Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard won a six-round unanimous decision over Josue Obando of Guadalajara, Mexico in a nationally-televised (FoxSports2/FoxDeportes) contest. Ballard won by scores of 60-54 and 58-56 (twice) to raise his record to 10-0, eight KO's. Obando is now 13-7-1, 10 KO's.
Lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD opened the telecast with a six-round unanimous decision over Christian Santibanez of San Antonio, TX. Roach scored a shutout on two of the judge's scorecards (60-54) while the third judge scored the bout 59-55. Roach is now 8-0, three KO's while Santibanez falls to 3-5, two KO's.
On the undercard, Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. scored a third-round TKO over Luis Lizarraga, Jr. of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Rivers dropped Lizarraga in the second round and then stopped him at 24 seconds of the third. Rivers made his Golden Boy Promotions debut a successful one and raised his record to 12-0, nine KO's. Lizarraga falls to 5-5-1, two KO's.
The starting time remains the same -- 8 PM ET.
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BATB has learned that District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chair Bryan "Scottie" Irving has resigned his post to take a new position within the DC Government.
Irving announced recently on his Facebook page that DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed him to the board of directors of the DC Housing Finance Agency. Irving also is the founder and president of the Blue Skye Development and Construction Firm in DC.
Irving served as chair of the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission for six years. During that time, the commission hosted 12 world title bouts including Lamont Peterson's title tilts against Amir Khan (when Peterson won the title), Kendall Holt and Dierry Jean as well as Bernard Hopkins against Beibut Shumenov.
No word yet on who Irving's successor will be. The commission is in recess for the summer.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Three Beltway Boxers weighed in Monday for bouts Tuesday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
D'Mitrius Ballard tipped the scales at 169 pounds for his eight-round nationally-televised (Fox Sports 1) contest against Josue Obando, who weighed 168.
Lamont Roach, Jr. and Christian Santbanez both weighed in at 134 for their six-round bout that will open the telecast.
Kevin Rivers, Jr. hit the scales at 125 1/2 for his six-round non-televised bout with Luis Lizarraga, Jr., who came in at 128 pounds.
The broadcast begins at 8 PM ET.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Older brother, former US Olympian and current WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. was on hand to present the gold medal to his sibling.
Antuanne is the third member of the Russell family to earn a berth to the Olympic Trials (Gary, Jr. in 2008, Antonio in 2012).
Millersville, MD 132-pounder Amelia Moore lost her consolation bout to Stalacia Leggett of San Diego, CA by a 2-1 decision.
One other boxer with local ties won a gold medal at this competition. Marquis Moore won the 165 pound championship. Moore, originally from Fort Washington, MD, moved to Colorado Springs, CO after serving in the US Army.
The next Olympic Trials Qualifier will be in Baltimore, MD September 5-12.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Russell won a 3-0 decision over Kevin Ceja-Ventura of Omaha, NB in the semifinals. Russell will take on Rahim Gonzales of Sylmar, CA in the championship round on Saturday. This will mark the third straight Olympic Trials that will feature a Gary Russell. Gary Russell, Jr. won a berth on the Olympic team in 2008 and Antonio Russell competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials.
On the women's side, Millersville, MD 132-pounder Amelia Moore lost her semifinal bout to two-time world champion and Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Jajaira Gonzalez of Glendora, CA by second-round TKO. The win was Gonzalez's third straight stoppage victory. Moore will take on Stalacia Leggett of San Diego, CA in a consolation bout on Saturday.
The bout was awkward and somewhat close throughout as Soliman seemed to throw himself at Wade throughout the contest. Wade managed to knock down Soliman in the fourth round. The punch looled more like a push as Soliman was rushing in. However, referee Jack Reiss ruled it a knockdown.
The knockdown proved to be the difference on the scorecards as Wade won by scores of 97-92 and 95-94. Soliman won a card by the score of 96-93.
Wade, who was ranked number 14 by the WBC and number 12 by the WBA going into the contest, remains undefeated at 18-0, 12 KO's. Soliman's record drops to 44-13, 18 KO's.
A related ratings note: The Beltway has three middleweights ranked among the top 15 in the world by the WBC and the WBA. Tony Jeter has moved up to number 11 in the WBC and is number 15 in the WBA. Antoine Douglas, who will compete in a ShoBox main event on Friday, July 17, is ranked number 14 by the WBC.
Ayi "Bruce Lee" Bruce, a super welterweight who now competes out of Silver Spring, MD, was no match for undefeated prospect Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin of Orlando, FL in the co-feature. The native of Ghana was dropped twice before the bout was stopped at 2:05 of the first round. Bruce is now 23-10, 15 KO's while Lubin is 11-0, eight KO's.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Also, as BATB has already announced, three of No Xcuse's pro boxers -- D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard, Lamont Roach, Jr. and Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. -- will be on a card that will take place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, June 30. The bouts for Ballard and Roach will be shown on Fox Sports 1.
Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, MD advanced to the semifinals of the 141-pound competition with a 3-0 decision win over Richardson Hutchins of Brooklyn, NY. Russell will now face Kevin Ceja-Ventura of Omaha, NE in the evening session tonight. Russell is the youngest brother of 2008 US Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. who is now the WBC Featherweight champion and Antuanne Russell is a former National Golden Gloves champion so his name comes as no surprise.
However, Amelia Moore of Millersville, MD may have put her name on the map with her performance thus far in this competition. On Thursday, Moore advanced to the semifinals of the 132-pound division with a 2-1 decision over Dalia Gomez of Oakland, CA. Moore has a tough task in the afternoon semifinals as she will square off with Jajaira Gonzalez of Glendora, CA who won a gold medal at the recent Youth and Junior World Championships in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Also on Thursday, Jalonte Cole of Burke, VA lost his quarterfinal contest at 132 pounds by a 3-0 decision to Adam Castillo of Lubbock, TX while Franchon Crews of Baltimore dropped a 2-1 decision to rival Tika Hemingway of Brackenridge, PA at 165 pounds.
Locals Anthony Peterson of DC and Antonio Russell of Capitol Heights, MD will appear on the undercard against two opponents that Beltway fans may be familiar with. Peterson (34-1, 22 KO's) will take on Ramesis Gil (8-11-5, five KO's) of the Dominican Republic in a 10-round matchup.. Peterson was slated to fight on June 12 in Chicago. However, his opponent did not make weight. Peterson has not fought since August of 2014.
Gil has lost seven straight contests including a spirited bout against Mike Reed on September 7, 2013 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD that was named the Beltway Boxing Bout of the Year. Reed won that bout by sixth-round TKO.
After only two bouts, Russell (2-0, two KO's) will leap into the six-round category when he takes on Jaxel Marrero of Puerto Rico (1-5-1) in a bantamweight contest. Russell scored a first-round knockout of Brandon Garvin on May 23 in Boston, MA. Marrero lost a four-round unanimous decision to Jantony Ortiz on April 4 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Prior to that bout, Marrero lost a four-round unanimous decision to Marq Johns on January 17 at the Washington Convention Center in DC. Marrero has also gone six rounds with Diego De La Hoya, losing a unanimous decision.
Both bouts will be on the undercard of the WBA Welterweight championship contest between titleholder Keith Thurman and former champion Luis Collazo. That bout will be shown on ESPN2. The undercard bouts may be shown online on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Showtime)
After originally weighing in at 162.5, Dominic Wade made a second trip to the scale and weighed 161 for his 10-round contest against former world champion Sam Soliman Friday at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA. Soliman also tipped the scales at 161.
The bout will be the main event on ShoBox on Showtime Friday night at 10:35 ET.
Congratulations and best wishes to Beltway Boxing judge and referee Dave Braslow. The Ellicott City, MD resident is in Bangkok, Thailand this week to serve as a judge for the first time for a major world title contest.
Braslow will be one of three judges for the IBF Flyweight championship bout between undefeated champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Chonburi, Thailand (15-0, five KO's) and challenger and former IBF Light Flyweight titleholder John Riel Casimero of Cebu, Philippines (21-2, 13 KO's) Saturday June 27 at Hua Mark Indoor Stadium.
Braslow has judged more than 250 contests throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania since beginning his career in 2011. Among the noted bouts Braslow has judged are the WIBA Women's Welterweight title between Tori Nelson and Kali Reis in November of 2013 in Cockeysville, MD and the USBA heavyweight bout between Steve Cunningham and Amir Mansour in Apil of 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. Braslow has also refereed 40 bouts in his career, all in Maryland or Washington, DC.
Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, MD moved into the quarters of the 141-pound division with a 3-0 win over Abraham Nova of Albany, NY. Russell will face Richardson Hutchins of Brooklyn, NY on Thursday.
In the Female 132-pound division, Millersville, MD's Amelia Moore made her debut in the trials successful with a 3-0 decision win over Ashleigh Moore of Buzzards Bay, MA. Moore will battle with Dalia Gomez of Oakland, CA in today's quarters.
In the Male 132-pound division, Jalonte Cole of Burke, VA advanced with a 3-0 victory over Giezwa Hobbs of Woodbury, MN. Cole moves on to battle Adam Castillo of Lubbock, TX today.
Multi-time national amateur champion Franchon Crews of Baltimore, MD also makes her first appearance today in the Female 165 pound division as she takes on Tika Hemingway of Brackenridge, PA.
Also on Wednesday, Jordon Payne of Hyattsville, MD lost his second-round contest at 165 pounds by a 3-0 decision to Trevor Lattimore of Bridgeport, CT while Nigel Fennell of Salisbury, MD lost his bout at 152 pounds to Julian Smith of Robbins, IL by a 2-1 decision.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Open Press Conference For July Horseshoe Pro Card on June 25; 'Road To The Worlds' Event July 16 in Glen Burnie!
The newest promotional company in the Beltway Region -- District Sports Promotions -- will have a pro card at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, MD on Friday, July 24. The company wants to make an early introduction to you, the fans by holding an open to the public press conference on Thursday, June 25 at the Gameday Warehouse located at 1400 Warner Street in Baltimore at 6 PM.
Scheduled to appear on this card will be undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun (4-0, four KO's), Baltimore middleweight Jeremy "The Truth" Trussell (9-2-1, seven KO's), Arlington, VA super welterweight Zarifbek "Uzbek Warrior" Nishanbaev (2-0, two KO's) welterweight "The Baby-Face Assassin" Yurii Polischuk of Arlington (6-1-1, two KO's) and returning middleweight Jacey Thompson of DC (1-0, one KO).
On Thursday, July 16, Baltimore Boxing Promotions will have a card called "Road To The Worlds" at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. This card will be a fundraiser that will help send boxers to the Ringside World Championships on August 5-8 in Independence, Missouri.
Scheduled to be on this card will be Sam Crossed, 2009 Ringside World champion Joey Veazey, Donald Wallace, Ernie Hall, Rick Foxwell and Sean Veazey.
Fans can also donate funds by clicking on this link: http://www.gofundme.com/x4cyjqc
Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, MD won a 3-0 decision over Tra-Kwon Pettis of Atlanta, GA in the 141-pound bracket.
At 123 pounds, Jalonte Cole of Burke, VA won a unanimous decision (3-0) over Roberto Meza of Escondido, CA.
Salisbury, MD's Nigel Fennell won his opening bout at 152 pounds with a 3-0 decision over Cruse Stewart of Cedar Rapids, IA. However, Kevin Ottley of Baltimore, MD lost in the opening round of that bracket by a 3-0 score to Abram Martinez of San Diego, CA.
Fennell returns to action today as he will take on Julian Smith of Robbins, IL. Also, Cole will battle Giezwa Hobbs of Woodbury, MN. Russell will take on Abraham Nova of Albany, NY.
Amelia Moore and Jordan Payne make their qualifier debuts today. Moore of Millersville, MD will take on Ashleigh Moore of Buzzards Bay, MA in the female 132 pound bracket while Payne of Hyattsville, MD battles Trevor Lattimore of Bridgeport, CT at 165 pounds.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Action gets underway in earnest on Tuesday for a number of Beltway Boxers competing at the first USA Boxing "Pathway To The Podium" Olympic Trials Qualifier in Colorado Springs, CO.
During the afternoon session, Kevin Ottley of Baltimore, MD will take on Abram Martinez of San Diego, CA at 152 pounds. Also at 152 pounds, Nigel Fennell of Salisbury, MD battles Cruse Stewart of Cedar Rapids, IA.
At 132 pounds, Jalonte Cole of Burke, VA takes on Roberto Mesa of Escondido, CA.
During the evening session, Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, MD will compete at 141 pounds against Tra-Kwon Pettis of Atlanta, GA.
Other locals slated to compete in this qualifier are:
Jordan Payne, Hyattsville, MD (165 Pounds)
Bradley Koonce, Fairfax, VA (178 Pounds)
Amelia Moore, Millersville, MD (132 Pounds-female)
Franchon Crews, Baltimore, MD (165 Pounds-female)
This qualifier continues until Saturday, June 27.
Oxon Hill, MD's Tyrek Irby (141 Pounds) has already qualified for the Olympic Trials due to his victory at the World Championship Team Trial.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The lost is Nicklow's fourth straight and drops his record to 24-7-3, eight KO's. Gavril, a native of Romania, is now 13-1, nine KO's.
Virginia Beltway Boxers Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson and "The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas scored unanimous decision victories in the featured bouts during the Shawstyle Productions/Shabazz Brothers card at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD.
Nelson of Ashburn, VA (right) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Kita "Ready-Made" Watkins of Fort Worth, TX to capture the vacant Universal Boxing Federation Middleweight title. The championship is Nelson's ninth in her career.
The bout was a rematch of a contest the two had on March 20 at Martin's West. Nelson won the first bout easily with a shutout 10-round unanimous decision. Nelson had to work a little harder to get the win in the rematch. Watkins used more movement and defended herself much better against Nelson's right hand. However, Nelson showed her champion's heart at the midway point of the bout when she decked Watkins with a right hook to the chin in the fifth round. Nelson was able to control the bout the rest of the way to score the win. Judge Brent Bovell scored the bout a shutout for Nelson at 100-89 while John Gradowski saw the bout 98-91 and David Greer scored it 99-90. This was the first time in four bouts that Nelson lost a round on a judge's scorecard.
Nelson remains undefeated at 15-0-3, one KO while Watkins drops to 7-13, one KO.
The co-feature saw Salinas of Manassas, VA win an eight-round unanimous decision over a very game Jasmine "Ms. Redd" Clarkson of Cedar Hill, TX.
Clarkson gave Salinas difficulty early with her southpaw style and movement. However, Salinas was eventually able to match Clarkson's speed and increase her own activity. As the bout wore on, Salinas was able to connect more frequently. Judges Gradowski and Greer scored the bout 78-74 while Judge Kenny Chevalier scored the bout 79-73.
Salinas is now 16-3, four KO's while Clarkson is 2-3.
There were two pro debuts on the card. Lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez of Leesburg, VA won a four-round unanimous decision over Mason Wickett of Milwaukee, WI.
After getting comfortable in the first round, Hernandez was able to land solid right hands to the body as well as left and right uppercuts to Wickett's face. To Wickett's credit, he stayed in the bout and weathered the storm but Hernandez's offense was the determining factor in the contest as he won by shutout (40-36) across the board. Wickett is still looking for his first win as he is now 0-10.
The other pro debut saw Randallstown, MD middleweight Jeffrey "Gladiator" McCalla score a first-round knockout over Carlos Dixon of Dallas, TX. McCalla, the younger brother of veteran middleweight Cecil McCalla, rushed Dixon from the opening bell and pressured him with solid bouts. Eventually, McCalla dropped Dixon with a left hand to the face. Dixon beat the count but McCalla swarmed Dixon in a neutral corner long enough for referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout at 2:50. Dixon's record falls to 1-4-1, one KO.
Ashburn, VA lightweight Seth "Killer B" Billups scored two knockdowns en route to a third-round stoppage of Christopher Russell of Amarillo, TX. Billups landed a counter right hand to drop Russell to one knee late in the first round. Billups then landed a left hand to the body and a left uppercut to the head in the third round to end Russell's evening at 28 seconds.
Billups remains undefeated at 6-0, five KO's while Russell falls to 3-13-1, two KO's.
In one of the fastest knockouts in Maryland state history, Brooklyn, NY super lightweight Ivan "The Beast" Baranchyk needed just three seconds to stop Angel "El Fuego" Figueroa of Lorain, OH.
The bell rang, Baranchyk landed a straight left hand to the body, a crushing left hook to the head, Figueroa fell and the bell rang again.
Baranchyk, a native of Belarus, remains undefeated at 7-0, six KO's. Figueroa's record evens at 3-3-1.
Because Baranchyk boxes out of New York, his knockout will not qualify for Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year. However, Devin Butcher's first-round knockout of Walter McCray certainly is in the running. After pressuring his opponent from the opening bell, the Baltimore native Butcher stopped McCray of Lynchburg, VA with a crushing right hand that sent McCray crashing to the canvas and his mouthpiece flying over my ringside location. Referee Brent Bovell counted to 10 and the bout was over at 55 seconds.
With the win, Butcher's record is now 4-0, two knockouts while McCray is 0-2.
In the curtain-raising contest, Baltimore welterweight Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. stopped James "Trouble" Gooding of Tampa, FL at 2:29 of the second round. Womack dropped Gooding twice with right hands before the bout was stopped.
Since losing three straight bouts in 2014, Womack is unbeaten in his last four contests (2-0-2, two KO's). Womack's overall record is now 6-5-3, four KO's. Gooding falls to 1-8-1, one KO.
We have the call of the Nelson-Watkins rematch and our Post-Fight Wrap-Up here:
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Saturday, June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed has received some major press. Reed (15-0, eight KO's) has been featured in the "New Faces" section in the current issue of The Ring Magazine.
Reed talks to Keith Idec about his career to date and how Reed is trying to build a fan base much like his Top Rank promotional brother, Terrence Crawford has in Omaha, NB. Reed is coming off a solid eight-round unanimous decision win over Luis Joel Gonzalez on June 13 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Sad news to report. Baltimore, MD fan favorite boxer Alvin Anderson passed away this past weekend.
Mr. Anderson was a well-known and popular junior middleweight boxer from 1967-1980 in which he had a won-loss record of 30-11-13, 18 KO's. Mr. Anderson was trained by the legendary Mack Lewis and was a top 10 contender. Some of Mr. Anderson's more notable battles came against the likes of Adrian Davis, Dale Staley, Mike Baker and former world champion Ayub Kalule.
Mr. Anderson's homegoing service will take place on Tuesday, June 23 at 1 PM at Joseph H. Brown Funeral Home, located at 2140 N. Fulton Avenue in Baltimore.
BATB sends its deepest condolences to the family and the Baltimore Boxing community.
Nicklow (24-6-3, eight KO's) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak that includes an eight-round unanimous decision loss to DeCarlo Perez on May 8 in front of a nationally-televised (ESPN2) audience in Philadelphia, PA. Gavril (12-1, nine KO's) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss in March by winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Oscar Riojas on April 30 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
This bout will be on the undercard of the Rances Barthelemy-Antonio DeMarco bout that will be shown on CBS Sunday afternoon. The card is co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions, who handles Gavril. There is a possibility this bout might make the telecast that begins at 4 PM ET.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
BATB has learned that the location for the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance weigh-in on Friday, June 19 has been moved.
The weigh-in was originally scheduled to be at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, MD, however, because there are some underage boxers on the card (you have to be 21 to enter the casino), the weigh-in could not be held there.
The new location will be the Elite SFN Gym, located at 9190 Red Branch Road in Columbia, MD. The weigh-in is still free and open to the public. Former Undisputed Heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman is still slated to make an appearance and the event will begin at 6 PM.
Once again, the card will be Saturday, June 20 at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD. The main event will be a 10-round rematch between undefeated six-time world champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, VA and Kita "Ready-Made" Watkins of Fort Worth, TX. Nelson (14-0-3, one KO) defeated Watkins (7-12, one KO) by unanimous decision on the last Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card at Martin's West on March 20. Neither boxer has fought since the last meeting.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The 19-year-old Tyler was a two-time National Silver Gloves champion, a five-time Ringside Champion and won titles at the Junior Olympics and the National PAL Tournament.
Tyler will compete as a bantamweight and recently spent time in Florida in the camp of WBA Bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano.
Henry Rivalta, who heads ProBox Management along with Garry Jonas, told BoxingScene.com that he is looking for good things from his new signee.
"The kid was one of the best in the world in the amateurs," Rivalta said. "We're ready to give him a fresh start and a bright future. We truly believe he is something special."
Monday, June 15, 2015
The weigh-in will begin at 6 PM and will be free and open to the public. The special guest host for the weigh-in will be former undisputed world heavyweight champion and Baltimore's own Hasim "The Rock" Rahman.
You can hear live audio blow-by-blow coverage of the boxing card on June 20 beginning at 6:55 PM ET by downloading the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android. IOS users can hear the call on Spreaker.com and on IHeartRadio.com by going to the Boxing Along The Beltway pages.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
According to Arvin Nundloll of Fightnews.com, Reed was the aggressor and pressed Gonzalez from the word go as he was able to unload clean, crisp combinations frequently throughout every round. By the end of the 6th round, Gonzalez’s face was visibly marked up, a clear and evident sign that for all his heart, he just couldn’t outwit Reed and ended up second best in most exchanges. The judges settled the matter, awarding the victory to Reed with the cards reading 80-73, 80-72 and 80-72.
Reed's record rises to 15-0, eight KO's while Gonzalez falls to 11-2-1, six KO's.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Undefeated Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas will take on fellow undefeated boxer Istvan "Spartan" Szili of Basal, Switzerland in the 10-round main event. Douglas (17-0-1, 11 KO's) makes his second consecutive (fourth overall) appearance on ShoBox as he comes off a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated Thomas LaManna on March 13 in Westbury, NY.
Szili (18-0-2, eight KO's) competes in the United States for the very first time, having spent most of his career in Switzerland and his native Hungary. Szili has not fought since scoring a sixth-round knockout of Mathias Zemski on August 30 in Zurich, Switzerland.
In one of the other televised contests, "The King's Son" Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD will be in an eight-round contest against Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, TX. Odom (13-1, 12 KO's) avenged his only pro loss when he scored a first-round TKO over Andrew Hernandez in a rematch in front of a nationally-televised (Shobox) audience on the March 13 Westbury show.
Clarkson (14-3, eight KO's) has won four straight contests since suffering his last loss in April of 2014. Clarkson is coming off a sixth-round stoppage of Jay Williams on April 3 in Irving, TX.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson has been stopped in the seventh round by undefeated Artur Beterbiev of Montreal, Canada tonight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. The bout was nationally televised by Spike TV.
If you believe in moral victories, than Johnson achieved a measure of one as he went farther than any of Beterbiev's previous opponents. No other Beterbiev opponent had made it past the fourth round.
However, Beterbiev's power proved to be the difference as he knocked Johnson down twice in the fifth round and twice more in the seventh before the bout was stopped at 1:38. Johnson is now 16-3, seven KO's while Beterbiev remains perfect at 9-0, nine KO's.
(Photo by Ross Molovinsky)
Mike Reed and his opponent, Luis Joel Gonzalez, weighed in at 140 pounds for their eight-round contest Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The bout will be shown on the livestream on www.toprank.com sometime around 7 PM ET.
Three of the locals have captured gold medals: Quincey Williams (Bantam, 80 pounds), Ragahleek Bartee (Intermediate, 75 pounds) and Jalil Hackett (Bantam, 85 pounds). Richard Dodson (PeeWee, 9-10, 65 pounds), Tyreek Williams (Bantam, 75 pounds) and Thomas Coe (PeeWee, 9-10, 85 pounds) are bringing home silver medals.
This is only a partial list, we hope. We have not heard from the South Atlantic Region or Northern Virginia as of yet.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Alexander Johnson tipped the scales at 174 pounds for his 10-round nationally-televised contest against undefeated Artur Beterbiev Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. Beterbiev weighed in at the light heavyweight limit of 175 pounds.
This bout will be the co-feature on the Premier Boxing Champions telecast on Spike TV. The show begins at 9 PM ET.
We are hearing word that the scheduled opponent for Anthony Peterson did not make the contracted weight and his bout is off.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Quincey Williams of Washington, DC won a 3-0 decision over Julian Castillo of San Angelo, TX in the Peewee/9-10-years-old/70 pounds division.
Thomas Coe of Halethorpe, MD won by walkover in the Peewee/9-10-years-old/85 pounds weight class.
Monday, June 08, 2015
Ticket prices are $10 for kids from six to 18 years of age. Adult prices are $20. The doors open at 5 PM. For more information on the card, call 202-568-2452.
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Quigley gradually wore down Olinga with solid left jabs. Quigley wanted to land the right hand earlier but could not get his timing down. Finally, in the fourth, Quigley landed a series of rights and lefts that made Olinga slump into a neutral corner and his mouthpiece fall out of his mouth. Referee Freddy Corritone issued an eight-count saying the ropes held Olinga up. Moments later, Quigley landed two crushing right uppercuts that dropped Olinga and ended the bout at 2:40.
Quigley remains undefeated with a record of 8-0, seven KO's while Olinga is now 1-10.
In the co-feature, "The Pride of Alexandria (VA)" Brandon Quarles stopped Albuquerque, NM veteran Jose Felix at 1:45 of the first round. Midway through the first round, Quarles dropped Felix with a right hand to the face. Felix tried to recover but Quarles swarmed him again, landing punches that forced Felix to slump in a neutral corner. Referee Malik Waleed stopped the contest.
Quarles notched his third straight knockout and raised his record to 16-3-1, eight KO's. Felix, who told fans he would retire after this bout, closes his career with a record of 11-18-2, four KO's.
Bridgetown, Barbados super lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy made short work of Trevon Blizzard of Wilson, NC. Breedy swamped the hapless Blizzard and knocked Blizzard down with head and body shots. The bout was stopped at 30 seconds. Breedy is now 3-0, two KO's while Blizzard is now 0-4 and has yet to get out of the first round.
"The Uzbek Warrior" Zarifbek Nishanbaev of Arlington, VA scored a Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year candidate with a crushing third-round stoppage of Forestville, MD's Norman "The Shadow" Allen.
Nishanbaev, a junior middleweight originally from Kyrgystan, went on the offensive early and tried to swarm Allen with rights and lefts. Nishanbaev trapped Allen against the ropes repeatedly, trying to land power punches. Nishanbaev sent Allen to the canvas with a straight right hand early in the second round but Allen managed to weather the storm for the rest of the round.
In the third round, Nishanbaev landed a brutal counter right hand that drove Allen to the canvas. Referee Joe Cooper immediately stopped the contest at 44 seconds. Nishanbaev is now 2-0, two KO's. Allen falls to 6-15, three KO's.
Debuting Rockville, MD super middleweight Francisco Bustos dispatched of the equally debuting Kashane Sanders of Wilson, NC at 1:06 of the first round. Two Bustos left hands dropped Sanders twice before the bout was halted.
Welterweight Brian "La Bala" Mendoza of Albuquerque, NM scored a third-round TKO over Dontre "Pound For Pound" King of Cambridge, MD. Mendoza showed great poise and patience and used great left jabs to set up his offense. In the third, Mendoza landed a right uppercut followed by a short left hook that dropped King for the count. The bout was stopped at 1:35. Mendoza's record rises to 6-0, four KO's while King falls to 7-18-2, three KO's.
Bladensburg, MD light heavyweight Eric "The Immortal Man" Govan scored a second-round TKO over debuting Kevin "Mayhem" Miller of Lynchburg, VA. Early in the second, Govan dropped Miller with a right hand. Seconds later, Govan and Miller tangled and both men dropped to the canvas. No knockdown was called but Miller got up cross-eyed and referee Cooper stopped the contest at 2:45. Govan is now 3-1, two KO's.
The curtain-raising contest was the only bout to go the distance. Light heavyweight Lavarn "Baby Bowe" Harvell of Atlantic City, NJ avenged his only pro loss with a four-round unanimous decision over Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL. Harvell, who lost to Perez by six-round unanimous decision in June of 2014 at the ABC Sports Complex, did a better job establishing his offensive attack earlier in the rematch. In the third round, Harvell started to land solid body shots that brought Perez's hands down. Harvell dropped Perez with a right hand to the face midway through the third round and went on to the victory.
Harvell won the bout by scores of 40-35 and 39-36 (twice) to raise his record to 14-1, seven KO's while Perez falls to 6-15, three KO's.
Number 12 ranked (WBC) and number 15 ranked (WBA) middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter co-promoted the card along with Dr. Richard Ashby. Jeter handled the matchmaking and Henry "Discombobulating" Jones served as ring announcer.
The BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show was incorporated into the live broadcast of the card. So, here is the entire broadcast of the card.
Friday, June 05, 2015
As BATB announced previously, the main event has undefeated Montgomery Village, MD welterweight Gerome "The Showstopper" Quigley (7-0, six KO's) defending his Virginia State Welterweight title against Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga of DC (1-9) in a six-round contest.
Co-Promoter and Matchmaker Tony "Mo Better" Jeter has taken off his boxer's hat (which has earned him rankings of number 15 by the WBA and number 12 by the WBC) and has put together a total of 10 bouts slated for the card. If you can't be in attendance, you can hear a live blow-by-blow call of the card by downloading the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App for Android at this link: Boxing Along The Beltway Google App. For IOS users, you can hear the card by going to this link: http://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway We will be on the air beginning at 7:25 PM ET.
In an eight-round feature bout, Alexandria, VA middleweight "The Pride of Alexandria" Brandon Quarles will take on veteran Jose Felix of Albuquerque, NM. Quarles (15-3-1, seven KO's) has won two straight by TKO since his last loss to Corey Rodriguez in August of 2014 in Carlton, MN. On the last card at the ABC Sports Complex on March 28, Quarles scored a second-round TKO over Andre Baker.
Felix (11-17-2, four KO's) is no stranger to the Beltway region as he makes his fifth appearance. Felix split two bouts against Jeter and lost to Lawrence Jones and Larry Recio. Felix will try to break a six-bout losing streak in which he's been knocked out in his last four outings.
Light heavyweight Eric "The Inferno" Govan of Germantown, MD will face off against the debuting Kevin Miller of Lynchburg, VA in a four-round encounter. Govan (3-1, one KO) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss in September of 2013 by knocking out Nathan Chambers in the first round on August 9 in DC. Miller is one of the newest boxers coming from The Hurt Factory gym, run by Scott "Cujo" Sigmon.
In what may be an interesting all-Beltway encounter, rookie super welterweight Zarifbek "Uzbek Warrior" Nishanbaev of Landover, MD will take on Laurel, MD veteran Norman "The Shadow" Allen in another four-round contest. Nishanbaev, a native of Uzbekistan, needed just 27 seconds to win his pro debut on the March 28 card against Mike Blocker. Allen (6-14, three KO's) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Marcus Willis on April 25 in Winston-Salem, NC.
Crofton, MD heavyweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith also returns to the ABC Sports Complex as he faces Schyuler Marshall of South Carolina in a four-rounder. Smith won his pro debut on the March 28 card when he scored a first-round knockout over Jonathan Williams in front of a large crowd of supporters.
Marshall (1-5, one KO) lost by first-round knockout to Fred Latham on March 6 in Charleston, SC. Marshall returns to the area for the first time since losing to Danny Kelly in February of 2013 by first-round knockout on the Lamont Peterson-Kendall Holt card in DC.
Rockville, MD super middleweight Francisco Bustos will make his pro debut on this card taking on the equally debuting Kashane Sanders of North Carolina. Bustos went to the finals of the Novice Division of the Washington Golden Gloves in 2014.
Bridgetown, Barbados super lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy returns to the area for a four-round contest against Trevon Blizzard of North Carolina. Breedy (2-0, one KO) got his first pro knockout on the March 28th card stopping Bobby Wooten in the first round. Blizzard (0-3) looks to get out of the first round for the first time.
Undefeated Albuquerque, NM welterweight Brian "La Bala" Mendoza comes to the east coast for the first time to take on Dontre "Pound For Pound" King of Cambridge, MD in a four-round bout. Mendoza (5-0, three KO's) is coming off a first-round stoppage of Ivan Lucero on May 9 in Pojaque, NM. King (7-17-2, three KO's) will be the most experienced foe Mendoza has faced. King has lost three in a row and was stopped by Samuel Omar Quinones, Jr. on July 18 in Hanover, PA.
Miami, FL heavyweight "Lightning" Loui Alexandre will battle debuting Tyrone Williams of North Carolina in another four-rounder. Alexandre (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut at the ABC Sports Complex on December 6 and stopped Montreal Mathis in the first round.
In a rematch bout, Atlantic City, NJ light heavyweight Lavarn "Baby Bowe" Harvell looks to avenge his only pro loss when he takes on Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL in a four-round contest. Perez defeated Harvell in a six-round contest at the ABC Sports Complex on June 14, 2014, knocking down Harvell twice along the way. Harvell (13-1, seven KO's) has not fought since the loss to Perez (6-14, three KO's) while Perez has lost four straight since the win over Harvell.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Johnson replaces Doudou Ngumbi in the bout that, according to BoxRec, is slated for 12 rounds and will be broadcast live on Spike TV.
Johnson (16-2, seven KO's) has not fought since scoring a devastating first-round TKO over Henry Buchanan on September 20 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
Beterbiev has been perfect in his career (8-0, eight KO's) and has won three regional titles. Beterbiev is coming off a fourth-round knockout over Gabriel Campillo on April 4 in Quebec, Canada. This will be Beterbiev's first bout outside of Canada.
In an undercard bout, DC lightweight Anthony Peterson returns to action in a 10-round contest against Ammeth "Clorofomo" Diaz of Panama. Peterson (34-1, 22 KO's) has not fought since scoring a first-round knockout over Edgar Riovalle on August 9 in Brooklyn, NY. Diaz (32-11, 23 KO's) has been away from ring action since May of 2013 when he knocked out Martin Gethin in the seventh round in West Midlands, United Kingdom.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
In something you don't see often, all three judges scored the bout a draw, 75-75. Womack has a knockout win and two draws in his last three bouts against opponents with a combined record of 22-5-1.
Womack (5-5-3, three KO's) is still slated to participate on the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Productions card on Saturday, June 20 at Martin's West in Woodlawn, MD.