Friday, December 31, 2010

PBS News Hour Profiles Local Women's Boxing!

The PBS News Hour recently did two nice profiles on local women's boxing. The first focuses on 2012 Olympic hopeful Tyreishia Douglas. The DC native who trains in Baltimore talks about her style and how she got into boxing.

The second talks to Severna Park, MD pro Shelley Seivert and also features your friendly neighborhood boxing blogger.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Coleman Battles Paris in Pontiac, MI January 29!

(photo courtesy of Team Coleman)

USBA Junior Welterweight champion Tim "Pitbull" Coleman of Baltimore has a big fight to start 2011. Coleman (18-1-1, five KO's) will face undefeated Vernon Paris of Detroit, MI (23-0, 14 KO's) in a 10-round bout on Saturday, January 29 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, MI. The bout will be fought at a catchweight of 143 pounds and will be on the undercard of the Devon Alexander-Timothy Bradley title contest.

Coleman is coming off a solid third-round TKO over Patrick Lopez on a nationally-televised ShoBox bout on October 1 in Santa Ynez, CA. Paris last fought on November 12 in Royal Oak, MI and scored a fourth-round TKO over Ramon Guevara.

Coleman gave his thoughts on this bout in a recent press release.

On his victory over Lopez

"I know that Lopez’s people were very confident that he would beat me. Though I was defending my title I know I was being brought in to lose. I had other plans though and I made a big statement in front of a large television audience. There was a lot of talk about Lopez being a former Olympian but I didnt care about all that. He and his people must have been back in their dressing rooms a good 3-4 hours after the fight as they really took the loss hard.

On his opponent Vernon Paris

"We have actually sparred before. I can tell you he definitely is not a puncher. Like most midwest guys with a amateur background he can box. I know the midwest fighters get a lot of bad press but those with serious amateur backgrounds from there almost always have solid boxing skills. The boxing doesnt worry me though as I am not coming to box. I’m coming for knockouts from here on out. If Paris even thinks about disrepecting me at the pre-fight press conference or the weigh-in I will put him in his place quickly. Even in his hometown. He hasn’t fought anywhere near the competition that I have fought. Not even close. I will be the biggest name he has fought to date. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m picked to be the underdog in this fight since I’m fighting in his backyard. After beating Lopez, Gary Shaw got options on my next few fights but I honestly don’t feel he sees me as one his fighters. I’m sure he will have more interest in me after I take care of Paris."

On his future

"A lot of people may not like the fact that I am so straight forward with my comments but that’s who I am. From here on out I’m coming to knock guys ASSES out!!!! Plain and simple. That’s what people want to see and that’s the only way I’m going to get a money fight. I’m giving myself a 3-4 year window to make major things happen in my career. Meaning money fights. I mean that’s what I am in this for. I see former fighters that are broke and worse than that in bad health from fighting. I refuse to end up that way. All I want right now is an opportunity to be in a major fight. I will take care of the rest once I get that."

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Wonderful Beltway Christmas Story!

My good friend Tammy Showalter of the Maryland Independent has a nice article during this season of giving. Recently, Old School Boxing Gym in Temple Hills, MD gave gifts to a number of youngsters who train at the gym. Many of these boxers would not have had a merry Christmas otherwise.

These gifts come during a rough stretch for the family of Old School's owner Buddy Harrison who recently lost his brother.

Here's the article -- another example of what all of the gyms in the Beltway Region do for the people they serve. A tremendous effort!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Corley Battles in Argentina January 21!

Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley will continue his world travels into the new year. The next stop for Corley: Mendoza, Argentina where he will take on Argentinian Lucas Matthysee on January 21.

Corley (37-15-1, 22 KO's) is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Serhiy Fedchenko on November 13 in the Ukraine for the WBO European Junior Welterweight title. The Matthysee bout marks a return to Argentina where Corley had one of his better performances in a unanimous decision loss to Marcos Maidana on August 28.

Matthysee (27-1, 25 KO's) is coming off a close 12-round split decision loss to Zab Judah for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight title on November 6 in Newark, NJ.

Apparently, this is a bout that Matthysee's promoter -- Oscar De La Hoya -- wanted from the start after Matthysee's loss to Judah. "I would like to see him back in the ring in the not to distant future against a solid test like former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley,” De La Hoya said in a transcript of a phone conversation that appeared on The bout will be shown on Telefutura in the United States and HBO Plus in Latin America.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays From BATB; Year-End Awards Forthcoming!

I hope that each and every one of you has a happy holiday season! Thanks again for all the support throughout this year! I will be working on the year-end awards and review immediately following Christmas so stay tuned. Thanks again!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Satterfield Reports on Mitchell's Latest Knockout!

Lem Satterfield of AOL Boxing Fanhouse reports from Las Vegas on the latest victory of undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell.


Sigmon, Byarm Win East Coast Titles in Pikesville!

Middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon and heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm captured East Coast championships in front of a raucous crowd at the Pikesville National Guard Armory in Pikesville, MD.

Sigmon, cheered on by a large throng of supporters from the Lynchburg, VA area, defeated Windsor Mill, MD's "Vicious" Julius Kennedy by 10-round unanimous decision. The extremely exciting bout was marred and momentarily stopped by a melee outside the ring involving fans from both camps. During the actual bout, Kennedy hit Sigmon with some hard shots but Sigmon seemed to walk through them. Sigmon looked more in control than ever before as he moved forward with purpose and landed good shots from awkward angles. Kennedy lost two points courtesy of referee Bill Clancy because of low blows and fought most of the bout with a right eye that was closing throughout the contest.

Sigmon is now 13-2, five KO's while Kennedy is 7-2-1, three KO's.

Byarm stopped a very game Winston Thorpe of Columbia, SC in the fifth round. The stoppage came during a tough battle of southpaws. Byarm almost had Thorpe down in the third round but Thorpe battled hard to stay in the contest. By the fifth round, however, Byarm's punches became too much and referee John Gradowski stopped the contest 51 seconds into the fifth.

Byarm is now 10-0, seven KO's while Thorpe is 3-1-1, two KO's.

In another feature bout, Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA won a six-round unanimous decision over Shelley Seivert of Severna Park, MD in a rematch of their draw in May.

Nelson seemed to land the more effective blows in the contest, however Seivert was coming forward more in an aggressive manner. Nelson's punches seemed to be the difference in the contest.

Nelson is now 2-0-1 while Seivert is 4-2-1, one KO.

In other bouts on the card: Devin Butcher of Baltimore wins four-round unanimous decision over Stephen Franklin of Martinsburg, WVA. Butcher is 2-0 while Franklin is 1-2, one KO.

Dale "Hit Hard as Hell" Robeson-El of Baltimore won by second-round TKO over Ariel "Iron" Espinal of Brooklyn, NY. Robeson-El is 6-0, four KO's while Espinal is 8-18-3, three KO's.

Baltimore heavyweights Lonnie Kornegay and Riley Brooks battled to a four-round draw. Kornegay is 0-3-1, Brooks is 0-1-1.

Baltimore Pro Boxing promoted the card. The matchmakers were Jake Smith and Josh Hall.

Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up:

Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #238 - Recap From Pikesville Armory!

"The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and I recap a raucous card from the Pikesville National Guard Armory in Pikesville, MD!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Scott Sigmon won a 10-round majority decision over Julius Kennedy.
Bout has resumed.
BULLETINS: Lamont Peterson and Victor Ortiz fought to 10-round Majority draw. Also, there was a melee during the Sigmon-Kennedy bout here in Pikesville.
Bulletin: Heavyweight Seth Mitchell remains undefeated with a fifth round knockout over Taurus Sykes in Las Vegas tonight. Mitchell is now 20-0-1, 14 KO's.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Peterson, Mitchell Hit The Scales in Las Vegas!

Lamont Peterson and Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell both weighed in for their bouts tomorrow night at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas.

Peterson hit the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds for his 10-round televised (HBO) bout with Victor Ortiz, who weighed in at 141.

Mitchell came in at 243 for his eight-rounder against Taurus Sykes, who tipped the scales at 248.

Lockett Loses Six-Round Decision in New Jersey!

Willis "The Prophet" Lockett of Takoma Park, MD lost a six-round unanimous decision to Tarvis Simms last night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Lockett was dropped in the first round, but managed to complete the length of the contest. Simms won the bout by scores of 60-54 and 60-53 (twice). Lockett is now 12-11-5, five KO's while Simms's record rises to 26-1-1, 11 KO's.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Lockett Weighs 167 For New Jersey Battle!

Takoma Park, MD's Willis "The Prophet" Lockett and his opponent Tarvis Simms weighed in at 167 for their six-round bout at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Byarm Has New Opponent For December 11 Battle in Pikesville!

Undefeated DC heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm has a new opponent for his battle on Saturday, December 11 at the Pikesville National Guard Armory in Pikesville, MD.

Byarm (9-0, six KO's) will now face fellow undefeated boxer Winston Thorpe of South Carolina (3-0-1, two KO's) in a six-round contest that will be for the East Coast Heavyweight title.

The headline bout will be the East Coast Middleweight title between "Vicious" Julius Kennedy of Windsor Mill, MD and Scott "Cujo" Sigmon of Bedford, VA.

Results of First Day of Silver Gloves Competition!

Courtesy of DC Amateur Boxing, here are some results from the first day of Silver Gloves Competition at the Capitol Sports Complex in District Heights, MD. (Bouts with asterisks are Championship Bouts)

8/9 year-old 60lbs. Maximus Garland (Headbangers) def. Donald Ford (Kenilworth)

10/11 year-old 60lbs. Kali Edwards (Kenilworth) def. Jarmani Scott (Charm City) by walkover**

10/11 year-old 70lbs. Malcolm Lowery Jr. (Kenilworth) def. Philbert Griffith Jr. (SRL)

10/11 year-old 70lbs. Juan Jenkins (Upton) def. Sean Veazey (Baltimore Boxing)

10/11 year-old 75lbs. Cornell Gray (Kenilworth) def. Chris Normile (Baltimore Boxing)**
10/11 year-old 85lbs. Greg Burton (Langdon Rec) def. Shadid Bond (Charm City)

12/13 year-old 80lbs. Jordan White (LB4LB) def. Jessi Montano (Langdon Rec via walkover**

12/13 year-old 90lbs. Denzel Jones (Charm City) def. Demetrius Young (SRL)**

12/13 year-old 100lbs. Rayvon Drayton (LB4LB) def. Mac Allison (Upton)**

14/15 year-old 119lbs. Jalonte Cole (NoXcuse) def. Tommy Avelar (SRL)

14/15 year-old 106lbs. Ronnell Jackson (NoXcuse) def. Mykal Fox (Dream Team)**

14/15 year-old 112lbs. Carlton Gray (Dream Team) def. Siraac Asefaw (SRL)**

14/15 year-old 132lbs. Malik Hawkins (Upton)** def. Daquan Love (Charm City)

14/15 year-old 139lbs. James Scott (Charm City) vs. Samuel Paulay (Langdon Rec)** (not recorded)

14/15 year-old 165lbs. Da’Quan Johnson (Kentland) def. Jacob Owens (Keystone) via walkover**

14/15 year-old 201lbs. Calvin Countess (Charm City) def. Kamanta Heade (Keystone)**

Friday, December 03, 2010

Silver Gloves Begin Saturday in District Heights!

The 2010 Silver Gloves get underway on Saturday, December 4 at the Capitol Sports Complex (formerly known as Run N' Shoot), 6417 Marlboro Pike in District Heights, MD.. There will be a number of championship bouts on Day 1 of the competition.

Championship Bouts:

10/11 Year Old, 60 pounds: Jarmani Scott (Charm City) vs. Kali Edwards (Kenilworth)

10/11 Year Old, 75 pounds: Cornell Gray (Kenilworth) vs. Chris Normile (Baltimore Boxing)

12/13 Year Old, 80 pounds: Jordan White (LB4LB) vs. Jessi Montano (Langdon Recreation Center)

12/13 Year Old, 90 pounds: Denzel Jones (Charm City) vs. Demetrius Young (Sugar Ray Leonard)

12/13 Year Old, 100 pounds: Rayvon Drayton (LB4LB) vs. Mac Allison (Upton)

14/15 Year Old, 106 pounds: Ronnell Jackson (NoXcuse) vs. Mykal Fox (Dream Team)

14/15 Year Old, 112 pounds: Carlton Gray (Dream Team) vs. Siracc Asefaw (Sugar Ray Leonard)

14/15 Year Old, 132 pounds: Daquan Love (Charm City) vs. Malik Hawkins (Upton)

14/15 Year Old, 139 pounds: James Scott (Charm City) vs. Samuel Paulay (Langdon)

14/15 Year Old, 165 pounds: Da'Quan Johnson (Kentland) vs. Jacob Owens (Keystone)

14/15 Year Old, 201 pounds: Kamanta Heade (Keystone) vs. Calvin Countess (Charm City)

In other tournament bouts:

8/9 Year Old, 60 pounds: Donald Ford (Kenilworth) vs. Maximus Garland (Headbangers)

10/11 Year Old, 70 pounds: Malcolm Lowery. Jr. (Kenilworth) vs. Philbert Griffith, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)

10/11 Year Old, 70 pounds: Sean Veazey (Baltimore Boxing) vs. Juan Jenkins (Upton)

10/11 Year Old, 85 pounds: Greg Burton (Langdon) vs. Shadid Bond (Charm City)

14/15 Year Old, 119 pounds: Jalonte Cole (NoXcuse) vs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Unopposed Champions:

8/9 year-old 65lbs. Mekell Lowery (Kenilworth)
8/9 year-old 65lbs. Rion Williams (Upton) FEMALE
8/9 year-old 70lbs. Lee Lucas (Upton)
10/11 year-old 65lbs. Malik Warren (Charm City)
10/11 year-old 80lbs. Mia Ellis (Upton) FEMALE
10/11 year-old 80lbs. Ameer Brown (SRL)
10/11 year-old 90lbs. Danardo Johnson (Kentland)
10/11 year-old 95lbs. Lorenzo Simpson (Upton)
10/11 year-old 110lbs. Steven Clark Jr. (SRL)
12/13 year-old 75lbs. Tariq Gaston (Langdon Rec)
12/13 year-old 85lbs. Keeshawn Williams (Headbangers)
12/13 year-old 95lbs. Zimmie Dickinson (Dream Team)
12/13 year-old 112lbs. Keegan Grove (Old School Boxing)
12/13 year-old 125lbs. Kashif Muhammed (SRL)
12/13 year-old 132lbs. Alexis Cook (Frederick Fight Club)
12/13 year-old 139lbs. Brian Avelar (SRL)
12/13 year-old 201lbs+. Shaka Williams (Nomis)
14/15 year-old 95lbs. William Eric Lewis (LB4LB)
14/15 year-old 125lbs. Lamont Roach Jr. (NoXcuse)
14/15 year-old 201lbs+. Jean-Luc Howache (Keystone)

The next round will be held on Saturday, December 18 at Tony's Gym, 2201 Shannon Place in Southeast DC.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

'Mayhem' Mitchell Added to Peterson-Ortiz Card!

Undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell has been added to the card at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, NV -- the same card where Lamont Peterson will be facing Victor Ortiz.

Mitchell (19-0-1, 13 KO's) will take on veteran Taurus "The Bull" Sykes of Brooklyn, NY (25-6-1, seven KO's) in an eight-round contest on the undercard. Mitchell is coming off back-to-back first-round knockouts and stoppage victories in his last four bouts. Sykes lost his last three bouts to Hasim Rahman, Alexander Povetkin and Joseph Rabotte.