As BATB reported earlier, undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. returns to action in the six-round main event. Rivers (9-0, six KO's) will take on Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico (4-2, one KO).
Rivers is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Xavier Montelongo on June 13 at Rosecroft. Garcia-Rios won a four-round split decision over previously undefeated Pedro Vicente on March 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Garcia-Rios will be led to to the ring by former two-division WBO champion Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon who is making his debut as a head trainer.
The co-feature will match Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July against Tony Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round battle. July (16-1-3, six KO's) fought to an eight-round draw against Quantis Graves on April 12 in Baltimore, MD. Ferrante (12-6, seven KO's) is winless in his last five bouts.
Rookie junior welterweight Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD will take on Jeffrey Ramos of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a four-round contest. Harris (2-0, two KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Michael Doyle on July 18 at Rosecroft. Ramos (3-2, two KO's) was stopped in the third round against Luis Olivares on March 14 in Kissimmee, FL.
Also, DC featherweight Marcus "The Animal" Bates goes against Edgardo Marin of Humacao, Puerto Rico in another four-rounder. Bates (2-0-1, two KO's) battled to a four-round draw against Stephon McIntyre on January 17 at Rosecroft. Marin (0-2-1) has fought in back-to-back split decisions, losing one and one ending in a draw.
Three more bouts are slated for the card. Capitol Heights, MD light heavyweight Shaborn Ryals will battle David Rohn of Grand Rapids, MI in a four-round contest. Ryals (2-0) will battle for the first time as a pro on the DC side of the Beltway. The last bout for Ryals was a four-round unanimous decision victory over Lamont Capers on November 23 in Baltimore. Rohn (0-2-1, two NC) lost a four-round unanimous decision to James Ballard on October 3 in Detroit, MI.
The card will also feature the debut of Bridgetown, Barbados featherweight Cobia Breedy who will face Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL (2-8). Breedy is a former amateur champion on the island of Barbados. Smith makes his second straight trip to Rosecroft Raceway. Smith lost a four-round majority decision to Emanuel Johnson on July 18.
Woodbridge, VA cruiserweight Mario "Bazooka" Flores will return quickly to action when he faces the debuting Marcellus "O.G. Superpug" Yates of Oxon Hill, MD in a four-round contest. Flores (5-1, four KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Christian Pittman on October 11 in Springfield, VA. Yates makes his pro debut at the age of 39.
If you can't come to the card in person, the card will be streamed live on GoFightLive.tv. for $14.99. Yours truly will provide color commentary on the broadcast joining play-by-play broadcaster Rich Quiniones. Because of these added duties, I may not be able to blog results until after the card is over.