A private boxing show (not open to the media) held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC on October 23 showcased the debut of a new Beltway Boxer with an interesting background.
Former NFL linebacker Mike Balogun scored a second-round TKO over the equally debuting Maurice Womack on a card put on by Alarm.com during their annual conference. Balogun is a native of Upper Marlboro, MD who played college football at Lackawanna Junior College and the University of Oklahoma. Balogun lost his eligibility in 2009 when the NCAA ruled Balogun played with a Maryland minor league team after he turned 21.
Balogun was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and also played for Washington, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Dallas and Indianapolis.
Also on the card, DC super featherweight "The Lion of Sri Lanka" Nuwan Jayakody stopped Arthur Parker of Lancaster, PA in the fourth round. Jayakody evens his record at 4-4-1, three KO's. Parker falls to 1-12-1, one KO.
Frederick, MD light heavyweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor won a six-round unanimous decision over Rayco "War" Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA. Pryor is now 9-9, five KO's while Saunders drops to 23-26-2, 10 KO's.
The main event saw Aaron Pryor, Jr. of Cincinnati, OH and Marcus Upshaw of Jacksonville, FL battle to an eight-round draw. Pryor, whose hall of fame father was in attendance, now has a record of 19-7-1, 12 KO's while Upshaw's record is 17-13-3, eight KO's.
According to eyewitnesses, the most exciting contest was the ladies bout between super flyweights Mikayla "MK Ultra" Nebel of Las Vegas, NV and Marisol "La Chihuahua" Miranda of Hollywood, FL. Nebel won her first pro bout with a six-round unanimous decision over Miranda. Nebel is now 1-6 while Miranda falls to 5-8-1, one KO.