As we said, Saturday, May 18 was a HUGE day for Beltway Boxing with so much going on! In the first of a two-part recap, we will give you the "out-of-town scoreboard" followed by the recap of the card that took place at UDC.
(Photo courtesy of Bernard Roach)
The Beltway has two more National Golden Gloves champions! Congratulations to Gary Antonio Russell (left) and Lamont Roach, Jr. who captured titles with decision wins in Salt Lake City, UT.
Russell won the 123-pound title over Ja'Rico O'Quinn of Detroit. Russell is now the third member of the Russell Family to win a national Golden Gloves title.
However, Antonio did something that neither Gary, Jr. (2005) or Allen (2010) did: He was named the "Golden Boy" of the tourney -- the Outstanding Boxer. This is the second consecutive year a Beltway Boxer has captured that award following Jerry Odom in 2012.
Roach captured the 132-pound championship with a victory over Maliek Montgomery of Knoxville. Roach is just 17 years old and has had an outstanding year adding this title to his USA Boxing National crown he won earlier this year. Russell also won the title at the USA Nationals.
The DC Region has won eight national Golden Gloves titles in the last four years. In what has become an annual ritual, we will update the Beltway list later today.
The Beltway can also lay partial claim to a third Golden Gloves title as Marquis Moore won the 165-pound championship. Although Moore is originally from Fort Washington, MD, he represented the Colorado-New Mexico Region because he is in the Army out of Fort Carson, CO.
Let's move to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, where the only bump in a dominating night for the Beltway took place in the most important bout of the night. IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson was dominated by WBC Interim titleholder Lucas Matthysse and was stopped in the third round. Peterson was dropped once in the second and twice in the third before the bout was stopped at 2:14. Peterson is now 31-2-1, 16 KO's while Matthysse's record rises to 34-2, 32 KO's.
The bout was a non-title affair so neither man loses his title. Originally, BATB thought that Peterson's loss would scuttle plans for a Sept.7 card at Verizon Center in DC. However, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said during the post-fight press conference that's where he wants to stage the bout between Matthysse and WBC actual champ Danny Garcia. Peterson would, more than likely, defend his title on that card.
On the undercard, Anthony Peterson returned to action for the first time since December 2011 and scored a second round TKO over Dominic Salcido. Peterson was dominant throughout the contest, eventually breaking Salcido's nose. Salcido could not come out for the third round. Peterson is now 32-1, 21 KO's while Salcido falls to 18-5, eight KO's.
Also, Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams won an eight-round unanimous decision over Otis "Triple OG" Griffin. Williams was pretty dominant against his most experienced and best-known foe, winning 79-73 on two scorecards and 80-72 on the other. Williams remains undefeated at 14-0, 10 KO's while Griffin falls to 24-13-2, 10 KO's.
Meanwhile in Venezuela, Franchon Crews has advanced to the finals of the Women's Continental Championships with a win over Francelis Carmona of Venezuela, 21-11.