Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves won the vacant USBO Light Heavyweight championship with a stunning second-round knockout of previously undefeated Aaron "Quiet Storm" Quattrochi of Follansbee, WVA in front of a packed house at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. The bout was the main event of the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card.
After a feeling-out first round, Reeves, who dropped down from cruiserweight, jumped on Quattrochi early in the second round and landed crushing lefts and rights that dropped Quattrochi to the canvas. Referee Kenny Chevalier waived the bout off at 1:06 of the second round.
Reeves has won his last 10 bouts and has knocked out his last four opponents. Reeves is now 13-2-2, seven KO's. Quattrochi falls to 10-1-1, five KO's.
In the co-feature, Baltimore middleweight Stephen "The Surgeon" Morris won a four-round majority decision over the debuting Gregory "Glizzy" Clark of Washington, DC. Morris started the bout off very quickly as he tried to rush Clark. However, the native of the Nation's Capitol held off the Charm City charge and stayed strong in the contest, having a solid second round. Morris was slightly more active in the second half of the contest and got the victory. Judges John Gradowski and Paul Wallace saw the bout for Morris 39-37 while judge Brent Bovell scored the bout a draw at 38-38. Morris goes the distance for the first time in his young pro career and he is now 4-0, three KO's.
Randallstown, MD middleweight Jeffrey "The Gladiator" McCalla scored a third-round TKO over veteran Jose Valderrama of Manati, Puerto Rico. McCalla was very aggressive in the first round landing left hands to the body and rights to the head. Two right hands to the body dropped Valderrama twice in the first round.
However, in the second round, Valderrama was able to land a solid right hand of his own that nearly dropped McCalla. The Maryland native was able to stay on his feet and get out of the round. In the third, McCalla ramped up his aggressiveness and the right hand came into play again as he landed crushing shots to the body and the head that forced referee Brent Bovell to stop the contest at 1:22. McCalla remains perfect at 4-0, four KO's while Valderrama drops to 5-17, three KO's.
In an all-Maryland light heavyweight contest, Devin Butcher of Baltimore won a four-round unanimous decision over Eric "The Immortal" Govan of Germantown. Govan started off very quickly in the first round as he landed a long left jab. However, Butcher was able to get inside Govan's jab throughout the contest and score with shots inside. Butcher stayed in control for the bulk of the contest until midway through the fourth round when Govan landed a stunning right hand that dropped Butcher to the canvas. Butcher was able to hang on to win the contest by scores of 38-37 across the board.
Butcher raises his record to 6-1, three KO's while Govan drops to 5-2, three KO's.
In other bouts on the card, lightweight Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev of Brooklyn, NY by way of Derbent, Russia won a six-round unanimous decision over a very tough Moises Delgadillo of Guadalajara, Mexico. Gadzhialiyev hit Delgadillo with seemingly every punch in the book. Gadzhialiyev landed multi-punch combinations on numerous occasions but Delgadillo stayed in the fire throughout the bout. Gadzhialiyev lost a point in the fifth round from referee Dave Braslow for a low blow but was in no danger of losing the contest. Gadzhialiyev won the bout by scores of 58-55 and 59-54 (twice). Gadzhialiyev is now 3-0 while Delgadillo is 16-17-2, nine KO's.
Debuting welterweight Valdemir Pierre of New York City won a four-round split decision over equally debuting Jonathan Baxter of Washington, DC. Baxter started off quickly but his output faded in the second half of the round. Pierre took control of the contest and went on to the victory. Judge John Gradowski scored the bout for Baxter, 39-37 while judges Paul Wallace and Kenny Chevalier scored the bout the same for Pierre.
Las Vegas, NV middleweight Taylor Paige made a crushing pro debut with a first-round TKO of Charles Carroll of the Bronx, NY who was making his pro debut as well. Paige landed a right hand to the body followed by a left-right combination to the head to drop Carroll. Referee Chevalier stopped the contest at 1:05.
In the opening contest, heavyweight Ruslan Shamalov of Brooklyn, NY by way of Cherkessk, Russia scored a second-round TKO over Rex Harris of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Shamalov landed thunderous right hands to Harris's head late in the second round. Harris never went down but the damage was bad enough to force referee Brent Bovell to stop the bout at 2:58 of the round. Shamalov is now 2-0, two KO's. Harris drops to 3-4-2, two KO's.
The matchmaker for the card was "The Boxing Diva" Renee Aiken. The ring announcer was DC Boxing Hall of Famer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.