The main event for the Saturday, August 4 Babie Girl Productions card at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC is set. Capitol Heights, MD super middleweight Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan will battle the always dangerous veteran from Upper Darby, PA, Dhafir "No Fear" Smith in an eight-round rematch that is almost seven years in the making.
The two men fought on November 26, 2005 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD with Buchanan winning an eight-round unanimous decision and pitching a shutout (80-72) on all three judges's cards. Buchanan (20-3, 13 KO's) will try to bounce back from a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Shawn Hawk on March 31 in New Town, ND. Buchanan has won three of his last four since his February 2009 loss to Andre Ward in Lemoore, CA.
Smith (26-22-7, four KO's) is one of the great journeymen in boxing as he has faced a true who's who in the sport in the super middleweight division. The list of notable names includes Ward, Max Alexander, Jerson Ravelo, Curtis Stevens, Jonathan Reid, Larry Marks and Smith's most notable victory -- a 12-round unanimous decision over former world champion Jeff Lacy on December 11, 2010.
Smith, who is riding a two-fight winning streak, will face a Beltway Boxer for the sixth time in his career. Along with the loss to Buchanan, Smith has a loss against James McAllister, a draw with Mike Paschall and has defeated Henry Mayes and Demetrius Davis.
In an earlier post, we mentioned that three Beltway amateur champions (Tyrieshia Douglas, David Grayton and Danny Kelly) were scheduled to make their pro debuts on this card. We can now add another local product and another amateur from the Tidewater area who should be very familiar to local amateur fans. DC light heavyweight Gregory Newby will make his pro debut on the card along with heavyweight Jerry Forrest of Newport News, VA. Forrest has fought a number of times in the Regional Golden Gloves.
The co-feature is also set for this card. Heavyweight Donnell "The Real Touch of Sleep" Holmes of Ivanhoe, NC (33-2, 29 KO's) will face veteran Deandre "Showtime" McCole of Akron, OH (4-29-3) in a six-round contest.