To say that news about the Friday, February 22 card at the DC Armory is coming in slowly is like getting breaking news that the sun is hot. With 12 days to go before the card, there is not a whole lot we can pin down. But here is what we do know at this point.
The only bout other than the championship main event between defending IBF titleholder Lamont Peterson and challenger and former world champion Kendall Holt that we know is a certainty is the eight-round co-feature bout between undefeated California superbantamweights Roman Morales of San Ardo (14-0, seven KO's and Jesus Antonio Hernandez of Huntington Park (10-0-3, two KO's). That is the other bout that is slated for the televised (ESPN2) portion of the card.
The rest of the card is still not completely certain. As of now, six Beltway Boxers are slated to be on the card, however, not everything is set.
Undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hard Work" July WILL be on the card. July (13-0-2, six KO's) is slated to take on Elvin "KoKo" Sanchez of Paterson, NJ (5-2-1, four KO's) in a four-round contest but that could change.
DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly is scheduled to be on the card. Kelly (2-0, two KO's) has Winchester, VA's Donnie Crawford (1-5-1, one KO) listed as his opponent.
Undefeated Baltimore, MD welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson is also slated to be on the card. Stevenson (18-0, 11 KO's) has his opponent listed as Michael Torres of Jersey City, NJ (14-3, seven KO's) as his opponent but sources tell BATB that Torres has turned the bout down.
DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton (2-0, two KO's) is also scheduled to be on the card. No opponent has been named.
The card is also slated to feature the return of undefeated Largo, MD supermiddleweight Dominic Wade. Wade (11-0, eight KO's) will have been out of action for two years and four days when he steps into the ring at the Armory. Wade is slated to take on Marcus Brooks of Atlanta, GA (7-11, three KO's) but that could change as well. BATB is hearing that other opponents are being discussed.