BATB has finally received word on the now fifth Beltway Boxer that will appear on national television in the month of January.
Undefeated Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will headline an ESPN2 telecast on Friday, January 24 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA. Williams (15-0, 10 KO's) will be in a 10-round contest against Cornelius "Da Beast" White of Houston, TX (21-2, 16 KO's). UPDATE: We have just learned that the bout is for the vacant NABO Light Heavyweight championship.
Williams is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Yusef Mack on November 26 in Sunrise, FL. White lost an IBF Light Heavyweight Elimination bout to Sergey Kovalev via third-round TKO on June 14 in Bethlehem, PA. Both men won eight-round unanimous decisions over Otis Griffin in 2013.
Both men are taking this contest with just two weeks notice as the bout replaces the scheduled main event between 2008 US Olympian Javier Molina and former IBF Junior Welterweight champ Kendall Holt. Molina broke his right hand during training.
Let's recap the national television list:
Friday, January 10 -- Bayan Jargal on ESPN2
Friday, January 17 -- Antoine Douglas on Showtime
Friday, January 24 -- Thomas Williams, Jr. on ESPN2
Saturday, January 25 -- Lamont Peterson on Showtime
Friday, January 31 -- Dusty Hernandez Harrison on ESPN2