August will be a very busy month as we have a couple of cards in the area and many locals will be competing on cards all around the country.
Let's start at home where there are two pro cards and one amateur card during the month.
On the pro side, Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions are teaming up for a Pro-Am card that will be held on Saturday, August 9 in a brand new location -- North Hall at Eastern Market located at 225 7th Street in Southeast DC. The pro side is loaded with big guys including local heavyweights "The Big Ticket" Dwayne McRae, Stan Williamson, Albi Sadikaj and the returning Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm. Also slated to be on the card is Eric "The Inferno" Govan.
Then on Saturday, August 23, boxing returns to the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD with a Hardwork Promotions card scheduled to feature a number of locals including Demond Nicholson, Nuwan Jayakody, Travis Reeves, Edwin Reyes, Alexandru Marin, Shaborn Ryals and debuting boxers Malik Hawkins and Jeremy McCalla.
On the amateur side, we have a card held at the home of the Goodman Summer Basketball League -- The BF (Barry Farms) Coliseum located on 1230 Sumner Road in Southeast DC -- on Friday, August 8 at 6 PM. This is a free outdoor event and there are 15 bouts scheduled for the card.
Now, let's talk about the out-of-town schedule for the month, which seems to get busier with every passing day.
We've already told you about Thomas "Top Dog' Williams, Jr. headlining an ESPN2 card on Friday, August 1 at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA. Williams will face off against former world champion Gabriel Campillo in a 12-round IBF light heavyweight eliminator contest.
What we can now tell you that Williams may not be the only local that will make the televised portion of the card. Three other Beltway Boxers are scheduled to be on the card and one may sneak onto the telecast.
Landover, MD super middleweight "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson Benson is the only one of the three that has an opponent for this card. Benson (13-1, 12 KO's) will take on Junior Moar of Richmond, British Columbia (11-3, two KO's). No word yet on how many rounds the bout is scheduled for.
The other two locals on this card are DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton and "The Chosen One' Immanuwel Aleem of Richmond, VA who does a good portion of his training in the area. Both are undefeated and looking for opponents.
On Saturday, August 2, we've mentioned that the "Pride of Alexandria (VA)," Brandon Quarles will be in an eight-round junior middleweight contest. However, the opponent for Quarles (13-2-1, five KO's) has changed -- Corey "Collateral Damage" Rodriguez of St. Anthony, MN replaces Cerresso Fort for the card at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Rodriguez (11-3-3, four KO's) is coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Stephen Watt on June 13 in Minneapolis, MN.
Also on August 2, Baltimore, MD veteran light heavyweight Cory "Black Ice" Cummings takes on Issac "Golden Boy" Chilemba of Johannesburg, South Africa by way of Malawi in a 10-round contest at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. This bout is the co-feature on the Sergey Kovalev-Blake Caparello card. However, the bout will not be shown on the HBO telecast because the network is also showing another bout in another location.
Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KO's) is coming off a eight-round unanimous decision loss to Azea Augustama on June 7 in Miami, FL. Chilemba (22-2-2, nine KO's) has won his last two contests including a 10-round unanimous decision over Denis Grachev on March 15 in Bethlehem, PA.
Now, let's look at the weekend of Friday, August 8 where we could have as many as four Beltway Boxers make appearances on national TV.
Two locals are assured of being shown before a national television audience because they are either in main event or co-feature contests.
On Friday, August 8, undefeated Baltimore welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson (21-0, 14 KO's) will challenge for the vacant USBA Welterweight championship against fellow undefeated boxer Sammy "The Who Can" Mexican" Vasquez of Monessen, PA (15-0, 11 KO's) in a 12-round contest that will be the main event shown on Fox Sports 1.
Of course, you know by now that IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson will defend his title against veteran Edgar Santana on Saturday, August 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. That bout will be shown on Showtime Championship Boxing. Since Showtime is carrying this card, there is a good possibility that Anthony Peterson and D'Mitrius Ballard will have their bouts carried on the Showtime Extreme channel. Neither one has an opponent yet for this card.
By the way, the deadline is coming up for purchasing tickets for the bus trip heading up to Brooklyn for the card. Call 202-528-7694 for details.
We also hear word that undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox is slated to be on a card at BB King's Bar and Grill in New York City on Tuesday, August 12. No word yet on the opponent.
There is also word (not official yet) that two locals -- Danny Kelly and Kareem Martin -- will appear on the Friday, August 22 ESPN2 card in Temecula, CA. That's the Friday Night Fights season finale headlined by former world champion Austin Trout facing Daniel Dawson.
That's a very busy August -- which will be followed by an even BUSIER September! There are events happening in September that I can't even talk about in full right now. Some info has leaked out about one out-of-town bout in particular but I have been asked to hold off on talking about it officially until a later time.
However, the next two months will provide many opportunities to throw your support for these Beltway Boxers and the Beltway Boxing scene!