Two more members of the Beltway's "Next Wave" of now-former amateur champions will make their pro debuts on the Keystone Boxing card on Saturday, September 29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC.
Palmer Park, MD lightweight Kevin Rivers, Jr. and Hillcrest Heights, MD light heavyweight Jarrett Hurd join what is already a loaded class of 2012 by making their maiden voyage into the pro ranks on this card. Rivers was a multi-time regional Golden Gloves champion and made numerous trips overseas in competition. Rivers was named the Outstanding Amateur of 2009 by the DC Boxing Hall of Fame. Hurd is also a former regional Golden Gloves champion who may be remembered in the amateur ranks for an outstanding bout with D'Mitrius Ballard at the 2011 Golden Gloves semi-finals. Hurd lost the bout but rose in stature during that contest. Hurd fought and won his last amateur bout on August 31 at Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center.
Rivers and Hurd will join four more members of the Beltway Rookie Class of 2012 who are slated to be on this card -- DC welterweights David "Day-Day" Grayton (1-0, one KO) and Harold "Sweet Lee" Parker (2-1, two KO's), DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly (1-0, one KO) and DC-born, Baltimore-based flyweight Tyrieshia "Baby Girl" Douglas (1-0, one KO).
We are just receiving word that a few of the bouts have been signed for the card. Dusty Harrison (8-0, four KO's) will be taking on veteran Shane Gierke of Youngstown, OH (5-26-2, four KO's) in the six-round main event. Grayton will face Antonio Sadler of Columbia, SC (1-1-1, one KO). Kelly battles Aaron "The Animal" Kinch of Newark, NJ (3-0-1, one KO) and Hurd will debut against Stanley Harvey of Norfolk, VA (1-2, one KO).