With February being African-American History Month, we have many people in the Beltway Boxing scene who have and continue to make history.
One such person is Beltway ring announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones -- The first prominent African-American ring announcer in professional boxing. Not only is Jones being honored for that achievement, 2016 marks Jones's 25th anniversary as a ring announcer.
Both of these accomplishments will be celebrated at a special event that will take place on Saturday, February 13 at Takoma Station Tavern located at 6914 Fourth Street in Northwest Washington, DC. This will be a "Roast and Toast" that will go from 4-8 PM and will be hosted by "The Coach" Butch McAdams of WOL radio. Admission is free, however love offerings will be accepted at the door.
Then on Friday, February 19, Jones will be honored as part of a Black History Month Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Jones will be honored alongside New Jersey State Boxing Chairman Larry Hazzard, Sr. and former New York State Boxing Chair Melvina Latham. This is the same card that Beltway Boxer Jerry Odom will face undefeated Ronald Ellis of Lynn, MA and will be televised by Showtime.
There will be a bus trip going to this event that will leave from Rosecroft Raceway, located at 6336 Rosecroft Drive in Oxon Hill, MD at 2 PM and will return at 6 AM the next day. Tickets are $80 which includes food and drink on the bus, a $20 voucher and a general admission ticket to the card. Call (301) 841-5584 or (240) 350-4274 for more information.