Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Reeves WBO Inter-Continental Title Bout Rescheduled For March 8th!

Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will have a little more time to prepare for his WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title opportunity in England.  The card, which was originally scheduled for February 23rd, will now be on Saturday, March 8th.  The card will also be in a new location -- the legendary Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, England.

Reeves will challenge the champion, undefeated Anthony Yarde of Ilford, Essex, England in this bout.  Reeves (17-3-2, seven KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Lanell Bellows on January 17th in Las Vegas, NV.  Reeves is a former USBO Light Heavyweight and Maryland State Cruiserweight champion who also challenged for the IBO World Light Heavyweight championship.

Yarde (17-0, 16 KO's) will be making the fifth defense of his WBO Inter-Continental championship that he won in September of 2017.  Yarde last fought on October 20th and scored a fourth-round TKO over Walter Gabriel Sequeira in Brentwood, England.  Yarde is also the WBO European titleholder.

Isley Wins Bronze In Bulgaria!

Alexandria, VA middleweight Troy Isley has captured a bronze medal at the Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Isley lost a 4-1 decision to Serhat Guler of Turkey in yesterday's semi final bout.  This is the second time Isley has medaled at this event, he won a silver medal in 2018.

Outlaw Signs With Kings Promotions; Will Compete on March 8th Hanover Card!




Undefeated Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "Sharpshooter" Outlaw has signed a promotional deal with Kings Promotions of Reading, PA.

Outlaw (7-0, two KO's), one of our Beltway Boxing Prospects Of The Year for 2018, was previously promoted by Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Promotions.  However, Outlaw was released from that contract when that promotional company ceased operations.  In his last outing, Outlaw won a six-round unanimous decision over Mack Allison IV on December 8th at the AC Jordan Arena at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD.

Outlaw will soon have his first bout under the Kings Promotions banner because has been added to the Jeter Promotions card on Friday, March 8th at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD.  Outlaw is scheduled to take on Tyrone Crawley, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA (7-1-1) in a six-round encounter.  Crawley is coming off an eight-round majority draw with Ricardo Garcia on August 10th in Philadelphia, PA.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Isley Advances To Strandja Semifinals; Moore Falls By Unanimous Decision!

Alexandria, VA middleweight Troy Isley has advanced to the semifinals of the Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Isley defeated Kristiyan Nikolov of Bulgaria by a 5-0 decision.  This means Isley has won at least a bronze medal in this tournament.  In 2018, Isley captured a silver medal.

Isley's gymmate, Amelia Moore, lost her quarterfinal 132-pound bout by a 5-0 decision to Neeraj of India.

Harrison Bout Canceled In West Virginia; Balogun Scores Knockout; Dozier Gets Draw!

A number of local boxers appeared on a card at the Mountaineer Casino Ballroom in New Cumberland, WVA on Saturday.

One boxer who was scheduled to appear on this card but did not was Washington, DC's Dusty Hernandez Harrison who had a number of opponents fall out on him during the days leading up to the bouts.  Harrison (30-0-1, 16 KO's) is still looking to compete for the first time since September of 2016.

Two Beltway Boxers did compete on the card.  Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun scored a first-round knockout over Cory "The Cobra" Phelps of Catlettsburg, KY.  No word on the time of the knockout.  Balogun remains undefeated at 12-0, nine KO's. while Phelps falls to 16-12-1, eight KO's.

Also on the card, Suitland, MD super welterweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier battled Daniel "Feel Good Hollywood" Rosenberger of Youngstown, OH to a four-round draw.  All three judges were in agreement and scored the bout 38-38.  Dozier's record is now 10-21-3, five KO's.  Rosenberger is now 4-6-4, one KO.

Results Of Opening Night At Washington Golden Gloves!

Here are the results of the first night of action at the Washington Golden Gloves that was held Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

8, 65 Pounds (Championship): Anthony Durrett, Jr. (Limelite) over Jack Giordano (Main Street)

9, 60 Pounds (Championship): Nathaniel Brown (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Carter Harris (Main Street)

11, 65 Pounds (Championship): Edward Lee, III (Mack Lewis) over Andre Simmons, Jr. (No Xcuse)

9-10, 70 Pounds (Championship): Mark Cates (Limelite) over Lennox Walker (Langdon)

11-12, 70 Pounds (Championship): Darrion McFadden (Keystone) wins by walkover.

11, 70 Pounds (Championship): Saleem Rafaie (Oxon Hill) over Brandon Chestnut (No Xcuse)

11, 90 Pounds (Championship): Andre Beckwith (Headbangers) wins by walkover.

10-11, 75 Pounds: Eric Spencer (Next-Up) over Yusuf Robinson (G-Up Nation)


Novice Division:

132 Pounds: Emmanuel Gilmore (Champions) over Tyrone Anderson (#11 Overcomers)

132 Pounds: Jaquan Epps (NOMIS) over Travian Butler (Keystone)

132 Pounds: Keyshawn Williams (Deanwood) over James Hendricks (Laurel)

132 Pounds: Elonte Kemp (Limelite) over Tyre Phillips (Hillcrest)

132 Pounds:  Jack Leydon (Floyd's Gym) over Adonis Ransom (Loch Raven)

141 Pounds:  Devante Alexander (Knowledge Boxing) over Theodore Reid II (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds: Ricardo Tepehua (Main Street) wins by walkover

141 Pounds:  Kamell Washington (Dog Pound) wins by walkover

141 Pounds:  Steven Griffin (Langdon) over Marice Echols (Deanwood)

152 Pounds:  Markee Stokes (UMAR) over Noel Takwa (Champions)

152 Pounds:  Robert Wade (Headbangers) wins by walkover

152 Pounds:  Eric Reed (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Daniel Griffin (Ground Control)

152 Pounds:  Sampson Hayes (Diamonds N The Ruff) over Yik Lok (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds:  Dominic Robinson (UMAR) over Michael Thompson (Tony's Gym)

152 Pounds:  Stefon Jordan (Champions) over Charles Miller (Floyd's Gym)

The preliminary bouts continue on Saturday, February 23rd at Rosecroft beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Moore, Isley Gain Victories At Strandja Tournament!

Amelia Moore and Troy Isley advanced to the next round of the Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Friday.

Moore won her second bout of the tournament with a 4-1 decision over Rebecca Nicole of Italy at 132 pounds.  Isley, a middleweight, won a 5-0 decision over Tarik Allali of Morocco.

The third member of the Alexandria, VA contingent, Keyshawn Davis, who won a gold medal last year at this tournament, lost his first-round contest to Elvin Isayev of Azerbaijan by a 4-1 score.

Hernandez Harrison Weighs 160 For Eight-Rounder In West Virginia!

Dusty Hernandez Harrison weighed in at the middleweight limit at 160 pounds for his eight-round contest against Ulises Jimenez Saturday at the Mountaineer Casino in New Cumberland, WVA.  Jimenez came in heavy at 164 pounds.

Fox Loses Unanimous Decision In Kansas!

Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox lost a 10-round unanimous decision to the undefeated "Descendant of Tamerlane" Shohjahon Ergashev of Detroit, MI by way of Uzbekistan Friday evening at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, KS.  The bout was the main event of a ShoBox telecast on Showtime.

Neither boxer landed a lot of punches and Fox did well defensively throughout the bout.  However, Fox's inability to land more solid punches than his opponent proved to be his undoing.  Fox lost by scores of 96-94 and 98-92 twice.  Fox loses for the first time as a pro and falls to 19-1, five KO's.  Ergashev is now 16-0, 14 KO's.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Hernandez Harrison Returns In Eight-Round West Virginia Contest!

Washington DC boxer Dusty Hernandez Harrison will return to action on Saturday, February 16th at the Mountaineer Casino Ballroom in New Cumberland, WVA.

Now competing as a middleweight, the undefeated Hernandez Harrison (30-0-1, 16 KO's) will take on veteran Ulises "El Cerillo" Jimenez of Xochimilco, Distrito Federal, Mexico in an eight-round contest.  Hernandez Harrison has not fought since winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Thomas La Manna in Philadelphia, PA in September of 2016.

Jimenez (23-23-1, 15 KO's) will look to bounce back from a second-round TKO loss to Juan Carlos Rubio on August 31st in West Palm Beach, FL.

Jack Johnson Exhibit Comes To Washington This Weekend!




February being Black History Month -- There is a very important exhibit that comes to the Washington area this weekend that pays tribute to the first African-American Heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson.

"The Galveston Giant" was champion from 1908-1915 and his bout against Jim Jeffries on July 4, 1910 was dubbed "The Fight Of The Century."

The Jack Johnson Exhibit Tour will be in three locations over the weekend.  On Friday, the exhibit will be at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 908 Whyte Street in Alexandria, VA and will open at 5 PM.

The exhibit will move into DC and stop at the Ridge Road Community Center at 830 Ridge Road in Southeast on Saturday, February 16 at noon.  Then, the exhibit moves to the SE Dream Center at 2826 Q Street, SE at 4 PM.

For more information, go to the website www.jackjohnsonexhibit.com

Moore Wins Debut Bout At Strandja Tournament In Bulgaria!

Alexandria, VA's Amelia Moore won her first contest at the Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday.  Moore won a 5-0 decision over Crisstina Cosma of Romania.  Moore returns to action on Friday in a bout against Rebecca Nicole of Italy.

Moore's Alexandria teammates Keyshawn Davis and Troy Isley make their second trip to the Strandja Tournament and will participate for the first time on Friday.  Davis, who will compete at 141 pounds and who won a gold medal at this tourney in 2018, will face off with Elvin Isayev of Azerbaijan.  Middleweight Isley, who took a silver home from Bulgaria last year, will take on Tarik Allali of Morocco.

The three Alexandria boxers are part of a 25-member United States team, one of the largest delegations the US has sent to an international competition.  All of the bouts are being live streamed on usaboxing.org.

Fox Weighs 142 For 10-Round ShoBox Main Event In Kansas!

Mykal Fox and Shohjahon Ergashev both weighed 142 pounds for their 10-round ShoBox main event bout Friday night at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, KS.

The bout will be shown live on Showtime.  The telecast begins at 10 PM ET.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

First Bout Sheet For 2019 Washington Golden Gloves Tournament!

Here is the bout sheet for the first week of competition at the 2019 Washington Golden Gloves Tournament that will be held on Saturday, February 16th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Junior Division:

8, 65 Pounds (Championship): Jack Giordano (Main Street) vs. Anthony Durrett, Jr. (Limelite)

9, 60 Pounds (Championship): Nathaniel Brown (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Carter Harris (Main Street)

11, 65 Pounds (Championship): Andre Simmons, Jr. (No Xcuse) vs. Edward Lee, III (Mack Lewis)

9-10, 70 Pounds (Championship): Mark Cates (Limelite) vs. Lenoxx Walker (Langdon Rec.)

11-12, 70 Pounds (Championship): Jermaine Ball (Oxon Hill) vs. Darrion McFadden (Keystone)

11, 70 Pounds (Championship): Brandon Chestnut (No Xcuse) vs. Saleem Rafaie (Oxon Hill)

11, 90 Pounds (Championship): Andre Beckwith (Headbangers) vs. Patrick O'Conner (Oxon Hill)

15, 125 Pounds (Championship):  Muhammad Robinson (G-Up Nation) vs. Tyrek Williams (Next-Up)

10-11, 75 Pounds: Yusuf Robinson (G-Up Nation) vs. Eric Spencer (Next-Up)

Unopposed Champions:

8, 100 Pounds: Ashton Powell (Oxon Hill)

11, 110 Pounds:  Gavin Brown (Main Street)


Novice Division:

132 Pounds:  Emmanuel Gilmore (Champions) vs. Tyrone Anderson (#11 Overcomers)

132 Pounds:  Travian Butler (Keystone) vs. Jaquan Epps (NOMIS)

132 Pounds:  James Hendricks (Laurel) vs. Keyshawn Williams (Deanwood)

132 Pounds:  Elonte Kemp (Limelite) vs. Tyre Phillips (Hillcrest)

132 Pounds:  Adonis Ransom (Loch Raven) vs. Jack Leydon (Floyd's)

141 Pounds:  Theodore Reid II (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Devante Alexander (Knowledge Boxing)

141 Pounds:  Ian Simmons (Hit Squad) vs. Ricardo Tepehua (Main Street)

141 Pounds: Kamell Washington (Dog Pound) vs. Lutfp Huq (Urban Boxing)

141 Pounds:  Maurice Echols (Deanwood) vs. Steven Griffin (Langdon)

152 Pounds:  Noel Takwa (Champions) vs. Markee Stokes (UMAR)

152 Pounds:  Mauricio Montero (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Robert Wade (Headbangers)

152 Pounds:  Daniel Griffin (Ground Control) vs. Eric Reed (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds:  Yik Lok (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Sampson Hayes (Diamonds N The Ruff)

152 Pounds: Michael Thompson (Tony Bell's Gym) vs. Dominic Robinson (UMAR)

152 Pounds: Stefon Jordan (Champions) vs. Charles Miller (Floyd's)

The card gets underway at 7:30 PM ET.





Sunday, February 10, 2019

Dyer Wins Unanimous Decision, White Drops Unanimous Decision in Norfolk!

Two Beltway Boxers competed on a PonyTail Promotions/Rising Star Promotions card on Saturday at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA.

Baltimore, MD lightweight Jahmal Dyer won a six-round unanimous decision over Darel Harris of Sarasota, FL.  Dyer got the victory by scores of 59-55, 58-56 and 60-56 to raise his record to 8-1, five KO's while Harris falls to 1-10-1, one KO and loses to a Beltway Boxer for the second straight outing.  Harris dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Mack Allison IV on January 26th in Waldorf, MD.

Also on the card, Washington, DC welterweight Lamont White lost a four-round unanimous decision to Nahir Albright of Sicklerville, NJ.  Albright did something that not too many people have done -- he knocked White down in the first round.  White was able to stay in the bout to keep his never-being-knocked-out streak alive but he lost the bout by shutout, 40-35.  White drops to 1-17, one KO while Albright is now 5-1, one KO.

After his contest, Albright sang the national anthem prior to the main event.

Winslow III Scores Third-Round Knockout In North Carolina!

Odenton, MD super welterweight Maurice Winslow, III scored a third-round knockout over David Ricardo Perez of San Antonio, TX on February 8th at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC.

Winslow is now 2-0, two KO's. Perez falls to 1-16-1.

Davis Successfully Defends WBA Title With Crushing First-Round KO!

WBA Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis put on a solid performance Saturday evening with a dominant first-round knockout over late sub Hugo "Cuatito" Perez of Mexico in front of a sold-out crowd at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA and a nationally-televised Showtime audience.

Davis walked to the ring for the main event accompanied by dancers who performed to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."  Once the bout started, Davis immediately went to work landing hard shots to Ruiz's body and forcing him into the corner.  Late in the first, Davis landed a wicked right hook that stunned Ruiz and dropped him to one knee.  Ruiz got up but was not in any shape to continue.  Referee Jack Reiss stopped the contest at 2:59 of the first.

Davis is now 21-0 with 20 knockouts and has stopped his last 12 opponents.  Eight of Davis's 20 KO's have come in the first round.  Ruiz falls to 39-5, 33 KO's.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Simpson Scores First-Round KO In Carson, CA!

Baltimore, MD middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson scored a first-round knockout over Derion Chapman of Los Angeles, CA Saturday at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. 

Simpson knocked down Chapman midway through the first round and Chapman could not fully recover from the blow and referee Sharon Sands had no choice but to stop the contest.  The time of the knockout was 1:59.  Simpson is now 2-0, two KO's while Chapman drops to 3-3-1, two KO's.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Davis, Simpson Hit Scales In Carson, CA!

Gervonta Davis and Lorenzo Simpson weighed in for their Saturday bouts at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA.

Davis had a difficult time making weight again but on the third try, he weighed in at 129.8 pounds for his WBA Super Featherweight title defense against Hugo Ruiz in the main event.  Ruiz came in at 129.4 pounds.

Simpson came in at 165.4 pounds for his four-round encounter with Darian Chapman, who tipped the scales at 168.4 pounds.

The Davis-Ruiz bout will be the main event on the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast that will get underway at 10 PM ET.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Peterson Brothers Return For Nationally-Televised Bouts March 24th At MGM National Harbor Casino!




Washington, DC's legendary Peterson Brothers make their long-awaited return to boxing in a nationally-televised doubleheader on Sunday, March 24th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. The two feature bouts will be televised by FS1.

Two-division world champion Lamont Peterson will be in a 12-round welterweight contest against former world champion Sergey "Samurai" Lipinets of Beverly Hills, CA by way of Martuz, Kazakhstan in the main event.  Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KO's) returns to action for the first time since losing by seventh-round stoppage to Errol Spence for the IBF Welterweight title on January 20th, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY.  Peterson has won three world titles in his career, capturing the IBF and WBA Super Lightweight championships with a 12-round split decision win over Amir Khan in December of 2011 in DC.  Peterson would win the WBA Welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over David Avanesyan in February of 2017 in Cincinnati, OH but gave up the title to face Spence.

Lipinets (14-1, 10 KO's) is a former IBF Super Lightweight champion who won the title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Akihiro Kondo in November of 2017 in Brooklyn, NY.  Lipinets lost the title to Mikey Garcia by unanimous decision in March of 2018 in San Antonio, TX.  Lipinets would bounce back to win a 10-round majority decision over Erick Bone on August 4th in Uniondale, NY.

Anthony Peterson (37-1, 24 KO's) will battle former IBF Super Featherweight champion Argenis Mendez of Brooklyn, NY by way of the Dominican Republic in a 10-round encounter.  Peterson has won seven straight contests since his only loss to Brandon Rios in September of 2010.  However, Peterson's wins have come over a seven-year period in which he did not compete in 2012 and 2017.  Peterson last fought on the same January card as his brother and won a 10-round unanimous decision over Luis Eduard Florez in Brooklyn.

Mendez (25-5-1, 12 KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Eddie Ramirez on May 26th in Biloxi, MS.  Mendez won his IBF title in March of 2013 with a fourth-round knockout of Juan Carlos Salgado in Costa Mesa, CA.  Mendez would lose his title to Rances Barthelemy in July of 2014 by unanimous decision.

Peterson and Mendez actually fought on the same card at the DC Armory in Washington, DC in April of 2016.  Peterson would win a 10-round unanimous decision over Samuel Neequaye while Mendez would lose to Robert Easter, Jr. by fifth-round TKO.  The card was headlined by Adrien Broner's 9th round TKO of Ashley Theophane.

March is Casino Month in Beltway Boxing.  This will be the second card held in a casino in the month.  The Jeter Promotions card will be on Friday, March 8th at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Maryland State Title Bout Headlines March 8th Card At Live Casino!





The next pro card in the Beltway will be on Friday, March 8th at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD and it looks like an interesting card that is scheduled to feature a number of all-Beltway encounters.  This will be a Jeter Promotions card, the second at Live! Casino.  The first card, held on August 18th, was chosen the Beltway Boxing Card Of The Year.

The main event on this card will be a matchup for the vacant Maryland State Super Middleweight championship as Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson of Laurel battles Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow of Baltimore.  Nicholson (20-3-1, 19 KO's) is the reigning WBC USNBC Super Middleweight champion who won that title on the August 18th card, knocking out Isaac Rodrigues in the sixth round.  Nicholson successfully defended his title on December 8th scoring a second-round KO over Fernando Castaneda in Bowie, MD.

Nicklow (27-9-3, nine KO's) makes his first attempt at a regional title in his 13-year career. The 2006 Beltway Boxing Rookie of The Year last fought on August 25th and lost by third-round TKO to Trevor McCumby in Glendale, CA.  Nicklow is undefeated in the state of Maryland (26-0-3, eight KO's).

In a six-round encounter, undefeated Rockville, MD middleweight "The Cisco Kid" Francisco Bustos will battle "Dangerous" Donald Wallace of Baltimore.  Both boxers fought their last bout on the last Jeter Promotions card on August 18th.   Bustos (8-0, five KO's) scored a crushing first-round knockout over Jauvan John while Wallace was in the 2018 Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year when he scored a sixth-round TKO over Ashton Sykes.

In another six-round, all-Beltway bout, lightweight "The Red Comet" Dante Cox of Elkridge, MD will face off with Glenarden, MD's Drayvontay Speed Rawls.  Cox, who works in a restaurant at Live! Casino (3-0, two KO's), scored a third-round TKO over Varon Webb on the August 18th Live! Casino card.  Speed Rawls (10-1-1, seven KO's) has a two-bout winning streak that includes a fourth-round TKO over Matt Murphy on June 16th in Laurel, MD.

There will be a four-round super middleweight contest featuring two locals looking for their first win.  AJ "We Are" Williams of Cockeysville, MD will take on Dameron Kirby of Washington, DC.  Williams, a former collegiate boxer at Penn State University, has not fought since April of 2013 when he lost his pro debut by a four-round majority decision to Issa Coulibaly in Salisbury, MD.  Kirby (0-2) lost both of his bouts by first-round TKO in 2017, including a loss to Genc Pllana in October of 2017 in DC.

In a four-round featherweight bout, the debuting Ebrima Jawara of Germantown, MD will battle Malik "Li'l Leak" Loften of Suitland, MD.  Jawara was a fixture on the Beltway amateur scene competing in the Washington Golden Gloves, the Mayor's Cup and the 2016 Olympic Trials.  Loften (1-1, one KO) looks to bounce back from a four-round unanimous decision loss to Martino Jules on February 3rd in Bethlehem, PA.

Also making his pro debut will be Baltimore lightweight Brandon Chambers will face Christopher Haney of Glendale Heights, IL in a four-rounder. Chambers has little amateur experience but he is a seven-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department.  Haney (0-3-1) comes off a four-round split-decision draw with Paris Williams on July 29th in Gary, IN.

There may be more bouts added to this card.

Reeves Competes For WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Title February 23rd In England!

A big addition to the February schedule.  Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will have another opportunity for a regional title when he takes on undefeated Anthony Yarde of Ilford, Essex, England for Yarde's WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title on Saturday, February 23rd at the Leicester Arena in Leicester, England.

Reeves (17-3-2, seven KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Lanell Bellows on January 17th in Las Vegas, NV.  Reeves is a former USBO Light Heavyweight and Maryland State Cruiserweight champion who also challenged for the IBO World Light Heavyweight championship.

Yarde (17-0, 16 KO's) will be making the fifth defense of his WBO Inter-Continental championship that he won in September of 2017.  Yarde last fought on October 20th and scored a fourth-round TKO over Walter Gabriel Sequeira in Brentwood, England.  Yarde is also the WBO European titleholder.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Wade Scores First-Round Knockout In Return Bout; Artis Stopped In First In Rochester!

Largo, MD's Dominic "Lights Out" Wade showed no ring rust after his loss to Gennady Golovkin in April of 2016 as he demolished Martin Fidel Rios of Argentina in the first round Friday at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY.

According to Fightnews.com, Wade scored two crushing knockdowns, the second one coming from a left hand to the head that sent Rios to the canvas for the count.  The time of the knockout was 1:48.  Wade is now 19-1, 13 KO's while Rios falls to 23-19-4, 13 KO's.

Also on the card, Severn, MD heavyweight Sherman "The Tank" Artis lost by first-round knockout to Roney "Too Much" Hines of Cleveland, OH.  Hines knocked Artis down three times with body shots forcing Artis to take a knee each time.  The bout was stopped via the three-knockdown rule at 1:46 of the first.  Artis drops to 3-4 while Hines is now 4-0 with four first-round knockouts.

Wade, Artis Hit Scales For Rochester Bouts!

Dominic Wade and Sherman Artis weighed in for their bouts on Friday at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY.

Wade tipped the scales at 173 pounds for his eight-round bout against Martin Fidel Rios.  Rios arrived late to the weigh-in.

Artis came in at 230.6 for his four-round contest against Roney Hines, who weighed 231.2 pounds.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Mares Injures Elbow, Pulls Out Of Title Bout With Davis: Ruiz To Step In!

As mentioned on the February calendar, Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis will have a new opponent for his WBA Super Featherweight championship title defense on Saturday, February 9th at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA.

Former world champion Abner Mares suffered an elbow injury during a sparring session in training and had to pull out of the contest.  According to reports, Mares had experienced soreness in his elbow during his last two bouts but could not overcome the pain this time.

Hugo "Cuatito" Ruiz of Glendora, CA by way of Mexico, will step in to face Davis on February 9th.  Ruiz (39-4, 33 KO's) is a former WBC Super Bantamweight champion who should be in great shape for this contest.  Ruiz just fought on January 19th and won a 10-round unanimous decision over Alberto Guevara in Las Vegas, NV.  Ruiz had moved up to featherweight for the contest, which was originally scheduled to be a title shot against interim WBA Featherweight titleholder Jhack Tepora.  However, Tepora did not make the weight causing him to lose the title on the scales and that bout was canceled.

The Davis-Ruiz bout will be televised live on Showtime.

Here Is The February Schedule!

February will be very busy as a number of Beltway Boxers will be involved in some prominent bouts plus we start our annual look at who's next.  Here is the February schedule:

Friday, February 1st, Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY --  Largo, MD middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade (18-1, 12 KO's) returns to action for the first time since his loss to Gennady Golovkin in April of 2016 when he takes on veteran Martin Fidel "El Terrible" Rios of Parera, La Pampa, Argentina in an eight-round bout.  Rios (23-18-4, 13 KO's) looks to rebound from an eight-round split decision loss to Juergen Doberstein on August 31st in West Palm Beach, FL.

Also on the card, Severn, MD heavyweight Sherman "The Tank" Artis will be in a four-round contest against Roney Hines of Cleveland, OH.  Artis (3-3) looks to break a two-bout losing streak that includes a second-round TKO loss to Clayton Laurent, Jr. on September 8th in Brooklyn, NY.  Hines (3-0, three KO's) has scored first-round knockouts in all three of his bouts.

Friday, February 8th, Dorton Arena, Raleigh, NC -- Odenton, MD super welterweight Maurice "M3" Winslow III will be in a four-round bout against an opponent to be named.  Winslow (1-0, one KO) stopped Alberto Delgado in the second round on September 22nd in Bowie, MD.

Saturday, February 9th, Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA -- Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis defends his WBA Super Featherweight championship against late sub Hugo "Cuatito" Ruiz of Glendora, CA by way of Mexico.  Davis (20-0, 19 KO's) makes the first defense of his WBA crown that he won on April 21st in Brooklyn, NY when he knocked out Jesus Cuellar in the third round. Ruiz (39-4, 33 KO's) is a former WBC Super Bantamweight champion who makes a quick return to the ring.  Ruiz won a 10-round unanimous decision over Alberto Guevara on January 19th in Las Vegas, NV.  Ruiz replaces Abner Mares who injured his elbow in training.

Davis's gym mate Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson will also be on the card in a four-round bout against Jonell Christmas of Conway, AR.  Simpson (1-0, one KO) made a successful pro debut knocking out DeAndre West on December 8th in Bowie, MD.  Christmas (0-1) made his pro debut on the September 22nd card in Bowie and lost by second-round TKO to Mark Duncan.

Saturday, February 9th, Masonic Temple, Norfolk, VA -- Two Beltway Boxers will be on the Ponytail Promotions/Rising Star Promotions card.  Baltimore, MD lightweight Jahmal Dyer will be in a six-round contest against an opponent to be determined.  Dyer (7-1, five KO's) comes off a first-round TKO victory over Jesse Carradine on October 27th in Fort Washington, MD.  Also, DC welterweight Lamont White will be in a six-round contest against Nahir Albright of Sicklerville, NJ.  White (1-16, one KO) last fought on December 15th and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Rashad Kilpatrick in Vienna, VA.  Albright (4-1, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Glenford Nickey on September 8th in Atlantic City, NJ.

Friday, February 15th, Kansas Star Arena, Mulvane, KS -- A nationally-televised main event battle of undefeated boxers as Forestville, MD welterweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox will be in a 10-round bout against the "Descendant of Tamerlane" Shohjahon Ergashev of Detroit, MI by way of Uzbekistan.  The bout will headline a ShoBox card on Showtime.  Fox (19-0, five KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Gonzalo Carlos Dallera on December 8th in Bowie, MD.  Ergashev (15-0, 14 KO's) has scored back-to-back first-round knockouts in his last two contests and is a former WBA International Super Lightweight champion.

Saturday, February 16th, Mountaineer Casino Resort, New Cumberland, WVA -- DC middleweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison makes his return in a six-round contest against an opponent to be named.  Harrison (30-0-1, 16 KO's) has not fought since winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Thomas LaManna in September of 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.

Saturday, February 16th, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- The 2019 Washington Golden Gloves tournament gets underway.

Saturday, February 23rd, The Met Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA -- Baltimore welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins will be in an eight-round contest against Gledwin Ortiz of The Bronx, NY.  Hawkins (13-0, nine KO's) comes off a 10-round unanimous decision over Raymond Serrano on March 30th at the Fillmore in Philadelphia.  Ortiz (6-2, five KO's) last fought on November 16th and scored a first-round knockout over Kieran Hooks on November 16th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.  Ortiz is 2-0 with two knockouts against Beltway Boxers.  Ortiz scored a third-round KO over Zarifbek Nishanbaev on October 18th in DC and knocked out Jacey Thompson in the first round in Baltimore in July of 2015.

As usual, bouts may change without notice.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Late Result From Mexico: Cason Scores First Round Knockout!

On Saturday, January 26th, Baltimore, MD heavyweight Muhsin "Spartan" Cason scored a first-round knockout over Manuel "El Manuelon" Duran of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Mexico.

The win was the second straight for the younger brother of former undisputed heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.  Cason is now 4-0, two KO's.  Duran falls to 2-11, two KO's.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Here's Information On Washington Golden Gloves 2019!





We are approaching the 2019 Washington Golden Gloves Tournament.  We will give you details on the dates for the event, starting with the Final Registration, which will be held on Saturday, February 2nd at the Hillcrest Bingo Hall, located at 4104 23rd Parkway in Hillcrest Heights, MD.  The registration will include a physical exam.  Registration begins at 9 AM sharp.

Once again, the Washington Golden Gloves Tournament will be held at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD at 6336 Rosecroft Drive.  The tournament begins on Saturday, February 16th with preliminary competition that will continue on Saturday, February 23rd and on Saturday, March 2nd.

The Tournament Semifinals will be on Saturday, March 9th and Saturday, March 23rd.  That will be followed by the Washington Golden Gloves Championship that will be on Saturday, April 6th.  The Regional Golden Gloves, which matches the winners from DC, Maryland and Delaware against Virginia and North Carolina will take place on Saturday, April 27th.  All Golden Glove tournament events begin at 7:30 PM.  For ticket information, call 301-843-6165.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Beltway Boxers Victorious In Brooklyn!

Three local pros emerged victorious on a card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on January 26th.

Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne Russell scored a second-round TKO over Roberto "R15" Almazan of Brownsville, TX.  Russell knocked down Almazan once in both the first and second rounds before the bout was stopped at 59 seconds of the second.  Russell continues his perfect streak as he is 8-0, eight KO's. Almazan falls to 7-9, two KO's.  The bout was shown on FS1.

Landover, MD welterweight Tyrek "I.G.B" Irby won a four-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Figueroa of Hartford, CT.  Irby was able to win by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice to remain undefeated at 6-0, two KO's.  Figueroa is now 2-2, one KO.

Clarksburg, MD middleweight Mark "Sayless" Duncan stopped Daniel Garcia-Flores of Albuquerque, NM by third-round TKO.  The bout was stopped at 1:15 of the third round.  Duncan is 3-0, three KO's while Garcia-Flores is 0-3.


Results From Waldorf, MD!

Juan Marshall of ProAm Fight Talk has these results from the Cynation Sports card at the Waldorf Culture Center in Waldorf, MD.

In the main-event of the CyNation Sports card at the Waldorf Culture Center in Waldorf, MD, Vaughn Alexander of St. Louis, Missouri hands Filip Stankovic his first defeat by unanimous decision.

In this scheduled six-round super middleweight bout, the taller Stankovic was landing good combinations that were set up by his jab and Alexander was able to slide inside to land some good body shots of his own. Alexander's power looked to be more effective as he pressed the action in round three with more great bodywork. Stankovic looked to be behind as he was reaching to land shots with no success in the forth-round. With clear signs of being out powered, Stankovic walked back to his corner after taking more punishment from Alexander in the late rounds. John Gradowski scored it 60-54 while Brent Bovell and David Braslow scored it 59-55.  Stankovic falls to 4-1, one KO) while Alexander improves to 13-2, eight KO's.

Jerry "Slug" Forrest of Newport News, VA wins by third round knockout over Lamont "Too Smooth" Capers of Toryhana, PA. 

In this scheduled eight-round heavyweight bout Jerry Forrest waited for the right time to land a crushing right hand to knockout Lamont Capers before he hit the canvas. Referee Brent Bovell waived off the bout with no hesitation at 2:56 of the third round.   Forrest improves to 22-2, 18 KO's while Lamont Capers is now 9-13-5, one KO.

"The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana of Hagerstown, MD defeated Ashton "The Goon" Sykes of Silver Spring, MD by unanimous decision.

In this six-round super middleweight bout, Pllana started the round off with his hands down style that he's been known for. He was throwing some looping right hands trying to connect on Sykes. Sykes made him pay as he landed a hard right hook to send Pllana down to the canvas at the sound of the bell to end round one. Sykes high guard defense protected him from the looping shots as he tried to land counter punches. During the middle rounds both fighters found it hard to find their range.

Pllana made his adjustments in the fifth round and landed a hard right hand to make Sykes take a knee for the eight count. Sykes looked to be in trouble while Pllana kept the coming forward to close the round. Pllana finished out the final round with some good body work and head shots. Judges Kenny Chevalier and Brent Bovell scored it 57-55 and judge John Gradowski had it 58-54.

Pllana remains perfect at 3-0, one KO while Sykes falls to 2-3.

Baltimore, MD's Destiny Day-Owens opens her professional career with a split decision victory over Michaele Nogue of Chesapeake, VA.

In this four-round super lightweight bout of debuting females, Owens and Nogue opened up feeling each other out. Both ladies didn't connect on a lot of the shots they were trying to land, but in round three, things seem to change. The action picked up and the punches looked a bit more faster as they landed looping shots from time to time on each other. Judge David Braslow scored the bout for Nogue 39-37 while judges Brent Bovell scored it 39-37 and John Gradowski 40-36 for Owens.

In a four-round jr. middleweight bout, Jonathan Burrs of Frederick, MD defeated the debuting Justin Sykes of Silver Spring by unanimous decision.

Burrs started the bout as the more active fighter landing shots to the head and body of Sykes. During round two Sykes landed a counter right hand that staggered Burrs. Burrs was able to recover and continue to land some solid jabs as Sykes did his best to counter. In the final round both fighters were trying to land some heavy shots but came up short from connecting.  Burrs is now 2-1.

In the first bout, Baltimore, MD's Mack Allison IV scored a four-round unanimous decision victory over Darel Harris of Sarasota,FL.

In the opening round Allison did a good job coming forward using his jab and going to the body of Harris. Harris started to counter Allison in the second round, but Allison kept coming forward landing shots while cutting off the ring to end the round strong. Allison wasn't as aggressive in the third round, but he came out in the final round throwing some hard shots to the head and body of Harris. Harris landed a few head shots of his own as the two fighters finished round four going blow for blow. Judge Kenny Chevalier scored it 39-37 while judges David Braslow and John Gradowski saw it the same at 40-36.  Allison improves his record to 9-2-1, seven KO's while Harris falls to 1-9-1, one KO.  

Cynation Sports is led by Cory Sanders.  Brian Dillon handled both the matchmaking and ring announcing duties.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Weights From Waldorf!

Here is the scale watch for the Cynation Sports card that will take place on Saturday, January 26th at the Waldorf Culture Center in Waldorf, MD.

(Photos by Daniel Cork)




Filip Stankovic 167.6 vs. Vaughn Alexander 164.4





Genc Pllana 168.4 vs. Ashton Sykes 172.6




Destiny Owens 141.8 vs. Michaele Nogue 137.8






Jonathan Burrs 153.4 vs. Justin Sykes 158.2







Mack Allison IV 134.4 vs. Darel Harris 136.8




Jerry Forrest 228 vs. Lamont Capers 208.6

The card begins at 7 PM ET.  Juan Marshall of Pro Am Fight Talk will be live blogging throughout the evening.

Russell, Irby, Duncan Hit Scales In Brooklyn!

Three Beltway Boxers weighed in for Saturday bouts at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Antuanne Russell weighed in at 137.2 for his bout against Roberto Almanzan, who tipped the scales at 140 pounds.  The bout is scheduled for either six or eight rounds and will be shown on FS1.

Antonio Russell's scheduled bout has apparently been scratched.

Tyrek Irby came in at 144.4 pounds for his four-round bout against Jonathan Figueroa, who came in at 142.2 pounds.  Also, Mark Duncan came in at 156.2 for his four-rounder against Daniel Flores, who tipped the scales at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

'Sho Nuff' Nelson Featured In Post Magazine Article!

There is a major feature story on 11-time, four-division world champion and two-time Beltway Boxer of the Year Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson that will appear in this Sunday's Washington Post Magazine.  Writer Britt Peterson has done an outstanding job of chronicling Nelson's career as well as her plans for the future.

Here is an advanced look at this great feature:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2019/01/23/feature/this-42-year-old-boxer-has-a-job-at-ihop-two-kids-and-11-titles-she-isnt-finished-yet/?fbclid=IwAR2HUVW_Z6B6x8N4cmF9VG7iffJLVdn1Zji3hrULb6qW9ajyWsImYVmDIs4&noredirect=on&utm_term=.c058f6f4512b

Irby, Duncan Added To January 26th Brooklyn Card!

Two more Beltway Boxers have been added to the Saturday, January 26th card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Landover, MD welterweight Tyrek "I.G.B." Irby will be in a four-round bout against Jonathan Figueroa of Hartford, CT.  Irby (5-0, two KO's) comes off a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White on September 22nd in Bowie, MD.  Figueroa (2-1, one KO) looks to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss -- a four-round unanimous decision defeat he suffered back in April of 2017 to Miguel Ortiz in Lincoln, RI.

Clarksburg, MD middleweight Mark "Sayless" Duncan makes his second straight visit to Barclays Center for a four-round encounter with Daniel Garcia-Flores of Albuquerque, NM.  Duncan (2-0, two KO's) scored a first-round TKO over Ray Cervera on December 22.  Garcia-Flores (0-2) dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Emmanuel Guajardo on November 17th in Tucson, AZ.

Irby and Duncan join the Russell Brothers -- Antonio and Antuanne -- on this card which is headlined by Keith Thurman's WBA Welterweight title defense against Josesito Lopez.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Update On First Beltway Pro Card of 2019!

Our first Beltway Boxing pro card of 2019 will take place on Saturday, January 26th at a new location -- the Waldorf Culture Center located at 109 Post Office Road in Waldorf, MD.  This will be a Cynation Sports card that features a number of local prospects and some very interesting matchups.

In a six-round all-Beltway super middleweight contest, "The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana of Hagerstown, MD will take on Ashton "The Goon" Sykes of Hanover, MD.  Pllana (2-0, one KO) will face his third straight local boxer.  In his last outing, Pllana won a six-round majority decision over Jason Bell on the last Cynation Sports card on October 27th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Pllana made his pro debut against Dameron Kirby in October of 2017 and scored a first-round TKO.

Sykes (2-2) comes off a tough six-round TKO loss to Donald Wallace on August 18th at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD in what was the 2018 Beltway Bout Of The Year.  Pllana will be the second straight Beltway opponent for Sykes.

There will be added incentive for Sykes on this card because his older brother, Justin, will be making his pro debut when he takes on Jonathan Burrs of Frederick, MD in a four-round super welterweight battle.  Sykes has very little amateur experience although he did participate in the 2017 Washington Golden Gloves.  Burrs (1-1) fought on the October 27th card at Rosecroft and won a four-round unanimous decision over Bryant Costello.

In another six-round super middleweight contest, Filip Stankovic of Arlington, VA will battle Vaughn "The Animal" Alexander of St. Louis, MO.  Stankovic (4-0, one KO) scored a first-round TKO over Keith Collins on December 15th in Vienna, VA.  Stankovic, in his first six-rounder, will face his most accomplished foe to date when he battles Alexander (12-2, eight KO's), who will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak.  Alexander lost an eight-round split decision to Janibek Alimkhanuly on November 3rd in El Paso, TX. 

In a battle of tough, under-.500 competitors, Washington, DC welterweight Lamont White will battle with St. Louis's Matt Murphy in a six-round contest.  White (1-16, one KO), last fought on December 15th and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Rashad Kilpatrick in Vienna, VA.  Murphy (3-30-4, two KO's) comes off a four-round majority draw with Antonio Magruder on December 1st in DC.

In a six-round heavyweight contest, Jerry "Slug" Forrest of Newport News, VA will battle Lamont "Too Smooth" Capers of Hawley, PA.  Forrest (21-2, 17 KO's) scored a first-round TKO victory over Edgar Perez on December 8th in Norfolk, VA.  Capers (9-13-5, one KO) fought to a six-round draw against Darnell Boone on November 21st in Youngstown, OH.

In other four-round contests, Baltimore super lightweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV will take on Darel Harris of Sarasota, FL.  Allison (8-2-1, seven KO's) looks to bounce back from his six-round unanimous decision loss to Greg Outlaw on December 8th in Bowie, MD.  Allison is 1-2-1 in his last four contests.  Harris (1-8-1, one KO) is 0-8-1 in his last nine contests and comes off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Yamil Ortiz on November 17th in Harrisburg, PA.

Baltimore female super lightweight Destiny Day-Owens will make her pro debut on this card taking on the equally-debuting Michaele Nogue of Chesapeake, VA.  Day-Owens made her mark on numerous amateur cards in the Beltway.  Nogue is a member of the United States Coast Guard.

Other bouts are scheduled for this card.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Fox Competes In ShoBox Main Event February 15th In Kansas!

Undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox will have perhaps the toughest bout of his career when he battles fellow undefeated "The Descendant of Tamerlane"  Shohjahon Ergashev of Detroit, MI by way of Uzbekistan on Friday, February 15th at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, KS.  The bout will be a main event contest on a ShoBox telecast on Showtime.

Fox (19-0, five KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over previously undefeated Gonzalo Carlos Dallera on December 8th in Bowie, MD.  Ergashev is the second straight undefeated boxer and the 10th straight boxer with an over-.500 record Fox has faced.

Ergashev (15-0, 14 KO's) is a four-time Uzbekistan amateur champion who defeated Uzbekistan Olympic silver medalist Shakhram Giyasov in the amateurs.  Ergashev has back-to-back first-round knockout victories including one over Nazareno Gaston Ruiz on December 14th in Krasnodar, Russia.  This will be Ergashev's second appearance on ShoBox.  Ergashev scored a third-round TKO over previously undefeated Sonny Fredrickson on January 12th in Verona, NY.


Hines Wins Majority Decision In New York!

Washington, DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines won a four-round majority decision over Farhad "The Puncher" Fatulla of Salt Lake City, UT Friday at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

According to 15Rounds.com, Hines struggled to get into any offensive rhythm but was still able to win on two of the judge's scorecards, 39-37.  One judge saw a draw at 38-38.  The bout was shown on the DAZN stream.

Hines, a Golden Boy Promotions prospect trained by International Boxing Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, remains undefeated at 4-0, two KO's.  Fatulla falls to 1-3.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Hines Weighs 149.2 For Six-Round Bout In New York!

Washington, DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines weighed in at 149.2 for his six-round contest against Farhad "The Puncher" Fatulla of Salt Lake City, UT Friday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Hines (3-0, two KO's) comes off a four-round unanimous decision over Samuel Forjoe on September 30th at the Sphinx Club in DC.  Fatulla (1-2) faces a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time.  Fatulla lost a four-round unanimous decision to Keeshawn Williams on September 14th in Philadelphia, PA.

Reeves Wins Unanimous Decision In Las Vegas!

Baltimore, MD super middleweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves won a 10-round unanimous decision over Lanell Bellows of Las Vegas, NV Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

Reeves was able to knock down Bellows twice during the contest en route to the victory.  Somehow, judge Dave Moretti only saw Reeves winning by one point, 95-94.  Judges Patricia Morse Jarman and Adalaide Byrd scored the contest, 97-91.  Reeves raises his record to 17-3-2, seven KO's.  Bellows falls to 18-4-2, 11 KO's.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Russell Brothers To Participate On Brooklyn Card January 26th!

Two of the Russell Brothers -- Antuanne and Antonio -- will be heading to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY for bouts on Saturday, January 26th.

The bout for super lightweight Antuanne (7-0, seven KO's) will be scheduled for either six or eight rounds and will take place against Roberto "R15" Almazan (7-8, two KO's) of Brownsville, TX.  The bout will be shown during the preliminary portion on the Fox Network and Fox Deportes at 6 PM ET.  Antuanne Russell, one of the BATB Prospects Of The Year for 2018, is coming off a first-round knockout victory over Jose Antonio Esquivel on August 4th in Uniondale, NY. Almazan has won two straight bouts including a six-round unanimous decision win over Daniel Perales on April 12th in Monterrey, Mexico.  Despite fighting out of Texas, Almazan has never competed in the United States.

Super bantamweight Antonio Russell (12-0, 10 KO's) will be in a non-televised eight-round bout against Lucas "Mendieta" Baez (34-17-5, 18 KO's) of Belle Glade, FL by way of Argentina.  Russell last fought on August 24th and scored a first-round knockout of Nick Otieno in Minneapolis, MN.  Baez looks to bounce back from a fifth-round TKO loss to Isaac Lowe on December 1st in Los Angeles in a bout for the vacant WBC International Featherweight championship.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

PBC Names Hurd 'Fighter Of The Year!'

The accolades continue to pour in for undefeated IBF/WBA/IBO 154-Pound champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd.  The Accokeek, MD native has been named the Premier Boxing Champions Fighter Of The Year for 2018.

Much like BATB's selection of Hurd as one of the best in the Beltway for the third consecutive year, Hurd got the nod from PBC because of his outstanding 12th round split decision win over Erislandy Lara on April 7th in Las Vegas, NV for all three of the titles and for his fourth-round knockout win over Jason Welborn on December 1st in Los Angeles, CA.

Hurd's bout against Lara was voted the Fight Of The Year by ESPN and the Sporting News.

Here is the PBC tribute:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

January Schedule Is Strong With Beltway Talent!

As we head into the second half of January, there are a number of Beltway Boxers who will be in action.  Here is the schedule for the rest of the month.

Thursday, January 17th -- MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV -- Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves will be in a bout against Lanell Bellows of Las Vegas by way of Kansas City, MO.  Reeves (16-3-2, seven KO's) comes off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Devin Butcher on September 22nd in Bowie, MD.  Bellows (18-3-2, 11 KO's) also fought his last bout on September 22nd and lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Christopher Brooker at Sam's Town in Las Vegas.

Friday, January 18th -- Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City -- Washington, DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines will be in his first six-round contest against an opponent to be determined.  Hines (3-0, two KO's) went the distance for the first time in his last outing, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Samuel Forjoe on September 30th in DC.

Friday, January 25th -- Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD -- The first amateur show of the year for Baltimore Boxing promotions called "The Super Brawl of Boxing."  Local heavyweight Brian Haneschlager is scheduled to return on that card.  We'll have a bigger preview on this card in the coming days.

Saturday, January 26th -- Waldorf Culture Center, Waldorf, MD -- The first Beltway pro show of 2019 will be a Cynation Sports Promotions card and will take place at a new location with a number of prospects including two former Beltway Rookies Of The Year -- Mack Allison IV and Jahmal Dyer -- in separate bouts.  Also slated are "The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana, Jonathan Burrs, George Harris, Nigel Fennell, Filip Stankovic, Lamont White and the debuting Destiny Day-Owens.  More on this card in the coming days.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Beltway Boxing 2018 -- Boxer Of The Year!

We now come to our final award for 2018 -- Boxer Of The Year!  In 2018, we had a number of Beltway Boxers who had great years.  However, two in particular had exceptional years that we could not separate them and had to give this award to both of them.  One boxer, in a very short time, moved into world championship status and opened up opportunities for even bigger bouts down the road.  The other moved into elite status as one of the best and most talked about boxers in the sport and continued his domination of this award as he becomes the first to win it three times.

The 2018 Beltway Boxers Of The Year are:




"The Heavy Hitting Diva" Franchon Crews Dezurn (4-1, one KO), super middleweight, Baltimore, MD


And 





"Swift" Jarrett Hurd (23-0, 16 KO's) junior middleweight, Accokeek, MD

Ever since Crews Dezurn turned pro in November of 2016, she has been fighting for respect.  Despite her many, many amateur achievements, the "Heavy Hitting Diva" from Baltimore was looking for quality opportunities in the pro ranks.  She performed well in her pro debut against two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields but lost by unanimous decision. We weren’t sure that Crews Dezurn would get another opportunity like that again.

Are we happy we were wrong.  After three solid performances against unheralded opposition, including a six-round unanimous decision win over Tiffany Woodard on January 12th in Verona, NY, Crews Dezurn would meet Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo on September 13th in Las Vegas for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on national television (ESPN).  In the first 10-rounder for Crews Dezurn, she would win a majority decision to earn her first world title in just her fifth pro bout.

Respect may not be completely there for Crews Dezurn, but it’s coming.  She has verbally agreed to a major unification bout in the spring and for the first time, she has been named one of the best pro boxers in the Beltway.

In winning this award for the third consecutive year, Hurd amazingly continued to build on his previous successes.  On April 7th, Hurd would become a three-belt world champion, successfully defending his IBF Super Welterweight title and earning the WBA and IBO belts in a thrilling 12-round split decision over Erislandy Lara in Las Vegas.  Hurd would gut out the win by knocking down Lara with 37 seconds left in the fight.  ESPN and The Sporting News recently chose the bout as its Bout of the Year.  Hurd would defend all three titles on December 1st in Los Angeles and knock out Jason Welborn in the fourth round.

As a result, Hurd would gain a lot of trappings that come with being a world champion -- He was lauded by the Prince George’s County Council, he got to cast his fist at the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, he led a community Back To School Drive, he was named the year’s Outstanding Boxer by the Washington, DC Boxing Hall Of Fame, spoke to a number of schools and was a guest of the Washington Pro Football team.  Hurd’s quality wins in the ring led to quality events outside the ring.  Going into 2019, Hurd is truly among the best in the boxing game.

Side note: Both Crews Dezurn and Hurd would win their titles in 2018 in the same location in Las Vegas, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.


Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):



Gervonta "Tank" Davis (20-0, 19 KO's), super featherweight, Baltimore, MD

Davis only appeared once in 2018 but it was a big performance, especially when Davis’s last outing -- his eighth-round knockout over Francisco Fonseca in August of 2017 -- was very underwhelming and he lost his IBF Super Featherweight title on the scales.  Davis returned to elite status with a third-round decimation of Jesus Cuellar to win the WBA Super version of the Super Featherweight title on April 21st in Brooklyn, NY.  Davis is slated to defend his title on February 9th against Abner Mares in Carson, CA.



Mykal "The Professor" Fox (19-0, five KO's), welterweight, Forestville, MD

Fox was one of the busiest boxers in the area in 2018, competing four times against increasingly tougher competition.  On February 13th, Fox won an eight-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Garcia in Bethlehem, PA.  Then on May 11th in Philadelphia, PA, Fox would win another eight-round unanimous decision over Anthony Mercado.  Fox would compete on national television (CBS Sports Network) in his next outing in a definitive crossroads bout against former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley on August 18th in Hanover, MD.  Fox, who is literally half Corley’s age, would win a 10-round unanimous decision.  Fox would complete his year with a second-round TKO of Gonzalo Carlos Dallera on December 8th in Bowie, MD.  Fox has started to push the next gear on his career and looks to have a very exciting 2019.




Alexandru "Spartan" Marin (17-0, 11 KO's), super flyweight, Bethesda, MD

The native of Iasu, Romania would win two regional titles in 2018.  Marin captured the vacant IBO Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title with a blistering second-round TKO over Michael Ruiz, Jr. on April 14th in Norfolk, VA.  Then, in his biggest bout as a pro to date, Marin would overcome a cut over his right eye to win a 10-round split decision over Bruno Escalante to earn the IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight crown on September 8th in Inglewood, CA.  Marin is currently ranked third by the IBF and 12th by the WBO.  2019 could be an even bigger year for the “Spartan.”



(Photo by Daniel Cork)

Demond "D' Best At It" Nicholson (20-3-1, 19 KO's), super middleweight, Laurel, MD

Nicholson had a very challenging, yet very productive 2018 with three big contests.  The year got off to a tough start as Nicholson suffered a seventh-round knockout loss to Jesse Hart on April 28th in Philadelphia, PA.  To his credit, Nicholson regrouped very nicely and on August 18th at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD, Nicholson scored one of the best Beltway knockouts of the year stopping Isaac Rodrigues in the sixth round to win the vacant WBC USNBC Super Middleweight championship, showing a lot of guts along the way.  Nicholson would defend his title with a second-round knockout of Fernando Castaneda on December 8th in Bowie, MD.  Nicholson has worked hard to get back to the verge of contender status and it will be interesting to see his advancement in 2019.




Lamont Roach, Jr. (18-0-1, seven KO's), super featherweight, Upper Marlboro, MD

Roach would compete three times in 2018 and in each bout he was either going after or defending a regional title.  On April 19th in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roach would battle Orlando Cruz to a 10-round draw for the vacant WBO International Super Featherweight title.  Roach would get another opportunity at that title against Deivi Julio Bassa on July 20th in Cancun, Mexico.  Roach would leave no doubt in that encounter, stopping Bassa in the sixth round to win the title.

Roach would defend his title on December 15th in Madison Square Garden in New York, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Alberto Mercado.  As of December, Roach is ranked fifth in the world by the WBO and on the verge of bigger things in the coming year.



"Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. (29-1, 17 KO's), featherweight, Capitol Heights, MD

Russell made his annual boxing appearance on May 19th and successfully defended his WBC Featherweight championship in a outstanding bout against Joseph Diaz at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  The bout solidified Russell as the best featherweight in the world.  We can only hope that Russell will be more active and move toward unifying the featherweight division.


Previous Beltway Boxers of the Year:

2006: Eric Aiken
2007: Darnell Wilson
2008: Lamont Peterson/Joshua Snyder
2009: Fernando Guerrero
2010: Tim Coleman
2011: Lamont Peterson
2012: Tony Jeter
2013: Phil Jackson Benson/Tori Nelson
2014: Tori Nelson
2015: Antoine Douglas/Gary Russell, Jr.
2016: Gervonta Davis/Jarrett Hurd
2017: Jarrett Hurd

That completes our look at Beltway Boxing 2018!  Thank you to everyone who has supported BATB throughout the years.  We look forward to continued coverage of "The Best Boxing In The World!"







Thursday, January 10, 2019

Beltway Boxing 2018 -- Card Of The Year!

We now come to the Card Of The Year.  2018 did not have as many high-profile cards as in previous years.  However, one card had a number of bouts that have already been talked about in these awards.  That is why this card was selected as the best card of the year.

The 2018 Beltway Boxing Card Of The Year Took Place On:





August 18th, Live Casino, Hanover, MD -- Demond Nicholson vs. Isaac Rodrigues, Mykal Fox vs. DeMarcus Corley, Donald Wallace vs. Ashton Sykes

This nationally-televised Jeter Promotions card (CBS Sports Network) had a little bit of everything on it.  Demond Nicholson came back strong after his loss to Jesse Hart in April to win the WBC USNBC Super Middleweight championship with a gutsy knockout over Isaac Rodrigues.  The card had the Bout Of The Year -- a classic between Donald Wallace and Ashton Sykes, a solid crossroads bout between Mykal Fox and former world champion DeMarcus Corley as well as another knockout of the year candidate in Francisco Bustos stopping Jauvan John.  Also, Dante Cox, who works at the casino, participated and won on this card.  Despite the lack of high-profile bouts, this card had a lot of quality.

Honorable Mention (In chronological order:)

June 16th, Gardens Ice House, Laurel, MD -- Gerome Quigley vs. Raymond Serrano, Sam Crossed vs. Joshua Jones, Francisco Bustos vs. Jauvan John I

Despite the disappointment of the Quigley-Serrano bout going to a no-contest, this was still a solid Jeter Promotions/GQ Promotions card that was highlighted by the knockout of the year in Crossed stopping Jones.  The first contest between Bustos and John went to a four-round unanimous decision win for Bustos and got some early looks for bout of the year.  


October 27th, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Genc Pllana vs. Jason Bell, Justin Bell vs. DeAndre West, Shynggyskhan Tazhibay vs. Juan Rodriguez.

This Cynation Sports card had a lot of solid individual performances.  Both Pllana and Jason Bell performed well as Pllana would win a six-round majority decision.  Justin Bell, Jason’s twin brother, would score a second-round TKO.  Tazhibay would win his first six-rounder with a unanimous decision over Rodriguez.  Also Jahmal Dyer, Jonathan Burrs and George Harris would get knockout wins.


December 8th, AC Jordan Arena, Bowie, MD -- Demond Nicholson vs. Fernando Castaneda, Greg Outlaw vs. Mack Allison IV, Lorenzo Simpson vs. DeAndre West. 

This Shabazz Promotions card had a lot of Beltway star power to go along with great performances.  Nicholson successfully defended his WBC USNBC title with a second-round knockout.  Outlaw outclassed Allison to win a six-round contest.  Simpson made his pro debut with a first-round TKO.  Also, Tiara Brown stopped former world champion Dahiana Santana in the fourth round and Mykal Fox scored a second-round TKO in his contest.


Previous Beltway Boxing Cards of the Year:

2006 -- December 9, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA -- Jimmy Lange draws with Fontaine Cabell, Dean White defeats Dorin Spivey, JP Flaim of the Junkies loses against Jay Watts.

2007 -- December 7, Pikesville National Guard Armory, Pikesville, MD -- Tim Coleman draws with Martinus Clay, Jessie Nicklow defeats Anthony Little and John Mackey defeats Tony Cygan and August 3, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Pro-Am card -- Horace Grant over Mujaheed Moore, Thomas Snow knocks out Markel Muhammad, Seth Mitchell [his only amateur loss] falls to Abodurin Akinyanju and Dusty Harrison also on the amateur portion.

2008 -- October 18, ABC Sports Arena, Springfield, VA -- John Mackey wins over Jesse Williams, Darrell Martin over Andre Nichols

2009 -- September 25, Shipley Arena, Westminster, MD -- Mark Tucker wins USBO title, Tyrell Samuel over Gustavo Dailey

2010 -- March 20, Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD -- Jessie Nicklow over Scott Sigmon, James Stevenson over George Rivera

2011 – December 10, Washington Convention Center, Washington DC -- Lamont Peterson over Amir Khan for IBF/WBA Junior Welterweight title, Seth Mitchell over Timor Ibragimov

2012 -- October 27, George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA -- Tony Jeter over Jimmy Lange, Brandon Quarles draws with John Mackey

2013 -- September 7 at Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Phil Jackson Benson vs. Scott Sigmon, Alantez Fox vs. Zain Shah, Mike Reed vs. Rameses Gil

2014 -- July 18 at Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Larry Recio vs. Grayson Blake, Demond Nicholson vs. Jess Noriega, Terron Grant vs. Jose Del Valle

2015 -- July 18, Sphinx Club, Washington, DC -- Marq Johns vs. Karl Garcia-Rios, Patrick Harris vs. Rafael Vasquez, Alantez Fox vs. Guillermo Valdes, Mykal Fox vs. Juan Carlos Castillo

2016 -- November 12, Coppermine Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD -- Travis Reeves vs. Aaron Quattrocchi, Stephon Morris vs. Gregory Clark, Jeffrey McCalla vs. Jose Valderrama, Devin Butcher vs. Eric Govan

2017 -- February 11,  Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- Mykal Fox vs. Tre’Sean Wiggins, Luther Smith vs. Darnell Pierce, Gregory Clark vs. Patrick Rivera, Marcus Bates vs. Alec McGee

Next: Our Final Award:  Boxer Of The Year!