Monday, May 02, 2016

Roc Nation Card In DC Is Complete!

The Throne Boxing/Roc Nation card that will be held on Friday, May 13 at the DC Armory looks to be complete.  The two showcase bouts will feature Beltway Boxers and will be televised by BET.

In the main event, undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will take on "The Silent Assassin" Mike Dallas, Jr. of Bakersfield, CA in a 10-round contest. Harrison (29-0, 16 KO's) is coming off a second-round stoppage of Angel Hernandez on January 29 in Elk Grove, IL. Harrison, a Roc Nation signee, has stopped his last three opponents.  Dallas, Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KO's) will be trying to extend a two-bout winning streak of his own, scoring two knockouts in Mexico in November and December of 2015.  Dallas, Jr. fought for the interim WBC Super Lightweight title and was knocked out by Lucas Matthysse in the first round in January of 2013 in Las Vegas, NV.

In the co-feature, Capitol Heights, MD super bantanweight Thomas "KO" Snow will battle Orlando "Orlandito" Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in an eight-round encounter.  Snow (18-2, 12 KO's) last fought on December 4 and scored a second-round KO over Tibor Nadori in Fort Washington, MD. Del Valle (21-2, 16 KO's) fought on April 9 and scored a second-round TKO over Josh Crespo in Salem, NH.

The opening bout on the BET telecast will have Rockville, MD heavyweight "The DC Diamond Cutter" Carlos Black taking on the debuting Darmani Rock of Philadelphia, PA in a four-round contest.  After winning his pro debut in April of 2015, Black (1-3) has lost three straight including a first-round knockout loss to Jerry Forrest on September 26 in Norfolk, VA.  Rock is a former national amateur super heavyweight champion who once beat 2016 Olympian Cam Awesome for the National Golden Gloves title.  Rock was rated the number one super heavyweight in the United States and number five in the world at the end of his amateur career.  He has signed with Roc Nation.

In a battle of Beltway heavyweights, undefeated Mike "Silverback" Balogun of Upper Marlboro, MD will face off against Devon Mosley of Capitol Heights, MD in a four-round encounter.  Balogun (5-0, four KO's) went the distance for the first time in his young pro career when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Lonnie Kornegay on July 24 in Baltimore, MD.  Mosley (0-4-1) will try to bounce back from a first-round knockout loss to Hafiz Montgomery on November 20 in Philadelphia, PA.

Rookie cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed of Greenbelt, MD will be in a four-round bout as he takes on Damion Reed of Danville, VA.  Crossed (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Martez Williamson on February 27 at the Washington Convention Center. Reed (2-13-1, one KO) has not fought since being knocked out by Albi Sadikaj in the third round in August of 2013 in Millersville, MD.

In other bouts on the card, super lightweight Abner Cotto of Caguas, Puerto Rico will face off with Juan Jose "Pinocho" Beltran of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in an eight-round contest.  Cotto (19-3, nine KO's) last fought on February 6 and scored a first-round knockout of Edwin Lopez in Caguas. Cotto is the second cousin of former world champion Miguel Cotto and world title contender Jose Miguel Cotto.  Beltran (29-25-3, 18 KO's) lost his last bout to Del Valle by second-round stoppage on November 14 in Comerio, Puerto Rico.

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Junior Younan of Brooklyn, NY (8-0, six KO's) will be in a six-round contest against Austin "Speedy" Marcum of Breedon, WVA.  Younan won a four-round unanimous decision over Cristian Solorzano on March 26 in Oakland, CA.  Marcum (10-6-1, five KO's) has won four straight contests but steps up in competition against Younan.

Also, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (8-0, 6 KOs) of Zhengzhou, China will also see action in a six-round heavyweight bout against an opponent to be determined.

The doors open at 6:30 PM with the first bout starting at 7:10 PM ET.

4 comments:

here you go said...

Sam's fight is a 4 round bout.

J Perez said...

Gary, what is your opinion on Mike Dallas as opponent vs the fight with Jeter? I know the fight with Jeter would have been huge for DMV area but just wanted to get your thoughts. Thanks

Gary Digital Williams said...

I think Dallas is a good opponent for Dusty at this stage. I think it's a lateral move from Jeter but more people are apprehensive about Dusty fighting Dallas than Dusty fighting Jeter. Dallas did fight a world champion in Lucas Matthysse but got knocked out in the first round. Either bout would have made sense for Dusty at this stage.

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