Two more Beltway Boxers will be on a card at the Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University in Boston, MA on Saturday, May 23.
DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly will be in a six-round bout against Curtis Lee Tate of Oakland, TN. Kelly (7-1-1, six KO's) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss in August of 2014 by scoring a first-round knockout of Kevin Franklin on February 21 in Allentown, PA. Tate (7-5, six KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Zhang Zhilei on August 8 in Fallon, NV.
Also, undefeated Richmond, VA middleweight Immanuwel Aleem returns to action with a swing bout on the card against veteran David Toribio of Miami, FL. The bout will either be a six or an eight-round contest. Aleem (12-0, eight KO's) has knocked out his last five opponents, including a second-round stoppage of Emmanuel Sanchez on April 18 in Valley Forge, PA.
Toribio (21-14, 14 KO's) is a veteran who has won his last two bouts against boxers with a combined won-loss record of 2-23. Toribio has fought in the Beltway twice, defeating Ishmail Arvin by eight-round majority decision in Glen Burnie, MD in September of 2008 and losing an eight-round unanimous decision to Oscar Diaz in DC on November of 2005.
The Friday, May 22 bout for DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin has been knocked back to a four-round contest because his opponent has changed, The undefeated Martin (4-0-1, three KO's) will now face Marques "Goose" Jackson of Atlanta, GA. Jackson (3-15, two KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Brandon Brewer on April 25 in Winston-Salem, NC. Prior to that, Jackson won a four-round unanimous decision over Rajiv Bhattacharya on March 31 in Columbia, SC.
Beltway Boxing fans may remember Jackson as the first person to knock down Dusty Hernandez Harrison in a bout. That was in August of 2012 at the Washington Convention Center. Jackson dropped Harrison in the sixth and final round but Harrison won the bout by unanimous decision.
UPDATE: We are now hearing that the Martin bout may not happen. Sources tell BATB that Jackson has not been contacted about this contest.