There is a lot going on in the area that we just need to put into one large post as we head into a busy next few weeks.
A number of Beltway rookies are involved on a card at the Steel Stacks Arts Quest Center in Bethlehem, PA tonight. Baltimore middleweight Jeremy Trussell (3-0, two KO's) will take on Chorles Parker of Wilson, NC (1-1, one KO) in a four-round contest.
After having numerous bouts fall out on him earlier this year, Trussell has been a busy man as this is his fourth bout in three months. Trussell is coming off a first-round TKO over Brian Meadows on September 28 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore. Parker bounced back from suffering a devastating first-round knockout loss to Patrick Coye in his pro debut on May 18 in DC by scoring a second-round TKO over Robert Marsden on September 21 in Winston-Salem, NC.
DC welterweight Jerrell "Hell-Rell" Harris is also scheduled for this card as he will battle Nasser Abdel Malik of Cary, NC in a four-round contest. Harris (2-0, two KO's) scored a second-round TKO over Anthony Ashe on August 24 in Wilson, NC. Malik (1-1, one KO) has not fought since November of 2012 when he was stopped in the second round by Gilbert Alex Sanchez in Millville, NJ.
There are reports that Baltimore featherweight Gervonta "Rambo" Davis (4-0, four KO's) was also slated to be on this card. However, there was no opponent listed for him.
On Friday, October 25 at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA, two locals will compete. In the co-feature on the card, Windsor Mill, MD middleweight "Relentless" Julius Kennedy, will take on Denis "Momma's Boy" Douglin of Marlboro, NJ in a six-round encounter. Both boxers could really use a win. Kennedy (7-6-1, three KO's) has lost four straight and is winless in his last seven (0-5-1, one NC) since 2010. Douglin (14-3, eight KO's) has lost two straight and three of his last five over the last three years.
Also on this card, Manassas, VA middleweight Nycholas Ellerbe looks for his first win as he faces Carlos Lopez of New York City, who is also 0-1.
DC super middleweight Dominic Wade has an opponent for his Saturday, October 26 eight-round bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Wade (12-0, nine KO's) will take on "Sugar" Roberto Ventura of Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico (12-7, 12 KO's). The bout actually may be fought closer to the middleweight limit of 160 pounds.
Ventura's career seems to go in streaks -- he won his first five pro bouts, then lost six in a row, then won six straight before going 1-1 in his last two. Only two of Ventura's 19 pro bouts have been in the United States and Ventura lost both of those contests.
We talked to Wade after a recent workout. Here's the interview:
In local amateur news, the teams for the World Golden Gloves on Friday and Saturday, October 25-26 at the Waldorf Jaycees in Waldorf, MD have been set. We will bring you the list of the names for the teams from the United States, Mexico, Ireland and Puerto Rico later today. However, we can tell you that four Beltway amateurs will be on Team USA for this event including both National Golden Gloves champions -- the "Golden Boy" of the National Golden Gloves, Gary Antonio Russell (123 Pounds) and Lamont Roach, Jr. (132 pounds).
Also, Lawrence Singh (114 pounds) of Riverdale, MD will be on the US team along with Marquis Moore who returns to the area. Moore, a native of Fort Washington, MD, is in the US Army and is stationed at Fort Carson, CO. Moore won the Golden Gloves in 2013 at 165 pounds, representing the Colorado-New Mexico region.