An interesting youth-versus-experience contest headlines the Top Flight Promotions card on Saturday, August 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
Alexandria, VA junior middleweight Brandon Quarles will face Boston, MA veteran Jimmy "The Dream" LeBlanc in the eight-round main event. This will be the first bout for Quarles (9-1-1, two KO's) since his nationally-televised, eight-round unanimous decision loss to Daquan Arnett on January 11 in Indio, CA.
This will be the second time Quarles will face a well-seasoned boxer. The last time, Quarles battled to a six-round draw against John Mackey on October 27 in Fairfax, VA in the bout chosen as the best Beltway contest of 2012.
LeBlanc (13-24-4, five KO's) may consider the DC-area his second home as this will be his sixth trip to the region in his last seven bouts and his eighth voyage to the area in his career. LeBlanc will look for more action in this outing than he did last time as his bout with Tony Jeter on June 8 in DC became a no-contest after less than one round.
Two other bouts have been signed for the card. In a four-round contest, undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd will face DC's Issa Coulibaly. Hurd (7-0, four KO's) is coming off his most impressive win of his young career, a second-round TKO over Joshua Burns on July 13 in Fort Washington, MD.
Coulibaly's record (1-4) overshadows how hard he has worked in his career. Both of his knockout losses (to locals Dan Cannady and Lee Snow) came in the fourth round and he has lost a split decision and a unanimous decision. Coulibaly scored his first win -- a four-round majority decision over AJ Williams -- in his last outing on April 12 in Salisbury, MD.
In one of three scheduled six-round contests, undefeated DC light heavyweight "Mr. Amazing" Greg Newby (8-0, four KO's) will take on James Jones of Nashville, TN (1-3). Newby won a four-round unanimous decision over PJ Cajigas on July 13 in Fort Washington, MD in his last contest. Jones appears in the ring for the first time since being stopped by Nick Brinson in the second round in 2010.
Other locals slated to be on this card include DC light heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson (13-1, five KO's), DC junior welterweight Joshua "Marvelous Mo" Parker (2-0, two KO's) and rookie DC junior welter Antonio "Teflon" Magruder (1-0, one KO). James "Buddy" McGirt, Jr. of Vero Beach, FL (22-3-1, 11 KO's) is also scheduled to be on the card in his first bout since November of 2010.