The Golden Boy Promotions undercard slated for Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory is starting to come together. However, it won't exactly be a showcase for the Beltway Boxing scene.
As of right now, only three locals will be on the card and they have matchups that will not be shown on television. Undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic Wade (14-0, 10 KO's) will take on veteran Marcus Upshaw of Jacksonville, FL (15-11-2, seven KO's) in an eight-round contest.
Wade is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Dashon Johnson on January 25 at the Armory. Wade was knocked down in the first round but came back to win. Upshaw will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak and is making his second trip to the Beltway region. Upshaw won a six-round split decision over Jarrell Mason Jackson in February 2007 in Suitland, MD.
Also, undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius Ballard (4-0, three KO's) will battle Quincy "Pretty Boy Vegas" Miner of Kansas City, MO (3-5) in a four-round contest.
Ballard also appeared on the January 25 card at the DC Armory and scored a third round TKO over Marlon Farr. Miner is winless in his last four bouts.
Undefeated DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton (6-0, five KO's) is also slated to be on the card against an opponent to be determined.
Right now, it doesn't look like 2013 co-Beltway Boxer of the Year "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson-Benson will be on the card, however, there is no confirmation either way.
In other bouts on the card, undefeated Brooklyn, NY welterweight Sadam "World Kid" Ali will take on Jeremy Bryan of Paterson, NJ in a scheduled 10-round contest that will be the featured bout on the Showtime Extreme telecast.
Ali (18-0, 11 KO's) is coming off a six-round TKO over Jesus Selig on December 7 in Brooklyn. Bryan (17-3, seven KO's) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Issouf Kinda on February 14 in Huntington, NY.
Random Beltway trivia: In 2001 as an amateur, Ali came to DC and participated in the Platinum Gloves tournament at the old Washington Convention Center. His opponent that night in the 80-pound contest would be Gary Russell, Jr. Seven years later, the two would be teammates on the 2008 US Olympic Team. Russell won the contest, by the way.
Also on the card, undefeated Brooklyn junior welterweight Zachary Ochoa (6-0, three KO's) takes on veteran Hector Marengo of Arecibo, Puerto Rico in a four-round contest while 2012 US Olympian Marcus Browne (9-0, seven KO's) of Staten Island, NY will be in an eight-round contest against an opponent to be determined.
Norfolk, VA lightweight Chris "The Dentist" Alexander will still be on the card. No word yet on his opponent.