Saturday, December 31, 2011
The Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year for 2011 is:
Dusty Harrison (3-0, one KO), welterweight, Washington, DC The 17-year-old long-time amateur standout made an impact as the youngest pro boxer in the country. Whether you believe Harrison was too young may still be a question for debate, but Harrison handled the hoopla surrounding his rookie year with a maturity far beyond his years. Adding to that hoopla was Harrison's immediate signing with Prize Fight Promotions. Harrison impressed many in his pro debut on June 11 against Alphonso Alexander, winning a four-round unanimous decision. In his second bout under the Prize Fight banner, Harrison won another unanimous decision over veteran Trenton Titsworth.
The interest surrounding Harrison through the boxing world may have scared the Prize Fight promotion and their possible misgivings forced Harrison to move away from that promotion. With some help from the DC Commission, Harrison was able to fight in front of the home fans for the first time. Harrison recorded his first pro stoppage with a first-round KO of Terrell Davis.
Harrison will turn 18 in May, allowing him to fight anywhere in the country. It will be very interesting to see how the rest of the US acknowledges his talent.
Previous BATB Rookies of the Year:
2006: Jessie Nicklow
2007: Bayan Jargal
2008: Fernando Guerrero
2009: Dominic Wade
2010: Nick Kisner
Next: Prospect of the Year
This looked like a referee looking for the first real opportunity to stop the contest. Nicklow falls to 22-3-3, eight KO's. Taylor is now 29-4-1, 18 KO's.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Johnson was never in the bout as he lost by scores of 80-71 and 80-72 (twice). Johnson was caught by the Showtime TV cameras saying he had issues with his stomach, but he fought backward most of the fight and did not perform well, to say the least.
The loss is Johnson's first in his pro career and he is now 12-1, five KO's. Garcia is 12-0, nine KO's.
So we start our BATB Year-End Awards with an overview of just some of the highlights of Beltway Boxing 2011.
Beltway Boxers made 19 appearances on national television in 2011 (this includes the appearances of Jessie Nicklow and Alexander Johnson tonight on Showtime). Gary Russell, Jr. and Seth Mitchell were on three times; Mitchell on three different networks (Showtime, Telefutura and HBO) while Russell ended up making appearances that were originally supposed to be highlights.
Former world champion DeMarcus Corley was still credible enough to make two TV appearances while new champ Lamont Peterson and contender Fernando Guerrero were also seen twice.
Locally, we had 17 pro cards in the Beltway region, just one less than 2010. However, Maryland had just eight pro cards compared to 12 in the previous year. This was primarily because two of Maryland's top promotional groups -- Baltimore Boxing and Ballroom Boxing -- shifted their focus to helping the future of the sport and promoted amateur shows individually and in joint promotions throughout the year.
DC and Northern Virginia actually made slight increases over last year -- DC had five in 2011 (compared to three in 2010) and Northern Virginia had one more than last year (four to three).
Along with the obvious recent accomplishments from the likes of The Petersons, Russell and Mitchell, we also crowned another world champion in WBC Female titleholder Tori Nelson, also the Beltway can claim a National Golden Gloves champion for the second straight year in Michael Reed. Also, as the Olympics prepares to welcome Women's Boxing for the first time, Franchon Crews won the USA National title at 165 pounds. And of course, a Beltway Boxer received the ultimate honor as Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson was a first-ballot selection into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
On the downside, the area lost a number of promising young boxers to the problems outside of the gym. We pay tribute to amateur boxers Ronald "Rock" Gibbs and Jakari Butler along with young pro Cordaro Simpkins who all lost their lives in altercations outside the boxing environment. Also, a number of local legends lost supportive family members as the mothers of Richard McCombs, Boone Pultz and just recently, Sharmba Mitchell all passed away in 2011.
We also pay tribute to two friends of boxing who have ties to this area -- legendary broadcaster Nick Charles and Fight Night Founder Joseph Robert.
So this is how we start our look back at 2011. Tomorrow, we begin our awards with the Rookie of the Year.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Nicklow tipped the scales at 159 pounds. His opponent, former world champion Jermain Taylor, weighed in at 161. Johnson hit the scales at 172 pounds while his opponent, Luis Garcia, was 174 1/2 pounds.
The Johnson-Garcia bout will start the Showtime telecast at 11 PM ET. Nicklow and Taylor will be the main event.
"He's highly entertaining and one of the most technically-proficient, lightning-quick youngsters out there," Yelin said in his article.
Yelin also chose Unified Super Lightweight champ Lamont Peterson as the runner-up for Fighter of the Year behind Andre Ward. Also, Peterson's win over Amir Khan was one of the runner-ups for Fight of the Year. Referee Joe Cooper was runner-up for worst job by a referee to Russell Mora's putrid handling of the first bout between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD super middleweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson is preparing another milestone bout in his young pro career. Johnson (12-0, five KO's) will take on fellow undefeated boxer Luis Garcia of Cork, Ireland by way of Cuba in an eight-round contest that will open the ShoBox telecast on December 30th at the Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon, CA.
Johnson made a name for himself with his 10-round majority decision win over previously undefeated Farah Ennis on April 2 in Atlantic City. The win opened opportunities for the 30-year-old southpaw and after his fourth-round knockout win over Keon Johnson in July, Johnson was deemed ready for his first national TV appearance.
"I'm trying to look forward and trying not to let the TV thing get to me," said Johnson. "I'm obligated to push forward. I plan to use my jab and a little movement to establish the pace of the fight."
The Johnson-Garcia fight will be the first bout on the ShoBox telecast. Another Beltway-area fighter -- Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow -- headlines the card when he faces former world champ Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor in the 10-round main event.
Johnson said he feels obligated to continue the momentum set this month by fellow local fighters like Lamont Peterson and Seth Mitchell who made successful TV appearances.
I came back home (from training) in time to support the locals," Johnson said. "They inspired me. This is bigger than just my gym or neighborhood. I'm trying to show that there are opportunities for young people here (in DC). I just want to keep the momentum going. All of this is on my back."
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Rafael's comments in part: "Although the level of opponents Russell has faced so far as a pro isn't overly impressive, the way he has beaten them has been. He has barely lost a round and wasn't touched in a pair of HBO fights, a domination of last-minute opponent Leonilo Miranda in an eight-round decision in September and a spectacular first-round knockout of faded former bantamweight title challenger Heriberto Ruiz."
Just as an aside, the majority of Rafael's prospect of the year choices have turned out to be some special boxers since he started choosing them in 2000 when he was at USA Today. Among the boxers who have received this honor -- Miguel Cotto (2002), Jermain Taylor (2003), Andre Berto (2006) and Amir Khan (2007).
ESPN.com is the second website to name Russell as its prospect of the year, joining Sports Illustrated's website, SI.com. Ring Magazine also chose Russell as one of its 12 prospects to make a move in 2012.
Last year, BATB chose Russell and undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth Mitchell as the co-prospects of the year. Both are now ranked by major governing bodies (Russell ranked 10th by the WBA and 12th by the IBF, Mitchell ranked 10th by the WBO) and are now technically contenders, so I will not consider them for this year's award. Mitchell was chosen one of the 25 prospects to watch for the second straight year by ESPN.
Speaking of this year's BATB awards -- they will be coming up very shortly, hopefully starting by the end of the week.
Timmy was a solid amateur boxer in his own right winning local and regional Silver Gloves titles and placed fourth in the country in his last year of competition. We are all praying for a full recovery.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
DC's Tony "The Tiger" Thompson has a mandatory against Vladimir Klitschko early in 2012. The WBA's top contender happens to be former undisputed champion Hasim Rahman, who is the mandatory to champion Alexander Povetkin. However, Povetkin is choosing to face Marco Huck in February, much to the chagrin of Rahman's promoter, Greg Cohen.
"We are being asked to step aside and we are NOT stepping aside," Cohen said in a press release.
In other ratings news that makes more sense, undefeated heavyweight Seth Mitchell is ranked tenth by the WBO.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
(photo courtesy of Andre Johnson)
BATB speaks to newly-crowned WBA/IBF Super Lightweight champion Lamont Peterson shortly after Peterson received the Key to the City from Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray earlier today at the John A. Wilson Building.
We also talked to former WBA and IBF Super Lightweight champion and Beltway Boxing legend Sharmba Mitchell to get his historical perspective on this great moment!
We also talked to proud brother Anthony Peterson during this wonderful family moment.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The ceremony will be held in the first floor lobby, assuming that this will be open to the public. Other participants will include DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Events DC President/CEO Greg O’Dell, DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chairman Bryan Scottie Irving, trainer Barry Hunter and pro boxer brother Anthony Peterson.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Undefeated Capitol Heights featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. was chosen as SI's Prospect of the Year. This is what the website said about Russell:
"Blessed with blinding hand speed and biting power, Russell has quickly emerged as a potential superstar in the sport. He fought six times in 2011, capping a banner year with an HBO-televised first round knockout of Heriberto Ruiz in November. The 23-year old former U.S. Olympian is already polished and should be ready for a world title shot sometime next year."
It looks like Russell's next bout will be the co-feature bout to Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz. That bout will be shown on Showtime in February.
Newly crowned WBA/IBF Super Lightweight champion Lamont Peterson's win over former champ Amir Khan was called the Breakout Performance of 2011. This is what SI said:
"OK, so Peterson got an assist from referee Joe Cooper, who inexplicably docked Khan two points for shoving during the fight. But Peterson, 27, fought a tough, disciplined fight against a heavily favored opponent. He dug at Khan's body and refused to give the skilled Brit any room to work with. Earlier this year Peterson passed on an opportunity to face Khan because of what he deemed was a bad deal. Instead, Peterson knocked out Victor Cayo to become Khan's mandatory and after 12 grueling rounds went home a unified junior welterweight champion. A loaded 140-pound division just got a little more crowded."
8-9 yr old
50lbs Reginald Ransom (Upton) Unopposed Champion
55lbs Ragahleak Bartee (Rosedale) dec Cuttino Oliver (Upton)
60lbs Tyreek Williams (Unattached) dec Isiah Chapman (Upton)
65lbs Stacey Selby (Langdon) dec Deric Davis (Old School)
70lbs Steven McEachern (SRL) Unopposed Champion
80lbs Jordan Darden (Upton) Unopposed Champion
10-11 yr old
60lbs Rashad Jones (Roseddale) dec Kevon Cooke (NoXcuse)
65lbs James Poston Unopposed Champion
70lbs Eric Tudor (Books & Boxing) Unopposed Champion
75lbs Donte' Baytop (Umar) dec Philbert Griffith, Jr (SRL)
80lbs Mekhi Payne (Old School) Unopposed Champion
85lbs Female Aiyahnah Butler (Umar) Unopposed Champion
85lbs Siete Shulter (Langdon) Unopposed Champion
90lbs Cory Matthews (SRL) dec Edwin Angel (SRL)
95lbs Reco Todd (Upton) dec Ronell Williams (Upton)
100lbs Female Mia Ellis (Upton) Unopposed Champion
105lbs Female Zoria Curry (Umar) Unopposed Champion
125lbs Kaseem Woods (Kentland Boxing) Unopposed
176lbs Lawrence Fox, Jr. (SRL) Unopposed Champion
12-13 yr old
70lbs Djabril Burton (Books & Boxing) Unopposed Champion
75lbs Juan Jenkins (Upton) dec Rudy Calixto (Main St.)
80lbs Darrian White (Upton) dec Derrick Smith (SRL)
85lbs Chris Normile (Baltimore Boxing) Unopposed
90lbs Gregory Burton (Langdon) Unopposed
95lbs Shadid Bond (Upton) dec Mansabory Conde (Club One Fitness)
100lbs Ameer Brown (SRL) dec Ivan Franco Calixto (Main St.)
106lbs Danardo Johnson (SRL) Unopposed Champion
110lbs Ronald Williams (Upton) Unopposed Champion
119lbs Joseph Veazey (Baltimore Boxing) dec Keegan Grove (Old School)
125lbs Female Nailah Shakiv (Upton) Unopposed Champion
125lbs Steven Clark (SRL) dec Manuel Hernandez (Unattached)
147lbs Kashif Muhammad-Brown (SRL) Unopposed
90lbs Jordan White (Lb 4 Lb) Unopposed Champion
95lbs Keeshawn Willilams (Unattached) Unopposed Champion
100lbs Corey Moore (Main St.) Unopposed Champion
106lbs Francois Scarboro (SRL) Unopposed Champion
112lbs DeAndre Durham (Lb 4 Lb) dec Mack Allison IV (Upton)
125lbs Daquain White (SRL) Unopposed Champion
132lbs Tommy Avelar (SRL) Unopposed Champion
139lbs Franlin Reed (SRL) Unopposed Champion
147lbs Malik Hawkins (Upton) v James Scott III (Charm City)
156lbs Justin Bell (NoXcuse) Unopposed Champion
201lbs Malik Tutus (Upton) dec Calvin Countess (Charm City)
201 Female Chantel Perry (Umar) Unopposed Champion
201+ Shaka Williams (Nomis) Unopposed Champion
WBC Women's Middleweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA will compete for her second world title -- the vacant WIBA (Women's International Boxing Association) Middleweight title -- when she faces Vashon "Lady V" Living of Houston, TX in a 10-round contest.
Nelson (5-0-1) will make her second straight appearance at the Patriot Center. On September 10, Nelson won a four-round unanimous decision over Michelle Garland. Nelson captured the WBC title on July 29 winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Lorissa Rivas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Living (5-2, one KO) will be appearing in her second consecutive title bout. On February 11, Living lost a 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated Christina Hammer for the WBO and WBF Middleweight titles in Brandenburg, Germany.
The second title fight features former world title contender Michael "No Joke" Stewart of New Castle, DE as he will face equally tough veteran Joe Wyatt of Newark, NJ for the vacant WBU (World Boxing Union) Welterweight title.
Stewart (47-7-3, 25 KO's) will also appear at the Patriot Center for the second straight time. Stewart scored a second-round TKO over Jimmy LeBlanc on the September 10th card. Stewart has faced a number of world champions in his career including Sharmba Mitchell , Terron Millett and Ricky Hatton. Stewart also in the second season cast of "The Contender."
Wyatt (23-2, 15 KO's) also makes a return to the Patriot Center in just his second bout after a four-year absence from boxing. On November 6, 2010, Wyatt gave Jimmy Lange all he could handle before being knocked out in the 10th and final round in a bout for the NABA Junior Middleweight title. The knockout was the Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year for 2010.
The third title bout on the card will have Lange defending his WBU Junior Middleweight title against an opponent to be determined.
Also firmed for this card will be another appearance by undefeated Fairfax, VA junior welterweight Todd "White Lightning" Wilson who will face Fernando "El Latigo (The Whip)" Basora of the Bronx, NY in a six rounder. Wilson (11-0, three KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over former IBF Featherweight champ Eric "Mighty Mouse" Aiken on the September 10 Patriot Center card. Basora (8-7-1, seven KO's) has lost his last four but has fought quality competition at this level including Ryan Belasco and Ramesis Gil, who fought to a draw on the Peterson-Khan undercard in DC.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Stevensville, MD junior middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter was stopped in the fifth round by Jose Felix of Richmond Hill, GA. Felix started a barrage late in the first round and began to hurt Jeter in the second.
Jeter did make a comeback in the third round but in the fourth, Felix hit Jeter with a vicious uppercut that staggered him. Felix finally dropped Jeter with a crushing right hand and followed up the punch with a brutal assault that forced referee Sharon Sands to stop the contest at 2:22 of the fifth.
With the win, Felix captured a minor title, the vacant United States Boxing Union junior middleweight title, broke a nine-bout losing streak and evened his record at 11-11-2, four KO's. The loss makes Jeter's record 12-3-1, nine KO's.
Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez returned from an almost 16-month absence and ran into a buzzsaw named Richie "The Rock" Andrews from Staunton, VA.
The bout ended up being a very close bout as Andrews did a nice job catching Rodriguez from the outside as Rodriguez was coming in. Andrews dictated the pace from the second round on and ended up with a four-round unanimous decision (39-38, 39-37 and 38-36). Andrews remains undefeated at 2-0-3 while Rodriguez loses for the first time and is now 4-1-1, four KO's.
The rest of the bouts failed to make it out of the first round. Former Undisputed Cruiserweight champion O'Neil "Supernova" Bell, now fighting out of Arlington, VA, blasted Rico Cason of Hermitage, TN twice with right hands. The second one stopped the contest at 58 seconds of the first. Bell is now 27-4-1, 25 KO's.
Also on the card, undefeated junior middleweight "Mr. Inkredible" Gino McClellan of Hollywood, FL stopped late sub Tyrone Braswell of Wilson, NC at 2:25 of the first. McClellan is now 8-0, three KO's. Braswell is 0-4.
Another Hollywood, FL boxer -- Ibahiem "The Almighty" King -- stopped William Armstead of Columbus, OH at 1:52 of the opening round, dropping him four times along the way. King is now 9-6, three KO's. Armstead falls to 2-15, one KO.
Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up, the final one for 2011!
IBF Championships Chairman Lindsay Tucker reviewed the three judges scorecards as well as a DVD of the bout provided by Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Khan.
"We reviewed all three scorecards as well as a master scorecard and a tape of the fight," Tucker told Ringtv.com. "We reviewed the cards and found no descrepancies that would affect the outcome or the result of the fight."
Organizations assign their own official scorers to bouts as backup references, and WBA representative Michael Welsh scored it a draw, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, while the IBF's rep Paul Ortiz had it for Peterson, said Tucker.
Schaefer had a very curt response to the decision. "I'm not surprised," he wrote in an e-mail to Ringtv.com. "It's the IBF."
Peterson told Ringtv.com's Lem Satterfield that he was happy with the decision.
"Again, as I said after the fight on Saturday. I am truly proud to be the newly-crowned IBF/WBA junior welterweight champion of the world," stated Peterson, in a text from his publicist.
"I also applaud the decision by the IBF and I look forward to doing everything in my power inside and outside of the ring to represent the IBF and WBA as the new champion."
Friday, December 16, 2011
International Boxing Federation president Daryl Peoples confirmed to The Associated Press that Khan's camp also has appealed against referee Joseph Cooper's decision to deduct points.
"We have just asked Golden Boy Promotions for a DVD of the tape so I can review it with the Championships chairman (Lindsey Tucker)," Peoples said.
Khan claimed the scorecards were changed before the results were read out by the ring announcer.
"I got told I won the fight by someone at Golden Boy Promotions who had seen the scorecards, and (ring announcer) Michael Buffer said the same thing to me, before they were taken off him and changed," Khan said. "It's never taken so long after a fight."
The 2004 Olympic silver medalist also said he only resorted to pushing Peterson because his opponent was constantly leading with his head.
"Every time he came in with his head, the best thing was for me to push him away," Khan said. "In the rule book, there's no warning for pushing -- especially points deducted -- and I got two points deducted.
"I was treated unfairly, and I'm sure we can get a rematch and we can have a neutral referee and neutral judges."
Just to set the record straight: None of the three judges were from the Beltway region (DC, Maryland or Virginia for those who don't know).
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The main event will feature former Undisputed Cruiserweight champion O'Neil "Supernova" Bell of Atlanta, GA by way of Jamaica. Bell (26-4-1, 24 KO's) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak when he faces Rico Cason of Hermitage, TN (17-20, five KO's) Cason has lost eight of his last nine bouts, all losses coming by knockout.
The four-round co-feature marks the return of undefeated Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez who will face Staunton, VA's Richie Andrews in a four-round contest. Rodriguez (4-0-1, four KO's) has not fought since battling to a six-round draw with Dontre King on July 10, 2010 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Andrews (1-0-3) is coming off a four-round draw against Justin Johnson on November 23 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Stevensville, MD middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter will be on the card and he will take on Jose Felix of Richmond Hill, VA in a six-round contest. Jeter (12-2-1, nine KO's) last fought on November 19 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Ken Dunham. Felix(10-11-2, three KO's) has lost nine straight and last fought in the area on September 10, losing to Lawrence Jones by six-round unanimous decision. The bout will be for a minor title (USBU -- United States Boxing Union).
Other local boxers on the card include Sherman Artis, Jr. of Severn, MD (2-0) who will take on DC veteran Larry "The Gladiator" Brothers (8-35-3, three KO's) in a four-round contest.
There will be two more pro bouts featuring out of town boxers.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Mulvaney lists the five things we learned from the incredible title fight.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The column also gives details on the unexpected meeting of the two boxers at nearby George Washington University Hospital after the bout.
Here's the column:
Anthony Peterson told Satterfield that it reminded him of the opening scene of Rocky II when both Balboa and Apollo Creed were at the same hospital after their first fight.
"Amir Khan was beat up, and Lamont was beat up. Amir Khan's hands were swollen from hitting that brick wall defense that Lamont had. They embraced each other and took pictures together and said, 'hopefully, we can do it again, down the stretch.' It was a beautiful view and a thing of great sportsmanship. They weren't saying this and that or talking any trash," Peterson told Satterfield.
By the way, this was a big night for Satterfield as his daughter, Ada, delivered a beautiful rendition of the US National Anthem.
Prior to Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan speaking at the post-fight press conference, Oscar De La Hoya questioned referee Joe Cooper for especially the 12th round point deduction.
"The first one (in the seventh) we can live with, but the second one if that one doesn't happen, it's a draw."
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Seth Mitchell makes a solid statement in the heavyweight division with his thrashing of Timor Ibragimov!
Ibragimov thought the bout shouldn't have been stopped. Some in the press section thought Ibragimov's corner stopped the bout. First time Ibragimov has been stopped.
Nice battle between undefeated Jamie Kavanagh and Ramseis Gil. Kavanagh suffered a wicked cut along his right eye. Two judges score it 57-57 while one scores for Kavanagh 58-56.
Kavanagh is 8-0-1, three KO's. Gil now has five draws along with six wins (five by KO) and three losses. I see why.
Another White Plains, MD lightweight -- Terron "The Kid" Grant scored a first-round TKO over Garland, NC's Deshawn Autry. Grant pummeled Autry with head and body shots until referee Michele Myers stopped the bout at 1:10. Grant is 2-0 and registers his first pro knockout. Autry is 0-2.
White Plains, MD lightweight Joshua Davis wins a four-round unanimous decision over Chris Russell. Davis had a strong third round and cruised to the win. Scores were 38-36 and 39-37 (twice). Davis is now 2-0, one KO while Russell is 2-8-1, one KO.
Good evening from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center! The first bout is underway-- a lightweight battle between Joshua Davis of White Plains, MD and Chris Russell of Shattuck, OK. We'll be doing round-by round of the bouts featuring Dusty Harrison, Fernando Guerrero, Anthony Peterson, and Thomas Williams prior to the featured bouts! Looking for your comments and questions as well!
The card at the Washington Convention Center will begin at 6:30 PM.
HBO will televise a replay of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito bout at 9:45 PM.
Then HBO goes live from DC at approximately 10:50 PM with the Seth Mitchell-Timur Ibragimov co-feature.
This will be followed by the main event -- The WBA/IBF Super Lightweight title bout between champion Amir Khan and challenger Lamont Peterson.
BATB hopes to be blogging live from the Convention Center at 6:30 PM. I say hopes because my phone went on the fritz and I need a replacement.
Friday, December 09, 2011
The video profiles Mitchell the boxer and the man as it asks whether Mitchell is the next great American heavyweight. Keep watching and you can also see how Kohut manages to bring Herman Cain and Beavis and Butthead into the discussion.
Here's the video:
Amir Khan 139 vs. Lamont Peterson 140
Seth Mitchell 240 1/2 vs. Timor Ibragimov 221
Anthony Peterson 137 vs. Daniel Attah 136
Fernando Guerrero 162 vs. Robert Kliewer 161
Jamie Kavanaugh 135 vs. Ramsies Gil 135
Thomas Williams, Jr. 174 vs. Reynaldo Rodriguez 171
Dusty Harrison 144 vs. Terrell Davis 146
Terron Grant 134 vs. Deshawn Autry 134
Joshua Davis 134 vs. Chris Russell 134
To see photos from the event, please go to my Fightnews.com article here:
Known for asking fighters to "throw some thunder," during the final instructions, Dr. Cooper is a veteran who has refereed a number of world title bouts, including Mark Johnson's knockout win in defense of his IBF Flyweight title over Arthur Johnson at the DC Armory in 1998.
The judges are: Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), George Hill (US) and Valerie Dorsett (US). The fight supervisor is Paul Artisst (US).
Condolences to the family of one of the great local philanthropists.
Joseph E. Robert, Jr., a Washington, DC-area billionaire who founded one of boxing’s most successful charity boxing events, passed away December 7 at his home in McLean, VA. Mr. Robert suffered from a glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Mr. Robert was 59.
Mr. Robert, a native of Takoma Park, MD, turned a troubled childhood around by going into the real estate business, launching a successful real estate business in 1981. At one time, Mr. Robert estimated his net worth at one billion dollars.
Mr. Robert donated a good portion of that fortune to charities that dealt with children’s education and children’s health care. He has raised close to one billion dollars for children and education in the Washington area and elsewhere.In 2000, Mr. Robert donated $25 million to DC’s Children’s Hospital for a new surgical center.
In 1990, Mr. Robert founded the annual Fight Night charity boxing event at the Washington Hilton Hotel and Towers. The event that brings in the movers and shakers in business and government, has raised $50 million for various children’s charities over the past 12 years. Mr. Robert made an appearance at this year’s event in November and pledged $1 million to continue the organization’s work.
Mr. Robert is survived by one son from his first marriage, Joseph E. Robert III, and one from his second, Luke; his father, Joseph E. Robert, Sr. and mother, Aimee Lou Robert; three sisters, Janice, Christine and Cynthia; and one brother, Thomas.
Funeral services will be held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW in DC on Wednesday, December 14. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mr. Robert’s memory to Fight for Children at www.fightforchildren.org/joe.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Main Event-- 12 Rounds -- Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KO's, Bolton, Lancashire, England) defends WBA/IBF Super Lightweight title against Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KO's, Washington, DC)
Co-Feature, Heavyweight -- 10 Rounds -- Seth Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KO's, Brandywine, MD) vs. Timur Ibragimov (30-3-1, 16 KO's, Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
Lightweight, 10 Rounds -- Anthony Peterson (30-1, 20 KO's, Washington, DC) vs. Daniel Attah (26-8-1, nine KO's, Washington DC by way of Kalaba, Nigeria)
Middleweight, Eight Rounds -- Fernando Guerrero (21-1, 16 KO's, Salisbury, MD) vs. Robert Kliewer (11-13-2, five KO's, Maplewood, MN)
Lightweight, Six Rounds -- Jamie Kavanaugh (8-0, three KO's, Los Angeles, CA by way of Dublin, Ireland) vs. Ramesis Gil (6-3-4, five KO's, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
Light Heavyweight, Four Rounds -- Thomas Williams, Jr. (5-0, three KO's, Fort Washington, MD) vs. Reynaldo Rodriguez (6-2-1, three KO's, Woonsocket, RI)
Welterweight, Four Rounds -- Dusty Harrison (2-0, Washington, DC) vs. Terrell Davis (0-4, Washington, DC)
Lightweight, Four Rounds -- Joshua Davis, (1-0, one KO, White Plains, MD) vs. Chris Russell (2-7-1, one KO, Shattuck, OK)
Lightweight, Four Rounds -- Terron Grant (1-0, White Plains, MD) vs. Dashawn Autry (0-1, North Carolina)
Doors open at 6 PM and the first bout starts at 6:30 PM.
Bouts in bold are the televised bouts on HBO's World Championship Boxing at 9:45 PM ET. The bouts will also be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom early Sunday morning about 2 AM.
Ringtv.com's Lem Satterfield received the picks of 11 experts concerning the main event in this article.
Washington Examiner Columnist Thom Loverro talks about the history of big fights in DC in this column:
Washington Times Columnist Deron Snyder focuses on Seth Mitchell and his importance on the heavyweight division.
Washington Post reporter Gene Wang profiles title challenger Lamont Peterson.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Here are some examples of how the British Press is looking at this bout.
This is from the Daily Mail tabloid. The article written by Jeff Powell delves into Amir Khan's private life.
The BBC talked to Khan outside the White House earlier this week.
The BBC also talked to Lamont Peterson during the initial press conference.
(Photos by Tri Nguyen)
Here are some photos and some interviews from the Capital Showdown Open Workout held at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Northwest, DC.
(photo by Evan Chvotkin)
(photo by Evan Chvotkin)
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
The dream has come true!! DC's own Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson has been chosen for the International Boxing Hall of Fame!
The former three-time world champion is part of an outstanding class that will be inducted during Hall of Fame weekend June 7-10 in Canastota, NY. The other modern-era boxer that will be inducted is former six-time world champion Thomas "Hitman" Hearns.
Two of this year's class will be involved in the "Capital Showdown" card on Saturday in DC -- ring announcer Michael Buffer and Amir Khan trainer Freddie Roach.
Also inducted this year will be broadcaster Al Bernstein and legendary NY Boxing writer Michael Katz.
Here are Johnson's comments about being inducted:
"This is wonderful! This is an awesome moment for me. The Hall of Fame is the biggest award that an athlete can receive. I strived my whole career to be in the Hall. I can’t say enough. This is a dream come true, just wonderful."
Another Beltway legend -- 1997 Hall of Fame inductee Sugar Ray Leonard -- had these words about Johnson's induction:
“I’m so excited that my homeboy Mark Johnson has been inducted. He was one of the most exciting fighters. He was always among the top pound-for-pound fighters of his time and many times boxers wouldn’t fight him because of that. Mark never got his just due but being inducted into the Hall of Fame, he gets it.”
(Photo by Lorin Chvotkin)
At the open workout for Capital Showdown, BATB talked to the new hall of famer!
Later in the workout, Johnson got an opportunity to talk to one of his fellow hall of fame classmates -- trainer Freddie Roach! Here is that brief conversation:
Monday, December 05, 2011
West Coast announcer Joe Martinez will not be a part of this card because of this change.
The event is open to the public but space is limited on a first come, first served basis.
By the way, the "Capital Showdown" card itself on Saturday, December 10 at the Washington Convention Center will begin at 6:30 PM ET with the HBO telecast to get underway at 9:45 PM ET.
Friday, December 02, 2011
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight and WBU Junior Middleweight titleholder Jimmy Lange will be defending his title against an opponent to be determined.
Ashburn, VA middleweight and WBC Middleweight champ Tori "ShoNuff" Nelson will go after her second world title, the vacant WIBA title. The third title bout is still to be announced.
One bout is set for the card and it should be an exciting clash of Beltway middleweights as Tony "Mo Better" Jeter of Stevensville, MD takes on Zain "Tiger" Shah of Chantilly, VA.
Undefeated Fairfax, VA junior welterweight Todd "White Lightning" Wilson is also slated to be on the card.
Attah, a native of Nigeria, is a former NABO Super Featherweight champion who challenged Acelino Freitas for the WBA and WBO Super Featherweight titles in 2002, losing a 12-round unanimous decision in Phoenix, AZ. Attah is coming off a sixth-round stoppage loss to Roman Martinez for the WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title on October 1 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
The Peterson Brothers and Seth Mitchell are slated to be joined by Unified World Super Lightweight champ Amir Khan at the workout that will be from 4-7 PM. This is a free event and youth are especially encouraged to attend.
Johnson (12-0, five KO's) will be facing Luis "El Leon" Garcia (11-0, nine KO's) of Cork, Ireland by way of Cuba in a bout scheduled for eight or 10 rounds. BATB has been told that bout will be part of the ShoBox telecast.
Andre Dirrell will also be a part of the card. This is mentioned because Johnson has been sparring with both Dirrell Brothers (Andre and Anthony) to help them get ready for future fights.
(Photo by Darrow Montgomery, Washington City Paper)
There is a nice story in this week's Washington City Paper on one of the most powerful ladies in boxing -- DC's own Kelly Swanson. Her public relations firm -- Swanson Communications has handled press for bouts featuring some of the biggest names in the sport including Riddick Bowe, Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. And the firm is coordinating the press for the December 10th "Capitol Showdown" card at the Washington Convention Center.
Dave McKenna profiles "The Toughest Woman in Men's Boxing" here: