Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July returns to action on his latest self-promoted (Hardwork Promotions) card on Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD. July (16-1-2, six KO's) has won three straight contests since his TKO loss to Edwin Sanchez in February of 2013 at the DC Armory. This includes a six-round unanimous decision over Sevdail Sherifi on January 24 in Atlantic City, NJ.
July will take on undefeated Quantis Graves of Beaumont, TX in an eight-round main event encounter. Graves (9-0-1, four KO's) fought to a six-round majority draw in his last outing against the very same Sherifi on November 16 in Verona, NY.
In other bouts scheduled for the card, Laurel, MD heavyweight "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae will take on Jonte "Rock Steady" Willis of Tacoma, WA by way of Memphis, TN in a six-round encounter. McRae (12-3, six KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Franklin Edmondson on December 14 at the Washington Convention Center in DC. Willis (9-9-1, three KO's) has fought some tough competition in his career including Eric Fields, Lateef Kayode and Danny Batchelder in his last three bouts. The combined record of those three opponents were 60-11-1.
In four-round contests, undefeated Laurel super middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson will battle David Rohn of Villa Park, IL. Nicholson (5-0, five KO's) has knocked out his last four opponents in the first round including his win over Darryl Fields on the December 14 DC card. Rohn (1-0, one NC) made his pro debut at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on July 13 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Jarrelle Scott. Rohn fought again in September and initially won a four-round unanimous decision but the decision was overturned when Rohn failed a post-bout drug test.
Baltimore cruiserweight Travis Reeves is also slated to be on the card. Reeves (3-2-1, one KO) will compete for just the second time in the Beltway area when he faces Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI (2-5-1, two KO's) in a four-round contest.
Reeves battled to a six-round draw with Kamarah Pasley on February 21 in Dover, DE. Reeves has fought in Delaware and Florida twice and in West Virginia. Reeves made his pro debut in Frederick, MD on March 23, 2013 and lost a four-round majority decision to Zakki Scott.
Martinez makes his third trip to the Beltway in his last four outings. Martinez drew with Devon Mosley after four rounds on July 13 in Fort Washington, MD and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Mario Flores on September 28 at the Patapsco Arena. Martinez lost a four-round unanimous decision to Thad Berkhousen in his last outing on February 22 in Grand Rapids, MI.
More bouts are slated to be announced.
(The all-Beltway bout between Larry Recio and Norman Allen announced earlier has been scrapped from the card.)