If January's calendar holds to form, Beltway Boxing 2013 will begin with a number of locals traveling around the country to take, in many cases, very important bouts.
Saturday, January 5 is slated to mark the return of former USBA Junior Welterweight champion Tim "Pit Bull" Coleman of Baltimore, MD. Coleman (19-3-1, five KO's) will try to bounce back from two high-profile TKO losses to Kendall Holt and Vernon Paris when he faces the returning Nick "Hands of Gold" Casal of Niagra Falls, NY at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Casal (22-4-1, 17 KO's) is entering the ring for the first time since being attacked by his girlfriend's ex and other attackers swinging golf clubs in May of 2012. Casal required 300 stitches to save his life as he suffered gashes to the front and back of his head.
BATB has already mentioned the Friday, January 11 ShoBox appearance of undefeated Alexandria, VA middleweight Brandon Quarles when he faces undefeated Daquan Arnett of Winter Park, FL in an eight-round contest at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. Apparently, that will not be the only ShoBox appearance for a Beltway Boxer this month.
Two weeks later, on Friday, January 25, Baltimore junior welterweight Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor will take on Raymond "Tito" Serrano of Philadelphia, PA in a 10-round co-feature that will take place at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
Taylor (15-1, 10 KO's) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss in November 2011 by winning a six-round majority decision over George Sosa on October 12 in Philadelphia. Serrano (18-1, eight KO's) will be trying to come back from his first pro loss -- a fifth-round stoppage to Karim Mayfield on May 18 in Albany, NY for the NABO Junior Welterweight title. Since July of 2012, Serrano has been training in DC with Barry Hunter at the HeadBangers Gym.
Also coming up in January, undefeated Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will travel to the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL on Saturday, January 12 in an eight-round contest against an opponent to be determined. Williams (11-0, eight KO's) will be looking to notch his fifth straight knockout victory. We may also --finally-- get a chance to have the pro debut of Baltimore junior middleweight Jeremy Trussell as he is slated to be on a card at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ on Saturday, January 19. Trussell was actually looking to make his pro debut in 2012 but many scheduled bouts fell out on him.