:23.

"I felt my performance was great," said Corley, now 33-10-1, 19 KO's. "On a scale of one to ten, I give myself a nine. I'm not back where I should be but I'm getting there. I'll be back in the gym on Thursday and I'm going to stay busy. Look forward to me continue fighting great fights and becoming world champion again soon." Galli drops to 31-9, 13 KO's.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Wade and Guerrero Talk About Friday's Card in Salisbury!

Beltway Boxers Dominic Wade and Fernando Guerrero talked to BATB about their participation in this Friday's card at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD.

In this interview, Wade talks about making his pro debut and why he decided to turn pro instead of waiting for the 2012 Olympics in London:

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #146 - Wade Talks About Pro Debut in Salisbury!

Largo, MD middleweight Dominic Wade talks to BATB about his pro debut this Friday in Salisbury, MD!

Guerrero assesses his first year as a pro and his nationally-televised co-feature bout against Gabriel Rosado:

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #147 - Guerrero Looks Back at Rookie Year; Forward to Rosado in Salisbury!

BATB's 2008 Rookie of the Year Fernando Guerrero looks back at his first pro year and talks about his co-feature bout against Gabriel Rosado in his hometown of Salisbury, MD!

University of Maryland Senior Wins USA Boxing Scholarship!

Josh Stone (left) stands with University of Maryland Boxing Club Founder Luke Runion. (Photo courtesy of UM Boxing Club)

Congratulations to heavyweight Josh Stone of the University of Maryland Boxing Team. Stone was one of 23 boxers nationwide to receive a scholarship from the USA Boxing Foundation.

The senior Architecture major and co-captain of the Maryland Boxing team recently returned from Seattle, WA where he stopped an opponent from the Air Force Academy in the first round. Stone will head to West Point, NY to face an opponent from the US Military Academy this weekend.

A reminder: The University of Maryland hosts the 2009 National Collegiate Boxing Championships on April 2, 3 and 4 at Ritchie Coliseum.

Corley Weighs 140 1/2 For New Jersey Main Event!

Former WBO Junior Welterweight champ DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley weighed in at 140 1/2 pounds for his 10-round main event bout against "El Topadora" Wilson Enrique Galli of Salto Uruguayo, Uruguay. Galli weighed in at 141 1/2 pounds.

The bout will be the main event on the "Knockout Night" card at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ. The card will be shown on and will cost $4.99 to view live.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Guerrero Opponent Rosado Questions Guerrero's Ability to 'Take it!'

It looks like Gabriel "King" Rosado, the opponent for Fernando Guerrero on Friday, February 6 at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD will walk into Guerrero's hometown with a lot of confidence.

In an article that appeared in the Salisbury Daily Times, Guerrero asked reporter Shawn Yonker the age-old boxing question, saying Guerrero could dish it out, but could he take it?

Here's a link to the article:

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Rivera Falls By Split Decision; Robles, Sigmon Win in Staunton, VA!

No details on these results, but Charlottsville, VA middleweight George "War Time" Rivera lost a six-round split decision to "Mean" Rodney Green of Wilson, NC last night on the Major League Boxing card at the Staunton Armory in Staunton, VA. Rivera's record is 9-4, three KO's while Green is 7-5-1, two KO's.

Two other Virginia boxers fared better on this card. Waynesboro, VA cruiserweight "El Guero" Juan Carlos Robles won a six-round unanimous decision over Ed "The Iron Man" Gutierrez of Oakland, CA. Robles is now 11-2, five KO's and Gutierrez is 15-7-1, six KO's and has lost seven straight.

Also, Bedford, VA light heavyweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon continued his winning ways with a unanimous decision victory over Alex Dill of Virginia Beach, VA in Sigmon's first six-round contest. Sigmon is now 4-1, one KO while Dill is 5-6, two KO's.

The only knockout on this card came in the women's bout where Thaddine "Swift Eagle" Johnson of New York City needed just 55 seconds to stop the debuting Amie Iawasaki.

Corley Opponent Chosen for February 3 card in New Jersey!

The opponent has been named for former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley's 10-round main event bout on Tuesday, February 3 at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ.

His name is Wilson Enrique "Topadora" Galli of Miami, FL by way of Salto Uruguayo, Uruguay (31-8, 13 KO's), a former world title contender who lost to Artur Grigorian for the WBO Lightweight title in November of 1999. Galli, whose nickname means "bulldozer," has fought throughout South America and Europe, but this will be his first bout in the United States. This will also be his first bout of any kind since April of 2002.

Corley (32-10-1, 18 KO's) mentioned in a press release that, if successful on Feb. 3, he is targeting newly-crowned and two-time IBF Junior Welterweight champion Juan Urango.

By the way, undefeated Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae, who was slated to be on this card on its original date of January 22, will not appear on this card and focus his efforts on the Friday, February 20th card in Westminster, MD. Baltimore heavy Hannibal Otey who also slated on the January 22 version of the card, remains on the bill.