Sunday, October 31, 2010

Examiner Gives Beltway Boxing Nice Plug!

Columnist and radio show co-host Thom Loverro gives a nice plug to the Beltway Boxing scene in his Sunday column in the Washington Examiner.

Here's the link:


Friday, October 29, 2010

Russell Remains Undefeated With Six-Round Decision in LA!

Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Guadalupe DeLeon at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA.

According to's Francisco Salazar, It was all Russell (13-0, nine KOs) as he was too quick and strong with his punches. DeLeon (8-12, four KOs) attempted to fight Russell on the inside, but Russell just beat him to the punch. Russell hurt DeLeon at the end of the third round, but was not able to follow up. Although DeLeon was game, his face reddened throughout the fight due to the punches landed by Russell. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Russell.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Russell, Jr. Weighs 127 For Club Nokia Battle!

"Mr. Gary Russell, Jr. tipped the scales at 127 pounds for his six-round main event battle against Guadalupe DeLeon tonight at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA. DeLeon weighed in at 126 pounds.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fight Night Card Announced!

The boxing card has been announced for the annual Fight Night charity event on Thursday, November 11 at the Washington Hilton and Towers Hotel in DC.

In the annual "Fight For Children" title bout, Laurel, MD lightweight Ikem "The Warrior" Orji will take on undefeated Yaundale "Money Shot" Evans of Cleveland, OH. The contest is scheduled for eight rounds.

Orji (7-3, three KO's) is coming off an eight-round TKO victory over previously undefeated Brian Miller on October 2 in Verona, NY. Orji will be facing an undefeated boxer for the second straight time and the third in his last four bouts. In his previous four bouts, Orji has faced opponents with a combined record of 38-1-4. Orji scored TKO wins in two of those bouts and went the distance in the two losses.

Evans (9-0, six KO's) scored a first-round TKO over John DeJean on October 7 in Humble, TX. Evans has scored knockouts in three of his last four bouts, but this will be the first time participating in a scheduled eight-round contest.

Also on the card will be a six-round junior middleweight contest between Dwayne "Diesel" Shelton of Richmond, VA and undefeated Dante Moore of Cleveland. Shelton (2-1-1) has not fought since his four-round draw against Kendrick Walker on September 26, 2009 in Fairfax, VA. Moore (6-0-1, four KO's) also fought to a draw (six rounds) in his last outing against Corey Rodriguez on August 20 in Cleveland.

Two DC lightweights will battle in a four-round contest as Tyrone Wright (1-0) will take on Cyprian Khumalo (0-1).

Since this year's Fight Night falls on Veteran's Day, the event will have a very special "Army vs. Navy" amateur bout. Robert Watts will represent the Army while Troy Browning will represent the Navy. Both men are stationed in the Virginia Beach area -- Watts at Fort Story and Browning aboard the Supercarrier USS Bush.

Former DC Tunnel Club Hosts Boxing November 10!

A brand new local promotional company -- Pay Day Promotions -- will hold its first card on Wednesday, November 10 at the DC Star night club (formerly DC Tunnel).

The main event will be one that was originally scheduled for the cancelled October 30 card in DC -- Columbia, MD middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter will take on Jose Felix of Savannah, GA in a six-round bout. Jeter (9-2-1, eight KO's) will be fighting for the first time since his technical draw against Lawrence Jones on July 10 in Fairfax, VA. Felix (10-9-2, three KO's) has lost seven bouts in a row. An even more amazing stat is that all nine losses by Felix have come by knockout.

Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae will be in the co-feature, a six-round contest against Darrick Allen of North Carolina. McRae (8-2, four KO's) has won three in a row while Allen (2-7, two KO's) has lost two straight.

Also slated for the card will be Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon as he takes on John Terry of Portsmouth, VA. Sigmon (11-2, four KO's) has won three in a row since his March 20th loss to Jessie Nicklow in Baltimore. Terry (3-17-1, one KO) lost a four-round unanimous decision to Zain Shah on July 10 in Fairfax.

A number of Beltway Boxers will make pro debuts on this card. Heavyweight Mario Flores of DC will face the finally-returning Richard McCombs of DC (1-2, one KO). McCombs, a relative of former WBC Welterweight champion Maurice Blocker, will make his return after an eight-year absence.

Also Crofton, MD heavyweight Ron Gamble will debut against DC's Kareem Wilson (0-5) and Maryland cruisers Andre Ward and Walter Tyler will debut against each other.

There are also bouts that are scheduled to feature Thomas "KO" Snow and Dale Robeson-El on this card also.

A note of full disclosure: Pay Day Promotions is run by Abe Peay, the brother of Amir Peay who heads, the partial sponsor of the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show.

November 6 Waldorf Card Shaping Up!

The Bobby Magruder Productions card on Saturday, November 6 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, MD is shaping up nicely.

Middleweight John "No Mercy" Mackey -- now fighting out of Upper Marlboro, MD will take on George "Wartime" Rivera of Fluvanna, VA in the eight-round main event. Mackey (12-5-2, five KO's) is coming off an eight-round majority decision over previously undefeated Donald Orr on June 19 in Niagara Falls, NY. Rivera (11-5, four KO's) lost a 10-round unanimous decision to James Stevenson on March 20 in Baltimore.

The co-feature will have undefeated Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson (9-0, three KO's) battling Shannon Anderson of Philadelphia, PA (4-2, two KO's) in a six-round contest. Johnson won a six-round unanimous decision over William Gill on April 2 in DC. Anderson is coming off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Angel Concepcion on July 16 in Newark, NJ. Anderson made his pro debut in Glen Burnie, MD with a four-round unanimous decision over Michael Gutrick in 2004.

The undercard has also formed into shape. Undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy July will take on the debuting Hamid Mateen of Brooklyn, NY in a six-round contest. July (5-0-1, two KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over DeLeon Tinsley on June 10 in Johnstown, PA. Mateen is a former New York Golden Gloves champion.

Also on the card will be Baltimore junior middleweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier who will battle veteran Mike Denby of Dover, DE in a six-round encounter. Dozier (5-2-1, two KO's) has had tough going in his advancement from four to six-rounds. Dozier won all five of his four-round bouts but has lost two straight six-round contests. Denby (3-7-3, two KO's) has lost his last four bouts.

Undefeated Springdale, MD heavyweight prospect Abodurin "Bo" Akinyanju will take on Kevin Howard of Montgomery, AL in a four-round rematch. Akinyanju (3-0, three KO's) stopped Howard (1-4-1) in the first round in their first outing on January 31 in Fort Washington, MD. In Howard's last outing, he lost a four-round unanimous decision to Maurice Byarm on September 10 in Baltimore.

Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas Williams, Jr. will make his long-awaited pro debut on this card. The son of the former heavyweight contender will take on Dan Shull of Winchester, VA (2-11-1, one KO) in a four-round contest.

The card also marks the return of DC cruiserweight Charlemagne Jones who returns to the ring for the first time since 2000. Jones (2-2-1, two KO's) will battle Jiuseppe Cusumano of Virginia Beach, VA (1-0, one KO) in a four-round contest.

There will also be a four-round women's bout between Ashburn, VA junior middleweight Tori Nelson and Rachel Clark of Fayetteville, NC. Nelson fought Shelley Seivert to a four-round draw on May 8 in Baltimore. Clark (5-3-1, three KO's), who lost to Seivert in her pro debut in April 2009, won a six-round split decision over Adelita Irizarry on January 29 in Uncasville, CT.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

DC Boxing Card Cancelled!

BATB can now confirm that the Babie Girl Productions card slated for this Saturday, October 30 at the Masonic Temple in DC has been cancelled. No official word on why the show has been called off.

There is a lot going on in the city on the 30th. The day offers Howard University's Homecoming, the two rallies on the mall featuring Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert as well as registration for the next day's Marine Corps Marathon.

However, there is amateur boxing taking place on the 30th at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD beginning at 6 PM. Kentland Boxing is hosting the card.

And of course there are four cards in the first two weeks of November. There are two cards on Saturday, November 6 in Waldorf, MD and Fairfax, VA followed by two cards on back-to-back nights in DC -- Wednesday, November 10 at DC Star Nightclub (formerly DC Tunnel) and the annual Fight Night card on Thursday, November 11 at the Washington Hilton and Towers.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Taylor Brothers Win in Cockeysville!

For the first time, The Taylor Brothers -- Emmanuel and Maxell -- headlined a pro boxing card. Both brothers were victorious on the Jonathan Odgen Foundation card at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.

Emmanuel "Transformer" Taylor was in the main event and won a six-round unanimous decision over Laureano Larracuente of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. This happened despite Taylor aggravating an injury to his right hand that reportedly happened during training. Emmanuel Taylor is now 10-0, eight KO's. Larracuente is now 7-4-1, two KO's.

Maxell "The General" Taylor continued his successful comeback with a second-round stoppage of Ariel "Iron" Espinal of Brooklyn, NY. Taylor stopped Espinal at 2:02 of the second to win his second straight bout after a four-year layoff. Maxell Taylor is now 15-2-1, six KO's while Espinal falls to 8-17-3, four KO's.

In other bouts featuring locals, Alantez "Tez" Fox of Forestville, MD made his Beltway-area debut a successful one with his first pro knockout -- a first-round TKO of Dustin Parrish of Tallahassee, FL. Fox stopped his opponent at 1:53 of the first and is now 2-0, one KO. Parrish falls to 0-2.

Baltimore's Dale Robeson-El also scored a second-round TKO over Franklin Armstrong of Winston-Salem, NC. Robeson-El remains undefeated at 5-0, three KO's while Armstrong is 4-16-3, three KO's.

Also on the card, super bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights, CA scored a first-round knockout over James Owens of Milwaukee, WI. Santa Cruz is 14-0-1, six KO's while Owens is 4-2, two KO's. In a women's bout, Carla Torres of Cleveland, OH won a four-round unanimous decision in her pro debut over Jennifer Wood of Lynchburg, VA. Wood is 1-1, one KO.

TKO Promotions handled the boxing portion of the evening. The matchmaker was "The Boxing Diva" Renee Aiken.

On behalf of my family, thank you all for the well-wishes and prayers. They are most appreciated. My daughter, Courtney, is doing better and we hope she will be home early next week. We caught the pneumonia early so it is still running its course but she is in great spirits. For those who know my family, this is my youngest daughter who has not been at many bouts, not my oldest, whom many of you have met.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pikesville Boxing Card Postponed Until December!

BATB is hearing that the Baltimore Boxing card slated for Friday, October 23 at the Pikesville Armory has been postponed until December 11. No word on why the show was postponed.

Weights From Cockeysville, MD!

Here is the scale watch for tonight's Jonathan Odgen Foundation card at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD:

Emmanuel Taylor 145.5 vs. Laureano Larracuente 148.5
Alantez Fox 153.5 vs. Dustin Parrish 152
Maxell Taylor 174 vs. Ariel Espinal 176.5
Dale Roberson-El 179.5 vs. Franklin Armstrong 176
Leo Santa Cruz 119 vs. James Owens 121
Jennifer Wood 134.5 vs. Carla Torres 129.5

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Word to BATB Readers!

Due to a family emergency, I will not be able to make the two cards that are slated for October 21 in Cockeysville, MD or the October 23rd card in Pikesville, MD. One of my daughters is battling pneumonia and is in the hospital at this hour. My wife and I have two other kids to take care of and we are alternating days to stay with my daughter in the hospital until she gets better.

I actually had another engagement that was going to prevent me from making the Pikesville card anyway, but this will overshadow that. I will do my best to provide results from both cards when my time allows, but they may be delayed in coming.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and please try to support these cards.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Kisner, Quarles Score KO Victories in North Carolina!

Undefeated Beltway Boxers "The American Child" Nick Kisner and Brandon Quarles scored knockout victories tonight in Wilson, NC.

In a cruiserweight battle, Kisner stopped Kenneth Farr of Rocky Mount, NC at 2:39 of the second round. Kisner, a native of Ferndale, MD, is now 6-0, four KO's while Farr is 0-4.

Quarles, a junior middleweight from Alexandria, VA, scored his first pro knockout stopping Michael Taylor of Wilson, NC in 39 seconds of the first. Quarles is 3-0, one KO while Taylor is 0-4.

And it should be noted that DC supermiddleweight Larry "The Gladiator" Brothers won by stoppage over Wilson's Rodney Green at the end of the second round on this card. Green suffered damage to his right shoulder and could not come out for the third round. Brothers is now 8-33-3, six KO's while Green falls to 7-6-1, two KO's.

Mitchell Wins By First Round KO!

Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell remained undefeated with a first-round knockout of Derrick Brown at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. Mitchell stopped Brown with a body shot at 2:59 of the first.

Mitchell is now 19-0-1, 13 KO's while Brown falls to 13-6-3, 11 KO's.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Mitchell Weighs 243 For Indio Battle!

Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell tipped the scales at 243 pounds for his scheduled 10-round battle with Derrick Brown tonight at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. Brown weighed in at 231 pounds.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Changes and Additions to October 23 Pikesville Card!

More bouts have been finalized for the Baltimore Pro Boxing card on Saturday, October 23 at the Pikesville National Guard Armory in Pikesville, MD.

Undefeated Baltimore welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson (13-0, 10 KO's) will take on Philip "The Mongoose" McCants of Philadelphia, PA (8-1-1, three KO's) in the six-round main event. Stevenson returns to the ring for the first time since his 10-round unanimous decision win over George Rivera on March 20 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. McCants is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over Tyson Schweiger on September 11, 2009 in Philadelphia.

Undefeated Baltimore cruiserweight Steve "Show Stealer" Wheeler (6-0, five KO's) will now face Akron, OH's Bob Wilder (2-3, one KO) in a six-round co-feature.

Capitol Heights, MD super featherweight Thomas "KO" Snow will be in a six-round rematch against Jason Rorie of Winston-Salem, NC. Last time, Snow (12-1, eight KO's) won a close six-round split decision over Rorie (6-8-2, three KO's) on January 29 in Glen Burnie, MD. Rorie has fought twice since then, going 1-2 in his last three bouts. Snow has not fought since the first meeting.

In another rematch, undefeated DC heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm (9-0, six KO's) will take on Mike Miller of Akron, OH (6-18-2, three KO's) in a six-round contest. Byarm defeated Miller on December 20 by unanimous decision in Fort Washington, MD in Byarm's first six-round contest. Miller will be trying to break a five-bout losing streak that started with the loss to Byarm.

The other three bouts originally announced remain on the card (Jed Phipps vs. Ryan Shay, Nick Kisner vs. Maurice Winslow and Lonnie Kornegay vs. Riley Brooks)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ballard Wins PAL Open Title!

D'Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, MD has captured the 165-pound title at the National PAL Championships in San Antonio, TX.

In a strange quirk of this tournament, Ballard defeated Kenneth McNeil of Birmingham, AL earlier this morning (around midnight central time), 17-10 to capture the crown.

Also today, Antoine Douglas of Burke, VA lost a 9-3 decision to Errol Spence of DeSoto, TX in the 152 pound championship and Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD fell in the 178-pound title bout to Marcus Browne of Staten Island, NY by a 7-6 score.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Update on October 21 Jonathan Odgen Foundation Card!

Undefeated Baltimore, MD welterweight Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor will be in the main event bout at "An Evening Ringside" -- the card that will be held to benefit the Jonathan Ogden Foundation on Thursday, October 21 at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.

Taylor (9-0, eight KO's) will face Javier Perez of Ponce, Puerto Rico (7-3, five KO's) in a six-round encounter. Taylor is coming off a third-round TKO over Joey Ortega on July 31 in Charlotte, NC. This will be Perez's first bout since November of 2007 when he was stopped in the first round by Joel Torres in Guaynabo, PR.

Taylor's older brother, Maxell will also be on the card. The light heavyweight known as "The General" will take on veteran Ariel "Iron" Espinal of Brooklyn, NY in a four-round contest. Maxell Taylor (14-2-1, five KO's) returned to boxing action after a four-year absence and won a six-round unanimous decision over Francois Ambang. Espinal (8-16-3, four KO's) will be trying to break a four-bout losing streak and will be making his fourth trip to Maryland this year. This will also be Espinal's second appearance at the Ogden Foundation card. Espinal lost a six-round unanimous decision to Julius Kennedy in 2009.

Also on the card will be undefeated Baltimore light heavyweight Dale "Hit Hard as Hell" Robeson-El who will take on Frank Armstrong of Winston-Salem, NC in a four-round bout. Robeson-El (4-0, two KO's) won a four-round unanimous decision over Dan Shull on September 10 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. On that same card, Armstrong (4-15-3, three KO's) lost a six-round unanimous decision to Andre Hemphill.

The card will also mark the Beltway debut of Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "Tez" Fox. Fox made his pro debut on July 31 in York PA, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Kevin Kibler. Fox will battle Michael Suarez of Cleveland, OH (0-1) on this card.

Two more bouts are slated for this card including a matchup featuring undefeated Omaha, NE lightweight Terrence Crawford (12-0, nine KO's) as well as a ladies bout between Jennifer Wood of Lynchburg, VA (1-0, one KO) and the debuting Carla Torres of Cleveland.

TKO Promotions is handling the boxing end of this event that normally includes a silent auction of athletic-based items.

Beltway Amateurs Win Four Intermediate/Senior Titles at PAL Tourney!

Beltway Boxers captured four Intermediate or Senior titles at the National PAL Tournament in San Antonio, TX.

In the Intermediate division, Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, MD decisioned Issac Rodriguez of San Antonio, 12-2 to win the 106 pound title.

In the Senior division, Aujee Tyler of Temple Hills, MD captured the 106 pound crown with a 13-3 victory over Brent Venegas III of Elk Grove, CA. Jalonte Cole of DC won the 114-pound title by disqualification over Samuel Villareal, Jr. of Laredo, TX. In the 119 pound class, Gervonta Davis of Baltimore, MD took the title with a 12-3 win over Cresencio Ramos, Jr. of San Antonio.

Kareem Martin of Clinton, MD lost the 138 pound title bout by a 7-6 loss to Cristino Ceballo of Brooklyn, NY. In the women's 138 pound senior title bout, Talanee Tillery of Capitol Heights lost by judge's poll to Earnestine Wesley of Garland, TX.

Two Open boxers advanced to tomorrow's final round. Antoine Douglas of Burke, VA defeated Reyes Marquez of Fountain, CO, 9-4 in the 152 pound semis. Douglas will face Errol Spence of DeSoto, TX. At 165 pounds, D'Mitrius Ballard defeated Daquan Arnett of Orlando, FL, 9-3. Ballard moves on to take on Kenneth McNeil of Birmingham, AL.

Joshua Davis of DC lost his semifinal bout at 132 pounds, falling to Kenneth Sims of Chicago, IL, 8-5. At 141 pounds, Michael Reed of Waldorf, MD lost 4-1 via paper scoring to Pedro Sosa of the Bronx, NY.

'Mayhem' Mitchell Prepares for First 10-Round Bout!

Undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell will be involved in his first scheduled 10-round bout on Friday, October 15 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.

Mitchell (18-0-1, 12 KO's) will face Derrick "D-Train" Brown of New York City (13-5-3, 11 KO's). Mitchell will be looking for his fourth straight knockout. In his last outing, Mitchell stopped Derek Bryant in the first round on July 31 in Las Vegas, NV. Brown is returning to the heavyweight ranks after spending time as a cruiserweight. Brown lost to Matt Godfrey, Jonathan Banks and Jeremiah Graziano in his last three bouts. Mitchell will be the fourth straight undefeated boxer Brown has faced.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Odom Advances to PAL Open Finals; Four More Advance to Open Semis!

Bowie, MD 178-pounder Jerry Odom has advanced to the National PAL Finals in San Antonio, TX.

Odom won his semifinal bout by pulling out a 9-9 tiebreaker victory via 22-18 punch count over Adam Willis of Milwaukee, WI. Odom will face Marcus Browne of Staten Island, NY in Saturday's finals.

Four Beltway Boxers advanced to tomorrow's semifinals. Joshua Davis of DC won his 132 pound quarterfinal bout by a 5-2 decision over Mikail Jones of Cincinnati, OH. Michael Reed of Waldorf, MD moved into the 141-pound semis by defeating Robert Easter, Jr. of Toledo, OH, 11-6. In the 152-pound bracket, Antoine Douglas of Burke, VA decisioned Terrance Jarman of LeHigh, FL, 10-1 and in the 165-pound bracket, D'Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, MD decisioned Shawn Johnson of Brooklyn, NY, 15-6.

In other Open competition, Christopher Lopez of DC lost a 26-16 decision to Luis Cruz of Brooklyn, NY in the 132 pound division and Ronald Gibbs of Baltimore, MD fell in the 141 pound division to Amir Iman of Albany, NY, 7-2.

Earlier today in the Intermediate competition, Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, MD moved into the finals of the 106 pound class with a 12-5 decision over Arnold Alejandro, Jr. of Grand Prairie, TX. Russell will face Issac Rodriguez of San Antonio in the finals.

Other Intermediate action saw Jordan White of Waldorf, fall to Jimmy Serra of Paterson, NJ, 7-0 in the 80 pound division while Mack Allison of Baltimore lost a 6-0 decision Da'Reece Crawford of Kansas City, MO in the 101 pound class.

Four Beltway Boxers in the Senior division moved into tomorrow's finals. Aujee Tyler of Temple Hills won his semifinal in the 106 pound class defeating Angelo Calvillo of Sacramento, CA 12-0. Tyler will face Brent Venegas III of Elk Grove, CA. At 114 pounds, Jalonte Cole of DC defeated Robert Castro of Austin, TX 10-1. Cole will face Samuel Villareal, Jr. of Laredo, TX in the championship. Gervonta Davis of Baltimore is in the final of the 119 pound class by virtue of his stoppage win over Jarren Saldana of San Marcos, TX. Davis will take on Crescencio Ramos, Jr. in the finals. In the 138 pound class, Kareem Martin of Clinton, MD moved into the finals, defeating Israel Quintero of Houston, TX, 3-1. Martin will take on Cristino Ceballo of Brooklyn, NY in the championship bout.

In other Senior action, Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD lost to George Naclerio of East Haven, CT, 7-2 in the 125 pound semifinals. Quan San Long of DC lost in the 154 pound class to David Mendoza of Rosharon, TX, 8-4.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Tonight's Beltway Results From the PAL Tournament!

Here are results from tonight's evening session of the National PAL Tournament in San Antonio, TX:

Open Division:

123 pounds: Antonio Magruder of DC lost to Dennis Galarza of Orlando, FL 14-6.

132 pounds: Christopher Lopez of DC defeated Divante Jones of Hephzibah, GA, 15-13.

132 pounds: Joshua Davis of DC defeated Ruben Gonzalez of Fontana, CA, 15-1

141 pounds: Ronald Gibbs of Baltimore, MD defeated Brandon Chalker of Fort Worth, TX, 16-6.

141 pounds: Michael Reed of Waldorf, MD decisioned Gary Allan Russell of Capitol Heights, MD, 12-9.

152 pounds: Antoine Douglas of Burke, VA defeated Quilsto Madera of Stockton, CA, 18-4.

165 pounds: D'Mitrius Ballard defeated Robert Espinoza of Apple Valley, CA, 6-4.

178 pounds: Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD defeated Sijuola Shabazz of Las Cruces, NM, 8-5.

Beltway Amateurs Continue to Perform Well at PALS!

During the afternoon session of Day four of the National PAL tournament in San Antonio, TX, Beltway amateurs continue their successful run in the event.

Before I give the results, let me thank Jonathan Thyng of Front Page Amateur Boxing for giving some clarity to the results.

In the male intermediate 13-14 year old division, Jordan White of Waldorf, MD won his quarterfinal bout in the 80 pound division with a 9-3 victory over Jacob Perez of Denver, CO. The 106-pound class saw Gary Antwann Russell of Capitol Heights stopped Cornelius Powell in the second round.

In the male senior 15-16 year old division, Gervonta Davis of Baltimore won his quarterfinal bout at 119 pounds, defeating Luis Castro of Edinburg, TX 8-3.

At 125 pounds, Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD won his bout by first-round stoppage over David Walker of Austin, TX.

At 138 pounds, Kareem Martin of Clinton, MD won an 11-4 decision over Jose Alday, Jr. of Odessa, TX.

In the female open division, Tyrieshia Douglas of Baltimore lost a close 14-13 decision to former national champion Cynthia Moreno of Phoenix, AZ.

Beltway Amateurs Continue March Through PAL Tournament!

Beltway amateurs continue to progress through the National PAL Boxing tournament in San Antonio, TX.

In the 112 pound Senior Open Female division, Tyrieshia Douglas defeated Alicia Avila, 5-2.

In the Senior Open Male division at 123 pounds: Antonio Magruder won by walkover in his scheduled bout against Zach Borunda. Gary Antonio Russell lost a close bout 15-14 in that division to Michael Norato.

Gary Allan Russell won his bout at 141 pounds by third-round stoppage over Raymond Johnson. Also at 141, Michael Reed defeated Zeddie Adams, 19-8.

At 165 pounds, D'mitrius Ballard stopped his opponent, Jason Maya, in the first round.

At 178 pounds, Jerry Odom won a decision over Marquise Watson, 17-9.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Joppy-Cummings Added As Co-Feature to November 6 Patriot Center Card!

Former three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy makes his return to the Beltway area in a 10-round co-feature bout against Baltimore's Cory "Black Ice" Cummings on Saturday, November 6 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

Joppy (39-6-1, 30 KO's) has lost his last two bouts in Montreal Canada to Sebastian Demers and Lucian Bute (in a bout for the IBF Super Middleweight title). Joppy has not fought along the Beltway since stopping Virgil McClendon in the first round on April 27, 2007 at the DC Armory. McClendon suffered an injury in that bout and couldn't continue.

Cummings, the Maryland State Super Middleweight champion (17-4, 13 KO's), has not fought since winning that title by ninth-round TKO in a tremendous bout against Demetrius Davis on May 29, 2009 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.

G.A. Russell, Reed, Adams Advance In National PAL!

Before I give the results from yesterday's action at the National PAL in San Antonio, TX, let me say that results were very slow from the event. Apparently, the tournament organizers had to reseed the tournament because some mistakes were made. When they released the results, they did not put hometowns next to them. Although I know the majority of the local participants in this event, I may unknowingly leave some names out.

Gary Antonio Russell won his second bout in the 123 pound division, defeating Duran Pedro, 16-12. Also at 123 pounds, Antonio Magruder decisioned Andy Reyes, 13-8.

At 132 pounds, Kevin Rivers was stopped in the third round by Saul Rodriguez.

At 141 pounds, Zeddie Adams decisioned Adam Costillo, 11-7. Also at 141, Michael Reed won his bout by walkover against Martin Lagunas, Jr.

In the 178 pound bracket, Demond Nicholson lost a close 4-3 decision to Ken Johnson. At 201+ pounds, Danny Kelly lost 3-2 after a level two tie-breaker.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Update on October 23 Card in Pikesville!

Here is an update on the Saturday, October 23 Baltimore Pro Boxing card at the Pikesville National Guard Armory in Pikesville, MD.

Undefeated Baltimore welterweight James "Keep Em' Sleepin'" Stevenson (13-0, 10 KO's) will be in an eight-round main event bout against an opponent to be named.

In what could be a very interesting bout, undefeated Catonsville, MD cruiserweight Steve "Show Stealer" Wheeler (6-0, five KO's) will be in a six-round co-feature against Arlington, VA's Otgonbayer Daivii (3-4-1, one KO).

Baltimore heavyweight Jed "The Punisher" Phipps (18-8, 11 KO's) will try to bounce back from his first-round knockout loss on September 17 when he takes on Ryan Shay of Fort Mills, SC (5-10, four KO's) in a four-round contest.

Undefeated Ferndale, MD cruiser "The American Child" Nick Kisner (5-0, three KO's) will take on veteran Maurice Winslow of Wilson, NC (3-13-1, three KO's) in a four-round bout.

Hopefully, someone's "O" will go when Baltimore heavyweight Lonnie Kornegay (0-3) returns to action against Riley Brooks, also of Baltimore (0-1).

DC-area heavyweights Maurice "The Freight Train" Byarm (9-0, six KO's) and "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae (8-2, four KO's) are also slated to appear in separate bouts on this card as is Capitol Heights, MD super featherweight Thomas "KO" Snow.

G. Antonio Russell Begins Beltway Parade at PAL's!

Gary Antonio Russell of Capitol Heights, MD was the first Beltway Amateur to participate in the 2010 PAL Tournament in San Antonio, TX. Russell won his first bout in the 123-pound class, defeating David Rios of Edinburg, TX, 31-7.

This year's event is the first senior men's US Olympic qualifier and a senior qualifier for the 2011 Women's Pan American team.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Orji Stops Miller in Verona!

Laurel, MD lightweight Ikem "The Warrior" Orji .scored an eight-round TKO over previously undefeated Brian Miller of Schenectady, NY last night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

According to, Orji dropped Miller with a right hook in third round and again in the eighth round from a straight left hand. After staggering him again in the eighth referee Dick Pakozdi waived off the fight 2:24 into the round.

Orji's record is now 7-3, three KO's while Miller falls to 8-1-4, three KO's.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Coleman Scores Third-Round KO in California!

(Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)

Baltimore's Tim "Pit Bull" Coleman made his first successful defense of his USBA Junior Welterweight title with a stunning third-round knockout over Patrick Lopez of Venezuela tonight in front of a nationally-televised ShoBox audience from the Chumesh Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA.

Coleman dropped Lopez in the second round and finished him off with a gorgeous uppercut in the third that sent Lopez face first to the canvas. The bout was stopped at 2:13 of the round.

Coleman is now 18-1-1, five KO's while Lopez falls to 20-3, 12 KO's.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Reed Wins Bout in US-China Dual Meet!

Beltway boxers went 1-3 in the US vs. China dual in New York

Michael Reed of DC won his bout while Tyreishia Douglas and Danny Kelly lost their bouts. We don't have the scores or the opponents.

Orji Weighs 136 for Verona Battle!

Ikem "The Warrior" Orji weighed in at 136 pounds for his bout tomorrow night against Brian Miller at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Miller came in at 134 1/4.

The bout can be seen on for $9.99.

Tucker Off October 6 Card in New York; Russell Returns to California Oct. 28!

Undefeated Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark "TNT" Tucker is off the October 6 Broadway Boxing card at BB King's Grill in New York City. Tucker (14-0, seven KO's) suffered a foot injury in training.

Meanwhile, undefeated Capitol Heights, MD super featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. returns quickly to action on Thursday, October 28 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA. Russell will be in a six-round main event against Guadalupe DeLeon of Mission, TX (8-11, four KO's). This will be Russell's third trip to Club Nokia -- he has scored knockouts in his two previous bouts there.

Coleman Weighs In for USBA Title Defense!

(photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)

USBA Junior Welterweight champion Tim "Pit Bull" Coleman (left)weighed in at 139 3/4 pounds for his nationally televised title defense tonight against Patrick Lopez at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. Lopez tipped the scales at 139 pounds.

The bout will be the main event on the ShoBox telecast that begins at 11 PM ET on Showtime.