For the first time in almost seven years, professional boxing returns to Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Friday, January 13. The Pro-Am card will be promoted by Jake Smith's Baltimore Pro Boxing.
The card will be headlined by veteran Baltimore, MD super middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow who will take on undefeated Chauncey "GRIMM" Fields of Lynchburg, VA in an eight-round contest. Nicklow (25-8-3, eight KO's) competes for the first time since November of 2015 when he was stopped by Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the third round in Las Vegas, NV. Nicklow is undefeated in Maryland (24-0-3) and has competed all over the state but makes just his second appearance as a pro at Michael's. In June of 2009, Nicklow fought to an eight-round draw against John Mackey. Nicklow was the first BATB Rookie of the Year and his March 20th, 2010 victory over Scott Sigmon and his September 17, 2010 draw with Julius Kennedy were two of the three bouts chosen as Bout of the Year in 2010 (the third bout was Sigmon's win over Kennedy on December 11, 2010).
Fields (4-0, two KO's) also has an interesting history. As an amateur, he once fought at the 201-Pound division, losing a bout in Millersville, MD in 2013. As a pro, Fields never fought a four-round contest. All four of his contests have been scheduled six-rounders. That includes his last bout, a third-round TKO over the debuting Noe Quintanilla on December 10 in Greensboro, NC.
One other bout has been announced for this card -- an all-Maryland six-round super middleweight contest between "Dangerous" Donald Wallace of Baltimore and Tahir Thomas of Salisbury. Wallace (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on May 21 and scored a first-round TKO over the equally-debuting James Smith in Springfield, VA. Thomas (4-0-1, three KO's) has not fought since battling Antowyan Aikens to a six-round draw in Philadelphia, PA in November of 2015.
Also scheduled to appear on this card are Baltimore, MD super welterweight "Bazooka" Joey Veazey (1-0) and Baltimore-based veteran "The Amazing" Michael Gbenga (21-25, 20 KO's). There are also amateurs scheduled to appear on this card.
The last card to feature pro boxers at Michael's took place on April 2, 2010 during the highly successful "Ballroom Boxing"era promoted by the owners of Michael's, the late Senator Michael J. Wagner and his son, Scott.