Saturday, March 31, 2018
For Roach, Jr. (16-0, six KO's), this will be his second straight bout on national television. Roach, Jr. won a 10-round unanimous decision over Rey Perez on November 30th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.
“I’m excited for this fight, and I’m ready to perform at a high level on ESPN again,” said Roach, Jr. in a press release. “This fight is going to put me exactly where I need to be to show that I’m ready to be on a championship chase!”
Cruz (25-6-1, 13 KO's) is a former world title contender who has competed for the featherweight and lightweight world titles against the likes of Orlando Salido and Terry Flanagan. Cruz also competed in the Olympics in 2000. Cruz will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak including a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Jose Lopez on June 17th in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Hawkins was the aggressor throughout the contest as he came forward and outworked the smaller Serrano. The hometown boxer Serrano kept things close at times as he battled back in the bout but Hawkins was more active and threw the harder blows. Hawkins won by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. Hawkins remains undefeated and now has a record of 13-0, nine KO's. Serrano falls to 24-5, 10 KO's.
Friday, March 30, 2018
(Photo courtesy of Hard Hitting Promotions)
Malik Hawkins weighed in at 146.1 pounds for his 10-round contest against Raymond Serrano on Friday, March 30th at the Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Serrano tipped the scales at 146.8. The bout is for the vacant NABA-USA Welterweight title.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
15-16, 119 Pounds (Championship): Deric Davis (Headbangers) wins by walkover.
Age 17 Novice Championship:
17, 123 Pounds: Jay Stancil III (Sugar Ray Leonard) over D'Angelo Thompson (Sharp Shooters)
17, 141 Pounds: Jordan Thompson (Tony's Gym) over Nicholas Serra (Laurel)
123 Pounds: Brient Rodriguez (Champions) over Marcus Reed (Upton)
132 Pounds: Antonio Dunston-El, Jr. (Honeycomb) over Edward Rubio (Dog Pound)
141 Pounds: Dominic Fantauzzo (Champions) over Pedro Verdejo (Simon Brown)
152 Pounds: Markeese Hines (Main Street) over Antonio Brothers (Knowledge Boxing)
165 Pounds: Cristano Lucio (Old School) over Ibrahim Toure (MVJ Athletics)
178 Pounds: Joel Tchanthuinj (Urban Boxing) over Jerry Shockley (Down Under)
201 Pounds: Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassin) over Lorenzo Jones (Unattached)
201+ Pounds: Ricardo Volcin (Old School) over Marquette McMillian (Down Under)
17, 152 Pounds: Travon Marshall (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Leon Jones (#11 Overcomers)
123 Pounds: Chris Glen (Hagerstown) over Jaqeem Hutcherson (Hillcrest)
132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Marcus Johnson (Limelite)
141 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard)
152 Pounds: Marlon Bolen (Floyd's Gym) over Corey Moore (Main Street)
165 Pounds: Keon Burroughs (Headbangers) over Derek Cannon (Kicked-Up)
201 Pounds: Shaka Williams (NOMIS) over Donnell Daniels (Keystone)
The Washington Golden Gloves Championship finals will take place on Saturday, April 7th at Rosecroft beginning at 7:30 PM. The card will be broadcast live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android beginning at 7:25 PM ET.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Friday, April 6th, 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Three Beltway Boxers are slated to be on this card. Undefeated Washington, DC featherweight Marcus "Dreamcrusher" Bates will be in an eight-round contest against equally undefeated Raeese Aleem of Las Vegas, NV. Bates (8-0-1, seven KO's) makes his third straight appearance at the 2300 Arena, coming off a six-round knockout victory over Antonio Rodriguez on December 1. Aleem (10-0, five KO's) last fought in August of 2016 when he stopped DeWayne Wisdom in the fourth round in Indianapolis, IN. This will be the first eight-round bout for both men.
Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison will take on Guillermo Del Rio of South Houston, TX in a four-round encounter. Madison (6-0-1, four KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Dante Selby in his last outing on February 13th in Bethlehem, PA. Del Rio (2-2, two KO's) returns to the ring for the first time since March of 2017 when he lost a six-round unanimous decision to Francisco Rivas in Morelos, Mexico.
Also, Forestville, MD junior lightweight Evgueny Metchenov looks to bounce back from his first pro loss when he battles undefeated Joshafat Ortiz of Reading, PA by way of Ponce, Puerto Rico in a four-round bout. Metchenov, originally from Sofia, Bulgaria (0-1) lost his pro debut on March 30th to Jahmal Dyer by four-round split decision in Glen Burnie, MD. Ortiz (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Sidell Blocker on August 19th in Atlantic City, NJ.
Saturday, April 7th, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- The Washington Golden Gloves finals begin at 7:30 PM ET. If you can't be there, join the live blow-by-blow podcast of the card on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android beginning at 7:25 PM ET.
Saturday, April 7th, Hard Rock Hotel And Casino, Las Vegas, NV -- Undefeated IBF Junior Middleweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, MD puts his title on the line in a unification bout against WBA/IBO champion "The American Dream" Erislandy Lara of Houston, TX by way of Guantanamo, Cuba. Both men fought their last bouts and defended their titles on October 14th in Brooklyn, NY. Hurd (21-0, 15 KO's) scored a 10th-round stoppage of former world champion Austin Trout while Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO's) won a 12-round unanimous decision over Terrell Gausha. The bout will be televised by Showtime.
Saturday, April 7th, Eko Hotel Convention Center, Lagos, Nigeria -- Former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley of Washington, DC battles Jesus "Jibarito" Ortega of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico in a 12-round lightweight contest. No word on any title on the line. Corley (50-29-1, 28 KO's) looks to bounce back from his eight-round unanimous decision loss to Hank Lundy on February 10th in Philadelphia, PA. Ortega (15-2, 10 KO's) is riding an 11-bout winning streak including a second-round knockout of Francisco Rodriguez on November 10th in Hermosillo.
Saturday, April 7th, Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota, FL -- Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early returns to action in a six-round contest against undefeated Joshua Draughter of New Orleans, LA. Early (2-2) will look to break a two-bout losing streak. Early lost a four-round unanimous decision to Juan Sanchez on November 21st in Bethlehem, PA. Draughter (3-0, one KO) scored a first-round TKO in his last outing over the debuting Kwatevion Nijee Islom on February 23rd in Charlotte, NC.
Friday, April 13th, Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, PA -- Crofton, MD cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith will be in his first eight-round bout when he takes on Elvin "Koko" Sanchez of Paterson, NJ. Smith (9-2, eight KO's) looks to bounce back from his four-round split decision loss to Lamont Capers on November 30th in Oxon Hill, MD. Sanchez (8-3-1, six KO's) also competes in an eight-rounder for the first time and looks to build on a second-round TKO over Khalib Whitmore on August 11th in Philadelphia. Sanchez will face a Beltway Boxer for the second time in his career. Sanchez scored a third-round TKO over previously undefeated Venroy July in February of 2013 in Washington, DC.
Saturday, April 14th, Masonic Temple, Norfolk VA -- Baltimore super featherweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV will be a six-round contest against an opponent to be determined on this Ponytail Promotions card. Allison (7-1-1, seven KO's) will look to bounce back from his first pro loss as he dropped a six-round unanimous decision to Reggie Barnett, Jr. on the last card at the Masonic Temple on December ninth.
Saturday, April 21st, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY -- Former IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore looks for his second world title when he battles former WBA Featherweight titleholder Jesus Cuellar of Buenos Aires, Argentina for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight championship. Davis (19-0, 18 KO's) won his last bout, an eighth-round KO over Francisco Fonseca on August 26th in Las Vegas. However, Davis was stripped of his IBF crown for missing weight. Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO's) will try to bounce back from losing his WBA title in a 12-round split decision loss to Abner Mares in December of 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. The bout will be shown on Showtime.
Saturday, April 28th, Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA -- Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson will take on Jesse "Hard Work" Hart of Philadelphia in a 10-round bout that will be nationally televised by ESPN. Nicholson (18-2-1, 17 KO's) scored a bounce-back second-round TKO victory over Josue Obando on August 25th in Miami, OK. This will be Nicholson's first 10-round encounter. Hart (23-1, 19 KO's) also got back on the winning track after his first loss in his first world title bout in September by scoring a first-round TKO over Thomas Awimbono on February 3rd in Corpus Christi, TX.
We are also hearing that Baltimore, MD boxer Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas (13-1, six KO's) has a world title bout scheduled in Mexico on April 28th. When that is official, we will add that bout to this schedule.
The service for Temple Hills, MD boxer Aujee "Quick" Tyler will be held on Thursday, March 29th at The Temple of Praise located at 700 Southern Avenue is Southeast Washington, DC. The viewing is at 10 AM and the service starts at 11 AM ET.
The service for legendary trainer Dave Jacobs will take place at the Way of the Cross Church of Christ which is at 1800 Hazelwood Drive in Capitol Heights, MD on Saturday, March 31. Viewing is from 9-11 AM and service begins after the viewing.
And the memorial service for former Beltway Boxer "Magic" Michael Ward will be held on Monday, April 2 at the Guiding Light Refuge Church located at 51st and Central Avenue in Southeast DC. The service begins at 10 AM.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
This is how Alexey Sukachev of Boxingscene.com described the action:
Both pugilists chose to exchange vicious, lazy yet rather powerful punches at a slow rate. It looked like Murat's power was dominant over Reeves but he also ate too many punches for him to punctuate his lead.
Reeves was determined and cautious at the same time, while Murat was inconsistent at close quarters but did well on his way out and also with his body punches. Rounds were mostly identical with both fighters rumbling it hard in a phone booth affair. Murat, meanwhile, looked dead tired but his visible fatigue didn't affect his punch rate as it was already rather low.
Murat caught his second wind in the championship rounds, while Reeves started to gas out. The American was wobbly on his legs at the conclusion of the eleventh. The twelfth started slowly as Reeves decided to turn back the heat. Murat was lethargic for the first two minutes but then exploded with a powerful right hand and a left hook. Reeves, clearly stunned, was pinned to the ropes and continued to eat leather before the referee has stepped in, maybe a bit too early.
The bout was stopped at approximately 40 seconds of the final round. The loss breaks a 12-bout winning streak for Reeves, who was ranked eighth in the world by the IBF. Reeves is now 15-3-2, seven KO's. Murat, who is ranked in the top 15 by all four major governing bodies, improves to 32-3-1, 21 KOs.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Another legendary Beltway-based trainer has left us. A man who worked with two of the greatest fighters in the history of the business. Dave Jacobs passed away on Friday, March 23rd at the age of 84.
Mr. Jacobs was the first trainer of a 14-year-old boxer by the name of Sugar Ray Leonard. Mr. Jacobs trained Leonard throughout his Olympic Gold Medal amateur days and was an assistant to Angelo Dundee (right) throughout the early years of Leonard's pro career including Leonard's first championship when he knocked out Wilfredo Benitez in the 15th round on November 30th, 1979 in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Jacobs would be in Leonard's corner for his first title defense when he scored a crushing fourth-round knockout over Davey "Boy" Green on March 31, 1980 in the fourth round in front of 12,000 partisan fans at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD.
Mr. Jacobs would leave Leonard's corner after Leonard lost the title to Roberto Duran on June 20th, 1980 in Montreal, Canada by 15-round unanimous decision. However, Mr. Jacobs would return when Leonard defeated Marvelous Marvin Hagler by 12-round split decision on April 6, 1987 in Las Vegas. He would leave the Leonard camp for good after Leonard fought to a draw in the rematch against Thomas Hearns in Las Vegas on June 12, 1989.
Later in his career, Mr. Jacobs would work with a returning Mike Tyson and was in the corner for his first bouts after being released from prison, including his championship wins over Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon as well as his first loss to Evander Holyfield.
Mr. Jacobs leaves behind a wonderful family and many boxers, trainers and fans who will cherish his memory.
Personal note: Dave Jacobs was a wonderful person. His support of boxers throughout his life was fantastic. I always enjoyed talking to him about the business and he definitely treated me well. He is a true legend and will be missed by all. Details on Mr. Jacobs's memorial service are forthcoming.
Monday, March 19, 2018
(Photo courtesy of RoundbyRoundBoxing.com)
We have received more bad news in the Beltway region. BATB has learned that former Beltway amateur standout Aujee "Quick" Tyler has passed away at the age of 22. According to reports, Tyler was shot during an incident in Southeast Washington, DC.
Tyler, who boxed out of Temple Hills, MD, was a two-time National Silver Gloves champion, a five-time Ringside Champion and won titles at the Junior Olympics and the National PAL Tournament. In 2015 at the age of 16, Tyler signed a professional promotional contract with ProBox Management of Florida. Because he could not fight in the United States because of his age, Tyler started his pro career in Mexico where he had a record of 3-1, three KO's. Tyler last fought in November of 2016.
The story is still developing and we hope to have more information for you. BATB sends its deepest condolences to Tyler's family.
There will also be a candlelight vigil for Mr. Hughes at the gym he owned for almost 40 years, the Midtown Youth Academy on 2206 14th Street, NW in DC. That will be held tonight at 7 PM.
15-16, 119 Pounds (Championship): Deric Davis (Headbangers) vs. Christian Johnson (Mack Lewis)
12, 110 Pounds: Khaliq Harrison (Warriors)
16, 152 Pounds: Brian Perry (Woodland)
8, 70 Pounds (Female): Dynasty Young (Knowledge Boxing)
13, 95 Pounds (Female): Da'Jah Ruth (Time 2 Grind)
15, 119 Pounds (Female): Virrcia Lopez (Woodland)
Age 17 Novice Championship:
17, 123 Pounds: D'Angelo Thompson (Sharp Shooters) vs. Jay Stancil III (Sugar Ray Leonard)
17, 141 Pounds: Nicholas Serra (Laurel) vs. Jordan Thompson (Tony's Gym)
17, 114 Pounds: Kameron Rick-Holmes (Dream Team)
17, 132 Pounds: Steven Griffin (Woodland)
123 Pounds: Brient Rodriguez (Champions) vs. Marcus Reed (Upton)
132 Pounds: Edward Rubio (Dog Pound) vs. Antonio Dunston-El, Jr. (Honeycomb)
141 Pounds: Pedro Verdejo (Simon Brown) vs. Dominic Fantauzzo (Champions)
152 Pounds: Antonio Brothers (Knowledge Boxing) vs. Markeese Hines (Main Street)
165 Pounds: Ibrahim Toure (MVJ Athletics) vs. Cristano Lucio (Old School)
178 Pounds: Joel Tchanthuinj (Urban Boxing) vs. Jerry Shockley (Down Under)
201 Pounds: Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassin) vs. Lorenzo Jones (Unattached)
201+ Pounds: Marquette McMillian (Down Under) vs. Ricardo Volcin (Old School)
Unopposed Champions (Female):
112 Pounds: Phillis Almaraz (Knowledge Boxing)
123 Pounds: Linette Dueno (Elite Boxing)
141 Pounds: Destiny Day-Owens (Time 2 Grind)
17, 152 Pounds: Leon Jones (#11 Overcomers) vs. Travon Marshall (Sugar Ray Leonard)
17, 141 Pounds: Montez Nichol (Down Under)
17, 178 Pounds: Nasheed Smith (Headbangers)
123 Pounds: Chris Glen (Hagerstown) vs. Jaqeem Hutcherson (Hillcrest)
132 Pounds: Marcus Johnson (Limelite) vs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard)
152 Pounds: Corey Moore (Main Street) vs. Marlon Bolen (Floyd's Gym)
165 Pounds: Derek Cannon (Kicked-Up) vs. Keon Burroughs (Headbangers)
201 Pounds: Shaka Williams (NOMIS) vs. Donnell Daniels (Keystone)
The Washington Golden Gloves Championship finals will take place on Saturday, April 7th at Rosecroft beginning at 7:30 PM. The card will be broadcast live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android.
There will be a very unique event that will raise funds for the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing's Junior Olympic Program. Four of the gyms in the area -- The Headbangers, No Xcuse, Oxon Hill and the Kenilworth Untouchables -- will compete, not in boxing, but in basketball on Friday, March 23rd at the Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, located at 7711 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD.
There will be three basketball games with a team trophy going to the winner of the mini tournament. There will also be food available and a halftime three-point contest that is scheduled to feature legendary Beltway Boxers.
All tickets are $10. The doors will open at 6:45 and the first game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM. For more information, call 301-532-8169 or 202-650-9400.
Wagner, who passed away on February 16th at the age of 49, ran the highly successful Ballroom Boxing promotions that ran more than 70 successful pro shows over a 15-year period. The series included many future and former world champions including Hasim Rahman, Al Cole, Orlin Norris, Kermit Cintron and Terence Crawford. Wagner, who was a longtime friend of Smith, stopped promoting in 2009 and offered the family-owned Michael's Eighth Avenue to Baltimore Boxing Promotions.
“Scott was one of my closest friends and I was devastated by his untimely passing,” said Smith, who co-promoted with Wagner and also fought for him in 1996. “He ran one of the most successful promotions for more than a decade and did right by the fighters.
"Scott Wagner the person was even better than the promoter. He always helped other people and his experience assisted me in expanding Baltimore Boxing Promotions. I am forever thankful and will always have a place in my heart for Scott Wagner.”
The card will also be a fundraiser for Davis, the wife of legendary trainer Adrian Davis. Ms. Davis, who was one of the first women to be a successful official in USA Amateur Boxing, has had a number of health complications that have severely impacted her. All proceeds from the card will help cover healthcare costs.
The main event on the card will be a rematch for the East Coast Middleweight title. Baltimore, MD's Deshawn Chase will battle the only man to defeat him, Omar Serrano of Ocean City, MD. Also on the card, Tyrell Boyd of Baltimore Boxing takes on Tyler Langer of the Mack Lewis Gym.
For more information on tickets, call 410-375-9175.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
According to reports, the bout was a toe-to-toe slugfest with both boxers landing hard shots. Finally in the fifth round, Gonzalez hurt Rodriguez with a left-right combination followed by a flurry of punches that forced referee Tony Chiarantano to stop the contest. No word on the official time of the stoppage.
Rodriguez's record evens at 8-8-1, seven KO's. Gonzalez is now 15-1-1, six KO's.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
In her first international competition at 141 pounds, Moore was able to walk down Harrington and avoid her hooks from the southpaw stance. Moore landed solid straight right hands to earn the victory by a 2-1 score.
Fellow Alexandria boxer Troy Isley put on a dominating performance in winning a unanimous decision over Gerard French of Ireland in a 165-pound contest. Isley was incredibly sharp and accurate throughout the bo. Isley lost a point for a low blow in the third round but that proved to be no factor in the contest. This was Isley's second win of this tour.
Keyshawn Davis's bout seems to have been scratched from the card tonight. No word on whether he will compete in the final leg of this competition which will be held on Wednesday, March 21st in Manchester, NH.
Kisner posted on his Facebook page today that he suffered a rib injury during the eighth round of his March 3rd bout against Brian Holstein in Columbus, OH. After checking with his doctor, Kisner was deemed unable to compete in the March 30th contest, which was scheduled to be for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title against French boxer Herve Lofidi.
On Monday, March 12th in Great Neck, Long Island, NY, a man who was a suspect in a road rage incident was shot and killed. According to The Island Now who quotes an NYPD spokesman, Nassau County police shot and killed the man after he had been on a crime spree that allegedly began in Bordentown, New Jersey, where he allegedly robbed an individual of a vehicle. He later allegedly robbed a 77-year-old man and fled in that man’s car, before striking and killing a 50-year-old man in Brooklyn two days later.
The suspect then allegedly attacked two men with a baseball bat in a road rage incident near the Equinox gym and then refused to drop the weapon when confronted by the officer, the police said. Police opened fire on the suspect and killed him.
The suspect was a former Beltway Boxer named "Magic" Michael Ward, a super welterweight who fought out of Fort Washington, MD in the 1990's. Ward was a promising boxer who was probably best known for, as a 19-year-old, knocking down hall of famer and Beltway legend Sugar Ray Leonard during a sparring session as Leonard was preparing to face Terry Norris. According to published reports, Ward would also knock down another future champion, Meldrick Taylor, during a sparring session in Phoenix.
Ward (24-4, 19 KO's) had a solid career whose biggest victories came against Joe Gatti, the older brother of the late Arturo Gatti (a six round unanimous decision in 1990 in Atlantic City, NJ) and a first-round TKO of Beltway legend Robert "Boo Boo" Sawyer in 1991.
The bout people in the Beltway area wanted to make during the early-to-mid 90's was between Ward and the equally-rising Derrell "Too Sweet" Coley but the bout never materialized. After their careers were over, the two rivals became good friends.
Michael Ward was 46 years old. BATB sends its deepest condolences to his loved ones.
Hawkins, the 2017 Beltway Boxing Prospect Of The Year (12-0, nine KO's) is coming off back-to-back stoppages in his last two outings. This includes a seventh-round stoppage over Juan Jesus Rivera on November 4th in Ashburn, VA. Serrano (24-4, 10 KO's) has won his last three bouts including an eighth-round disqualification victory over Enver Halili on November 18th in Atlantic City, NJ. One of Serrano's four losses came against Beltway Boxer Emmanuel Taylor who stopped Serrano in the sixth round in Huntington, NY in January of 2013.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Rodriguez (8-7-1, six KO's) looks to build off of a victory in his last bout when he scored a second-round TKO over Maynard Allison on September 29th in Philadelphia, PA. Gonzalez (14-1-1, five KO's) will look to bounce back from his first pro loss, a third-round TKO defeat to Danny O'Connor on November 25th in Uncasville, CT.
Isley won a 3-0 unanimous decision over eight-time Irish national champion Brett McGinty of Derry, Ireland in a middleweight contest. Davis took a 3-0 decision over light welterweight George Bates of Dublin.
The US, led by honorary captain, Micky Ward, defeated the Irish team, whose honorary captain was the last man to defeat Mike Tyson, Kevin McBride, by an 8-4 tally.
The second card between these two teams will take place on Thursday, March 15th at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. Both Davis and Isley are scheduled to participate along with gym mate Amelia Moore.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Reeves (15-2-2, seven KO's) has won 12 straight bouts including winning the USBO championship in a second-round TKO over Aaron Quattrocchi in December of 2016 in Baltimore. In his last outing, Reeves won by four-round disqualification over Josue Obando on June 17th in Baltimore.
Murat (31-3-1, 20 KO's) is the current IBF International Light Heavyweight and European Boxing Union Light Heavyweight champion who won the EBU title in his last bout, an 11th-round TKO over previously undefeated Dominic Boesel on July 1st in Dresden, Germany. Murat once challenged for the IBF World Light Heavyweight title dropping a 12-round unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in December of 2013 in Atlantic City, NJ.
Monday, March 12, 2018
No information on how the bout went but Lockett won by scores of 59-55 and 58-56. One judge scored the bout even at 57-57. Lockett is now 16-22-6, five KO's while Ajamu falls to 28-4-1, 15 KO's.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
14-15, 140 Pounds (Championship): Dennis Zeigler (Tony's Gym) over L'Shawn Nelson (Upton)
17, 173 Pounds: Jay Stancil (Sugar Ray Leonard) over DeAndre Turnipseed (Hit Squad)
132 Pounds (Female): Dube' Akinola (Dog Pound) wins by walkover.
114 Pounds: Albert Soshe (Headbangers) over Kollin Shrewsberry (NOMIS)
123 Pounds: Elon'e Kemp (Limelite) over Demarco Kennedy (Champions)
132 Pounds: Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) over Mikal McCoy (Mack Lewis)
141 Pounds: Tre'von Wells (Dream Team) over Corey Walton, Jr. (Floyd's Gym)
152 Pounds: Quenton Stephens (Headbangers) over Anwar Wingate (Kenilworth)
165 Pounds: Ibrahim Toure (MVJ Athletics) over Oscar Mejia (Raw Assassin)
165 Pounds: Moses Saleem (Unattached) over Jermaine Fuller (Knowledge Boxing)
178 Pounds: Ian Cokley (Old School) over Damian Pringle (NOMIS)
201 Pounds: Lorenzo Jones (Unattached) wins by walkover.
201 Pounds: Jermaine Harbert (Headbangers) over Zachary Flores (Kicked-Up)
201+ Pounds: Marquette McMillian (Down Under) over Jobe Lee (MVJ Athletics)
201+ Pounds: Zackary Chick (MVJ Athletics) over Darius Rowe (Old School)
123 Pounds: Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard) over DeAngelo McDonald (Tony's Gym)
132 Pounds: Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) over Trevon Bush (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 Pounds: Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Davis Bakker (Laurel)
152 Pounds: Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) wins by walkover.
178 Pounds: Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) over Tyler Langer (Mack Lewis)
201 Pounds: Thomas Mottinger (Main Street) over Jordan Scott (Ferebee Hope Center)
The second semi-final will be on Saturday, March 24th at Rosecroft Raceway. The first bout is at 7:30 PM.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed has lost a 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated Arnold Barboza, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA tonight at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
Reed had difficulty dealing with Barboza's six-inch reach advantage early in the contest as he had difficulty getting inside. Barboza was able to keep Reed at distance with a solid left jab. In the third round, Barboza made Reed stumble with a big right hook. Reed, however, was able to stay upright.
In the later stages of the contest, Reed did a better job of cutting the ring off and getting inside Barboza's reach to land shots. However, Reed lost too many rounds early on the scorecards. Reed lost the bout by scores of 97-93 (twice) and 96-94.
Reed has now lost two straight contests and is now 23-2, 12 KO's. Barboza remains undefeated and is now 18-0, six KO's.
Friday, March 09, 2018
(Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank)
Mike Reed weighed in at 142 pounds for his 10-round nationally televised bout against Arnold Barboza, Jr. Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Barboza, Jr. came in at 141.4 pounds.
The bout is scheduled to be televised by ESPN beginning at 10 PM ET.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Kisner (20-4-1, six KO's) defeated Brian Holstein on March 3rd in Columbus, OH by 10-round unanimous decision to win his second NABA-USA title. This is Kisner's second attempt to win the WBA Inter-Continental title. In his first overseas trip, Kisner lost by fourth-round knockout to undefeated Ryan Merhy for the Inter-Continental title on December 16th in Charleroi, Belgium.
Lofidi (7-2, three KO's) is the French Cruiserweight champion and he is riding a two-bout winning streak including a first-round knockout of Siril Makaidi on January 20th at the Palace Des Sports Marcel Cerdan.
Neither boxer has gone 12 rounds in their career. Kisner has been 10 rounds twice while Lofidi has never been past the eighth round.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Beltway veteran Willis "The Prophet" Lockett of Takoma Park, MD will take on Camden, NJ's Prince Badi Ajamu. These two boxers have competed a combined 75 times and have a combined age of 87 years.
The 41-year-old Lockett (15-22-6, five KO's) has lost three of his last four including a fifth-round TKO defeat to Frederic Julan on November 18th at the Claridge. Over his career ,which began in 2001, Lockett has fought fellow locals Keith Holmes, Willie Williams, Henry Mayes and Maxell Taylor as well as former prospects Dante Craig, Jerson Ravelo, Chuck Mussachio as well as current prospect Jerry Forrest.
The 46-year-old Ajamu (28-3-1, 15 KO's) also started his pro career in 2001 and would have even more bouts on his record if he did not take an eight-year hiatus from boxing from 2009-2017. Ajamu is a former NABO and Continental Americas Light heavyweight champion whose biggest bout came in a loss to recently retired legend Roy Jones, Jr. Ajamu lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Jones in July of 2006 in Boise, ID. In his last outing, Ajamu won an eight-round unanimous decision over Edgar Perez on August 5th at the Claridge.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Hurd In Unification Bout Against Lara April 7th In Las Vegas; Davis Challenges Cuellar For Vacant Featherweight Title April 21st In Brooklyn!
Hurd, the two-time Beltway Boxer of the Year, is undefeated at 21-0, 15 KO's. Hurd has stopped his last seven opponents, including a 10th-round stoppage of former world champion Austin Trout in his last outing (his first title defense) on October 14th in Brooklyn, NY. Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO's) made the fifth defense of his title on the same October 14th card, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Terrell Gausha.
Two weeks later on Saturday, April 21st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, undefeated former IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore, MD will take on former WBA Featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar of Buenos Aires, Argentina for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight title. Davis (19-0, 18 KO's) scored an eighth-round TKO over Francisco Fonseca on August 26 in Las Vegas. However, Davis lost his title on the scales because he came in overweight. Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO's) will look to bounce back from dropping his WBA title in a 12-round split decision loss to Abner Mares in December of 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. Cuellar has not fought since that bout.
Both bouts will be televised on Showtime.
The website is offering a boxing glove stainless steel pendant on sale for $28.97. Please click on the pendant shown and purchase this great item.
In the interest of full disclosure, Debra Spears is the lovely wife of my DC Boxing Hall Of Fame broadcasting partner, "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears.
BATB is looking for new sponsors for the blog and/or the podcast. If you have an event, gym or product and you are interested, contact me at email@example.com. Thank you!
Reed (23-1, 12 KO's) looks to bounce back from his second-round TKO loss to Jose Carlos Ramirez on November 11th in Fresno, CA. That bout was also televised by ESPN.
Barboza, Jr. (17-0, six KO's) comes off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Jonathan Chicas on August 5th in Los Angeles. This will be Barboza's first scheduled 10-round contest.
The telecast of this card is scheduled to begin at 10 PM ET.
Monday, March 05, 2018
In the Junior Division, there will be one championship bout.
14-15, 140 Pounds: Dennis Zeigler (Tony's Gym) vs. L'Shawn Nelson (Upton)
16, 135 Pounds: Joi Lee (NOMIS)
16, 140 Pounds: Joshua Hill (Woodland)
16, 148 Pounds: Edwin Angel (No Xcuse)
12, 160 Pounds: Damion Williams (Sharp Shooters)
16, 165 Pounds: Christian Hamilton (Champions)
16, 178 Pounds: Zane Wilson (Upton)
17, 173 Pounds: DeAndre Turnipseed (Hit Squad) vs. Jay Stancil (Sugar Ray Leonard)
132 Pounds (Female): Dube' Akinola (Dog Pound) vs. Sha'tonya Nicholson (Limelite)
114 Pounds: Albert Soshe (Headbangers) vs. Kollin Shrewsberry (NOMIS)
123 Pounds: Demarco Kennedy (Champions) vs. Elon'e Kemp (Limelite)
132 Pounds: Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) vs. Mikal McCoy (Mack Lewis)
141 Pounds: Corey Walton, Jr. (Floyd's Gym) vs. Tre'von Wells (Dream Team)
152 Pounds: Quenton Stephens (Headbangers) vs. Anwar Wingate (Kenilworth)
165 Pounds: Oscar Mejia (Raw Assassin) vs. Ibrahim Toure (MVJ Athletics)
165 Pounds: Tremaine Fuller (Knowledge Boxing) vs. Moses Saleem (Unattached)
178 Pounds: Ian Cokley (Old School) vs. Damian Pringle (NOMIS)
201 Pounds: Christopher Watson (Benning Park) vs. Lorenzo Jones (Unattached)
201 Pounds: Jermaine Harbert (Headbangers) vs. Zachary Flores (Kicked-Up)
201+ Pounds: Jobe Lee (MVJ Athletics) vs. Marquette McMillian (Down Under)
201+ Pounds: Zackary Chick (MVJ Athletics) vs. Darius Rowe (Old School)
132 Pounds: Steven Griffith (Woodland)
152 Pounds: Adrien Briscoe (Charm City)
165 Pounds: Vincent Goedecke (Unattached)
123 Pounds: Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. DeAngelo McDonald (Tony's Gym)
132 Pounds: Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) vs. Trevon Bush (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 Pounds: Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Davis Bakker (Laurel)
152 Pounds: Stephann Hopps (Headbangers) vs. Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)
178 Pounds: Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) vs. Tyler Langer (Mack Lewis)
201 Pounds: Jordan Scott (Ferebee Hope Center) vs. Thomas Mottinger (Main Street)
The second semi-final will be held on Saturday, March 24th at Rosecroft beginning at 7:30 PM.
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Here are the results from Saturday's competition in the Washington Golden Gloves tournament at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:
Junior Division (All Championship Bouts):
11-12, 85 Pounds: Sameer Rafaie (Oxon Hill) over Shakem Harris (#11 Overcomers)
9-10, 90 Pounds: Andre Beckworth (Headbangers) over Durell Black (Headbangers)
14, 101 Pounds: Gregory Parker (Headbangers) over Jayden Wright (Hillcrest)
12-13, 106 Pounds: Benjamin Johnson (No Xcuse) wins by walkover.
12, 114 Pounds: Donte Dailey (Charm City) over Camron Hackett (Sugar Ray Leonard)
14, 119 Pounds: Deon Giles (No Xcuse) wins by walkover.
14, 132 Pounds: Reginald Clark (Hillcrest) over Jordan Brown (Main Street)
16, 153 Pounds: Aziz Khudoyberdiev (Baltimore Boxing) over Shawn Jester, Jr. (Club Mantis)
132 Pounds: Mikal McCoy (Mack Lewis) wins by walkover.
141 Pounds: Pedro Verdejo (Simon Brown) over Keyshawn Williams (Deanwood)
141 Pounds: Dominic Fantauzzo (Champions) wins by walkover.
152 Pounds: Antonio Brothers (Knowledge Boxing) over Nijia Anderson (Hagerstown)
152 Pounds: Markeese Hines (Main Street) over Seth Anderson (Champions)
165 Pounds: Tremaine Fuller (Knowledge Boxing) wins by walkover.
165 Pounds: Moses Salem (Unattached) over Joshua Allen (Deanwood)
165 Pounds: Cristano Lucio (Old School) over Richard Poorman (Keystone)
178 Pounds: Damian Pringle (NOMIS) wins by walkover.
178 Pounds: Ian Cokley (Old School) over DeAndre Coleman (Langdon)
178 Pounds: Joel Tchantchuinj (Urban Boxing) over Jermaine Cameron (Raw Assassin)
201+ Pounds: Zackary Chick (MVJ Athletics) over Tyrone Adams (NOMIS)
201+ Pounds: Darius Rowe (Old School) over Darryl McKeithan (Sugar Ray Leonard)
132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest)
141 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Khari Clinkscales (Headbangers)
152 Pounds: Marlon Bolen (Floyd's Gym) over Deshawn Chase (Baltimore Boxing)
The semi-finals get underway on Saturday March 10th at Rosecroft Raceway. First bell is at 7:30 PM ET.
Saturday, March 03, 2018
Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne Russell remained undefeated with a second-round TKO victory over Keasen Freeman of Aiken, SC at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Russell knocked down Freeman down in the first round with a series of right hands. Freeman managed to survive the round, marking the first time Russell went into the second round.
Russell jumped on Freeman again in round two, using a series of hooks to drop him again. The bout would be stopped at 1:16 of the second.
Russell is now 4-0, four KO's while Freeman loses for the first time and he is 4-1, two KO's.
The card is scheduled to be shown on the Fite.TV app beginning at 7 PM ET.
Friday, March 02, 2018
Nick Kisner weighed in at the cruiserweight limit of 200 pounds for his 10-round rematch with Brian Holstein Saturday at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, OH. Holstein came in at 194 pounds.
This bout looks like it will open the card which features the WBC Heavyweight championship bout between champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Luis Ortiz as well as the Interim IBF Super Middleweight championship rematch between champ Andre Dirrell and challenger Jose Uzcategui. Those bouts will be shown on Showtime.