Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Davis, Martin Take Advancing Bouts January 31 In Chester, PA!

January will find a number of young Beltway Boxers attempting to take upward steps in their careers.

The month will end with two more trying to move forward at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA on Saturday, January 31.

Baltimore featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis will be in the co-feature contest in his first scheduled eight-rounder against Israel Suarez of Luquillo, Puerto Rico.  The undefeated Davis (9-0, eight KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over German Muraz on October 8 in Biloxi, MS.  Suarez (4-4-2, one KO) lost an eight-round split decision to Frank Santos De Alba on April 18 in Allentown, PA.

Also on the card, DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin (3-0-1, two KO's) will compete in his first scheduled six-round contest when he faces James Robinson of York, PA.  Martin last fought on October 10 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Dominique Foster in Highland Heights, KY.  Robinson lost a six-round unanimous decision to Fred Jenkins, Jr. on December 13 in Philadelphia, PA.   Robinson fought in Cockeysville, MD on November 6 and scored a second-round TKO over Joshua Robertson.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hernandez Harrison Signs With Roc Nation!

David Greisman of Boxing is reporting that undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison has signed a promotional contract with Roc Nation.

Harrison (24-0, 13 KO's) is slated to make his Roc Nation debut in the main event of a nationally televised (Fox Sports 1) card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday, January 9 when he takes on Tommy Rainone of Plainview, NY (22-5-1, four KO's) for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.

Harrison told Greisman that he looks to keep busy under the Roc Nation banner.  "They want to keep me busy like I've been," Harrison said.  "Lot's of fights.  Big fights. Obviously they have the deal with Fox Sports.  I don't know if the plan on me being on all of them but I can't imagine why not.  They want to keep me busy.  That was a good thing for us.  Outside the ring, even this fight, they have some pretty good plans for us."

There is a bus trip planned to see Harrison at MSG.  Call 301-437-3293 for more information.  Beltway Boxers Cecil McCalla and Jerry Odom are also slated to be on the card.

Nicklow Drops 10-Round Decision in Tokyo!

Baltimore middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow fought gamely but lost a 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata of Tokyo, Japan tonight (Japanese time) at the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Here's a report from the website Asian Boxing:

In the early stages it looked like the bout was going to be a lot more competitive than many had suspected with Nicklow coming to win and giving Murata plenty to think about . By the end of the round however Murata was beginning to to find his range and land some lovely shots to both head and body, they weren't discouraging Nicklow but they were connecting and they did look to be heavy shots.

The determination of Nicklow was seen again in round 2 though by the end of the round it did appear that Murata had began to go through the gears and was landing almost at will and finding holes in the defense of Nicklow. As Murata became more successful Nicklow's work rate dropped and the American was being kept behind his guard whilst looking to land one punch and cover up.

In round 4 we saw a small clash of heads though Murata continued to land all the notable shots as he did through round 5 though it did quickly become clear that he was very much a fighter who was trying to change himself as a fighter. The Murata from the amateurs was a pure pressure fighter but this Murata, he was a man trying to be a boxer and it showed that it wasn't his natural style with his footwork in particular looking horrible. 

Sadly for Murata a clash of heads in round 6 resulted in a nasty cut over his left eye. The headbutt seemed somewhat deliberate with Nicklow clearly leading with his dome and it seemed like it pissed off Murata who began to let his punches flow with vicious intent. The intent however died down somewhat the following round as Murata got back to moving, clumsily, and trying to work off his jab, it again looked foreign to him. In the 8th round Murata's domination continued as Nicklow tried to taunt and tease Murata into getting reckless, the Japanese fighter however, showed great restraint and picked his own moments to attack as he continued to win rounds.

In round 9 we saw Murata continuing to box and move though finally, in round we got a glimpse of Murata the fighter as he stood and unloaded on Nicklow. It was the explosive punching that made us all love Murata as an amateur, unfortunately was only a glimpse of that Murata, but enough for us to know that he still has that in his system.

Although he got the win, in the end, this didn't appear to be a great performance from Murata. Be it a change in his style or something else Murata didn't look much like a world champion in the making. Part of that was to do with Nicklow who was, to his credit, game, tough and and knew how to defend himself, though Murata needs to get back to what he is good at, fighting not boxing.

For what it's worth the win was a clear one with scores of 100-90, twice, and 100-91. The result was a good one even if the performance wasn't.

Nicklow drops to 24-5-3, eight KO's while Murata is now 6-0, four KO's.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nicklow Weighs 162 For Bout In Japan!

Jessie Nicklow hit the scales at 162 pounds for his 10-round contest against Ryota Murata Tuesday night at the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.  Murata, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, weighed in at 161 pounds.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

PVA Hands Out Awards During Annual Banquet!

The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing celebrated an outstanding year by handing out awards Saturday evening during its second annual banquet at the Serengeti Art Gallery in Capitol Heights, MD.

There were a number of special awards given to the following people, groups and organizations for their support of PVA Boxing:

The District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission
District of Columbia Parks and Recreation
Cease-Fire Don't Smoke the Brothers and Sisters
Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project
Keystone Boxing

Miles Rawls, the founder of the Goodman Basketball League who co-sponsored the boxing cards in the Barry Farms section of DC.

Cassandra Ogden, the daughter of former Beltway trainer, John Sneed who passed away earlier this year.

Yours truly was honored with an award and was equally honored to serve as the guest speaker.

However, the real stars were the PVA boxers and representatives who were honored.

The Outstanding Junior boxer award went to Lawrence Malcolm of Keystone Boxing who had a tremendous year winning a number of championships including the local Golden Gloves, the Ohio State Fair and the National Silver Gloves, where he was named the Outstanding Boxer in his weight class.

The Outstanding Novice award went to Taylor Woodland of Woodland Boxing.  Woodland won the Regional Novice Golden Gloves at 132 pounds.

Gary Antuanne Russell was the recipient of the Outstanding Open Boxer.  Russell won the National Golden Gloves at 141 Pounds and became the fourth member of his family to win a national title.

The Outstanding Gym Award went to the Headbangers Gym in DC, the home of two of the area's Elite boxers -- Tiara Brown and Tyrek Irby.  Brown and Irby, along with Limelite's Malik Jackson were honored for their accomplishments.  All three are eligible to compete in Olympic-level competition.

The Outstanding Coach was Robert "Herb" Martin of Keystone Boxing, the PVA Man of the Year was Curtis Rawlings, the Outstanding Official was Jose Flores and there was a Lifetime Achievement Award given to Candy Jacobs.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Alantez Fox Faces Patrick Day In Battle of Undefeated Boxers January 9 in Cabazon, CA!

(Art by Ross Molovinsky)

Undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox will take on fellow undefeated boxer Patrick Day of Freeport, NY in an eight-round contest on Friday, January 9 at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA.  The bout will be a feature contest on Showtime's Shobox telecast.

Fox (13-0-1, four KO's) last fought on September 20 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Garcia in Queens, NY.  This will be Fox's first eight-round contest since battling Frank Galarza to a draw in September of 2012.

Day (9-0-1, five KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Felipe Reyes on October 15 in New York City.  Day has never fought a scheduled eight-round bout.

On paper, this is a fascinating matchup because of the similarities in the two boxers.  Both men are undefeated, 22 years old, had solid amateur backgrounds (Day was the number one ranked 152-pounder in the United States) and both are promoted by DiBella Entertainment.

This means that Friday, January 9 will be a huge day for Beltway Boxing fans with Fox on ShoBox and both Dusty Harrison and Cecil McCalla in separate bouts on Fox Sports 1 from the theater at Madison Square Garden.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PVA To Honor Athletes At Banquet December 27 In Capitol Heights!

The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing will have their annual awards banquet on Saturday, December 27 at the Serengeti Art Gallery located on 7917 Central Avenue in Capitol Heights, MD.

Among the boxers to be honored will be the area's elite amateurs -- Tiara Brown, Malik Jackson and Tyrek Irby. There will also be awards given for Outstanding Junior, Novice and Open Boxer, Outstanding Gym and Coach.

Yours truly will serve as guest speaker for the event, which begins at 6 PM and costs $20 per person.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Russell Wins Easy Unanimous Decision; Peterson Falls Ill Prior to Bout; Wade Stops Hunter in Two; Jargal Stopped in Ninth in New York!

A very eventful night for Beltway Boxers on both coasts on Saturday.

In the co-feature contest at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA, "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD won an easy 10-round unanimous decision over an outgunned Christopher Martin of Chula Vista, CA.

Russell used his speed of hand and feet to keep Martin at bay.  Martin had no answer for anything Russell did in the bout.  Russell won by scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91.  Russell wins his first bout since losing his world title bid against Vasyl Lomachenko and raises his record to 25-1, 14 KO's.  Martin falls to 28-5-3, nine KO's.

Meanwhile, DC lightweight Anthony Peterson fell ill during the evening and could not participate in his bout against Hector Velazquez.  According to the Headbangers camp, doctors diagnosed Peterson with symptoms resembling either kidney stones or a sports hernia.  Peterson is resting comfortably and is on his way back to DC.

Largo, MD super middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade scored a second-round KO over Eddie Hunter of Kent, WA.  Wade is now 17-0, 12 KO's while Hunter falls to 10-12-2, three KO's.

At the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY,  "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal of Arlington, VA lost via ninth-round TKO to "The Hebrew Hammer" Cletus Seldin of Brooklyn, NY in a rematch of a July bout that was stopped early and declared a no-contest in the third round because of cuts.

Seldin dominated early in the contest, dropping Jargal in the first round with a right hand.  Seldin wore down Jargal throughout the rest of the contest, ultimately knocking Jargal down again in the ninth before referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. stopped the bout at 2:46 of the round.  

With the victory, Seldin captures the vacant WBC International Junior Welterweight title and is now 15-0, 12 KO's.  Jargal drops to 17-6-3, 11 KO's.

In the co-feature bout, Maxell "The General" Taylor lasted just 37 seconds as he was stopped by Joe Smith, Jr.  Smith jumped on Taylor early and unleashed a flurry of punches.  Taylor could not respond and the bout was halted.  Taylor is now 18-10-1, eight KO's while Smith is 17-1, 14 KO's.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Beltway Boxers Hit Scales In Shelton!

Three Beltway Boxers weighed in for bouts at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA.

Gary Russell, Jr. hit the scales at 127 for his 10-round contest against Christopher Martin, who weighed in at 126.  The bout will be the co-feature contest on Showtime Extreme.

Anthony Peterson and his opponent, Hector Velazquez, both weighed in at 139 pounds for their 10-round contest

Dominic Wade weighed in at 162 pounds.  Wade's opponent, Eddie Hunter, will weigh in today.

The televised portion of the card begins at 9 PM ET.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Jargal, Taylor Hit Scales On Long Island!

Bayan Jargal and Maxell Taylor weighed in for their bouts at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY.

(Phots courtesy of Star Boxing)

Jargal (right) and Cletus Seldin both weighed 139 for their 10-round main event rematch.

Taylor (left) hit the scales at 181 for his eight-round contest against Joe Smith, who weighed in at 179.

Tonight's Amateur Card Has Another New Venue!

Tonight's Friday Night Fights amateur boxing card has been moved again.  The card will now take place at Tony's Gym, located at 1216 Mount Olivet Road, NE in Washington, DC.

The card begins at 6 PM.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TV Portion Of Washington State Card Shuffles For Beltway Boxers!

There is a lot of shuffling going on with the Saturday, December 20 card at the Little Creek Resort in Shelton, WA with the Beltway Boxers on the card being affected the most.

First, Anthony Peterson's original opponent, Yakibu Amidu dropped off the card so Peterson (34-1, 22 KO's) will battle Mexican veteran Hector Velazquez (56-24-3, 38 KO's) in a 10-round contest.  However, because of the change in opponent, Peterson will no longer be the co-feature on the Showtime telecast.

"Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. will take Peterson's spot on the telecast as his 10-round contest with Christopher Martin remains intact. According to, Russell's brother, Antonio, is no longer on the card.  Antonio Russell was scheduled to make his pro debut.

One other change, Dominic "Lights Out" Wade will not face Grady Brewer on this card.  Wade will now take on Eddie Hunter of Kent, WA (10-11-2, three KO's) in a 10-round contest.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 19th Amateur Card Has New Location!

The final Beltway amateur card of 2014 on Friday, December 19 has been moved from Friendly High School to The Answer Gym located at 9151 Hampton Overlook in Capitol Heights, MD.

All prices (with the exception, I assume of the Friendly High School student discount) remains the same.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

McCalla Travels To Madison Square Garden January 9 For IBF International Title Bout Against Van Heerden!

We are learning that Dusty Hernandez Harrison will not be the only Beltway Boxer battling for a title on Friday, January 9 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

World Boxing News is reporting that undefeated Randallstown, MD welterweight Cecil McCalla will take on Chris Van Heerden of Meyerton, Gauteng, South Africa for the vacant IBF International Title in the co-feature bout.

Harrison, as we've already mentioned, will take on Tommy Rainone for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title in the main event.  Both bouts will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

McCalla (20-0, seven KO's) is coming off a first-round knockout of Francisco Javier Reza on November 21 in Wilmington, DE.  Van Heerden, who is trained by hall of famer Freddie Roach (21-1-1, 11 KO's) won a 10-round split decision over Ray Narh on April 16 in Santa Monica, CA.

There is a bus trip being organized to see this card.  As soon as I can get a phone number for information, I will pass the news on.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Final Amateur Card December 19 at Friendly High School!

The final Beltway amateur card of 2014 will take place on Friday, December 19 at Friendly Senior High School located at 10000 Allentown Road in Fort Washington, MD.

There will be boxers from not only the local area but from various areas on the east coast.

Tickets are now on sale -- all general admission -- $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  There is a discount for all Friendly students with valid ID -- $5 in advance and $10 at the door.  Call (202) 528-7694 for details.

Rodriguez Scores Knockout Win In Philadelphia!

This late report from this past Saturday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez scored a fifth-round TKO over previously undefeated Nathaniel Rivas of Berlin, NJ.

Here's the report from Kurt Wolfheimer of  

"Rodriguez started quickly, dropping Rivas with a left hook, just seconds into the opening round. Rivas rose to his feet, but Rodriguez kept pounding away. Rivas eventually regained his senses and landed a good right just before the bell sounded to end the opening round. Rivas had solid welts on both cheeks as he entered the second round. Rodriguez was game, but it looked like the power of Rivas, who was taking over during rounds two through four. Rivas seemed like he was going to take over the fight in the fifth, however, a short right hand stunned him. Rodriquez jumped on Rivas with four unanswered punches, before dropping him in the corner. Rivas beat the count, but Rodriguez wouldn’t let him breath, banging away with reckless abandon. Rivas was taking excessive punishment when hall of fame referee Steve Smoger stepped in and called a halt to the contest at 1:01 of the fifth round."

Rodriguez is now 6-2-1, five KO's while Rivas falls to 5-1, two KO's.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Williams Wins Unanimous Decision In Chicago!

Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. has won a 10-round unanimous decision tonight over Michael Gbenga at UIC Pavilion.  Williams won by scores of 98-91 across the board as he bounces back from suffering his first pro loss.

Williams is now 18-1, 12 KO's while Gbenga falls to 20-18, 20 KO's.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Beltway Boxers Boxing Coast To Coast December 20!

On Saturday, December 20, six Beltway Boxers will be in action in two locations -- one on each coast of the United States.

We've mentioned that four of the locals on the card will be competing at the Little Creek Casino and Resort in Shelton, WA.  We can now update this with opponents.

DC lightweight Anthony Peterson will appear on the Showtime televised-portion of the card when he takes on Yakubu "Black Mamba" Amidu of Los Angeles, CA by way of Ghana in a 10-round contest.  Peterson (34-1, 22 KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Edgar Riovalle in her last outing on August 9 in Brooklyn, NY.

Amidu (21-5-2, 19 KO's) participated in the Boxcino Lightweight tournament on February 21 in Laughlin, NV and lost a seven-round split decision to Chris Rudd.  The boxers were even on the scorecards after six rounds and needed a tie-breaker round to decide a winner.

In one of the 10-round bouts that may make the Showtime Extreme telecast, undefeated Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade will battle former Contender champion Grady "Bad Boy" Brewer of Lawton, OK.

Wade (16-0, 11 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Nick Brinson on June 27 in Las Vegas, NV.  Brewer, who won the second season of the Contender (32-19, 16 KO's), has turned his career around with two straight wins after losing five in a row.  Brewer won a six-round unanimous decision over Said Ouali on September 27 in Oklahoma City, OK.

The card will be a special affair for the Russell Family of Capitol Heights, MD.  "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. (24-1, 14 KO's) makes his return in his first bout since losing the WBO Featherweight world title opportunity to Vasyl Lomachenko when he battles Christopher Martin of Chula Vista, CA (28-4-3, nine KO's) in a 10-round contest.

However, eyes will also be on Russell's brother, Antonio,  who will make his pro debut on this card.  Antonio Russell, the "Golden Boy" of the 2013 National Golden Gloves, will take on Salvador Perez of Fresno, CA (2-6-2, one KO) in a four-rounder.

Meanwhile, back east at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY, there will be a 10-round rematch between Arlington, VA junior welterweight "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal and "The Hebrew Hammer" Cletus Seldin of Brooklyn, NY.

The last time the two men met on July 18 at the Paramount, the bout only lasted into the third round when Jargal (17-5-3, 11 KO's) suffered a cut from an accidental head butt.  Jargal has not fought since July 18, however the undefeated Seldin (14-0, 11 KO's) scored a second-round knockout of Rameses Gil on September 19 at the Paramount.

The co-feature pits Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Maxell "The General" Taylor against Joe Smith, Jr. of Long Island, NY in an eight-round contest.  Taylor (18-9-1, eight KO's) will try to break a five-bout losing streak that has come against boxers with a combined won-loss record of 76-3.  Smith (16-1, 13 KO's) has won 10 straight since suffering his only loss in August of 2010.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hernandez Harrison Battles Rainone For Vacant WBC Continental Americas Title January 9 In NYC!

Undefeated DC Welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will headline a card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday, January 9.  Harrison will face Tommy "The Razor" Rainone of Plainview, NY in a 10-round contest for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.

The card will also be the first card under Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports organization and will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

Harrison (24-0, 13 KO's) is coming off a first-round knockout of Michael Clark on November 1 at Constitution Hall in DC.  This will be Harrison's third trip to MSG in his career.

Rainone (22-5-1, four KO's) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Carl McNickles on in his last outing on November 13 in Westbury, NY.  Harrison will be the most successful opponent Rainone has faced.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Williams Battles Gbenga December 12 in Chicago!

Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. returns to action on Friday, December 12 in a scheduled 10-round contest against veteran Michael "The Amazing" Gbenga of Accra, Ghana at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.

For Williams (17-1, 12 KO's) this will be his first bout since losing his first pro bout -- a fifth-round stoppage against Gabriel Campillo on August 1 in Shelton, WA.  Gbenga (20-17, 20 KO's) has only won once in his last eight bouts.  Gbenga's last outing was a seventh-round stoppage loss to Phil Jackson Benson on October 8 in Biloxi, MS.  Gbenga could not continue after being hit with an accidental low blow.  This will be Gbenga's ninth bout this year.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Jimmy Lange Interviews Tony Jeter After Win Saturday In Springfield!

Recently, Jimmy Lange joined the staff of Ringside and has been filing reports and interviews in recent weeks.
Saturday night, Lange was in attendance at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA and saw Tony Jeter get his 19th pro victory by first-round TKO.

After the bout, Lange filed this interview with the man he has faced in two epic battles.

Ballard, Roach, Jr. Are Victorious In Brooklyn!

Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Beltway Boxers D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard and Lamont Roach, Jr. remained undefeated with solid victories.

Ballard of Temple Hills, MD raised his record to 8-0, seven KO's with a third-round stoppage of Tylon Burris of Hartford, CT.  Ballard dropped Burris in the first and third rounds.  Another knockdown in the second was caused by a Ballard low blow. After the third-round knockdown, the bout was stopped at 2:57.  Burris's record falls to 5-3, three KO's.

Roach of Upper Marlboro, MD won a four-round unanimous decision over Alexander Charneco of Puerto Rico.  According to Arvin Nundloll of, Roach was very heavy-handed and almost got a knockout in the fourth round.  Roach won by scores of 40-34 and 40-35 (twice) to lift his record to 5-0, two KO's while Charneco loses his first pro bout after two previous wins.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Post-Fight in Springfield!

Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up from tonight in Springfield.

Jeter Dispatches Wayka In One!

Tony Jeter completes the night of first-round knockouts as he stops James Wayka at 2:36.    Jeter is now 19-4-1, 13 KO's while Wayka is 16-13-1, eight KO's.

Good night from Springfield!

Balogun Drops Troutman In 11 Seconds!

Mike Balogun delivers another Beltway Boxing Knockout Of The Year candidate as he blasted debuting Cody Troutman of East Cleveland, OH in just 11 seconds.

Balogun threw two light punches to the midsection and then hurled an explosive overhand right that toppled Troutman onto his back.  The bout was immediately stopped.

Balogun is now 3-0 three KO's.  Troutman loses his pro debut.

Main event is next: Tony Jeter battles James Wayka in a scheduled eight-rounder.

Dezurn Stops McGriff In One!

Glenn Dezurn stops Ronald McGriff in the first round.  Dezurn landed bruising body shots to drop McGriff twice before the bout was stopped at 2:40.

Dezurn remains undefeated at 6-0, four KO's.  McGriff loses his pro debut.

We are now in intermission.  Don't know why.  Mike "Silverback" Balogun is next in a heavyweight bout against debuting Cody Troutman.

Alexander Wins Pro Debut!

Pasadena, MD heavyweight Loui Alexandre opens tonight's action with a first-round TKO over the equally debuting Montreal Mathis of Kannapolis, NC.

Alexandre dropped Mathis with three right hands before the bout was stopped at 2:11.

Glenn Dezurn is next up as he faces Ronald McGriff.  Scheduled for four rounds, super bantamweights.

Good Evening From Springfield!

Hi everyone from the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA where we could have a relatively short night.

The card has been pared down to just four bouts as the opponents for Jerry Odom and Gerome Quigley had weight issues.

So, Tony Jeter's contest against James Wayka will be the featured bout tonight.  All other bouts will go as scheduled.

We'll be back when action gets underway.

Hurd Wins Majority Decision In Chester!

Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd won a six-round majority decision over late sub Emmanuel Sanchez of Laredo, TX at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA.  One judge saw it a draw at 57-57 but Hurd won by scores of 59-55 and 58-56.

Hurd remains undefeated at 14-0, eight KO's while Sanchez drops to 5-2, one KO.

Tyrek Irby Claims Berth In US Olympic Trials!

(Courtesy of USA Boxing)

Congratulations to Oxon Hill, MD light welterweight Tyrek Irby who claimed one of the first berths to the US Olympic Trials by winning a championship contest at the WSB and World Championship Team Trials in Chattanooga, TN Friday night.

Irby, who trains out of the Headbangers Gym in DC, defeated Tra-Kwon Pettis of Atlanta, GA by a 2-1 decision.  The win gives Irby one of the first invitations to the Olympic Team Trials and also gives him an opportunity to participate in the World Series of Boxing representing the United States and also an opportunity to compete in the 2015 World Championships.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Ballard, Roach, Jr. Hit Scales in Brooklyn!

(Photos by Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions)

D'Mitrius Ballard and Lamont Roach, Jr. weighed in for their bouts Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Ballard (7-0, six KO's) weighed in at 171 while Tylon Burris of Hartford, CT (5-2, three KO's) came in at 170 pounds.

Roach, Jr. (4-0, two KO's) tipped the scales at 133 while his opponent, Alexander Charneco of Puerto Rico (2-0, two KO's), weighed in at 134.

Card Is Complete For Saturday Night in Springfield!

The Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card for Saturday, December 6 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA is ready to go.

Fresh off his 10-round majority decision win over Jimmy Lange on November 15 in Fairfax, VA, co-promoter and  NABA US Middleweight champ Tony "Mo Better" Jeter (18-4-1, 12 KO's) will take on James Wayka of Mounds View, MN in a 10-round non-title bout.

Wayka (16-12-1, eight KO's) has faced stiff competition during his career including Nick Casal, Harry Joe Yorgey, Dimitry Salita and Jesse Lubash.  Wayka has been stopped in three rounds or less in his last four contests.

In the co-feature, undefeated and interim WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight champion "The King's Son" Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD will face the only man to take him the distance in a bout -- Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL -- in a six-round rematch contest.

Odom and Perez fought at the ABC Sports Complex on April 26 and Odom won by four-round unanimous decision.

Odom (12-0, 11 KO's) won his title in his last outing, scoring a seventh-round TKO over previously undefeated Vilier Quinonez on July 25 in Verona, NY.  Perez (6-12, three KO's) has lost two straight since his last appearance in Springfield on June 14 when he upset previously undefeated Lavarn Harvell by six-round unanimous decision, knocking Harvell down twice along the way.

Also on the card, undefeated Montgomery Village, MD junior middleweight Gerome Quigley will take on Chorles Parker of Wilson, NC in a four-round bout.

Quigley (5-0, four KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Cedric Coney on October 11 at the ABC Complex.  Parker (1-4, one KO) made his pro debut in Washington, DC in May of 2013 and was brutally knocked out by Patrick Coye.  Parker bounced back from the loss and scored a first-round knockout of his own in his second contest.  Since that win, however, Parker has been stopped in his last three bouts.

Undefeated Baltimore, MD super featherweight Glenn Dezurn returns to action in a four-rounder against debuting Ronald McGriff of North Carolina.  Dezurn (5-0, three KO's) won a four-round unanimous decision over Joshua Reyes on October 24 in Somerset, NJ.

Rookie heavyweight Mike Balogun of Upper Marlboro, MD (2-0, two KO's) will face off against debuting Cody Troutman of North Carolina.  Balogun has scored two solid knockouts in his first two contests.

Also, Loui Alexandre of Maryland battles Montreal Mathis of North Carolina in a battle of debuting heavyweights.

Hurd Weighs 158 For Chester Conflict!

Jarrett Hurd weighed in at 158 pounds for his eight-round bout against Emmanuel Sanchez tonight at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA.

Sanchez will weigh in today for the bout.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Bowe, Smoger Among Newest IBHOF Inductees!

Two men who have connections to the Beltway region are among the newest inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe will be among the participant inductees. Bowe (43-1, 33 KO's) won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea before embarking on a legendary career that included a wonderful trilogy with Evander Holyfield that he won two of the three contests.  Bowe, a native of Brooklyn, NY, fought a good portion of his career while living in Fort Washington, MD.

Also inducted will be referee "Double S" Steve Smoger of New Jersey.  Smoger has been the third man in the ring for more than 200 title fights including Bernard Hopkins versus Felix Trinidad, Larry Holmes versus Ray Mercer and Andre Ward versus Chad Dawson.

Smoger has refereed numerous bouts in the Beltway region including Roy Jones versus Bernard Hopkins at RFK Stadium in 1993 and, most recently, the first contest between Tony Jeter and Jimmy Lange as well as Tori Nelson's title defense against Mia St. John.

Bowe and Smoger are part of an outstanding 2015 Hall of Fame class that includes former lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, featherweight titleholder "Prince" Naseem Hamed, light flyweight champ Yoko "Fierce Eagle" Gushiken, manager and booking agent Rafael Mendoza, journalist Nigel Collins and HBO Play-By-Play announcer Jim Lampley.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Hurd Opponent Changes In Chester!

"Swift" Jarrett Hurd will have a new opponent for his eight-round junior middleweight contest on Saturday, December 6 at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA.

Emmanuel Sanchez of Laredo, TX replaces Eric Mitchell in the main event bout.  Sanchez (5-1, one KO) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision victory over Egbert Reed on March 1 in Columbus, OH.  This will be the first scheduled eight-round contest for Sanchez against his most experienced opponent.

Bouts Announced For Silver Gloves Saturday at Rosecroft!

Here are the bouts announced for the first weekend of competition at the Silver Gloves which will take place on Saturday, December 6 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD at 3 PM.  These matchups have been set prior to the weigh-in on Saturday which will be at 10 AM.

8-9 Years Old

60 Pounds:  Yamar Johnson (Langdon) vs. Musa Robinson (Upton)

65 Pounds:  Marcell Steele (Headbangers) vs. Richard Dodson (Unattached)

10-11 Years Old

65 Pounds: Cuttino Oliver (Upton) vs. Lonzo Malcolm (Keystone)

70 Pounds: Reginald Ransom (Charm City) vs. Tyreek Williams (The Answer)

75 Pounds: Muhammad Robinson (Upton) vs. Quincey Williams (Kenilworth)

75 Pounds: Mehki Phillips (Keystone) vs. Kinta Dillard (Sugar Ray Leonard)

105 Pounds: Shawn Wesley (Upton) vs. Dennis Paniflov (Unattached)

12-13 Years Old

95 Pounds: Dennis Zeigler (Unattached) vs. Maximus Garland (Headbangers)

95 Pounds: Ibrahim Robinson (Upton) vs. Daylynn Jones (Unattached)

Lamar Odoms (Overcome) has a bye.

106 Pounds: Chima Okoro (Upton) vs. Donnell Williams (Kenilworth)

106 Pounds: Quarter Lott (Headbangers) vs. Keith Bagwell (Charm City)

Stacey Selby (No Xcuse) has a bye.

14-15 Years Old

112 Pounds: Jordan Hunter (Keystone) vs. Keith Cooke (No Xcuse)

Malik Warren (Charm City) has a bye.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Hurd Inserted in Main Event Bout Friday In Chester, PA!

He was scheduled to be on the card anyway, but undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd will now participate in the eight-round main event on Friday, December 5 at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA.

Hurd will face his most experienced foe to date in Eric "Murder" Mitchell, a native of Philadelphia who now fights out of Vero Beach, FL.  Hurd (13-0, eight KO's) is replacing Harry Joe Yorgey who pulled out of the bout.  Hurd is coming off back-to-back first-round stoppages in his last two bouts.

The 45-year-old Mitchell (23-11-2, 11 KO's) would have been in a rematch against Yorgey.  The first bout went to a six-round draw on July 25 in Wyomissing, PA.  The draw broke a four-bout losing streak for Mitchell that included a six-round unanimous decision loss to Cecil McCalla on January 31 in West Orange, NJ.

Amateurs Win Big On Last Saturday In November!

A number of Beltway amateur results to catch up on.

A strong contingent of local amateurs were victorious on an amateur card in Caldwell, NJ on Saturday.  A team from the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing won six of 10 bouts on the card.

The winning boxers were: Rahgeleek Bartee, Quincy Williams, Tyreek Williams, Jalil Hackett, Ameer Brown and Keeshawn Williams.

Also representing PVA were: Lawrence and Lonzo Malcolm, Max Garland and Donnell Williams.

Baltimore boxer Lorenzo Simpson was also victorious as was Kavon Robertson from Virginia. VA's Troy Isley's bout was scratched at the scale.

Closer to home, Donald Wallace of the Baltimore Boxing club won the East Coast 165-pound championship in the main event of a card at Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn, MD on Saturday.  Wallace won a decision over Rashad Kilpatrick of Keystone Boxing.

In the co-feature bout, Joey Veazey of Baltimore Boxing won a decision over Jessie Singletary of Keystone at 165 pounds.

Here are the results from the rest of the card:

141 Pounds (Open): Jahmal Dyer over Corey Moore.

152 Pounds (Open): Dashan Jones over Michael Garrison.

100 Pounds (Novice): Chima Okoro over Tavion Davis.

165 Pounds (Novice): Tucker Lutz over Domenico Lubrano.

201 Pounds (Open): Stephon Morris over Ryan Watson.

85 Pounds (Novice): Thomas Coe over Erick Acosta.

152 Pounds (Novice): Allen Burris over Lamont White.

95 Pounds (Novice): Artaz Cotton over Okezie Okoro.

117 Pounds (Novice): Melad Attashy over Erin Williams.

152 Pounds (Novice): Yohanes Rezene over Esteban Sanchez.

165 Pounds (Novice): Edward Park over Darrion James.

We've also heard that during a pro-am card in Lebanon, PA Saturday, a Maryland heavyweight named Antonio Savage from Kicked-Up Fitness won a bout over Shawn Zimmerman of Lebanon.

This is a good springboard into the Silver Gloves Tournament that will begin on Saturday, December 6 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  We will have the first matchups for you by the middle of the week.