Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Balogun Heads To Florida For Friday Fight!

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun returns to action on Friday, May 26th in a six-round contest against veteran Terrence "Big Jim" Marbra of St. Petersburg, FL at the Boca Raton Hotel and Club in Boca Raton, FL.  This will be Balogun's first contest outside the Beltway.

Balogun (10-0, eight KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Grover Young in his last outing on April 29th at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  Marbra (8-4, six KO's) last fought on July 15th and lost a six-round unanimous decision to Justin Jones in Tunica, MS.

PVA To Send 15 Boxers To Junior Olympic Nationals!

The Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing will be sending 15 locals to the Junior Olympic Youth Open and Prep National Championships that will take place June 26-July 1 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WVA.

Here are the members of the PVA Team that earned their berths this past Saturday in Salisbury, MD:

11/12 Age Group:

65 Pounds:  Cardarius Johnson (Headbangers)

80 Pounds:  Marcell Steele (Keystone)

85 Pounds:  Jeremiah Jimison (Oxon Hill),

90 Pounds:  Kaliq Harrison (LyfeStyle)

13/14

85 Pounds:  Lonzo Malcolm (Keystone)

90 Pounds:  Jordan Roach (No Xcuse)

95 Pounds:  Sam Edmonds (HeadBangers)

106 Pounds:  Tyreek Williams (Next Up)

110 Pounds:  Deon Giles (No Xcuse)

114 Pounds: Jalil Hackett (Enigma)

15/16

90 Pounds: Jamal Harvey (Oxon Hill)

101 Pounds:  Ragahleek Bartee (LyfeStyle)

106 Pounds:  Lamar Odom (LyfeStyle)

154 Pounds:  Brian Perry (Woodland Tigers)

165 Pounds: Michael Tymas (No Xcuse)




Monday, May 22, 2017

Recap Of A Very Busy Beltway Saturday!

The Beltway Boxing action that took place on Saturday, May 20th wasn't confined to the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill or the Copperbox Arena in London, England.  There were a number of Beltway Boxers involved in action throughout the country.

Let's start at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC where the ageless wonder and former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley captured the vacant UBF All-America Welterweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over former WBA Super Lightweight champion "Vicious" Vivian Harris of Brooklyn, NY.  In a bout promoters said should have happened 10 or 15 years ago, Corley took the bout by scores of 95-92 and 94-93 (twice). Corley raises his record to 49-28-1, 28 KO's.  Harris falls to 32-12-2, 19 KO's.

On the same card, Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez lost for the first time in his pro career, dropping an eight-round unanimous decision to "Mr. Marvelous" Maynard Allison of Siler City, NC.  Allison won the bout by 79-73 across the board to capture the UBF All-America Lightweight title.  Hernandez is now 9-1, five KO's.  Allison's record rises to 8-1, five KO's.

Meanwhile at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, TX,  Landover, MD featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White suffered his first pro loss by a six-round unanimous decision to fellow undefeated boxer Adam Lopez of Glendale, CA in a bout that was shown on FS1.  The White camp told ProAm Fight Talk's Juan Marshall that White broke his left hand in the first round and was hampered the rest of the way.  White would lose by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-54.  White drops to 4-1, three KO's while Lopez is now 7-0, three KO's.

A further postscript on what took place during the co-feature at MGM National Harbor.  Leon Lawson, Jr., the uncle of Andre Dirrell who threw a punch at Dirrell's opponent, Jose Uzcategui after Uzcategui was disqualified for landing an after-the-bell punch that knocked out Dirrell, has been indefinitely suspended by the World Boxing Council for his actions.  According to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, the WBC has suspended Lawson from participating in any WBC-sanctioned fight "in any form or manner."  Lawson is still wanted by local police for his actions.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Russell Retains WBC Featherweight Title!

“Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. scored a seventh-round TKO over a very game Oscar Escandon of Tolima, Colombia to keep his WBC Super Featherweight championship in the main event of the TGB Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. Russell was in complete control of the contest, dropping Escandon with a solid shot in the third round. The smaller Escandon tried to generate offense but was overpowered by the speed and accuracy of the champion. In the seventh round, Russell rocked Escandon with lefts and rights that sent Escandon into the ropes. Referee Harvey Dock stopped the contest at 59 seconds of the seventh. Russell is now 28-1, 17 KO’s while Escandon is now 25-3, 17 KO’s.

In a bout that ended in a crazy scene, Flint, MI super middleweight Andre Dirrell won the Interim IBF Super Middleweight title by eighth-round disqualification over Jose Uzcategui of Merida, Venezuela. Uzcategui seemed to be in control of the bout until the eighth round when, after the bell rang, Uzcategui landed a crushing left hand that dropped Dirrell face first to the canvas. Referee Bill Clancy immediately ruled the punch came after the bell and Dirrell was awarded the victory. A number of altercations took place in and out of the ring including a member of Dirrell’s corner striking Uzcategui in his own corner after the bout. Dirrell is now 26-2, 16 KO’s while Uzcategui falls to 26-2, 22 KO’s.

Former two-time world champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy and won a 12-round unanimous decision over Kiryl Relikh of Minsk,Belarus to become the top WBA contender in the Super Lightweight division. Relikh seemed outwork Barthelemy throughout the contest and was credited with a knockdown by referee Kenny Chevalier in the fifth round. Barthelemey would land a solid left hook to the body that dropped Relikh late in the eighth round. However, the judges saw Barthelemy winning the contest. John Gradowski scored the bout 116-110. Judge Henry Gant saw it 115-111 and Don Risher saw the bout 117-109. Barthelemy remains undefeated at 26-0, 13 KO’s and Relikh is now 25-3, 16 KO’s.

Davis Defends IBF Title With Brutal Third-Round TKO!

Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis successfully defended his IBF Super Featherweight title with a brutal third-round stoppage of mandatory challenger Liam Walsh of England tonight at the Copperbox Arena in London, England.

Davis imposed his will on the slightly-taller Walsh and subsequently broke the challenger down in front of his home fans throughout the bout.  Davis would knock Walsh down with an overhand right in the first minute of the third round before the bout was stopped at 1:11 seconds.

Davis is now 18-0, 17 KO's while Walsh loses for the first time and he is now 21-1, 14 KO's.



Marin Remains Undefeated With Unanimous Decision!

Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over 100-fight veteran German "Panteonero" Meraz of Agua Prieta, MX in the final undercard bout at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.

Marin spent the majority of the contest cutting the ring off on Meraz and landing crisp hook shots and uppercuts.  Meraz was in no danger of being knocked down but he was unable to generrate any offense.  Marin won by shutout on all three scorecards, 60-54 to, raise his record to 13-0, nine KO's. Meraz is now 55-44-1, 32 KO's, one NC.

We are in an intermission as we get ready for the televised contests.

Antonio Russell Stops Fuentes In Three!

Gary Antonio Russell has scored a third-round TKO Jovany Fuentes of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. After a relatively close first round, Russell was able to drop Fuentes late in the second round with a solid left hook to the body followed by a right uppercut.  Russell finished the contest early in the third round when he dropped Fuentes with a vicious right hook.  Referee Brent Bovell stopped the bout at 22 seconds of the third.

Russell remains undefeated with a record of 8-0, five KO's while Fuentes drops to 7-9, six KO's.

Next up, bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin of Rockville, MD by way of Romania (12-0, nine KO's) will take on German Meraz of Agua Prieta, Mexico (52-43-1, 32 KO's, one NC) in a scheduled six-round bout.

Antuanne Russell Wins Pro Debut!

Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne "The Last" Russell made short work of Joshua Ross of Monroe, LA in his pro debut.  The 2016 US Olympian dropped Ross with a straight left hand midway through the first round then landed a series of shots that dropped Ross two more times before referee Bill Clancy stopped the contest at 2:25 of the first round.

Ross is now 2-4-4.

Antonio "Another" Russell (7-0, five KO's) is heading to the ring to face Jovany Fuentes of Bayamon, Puerto Rico (7-8, six KO's) in a scheduled six -round super bantamweight bout.

Breedy Wins Unanimous Decision!

Clinton, MD featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy has won the opening contest today at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD capturing a six-round unanimous decision over a game Wilfredo Garrica of Ponce, PR.

Breedy managed to land some solid shots throughout the contest but took some hard shots from Garrica at times.  Breedy won the bout by scores of 59-55 twice and 58-56.  Breedy remains undefeated at 9-0, three KO's.  Garrica drops to 3-7-1, two KO's.
Now in the ring, the pro debut of Gary Antuanne "The Last" Russell as he takes on Joshua Ross of Monroe, LA (2-3-4). 


Breedy Begins Card From MGM National Harbor Casino!

Hi again everyone!  We are back at the MGM National Harbor Casino card in Oxon Hill, MD for the TGB Promotions card.

Action is already in the ring as undefeated Clinton, MD featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy (8-0, three KO's) is battling Wilfredo Garrica of Ponce, PR (3-6-1, two KO's) in a six-round contest.

The majority of Beltway Boxers will be on the undercard that will go on up until the Gervonta Davis-Liam Walsh contest that will kick off the Showtime telecast at six PM ET.

Beltway Boxers Vie For Regional Straps In Raleigh!

Two Beltway Boxers will try to win minor regional championships Saturday on a card at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.

In a battle of experienced former world champions, former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley of Washington, DC will battle former WBA Super Lightweight titleholder "Vicious" Vivian Harris in a 10-round bout for the vacant UBF All-Americas Welterweight title.

Corley (48-28-1, 28 KO's) had a four-bout winning streak snapped in his last outing when he dropped a controversial 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated prospect Jovanie Santiago on April 7th in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.  Corley dropped Santiago during the contest, which was for the UBF International Super Lightweight title.

Harris (32-11-2, 19 KO's) has not fought since being knocked out in the fourth round by Prichard Colon in September of 2015 in Toronto, Canada.  Harris will be looking to break a two-bout losing streak.

Also on the card, undefeated Leesburg, VA super lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez will take the biggest step of his young career when he faces "Mr. Marvelous" Maynard Allison of Siler City, NC in a 10-round bout for the vacant UBF All-Americas Lightweight title.  Hernandez (9-0, five KO's) last fought on December 10th and won a six-round unanimous decision over Roy Garcia in Springfield, VA. 

Allison (7-1, five KO's) has won two straight since suffering his only loss to Ladarius Miller on September 16th in Las Vegas, NV. In his last outing, Allison won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Joseph Figueroa on April 8th in Greensboro, NC.  Neither boxer in this bout has gone past six rounds.

J. Davis Scores Seventh-Round TKO In Philly Main Event; Rodriguez Drops Six-Round Decision!

Washington, DC super featherweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis notched a big win Friday night when he stopped Carlos Rosario of Pennsauken, NJ in the seventh round at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Despite being out of action since November of 2015, Davis was in complete control of the contest.  Davis knocked Rosario down in the second and sixth rounds then battered Rosario enough in the seventh round to force referee Gary Rosato to stop the bout at 1:49.  Davis raises his record to 11-1, five KO's while Rosario falls to 7-2, four KO's.

Also on the card, Manassas, VA super lightweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Tyrone Crawley of Philadelphia.  Rodriquez got off to a good start in the first round but Crawley was able to adjust and gain control of the rest of the contest.  Crawley won by scores of 59-55 and 60-54 (twice).  Rodriguez is now 7-7-1, five KO's while Crawley remains undefeated at 7-0.

White Weighs 124 For Texas Six-Rounder!




Jordan White tipped the scales at 124 pounds for his six-round contest Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, TX.  White's opponent, Adam Lopez, also weighed in at 124.

The bout is part of a card that will be shown on FS1 tonight beginning at 10 PM ET.  However, no word on whether White's bout will be shown.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weights From National Harbor!

Here is the scale watch for the TGB Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD:

Gary Russell, Jr. 125 1/2 vs. Oscar Escandon 125 3/4
(WBC Featherweight Championship)

Andre Dirrell 167 1/2 vs. Jose Uzcategui 166 1/2
(Interim IBF Super Middleweight Championship)

Rances Barthelemy 139 1/2 vs. Kiryl Rehlik 139 1/2
(WBA Super Lightweight Eliminator)

Alexandru Marin 122.2 vs. German Meraz 120.8

Antonio Russell 119.6 vs. Jovany Fuentes 120.6

Antuanne Russell 137.6 vs. Joshua Ross 139.2

Cobia Breedy 133 vs. Wilfredo Garrica 133.2

The doors open at 3:30 PM and the first bout begins at 4 PM.  The Showtime televised bouts will begin right after the Gervonta Davis-Liam Walsh bout ends in London, England also on Showtime.


G. Davis, Walsh Hit Scales In London!


It took more than one try but Gervonta Davis hit the 130-pound weight limit for his IBF Super Featherweight championship title defense against Liam Walsh on Saturday at the Copperbox Arena in London, England.

On the first try, Davis missed by two ounces.  By IBF rules, Davis had two hours to shed the extra weight and did that ninety minutes later.   Walsh weighed in at 130 as well.

The bout begins the Showtime split-site telecast at 6 PM ET.  Those of you attending the card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD will be able to watch the bout on the screens.

J.Davis, Rodriguez Hit Scales In Philadelphia!

Joshua Davis and Juan Rodriguez weighed in for their Friday bouts at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Davis hit the scales at 131.5 for his eight-round main event against Carlos Rosario, who tipped the scales at 130.7.  Rodriguez weighed in at 139.3 for his six-round contest against Tyrone Crawley, came in at 143.6.

Ballard Captures USNBC Super Middleweight Title With Tough Unanimous Decision!

Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard won a 10-round unanimous decision over late sub Adrian Luna of Mexico to capture the WBC USNBC Super Middleweight championship Thursday at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ.  The bout was shown on ESPN2.

Ballard dropped Luna in the second round with a counter left hand and had the bout in control.  However, Luna fought back gamely and landed some shots on Ballard.  Ballard was able to do enough to win the bout on the scorecards, 97-92 and 95-94 (twice).  Ballard remains undefeated at 17-0, 12 KO's while Luna falls to 20-5-1, 13 KO's.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ballard Tips Scales In Tucson!




D'Mitrius Ballard (left) and Adrian Luna hit the scales for their 10-round contest that will take place Thursday at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ.  Ballard weighed in at 167.4 pounds while Luna came in at 167.8 pounds.

The bout will be part of the ESPN2 Golden Boy Boxing telecast that will get underway at 10 PM ET.

Ballard Thursday Opponent Changes..Again; Davis and Rodriguez Compete on Friday Card In Philadelphia!

The opponent for undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard for his Thursday, May 18th nationally televised bout at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ has changed for a second time.  Ballard (16-0, 12 KO's) will now face Adrian Luna of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, in a 10-round bout.

Luna (20-4-1, 13 KO's) competes for the first time in the United States and has won two straight by sixth-round TKO including his stoppage of Raul Arellano on October 15th in Chipas, Mexico.  The bout will be televised on ESPN2.

On Friday, May 19th, Washington, DC super featherweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis will battle Carlos Rosario of Pennsauken, NJ in an eight-round main event contest at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Davis (10-1, four KO's) returns to action for the first time since November of 2015 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Justin Lopez in Cockeysville, MD.  Rosario (7-1, four KO's) comes off a third-round TKO over Lance Williams on March 11 in Philadelphia.

Also on the card, Manassas, VA super welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez will take on undefeated Tyrone Crawley of Philadelphia in a six-round bout.  Rodriguez (7-6-1, five KO's) broke a four-bout losing streak with a six-round split decision victory over David Gonzales on March 11 in Philadelphia.  Crawley (6-0) is the son of the legendary lightweight world title contender Tyrone "Butterfly" Crawley.  Crawley, Jr. comes off a six-round unanimous decision win over Alexander Charneco on July 9th in Trenton, NJ.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ballard Thursday Opponent Changes; White Added To Saturday Card in Texas!

The coming week of boxing received an unexpected boost as one Beltway Boxer had an unexpected boost while another prospect was added to a card.

The opponent for undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard has changed for his nationally televised (ESPN2) 10-round bout at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ on Thursday, May 18th.  Ballard will now face veteran Denis "Momma's Boy" Douglin of Marlboro, NJ.  Douglin (20-5, 13 KO's) will look to bounce back from suffering a tenth-round TKO against David Benavidez on August 5th in Philadelphia, PA.  Douglin replaces Ulises Sierra on the card.

Douglin suffered his first loss in the Beltway, dropping a third-round TKO to Doel Carrasquillo in February of 2011 in Salisbury, MD.  Douglin would also stop Beltway Boxer Julius Kennedy in the fourth-round in Philadelphia.

On Saturday, May 20th, undefeated DC bantamweight Jordan "Short Dog" White will be on a card at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, TX.  White (4-0, three KO's) will be in a six-round bout against fellow undefeated boxer Adam "Blunose" Lopez (6-0, three KO's) of Glendale, CA.  White is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Jose Elizondo on November 5 in Fort Washington, MD.  Lopez won a four-round unanimous decision over Adan Ochoa on April 15th in Burbank, CA.  Ochoa will be in a six-round contest for the first time in his young pro career.

The card will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and the White-Ochoa bout is a swing bout that could end up on the telecast, which begins at 10 PM ET.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Russell-Escandon, Davis-Walsh Schedule!




The schedule for what will take place on Saturday, May 20th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD is rather unique and needs some explanation.  You should know by now that there will be two Beltway Boxers defending their world titles in two separate locations and both bouts will be shown on Showtime. 

Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis defends his IBF Super Featherweight title against fellow undefeated boxer Liam Walsh of London, England at the Copperbox Arena in London. That bout will be followed by "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD defending his WBC Featherweight championship against Oscar Escandon of Colombia at the MGM National Harbor.

Here is how the schedule will play out on Saturday:

The doors will open at 3:45 PM ET and the first live bout at MGM will start at 4 PM.

The Davis-Walsh telecast begins at 6 PM and will be shown in the MGM Theater.

Immediately after the Davis-Walsh bout concludes, the three televised bouts will start at the MGM Theater. That includes the main event as well as the Interim IBF Super Middleweight World Championship between Andre Dirrell and  Jose Uzcategui plus two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy in a WBA 140-pound world title eliminator against Kiryl Relikh.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wallace, Clark Battle To Majority Draw In Glen Burnie!


(photo by Mike Greenhill)

Beltway middleweights "Dangerous" Donald Wallace and Gregory "Glizzy" Clark put on an entertaining bout as they battled to a six-round majority draw in the main event of the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Baltimore, MD native Wallace and Washington, DC's Clark put on a scientific card as each man spent time probing each other for openings and traded good jabs and combinations.  Neither man seemed to be able to take full control of the bout.  However, one of the judges, Steve Rados scored a shutout for Clark at 60-54.  The other two judges -- Brent Bovell and Paul Wallace -- saw the draw at 57-57.

Wallace's record is 2-0-1, one KO while Clark is now 2-1-1, one KO.

The co-feature saw undefeated Chantilly, VA lightweight Matthew "Boogieman" Bowling put on an outstanding performance in winning a four-round unanimous decision over the returning Dwayne Martin of DC.  After winning his first four bouts by first-round TKO, Bowling proved he could easily go the distance as he was able to cut the ring off on Martin and land quick, precise combinations.  Martin, who was returning to the ring after a more than seven-year absence, was a game opponent but could not keep up with Bowling who won the bout by shutout (40-36) on all three judge's cards.  Bowling is now 5-0, four KO's while Martin falls to 2-2, one KO.

Also on the card, debuting Baltimore cruiserweight Desmond Townes battled to a four-round split decision draw with Martez Williamson of Alliance, OH.  Both men were unconventional in their movements in the contest as the taller Williamson gave up his height to Townes and made things difficult.  However, the inexperienced Townes could not take advantage.  Both men had a tough time landing quality shots.  Judge Kenny Chevalier scored the bout for Townes, 39-37 while judge Paul Wallace scored it 39-37 for Williamson.  Judge Steve Rados saw the draw at 38-38.  Williamson's record is now 3-18-1.

In the opening bout on the card, super lightweight Craig Callan of Winchester, VA won a four-round unanimous decision over Howard Thompson of Shelby, NC.  Callan was more active throughout the contest and won by shutout (40-36) on all three cards.  Callan is now 3-1, two KO's while Thompson is 0-2.

Jake Smith leads Baltimore Pro Boxing.  The matchmaker was Bryan Hagan.  The ring announcer was Baltimore radio personality Kirk McEwen.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Weights From Glen Burnie!

Here is the scale watch for the Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will take place on Friday, May 12th at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD:

Donald Wallace 162.2 vs. Gregory Clark 160.6

Drayvontay Speed-Rawls 141.6 vs. Evgueny Metchenov 137.8

Matthew Bowling 133.8 vs. Dwayne Martin 133.2

Craig Callen 145.2 vs. Howard Thompson 148.2

Desmond Townes 181.4 vs. Martez Williamson 182.8

The card is scheduled to begin at 8 PM.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 12th Card At Michael's Revamped!

The Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will take place on Friday, May 12th at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD has been revamped but still looks like a very interesting card.

The originally scheduled main event -- the NABA USA Cruiserweight title bout between Maryland boxers Nick Kisner and Alex Guerrero -- is off the card.  Kisner, the defending champion, suffered an injury in training.  However, the replacement main event should be a good one as Baltimore, MDsuper welterweight "Dangerous" Donald Wallace will take on Washington, DC's Gregory "Glizzy" Clark in a six-round contest.

Wallace (2-0, one KO) last fought on January 13th and won a six-round unanimous decision over Tahir Thomas at Michael's.  Clark (2-1, one KO) won by fourth-round TKO over Devin McMaster on April 4th in Bethlehem, PA.

In a four-round super lightweight contest, undefeated Glenarden, MD's Drayvontay Speed-Rawls will battle Evgueny Metchenov of Gaithersburg, MD.  Speed-Rawls (8-0-1, six KO's) stopped Rynell Griffin in the third round on March 25th in Washington, DC.  Metchenov, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, lost his pro debut on the March 30th card at Michael's, dropping a four-round split decision to Jahmal Dyer.

West Virginia lightweight Matthew "Boogieman" Bowling returns to action as he battles the returning Dwayne Martin of Laurel, MD in a four-round contest.  Bowling (4-0, four KO's) has scored first-round knockouts in all four of his bouts.  That includes his last outing on February 4th when he stopped Richardo Dejesus in Martinsburg, WVA.  Martin (2-1, one KO) competes for the first time since January of 2010 when he won a four-round majority decision over Darrell Martin at Michael's.

In a welterweight bout, Virginia's Craig Callan will face off with Howard Thompson of Shelby, NC.  Callan (2-1, two KO's) comes off a first-round TKO over Brian Otey on October 22nd in Winchester, VA.  Thompson lost his pro debut on April 29th, dropping a four-round unanimous decision to Pedro Martinez, Jr. in Charlotte, NC.

Debuting Baltimore cruiserweight Desmond Townes will battle veteran Martez Williamson of Akron, OH (3-18) in another four-round bout.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Beltway Boxers Return To Norfolk May 13th!

A number of Beltway Boxers will be participating on a Ponytail Promotions/Shabazz Brotherz card at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA on Saturday, May 13th.

There will be an all-Beltway four-round lightweight matchup between Leesburg, VA's Matthew Abregu and DC's Lamont White.  Abregu (4-0, three KO's) went the distance for the first time in his pro career in his last outing when he won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin Olinga on December 10th in Springfield, VA.  White (0-7) has never been knocked out and is coming off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Ernest Hall on March 30th in Glen Burnie, MD.

In a six-round super middleweight bout, Eric "The Immortal" Govan of Germantown, MD will take on Brandon Pennington of Virginia Beach, VA.  Govan (5-2, three KO's) will look to bounce back from a four-round unanimous decision loss to Devin Butcher on November 12th in Baltimore, MD.  Pennington (1-0) won his pro debut on December 10th in Springfield, VA capturing a four-round majority decision over Carlos Cruz.

There will be a six-round heavyweight rematch between Newport News, VA's Jerry "Slug" Forrest and Willis "The Prophet" Lockett of Takoma Park, MD.  Forrest (14-2, 12 KO's) won the first meeting between the two by four-round unanimous decision on August 25th in Virginia Beach, VA.  Forrest has not fought since that bout, however, Lockett (14-19-6, five KO's) fought to a six-round draw in his last outing on December 17th against Ed Lattimore in New Cumberland, WVA.

Other locals scheduled to be on the card are 2016 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year Mack "Papi" Allison IV of Baltimore, MD (7-0, seven KO's) and Seth "Killer B" Billups of Ashburn, VA (8-0, six KO's).  The card is scheduled to be headlined by veteran "Dangerous" Dorin Spivey of Portsmouth, VA (47-7, 33 KO's) in a six-round bout.  No word yet on opponents for these boxers.



Sunday, May 07, 2017

Keyshawn Davis Wins National Golden Gloves Championship!



Congratulations to Alexandria, VA's Keyshawn Davis who won the National Golden Gloves championship at 132 pounds Saturday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

Davis defeated Adrien Benton of California by a 4-1 decision to win the DC Region's first national Golden Gloves championship since Gary Antuanne Russell won a national title in 2014.

So for the first time since 2014, we can update this list of National Golden Gloves champions

1973 and 1974: Sugar Ray Leonard

1976: Louis "Heidi" Curtis

1978: William "Flip" Johnson

1979: Kenny "The Technician" Baysmore

1982: Warren "Chico" Thompson

1985: Eugene "Sonny" Speed

1986: Anthony Wilson

1988: Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson

1991: Melvin "Top Gun" Foster

1992: James Harris

1995: DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley

1995 and 1997: "Dangerous" Dana Rucker

1998: Lamont "Bay" Pearson

2001: Lamont Peterson

2003: Anthony Peterson

2005: "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr.

2010: Gary Allen Russell, David "Day-Day" Grayton

2011: Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed

2012: Gervonta "Rambo" Davis, D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard, "The King's Son" Jerry Odom

2013: Gary Antonio Russell, Lamont Roach, Jr.

2014: Gary Antuanne Russell

2017: Keyshawn Davis

To break this down a little bit, this list includes:

Two International Boxing Hall of Famers -- Sugar Ray Leonard and Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson

Six who have held professional world championships -- Leonard, Johnson, DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, Lamont Peterson, Gary Russell, Jr. and Gervonta Davis

Four United States Olympians -- Leonard, Louis "Heidi" Curtis,  Russell, Jr and Gary Antuanne Russell

Three brother combinations -- Johnson and James Harris, Lamont and Anthony Peterson and the Russell Family

Two boxers named Outstanding Boxer ("Golden Boy") of the National Tournament -- Jerry Odom (2012) and Gary Antonio Russell (2013)

Taylor Stopped In Five In Las Vegas!

Edgewood, MD welterweight Emanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor was stopped in the fifth round Saturday night by Argentinian Lucas Matthysse at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  The bout was part of the Pay-Per-View portion of Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. card.

Taylor was rocked late in the first round by a Matthysse right hand and continued his onslaught in the second round.  In the third, Matthysse dropped Taylor with another right hand after suffering a cut over his right eye because of an accidental head butt.   By the fifth round, Taylor had no chance to get back into the bout as Matthysse landed solid shots that forced referee Jay Nady to stop the contest at 2:21.

Taylor's record drops to 20-5, 14 KO's.  Matthysse, who was returning after a 19-month absence, is now 38-4, 35 KO's.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Davis Competes For National Golden Gloves Championship Saturday in Louisiana!

Alexandria, VA 132-pounder Keyshawn Davis is the DC Region's last hope for a National Golden Gloves championship.  Davis will vie for that title Saturday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

Davis won his semifinal bout with a 5-0 decision over Jonathan Rubio of California on Friday.  Davis will take on Adrien Benton of Cincinnati in the finals and try to be the first Beltway Boxer to win a National Golden Gloves championship since 2014.

Wilfredo Avelar of Germantown, MD lost his semifinal bout to Adam Ali at 141 pounds by a 5-0 decision.  Also, Keeshawn Williams lost in the semis at 152 pounds to Leon Lawson of Florida by a 5-0 decision.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Taylor, Matthyssee Weigh 147 For 10-Rounder In Las Vegas!

Emanuel Taylor and Lucas Matthyssee both weighed in at 147 pounds for their 10-round bout Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The bout will open the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast that will begin at 9 PM ET.

Three Locals Remain In National Golden Gloves!

Three local boxers are still in the competition to win National Golden Gloves honors at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

Wilfredo Avelar advanced to the semifinals of the 141-pound division with a 5-0 decision over Keenan Glaude of the Mid-South region.  Keeshawn Williams won his bout at 152 pounds with a 5-0 decision over Michael Calvin of the NY-Metro region .  Also, Keyshawn Davis is in the semis of the 132 pound division by way of a 5-0 victory over Jose Camacho of the Omaha region.

The tournament is over for Genc Pllana who lost his quarterfinal bout at 178 pounds by a 3-2 decision to Rafael Gaitan of Texas.  Also, Javon Campbell lost a 4-1 decision to Kevin Montano of California and Rasheed Wright fell to Tommy Robinson of Detroit by a 3-2 score at 114 pounds.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Five Locals Remain In National Golden Gloves Competition In Louisiana!

As they head into the quarterfinals of the 2017 National Golden Gloves at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA, five DC Region boxers remain in the competition.

Genc Pllana of Hagerstown, MD won his second bout in the 178-pound division with a 5-0 win over Derick Miller of Detroit.

Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA advanced with a 5-0 victory over Yamil Ortiz-Carrillo of Pennsylvania at 132 pounds.  Meanwhile, Javon Campbell of Raleigh, NC, won his first bout of the 123-pound competition on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over Aridis Duran of NY. 

At 141 Pounds, Wilfredo Avelar of Germantown, MD moved into the next round with a 3-2 decision over Efren Nieves of the New England region.  Keeshawn Williams of DC won his second contest at 152 pounds with a 3-2 win over Robert Mumford of Toledo, OH.

In other results, Steven Kelly of Fayetteville, NC lost his bid at 201 pounds by first-round TKO to Owen Saldana of Chicago, IL.  At 108 pounds, Julius White of DC lost a 5-0 decision to Salaam Gonzales of the Colorado-New Mexico Region. Rasheed Wright of DC dropped a 3-2 decision to Javionte Gaddy of Toledo at 114 Pounds.  Also, Malik Titus of Baltimore, MD lost a 5-0 decision at 201+ pounds to Jarod Anderson of Toledo.



Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Locals Win Bouts At National Golden Gloves!

DC Region boxers won three bouts during Tuesday's action at the National Golden Gloves at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA won his bout at 132 pounds defeating Jordon Pace of Texas by a 5-0 score.  Davis replaced Javon Campbell, who won the regionals last week.

DC's Keeshawn Williams advanced to the next round in the 152-pound division with a 5-0 win over Marcus Davidson of Kansas City, MO.

Hagerstown, MD's Genc Pllana won a 5-0 decision over Tayler Mears of the New England region to advance in the 178-pound division.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Isley Upset In First Round Of Golden Gloves Competition!

It has been very difficult finding early results of the 2017 National Golden Gloves from the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, LA.  The results we did find contain a huge shock for the DC Region team on Monday's opening day of competition.

Alexandria, VA's Troy Isley, who was one of the favorites to win the Beltway's first national championship since 2014, was upset in the first round of the 165-pound division by Joseph Hicks of Michigan.  Isley, who is ranked number two in the country at this weight class,  lost a 3-2 decision.

Germantown, MD's Wilfredo Avelar advanced to the next round of the 141-pound class with a 5-0 decision over Sir Tommy Sutton of Omaha, NB.

Ballard Competes In Nationally-Televised 10-Round Contest In Tucson, AZ!

Undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard will head into the biggest bout of his young pro career as he faces fellow undefeated boxer Ulises Sierra of San Diego, CA in a scheduled 10-round bout on Thursday, May 18th at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ.  The bout will be televised as the co-feature on a "Golden Boy Boxing" card on ESPN2 and is slated to be for the WBC USNBC Super Middleweight title.

Ballard (16-0, 12 KO's) has knocked out his last five opponents, including a fourth-round TKO over Zoltan Sera on March 11 in Verona, NY. Sierra (10-0-2, six KO's) won the California State Super Middleweight title with a first-round knockout over Jose Hernandez on July 16 in Lancaster, CA in his last outing.

Ballard has fought six straight guys with over -.500 records while Hernandez was the first boxer with a .500 or better record that Sierra has fought.