Friday, May 31, 2013

Brown Wins By TKO in Amateur Tournament in Puerto Rico!

DC lightweight Tiara Brown  has advanced to the lightweight finals of the Cheo Aponte Tournament in Caguas City, Puerto Rico on Thursday.

Brown, who is originally from Fort Myers, FL, trains at the Headbangers gym in DC and lives in the DC area, scored a second-round TKO over Cristal Montalvo of Puerto Rico.  Brown, the 2012 world champion in her weight class, will face 2011 Pan American Games champ Kiria Tapia of Puerto Rico in the championship contest.

Local Gym Profiled in Washington Examiner!

This column actually appeared in Thursday's Washington Examiner, however, it is a very nice article.  Examiner Columnist Thom Loverro profiles Tony Bell and his gym which is now located on Mount Olivet Road in Northeast, DC and how it could really be a major benefit to the neighborhoods it serves.

Here's the article:

June DC Cards Taking Shape!

The back-to-back DC cards in June are starting to take shape.  The Saturday, June 8 G Promotions card at the EchoStage Lounge (former DC Star or DC Tunnel) will have some interesting bouts and a number of local boxers making their pro debuts.

BATB has already told you about WBC Fecarbox Middleweight champion Tony "Mo Better" Jeter's bout against veteran Jimmy "The Dream" LeBlanc.  Now comes word that there will be a women's bout on the card that will be very unique.

Lisa Garland of York, SC (10-6, five KO's) will take on Kerri Hill of Little Rock, AK (4-24-1, one KO) in a bout for two minor regional titles.  What makes this so unique is that these two ladies have faced each other twice before, with Garland winning both bouts.  However, both bouts went the 10-round distance.  This bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with each round going three minutes in length instead of the usual two-minute rounds in women's boxing.

Baltimore featherweight prospect Gervonta "Rambo" Davis (2-0, two KO's) has been added to the card and he is looking for an opponent.  Other boxers slated for the card are Terron "Kid" Grant (5-0, three KO's) of White Plains, MD as well as debuting boxers Jerrell Harris, Jordan Peters and Marcus Bates.

The Top Flight Promotions card on Saturday, June 15 at the Washington Convention Center has many of its matches already set.  As we've mentioned, the head of Top Flight, DC lightweight Ty Barnett, will be in the main event taking on Norfolk, VA veteran Stephon Alexander in a 10-round contest.

There will be two six-round contests, one we've already announced. Undefeated Palmer Park, MD featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. will participate in his first six-round bout as he faces Rasool Shakoor of Jackson, MI.

The other six-rounder is another bout of youth vs. experience. Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox risks his undefeated record against Damon Antoine of Akron, OH.  Fox (11-0-1, four KO's)  is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Keith Collins on April 25 in Tulsa, OK. Antoine (11-46-2, five KO's) was in a contest on May 18 at the UDC Sports Complex in DC against Charles Natal.  However, the bout was declared a no-contest because of a power outage.

DC prospects Danny "Smooth" Kelly and David "Day-Day" Grayton now have opponents for the card.  Kelly (3-0, three KO's) will battle Charles Brown of  Akron, OH (6-16-1, three KO's) while Grayton (4-0, four KO's) will take on Jamaal Davis of Lynchburg, VA (0-1).  Both are slated for four rounds.

As previously announced, Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed of Waldorf, MD will take on veteran Nalo Leal of Amway Heights, WA and Antonio Magruder  of DC will make his pro debut against Alan Beeman.  Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines is also slated to be on the card.

There is also slated to be a card at the Frederick Fight Club in Frederick, MD on Saturday, June 22.  We will post more about that card later today.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Amateur Boxing Comes To Laurel, MD June 1!

There will be an amateur boxing show coming to the Gardens Ice House located at 13800 Old Gunpowder Road in Laurel, MD on Saturday, June 1 beginning at 8 PM.

A number of local and regional junior and novice Golden Gloves champions are slated to participate on the card including 2012 Novice 132 pound champion Jefri Gutierrez, 2011 Novice 132 pound champ Andrew Barret, as well as 2013 Junior 115 pound titleholder Andres Garibay and Evgeny Metchenov who participated in the 2013 Golden Gloves.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Tickets for children under 12 are $5.  Call 410-419-4348 for details.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Eight Locals Advance to Junior Olympic Nationals in June!

Eight Beltway amateurs will represent this region at the Junior Olympic Nationals in Mobile, AL in June.

Local boxers put on solid performances at the regional tournament in Chesapeake, VA this weekend.  Boxers in the 15-16 age group will be heading to Mobile.  Here are the results from Saturday's finals (thanks once again to Ricky Womack of PVA Boxing):

101 Pounds: Nick Sullivan (VA) over Dylon Price (MAA)

106 Pounds: Demetreus Young (PVA) over Zack Bartrum (WVA)

110 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams (PVA) over Caleb Caudill (WVA)

114 Pounds: Sergio Balanos (PVA) over Andrew Litteral (WVA)

119 Pounds: Mack Allison (SAA) over Nico Woods (PVA)

125 Pounds: Troy Isley (VA) over Martino Joles (MAA)

132 Pounds: Tyshawn Wilson (VA) over Kevin Garcia

138 Pounds: Mark Dawson (MAA) over Gene Sullivan (VA)

154 Pounds: Joel Castro (MAA) over Richard Foxwell (SAA)

176+ Pounds: Malik Titus (SAA)  over Davon Sullivan (PVA)

Here are the results from the other age groups:

11-12 Years:

65 Pounds: Tyreek Williams (PVA)  over  Alec Morrales (MAA)

75 Pounds:  Keon Davis (VA) over Kesean Bagwell (SAA)

80 Pounds: Ayyub Harris (MAA) over Chima Okora (SAA)

85 Pounds: Jermoine Royster (VA) over Sharif Owens (MAA)

101 Pounds: Keith Bagwell (SAA) over Jonathan Slone (WVA)

13-14 Years:

70 Pounds: Khalil Olverson (VA) over Kevon Cooke (PVA)

80 Pounds: Kavon Robertson (VA) over George McRay (PVA)

90 Pounds: Rudy Calixto (SAA) over Traveion Carpenter (VA)

95 Pounds: Keyshawn Davis (VA) over Jordan Hunter (PVA)

114 Pounds: Nicholas Chandler (MAA) over Rico Todd (SAA)

119 Pounds: Ameer Brown (PVA) over Shadid Bond (SAA)

132 Pounds: Cody Stang (AMA) over Umar Ali (PVA)

Congratulations to the Virginia Association of USA Boxing who took the team competition.  Potomac Valley Association came in second followed by the Mid-Atlantic Association.

An Overview of the Beltway Boxing Scene Through the Lens of Juan Marshall!

Hope everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy the fine photography work of my blogging partner Juan Marshall from ProAmFightTalk.  For more than a year, Juan's work has been used not only by this space but also by fighters, promotions and commissions.  Juan is as passionate about the success of this area as anyone I know.

Juan put together a nice slideshow video of the some of the great talent we have in the Beltway and I'd like to share it with you.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Results From First Round of Junior Olympic Regionals!

A number of local boxers are competing in the USA Boxing Junior Olympic Regionals in Chesapeake, VA this weekend.  Here are the first-round results (thanks to Ricky Womack of PVA Boxing):

11-12 years

65 Pounds: Alec Morales (MAA)  over Dajuan James (VA)

80 Pounds:  Chima Okuro (SAA) over Hunter Burke (WVA)

13-14 years

75 Pounds: Jay Eric Stancil (PVA) over Jamarni Scott (SAA)

80 Pounds: Kavon Robertson (VA) over Malik Warren (SAA)

90 Pounds: Adam Calixto (SAA) over Sequan Epps (PVA)

132 Pounds: Umar Ali (PVA) over Alijah Williams (SAA)

15-16 years

125 Pounds: Martino Jules (MAA) over Cortez Dargin (PVA)

125 Pounds: Troy Isley (VA) over Ivan Calixto (SAA)

110 Pounds (Female): Mydia Alunso (MAA) over Jennifer Datshawn (WVA)

132 Pounds: Tyshawn Wilson (VA) over Zachery Arvelo (AMA)

138 Pounds: Mark Dawson (MAA) over Joseph Veazey (SAA)

154 Pounds: Richard Foxwell  (SAA) over Dalton Pullens (WVA)
176+ Pounds: Malik Titus (SAA) over Fabian Valentin (MAA)

Legend:  PVA -- Potomac Valley Association (DC, Prince George's County, Montgomery County)
               SAA -- South Atlantic Association (Baltimore, Eastern Shore areas)

               VA -- Virginia Association

               MAA -- Mid-Atlantic Association (Philadelphia, New Jersey areas)

               AMA -- Alleghany Mountain Association (Western Pennsylvania)

               WVA -- West Virginia Association

The winners from this event will advance to the USA Boxing Junior Olympic Nationals June 26-29 in Mobile, AL.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Russell Cleared to Resume Training; Scheduled to Compete July 13 in Brooklyn!

Undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. has been medically cleared to resume full training after suffering a hairline fracture in his left hand after his last contest.

Russell (22-0, 13 KO's) hurt his hand in the 10-round unanimous decision win over Vyacheslav Gusev on March 2 in Las Vegas, NV.  Russell knocked Gusev down in the third round and then fractured his hand in either the fourth or fifth round. Russell still earned a shutout (100-89) on all three judge's cards.

Russell says he has been doing more strength and conditioning training in recent weeks but says he has back to full strength now.

The 2008 US Olympian also kept busy by joining his father, Gary, Sr.  in the corner of his brother Antonio who recently won a National Golden Gloves title in Salt Lake City, UT.  Antonio also captured the Outstanding Boxer trophy during the tournament.  As BATB previously reported, Antonio is the third member of his family to win a National Golden Gloves title.

Russell is now focused on his next outing, which is slated to be on Saturday, July 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  This will be the co-feature to the bout featuring Bernard Hopkins against Karo Murat.  Russell does not have an opponent, but Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who is promoting the card, tells's Dan Rafael that he would like to match Russell against former WBO Featherweight champ Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico.  Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KO's) would bring a lot of experience to the bout as he has faced a who's who of current and former champions and contenders.  Gonzalez's record includes victories over former world champions Mark Johnson, Fernando Montiel and Ratanachi Sor Vorapin.  The 31-year-old Gonzalez has also competed against the likes of former champs Gerry Penalosa, Israel Vasquez and current contender Daniel Ponce De Leon.

The two men are ranked among the world's best.  Russell is ranked number two by the WBO, three by the WBA and fifth by the WBC.  Gonzalez is ranked ahead of Russell in the WBC at number two.

Local Beltway Vets Look to Get Out-Of-Town Wins in June!

Two Beltway Boxers we haven't heard from in a while will try to turn things around in bouts coming in June.

On Friday, June 7 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, DC super bantamweight Yieta Johnson will face undefeated John Franklin of Kansas City, MO in a four-round contest.  Johnson (2-3, two KO's) has not fought since being knocked out in the first round by Raul Lopez in January of 2010 in New York City.  Johnson has never gone the distance in any of his previous bouts.  Both of his wins and all three of his losses have been by knockout.

Then on Saturday, June 8 at the Civic Center in Biloxi, MS, DC cruiserweight Richard McCombs makes his return to the ring and he will face debuting former amateur standout Javonte Charles of Memphis, TN.  McCombs (1-3, one KO) has not fought since losing by first round TKO to Mario Flores in November of 2010 at DC Star (now known as EchoStage) in DC.  McCombs is a relative of former WBC Welterweight champion Maurice Blocker.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kennedy Gets Second Chance at Yorgey June 15 in Valley Forge, PA!

Windsor Mill, MD middleweight "Relentless" Julius Kennedy gets a rematch against Harry Joe Yorgey of Bridgeport, PA on Saturday, June 15 at the Valley Forge Casino and Resort in Valley Forge, PA.

On March 15 at the Valley Forge Convention Center, Yorgey won a six-round split decision over Kennedy that was controversial to say the least.  Kennedy won on one judge's scorecard 58-56.  Another judge saw the bout 58-56 to Yorgey.  However, the third judge saw the bout 60-54 for Yorgey.  That judge, reportedly, will not judge another bout in Pennsylvania according to sources.  The rematch is scheduled for 10 rounds.

Yorgey (26-2-1, 12 KO's) has not fought since the first contest between the two.  Kennedy (7-5-1, three KO's) lost by fifth-round stoppage to DeCarlo Perez on April 19 in Chester, PA.  Kennedy was not knocked down during the contest.  Kennedy will be trying to break a six-bout winless streak (0-4-1, one NC)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Barnett Participates In 10-Round Contest June 15 at Washington Convention Center!

DC lightweight Ty Barnett returns to action in the main event of his first self-promoted card on Saturday, June 15 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Barnett (20-3-1, 13 KO's) will try to bounce back from his ninth round TKO loss to Mercito Gesta on August 3 in Las Vegas.  Barnett will face Stephon Alexander of Norfolk, VA (6-5-1, six KO's) in a scheduled 10-round bout.  Alexander has won two straight by first-round knockout.

In other bouts slated for the card, undefeated Palmer Park, MD featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. makes a quick return to action as he is slated to participate in his first scheduled six-round contest.  Rivers (7-0, five KO's) won a four-round unanimous decision over Jason Rorie on May 18 at the University of the District of Columbia.  Rivers's opponent will be Rasool Shakoor of Jackson, MI (3-11-1,one KO).  Shakoor won a six-round decision over previously undefeated Kieyon Bussey in January 2010 but has lost four straight since then.

Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed is also scheduled to be in action as he faces veteran Nalo Leal of Airway Heights, WA in a four-rounder.  Reed (2-0, two KO's) was slated to be on that May 18th card in DC but his bout was cancelled.  Leal (4-17-1) makes his second straight trip to the Washington Convention Center.   Last time out he lost by third-round TKO to Dusty Hernandez Harrison on November 3.

The card is also slated to include the pro debut of DC lightweight Antonio Magruder.  A highly-regarded amateur champion, Magruder is slated to take on Alan Beeman of Providence, RI in a four-rounder.  Beeman (0-6) is making his third straight trip to the Washington Convention Center.  Beeman has lost to Rivers as well as Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines in his previous outings.

Gaines is slated to be on this card along with Beltway Boxers Alantez "SlyAza" Fox, Danny "Smooth" Kelly and David "Day-Day" Grayton.  All of these boxers are looking for opponents.

Crews Brings Silver Home From Venezuela; Prepares For Unique Fundraising Adventure in June!

Baltimore, MD middleweight Franchon Crews won a silver medal at the Women's Continental Championships in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela on Sunday.  Crews lost a 15-7 decision to Yeneiber Guillen of the Dominican Republic in the 165 Pound title bout.

When Crews comes back home, she will get ready for a very interesting fundraiser.  Crews has joined forces with the National Kidney Foundation.  This is a campaign that hits home for her because Crews's mother, Sarah, has been battling stage four renal failure due to chronic kidney disease since 2005.

Crews will be participating in the National Kidney Foundation's fourth annual Rappel For Kidney Health which will be held on Saturday, June 8 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

During the event, Crews will rappel 28 stories down the side of the hotel!  This is to raise funds to cure this disease.  Here's how you can help:

The following link is for Franchon Crews's personal page:

You can donate online and help Crews reach her goal of $1,000.  Best wishes, Franchon!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Jeter To Face LeBlanc June 8 in DC!

After having his own bout cancelled on his card in May, WBC Fecarbox Middleweight champion Tony "Mo Better" Jeter will return to action on Saturday, June 8 at EchoStage Lounge (formerly DC Tunnel or DC Star).

Jeter (15-3-1, 10 KO's) is slated to take on veteran Jimmy "The Dream" LeBlanc of Weymouth, MA in the main event of a card promoted by G Promotions of Mechanicsville, MD.  LeBlanc (13-24-4, five KO's) has fought numerous Beltway Boxers including Jimmy Lange and Alantez Fox and holds victories over Josh Rupard and Luther Smith.

Also slated to be on the card are White Plains, MD junior welterweight Terron "Kid" Grant (5-0, three KO's) as well as undefeated Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest (6-0, five KO's).  Also, DC featherweight Marcus Bates is slated to make his pro debut on the card.

Updated Beltway Golden Gloves Champions List!

For the fourth consecutive year, we can update the list of Beltway Boxers who have captured National Golden Gloves Championships.

This list includes two boxers who are in the International Boxing Hall of Fame (Leonard and Mark Johnson), four future pro world champions (Leonard, M. Johnson, DeMarcus Corley and Lamont Peterson) and three Olympians (Leonard, Heidi Curtis and Gary Russell, Jr.)

A testament to our current amateur/young pro crop:  This list also says that this current run of National Golden Gloves champions (four straight years/eight champions) is the longest consecutive stretch in Beltway Boxing history!

1973 and 1974: Sugar Ray Leonard

1976: Louis "Heidi" Curtis

1978: William "Flip" Johnson

1979: Kenny "The Technician" Baysmore

1982: Warren "Chico" Thompson

1985: Eugene "Sonny" Speed

1986: Anthony Wilson

1988: Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson

1991: Melvin "Top Gun" Foster

1992: James Harris

1995: DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley

1995 and 1997: "Dangerous" Dana Rucker

1998: Lamont "Bay" Pearson

2001: Lamont Peterson

2003: Anthony Peterson

2005: Gary Russell, Jr.

2010: Gary Allen Russell, David Grayton

2011: Michael Reed

2012: Gervonta "Tank" Davis, D'Mitrius Ballard, Jerry Odom

2013: Gary Antonio Russell, Lamont Roach, Jr.

Harrison Leads Local Domination in DC!

Now let's come back home to DC where locals put on dominating performances in front of a packed house at the All-In-Entertainment "Champion Class" card at the University of the District of Columbia Sports Complex in Washington, DC.

In the main event, Dusty Hernandez Harrison put together his most dominating and complete performance of his young career scoring a fifth-round TKO over Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, RI.  Harrison unleashed a blistering left jab that continuously kept Soto at bay.  Harrison landed a brutal right hand to drop Soto in the second round.  Later, Harrison used another right to put his most experienced foe away for the night in the fifth round where the bout was stopped at 2:48.  Harrison is now 15-0, nine KO's.  Soto falls to 12-7, four KO's.

The co-feature saw "The King's Son" Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD score a first-round TKO over Andrew Morias of Monroe, MI.  Odom hit Morias with a brutal body shot and then pressured Morias until referee Dave Braslow stopped the action at 1:06 of the round.  Odom still has yet to go past the first round and he is now 4-0, four KO's, one NC.  Morias is 1-2.

In what was definitely a Beltway Boxing Knockout Of The Year candidate, Alexandria, VA light heavyweight Patrick Coye made his pro debut an explosive one with a brutal right hand that sent the equally debuting Charles Parker of Wilson, NC crashing to the canvas. Referee Sharon Sands got Coye to go to a neutral corner and then immediately stopped the bout at 1:36 of the round. Parker stayed on the canvas for a few moments after but got up under his own power.

The return of Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight "Big" Phill Brown was not a good one as "The Samoan Truth" Natu Visinia of Lakewood, CA was very powerful as he rocked Brown in the first round with brutal head shots.  Brown never went down but was hurt enough for the bout to be stopped at 2:49 of the first.  Brown, who was competing for the first time since 2007, is now 6-2, three KO's.  Visinia remains undefeated at 9-0, eight KO's.

In the curtain-raising bout, Palmer Park, MD featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. remained undefeated with a workmanlike four-round unanimous decision over veteran Jason "J-Rock" Rorie of Winston-Salem, NC.  Rivers stayed very patient against the awkward Rorie and scored a shutout (40-36) on all three judge's cards.  Rivers is now 7-0, five KO's while Rorie is now 6-17, three KO's.

Two scheduled bouts did not take place.  As we mentioned earlier, Mike Reed's contest against Damon Antoine was scrapped because Antoine refused the bout.  Antoine was even offered extra money to take the contest but still turned the bout down.

Antoine, of Akron, OH ended up taking an all-Ohio bout with Charles Natal of Cleveland.  However, karma may have set in as the walkout bout was stopped by a power outage in the arena.  The bout was declared a no-contest.

Also, Greg Newby's contest was scrapped at the very last minute as a problem came up with the medicals of his opponent William Prieto.

The card was promoted by All-In-Entertainment.  The matchmaker was Michael Walters.

A couple of random notes:  Because of my duties with GoFightLive's internet broadcast, I was unable to do my normal blogging duties the way I normally do.  My deepest thanks to Juan Marshall of ProAm  Fight Talk for providing full coverage along with some outstanding pictures of the night.  Please go visit.

Also, my thanks to "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears for coming over and joining me on the Post-Fight Wrap-Up tonight.

I want to also thank GoFightLive and All-In-Entertainment for having me be a part of the internet broadcast.  I had three great people to work with as on-air folks in Richard Quinones, heavyweight contender Monte "Two-Gunz" Barrett and the lovely Janee Hayes, a local talent who handled our interviews with celebrities in attendance.  The GoFightLive crew took me back to the days of Boxing Spotlight and it was a joy to work with all of them.

Now here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up with one clarification:

I mentioned in the wrap that I thought that Lamont Peterson's loss would destroy plans for a possible September 7 card in DC. However, as I said in the last post, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer later said that the date and the Verizon Center venue are definitely on the table.  I was unaware of that when I made my statement.  Glad I was wrong.

Saturday Out-of-Town Beltway Recap: Russell, Roach, Moore Win National Golden Gloves Titles; L. Peterson Falls in AC while A. Peterson and Williams Win ; Crews Heads Into Finals in Venezuela!

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.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Rivers Wins Unanimous Decision!

Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. has won a four-round unanimous decision over Jason Rorie.  All three judges scored the bout 40-36.  Rivers is now 7-0, five KO's.  Rosie is 6-17, three KO's.

We have just received word that Greg Newby's bout against William Prieto has been scratched.  Prieto had medical issues.

A. Peterson Scores Second-Round TKO in Atlantic City!

Anthony Peterson has scored a second-round TKO over Dominic Salcido at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. 

Peterson was heavy handed throughout and busted Salcido's nose.  Salcido could not come out for the third round.

Peterson is now 32-1, 21 KO's.  Salcido is now 18-5, eight KO's.

Changes to DC Card!

One big change to tonight's card at UDC.  We mentioned that the Mike Reed-Damon Antoine bout may not come off.  We can now confirm that the bout will not come off.  Antoine did not agree to the bout.

Reed is completely off the card.  Antoine will face Charles Natal in an all-Ohio battle that is listed as the walkout bout.

Russell, Roach, Jr. To Compete For National Golden Gloves Honors Saturday in Salt Lake City!

Gary Antonio Russell and Lamont Roach, Jr. will vie for National Golden Gloves titles tonight in Salt Lake City, UT.

Russell advanced to the championship in the 123-pound division with a decision win over Misael Reyes of Kansas City.  Russell will face Ja'Rico O'Quinn of Detroit in the finals and will try to become the third member of the Russell Family to win a national Golden Gloves title (Gary Jr. in 2005, Allen in 2010).

Roach moved into the 132-pound title bout with a decision victory over Cresendo Ramos of Texas.  Roach will battle Maliek Montgomery of Knoxville in the championship round.

DC's Kareem Martin lost in the semis of the 152 pound division, dropping a decision to Erickson Lubin of Florida while Darnell Price II of Camp Lejeune, NC fell by RSC to Joshua Temple of St. Louis in the 201 pound class.

Also, Marquis Moore, representing the Colorado-New Mexico region, is in the finals of the 165-pound division and will face Kyrone Davis of Pennsylvania.  Moore is originally from Fort Washington, MD but fights out of Fort Carson, CO where he is stationed in the Army.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Crews Wins Opener at Women's Continental Championships in Venezuela!

Baltimore, MD 165-pounder Franchon Crews won her opening bout at the 2013 Women's Continental Championships in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela on Thursday.

Crews defeated Bastieri Danieli of Brazil 18-10 in the quarterfinals.  Crews will face Venezuelan Francelis Carmona in the semis on Saturday.

Peterson Weighs 136 1/2; Williams 175 in Atlantic City!

Anthony Peterson and his opponent Dominic Salcido tipped the scales at 136 1/2 for their encounter at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  Thomas Williams and his foe, Otis Griffin, both weighed in at 175 pounds.

Both bouts are slated to be shown during the Showtime Extreme channel's telecast beginning at 7 PM ET.

Weights From UDC!

Here is the scale watch for the All-In-Entertainment card at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Sports Complex:
(Photos by Juan Marshall)

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison 145 vs. Eddie Soto 143

Jerry Odom 168 vs. Andrew Morias 164

Mike Reed 148 vs. Damon Antoine 147

Phill Brown 307 vs. Natu Visinia 268

Patrick Coye 174 vs. Charles Parker 168

Greg Newby 172 vs. William Prieto 166

Kevin Rivers, Jr. 126 vs. Jason Rorie 125

Charles Natal 149 vs. Delvery Woodford (will weigh-in tomorrow)

Deon Richardson 143 vs. Blair Cobbs 140

The Reed-Antoine bout may not happen although both men weighed in as if they would fight each other.  Reportedly, Antoine's camp did not agree to the contest.  As of now, however, the bout is on.

I'll be working with the GoFightLive broadcast team, so I may not be blogging live as much tomorrow.  By the way, the GoFightLive broadcast on will begin at 7 PM ET.  The broadcast begins at 7 PM ET.

We will have the full recap after the card is over and hopefully updates from both the locals on the Peterson-Matthysee card in Atlantic City.  We may not get final results from the National Golden Gloves in Utah until early Sunday.

Peterson Weighs 141 For Atlantic City Bout!

Lamont Peterson weighed in at 141 Pounds for his 12-round non-title bout Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  That was the contracted weight for this bout.  Lucas Matthysse weighed in at 140 pounds.

The bout will be shown on Showtime with the broadcast beginning at 9 PM.  As soon as we get the weights for the bouts featuring Anthony Peterson and Thomas Williams, we will pass those along to you.

Services Announced For Vardell McCann!

The services for longtime Beltway trainer Vardell McCann have been announced.  Mr. McCann's homegoing service will take place on Monday, May 20 at Maple Springs Baptist Church located at 4131 Belt Road in Capitol Heights, MD.  The viewing will be from 9 AM to 11 AM with the service immediately following.

Four Locals in Semis of National Golden Gloves!

The DC region has four boxers remaining who are eligible for National Golden Gloves titles in Salt Lake City, UT

Gary Antonio Russell, Lamont Roach, Jr. and Kareem Martin all advanced to the semifinals in their respective divisions.  Russell won a decision over Israel Mercado of California at 123 pounds.  Roach won a decision over Hector Rendon of Nevada in the 132-pound bracket.  Martin won a decision over Larry Gomez from the Rocky Mountain Region.

The fourth representative is Darnell Price II from Camp Lejeune, NC who advanced in the 201 Pound bracket with a decision win over Bryan Daniels of the New England region.

Also, Marquis Moore, a native of Fort Washington, MD who is in the Army, is fighting out of Fort Carson, CO and is in the semifinals of the 165 Pound division.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Post Columnist Talks About Lamont Peterson!

Washington Post columnist Mike Wise has a nice column about IBF 140-Pound champ Lamont Peterson as Peterson prepares for his Saturday, May 18 bout against WBC Interim champ Lucas Matthysse in Atlantic City, NJ.

Also watch the video that accompanies the column as Wise, while mistakingly saying that Peterson is going to defend his title, is someone local fans can -- and should -- root for.

The link is here:

Russell, Roach, Martin and Price Advance at National Golden Gloves!

Four members of the DC Region Golden Gloves team have advanced at the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, UT.

Gary Antonio Russell and Lamont Roach, Jr. won their second bouts of the tournament.  Russell advanced to the quarterfinals of the 123-Pound division with a decision over Alex Roman of Florida.  Roach moved into the quarters of the 132-Pound class by decision over Jousce Gonzalez of California.

Also, Darnell Price, II from Camp Lejeune, NC moved into the 201-Pound final eight with a win over Jamel Burnside of Florida.

DC's Kareem Martin won his first bout at 152 pounds with a decision over Vernon Brown of Chicago.

Lawrence Singh, a late addition to the DC Region team at 114 pounds, lost to Javier Padilla of California. Chris Laws, a novice boxer placed on the DC squad, lost his bout at 201+ pounds falling to Marion Steen of Cleveland, OH.

Ward Battles To Majority Draw in New York!

DC cruiserweight Andre Ward fought to a four-round majority draw against the debuting Jay Rodriguez of New York Wednesday night at BB King's Bar and Grill in New York City.

Ward got the nod on one card 39-37 but two other judges saw the draw at 38-38.  This is the third draw of Ward's career and his record now stands at 1-1-3.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Weigh-In for 'Champion Class' Open To Public!

The weigh-in for the All-In-Entertainment "Champion Class" card will be held on Friday, May 17 at the University of the District of Columbia Auditorium next to the Sports Complex.  The weigh-in begins at 6 PM and will be free and open to the public.  We hope to get the complete lineup of the card tomorrow.

If you are traveling to UDC on Saturday via Metro, be advised that there are a couple of work zones on the Red Line including from Dupont Circle to the Van Ness station (where the UDC Sports Complex is) and between Rhode Island Avenue and Takoma stations.  Trains will be single-tracking through those work zones, so give yourselves extra time to get through those stations.  Metro says there will be trains coming every 24 minutes between Glenmont and Shady Grove.

This card will also be broadcast live on the internet on GoFightLive.  Yours truly will serve as the in-ring interviewer and commentator on the broadcast and work alongside Richard Quinones and Marc Abrams from GFL.

Grammy-nominated rapper Wale will be on WKYS 93.9 FM tonight at 7:30 PM ET to promote the card and will join fellow Beltway rappers Shy Glizzy and Light Show as they accompany Dusty Harrison on his ringwalk Saturday night.

Roach, Jr. Advances in National Golden Gloves!

Lamont Roach, Jr. has advanced to the second round of the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, UT.  Roach defeated Rodrigo Rubio of Iowa by decision in the 132-pound class.

In the 178-Pound Division, Joe Jones III lost in the first round by decision to John Phillips of Hawaii.

Andre Ward Weighs 199 For New York Battle at BB King's!

DC cruiserweight Andre Ward weighed in at 199 pounds for his four-round contest against the debuting Jay Rodriguez of New York City tonight at BB King's Bar and Grill in New York City. Rodriguez tipped the scales at 195.

Ward (1-1-2) hasn't fought since his four-round draw with Mario Flores on October 27 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Anthony Peterson Returns May 18 in Atlantic City!

For the first time since December of 2011, there will be two Peterson Brothers competing on the same card.  Lightweight Anthony Peterson will join his older brother, Lamont on the Saturday, May 18 card at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KO's) has not fought since December 10, 2011 when he won a 10-round unanimous decision over fellow Beltway Boxer Daniel Attah at the Washington Convention Center, the same card Lamont Peterson won the IBF/WBA 140-Pound championship from Amir Khan.

Anthony Peterson's opponent will be Dominic Salcido of Rialto, CA in this 10-round contest. Salcido (18-4, nine KO's) has lost three of his last four but has gone the 10-round distance in his last two bouts.  Salcido is moving up in weight from super featherweight for this contest.  The bout will be shown as part of the Showtime Extreme coverage beginning at 7 PM ET.

Russell, Price II Advance in National Golden Gloves!

Gary Antonio Russell has won his first-round contest at the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, UT.

Russell earned an RSC over Quincy Means, representing the Mid-South region in the 123 Pound division.  Also, Darnell Price II of Camp Lejeune, NC, who is on the DC Region team advanced in the 201 Pound class with a decision over Antonio Salazar of the Upper Midwest region.

Surprisingly, Patrick Harris lost in the first round of the 141 Pound class by decision to Alfonso Olvera of Nevada.  Harris was the DC Region's Outstanding Boxer.  Also falling in the first round was Jerome Featherstone who lost a decision to Quilisto Madera of California in the 165 Pound class.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Thomas Williams, Jr. to Face Former 'Next Great Champ' Griffin in First 10-Round Bout on Peterson-Matthysse Undercard in Atlantic City!

Undefeated Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. takes a nice step up in opponent name recognition on Saturday, May 18 when he battles Otis "Triple O.G." Griffin of Sacramento, CA in a 10-round contest at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  The bout will be on the Lamont Peterson-Lucas Matthysse undercard and will be shown on Showtime Extreme which will begin its coverage around 7 PM ET.

Williams, Jr., the 2012 Beltway Boxing Prospect of the Year (13-0, 10 KO's), will be looking for his  seventh straight knockout.  The last outing was a third-round TKO over Kevin Engel on March  2 in Las Vegas, NV.  This is Williams, Jr.'s first scheduled 10-round contest.

Griffin will be the most celebrated and most experienced opponent that Williams, Jr. has faced.  Griffin (24-12-2, 10 KO's) is best known for winning the Fox Network boxing reality series "The Next Great Champ" in 2004.  A former NABO and USBA Light Heavyweight champ, Griffin has lost two straight and six of his last seven.  Griffin has fought quality opponents such as Jeff Lacy, Byron Mitchell, Yusef Mack and Cedric Agnew throughout his career.

Harrison Gets Profile Prior To May 18 Bout!

As you know, this is a big boxing week for the Beltway with local participation in the National Golden Gloves, Lamont Peterson taking on Lucas Matthysee in Atlantic City and Dusty Harrison  headlining the card at UDC on Saturday night.  The Washington Post is doing great work in covering the week with the profiles on Patrick Harris and Kareem Martin and now Gene Wang's story on Harrison which can be found here.

Harris, Martin Profiled in Post Before National Golden Gloves!

Two local amateurs -- Patrick Harris and Kareem Martin -- are subjects of a Washington Post article by Gene Wang.  The two young men from the Headbangers Gym are in Salt Lake City, UT for the National Golden Gloves this week.

Here is the profile:

White Brings Silver Home From Ukraine!

Waldorf, MD's Jordan White has won a silver medal at the Victory Cup Tournament in Uman, Ukraine.  White lost his championship bout in the 101-pound division to Jevgenij Osvajannkov of the Ukraine.  The United States team won three gold, two silver and five bronze medals during the tournament.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Potomac Valley Junior Olympic Boxers Head to Regionals in Norfolk, VA May 24-26!

The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing is sending 23 boxers to the 2013 Junior Olympic Regionals in Norfolk, VA on May 22-24.  Here is the list of competitors:

13-14 year old Intermediate Class

70 Pounds:  Kevon Clark (No Xcuse) 

75 Pounds: Jay Eric Stancil (Sugar Ray Leonard)

80 Pounds: George McRay (Woodland)

85 Pounds: Philbert Griffith  (Sugar Ray Leonard)

90 Pounds: Sequan Epps (Woodland)

101 Pounds:  Malcolm Lowery (The Answer)

110 Pounds:  Gregory Burton  (Langdon)

119 Pounds: Ameer Brown  (Sugar Ray Leonard)

125 Pounds:  D'anardo Johnson (Sugar Ray Leonard)

132 Pounds: Umar Ali (Diamonds-N-Da-Ruff)

154 Pounds:  Steven Clark  (Sugar Ray Leonard)

176+ Pounds:  Lawrence Fox Jr.  (Sugar Ray Leonard)

15-16 year old Seniors

119 Pounds (Female):  Tybriah Mason (HeadBangers)  

101 Pounds: Marcus Willis  (Diamonds-N-Da-Ruff)

106 Pounds:  Demetrius Young  (Sugar Ray Leonard)

110 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams (Unattached)

114 Pounds: Sergio Bolanos  (Unattached)

119 Pounds:  Nico Woods  (Diamonds-N-Da-Ruff)

125 Pounds: Cortez Dargin (Rosedale)

138 Pounds:  Deonte Washington (Diamonds-N-Da-Ruff)

165 Pounds:  Kashif Muhammad-Brown  (Sugar Ray Leonard)

176 Pounds: Davon Sullivan  (No Xcuse) 

The PVA is offering an opportunity for boxers, coaches, friends and fans to join the athletes in Norfolk for the event.  The PVA is sponsoring a bus trip for the event for $40.  The price does not include hotel rooms or tickets to the competition.  For more information, call 202-528-7694 or 301-919-3412.

Emmanuel Taylor to Battle For NABF 140-Pound Title and Number One Ranking July 19 in New York!

BATB has learned that Edgewood, MD junior welterweight Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor has signed for a bout on Friday, July 19 that will be for the NABF 140-pound title and the top ranking in the WBC.  The bout will be shown on ESPN2 and will be held at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY.

Taylor (17-1, 12 KO's) has had an incredible 2013 thus far scoring knockout victories on national television in his last two outings.  On January 25, Taylor stopped Raymond Serrano in the sixth round at the Paramount on a Showtime ShoBox telecast.  Taylor then got up off the canvas to knock out Victor Cayo in the eighth round on March 8 in Atlantic City, NJ on an ESPN2 card.  Taylor is currently ranked sixth by the IBF and 12th by the WBC.

Taylor is slated to face Albert "Tornado" Mensah of Joliet, IL by way of Ghana.  Mensah (27-4-1, 12 KO's) has won two straight bouts in his native Ghana after his loss to Denis Shafikov by 12-round decision for the IBF International and WBC Baltic Junior Welterweight titles on December 1 in Quintana Roo, Mexico.  Mensah's biggest win was against former WBO Interim lightweight champ Michael Katsidis for the IBF International title in April of 2012.

Beltway Boxers Take Victories in Oklahoma!

We now have details on the two victories notched by Beltway Boxers this past Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.

Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas scored a first-round knockout over Coy Witt of Richlands, VA.  The bout was stopped at 1:36.  Douglas is now 7-0, five KO's.  Witt is 2-4, one KO.

Baltimore, MD junior middleweight Cecil McCalla also remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Abel Perry of Colorado Springs, CO.  McCalla raises his record to 16-0, six KO's while Perry falls to 18-7, nine KO's.

Surprisingly, there was a slight local feel to the co-feature on the card.  Newark, NJ middleweight "The Apollo Kidd" John Thompson won the eight round bout by unanimous decision.   BATB has learned that Thompson is the younger brother of Baltimore cruiserweight Cory "Black Ice" Cummings.

Jordan White Advances to Victory Cup Finals In The Ukraine!

Waldorf, MD 101-pounder Jordan White has advanced to the finals of the Victory Cup Tournament in Uman, Ukraine this weekend.  So far, White has scored victories over two Ukrainian opponents.  On Saturday, White won a 3-0 decision over Vladislav Zarachnij.

  Given the time difference, it is possible White has already competed in the finals today.  As soon as we get the result, we will pass it along.

White's performance follows on the heels of Alexandria, VA female lightweight Iesha Kinney who won a unanimous decision over Elizabeth Dillion of England last week in Tampere, Finland.

Phil Jackson Benson Captures WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight Title With Seventh-Round TKO!

                       (photo by Mike Greenhill)

Landover, MD super middleweight "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson Benson captured the vacant WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight title with a seventh-round TKO over a very game Maxell "The General" Taylor of Baltimore in front of a raucous packed house at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD.  The card was promoted by Jeter Promotions.

Jackson Benson used devastating body shots to gain the advantage in the contest.  From the opening round, Jackson Benson used the body work to set up his head shots and get Taylor against the ropes.  Taylor would gamely fight back but the punches took their toll.  Benson would have a big fifth round that almost got the fight stopped.  However, Taylor bounced back to have a good sixth round.

But in the seventh, Benson amped up the pressure and forced referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the contest at 1:15 of the round.  Benson is now 12-1, 11 KO's and has stopped his last seven opponents.  Taylor falls to 18-5-1, eight KO's.

The co-feature bout between heavyweights "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae of Columbia, MD and Norfolk, VA's Dennis Benson was ruled a double disqualification after the two boxers had an altercation before the bell rang.

Benson was already in the ring when McRae, who was fighting for the first time since September of 2011, entered and did his ring walk near Benson's corner.  The two exchanged words and tangled.  Referee Bill Clancy and Maryland State Athletic Commission members separated the two and sent them back to their corners.  Clancy warned both men that any more infractions would result in a disqualification.

Round one lasted approximately 20 seconds before the two men clinched and wouldn't let go.  Clancy had to physically separate the two boxers before waiving the  No word yet on any penalties for the two men after the altercation.

In the opening pro bout, Ferndale, MD heavyweight "Slick" Nick Kisner won a four-round unanimous decision over Willie "Blackout" Chisolm of Clearwater, FL.  Kisner used great lateral movement and solid combinations to frustrate Chisolm and win by shutout (40-36) on all three scorecards.  Kisner remains undefeated at 12-0-1, five KO's while Chisolm falls to 7-15, four KO's.

There were also five amateur bouts:

91 Pounds:  Rudy Calixto (Main Street) over Dante Baytop (UMAR)

125 Pounds: Jon  Quiros (Legends) over Austin Wolfrey (Club One)

145 Pounds (Novice): Kyean Coleman (No Limits) over Marc Julian (Ivey Boxing)

121 Pounds (Novice): Andre Harris (Club One) by retirement - 3 over Lee Bolden (Legends)

165 Pounds (Novice):  Abinel Tati (No Limits) over Robert Breslin (Club One)

Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up show featuring interviews with Phil Jackson Benson, Dwayne McRae and promoter Tony Jeter.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Noted Trainer Vardell McCann Passes!

Sad news to report. Longtime Beltway trainer Vardell McCann passed away earlier this week reportedly of a heart attack.

McCann was a part of the Beltway Boxing scene for more than 50 years, first as a boxer, then as a trainer, primarily at the Hillcrest Boxing Gym.  Also, McCann worked with the celebrated "Hard Corps" group of Derrell Coley, Reggie Green, Gerry Payne and Reuben Bell.

McCann was very well respected throughout the community.  As recently as this past February, McCann was among many legendary local figures honored by the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing for his service.  Vardell McCann was a truly wonderful person who was a pleasure to know.  He will truly be missed!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Jeter Title Bout Scrapped; Rest of May 11 Card Intact!

BATB has learned that the WBC Fecarbox Middleweight title bout between champion Tony Jeter and Victor Hugo Correa slated for Saturday, May 11 at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD has been called off.  However, the rest of the Jeter Promotions card -- including another WBC Fecarbox title bout -- will still take place.

Jeter Promotions learned late Thursday that something was wrong when Correa didn't arrive to be picked up at a local airport.  Subsequently, Correa sent an email saying he was not coming due to an illness.  This was after all the necessary documentation -- including medical forms -- had already been received.  After some last-minute tries to find a replacement, the bout had to be called off.

Where some promoters may have cancelled the card outright, Jeter Promotions told
BATB that it would not be right to the other boxers on the card to cancel, so the card will go on as scheduled with the bout between Phil Jackson Benson and Maxell Taylor for the vacant WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight title as the new main event.

So, here is the scale watch (with photos by Juan Marshall)

Phil Jackson Benson  165  (left) vs. Maxell Taylor 167  (WBC Fecarbox Supervisor Bismarck Morales holds the title belt)

Dwayne McRae 231 1/2  (left) vs. Dennis Benson 252

Nick Kisner 217 1/2 (left) vs. Willie Chisolm 218 1/2

The GoFightLive internet broadcast will also take place beginning around 7:30 PM with yours truly and "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears on the call.  We may do some live blogging but not as much as normal I would assume.   We will have our normal Post-Fight Wrap-Up after the card.

Peterson Prepares For May 18 Against Matthysse!

Even though his Saturday, May 18 bout against Lucas Matthysse is not a title defense, IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson sees the importance of the upcoming bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  The bout is a 12-round, 141-pound catchweight bout.

You can read what Peterson and his trainer, Barry Hunter, said by going to this link:

By the way, the winner of tonight's main event at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK that will appear on Showtime between Cleotis Pendarvis and Dierry Jean will be the number one contender for Peterson's title. As we said before, two locals -- Cecil McCalla and Antoine Douglas -- will participate on the non-televised undercard.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Douglas, McCalla Hit Scales in Oklahoma!

Two undefeated Beltway Boxers are on a card at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK on Friday night, May 10.  Middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas of Burke, VA will take on Coy Witt of Richlands, VA in a six-round matchup.  Douglas (6-0, four KO's) is coming off a second-round knockout of Juan Zapata on April 12 in Whitehall, NY.  Witt (2-3, one KO) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak.

Also on the card, Randallstown, MD junior middleweight Cecil McCalla returns to action after a more than 10-month absence as he faces Abel "Truth Serum" Perry of Colorado Springs, CO in another six-round bout.  McCalla (15-0, six KO's) has not fought since stopping Andre Baker in the fourth round on June 23 in Greensboro, NC.  Perry (18-6, nine KO's) had won five in a row before losing an eight-round majority decision to Don Mouton on September 28 in Lawton, OK.   This will be Perry's ninth bout in Oklahoma, with all five of his victories in the state coming by knockout.  Perry has lost three times in the state, one by KO.

The boxers hit the scales on Thursday:

Antoine Douglas 159 vs. Coy Witt 159

Cecil McCalla 147 vs. Abel Perry 149

These bouts will be on the undercard of the ShoBox card that will air on Friday night.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Harrison Gets Opponent for May 18 in DC!

Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Harrison has an opponent for his eight-round main event contest on the All-in-Entertainment "Champion Class" card on Saturday, May 18 at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Sports Complex in Washington, DC.  Harrison will face Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, RI by way of Puerto Rico.

Harrison (14-0, eight KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Garcia on April 12 in Dover, DE.  Soto (12-6, four KO's) got off to a great start in his pro career winning his first 12 bouts.  However, Soto has had difficulty as he has stepped up in competition losing his last six.  Soto has faced the likes of Edgar Santana, Danny O'Connor, Jose A. Gonzalez and Mike Faragon in his last six bouts.

The co-feature bout that was originally announced for this card is still intact -- the return of Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight "Big" Phill Brown (6-1, three KO's) taking on undefeated Nati Visinia of San Diego, CA (8-0, seven KO's) in a six-round bout.

Also on the card, Waldorf, MD welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action in a four-round contest against the debuting Christian Daniel of Wilson, NC.  Reed (2-0, two KO's) has had both of his bouts end in the first round.

Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom will be on the card as he takes on Drew Morias of Monroe, MI in a four-round encounter.  Odom (3-0, three KO's, one NC) also has yet to fight after the first round.  Morias (1-1) won a four-round unanimous decision over Desmond Jackson on April 27 in Toledo, OH.

Alexandria, VA welterweight "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polishchuk will also be on the card as he will face Charles Natal of Cleveland, OH in another four-rounder. Polishchuk (1-0, one KO) registered a first-round knockout over Demetrius Winbush in his pro debut on April 20 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD.  Natal (1-0-1) had a four-round draw with Brett Simmons on November 24 in Lorain, OH.

Fairfax, VA junior welterweight Joseph Rector (1-1, one KO) will try to bounce back from his first-round TKO loss to David Warren Huffman on October 27 in Fairfax when he faces Philadelphia, PA's Blair Cobbs who will be making his pro debut.

Also on the card, Alexandria, VA light heavyweight Patrick Coye will make his pro debut against the equally debuting Charles Parker of Wilson, NC.  There are also bouts scheduled for Palmer Park, MD featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. (6-0, five KO's) and DC light heavyweight Greg Newby (7-0, four KO's).  Both bouts are slated for six rounds, a first for Rivers.  

Another out-of-town boxer -- "The Real Coolie Bully" Elton Dharry of San Diego, CA by way of Guyana (13-5-1, seven KO's) -- is also slated to be on the card.

UPDATE:  There will be an open workout for the card on Monday, May 13 from noon to 3 PM at LA Boxing in Georgetown -- 1116 24th Street, NW in DC.  Harrison, Reed, Odom, Polishchuk and Visinia are slated to participate in the workout that is free to attend and open to the public.

Go Fight Live Visits Beltway For Two Consecutive Cards!

An interesting internet scenario will be taking place over the next two weeks in the Beltway region as GoFightLive will have live pay-per-view internet streaming of both cards that will take place in the area in the coming weeks.

First, GFL will be in Millersville, MD for the Jeter Promotions "Double Trouble" card at Club One Fitness on Saturday, May, 11.  That means TWO regional title bouts shown live on the internet -- Tony "Mo Better" Jeter defends his WBC Fecarbox Middleweight championship against Victor Hugo Correa and the all-Beltway matchup between Phil Jackson Benson and Maxell "The General" Taylor for the vacant WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight title plus bouts including "Slick" Nick Kisner and "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae along with five scheduled amateur bouts.

In the interest of full disclosure, yours truly along with "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears will be handling the announcing duties for the broadcast.  Also, Jeter will be one of the guests on the premiere of GFL's GoFightLive Radio on Thursday, May 9 at 7 PM ET.

One week later on Saturday, May 18, GFL comes down the road to the Nation's Capitol for the All-In-Entertainment "Champion Class" card at the UDC Sports Complex in DC.  This card features Dusty Harrison in the main event along with a number of young Beltway locals.

One bit of clarification -- the EPIX channel is sponsoring the card but will NOT be televising it.

Both internet broadcasts are on sale now for $9.99.  You can go to Go Fight Live to purchase the broadcast.

One more note:  Watching these cards on the internet will be NOTHING like seeing these events in person.  If you can make either or both cards -- please do so.  The boxers and promoters love and deserve your in-house support and the reason GoFightLive and other folks are trying to find out what we're all about is because of the crowds we are drawing here.  Please, before purchasing the broadcast, try to join us live at the arenas.  Thanks.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Benson, Taylor Talk About The May 11 Fecarbox Title Bout in Millersville!

The Saturday, May 11 co-feature bout for the vacant WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight championship looks to be a solid contest between Landover, MD's Phil Jackson Benson and Maxell "The General" Taylor of Baltimore, MD.  BATB teamed with the camera of Juan Marshall of ProAm Fight Talk to bring you conversations from both camps.

Here is Phil Jackson Benson (11-1, 10 KO's):

And now, Maxell Taylor (18-4-1, eight KO's)

If you would rather see the interviews on YouTube, here are the links:

Phil Jackson Benson

Maxell Taylor

The main event on the Jeter Promotions card is the second WBC Fecarbox title bout where Stevensville, MD middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter (15-3-1, 10 KO's) defends his title against Victor "Magnifico" Correa of Mexico (15-5, 10 KO's).  Both title bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.

The card also features the return of Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae (10-3, six KO's) against Norfolk, VA's Dennis Benson (1-6) in a six-round contest.  Also, undefeated Ferndale, MD cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner (11-0-1, five KO's) battles Willie "Blackout" Chisolm of St. Petersburg, FL (7-14, four KO's) in a four-round contest.  There are also amateur bouts slated for the card.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Legendary Beltway Trainer Dave Jacobs Turns 80!

(Photo courtesy of the Jacobs Family)

We don't celebrate many birthdays here but this one truly deserves a celebration.  Happy 80th birthday to legendary trainer Dave Jacobs.  Mr. Jacobs has worked with many local boxers over many years including Sugar Ray Leonard and Andrew Maynard just to name a short few.

One of the nicest men in this business deserves a strong celebration!