Beltway Boxing 2016 -- Rookie Of The Year
Our top rookie had one of the busiest first years in recent memory, fighting seven times in a five-month period. His first four bouts were in a three-week time span. Also, all seven wins were by knockout.
(Award designs by Ross Molovinsky)
The 2016 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year is:
Mack "Papi"Allison IV, super featherweight, 7-0, seven KO's, Baltimore, MD
The 19-year-old super featherweight did not begin his pro career until July 16th when he scored a first-round TKO over Brian Raglin in Norfolk, VA. Allison would fight three times in a 13-day period in July winning all three bouts by first-round knockout. Most of Allison's bouts took place in North Carolina before he would fight in the Beltway for the first time, winning by third-round knockout over Rodger Williams in Springfield, VA on December 10. Allison is starting slowly but starting to get more rounds in. The future looks bright.
Beltway Boxing 2016 -- Prospect Of The Year
This year, we had numerous prospects make considerable movements in their young careers. This is why this category was the hardest to select. In the end, we couldn't select just one as three men made significant moves to position themselves for a solid 2017.
The 2016 Beltway Boxing Prospects Of The Year are:
Mykal "The Professor" Fox, 12-0, four KO's, Forestville, MD
Travis "Seveer" Reeves, 13-2-2, seven KO's, Baltimore, MD
Lamont Roach, Jr., 12-0, four KO's, Upper Marlboro, MD
Fox fought four times in 2016, progressing nicely throughout the year. On February 27, Fox won a six-round unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda at the Washington Convention Center. Four months later, Fox had a shutout victory over tough veteran Jose Valderrama in Bethlehem, PA. As Fox advanced into scheduled eight-round bouts, Fox's performances got even more dominant as he scored impressive knockout victories over Somner Martin and Juan Rodriguez.
Reeves only fought twice in 2016 but both bouts were for minor titles and has put him in position for bigger events in 2017. Reeves won the Maryland State Cruiserweight title with a seventh-round TKO over Larry Pryor on May 14th in Timonium, MD. On November 12th, Reeves scored an impressive second-round TKO over Aaron Quattrocchi in Baltimore. Reeves is looking at an International Cruiserweight title shot in the IBO in the first quarter of 2017.
Roach used 2016 to move into the eight-rounders for the first time where he was very successful. After an eight-round unanimous decision over Jesus Lule on March 5 at the DC Armory, Roach went on the road and scored two great victories -- an eight-round unanimous decision on May 7 over Jose Esquivel in Las Vegas, NV and an impressive third-round TKO over Mario Macias in Los Angeles, CA. Roach is looking at a breakout year in 2017.
Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year - 2016
The Bout of the Year was an impressive showing between two young prospects that showed a lot of talent and grit from both men.
The 2016 Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year is:
Jordan White, six-round unanimous decision over Jose Elizondo, November 5, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD.
The 19-year-old White was participating in his first six-round contest after just three bouts. The DC native was able to knock Elizondo, a native of Mexico, down twice in the first two rounds. The first knockdown happened with less than 10 seconds in the first round while the second happened in the second round as White landed a punch while Elizondo seemed to lose his footing. From that point on, the two men battled fiercely for the remainder of the contest. White won the bout by scores of 57-55 (twice) and 58-55. White, raised his record to 4-0, three KO's. Elizondo also competing in a six-round contest for the first time, fell to 2-2.
We will have the rest of the awards this weekend.