Sunday, January 31, 2010

McCalla Wins Unanimous Decision in Fort Washington!

Baltimore junior middleweight Cecil McCalla got off of the canvas to win an eight-round unanimous decision over Suitland, MD's Jayson Champion during the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

McCalla was doing well until he got caught by a vicious right hand from Champion that dropped him to the canvas. McCalla beat the count at eight.

However, Champion did not follow up on his sudden advantage as he wasn't nearly as active in the later rounds. McCalla is now 10-0, four KO's and Champion falls to 4-5, three KO's.

In the co-feature, Scott "Cujo" Sigmon of Bedford, VA won a six-round majority decision over Ariel "Iron" Espinal of Brooklyn, NY. The bout was an action-packed affair. Sigmon is now 8-1, three KO's while Espinal falls to 6-12-3, two KO's.

DC heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm made short work of Maurice "The South Soldier" Winslow, scoring a knockout at 1:48 of the first. Byarm us now 6-0, four KO's while Winslow is now 3-11-1, three KO's.

Ferndale, MD cruiserweight "The American Child" Nick Kisner made a successful pro debut with a four-round majority decision over "The African Warrior" Francois Ambang of Mechanicsville, VA. Ambang falls to 2-5-1.

Springdale, MD heavy Abodurin "Big Bo" Akinyanju remained perfect with a fourth-round TKO over Kevin Howard of Montgomery, AL. Akinyanju is 3-0, three KO's. Howard is 1-3-1.

Chantilly, VA junior middleweight Zain "The Tiger" Shah scored a first-round TKO over Allen "Pit Bull" Perkins of Frederick, MD.

Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up!

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #196 - Post Fight From Rosecroft!

"The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and I recap the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD!

Sunday Rosecroft Card Still On!

The Baltimore Pro Boxing card slated for Sunday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD is STILL ON!

Here is the scale watch for the event:

Cecil McCalla 155 1/2 vs. Jayson Champion 152

Maurice Byarm 254 1/2 vs. Maurice Winslow 202

Scott Sigmon 172 vs. Ariel Espinal 177

Abodurin Akinyanju 287 vs. Kevin Howard 240

Nick Kisner 193 vs, Francois Ambang 191

Zain Shah 157 vs. Allen Perkins 159

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Amateur Card Postponed Because of Snow!

Today's snow has forced the postponement of the Jeter Promotions-Paschall Promotions amateur boxing card that was scheduled for tonight at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD.

The show has been rescheduled for next Saturday, February 6 at the same location.

Also, Cassandra White's pre-fight party that was scheduled for tonight at Hogate's to announce Babie Girl Productions's April boxing card at the Washington Convention Center has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.

Williams Loses Unanimous Decision; Snow Gets Split Decision in Glen Burnie!

Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Willie "For Real" Williams lost a six-round unanimous decision to Reggie Pena of Ocala, FL in front of 1,132 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Williams was dropped in the fifth round as he had difficulty with Pena's onslaught throughout the contest. Williams suffered a cut along the left eye and on his lip. Williams is now winless in his last four bouts and is now 12-5-2, three KO's. Pena's record rises to 5-2, one KO.

The co-feature saw Capitol Heights, MD super featherweight Thomas "KO" Snow win a rather unpopular six-round split decision over Jason Rorie of Ocala, FL.

Many in the crowd did not like Snow's defensive movements in the contest and it seemed to frustrate Rorie. But the key round was the fifth when Snow landed some solid shots to the head and body of Rorie. This allowed Snow to hang on for the victory. Judges Dave Braslow and Gary Camponeschi scored the bout for Snow 58-56 while Judge Don Risher saw the contest 58-56 for Rorie.

Snow is now 12-1, eight KO's while Rorie falls under .500 at 5-6-2, two KO's.

In other bouts on the card, Delmar, MD cruiserweight Alex Guerrero scored his first pro knockout, stopping the debuting Johnny Fields of Canton, OH at 2:55 of the first round. Guerrero is now 3-0, one KO.

In a heavyweight battle, Suitland, MD's Vinroy "Hard Work" July stopped Kevin "The Journeyman" Johnson of Baltimore at 1:33 of the second round. July, who is originally from St. Catherine's, Jamaica, remains undefeated with a record of 3-0, two KO's. Johnson's record evens at 3-3, two KO's.

In a battle of Martins, Dwayne Martin of Laurel, MD won a four-round majority decision over Darrell "The Project" Martin of Baltimore. Dwayne Martin is 2-1, one KO while Derrell Martin is 4-12, one KO.

In a non-Beltway battle, heavyweight Harold Sconiers of Clearwater, FL won a six-round majority decision over Mike Miller of Akron, OH. Sconiers, who has fought the likes of Donovan "Razor" Ruddock, Davarryl Williamson and Clifford Etienne, is now 17-20, 11 KO's while Miller, who has fought local boxers Seth Mitchell (twice) Horace Grant , Scott Buchanan and Maurice Byarm, is now 6-15-2, two KO's.

The card was promoted by Ballroom Boxing. The matchmakers were Jake Smith and Jeff Novotny.

Here is the recap from the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show:

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #195 - Full Report From Michael's Eighth Avenue!

"The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and I recap the first Ballroom Boxing card of 2010 that includes tough outings for Willie "For Real" Williams and Thomas "KO" Snow!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lange Subject of Unique Interview!

Thanks to Brian Bishop of Brotman-Winter-Fried Public Relations for directing me to a very interesting interview involving WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight champion Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA.

Lange was the guest on a local cable TV series called "The District Dish" co-hosted by Kate Michael, Ebong Eka and Sonya Gavanker. The interview was conducted at Kellari Taverna on 17th and K in Northwest DC. Do not expect hardcore boxing talk here, but this does show how Lange has done a good job of expanding his name recognition.

Here is the episode:

Full Lineup for Friday Night in Glen Burnie!

Here is the lineup for Friday night's Ballroom Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Darnell "The Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson is off the card because of injury. Therefore, the main event will be the six-round super featherweight bout between Capitol Heights, MD's Thomas "KO" Snow (11-1, eight KO's) against Jason Rorie of Winston-Salem, NC (5-5-2, Two KO's).

Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Willie "For Real" Williams returns to action and takes on Reggie Pena of Ocala, FL in a six-round encounter. Williams (12-4-2, three KO's) will be fighting for the first time since his 10th-round TKO loss to Henry Mayes for the Maryland State Light Heavyweight title on April 10 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.

Also on the card will be a four-round contest featureing Salisbury, MD cruiserweight Alex Guerrero (2-0) who will be battling Johnny Fields of Ohio, who will make his pro debut.

In a heavyweight contest, Harold "Hard Roc" Sconiers of Clearwater, FL (16-20-2, 11 KO's) will take on Mike Miller of Akron, OH (6-14-2, three KO's) in a six-round contest.

Other bouts on the card include a lightweight battle between Derrell "The Project" Martin of Baltimore (4-11-1, one KO) taking on Dwayne Martin of Laurel, MD (1-1, one KO) a heavyweight contest between Vinroy July of Laurel, MD (2-0-1, one KO) against Kevin Johnson of Baltimore (3-2, two KO's).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Full Lineup Announced for Sunday at Rosecroft!

The full lineup has been announced for the Sunday, January 31st Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. There are a few changes.

One of those changes will be in the main event. Julius Kennedy is out and it will be undefeated Baltimore middleweight Cecil McCalla that will face Forest Heights, MD's Jayson Champion in the eight-round contest. McCalla (9-0, four KO's) has not fought since June 19 when he stopped Jorge Barajas in the sixth round at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Champion (4-4, three KO's) has been off since he lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Jessie Nicklow in June of 2008 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.

The two co-feature bouts remain the same. In a heavyweight rematch, undefeated Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm of DC (5-0, three KO's) will take on Maurice Winslow of Wilson, NC (3-10-1, three KO's. Also, in a super middleweight battle also scheduled for six rounds, Scott "Cujo" Sigmon of Bedford, VA (7-1, three KO's) battles Ariel "Iron" Espinal of Brooklyn, NY (6-11-3, two KO's).

There are a couple of changes in the four-round contests. Ferndale, MD cruiser "The American Child" Nick Kisner looks to make his long-awaited pro debut against "The African Warrior" Francois Ambang of Mechanicsville (2-4-1).

Also, Tori Nelson of Virginia will not face Sweden's Mikayla Lauren. Nelson will now make her pro debut against Maryland's Renee Owens, who is also debuting.

The other four-round bouts remain as is. Heavyweight Abodurin "Bo" Akinyanju of Springdale, MD (2-0, two KO's) will battle Montgomery, AL's Kevin Howard (1-2-1). Also, the returning Zain Shah of Centreville, VA (1-0, one KO) will face Frederick, MD's Allen "Pitbull" Perkins (1-2).

There is a possibility that Baltimore welterweight Emmanuel "Transformer" Taylor (4-0, four KO's) will be a late addition to this card.

University of Maryland School of Music Presents Opera on Joe Louis!

Here's an interesting connection between Boxing and the Performing Arts. The University of Maryland School of Music is presenting the world premiere of an opera based on the life of one of the great boxers of all time -- The "Brown Bomber" Joe Louis from April 17-25 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland.

The opera is called "Shadowboxer" and it will trace the life of Louis from his days as America's Hero through the moments when the glory faded and the bills were due. The music is written by Frank Proto with libretto from John Chenault and will featured projected images, an onstage jazz band and a 12-member chorus.

For more information on this event, visit this link:


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

British Boxing Magazine Profiles 'Pitbull' Coleman!

USBA Junior Welterweight champion Tim "Pitbull" Coleman has been spending a lot of time recently in England as he has been sparring with Ricky Hatton. The sparring has paid off not only in the ring, but in the British boxing media as evident by an article in the recent edition of Boxing News.

Lee Collier talks to Coleman about why the IBF Title Elimination bout with former world champ Kendall Holt fell through and what plans are on the horizon. Here is the link to that article:


Beltway Legends Lauded In Ring Year-End Issue!

While no current Beltway Boxers were heralded in The Ring Year-End Award Issue this year, a number of Beltway legends were highlighted in the magazine's rankings of the best boxers by division in the decade of 2000. The section was written by Eric Raskin.

In the heavyweight class, Hasim Rahman ranked fifth among the best in the 2000's, trailing Lennox Lewis, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and Chris Byrd.

William Joppy placed ninth among middleweights behind the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor. Sharmba Mitchell placed ninth in the ranking of junior welterweights, behind the likes of Kostya Tszyu, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao.

Mark Johnson came in 10th among junior Bantamweights in the first decade of the 21st century, despite only fighting three times in the division. One of his victories, however, came against the number two man on the list, Fernando Montiel. Vic Darchinyan heads the junior bantamweight list.

In the TV Fights of the Month section of the Ring, Martin Mulcahey had some interesting comments about three bouts featuring Beltway Boxers. Mulcahey described Tim Coleman's USBA Junior Welterweight title win over Mike Arnaoutis as "sparring partner to the stars gets a quality win." Lamont Peterson's loss to Timothy Bradley was described as "the most entertaining one-sided fight of the year." Regarding the bout between Fernando Guerrero and Jessie Nicklow, Mulcahey wonders "Why are two well-supported Maryland prospects fighting in Minnesota?"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Lange-Duddy Could Happen in June, Says!

For Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange, a victory against Chase Shields on Saturday, March 6 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA could mean more than just his second defense of his WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title.

According to Dan Rafael of, Lange is being mentioned as a future opponent for New York-based contender John Duddy. Many things will have to fall into place.

Duddy (28-1, 18 KO's) is slated to be on the March 13 Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey card in Dallas, TX. Should Duddy get past his yet-to-be named opponent, promoter Bob Arum says Lange could be next, should he get past Shields, on June 12 in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

If everything comes together, there could be two Beltway Boxers on the June 12 card. Earlier, Arum mentioned that Lamont Peterson could be the opponent for Kendall Holt if Holt wins his February contest.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Arvin Loses Unanimous Decision in New York!

Baltimore junior middleweight Ishmail "The Arsenal" Arvin lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Pawel Wolak tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York. No knockdowns in the contest. Judge Bill Costello scored the bout 80-72 while judges John McKaie and Alan Rubenstein saw the bout 79-73.

Arvin, fighting for the first time since his win over Anthony Thompson in June of 2008, is now 15-2-4, seven KO's. Wolak's record rises to 26-1, 17 KO's.

Here's a ringside recap of the bout courtesy of Lem Satterfield of AOL Boxing

"The 34-year-old Arvin ended a 17-month layoff to take this fight against the 28-year-old Wolak, an in-the-trenches, in-your-face brawler who attacks the head and body and who also absorbs punishment. The 5-foot-10 Arvin is a potent puncher, but he missed often as well -- a possible indication of ring rust. Wolak's steady pressure punching began to wear on Arvin in the fifth round, where the younger fighter drove the older man's head backward with at least three, separate combinations. By the sixth, Arvin's mouth was consistently agape ,and there was swelling beneath each of Arvin's eyes. The pace remained that way for the last two rounds, with Wolak giving more than he took."

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Davis Loses Split Decision in Pittsburgh!

DC's Demetrius Davis lost an eight-round split decision to Rayco Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA last night in Pittsburgh. No word on what the judges's scorecards said.

With the loss, Davis is now 19-18-5, seven KO's and has lost four in a row. Saunders is now 18-12-2, seven KO's and is now the WBF All-Americas Light Heavyweight champion.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Demetrius Davis Weighs 174 1/2 for Pittsburgh Bout!

DC's Demetrius Davis weighed in at 174 1/2 pounds for his WBF All-Americas Light Heavyweight title bout against Rayco Saunders tonight at the Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. Saunders tipped the scales at 174 1/4.

Harry Davis, NBC Camerman and Community Leader, Passes!

(Harry Davis, left, with son Marc -- photo from NBC Washington)

This one is again, very personal and this has nothing to do with boxing. In the wake of the passing of Channel 4 sportscaster George Michael, another beloved member of the Channel 4 family has passed.

Longtime camera operator Harry Davis passed away yesterday of a heart attack in North Carolina. Many of you probably never heard of this man, but believe me, many people are better off for knowing him.

In many ways, Harry Davis was very responsible for my personal elevation as a sportscaster. While Davis was working at Channel 4, he used some of the older equipment at the station and built a program that allowed high school students to videotape sports and other programming. The program was called the Broadcast Factory and what was really great about the program was that there wasn't any set criteria to be a part of the program -- no certain grade point average, no essay necessary, nothing like that. All a student needed was the willingness and desire to work.

I was very blessed to have been a color commentator for the Broadcast Factory's coverage of Howard University Football in the early 90's along with the likes of Gus Johnson, George Johnson and Rick "Doc" Walker. It was a great opportunity for me but it was incredible working with those young people who were trained so well by Harry Davis. Many of those people went on to careers in television and film.

After Davis retired from Channel 4 and closed the Broadcast Factory, he moved to North Carolina to be closer to the NASCAR Racing scene. Harry's son, Marc, is a up-and-coming NASCAR driver.

Harry Davis was an incredible man who, with very little fanfare, made his community a whole lot better! He is truly someone who will be missed.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Registration for 2010 Washington Golden Gloves Begins Saturday!

Registration and physical exams for the 2010 Washington Golden Gloves will take place over the next two Saturdays -- January 30 and February 6 -- from 9 AM to Noon at the Hillcrest Heights Bingo Hall, 4104 23rd Parkway in Hillcrest Heights, MD. Please be on time. It's 9-12 SHARP!

Coleman-Holt Bout Off; Could Peterson Face Holt Instead?

For reasons still completely unknown, the proposed IBF Title Elimination bout between Baltimore junior welterweight Tim "Pitbull" Coleman and former WBO champion Kendall Holt has been called off. Reportedly both camps claim money and cowardice issues against each other.

Now comes word from AOL Boxing Fanhouse Editor Lem Satterfield that, fresh off his solid, but unsuccessful try for the WBO Junior Welterweight title, DC's Lamont Peterson may face Holt in the co-feature bout on a card slated for June 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, if Holt is successful in a bout next month.

Here is the link to Satterfield's article breaking this story:


Satterfield also talked to Peterson about this situation as well as his bout with Timothy Bradley last December. That interview can be found here:


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Babie Girl Promotions Invites Beltway Boxing Fans To Pre-Fight Party!

And we are talking REALLY "Pre!" Promoter Cassandra White and Babie Girl Productions is having an event called "The Calm Before the Storm" this Saturday, January 30th at Hogates Cafe, 800 Water Street in Southwest, DC. from 7 PM to midnight. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event, go to

The purpose of the event is to formally announce Babie Girl Productions's next boxing card which is slated for Friday, April 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. The card is called "Fighting the Irish". Scheduled to appear on the card are Beltway Boxers Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan, Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and Tony "Mo Better" Jeter. Also, Thomas "Top Dawg" Williams, Jr. is slated to make his pro debut on this card.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Maryland Boxing Weekend Now Complete; Amateur Show January 30 in Millersville!

The Maryland Boxing Weekend is now completely full. There will be an amateur card at Club One Fitness in Millersville on Saturday, January 30th at 7:30 PM. This will be a co-promotion with Tony "Mo Better" Jeter's Jeter Promotions and Paschall Promotions, headed by Mike "The Persecutor" Paschall.

This will be the first time live boxing cards have been held at Club One Fitness since the gym was known as BXF in 2005. Club One is part-owned and general managed by Jeter's wife, Christen.

One of the main scheduled bouts will match Baltimore's Kevin Womack vs Damont Giddens in a five-round contest. According to the promoters, both men plan to turn pro in the very near future.

There will also be a number of boxers participating who are getting ready for the Washington Golden Gloves competition slated to begin in February.

January 29-31 Maryland Boxing Weekend Coming Together!

There are still bouts to be made but The Maryland Boxing Weekend of January 29-31 looks like it will be an exciting one.

Ballroom Boxing's card on Friday, January 29 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD has a couple bouts already scheduled. Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Thomas "KO" Snow (11-1, eight KO's) is slated to take on Jason Rorie of Winston-Salem, NC (5-5-2, two KO's) in a six-round encounter. Snow hasn't fought since winning a six-round majority decision over previously undefeated Willshaun Boxley on June 5 in Hinckley, MN. Rorie will be looking to break a two-bout losing streak.

Baltimore heavyweight Kevin Johnson (3-2, two KO's) will battle Laurel, MD's undefeated Vinroy July (2-0-1, one KO) in a four-round bout. Johnson was stopped by Mike Dietrich in the first round in his last outing on November 25 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. July came off the canvas to earn a four-round draw with Fred McClinton on November 5 at the Fight Night card at the Washington Hilton and Towers in Washington, DC.

And it will be the four-round battle of the super featherweight Martins as Darrell "The Project" Martin of Baltimore faces L. Dwayne Martin of Laurel. Darrell Martin (4-11, one KO) will be trying to break a five-bout losing streak while Dwayne Martin(1-1, one KO) looks to rebound from a four-round unanimous decision loss to Angelo Ward on March 19 at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD.

Bouts are still in the works for Maryland fan favorites Darnell "The Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson and Willie "For Real" Williams for this card.

Then on Sunday, January 31, the boxing action moves to Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD for a Baltimore Pro Boxing card that was postponed from January 16. The main event for the card will be the previously announced rematch between "Vicious" Julius Kennedy of Windsor Mill, MD and Jayson Champion of Forest Heights, MD. This will be an eight-round contest for the East Coast Middleweight championship. Kennedy (7-1, three KO's) will be trying to avenge his only pro loss as Champion (4-4, three KO's) defeated Kennedy in Kennedy's pro debut in April of 2006.

In another rematch, undefeated DC heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm (5-0, three KO's) will take on Maurice Winslow of Wilson, NC (3-10-1, three KO's) in a six-round contest. Byarm won the first contest by four-round unanimous decision but hurt his arm in the process. Byarm, however, has fought twice since that contest while Winslow has not been back in the ring.

The matchup between Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon and Ariel "Iron" Espinal is still on and is scheduled for six rounds.

In a four-round contest, Centreville, VA middleweight Zain Shah returns to action to face Fredrick, MD's Allan "Pitbull" Perkins Shah has not fought since winning his pro debut with a second-round TKO over Leo Edwards in 2006. Perkins (1-2) will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak.

Heavyweight Abodurin "Bo" Akinyanju of Springdale, MD (2-0, two KO's) will take on Montgomery, AL's Kevin Howard (1-2-1) in a four-round contest.

There will also be an interesting women's bout as welterweight Tori Nelson of Fairfax, VA will make her pro debut against this lady:

This is undefeated Mikaela Lauren of Sweden (3-0, one KO). Lauren, when not boxing, is a model and has received good feedback in both endeavors.

Bouts are still in the works for local favorites Emmanuel Taylor, Mike Dietrich and Nick Kisner for this card.

Davis Challenges for WBF All-Americas Title Jan. 22 in Pittsburgh!

Veteran DC light heavyweight Demetrius Davis travels to the Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA for an eight-round matchup against Rayco "War" Saunders of Pittsburgh on Friday, January 22. The bout will be for the vacant WBF All-Americas Lightweight title.

Davis (19-17-5, seven KO's) has lost three straight, including two regional title bouts -- a ninth-round TKO loss last May to Cory Cummings for the Maryland State Super Middleweight title which was the 2009 Beltway Bout of the Year and his last bout, a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Piotr Wilczewski on November 13 in Poland for something called the TWBA Super Middleweight title.

Saunders (17-12-2, seven KO's) is coming off a seven-round (yep, that's what the info said) unanimous decision over Walter Pupu'a on December 2 in New South Wales, Australia. Sanders has fought for numerous regional titles including the WBC USNBC, NABO and WBC Continental Americas titles, but has come up on the losing end of all those bouts, however, he did win an NABC Cruiserweight title in 2004.

The two have two common opponents. Both men lost eight-round contests to Dhafir Smith and have also fought Tommy Karpency and helped mar his record in consecutive bouts. In June of 2008, Davis fought the then-undefeated Karpency to a controversial eight-round draw at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The next month saw Saunders give Karpency his first loss, winning an eight-round unanimous decision in front of a nationally televised ESPN2 audience in Butler, PA.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Best Wishes to Ted Sares!

This is more personal than informational. BATB sends best wishes to one of the truely great writers and, more importantly, truely great people in the boxing media business-- Ted Sares of Ted and I took this picture during a card in Ocean City, MD in 2006.

Ted recently suffered a subdural hematoma and was rushed from his home in New Hampshire to a hospital in Portland, Maine. He had an operation and is doing well. Ted does face a period of rehabilitation at home.

Ted has written a number of books compiling his interviews and articles over his many years writing about the Sweet Science, including Boxing is My Sanctuary. His new book Reelin' in the Years: Boxing and More will be available soon online.

Keep on battlin', Ted!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nick Charles Returning to 'ShoBox' January 29!

Here is some REAL good news. The Showtime Network is telling us that former Baltimore and DC sportscaster Nick Charles is returning to the ShoBox series on Friday, January 29 after a six-month battle with bladder cancer.

Charles recently announced that his cancer is 80 percent in remission and doctors have given him the go-ahead to return to work. So, Charles will rejoin broadcast partners Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver on January 29 in Albuquerque, NM.

“I never really lost hope and faith that I’d be back on ShoBox working with the finest people I know professionally and personally,” said Charles. “The boxing community has been overwhelmingly supportive. Their inspiration has moved me deeply. As important to me though are the fans of ShoBox who have expressed to me beyond all expectations their concern and encouragement through a difficult illness.”

Charles took a leave of absence in August of 2009 because of the illness. Charles worked at WJZ-TV in Baltimore and WRC-TV and WTOP Radio in DC before becoming one of the first sportscasters at the fledging network called CNN in 1980. Charles has been with ShoBox since its inception in 2001.

THIS JUST IN: Tonight (January 18), Nick Charles will be a guest of the nationally-syndicated "Jim Bohannon Show" that is heard locally on Federal News Radio 1500 AM WFED during the 11 PM ET hour. He will take questions so call the show at 1-866-505-4626.

Walls Stopped In Philadelphia!

DC middleweight Antonio Walls could not come out for the third round in his bout against undefeated Derrick Webster of Glassboro, NJ tonight at the Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The bout was stopped at the end of the second.

After winning his first two bouts, Walls has lost three in a row and is now 2-3 with one KO. This was the first time Walls has been stopped in his young pro career. Webster is now 4-0, three KO's.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Walls Weighs 158 for Philly Battle!

DC middleweight Antonio Walls tipped the scales at 158 for tonight's battle against Derrick Webster at the Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Webster weighed in at 159 1/2.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Services for Frank Pridgeon Announced!

BATB has received information about the Homegoing services for Maryland State Athletic Commission Inspector Frank Pridgeon, Sr.

The services will take place on Thursday, January 21 at First Baptist Church of Glenarden (Ministry Center) located at 3600 Brightseat Road in Landover, MD. Viewing is from 9-11 AM with the service to follow.

The Internment will take place at Fort Lincoln Cemetery -- 3401 Bladensburg Road in Brentwood, MD.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

An Open Letter From..'The Tiger!'

BATB has received this open letter from heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson:

To The Following Heavyweight Hopefuls and Pretenders,

The year of 2009 is officially in the books and my new year’s resolution is aimed at one goal, fighting for the Heavyweight World Title again. But before I do that I have a small list of to do things or a small list of fighters that I need to deal with. This list includes the following fighters that I think currently stand in my way of accomplishing that goal. I want it to be known that I will fight any and all of these pretenders any time and any where this year. If you are a contender then you will stand up and answer my challenge if you are a pretender then you will ignore it and continue to run. May the following pretenders or contenders step forward:

Number 1> Chris Arreola> After the heated discussion we had at the press conference, following both of our successful fights on December 6th last year, my goal is to get you in the ring and settled the dispute of who is the best American heavyweight in the world.

Number2> Emmanuel Quezada> I don’t know much about you but you have a very high ranking. A ranking that’s higher than mine. I find that odd given the fact that you have not fought anyone that would substantiate you earning that high ranking. So, the only way to find out if you deserve that high ranking is to get in the ring with me.

Number 3> James Toney> We never got to decide who the best Tony was in the ring. I wasn’t healthy but now I am and besides I think this would be a great fight. So I am ready to take this fight when ever.

Any one of those three fights should be easy to make because we all have fought under the Goossen Tutor banner.

Number 4> Sam Peter> I’ve had this guy on my radar for years. He truly is a good fighter and an ex-champion but he just keeps slipping away or running the other way. But I’m here to tell that you can’t run for ever. Its time to put on the type of fight that people really want to see….

Number 5> Oldlanier Solis> It’s a lot of hype surrounding the Olympic gold medal winner another guy that has a high ranking. But does this Olympic success translate to the pros? Well, if you feel that you have deserved the ranking given to you then get in the ring with me and prove it. By the way why don’t we make the fight even more interesting? Since I had a very short amateur career I never got a chance to fight in the Olympics. So we could also fight for your gold medal it would look great in my trophy room.

Number 6/7>Ruslan Chagaev and Denis Boytsov> Both of you guys fight out of my adopted home town of Hamburg Germany. If you guys need to know anything about me you can ask your stable mate Luan Krasniqi about the experience. I can also show you the true American experience by fighting either one of you in the US...In short, I don’t have a problem in making a fight anywhere with both of you and yes that means fighting in my second hometown of Hamburg. So let’s make it happen.

In closing, I want to restate my challenge presented to the seven fighters mentioned, to fight any of them, anytime and any place this year. I want to demonstrate to everyone that I am the best heavyweight America has to offer. In July of 2008, I stepped into the ring as a man fighting against Vladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight title and that night the better man won. I was not myself and it was discovered after the fight that I had suffered an injury that later required surgery. But I make no excuses for the loss. I have since fully recovered and I am more than ready for any challenge. That includes the biggest challenge of all, fulfilling my new year’s resolution, a shot at the heavyweight title with either of the Klitschko’s or the other belt holder. See you in 2010.

Yours truly,

Tony “The Tiger” Thompson

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

MSAC Inspector Frank Pridgeon Passes!

Sad news to report. BATB has learned that longtime Maryland State Athletic Commission Inspector Frank Pridgeon, Sr. passed away today.

Details are sketchy on this as I just received word on this very sad news a few moments ago. Pridgeon served as an inspector with the Maryland commission for two decades. A commission spokesperson said that Pridgeon served the commission with dignity and honor.

A personal note: Frank Pridgeon was truly one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. The smile, the hearty greeting and the respect that he showed everyone involved with a boxing card just scratches the surface of how wonderful this man truly was.

I hope to have more details tomorrow.

January 16 Rosecroft Card Postponed Until January 31!

The playoff success of the Baltimore Ravens has made an impact on the Beltway Boxing scene. The Saturday, January 16th Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD has been postponed. The Ravens are playing the Indianapolis Colts in the late game (8:15 PM ET) on Saturday, so it is a good move not to go up against that game.

The new date will be Sunday, January 31 at Rosecroft. This is the rest Sunday for the NFL between the Conference Championships and the Super Bowl. The doors will open at 4 PM and the first bout begins at 5 PM. Tickets bought for the 16th will be honored on the 31st.

The following is a statement from Baltimore Pro Boxing that is supported by the Maryland State Athletic Commission:

"LETS GO RAVENS! Jake Smith, The Baltimore Boxing Team, Old School Boxing Team, Rosecroft & The Maryland State Athletic Commission would like to let everyone know that we support our Baltimore Ravens and will postpone the fights to Sunday Jan.31st an open football day and we hope it to be a pre-Raven Super Bowl Party & Professional Boxing so LETS GO RAVENS!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Beltway Sends 11 To National Silver Gloves!

Ten Beltway Amateurs captured Southeast Coast Regional Silver Gloves Championships last night in Wilmington, NC. These victories, along with Brady Sensibaugh's championship win earlier in the week, means that 11 boxers from the Beltway area will make up a huge chunk of the Region 3 squad that will travel to Independence, MO for the National Silver Gloves Tournament in February.

Here are the results:

10/11-year-old division

75lbs. Ameer Brown (DC/MD) def. Pedro Marrero (FL)

80lbs. Mansabory Conde (DC/MD) def. Frank Prado (VA)

85lbs. Joseph Veazey (DC/MD) def. Marcus Moreno (FL)

95lbs. Keegan Grove (DC/MD) def. Shane Simpson (NC)

12/13-year-old division

70lbs. Devonte Jefferson (DC/MD) def. Joe Vega (FL)

75lbs. Jordan White (DC/MD) def. Israel Chavez (NC)

80lbs. Zimmie Dickinson (DC/MD) def. Talon Caranalho (NC)

14/15-year-old division

95lbs. Lawrence Singh (DC/MD) def. Christopher Murphy (FL)

100lbs. Aujee Tyler (DC/MD) def. Ariel Vega (FL)

139lbs. Dusty Harrison (DC/MD) def. Justin Pauldo (FL)

Congratulations to all who participated and best wishes to the Region 3 squad!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Beltway Amateurs Get Ready For Silver Glove Regional Championships!

There will be 16 Beltway amateurs vying for championships in the Southeast Coast Silver Glove Regional champions tonight in Wilmington, NC. Here is the Beltway Bout sheet courtesy of DC Amateur Boxing ("") Beltway amateurs are in 16 of the 22 scheduled title bouts tonight.

There is also the YouTube DC Amateur Boxing channel
"" where Silver Gloves bouts can be seen later today and all next week. By the way, the Youtube channel has received more than 4,000,000 views!!

10/11 Age Division:

70lbs. Anwar Henson (DC/MD) vs. Keyshawn Davis (VA)

75lbs. Ameer Brown (DC/MD) vs. Pedro Marrero (FL)

80lbs. Mansabory Conde (DC/MD) vs. Frank Prado (VA)

85lbs. Joseph Veazey (DC/MD) vs. Marcus Moreno (FL)

95lbs. Keegan Grove (DC/MD) vs. Shane Simpson (NC)

12/13 Age Division:

70lbs. Devonte Jefferson (DC/MD) vs. Joe Vega (FL)

75lbs. Jordan White (DC/MD) vs. Israel Chavez (NC)

80lbs. Zimmie Dickinson (DC/MD) vs. Talon Caranalho (NC)

125lbs. James Scott (DC/MD) vs. Laquan Smith (GA)

14/15 Age Division

95lbs. Lawrence Singh (DC/MD) vs. Christopher Murphy (FL)

100lbs. Aujee Tyler (DC/MD) vs. Ariel Vega (FL)

112lbs. Patrick Harris (DC/MD) vs. Malik Montgomery (GA)

125lbs. Lamont Roach (DC/MD) vs. Ruben Ozuna (FL)

132lbs. Michael Montgomery (DC/MD) vs. Rigoberto Ramirez (FL)

139lbs. Dusty Harrison (DC/MD) vs. Justin Pauldo (FL)

147lbs. Kareem Martin (DC/MD) vs. Justin Deloach (GA)

The winners advance to the National Silver Gloves next month in Independence, MO.

Guerrero Off ESPN2 Card in Cleveland; Wade Appears on Telecast; Russell Jr. on Undercard!

Late word out of Cleveland OH says that Fernando Guerrero is now off the Friday, February 19 ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card from the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center. UPDATE: Dan Rafael of is reporting that Guerrero suffered an injury to his left hand during his win over Jessie Nicklow. The injury is not seen as very serious but will put Guerrero on the shelf until March or April.

However, two Beltway Boxers are slated to appear on the card and one will be on the telecast. Undefeated Largo, MD middleweight and 2009 BATB Rookie of the Year Dominic Wade (5-0, five KO's) will make his national TV debut opening the telecast against Omar Bell of Atlanta, GA (6-1, four KO's). The bout will also be Wade's first scheduled six-round contest, which could be interesting because Wade has not had to go to the fourth-round so far in his career.

Also, Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. (6-0, three KO's) is scheduled to be on the non-televised undercard against an opponent to be determined and this is also slated to be Russell's first scheduled six-round encounter.

Beltway Boxing 2009 -- Beltway Boxer of the Year!

This is the award that made this year-in-review so late in coming. Many of the leading candidates had important bouts late in December that needed to be factored into my decision.

When the smoke cleared,however, one boxer stood out. This man went undefeated, won a regional title, got himself ranked in the world ranks and has continued to make a national name for himself. One well-known boxing writer says he is one of the best prospects of the year. One boxing site called him THE prospect of the year. Yes, he is from the farthest reaches of the Beltway region, but he has represented this area and has earned this title.

Digital's Choice for the 2009 Beltway Boxer of the Year is:

Fernando Guerrero, middleweight, Salisbury, MD (17-0, 14 KO's)

The 23-year-old former amateur standout has positioned himself to do some great things in the middleweight division in 2010. Guerrero went 5-0, three KO's in 2009 and established himself as a franchise boxer, fighting three times in his hometown and drawing crowds of five to eight-thousand for each show. Guerrero fought opponents with a combined won-loss record of 80-25-2 in 2009.

Guerrero captured the interim NABO Middleweight title in front of the 8,000 crowd at Arthur Perdue Stadium in Salisbury and appeared on national TV twice, including his eight-round unanimous decision win over Gabriel Rosado in Salisbury on February 6. Guerrero ended 2009 with a fourth-round nationally-televised TKO victory over Jessie Nicklow on December 18.

Guerrero fought some adversity during those five wins as he was dropped in both the Rosado and Duran victories. However, in some ways, that's what makes Guerrero fun to watch. He is an exciting boxer who will take chances and that makes him fan and TV-friendly. Guerrero was slated to make his fifth appearance on national TV in February, however, a recent press release does not have him on the card anymore.

In a year of solid accomplishments throughout the Beltway region, Fernando Guerrero -- who is now ranked 11th in the world by the WBO -- stood out among the rest.

The Beltway Boxing Fans Choice for Beltway Boxer of the Year is:

Mark "TNT" Tucker -- See Prospect of the Year choice.

Other Boxers Deserving Consideration:

Lamont Peterson, junior welterweight, Washington, DC (27-1, 13 KO's)

The 2008 co-Beltway Boxer of the Year fought only twice in 2009, but they were very important bouts. His April 24 seventh-round stoppage over Willy Blain gave him the interim WBO Junior Welterweight title and earned him a shot at WBO champion Timothy Bradley.

While Peterson fought well in that December 12th bout, Bradley was on top of his game on that evening and Peterson lost by unanimous decision. Peterson is still a force in the 140-pound class and it will be interesting to see how he bounces back.

Tim "Pit Bull" Coleman, junior welterweight, Baltimore, MD (17-1-1, four KO's)

Coleman deserves the award for the Comeback Beltway Boxer of the Year. After fighting nine times in 2007 (and being named BATB's Prospect of the Year), Coleman fought just once in 2008 -- a nationally-televised loss to James De La Rosa in Salisbury, MD. Coleman spent most of 2008 dealing with managerial and training issues.

But 2009 was a different story. Coleman spent a lot of time in England training with Ricky Hatton and fought three times this year. All were strong performances. Coleman looked very sharp in a third-round TKO victory over Carlos Cisneros on April 10 then followed that victory by winning a rematch over the always-tough Martinus Clay.

Coleman ended the year in grand fashion and surprised many in the process by winning the USBA Junior Welterweight title with a 12-round split decision over Mike Arnaoutis in front of a nationally-televised audience in New York City. The victory earned him a number 15 ranking in the IBF and an IBF Title Elimination bout against former world champion Kendall Holt in February. This year could be a banner one for Coleman.

Eight Beltway Amateurs Advance to Silver Gloves Regional Championships!

Eight Beltway Boxers advanced to the finals of the Southeast Coast Regional Silver Gloves Championships in Wilmington, NC.

Three Beltway Amateurs will battle in the 10/11 age Division:

70lbs.Anwar Henson (DC/MD) def. Desmond Lyons (GA)
75lbs. Ameer Brown (DC/MD) def. Nick Sullivan (VA)
85lbs. Joseph Veazey (DC/MD) def. Isaiah Pearson (NC)

McKinley Fulton lost his bout in the 60lbs class to Jordan Murphy of Florida.

In the 12-13 age group, Zimmie Dickinson will be looking for his third straight Silver Gloves regional title. Dickinson advanced by defeating Corey Sweeting of Florida.

Five Beltway amateurs will represent the area in championships in the 14/15 age group:

95lbs. Lawrence Singh (DC/MD) def. Traveia Carpenter (VA)
112lbs. Patrick Harris (DC/MD) vs. Joshua McKay (NC)
119lbs. Gervonta Davis (DC/MD) vs. Nicholas Torrance (GA)
125lbs. Lamont Roach (DC/MD) def. Jamaal Gregory (NC)
147lbs. Kareem Martin (DC/MD) def. DeAndre Robinson-Neal (SC)

Parris Chisholm lost his bout in the 132lbs. class to Michael Montgomery of Georgia.

The area has other boxers that will be competing in Saturday's finals. DC Amateur will be sending the bout sheet in the morning and we will post on both our sites. My thanks to DC Amateur Boxing for allowing the use of their coverage here.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Beltway Boxing Starts The Decade Early!

The first three months of Beltway Boxing 2010 will be very interesting with some big bouts -- home and away -- already lined up.

First, some local news. I neglected to mention that there will be a female bout on the Saturday, January 16 Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Locals Tori Nelson and Renee Gross will make their pro debuts against one another on that card.

And you saw it here first: BATB has learned that Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange (31-3-2, 22 KO's) will make the second defense of his WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title against "The White Tiger" Chase Shields of Houston, TX (29-3-1, 14 KO's) on Saturday, March 6 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. This will be Lange's ninth straight bout at the Patriot Center. Seven of the nine bouts have been regional title contests.

On the out-of-town Beltway schedule:

DC Middleweight Antonio Walls (2-2, one KO) is slated to be at the Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, January 15 for a four-round bout against undefeated Derrick Webster (3-0, two KO's) of Glassboro, NJ.

Baltimore junior middleweight Ishmail "The Arsenal" Arvin (15-1-4, seven KO's) will take on Pawal Wolak (25-1, 17 KO's) in an eight-round bout on Saturday, January 23 in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Undefeated Salisbury, MD middleweight Fernando Guerrero (17-0, 14 KO's) will face Jesus "El Martillo" Gonzales of Phoenix, AZ (24-1, 13 KO's) in a nationally-televised (ESPN2) 10-round main event contest on Friday, February 19 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH.

On Saturday, February 20, Baltimore welterweight Tim "Pit Bull" Coleman (17-1-1, four KO's) will face former WBO Junior Welterweight champion Kendall "Rated R" Holt of Paterson, NJ (25-3, 13 KO's) in a 12-round IBF Title Eliminator bout that will be televised by Fox Sports Espanol. No word yet on where that bout will be.

Berlin, MD middleweight "The Berlin Bomber" Joshua Snyder (8-4-1, three KO's) will take on veteran Wilmington, DE boxer Clarence "Sonny Bono" Taylor (14-23-4, seven KO's) in an eight-round co-feature bout on Friday, February 26 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE.

Also on Friday, February 26 at the Arena in Philadelphia, PA, Laurel, MD junior middleweight Norman "The Shadow" Allen (6-3, three KO's) will face Ardrick Butler of Philadelphia (4-1, one KO) in a six-round co-feature.

On Saturday, February 27 at the Roadway Inn in Allentown, PA, Baltimore heavyweight Bernard "Bad Ass" Brown (6-5-2, three KO's) returns to action after a year's absence and will take on Reading, PA's Travis "GW Hope" Kaufmann of Reading, PA (18-1, 15 KO's).

Of course, all of these bouts are subject to change without notice, but right now, it will be a very interesting time for Beltway Boxing Fans!

Beltway Boxing 2009 -- Prospect Of The Year!

This was a tough choice as well. However, recent developments (that will be explained near the end of this post) made this choice a little easier.

Digital’s Choice for Prospect of the Year is:

Mark “TNT” Tucker, light heavyweight, Eldersburg, MD (13-0, seven KO’s).

Tucker is a strong example of what a prospect is in boxing – a boxer who has made substantial progress from his first year to the second year. In 2008 – Tucker’s rookie year – the won-loss record of his opposition in his six bouts was 18-29. In 2009 – the won-loss record of his opposition was 119-60-8.

The 22-year-old made a substantial leap in his career by battling foes who were shop worn but had been, at the very least, fringe contenders during their career. Some of the wins may have been closer than he and his fans would like – especially the victories over Ross Thompson (who did battle for a world title) and George Armenta. But Tucker’s impressive victories over the likes of Richard Stewart, Juergen Hartenstein, Rubin Williams and his USBO Light Heavyweight title win over Jim Strohl proved that the talent is definitely there.

The next step for Tucker is to let the rest of the boxing world in on what the Beltway already knows – Tucker is a prospect to watch.

The Beltway Boxing Fan’s Choice for Prospect of the Year is:

Scott “Cujo” Sigmon, super middleweight, Bedford, VA, (7-1, three KO’s)

Sigmon is not the most polished boxer that Beltway Boxing Fans have ever seen, but he is rapidly becoming one of its most popular and talked about, by virtue of his eight-vote win over Mark Tucker in the fan’s poll.

What Sigmon does show in the ring is a great deal of heart and toughness. After only eight bouts, Sigmon has already advanced to eight-round competition and performed well, winning a tough eight-round unanimous decision over Toris Brewer and stopping Nick Schelich in the third. How far will Sigmon progress in his career? That will be interesting and fun to watch.

Other Prospects Deserving Consideration:

James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’ Stevenson, welterweight, Baltimore, MD (12-0, 10 KO’s)

Stevenson took a safer route in his 2009 campaign, fighting journeyman veterans that enabled him to show his skills and win three regional titles. After winning his first eight bouts by knockout, Stevenson proved he can be a distance boxer with tough eight-round unanimous decision wins against Manuel Guzman and Martinus Clay. This year will be a pivotal one for Stevenson, who will be called upon to step up the level of his competition.

Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell, heavyweight, Brandywine, MD (15-0, nine KO’s)

The former Michigan State University football star continued to display his aptitude for learning the sweet science. Mitchell, a Golden Boy Promotions signee, took his talents on the road in three successful bouts on the West Coast. Near the end of the year, Mitchell performed very well in a significant bump in competition with great wins over Jermell Barnes and Zack Page.

There is also a growing fan base for Mitchell, who sold more than 400 tickets to his bout in DC on October 24. Talent plus fan base usually equals success for heavyweights and it will be interesting to see if Mitchell can put his name into the hat of successful American heavyweights as the next decade begins.

Cecil McCalla, middleweight, Baltiimore, MD, (9-0, six KO’s)

McCalla, without much fanfare, grew steadily in 2009, beginning with two victories in a week’s time in January. The spring saw McCalla win twice against classy veterans Anthony Little and John Mackey. June saw McCalla end his year with two knockout wins over Eric Burke and Jorge Barajas. McCalla might have received more consideration if he was able to compete more in 2009, but he is the sleeper of the Beltway prospects.

"Vicious" Julius Kennedy, middleweight, Windsor Mill, MD (7-1, three KO's)

Another boxer that did great things under the radar. All Kennedy did was go 4-0 in 2009, including a six-round majority decision win over Aaron Pryor, Jr. in Pryor's home state of Ohio. Kennedy showed solid power in some of his bouts and tried to make noise in the area by calling out Jessie Nicklow. That could be a strong bout in 2010.

Why are Fernando Guerrero and Tim Coleman not listed here?

Here's where we talk about recent developments. When we started the look back at 2009, both boxers were considered to be just prospects. In December, two of the major governing bodies came out with December rankings and both men landed their names in them.

Guerrero is now ranked 11th by the WBO at middleweight and Coleman is ranked 15th by the IBF at junior welterweight after winning the USBA title in 2009. Coleman is now looking at an IBF Title Eliminator against former WBO champ Kendall Holt in February.

Both men are no longer prospects, they have crossed the line to contenders.

Beltway Amateurs Win Five Bouts at Regional Silver Gloves!

On the first day of action at the Southeast Coast Regional Silver Gloves Tournament in Wilmington, NC, the Beltway contingent started off on the right foot with five victories and picking up one championship.

In the 90 pounds championship for 14/15 year olds, Brady Sensibaugh defeated Prajedes Sanchez of Florida.

Other Beltway Boxers advancing:

10/11-year-old division

70lbs. Anware Henson (DC/MD) walkover win vs. Andre Pearson (NC)

75lbs. Ameer Brown (DC/MD) def. Bryce Blackwell (SC)

12/13-year-old division

75lbs. Jordan White (DC/MD) def. Andrew Thorton (FL)

95lbs. Antonio Vargas (FL) def. Ronnell Jackson (DC/MD)

14/15-year-old division

100lbs. Aujee Tyler (DC/MD) def. Joe Collins (WV) by RSC

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Ballroom Boxing Returns January 29 With 'Back to Basics' Card!

Ballroom Boxing returns to Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Friday, January 29. And yes, the date is correct. This will be the first Friday night Ballroom Boxing card in 14 years.

Details are forthcoming on this card, but organizers say the card will go back to Ballroom Boxing's heritage of showcasing Beltway-area boxers and slated to headline the card is former USBA Cruiserweight champion Darnell "The-Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson of Takoma Park, MD. Wilson (23-9-3, 20 KO's) has not fought since losing to Grigory Drozd by 10th round stoppage on July 2 in Moscow, Russia. It looks like that bout will be Wilson's last at cruiserweight as he is looking for a heavyweight opponent for this card.

Also slated to be on the card is Baltimore super middleweight Mike "The Persecutor" Paschall and Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Thomas "KO" Snow.

One bout is already signed for the card: Baltimore light heavyweight Willie "For Real" Williams (12-4-2, three KO's) will take on tough Toms River, NJ veteran William Gill (9-24, seven KO's) The bout is scheduled for six rounds.

Beltway Boxing 2009 -- Rookie of the Year!

This was one of the toughest votes BATB has had to make in recent memory. This is a testament to what was an outstanding rookie class. And while the Digital's Choice winner did not make a lot of appearances in the Beltway region, his impact has already been felt throughout the sport.

Digital’s Choice for Rookie of the Year is:

Dominic Wade, middleweight, Largo, MD (5-0, five KO’s)

The former amateur standout exploded on the pro scene with a vicious 28-second knockout in his pro debut on March 14 in Tunica, MS. Wade scored two knockouts by the time he turned 19 last April.

Wade has yet to reach the third round in a bout and finished the year with a 19-second knockout against a boxer who had 33 pro bouts. Wade has started to make a credible name for himself in the Southern part of the country, in much the same way that his former amateur rival and current Prize Fight Promotions stablemate Fernando Guerrero did in 2008. Wade will definitely be one to watch in the next decade.

The Beltway Fans Choice for Rookie of the Year is:

Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm, heavyweight, Washington, DC (5-0, three KO’s)

The 27-year-old Byarm grew very quickly in his rookie season, having to fight through adversity to have a successful rookie campaign. After winning his first two bouts by knockout, Byarm suffered an injury to his right arm in his third bout against Maurice Winslow in July. But Byarm persevered and quickly moved into six-round contests, winning a unanimous decision over tricky veteran Mike Miller in December. Byarm is a welcome addition to a growing field of young Beltway heavyweights.

Other Rookies Deserving Consideration:

Emmanuel “Transformer” Taylor, welterweight, Baltimore, MD (4-0, four KO’s)

Another amateur standout that is as sound as they come. Taylor, who just recently turned 19, has wowed local fans with his exceptional power. While Taylor has not fought veteran competition yet, he has dominated the competition he has faced as he has not visited the third round. It seems that veteran competition has not wanted to face Taylor as he had a tough time finding opponents during 2009. The potential for Taylor seems limitless.

Gary Russell, Jr., featherweight, Capitol Heights, MD (6-0, three KO’s)

The 2008 Olympian seems to have put the disastrous circumstances in Beijing completely behind him. Russell made his pro debut in front of a nationally-televised ShoBox audience on January 19 in Tulsa, OK stopping Antonio Reyes in the third round. The 21-year-old Russell has been moved carefully, mostly facing boxers who have close to the same number of bouts as he has, but many eyes will be on Russell as he progresses.

Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler, cruiserweight, Baltimore, MD (4-0, three KO’s)

After winning his first bout by disqualification, the 22-year-old Wheeler progressed very confidently showing good improvement in his next three bouts, all knockout victories. Wheeler could be the sleeper of the very large 2009 rookie class.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Beltway Boxing 2009 -- Bout of the Year!

Digital's Choice for Beltway Bout of the Year is:

Cory Cummings TKO 9 Demetrius Davis – May 29 – Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD

This was a great contest where the winner fought through mounting adversity to beat the veteran opponent and capture the Maryland State Super Middleweight title.
Cummings did not get a minute out of the first round before the two veteran warriors clashed heads, causing a gash over Cummings's right eye. In the eighth round, the two clashed heads again, causing a cut on Cummings’s left eye.

While the ringside physicians were closely examining the cut in the corner after almost every round, Davis was showing superb ring generalship, switching from conventional to southpaw and showing slick veteran tricks.

Sensing urgency, Cummings quickly picked up the pace and landed some hard shots in the last minute of the eighth round. Davis was still boxing well but Cummings was shortening the distance and Davis was starting to trade more with the powerful Cummings.

In the ninth, Cummings caught Davis coming in with a right hook that dropped him. Davis beat referee Gary Camponeschi's 10-count but was deemed unfit to continue. The bout was stopped at 1:45 of the ninth. If you like bouts with definitive story lines, this was the bout for you and the best bout in the Beltway for 2009.

Other bouts deserving consideration:

Henry Mayes TKO 10 over Willie Williams -- April 10, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD

This was the third bout in the Mayes-Williams trilogy and the two saved their best for last, making this a very close second for Bout of the Year honors. Both men had advantages with Mayes using his ring generalship in the early going and Williams picking up the pace as the bout headed to the middle rounds.

Mayes turned the tide of the bout for good late in the ninth round by landing a crushing left-right combination that dropped Williams to the canvas with 10 seconds remaining in the round. Williams barely beat referee Malik Waleed's count.

Mayes sealed the victory early in the 10th when he rocked the game Williams with lefts and rights, forcing the stoppage at 20 seconds of the round and winning the Maryland State Light Heavyweight crown.

Mark Tucker 10-round UD over George Armenta—December 11, Shipley Arena, Westminster, MD

Tucker made the first successful defense of his USBO Light Heavyweight crown with a tough victory over the veteran Armenta. Both men landed solid shots throughout the contest. Early on in the bout, Tucker held an advantage using his long right jab. By the middle rounds, Armenta found a way to get inside and do damage, testing Tucker's chin as no one had done previously throughout his young career. Tucker weathered the storm, however and was able to get a victory.

Barry Trotter four-round unanimous decision over Tracy Brewer – September 26, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA

This was a tremendous undercard contest that tested the resolve of both men. Trotter dropped Brewer in the third round as both men traded right hands. It's hard to say what kept Brewer going until the final bell. This was a great way to open up this card.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Beltway Boxing 2009 -- Card of The Year!

Digital's Choice for Beltway Boxing Card of the Year took place on:

September 25, Shipley Arena, Westminster, MD. Promoters: TNT Promotions/Maryland Boxing Club. Matchmaker: Rick Glaser

For enthusiasm, close contests and good boxing, it was hard to top this card that featured Mark Tucker winning the vacant USBO Light Heavyweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Jim Strohl. The crowd of 2,900 was raucous throughout the bout, chanting "TNT" throughout the contest. The card featured very competitive bouts including Tyrell Samuel winning the second of two bouts over Gustavo Dailey, Emmanuel Taylor's third knockout of his career and a great opening bout between Omar Sims and Allan Perkins.

Other notable cards:

October 24, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Promoter: Cassandra White/Babie Girl Productions. Matchmaker: Jack Crider

The return of Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan to DC as well as demonstrative performances by Seth Mitchell and Alexander Johnson highlighted this card which played to a packed house. Buchanan won by eight-round unanimous decision over tough Bobby Jordan, Jr. Mitchell, who sold 400 tickets for this card, won by sixth-round TKO over veteran Jermell Barnes. Johnson won a four-round unanimous decision over Otgonbayer Daivii. The card also featured the pro debut of heavyweight Abodurin Akinyanju.

September 26, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA. Promoter: Jackie Kallen/Ice Promotions. Matchmaker: JD Brown

This card capped Beltway Boxing 2009's best weekend as Jimmy Lange successfully defended his WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight championship with a ninth-round TKO over Contender teammate Jonathan Reid. This card also featured Tony Jeter's knockout of Keith Gross as well as the successful return of former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley. Undefeated prospect Bayan Jargal was held to a draw by veteran Richard "Tiger" Lee Hall and Jennifer Salinas survived a knockdown to win her bout. There was also a strong four-round bout between Barry Trotter and Tracy Brewer that Trotter won by unanimous decision.

April 10, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD. Promoter: Jake Smith/Baltimore Pro Boxing. Matchmaker: Josh Hall

The Henry Mayes-Willie Williams trilogy ended on this night in stunning fashion as Mayes captured the Maryland State Light Heavyweight title with a 10th-round TKO. Tim Coleman was in great form, stopping Carlos Cisneros in the third round. Seth Mitchell won a workmanlike six-round unanimous decision over veteran Andrew Greeley. The card also featured victories by Shelly Seivert and Robert McConnell.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Beltway Boxing 2009 -- Knockout of the Year!

These are the best knockouts that were witnessed by BATB in the Beltway Region. Therefore, Dominic Wade's pro debut knockout will not be included here.

Digital’s Choice for Knockout of the Year is:

Tony Jeter KO 1 Keith Gross – September 26, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.

This was the easiest choice of the year. Columbia, MD middleweight Jeter landed what BATB described at the time as a “vicious, one-punch, referee-didn't-even-bother-to-count knockout” over Prince Fredrick, MD’s Gross, who came out charging towards Jeter from the opening bell. However, once Gross gave Jeter a little space, Jeter’s right hand came crashing down on Gross’s chin. Referee Chris Wollesen immediately waved off the bout at 1:22 of the first round.

Other knockouts of note:

Julius Kennedy TKO 2 Gevonte Davis – June 18, Michael’s Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD.

After an even first round, the bout turned suddenly in the second as Windsor Mill, MD middleweight Kennedy landed a crushing right hand that stopped Davis in his tracks. The bout was stopped at 2:36 of the round. The win was Kennedy’s third in a four-bout streak for the year.

James Stevenson TKO 2 Darrett Crockett – January 23, Martin’s West, Woodlawn, MD.

Rising Baltimore prospect Stevenson showed solid power in this contest as he dominated from the opening bell and eventually blasted Crockett across the ring with a devastating right hand. Crockett crumpled in his own corner and the bout was stopped at 1:20 of the round.

Honorable Mention: David Hopkins KO 3 David Derby – April 11, Lynchburg City Armory, Lynchburg, VA.

This was during the Internet Pay-Per-View telecast that I called, but was not technically in the Beltway. This was a vicious knockout that had to be mentioned. Roanoke, VA’s Hopkins landed a crushing right hand that dropped Derby face first to the canvas. Referee Chris Wollesen immediately stopped the contest at 2:15 of the round.

BATB Begins Year-In-Review!! Part One: The Theme!

Beltway Boxing 2009 --- The Year of the Trilogy!

Normally, when BATB puts together the year in review, we look for one theme that was the standard for the year. However, 2009 was a very unique year that saw three prominent themes.

Therefore, Beltway Boxing 2009 was the year of:

1.The Prospect

The Beltway region seems to have set itself up well for the coming decade. A number of members from the Beltway Rookie Class of 2008 made significant strides this year. Three members -- Fernando Guerrero, James Stevenson and Mark Tucker -- all won regional titles this year and other members such as Seth Mitchell and Cecil McCalla remained undefeated with solid performances.

Meanwhile, 2009 saw 24 locals make pro debuts this year, including amateur standouts Emmanuel Taylor, Dominic Wade, Alex Guerrero, Abodurin Akinyanju and 2008 US Olympian Gary Russell, Jr.

2. The Franchise Boxer

On a BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show in May of 2009 at the George Mason University Patriot Center, legendary trainer Angelo Dundee mentioned how the ills of boxing can be cured.

“If we can get a place like the Center here and put a Jimmy Lange in every little town in the country than boxing will flourish.”

While Lange restarted that trend here in the Beltway in 2005, the idea of the franchise boxer was enhanced in 2009 by Lange, Fernando Guerrero, Scott Sigmon and Mark Tucker. Lange maintained his stronghold in Northern Virginia drawing 3,000 plus to his two championship bouts. Guerrero was a major force along the Eastern Shore of Maryland with two cards in Salisbury. One card was an outdoor event drawing 8,000 to Arthur Perdue Stadium. Sigmon opened boxing in the Lynchburg, VA area headlining two cards, one of which was an internet pay-per-view. Tucker headlined five cards in Carroll County, MD that drew enthusiastic crowds.

3. The actual “Trilogy.”
Beltway Boxing 2009 will also be known as the year of the literal trilogy. This year featured three situations where boxers ended up fighting each other three times. One trilogy had two of its three bouts in 2009 where the other trifectas had boxers battling three times during the calendar year.

Baltimore light heavyweights Henry Mayes and Willie Williams fought two of their three bouts in 2009 and also took their trilogy to three different locations in Maryland. Their first clash was in October of 2008 at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury where the two fought to a six-round draw. The two then fought at Martin’s West in Woodlawn in January. Nothing was settled there as the two battled to an eight-round draw. Mayes and Williams saved their best for their third and final bout in April where Mayes captured the Maryland State Light Heavyweight title with a ninth-round knockout of Williams.

Tyrell Samuel’s trilogy with Gustavo Dailey got off to an inauspicious beginning in July when the Baltimore native and Maryland State Super Featherweight champion lost a six-round split-decision in Westminster to the Philadelphian who was 3-5 at the time. Samuel redeemed himself back in Westminster in September with a solid eight-round unanimous decision. When the rubber match came in November in Baltimore, Samuel was victorious again despite suffering a cut over his right eye that stopped the bout with the scorecards in his favor.

Also, Baltimore junior middleweight Omar Sims and Wilson, NC’s Jamar Freeman made the Shipley Arena in Westminster their personal home for three bouts in 2009. Their first bout in April went to a six-round draw, but Freeman won the next two in June and December by six-round unanimous decisions.

More to come during the week including Knockout of the Year, Card of the Year and Bout of the Year as well as Rookie, Prospect and Boxer of the Year (Fans Choice and Digital's Choice)

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Beltway Silver Gloves Team Heading to Wilmington, NC January 6!

The Beltway has a large contingent heading to the South East Coast Regional Silver Gloves Championships in Wilmington, NC January 6-9. Here is the list of locals:

Here is a list of the DC area team that will be advancing to the South East Coast Regionals Tournament. The tournament will he held in Wilmington, NC from January 6-9th and the National Silver Gloves will be in Independence, Missouri from Feb. 4th - 6th. Good luck to all the boxers. Any changes in the roster will be updated as received.

*denotes past National Silver Gloves Champions

10 & 11-year old division

60lbs. Mckinley Fulton (Upton)
70lbs. Anwar Henson (Headbangers)
75lbs. Ameer Brown (Sugar Ray Leonard)
80lbs. Mansabory Conde (Club One)
85lbs. Joseph Veazey (Baltimore Boxing)
90lbs. Gregory Ross, Jr. (NoXcuse)
95lbs.Keegan Grove (Old School)
105lbs. Kashif Brown (Sugar Ray Leonard)
150lbs. Dominic McKnight (Upton)

12 & 13-year old division

70lbs. Devonte Jefferson (Headbangers)
75lbs. Jordan White (LB 4 LB) - *2009 National Silver Gloves Champion
80lbs Zimmie Dickinson (Dream Team) - *2008 and 2009 National Silver Gloves Champion
85lbs. Mack Allison (Upton)
90lbs. Gary Russell (Keystone)
95lbs. Ronnell Jackson (NoXcuse)
106lbs. James Tyler (Old School)
112lbs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
125lbs. James Scott (Charm City)
201+lbs. Calvin Countess (Charm City)

14 & 15-year old division

90lbs. Brady Sensibaugh
95lbs. Lawrence Singh (Headbangers)
100lbs. Aujee Tyler (Headbangers) - *2009 National Silver Gloves Champion
106lbs. Malik Jackson (Lime Lite)
112lbs. Patrick Harris (Headbangers)
119lbs. Gervonta Davis (Upton) - *2006 and 2008 National Silver Gloves Champion
125lbs. Lamont Roach (NoXcuse)
132lbs. Parris Chisholm (Headbangers)
139lbs. Dusty Harrison (Old School) - *2006 National Silver Gloves Champion
156lbs. Da' Quan Johnson
178lbs. Joey McConnell (Old School)

The winners will advance to the National Silver Gloves in Independence, MO February 4-6. Best wishes to all the locals.

Friday, January 01, 2010

'Cujo' Sigmon Voted Among Top Stories in Bedford and Lynchburg, VA!

Not to be outdone, Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon has been selected as one of the top stories in Bedford, VA and THE top story by the Lynchburg News and Daily Advance in Lynchburg, VA.

Here's what the Bedford Bulletin said about their hometown hero:

"Boxing made a grand re-entry to our area thanks, in large part, to a couple of Bedford Guys. Local pugilist Scott "Cujo" Sigmon headlined fights at the Lynchburg Armory in April and in August. Both cards drew capacity crowds, as local fans were eager to give their support to a sport that has been absent from this region since 1977. Liberty High grad Joe Hensley was also key, from his position as fight promoter. But it was Cujo that won over the crowd as he won a decision over Toris "The Bull" Brewer in April. Then he dismantled "Nasty" Nick Schliech, before knocking him out in the third round in August. Both nights included great contests..."

By the way, Sigmon is indeed dropping down from light heavyweight to super middleweight this year.

Carroll County Times Names 'TNT' Tucker Top Story of 2009!

The Sports staff of the Carroll County Times has called the rise of undefeated Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark "TNT" Tucker it's top story of 2009, beating out such stories as the Ravens's run to the 2009 AFC championship and the rise of the prospects for the Baltimore Orioles in the paper's top 10.

Here is what the Times's staff says about Tucker:

Mark “TNT” Tucker took Carroll County, and the light heavyweight boxing scene by storm this year.

Introducing professional boxing to the county with a series of bouts held at the Carroll County Agricultural Center and staged by his production company, Tucker rapidly emerged as the United States Boxing Organization champion with a unanimous victory over Jim Strohl on Sept. 25.

After just 13 professional fights, the undefeated Eldersburg resident is right where he wants to be at the tender age of 22: a champion.

“Looking back on my career as a pro, it was pretty fast,” Tucker said. “It all pays off at the end. It was great looking back on it. It’s awesome.

“It’s been a lot of work, but it’s all worth it. ... I’m looking forward to defending my title. I think I’ll be able to win some world championships.”

Drawing 2,000 or more fans to Shipley Arena at each fight, Tucker built an adoring fan base that chanted his name as he entered the ring to his traditional theme song, “A Country Boy Can Survive.”

With a strong jab and sound conditioning, Tucker routinely built leads on judges’ scorecards. He has also recorded seven career knockouts.

“Mark’s been a champion a long time, in my mind,” said Mark Tucker Sr, Tucker’s father and trainer. “Now, it’s official. It ain’t been easy, and it ain’t over. This is just the beginning.”

Tucker defended his title with a unanimous decision over George Armenta in December. With former world champion Buddy McGirt in his corner, Tucker overcame two injured hands to gut it out for the win.

“Mark has a lot of talent, a lot of raw talent,” McGirt said. “He needs a lot of sharpening up, but things are happening fast.”

BRINGING IT UP TO DATE: Tucker is about to take his show on the road, and will soon compete for a more prestigious championship belt.

Tucker will fight for the International Boxing Organization’s vacant Intercontinental title against Ronson Frank (13-0, seven knockouts) of Rosedale, N.Y. The fight is tentatively scheduled for March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

“For this next fight, he has to be on his Ps and Qs,” McGirt said. “Ronson Frank is tall, rangy and he can fight.”

It represents a power move for Tucker.

“Everybody’s asking me when I’m going to start being on HBO and pay-per-view, and I definitely feel like I’m ready to move up,” Tucker said. “I’m really psyched for that and ready to go. I’m excited. “Maybe we can start going on to bigger and better things, and start making some real money.”