Beltway Boxing 2015 began this week with the Regional Silver Gloves at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. We hope to have results for you soon.
However, the first pro card of the year will take place on Saturday, January 17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
The Keystone Boxing promotion will have three scheduled six-round contests. Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson will look to bounce back from his first pro loss when he faces Rahman Mustafa Yusubov AKA "Genghis Khan" of Dallas, TX by way of Azerbaijan. Nicholson (10-1, 10 KO's) was stopped by Lekan Byfield in the sixth round on November 1 in Chicago, IL. Yusubov (11-19, nine KO's) will be looking to break a four-bout losing streak.
Also, undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. will battle Stephon McIntyre of Jonesboro, GA. Rivers (10-0, seven KO's) last fought on October 24 and scored a sixth-round TKO over Karl Garcia-Rios in Fort Washington, MD. McIntyre (2-4-2) has been stopped in his last two bouts. However, McIntyre performs very well when he comes to the Beltway Region -- he battled to two tough draws with Marcus Bates and Marc Johns in two battles in Fort Washington.
Forestville, MD junior welterweight Myke "The Professor" Fox will make a quick move into six-round competition when he takes on Luis "Yeye" Rodriguez of Carolina, Puerto Rico. Fox (4-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Sean Lockhart on November 1 at Constitution Hall in DC. Rodriguez (3-1, two KO's) competes for the first time away from Puerto Rico and will try to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss back in November of 2013.
In four-round contests, Montgomery Village, MD junior middleweight Gerome Quigley will battle Laurel, MD's Norman "The Shadow" Allen. Quigley (5-0, four KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Cedric Coney on October 11 in Springfield, VA. Allen (6-11, three KO's) lost a six-round unanimous decision to Brandon Quarles on April 26 in Springfield. Allen will look to break a 10-bout losing streak.
Fort Washington, MD super bantamweight Marq "The Monster" Johns will take on Jaxel Marrero of Puerto Rico. Johns (4-0-1, four KO's) will make his DC debut on this card after competing at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington in all five of his previous bouts. Johns has knocked out his last four opponents. Marrero (1-3-1) lost a four-round unanimous decision over Mario Barrios on May 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Marrero has never been knocked out in a pro bout.
DC lightweight Tyrone "Showtime" Wright will face off against Thomas Mattice of Cleveland, OH. Wright (2-1) won a four-round majority decision over Enrique Vargas on April 18 at Rosecroft. Mattice (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut on September 5 with a first-round TKO of Frank Jordan in Parsippany, NJ.
DC bantamweight Maurice "Mighty Mo" Adams, Jr. takes on Gabriel Braxton of Red Oak, GA. Adams (1-0) won his pro debut on June 13 at Rosecroft Raceway with a four-round majority decision over Arthur Parker. Braxton (1-7) lost a four-round unanimous decision to Jose Gomez on November 29 in Los Angeles. Braxton's one win came at Rosecroft on April 18 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Rodrigo Gabriel.
The card will also mark the return of lightweight Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines of District Heights, MD. Gaines (4-2, one KO) took all of 2014 off after losing by second-round TKO to Anthony Smith in June of 2013 at the Washington Convention Center. Gaines will take on the aforementioned Arthur Parker of Lancaster, PA (1-12-1, one KO). Parker returns to DC for the second straight time. Parker was stopped in the fourth round by Nuwan Jayakody on October 23 at the Renaissance Hotel.
Hyattsville, MD junior welterweight Patrick Harris (3-0, two KO's) is also slated to be on this card, fighting for the first time in the Nation's Capital. No word yet on his opponent.