Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco "The Cisco Kid" Bustos scored a second-round TKO over Eddie Gates of Jacksonville, FL. The time of the knockout was 2:46. Bustos remains undefeated at 9-0, six KO's. Gates falls to 2-12, one KO.
Washington, DC super welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines won by four-round split decision over the debuting George Gethers of New Jersey. No word on the scorecards. Hines is now 5-0, two KO's.
Waldorf, MD welterweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick won by first-round TKO over Mike Blocker of Spartanburg, SC. The TKO came at 1:28. Kilpatrick rises to 5-0, two KO's while Blocker falls to 0-2.
Bowie, MD welterweight Marlon "The Machine" Bolen won by four-round unanimous decision over DC's Lamont White. No word on the scores. Bolen is 2-0, one KO while White is now 1-18, one KO.
Germantown, MD super featherweight Ebrima Jawara scored a second-round TKO over Dammeon "El Dinero" Campbell of Monroeville, PA. The time of the knockout was 2:51. Jawara is now 1-1, one KO while Campbell falls to 0-3.
Middleweight Victor Miles of Fredricksburg, VA won a four-round unanimous decision over Antonio Allen of Philadelphia, PA. Miles made a successful pro debut while Allen drops to 0-10-1.
Welterweight Damon Towns of Raleigh, NC knocked out Terrence Brown of Wilson, NC at 1:22 of the first round. Towns rises to 2-0, two KO's while Brown is 0-3.
Debuting heavyweight Norman Neely of Paterson, NJ won by fourth-round TKO over Lamar Lewis of Arkansas. Time of the knockout was 1:50. Lewis falls to 0-5.
Here are the results from the Regional Golden Gloves Championships that took place on April 27th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:
123 Pounds: Shakell Daly, Hyattsville, MD over Ishmael Bennett, Richmond, VA
132 Pounds (Female): Nerrisa Turner, Laurel, MD over Jayda Davis, Chesapeake, VA
132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar, Germantown, MD over Juan Ibarra, Willow Springs, NC
141 Pounds: Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, VA over Jalen Jones, Washington, DC -- Sullivan was named the Outstanding Boxer of the Regional Golden Gloves for the second straight year.
152 Pounds: Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, VA over Deshawn Chase, Baltimore, MD
165 Pounds: William Townsel, Virginia Beach, VA over Jeff Bozier, Jr., Baltimore, MD
178 Pounds: Joel Tchatchunji, Silver Spring, MD over Dijon Bowles, Richmond, VA
201+ Pounds: Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD vs. Darnell Price, Camp Lejeune, NC -- Titus has won three straight regional titles at 201+ to go with his two titles at 201 pounds in 2014 and 2015.
Here is your 2019 Open Division Regional Champions who make up the DC Region team that will head to the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, May 5th-12th in Chattanooga, TN:
114 Pounds: Demetrius Lewis, Lanham, MD
123 Pounds: Shakeel Daly, Hyattsville, MD
132 Pounds (Female): Nerrisa Turner, Laurel, MD
132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar, Germantown, MD
141 Pounds: Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, VA
152 Pounds: Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, VA
165 Pounds: William Townsel, Virginia Beach, VA
178 Pounds: Joel Tchatchunji, Silver Spring, MD
201 Pounds: Ezri Turner, Dover, DE
201+ Pounds: Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD
123 Pounds: Demarco Kennedy, Washington, DC over D'Ante Hawkins, Fayetteville, NC
132 Pounds: Saquan Epps, Washington, DC over Jeffrey Yu, Oakton, VA
141 Pounds (Female): Abigail Blount, Fayetteville, NC over Lisa Bodenburg, Baltimore, MD
141 Pounds: Devante Alexander, Great Mills, MD over Akeem Jackson, Alexandria, VA
152 Pounds: Victor Williams, Arlington, VA over Stephon Jordan, Germantown, MD
165 Pounds: Michael Hines, Washington, DC wins by walkover
178 Pounds: Walter Sanders, Baltimore, MD wins by walkover
201 Pounds: Marcel Gwynn, Newport News, VA wins by walkover
201+ Pounds: Ricardo Volcin, Washington, DC over William Elam, Newport News, VA
Unopposed Champion (114 Pounds): Emanuel Burroughs, Temple Hills, MD
The Bout Of The Night was a contest in the 67-70 pound division where Michael O'Connor (Oxon Hill) defeated Levar Adams (No Games). This bout brought the crowd in attendance to its collective feet.
O'Connor's brother, Patrick, defeated his Oxon Hill teammate Joshua Briggs in a contest at 110 pounds.
Saleem Rafaie (Oxon Hill) defeated Laron Manning (Oxon Hill) at 75 pounds while Amir Lee (Oxon Hill) won a contest over Rafaie's brother, Sameer, at 85 pounds.
Khaliq Harrison (Hillcrest) won his bout over Yeshaya Franklin of West Virginia at 125-130 pounds.
In the true Belfast-Beltway bouts against boxers from Ireland, Keith Burroughs (Oxon Hill) defeated Diarmuid Bradley (Holy Trinity) at 97-101 pounds.
Reginald Clark (Oxon Hill) won his bout over Thomas Orr (Lisburn) at 130 pounds.
Dontae Smith (Oxon Hill) lost his 150 pound contest to Gary Arthurs (Gleean).
Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill) was victorious in his 120 pound contest against Peter Devine (Oliver Plunkett).
Francis Poulos (Diamonds N The Ruff) lost his bout at 200 pounds to Edward McDonough (Galway)
Sampson Hayes (Diamonds N The Ruff) defeated Rory Trainor (Ardonye Holy Cross) at 150 pounds.
Deonte Washington (Diamonds N The Ruff) lost his 152 pound bout to Aaron Daly (Castlebar)
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Middleweight Francisco "The Cisco Kid" Bustos of Rockville, MD will take on Eddie Gates of Jacksonville, FL. Bustos (8-0, five KO's) comes off back-to-back victories over Jauvan John in June and August of 2018. Gates (2-11, one KO) has not fought since January of 2015 when he lost by fourth-round TKO to Shakeel Phinn in Gatineau, Canada.
Bowie, MD cruiserweight Chester Stewart will battle Kwame Benson of Concord, NC. Both men are 0-1. Stewart lost his pro debut by third-round TKO to Charles Johnson on August 18th in Hanover, MD. Benson fell in his first contest by four-round unanimous decision to Jhevani Dixon on February 8th in Raleigh, NC.
Washington, DC super welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines faces the debuting George Gethers of New Jersey. Hines (4-0, two KO's) looks to celebrate his birthday by extending his undefeated streak. Hines is coming off a four-round majority decision win over Farhad Fatulla on January 18th in New York City.
Waldorf, MD middleweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick takes on Michael Blocker of Spartanburg, SC. Kilpatrick (4-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White on December 15th at Tyson's Playground. Blocker (0-1) lost his pro debut by first-round knockout to Zarifbek Nishanbaev in March of 2015 in Springfield, VA.
Bowie welterweight Marlon "The Machine" Bolen will battle Lamont White of Washington, DC. Bolen (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut on June 16th in Laurel, MD and scored a third-round TKO over Christopher Thorne. White (1-17, one KO) dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Nahir Albright on February 9th in Norfolk, VA.
Germantown, MD featherweight Ebrima Jawara will face off with the returning Dammeon "El Dinero" Campbell of Monroeville, PA. Jawara (0-1) looks to win his first bout after dropping a tough four-round split decision to Malik Loften on March 8th in Hanover, MD. Campbell (0-2) has not fought since March of 2005 when he lost by first-round knockout to Mike Ricasa in Woodlawn, MD.
Making his pro debut will be Clinton, MD super welterweight Victor Miles who will take on Antonio Allen of Philadelphia, PA. Miles competed in the Washington Golden Gloves back in 2016. Allen (0-9-1) lost by second-round TKO to Nigel Fennell in Hockessin, DE on September 15th.
Friday, April 26, 2019
Hawkins seemed to be in complete control of the bout, forcing Byrd to take a knee in round seven. Hawkins won two judge's scorecards by shutout, 80-71 and one card by a 78-74 score. Hawkins remained undefeated at 15-0, nine KO's. Byrd is now 7-7-2, one KO.
Silver Spring, MD super featherweight Suliaman Segawa upset previously undefeated Gadwin "Abayarde" Rosa of Ocala, FL by eight-round unanimous decision. Segawa was reportedly strong in the early stages of the bout and won the contest by scores of 80-72 and 79-73 twice. Segawa is now 12-2, four KO's while Rosa falls to 10-1, eight KO's.
Reed battered Cruz all throughout the contest, landing lefts and rights at will. Cruz was a punching bag with feet as he took all the punishment in the bout. Cruz never went down but he was in no condition to continue and referee Edward Hernandez stopped the bout at 1:45 seconds of the second round.
The win breaks a two-bout losing streak for Reed and he is now 24-2, 13 KO's. Cruz is now 25-14, 15 KO's.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Also on the card, Silver Spring, MD super featherweight Suliaman Segawa will take on undefeated Gadwin "Abayarde" Rosa of Ocala, FL in an eight-round encounter. Sagawa, a native of Uganda (11-2, four KO's), comes off a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Abraham Nova on November 18th in Boston, MA. Rosa, originally from Puerto Rico (10-0, eight KO's), makes his second straight visit to the Met where he knocked out Jorge Luis Santos Guzman in the second round on February 23rd.
Segawa tipped the scales at 128 1/2 while Nova came in at 129.6 pounds.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Reed (23-2, 12 KO's) looks to break a two-bout losing streak which includes a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Arnold Barboza, Jr. in March of 2018 in Carson, CA. Cruz (25-13, 15 KO's) comes off a fourth-round TKO over Juan Valdez on March 28th in Guasave, Mexico.
In the Beltway, he's affectionally known as "The Don King of Southern Maryland." No one has a richer Beltway Boxing history -- especially on the amateur side of local boxing -- than he does.
Now, Bobby Magruder is about to be honored on a national level as he will be this year's sole inductee into the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame when this year's edition of the national tournament begins on May 5th.
A former local amateur who competed three times against Sugar Ray Leonard, Magruder never turned professional and, in 1972, started promoting amateur boxing and training and managing local pro prospects. Magruder was also connected to the Leonard camp during his championship reigns and had a long-term working relationship with legendary trainer Angelo Dundee.
Magruder, in some capacity, has attended more than 30 National Golden Gloves tournaments. Since 2007, he has been the Delegate/President of the Washington, DC Region team. During his tenure as president, the DC region has had 10 National Golden Gloves champions. That includes a team in 2012 where three boxers -- Gervonta Davis, D'Mitrius Ballard, and Jerry Odom -- won national titles, Odom was the "Golden Boy" winner as Most Outstanding Boxer and the DC Region won the first-place team trophy for the first time. The DC region also hosted the World Golden Gloves in 2013.
In 1985, Magruder was inducted into the Washington, DC Boxing Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Maryland Hall of Fame in 1994. And now, he takes his rightful place into the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson will be in a 10-round contest against Ernest Amuzu or Prichard, AL by way of Ghana. Nicholson (21-3-1, 20 KO's) is the reigning WBC USNBC and Maryland State Super Middleweight champion. However, neither title will be on the line in this contest. Nicholson won the Maryland State title in his last outing, a first-round TKO over Jessie Nicklow on March 8th in Hanover, MD.
Amuzu (25-4, 22 KO's) makes only his second appearance in the United States after mostly competing in his native Ghana. Amuzu's first bout in the US was his last contest where he lost to Brandon Robinson by third-round TKO on September 14th in Philadelphia, PA.
Undefeated Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "Sharpshooter" Outlaw will compete in his first eight-round contest when he takes on Martin "El Guapo" Nicolas Matamala of Cipoletti, Argentina. Outlaw (7-0, two KO's) comes off a first-round no-contest against Tyrone Crawley on the March 8th card in Hanover, MD. Matamala (11-7, three KO's) comes to the United States for the first time and will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak that includes a six-round unanimous decision loss to Carlos Armando Santana on November 2nd in Sarmiento, Argentina.
Also, Baltimore, MD super middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson will be in a four-round encounter against Lorawnt T. Nelson of Arvada, CO. Simpson (3-0, two KO's) last fought on March 24th and won a four-round unanimous decision over Jaime Meza on March 24th in Oxon Hill, MD. Nelson (5-2, four KO's) comes off back-to-back first-round TKO's against debuting boxers in his last two bouts. Nelson stopped Joe Miles in the first on March 23rd in Golden, CO.
Meanwhile, the main event has been announced for the Tricky Entertainment card that will take place on Saturday, May 18th at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC. Largo, MD super middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade will battle Nick "The Machine Gun" Brinson of Geneva, NY in a 10-round contest for WBC and IBO Regional Super Middleweight titles. The bout will be a rematch of a June 2014 Las Vegas, NV bout that Wade won by 10-round unanimous decision.
Wade (20-1, 14 KO's) comes off a fifth-round TKO win over Josue Obando on February 23rd in Charlotte, NC. Brinson (19-4-2, nine KO's) has not fought since June of 2017 when he scored a sixth-round TKO over Jaime Barboza in Verona, NY.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Harrison was able to use his jab effectively throughout the contest and as the bout wore on, the jab helped break Jenkins, Jr.'s defense down. Harrison would put on the pressure in the fourth round and landed a four-punch combination that would drop Jenkins, Jr. to the canvas. At that point, referee David Braslow decided that Jenkins, Jr. could not continue and the bout was stopped at 2:17 of the fourth round. Harrison remains undefeated at 32-0-1, 18 KO's while Jenkins, Jr. falls to 10-6, three KO's.
The co-feature saw Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun knock out Marquise Valentine of Toledo, OH in the sixth round. Balogun had a bit of difficulty early on in the contest as his jab was coming up a little short against Valentine. As the bout wore on, Balogun's pressure increased and he started to land punches to Valentine's body and head. In the fifth round, Balogun's offense paid dividends as he dropped Valentine with a flush right hand to the head. Balogun would knock Valentine down two more times in the sixth round before referee Brent Bovell would stop the bout at 2:29 of the sixth. Balogun remains undefeated at 13-0, 10 KO's while Valentine drops to 5-6, two KO's.
Leesburg, VA cruiserweight "Mighty" Joe Jones registered a first-round TKO over previously undefeated Montez Brown of Virginia Beach, VA. Jones was able to get to Brown early, landing a perfectly timed right hook that dropped him to the canvas. Brown would recover but Jones would pressure him the rest of the way landing quick combinations to the body and a two-punch combo to the head that would force referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout at 1:01 of the first. Jones, who competed for the first time in the Beltway as a professional, raised his record to 10-1, eight KO's while Brown lost for the first time and his record is now 8-1, six KO's.
Hagerstown, MD super middleweight "The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana made short work of Jonathan Morgan of Holland, MI with a devastating knockout at 42 seconds of the first round. Pllana landed a brutal right-left combination to Morgan's head that sent Morgan crashing face first to the canvas. The bout was stopped immediately. Pllana is now 4-0, two KO's. Morgan is 0-2.
Silver Spring, MD heavyweight George "G3" Harris scored a first-round knockout over Lamarco "Da Bull" Ellis of Fayetteville, NC. Harris went to work early on his opponent using a strong jab. Eventually, the jab would allow Harris to come inside as Ellis's hands dropped. Harris would land two right hands to the body that sent Harris to the canvas face first. The bout was immediately stopped at 1:01 of the first round. Harris is now 3-0, three KO's while Ellis is 3-5, one KO.
Philadelphia, PA cruiser Greg "Hotshot" Hackett registered a minor upset by defeating Larry "Hitman" Pryor of Frederick, MD by four-round majority decision. Hackett was simply the busier boxer in the contest. Hackett was able to get inside and land uppercuts to Pryor's body and looping shots to the head. Pryor, who was the taller boxer in the contest, did not use that height very well. Pryor did not use his jab well and that enabled Hackett to get inside with relative ease. Judge David Braslow saw a draw at 38-38 but judges Kenny Chevalier and John Gradowski scored the bout 39-37 for Hackett, who broke a 15-bout winless streak with the win and raised his record to 3-18-1. Pryor is now 10-18, five KO's.
In the opening contest, Hobbsville, NC super featherweight "RBIII" Roger Belch III won a six-round unanimous decision over Darel Harris of Sarasota, FL. Both men fought well in this contest. Belch used his jab very effectively in the opening rounds. Harris countered by using some strong head and body shots. Belch III was the more active boxer in the bout and he would win by a 59-55 score on all three judges scorecards. Belch raises his record to 13-1, eight KO's while Harris falls to 1-12-1.
Ken Weckstein led KBW Promotions into their first boxing promotion. The matchmaker was Brian Dillon. This reporter served as the ring announcer.
Friday, April 19, 2019
Russell (29-1, 17 KO's) won his title in March of 2015 with a fourth-round TKO of Jhonny Gonzalez in Las Vegas, NV and has defended his title once a year since then. In his last outing, Russell won a 12-round unanimous decision over Jo Jo Diaz on May 19th at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.
Martinez (39-8-2, 28 KO's) is a former IBF Super Bantamweight champion who won that title with a sixth-round TKO victory over previously undefeated Jhonatan Romero in August of 2013 in Atlantic City, NJ. Martinez would defend his title twice before dropping the belt to Carl Frampton in Belfast, Ireland in September of 2014. Martinez has also competed for the WBA Featherweight championship losing to Leo Santa Cruz by fifth-round TKO in February of 2016 in Anaheim, CA. Martinez is ranked third in the world by the WBC.
Here are some statements by the two boxers leading to this contest.
Russell, Jr.: “I expect to send a message to everyone in or near my division that I’m a force to be reckoned with. I want to unify against Leo Santa Cruz and I’m going to do what I have to do to get there. I’m never going to take any opponent lightly and right now, it’s my job to take care of Kiko Martinez before I worry about anything else. On May 18 you should expect to see excitement, punching power, hand speed, fast combinations and a great level of boxing IQ. I’m the best in boxing today and I prove that every time I get in the ring.”
Martinez: “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to win another world title and I’m thankful and excited for May 18. Gary Russell Jr is in for a rude awakening. I have a lot of experience and I feel great at featherweight. There will be nothing better than celebrating my 50th fight with a new world title.”
Here is the scale watch for the KBW Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, April 20th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:
Dusty Hernandez Harrison 163 vs. Fred Jenkins, Jr. 162.6
Mike Balogun 232 vs. Marquise Valentine 310.2
Montez Brown 193.8 vs. Joe Jones 192.4
Genc Pllana 168 vs. Jonathan Morgan 167.4
George Harris 216.4 vs. Lamarco Ellis 277.8
Larry Pryor 192.2 vs. Greg Hackett 194.2
Roger Belch 133.8 vs. Darel Harris 135.8
The card gets underway at 7 PM ET.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
123 Pounds: Demarco Kennedy, Washington, DC vs. D'Ante Hawkins, Fayetteville, NC
132 Pounds: Saquan Epps, Washington, DC vs. Jeffrey Yu, Oakton, VA
141 Pounds (Female): Lisa Bodenburg, Baltimore, MD vs. Abigail Blount, Fayetteville, NC
141 Pounds: Devante Alexander, Great Mills, MD vs. Akeem Jackson, Alexandria, VA
152 Pounds: Stephon Jordan, Germantown, MD vs. Victor Williams, Arlington, VA
165 Pounds: Stephan Burden, Baltimore, MD vs. Onaje Bullen, Norfolk, VA
178 Pounds: Walter Sanders, Baltimore, MD vs. William Cannady, Louisburg, NC
201 Pounds: Damian Pringle, Washington, DC vs. Marcel Gwynn, Newport News, VA
201+ Pounds: Ricardo Volcin, Washington, DC vs. William Elam, Newport News, VA
Unopposed Champion (114 Pounds): Emanuel Burroughs, Temple Hills, MD
Open Division (Winners from the Open Division advance to the National Golden Gloves in Chattanooga, TN May 5th-12th);
123 Pounds: Shakell Daly, Hyattsville, MD vs. Ishmael Bennett, Richmond, VA
132 Pounds (Female): Nerrisa Turner, Laurel, MD vs. Jayda Davis, Chesapeake, VA
132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Germantown, MD) vs. Juan Ibarra, Willow Springs, NC
141 Pounds: Jalen Jones, Washington, DC vs. Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, VA
152 Pounds: Deshawn Chase, Baltimore, MD vs. Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, VA
165 Pounds: Jeff Bozier, Jr., Baltimore, MD vs. William Townsel, Virginia Beach, VA
178 Pounds: Joel Tchatchunji, Silver Spring, MD vs. Dijon Bowles, Richmond, VA
201+ Pounds: Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD vs. Darnell Price, Camp Lejeune, NC
114 Pounds: Demetrius Lewis, Lanham, MD
201 Pounds: Ezri Turner, Dover, DE
Monday, April 15, 2019
Taylor (20-5, 14 KO's) has not fought since he lost by fifth-round TKO to Lucas Matthysse in May of 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Giyasov (7-0, six KO's) comes off a fifth-round TKO over Edgar Puerta on February 23rd in Tijuana, Mexico.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Sigmon won by scores of 97-93 across the board to raise his record to 34-13-1, 17 KO's. Glass loses for the first time and is now 9-1-1, six KO's.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Kisner Suffers No Decision; Bates Scores 4th-Round TKO in Atlantic City; Sykes Wins Upset In Charlotte!
Late in the round, the two men violently clashed heads and the result was a nasty cut near Kisner's right eye. The blood was going into the eye and Kisner said he could not see. The ringside doctors called a halt to the contest after the round was over. Kisner's record remains at 21-4-1, six KO's while Wallin remains undefeated at 20-0, 13 KO's.
On the undercard, DC super bantamweight Marcus "Dreamcrusher" Bates scored an upset victory with a fourth-round TKO over Jesse Angel Hernandez of Fort Worth, TX. No word on when the bout was stopped. Bates bounces back very nicely from his lone loss to Raeese Aleem in April of 2018 and is now 9-1-1, eight KO's. Hernandez, who was ranked 14th in the world by the WBA, falls to 12-3, seven KO's.
Meanwhile at the West End Plaza in Salisbury, NC, super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes of Hanover, MD also registered an upset as he won a six-round unanimous decision over Roy King of Johnson City, TN. Sykes dropped King in the fourth round and went on to the victory. Sykes evens his record at 3-3 while King drops to 11-3-1, six KO's.
Friday, April 12, 2019
(Photo by Stephanie Trapp/Showtime)
Nick Kisner weighed in at 221 pounds for his 10-round contest against undefeated Otto Wallin on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Wallin tipped the scales at 227 pounds.
The Kisner-Wallin bout will open the Showtime Boxing telecast beginning at 9:10 PM ET.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
A number of Beltway Boxers have been added to the TGB Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, May 11th at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA. This is the card that features 154-pound world champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, MD defending his titles against number one contender Julian "J-Rock" Williams of Philadelphia, PA.
Undefeated Bethesda, MD super flyweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin will be in his first 12-round contest when he takes on former world champion Luis "Nica" Concepcion of Panama City, Panama. This bout is slated to be an IBO Elimination contest and may have bearing on the IBF as well. Marin (17-0, 11 KO's) is the defending IBO Intercontinental Super Flyweight champion and is ranked third in the world by the IBF. In his last outing, Marin won the IBO Intercontinental title with a 10-round split decision over Bruno Escalante on September 8th in Inglewood, CA.
Concepcion (37-7, 26 KO's) is a former WBA Super Flyweight titleholder who is looking to bounce back from a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Andrew Moloney on September 8th in Bendigo, Australia. Concepcion won the WBA title in August of 2016, defeating Kohei Kono by 12-round unanimous decision in Japan.
Glenarden, MD lightweight Drayvontay Speed-Rawls will be in his first eight-rounder when he battles with veteran Jonathan "Popeye" Perez of Barranquilla, Colombia. Speed-Rawls (11-1-1, eight KO's) comes off a third-round TKO over Dante Cox on March 8th in Hanover, MD. Perez (38-23, 30 KO's) broke a five-bout losing streak with a third-round stoppage of Euclides Carcamo on January 18th in Monteria, Colombia.
In an all-Maryland super welterweight contest, Mark "Sayless" Duncan of Clarksburg will take on Baltimore's Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. The bout is scheduled for six rounds. Duncan (3-1, three KO's) looks to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss, a six-round split decision to Arturo Izquierdo on March 24th in Oxon Hill, MD. Womack, Jr. (8-17-4, six KO's) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak. In his last outing, Womack, Jr. lost by fourth-round TKO to Zarifbek Nishanbaev on August 18th in Hanover, MD. Womack, Jr. will be facing a fellow Beltway Boxer for the third straight time -- he also lost a tough four-round majority decision to Kareem Martin in June of 2018 in DC.
Also, Baltimore super welterweight Aaron Anderson will be in a four-round contest against Carlos Galindo of Woburn, MA by way of Lima, Peru. Anderson (4-0, three KO's) looks to build on a four-round unanimous decision win over Chukka Willis on March 2nd in Brooklyn, NY. Galindo (1-9) lost by third-round TKO to Joe Farina on March 29th in Melrose, MA.
Other Beltway Boxers scheduled to be on this card include Laurel, MD super middleweight and WBC USNBC and Maryland State champion Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson (21-3-1, 20 KO's),
Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "Sharpshooter" Outlaw (7-0, two KO's) and Baltimore middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson (3-0, two KO's).
As previously mentioned, Richmond, VA middleweight "The Chosen One" Immanuwel Aleem will take on Matt Korobov of St. Petersburg, FL in a 10-round bout. Right now, 10 Beltway Boxers are slated to be on this card.
There will be a lot riding on this contest. The 10-round bout will be for Roach's WBO International Super Featherweight championship and for the vacant NABO Super Featherweight title. Reportedly, this will also be a WBO Eliminator bout as both men are ranked by the WBO -- Roach is second and Oquendo is fifth.
Roach (18-0-1, seven KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Alberto Mercado on December 15th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This was the first defense of his WBO International title. Oquendo (30-5, 19 KO's) is a former world title challenger who lost a bid for the WBA Featherweight title to Jesus Cuellar by unanimous decision in December of 2015. Since that loss, Oquendo has won four straight bouts including an eight-round unanimous decision win over Deivi Julio Bassa on December 8th in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Roach won his WBO International title with a sixth-round stoppage win over Bassa on July 20th in Cancun, Mexico.
Isley put on a magnificent show in the championship, winning a gold medal in the middleweight division. Isley defeated Arlen Lopez of Cuba by a 3-2 decision. Lopez previously won a gold at the 2015 PanAm Games and a gold at the 2016 Olympics.
Davis lost a tough 3-2 decision to 2017 World Champion Andy Cruz of Cuba in the light welterweight division championship to gain a silver medal.
Team USA won nine medals (four gold, two silver and three bronze) during the qualifier. The 2019 Pan American Games will be July 26th through August 11th in Lima, Peru.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Undefeated DC middleweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison has a new opponent for the card as he will now take on Fred Jenkins, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round contest. Harrison (31-0-1, 17 KO's) returned to action after two-plus years of inactivity and scored a first-round knockout over Bruce Rumbolz on March 30th in New Albany, IN. Jenkins (10-5, three KO's) returns to action for the first time since September of 2017 when he lost a six-round unanimous decision to Isaiah Wise in Philadelphia.
Hagerstown, MD super middleweight "The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana has a new opponent for his four-round encounter. Pllana (3-0, one KO) will battle with Jonathan Morgan of Northern Shores, MI. Pllana (3-0, one KO) last fought on January 26th and won a six-round unanimous decision over Ashton Sykes in Waldorf, MD. Morgan (0-1) lost his pro debut by third-round stoppage to Cedric Whyckoff on October 26th in Detroit, MI.
A couple of bouts have been added to this card. Frederick, MD light heavyweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor will face Greg "Hotshot" Hackett of Philadelphia in a four-round contest. Pryor (10-19, five KO's) has not fought since February of 2018 when he lost a six-round unanimous decision to Alvin Varmall, Jr. in Atlantic City, NJ. Hackett (2-18-1) last fought on September 22nd and dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Filip Stankovic in Springfield, VA. This will be Hackett's seventh straight bout in the Beltway.
Also, Silver Spring, MD heavyweight George Harris returns to action in a four-round bout against Lamarco Ellis of Wilson, NC. Harris (2-0, two KO's) scored a third-round TKO over Lamar Lewis on December 1st in DC. Ellis (2-5, one KO) won his first two bouts but has now lost five in a row include a July 28th loss to Stanley Wright by four-round unanimous decision.
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For the first time, the 2019 Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves will not be held in either Virginia or North Carolina. This year's championships will be held at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th. The semifinals will be on the 12th and championship night will be on the 13th. Both cards begin at 7:30 PM ET.
The winners from the Virginia and North Carolina Novice and Open Bouts will battle the champions from DC/Maryland/Delaware at the Regional Golden Gloves which will also be held at Rosecroft on Saturday, April 27th.
On Saturday, May 18th, there will be a Tricky Entertainment card that will take place at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC. The card is scheduled to feature two regional title bouts and eight Beltway Boxers.
Headlining the card will be Largo, MD super middleweight and former world title challenger Dominic "Lights Out" Wade who will compete in a bout for WBC and IBO Regional titles. Wade (20-1, 14 KO's) has fought twice since his 2016 loss to Gennady Golovkin and has scored knockouts in both contests. In his last outing, Wade scored a fifth-round TKO over Josue Obando on February 23rd in Charlotte, NC.
The co-feature will have DC super featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown who will participate in an IBF regional title bout. Brown (7-0, five KO's) comes off a fourth-round stoppage of former world champion Dahiana Santana on December 8th in Bowie, MD. Brown, who works as a police officer in DC, recently received another honor as she was named the Washington, DC Police Officer of the Year.
Also slated to be on this card are DC super lightweight Antonio "Teflon" Magruder (5-0-1, four KO's), Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed (8-0, five KO's), DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton (15-3-1, 11 KO's), Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick "YG Pat" Harris (15-0, eight KO's), DC featherweight Jordan "Short Dog" White (7-1, six KO's) and debuting DC lightweight Taurean "Untouchable Tip" Venable.
This card joins the cards that will take place May 4th at the Waldorf Cultural Center in Waldorf, MD, May 11th at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA and May 25th at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. We will give full details on all May events at a later date.
Lightweight Davis won a 5-0 decision over Luis Arcon Diaz of Venezuela while Isley, a middleweight, defeated hometown boxer Lestor Espino by a 3-2 score. The semifinals will take place later today.
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Reed Needs New Opponent For California Bout; Davis, Isley Compete In Pan American Qualifier Quarterfinals!
On the amateur side, Keyshawn Davis and Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA have moved into the quarterfinals of the Pan American Games Qualifier in Managua, Nicaragua. Should they win their bouts today, they will punch their tickets to the PanAm Games in Lima, Peru this summer.
Monday, April 08, 2019
Reed (23-2, 12 KO's) needs a win as he has lost his last two bouts, including a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Arnold Barboza, Jr. on March 10th in Carson, CA. Kinda (18-4, seven KO's) has not fought since August of 2017 when he battled Jimmy Williams to a no contest in Mashantucket, CT.
Sunday, April 07, 2019
In the Open Division, 123-pounder Shakell Daly of Diamonds N The Ruff won the title in that division defeating defending champion Dwayne Holmes, Jr. of Sugar Ray Leonard Gym. Daly was named the Outstanding Boxer of the Open Division, an accomplishment made even more special because Daly's father Kelvin, won the same Outstanding Boxer trophy at the Washington Golden Gloves 32 years ago.
Daly's teammate, Demitrius Lewis, captured the title at 114 pounds with a win over Kameron Rick-Holmes of Dream Team. Diamonds N The Ruff won three titles in the Open Division including a walkover win for Ladasia Lewis in the Female 141-Pound class. Only Baltimore Boxing's Deshawn Chase prevented a clean sweep as he defeated Deont'e Washington in the 152-Pound championship. Diamonds N The Ruff captured the Open Division trophy for the tournament.
The night was also a historic one for Tommy Avelar of Sugar Ray Leonard as he won his fourth straight title at 132 Pounds defeating Isaiah Harris of Dog Pound. Avelar has competed in the last five 132-pound championship bouts.
In the 141-Pound championship, Malik Warren of Upton Boxing captured the title by defeating Jalen Jones of Limelite. However, Warren will not head to the Regional Golden Gloves Championships. Instead, Warren will make his professional debut on Friday, April 26th at The Met in Philadelphia, PA joining his gym mate Malik Hawkins.
Another Upton boxer, Jeff Bozier, Jr., took the title at 165 Pounds by defeating Yohannes Rezene of Sugar Ray Leonard. Two other boxers won their titles by walkover -- Joel Tchatchunij of Champions at 178 Pounds and Ezri Turner from Headbangers at 201 Pounds.
Leading the way in the Novice Division was Saquan Epps of NOMIS, who captured the title at 132 pounds, defeating Elonte Kemp of Limelite. Epps's teammate, Damian Pringle, took the title at 201 Pounds with a win over Tyrone Russ of Woodland. Epps would be chosen as the Outstanding Boxer in the Novice Division and NOMIS would earn the Novice Team Trophy.
Devante Alexander of Knowledge Boxing would earn the only stoppage of the evening with an RSC win over Tre'von Wells of Dream Team at 141 Pounds.
In other Novice title bouts, Emanuel Burroughs (Old School) defeated Ra'shawn Jones (Sugar Ray Leonard) at 114 Pounds. At 123 Pounds, Demarco Kennedy (Champions) took the title over Anthony Kareem (Cherry Lane). Stefon Jordan (Champions) won the 152-Pound title with a win over Eric Middleton (NOMIS). At 165 Pounds, Stephan Burden (American Muay Thai) took the crown with a win over Michael Hines (#11 Overcomers).
Walter Sanders (Sweet Science) won the 178 Pound championship with a win over Sunday Akin (Laurel) and Ricardo Volcin (Old School) took the title at 201+ Pounds with a victory over Steven Sparks (Mad House).
The Regional Golden Gloves will take place on Saturday, April 27th at Rosecroft. Prior to that, Rosecroft will play host to the Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves on Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th.
Saturday, April 06, 2019
Hawkins (14-0, nine KO's) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Gledwin Ortiz at The Met on February 23rd. This will be Hawkins's third straight trip to the City of Brotherly Love. Hawkins won a 10-round unanimous decision over Raymond Serrano for the vacant NABA-USA Welterweight title at the Fillmore in February of 2018.
Lyimo (23-9-2, 15 KO's) has only fought twice in the United States and those came in his last two bouts. On March 30th, Lyimo dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to Ismael Garcia in Hockessin, DE. That was Lyimo's first bout in almost two years. Lyimo made his US debut at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA in October of 2017 where he was knocked out in the first round by Zsolt Daranyi, Jr.
Friday, April 05, 2019
Dyer started the contest well as he was able to land and trade shots with Cortes, a Mayweather Promotions prospect. However, late in the third round, Dyer was rocked by a solid right hand that wobbled him. Dyer was able to survive the round.
Dyer would make a nice comeback midway through the fourth when he landed a counter right hand that sent Cortes to the canvas. Cortes was able to regroup in the second half of the contest by outpunching Dyer and would go on to the victory. Cortes would win by scores of 78-73, 79-73 and 78-74. Dyer is now 9-2, five KO's while Cortes's record rises to 11-0. six KO's.
Congratulations to Oxon Hill, MD flyweight Jahmal Harvey who won a gold medal at the Emil Jechev Tournament in Botevgard, Bulgaria.
Competing in his first international tournament, Harvey defeated a hometown boxer, Yasan Ruda by a 4-1 score earlier today.
Amateur Updates: Harvey Advances To Final of Bulgarian Tournament; Beltway Boxers Begin Competition In Pan American Qualifier!
Harvey defeated Marian Radu of Romania by a 5-0 decision to move into the championship bout where he will face Bulgaria's Yasen Radev. Harvey has won all three of his previous contests by unanimous decision.
Meanwhile in Managua, Nicaragua, two locals are competing in a qualifier for the Pan American Games. Alexandria, VA light welterweight Keyshawn Davis won his first bout by 5-0 decision over Miguel German of Peru. Alexandria middleweight Troy Isley will also compete in this event.
The 2019 Pan American Games will take place from July 26th through August 11th in Lima, Peru.
This contest will open the ShoBox telecast on Showtime Friday at 10 PM ET.
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
The eight-round bout will open a ShoBox telecast on Showtime. Dyer (9-1, five KO’s) competes in an eight-rounder for the first time in his pro career after coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over previously undefeated Carlos Dixon on March 2nd in Columbus, OH. This will be Dyer’s third bout in three months. Cortes (10-0, six KO’s) last fought on January 17th and stopped Eder Amaro Fajardo in the third round at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
The telecast will get underway at 10 PM ET.