Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hackett Catches Championship at Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open in Albuquerque!

Congratulations to Beltway amateur Jalil Hackett of Washington, DC who won a championship today at the Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open in Albuquerque, NM.

Hackett defeated Isaiah Garcia of Adelanto, CA to win the Intermediate 114-pound championship.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bout Sheet For Washington Golden Gloves Championships!.

This is the bout sheet for the Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals that will be held on Saturday, April 1 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Novice Division:

114 Pounds:  Luis Estrada (Dover Boxing) vs. Brandon Brockington (Headbangers)

123 Pounds:  DeAngelo McDonald (Tony's Gym) vs. Brient Rodriguez (Champions)

132 Pounds:  Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest) vs. DaJuan Concepcion (Headbangers)

141 Pounds:  Ian Simmons (Hillcrest) vs. Sean Cormier (Kicked-Up)

152 Pounds:  Davonte Warren (Odenton) vs. Darnell Pittman (Knowledge)

165 Pounds:  Tory Hilton (Unattached) vs. Elan Trombley (Headbangers)

178 Pounds:  Aziz Williams (MVJ Athletics) vs. Victor DeFreitas (Sugar Ray Leonard)

201+ Pounds: Justin Maggi (Simon Brown) vs. James McMurdo (Main Street)

Unopposed Champion:

201 Pounds:  Tyler Langer (Mack Lewis)

Open Division:  

114 Pounds:  Paul Jerry (Hillcrest) vs. Rasheed Wright (Headbangers)

123 Pounds:  Marcus Wright (Keystone) vs. D'Jon Brown (NOMIS)

132 Pounds: Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) vs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds:  Donnell Poe (Old School) vs. Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up) vs. Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard)

165 Pounds:  Ashton Sykes (Odenton) vs. Stephaun Hopps (Headbangers)

178 Pounds:  Genc Pllana (Simon Brown) vs. Keon Burroughs (Headbangers)

201 Pounds:  Shaka Williams (NOMIS) vs. Thomas Mottinger (Main Street)

201+ Pounds:  Nathaniel Copeland (Tony's Gym) vs. Malik Titus (Time 2 Grind)

The first bout begins at 7:30 PM ET.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Call 301-843-6165 for details.

If you can't make the event in person, we will have live blow-by-blow coverage on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android beginning at 7:25 PM ET. IOS listeners can hear the broadcast on the Boxing Along The Beltway pages on Spreaker.com and IHeartRadio.com.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Funeral Services For Montell Pridgett This Week In Baltimore!


The funeral services for Baltimore amateur boxer Montell Pridgett will be held this week.  The 24-year-old Pridgett was shot and killed on March 15th near his home.

Pridgett was a well-respected boxer who participated in numerous Washington Golden Gloves tournaments.

Mr. Pridgett's viewing will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at John L. Williams Funeral Home located at 4517 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore at 3 PM.

The funeral will be on Friday, March 24th at Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church at 4016 Park Heights Avenue at 10 AM.

BATB sends his deepest condolences to the Pridgett family and all who knew him.


Results From Second Washington Golden Gloves Semifinals!

Here are the results from the second semifinal contest at the 2017 Washington Golden Gloves held Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

16 Years, 119 Pounds (Championship): Nyah Smith (Dover Boxing) over Abbe Pannucci (Bowerhouse)

Novice Division Female Championship:

116 Pounds:  Emelyn Shea (MVJ Athletics) over Lydia Narayansamy (Baltimore Boxing)

132 Pounds: Sine'ad Schenk (Georgetown) over Nerissa Turner (Elite Boxing)

Novice Division:

123 Pounds: DeAngelo McDonald (Tony's Gym) over Anthony Dominelli (Fight Factory)

132 Pounds: Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest) over Omar Drakeford (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds: Sean Cormier (Kicked-Up) TKO-3 over Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds: Ian Simmons (Hillcrest) TKO-3 over Charles Scott, III (Charm City)

152 Pounds: Davonte Warren (Odenton) over Victor Williams (Raw Assassin)

165 Pounds:  Tory Hilton (Unattached) over Stefon Jordan (Champions)

178 Pounds: Victor DeFreitas (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Anthony Bryant, Jr. (Hillcrest)

178 Pounds: Aziz Williams (MVJ Athletics) over Lorenzo Jones (Fight Factory)

201+ Pounds: James McMurdo (Main Street) over Steven Sparks (Madhouse)

201+ Pounds: Justin Maggi (Simon Brown) TKO-3 over Christopher Conklin (Unattached)

Open Division:

123 Pounds: D'Jon Brown (NOMIS) over Jaqueem Hutcherson (Hillcrest) 

132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Andrew Barrett (Laurel)

141 Pounds: Donnell Poe (Old School) over Dionte Burts (Woodland)

152 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up) over Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds:  Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Champ Moultrie (Laurel)

178 Pounds: Genc Pllana (Simon Brown) over Leonard Poe (Hillcrest)

201+ Pounds: Malik Titus (Time 2 Grind) wins by walkover

The Washington Golden Gloves championships will be held on Saturday, April 1 at Rosecroft.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Also this reminder:  The Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves championships will be held Friday-Sunday, March 24-26 at the ABC Sports Complex (also known as the Annandale Boys and Girls Club).   For more information on both events, call 301-843-6165.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring Beltway Boxing Schedule!

Today's semifinal action at the Washington Golden Gloves at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD kicks off an extremely busy spring season of local, national and international Beltway Boxing.  There are numerous local events as well as boxers competing out of town and out of the country.  Here is the schedule as of today (bouts and events subject to change without notice):

Local Events: 

Friday-Saturday, March 24-26 -- Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves at ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, VA.

Saturday, March 25 -- GQ Promotions card at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Physical Activities Center, Washington, DC.

Thursday, March 30 -- Baltimore Pro Boxing Pro-Am card at Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD.

Saturday, April 1 -- Washington Golden Gloves Championships at Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD.

Saturday, April 8 -- Top Rank Boxing nationally-televised (HBO) card at MGM National Harbor Casino, Oxon Hill, MD.

Friday, April 14 -- Greg Cohen Promotions/Shabazz Brothers nationally-televised (Showtime) card at MGM National Harbor Casino.

Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 -- Junior Olympics local championship at Rosecroft Raceway.

Saturday, April 22 -- Regional Golden Gloves championships at Rosecroft Raceway.

Saturday, April 29 -- Victory Boxing pro card at ABC Sports Complex

Saturday, May 27 -- PBC Boxing card at MGM National Harbor Casino


Out-of-Town Bouts Featuring Beltway Boxers

Thursday, March 23 -- Malik Jackson in four-round contest at The Skylands, Randolph, NJ.

Friday, March 31 -- Mack Allison IV in bout at the 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA.

Saturday, April 1 -- Scott Sigmon battles Luis Arias in 12-round bout for USBA and WBC USNBC Middleweight titles at the Aldrich Arena, Maplewood, MN.

Saturday, April 1 -- Alando Pugh in four-round heavyweight bout against Donnie Palmer at the Palladium, Worcester, MA.

Saturday, April 22 -- Jerry Odom in eight-round super middleweight bout against Gabriel Pham at the Claridge Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ.

April 30-May 7 -- Winners from Regional Golden Gloves participate in National Golden Gloves in Lafayette, LA.

Saturday, May 6 -- Emmanuel Taylor in 10-round welterweight bout against Lucas Matthysse, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV.

Saturday, May 13 -- Matthew Abregu, Mack Allison IV, Eric Hernandez, Seth Billups, Renaldo Gaines and Benjamin Olinga participating on a Ponytail/Sho Nuff Promotions card at the Masonic Temple, Norfolk, VA.

Saturday, May 20 -- Gervonta Davis defends IBF Super Featherweight title against Liam Walsh at the Copper Box Arena, London, England









Grayton Battles In Technical Draw; Aleem Drops Unanimous Decision In Reading!

Beltway Boxers had tough outings in two nationally-televised (Bounce TV) bouts Friday night from the Santander Arena in Reading, PA.  DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton fought to a majority draw against former two-time world champion Kermit "Killer" Cintron of Reading in a bout that was stopped after five rounds.

After a tough first four rounds, Grayton seemed to finally get the advantage in the bout as he dropped Cintron early in the fifth with a right hand. However, later in the fifth, the two clashed heads and Cintron came away the worse for wear.  Referee Gary Rosato brought Cintron to see the doctor who ruled that Cintron could not continue.  The result went to the scorecards where one judge had Cintron winning 49-46 while the other two saw a draw at 47-47.

“I won that fight. I think he could have continued. I was in control of the fight, but I was in his hometown, and you know how that goes,"  Grayton told reporters after the contest.

With the draw, Grayton's record is now 15-1-1, 11 KO's while Cintron is now 39-5-3, 30 KO's.

In the opening bout of the telecast, junior middleweight Moshea "The Machine" Aleem of Richmond, VA lost a six-round unanimous decision to Chordale "The Gift" Booker of Brooklyn, NY.

Aleem started off well in the first two rounds, however by the mid-point of the contest, Booker's activity and accuracy picked up. Aleem did have his moments but it wasn't enough as the judges scored the bout 58-56 and 59-55 (twice).

Aleem loses for the first time and his record falls to 4-1-1, two KO's.  Booker remains undefeated and he is now 6-0, three KO's. Both men deserve credit as they took this bout on a week's notice and both men passed through six rounds for the first time.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Isley Falls in Chemistry Cup Semis In Germany!

Middleweight Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA lost his semifinal bout at the Chemistry Cup Tournament in Halle, Germany on Thursday. Isley dropped a tough 3-2 split decision to Max van Der Pas of the Netherlands.

Isley won his first Open international bout earlier in the week.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Grayton, Aleem Hit Scales In Reading, PA!


(Photo by Ryan Greene -- Premier Boxing Champions)

David Grayton and Moshea Aleem weighed in for their nationally-televised contests Friday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA.


Grayton (right) tipped the scales at 146 pounds for his 10-round co-feature contest against Kermit Cintron.  Cintron weighed in at 146.8.

Aleem weighed in at 152.4 pounds for his six-round encounter with Chordale Booker that will open the telecast.  Booker tipped the scales at 154.7 pounds.

The Bounce TV telecast gets underway at 9 PM ET.

Isley Wins First International Bout In Germany!

Congratulations to Alexandria, VA's Troy Isley who won his first Open Division international amateur contest on Wednesday at the Chemistry Cup tournament in Halle, Germany.  Isley, who is competing as a middleweight, won a split decision over Vladyslav Rolenko of the Ukraine.

Isley will head into the semifinals on Friday when he will battle Max van Der Pas of the Netherlands Isley was a member of the Washington Region team at the 2016 Golden Gloves and won a bout in Ireland in 2013 as part of the Belfast-Beltway Boxing classic.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Grayton-Cintron Bout To Be Televised; M. Aleem Also on Televised Portion Of Card!

 BATB recently told you about the Friday, March 17th bout between Washington, DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton and former two-time world champion Kermit "Killer" Cintron that will be held at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA. We can now tell you that the scheduled 10-round bout will be shown on the Bounce TV telecast that will begin at 9 PM ET.

The bout will be the co-feature contest on the King's Promotions card.  The main event will be a heavyweight contest between Travis "My Time" Kauffman of Reading and Amir "Hardcore" Mansour of Wilmington, DE.  That bout will be for the vacant WBC USNBC Heavyweight title and is scheduled for 12 rounds.

Opening the telecast will be Richmond, VA super welterweight Moshea Aleem who will take on equally undefeated Chordale Booker of Brooklyn, NY in a six-round encounter.  Aleem (4-0-1, two KO's) last fought on April 30th and battled to a four-round draw against Martez Jackson at the DC Armory.  Aleem is the older brother of newly crowned WBC Silver Middleweight champion Immanuwel Aleem.  Booker (5-0, three KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Andre Baker on February 18th in Greensboro, NC.

Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves Comes to Springfield March 24-26!

The 2017 Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves Championships will be held at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA Friday through Sunday, March 24th-March 26th.  The ABC Sports Complex (also known as the Annandale Boys and Girls Club) is located at 6728 Commercial Drive in Springfield.

On Friday, March 24th, the bouts begin at 7 PM.  Saturday, March 25th, the action gets underway at 6 PM and the championship finals will start on Sunday, March 26th at 1 PM.

Tickets will be on sale at the door -- Ringside Tickets cost $30 and General seating will be $20.

The winners from this event will head to Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on Saturday, April 22nd for the Regional finals where they will face off against the winners in the Washington/Maryland/Delaware championships, which will be held at Rosecroft on Saturday, April 1.

Washington Golden Gloves Second Semifinal Bout Sheet!

Here is the bout sheet for the second Washington Golden Gloves Semifinals that will be held on Saturday, March 18th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

16 Years, 119 Pounds (Championship): Nyah Smith (Dover Boxing) vs. Abbe Pannucci (Bowerhouse)

Unopposed Champion:

11, 115 Pounds:  Caroline Cruickshank (Madhouse)

Novice Division Female Championship:

116 Pounds:  Emelyn Shea (MVJ Athletics) vs. Lysia Narayansamy (Baltimore Boxing)

132 Pounds: Sine'ad Schenk (Georgetown) vs. Nerissa Turner (Elite Boxing)

Unopposed Champion: 

178 Pounds (Open): Schmelle Baldwin (MVJ Athletics)

Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Anthony Dominelli (Fight Factory) vs. DeAngelo McDonald (Tony's Gym)

132 Pounds:  Omar Drakeford (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest)

141 Pounds:  Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Sean Cormier (Kicked-Up)

141 Pounds:  Ian Simmons (Hillcrest) vs. Charles Scott, III (Charm City)

152 Pounds:  Davonte Warren (Odenton) vs. Victor Williams (Raw Assassin)

165 Pounds:  Tory Hilton (Unattached) vs. Stefon Jordan (Champions)

178 Pounds:  Anthony Bryant, Jr. (Hillcrest) vs. Victor DeFreitas (Sugar Ray Leonard)

178 Pounds:  Lorenzo Jones (Fight Factory) vs. Aziz Williams (MVJ Athletics)

201+ Pounds:  Steven Sparks (Madhouse) vs. James McMurdo (Main Street)

201+ Pounds: Justin Maggi (Simon Brown) vs. Christopher Conklin (Unattached)

Open Division:

123 Pounds: Jaqueem Hutcherson (Hillcrest) vs. D'Jon Brown (NOMIS)

132 Pounds:  Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Andrew Barrett (Laurel)

141 Pounds:  Dionte Burts (Woodland) vs. Donnell Poe (Old School)

152 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up) vs. Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds:  Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Champ Moultrie (Laurel)

178 Pounds:  Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) vs. Genc Pllana (Unattached)

201+ Pounds: Ralph Alexander (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Malik Titus (Time 2 Grind)

The first bout begins at 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Boxing Returns To Michael's Eighth Avenue March 30th!

A pro-am card comes to Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Thursday, March 30th.  The card will be promoted by Baltimore Pro Boxing.

Headlining the pro portion of the card will be NABA Cruiserweight champion "Slick" Nick Kisner of Baltimore, MD who will take on Lamont "The Problem Solver" Singletary of Dover, DE in an eight-round non-title bout.  Kisner (18-3-1, six KO's) won the NABA title in his last outing, capturing a 10-round majority decision over Brian Holstein on November 23 in Columbus, OH.  Singletary (8-1, five KO's) returned to action after an almost-three year absence to score a first-round knockout over Dan Biddle on February 17th in Wilmington, DE.  Singletary's only loss came against Travis Reeves in November of 2013.  Reeves knocked out Singletary in the first round.

In a super middleweight contest scheduled for four-rounds, "Dangerous" Donald Wallace of Baltimore will face Barry Trotter of Columbia, MD.  Wallace (2-0, one KO) fought on the last card at Michael's Eighth Avenue and won a six-round unanimous decision over Tahir Thomas on January 13.  Trotter (2-2, one KO) fights sporadically and has not competed since being knocked out by D'Mitrius Ballard in the first round in August of 2014 in Brooklyn, NY.

Also on the card will be Baltimore welterweight Joey "Bazooka Joe" Veazey who will battle Washington DC's Lamont White.  Veazey, a very popular and successful amateur, competes in Maryland for the first time as a pro after making his pro debut in Winchester, VA on October 22.  Veazey won a four-round decision over Alberto Delgado.  White (0-6) has never been knocked out in a contest.  White last fought on February 11th and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Tyrek Irby in Fort Washington, MD.

The card will also mark the return of Catonsville, MD cruiserweight Steve "Show Stealer" Wheeler (6-0, five KO's). Wheeler has not fought since September of 2010 when he scored a first-round knockout over Donnie Crawford in Baltimore, MD.

The amateur portion of the card will feature former East Coast heavyweight titlist Brian “Bam Bam” Haneschlager of the Baltimore Boxing Gym. Haenschlager, is expected to turn pro in the near future.



Monday, March 13, 2017

Results From First Semifinal of Washington Golden Gloves!

Here are the results from the first semifinal night of competition at the Washington Golden Gloves held March 11th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Brient Rodriguez (Champions) over Jeremiah Duckett (Last Round)

132 Pounds:   Dajuan Concepcion (Headbangers) over Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) 

141 Pounds (Female): Destiny Day-Owens (Time 2 Grind) over Ladasia Lewis (Tony's Gym) 

141 Pounds: Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Isaac Allen (Deanwood)

152 Pounds: Darnell Pittman (Knowledge Boxing) over Quenten Stevens (Headbangers)

152 Pounds:  Victor Williams (Raw Assassin) over Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard)

165 Pounds: Stefon Jordon (Champions) won by walkover

165 Pounds: Elan Trombley (Headbangers) over Leon Tsai (Sugar Ray Leonard)

178 Pounds: Victor DeFreitas, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard) won by walkover

Open Division:

123 Pounds: Marcus Wright (Keystone) over Chris Glenn (Hagerstown)

132 Pounds: Embrima Jawara (Laurel) over Ahmad Jones (UMAR)

141 Pounds: Donnell Poe (Old School) over Reco Todd (Upton)

141 Pounds:  Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under) 

152 Pounds:  Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up) over Michael Peoples (Tony's Gym) 

152 Pounds: Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Deonte' Washington (Diamonds N The Ruff) 

178 Pounds: Keon Burroughs (Headbangers) over Milton Williams (Dream Team)

201+ Pounds: Nathaniel Copeland (Tony's Gym) over Cortez Dunston (UMAR)

The semifinals continue on Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 PM at Rosecroft Raceway.

Douglas Scores Fifth-Round Knockout In Louisiana!

Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas returned to action on Saturday, March 11th and scored a fifth-round TKO over Pablo Munguia of Mexico City, Mexico at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, LA.

For Douglas, it was his first bout since his 10th round TKO loss to Avtandil Khurtsidze in March of 2016.  Douglas raises his record to 20-1-1, 14 KO's.  Douglas is ranked number 12 by the WBC. Munguia falls to 21-12, 12 KO's.

According to Douglas's promotional company, GH3 Promotions, Douglas will make a quick return to action on Monday, March 27th as he will travel to the Dominican Republic to battle Eduardo Mercedes of La Romana, Dominican Republic (32-16, 27 KO's) for the WBC Fecarbox Middleweight title.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Boxing Finds Home At MGM National Harbor Casino With Two Cards In Six Days!

It looks like boxing has found a home at the MGM Casino at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.  The April schedule will have two cards at the new location in a six-day period.

We already know about the Saturday, April 8 card that features two world and one regional title bout headlined by Vasyl Lomachenko defending his WBO Super Featherweight championship against former WBA Super Featherweight titleholder Jason Sosa.  The main bouts will be televised by HBO.

Now, my writing partner, Juan Marshall of ProAm Fight Talk is reporting that the new casino will be the site of the Interim NABA Welterweight title bout between undefeated Malik "Iceman" Hawkins of Baltimore, MD and Taras Shelestyuk of Los Angeles, CA by way of the Ukraine on Friday, April 14th.  That bout will be part of a ShoBox telecast on Showtime. 

Marshall is also reporting that Baltimore light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will appear on this card because his scheduled IBF International Light Heavyweight title bout slated for March 18 in Queensland, Australia has been postponed due to a rib injury suffered by his opponent, Trent Broadhurst.

Also, the card featuring WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr.'s title defense against Oscar Escandon that was originally scheduled for March 11th has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 27th.

Quarles Drops Split Decision; Rodriguez Wins Split Decision In Philadelphia!

Two Beltway Boxers were involved in split decisions Saturday night at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, PA with different results.

"The Pride of Alexandria (VA)" Brandon Quarles dropped an eight-round split decision to Philadelphia's Tyrone "Young Gun" Brunson in the junior middleweight main event.  According to reports, the bout was an action-packed one with Brunson using less of the power that got him first-round knockouts in his first 19 career bouts.  Brunson was able to use his jab to set up his power shots.  Quarles was able to land power shots to keep Brunson honest and he did get the decision on one scorecard, 77-75.  However, Brunson won the other two judge's cards, 78-74 and 77-75.  The loss breaks a five-bout winning streak for Quarles and he is now 18-4-1, nine KO's while Brunson rises to 24-6-2, 22 KO's.

In the co-feature, Haymarket, VA super lightweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez won a six-round split decision over David Gonzales of Philadelphia.  Reports say this bout was a tough battle in which Rodriguez may have caught a break thanks to his opponent.  In the final 30 seconds of the contest, Gonzales lost a point for holding.  The point deduction allowed Rodriguez to win on two cards, 57-56 and 58-55 while Gonzales took one card, 57-56.  The win breaks a four-bout losing streak for Rodriguez and he is now 7-6-1, five KO's.  Gonzales suffers his second straight defeat and he is now 8-2-2, two KO's.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ballard, Rincon Score Knockout Wins In Verona, NY!

Beltway Boxers D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard and Alex Rincon scored knockout wins tonight at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

According to my Fightnews.com colleague "Boxing" Bob Newman, Ballard, of Temple Hills, MD, had to deal with some rugged tactics from his opponent, Zoltan Sera of Budapest, Hungary.  Here's how Newman described the action.

The stocky Sera mugged, ducked, mauled his way as Ballard tried not to get drawn into the tactics. At the end of round three, Sera tackled Ballard to the canvas, who appeared to have hurt his lower back in the fall. Referee Benjy Esteves had already taken a point from Sera earlier in the round for holding and issued a DQ warning for the take down. After the rest period to start the fourth, Ballard decided he had had enough and bludgeoned Sera to the canvas twice with a mix of head and body shots, the second time with Sera shaking his head “No” to his corner and prompting Esteves to halt matters at 1:16 of the round. 

Ballard remains undefeated at 16-0, 12 KO's while Sera falls to 26-12, 17 KO's.

Rincon, a native of Carrollton, TX who now trains in the Beltway area, made his pro debut a successful and easy one as he dropped Shaun Lee Henson of Albuquerque, NM twice with body shots en route to a first-round knockout at 52 seconds of the second round. Henson falls to 2-4, two KO's.

More Weights: Quarles, Rodriguez Tip Scales in PA; Douglas Weighs In LA!

Three more Beltway Boxers weighed in for bouts on Saturday.  At the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, PA, Brandon Quarles tipped the scales at 155.6 pounds for his eight-round main event bout against Tyrone Brunson.  Brunson came in at 156.3 pounds. For a six-round contest on the card, Juan Rodriguez weighed in at 139 1/2 while his opponent, David Gonzales, came in at 141.9.

Meanwhile at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, LA, Antoine Douglas and his opponent, Pablo Munguia, both weighed in at 163 pounds for their six-round contest.  This will be the first bout for Douglas (19-1-1, 13 KO's) since suffering his first loss, a 10-round TKO to Avtandil Khurtsidze in March of last year. Munguia (21-11, 12 KO's) is a native of Mexico City who has lost five of his last six contests.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Ballard, Rincon Hit Scales For Bouts In Verona, NY!

D'Mitrius Ballard and Alex Rincon weighed in for their Saturday bouts at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

Ballard weighed in at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds for his eight-round bout against Zoltan Sera, who came in at 167 1/2.

Rincon, a new NoXcuse-trained, Golden Boy-promoted boxer originally from Dallas, TX, makes his pro debut on this card against Shaun Lee Henson of Albuquerque, NM (2-3, two KO's). Rincon was a Ringside World Champion in 2011 and a USA National Champion in 2013.  Rincon and Henson weighed in at 154 3/4 pounds for their four-round encounter.

Both bouts will be shown on RingTV.com.

Ballard Battles Sera Saturday At Turning Stone!

Undefeated Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard will face veteran Zoltan Sera of Budapest, Hungary in an eight-round contest at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY on Saturday, March 11.

Ballard (15-0, 11 KO's) has knocked out his last four opponents, including a second-round stoppage of Gergo Horvath in his last outing on October 22 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Sera (28-11, 19 KO's) has already fought twice this year and has won two straight by knockout in his hometown against lesser competition.  The last time Sera ventured outside Budapest was when he was knocked out by Derrick Webster in the fifth round on November 11th in Philadelphia, PA.  Webster was 20-1 going into the bout.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

'Iceman' Hawkins Challenges For Interim NABA Welterweight Title April 14 On Showtime!

Undefeated Baltimore, MD welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins will take a big step up in competition when he takes on fellow undefeated boxer Taras Shelestyuk of Los Angeles, CA by way of the Ukraine in a 10-round bout for the vacant interim NABA Welterweight title on Friday, April 14 at a venue to be determined.  The bout will be a co-feature contest on a Showtime ShoBox telecast.

Hawkins (10-0, seven KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Antonio Chaves Fernandez on November 11 in Sloan, IA.  Hawkins has never gone past the sixth round in his pro career.

Shelestyuk (15-0, nine KO's) is looking for his third regional title, already holding the WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight and the NABO Welterweight titles.  Shelestyuk made a successful defense of the NABO title in his last bout, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Jaime Herrera on November 4 in Corona, CA. Shelestyuk also faced Fernandez during his career in January of 2015 and knocked him out in the first round.

BATB Honors Legendary Lou Duva!

On Wednesday, the boxing world learned of the passing of legendary trainer and manager Lou Duva at the age of 94.  Mr. Duva actually had strong ties to the Beltway area.  I talk about this in my latest podcast.  Please listen.

Listen to "Beltway Boxing News And Notes Special Edition 3/8/17 -- Tribute to Lou Duva" on Spreaker.

Washington Post Profiles New World Champion Hurd!

There is a really nice article that appeared in Wednesday's Washington Post about new IBF Junior Middleweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd.  The creator of the DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg, talks about how Hurd, literally, stays close to home.

Here's a link to the article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dc-sports-bog/wp/2017/03/08/this-boxer-became-a-world-champion-now-its-time-to-move-out-of-his-parents-house/?hpid=hp_local-news_boxer-830am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.6d6f34c49356#comments

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Davis To Defend IBF Super Featherweight Title May 20 In London!




IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis will make the first defense of his title against undefeated number one ranked contender Liam "Destiny" Walsh of Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom on Saturday, May 20th at the Copperbox Arena in London, England.

The 22-year-old Baltimore, MD native (17-0, 16 KO's) won his title on January 14th with a seventh-round TKO over Jose Pedraza in Brooklyn, NY.  The 30-year-old Walsh (21-0, 14 KO's) will make the first attempt at a world title after winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Andrey Klimov on October 8th in Harrow, London, England.  Walsh has won a European title in his career.

No word yet on whether the bout will be televised in the United States.

Golden Gloves Semifinal Bout Sheet!

Here is the Bout Sheet for the first semifinal night of competition at the 2017 Washington Golden Gloves that will take place on Saturday, March 11 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

15-16, 133 Pounds:  Jo'i Lee (NOMIS) vs. Malik Warren (Upton)

Unopposed Champions:

14, 114 Pounds (Female): Shanyia Foster (UMAR)

16, 118 Pounds: Chamar Flowers (Unattatched)

16, 138 Pounds (Female):  Mia Ellis (Upton)

15, 147 Pounds: Edwin Angel (No Xcuse)

16, 150 Pounds: Zorri Curry (UMAR)

16, 158 Pounds:  Vincent Goedecke (Unattached)


Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Brient Rodriguez (Champions) vs. Jeremiah Duckett (Last Round)

132 Pounds:  Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) vs. Dajuan Concepcion (Headbangers)

141 Pounds (Female): Ladasia Lewis (Tony's Gym) vs. Destiny Day-Owens (Time 2 Grind)

141 Pounds: Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Isaac Allen (Deanwood)

152 Pounds: Darnell Pittman (Knowledge Boxing) vs. Quenten Stevens (Headbangers)

152 Pounds:  Victor Williams (Raw Assassin) vs. Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard)

165 Pounds: Stefon Jordon (Champions) vs. Stephen Blewitt (Dog Pound)

165 Pounds: Elan Trombley (Headbangers) vs. Leon Tsai (Sugar Ray Leonard)

178 Pounds: Victor DeFreitas, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Dante Barnes (Mack Lewis)

201 Pounds: Jordon Scott (Woodland) vs. Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassin


Open Division:

123 Pounds: Marcus Wright (Keystone) vs. Chris Glenn (Hagerstown)

132 Pounds: Embrima Jawara (Laurel) vs. Ahmad Jones (UMAR)

141 Pounds: Donnell Poe (Old School) vs. Reco Todd (Upton)

141 Pounds:  Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under) vs. Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds: Michael Peoples (Tony's Gym) vs. Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up)

152 Pounds: Deonte' Washington (Diamonds N The Ruff) vs. Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

178 Pounds: Keon Burroughs (Headbangers) vs. Milton Williams (Dream Team)

201+ Pounds: Nathaniel Copeland (Tony's Gym) vs. Cortez Dunston (UMAR)

Unopposed Champion: 

106 Pounds (Female): Candice Carter (Upton)

The first bout begins at 7:30 PM.  General seating is $20 and children under 12 are five dollars.



Sunday, March 05, 2017

Results From Final Washington Golden Gloves Quarterfinals!

Here are the results from the last quarterfinal night of the Washington Golden Gloves held Saturday, March 4 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

11-12 Years, 75 Pounds (Championship):  Richard Dodson (Keystone) over Kardan Chatman (No Xcuse)

16, 125 Pounds (Championship):  Shakell Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) RSC-2 over Fernando Ramos (Old School) 

16, 135 Pounds (Championship):  Montre' Nichol (Down Under) over Jordan Thompson (Tony's Gym)

15-16, 141 Pounds (Championship):  Traron Marshall (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Joshua Hill (Tony's Gym)

14-15, 156 Pounds (Championship): Brian Perry (Woodland) wins by walkover

15-16, 133 Pounds:  Malik Watson (Upton) over Jay Stancil, III (Sugar Ray Leonard) 

Novice Division:

123 PoundsAnthony Dominelli (Fight Factory) over Tyre Phillis (Laurel) 

132 Pounds:  Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest) over Daniel Thompson (Sharp Shooters)

141 Pounds:  Sean Comier (Kick-Up) over Daniel Hall (Charm City) 

141 Pounds: Ian Simmons (Hillcrest) over Joshua Zimmerman (Honeycomb)

152 Pounds: Darnell Pittman (Knowledge Boxing) over Steven Jackson (Hillcrest)

152 Pounds: Quenton Stevens (Headbangers) wins by walkover

165 Pounds: Tory Hilton (Unattached) RSC-2 over Steve Layer, Jr. (Unattached)

165 Pounds: Elan Trombley (Headbangers) wins by walkover

165 Pounds: Leon Tsai (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Antonio Williams (Deanwood)

178 Pounds: Anthony Bryant (Hillcrest) wins by walkover

Open Division:

123 Pounds:  Marcus Wright (Keystone) vs. Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)

132 PoundsEmbrima Jawara (Laurel) over Tariq Harris (First Class)

132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Marcus Johnson (Limelite)

141 Pounds: Dionte Burts (Woodland) over Adonis Wilkins (MVJ Athletics)

141 Pounds: Donnell Poe (Old School) wins by walkover

141 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) RSC-2 over Sipriano Zeldon (Headbangers)

152 Pounds: Champ Moultrie (Laurel) over Corey Moore (Main Street) 

152 PoundsKalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Michael Scott (Dover Gym)

The semifinals begin on Saturday, March 11 at Rosecroft Raceway starting at 7:30 PM.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Three Title Bouts To Take Place On April 8 MGM National Harbor Card!

The Top Rank card that will take place at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD on Saturday, April 8 will include three televised title matches.  All three bouts will feature boxers from the Ukraine.

We know about the main event for the card  -- Vasyl Lomanchenko (7-1, five KO's) will defend his WBO Super Featherweight championship against former WBA super featherweight champ Jason Sosa of Camden, NJ (20-1-4, 15 KO's), who recently gave up his title.

There will also be a bout for the WBO Cruiserweight title as champion Oleksandr Usyk defends his title against equally undefeated Michael Hunter of Las Vegas, NV.  Usyk (11-0, 10 KO's) will be making the second defense of his title that he won against Krzysztof Glowacki by unanimous decision on September 17 in Gdansk, Poland. Usyk defended the title with a ninth-round knockout over Thabiso Mchunu on December 17 in Inglewood, CA.

Hunter (12-0, eight KO's) is the NABO Cruiserweight champion, winning that title in his last outing -- a 10-round unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Isiah Thomas on May 13 in Las Vegas.

The NABF Light Heavyweight championship will also be on the line as champion Oleksandr "The Nail" Gvozdyk defends his title against Yunieski "The Monster" Gonzalez of Miami, FL.  Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KO's) will be making the third defense of the title he won with a second-round knockout over Nadjib Mohammedi on April 9 in Las Vegas.  Gvozdyk has won his last six bouts by stoppage.

Gonzalez, a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba (18-2, 14 KO's) has righted his career by winning two straight bouts by first-round knockout in Miami after losing two in a row.  This will be Gonzalez's first try at a regional title.

All three title bouts will be shown on HBO, marking the first time the network has televised a boxing card in Maryland.

The non-televised portion of the card will feature undefeated Beltway Boxers Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed and Patrick Harris as well as undefeated super middleweight contender Jesse "Hard Work" Hart of Philadelphia, PA, who holds numerous regional titles.

Grayton Faces Former Champ Cintron March 17 in Reading, PA!

Washington, DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton will face the biggest name in his career when he takes on former two-time world champion Kermit "Killer" Cintron of Reading, PA in a 10-round contest on Friday, March 17 at the Santander Arena in Reading.

Grayton (15-1, 11 KO's) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss by scoring an eighth-round TKO over fellow Beltway Boxer Kareem Martin on August 23 in Bethlehem, PA.  Cintron (39-5-2, 30 KO's) returned to a busy schedule in 2016 after being off for two years.  Cintron picked up four wins last year, his last two coming by stoppage.  Cintron won the interim WBO welterweight title with an eighth-round TKO over Teddy Reid in July of 2004 in Houston, TX.  Cintron would get knocked out by Antonio Margarito in his next contest for the WBO title in April of 2005.  Cintron would then compete at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD and score a third-round TKO over Francisco Javier Parra in September of 2005.

Cintron would win the vacant IBF Welterweight title by knocking out Mark Suarez in the sixth round in October of 2006 and defend it three times before dropping the belt in a rematch against Margarito in April of 2008.

Bouts on this card will be shown on Bounce TV. However, no word yet on whether the Grayton-Cintron bout will make the telecast.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Boxing Returns To UDC March 25!

With the postponement of the March 11th card in Oxon Hill, MD, the next scheduled Beltway Boxing pro card will be on Saturday, March 25th at the Physical Activities Center on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia.  This will be the third time that boxing has been held on the UDC campus. A new promotional group -- GQ Promotions -- will promote the card.

The "GQ" in GQ Promotions will headline the card.  Undefeated Montgomery Village, MD welterweight Gerome Quigley will battle James Wayka of Mounds View, MN in a 10-round contest.  Quigley (15-0, 14 KO's) last fought on June 4 in Springfield, VA and scored a first-round knockout over Reggie Nash.  Five of Quigley's last six bouts -- including his last three -- have ended in the first round, including a win over Vito Vendetta in Hessen, Germany for the vacant IBA Intercontinental Super Welterweight title.

That fact may mean that things may not bode well for Wayka (16-14-1, eight KO's) who has lost his last two bouts by first-round knockout to Beltway Boxers.  Wayka was stopped by Tony Jeter in December of 2014 in Springfield, VA and by Dusty Hernandez Harrison in Norfolk, VA in September of 2015.  Wayka has not fought since the Harrison bout.

Speaking of Harrison, the undefeated USBA Welterweight champion will appear on this card in a 10-round, non-title bout against Matthew "Mayhem" Strode of Greensboro, NC.  Harrison (30-0-1, 16 KO's) won the USBA title in his last outing, a 10-round unanimous decision win over Thomas LaManna on September 15 in Philadelphia, PA.  The last time a boxing card was held at UDC, Harrison was in the main event, winning by fifth-round TKO over Edgar Soto in May of 2013.

Strode (24-4, nine KO's) will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak which includes a fourth-round TKO loss to Ramon Alvarez on December 17 in Chiapas, Mexico.

In six-round contests, Clinton, MD super lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy returns to action in his first scheduled six-round contest when he takes on Dominic Coca of Watts, CA.  Breedy, a native of Bridgetown, Barbados (8-0, four KO's), is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Nicholas Rodriguez on December 10 in Springfield, VA.  Coca (8-11, twota KO's) will be trying to break a nine-bout losing streak.  Coca has not fought since losing by second-round TKO to Fernando Martinez in February of 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.  Seven of the losses in this losing streak have come to undefeated boxers.

Glenarden, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed-Rawls will compete in a six-round bout against veteran Roy Garcia of Alice, TX.  Speed-Rawls (7-0-1, five KO's) is coming off a first-round knockout victory over David Perez on June 4 in Springfield, VA.  Garcia (3-21-1, two KO's) has lost 10 in a row and will be competing outside the state of Texas for just a six-round unanimous decision to Eric Hernandez on December 10 in Springfield.

An all-Maryland heavyweight contest highlights the four-rounders on the card as undefeated Mike "Silverback" Balogun of Upper Marlboro matches up with "The DC Diamond Cutter" Carlos Black" fighting out of Rockville.  Last time out, Balogun (9-0, eight KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Brandon Lee Hinkle on October 20 at the Mayflower Hotel in DC.  Black (1-4) was knocked out by the debuting Darmani Rock in his last outing on May 13 at the DC Armory.

Two women's bouts are on the card.  Multi-time amateur champion Franchon Crews-Dezurn will take on Latashia Burton of Houma, LA.  Crews-Dezurn made her pro debut on November 19 and lost a four-round unanimous decision to two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields in Las Vegas, NV.  Burton (4-8)  has lost six in a row.

Also on the card will be super featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown of Bladensburg, MD who will take on the debuting Olivia Fisher of South Carolina.  Brown, who was a world amateur champion in the amateurs, made her pro debut on September 30th at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC and scored a first-round TKO over Khadija Sanders.

The card will also mark the pro debuts of DC super middleweights The Bell Twins -- Jason and Justin.  Both men competed in the local and regional Golden Gloves.  Justin Bell will battle Brandon Pennington of Virginia Beach, VA (1-0) who made his pro debut on December 10 in Springfield, VA and won a four-round majority decision over Carlos Cruz.  Jason Bell will take on David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Villa Park, IL.  Rohn (0-7-1)  will face his sixth straight Beltway Boxer.

Also on the card will be undefeated Reading, PA super middleweight Shakeem Hodge who will take on Dustin Caplinger of Chillicothe, OH.  Hodge (4-0, three KO's) is coming off a four-round technical decision over Noe Lazano on December 10 in Springfield, VA. Caplinger (2-10, one KO) has lost nine in a row.







Wednesday, March 01, 2017

'Tranzformer' Taylor Faces Matthysse May 6 In Las Vegas On Canelo-Chavez Jr. Undercard!

Edgewood Arsenal, MD welterweight Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor will have another big bout in store as he will face Lucas Matthysse of Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday, May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  The bout will be featured on the HBO pay-per-view portion of the Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. card.

After consecutive losses to Antonio Orozco and Adrien Broner in 2015 and 2014, Taylor (20-4, 14 KO's) recalibrated himself and scored two knockout wins against under-.500 competition in 2016. All four of Taylor's losses have been to quality opponents.

Matthysse (37-4, 34 KO's) has not fought since losing by 10th round TKO to Viktor Postol in October of 2015 in Carson, CA in a bout for the WBC Super Lightweight title.  Matthysse suffered a broken orbital bone around his eye in that bout.  Matthysse, a former interim world title holder, is also a fan-friendly boxer who has defeated two other Beltway Boxers in his career.  He scored an eight-round TKO over Demarcus Corley in January of 2011 and knocked out Lamont Peterson in the third round in May of 2013. Matthysse has also fought the likes of Danny Garcia, Ruslan Provodnikov and John Molina, Jr. during his career.