There has been a lot of movement on the Madness Boxing card slated for Saturday, December 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The card has a number of changes, however, some matchups are set.
Oxon Hill, MD super middleweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson is still in the main event and he will face "The White Tiger" Angel Rios of the Bronx, NY in an eight-round contest. Johnson (14-1, six KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Simon Ruvalcaba on August 10 at the Convention Center.
Rios (9-19, six KO's) started his career as a lightweight in 1999 and has fought some familiar names as he has moved up in weight including Nate Campbell, Mike Anchondo, Terrence Crawford, Rod Salka, Dorin Spivey and the Beltway's own James Stevenson. The last bout for Rios was at super middleweight and he lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Willie Fortune on October 17 in Detroit, MI.
One of the big changes on the card is the addition of Capitol Heights, MD super middleweight Henry "Sugarpoo" Buchanan who will face veteran William Gill of Toms River, NJ in a six-round contest. Buchanan (20-3, 13 KO's) returns to the ring for the first time since losing a 10-round unanimous decision to Shawn Hawk on March 31, 2012 in New Town, ND.
Gill (9-30, seven KO's) has fought a who's who of prospects and contenders in the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions including David Telesco, Anthony Hanshaw, Jaidon Codrington and Max Alexander. Gill has also lost three bouts to Beltway Boxer Mike Paschall, one to Carlos Jones, and, if you like comparing won-loss records, Gill also lost a six-round unanimous decision to Alexander Johnson in April of 2010 at the Convention Center.
Also added to the card is undefeated Baltimore, MD featherweight Gervonta "Rambo" Davis who will battle James Franks of Newport News, VA in a six-round battle. Davis (5-0, five KO's) is coming off a fourth-round TKO win over Eric Jamar Goodall on October 17 in Bethlehem, PA. Franks (2-8-1, two KO's) has not fought since losing a four-round decision to Frank Santos De Alba in August of 2011 in Virginia Beach, VA. Davis will be the fifth Beltway Boxer Franks has faced after losing to Tyrell Samuel, Ron Boyd and Thomas Snow and winning over Andre Nichols.
Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson also returns to action in a four-round contest against Stanley Harvey of Norfolk, VA. Nicholson (4-0, four KO's) will look to extend his three-bout, first-round knockout streak which included a 57-second knockout of Ayei Lama on November 23 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore. Harvey (1-6, one KO) is facing an undefeated boxer for the fourth straight time. This includes losses to locals Dillon Hayman and Antoine Douglas.
In other bouts signed for the card, Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae will face Franklin "A Cup" Edmondson of Durham, NC in a six-round contest. McRae (11-3, six KO's) won a four-round unanimous decision over Willie Chisolm on September 28 at the Patapsco Arena in his last outing.
Edmondson (14-39-1, five KO's) has had a career that spans a 20-year period and includes bouts against a who's who in the light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions including former world champions Jean-Marc Mormeck and Imanu Mayfield along with former heavyweight contenders Owen Beck and Courage Tshabalala. Edmondson has also fought locals Floyd Seymour, Courtney Butler and two bouts against former Maryland State Light Heavyweight champion Fabian Garcia.
In another six-round contest, DC light heavyweight "Mr. Amazing" Greg Newby will take on Philadelphia, PA's Greg "Hot-Shot" Hackett. Newby (9-0, five KO's) scored a second-round TKO over James Jones on August 10 at the Convention Center. Hackett (2-13) will face a Beltway Boxer for the fourth time in his last five outings having lost previously to Johnson, Jarrett Hurd and Alantez Fox.
In an all-Beltway four-round bout, DC featherweight Shadeed Floyd will battle Baltimore's Darrell "Bad Azz" Martin. Both men fought on the last card at the Convention Center on October 26. Floyd (1-1-1, one KO) fought to a four-round draw against Nuwan Jayakody while Martin (4-16, one KO) dropped a four-round split decision to DC's Joshua "Marvelous Moe" Parker.
Parker (4-0, two KO's) is still looking for an opponent for this card as are undefeated White Plains, MD lightweight Terron "Kid" Grant (7-0, four KO's) and DC junior welterweight Cornelius "Bodysnatcher" Whitlock (2-0-2 one KO, one NC). The boxers no longer on the card are locals Kevin Rivers, Jr. and James Stevenson along with Philadelphia, PA boxer Tyrone Brunson.