Here are the results from the Kings Promotions card that took place in front of a sellout crowd at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:
(Photos by Wallace Barron)
DC lightweight Ty Barnett made a successful return after an almost two-year absence and scored an eighth-round TKO over DC veteran Daniel "The Prophet" Attah. Both men fought a tactical bout in the first three rounds as Barnett looked to land his left jab and straight right hand while Attah attempted to drop power shots with his left hand.
Eventually, Barnett wore down Attah and finally found a home for his right hand which dropped Attah to the canvas early in the eighth round. Barnett would finish the job with another right late in the round forcing referee Joe Cooper to stop the bout at 2:46 of the round. Barnett is now 23-4-1, 15 KO's while Attah has now lost nine in a row and he is 28-22-1, 11 KO's.
In the co-feature, Kings Promotions signee Mykal "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Claudinei Lacerda of Sombrio, Brazil in a super lightweight bout. Fox used his height and reach advantage together with great foot movement to keep Lacerda at bay throughout the contest. Fox would win by shutout on two scorecards (60-54) and the other score was 59-55. Fox remains undefeated with the win at 9-0, two KO's). Lacerda is now 17-14-1, 12 KO's.
Also on the card, Laurel, MD middleweight Demond "D' Best At It" Nicholson made short work of Jose Valderrama of Manati, Puerto Rico scoring a knockout at 1:46 of the first round. Nicholson did the damage with a crushing left hand that dropped Valderrama to one knee. Valderrama could not beat referee Billy Johnson's count. Nicholson is now 16-1, 16 KO's while Valderrama falls to 4-13, three KO's.
Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed drew a nice portion of the sellout crowd as fans came to see the boxer who was knocked out by Mike Tyson in a DC-area Super Bowl TV commercial. Crossed (pronounced Cross-ed) won his bout by four-round unanimous decision over Martez "I Am Legend" Williamson of Akron, OH. . Crossed, participating in just his second pro bout, had some difficulty getting his offense on track at times but faced an opponent who spent a great deal of the bout clowning and posing. Crossed won the bout by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice) to raise his record to 2-0, one KO. Williamson is 1-10.
Super lightweight Antonio "Teflon" Magruder of DC made his return after an almost three-year absence and stopped Terrell "The Terminator" James of Philadelphia in the third round. Magruder knocked down James twice in the first round before finishing the job at 1:50 of the third round. Magruder is now 4-0, three KO's while James drops to 1-3-1.
Cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell of Hudsonville, MI won by fourth-round disqualification over Takoma Park, MD's Willis "The Prophet" Lockett. Shimmell dropped Lockett twice in the second round and the knockdowns put Lockett in survival mode. However, Lockett was penalized twice for holding and lost two points. Referee Johnson eventually disqualified Lockett for excessive holding at 1:23 of the fourth. Shimmell is 20-1, 16 KO's while Lockett drops to 14-16-5, five KO's.
Super lightweight Patrick Harris of DC had an early knockout of the year candidate as he stopped Christopher Russell of Shattuck, OK in the first round. Harris landed a vicious right-left combination that froze Russell in his tracks for about two seconds before Russell fell face-first to the canvas. The bout was immediately waived off at 2:03. Harris remains undefeated at 8-0, five KO's while Russell is 3-16-1, two KO's.
Bowie, MD heavyweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith scored a second-round knockout over DC's Charlemagne Jones. Smith, who stopped opponents in the first round in his first three contests, took a little while longer to figure out the awkward Jones although Smith dropped Jones in the first. In the second, Smith teed off on the defenseless Jones forcing referee Brent Bovell to stop the bout at 47 seconds of the second. Smith is now 4-0, four KO's while Jones is 2-5-1, two KO's.
In the opening bout, Wesley Triplett of Youngstown, OH won a four-round split decision over DC's Alando Pugh in a heavyweight encounter. Triplett won by scores of 39-37 twice. Pugh also received a 39-37 score from one judge. Triplett is 3-0, one KO. Pugh falls to 1-7-1, one KO.
A host of boxing celebrities and other luminaries were in attendance including Dominic Wade, The Peterson Brothers, D'Mitrius Ballard, Lamont Roach, Jr., Phil Jackson-Benson, Kareem Martin, Gervonta Davis as well as Adrian Broner, who will be competing in DC on April 1. Former world champions Keith Holmes and International Boxing Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson were also in attendance. Also attending the card was the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe.