Thursday, January 03, 2013
Beltway Boxing 2012 -- Card of the Year!
Now, time for the 2012 Card of the Year!
The Card of the Year was truly the most-talked about card of 2012, generating the most hype for a non-championship contest in years. The card also had two of the best bouts of the year – with one being one of the most controversial in recent memory and a couple of upsets as well.
The 2012 Beltway Boxing Card of the Year took place on:
October 27 at George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA – Jimmy Lange vs. Tony Jeter, Brandon Quarles vs. John Mackey
The hype on the main event on the card had built for weeks. The excitement level of the bout matched that. Quarles-Mackey, as stated before, was the bout of the year. Also on the card, there were solid pro debuts by Jerry Odom and Antoine Douglas as well as quality upset wins by out-of-towners Damon Antoine and David Warren Huffman. Also there was a solid contest between rookies Mark Baltimore and Immanuwel Aleem and a win by Harry Joe Yorgey over local Zain Shah.
August 25 at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC – Dusty Harrison vs. Marques Jackson, Richie Andrews vs. Harold Parker, Renaldo Gaines vs. David Warren Huffman
Locals received no pity on this show as three Beltway Boxers suffered their first pro losses and the man most came to see came perilously close to suffering the same fate. This was the card where Dusty Harrison was knocked down in the sixth round of his bout with Marques Jackson. Harrison had never been knocked down before as an amateur or pro. Richie Andrews won a split decision over highly-touted Harold Parker. Renaldo Gaines lost to David Warren Huffman and Josh Rupard was stopped by veteran Jimmy LeBlanc. A lot of surprises made this card special.
February 25 at Club One Fitness, Millersville, MD – Tony Jeter vs. Jose Felix II for the UBO Middleweight title, Brandon Quarles vs. Omar Sims
Nice, competitive bout as the promoter did not put himself in with a patsy opponent. As a matter of fact, Jeter knew Felix all TOO well as Felix upset Jeter in Arlington, VA the previous November. Jeter was fighting for redemption in what was one of just four pro bouts. The co-feature of Quarles and Sims as well as a good opening bout between Lee Snow and Stephen Franklin helped this card nicely.
June 23 at Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base, Arlington, VA – Todd Wilson vs. John Willoughby, Christian Steele vs. Juan Rodriguez
There was a lot of drama on this card. Wilson battles adversity with a broken hand and a cut along the right eye to win a unanimous decision. Steele upsets Rodriguez by majority decision, Duane Mobley recovers from a first-round knockdown to stop Kevin Johnson and solid pro debuts from Mark Baltimore and Immanuwel Aleem that helped set up their bout against each other in October.
Previous BATB Cards of the Year:
2006 -- December 9, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA (Jimmy Lange draws with Fontaine Cabell, Dean White defeats Dorin Spivey, JP Flaim of the Junkies loses against Jay Watts.)
2007 -- December 7, Pikesville National Guard Armory, Pikesville, MD (Tim Coleman draws with Martinus Clay, Jessie Nicklow defeats Anthony Little and John Mackey defeats Tony Cygan) and August 3, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD (Pro-Am card -- Horace Grant over Mujaheed Moore, Thomas Snow knocks out Markel Muhammad, Seth Mitchell [his only amateur loss] falls to Abodurin Akinyanju and Dusty Harrison also on the amateur portion.
2008 -- October 18, ABC Sports Arena, Springfield, VA (John Mackey wins over Jesse Williams, Darrell Martin over Andre Nichols)
2009 -- September 25, Shipley Arena, Westminster, MD (Mark Tucker wins USBO title, Tyrell Samuel over Gustavo Dailey)
2010 -- March 20, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD (Jessie Nicklow over Scott Sigmon, James Stevenson over George Rivera)
2011 – December 10, Washington Convention Center, Washington DC (Lamont Peterson over Amir Khan for IBF/WBA Junior Welterweight title, Seth Mitchell over Timor Ibragimov)
Tomorrow: The Beltway Boxing 2012 Boxer of the Year!