Saturday, February 27, 2010

Final bout of the evening: 152 pounds novice: Kevin Ottley (Down Under) over Christopher Disney (Charm City). We blog from the Patriot Center next Saturday!
In the 201+ pound novice division: Jamar Johnson (Sugar Ray Leonard) defeats Brenis Perez (Round One).
Another 141 pound bout: Alexander Olesker (Georgetown University) defeats Richard DePhillip (Old School).
Another stoppage, this time in the 141 pound novice -- Cortland Perkins (Upton) RSC-3 Mohamad Ashraf (Old School).
More past and present Beltway Boxing stars here including Lamont Pearson, Tony Jeter, Antonio Reese, Cory Cummings, Darryll Tyson and Brian Crumb.
First stoppage of the night comes in 132 pound novice: Roger Williams (Keystone) RSC-1 Kenneth Oates (Round One).
In the 125 pound novice division: Omar Barnes (Club One) defeats Alex Ramos (Down Under).
By the way, another nice crowd on hand including Beltway Boxing stars Henry Buchanan and Gary Russell, Jr. Also, DC Boxing hall of famer Andrew Council is here.
Darren Brown (Benning Park) defeats Keith Samuels (Old School). Just four bouts remaining tonight -- all in the Novice Division.
Our last junior bout is in the ring -- the 15-16 years, 165 pound championship. Keith Samuels (Old School) vs. Darren Brown (Benning Park).
In the 16 years, 152 pound contest, Brian Rodriguez-Lopez (Down Under, Salisbury, MD) defeats. Quaron Love (Charm City). Best bout of the night so far.
In the 14-15 years, 152 pound class, Da'Quan Johnson (Kentland) over Dillon Hayman (Frederick Fight Club).
In the 14-15, 125 pound class, Daquan Love (Charm City Boxing) over Jarrell Harris (Langdon).
In the 15 years, 112 pounds championship, Jonathan Rodriguez (Upton) defeats Jonathan Parker (Tony's Gym) in a great back and forth contest!
In the 12 years, 106 pound championship, James Tyler (Old School) defeats Shyquan Barnes (BAA)
Mack was actually in the wrong age backet. Mack's scheduled opponent, Gregory Burton (Langdon) will compete next Saturday.
Cornell Gray wins 70 pound championship for 10 year olds over Siete Shuler. Good bout! Also Jaharee Mack (Old School) is the 8 year old 75 pound champ.
Chamar Flowers defeats Kali Edwards. Next bout is 10 years, 70 pounds (championship): Siete Shuler (Round One) vs. Cornell Gray (Kenilworth).
First bout is underway. Kali Edwards (Kenilworth) vs. Chamar Flowers (Headbangers) 9 years, 60 pounds.
As of now, 11 bouts are scheduled for tonight. The bout between Keegan Grove and Antuanne Russell is not slated to come off.
Good evening from the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD for the second round of the Washington Golden Gloves. 30 min until start of action.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A. Peterson Battles in Texas March 12!

When undefeated DC lightweight Anthony Peterson travels to Texas on the weekend of March 12, it could prove to be a very big weekend.'s Dan Rafael is reporting that Peterson (29-0, 19 KO's) will make his return to action on Friday, March 12 in Grapevine, TX in a 10-round bout against Juan Ramon Cruz of Puerto Rico (16-7-1, 12 KO's). Peterson has only fought once since injuring his knee in August of 2008, winning a 10-round unanimous decision against Luis Antonio Arceo on August 15, 2009.

Should Peterson win on March 12, he may travel to the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX the next evening to witness the matchup between Humberto Soto and David Diaz for the vacant WBC Lightweight title -- that's the co-feature on the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey card. Top Rank representative Carl Moretti told that a Peterson victory on the 12th would make him the mandatory challenger for the winner of Soto-Diaz, possibly in June.

In an interesting bit of irony, Edwin Valero vacated the WBC Lightweight title for a possible bout against Peterson's brother, Lamont.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Joe Gans Benefit Postponed!

Friday night's Joe Gans benefit at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards in Baltimore has been postponed because of the impending snow scheduled to come this weekend. No new date has been given.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

McCalla Travels to North Carolina March 6!

Undefeated Baltimore, MD middleweight Cecil McCalla will be involved in a six-round co-feature bout on Saturday, March 6 at the Bette Rae Thomas Rec Arena in Charlotte, NC.

The opponent for McCalla (10-0, four KO's) will be another undefeated foe, Gary Lynch of Albermarle, NC (4-0, two KO's). McCalla is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Jayson Champion on January 31 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Lynch stopped Eric Burke in the first round on July 26, 2008 in Charlotte.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bout Sheet for Second Round of Golden Gloves!

Here are the scheduled bouts for the second night of competition in the Washington Golden Gloves at Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD on Saturday, February 27: at 7:30 PM.

Junior Division

9 years, 60 pounds: Kali Edwards (Kenilworth) vs. Charmar Flowers (Headbangers)

10 years, 70 pounds (championship): Siete Shuler (Round One) vs. Cornell Gray (Kenilworth).

9-10 years, 75 pounds: Jaharee Mack (Old School) vs. Gregory Burton (Langdon Recreration Center)

12-13 years, 95 pounds (championship) Keegan Grove (Old School) vs. Gary Antaunne Russell (Keystone)

12 years, 106 pounds (championship): James Tyler (Old School) vs. Shyquan Barnes (BAA)

15 years, 112 pounds (championship): Jonathan Rodriguez (Upton) vs. Jonathan Parker (Tony's Gym)

14-15, 125 pounds:: Jarrell Harris (Langdon) vs. Daquan Love (Charm City)

15-16, 141 pounds: Thomas Kirchman (Jeff Gordon's MMA) vs. Christian Burton (Old School)

14-15, 152 pounds : Da'Quan Johnson (Kentland) vs. Dillon Hayman (Frederick Fight Club)

16 years, 152 pounds: Quaron Love (Charm City) vs. Brian Rodriguez-Lopez (Down Under)

15-16, 165 pounds (championship): Keith Samuels (Old School) vs. Darren Brown (Benning Park)

This round has three unopposed champions. Congratulations to:

11 years, 80 pounds: Daniel Walsh III (Old School)

12 years, 100 pounds: Fernando Reyes (Old School)

13 years, 201 pounds: Calvin Countess

Novice Division

125 pounds: Omar Barnes (Club One) vs. Alex Ramos (Down Under)

125 pounds: Juan Randolf (NOMIS) vs. De'Queone Oates (Round One)

132 pounds: Roger Williams (Keystone) vs. Kenneth Oates (Round One)

132 pounds: Davon Boone (Keystone) vs. Damon Simms (Old School)

141 pounds: Cortland Perkins (Upton) vs. Mohammad Ashraf (Old School)

141 pounds: Alexander Olesker (Georgetown University) vs. Richard DePhillip (Old School)

141 pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Jeff Gordon's MMA) vs. Levanta Kiah (Next Level)

152 pounds: Lucky Flammer (Old School) vs. Quinton Taylor (Tony's Athletic Club)

152 pounds: Flavio Reyes (Upton) vs. Allen Brown (Kentland)

152 pounds : Derrick White (Old School) vs. Dennis Monroe (Benning Park)

152 pounds : Kevin Ottley (Down Under) vs. Christopher Disney (Charm City)

201 pounds: Nlic Long (Tony's Athletic Club) vs. Kelvin Deda-O (Round One)

201 pounds: Sam Crossed (Round One) vs. David Ridley (Old School).

201+ pounds: Jamar Johnson (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Brenis Perez (Round One)

Naval Academy Hosts Brigade Boxing Championships Friday Night!

The United States Naval Academy will be having their 69th Brigade Boxing Championships at Halsey Field House at the Naval Academy on Friday, February 26 at 7 PM. There will be one female bout and 11 male bouts.

Admission to this event is free!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Baltimore Hosts Fundraiser for Joe Gans Statue!

How's this for trivia? The first African-American boxer to hold a world championship was a Beltway Boxer. His name was Joe Gans, also known as "The Old Master. For nine years (1900-1909), Gans ruled the lightweight division. lists his record as 138-10-15 with 96 KO's, however a recent biography of Gans claims there are many more bouts and victories that need to be recorded.

However, Gans has never received the honors and accolades that have been due him. Especially since it took almost a hundred years before another Baltimore boxer (Vincent Pettway) won a world title.

There will be a fundraiser held this Friday night, February 26 that looks to change that. The event will be held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore from 8 to 11 PM. Funds from the event will go towards the creation of a wax statue to honor Gans. Tickets for the event are $50 for General Admission and $100 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets allow you to spend some time with some of the many celebrities that are slated for the event.

The Celebrity lists includes Showtime Boxing commentator Al Bernstein, Clayton Le Boeuf, star of the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street (which was set in Baltimore) Beltway Boxing legends Vincent Pettway and William Joppy are slated to be there along with members of the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Colts.

Also, Colleen Aycock, the co-author of the Joe Gans biography (cover is pictured above) will be there and she must be commended for her work on bringing Joe Gans's name back to prominence. She has been a frequent guest on ESPN 1300's Ballroom Boxing Report with Scott Wagner and Scotty Crouse and her passion for this project is something to be admired.

For event ticket sales, please contact Whitney Edmonds, (410) 727-1539 ext 3033.

To read a very nice article about the event, go to this article in the Baltimore City Paper written by Andrea Appleton:


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Golden Gloves Wrap-Up -- First Round!

Hope you enjoyed the updated results live from the Washington Golden Gloves at ther Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD. I was limited as to how much I could type so I wanted to give the results quickly. I apologize for the short notice on the live blogging but this was a test run for the March 6 card at the Patriot Center. It worked even better than I hoped, so this may be a more regular feature of the cards that I am able to cover. This may not happen for every card, but I will try to do this as much as I can.

Now, here's the wrap-up:

Junior Division:

8 years, 60 pound championship: Salvador Bravo (Langdon Rec) defeats Joshua Hill (D-Block, District Heights, MD) Good opening bout, Bravo started very quickly.

8 years, 65 pound championship: Kyron Curry (UMAR) defeated Kobe Moore (Main Street Gym). Curry won despite a strong, vocal fan presence from Salisbury, MD who came to support the Main Street Gym boxers.

9-10 years, 65 pound championship: Sean Veazey (Baltimore Boxing) over Byron Hill (D-Block). Veazey lived up to his "Speedy" nickname and now has a local Golden Glove title to go with brother Joey's National Silver Gloves medal.

9-10, 80 pound championship: Da'Nardo Johnson (Kentland) over Jamere Jones (Frederick Fight Club). Johnson did a nice job in keeping Jones at bay and landed some good shots inside.

13 years, 85 pound championship: Martez Small (Dream Team) RSC-1 Corey Moore (Main Street Gym). Small made short work of his opponent in this one for the first RSC (Referee Stops Contest) of the evening.

14 years, 119 pound championship: Devonte Tolbert (Tony's Gym) RSC-3 Gregory Taylor (Hillcrest). Tolbert was dominant in this contest, eventually wearing down Taylor.

15 years, 165 pounds: Darren Brown (Benning Park) defeats Taquane Nance (NOMIS). Good matchup in this one.

Novice Division:

125 pounds: Nygel Gass (BAA) RSC-3 Peter Rodriguez (Upton). Novice division action got off to a good start with this one. Gass was very solid in this contest.

132 Pounds: Jonathan Baxter (Tony's Athletic Club) over Onyeikachi Nouka (Round One). The bout of the night. Both men had a chance to win this one -- there was a lot of ebb and flow.

141 Pounds: Gregory Wright (Baltimore Boxing) defeats Luis Guzman (Club One). Another strong contest. I thought Guzman might have pulled this one out but Wright was very good in this one.

141 pounds: Johnny DaSilva (Round One) over Omar Burke (Upton). DaSilva is very tall and used that height very effectively.

152 pounds: Quinton Taylor (Tony's Athletic Club) RSC-2 Joseph Vidalis (Baltimore Boxing). Taylor was just too strong in this one.

201+ pounds: Roderick Porter (NOMIS) defeates Christopher Kane (Baltimore Boxing). Awkward bout with Porter landing more than Kane, but not by much.

201+ pounds: Jeremy Williams (Keystone Boxing) RSC-2 Oscar Rojas (Young Titans, Columbia, MD). The night ended on a very competitive note with Williams winning over a very game Rojas.

Three scheduled bouts ended in walkovers:

14-15, 112 pounds: Jonathan Rodriguez (Upton) medical walkover Zachary Curry (UMAR)

14-15, 152 pounds: Carl Harper (Sugar Ray Leonard Center) W/O Austin Flowe (Hillcrest)

141 pounds (Novice): Maiwak Dagoot (Jeff Gordon MMA) W/O Joseph Iobbi (Upton)

The next round is Saturday, February 27 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center. The Open Division may start that night. I will get the bout sheet sometime next week. Hope to be blogging live, although I may be a little late getting to the venue because I have a basketball game to work that afternoon in Baltimore.
201+: Final bout of the night -- Jeremy Williams (Keystone Boxing) RSC-2 Oscar Rojas (Young Titans). Complete written wrap in about two hours. G-night from SRL
201+ pounds: Roderick Porter (NOMIS) defeates Christopher Kane (Baltimore Boxing). There are 13 super heavyweights scheduled to compete in the novice division.
Just to clarify: Tony's Gym and Tony's Athletic Center are two different locations. Tony's Gym is in SE, DC; Tony's AC is in NW DC.
152 Pound Novice: Quinton Taylor (Tony's Athletic Club) RSC-2 Joseph Vidalis (Baltimore Boxing).
141 Pounds: Johnny DaSilva (Round One) over Omar Burke (Upton).
141 Pounds: Gregory Wright (Baltimore Boxing) defeats Luis Guzman (Club One).
132 Pounds: Jonathan Baxter (Tony's Athletic Club) over Onyeikachi Nouka (Round One). Best bout of the night so far. Five bouts remain.
125 pound Novice: Nygel Gass (BAA) RSC-3 Peter Rodriguez (Upton).
Action has continued and we are now in the Novice Division.
Bout #8: 15 years, 165 pounds: Darren Brown (Benning Park) defeats Taquane Nance (NOMIS). Brown will compete next week. We have a brief intermission now.
Bout #7: Another stoppage. Devonte Tolbert (Tony's Gym) RSC-3 Gregory Taylor (Hillcrest) to win the 14 years, 119-pound championship.
Rodriguez's opponent was slated to be Zachary Curry (UMAR).
Corey Moore is from Main Street Gym. Jonathan Rodriguez (Upton) won in the 14-15, 112 pound bout by medical walkover.
Bout #5: Our first stoppage of the night comes in the 13 years, 85 pound contest. Martez Small (Dream Team) RSC-1 Corey Moore.
Bout#4: 9-10, 80 Pound championship: Da'Nardo Johnson (Kentland) over Jamere Jones (Frederick Fight Club)
In the ring now: 9-10, 80 pound bout: Da'Nardo Johnson (Kentland) vs. Jamere Jones (Frederick Fight Club).
Bout #3 9-10, 65 pound championship: Sean Veazey (Balt. Boxing) over Byron Hill (D-Block)
Next bout is 9-10 years, 65 pounds: Byron Hill (D-Block) vs Sean Veazey (Baltimore Boxing). Bout is underway.
Bout #2 -- 8 years, 65 pound championship: Kyron Curry (UMAR) defeated Kobe Moore (Main Street Gym). Main Street brought a nice crowd from Salisbury.
1st bout--8 years, 60 pound championship: Salvador Bravo (Langdon Rec) defeats Joshua Hill (D-Block). Nice crowd on hand by the way!
Live from Sugar Ray Leonard Center for Wash. Golden Gloves. Fifteen bouts will take place tonight. First bout is in the ring.

Golden Glove Results Live from SRL Center!

I plan to blog live with results from first round of Golden Gloves. Complete wrap later tonight!

Russell Jr. Scores Second Straight First-Round Knockout!

For the second consecutive time, Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. needed just one round to defeat his opponent. Last night in Cleveland, OH, Russell scored a first-round knockout over Jairo Delgado of Denver, CO. No official word on when the bout was stopped.

The win is Russell's third straight knockout (he stopped Rodrigo Romero in the third in December) and his fourth in his last five bouts. Russell remains undefeated with a record of 8-0, five KO's. Delgado falls to 3-5, three KO's.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Russell, Jr. Weighs 125 for Cleveland Clash!

Undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. weighed in at 125 pounds for his bout at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH. Russell's opponent, Jairo Delgado, came in at 128 pounds.

Bouts on this card are scheduled to be on tonight's ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast, but no official word on whether Russell's bout will make the telecast.

Dominic Wade was slated to be on this show, but was pulled off the card without explanation.

L. Peterson to Face Valero in Summer Bout; Battle Could Happen in DC!

Lem Satterfield of AOL Boxing Fanhouse is reporting that Lamont Peterson is slated to fight WBC Lightweight champion Edwin Valero in June or July. Washington, DC is one of the two possible sites for the bout and the bout could end up on either HBO or Showtime.

Peterson (27-1, 13 KO's) is coming off an unsuccessful title bid against WBO Junior Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley last December. However, Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum, who promotes Peterson and Valero, told Satterfield that Peterson's performance was worthy of another high-profile bout.

"As far as Peterson is concerned, it's a high profile fight that gets him back into the mix after the loss to Bradley. This is because he lost in the ring, but he didn't lose in the court of public opinion," said Arum. "Lamont Peterson fought a very courageous, gutty fight, it's just that the guy, on that night, was better than he was."

Valero (27-0, 27 KO's) last fought on February 6 and scored a 10th round knockout over Antonio DeMarco. Valero will be moving up to 140 pounds for the bout. The WBC considers Valero a "champion in recess" which means he can still hold his title while taking a non-title bout. There will be an interim championship bout on March 13 between Humberto Soto and David Diaz in Arlington, TX.

Satterfield adds that there are a couple of issues that need to be resolved involving Valero. This is from Satterfield's article:

One stems from a DUI last May, which resulted in the champion's being denied a U.S. visa pending the successful completion of an alcohol education program.

The other is the stigma from brain surgery Valero received as the result of a 2001 motorcycle accident that caused a blood clot later revealed during an MRI.

Cleared to fight by a Venezuelan doctor following successful surgery that removed the clot, Valero still was placed on indefinite medical suspension by the New York State Athletic and later banned by most athletic associations which supported the NYSAC's move.

"Valero's MRI is completely clean now, and as far as the Visa, we'll have to talk to the Washington, D.C., commission," said Arum.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mayweather - Mosley Press Tour Comes to DC March 3!

The press tour for the May 1 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley will come to DC on Wednesday, March 3. No word yet on the time of the event but the location will be the historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street in DC. This will be the second stop on the press tour. New York is first and Los Angeles will follow DC. This is open to the public!

UPDATE: I'm being told that the time for the event will be 11 AM.

'El Gallo' Armenta Makes ESPN2 Appearance March 19!

Silver Spring, MD's George "El Gallo" Armenta will appear on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights on Friday, March 19 at the Choctaw Gaming Center in Durant, OK.

The bout for Armenta (13-5, 11 KO's) will be a 10-round super middleweight co-feature against undefeated Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (13-0, nine KO's) of Worcester, MA. Armenta is coming off a tough 10-round unanimous decision loss to Mark Tucker on December 11 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD.

Rodriguez last fought on November 19 and stopped Brian Norman in the fifth round in Rochester, NY.

New Poll: Which is the Most Intriguing All-Beltway Bout in March?

We have a very interesting situation coming up in March. Amid some of the great bouts scheduled for Saturday, March 6 in Fairfax, VA and Saturday, March 20 in Baltimore, MD, we have nine scheduled All-Beltway bouts -- bouts matching boxers from the area and they are all very interesting matchups.

But, in YOUR opinion, which is the most intriguing bout? Please answer the poll. Here is a brief rundown of the All-Beltway matchups:

March 6 - George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA:

Welterweight - eight rounds: Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer (13-1, seven KO's) vs. Ikem "The Warrior" Orji (5-2, one KO's)

Junior Middleweight - four rounds: Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez (3-0, three KO's) vs. Damian Butler (0-2)

Cruiserweight - four rounds: "Cold Blood" Patrick Budd (2-1, one KO) vs. Robert McConnell (4-3, two KO's)

Junior Middleweight - four rounds: Lawrence Jones (2-2-1, one KO) vs. Vincent "The Beast" Batteast (1-1-1)

March 20 - Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD:

Middleweight - 10 rounds: Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow (19-2-2, seven KO's) vs. Scott "Cujo" Sigmon (8-1, three KO's)

Junior Middleweight - 10 rounds: James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson (12-0, 10 KO's) vs. George "Wartime" Rivera (11-4, four KO's)

Heavyweight - four rounds: "The American Child" Nick Kisner (1-0) vs. Kevin "The Journeyman" Johnson (3-3, two KO's)

Middleweight - four rounds: Zain "The Tiger" Shah (2-0, two KO's) vs. Omar Sims (3-2-3, one KO)

Junior Middleweight - four rounds: Todd "White Lightning" Wilson (6-0, one KO) vs. Ron "Teflon" Boyd (6-10, two KO's)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

First-Round Golden Gloves Bouts Announced!

The first-round of bouts for the 2010 Washington Golden Gloves Championships have been announced and they will take place this Saturday, February 20th at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center beginning at 7:30 PM. Here is the scheduled lineup:

Junior Division

8 Years-60 pounds (championship): Salvador Bravo (Langdon Rec. Center) vs. Joshua Hill (D-Block)

8 years-65 pounds (championship): Kyron Curry (UMAR) vs. Kobe Moore (Main Street Gym)

9-10 years-65 pounds (championship): Byron Hill (D-Block) vs. Sean Veazey (Baltimore Boxing)

9-10 years-80 pounds (championship) : Da'Nardo Johnson (Kentland) vs. Jamere Jones (Frederick Fight Club)

11-12 years-85 pounds (championship): Mack Allison (Upton) vs. Titus Murphy (Main Street Gym)

13 years-85 pounds (championship): Corey Moore (Main Street Gym) vs. Martez Small (Dream Team)

14-15 years-112 pounds : Jonathan Rodriguez (Upton) vs. Zachary Curry (UMAR)

14 years-119 pounds (championship): Gregory Taylor (Hillcrest) vs. Devonte Tolbert (Tony's Gym)

15 years-119 pounds (championship): Allen Dade, Jr. (Dream Team) vs. Gervonta Davis (Upton)

14-15 years-152 pounds: Austin Flowe (Hillcrest) vs. Carl Harper (Sugar Ray Leonard)

15 years-165 pounds : Taquane Nance (NOMIS) vs. Darren Brown (Benning Park)

There are a number of unopposed champions in the Junior Division, so congratulations to:

8 years-50 pounds: Lorenzo Lopez (Jeff Gordon MMA)

9 years-80 pounds (Female): Mia Ellis (Upton)

9 years-85 pounds (Female)): Zoria Curry (UMAR)

8 years-55 pounds: Stacey Selby (Langdon Recreation Center)

9 years-55 pounds:: Da'vyon Brown (Benning Park)

12 years-70 pounds:: Jesse Montano (Langdon Recreation Center)

9 years-85 pounds:: Joshua Paige (Frederick Fight Club)

13 years-135 pounds: Timothy Moore (Main Street Gym)

15 years-135 pounds: Irving Deluado (Main Street Gym)

Novice Division

125 pounds: Peter Rodriguez (Upton) vs. Nygel Gass (BAA)

132 pounds: Jonathan Baxter (Tony's Athletic Club) vs. Onyekachi Nouka (Round One)

141 pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Jeff Gordon MMA) vs. Joseph Iobbi (Upton)

141 pounds: Luis Guzman (Club One) vs. Gregory Wright (Baltimore Boxing)

141 pounds: Omar Burke (Upton) vs. Johnny DaSilva (Round One)

152 pounds: Joseph Vidalis (Baltimore Boxing) vs. Quiton Taylor (Tony's Athletic Club)

201+ pounds: Christopher Kane (Baltimore Boxing) vs. Roderick Porter (NOMIS)

201+ pounds: Jeremy Williams (Keystone Boxing) vs. Simon Rojas (Young Titans)

The Washington Golden Gloves will continue for the next four Saturdays (February 27, March 6, March 13 and March 20) at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center. The semi-finals will be on March 20th. Starting times for all SRL Center bouts will be 7:30 PM.

The Washington Golden Gloves Finals will be held on Friday, March 26 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center at 8 PM.

The Regional Championships, which match the Washington champions against the titleholders from Virginia and North Carolina, will be held on Friday, April 16 at the Waldorf Jaycees at 8 PM.

Results From Amateur Show at Club One!

I was unable to attend this past Saturday's amateur card promoted by Paschall Promotions in association with Jeter Promotions at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD. However, I was able to acquire some of the results from the card (my thanks to Tony Jeter.)

Kevin Womack of Upton Boxing Club in Baltimore beat Damont Giddens from Down Under in Salisbury for the Maryland state Championship.

The Outstanding Boxer of the event was Mike Steadman , a two-time national collegiate champion from the US Naval Academy, who beat Tahir Thomas of Main Street Gym in Salisbury.

Steve Matczak (Club One Fitness) beat Brandon Waters (Club One Fitness)

Danny Garofolo (Club One) beat Bill Alexander (Club One)

Edgar Takeda (Naval Academy) beat Omar Barnes (Club One)

Paul Yohn (Ground Control, Baltimore) beat Willie Cooper (Old School Boxing, Fort Washington, MD)

Termaine Wilbann (Honey Comb, Baltimore) beat Tom Scanlon (Ground Control)

Angelo Lorena (Naval Academy) beat Dan Caniada (Club One)

Chris Bertucci (Naval Academy) beat Sherman Artis (Club One)

Allen Burris (Club One) beat Richard Washington (Mack Lewis, Baltimore)

Ryan Watson (Main Street) beat Jason Bragg (Club One)

Joe Lyles (Club One) beat Nathan Jester (Naval Academy)

Monday, February 15, 2010

March 20th Card Unfolding!

The Baltimore Pro Boxing card slated for Saturday, March 20th at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore will feature two East Coast Title bouts and a number of bouts that Beltway Boxing fans want to see. Here's a quick rundown of the scheduled card.

The main event will be a 10-round contest for the East Coast Middleweight title as Baltimore's Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow (19-2-2, seven KO's) will take on Bedford, VA's Scott "Cujo" Sigmon (8-1, three KO's).

The co-feature is another 10-round contest for the East Coast Junior Middleweight title -- undefeated James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson of Baltimore (12-0, 10 KO's) battles Fluvanna, VA's George "Wartime" Rivera (11-4, four KO's).

In an eight-round encounter, undefeated Baltimore welterweight Emmanuel "Transformer" Taylor (4-0, four KO's) will battle veteran Doel Carrasquillo of Lancaster, PA (12-14-1, 10 KO's). The bout will be Taylor's first scheduled eight-round encounter.

In a six-round rematch bout, Baltimore heavyweight "The American Dream" Mike Dietrich (12-1, six KO's) faces the only man that has defeated him -- Wes Taylor of Atlanta, GA (7-15-1, seven KO's). In their last outing on April 18, 2008 at the Pikesville Armory, Taylor scored a third-round knockout over Dietrich.

There are also some solid four-round bouts on the card. Ferndale, MD heavyweight "The American Child" Nick Kisner (1-0) will face Baltimore heavy Kevin "The Journeyman" Johnson (3-3, two KO's) whose debut victory came over Kisner's father, Danny.

Chantilly, VA middleweight Zain "The Tiger" Shah (2-0, two KO's) will battle Omar Sims of Baltimore (3-2-3, one KO) in another four-rounder. Also, the card will mark the return of undefeated Alexandria, VA lightweight Todd "White Lightning" Wilson (6-0, one KO) as he takes on DC veteran Ron "Teflon" Boyd (6-10, two KO's).

Also, DC heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm (6-0, four KO's) is slated to be on this card, against an opponent TBA.

We'll talk more about this card in the weeks to come.

Weigh-in for March 6 Card Held at Tyson's Corner Center; Addition to BATB Post-Fight Comes March 6!

In one of the more innovative ideas I've come across in a while, the weigh-in for the Saturday, March 6 card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA will be held on Friday, March 5.

The location for the weigh-in will be Tyson's Corner Center and will also have the look of a fashion show as the boxers will down a red carpet runway wearing clothes made by some of the sponsors of the event. The weigh-in will start at noon and is indeed, open to the public.

Also on March 6, I plan to post live on BATB from the Patriot Center after every bout. now allows me to do this, so if the connection is strong, I will be posting.

After the card, we will have the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up show and there will be a way for fans to participate. Starting with the March 6 show, I will be reading a "Question of the Show" which will come from you, the fans. If I read your question on the show, you will receive a t-shirt courtesy of our show's sponsor --

Please send your questions about the Beltway Boxing scene to Please put your name, address and t-shirt size with your email marked "Question of the Show."

One word of advice -- please do not use this forum as a way to bash a particular boxer. That will guarantee your question will not be read.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ballard, Fox Win Under-19 National Championships!

D'Mitrius Ballard and Alantez Fox won Under-19 National titles tonight in Cincinnati, OH and will be among the United States boxers that will be heading to Baku, Azerbaijan for the 2010 AIBA Youth World Championships in April.

Ballard defeated Daquan Arnett of Orlando, Florida, avenging his Championship loss in the 165lbs. 2009 National Junior Olympic Final. Fox defeated Moshea Aleem of Richmond, Virginia.

The third Beltway amateur to participate in tonight's championship round -- Jerry Odom -- lost to Trevor McCumby of Yorkville, Illinois.

Congratulations to all three for great championship runs!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Beltway Amateurs Reach Finals Of Under-19 National Championships!

This from DC Amateur Boxing:

Maryland's Jerry Odom (178lbs.) and D'mitrius Ballard (165lbs.) join Alantez Fox (152lbs.) in tomorrow nights Under-19 Championship Final in Cincinnati, OH after a perfect night for area boxers.

Odom defeated Robert Hall of Johnson City, Tennessee 27-8 and Ballard defeated Immanuwel Aleem of Richmond, Virginia 31-14. Tomorrow Odom will face Trevor McCumby of Yorkville, Illinois, Ballard will box Daquan Arnett in a rematch of the 2009 National Junior Olympics 165lbs. Final in which Arnett won 9-8. Fox will face Moshea Aleem of Richmond, Virginia after defeating Quashawn Toler 18-4.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Beltway Amateurs Compete in Under-19 National Championships!

We have three Beltway amateurs competing in the national Under-19 Championships in Cincinnati, OH. Alantez Fox (152 pounds) D'Mitrius Ballard (165 pounds) and Jerry Odom (178 pounds) are representing the Beltway region at this event, where the winners will advance to the 2010 AIBA Youth World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in April.

The ultimate goal is the World Youth Championships in Singapore this August. The Worlds are adding boxing for the very first time, and is held every four years staggered between the summer and winter Olympics.

Fox won his first bout yesterday, defeating Jerry Tristan of Katy, TX 14-3. Ballard and Odom will box later this week.

Jeter-Paschall Amateur Card Slated for February 13!

The amateur card co-promoted by Tony "Mo Better" Jeter and Mike "The Persecutor" Paschall will take place on Saturday, February 13 at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD. There are 15 bouts slated for the card.

Beltway Boxers: Send Links to Websites And Fan Pages!

A poster sent in a very good question concerning how to follow their favorite boxers in other ways than just following their boxing matches. This leads to something I have been wanting to do for a while. A number of Beltway Pros have websites and/or fan pages on either MySpace or Facebook. I ask now that you send those links to my email address: please put "Fan Page" in the header.

I will compile a list and added them to the links page on this site. Do not post your links here. Please send them to my email address. Thanks.

This is especially true with MySpace accounts since I don't have a MySpace account.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

'KO' Snow Returns To Action March 26 in New Jersey!

Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Thomas "KO" Snow will return to action on Friday, March 26 at Hamilton Manor in Hamilton Township, NJ. as he takes on Jonathan Arias of Mexico in an eight-round contest.

Snow (12-1, eight KO's) is coming off a tough six-round split decision victory over Jason Rorie on January 29 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Arias (15-5, eight KO's) will be fighting for the first time in the United States and has scored knockouts in his last five bouts. Arias has already gone 10 rounds three times in his pro career.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Dickinson, Veazey, Harrison Capture Silver Glove Titles!

Tonight in Independence, MO, three Beltway Amateurs have won National Silver Gloves championships!

In the 12/13-year old division, 80-pound class, Zimmie Dickinson, Waldorf, MD def. Jose Solorio, Harvey, IL. Dickinson wins his third straight Silver Gloves title.

10/11-year old division, 85-pounds, Joseph Veazey, Baltimore, MD def. Desmond Jarmon, Cincinnati, OH.

14/15-year old division, 139-pounds, Dusty Harrison, Washington, DC def. Cristino Cebello, Brooklyn, NY.

Four other Beltway Boxers won runner-up positions.

10/11-year old division, 105 lbs. Chris Valdez, Indianapolis, IN def. Kashif Brown, Laurel, MD.

10/11-year old division, 145 lbs. Kadarius Taylor, Shreveport, LA def. Dominic McKnight, Baltimore, MD

12/13-year old division, 75lbs. Nico Hernandez, Wichita, KS def. Jordan White, Waldorf, MD

14/15-year old division, 100lbs. Hector Valdez, Dallas, TX def. Aujee Tyler, Clinton, MD

Davis Stopped in Third in Fort Lauderdale!

Just two weeks after losing by eight-round split decision in Pittsburgh, DC super middleweight Demetrius Davis suffered a third-round stoppage to undefeated Cuban Yordanis Despaigne, now fighting out of Coral Gables, FL, last night in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Davis's record evens at 19-19-5, seven KO's while Despaigne is now 5-0, four KO's.

Seven Beltway Boxers Advance to Silver Glove Finals!

There will be seven Beltway amateurs that will be competing in today's National Silver Gloves Championships Finals in Independence, MO. Here are the results from Friday's competition, courtesy of the blog DC Amateur Boxing:

10/11-year old division

85lbs. Joey Veazey def. Jose Salazar (St. Paul, Minnesota)
95lbs. Keegan Grove def. Dylon Armstrong (Janesville, Wisconsin)

12/13-year old division

75lbs. Jordan White def. Hector Tanajara (San Antonio, Texas)
80lbs. Zimmie Dickinson def. Eric Estrada (Hillsboro, Oregon)

14/15-year old division

100lbs. Aujee Tyler def. Francisci De Vaca (Phoenix, Arizona)
139lbs. Dusty Harrison def. Anthony Sims Jr. (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Kashif Brown is also boxing in today's finals in the 105lbs. 10/11-year old Championship.

Ameer Brown, Mansabory Conde and Brady Sensibaugh lost in today's semifinal. White, Dickinson and Tyler are all defending 2009 National Silver Gloves Champions looking to repeat. Harrison, according to reports, defeated the top amateur trained by the camp of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. The Beltway-area also has one unopposed champion but DC Amateur Boxing did not have the name at press time.

Corley Knocked Out in California!

Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley was knocked out in the fifth round by contender Freddy "El Riel" Hernandez last night in front of a nationally-televised ShoBox audience at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA.

According to Francisco Salazar of, a very competitive, good action fight ended suddenly when Hernandez laid out Corley with a huge right hand. Time was 1:48.

Corley is now 36-13-1, 21 KO's while Hernandez, ranked number 14 by the WBC, is now 28-1, 19 KO's.

“I got caught, simple as that,’’ Corley said. “It happens to the best. Instead of me going bing, bing, bing (punches) and moving out of range, I went bing, bing, bing and stood up and got caught with a clean shot. Until then, I was frustrating him and fighting my fight.

“But I’m not going anywhere. As soon as I can return to the gym, I will. I’m definitely going to fight again.’’

Friday, February 05, 2010

Three Beltway Boxers Advance to Silver Glove Semifinals!

The first day of competition at the National Silver Gloves Championships in Independence, MO, saw three Beltway amateurs advance to Friday's semifinals.

10/11-year old division

85lbs. Joseph Veazey (Region 3) def. Joseph Cuerllar (Region 8)
80lbs. Mansabory Conde (Region 3) def. John Bauza (Region 1

12/13-year old division

75lbs. Jordan White (Region 3) def. Raymon Muratalla (Region 8)

Two of our locals lost in the first round:

14/15-year old division

95lbs. Jesus Luna (Region 8) def. Lawrence Singh (Region 3)
106lbs. Jousce Gonzalez (Region 8) def. Malik Jackson (Region 3)

Corley Weighs 143 for Showtime Battle!

(Photo by M.L. Preissel/For Showtime)

DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley (right) weighed in at 143 pounds for his main event bout on ShoBox tonight from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. His opponent for this welterweight bout, Freddy Hernandez, tipped the scales at 148. The telecast begins on Showtime at 11 PM ET. Corley's bout is the main event.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Corley Discusses Friday's Scrap on Showtime!

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #197 - Corley Prepares for Showtime Scrap!

Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley talks to BATB about his Friday night battle against Freddy Hernandez on Showtime!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

World Boxing Federation Names Cassandra White Promoter of the Year!

"After a number of shows where Babie Girl Productions head Cassandra White showed she was a good promoter, tonight she proved she is a GREAT promoter." -- BATB after October 24th card at Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Apparently, there were others who felt the same way about Cassandra White after that show -- which featured Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan winning the World Boxing Federation (WBF) All-Americas Super Middleweight title. The WBF has announced that they have named Cassandra White its Promoter of the Year for 2009.

White has promoted a number of WBF title bouts in her career, including the Kreshnik Qato victory at Howard University's Burr Gymnasium in DC back in December of 2008. But according to a WBF Official, it's White's love for the sport that led to this honor.

"She loves boxing and she cares for the individual boxer's well-being," said Jack Crider, vice president for US Events for the WBF. Cassandra's the type of promoter the sport needs to bring it back to its former prominence. She truly deserves this award."

The next card for Babie Girl Productions will be on Saturday, April 2 at the Washington Convention Center. Due to the impending snow this weekend, the official card announcement party that was scheduled for this Saturday, February 6will be held on Saturday, February 20 at Hogates on the Waterfront in Southwest Washington. We'll be talking with White about this award and her upcoming card later this week.

HBO Boxing Documentary Uncovers Beltway Angle!

I mentioned this on the last BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up show, but it bears repeating. The acclaimed HBO documentary "Assault in the Ring" is now out on DVD and there is a special feature on the DVD that gives this tragic story a local angle.

For those who haven't seen this superb documentary, filmaker and former boxing agent Eric Drath looks back at one of the most tragic incidents in the history of the sport -- The 1983 bout between undefeated prospect Billy Collins, Jr. and journeyman Luis Resto held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Resto won the bout but after the gloves were checked, no padding could be found. The bout was later changed to a no contest. The battered Collins never fought again and later died in a car accident at the age of 22. Resto and trainer Panama Lewis were sent to prison. Resto was banned from boxing permanently. Lewis was never allowed to work a corner again, although he can still train boxers in his gym. Twelve years after this tragedy, Lewis worked with Simon Brown in preparation for his bout against Vincent Pettway at the USAir Arena.

The DVD has a special feature that presents the local angle through DC welterweight Robert "Boo Boo" Sawyer. In the early days of ESPN's boxing coverage, the network had a welterweight tournament. Sawyer won the tourney and became the ESPN Welterweight champion. In his second defense of that title on December 16, 1982, Sawyer faced Resto in Atlantic City, NJ. Resto won the title by 12th round knockout. Sawyer (whose final record was 14-16, nine KO's) was never the same after that bout, winning only three of his last 13 fights before retiring in 1996.

In the special feature, Sawyer travels to New York to confront Resto saying that Resto's gloves were tampered in their bout, which was two contests BEFORE Resto fought Collins. What takes place is riveting, fascinating and in the end, heartwarming. Every boxing fan should get this DVD immediately.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Jeter-Paschall Amateur Card Postponed to February 13!

Jeter Promotions and Paschall Promotions have decided to postpone their amateur card another week because of predictions of snow in the forecast for this weekend. The card is now slated for Saturday, February 13 with the place and time still the same -- Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD at 7 PM.

March 6 Patriot Center Card Loaded With Beltway Talent!

The ICE Promotions Boxing card slated for Saturday, March 6 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA is loaded with talent from the Beltway region and a few of the matches have Beltway Boxers facing each other.

We already know about the main event for the card -- the 12-round WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title bout between champion Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA (31-3-2, 21 KO's) and "The White Tiger" Chase Shields of Houston, TX. (29-3-1, 14 KO's)

The co-feature will be very interesting as well. Undefeated Arlington, VA lightweight "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal will take on Louie Leija of San Antonio, TX in an eight-round contest. Jargal (14-0-2, nine KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Guadalupe Diaz on December 11 in Reno, NV but the last time Jargal appeared at the Patriot Center, he had to settle for a draw against Richard Lee Hall on September 26.

Leija (21-14-1, 15 KO's) comes from a boxing family. His cousin, Jesse James Leija, was a two-time world champion. Louie Leija has fought a who's who of competitors in the lightweight division including Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Ben Tackie, Derrick Gainer and Emmanuel Augustus. However, Leija took a nine-year absence from the sport from 1999-2008 and has not won a bout since 1999 -- he is currently on a seven-bout losing streak.

In another eight-round contest, Fort Valley, VA junior welterweight Andrew "The Doo Man" Farmer will take on Laurel, MD's Ikem "The Warrior" Orji in an eight-round contest. Farmer (13-1, seven KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Ryan Belasco on October 16 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Farmer would also like to change his fortunes at the Patriot Center -- the site of his only pro loss. Farmer lost a four-round majority decision to Ken Humphreys on December 9, 2006.

Orji (5-2, one KO) lost a six-round split decision to Issac Suarez on May 8 in Philadelphia, PA. Orji has lost two of his last four but his two wins have come in intra-Beltway bouts against Ron Boyd and Ramondo Elliott.

Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae returns to action in his first scheduled six-round contest as he takes on Theron Johnson of Chicago, IL. McRae (5-2, three KO's) has lost two of his last four, including a four-round majority decision loss to Bernell Stewart on December 20 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Johnson (3-2) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Tor Hamer on August 26 in New York City.

Undefeated Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez returns to action in a four-round contest against Glenarden, MD's Damian Butler. Rodriguez (3-0, three KO's) is coming off an injury and he hasn't fought since his last appearance in the Patriot Center, winning a first-round TKO against Dwartney Wortham on May 2. Butler (0-2) lost a four-round unanimous decision to Jesus Caro on October 3 in Lincoln, RI.

Two other All-Beltway bouts round out the card. Dumfries, VA cruiserweight "Cold Blood" Patrick Budd will take on Ellicott City, MD's "Big Mac Attack" Robert McConnell in a four-round encounter. Budd (2-1, one KO) is coming off his first pro loss -- a four-round unanimous decision to Charles Hayward on December 4 in Philadelphia, PA. McConnell (4-3, two KO's) lost by third-round TKO to Kevin Johnson on April 30 at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD.

Also, Lawrence Jones, a junior middleweight fighting out of Reston, VA (2-2, one KO) will battle Vincent "The Beast" Batteast of Severn, MD (1-1-1). Jones has not fought since being stopped in the first round by Shawn Estrada on November 29, 2008 in Ontario, CA. Batteast is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Allen Perkins on December 11 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD.

Monday, February 01, 2010

'Chop Chop' Corley on Showtime Friday Night!

Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley will battle on Showtime's "ShoBox" series this Friday night, February 5 at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, CA. Corley (36-12-1, 21 KO's) will be in the 10-round main event against Freddy "El Riel" Hernandez of Mexico City (27-1, 18 KO's).

Corley is coming off a 10-round split decision loss to Fariz Karimov on November 28 in Samara, Russia. Hernandez won an eight-round unanimous decision over Octavio Narvaez on December 12 in Rancho Mirage, CA.

The telecast begins at 11 PM ET.

Russell Scores First-Round Victory in Mississippi!

This past Saturday, Capital Heights, MD featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. remained undefeated with a first-round TKO over David Orosco Cano of Atlanta, GA at Fitzgerald's Hotel and Casino in Tunica, MS. According to, Russell stopped his opponent at 2:58 of the first.

Russell is now 7-0, four KO's while Cano falls to 1-7.