Thursday, June 30, 2016

Beltway Results From Second Day Of National Junior Olympic Competition!

Here are results from Beltway Boxers competing on the second day of the 2016 Prep and Junior Olympic National Championships and Youth Open at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center in Dallas, TX:

Junior/106 lbs: Kevon Cooke, Washington, D.C., dec. Aspen Bandaphone, Clovis, Calif.

Junior/114 lbs: Malik Nelson, Avenel, N.J., dec. Chamar Flowers, Washington, D.C.

Junior/145 lbs: Shyquell Jervey, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Wilfredo Avelar, Silver Spring, Md.

Junior/154 lbs: Siete Shuler, Washington, D.C., dec. Thorn Castellon, Madera, Calif.

Junior/165 lbs: Lorenzo Simpson, Baltimore, Md., dec. Miles Hunt, Temple Terrace, Fla.

PeeWee 9-10/60 lbs: Cardarrius Johnson, Washington DC dec. Quawi Hendrick, Union, N.J.

PeeWee 9-10/80 lbs: Malachi Ross, Grandview, Mo., dec. Marcell Steele, Washington DC

Bantam/70 lbs: Richard Dodson, Capitol Heights, Md., dec. Devon Ceasar, Crowley, La.

Bantam/75 lbs: Mason Huntley, Toledo, Ohio dec. Lonzo Malcolm, Washington DC

Bantam/80 lbs: Benjamin Johnson, Washington DC dec. Eliaz Garcia, Phoenix, Ariz.

Intermediate/70 lbs: Yahir Calderon, Kansas City, Kansas dec. Jordan Roach, Upper Marlboro, Md.

Intermediate/80 lbs: Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Md., dec. Willie Weaver, Orange Park, Fla.

Intermediate/85 lbs: Andrew Rodriguez, Salinas, Calif., dec. Anthony Wheeler, Upper Marlboro, Md.

Intermediate/90 lbs: Quincy Williams, Washington DC won on TKO over Gavin Greenwood, Evansville, Wyo.

Intermediate/95 lbs: Eron Luna, Mesquite, Texas dec. Jacob Matthews, Washington DC

Intermediate/106 lbs: Trinidad Vargas, Grand Prairie, Texas dec. Deric Davis, Clinton, Md.

Intermediate/125 lbs: Stacey Selby, Washington DC dec. Ezequiel Ibarra, New Orleans, La.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Beltway Amateurs Kick Off Action At Junior Olympic Nationals!

Beltway Amateurs got started on the right foot on the first day of competition at the 2016 USA Boxing Prep and Junior Olympic National Championships and Youth Open at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center in Dallas, TX.  This includes claiming the first championship for the area.

(Photo courtesy of Ricky Womack)

Jelani Hill of Washington, DC captured the Pee Wee, 9-10, 90-pound championship with a win over Ethan Montenegro of Jersey City, NJ.

Here are the other results featuring Beltway Boxers from Day 1 of the competition:

Junior/101 lbs: Jorge Carlos, Kansas City, Mo., dec. Lamar Odom, Washington DC

Junior/106 lbs: Kevon Cooke, Washington DC dec. Jonathan Medeiros, Dothan, AL

Junior/154 lbs: Siete Shuler, Washington DC dec. Jorge Garcia, Romulus, MI

PeeWee 9-10/60 lbs: Cardarrius Johnson, Washington DC won on walkover over Joesan Martinez, Wichita, KS W/O

PeeWee 9-10/65 lbs: Marcus Luther, Washington DC dec. Curmel Moton, Las Vegas, NV

PeeWee 9-10/80 lbs: Ben Lincoln, Framingham, MA., dec. Joshua Briggs, Oxon Hill, MD

PeeWee 9-10/85 lbs: Marcell Steele, Washington DC dec. Aldo Blancas, Milwaukee, WI

Bantam 75 lbs: Lonzo Malcolm, Washington DC dec. Jermaine Correa, Tacoma, WA

Intermediate 106 lbs: Deric Davis, Clinton, MD dec. Maximum Castro, Phoenix, AZ

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Russell, Fox Capture Unanimous Decisions In Bethlehem, PA!

(Photos by Kent Green)

Two Beltway Boxers won six-round unanimous decisions tonight at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

In a televised contest (FS1),  Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Antonio "Another" Russell defeated Rudolph "Cutting Edge" Hedge of Kingston, Jamaica.  Russell went on the offensive early against his very game opponent, damaging Hedge's nose in the first round with his quick hands.  Hedge bravely tried to stay with Russell but the combinations from the younger brother of the WBC Featherweight champ, Gary Russell, Jr. proved to be too much.  Russell won by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice) to remain undefeated at 7-0, five KO's.  Hedge's record falls to 10-4-3, four KO's.

On the undercard, super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD scored a shutout victory over Jose Valderrama of Manati, Puerto Rico.  Fox won by scores of 60-54 across the board.  Fox also remains undefeated at 10-0, two KO's while Valderrama drops to 5-14, three KO's.

Williams, Salinas Head To Connecticut For Fights At Foxwoods!

A couple of Beltway Boxers will be involved in bouts at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT on Thursday, June 30.

Veteran Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Willie "For Real" Williams will face undefeated Charles Foster of New Haven, CT in a six-round contest.  Williams (14-11-2, four KO's) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak that includes a first-round TKO loss to Luis Garcia on December 5 in Brooklyn, NY.  The streak started with a second-round TKO loss to future hall of famer Roy Jones, Jr. in Concord, NC in March of 2015.

Foster (10-0, five KO's) last fought on June 11 and won by first-round disqualification over Ralph Johnson in Quincy, MA.  Foster also holds a victory over Beltway Boxer Larry Pryor.  Foster won a six-round unanimous decision over Pryor at the Foxwoods in January of 2015.

Participating in the co-feature on this card is Manassas, VA-born super featherweight and two-time women's world champion "The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas who will battle Gina Chamie of Budapest, Hungary in an eight-round encounter.  Salinas, who now trains and fights out of Providence, RI (18-3, four KO's), has not fought since her 10-round unanimous decision win over Melissa St. Vil on November 12 in Cockeysville, MD.  The win earned Salinas the Universal Boxing Federation Super Featherweight title and the bout was chosen as the 2015 Beltway Boxing Bout of the Year.

Chamie (14-6, six KO's) is a former WBC Youth lightweight titleholder but has struggled when competing against more experienced opponents for bigger titles.  Chamie last fought on May 15 and won a six-round decision over Veronica Hornyak in Budapest.

Kay Koroma Added To US Olympic Boxing Coaching Staff!

(Kay Koroma with Kavon Robertson -- courtesy of the Alexandria Boxing Club)

The 2016 United States Olympic Men's Boxing team will have more of a Beltway flavor than we previously thought.  Congratulations to Burke,VA boxing coach Kay Koroma who has been selected as the Associate Coach for the Men's team.

Koroma signed on as USA Boxing's resident coach this year and was named the 2014 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year for Boxing.  Koroma has created numerous national champions and World Championships medalists through his work at the Alexandria Boxing Club in Alexandria, Va. A former amateur and professional boxer (5-1, three KO's), Koroma led American athletes at the Junior and Youth Women’s World Championships, Elite Men’s World Championships, the Americas Qualifier as well as multiple World Series of Boxing matches.

Most recently, Koroma directed the preparatory training camp for the World Olympic Qualifying Event and has recently been training the qualified athletes for this summer’s Olympic Games at the Olympic Training Center. He will travel to Vargas, Venezuela with the male athletes for the final qualifying event next week.

Koroma will join Head Women's coach Billy Walsh and assistant coach Augie Sanchez on the USA Boxing coaching staff.  Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, MD recently punched his ticket to Rio by advancing to the semifinals of the most recent qualifier in Azerbaijan.

This is the second time in the BATB era that a local coach has been named to the USA Olympic coaching staff.  Robert "Herb" Martin was on the staff of the 2008 Olympic team that featured Russell's brother, current WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr.

Russell, Fox Hit Scales In Bethlehem, PA!

Two Beltway Boxers weighed in for six-round bouts tonight at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

Antonio Russell tipped the scales at 117 pounds for his televised contest against Rudolph Hedge, who weighed 119 pounds.

Mykal Fox weighed in at 142 pounds for his bout against Jose Valderrama, who came in at 144 pounds.

Bouts on this card will be televised on FS1 (Fox Sports 1) tonight at 9 PM ET.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Late Result From North Carolina: Quarles Wins Six-Round Unanimous Decision In Greensboro!

Thanks to our friends at who gave us word that "The Pride of Alexandria (VA)" Brandon Quarles won a six-round unanimous decision over Marcos "The Terminator" Primera of Asheboro, NC by way of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela Saturday night at the Hive Basketball Academy in Greensboro, NC.

Quarles won by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice) to raise his record to 18-3-1, nine KO's while Primera's record falls to 20-34-3, 13 KO's.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jack Obermayer, Legendary Boxing Scribe, Passes at 72!

Jack Obermayer, a long-time and award-winning boxing scribe for more than 50 years, passed away from liver cancer on Saturday, June 25 at his home in Lindenwold, NJ.  He was 72 years old.

From the first time he wrote about a boxing card (Muhammad Ali vs. Doug Jones on March 13, 1963), Mr. Obermayer would attended 3,514 cards in 49 states (only Alaska did not have the pleasure of his company) and visit more than 400 cities, including the Beltway on countless occasions.

"KO-JO" as Mr. Obermayer was known, wrote for a number of publications during his tenure, including Ring Magazine, Boxing Illustrated/Boxing Digest and USA Boxing News.  His "KO-JO Says" column would chronicle his travels and his favorite diners along the way.

Mr. Obermayer, a native of Staten Island, NY who was a Vietnam War veteran, was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame this year.  He also was the recipient of the Barney Nagler Award for Long and Meritorious Service by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2010.

He is survived by a daughter, Ellen Kaplan, 44, and two granddaughters, Alexis Clawans, 18 and Sydney Clawans, 15. Obermayer had been living with Darlene Dontonville for the past 16 years.

The viewing will be held on Thursday at the Harmon Funeral Home at 571 Forest Avenue in Staten Island, New York from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. There will be a Friday funeral mass at 10:30 a.m., also in Staten Island with the location details to follow.

So, you may ask why Jack Obermayer, who is not from the Beltway, included here.  Two reasons.  One, Jack was a dear friend and in many ways, a mentor to me.  And two:  His writing and coverage of many bouts in the Beltway area helped us establish a media base in the boxing business well before Boxing Along The Beltway was even thought of.

I first met Jack in the mid-80's covering cards in DC.  From the very start, Jack was incredible to me with great conversation, stories and giving away the latest copies of magazines and newsletters that included his stories.  Jack, along with his right hand man, JR Jowett, were a duo that I always look forward to seeing at a show and they would come to the club shows as well as the big shows in the Beltway area and that helped establish my mindset about covering local cards going forward.

This picture was taken in November of 2014 at the Jonathan Ogden Foundation Boxing card at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.  It was a reunion of myself and the four guys I spent covering boxing in the Beltway in the eighties and early 90's.  From left to right: (Eric Bottjer, who actually was doing a print version of this blog during that time and is now one of the top matchmakers in boxing; Jack, JR Jowett,  (seated) who is still going strong writing about amateur and pro boxing; John Scheinman, who was a legendary boxing writer and now an Eclipse-Award winning horse racing writer; and me.  To Jack, we all had nicknames -- Eric was "The Creep," JR was "Jowett-Boy, John was "The Midge" or "Scheinie."  I was "Dig."

Jack made his last trip to the Beltway on May 14 for a card in Timonium, MD.  His last overall assignment was in Bristol, PA on June 4.  The main event featured a Beltway Boxer as Lenwood Dozier lost a six-round unanimous decision to Derrick Webster.

Jack was a wonderful person who was so important to this business.  No card was too big or too small for him to cover.  I couldn't begin to count the number of world champions he saw in person.  He will be missed terribly by me and the numerous boxing writers around the country who learned from him and was fortunate enough to laugh with him.  Thank you for everything, Jack!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hurd Stops Molina in Ten!

Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd put on another exceptional performance in scoring a 10th round TKO over previously undefeated Oscar Molina of Norwalk, CA tonight in front of a nationally-televised audience (CBS) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Hurd got off to a great start scoring a knockdown in the first round with a vicious right uppercut.  Molina was able to survive the knockdown but was outgunned throughout the rest of the contest.  Hurd showed a great chin, seemingly walking through many of Molina's shots.

In the 10th round, Hurd, who had never gone past seven rounds in his career, completed his dominance by landing combinations that forced referee Ricky Gonzalez to stop the bout at 2:02.

Hurd remains undefeated at 18-0, 12 KO's.  Molina drops to 13-1-1, 10 KO's.

Free Amateur Boxing Event Saturday In Marlow Heights!

Keystone Boxing is hosting a free amateur boxing show at the Marlow Heights Shopping Center in Marlow Heights MD today beginning at 3 PM.   This is the same card that was scheduled to take place in DC.

There is free parking next to the Burger King at the center.  Once again, the first bout is slated for 3 PM and there are 15 bouts scheduled.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hurd Weighs 154 For 10-round Bout In Brooklyn!

Jarrett Hurd tipped the scales at 153.8 pounds for his 10-round, nationally-televised contest against fellow undefeated boxer Oscar Molina Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Molina weighed in at 154.8.

The bout will open the PBC on CBS telecast at 9 PM ET.

Beltway Pros Compete On Card In Bethlehem, PA June 28!

Three Beltway Boxers will participate on a King's Promotions card on Tuesday, June 28 at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Antonio Russell will be in a scheduled six-round contest against Rudolph "Cutting Edge" Hedge of Kingston, Jamaica.  Russell (6-0, five KO's) last fought on April 16 and won by second-round TKO over Alberto Serna in Mashantucket, CT.  Hedge (10-3-3, four KO's) will try to bounce back from a ninth-round TKO loss to Dewayne Beamon for the UBF All-America Bantamweight title on May 13 in Raleigh, NC.

Two King's Promotions signees from the Beltway will also be on this card.  Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox returns in a six-rounder against veteran Jose Valderrama of Manati, Puerto Rico.   Fox (9-0, two KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda on February 27 in Washington, DC.  Valderrama (5-13, three KO's) broke a six-bout losing streak with a four-round unanimous decision win over Rafael Martinez on April 17 in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.  Valderrama is 0-3 against Beltway Boxers losing to Demond Nicholson, Malik Hawkins and David Grayton in consecutive contests.

Also, DC featherweight Marcus Bates returns to action in a four-round bout against the debuting Bennie Culpepper of St. Louis, MO.  Bates (3-0-1, three KO's) has not fought since winning by four-round knockout over Edgardo Marin in October of 2014 in Fort Washington, MD.  This will be his first bout under the King's Promotions banner.

Bouts on this card are slated to appear on FS1. However, there is no word on whether the bouts featuring Beltway Boxers will be shown.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gary Antuanne Russell Officially Heads To Rio!

Congratulations to Capitol Heights, MD's Gary Antuanne Russell who has officially punched his ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil!

Russell won his quarterfinal bout today in Baku, Azerbaijan, defeating Obada Alkasbeh of Jordan by a 3-0 decision.  The win placed him in the final four of the Olympic Qualifier.  Russell needed to place in the top five to head to Rio.  Russell continues in the competition Friday as he faces Richardson Hitchins, who competes out of Brooklyn, NY but has qualified for the Haitian Olympic Team.

Russell becomes the first Olympian from the Beltway since his brother, Gary, Jr. qualified in 2008.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Russell Advances To Olympic Qualifier Quarterfinal!

Gary Antuanne Russell stands one victory away from heading to the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Russell won his third round bout over David Biddle of Australia Tuesday in Baku, Azerbaijan.   Russell now needs a win over Obada Alkabesh of Jordan on Thursday to punch his Rio ticket.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hurd-Molina Battle Elevates To National Television June 25 From Brooklyn!

 BATB has learned that the 10-round contest between undefeated Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd and fellow undefeated boxer Oscar Molina of Norwalk, CA has been elevated to the co-feature contest and will be televised live on Saturday, June 25 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  CBS will televise the bout prior to the main event between WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman and challenger Shawn Porter.

The Hurd-Molina bout moved up on the card when the bout between WBA Featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar and former world champ Abner Mares was cancelled because Mares could not pass two New York State Athletic Commission-administered eye exams.

Hurd, the 2015 Beltway Boxing Prospect Of The Year,  (17-0, 11 KO's) is coming off his biggest win to date -- a sixth-round TKO win over previously undefeated Frank Galarza on November 14 in Las Vegas, NV.  The victory placed Hurd into the world rankings as he is ranked ninth by the IBF and 10th by the WBA.

Molina (13-0-1, 10 KO's) is ranked 10th by the WBC despite fighting to a 10-round majority draw with Domonique Dolton on September 29 in Las Vegas.

The CBS telecast will begin at 9 PM ET.

Russell Scores TKO To Advance In Olympic Qualifier!

Gary Antaunne Russell has advanced to the third round of the Olympic Qualifier in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Russell scored a first-round TKO over Girmachew Bahiru Tedesse of Ethiopia in Sunday's second-round contest. Russell stopped Tedesse at 2:58 of the round.

Russell can move into the quarterfinals on Tuesday if he defeats David Biddle of Australia.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Antuanne Russell Wins Opening Bout At Olympic Qualifier In Azerbaijan!

Gary Antuanne Russell won his first bout at the Olympic Qualifier tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan on Friday night.

The Capitol Heights, MD 141-pounder defeated Victor Petrov of the Ukraine by a 3-0 decision.  Russell will face Girmachew Bahiru Tadesse of Ethiopia on Sunday. Russell has to place in the top five in his division to earn his trip to the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Russell Continues Olympic Quest In Azerbaijan; Hackett Competes In Amateur Tourney In Puerto Rico!

Two Beltway amateurs will be competing this week representing the US in foreign countries.

Capitol Heights MD's Gary Antuanne Russell continues his bid to compete at the 2016 Olympics by participating in a qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan this week. Russell, the US Olympian at 141 pounds, begins work on Friday, June 17 as he faces Victor Petrov of the Ukraine.  Russell must finish in the top five in his weight class to qualify for the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Meanwhile, members of the US Junior Olympic Team are in Puerto Rico competing against some of the best juniors in the world.  One of the US team members is 13-year-old Jalil Hackett of Washington, DC.  Hackett is a National Junior Olympic champion as well as a Silver Gloves titleholder at 108 Pounds.  Leadership runs in the Hackett family. Jalil's father, Bernard, is one of the coaches for the US team and Jalil has been named the team captain.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Williams To Challenge 'Superman' Stevenson For WBC Light Heavyweight Title July 29 In Quebec City, Canada!

Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will get his first shot at a world title when he challenges Adonis "Superman" Stevenson of Blainville, Quebec, Canada for the WBC Light Heavyweight title on Friday, July 29 from the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.

Williams (20-1, 14 KO's) earned his title shot by stopping Edwin Rodriguez in the second round on April 30 in Carson, CA.  Williams is currently ranked ninth by the WBC.

This is a voluntary defense for Stevenson (27-1, 22 KO's) who hasn't fought since September 11th when he defended his title for the sixth time, scoring a third-round TKO over Tommy Karpency in Toronto, Canada.

The bout will headline a PBC on Spike TV telecast.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Reed Scores Sixth-Round TKO In New York City!

Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed remained undefeated with a sixth-round TKO over Abraham "Bombi" Cordero of Guadalajara, Mexico Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Reed knocked down Cordero in the first round and then dominated him for the rest of the contest until the bout was stopped at 2:29 seconds.

Reed is now 19-0, 11 KO's while Cordero falls to 13-2-1, seven KO's.

Marin Captures IBO International Bantamweight Title With Third-Round TKO!

Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru "The Spartan" Marin scored a third-round TKO over Johnny "The Law" Determan of Dallas, TX to win the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) International Bantamweight title Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  The bout was the main event of the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card.

In the second round of the bout, Marin landed a straight left followed by a picture-perfect right hook to the head that dropped Determan to his knees.  Marin would land a left-right combination to Determan's face to drop him a second time.

Marin would finish the job late in the third round as he walked Determan down with pressure eventually leading to a straight left hand that dropped Determan for the third time in the bout. Determan's corner would not let their boxer continue and the bout was stopped at 2:37 of the round.

Marin remains undefeated at 12-0, eight KO's while Determan falls to 10-2, eight KO's.

The co-feature contest would be the only bout to go the distance as Gerald Tucker of Cincinnati, OH won a four-round unanimous decision over Reggie Barnett, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA in a featherweight contest.  Tucker was able to win the contest with good offensive pressure in the second half of the contest.  Tucker won by scores of 39-37 across the board to remain undefeated at 7-0-1, three KO's.  Barnett loses for the first time and he is now 3-1, two KO's.

Woodbridge, VA cruiserweight Mario Flores won his bout by disqualification over Greg Hackett of Philadelphia, PA. Flores had difficulty at times landing shots on the elusive and crafty Hackett.  However, Hackett stayed in survival mode throughout the contest and provided little to no offense in the contest.  Referee Michelle Myers deducted a point from Hackett in the fourth round for holding and one in the fifth round for intentionally dropping his head down.  Finally, near the midpoint of the sixth round, Myers disqualified Hackett for continued offenses.  Flores is now 7-1-2, four KO's while Hackett is 2-16-1.

Middleweight Carlos Cruz of Ashburn, VA made his pro debut a successful one as he scored a first-round TKO over the equally-debuting Jerrel Artis of Brooklyn, NY.  Cruz jumped on Artis early, landing a left hook that dropped Artis. Moments later, Cruz landed another left hand that sent Artis to the canvas for the count.  The bout was stopped at 1:12.

Baltimore, MD super middleweight Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris scored a first-round TKO over David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Villa Park, IL.  Morris dropped Rohn twice in the contest before it was stopped at 2:59.  Morris is now 3-0, three KO's while Rohn is 0-6-1.

Leesburg, VA super lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez scored a TKO over Arthur "Two Heads" McCrow of Greensboro, NC when McCrow could not come out for the second round.  Hernandez battered McCrow throughout the first round, knocking him down twice.  After the bell rang to begin the second round, McCrow could not come off his stool. Hernandez raises his record to 8-0, five KO's while McCrow falls to 0-3.

Another Leesburg super lightweight product, Matthew Abregu, stopped Alan Beeman of Providence, RI at 2:51 of the second round. Abregu pressured Beeman with head and body shots for the duration of the bout.  Abregu knocked down Beeman with a series of right uppercuts.  Beeman, while taking the count, shook his head and chose not to continue. Abregu is now 3-0, three KO's and Beeman falls to 0-13.

Highly-touted Philadelphia, PA welterweight prospect Jaron "Boots" Ennis needed just 20 seconds to knockout Deshawn Debose of Milwaukee, WI.  The 18-year-old Ennis landed a solid straight left hand that dropped Debose for the count. Ennis is now 3-0, three KO's.  Debose drops to 0-5.

Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest scored a second-round knockout over Dan "The Disciple" Shull of Winchester, VA.  Forrest dropped Shull with a right hand in the first round.  The punishment continued in the second round as Forrest blasted Shull with a left hand sending Shull to the canvas.  Shull could not get up from the punch and the bout was stopped at 40 seconds of the round.  The win is the fifth knockout victory in a row for Forrest, who is now 12-2, 11 KO's. Shull falls to 3-32-1, one KO.

In the opening contest, Joshua Jones, a super lightweight from Philadelphia, PA, dropped Charleston, WVA's Christopher "Rocky" Kuhn three times en route to a first-round stoppage at 1:52. Jones is now 2-0, two KO's while Kuhn is 0-2.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Weights From Springfield!

Here are the weights for the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions Card being held tonight at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Alexandru Marin 117 vs. Johnny Determan 118
(IBO International Bantamweight Title)

Matthew Abregu 137 vs. Dustin Caplinger (will weigh-in tomorrow)

Mario Flores 179 vs. Greg Hackett 187

Carlos Cruz 159 vs. Jerrell Artis 156 1/2

Stephen Morris 164 vs. David Rohn 168

Eric Hernandez 139 vs. Arthur McCrow 133 1/2

James Early 128 1/2 vs. Alan Beeman 129 1/2

Gerald Tucker 127 1/2 vs. Reggie Barnett, Jr. 128 1/2

Jaron Ennis 143 vs. Deshawn Dubose 142

Jerry Forrest 230 vs. Daniel Shull 209

Joshua Jones 137 1/2 vs. Chris Kuhn 137

Remember, if you can't make the card in person tonight, join us tonight live for the blow-by-blow call.  Android users can download the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android by going to this link: Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Reed Weighs 142 Pounds For Eight-Rounder In New York City!

Mike Reed tipped the scales at 142 pounds for his eight-round contest against Abraham Cordero Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cordero weighed in at 139 pounds.

The bout is slated to be shown on

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Late Weekend Results -- Dozier Drops Decision While Moore Scores Knockout!

A couple of late results from this past weekend:

Suitland, MD super welterweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier lost a six-round unanimous decision to Derrick "Take It To The Bank" Webster of Glassboro, NJ on June 4 at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA.  Webster won the bout by shutout (60-54) on all three cards.  Dozier falls to 9-11-2, four KO's while Webster raises his record to 20-1, 10 KO's.

On Friday, June 3, Marquis Moore, a native of Fort Washington, MD who now lives in Colorado Springs, CO, scored a first-round TKO over Turner Williams of Beckley, WVA at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.  The bout was stopped at 1:20 of the round.  Moore is 2-0 with two first-round knockouts.  Williams is 1-3.

Undefeated Reed Faces Cordero In Eight-Round Contest June 11 At The Theater at MSG!

Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action on Saturday, June 11 as he battles Abraham "Bombi" Cordero of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight-round contest at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Reed (18-0, 10 KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Samuel Amoako on March 18 in Philadelphia, PA.  Cordero (13-2-1, seven KO's) won an eight-round split decision over previously undefeated Rafael Guzman on August 1 in Guadalajara.  Cordero, a former WBC Silver Lightweight champion, will compete in the United States for the first time in his pro career.

The bout is slated to be shown on Top Rank's website,

Monday, June 06, 2016

June 11 Card Update!

There are a few updates to the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, June 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

The opponent for undefeated Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez has changed.  Hernandez (7-0, four KO's) will now face off with Dustin Caplinger of Akron, OH in a six-round contest.  Caplinger (2-7, one KO) last fought on April 9 at the ABC Sports Complex and lost by fourth-round TKO to Yurii Polischuk.

Washington, DC welterweight Matthew Abregu returns to action in a four-round contest against Andrew Moreno of Mishawaka, IN. Abregu (2-0, two KO's) has had two first-round knockouts including his last bout against Arthur McCrow on March 5 in Norfolk, VA.  Moreno (0-3) has not fought since August of 2013 when he lost by first-round TKO to Alberto Machado in Rochester, NY.

Baltimore, MD super middleweight Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris will take on David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Villa Park, IL in a four-round matchup.  Morris (2-0, two KO's) last fought on May 14 and scored a third-round TKO over Brian Stevens in Timonium, MD.  Rohn (0-5-1) will try to break a four-bout losing streak including a first-round knockout loss to Jeff McCalla on September 26 in Norfolk, VA.

Also on the card, Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest returns to action in a six-round bout against veteran Daniel Shull of Winchester, VA.  Forrest (11-2, 10 KO's) has won four straight bouts -- all by knockout -- since his last loss in June of 2014.  Forrest is coming off a second-round knockout over Richard Carmack on March 20 in Rahway, NJ.  Shull (3-31-1, one KO) last fought on April 9 at the ABC Complex and lost by six-round unanimous decision to Nick Kisner.  Shull will be looking to break a 16-bout losing streak.

The main event for this card remains the same -- Alexandru "Spartan" Marin of Silver Spring, MD (11-0, eight KO's) battles Johnny "The Law" Determan of Dallas, TX (10-1, eight KO's) in a 10-round contest for the vacant IBO International Bantamweight championship.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Results From Springfield VA -- Quigley Scores KO Of The Year Candidate In Main Event!

Here are the results from the Jeter Promotions card held Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

In the main event, Gaithersburg, MD super welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley scored a vicious first-round knockout over veteran Reggie "Two-Gun" Nash of Grand Rapids, MI. Quigley rocked Nash with a right hand on top of Nash's head that dropped him to his knees.  Nash was able to recover from that knockdown but a few seconds later, Quigley landed a powerful left-right combination that sent Nash crashing to the canvas.  Referee Freddy Corritone did not have to finish the count before the bout was stopped at 2:33.

Quigley remains undefeated with a record of 15-0, 14 KO's while Nash falls to 10-39-1, two KO's.  The fact that Quigley registered a Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year candidate is even more impressive considering that three weeks prior to the bout, Quigley was hit by a truck while doing roadwork in preparation for the bout.  Quigley, fortunately, suffered only minor injuries.

The co-feature saw Jeter Promotions signee Steve Weimer of York, PA score a ruthless first-round stoppage of Damian Archer of Zebulon, NC.  Weimer jumped on Archer early, pummeling him into a neutral corner.  Referee Alisha Daniels saw enough and the bout was stopped at just 34 seconds.  Weimer is now 11-0, three KO's while Archer is 0-2.

In the only bout on the card to go the distance, undefeated Clinton, MD lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy won a four-round unanimous decision over Stephon McIntyre of Atlanta, GA in a rematch of a bout that took place two months ago in the same location.  In this rematch, Breedy was more aggressive early in the contest and took the fight to his opponent.  McIntyre's offensive attempts decreased during the contest and Breedy would go on to win by a 40-36 shutout on all three scorecards. Breedy is now 7-0, four KO's while McIntyre is 2-21-2.

Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco Bustos scored a second-round TKO over Corey Macon of Durham, NC. Bustos ended a rather strange second round that saw both boxers and the referee trip and fall over each other throughout. Midway through the round, Bustos landed a solid left hand that sent Macon reeling. Referee Corritone saw the damage and moved in to check Macon's condition. As he moved forward, Corritone tripped over the charging Bustos and fell. As Corritone recovered, Bustos continued to punish Macon before Corritone stopped the contest at 2:11.  Bustos remains undefeated at 5-0, three KO's while Macon falls to 0-2-1.

Palmer Park, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls won by first-round TKO in bizarre fashion when Speed Rawls and his opponent, David Perez of Pittsburgh, PA clashed heads.  Perez dropped to his knees and could not continue.  The bout was stopped at 2:12.  Speed Rawls is now 7-0-1, five KO's while Perez remains winless at 0-5-1.

In the opening contest, Jesus "Nightmare" Saucedo of York, PA brutalized veteran Shane Gierke of Youngstown, OH for three rounds before the bout was stopped at 1:04 of the third. Saucedo, returning to the ring after an almost four-year absence, pummeled Gierke with head and body shots, knocking Gierke down three times before the bout was stopped.  Saucedo's record rises to 5-2-1, two KO's while Gierke drops to 5-41-2, four KO's.

We talked to both Gerome Quigley and Cobia Breedy after their wins.

Grayton Suffers Second-Round Knockout Loss In Montreal!

Washington, DC welterweight David "Day Day" Grayton suffered his first loss of his pro career Saturday night as he was stopped in the second round by fellow undefeated boxer Bryant "Goodfella" Perrella of Fort Myers, FL at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The bout was televised live on ESPN.

Grayton had difficulty finding the range against the taller Perrella.  He could not get inside as Perrella used his height very well.  Perrella rocked Grayton midway through the second round and scored two knockdowns before the bout was stopped at 2:19.

Grayton is now 14-1, 10 KO's while Perrella remains undefeated at 14-0, 13 KO's.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016!

So many words have been -- and will be -- said about the life and times of Muhammad Ali.  I have decided that this will be a rememberance, not an obituary.

I can remember four times where Mr. Ali came to the Beltway area and touched my life and many, many others.

1. April 30, 1976 -- Mr. Ali defended his heavyweight title for the first time in the Beltway when he defeated Jimmy Young at the Capital Centre in Largo, MD.  The bout wasn't one of his best outings but he did get a knockdown as he went on to a 15-round unanimous decision.  Even though, this was nowhere near the prime Ali, to have him compete in my home area was a thrill.

2. May 16, 1977 -- Mr. Ali made his second defense of his world title at the Capital Centre against Alfredo Evangelista. One of the most special days of my life.  I was 13 years old and my father picked me up from school and said "I have a surprise for you."  As we were driving, I noticed we had past our house.  Next thing I know, we are at the Capital Centre and I remember the fact that Ali was fighting tonight.  Again, Mr. Ali was nowhere near his prime but to see him in person -- in my first live boxing card ever -- was a thrill that has stayed with me always.

3. October 11, 1995 -- Another special night for me personally, my very first Fight Night -- Fight For Children, the annual charity event that takes place at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.  There were legends galore that night -- Carmen Basilio, Joe Frazier, Kid Gavilan, Jake La Motta, Archie Moore, Floyd Patterson, Ingemar Johannsen, Willie Pep, Sandy Saddler.  I had the pleasure of interviewing most of those legends.

However, I will never forget what ring announcer Michael Buffer said after announcing all of those legends to the packed ballroom that night -- "And there was another."

As Mr. Ali made his way to the ring, the crowd exploded with the familiar "Ali, Ali, Ali" chants.  I get chills to this day just thinking about this.  What a fantastic moment.

4. June 11, 2005 -- This was the night at the MCI (now Verizon Center) where Mike Tyson fought his final bout. However, Laila Ali was on the card and she stopped Erin Toughill in the third round.  Mr. Ali was in attendance that night and was so proud of his daughter.  The packed house once again, shook with the "Ali" chant after he was introduced to the crowd.

We should all feel very blessed that we got to share the same universe at the same time with this wonderful man.  Although I have written this through many tears, I know full well that Muhammad Ali's life is TRULY one to be celebrated!  Rest well, champ.

June 4 Card In Springfield Is Now Complete!

The Jeter Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA is now complete.  Here is the lineup:

Undefeated Gaithersburg, MD super welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley will be in a six-round bout against veteran Reggie "Two-Gun" Nash of Grand Rapids, MI.  Quigley (14-0, 13 KO's) last fought on the April 9 Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex and scored a first-round knockout over Dennis Sharpe.  Nash (10-38-1, two KO's) has lost 11 in a row including a first-round TKO loss to Seth Billups in his last outing on September 26 in Norfolk, VA.  Nash also lost to Beltway Boxers Todd Wilson and Dusty Hernandez Harrison during the losing streak.

Glenarden, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls will be in a scheduled six-round bout when he takes on David Perez of Pittsburgh, PA.  Speed Rawls (6-0-1, four KO's) scored a six-round TKO over Benjamin Olinga on the April 9 card in Springfield, VA.  Perez (0-4-1) just fought a week ago on May 27 and battled James Brown to a four-round draw in Indianapolis, IN.

In four-round bouts, Forestville, MD lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy will battle veteran Stephon McIntyre of Jonesboro, GA in a rematch.  Breedy (6-0, four KO's) and McIntyre (2-20-2) met on the April 9 show in Springfield and Breedy won a four-round unanimous decision. Breedy has not fought since that bout while McIntyre lost a four-round unanimous decision to Carlos Adame, Jr. on May 24 in Dallas, TX.

Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco Bustos looks to remain undefeated when he squares off against Cory Macon of Durham, NC.  Bustos (4-0, two KO's) won a tough, four-round split decision over Darryl Watkins on the April 9 card. Macon (0-1-1) lost by second-round TKO to Joseph Jackson on December 12 in Greensboro, NC.

In a featherweight contest, Marq "Monster" Johns of Fort Washington, MD will take on debuting Isaiah Stubbs.  Johns (7-1-1, six KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Alan Beeman on the April 9 card.

Jeter Promotions signee Stevie Weimer of York, PA returns to action in a four-round contest against Damian Archer of Wilson, NC.  Weimer (10-0, two KO's) also fought his last bout on the April 9 card and won a four-round unanimous decision over Joseph Figueroa.  Archer (0-1) lost by first-round TKO to Courtney Blocker in his pro debut in June of 2015 in Charlotte, NC.

Philadelphia, PA lightweight Joshua Jones will face the debuting Rakim Cox in another four-round encounter.  Jones (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on April 30 in Saint George, UT and scored a third-round TKO over Jason Thompson.

Also on the card, Jesus Saucedo of York, PA returns to action after an almost four-year absence when he competes in a four-round welterweight bout against Shane Gierke of Youngstown, OH.  Saucedo (4-2-1, one KO) has not fought since losing a four-round majority decision to David Warren Huffman in December of 2012 in York.  Gierke (5-40-2, four KO's) will be looking to break an 18-bout losing streak. Gierke last fought on October 16 and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Eric Palmer in Morgantown, WVA.

Here is the scale watch for the card:

Gerome Quigley 155 vs. Reggie Nash (will weigh-in on Saturday)

Stevie Weimer 147 vs. Damian Archer 146

Cobia Breedy 133 vs. Stephon McIntyre 133

Francisco Bustos 160 vs. Cory Macon 156

Marq Johns 128 vs. Isaiah Stubbs 129

Drayvontay Speed Rawls 139 vs. David Perez 143

Joshua Jones 138 vs. Rakim Cox 144

Jesus Saucedo 145 vs. Shane Gierke (will weigh-in on Saturday)

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Grayton Weighs 146 For Nationally-Televised 10-Round Bout In Montreal!

David Grayton weighed in at 146 pounds for his 10-round contest Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The bout will be shown live on ESPN beginning at 11 PM ET.  Grayton's opponent, Bryant Perrella, also weighed in at 146.

Davis Remains Undefeated With First-Round Knockout In Florida!

Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis scored a first-round knockout of veteran Mario "Huracan" Macias Rorozco tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL.

Davis hit Rorozco with a right hook on the ear that stunned Rorozco and dropped him to the canvas.  Rorozco could not beat the count and the bout was stopped at 41 seconds.

Davis remains undefeated with a record of 16-0, 15 KO's. Rorozco falls to 28-19, 14 KO's.

Davis, Moore Hit Scales In Florida and New York!

Gervonta Davis and Marquis Moore weighed in for their bouts in two locations on Friday.

Davis weighed in at 136 pounds for his eight-round contest against Mario Macias Rorozco at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL.  Rorozco tipped the scales at 133 pounds.  The bout will be shown on Spike TV tonight at 9 PM ET.

Moore weighed in at 167 1/2 pounds for his four-round bout against Turner Williams at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.  Williams weighed 165 1/2.