The first Beltway pro boxing card of 2014 is starting to come together. The Keystone Boxing card that will be held on Friday, January 17th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD has five bouts we can announce.
One of the bouts will involve undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed. The 2013 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year begins his 2014 campaign with a six-rounder against Jorge Marquez of Phoenix, AZ.
Reed (6-0, four KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Randy Fuentes on October 18 at Rosecroft. Marquez (4-1, two KO's) has not fought since scoring a second-round TKO over Tito Jones in April of 2012.
In what should be an interesting contest, undefeated Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson steps into the six-round contests for the first time when he faces Timothy "The Boss" Hall, Jr. of Athens, GA.
Nicholson (5-0, five KO's) capped off a solid rookie season with a first-round knockout over Darryl Fields on December 14 at the Washington Convention Center in DC. Hall (7-15, four KO's) has lost three straight including a fifth-round TKO loss to Aaron Jaco on October 18 in Tampa, FL. Beltway fans may remember Hall's tough, six-round unanimous decision loss to Jessie Nicklow on September 28 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD.
DC featherweight Marcus Bates (2-0, two KO's) returns to action with a four-round encounter against Jonesboro, Ga's Stephon McIntyre. Bates scored a fourth-round TKO over Carlos Alcala on September 7 at Rosecroft. McIntyre (2-2-1) battled to a four-round draw with Marq "The Monster" Johns on the December 6th Rosecroft card.
Interestingly enough, Johns of Fort Washington, MD (0-0-1) will face Alcala of Hillside, IL (0-3) in another four-round contest on this card. Alcala fought one time since the loss to Bates and he was stopped in the first round by Glenn Dezurn on the October 18th Rosecroft card.
The card will also mark the debut of District Heights, MD middleweight Dimitrius Nolan who will face Franklin Park, IL's PJ Cajigas (0-3-1). Nolan had a short amateur career (13 bouts) but has trained in Kentucky, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and Las Vegas.
More bouts are slated for this card.