Saturday, March 31, 2012
This was Sigmon's second defense of his title, and his sixth straight victory and 14th in his last sixteen. The win raises his record to 22-3, 12 KO's. Holland is now 18-13-1, nine KO's.
Also on the card, Randallstown, MD junior middleweight Cecil McCalla remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Kevin "Dog Pound" Carter of Winston-Salem, NC. This was McCalla's first bout since May 21 and he is now 14-0, five KO's. Carter falls to 11-62-1, three KO's.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
There is another card slated for St. Maarten on June 30 (scheduled to include another Beltway Boxer, Venroy July), but Corley told PAFT's Juan Marshall that the only way he will go back there is if they doubled the money and paid him up front.
Another bout slated for April 7 has been altered. "The Beltway Boricua" Dusty Harrison will face a new opponent in his four-rounder in Southaven, MS. Reggie Nash is out and Anthony Bowman of Jackson, TN is in. Bowman (9-39-2, two KO's) is looking to break a 12-bout losing streak. Bowman hasn't fought since being knocked out by Hastings Bwalya in November of 2010.
Buchanan (20-2, 13 KO's) has not fought since his ninth-round TKO over Bobby Jordan on August 14, 2010 in Norfolk, VA. Buchanan has won three straight since his February 2009 loss to Andre Ward for the NABO Super Middleweight title.
Hawk (22-1-1, 17 KO's) fights out of Atlantic City, NJ but is originally from Sioux Falls, SD. Hawk has won four in a row including a 10-round split decision over Otis Griffin on October 20 in Worley, ID. Hawk survived a knockdown to win the bout.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Unfortunately, it must be pointed out, that most of the bouts will take place outside the area, but still many of them will be in either driving distance or can be seen via television. Here's what we have (so far) in the 2012 edition of the "Awesome April of Beltway Boxing." (all dates and bouts can change without notice)
Saturday, April 7 -- L.B. Scott Auditorium St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles -- Former WBO and current NABF Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley will battle for the vacant IBO title against Luis Ernesto Jose. The matchmaker on this card is a familiar name -- "The Boxing Diva" Renee Aiken.
Saturday, April 7 -- DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, MS -- "The Beltway Boricua" Dusty Harrison takes on .Anthony Bowman on the James Toney-Bobby Gunn card.
Friday, April 13 -- Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Waldorf, MD -- Regional Golden Gloves Championships.
Saturday, April 14 -- Bally's Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ -- Cambridge, MD junior welterweight Dontre King (6-9, two KO's) tries to improve on his three-bout winning streak when he faces undefeated Naim Nelson (5-0) of Philadelphia, PA.
Wednesday, April 18 -- Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, NJ -- "The Berlin Bomber" Joshua Snyder returns to action to face Richard Pierson in an eight-round main event. Also, DC-based heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm is scheduled to return on that card.
Friday, April 20 -- National Guard Armory, Philadelphia, PA -- Undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hard Work" July will be in a six-round contest against Pedro Martinez.
Friday, April 20 -- Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, MS -- Salisbury, MD middleweight Fernando Guerrero returns against an opponent TBA in an eight-round contest.
Saturday, April 21 -- Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas -- Gary Russell, Jr. in a Showtime-televised eight-round bout against Dat Nguyen. Veteran DC junior welterweight Daniel Attah has been added to the non-televised undercard. Attah (26-9-1, nine KO's) will take on undefeated Luis Ramos, Jr. (21-0, nine KO's) in a 10-round contest. Attah last fought on the Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan undercard on December 10 in DC and lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Anthony Peterson.
Saturday, April 28 -- Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ -- Seth Mitchell in a 10-round HBO-televised bout against Chazz Witherspoon.
Saturday, April 29 -- Mesquite, NV -- National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions begin.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
As The Ring announced late in 2011, Gary Russell, Jr. was chosen as the Prospect of the Year beating out the likes of Luis Del Valle and Demetrius Andrade. Russell's advisor, Al Haymon, was named the Manager of the Year as he has done an outstanding job in guiding the careers of boxers like Floyd Mayweather, Andre Berto, Chris Arreola and Adrien Broner.
Peterson Brothers trainer Barry Hunter was among the runners-up in the Trainer of the Year category alongside the likes of Freddie Roach, Ann Wolfe and Virgil Hunter (no relation). The winner of Robert Garcia, the trainer of Brandon Rios and Nonito Donaire. Also, the Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan bout was among the runners-up for Fight of the Year, losing to the brawl between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto.
The issue also has a profile on undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth Mitchell.
Also, there is a new column called "Playlist" that talks about boxers and their favorite music. Two Beltway Boxing legends are featured in this month's column. Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard lists just two songs -- Leave Me Alone by Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown's My Prerogative. Soon-to-be Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson also chose a Jackson song (Beat It) but stayed true to his DC roots by listing Body Snatchers by Rare Essence. Johnson also listed James Brown's Papa Don't Take No Mess and The Man Right 'Chea by Mystikal.
This is the same location that the 17-year-old (4-0, two KO's) made his pro debut in June of 2011.
This is just one of a number of bouts featuring Beltway Boxers in the month of April. We will reveal the 2012 edition of the "Awesome April of Beltway Boxing" by the end of the week.
THIS JUST IN: BATB has learned that Harrison will take on Reggie "Two-Gun" Nash of Grand Rapids, MI in a four-round contest. Nash (10-29-1, two KO's) has fought the likes of Vernon Paris, Grady Brewer and the Beltway's own Bayan Jargal.
The deal cancels an IBF purse bid that was slated for today. If the purse bid had taken place today, Klitschko would have received 85 percent of the winning bid with Thompson getting 15 percent.
Thompson (36-2, 24 KO's) faced Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO's) in Hamburg, Germany on July 12, 2008 despite having a torn meniscus in his knee. Thompson was stopped in the 11th round. Since that loss, Thompson has won five straight bouts, all by knockout. Thompson is Klitschko's mandatory challenger.
Thompson's promoter, Dan Goossen, was hoping to make a deal that would bring the bout here to DC, but ESPN.com says Klitschko was not interested because there would be more money in Europe.
Most likely, the bout will be televised on the EPIX cable network which has televised previous defenses by Klitschko and his brother, Vitali.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The boxing world, indeed the sports world has lost one of its true historians and I have lost quite a friend.
Legendary writer Bert Randolph Sugar passed away today in New York at the age of 75. Sugar passed away from cardiac arrest and was suffering from lung cancer. He had family nearby.
To say that Sugar was an expert on the history of boxing and was a great ambassador for the sport is an understatement. He was constantly sought after for his views on boxing, past and present. He wrote numerous books on the sport like Bert Sugar: on Boxing and 100 Years of Boxing. He also wrote books on other sports like baseball (Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America's Greatest Game) and he co-wrote a Complete Idiot's Guide to Pro Wrestling with legendary manager Captain Lou Albano) Sugar wrote 80 books in all.
What many people along the Beltway may not know is that Sugar was a native of Washington, DC born on June 7, 1937. He attended Wilson Senior High School here in town and also graduated from the University of Maryland where he was a member of the university's boxing team. He was a staunch supporter of the University's boxing club attending many of their events.
Personally, Bert was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet in a business where there are so many nice people. I first met Sugar almost 20 years ago at the Simon Brown-Tyrone Trice rematch at the DC Armory in April of 1990. We talked briefly during the event, but afterwards, my father and I gave Bert and a mutual friend of ours a ride to his hotel. What I remember most about that ride was listening to the radio (WTOP) and they ran a story about a magician who did magic tricks over the radio. Sugar thought it was just incredible and had everyone in the car cracking up over his comments about the story.
I interviewed Bert numerous times over the years. I had a great interview with him in 1995 at my first Fight Night event at the Washington Hilton Hotel and Towers -- the year Muhammad Ali was a special guest. Sugar came down to this area numerous times to come to Ballroom Boxing in Glen Burnie, in which he said it was the best club show in the country.
The last time I saw Bert was when the University of Maryland hosted the National Collegiate Boxing Championships in April of 2009. I had a chance to interview both Bert and sports talk show host and Washington Examiner columnist Thom Loverro, who like me, was a relative newbie to collegiate boxing. It was a great interview with a lot of fun and laughter -- just like the man himself.
Bert Randolph Sugar will always be known for his fedora, his cigar and his knowledge. Bert Randolph Sugar will also be known for being a true original who left a legacy that all of us who write about this sport will find hard to follow.
123 Pounds: Marcus Bates (Old School)
132 Pounds: Jefri Gutierrez (Laurel Boxing)
141 Pounds: Yurii Polishchuk (LA Boxing)
152 Pounds: Zarifbek Nishanbaev (LA Boxing)
150 Pounds (Female): Kimberly Dolly (Old School)
165 Pounds: Maurice Mitchell (Dream Team)
178 Pounds: Joe Jones (No Excuse)
201 Pounds: Albi Sadikas (LA Boxing)
201+ Pounds: Kenneth Campbell (Frederick Fight Club)
114 Pounds: Greg Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard)
123 Pounds: Gervonta Davis (Upton)
132 Pounds: Gary Antonio Russell (Enigma)
141 Pounds: Michael Reed (Dream Team)
152 Pounds: David Grayton (HeadBangers)
165 Pounds: D'Mitrius Ballard (No Excuse)
178 Pounds: Jerry Odom (No Excuse)
201 Pounds: Devar Ferhadi (Frederick Fight Club)
201+ Pounds: Danny Kelly (HeadBangers)
The Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves will be held March 30-April 1 in Elizabeth City, NC. The Open champions from the regionals on April 13 will head to Mesquite, NV for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions April 30-May 6. The Beltway region has had three national champions in the past two years (David Grayton, Gary Allan Russell in 2010 and Michael Reed in 2011)
While at the Golden Gloves finals tonight at the Waldorf Jaycees, I saw these three men sitting together. These three men along with people like Adrian Davis, Juice Gatling and others, set the standard for training some of our greatest Beltway Boxers and also some of the great trainers that have followed behind them. When I saw them sitting together, I knew I had to have a photo of them.
From left to right -- Junious Hinton (Books and Boxing), Eugene Hughes (Midtown Youth Academy) and Dave Jacobs (a former trainer of Sugar Ray Leonard and others) Indeed, they are true legends!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Congratulations to No Excuse who won the team trophy for the second straight year.
That will do it for tonight! The winners here will be back in action on Friday, April 13 right here at the Waldorf Jaycees starting at 8 PM. No post-fight tonight as it would seem redundant. Good night from Waldorf!
Our final bout of the evening is in the ring -- the 201 pound+ championship -- Danny Kelly of Headbangers vs. Sean Elam of RPH Academy.
Now in the ring -- the 178-pound championship between Antwan Ward of Sugar Ray Leonard and Jerry Odom of No Excuse.
Next is the latest battle in the continuing rivalry between Demond Nicholson of Cherry Lane and D'Mitrius Ballard of No Excuse. These two have been battling each other for quite a while! This one is for the 165-pound Open title.
Up next, 2010 National Golden Gloves champ David Grayton of Headbangers faces Jonathan Burrs, II of Hagerstown Gym.
Action is back in the ring with the 141-pound Open Championship. Michael Reed of Dream Team tries to keep his hopes for a second straight national title alive as he faces Cornell Hines of Sugar Ray Leonard.
We are now in intermission. Any questions? Now is the time to send them (although you can send them all throughout the evening.)
Up next is the 123-pound bout between Romello Webster of NOMIS and Gervonta Davis of Upton.
The final Novice bout is in the ring -- the 201 pounds+ title as Kenneth Campbell of Frederick takes on Marcus Phelps of Hillcrest.
Next up is the 178 Pound Novice championship-- Gregory Clark of NOMIS battles Joe Jones of No Excuse.
Now in the ring is the 150-pound Female championship between Kimberly Dolly of Old School and Myah Spruiell of Keystone Boxing.
In the ring now is the 152-pound novice title bout between Zarifbek Nishanbaev of LA Boxing taking on Jacob Amegah of Hillcrest.
Jefri Gutierrez of Laurel Boxing wins the 132-pound title by walkover.
Bout number two -- the all-Laurel Boxing bout between Jefri Gutierrez and Andrew Barrett -- has been scratched. We now move to what should be a great bout between Yurii Polishchuk of LA Boxing and Drayvontay Speed-Rawls of No Excuse for the 141 pound Novice title!
Polishchuk is someone I've watched a few times over the last 12 months and he is impressive. Meanwhile, Speed-Rawls , the nephew of former national Golden Gloves champ Eugene "Sonny" Speed, put on a solid performance in the semis last week.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Rafael adds, however, that both sides are still in negotiation and there is a purse bid slated for Tuesday if the two sides don't agree on the contract. Also, Rafael is reporting that Thompson's promoter, Dan Goossen is interested in bringing the bout to DC, but that would be a long shot. The bout would more than likely be broadcast on the Epix Cable network.
If somehow, some way, that bout would come to Washington, it could make for a very interesting two weeks. Golden Boy is proposing a boxing card at the Verizon Center on June 30 which would be followed by the Klitschko-Thompson rematch in DC on July 7. I don't know if enough stars could align for that to take place!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
123 Pounds: Marcus Bates (Old School) vs. Rodrigo Gabriel (Frederick Fight Club)
132 Pounds: Jefri Gutierrez (Laurel Boxing) vs. Andrew Barrett (Laurel Boxing)
141 Pounds: Yurii Polishchuk (LA Boxing) vs. Drayvontay Speed-Rawls (No Excuse)
152 Pounds: Zarifbek Nishanbaev (LA Boxing) vs. Jacob Amegah (Hillcrest)
150 Pounds (FEMALE): Kimberly Dolly (Old School) vs. Myah Spruiell (Keystone)
165 Pounds: Maurice Mitchell (Dream Team) vs. Steven Bucci (Ground Control)
178 Pounds: Gregory Clark (NOMIS) vs. Joe Jones (No Excuse)
201 Pounds: Albi Sadikas (LA Boxing) vs. William Broaddus (Upton)
201 + Pounds: Kenneth Campbell (Frederick Fight Club) vs. Marcus Phelps (Hillcrest)
114 Pounds: Duglas Soto-Escalante (Down Under) vs. Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard)
123 Pounds: Romello Webster (NOMIS) vs. Gervonta Davis (Upton)
132 Pounds: Gary Antonio Russell (Enigma) vs. Joel Young (Enigma)
141 Pounds: Michael Reed (Dream Team) vs. Cornell Hines (Sugar Ray Leonard)
152 Pounds: David Grayton (Headbangers) vs. Jonathan Burrs, II (Hagerstown)
165 Pounds: Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) vs. D'Mitrius Ballard (No Excuse)
178 Pounds: Antwan Ward (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Jerry Odom (No Excuse)
201+ Pounds: Danny Kelly (Headbangers) vs. Sean Elam (RPH Academy)
Unopposed Champion: 201 Pounds: Devar Ferhadi (Frederick Fight Club)
The doors will open at 7 PM with the first bout slated for 8 PM. It also looks like we are a go for live blogging from the Jaycees.
Monday, March 19, 2012
I'm very late on this, but I just finished reading this book and wanted to wait before I did any kind of review.
Back in December of 2006 at the George Mason University Patriot Center, there was a very memorable bout between one of the Junkies of 106.7 The Fan -- "The Latin Donkey" JP Flaim -- and "The American Dream" Jay Watts. The bout helped made that card (which also featured the first bout between Jimmy Lange and Fontaine Cabell and the great matchup between Dean White and Dorin Spivey) the best card of that year and Flaim's appearance brought a lot of fans who follow the Junkies but may not follow local boxing into the fold -- more than 5400 people attended that card.
In December of 2011, Flaim released a book entitled Chasing Rocky that chronicles in nice detail all the training leading up to the bout. Flaim actually gives a nice inside look of what boxers go through to get ready for ANY bout and how Flaim had to earn his acceptance into the boxing community.
For me, it brought back a lot of nice memories of that night and was indeed a very good and fun read. "Chasing Rocky" is in bookstores or you can buy through the likes of Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
For those who have not seen that bout, here it is in its entirety as "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and I called it on that night.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Seven bouts ended in RSC's or Referee Stops Contest. Two bouts ended in retirement or medical disqualifications and one was a walkover. In fact 21 of the 22 scheduled bouts for the evening actually took place and that one walkover took place moments before the bout was scheduled to commence.
The Junior Division wrapped up their competition by crowning the last three champions. Siete Shuler of Langdon won the 12-13, 85-pound title with a decision over Jay Cromwell of Dream Team. Jalonte Cole of No Excuse scored the first RSC of the night as he stopped Daquan White of Sugar Ray Leonard to take the 15-16, 125-pound
title. Michael Peoples of Old School followed with another RSC of No Excuse's Jason Bell to win the 15-16, 147-pound championship in what might have been the best bout of the tournament to date. Another No Excuse boxer -- Lamont Roach -- was unopposed champ of the 16, 132-pound division.
The Novice Division crowned a champion on Saturday in the 146-pound female division. India Speed of No Excuse scored an RSC over Carmen Ware of RPH Academy. Speed comes from good boxing stock -- her uncle is local boxing legend Eugene "Sonny" Speed who won the National Golden Gloves in 1985.
Other results in the Novice Division:
132 pounds: Jeffri Gutierez (Laurel Boxing) over Dardo Larrizo (LA Boxing)
132 pounds: Andrew Barrett (Laurel Boxing) over Donte Alston (Enigma)
141 pounds: Drayvontay Speed-Rawls (No Excuse) over Jahmal Dyer (Loch Raven) Speed-Rawls is a nephew of Sonny Speed.
152 pounds: Jacob Amegah (Hillcrest Boxing) won by medical disqualification over Jacob Gabiam (Laurel Boxing)
165 pounds: Steven Bucci (Ground Control) over Tavon Marshall (Upton)
165 pounds: Maurice Mitchell (Dream Team) RSC over Ryan Watson (Main Street)
178 pounds: Joe Jones (No Excuse) over Kendall Smith (Hillcrest Boxing)
201 pounds: Albi Sadikas (LA Boxing) RSC over Erick Harley (NOMIS)
201+ pounds: Kenneth Campbell (Frederick Boxing) wins by walkover against Bennie Brown (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Here are the results from the Open Division:
132 pounds: Joel Young (Enigma) over Omar Barnes (Club One)
141 pounds: Michael Reed (Dream Team) over Emmanual Rodriguez (Down Under)
152 pounds: David Grayton (Headbangers) over Edward Moselli (Honeycomb)
152 pounds: Jonathan Burrs, III (Hagerstown) RSC over Maynard Sterling (Down Under)
165 pounds: D'Mitrius Ballard (No Excuse) over Reginald Lucas (Upton)
165 pounds: Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) over Russell Gaskins (Enigma)
178 pounds: Antwan Ward (Sugar Ray Leonard)over Patrick Coye (Old School)
201+ pounds: Danny Kelly (Headbangers) RSC over Clinton Price (Midtown)
So all roads now lead to Waldorf, MD and the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center for the Washington Golden Gloves Finals which will be on Saturday, March 24 with the doors opening at 7 PM and the first bout is at 8 PM. We should have the bout sheet on Monday and we hope to be blogging live from the Jaycees on Saturday.
Tickets are $25 General Admission, $35 for reserved and $45 for ringside. Tickets are five dollars more at each level at the door. The Waldorf Jaycees Community Center is located at the intersection of Routes 301 and 5.
Quick personal note: And this is a thanks to you, the Beltway Boxing Fan. For the last few weeks, I have seen nothing but packed houses at Beltway Boxing events. Whether it has been Palmer Park, Millersville or DC, fans have been packing gyms and arenas all along the Beltway. It is great to see and I ask that you please keep the momentum going. These boxers truly deserve it and it's only going to get better. Once again, thanks so much!
At the Washington Golden Gloves in Palmer Park, MD, I had a chance to talk to both Gary Russell Sr. AND Jr. Both assured me that Jr. will be fighting Dat Nguyen on Saturday, April 21 in El Paso, TX. The bout will be shown on Showtime.
Speaking of tonight's action at the Golden Gloves, we'll have complete results in a couple of hours but there has been some hard hitting action -- Already five RSC's tonight.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Coleman was absolutely NEVER in this contest as he was dropped by a solid Holt bodyshot in the first round and was dropped three times in the second before the bout was stopped at 2:23 of the second by referee Ray Corona on the advice of the Coleman corner.
This is Coleman's second straight knockout loss and it drops his record to 19-3-1, five KO's. Holt's record is now 28-5, 16 KO's and he bounces back from his 12-round split decision to Danny Garcia in October.
A personal note: I talked to Tim Coleman earlier this week for a Fightnews.com article. It is known that Coleman is having some serious managerial issues. Coleman posted on his Facebook page that his camp missed the flight Coleman was on to get from Las Vegas to Cabazon for the weigh-in. Some of the issues Coleman is having are some I can't discuss here, but suffice it to say they are issues that are affecting his training and his boxing regimen. This is not the same Coleman that was a USBA champ and a top prospect from this area.
After the interview, I had a bad feeling about this bout tonight and unfortunately, my feelings were true.
Photo by Tri Nguyen
The press tour for the Saturday, May 19 rematch between champion Lamont Peterson and former champ Amir Khan hit DC on Thursday and both men seem at least verbally ready to go.
Here is a nice write-up from ESPN.com's Kieran Mulvaney:
I personally talked to Russell about two weeks ago at the Washington Golden Gloves and he said his bout was going to be in Texas, so this is a change that has just taken place very recently.
Photo by Carlos Baeza /Thompson Boxing Promotions
Tim Coleman (left) weighed in at 143 pounds for his nationally-televised 10-round bout against former world champion Kendall Holt tonight on ESPN2 from Morongo Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA. Holt came in at 144.
Coleman-Holt is the main event on Friday Night Fights which begins at 9 PM ET.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Here is a video of the first press conference held earlier this week in London, England:
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The article also includes ring announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones and "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears, who is my long-time broadcast partner.
Let me say this before I put the article link up: To say that Jerome and Henry have meant so much to me in covering the sport in this area, doesn't do what they have done justice. The three of us have spent a lot of time and covered a lot of territory together. It's been a true honor to continue to share this journey with them.
Here's the article:
We say hopefully because this bout has been scheduled two other times -- once Nguyen injured himself and then it was rescheduled for February 11 on the Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz undercard but Berto suffered an injury.
If Russell does make the Showtime telecast, that means it will be back-to-back Beltway Boxers on premium cable television -- Russell on April 21 and Seth Mitchell on April 28th on HBO against Chazz Witherspoon in Atlantic City, NJ.
Monday, March 12, 2012
12-13 Years, 85 pounds: Jay Cromwell (Dream Team) over Chris Normile (Baltimore Boxing)
12-13 Years, 114 pounds: Favion David (Enigma) and Dontre Jackson (Enigma) both champions
10-11 Years, 120 pounds female (CHAMPIONSHIP): Zoria Curry (UMAR) over Jarnisha Porter (Keystone)
15-16 Years, 119 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) wins by walkover against Joshua McCoy (Upton)
15 Years, 154 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Justin Bell (No Excuse)over Luciano Romeo (Club One)
10-11 Years, 75 pounds: Quartez Lott (Langdon)
10 Years, 90 pounds (Female): Aiyahnah Burke (UMAR)
14 Years, 105 pounds (Female): Somer Smith (First Class)
13-14 Years, 105 pounds: Luther Young, IV (Dream Team)
15 Years, 141 pounds: Joseph Lamb (Frederick)
15 Years, 195 pounds: Chantel Perry (UMAR)
152 pounds: Zarifbek Nishanbaev (LA Boxing) by walkover against Dillon Hayman (Frederick)
165 pounds: Tavon Marshall (Upton)RSC over Taylor Ross (New Life Church)
165 pounds: Maurice Mitchell (Dream Team) over Tim Anderson (No Excuse)
178 pounds: Joe Jones (No Excuse) over Taequane Nance (NOMIS)
178 pounds: Gregory Clark (NOMIS) over Chris Cleary (Black Belt Academy)
201 pounds: William Broaddus (Upton) over Franklin Sheppard (Frederick)
201+ pounds: Marcus Phelps (Hillcrest) over Garrett Denton (Black Belt Academy)
201+ pounds: Kenneth Campbell (Frederick) vs. Andrew Evans (RPH Academy)
181 pounds (Female): Shyrai Chase (UMAR)
132 pounds: Omar Barnes (Club One) by walkover against Patrick Harris (Headbangers)
141 pounds: Michael Reed (Dream Team) by walkover against Antonio Magruder (Headbangers)
141 pounds: Cornell Hines (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Johnny DaSilva (No Excuse)
152 pounds: Maynard Sterling (Down Under) over Jeremy Trussel (Upton)
165 pounds: Reginald Lucas (Upton) over Nathan Lacey (Enigma)
165 pounds: D'Mitrius Ballard (No Excuse) over Monreco Goldston (Main Street)
165 pounds: Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) over Jarrett Hurd (Hillcrest)
178 pounds: Jerry Odom (No Excuse) by walkover against Edward Lay, Jr. (Langdon)
Now, here is the bout sheet for the semifinals to be held on Saturday, March 17 at Sugar Ray Leonard Center. This will be the last night at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center before the Championship Finals which will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, MD.
12-13 years, 85 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Jay Cromwell (Dream Team) vs. Siete Shuler (Langdon)
15-16 years, 125 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Daquan White (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Jalonte Cole (No Excuse)
15-16 years, 147 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Jason Bell (No Excuse) vs. Michael Peoples (Old School)
CHAMPION: 16 years, 132 pounds: Lamont Roach (No Excuse)
146 pounds -- Female (CHAMPIONSHIP): India Speed (No Excuse) vs. Carmen Ware (RPH Academy)
132 pounds: Dardo Larrizo (LA Boxing) vs. Jeffri Gutierez (Laurel Boxing)
132 pounds: Donte Alston (Enigma) vs. Andrew Barrett (Laurel Boxing)
141 pounds: Drayvontay Speed-Rawls (No Excuse) vs. Jahmal Dyer (Loch Raven)
152 pounds: Jacob Gabiam (Laurel Boxing) vs. Jacob Amegah (Hillcrest Boxing)
165 pounds: Steven Bucci (Ground Control) vs. Tavon Marshall (Upton)
178 pounds: Joe Jones (No Excuse) vs. Kendall Smith (Hillcrest Boxing)
201 pounds: Erick Harley (NOMIS) vs. Albi Sadikas (LA Boxing)
201+ pounds: Kenneth Campbell (Frederick Boxing) vs. Bennie Brown (Sugar Ray Leonard)
132 pounds: Omar Barnes (Club One) vs. Joel Young (Enigma)
141 pounds: Michael Reed (Dream Team) vs. Emmanual Rodriguez (Down Under)
152 pounds: David Grayton (Headbangers) vs. Edward Moselli (Honeycomb)
152 pounds: Jonathan Burrs, III (Hagerstown) vs. Maynard Sterling (Down Under)
165 pounds: Reginald Lucas (Upton) vs. D'Mitrius Ballard (No Excuse)
165 pounds: Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) vs. Russell Gaskins (Enigma)
178 pounds: Antwan Ward (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Patrick Coye (Old School)
201+ pounds: Clinton Price (Midtown) vs. Danny Kelly (Headbangers)
Harrison, who is a senior at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, MD carries a 3.0 average and plays on the basketball team. The team could have used Harrison on Saturday when Thomas Stone lost in the Maryland 3A State title game to Aquille Carr and Patterson High, but Harrison was otherwise occupied, winning his fourth pro bout at the Washington Convention Center.
Tim Brant of ABC7 has this report:
Sunday, March 11, 2012
DC lightweight Ty Barnett won an eight-round unanimous decision over Damon Antoine of Akron, OH. Barnett is now 19-2-1, 12 KO's. Antoine is 9-35-2, four KO's.
DC welterweight Dusty Harrison scored a first-round TKO over Booker T. Mullins of Spartansburg, SC. The bout was stopped at 2:08 of the first. Harrison is now 4-0, two KO's while Mullins falls to 3-11, two KO's. Mullins has been knocked out in all 11 losses.
Junior lightweight Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines of District Heights, MD won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Warren Huffman of Milwaukee, WI. Huffman is 0-7.
In an all-Beltway cruiserweight battle, Zakki Scott of Temple Hills, MD won a four-round unanimous decision over DC's Andre "Mr." Ward Scott remains undefeated at 2-0, one KO while Ward evens his record at 1-1-1, one KO.
In another all-Beltway bout, DC junior middleweight Ivan "King Shango" Ziglar stopped Allen "Pitbull" Perkins of Frederick, MD at 2:21 of the second round. Ziglar raises his record to 5-2, two KO's. Perkins falls to 1-6.
Landover, MD heavyweight Abodurin "Bo" Akinyanju won a four-round unanimous decision over DeAndre "Showtime" McCole of Akron, OH. Akinyanju is now 5-2, three KO's while McCole is 4-27-3.
Charlotte Hall, MD junior middleweight Josh Rupard won his pro debut with a first-round knockout over Michael Arnold of Akron. Rupard stopped his opponent at 1:37 of the first. Arnold is 0-5.
The opening contest was a ladies battle won by DC's Kaelan Hollon who scored a four-round majority decision over Kasondra Hardnett of Columbus, OH. Hollon is now 2-0, one KO while Hardnett is 1-4.
The card was promoted by Keystone Boxing with Raymond Jackson serving as matchmaker.
Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up:
Here is an interview with Dusty Harrison:
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Here are the scores: Shutout for Barnett 80-71 (twice) and 80-72. Barnett is now 19-2-1, 12 KO's while Antoine is now 9-35-2, four KO's. Post-fight wrap will come shortly, but for now, good night from the Nation's Capital!
If you would like to see pictures from the weigh-in and tonight's card, go to Juan Marshall's Pro Am Fight Talk blog. We are side by side at ringside! The link is on my link page.
There is already talk and flyers out that Dusty Harrison will be on the next Keystone Boxing card here at the Convention Center on May 12.
This is the bout sheet for tonight's card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. According to representatives for Keystone Boxing, the card IS A SELL OUT!
As you may be able to see -- Ty Barnett's bout is the final bout of the card while Dusty Harrison's bout is the co-feature.
Don't forget, we will blog live from the Convention Center starting around 7:20 PM ET.
Friday, March 09, 2012
Dusty Harrison 145 vs. Booker Mullins 144
Ty Barnett 138 vs. Damon Antoine 143 (may have to drop weight)
Ivan Ziglar 155 vs. Allen Perkins 156
Josh Rupard 155 vs. Michael Arnold 157
Kaelan Hollon 200 vs. Kasondra Hardnett 254
Abodurin Akinyanju 289 vs. DeAndre McCole 231
Zakki Scott 195 vs. Andre Ward 195
Renaldo Gaines 132 vs. Warren Huffman 130
BATB will blog live from the Convention Center Saturday night.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Of course, the rivalry between the two has transferred to the football field where the Ravens and Steelers comprise one of the best rivalries in the NFL.
Now, that competitive spirit will move into the boxing ring as Baltimore Boxing promotions puts together a dual amateur boxing meet between boxers from Charm City Baltimore against the Steel City of Pittsburgh on Friday, March 23 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased by going to www.baltimoreboxing.com. There will also be a special silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. The bell time for this event will be 8 PM with the doors opening at 6:30 PM.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Undefeated DC welterweight "The Beltway Boricua" Dusty Harrison is one of the headliners on the card. The 17-year-old will face veteran Booker T. Mullins of Spartanburg, SC in a four-round contest. Harrison (3-0, one KO) fought his last bout at the Convention Center and scored his first pro knockout when he stopped Terrell Davis in the first round. Mullins (3-10, two KO's) last fought in 2010 when he was knocked out in the first round by Perry Ballard in November 2010 in Fairfax, VA.
The co-feature bout marks the return of DC lightweight Ty Barnett, who has not fought in the Beltway region since he fought two bouts in Salisbury, MD in 2010. This will also be just the third time in Barnett's pro career that he has battled in DC and his first since 2007. Barnett (18-2-1, 12 KO's) has lost two of his last four--both by knockout. This includes his last bout -- a third-round KO by undefeated Andrey Klimov on May 14 in Carson, CA.
Barnett will be in an eight-round contest against veteran Damon Antoine of Akron, OH. Antoine (9-34-2, four KO's) lost an eight-round contest to Andrew Farmer on February 18 in Winchester, VA.
In other bouts on the card, DC junior middleweight Ivan Ziglar will face Allen "Pitbull" Perkins of Frederick, MD. Ziglar (4-2-1, one KO) has won three straight. Perkins (1-5) is looking to break a five-bout losing streak.
In a women's bout, Kaelan Hollon of DC will take on Kasondra Hardnett of Columbus, OH in a four-round contest. Hollon (1-0) won her pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Yolanda Bellamy of Raleigh, NC on November 12 at Howard University's Crampton Auditorium in DC. Hardnett (1-3) broke a three-bout losing streak with a four-round unanimous decision over Monique Lacy on November 3 in Cockeysville, MD.
Temple Hills, MD cruiserweight Zakki Scott will have an interesting four-round bout as he faces DC's Andre Ward. Scott also won his pro debut on the November 12 card and scored a first-round TKO of Judidas Williams. Ward appeared on that November 12 card as well, winning a second-round TKO over Joshua Nelson.
Two Beltway Boxers will make their pro debuts on this card. Super featherweight Renaldo Gaines of District Heights, MD will battle Warren Huffman of Milwaukee, WI (0-6) and Josh Rupard of Charlotte Hall, MD will face Mike Arnold of Akron, OH (0-4).
Landover, MD heavyweight Abodurin "Big Bo" Akinyanju (4-2, three KO's) is also slated to be on this card but promoters are looking for another opponent since the first one was knocked out on a card in Philadelphia, PA this past weekend.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Here's this week's bout sheet:
12-13 Years, 85 pounds: Jay Cromwell (Dream Team) vs. Chris Normile (Baltimore Boxing)
12-13 Years, 114 pounds: Favion David (Enigma) vs. Dontre Jackson (Enigma)
10-11 Years, 120 pounds female (CHAMPIONSHIP): Zoria Curry (UMAR) vs. Jarnisha Porter (Keystone)
15-16 Years, 119 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) vs. Joshua McCoy (Upton)
15 Years, 154 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Luciano Romeo (Club One) vs. Justin Bell (No Excuse)
10-11 Years, 75 pounds: Quartez Lott (Langdon)
10 Years, 90 pounds (Female): Aiyahnah Burke (UMAR)
14 Years, 105 pounds (Female): Somer Smith (First Class)
13-14 Years, 105 pounds: Luther Young, IV (Dream Team)
15 Years, 141 pounds: Joseph Lamb (Frederick)
15 Years, 195 pounds: Chantel Perry (UMAR)
152 pounds: Zarifbek Nishanbaev (LA Boxing) vs. Dillon Hayman (Frederick)
165 pounds: Taylor Ross (New Life Church) vs. Tavon Marshall (Upton)
165 pounds: Maurice Mitchell (Dream Team) vs. Tim Anderson (No Excuse)
178 pounds: Taequane Nance (NOMIS) vs. Joe Jones (No Excuse)
178 pounds: Gregory Clark (NOMIS) vs. Chris Cleary (Black Belt Academy)
201 pounds: William Broaddus (Upton) vs. Franklin Sheppard (Frederick)
201+ pounds: Garrett Denton (Black Belt Academy) vs. Marcus Phelps (Hillcrest)
201+ pounds: Kenneth Campbell (Frederick) vs. Andrew Evans (RPH Academy)
181 pounds (Female): Shyrai Chase (UMAR)
132 pounds: Patrick Harris (Headbangers) vs. Omar Barnes (Club One)
141 pounds: Antonio Magruder (Headbangers) vs. Michael Reed (Dream Team)
141 pounds: Johnny DaSilva (No Excuse) vs. Cornell Hines (Sugar Ray Leonard)
152 pounds: Maynard Sterling (Down Under) vs. Jeremy Trussel (Upton)
165 pounds: Nathan Lacey (Enigma) vs. Reginald Lucas (Upton)
165 pounds: D'Mitrius Ballard (No Excuse) vs. Monreco Goldston (Main Street)
165 pounds: Jarrett Hurd (Hillcrest) vs. Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane)
178 pounds: Edward Lay, Jr. (Langdon) vs. Jerry Odom (No Excuse)
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Moving up a weight class from her Olympic Trial weight of 165 pounds, Crews decisioned Tiffanie Hearn of San Diego, CA, 27-17. Crews will now head to the Women's World Championships in China May 21 to June 12.
Alexandria, VA middleweight Dara Shen lost her bid for a national title at 165 pounds when she fell to Fallon Farrar of Staten Island, NY, 22-15.
Saturday, March 03, 2012
9-10 years, 70 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Stacey Shelby (Langdon) over Erick Tudor (Books and Boxing)
11-12 years, 70 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Chamar Flowers (Headbangers) wins by walkover against Djabril Burton (Books and Boxing)
10-11 years, 75 pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Salvador Escamilla (Langdon) wins by walkover against Quartez Lott (Langdon)
14-15 years, 154 pounds: Luciano Romeo (Club One) over Richard Foxwell (Loch Raven)
13 years, 92 pounds (FEMALE): Yessenia Reyes (D-Block)
15 years, 201+ pounds: Shaka Williams (NOMIS)
MASTERS DIVISION (CHAMPIONS):
152 pounds (FEMALE): Stacy Sneeringer (LA Boxing)
165 pounds: Jairo Maya (Books and Boxing)
132 pounds: Dardo Larrizo (LA Boxing) by walkover against Raul Santana (Books and Boxing)
141 pounds: Yurii Polishchuk (LA Boxing) RSC-2 over Samual Paulay (Langdon)
152 pounds: Jacob Amegah (Hillcrest) over Richard Lee, III (NOMIS)
165 pounds: Steve Bucci (Ground Control) over Dale Goldston (Laurel)
165 pounds: Taylor Ross (New Life Church) by walkover Tremain Wilson (LA Boxing)
178 pounds: Gregory Clark (NOMIS) over Nico Williams (Enigma)
178 pounds: Chris Clearly (Black Belt Academy) over Justin Rice-Moore (LA Boxing)
201 pounds: Albi Sadikas (LA Boxing) over Marquette McMillion (Down Under)
132 pounds: Joel Young (Enigma)over Jordan Peters (Old School)
141 pounds: Cornell Hines (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Bomani Farmer (Honeycomb)
141 pounds: Courtland Perkins (Upton) by walkover against Joe Rector (Books and Boxing)
141 pounds: Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under) by walkover against Jarell Harris (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 pounds (FEMALE): Amelia Moore (Club One)
The semifinals begin in earnest next Saturday, March 10 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center, beginning at 7:30 PM.
Friday, March 02, 2012
DC 152-pounder David Grayton lost a 24-14 decision to Alex Martin of Chicago, IL while 165-pounder Demond Nicholson of Laurel, MD fell to Terrell Gausha of Cleveland, OH, 22-13.
Baltimore's Franchon Crews bounced back from her loss at the US Women's Olympic Trials and won a bout at 178 pounds stopping Denise Rico of Los Angeles, CA.
In the 152-pound division, David Grayton of DC won a 22-21 decision over Justin DeLoach of Georgia while Demond Nicholson of Laurel, MD moved into the semis at 165 pounds with a 21-20 decision over LeShawn Rodriguez of Long Island, NY.
At 132 pounds, Gary Antonio Russell of Capitol Heights, MD lost a tough 22-21 decision to 2008 Olympian Raynell Williams of Cleveland, OH. Russell Gaskins of DC lost his quarterfinal bout at 165 pounds to Jesse Hart of Philadelphia, 37-17. Also, Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD fell in his bout at 178 pounds to Robert Brant of Minneapolis, MN, 17-14.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
In the 132-pound class, Gary Antonio Russell of Capitol Heights, MD won a 32-13 decision over Francisco Esparza of Las Vegas, NV. Russell will now face Raynell Williams of Cleveland, OH. Williams won by third-round disqualification over Landover, MD's Kevin Rivers, Jr. No word on why Rivers was disqualified.
To make this matchup an even more interesting affair, Williams is a 2008 US Olympian, which means he was a teammate of Russell's brother, Gary Russell, Jr.
Also moving on will be 2010 National Golden Gloves champion David Grayton of DC. Grayton decisioned Sammie Millhouse of Bambens, SC, 23-14.
Two local 165-pounders advanced to the quarters -- Russell Gaskins of DC won a close, 13-12 decision over Kevin Newman, II of Las Vegas while Demond Nicholson of Laurel, MD decisioned Andre Penn of Rapid City, SD, 19-10.
During Wednesday's morning session, 178-pounder Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD moved into the elite eight with a 17-12 decision over Devaun Lee of Jamaica, Queens, NY.
Some rather surprising losses for Beltway Amateurs during Wednesday's action. Two of the local 141-pounders lost as 2011 National Golden Gloves champ Michael Reed of Waldorf, MD fell to Robert Easter, Jr. of Toledo, OH by a 29-22 score while Antonio Magruder of Suitland, MD lost to Nicholas Delomba of Cranston, RI, 20-8.
In the 178-pound class, Gregory Newby of DC dropped a 29-10 decision to Steven Nelson of Fort Walton Beach, FL. Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD lost his bout in the 132-pound division, falling to Lavisas Williams of Rochester, NY, 24-18 while Asia Stevenson of DC lost her bout in the 125-pound female division as she was stopped by Rashida Ellis of Lynn, MA.