The Top Flight Promotions card for Saturday, October 26 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC is starting to come together. Here are the bouts that we know have been confirmed.
The promoter of the card, DC lightweight Ty Barnett, will be in the eight-round main event as he takes on Carlos Winston "El Guerrero" Velasquez of Managua, Nicaragua.
Barnett (21-3-1, 14 KO's) scored a sixth-round TKO over Stephan Alexander in his last outing on his first self-promoted card on June 15 at the Convention Center. Velasquez (21-16-1, 11 KO's) will battle for the first time in the United States and he will come to the capital city of the US fresh off an eight-round split decision win over Shoky Sakai on June 29 in Managua.
The co-feature brings undefeated Baltimore, MD welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson to DC for the very first time in his pro career. Stevenson (20-0, 13 KO's) will face "The Exciting" Joshua Allotey, a native of Ghana who now fights out of Virginia. The bout is scheduled for six rounds.
Stevenson last fought on June 28 and scored a fourth-round TKO over James Hope at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore. Stevenson has fought 16 times in Maryland, once in Virginia, once in Florida and twice in North Carolina. Allotey (16-10, 14 KO's) returns to the ring after an absence of more than three years and he will try to break a four-bout losing streak.
Undefeated DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton will return to action in a four-round contest against Roberto Lopez of Kissimmee, FL. Grayton (5-0, five KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Jamal Davis on June 15 at the Convention Center. Four of Grayton's five knockouts have come in the first round with the fifth knockout coming in round two.
That streak of performances could be tested by the normally-durable Lopez (4-6-2, one KO). Lopez suffered his first knockout loss in his last outing when he was stopped in the third round by Mike Reed on July 13 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
In what should be an interesting all-DC featherweight matchup, Shadeed Floyd will be in a four-round contest against Nuwan Jayakody. Floyd (1-1, one KO) has not fought since suffering his first pro loss on December 8 at the Convention Center where he dropped a four-round split decision to David Warren Huffman. Jayakody, a native of Sri Lanka (1-3, one KO), has dropped three straight by unanimous decision including his last one to Angel Garcia on September 21 in Queens, NY.
The card will also mark the long-awaited pro debut of DC middleweight Larry Recio who will face Luis Teel of Las Vegas, NV (0-2). Recio was a well-known amateur for many years in the Beltway region.
Also slated to be on the card are undefeated White Plains, MD lightweight Terron "Kid" Grant (6-0, four KO's) who is slated to participate in his first six-round contest. Grant last fought on June 8 and scored a first-round TKO over Joseph Dixon at EchoStage Lounge in DC. Joining Grant on the card are DC junior welterweight Joshua "Marvelous Moe" Parker (3-0, two KO's) and DC lightweight Antonio "Teflon" Magruder (2-0, two KO's). All three boxers are still looking for opponents.