Since we devoted this past week to the Beltway Boxing Year-End awards, let's catch up on some news from the area.
Saturday night in Reno, NV, Upper Marlboro, MD amateur Kashif Muhammad Brown won a silver medal at the US Junior Open and Youth National tournament in Reno, NV. Brown lost a tough 2-1 decision to Nikita Ababiy of Brooklyn, NY in the 165-pound division.
We are also awaiting the complete list of the Beltway-area winners who will be heading to Independence, MO for the 2016 National Silver Gloves on February 4-6. The regionals took place at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD this past weekend.
On the pro side, Takoma Park, MD heavyweight Willis "The Prophet" Lockett lost a six-round split decision to undefeated Ed Latimore of Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, January 8 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI. Here is the report on the bout from Bob Ryder of Fightnews.com:
Latimore, a member of the Roc Nation stable, had to work hard to pull this one out. Latimore scored an early first round knockdown and the bout had the look of a short one. Lockett frustrated Latimore for the remainder of the fight however, as Latimore loaded up with big swings that left him a little winded and allowed Lockett just enough opportunity to survive and make it interesting. Latimore still seemed to be the clear winner after the six rounds but had to settle for a split decision victory as the scores were 60-53 x2 and 57-56 for Lockett.
Lockett is now 14-15-5, five KO’s while Latimore remains undefeated at 11-0, six KO's.
Coming up on Saturday, January 16 will be the Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA and the main event for the bout has been signed.
Undefeated Gaithersburg, MD welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley will defend his Virginia State Welterweight title against Dwayne "Diesel" Shelton of Bumpass, VA in a six-round contest.
This will be the first bout for Quigley (11-0, 10 KO's) since winning the IBA Intercontinental Super Welterweight title with a first-round knockout of Vito Vendetta on November 6 in Hessen, Germany. Shelton (2-1-1) has not fought since battling to a four-round draw with Kendrick Walker in September of 2009 in Fairfax, VA. Shelton has quality competition including a defeat of previously undefeated Mike Tiberi in November of 2008. Shelton's only loss came via knockout to James Stevenson in April of 2009.
We should have the rest of the card later this week. If you can't make the card, you can listen to the action live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android or on the BATB pages on Spreaker.com or IHeartRadio.com . We will be on the air at 7:30 PM ET as Juan Marshall and I will have a special pre-fight show devoted to the year-end awards. The action will begin sometime around 8 PM ET.
There will be an amateur boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Thursday, January 28. Baltimore Boxing is promoting the "Super Brawl of Boxing" card.
The featured bout is an all-Baltimore showdown at 168 pounds between Donald Wallace of the Baltimore Boxing gym and Tyrell Boyd of the Upton Gym. Wallace competed in the 2015 Olympic Trials Qualifier losing a tough decision to Shariff Rahman. Boyd was a novice regional Golden Gloves champion in 2014.
Baltimore junior middleweight Joey Veazey of Baltimore Boxing will battle Club One's Andre Harris in a co-feature bout. Also, former Stevenson University basketball player Stefon McCray of Baltimore Boxing will battle TJ Mottinger of the Main Street Gym in Salisbury, MD in a cruiserweight contest. Baltimore Boxing heavyweight Brian Haneschlager will also be on the card.
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $35 for reserved seating ($350 for tables of 10) and $50 for VIP ($500 for a table of 10). Tickets to this first annual event are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175 or logging onto Baltimoreboxing.com. The show begins at 8:15 PM.
The event will also raise awareness of the fight against colon cancer. Members of the Colon Cancer Alliance will hand out pamphlets and speak to the crowd about this dreaded disease.