Saturday, May 9 will be a very busy and exciting day of Beltway Boxing as we have two amateur shows in the area and an afternoon of celebrating the Beltway's newest world champion.
There will be an amateur card at the Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, located at 7711 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD. Scheduled to appear on the card are two Beltway Boxers who are possible 2016 Olympians -- USA National champion Tiara Brown and USA Elite Boxer Tyrek Irby.
Both boxers have gotten very far in the amateur ranks and this may be the last time they may compete in the area before the Olympic Trials. Irby has already qualified for the trials and competed for the USA Knockouts team in the World Series of Boxing. Brown is a former national and world champion at 125 who is moving up to 132 pounds to try to reach the Olympics.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call (301) 899-2430.
Meanwhile at the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD, Baltimore Boxing Promotions is putting on a card that will feature an East Coast championship bout between Joe Veazey of Baltimore and Nigel Fennell of Salisbury, MD. Proceeds from the card benefit the Worcester County Humane Society.
Tickets for this card range $25, $50 and $65. You can go to the website at www.baltimoreboxing.com to purchase tickets.
Also, the Beltway Boxing Community will celebrate the recent WBC Featherweight title win by Capitol Heights, MD's "Mr" Gary Russell, Jr. with a free and open to the public ceremony at the District Heights Municipal Center, 2000 Marbury Drive in District Heights, MD. The event will begin at 2 PM and there will be free food available. Yours truly has been honored to be selected as one of the speakers for the event.
Russell (26-1, 15 KO's) won his title on March 28 when he scored a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV.