Here are the results from the Keystone Boxing card Friday night at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:
Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. remained undefeated with a sixth-round TKO over Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico in the main event. Rivers was solid throughout as he used a crisp jab and precise body shots to eventually break Garcia-Rios down. The bout was eventually stopped at 2:19 of the sixth round.
Rivers is now 10-0, seven KO's while Garcia-Rios drops to 4-3, one KO.
In the co-feature, Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July was stopped in the second round by Tony "Boom Boom" Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA, July's lack of power proved to be the undoing as he could not keep the powerful Ferrante away. After Ferrante felt July's punches in the first round, he came right after July in the second, staggering July around the ring. Ferrante finished his work with a brutal straight right hand that toppled July back-first to the canvas. July tried to get to his feet but couldn't and the bout was stopped at 1:26.
July is now 16-2-3, six KO's while Ferrante is 14-6, nine KO's.
Junior welterweight Patrick Harris of DC won a tough, four-round majority decision over Jeffrey Ramos of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Harris had a difficult time with his defense as Ramos landed some tough shots to the body. However, Harris's offense was the difference especially in the first and final rounds as he was able to use his jab very efficiently. Judge Don Risher saw an even contest at 38-38 but he was overruled by judges Brent Bovell and John Gradowski who saw the bout for Harris at 39-37.
Harris goes the distance for the first time in his young pro career and he is now 3-0, two KO's. Ramos's record evens at 3-3, two KO's,
Junior lightweight Cobia "Soldier" Breedy of Bridgetown, Barbados made his pro debut a successful one as he won a four-round unanimous decision over Thomas "The Animal" Herrera of Las Vegas, NV.
Breedy, who fought in front of a host of supporters including the Barbadian Ambassador to the United States, used very quick hands to keep Herrera off balance. Herrera tried to make the contest an ugly one but got beat up in the process. Breedy dropped Herrera twice in the latter stages of the contest but Herrera was upright at the final bell. All three judges scored a shutout, 40-36 and 40-35 (twice).
Herrera is now 3-13-1, one KO.
Capitol Heights, MD light heavyweight Shaborn Ryals scored his first professional knockout stopping David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Grand Rapids, MI at 1:04 of the first round.
Ryals dominated early, throwing a nice right hand to the body that dropped Rohn to his knees twice en route to the victory. Ryals is now 2-0, one KO while Rohn is 0-2-1, two NC's.
DC featherweight Marcus "The Dreamcrusher" Bates stopped a game Edgardo Marin of Humacao, Puerto Rico at 1:08 of the fourth round.
Bates and Marin fought on even terms during the first two rounds, however Bates picked up the pace in the second half of the contest, knocking down Marin in the third and fourth rounds with right hands. The bout was stopped at 1:08 of the fourth.
Bates is now 3-0-1, three KO's while Marin is 0-3-1.
In the opening bout, Rockville, MD cruiserweight Mario Flores won a four-round split decision over 39-year old debuting Marcellus "O.G. Superpug" Yates of DC,
Flores established his jab in the first two rounds. Yates responded with some crushing right hands that backed Flores up at times. The two traded crisp punches throughout the duration of the contest, with Flores gaining enough of an advantage to win the contest 39-37 on two scorecards. One judge saw the bout 39-37 for Yates.
Flores's record improves to 6-1-2, four KO's.
Among those attending the card were The Peterson Brothers, Beltway Boxing legends Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson and Keith Holmes as well as former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout.
Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up. I am joined by Rich Quiniones of GoFightLive.tv.