Sunday, September 20, 2015

Beltway Boxers Compete Saturday In Norfolk!

A number of Beltway Boxers will be competing on a pro card on Saturday, September 26 at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA.  This will be a Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers/Ponytail Promotions card.

Headlining the card will be undefeated, multi-time, multi-division world champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA, who will battle Ashleigh Curry of St. Joseph, MO in a 10-round super welterweight encounter.

Nelson, (15-0-3, one KO) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Kita Watkins on June 20 in Woodlawn, MD.  Curry (7-9-4, one KO) last fought on June 12 and won a four-round majority decision over Althea Saunders in St. Joseph.   The two ladies fought on the same card on November 6 of last year in Cockeysville, MD.  Nelson won a four-round unanimous decision over Lucretia Meacham while Curry fought to a six-round draw against Melissa St. Vil.

In one of the co-feature bouts, undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison is slated to be in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined.  Harrison (27-0, 14 KO's) fought on August 15 in Miami, FL and won a fifth-round TKO over Carlos Velasquez.

In other bouts featuring locals, undefeated Ashburn, VA lightweight Seth "Killer B" Billups will take on veteran Reggie "Two-Gun" Nash of Grand Rapids, MI in a four-round bout.  Billups (6-0, five KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Christopher Russell in his last outing on the June 20 Woodlawn card.  Nash (10-37-1, two KO's) is looking to break a 10-bout losing streak.  Nash has fought a number of Beltway Boxers including Harrison, Todd Wilson and Bayan Jargal and has also fought the likes of Grady Brewer, Steve Upshur Chambers and Vernon Paris throughout his career.

Leesburg, VA super lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez returns to action in a four-round contest against Anthony Dave of Canton, OH.  Hernandez scored his first pro knockout in his last outing with a second-round TKO of Fernando Serrano on July 18 in Washington, DC.  Dave (0-8-1) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Hoshuan Sambolin on June 26 in Niagra Falls, NY.  Dave has also faced locals Jerrell Harris, Antonio Magruder and Billups.

In what could be an interesting four-rounder, middleweight Jeff "Gladiator" McCalla of Randallstown, MD will battle with David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Villa Park, IL.  McCalla, the younger brother of junior middleweight Cecil (1-0, one KO), made his pro debut on June 20 in Woodlawn and scored a first-round TKO over Carlos Dixon.  Rohn (0-4-1, two no-contests) lost his last bout by second-round TKO to Devin Butcher on March 20 in Woodlawn.  Rohn will face a Beltway Boxer for the sixth time in his career.  Rohn has also faced Shaborn Ryals, Jeremy Trussell, Demond Nicholson and Jarelle Scott.  Rohn did have two wins on his record (one against Scott in Rohn's pro debut) but they were both overturned because Rohn failed post-bout drug tests.

In a heavyweight bout, Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest will take on another Beltway Boxer, Carlos "The DC Diamond Cutter" Black of Rockville, MD, in a four-round contest.  Forrest (8-2, seven KO's) broke a two-bout losing streak in his last contest when he scored a second-round knockout of Riley Brooks on March 28 in Springfield, VA.  Forrest is managed by DC Boxing Hall of Famer Sharif Salim.  Black (1-2) will be trying to snap a two-bout losing streak of his own which includes a four-round split decision loss to Dennis Benson on July 9 in Parkville, MD.

Other bouts on this card includes a 10-round co-feature with hometown hero Frankie "Freight Train" Fillipone against an opponent to be announced.  Fillipone (17-5-1, four KO's) is coming off a fourth-round stoppage of Aaron Jaco on April 3 in Sarasota, FL.

The card also marks the return of former lightweight contender "Dangerous" Dorin Spivey of Portsmouth, VA who will face veteran Terrance "T-Brick" Roy of Covington, TN in an eight-round contest.  Spivey (42-7, 30 KO's) has not fought since losing a 10-round unanimous decision to Samuel Neequaye in August of 2013.  Roy (11-46, two KO's) last fought on August 8 and was stopped in the third round by Stephon Young in St. Louis, MO.

Also on the card is super bantamweight Dodie Boy Penalosa, Jr. of Cebu City, the Philippines, who will be in a six-round contest.  No word yet on his opponents.  Penalosa (13-0, 12 KO's) has not fought since he scored a third-round KO over Dicky Amtiran in July of 2014.  Penalosa looks to continue the family championship legacy.  Both his father, Dodie, Sr. and his uncle, Gerry, won two world titles.

In other bouts, Bayamon, Puerto Rico featherweight Luis Orlando Del Valle (19-2, 14 KO's) will be in a scheduled eight-round contest.  Canadian super welterweight Cody Crowley (4-0, two KO's) will battle Alan Beeman of Providence, RI (0-8) in a four-round bout.  Virginia Beach, VA cruiserweight Keith "Rocko" Robertson (1-0, one KO) will be in another four-rounder against Reggie Miller of Philadelphia, PA (0-3).  Another Virginia Beach boxer, Carlo Moore (0-1-1), looks for his first win against an opponent to be named.