Thursday, March 31, 2016
Broner weighed in at 140.4 pounds (butt naked) while challenger Ashley Theophane weighed in at the super lightweight limit of 140 pounds. Broner had two hours after the weigh-in to lose the four ounces he needed to. Reportedly, he didn't even try to lose the weight.
Broner has been stripped of the title but the bout is still on. If Theophane wins on Friday, he becomes the champion. If Broner wins, the title will become vacant. ESPN.com is reporting that Broner will have to pay Theophane a portion of his purse. No word on the details of that agreement.
Broner, a four-time champion in four weight divisions, faces this situation for the second time in his career. In July of 2012, Broner was slated to defend a junior lightweight title against Vicente Escobedo but weighed in three and a half pounds over the 130-pound limit. The title was stripped from Broner but remained vacant because Broner knocked out Escobedo in the fifth round.
Here is the rest of the scale watch:
Robert Easter 133 vs. Algenis Mendez 134
Gervonta Davis 131 vs. Guillermo Avila 131
Anthony Peterson 138 vs. Samuel Neequaye 139
J'Leon Love 170 vs. Michael Gbenga 170
Demond Nicholson 164 vs. Joshua Okine 160
Kareem Martin 147 vs. Somner Martin 147
Patrick Harris 137 vs. Samuel Amoako (will weigh-in tomorrow)
Shnggyskhan Tazhibay 148 vs. Rairus Dudley 152
Gerald Tucker 129 vs. Anthony Napunyi 131
Once again, the first bout is at 5:30 PM ET. We will have podcast reports on the non-televised undercard as well as some interviews and a post-fight wrap-up show on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android as well as on the Boxing Along The Beltway pages on Spreaker.com, Iheartradio.com and on YouTube.
Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison has an opponent for his Friday, May 13 main event appearance at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
Harrison (29-0, 16 KO's) will take on "The Silent Assassin" Mike Dallas, Jr. of Bakersfield, CA in a 10-round contest that will headline a Roc Nation card that will be shown on BET. Harrison is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Angel Hernandez on January 29 in Elk Grove, IL.
Dallas, Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KO's) has won two straight bouts since restarting his career after an almost two-year layoff. In his last bout before his sabbatical, Dallas, Jr. lost by second-round TKO to Lucas Matthysse in January of 2013 for the interim WBC Super Lightweight title.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
(Photos by Charles M. James, Three Cee Media.net)
Adrien Broner and Ashley Theophane made their final comments at the final press conference for their Friday, April 1 bout at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
WBA Super lightweight champ Broner came to the Hamilton Live location in Northwest DC more than an hour late...and then had very little to say to the media assembled during the conference.
"I didn't even want to come here," Broner said. "The fight is already sold." Reportedly, there are about 200 tickets remaining for the card. Broner then reiterated his promise that he would knock out the British challenger between four and eight rounds.
Theophane said he is looking for a war on Friday night.
"We are two days away and we are going to war," Theophane said. "I hope he will try to live up to his promise -- to stalk me and try to knock me out."
As Theophane walked away from the podium, he ended his comments, "...and the new."
The weigh-in will be Thursday at 1 PM at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southwest DC. The weigh-in is no longer open to the public.
(Photo by Lorin Chvotkin)
Earlier this month during a media workout session in his hometown of Baltimore, MD, undefeated super featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis was given special recognition by Baltimore city for his leadership and community work.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (shown with Davis) was on hand at the Upton Boxing Center to present a certificate of recognition to Davis. Mayor Rawlings-Blake had this to say about Davis.
“It is great to see Gervonta Davis accomplish so much and I know that this is just the beginning. He is a role model to all the young men and women who come to Upton Boxing, and the youth of Baltimore look up to him. He carries himself with respect, and he has pride for his hometown. To be a great boxer, you must be disciplined, you must train hard, and you must be dedicated. Although Tank is only 21 years old, his achievements illustrate his commitment to these principles. I am so very proud of him. I am excited for his next fight on April 1.”
That Friday, April 1 bout will be at the DC Armory in Washington, DC when Davis (14-0, 13 KO's) will take on Guillermo Avila of Tijuana, MX in a 10-round bout that will be shown live on Spike TV beginning at 9 PM ET.
Davis spoke to BATB about his April 1 contest and the special recognition from his hometown.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Colon suffered a traumatic brain injury during a nationally-televised bout he lost against Terrell Williams of Los Angeles, CA at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA on October 17. According to ESPN.com, Colon underwent surgery last week and is scheduled to have another one this week. No word was given as to the specifics of the surgeries, one of many Colon has had since the injury.
"In the middle of [last] week, Pri underwent surgery," the family said in a statement. "[He will] go back to surgery next week. We ask that you take one minute to ask the creator for the health of our champion. Let us continue to pray to God for a miracle."
Colon (16-1, 13 KO's) lost by ninth-round disqualification to Williams during a foul-plagued contest. Colon collapsed in his dressing room and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to relieve pressure inside his skull.
Colon was moved to Shepherd Center, a hospital in Atlanta, GA that specializes in treatment for those with brain and spinal cord injuries. Colon had spinal surgery in February so a catheter could be implanted in order to administer a drug to help loosen his muscles.
During the bout, Colon took illegal punches behind the head, including one that knocked Colon down in the ninth round. Referee Joe Cooper did not penalize Williams for the rabbit punch. Cooper did penalize Williams in the seventh round for rabbit punching but allowed a lot of illegal punches during the contest.
Colon was disqualified when his corner took his gloves off after the ninth round, thinking it was the 10th and final round. The corner could not get Colon's gloves back on during the one-minute rest period between rounds. Colon walked to the dressing room under his own power but soon after became dizzy, vomited and passed out, at which point he was rushed to the hospital.
The Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulations recently announced that they had concluded their investigation of the bout and found "no regulatory violations."
The report said in part, "no regulatory violations appear to warrant disciplinary action against any Virginia licensees, including Williams. Cooper, the contract referee, generally maintained control of the contest -- despite noted disagreement over some foul calls and consistency of point deductions -- consulted with the ringside physician; and complied with regulatory requirements to attend to Colon's health. ... No one action (or failure to act) can be identified that is so apparent or egregious to justify holding accountable any one person."
The report concluded, "Although there is no evidence of foreseeable wrongdoing on the part of any particular individual, looking back at the 'what ifs' is indeed heartbreaking. DPOR remains committed to fighter safety, doing what we can to protect fighters despite the inherent risks of combative sports like boxing, and praying for Prichard Colon."
The DPOR also said in a statement, "Our hearts go out to Prichard Colon and his family, friends, and fans. All of us at DPOR, along with the boxing community, continue to hold out hope for his recovery. We fully appreciate that no report can ever truly make sense of the tragedy that occurred in Fairfax, Virginia, on Oct. 17, 2015."
Sunday, March 27, 2016
The weigh-in for the About Billions/Mayweather Promotions/Headbangers Promotions card at the DC Armory will be held on Thursday, March 31 at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel located at 201 Waterfront Street in National Harbor, MD.
The weigh-in that will feature all the boxers on the card will be open to the public and will begin at 1 PM ET.
Once again, the doors for the Armory on fight night -- Friday, April 1 -- will open at 5 PM with the first bout beginning at 5:30 PM.
Friday, March 25, 2016
For the first time, boxers from Delaware are in this region. The winners from this event will advance to the regional finals on Saturday, April 30, also at Rosecroft.
123 Pounds: Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) vs. Marcus Johnson (Limelite)
132 Pounds: Ahmad Jones (UMAR) vs. Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest)
141 Pounds: Tariq Harris (1st Class) vs. Leroy Payne (Headbangers)
152 Pounds: Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Mike Crain (Dog Pound)
165 Pounds: Antonio Haywood (Hillcrest) vs. Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters)
178 Pounds: Francis Poulous, II (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Leonard Poe (Hillcrest)
201 Pounds: Jordon Scott (Woodland Tigers) vs. Thomas Mottinger (Main Street)
201+ Pounds: Jimmy Speros (Olympia) vs. Aaron Blackwell (D-Block)
108 Pounds: Davonte Lee (Hillcrest)
114 Pounds: Donte Lovelace (Headbangers)
114 Pounds: Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future) vs. Malik Jackson (Limelite)
123 Pounds: Christopher Glen (Hagerstown) vs. Hector Soto (Down Under)
132 Pounds: Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) vs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 Pounds: Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) vs. Joshua Lee (UMAR)
152 Pounds: Maiwak Da'goot (Hillcrest) vs. Mansabory Conde (Odenton Fitness)
165 Pounds: Tavon Body (Headbangers) vs. Jordon Payne (Woodland Tigers)
178 Pounds: Mark Duncan (Headbangers) vs. Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse)
201 Pounds: Shaka Williams (NOMIS) vs. Jonathan Surratt (Tony's Gym)
201+ Pounds: Cortez Duncan (UMAR) vs. Nathaniel Copeland, Jr. (D-Block)
108 Pounds: Rasheed Wright (Headbangers)
The first bout begins at 7:30 PM ET. BATB will have live blow-by-blow audio coverage of the event on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App for Android. You can also hear the call on the Boxing Along The Beltway pages on Spreaker.com and Iheartradio.com beginning at 7:20 PM.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
According to the TMZ website who first reported this, Broner allegedly beat up a man over money he owed from a bowling match on January 21. The incident took place at 3:30 a.m. that night after Broner and another man had been making high stakes bets with each other at the lanes. The man, identified as Christopher Carson, filed a lawsuit against Broner on Feb. 5, alleging that he won $14,000 off Broner in bowling side-bets, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit. When Broner asked if he could wager another $6,000 on a final game, Carson refused, angering Broner, the lawsuit said.
Broner and a set of eight men later met Carson around 3 a.m. outside the bowling alley, the lawsuit says. Broner, who was armed, split his chin with a punch and knocked him unconscious, the lawsuit alleges. Carson later woke up with his chin bleeding and his winnings gone, the lawsuit says, according to the Enquirer.
RingTV.com is reporting a source in the Cincinnati Police Department as saying the police in Washington, D.C., where Broner is training, are aware of the warrant for his arrest. If that is the case, the question is how long have they been aware of this warrant. Broner has been a public figure in the DC area since the incident as he attended the February 27th pro boxing card at the Washington Convention Center as well as two sessions of the Washington Golden Gloves at the Sugar Ray Leonard Community Center in Palmer Park, MD.
Ravone Littlejohn, the president of Broner's About Billions Promotions, one of the three promoters of Broner's title defense against Ashley Theophane on Friday, April 1 at the DC Armory, told RingTV.com that the bout is definitely still on. BATB has learned that representatives from Spike TV, who is showing the bout, are already in town going over final logistics at the Armory.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
DC lightweight Anthony Peterson will battle Samuel "Untouchable" Neequaye of DC by way of Accra, Ghana in a 10-round contest. Peterson (36-1, 24 KO's) is coming off an easy first-round stoppage of Mike Oliver on October 17 in Fairfax, VA. Peterson has won six straight since suffering his only loss against Brandon Rios in September of 2010. Personal injuries and cancellations of bouts have kept Peterson from a more active career. Neequaye (22-1, 15 KO's) bounced back from his only loss by winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Eugenio Lopez in March of 2015 in Mexico. Neequaye's only loss came in the ESPN Boxcino lightweight tournament to Fernando Carcamo by second-round knockout in February of 2014 in Laughlin,NV.
Middleweight Demond "D Best At It" Nicholson will be in an eight-round bout against Joshua Okine, who is also from Accra, Ghana but competes out of Silver Spring, MD. Nicholson (16-1, 16 KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Jose Valderrama on February 27 at the Washington Convention Center. Okine (28-5-1, 17 KO's) had a nine-bout winning streak snapped when he was knocked out by Marco Antonio Periban in the third round on October 17 in Veracruz, Mexico.
Undefeated Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick Harris will battle the very busy Samuel "Bruno" Amoako, another Ghanaian transplant who now fights out of Silver Spring, MD. Harris last fought on the February 27th Convention Center card and scored a first-round TKO over Christopher Russell. Amoako (21-9, 15 KO's) just fought on March 18th and lost a six-round unanimous decision to Mike Reed in Philadelphia, PA. The bout with Harris will be the fifth bout for Amoako this year.
Rockville, MD super welterweight Shyngyskhan Tazhibay makes his first appearance of 2016 when he faces Riarus Dudley of Georgia in a four-rounder. Tazhibay (2-0, two KO's) scored two TKO's in his rookie campaign. Dudley (2-0-1, two KO's) scored a second-round TKO over the debuting Dakari Ayise on February 20th in Macon, GA.
This card will begin at 5:30 PM ET with the doors opening at 5 PM. The PBC on Spike telecast --featuring Adrian Broner- Ashley Theophane and Gervonta Davis -- will get underway at 9 PM ET.
Monday, March 21, 2016
We recently posted what is a great schedule for the Beltway throughout April and May.
The May schedule could have been event better if two quality Beltway Backyard Bouts had not been scrapped on the weekend on May 13 and 14. One bout has already been talked about and the other we had been holding because an announcement was forthcoming. We start with that one first.
On Friday, May 13, undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will headline a Throne Boxing/Roc Nation card at the DC Armory that will be televised on BET. We can tell you now that Harrison's original opponent was slated to be Stevensville, MD's Tony "Mo Better" Jeter in a 10-round bout that was going to be fought at a catchweight of 154 pounds -- meaning Harrison was going to move up in weight and Jeter, a natural middleweight, was coming down.
Let me interject some personal thoughts at this point. Jeter has a signed contract for this bout. I am not showing you the contract because there are addresses listed that I don't want shown to the public. However, I have seen the contract and I know the contract exists. Both boxers reportedly signed the contract. However, the Harrison camp reportedly nixed the bout.
If that is true, then we have to wonder what the plan for Dusty Harrison is at this point. Harrison is 29-0, 16 KO's -- he has more bouts and more knockouts than Jeter (20-5-1, 14 KO's) He is also 19 years younger than Jeter. However, it can be said that Jeter, at age 40, has done more, or at least attempted more, than the 21-year old Harrison has. Jeter has been ranked by three major governing bodies, has fought for interim world titles and has won a number of regional titles.
Harrison has won two regional titles but, unlike Jeter, has not parlayed them into bigger and better paydays. In fact, Harrison has regressed opponent-wise. After winning the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title -- a belt that has historically been a stepping stone to a world title opportunity -- in January of 2015, Harrison was supposed to face Colombian welterweight Henry Auraad in April in what would have been a quality contest on the Fox Sports 1 network. Auraad was 16-9 with 13 KO's at that point. However, Auraad had visa issues and Harrison ended up fighting a late replacement in Chris Gray at the Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT. Harrison won by eight-round unanimous decision against an under-.500 boxer.
After the Gray bout, Harrison fought three times against boxers who were veterans but were gatekeepers at best. To his credit, Harrison scored knockouts in all three contests. The question still remains, however -- when is Harrison going to stop fighting gatekeepers?
When you look at some of the pro boxers who were in the amateurs around the same time as Harrison and how their pro careers have progressed -- that question starts to scream out. Boxers like Dominic Wade and Jarrett Hurd have fewer bouts than Harrison, however, they have won huge bouts that have put them in position for bigger paydays. It is beyond time for Harrison to be put in the same position.
If this is happening because the Harrison camp is afraid of losing, they are in the wrong business and they should know that by now. A bout against Jeter would have been great for this area and would have given everyone an idea on where Harrison is at this point. We can only hope Harrison has a quality opponent for May 13.
Now, lets move to Saturday, May 14 where another Beltway Backyard Brawl was scheduled for the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium as the main event for the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card. James Stevenson was scheduled to face Cecil McCalla in a 10-round bout for the Maryland State Welterweight title. This would have been a great bout for two Baltimore boxers who needed this contest for confidence if nothing else.
What made this bout so intriguing was that both boxers received opportunities recently on national television and both boxers came up short. It would have been close to a "win or go home" situation. It would have been a good style matchup as well with the power of Stevenson against the boxing skills of McCalla. Both men, at one time or another, had reservations about this bout and I can understand why. It is a risky bout even at this stage. However, like Harrison and Jeter would have been for DC, Stevenson-McCalla would have been a huge bout for the Baltimore area. Let's hope this is not a missed opportunity.
As I have said in the past, I normally don't approve of backyard bouts between locals unless there is something on the line. In both these proposed bouts, there would have been a lot on the line -- reputations and titles in particular. And both those contests would have added a whole lot to what will be an outstanding spring. Fortunately, both cards will go on and that will be great for the fans.
The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing (PVA) is hosting a "Spring Fling In The Ring" event to benefit the PVA Junior Olympic Team Fund. The event will be on Friday, March 25 at 7 PM at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
Many of the boxers who just finished competition in the Junior Division of the Golden Gloves are scheduled to participate in the event.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
The 141-Pound semifinal was an outstanding bout as Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) defeated Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) after a seemingly even two rounds, Irby took control in the third and final round to gain the win.
In the 165-Pound semi, Tavon Body (Headbangers) won a decision over Justin Hurd (Hillcrest). Body will be trying to win his third straight Washington championship.
Mansabory Conde (Odenton Fitness) captured the 152-pound semifinal with a win over Jonathan Burrs II (Headbangers)
Here are the rest of the results from the Open Division:
114 Pounds: Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future) over Duglas Soto (Down Under)
132 Pounds: Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) vs. Ulises Castaneda (Dog Pound)
132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Montel Pridgett (UMAR)
178 Pounds: Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse) over D. Marque Hall (Unattached)
201+ Pounds: Nathaniel Copeland (D-Block) over Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Hector Soto (Down Under) won his bout in the 123-Pound division by walkover.
Here are the results from the Novice Division:
123 Pounds: Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Marlon Cash (Dream Team)
132 Pounds: Ahmad Jones (UMAR) over Micah Johnson (Tony's Gym)
141 Pounds: Tariq Harris (1st Class) over Sean Cormeir (Kicked Up)
141 Pounds: Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Donnell Poe (Old School)
165 Pounds: Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) over Champ Moultrie (Laurel)
201 Pounds: Jordon Scott (Woodland Tigers) over Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters)
Winners by Walkover:
Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest) 132 Pounds
Mike Crain (Dog Pound) 152 Pounds
Antonio Haywood (Hillcrest) 165 Pounds
Francis Poulis II (Sugar Ray Leonard) 178 Pounds
Thomas Mottinger (Main Street) 201 Pounds
The Junior Division wrapped up competition Saturday night with two championship bouts and one win by walkover.
12-13, 92 Pounds: Tyquan Johnson (#11 Overcomers) over Samuel Edmunds (Headbangers)
12, 100 Pounds: Deon Giles (No Xcuse) over Anthony Pullen Davis (Oxon Hill)
14, 113 Pounds: Osei Akinyele (Headbangers) by walkover.
Here are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Kent Green kg-hotshots.smugmug.com:
The Washington Golden Gloves finals will be held on Saturday, April 2 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD beginning at 7:30 PM ET. If you can't attend, we will have live blow-by-blow audio coverage of the card on the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android beginning at 7:20 PM ET.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
(Courtesy of Devar Ferhadi's Facebook page)
Undefeated Frederick, MD super middleweight Devar "Jengawar" Ferhadi has become the latest Beltway Boxer to sign a promotional contract with King's Promotions of Reading, PA.
Ferhadi, a native of Kurdistan (6-0, five KO's), is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the fiercest body punchers in the Beltway region. Ferhadi used body shots to gain a first-round TKO victory over Travis Davidson in his last outing on March 12 in Roanoke, VA. When he is not boxing, Ferhadi attends medical school in his native Kurdistan.
Ferhadi is the third local boxer to sign with King's Promotions, led by Marshall Kauffman. Mykal Fox and Thomas Snow are also working with the company.
We had an opportunity to talk with Ferhadi about his recent accomplishments.
Stevenson To Battle McCalla For Maryland State Welterweight Title; Reeves Faces Veteran Wilson May 14 In Timonium!
James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson will battle Cecil McCalla in a 10-round contest for the Maryland State Welterweight title. Both men have had difficulties as they have stepped up in competition. The two losses for Stevenson (22-2, 15 KO's) have both come on national television against quality foes Roberto Garcia and Sammy Vasquez. The three losses for McCalla (20-3, seven KO's) have come in his last three bouts against a former world champion and two quality contenders.
In what should be a solid cruiserweight battle, Baltimore's Travis "Seveer" Reeves steps up in competition to face veteran Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round contest. Reeves (11-2-2, five KO's) has scored knockouts in his last two contests including a first-round knockout of Anthony Caputo Smith on December 12 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Reeves also had the 2015 Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year when he devastated Samer Barakat on July 9 at the Tall Cedars Hall in Parkville, MD.
Wilson (16-10-1, nine KO's) is a former USBA and NABF Cruiserweight champion who recently had a three-bout winning streak snapped in his last outing. Wilson lost a 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated Keith Tapia on December 8 in Trenton, NJ. Wilson made his pro debut in the Beltway area when he scored a second-round TKO over equally debuting Robert McConnell in May of 2008 in District Heights, MD.
There will also be a women's bout on this card as DC flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas will take on Anahi "Pantera" Torres of Tlalnepantla, Mexico in an eight-round contest. Douglas (10-1, four KO's) bounced back from suffering her first pro loss by winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Nydia Feliciano on November 12 in Cockeysville, MD. Torres (13-13-1, two KO's) will be the most experienced foe Douglas has faced in her career. Torres, a former WBC Youth Minimumweight champion, is coming off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Jessica Nery Plata on February 3 in Queretaro, Mexico.
A number of locals are slated to be on this card. We already know that undefeated Baltimore super middleweight Devin Butcher (5-0, three KO's) will take on Philadelphia veteran Greg Hackett (2-15-1) in a four-round contest. Also scheduled to be on the card are Glenn Dezurn, Patrick Harris, Seth Billups, Eric Hernandez, Tyrell Samuel and Stephon Morris.
More on this card as information comes in.
Watkins (0-2) looks for his first pro win tonight. Watkins last fought on December 12 and was stopped in the fourth round by Devin Butcher in Baltimore, MD. Bunting (0-0-1) fought to a four-round draw with Ryan Bivins in his pro debut on November 20 in Philadelphia, PA.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Reed gave Amoako a pretty good boxing lesson throughout the contest. Amoako, who was a late sub, had no offense for Reed, who won the bout via shutout (60-54) across the board. Reed is now 18-0, 10 KO's while Amoako falls to 21-9, 15 KO's.
DC To Receive Second World Title Card In April; Super Middleweight Title Doubleheader Comes To Armory April 30!
Washington, DC will receive yet another world title card at the DC Armory. The card will be on Saturday, April 30 and it will feature two world title bouts in the super middleweight division. The doubleheader will by televised by Showtime.
Badou Jack "The Ripper" of Las Vegas, NV will defend the WBC Super Middleweight title against former world champion Lucian Bute. Jack, a native of Stockholm, Sweden (20-1-1, 12 KO's) is making the second defense of his title that he won in April of 2015. Jack won a 12-round split decision over George Groves in his last bout on September 12 in Las Vegas.
Bute (32-3, 25 KO's) is a native of Pechea, Romania who competes out of Laval, Quebec, Canada. Bute, who once held the IBF Supermiddleweight championship, lost an opportunity to regain that title as he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to current champion James DeGale on November 28 in Quebec City, Canada.
DeGale (22-1, 14 KO's) will be in the second part of this twinbill as he will defend his title against Rogelio "Porky" Medina (36-6, 30 KO's). DeGale, a resident of St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, will be making the second defense of the title he won in May of 2015. Medina, who competes out of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, is in the midst of a four-bout winning streak which includes a third-round knockout win over previously undefeated J'Leon Love in August of 2014.
BATB has been told that there will be a significant Beltway presence on this Mayweather Promotions card -- the second Mayweather card at the DC Armory in April. The Friday, April 1 card featuring Adrian Broner defending his WBA Super Lightweight title against Ashley Theophane is being co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions along with Headbangers Promotions and About Billions Promotions.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Russell will have two more opportunities in June to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
The bout will be part of a tripleheader that will be shown live in prime time on Fox and on Fox Deportes at 8 PM ET. This contest was originally scheduled for March 12 in Mashantucket, CT but that entire card was scrapped.Williams (19-1, 13 KO's) is a former NABO Light Heavyweight champion who is coming off a second-round TKO over Umberto Savigne on November 13 in Biloxi, MS. Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KO's) is ranked number four by the WBC and number 7 by the IBF. Rodriguez last fought on the same November 13 Biloxi card and stopped Michael Seals in three rounds.
Williams, Jr. will be the third Beltway Boxer to be shown on national TV on three consecutive Saturdays in April. Gary Russell, Jr. defends his WBC Featherweight title against Patrick Hyland on April 16 on Showtime, Dominic Wade will challenge Gennady Golovkin on April 23 on HBO. There may be at least one local that will make national television (Spike TV) on the April 1 card at the DC Armory featuring Adrian Broner against Ashley Theophane.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
(photo courtesy of USA Boxing)
Capitol Heights, MD's Gary Antuanne Russell has won his opening bout at the Americas Olympic Qualifier tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina today.
Russell won a 3-0 decision over Miguel Ferrin of Ecuador. Russell will return to action on Thursday when he takes on Luis Martin Arcon Diaz of Venezuela. A win on Thursday and Russell will punch his ticket to the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Russell will compete at about 7:45 PM ET on Thursday. You can see the bout by going to www.tycsports.com.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
12-13, 92 Pounds (Championship): Tyquawn Johnson (#11 Overcomers) vs. Samuel Edmunds (Headbangers)
12, 100 Pounds (Championship): Deon Giles (No Xcuse) vs. Anthony Pullen (Oxon Hill)
14, 113 Pounds (Championship): Quentin Caraballo (MVJ Athletics) vs. Osei Akinyele (Headbangers)
15, 110 Pounds: Chamar Flowers (Unattached)
16, 150 Pounds (Female): Kelsi Gross (No Xcuse)
15, 160 Pounds (Female): Asya Brown (The Answer)
123 Pounds: Marlon Cash (Dream Team) vs. Joshua Woodard (Headbangers)
132 Pounds: Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest) vs. Hakeem Middleton (Limelite)
132 Pounds: Micah Johnson (Tony's Gym) vs. Ahmad Jones (UMAR)
141 Pounds: Sean Cormeir (Kicked Up) vs. Tariq Harris (1st Class)
141 Pounds: Leroy Payne (Headbangers) vs. Donnell Poe (Old School)
152 Pounds: Mike Crain (Dog Pound) vs. Corey Russ (Woodland Tigers)
165 Pounds: Dwayne Wheeler (Benning Park) vs. Antonio Haywood (Hillcrest)
165 Pounds: Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) vs. Champ Moultrie (Laurel)
178 Pounds: Deandre Coleman (Langdon) vs. Francis Poulis, II (Sugar Ray Leonard)
178 Pounds: Kevin Jones (Round One) vs. Leonard Poe (Hillcrest)
201 Pounds: Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters) vs. Jordon Scott (Woodland Tigers)
201 Pounds: Dallas Butts (Switch Hitters) vs. Thomas Mottinger (Main Street)
178 Pounds (Female): Ornella Sathold (MVJ Athletics) vs. Obialom Ikwuakov (Unattached)
114 Pounds: Duglas Soto (Down Under) vs. Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future)
123 Pounds: Hector Soto (Down Under) vs. D'Jon Brown (NOMIS)
132 Pounds: Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) vs. Ulises Castaneda (Dog Pound)
132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Montel Pridgett (UMAR)
141 Pounds: Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Tyrek Irby (Headbangers)
152 Pounds: Mansabory Conde (Odenton Fitness) vs. Jonathan Burrs, II (Headbangers)
165 Pounds: Justin Hurd (Hillcrest) vs. Tavon Body (Headbangers)
178 Pounds: Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse) vs. D. Marque Hall (Unattached)
201+ Pounds: Nathaniel Copeland, Jr. (D-Block) vs. Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray Leonard)
178 Pounds (Female): Schmelle Baldwin (MVJ Athletics)
The first bell is at 7:30 PM.
Amoako (21-8, 15 KO's) last fought on February 19 and lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Tony Luis in Sloan, IA.
Meanwhile, the Mayweather Promotions/Headbangers Promotions/About Billions Promotions card on Friday, April 1 at the DC Armory is starting to come together.
One of the feature bouts will involve undefeated Baltimore, MD super featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis who will be in a scheduled 10-round contest against Guillermo "El Borrego" Avila of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Davis (14-0, 13 KO's) scored a tough ninth-round TKO over Luis Sanchez on December 18 in Las Vegas, NV. Avila (16-5, 13 KO's) recently broke a two-bout losing streak by scoring a fourth-round TKO over Antonio Torres on December 21 in Tijuana.
Undefeated DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin will face Somner Martin of Martinsville, VA in a six-round bout.
Kareem Martin (7-0-1, three KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Tevin Watts in his last outing on December 3 in Costa Mesa, CA. Somner Martin (5-1, three KO's) won his last bout in Salem, VA on February 6.
Also on the card, highly-touted Toledo, OH lightweight prospect Robert Easter looks to remain undefeated when he faces Algenis Mendez of Brooklyn, NY in a 10-round bout. Easter (16-0, 13 KO's) is coming off a third-round TKO over Juan Ramon Solis on October 3 in Cincinnati, OH. Easter makes his third trip to DC -- he last fought in the Nation's Capitol on August 28 and scored a sixth-round TKO over Osumanu Akaba at the Washington Convention Center.
Mendez (23-3-1, 12 KO's) is a native of the Dominican Republic who once challenged for the IBF Super Featherweight title. Mendez lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Rances Barthelemy in July of 2014. In his last outing, Mendez won a 10-round unanimous decision over Miguel Vazquez on October 6 in San Antonio, TX.
Las Vegas super middleweight J'Leon Love will be in another 10-rounder against "The Amazing" Michael Gbenga of Accra, Ghana by way of Lagos, Nigeria. Love (21-1, 11 KO's) last fought on September 29 and won a 10-round unanimous decision over Marcus Upshaw in Las Vegas. Gbenga (21-24, 20 KO's) broke an eight-bout losing streak in his last contest, winning a six-round majority decision over Marcus Vinicius De Oliveira on February 20 in Camel Rock, NM. In 2014, Gbenga lost back-to-back bouts to Beltway Boxers Thomas Williams, Jr. and Phil Jackson-Benson. Gbenga dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to Williams and was stopped in the seventh round by Jackson-Benson.
There are bouts scheduled for Beltway Boxers Demond Nicholson and Shynggskhan Tazhibay on this card.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
The Open Division had some outstanding bouts including the 141-pound semifinal between Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) and Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard). Outlaw started out very strong in the contest. By the second round, Irby seemed to gain control. Both men landed great shots in the third round. Irby lost a point in the third for tossing Outlaw to the canvas but managed to earn a hard-fought victory.
There was another marquee matchup in the 132-pound class as Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) defeated Cody Woodland (Woodland) in what was a very close contest. Many fans in attendance did not agree with the decision there.
Here are the rest of the results in the Open Division:
114 Pounds: Malik Jackson (Limelite) over Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 Pounds: Joshua Lee (UMAR) over Dionte Burts (Woodland)
152 Pounds: Maiwak Da'goot (Hillcrest) over Alonzo Thompson (Headbangers)
178 Pounds: Mark Duncan (Headbangers) over Troy Moody (Old School)
201+ Pounds: Cortez Dunston (UMAR) over Ralph Alexander (Sugar Ray Leonard)
201+ Pounds: Nathaniel Copeland (D-Block) over Jeraldo Cotto (Tony's Athletic Club)
123 Pounds: Christopher Glen (Hagerstown) wins his bout by walkover.
132 Pounds: Ulises Castaneda (Dog Pound) wins by walkover.
165 Pounds: Jordon Payne (Woodland) wins by walkover.
There was one championship in the Novice Division as Kierra Kerry of D-Block defeated her teammate Ladasha Lewis to win the Female 141-Pound Championship.
In other Novice Division Bouts:
123 Pounds: Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Sang Kim (Unattached)
123 Pounds: Marcus Johnson (Limelite) over Jaqueem Hutcherson (Keystone)
141 Pounds: Tariq Harris (1st Class) over Joseph Flores (Champions)
141 Pounds: Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Charles Johnson (UMAR)
152 Pounds: Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Felix Manzueta (Dog Pound)
165 Pounds: Champ Moultrie (Laurel) over William Joppy, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)
201 Pounds: Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters) over Daniel Hawkins (Keystone)
201 Pounds: Thomas Mottinger (Main Street) over Nelson Reyes (Champions)
Two boxers won by walkover:
141 Pounds: Donnell Poe (Old School)
178 Pounds: Francis Poulis, II (Sugar Ray Leonard)
There was one championship contest in the Junior Division -- Shakell Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) won the 15-16, 125 Pounds title by defeating Donte Baytop (UMAR)
In a semifinal contest, Deon Giles (No Xcuse) won over Damare Dawkins (Unattached) in the 12, 100 Pound division.
Semifinal action continues on Saturday, March 19 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center. First bell is at 7:30 PM.
First, a little catch-up: When we listed the results of Beltway Boxers participating on the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card on March 5 at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA, we neglected to mention the pro debut victory for Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight James Early. Early won a four-round unanimous decision over Arthur Parker of Lancaster, PA. Parker is 1-16-2, one KO.
On March 11th at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, WVA, cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner of Baltimore, MD scored a fourth-round TKO over James Jones of Nashville, TN. This was Kisner's first bout since his 10-round unanimous decision loss to Lateef Kayode in May of 2015 in Memphis, TN. Kisner is now 15-2-1, six KO's. Jones falls to 1-8.
Tonight at the Sheraton Hotel in Roanoke, VA, undefeated Frederick, MD super middleweight Devar "Jengawar" Ferhadi continued his winning ways with a first-round knockout over Travis Davidson of Richmond, VA. According to reports, Ferhadi dropped Davidson twice with solid body shots before forcing the referee to stop the contest at 2:12 of the first. Ferhadi is now 6-0, five KO's while Davidson drops to 2-10, two KO's.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Reed (17-0, 10 KO's) comes off a seventh-round TKO over Rondale Hubbert on November 7 in Las Vegas, NV. Cordero (13-2-1, seven KO's) makes his United States debut after competing exclusively in Mexico. Cordero last fought on August 1 and won an eight-round split decision over Rafael Guzman in Guadalajara. Cordero is a former WBC Youth Silver lightweight champion but had to relinquish the title on the scales.
Russell (26-1, 15 KO's) was scheduled to defend his title late in 2015, however he suffered a cut in training. The man Russell was scheduled to defend his title against, Oscar Escandon, won the interim WBC title with a seventh-round TKO over Robinson Castellanos on March 5 at the DC Armory. Plans were made for Russell to defend the title against Hyland on the undercard of Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter this weekend but that card was cancelled.
Hyland (31-1, 15 KO's) last fought on October 10 and scored an eight-round TKO over David Martinez in Lowell, MA.
BATB also hears that Russell's brother, Antonio, will participate on this card. Antonio Russell, the 2015 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year (5-0, four KO's), is coming off a third-round TKO over Eduardo Melendez on October 30 in Orlando, FL.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
BATB has learned that the Virginia Department of Licensing and Regulations has overturned a decision during a bout between Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez and Darrell Jones of Jacksonville, FL that took place at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA. Hernandez suffered an eye injury that caused the bout to be stopped early in the fifth round. The bout went to the scorecards and Hernandez was initially awarded the win by technical decision. However, the Jones camp challenged that decision saying the bout should have been stopped and Jones awarded a TKO because Hernandez could not continue. The Virginia Commission changed the decision in favor of Jones.
However, the Virginia Commission reversed that decision after an appeal by the Hernandez camp and awarded the win back to Hernandez by fifth-round technical decision. Hernandez remains undefeated at 7-0, four KO's while Jones is now 3-15-1, one KO.
Meanwhile, the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission is investigating the scores of one of the judges during the main event of the Golden Boy Promotions card at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
According to RingTV.com's Mitch Abramson, the outcome of the bout between heavyweights Tony Thompson and Luis Ortiz is not in question as Ortiz dominated Thompson en route to a sixth-round TKO. The questions surround the scorecard of longtime DC judge Lloyd Scaife, who only had Ortiz winning by one point after the first five rounds.
Judges Tammye Jenkins and Paul Wallace had Ortiz pitching a shutout after five rounds, 50-43. However, Scaife's scorecard had Ortiz winning 48-47. Scaife scored the first round 10-9 for Ortiz despite Ortiz knocking down on Thompson in that round. Both Jenkins and Wallace scored the first 10-8 for Ortiz.
Scaife, who has been judging bouts in DC since the mid-1990's, gave the third round to Thompson 10-9 even though Ortiz knocked down Thompson in that round. Again, Jenkins and Wallace saw the third round in favor of Ortiz, 10-8. Scaife also saw the fifth round for Thompson.
Here is a look at the official scorecard:
The DC Commission, led by new chair Adam Weers, says they will make a ruling on Scaife later this week.
Monday, March 07, 2016
12-13, 80 Pounds (Championship): Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill) over Teon Jackson (Lyfestyle)
13, 112 Pounds (Championship): Dennis Zeiglar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Dequan Clark (Tony's Gym)
12-13, 92 Pounds: Tyquawn Johnson (No. 11 Overcomers) over Owen Pannucci (Bowerhouse)
15-16. 125 Pounds: Donte Baytop (UMAR) over DeAngelo McDonald (D-Block)
11-12, 85 Pounds (Championship): Darren Scott (Headbangers) won by walkover
14-15, 85 Pounds (Championship): Tyree Johnson (Headbangers) won by walkover
123 Pounds: Marlon Cash (Dream Team) over Oscar Bonilla (Old School)
123 Pounds: Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Brient Rodriguez (Champions)
141 Pounds (Female): Kierra Kerry (D-Block) over Wezi Thindwa (Unattached)
141 Pounds (Female): Ladasia Lewis (D-Block) over April Ademiluyi (Laurel)
141 Pounds: Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Tre'von Bush (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 Pounds: Joseph Flores (Champions) won his bout by walkover
152 Pounds: Felix Manzulta (Dog Pound) over Sung Park (Laurel)
152 Pounds: Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) won his bout by walkover
165 Pounds: William Joppy, Jr. (Tony's Gym) over Jalil Hunter (Headbangers)
165 Pounds (Female-Championship): Christina Kay (Champions) over Pamela Herasingh (Keystone)
178 Pounds: Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) over Tigra Coleman (Tony's Gym)
123 Pounds: Hector Soto (Down Under) over Jordon Hunter (Keystone)
132 Pounds: Montel Pridgett (UMAR) over Denzel Bowling (First Class)
141 Pounds: Donte Burts (Woodland) over Dante Cox (Laurel)
141 Pounds: Joshua Lee (UMAR) won his bout by walkover
152 Pounds: Maiwak Da'goot (Hillcrest) over Nigel Fennell (Down Under)
152 Pounds: Mansabory Conde (Odenton) over Monyae Gregory (Upton)
152 Pounds: Jonathan Burrs II (Headbangers) over Travis Roberts (Ground Control)
165 Pounds: Tavon Body (Headbangers) over Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis)
The semifinals begin on Saturday, March 12 at Sugar Ray Leonard. Here is the scheduled bout sheet:
12, 100 Pounds: Deon Giles (No Xcuse) vs. Damare Dawkins (Unattached)
15-16, 125 Pounds (Championship): Shakell Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Donte Baytop (UMAR)
15, 149 Pounds: Nasheed Smith (Headbangers)
16, 152 Pounds: Siete Shuler (No Xcuse)
16, 165 Pounds: Damian White (Tony's Gym)
15, 210+ Pounds: Brent Leach (Tony's Gym)
16, 106 Pounds: Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)
123 Pounds: Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) vs. Sang Kim (Unattached)
123 Pounds: Marcus Johnson (Limelite) vs. Jaqueem Hutcherson (Keystone)
141 Pounds: Joseph Flores (Champions) vs. Tariq Harris (1st Class)
141 Pounds: Leroy Payne (Headbangers) vs. Charles Johnson (UMAR)
141 Pounds (Female-Championship): Kierra Kerry (D-Block) vs. Ladasha Lewis (D-Block)
141 Pounds: Donnell Poe (Old School) vs. Ty Stanley (Dog Pound)
152 Pounds: Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Felix Manzueta (Dog Pound)
165 Pounds: Champ Moultrie (Laurel) vs. William Joppy, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)
178 Pounds: DeAngelo Gray (Tony's Gym) vs. Francis Poulis, II (Sugar Ray Leonard)
201 Pounds: Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters) vs. Daniel Hawkins (Keystone)
201 Pounds: Thomas Mottinger (Main Street) vs. Nelson Reyes (Champions)
114 Pounds: Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray) vs. Malik Jackson (Limelite)
123 Pounds: Christopher Glen (Hagerstown) vs. Antwain Robinson (Upton)
132 Pounds: Taylor Woodland (Woodland) vs. Ulises Castaneda (Dog Pound)
132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Cody Woodland (Woodland)
141 Pounds: Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) vs. Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 Pounds: Joshua Lee (UMAR) vs. Dionte Burts (Woodland)
152 Pounds: Alonzo Thompson (Headbangers) vs. Maiwak Da'goot (Hillcrest)
165 Pounds: Stephaun Hobbs (Tony's Gym) vs. Jordon Payne (Woodland)
178 Pounds: Mark Duncan (Headbangers) vs. Troy Moody (Old School)
201+ Pounds: Ralph Alexander (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Cortez Dunston (UMAR)
201+ Pounds: Jeraldo Cotto (Tony's Athletic) vs. Nathaniel Copeland (D-Block)
The card will begin at 7:30 PM ET.
Sunday, March 06, 2016
Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez lost by fourth-round TKO to Darrell Jones of Jacksonville, FL. The loss came under strange circumstances. Hernandez suffered a cut near the right ear during the contest and as the bout entered the fifth round, the referee stopped the bout to ask the ringside doctor to look at Hernandez's face. The doctor ruled that the bout should be stopped. The bout went to the scorecards and Hernandez was declared the winner.
However, the Jones camp came prepared with a copy of the Virginia State boxing bylaws which say that in this situation (since there was no ruling on whether the hematoma was caused by a butt or a punch) the bout should not have gone to the cards and should have instead been ruled a stoppage. The Virginia Commission reversed the decision and awarded a TKO to Jones. Reportedly, the Hernandez camp will appeal.
Right now, Hernandez has the first loss on his record and he is now 6-1, four KO's. Jones is now 4-14-1, two KO's.
Ashburn, VA super lightweight Seth "Killer B" Billups remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous decision over Corey McCants of Cincinnati, OH. Billups won by shutout (40-36) across the board. Billups is now 8-0, six KO's while McCants is 2-13-2, one KO.
Other results: Matthew Abregu of DC KO 1 over Arthur McCrow of Greensboro, NC. Abregu is now 2-0, two KO's while McCrow is 0-2.
Alexandru "Spartan" Marin of Silver Spring, MD stopped Miguel "El Samurai" Del Valle of Manati, Puerto Rico in the third round. Marin remains undefeated at 11-0, eight KO's while Del Valle is 10-25, two KO's.
In a rematch, Dodie Boy Penalosa, Jr. of Rockville, MD scored a third-round TKO over DeWayne Wisdom of Indianapolis, IN. Penalosa won a six-round decision over Wisdom on November 21 at the Masonic Temple. Penalosa is now 19-0, 15 KO's while Wisdom is 6-28-1, three KO's.
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Tough night for Beltway Boxers on national television tonight. At the DC Armory, Tony "The Tiger" Thompson was stopped in the sixth round by undefeated Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz.
Ortiz battered Thompson all over the ring, knocking him down three times in the contest. Thompson provided little challenge in the contest. The bout was stopped at 2:29 of the sixth.
Meanwhile at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA on Showtime, Antoine "Action" Douglas was stopped in the 10th round by Avtandil Khurtsidze. Douglas suffered a cut over his right eye and was dropped in the third by a left hand. Douglas mounted a comeback in the fifth round but by the seventh, Khurtsidze was able to drop Douglas in the seventh with a left hand. Finally, Khurtsidze landed a brutal right hand early in the tenth that stopped the bout at 33 seconds.
Fernando "The Warrior" Guerrero has lost by sixth-round TKO to Tony "Superbad" Harrison of Detroit, MI tonight at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.
For the most part, Guerrero was on the receiving end of a lot of punishment in the bout. Harrison dropped Guerrero in the second round with a brutal right hand. Guerrero made a brief comeback and almost knocked down Harrison with a right hand in the fifth.
However, Harrison dropped Guerrero with a vicious left hand followed by another knockdown with the right in the sixth. The bout ended at 1:54 of the sixth.
Ochoa received very little resistance from Montoya who showed a tough chin but very little offense. Ochoa won the bout by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55 to raise his record to 14-0, six KO's. Montoya is 16-7-1, 13 KO's.
D'Mitrius Ballard is now in the ring for a six-round super middleweight contest against Liosvy Mayedo of Las Tuna, Cuba.
Philadelphia, PA lightweight Damon Allen has won a six-round unanimous decision over a very game Daniel Perales of McCallen, TX.
The bout was fought at close range for the entire contest but it was Allen who landed the harder shots. All three judges scored a shutout for Allen, who is now 9-0, three KO's. Perales falls to 6-4-1, four KO's..
In the ring now, Kevin Rivers is taking on Angel Aispuro in a six-round featherweight contest.
DC light heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Todd Unthank-May in the opening bout at the DC Armory.
Unthank-May dropped Johnson with a left hand in the second round followed by a right-left combination in the third. However, after the second knockdown, Johnson came back strong and wobbled Unthank-May with a right of his own. Unthank-May righted himself the rest of the way to get the decision.
Johnson's record falls to 16-4, seven KO's while Unthank-May remains undefeated at 9-0, three KO's.
Good afternoon from the DC Armory in Washington, DC where the Golden Boy Promotions card is getting underway.
The first bout in the ring is Alexander "The Great" Johnson in a six-round contest against Todd Unthank-May.
Friday, March 04, 2016
Beltway Boxers Antoine Douglas and Fernando Guerrero weighed in for bouts at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.
Douglas weighed 159 pounds for his 10-round bout with Avtandil Khurtsidze, who tipped the scales at 160 pounds. The two men will battle for Douglas's WBO International Middleweight title that Douglas captured in his last outing -- a fourth-round knockout win over Les Sherrington on November 6 in Las Vegas.
Guerrero came in at 157 pounds for his 10-round bout with Tony Harrison, who weighed in at 156 pounds.
Both bouts will be shown on Showtime during its Special Edition telecast at 10 PM ET.
The featured contests for Saturday's Golden Boy Promotions card at the DC Armory in Washington, DC hit the scales today.
Tony Thompson (right) tipped the scales at 264 pounds for his 12-round main event against Luis Ortiz. Ortiz weighed 243 pounds.
In the co-feature for the vacant WBO Welterweight title, Sadam Ali weighed in at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds while Jesse Vargas came in at 146.
The rest of the scale watch looks like this:
Robinson Castellanos 125 vs. Oscar Escandon 126
(WBC interim featherweight title)
Lamont Roach, Jr. 131.6 vs. Jesus Lule 134
Lule (8-15-1, one KO) is a late sub in this bout from Fort Myers, FL. He is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over Jamar Saunders on January 31 in Immolakee, FL.
D’Mitrius Ballard 168 vs. Leosvy Mayedo 175
Kevin Rivers, Jr. 126 vs. Angel Aispuro 127
Todd Unthank-May 178 vs. Alexander Johnson 176
Rashidi Ellis 149 vs. Marco Lopez 149
Damon Allen 135 vs. Daniel Perales 135
Remember, the doors open at 4:30 PM ET. The HBO telecast starts at 10 PM ET. Some of the undercard bouts will be shown on RingTV.com at 9 PM ET.
Thursday, March 03, 2016
We know about the main event -- undefeated WBA Interim Heavyweight champion Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz of Miami, FL by way of Camaguey, Cuba (24-0, 21 KO's) will take on Tony "The Tiger" Thompson of Washington, DC (40-6, 27 KO's) in a 12-round non-title contest.
The co-feature is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Welterweight championship -- Jessie Vargas of Las Vegas, NV (26-1, nine KO's) will battle Sadam "World Kid" Ali of Brooklyn, NY (22-0, 13 KO's). This bout will be refereed by the Beltway's own Kenny Chevalier.
There will also be a matchup for the interim WBC Featherweight title as Robinson Castellanos of Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico (23-11, 13 KO's) will face off against Oscar Escandon of Ibague, Colombia (24-2, 16 KO's) in another 12-round encounter.
Counting Thompson, there will be a total of five Beltway Boxers on this card. Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will battle Mario "Huracan" Macias of Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico in an eight-round contest. Roach (9-0, three KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Bustos on October 17 in New York City. This will be the first scheduled eight-round contest for Roach. Macias (28-17, 14 KO's) has won two straight including a 10-round disqualification victory over Angel Aguilar on February 13 in Mexico City.
Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard looks to stay undefeated as he takes on Leosvy Mayedo in a six-round contest. Ballard (11-0, seven KO's) last fought on December 19 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Fabiano Pena in Verona, NY. Mayedo (8-2, five KO's) looks to bounce back from a second-round TKO loss to Earl Newman on September 22 in Bethlehem, PA.
Landover, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. will look to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss when he takes on Angel Aispuro of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in a six-round bout. Rivers (12-1, nine KO's) lost his last contest by six-round majority decision to Alejandro Ochoa on October 3 in Carson, CA. Rivers was knocked down twice in the contest. Aispuro (6-3-2, three KO's) is unbeaten in his last four contests but fought opponents with a combined record of 6-23-1.
Also on the card will be Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson who will take on undefeated Todd Unthank-May of Philadelphia, PA in a six-rounder. Johnson (16-3, seven KO's) lost in his last outing by seventh-round TKO to Artur Beterbiev on June 12 in Chicago, IL. Unthank-May (8-0, three KO's) has not fought since November of 2013 when scored a second-round TKO over Kentrell Claiborne in Bethlehem, PA.
In other bouts, Rashidi "Speedy" Ellis of Lynn, MA will be in an eight-round welterweight bout against Marco Antonio Lopez of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The undefeated Ellis (14-0, 11 KO's) won two regional titles in his last bout via fourth-round TKO over Victor Gonzalez on March 14 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Lopez (24-8, 15 KO's) has lost three straight and six of his last seven bouts.
In a six-round super lightweight bout, undefeated Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa of Brooklyn, NY will battle Rosbel "Lobito" Montoya of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Ochoa (13-0, six KO's) is coming off a third-round TKO over Alejandro Rodriguez on October 2 in Los Angeles, CA. Montoya (16-6-1, 13 KO's) has lost four straight by knockout.
Philadelphia's Damon Allen will be in a six-round contest against Daniel Perales of Montee rrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Allen (8-0, three KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Oscar Santana on November 6 in Los Angeles. Perales (6-3-1, three KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision of his own in his last outing on December 17 in Monterrey.
The card will get underway at 4:30 PM ET. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast will start at 10 PM ET.
Alan "Goldy" Goldstein, a retired sports reporter and columnist for the Baltimore Sun, passed away on February 29 of liver failure. He was 82.
Mr. Goldstein covered basketball and professional boxing primarily throughout his four-decade career. His boxing era included covering legendary boxers like Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. He wrote two biographies of fighters: "A Fistful of Sugar: The Sugar Ray Leonard Story" in 1981 and "Muhammad Ali: The Story of a Boxing Legend" published in 2007. He also co-authored the book "12 Rounds With Oscar De La Hoya: An Illustrated Tribute to Boxing's Brightest Star" in 1998.
Mr. Goldstein was inducted into the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame in 1976 and received the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism in 1997.
Born in New York City, Mr. Goldstein earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1954. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1956 where he was a sports editor for Stars And Stripes.
After his discharge in 1956, Mr. Goldstein began his career as a sports reporter in Meriden, CT. Four years later, he would join the Sun's staff. He would cover just about any sport -- he covered the Orioles, the Colts and the Baltimore Blast. But his true loves were basketball and boxing.
Mr. Goldstein is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rebecca, two sons, Joel and Jay and a granddaughter. Services will be private. There will be a celebration of his life on April 9 at his home in Brooklandville.
When I first wanted to expand my base of operations to include Baltimore back in the early 90's, Alan Goldstein was there. He could not have been more welcoming to me. I learned so much talking to him. He was such a first-class individual and he was a huge point of reference for me when I started learning about the Baltimore part of the Beltway Boxing landscape.
In 2005, the year this blog started, I came across a Ring Magazine from 1996. This issue had a special section called "A Tale of 10 Cities" in which different boxing writers listed the top 10 boxers from US cities where boxing was paramount.
Baltimore was on that list and Mr. Goldstein's list looked like this:
1. Joe Gans
2. Harry Jeffra
3. Kid Williams
4. George (KO) Chaney
5. Joe Dundee
6. Vince Dundee
7. Vincent Pettway
8. Red Burman
9. Jimmy McAllister
10 Jack Portney
Such was the importance of Alan Goldstein's boxing writing. Thank you, Mr. Goldstein, for all you have done. BATB sends its deepest condolences to the family.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
According to the WBA, Golden Boy Promotions asked for and received permission from the WBA to let Ortiz face Thompson on the condition that the interim title would not be on the line.
Here is what the WBA said in the press release:
Thompson, who is a tough competitor, is 44 years old and has lost three of his last five fights. The second is that he not ranked among the WBA’s top 15 heavyweights. And the third reason is that Golden Boy had been ordered to negotiate a fight between Luis Ortiz and Alexander Ustinov for the interim WBA World heavyweight title.
Tony Thompson was not included in the mix.
WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza announced in early 2016 that a tournament had been established with the sole purpose of establishing a single champion in the heavyweight division. This was long overdue and a welcome change from the somewhat confusing business-as-usual.
The resolution from the WBA Championships Committee regarding the heavyweight tournament was as clear as day. It stated that the winner of the fight between Ortiz and Ustinov will face the winner of the rematch between WBA Super World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former champion Wladimir Klitschko, who is currently ranked #3 by the WBA.
If Thompson defies the odds and defeats Ortiz, he will not take his place in the tournament and face Ustinov.
The WBA calls this bout a "stay-busy" bout for Ortiz and it should be treated as such.
10, 75 Pounds (Championship): Darari Philson (No Xcuse) over Richard Dodson (Old School)
11-12, 75 Pounds (Championship): Lonzo Malcolm (Old School) over Qwantel Watkins (Dog Pound)
9-10, 80 Pounds (Championship): Yeshaya Franklin (Hagerstown) over Kareem Rivers (Hagerstown)
11-12, 80 Pounds (Championship): Benjamin Johnson (No Xcuse) over Quentin Watts (Tony's Athletic)
14, 141 Pounds (Championship): Edwin Angel (No Xcuse) over Kory Moore (Main Street)
Marcell Steele (Old School) won his championship in the 9-10, 75 Pound division by walkover.
Malik Mason (Laurel) won his championship in the 11-12, 90 Pound division by walkover.
Luis Gomez, Jr. (Old School) won his bout in the 14-15, 150 Pound division by walkover.
123 Pounds: Marcus Johnson (Limelite) over Jaiquan Johnson (Langdon)
123 Pounds: Jaqueem Hutcherson over Elliott Strickland (Switch Hitters)
132 Pounds: Micah Johnson (Tony's Gym) over Jamie Stachowski (Down Under)
132 Pounds: Ahmad Jones (UMAR) and Hakeem Middleton (Limelite) both won their bouts by walkover.
141 Pounds: Sean Cormier (Kicked-Up) over Luis Martinez (Old School)
152 Pounds: Mike Crain (Dog Pound) over Wesley Scott (1st Class)
152 Pounds: Corey Russ (Woodland) over Davonte Warren (Odenton Fitness)
165 Pounds: Dwayne Wheeler (Benning Park) over Aaron Liang (Unattached)
165 Pounds: Antonio Haywood (Hillcrest) over Victor Miles (Boxwob)
165 Pounds: Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) won his bout by walkover.
141 Pounds: Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Alejandro Rodriguez (Mack Lewis)
165 Pounds: Justin Hurd (Hillcrest) over Rashad Kilpatrick (Boxwob)
123 Pounds: Christopher Glen (Hagerstown) won his bout by walkover.
Now, here is the scheduled bout sheet for this week's Golden Gloves action:
11-12, 85 Pounds (Championship): Darren Scott (Headbangers) vs. Deric Graves (Lyfestyle)
12-13, 80 Pounds (Championship): Teon Jackson (Lyfestyle) vs. Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill)
14-15, 85 Pounds (Championship): Joseph Gordon (Lyfestyle) vs. Tyree Johnson (Headbangers)
13, 112 Pounds (Championship): Dequan Clark (Tony's Gym) vs. Dennis Zeigler (Sugar Ray Leonard)
12-13, 92 Pounds: Tyquawn Johnson (No. 11 Overcomers) vs. Owen Pannucci (Bowerhouse)
15-16, 125 Pounds: Donte Baytop (UMAR) vs. DeAngelo McDonald (D-Block)
8, 95 Pounds: Makhi Dawkins (Unattached)
13, 100 Pounds: Deric Davis (Headbangers)
14, 100 Pounds: Khalil Phillips (Keystone)
15, 101 Pounds: Lamar Odoms (Lyfestyle)
12-13, 117 Pounds: Jordon Brown (Main Street)
14, 119 Pounds: Kyren Harrison (Warriors)
14, 125 Pounds: Joshua Hill (Tony's Gym)
16, 132 Pounds: Travon Marshall (Tony's Gym)
16, 141 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
123 Pounds: Marion Cash (Dream Team) vs. Oscar Bonilla (Old School)
123 Pounds: Brient Rodriguez (Champions) vs. Joshua Woodard (Headbangers)
141 Pounds (Female): Kierra Kelly (D-Block) vs. Wezi Thindwa (Unattached)
141 Pounds (Female): April Ademillyi (Laurel) vs. Ladasia Lewis (D-Block)
141 Pounds: Darius Kenion (Round One) vs. Joseph Flores (Champions)
141 Pounds: Leroy Payne (Headbangers) vs. Tre'von Bush (Sugar Ray Leonard)
152 Pounds: Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Eric Middleton (NOMIS)
152 Pounds: Felix Manzulta (Dog Pound) vs. Sung Park (Laurel)
165 Pounds: William Joppy, Jr. (Tony's Gym) vs. Jalil Hunter (Headbangers)
165 Pounds (Female-Championship): Pamela Herasingh (Keystone) vs. Christina Kay (Champions)
123 Pounds: Hector Soto (Down Under) vs. Jordon Hunter (Keystone)
132 Pounds: Montel Pridgett (UMAR) vs. Denzel Bowling (1st Class)
141 Pounds: Joshua Lee (UMAR) vs. Cory Moore (Main Street)
141 Pounds: Donte Burts (Woodland) vs. Dante Cox (Laurel)
152 Pounds: Nigel Fennell (Down Under) vs. Maiwak Da'goot (Hillcrest)
152 Pounds: Mansabory Corde (Odenton) vs. Monyae Gregory (Upton)
152 Pounds: Travis Roberts (Ground Control) vs. Jonathn Burrs II (Headbangers)
165 Pounds: Tavon Body (Headbangers) vs. Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis)