Saturday, October 31, 2015
On Friday, Tiara Brown lost her lightweight challenger's bracket final contest to Jajaira Gonzalez of Glendora, CA by a 3-0 score.
On the men's side, Donald Wallace of Catonsville, MD lost his bid to qualify in the middleweight division.
Two Beltway men will head to the trials in Reno, NV December 7-12 -- Tyrek Irby and Gary Antuanne Russell.
Thompson fell behind early in the contest and, despite knocking down Scott in the ninth round, could not catch back up. Thompson lost by scores of 98-91, 96-93 and 95-94. Thompson may have also lost an opportunity to face WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who was sitting at ringside providing guest commentary on the telecast.
Thompson falls to 40-6, 27 KO's while Scott's record rises to 38-2-1, 13 KO's,
Also on the telecast, Baltimore, MD featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis remained undefeated with a sterling third-round TKO of former IBF Featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz of Tijuana, MX. Davis dropped Cruz in the first and third rounds before the bout was stopped at 1:31.
Mayweather Promotions was the promoter of the bout and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was at ringside on behalf of Davis, who is now 13-0, 12 KO's. Cruz falls to 40-19-4, 24 KO's.
Friday, October 30, 2015
(photos by Mike "The Truth" Jackson)
McCalla (right) weighed 155 1/2 pounds for his 10-round televised co-feature bout against Tony Harrison who weighed in at 156 pounds. The bout will be shown on the NBC Sports Network at 11 PM ET.
Also, in a bout added to the card, Corley (right) weighed in at 137 1/2 pounds for his eight-round contest against Bahodir Mamadjonov of Houston, TX. Mamadjonov tipped the scales at 141 3/4 pounds. Corley (42-24-1, 25 KO's) lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Nery Saguilan on August 22 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Mamadjonov, a native of Uzbekistan, (17-2, 11 KO's) will try to bounce back from an eighth-round TKO loss to Richard Commey on May 22 in Las Vegas, NV.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Three Beltway Boxers weighed in for their Friday night bouts at the Venue at UCF in Orlando, FL.
Tony Thompson tipped the scales at 263 pounds for his 10-round main event bout against Malik Scott, who weighed in at 235 pounds. This contest will be shown on the Bounce TV telecast that begins at 9 PM ET.
Gervonta Davis weighed 135 pounds for his 10-round contest against Cristobal Cruz, who tipped the scales at 133.
Also, Antonio Russell and his opponent, Eduardo Melendez, both weigh 121 pounds for their four-round contest.
The 10-round super welterweight bout between undefeated boxers "Swift" Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, MD (16-0, 10 KO's) and "Notorious" Frank Galarza of Brooklyn, NY (17-0-2, 11 KO's) was originally scheduled to be on Spike TV on Friday, November 13 from the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS. However, the bout will receive an even bigger audience now because it has been moved to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 14 where it will be the televised co-feature to Gary Russell, Jr's WBC Featherweight title bout on Showtime.
Replacing the Hurd-Galarza bout on Spike TV on Friday, November 13 in Mississippi will be a 10-round contest between Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. (18-1, 12 KO's) and Humberto Savigne of Miami, FL (12-2, nine KO's). This was a bout that was originally slated for September but Savigne suffered an injury in training. Williams-Savigne will be the co-feature on this card.
At the Women's trials, Franchon Crews stayed in the tournament by winning her 165-pound challengers bracket bout by a 3-0 decision over Naomi Graham of Colorado Springs, CO. Crews will take on Tika Hemingway of Brackenridge, PA on Thursday.
At 132 pounds, Tiara Brown lost her first bout of the tournament, dropping a 3-0 decision to Mikaela Meyer of Los Angeles, CA. Brown is still in the tournament but is not scheduled to compete today.
Amelia Moore's Olympic journey is over at 132 pounds. Moore lost her bout by medical walkover. No word on why she was unable to compete on Wednesday.
On the men's side, only two locals made it into the next round of competition. Donald Wallace of Catonsville, MD won a 2-1 decision over Antonio Woods of Cedar Rapids, IA in the 165-pound bracket. Also, Colby Madison of Owings Mills, MD won a 3-0 decision over Austin Joseph of Atlanta, GA at 201+ pounds.
Six locals were eliminated from competition on Wednesday. At 132 pounds, Jalonte Cole lost a 3-0 decision to Elijah Peixoto of East Providence, RI while Ernest Hall lost by the same decision to Michael Dutchover of Midland, TX.
At 141, Nigel Fennell fell by a 3-0 decision to Michael Montgomery of Macon, GA.
Keeshawn Williams lost a 3-0 decision to Ferdinand Kerobyan of North Hollywood, CA at 152 pounds.
At 165, Tavon Body dropped a 3-0 decision to Frederick Wilson of Cleveland, OH.
Also, Mark Duncan suffered a third-round stoppage at the hands of Eric Moon of Marietta, GA at 178 pounds.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Brown and Mayer are no strangers to each other as this will be the fifth time they have faced each other. Each woman has two victories in their matchups.
Amelia Moore remained in the tournament by defeating Lisa Porter of Van Nuys, CA 2-1 in the lightweight challengers bracket. Moore will take on Samantha Kinchen of Lexington, KY in her next contest.
At Middleweight, Franchon Crews lost her first bout of the tournament suffering a 2-1 defeat to Raquel Miller of San Diego, CA. Crews will take on Naomi Graham of Colorado Springs, CO in the challengers bracket.
The Olympic trials are over now for Iesha Kenney, who suffered her second loss of the tournament by a 3-0 decision to Cierra Taylor of Rochester, NY. Kenney was the youngest competitor at the trials at just 17 years old.
USA Boxing has not provided official results on Tuesday's action at the Men's Qualifier, however, we have learned that Keeshawn Williams, Jalonte Cole, Tavon Body and Nigel Fennell are among the locals who advanced to the next round of competition.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Undefeated Baltimore, MD featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis will battle former world champion Cristobal Cruz of Mexico in an eight-round contest. Davis (12-0, 11 KO's) has scored three first-round knockouts in his last three contests. That includes a stoppage of Recky Dulay on September 12 in Las Vegas, NV.
Cruz (40-18-4, 24 KO's) is winless in his last five contests, including a six-round unanimous decision against Eddie Ramirez on September 8 in Hollywood, CA. Cruz won the IBF Featherweight championship in October of 2008 with a 12-round split decision over Orlando Salido. Cruz would make three defenses of his title before losing the belt to Salido in May of 2010.
Bantamweight Antonio Russell of Capitol Heights, MD will also be on this card taking on Gabriel Braxton of Red Oak, GA in a six-round contest.
Russell (4-0, three KO's) scored a second-round TKO over Manuel Rubalcava on September 12 in Mashantucket, CT. That was Russell's first scheduled six-round contest. Braxton (2-11, one KO) has lost four straight including his last three by knockout. Both of Braxton's wins came in the Beltway region. Braxton won a four-round unanimous decision over Rodrigo Gabriel in April of 2014 in Fort Washington, MD and scored a third-round TKO over Maurice Adams, Jr. on January 17 in Washington, DC.
Both Davis and Russell are still slated to be on the undercard of Gary Russell, Jr.'s WBC Featherweight title bout against Oscar Escandon on Saturday, November 14 at the Hard Rock Hotel Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Thompson will take on Scott in the main event of the televised portion of the card. WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be ringside as a color commentator for the Bounce TV telecast.
In the lightweight division, Tiara Brown won her opening contest with a 3-0 decision over Amelia Moore. In the middleweight bracket, Franchon Crews took a 3-0 decision over Iesha Kenney.
Brown and Crews continue in the Winner's Bracket of the tournament on Tuesday. Brown will battle Rianna Rios of Colorado Springs, CO while Crews will take on Raquel Miller of San Diego, CA.
Moore and Kenney are now in the Challenger's Bracket and will also compete today. Moore will take on Lisa Porter of Van Nuys, CA and Kenney will face Cierra Taylor of Rochester, NY.
On the first day of competition at the Men's Qualifier in Memphis, three Beltway Boxers won in the 132 Pound division. Jalonte Cole of Burke, VA won a 2-1 decision over Israel Medina of Youngsville, LA. Ebrima Jawara of Gaithersburg, MD also won in the bracket with a 2-1 decision over Antonio Levett of Minot, ND. Sippriano Zelldon of Silver Spring, MD won a 3-0 decision over Rosino Legan of Gilroy, CA.
At 141 Pounds, Dante Cox of Severn, MD lost a 3-0 decision to Christian Camarena of Pasadena, CA while Sammie Smith of Hyattsville, MD lost a tiebreaker to Sharad Smith of Hartford, CT.
In the 152 Pound bracket, Keeshawn Williams of Washington, DC won a 2-1 decision over Anthony Rodriguez of Humble, TX.
The 165 Pound bracket saw Tavon Body of Burtonsville, MD win a 3-0 decision over Christopher Clark of Ambridge, TX and Clinso Brumfield of Alexandria, VA lose by second-round stoppage to Joseph Hicks of Grand Rapids, MI.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
According to reports, Eubank dropped Jeter with a minute to go in the first round. Early in the second round, Eubank landed a solid right hand and followed with a short flurry that forced referee Howard Foster to stop the contest at 29 seconds.
Eubank, Jr. is now 20-1, 15 KO's while Jeter falls to 20-5-1, 14 KO's.
A big week is in store for a number of Beltway amateurs as they are in Memphis, TN for the Women's US Olympic Team trials and the final qualifier for the Men's Olympic Trials.
will begin on Monday, October 26 and conclude on Saturday, October 31.
There will be four locals in the women's competition. In the Lightweight division, Tiara Brown of Oxon Hill, MD makes her second trip to the Olympic Trials. Brown, who won a gold medal at 126 pounds at the World Championships in 2012, has kept her training going while also keeping a commitment with the DC Police Academy as she seeks to become a Metropolitan Police Officer.
Columbia, MD's Amelia Moore makes her first trip to the trials. Moore also works as an accountant and an automotive service administrator.
In the middleweight division, two locals bridge the gap between experience and youth. Multi-time national champion Franchon Crews of Baltimore, MD competes at the Olympic trials for the second time. Crews won a world championship in 2012.
On the other end of the spectrum is Iesha Kenney of Alexandria, VA. At 17 years old, Kenney is the youngest competitor in the entire tournament. Kenney, a senior and an honor student at TC Williams High School, is a two-time Youth National Champion and a two-time bronze medalist at the Junior and Youth World championships.
In the men's tournament, 19 Beltway Boxers will be among the 414 competitors in th final qualifier. The two top finishers in each of the 10 weight divisions will claim the final spots for the Olympic Trials taking place December 7-12 in Reno, NV.
Here is the list of Beltway Boxers participating in the final qualifier:
Lightweight (132 Pounds)
Jalonte Cole, Burke, VA
Ernest Hall, Baltimore, MD
Ebrima Jawara, Gaithersburg, MD
William Sawin, Alexandria, VA
Sippriano Zelldon, Silver Spring, MD
Light Welterweight (141 Pounds)
Dante Cox, Severn, MD
Sammie Smith, Hyattsville, MD
Welterweight (152 Pounds)
Jonathan Burrs, Frederick, MD
Nigel Fennell, Salisbury, MD
Keeshawn Williams, Washington, DC
Middleweight (165 Pounds)
Jason Bell-Edwards, District Heights, MD
Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD
Clinso Brumfield, Alexandria, VA
Jordon Payne, Hyattsville, MD
Donald Wallace, Catonsville, MD
Light Heavyweight (178 Pounds)
Justin Bell-Edwards, Temple Hills, MD
Mark Duncan, Clarksburg, MD
Heavyweight (201 Pounds)
Samuel Smith, Clinton, MD
Super Heavyweight (201+ Pounds)
Colby Madison, Owings Mills, MD
Friday, October 23, 2015
Yurii Polischuk won a six-round unanimous decision over Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez of Haymarket, VA. Polischuk won by scores of 57-56 (twice) and 59-55. Polischuk is now 8-1-1, two KO's while Rodriguez falls to 6-4-1, five KO's.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Undefeated Silver Spring, MD featherweight Alexandru Marin returns to action by making his first road trip on Saturday, October 24. The Romanian native heads to the Salin Bisque Banquet Center in Detroit, MI for a four-round bout against veteran Stephon McIntyre of Jonesboro, GA.
Marin (6--0, four KO's) last fought on March 14 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Arturo Santiago in DC. McIntyre (2-14-2) will be looking to break a 12-bout losing streak.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
WTOP Radio is reporting that the Virginia Office of Licensing and Regulations is now reviewing the bout between Prichard Colon and Terrell Williams to see if any crimes were committed. Colon is still at Inova Fairfax Hospital where, reportedly, he is showing some reflex movement, however he is still in a comatose state.
There is a hard-hitting column by Thom Loverro of the Washington Times who sat next to me in the press area. This is a column every fan should read. http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/18/prichard-colon-premiere-boxing-champions-crime/
Saturday, October 17, 2015
According to Matt Richardson of Fightnews.com, the bout wasn't the most exciting bout ever seen. Here is his report.
Little action occurred early on as Roach seemed content to box from the outside and outwork his much slower opponent. Roach connected with combinations in the second minute of the fourth but Bustos absorbed the shots well and came back with a few uppercuts of his own. Roach also did well in the first minute of the final round when he scored with wide rights to the temple of Bustos. Bustos fought back well, however, to dispel any inclination the referee may have had to call a halt to the fight.
Roach is now 9-0, three KO's while Bustos falls to 7-6-3, four KO's.
DC's David "Day-Day" Grayton won the final bout on the card getting an eight-round unanimous decision over Martin Wright of Brooklyn, NY. Grayton landed solid shots throughout the contest to get the win. Grayton won by scores of 80-72 and 79-73 twice.
Grayton remains undefeated at 13-0, nine KO's. Wright is 11-2-2, five KO's.
Post-Fight Wrap-Up coming up in moments!
Lamont Peterson has won a 12-round majority decision today at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA.
During a press conference after the bout, Peterson said he suffered cramps and it hindered him down the stretch. Diaz was a very tough competitor throughout the contest and, quite frankly, deserved the win.
Peterson is now 34-3-1, 17 KO's while Diaz loses for the first time and he is now 17-1, eight KO's.
Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson scored an easy first-round TKO over Milton Nunez of Barranquilla, Colombia. Nicholson battered Nunez with both hands before the bout was stopped at 2:25 of the first.
Nicholson is now 15-1, 15 KO's while Nunez is 28-15-1, 25 KO's.
We are at intermission before the televised portion of the card. We'll have a live Post-Fight Wrap-Up on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android immediately following the end of the card. We also have interviews with Nicholson and Anthony Peterson now on the app as well as Spreaker.com and Iheartradio.com.
Alantez "SlyAza" Fox defeated Eric "Murder" Mitchell via fifth-round disqualification.
The bout was relatively close until Fox landed a right hand that dropped Mitchell about a minute remaining in the fifth. While referee Vic DeWysocki was administring the eight-count, Mitchell went right after Fox, forcing the disqualification.
Fox remains undefeated at 17-0-1, seven KO's. Mitchell is now 23-13-2, 11 KO's.
It just took one punch for Anthony Peterson to stop Mike "Machine Gun" Oliver in the early seconds of the contest.
Peterson hit Oliver with a right hand then walked away in anger as Oliver dropped to his knees and took the 10-count. No official time of the knockout was given.
Peterson is now 36-1, 24 KO's. Oliver, who was soundly booed as he left the ring, falls to 26-7-1, eight KO's.
In the All-Virginia portion of the card at EagleBank Arena, Jimmy Lange scored a fifth-round TKO over "Money" Mike Sawyer.
Lange knocked down Sawyer with a right hand in the second round and proceeded to batter Sawyer until referee Joe Cooper stopped the bout on the advice of the ringside doctor at 2:31.
Lange is now 39-6-2, 26 KO's. Sawyer is now 6-5, four KO's.
Lightweight Canton Miller of St. Louis, MO has won a spirited four-round majority decision over Tommy Logan of Winter Haven, FL.
Miller dropped Logan twice during the bout. However, Logan was able to bounce back and trade hard shots for the remainder of the bout. Logan managed to get a draw on one card, 38-38. Two other judges saw the bout, 38-36.
Miller is now 2-0, one KO while Logan is 3-2, three KO's.
Hello everyone, from the EagleBank Arena at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where we are underway with the PBC card promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Headbangers Promotions.
The first bout of the afternoon has just ended with Lenox "2 Sharp" Allen of New York City scoring a second-round TKO over Istvan Zeller of Kistarca, Hungary. Allen dropped Zeller twice in the first round and once more in the second before the bout was halted at 1:31.
Allen's record rises to 20-0-1, 13 KO's while Zeller is 24-9, seven KO's.
Friday, October 16, 2015
The card was scheduled to feature Kell Brook's IBF Welterweight title defense against Diego Chaves. However, Brook suffered a rib injury in training. The card will still go on with the Eubank-Jeter bout as the featured contest.
The ironic situation with this is that Eubank is scheduled to defend his interim WBA Middleweight championship..for the last time. Eubank asked for this last title defense on the condition that the WBA will strip him of the title afterwards. Whoever wins the Eubank-Jeter contest will immediately be stripped of the title and the new interim champion will be Alfonso Blanco, who won a bout two weeks ago in Venezuela. No, this doesn't make any sense. Listen to my podcast that tries to explain this further.
First, here are the weights for the DiBella Entertainment/HeadBangers Promotions card at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA:
(Photo by Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions)
Lamont Peterson 144 vs. Felix Diaz Jr. 144
Prichard Colon 149 vs Terrell Williams 148
Anthony Peterson 137 vs. Mike Oliver 135
Alantez Fox 157 vs. Eric Mitchell 159
Jimmy Lange 175 vs. Mike Sawyer 178
Lennox Allen 168 vs. Istvan Zeller 166
David Grayton 146 vs. Martin Wright 146
Demond Nicholson 164 vs. Milton Nunez 160
Kareem Martin 147 vs. Christopher Degollado 156 (Martin announced via Facebook that his bout has been scratched from the card because his opponent could not make weight.)
Tommy Logan 130 vs. Canton Miller 130
Remember, the card begins at 1 PM ET. There will be a bus trip leaving the IHOP at the Forestville Mall Parking lot at 10 AM on Saturday. If you just want to ride the bus, the price is $65 round trip. If you want to buy a ticket to the boxing card, tickets are $45, $65, $85, $150 and $250. Call (240) 893-4623 for details.
If you can't make it to the card, we will be blogging results live from Eagle Bank Arena throughout the afternoon. The NBC telecast begins at 4 PM ET.
(Photo by Tom Hogan--Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions)
Meanwhile, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Lamont Roach, Jr. tipped the scales at 131 pounds for his six-round contest against Jose Bustos on Saturday night. Bustos weighed in at 130.
We are hearing word that Roach's contest will be shown live as part of the HBO Free View that will be shown prior to the Gennady Golovkin-David Lemieux pay-per-view card. You do not have to order the PPV to see the bout.
Womack (7-8-3, five KO's) will look to bounce back from a third-round TKO loss to Treysean Wiggins on August 25 in Brooklyn, NY. Martin (9-0, five KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Jeremiah Wiggins (no relation) on June 27 in Bethlehem, PA.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Beltway Boxers Meet Youngsters During Peterson-Diaz Fight Week; Hold Final Press Conference Thursday!
(Photos by Delane Rouse)
As we get closer to the DiBella Entertainment/Headbangers Promotions card Saturday at the George Mason University Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA, many of the boxers on the card had an opportunity to meet young fans in Alexandria, VA on Wednesday.
The Peterson Brothers, Alantez Fox and Jimmy Lange along with Felix Diaz held a workout at the Charles Houston Recreation Center. The boxers also signed autographs and met with many of the local youth.
Today, the boxers held their final press conference at the Hamilton Hotel in DC. Here are some quotes courtesy of my Fightnews.com colleague Julian Burgower:
Lamont Peterson: How’s everybody doing? I would like to thank God for another healthy, productive training camp. I would like to thank my team, Team Headbangers. I’m looking forward to this fight. I’m always looking forward to fighting. I wish I could fight every month, I swear I do, but I understand that it’s a business. I’m happy I’m fighting this weekend. It’s been another tremendous training camp. I’m looking for a tough fight. Felix prepared well and I’m ready. I wish we could fight tonight [laughs]…but I guess I can wait…I guess. I promise to put on a show.
Felix Diaz: I’ve trained hard for this fight like any other fight and I encourage all the people to come out and support this fight. Thank you very much.
Barry Hunter (Peterson’s Trainer): Of course, this is what we do. Fighting has been a part of our lives for I don’t know how many years now. [Diaz] comes from a very good pedigree. I had a chance to hang out with Felix and his trainer a couple of years ago and they treated us with respect and kindness and in return I’m going to give it back the same way. Of course I don’t have to say nothing about my boys. Fighting is what we do, damn near every day, all day. It’s in the bloodline. So, come Saturday look forward to a good fight. I try to make no predictions- it is what it is and I’ll see you all on the next journey.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
In the main event, Baltimore, MD's Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow won an eight-round unanimous decision over Raymond "Sugar" Terry of Lynchburg, VA. Nicklow won by scores of 79-73 (twice) and 80-72. The win breaks a four-bout losing streak for Nicklow, who is now 25-7-3, eight KO's. Terry is now 4-2, two KO's.
Also on the card, lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez of Leesburg, VA scored a second-round TKO over Alfredo Ellis, Jr. of Wilson, NC. The bout was stopped at 2:03 of the round. Hernandez remains undefeated at 4-0, three KO's while Ellis is 0-3.
Randallstown, MD middleweight Jeff "Gladiator" McCalla also remained undefeated with a first-round TKO over Theophulis Newkirk of Wilson, NC. The bout was stopped at 1:17. McCalla is 3-0 with all three bouts stopped in the first round. Newkirk is 0-2.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Scheduled to participate in the workout are The Peterson Brothers, Alantez Fox, Jimmy Lange and Felix Diaz. The workout will begin at 3 PM and will be the only event during fight week that will be open to the public before Saturday's card.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Saturday, October 17 -- Lamont Peterson, NBC
Friday, October 30 -- Tony Thompson, Bounce TV
Saturday, October 31 -- Cecil McCalla, NBC Sports Network
Friday, November 6 -- Antoine Douglas, Showtime
Friday, November 13 -- Jarrett Hurd, Spike TV
Saturday, November 14 -- Gary Russell, Jr., Showtime
Also, Tony Jeter's bout against Chris Eubank, Jr. on Saturday, October 24 will be shown internationally on SkySports TV.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
There are a couple of adjustments to the card. David "Day-Day" Grayton will have a new opponent in Martin Wright of Brooklyn, NY for his scheduled eight-round contest. Wright (11-1-2, five KO's) has not fought since winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Mike Ruiz in September of 2011 in Woodhaven, NY.
Grayton's originally-scheduled opponent, Christopher Degollado of Monterrey, Mexico (13-5, 11 KO's), will now face undefeated DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin in a six-round contest. Martin (6-0-1, three KO's) will compete for the second straight time in the Beltway region after five road contest. Martin is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Anthony Prescott on August 28 at the Washington Convention Center.
Another bout signed for the card features DC lightweight Anthony Peterson who will battle veteran Mike "Machine" Oliver of Hartford, CT in a 10-round bout. Peterson (35-1, 23 KO's) stopped Rameses Gil in the sixth round in his last outing on July 11 in Tampa, FL. Oliver (26-6-1, eight KO's) will look to bounce back after losing by fifth-round TKO to Jonathan Arrellano on August 16 in Mashantucket, CT.
Also, undefeated Forestville, MD super welterweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox will take on another veteran in Eric "Murder" Mitchell of Vero Beach, FL by way of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round encounter. Fox (16-0-1, six KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Guillermo Valdes on July 18 at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC. The 46-year-old Mitchell (23-12-2, 11 KO's) will face a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time. Mitchell was stopped in the third round by Jarrett Hurd on April 18 in Valley Forge, PA.
One other bout is scheduled for the card -- Winter Haven, FL lightweight Tommy Logan (3-1, three KO's) will be in a four-round bout against Canton Miller of St. Louis, MO (1-0, one KO).
Undefeated Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd takes the biggest step in his career when he makes his national television debut on Friday, November 13 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS. Hurd will battle "Notorious" Frank Galarza of Brooklyn, NY in a 10-round co-feature bout that will air on Spike TV.
Not only will this be the first nationally-televised contest for Hurd (16-0, 10 KO's), this will also be Hurd's first scheduled 10-round contest. Hurd is coming off a seventh-round TKO of previously undefeated Jeff Lentz on August 14 in Newark, NJ.
This bout will also be the first 10-rounder for Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KO's) who last fought on April 10 and scored a third-round knockout of Sheldon Moore in Brooklyn, NY. Galarza comes in with impressive credentials -- he battled Beltway Boxer Alantez Fox to an eight-round draw in September of 2012 in Queens, NY and is the only man to date to defeat John "Apollo Kidd" Thompson, who is competing for a world title tonight in Manchester, England. Galarza knocked out Thompson in the second round in January of 2014.
Friday, October 09, 2015
Beltway Boxers Invade Las Vegas; Douglas Has Shobox Main Event November 6; Reed Returns November 7; Russell Title Bout November 14!
On Friday, November 6, undefeated Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas will headline a ShoBox card at the D Hotel and Casino as he will face Les "Lock and Load" Sherrington of Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBA International Middleweight title.
Douglas will make his fifth appearance (third in a row) on Showtime with this contest. Douglas is coming off a third-round TKO of previously undefeated Istvan Szili on July 17 in Bethlehem, PA.
Sherrington (35-7, 19 KO's) makes his United States debut after competing mostly in his home country of Australia. Sherrington has not fought since winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Samir Santos Barbosa on December 15 in Queensland.
The next night, undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed will make his second straight trip to Las Vegas when he faces Oscar "Raton" Cortes of Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico on Saturday, November 7 at the Thomas and Mack Center. The bout will be on the undercard of the double main event featuring Timothy Bradley defending his WBO Welterweight title against Brandon Rios and Vasyl Lomachenko putting his WBO Featherweight crown up against Romulo Koasicha.
Reed (16-0, nine KO's) made a successful Vegas debut in his last outing on September 11 when he scored a fifth-round TKO over Antonio Canas at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Highlights of the bout were shown on the TruTV telecast that evening.
Cortes (25-2, 13 KO's) is the most experienced foe Reed has faced although all of his bouts have been in his home country of Mexico. Cortes has not fought since winning an eight-round unanimous decision win over Heberto Persico on Ocotber 25 of 2014 in Durango.
We are also hearing word that "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr.'s WBC Featherweight championship title defense against Oscar Escandon will also be in Vegas on Saturday, November 14 at the Hard Rock Cafe and Casino. That bout will be on Showtime.
Between now and mid-November, Beltway Boxers will make seven appearances on national or worldwide TV. We will bring you the schedule in a separate post.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
(Photo by Ross Molovinsky)
Forestville, MD light welterweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox has signed a promotional deal with King's Promotions of Reading, PA.
The 19-year-old undefeated prospect (7-0, two KO's) turned pro in April of 2014 after participating in more than 100 amateur bouts. The 6'4" Fox is the younger brother of undefeated junior middleweight Alantez, who is a DiBella Entertainment signee. The Fox Brothers are trained by their father, Troy, at the Lloyd Irvin Academy in Temple Hills, MD.
King's Promotions, led by promoter Marshall Kauffman, promoted a card at the Washington Convention Center on August 28. Fox's signing is a result of a growing partnership between Kauffman and Beltway promoter/matchmaker Ross Molovinsky who helps with promotions and talent recruitment.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
DC Heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson returns to action as he takes on Malik "King" Scott of Philadelphia, PA in a 10-round bout on Friday, October 30 at the Venue at UCF in Orlando, FL. The bout will be shown on BounceTV.
This bout will also mark the return of Thompson (40-5, 27 KO's) competing in the United States, something Thompson has not done since stopping Maurice Harris in the third round in Reno, NV in May of 2011. In his last seven bouts, Thompson has competed in the United Kingdom and in Turkey twice and made trips to France, Germany and Switzerland. Thompson is coming off an eight-round stoppage of Odlanier Solis on February 27 in Antalya, Turkey for the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title, which will not be on the line in this contest. Thompson is ranked ninth by the WBC.
Scott (37-2-1, 13 KO's) has not fought since winning an impressive 10-round unanimous decision victory over Alex Leapai on October 31, 2014. Scott started his career winning his first 35 contests before battling Vyacheslav Glazkov to a 10-round draw in February of 2013. Scott's only two losses have come to current WBC champion Deontay Wilder and to Dereck Chisora. Scott was knocked out in both contests.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Jeter (20-4-1, 14 KO's) will travel overseas for the second time in his pro career. Jeter lost by second-round TKO to Patrick Nielsen in February of 2014 in Albertslund, Denmark. Jeter, who is ranked number 13 by both the WBA and WBC and number 15 by the WBO, has won four straight since the loss to Nielsen, including two bouts for regional titles.
“He hasn’t fought someone like me who will give 100 per cent of themselves against him,” said Jeter in a press release. “I won’t leave anything in the dressing room. My will and determination are my greatest assets and Chris is a quality operator – you don’t get a piece of a World title without being a class act. But that just makes it an even bigger opportunity for me; I’ll have a win against a huge name on my record and I’ll land on the World scene in a big way.”
"I’ve never taken any punishment in fights and I feel fantastic – really fresh," Jeter continued. "When I lost to Patrick Nielsen in Denmark I carried a bad back injury into the fight which was a major factor in the bout. I’m coming a long way for this fight and getting here early – there’s no excuses, I’m traveling too far not to win this.”
Eubank, the son of the former world champion of the same name (19-1, 14 KO's), won the interim WBA Middleweight title on February 28 with a 12th round TKO victory over Dmitry Chudinov on February 28 in London, England. Eubank has knocked out 11 of his last 12 opponents.
This bout will be the co-feature to the IBF Welterweight title bout between champion Kell Brook and challenger Diego Chaves.
Monday, October 05, 2015
All-Virginia Showdown Added To October 17 Peterson-Diaz Undercard; Grayton, Nicholson Bouts Signed In Fairfax, VA!
Jimmy Lange of Great Falls will take on "Money" Mike Sawyer of Culpepper in an eight-round bout fought at light heavyweight.
For Lange (38-6-2, 25 KO's), this will be his 17th appearance at the Eagle Bank Arena (formerly known as the Patriot Center) but the first time where he is not the headliner. Lange will also be competing at 175 pounds for the very first time and will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak. Lange lost two bouts to Tony Jeter in October of 2012 and November of 2014.
Sawyer (6-4, four KO's) also has ties to George Mason as he graduated from the university shortly before his pro debut in 2006. Sawyer was a fan favorite in bouts at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA in 2006 and 2007 before taking some time off from boxing to enter the business world. Sawyer, who has relocated to Winter Park, FL where he owns a gym, returned to the ring in 2011 and has fought sporadically over the last four years. Sawyer has won two of his last three contests but is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Junior Younan on June 6 in Brooklyn, NY.
There are other bouts that have been signed for this card. Undefeated DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton will battle Christopher Degollado of Monterrey, Mexico in an eight-round contest. Grayton (12-0, nine KO's) last fought on August 28 and scored a six-round TKO over Jose Valderrama at the Washington Convention Center. Degollado (13-5, 11 KO's) broke a four-bout losing streak with a four-round TKO over Gilberto Valdez on August 15 in Jalisco, Mexico.
Also, Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson will battle in an eight-round contest against Milton "El Misil" Nunez of Barranquilla, Colombia. Nicholson (14-1, 14 KO's) is on a four-bout winning streak that includes a second-round stoppage of Antonio Baker on the August 28 card in DC. Nunez (28-14-1, 25 KO's) has lost three straight including an eight-round unanimous decision to Francy Ntetu on May 8 in Rye Brook, NY. Nunez has faced quality competition throughout his career including Gennady Golovkin, Matt Korobov, Daniel Jacobs and Sergio Mora.
Other local boxers slated to participate on this card are Anthony Peterson, Kareem Martin and Alantez Fox.
The co-feature contest on the card has changed. Andre Dirrell had to withdraw from his bout against Blake Caparello due to medical reasons, so the entire bout has been scratched. The new bout matches two undefeated boxers as Prichard "Digget" Colon of Orocovis, Puerto Rico will take on Terrell Williams of Los Angeles, CA in an eight-round contest.
Colon (16-0, 13 KO's) has knocked out his last three opponents including a fourth-round knockout of former world champion Vivian Harris on September 11 in Toronto, Canada. In August of 2014, Colon won a six-round unanimous decision over Beltway Boxer Lenwood Dozier in Brooklyn, NY.
Williams (14-0, 12 KO's) makes his first trip to the East Coast and will try to build on a solid eight-round unanimous decision victory over John Williams on August 27 in Costa Mesa, CA. This was the first time Terrell Williams had gone the distance in a bout since his pro debut in November of 2008.
In another bout added to the card, undefeated Brooklyn, NY super middleweight Lennox "2 Sharpe" Allen will face off with Istvan "Zeke" Zeller of Kistarcsa, Hungary in a 10-round contest.
Allen (19-0-1) is a native of Guyana who scored a seventh-round knockout over Paul Gonsalves on April 17 in Uncasville, CT. Zeller (24-8, seven KO's) makes his US debut on this card and will try to keep his four-bout winning streak alive.
Winter Haven, FL lightweight Tommy Logan (3-1, three KO's) will also be on this card in a scheduled four-round contest. Logan will try to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss as he dropped a four-round split decision to Alejandro Ochoa on November 20 in Studio City, CA.
A reminder -- this card will get underway at 1 PM ET. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with HeadBangers Promotions, are priced at $250, $150, $85, $65 and $40, plus applicable service charges, and are on sale now. Tickets will be available through all Ticketmaster outlets including the EagleBank Arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Phonecharge at 1-800-745-3000. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities by calling 703-993-3035. Please visit www.eaglebankarena.com for more information.
Saturday, October 03, 2015
During an interview on Showtime Championship Boxing at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH, WBC Featherweight Champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD announced the date and opponent for his first title defense.
Russell will defend his title on Saturday, November 14 against Oscar Escandon of Ibague, Colombia. No word yet on where the bout will take place, however, the contest will be shown on Showtime.
Russell (26-1, 15 KO's) won the WBC championship on March 28 in Las Vegas, NV with a fourth-round TKO of Jhonny Gonzalez. Escandon (24-2, 16 KO's) is coming off a 12-round split decision loss to Moises Flores on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA for the interim WBA Super Bantamweight title.
Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision win over late sub Juan Carlos Rojas of Mexico.
Ballard won by scores of 60-53, 59-54 and 58-55 as Rojas lost a point in the first round for a low blow. Ballard raises his record to 10-0, seven KO's while Rojas sees his record drop to 10-13-1, eight KO's.
Also on the card, Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoove" Rivers, Jr. lost his first pro bout by a six-round majority decision to Alejandro Ochoa of Bell Gardens, CA. Rivers was dropped once in rounds one and two but managed to get an even score (56-56) on one judge's scorecard. The other two judges saw the fight for Ochoa at 59-53.
Rivers is now 12-1, nine KO's while Ochoa's record rises to 7-10-2, one KO.
Friday, October 02, 2015
Kevin Rivers, Jr. and D'Mitrius Ballard hit the scales for bouts Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
Rivers weighed in at 126 pounds for his six-round bout against Alejandro Ochoa, who tipped the scales at 128 pounds.
Ballard weighed in at 169 pounds for a scheduled eight-round bout on this card. Ballard's scheduled opponent, Eddie Hunter, did not travel to California for the bout. Ballard will now face Juan Carlos Rojas of Mexico (10-12-1, eight KO's) who weighed in at 165 1/2 pounds.
According to John Di Santo of Fightnews.com, Vasquez started fast and was winning the fight, but Samuel began landing cleanly in round three. In the fourth, Vasquez complained about a head butt. Then moments later, Samuel cracked Vasquez with a left hook and right hand that dropped Vasquez. Vasquez got up, but Samuel put him down again with another left hook. Vasquez rose again, but after another hook staggered him, referee Gary Rosato ended the fight at 1:29.
Samuel's record rises to 16-6-1, seven KO's while Vasquez falls to 19-10-1, nine KO's.
(Photo courtesy of the White Family)
White, who has yet to make his pro debut, was a highly-decorated amateur (145-15) who captured numerous local, national and international titles.
White has spent the last few months sparring with pros to prepare for his transition. White trains at the Pound For Pound gym in Waldorf, MD and will be trained and co-managed by his father, John White.