DC featherweight Marcus "Dreamcatcher" Bates has become the latest local boxer to sign with King's Promotions of Reading, PA. Bates (3-0-1, three KO's). will return to action in May after a two-year layoff.
Bates has not fought since winning scoring a fourth-round TKO over Edgardo Marin in October of 2014 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Bates's four-round draw with Stephon McIntyre in January of 2014 was one of the best bouts of that year.
King's Promotions head Marshall Kauffman is very high on his latest find.
"Marcus is a good prospect. I have seen him in action and he has a lot of ability. He is still very young and I look forward to see him develop over the next few years and I think he has a very high ceiling as a fighter."
Bates joins fellow Beltway Boxers Mykal Fox, Thomas Snow, and another recent signee Devar Ferhadi under the King's Promotions banner.
Also, Al Haymon has another Beltway Boxer under contract. DC-based lightweight Keegan "Sandman" Grove will be the second straight recent boxer to sign with Haymon before his first pro contest, which is scheduled to come later this month.
The 18-year-old Grove is a former regional Silver Gloves champion who has competed in the ring with the likes of fellow locals Gervonta Davis and Gary Antuanne Russell during his amateur career.
Grove will be trained by noted trainer George Peterson (shown with Grove), a former DC police officer who moved to South Carolina and set up a boxing gym. Peterson's most famous charge was former world champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams, who recently made a successful debut as a trainer with Justin DeLoach who scored a brutal fourth-round knockout in March.
Grove joins the likes of Davis, Gary Russell, Jr., Jarrett Hurd, Thomas Williams, Jr., Danny Kelly, The Peterson Brothers, David Grayton and Phil Jackson Benson as Haymon signees. Grove follows Jordan White as a boxer signed by Haymon before his first pro contest.