Boxing returns to Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD on Saturday, June 20 with three female title bouts for the second consecutive card. The last Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card at Martin's West on March 20 drew a crowd so large, fans were turned away at the door.
All three of the "Queens of the Beltway" -- Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson, Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas and "The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas -- return to action in those title bouts. Already, the three champions have 11 championship titles between them.
Six of those championships belong to Ashburn, VA's Nelson (14-0-3, one KO) who is slated to defend her UBF (Universal Boxing Federation) Welterweight title against an opponent to be determined. Nelson won a 10-round unanimous decision over Kita Watkins on March 20 to capture the UBF Super Welterweight crown. Nelson, the two-time Beltway Boxer of the Year, has been very dominant in her last three outings, pitching shutouts in all three contests. Nelson has gone 24 rounds without losing a round.
DC's Douglas (9-0, four KO's) may have the marquee matchup of the night as she will battle Anahi "Pantera" Torres of Texcoco, Mexico in a 10-round contest for the vacant UBF Light Flyweight title. Douglas is coming off an impressive seventh-round TKO of Maria Suarez on the March 20th Woodlawn card. Douglas will be looking for her fourth world title in her third weight division, having previously captured titles at flyweight and bantamweight.
Douglas will face her most experienced foe to date in Torres (12-12-1, two KO) who is a former WBC Youth Female Minimumweight (or Strawweight) champion. Torres has had an interesting career thus far; she lost 10 of her first 15 bouts, then won seven in a row but has since gone winless in her last three bouts. Torres's last outing was a 10-round split decision loss to Ji Hyun Park on November 29 in Icheon, South Korea.
This will be the third straight title opportunity for the Manassas, VA-based Salinas who will take on Jasmine Clarkson of Cedar Hill, TX in an eight-round contest for the vacant UBF Featherweight crown. Salinas (16-3, four KO's) has won two world titles at super bantamweight and super featherweight in her last two outings, including a 10-round unanimous decision over Angel Gladney on March 20.
The 20-year-old Clarkson (2-2) started her career in September of 2014 and is coming off a four-round majority decision win over Lisa Lamb on April 25 in Mesquite, TX.
In other bouts on the card, DC lightweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis will be in a six-round rematch against Benjamin "The Shadow" Burgos of Mount Pocono, PA. Davis (9-1, four KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Helario Medina on the March 20th Woodlawn card. Burgos (2-11-1) last fought on February 21 and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Roberto Irizarry on February 21 in Allentown, PA.
Davis won the first meeting against Burgos by second-round TKO in March of 2013 in Fort Washington, MD.
Undefeated Ashburn, VA super lightweight Seth "Killer B" Billups moves to the six-round level for the first time in his pro career when he faces David Nelson of Lawton, OK. Billups (5-0, four KO's) returns to action for the first time since stopping Sean Lockhart on Novembert 15 in Fairfax, VA. Nelson (3-3, one KO) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over George Palmer on March 7 in Miami, OK.
Baltimore super lightweight Malik "The Iceman" Hawkins returns to his home area to face Chris Porter of Missouri in a four-round contest. Hawkins (3-0, three KO's) made an unofficial appearance in an exhibition bout on April 23 in Parkville, MD and knocked out his opponent (who was wearing headgear) in the second round. This appearance came shortly after the last official bout for Hawkins when he needed just 37 seconds to stop Darius Jackson on April 18 in Pennsauken, NJ.
Porter (0-2) last fought on February 13 and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Mikkel LesPierre in Queens, NY.
Welterweight Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. of Baltimore is scheduled to be on the card in a four-round contest against Christopher Russell of Shattuck, OK. Womack (5-5-2, three KO's) broke a seven-bout winless streak with a first-round TKO over Nathaniel Rivas on May 8 in Philadelphia, PA. Russell (3-12-1, two KO's) has not fought since December of 2013 when he suffered a second-round TKO loss to Shadi Shawareb.
Baltimore middleweight Devin Butcher (3-0, one KO) returns to action after winning his first contest in almost five years on the last Martin's West card on March 20. Butcher stopped David Rohn in the second round. Butcher will take on Walter McCray of Lynchburg, VA (0-1) in a four-rounder. McCray has not fought since losing his pro debut in August of 2012.
There will be three pro debuts on this card. Baltimore middleweight Jeff McCalla will take on Carlos Dixon of Dallas, TX (0-3-1). McCalla is the younger brother of Cecil McCalla and was a former Washington Golden Gloves participant.
Lightweight Eric Hernandez of Leesburg, VA will debut against Mason Wicket (0-9) of Milwaukee, WI. Hernandez had a solid amateur career participating in Silver and Golden Gloves competition as well as at the USA Nationals. Wicket makes his third trip to the Beltway region after losing bouts to Myke Fox and Emanuel Johnson.
Also, Oxon Hill, MD super lightweight Parris Chisholm debuts against an opponent to be determined . Chisholm is a former Junior Olympic champion.