Sunday, April 11, 2021

Beltway Boxers Score First-Round Knockouts In South Carolina!

Five Beltway Boxers appeared on a card at the Thomas Gymnastics Center in Rock Hill, SC on Saturday, April 10th.  All five scored first-round knockouts.

Baltimore, MD super middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow defeated Juan Celin Zapata of the Bronx, NY by way of Honduras.  The bout was stopped at the end of the round.  Nicklow raises his record to 28-10-3 with 10 KO's.  Zapata falls to 6-18-2, four KO's.

Baltimore, MD super lightweight Malik "King" Warren needed just 29 seconds to knock out DaRon Jenkins of Wilson, NC.  Warren remains perfect at 5-0, five KO's.  Jenkins is now 0-4..

Oxon Hill, MD welterweight Akeem "Action Action" Jackson knocked out Tjuan Wooton of Wilson in just 28 seconds to raise his record to 4-2, four KO's. Wooten is now 0-3.

Lanham, MD light heavyweight Aaron "The Wolf" Thorne scored a TKO over the debuting James Horne.  Thorne pummeled Horne until the bout was stopped at 1:52..  Thorne is now 3-0, two KO's.

Upper Marlboro, MD super lightweight Stacey Selby knocked out Xzaviar Ford of Concord, NC.  Selby landed a number of shots before hitting the canvas to stay at 1:50. Selby is 2-0, two KO's while Ford is 0-11.



Balogun Remains Undefeated With Second-Round KO In Florida!

Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun remained undefeated with a second-round knockout over Keith "No Holds" Barr of Glenville, WVA on Saturday, April 10th at the Rustica in Vero Beach, FL.

Balogun knocked Barr down three times before the bout was stopped at 2;45 of the second round.  Balogun is now  17-0, 13 KO's.  Barr falls to 20-14-1, eight KO's.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Ballard-Munguia Is Official For April 23rd; Isley Withdraws From April 10th Bout!

Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN have announced that undefeated Temple Hills, MD middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard will battle former world champion Jaime Munguia on Friday, April 23rd at the Don Haskins Center at the University of Texas-El Paso.  The bout will be for Munguia's WBO Intercontinental Middleweight title and will be streamed live.

Ballard (20-0-1, 13 KO's) was offered the bout when Munguia's original opponent, Maciel Sulecki, suffered an injury in training. Ballard, like Munguia (36-0, 29 KO's), is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

"D'Mitrius Ballard has been deserving of an opportunity like this for a while now," said Golden Boy Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya.  "This is the chance to finally demonstrate to the world that he's ready for the top guys in the division.  We wish Maciej Sulecki a quick recovery, but we also want to emphasize that Ballard is no mere replacement.  He's a real threat."

"I feel very fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to fight Jaime Munguia," said Ballard. "I feel extremely blessed especially because of the condition the world is now in with COVID-19 and all the issues we are facing.  This is the perfect opportunity to really showcase who D'Mitrius Ballard is and demonstrate my boxing abilities.  I'm going to use this fight to reintroduce myself to the world."

The live stream, on DAZN will begin at 9 PM ET.

Alexandria, VA middleweight Troy "Transformer " Isley will not be on the Saturday, April 10th card at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, OK due to a hand injury.  Isley was scheduled to take on Laquan Evans in a four-round contest on the Joe Smith-Maxim Vlasov undercard.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Three Beltway Boxers Added To South Carolina Card!

The number of Beltway Boxers that are scheduled to compete on a card at the Thomas Gymnastics Training Center in Rock Hill, SC has increased to four.

We already told you about Baltimore, MD super middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow's appearance in a six-round bout against Juan Celin Zapata of the Bronx, NY.  Now comes word that three other locals will join him.

Baltimore, MD super featherweight Malik "King" Warren will be in his first six-round contest when he faces Cameron Cain of Jeffersonville, IN.  Warren (4-0, four KO's) comes off a first-round TKO over Dreon Meriwether on February 20th in Greenville, SC.  Cain (1-12) broke a 12-bout losing streak by winning a four-round unanimous decision over John Pitts on March 6th in Louisville, KY.

Oxon Hill, MD welterweight Akeem "Action Action" Jackson makes a quick return to action when he faces Tjuan Wooten of Wilson, NC.  Jackson (3-2, three KO's) just fought on March 26th and scored a first-round KO over Juhvari Artis in Rock Hill.  All three Jackson knockouts have come in the first round.  Wooten (0-2) has yet to get out of the first round.

Also, Lanham, MD light heavyweight Aaron "The Wolf" Thorne III returns to action in a four-rounder against an opponent to be determined.  Thorne (2-0, one KO) has not fought since September of 2020 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Therran Smalls in Rock Hill.



Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Ballard Under Consideration For Big April 24th Bout In Texas!

A Beltway Boxer has been mentioned for a big contest on Saturday, April 24th at the Don Haskins Center at the University of Texas-El Paso in El Paso, TX.

Former WBO Super Welterweight champion Jaime Munguia was originally scheduled to take on Maciej Sulecki of Poland in the 12-round main event on that card.  However, Sulecki withdrew from the bout after suffering a back injury in a sparring session last week.

Golden Boy Promotions is promoting this card and they are proposing a local boxer take Sulecki's place.  That boxer is undefeated Temple Hills, MD middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard, who is promoted by Golden Boy.  Ballard (20-0-1, 13 KO's) has not fought since December of 2019 when he battled Yamaguchi Falcao to a 10-round majority draw in Costa Mesa, CA.  Ballard has to be approved by DAZN, who will be streaming the bout.

Mungia (36-0, 29 KO's) last fought in October of 2020 and won a contest in Indio, CA when his opponent, Tureano Johnson, could not continue after suffering an injury to his lip in the sixth round.

Additions, Changes To April Schedule!

There are additions and changes to the April Beltway Boxing Schedule.  Here's what we have:

On Saturday, April 10th, Alexandria, VA middleweight Troy "Transformer" Isley will be in a four-round contest against LaQuan Evans of Philadelphia, PA on a card at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, OK.  Isley made a successful pro debut, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Bryant Costello on February 13th in Las Vegas, NV.  Evans (4-1, two KO's) has not fought since March of 2020 when he scored a fourth-round TKO over the debuting Anthony Young in Philadelphia.

The bout is part of the card that is headlined by the bout between Joe Smith, Jr. and Maxim Vlasov for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight title.  Isley's bout could be streamed on ESPN+.

Baltimore, MD super welterweight Sharif "C3" Rahman has been moved to a card on Saturday, April 17th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  No word on his opponent will be in the four-round bout.  Originally, Rahman (4-0, three KO's)  was supposed to compete in Southhaven, MS on Friday, April 23rd.  Rahman last fought on February 6th and won by third-round TKO over Gladimir Jacinto in Philadelphia, PA.  Annapolis, MD  super lightweight David "The Demolisher" Veras Pena (0-4) will be looking for his first pro win as he faces Antonio Allen of Philadelphia, PA in a four-round contest on this card.

Possibly, Frederick, MD cruiserweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor (13-23, seven KO's) could have a different opponent for his bout on Saturday, April 17th at the Sports Zone in Derry, NH.  Boxrec still has Scott Lampert as the opponent for Pryor in a rematch for the vacant New Hampshire State Cruiserweight title.  However, Dan Rafael's Fight Freaks Unite blog has Pryor facing Jake Paradise of Worcester, MA (3-2, three KO's) in a six-round contest.  Paradise has not fought since February of 2020 when he won by second-round TKO over Rogerio Dionizio in Worcester.






Monday, April 05, 2021

Cox Loses By Third-Round TKO In Philadelphia!

Glen Burnie, MD lightweight "The Red Comet" Dante Cox lost by third-round TKO to Nahir Albright of Sicklerville, NJ on Saturday, April 3rd at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

According to reports, Cox was dropped twice in the second round and, as Albright was putting on the pressure in the third round, the bout was stopped at 2:53.  Cox falls to 6-2, four KO's while Albright is now 11-1, five KO's.

Beltway Amateurs Win Titles At USA National Championships!

A good number of Beltway Amateur Boxers took home titles at the recent USA Boxing National Championships in Shreveport, LA this past week.

The Junior Male 132 KG title bout turned out to be an all-DC affair as Khaliq Harrison won a 5-0 decision over Marcell Steele.

Marcus Luther of DC captured the Intermediate Male 119 KG championship with a 5-0 decision over David Lona of Texas.

DC's Benjamin Johnson won a 5-0 decision over Juan Rivera of PA to win the Junior Male 138 KG title.

Quincey Williams of Maryland took the Youth Male 152 KG crown with a 5-0 decision over Dominick Reed of California.

Jamal Harvey of Maryland captured the Elite Male 125 KG title with a close 3-2 decision over Jonathan Mansour of California.

Jordan Roach of Maryland won the Youth Male 108 KG championship with a 4-1 decision over Ryan Williams of Ohio. Roach is the younger brother of pro boxer Lamont Roach, Jr.

Among the locals capturing silver medals (along with Marcell Steele) were Patrick O'Connor of Maryland, Brandon Chestnut of DC, and Jeremiah Jimason of Maryland.





Hinton Funeral Services Announced!

The funeral arrangements have been announced for Beltway Boxing legend Jemal Hinton, Sr.  There will be a public viewing and visitation on Wednesday, April 14th from 7-9 PM at the Unity Presbyterian Church located at 4401 Brinkley Road in Temple Hills, MD.

The service will be on Thursday, April 15th from 10 AM to noon.  The service will be private but it will also be live-streamed.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

April Schedule Is Very Busy!

 The April Schedule looks like it should be very busy.  Here's who is on it.

Saturday, April 3rd -- Buckhead Fight Club, Atlanta, GA -- Laurel, MD super middleweight Mansaborie "The Punisher" Conde will be in a four-round bout against William Lorenzo of Aguada, Puerto Rico.  Conde (2-0, one KO) comes off a four-round unanimous decision win over Tyler Perkins on February 20th in Greenville, SC.  Lorenzo (3-31, one KO) will be trying to break a 17-bout losing streak.

Saturday, April 3rd -- 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Glen Burnie, MD lightweight "The Red Comet" Dante Cox is scheduled for a six-round contest against Nahir Albright of Sicklerville, NJ.  Cox (6-1, four KO's) has not fought since February 2020 when he scored a third-round TKO over Christopher Johnson in Vienna, VA.  Albright (10-1, four KO's) will try to build on back-to-back TKO's in his last two outings.

Saturday, April 10th -- Vero Beach, FL -- Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun will be in an eight-round contest against Keith "No Holds" Barr of Glenville, WVA. Balogun (16-0, 12 KO's) stopped Adnan Buharalija in the second round in February of 2020 in Vienna, VA.  Barr (20-13-1, eight KO's) last fought in January 2020 and lost by third-round TKO to Apti Davtaev in Atlantic City, NJ.

Saturday, April 10th -- Thomas Gymnastics Training Center, Rock Hill, SC -- Veteran Baltimore, MD super middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow will be in a six-round bout against Juan Celin Zapata of The Bronx, NY by way of Honduras.  Nicklow (27-10-3, nine KO's) has not competed since losing by first-round TKO to Demond Nicholson in March of 2019 in Hanover, MD.  Zapata (6-17-2, four KO's) has lost his last five bouts, all by knockout.

Saturday, April 17th -- Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA -- Baltimore, MD middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson competes in an eight-round bout against  Francisco Emanuel Torres of Jose Leon Suarez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Sinpson (9-0,five KO's) last fought in October of 2020 when he won an eight-round unanimous decision over Sanny Duversonne in Las Vegas, NV.  Torres (16-3, five KO's)is riding an eight-bout winning streak including an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Louis Hernandez on February 20th in Shelbyville, NC.

Saturday, April 17th -- Sports Zone, Derry, NH -- Frederick, MD cruiserweight Larry "Hitman" Pryor will be in a six-round rematch against Scott Lampert of Dover Plains, NY.  The bout will be for the vacant New Hampshire Cruiserweight title.  The two men fought in November of 2020 at the Sports Zone with Pryor scoring a first-round knockout/  Pryor (13-23, seven KO's) will look to bounce back from a first-round stoppage loss to Brandon Glanton in December 2020 in Los Angeles, CA.  Lampert (1-1, one KO) scored a first-round TKO over Rico DePaolis on March 13th in Windham, NH.

Saturday, April 17th -- 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Annapolis, MD  super lightweight David "The Demolisher" Veras Pena will be looking for his first pro win as he faces Antonio Allen of Philadelphia, PA in a four-round contest.  Pena (0-4) lost by first-round TKO to Joshua Jones on January 16th in Chester, PA.  Allen (1-11-1, one KO) broke a 12-bout winless streak with a second-round TKO over Rick Odgen on March 6th in Jonesboro, GA.

Thursday, April 22nd -- Landers Center, Southhaven, MS --  Baltimore, MD super welterweight Sharif "C3" Rahman will be in a four-round bout against an opponent to be determined.  Rahman (4-0, three KO's) last fought on February 6th and won by third-round TKO over Gladimir Jacinto in Philadelphia, PA.

Saturday, April 24th -- Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, FL -- Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson will be in the biggest bout of his career when he tries to stop the undefeated knockout streak of "The Chosen One" Edgar Berlanga of New York City in an eight-round bout that will be televised on ESPN..  Nicholson (23-3-1,20 KO's) hasn't fought since February of 2020 when he won a 10-round split decision over Mike Guy in Hanover, MD.  Berlanga is 16-0 with 16 first-round knockouts.  Berlanga's last outing was a knockout over Ulises Sierra in December of 2020 in Las Vegas.

Saturday, April 24th -- 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- This will be the closest we will get to a Beltway card. This will be a Jeter Promotions card that is scheduled to feature six Beltway Boxers. No one has an opponent yet.  Scheduled to be on this card are Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison (8-2-2, five KO's), Gwynn Oak, MD lightweight Brandon "The Hitter" Chambers (3-0-1, one KO), Germantown, MD featherweight Ebrima Jawara (4-1, one KO), and returning Baltimore, MD middleweight Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris (4-1, three KO's).  Two boxers will make their pro debuts on this card: Baltimore heavyweight Evan Harker and Forestville, MD's Jaqeem Hutcherson.

Saturday, April 24th, Vienna, WVA -- Baltimore, MD super welterweight "Bazooka" Joe Veazey will be in a four-rounder against an opponent to be determined.  Veazey (2-0, one KO) comes off a third-round TKO over Davon Foxx on January 23rd in Parkersburg, WVA.  Also on the card will be Baltimore's Tyrell Boyd, who will be making his pro debut.against Jonathan Cooper of Dunbar, WVA (0-3).



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Jemal Hinton, Former Undefeated Beltway Boxer, Passes Away In Car Accident!

 He was one of the best Beltway Boxers to never win a world title.  That was only because he didn't want one.

Jemal Hinton, a legendary boxer from District Heights, MD, passed away recently from injuries suffered in a car accident.

Mr. Hinton was an outstanding amateur boxer with a record of 98-14.  He came very close to making the 1988 United States Olympic Team, losing in the finals of the Olympic Trials to Kennedy McKinney, a boxer Mr. Hinton had defeated at the United States Championships earlier in the year.

Mr. Hinton would be trained by his father, Junious, throughout his amateur career.  When he turned pro, another legendary name would join them.  Mr. Hinton moved to the Kronk Gym in Detroit, MI where he would be trained by Emanuel Steward.  He would make his pro debut on October 17th, 1988, where he would score a second-round knockout over Juan Lopez in Tucson, AZ.

Mr. Hinton would knock out his first five opponents before winning a six-round majority decision over Ruben Nevarez on February 7th, 1989 in Atlantic City, NJ.

In his 11th pro bout, Mr. Hinton would score what would turn out to be his biggest pro victory, an 11th round TKO over 1984 Olympian Robert Shannon to win the WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight title on November 16th, 1989 in Atlantic City.  He would defend the title five times.

Mr. Hinton's last bout would be on January 21st, 1992 when he would win a 10-round unanimous decision over Lucilo Nolasco in Canton, MI.  The win would keep him undefeated at 22-0, 17 KO's.  At 22 years old and with a world title shot seemingly on the horizon...

Mr. Hinton decided to quit the sport. Permanently.

In 2013, Mr. Hinton explained his reasons for quitting to LiveFight.com:

"I began to lose the desire that was needed to be victorious in battle, and a few other things that happened made me realize I needed to retire. ... There was something taking place inside me, spiritually and mentally, and it was causing me to tire of boxing. It was causing me to become confused about the whole idea of training and beating people up. ... Retiring was the bravest, most stand-up decision I'd ever made, my feelings about boxing were changing and for the first time in my life I felt free."

Mr. Hinton would eventually coach his son, Jemal, Jr. in boxing.  No details have been given on the accident that would claim his life.

Jemal Hinton was one of the most exciting boxers in Beltway history.  He had the speed, power, and technical skill to be a long-time world champion.  He quit on his terms and that has to be respected.  He also had tremendous charisma with one of the nicest smiles I ever saw.  I always enjoyed talking with him and will miss our conversations. BATB sends its deepest condolences to the Hinton family.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Late News: Corley Loses Bare Knuckle Debut; Davis Faces Multiple Charges In Hit And Run!

 Because of personal and technical issues, I have been unable to post on a regular basis.  But we have a couple of news items that need to be posted here.

Former WBO Super Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley lost his debut as a bare-knuckle boxer as he was stopped in the fourth round by Reggie Barnett, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA on  Friday, March 19th at the Civic Center of Biloxi, MS.  Barnett battered Corley throughout the contest until Corley could not come out for the fifth round.

Barnett is 6-1, two KO's in Bare-Knuckle competition.  Corley mentioned on a Facebook Page that he is non-committal about trying bare-knuckle boxing again.

The Baltimore, MD State's Attorney's Office has charged WBA Lightweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis with 14 counts of various traffic violations during an alleged hit-and-run in Baltimore in November.

Among the counts are four counts of Failure to immediately return and remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury and driving with a suspended and revoked license.  This was after a two-vehicle collision between a 2020 Lamborghini Uris and a 2004 Toyota Solara during the early morning hours of November 5th of 2020.  Four people in the Toyota Solara were injured. 

After the collision, witnesses and video revealed that a black Camaro arrived at the scene and people began transferring items from the Lamborghini to the Camaro.  Allegedly, Davis and an unidentified female passenger were captured on camera leaving the scene in the Camaro.  If convicted of all charges, Davis faces a potential maximum of seven years and 55 days in prison.

Davis still faces three domestic violence charges in Miami, FL that come from an incident during Super Bowl week in February 2020.

Davis (24-0, 23 KO's) is coming off the biggest win of his career, knocking out Leo Santa Cruz in the sixth round on October 31st at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.  The bout headlined a Showtime Pay-Per-View card and the knockout was chosen as the KO Of The Year by The Ring magazine.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

'Action Action' Jackson Scores First-Round Knockout In South Carolina!

Oxon Hill, MD welterweight Akeem "Action Action" Jackson scored a quick first-round knockout over Juhvari Artis of Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday, March 27th in Rock Hill, SC.

Jackson clipped Artis with an overhand left to drop Artis early in the bout.  Artis beat the 10-count but Jackson landed another quick left hand to end the bout at 1:27.

Jackson is now 3-2, three KO's while Artis remains winless at 0-4.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Fred Hurd Viewing And Service Held Thursday and Saturday!


The Viewing and Service for Fred Hurd, Sr. will be held this week.   The viewing actually will be held later this evening beginning at 6:30 PM at Reese Funeral Professionals located at 311 N. Patrick Street in Alexandria, VA.

The service will be held on Saturday, March 20th at the Camp Springs Community Church on 8040 Woodyard Road in Clinton, MD from 10 to 11 AM.

The Homegoing service will be private and open to only immediate family due to COVID-19 and building capacity limits.



Thursday, March 11, 2021

Fred Hurd, Sr., Father of Former Champion Jarrett Hurd, Passes at 63!

Very sad news to report.  Fred Hurd, Sr.,  the father of former world super welterweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd, has passed away at the age of 63.  Reports are that Mr. Hurd suffered a heart attack in his home.

Mr. Hurd, along with his wife, Brenda, was the major support system behind Jarrett, Justin, and Fred, Jr.  I remember meeting the family during the celebration for Jarrett Hurd at the Prince George's County Government Office in April of 2019.  It was beautiful talking to them and seeing the pride they had.

BATB sends our deepest condolences to the entire Hurd family.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

White Scores 6th Round TKO In Connecticut!

Waldorf, MD super featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White registered a sixth-round technical knockout over previously undefeated Misael Lopez of Denver, CO on Wednesday, March 10th at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.  The bout was the co-feature of a Shobox quadruple-header on Showtime.

After four very close rounds, Lopez looked to have gained an advantage over White in the fifth round by using strong body shots.  But just as Lopez seemed to take control, White landed strong right hands in the sixth that dropped Lopez twice to the canvas.  After the second knockdown, referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. stopped the contest at 2:40 of the sixth.

White's record is now 11-1, nine KO's.   Lopez falls for the first time and he is now 11-1, five KO's.


March Beltway Schedule!

We are a little late with the March schedule but we will still be busy with locals competing in bouts around the country.  One boxer will also break new ground as he will be the first prominent Beltway Boxer to compete in Bare-Knuckle competition.  Here is the schedule:

Friday, March 19th -- Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium, Tampa, FL -- Baltimore, MD heavyweight Cortez Dunston will be in a four-round contest against Demonte Cherry of Wilson, NC.  Dunston (2-0, one KO) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over Joseph Coats on February 20th in Miami, FL.  Cherry (1-8, one KO) has lost his last four bouts by first-round knockout.  This will be the second time Cherry has faced a Beltway Boxer.  Cherry lost by first-round TKO to Mike Balogun in Washington, DC in December of 2016.

Friday, March 19th -- Civic Center, Biloxi, MS -- Former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley will compete in a five-round bare-knuckle bout against Reggie Barnett, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA, Corley, who has a record of 51-33-1, 28 KO's as a pro boxer, has never participated in a bare-knuckle bout.  Barnett (6-2, two KO's as a pro boxer) is 5-1, one KO in bare-knuckle bouts.

Saturday, March 20th -- Greenville, SC -- "The Educated Boxer" Dorian Bostic of Dundalk, MD will be in a six-round contest against an opponent to be determined.  Bostic (5-0, five KO's) comes off a fourth-round TKO win over Miguel DeJesus Fuentes on December 18th in Ocotlan, Mexico.

Friday, March 26th -- Medley, FL -- Two Baltimore Boxers will face off on this card.  Welterweight Samuel "Unbelievable" Neequaye will take on Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. in a six-round bout.  Neequaye, a native of Accra, Ghana (23-3, 16 KO's) has not fought since losing a 10-round split decision to Blair Cobbs in February of 2020 in Anaheim, CA.  Neequaye was challenging for the NABF Welterweight title.  Womack (9-20-4, seven KO's) has not fought since December of 2019 and has been stopped in his last three contests.

Saturday, March 27th -- Thomas Gymnastics Training Center, Rock Hill, SC -- Four locals will participate on this card.  Baltimore, MD super featherweight Malik "King" Warren will compete in his first scheduled six-round encounter against an opponent to be determined.  Warren (4-0, four KO's) comes off a first-round TKO win over Dreon Meriweather on February 20th in Greenville, SC.

Baltimore female super featherweight Mia "Killerbee" Ellis is looking for an opponent for her four-round encounter.  Ellis (2-0, two KO's) has scored first-round TKO's in both her previous bouts.

Oxon Hill, MD welterweight Akeem "Action Action" Jackson will be in a four-round bout against an opponent to be determined,  Jackson (2-2, two KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Jakhari Ross on December 11th in North Charleston, SC.

The only local to have an opponent will be super lightweight Stacey Selby of Upper Marlboro, MD who will face Roderick Gilkey of Memphis, TN in a four-round encounter.  Selby made a successful pro debut winning by second-round TKO over Jean Saint Phard on January 30th in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Gilkey (0-8-1) has been knocked out in his last three bouts.

White Weighs 130 For Nationally-Televised Eight-Rounder In Connecticut!

Jordan White tipped the scales at 130 pounds for his eight-round contest against Misael Lopez Wednesday at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.  Lopez came in at 129 3/4 pounds.  The bout will be part of a ShoBox quadruple-header on Showtime that begins at 9 PM ET.

Russell Agrees To Defend WBC Featherweight title Against Vargas!

WBC Featherweight champion "Mr" Gary Russell, Jr. has agreed to defend his title against former junior featherweight champion Rey Vargas of Otumba, Mexico.  No word yet on where or when this bout will take place.

Russell (31-1, 18 KO's) will make the sixth defense of his title.  His last defense was a unanimous decision victory over Tugstsogt Nyambayar in February of 2020 in Allentown, PA. The undefeated Vargas (34-0, 22 KO's) won the WBC Junior Featherweight title in 2017 and made five title defenses before vacating the belt.  Vargas has not fought since July of 2019 when he won a unanimous decision over Tomoki Kameda in Carson, CA.  Vargas recovered from a broken leg and the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Jalil Hackett Signs Contract With Mayweather Promotions!

Washington, DC amateur standout Jalil Hackett has signed a professional promotional contract with Mayweather Promotions and will compete as a welterweight.

Hackett had an impressive amateur record of 140-19 with five Title Tournament titles, two Junior Olympic championships, and a Silver Gloves title on his resume.  Hackett also graduated from high school a year early with a 3.7- grade point average.

"It means a lot to be signed with Mayweather Promotions," Hackett said in a press release.  "When you think Floyd Mayweather, you think 'The G.O.A.T.'  To be signed to him and be one of the youngest at that, is a dream come true.  Most fighters dream of this and this is now my reality.  It was important to me that I signed with a black-owned company and I'm with the best one, which is Mayweather Promotions."

Hackett put himself on the radar of Mayweather Promotions when he sparred with four-time world champion Gervonta Davis in preparation for Davis's title bout in Baltimore against Ricardo Nunez in 2019.  Hackett now joins Davis, Malik Hawkins, Lorenzo Simpson, and Malik Warren in the Mayweather Promotions camp.

Friday, March 05, 2021

White Returns For Eight-Round Bout In Connecticut!

Washington, DC super featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White returns to action in an eight-round bout against undefeated Misael Lopez of Denver, CO by way of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico on Wednesday, March 10th at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.

White (10-1, eight KO's) hasn't fought since February of 2020 when he scored a seventh-round TKO over Ronaldo Solis to win the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Featherweight title in Hanover, MD. Lopez (11-0, five KO's) last fought in October of 2019 and battled to a six-round no-decision with Nestor Robledo in Houston, TX.  This bout is scheduled to be part of a quadruple-header that will be televised on Showtime.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sykes Suffers Knockout; Davis Wins Pro Debut; Forrest Recovers To Earn Majority Draw In Miami!

Three Beltway Boxers had three widely-different results on a card at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL on Saturday, February 27th.

Columbia, MD super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes was stopped in the fifth round by undefeated Alexis Espino of Las Vegas, NV. Sykes fought gamely in the bout but in the fifth, Espino landed a strong left hand that stunned Sykes.  Espino turned on the power, forcing referee Chris Yong to stop the contest at 2:03.  The loss breaks a three-bout winning streak for Sykes, whose record falls to 5-4, one KO.  Espino remains undefeated at 7-0, five KO's.

Alexandria, VA lightweight Keyshawn Davis made a successful pro debut by scoring a second-round knockout over Lester Brown of Nassau, Bahamas.  Davis established his jab early and often on Brown before knocking him down with a right hook with a minute to go in the second round.  Davis kept on the pressure before referee Telis Assimenios stopped the bout at 2:50 of the round.  Brown's record drops to 4-4-3, one KO.

Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slugger" Forrest came back from suffering three knockdowns in the first three rounds to earn a 10-round majority draw against Zhilei "Big Bang" Zhang of Bloomfield, NJ by way of Zhoukou, China.  Zhang dropped Forrest late in the first round with a counter left hook to the body.  In the second round, Zhang sent Forrest to the canvas with a sweeping right hook.  Forrest would fall again in the third because of a short Zhang right hand.

However, Forrest would come back and dominate the second half of the bout as Zhang started to tire.  In the ninth round, Zhang would lose a point for holding as Forrest would land quality shots to the head and the body.  Forrest finished the bout with a strong 10th round.  Forrest would win one scorecard, 95-93 but the other two judges scored the contest even at 93-93.  Forrest's record is now 26-4-1, 20 KO's while Zhang remains undefeated 22-0-1, 17 KO's.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Dezurn Scores First-Round KO In Kentucky!

Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn returned to action with a first-round knockout of Dakota Laster of Hannibal, MO on Friday, February 26th at Hits 55 in Covington, KY.  No word on the time of the knockout.

Dezurn has won four bouts in a row and his record is now 13-2-1, nine KO's.  Laster falls to 3-13-1, three KO's.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Sykes, Davis, Forrest Tip Scales in Miami!

Three Beltway-area boxers weighed in for bouts Saturday at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL

Ashton Sykes tipped the scales at 164.2 pounds for his six-round contest against Alexis Espino, who came in at 167.8.

Keyshawn Davis weighed in at 136.6 pounds for his four-round pro debut against Lester Brown, who weighed 134,6 pounds.

Jerry Forrest weighed in at 236 pounds for his 10-round bout against Zhilei Zhang, who tipped the scales at 256.2 pounds.

The card will be streamed live on DAZN.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Dunston Wins Unanimous Decision In Miami!

Baltimore, MD heavyweight Cortez Dunston won a four-round unanimous decision over the debuting Joseph Coats of New Bern, NC on Saturday, February 20th at the Doubletree Miamimart Hotel in Miami, FL.

Dunston won by shutout (40-36) on two of the judge's scorecards and 39-37 on the third card to raise his record to 2-0, one KO.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Warren, Conde, Sigmon Victorious In South Carolina!

Three Beltway-Area boxers earned victories on Saturday, February 20th at the Escape Ballroom in Greenville, SC.

Baltimore, MD super featherweight Malik "King" Warren kept his perfect record intact with a bruising first-round TKO of the debuting Deron Meriweather.  Warren battered Meriweather throughout the round before the referee stopped the bout at 2:57 of the first round.  Warren is now 4-0, four KO's.

Laurel, MD super middleweight Mansaborie "The Punisher" Conde was in a tough four-round bout with the debuting Tyler Perkins of Antioch, TN,  Conde would win a unanimous decision to raise his record to 2-0, one KO.

We also heard that Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon stopped Anthony Williams of Whitesville, WVA after the third round.  Sigmon's record is now 35-14-1 with 18 KO's.  Williams's record drops to 5-12-1, three KO's.


Saturday, February 13, 2021

'Transformer' Isley Wins Pro Debut In Las Vegas!

Alexandria, VA middleweight Troy "Transformer" Isley has made a successful pro debut winning a four-round unanimous decision over Bryant Costello of Fayetteville, NC on Saturday, February 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

Isley won the bout by shutout, 40-36.  Costello, a native of Humacao, Puerto Rico, falls to 1-2, one KO.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Isley Weighs 157 For Pro Debut In Las Vegas!

Troy Isley tipped the scales at 157 pounds for his four-round pro debut against Bryant Costello on Saturday, February 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Costello came in at 158 pounds.

The bout will be streamed on ESPN+.  Their broadcast begins at 8:15 PM ET.



Sunday, February 07, 2021

Rahman Scores Knockout; Early Loses Unanimous Decision In Philadelphia!

It was a split night for two Beltway Boxers participating on a card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, February 6th.

Baltimore, MD super middleweight Sharif "C3" Rahman scored a third-round TKO over Gladimir Jacinto of Fresno, CA by way of Haiti.  Rahman landed at will throughout the contest, landing two overhead rights to drop Jacinto in the third round. The battering continued until the referee stopped the contest.  No official word on the time of the stoppage.  Rahman remains undefeated at 4-0, three KO's.  Jacinto remains winless at 0-3.

Seat Pleasant, MD super featherweight James "Too Slick" Early lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Rashiem Jefferson of Philadelphia.  No word on the scorecards.  Early falls to 5-7 while Jefferson rises to 4-0.

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Rahman, Jr. Scores Second-Round Knockout In Mexico!

Baltimore, MD heavyweight Hasim "Goldblooded" Rahman, Jr. delivered a second-round knockout to Alejandro De La Torre of Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico on Friday, February 5th at the Salon De Eventos in Matamoros, Mexico.  No word on the time of the knockout.

This was the second time that Rahman, Jr. defeated De La Torre.  Rahman, Jr. won a four-round unanimous decision in their last outing almost a year ago in Matamoros.  Rahman, Jr. remains undefeated at 10-0, five KO's.  De La Torre falls to 2-10, two KO's.

Rahman, Early Hit Scales For Bouts In Philadelphia!

Two Beltway Boxers weighed in on Friday for their bouts at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, February 6th.

Sharif Rahman tipped the scales at 154.8 pounds for his four-round contest against Gladimir Jacinto, who came in at 156 pounds.

James Early weighed in at 130 pounds for his six-rounder against Rashiem Jefferson, who weighed 126.8 pounds.

This card will be streamed live on the FITE TV app for a cost of $9.99. The card begins at 7 PM ET.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Ellis, Selby Score Knockout Wins In South Carolina!

Two Baltimore, MD-based boxers won bouts by knockout on Saturday, January 30th at the Crown Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Super featherweight Mia "Killerbee" Ellis needed just 46 seconds to knock out Myasia Oglesby of North Carolina.  Ellis hit Oglesby with a right hand to the head followed by a wicked right-left combination to the body to drop her to the canvas. Oglesby could not recover.  Ellis is now 2-0 with two first-round knockouts.  Oglesby remains winless at 0-8 and she has been knocked out in every contest.

Also on the card, Laurel, MD's Stacey Selby, who trains in Baltimore, made a successful pro debut by stopping Jean Saint Phard of Wilson, NC by way of Haiti in the second round.  Selby used a mixture of head and body shots to send Phard to the canvas three times before the bout was stopped.  No official word on the time of the stoppage. Phard is now 0-3.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Keyshawn Davis Removed From US Olympic Team; Will Turn Pro!

Since the 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed, there has been speculation on whether Alexandria, VA boxer Keyshawn Davis, who made the United States Olympic Team, would try to qualify for the Tokyo games or turn pro.

Apparently, USA Boxing has made Davis's decision for him.  USA Boxing has removed Davis from its Olympic Qualification Team due to the violation of the USA Boxing Athlete Selection Procedures.

USA Boxing did not elaborate on how Davis violated its procedures.  A statement only wished Davis "the best of luck in his future endeavors inside and outside the ring."

Davis looks to turn pro under the continued guidance of Kay Koroma, the assistant coach of the US Olympic Team.  Koroma also trains Davis's long-time amateur teammate Troy Isley, who is scheduled to have his pro debut on February 13th in Las Vegas, NV.



Thursday, January 28, 2021

Beltway Boxers On February Schedule!

A number of local boxers are scheduled to be in action during the month of February. Here is the schedule at this time.

Saturday, February 6th, 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Two Beltway Boxers are slated to be on this card.  Baltimore, MD super middleweight Sharif "C3" Rahman will be in a four-round contest against Gladimir Jacinto of Fresno, CA by way of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.  Rahman, the youngest of former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman's sons (3-0, two KO's, has not fought since June of 2018 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Tahlik Taylor in Woodlawn, MD.  Jacinto (0-2) lost by second-round TKO to Kam'Ron Hills in January of last year in Shreveport, LA.

Also on the card will be Seat Pleasant, MD super featherweight James "Too Slick" Early will be in a six-round bout against undefeated Rashiem Jefferson of Philadelphia.  Early (5-6) looks to build on a six-round split decision victory over previously undefeated Curtis Johnson on August 22nd in Bonita Springs, FL.  Early could have won a minor title with the victory but he came into the bout overweight.  Jefferson (3-0) comes off a four-round unanimous decision win over Steve Garagarza on October 9th in Las Vegas, NV. This will be the first scheduled six-rounder for Jefferson.

Saturday, February 6th, Washington County Fairgrounds, Washington, PA -- Lusby, MD super featherweight Nathaniel Lee "ASAP" Davis will be in a four-round contest against Johnny Spell of Pittsburgh, PA.  Davis (2-1, one KO) comes off a four-round majority decision victory over Varon Webb on February 9th in Vienna, VA.  Spell (2-0, two KO's) has not fought since December of 2019 when he scored a first-round TKO over Philip Ryan Carroll in Salem, WVA.

Clinton, MD featherweight Jay Stancil III will be in a four-round contest against an opponent to be determined.  Stancil (2-0, one KO) comes off a first-round TKO of Antonio Lucaine on February 28th in Hanover, MD. 

Glen Burnie, MD super welterweight Duane Thompson II will be in a four-round bout against Leonidas Fowlkes of Winchester, VA by way of Baltimore, MD.  Thompson (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut on October 31st with a first-round TKO of Xzaviar Ford in Columbia, SC.  Fowlkes (1-0) was also successful in his pro debut, capturing a four-round majority decision over Adrian Diaz in Parkesburg, WVA on November 7th.

Friday, February 12th, Orlando, FL -- Undefeated female super featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown will be in an eight-round rematch bout against Vanessa Bradford of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Brown (10-0, six KO's) recently moved from Washington, DC back to her hometown of Fort Myers, FL.  Brown has not fought since December of 2019 when she won an eight-round unanimous decision over Simone Aparecida Da Silva in Sterling, VA.  Bradford (5-2-2) has not competed since losing an eight-round majority decision to Brown in October of 2019 in Brooklyn, NY.

Saturday, February 13th, MGM Grand Hotel Conference Center, Las Vegas, NV -- Alexandria, VA middleweight Troy Isley will make his pro debut on this card against an opponent to be determined.

Saturday, February 20th, Doubletree Miamimart Hotel, Miami, FL -- Baltimore, MD heavyweight Cortez Dunston will be in a four-round bout against Matthew Glover of Kerrville, TX.  Dunston won his pro debut by first-round TKO over Gary Kelly on November 21st in Tampa, FL.  Glover (1-3, one KO) has lost his last three bouts by TKO.

Saturday, February 20th, Escape Ballroom, Greenville, SC -- Baltimore super featherweight Malik "King" Warren will be in a four-rounder against the debuting Deron Meriweather. Warren (3-0, three KO's) has won all of his bouts by second-round TKO but has not fought since December of 2019 in Atlanta, GA.   Also on the card will be Laurel, MD super middleweight Mansaborie "The Punisher" Conde, who will be in a four-rounder against an opponent to be determined.  Conde (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut with a third-round TKO over Ricardo Vasquez Becerril on December 19th in Greenville.

Saturday, February 27th, Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, CA -- Upper Marlboro, MD super middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox will be in an eight-round bout against undefeated Jose Armando "Toro" Resendiz of Compostela, Nayarit, Mexico.  Fox (27-2-1, 12 KO's) comes off a 10-round unanimous decision over Marcos Hernandez on December 26th at the Shrine Exposition Center.  Resendiz (11-0, eight KO's) makes his American debut after competing in all of his bouts in Mexico.  Resendiz stopped Joaquin Murrieta in the eighth round in January of 2020 in Tepic, Mexico.

Saturday, February 27th, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL --  Columbia, MD super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes will be in a six-round contest against undefeated Alexis Espino of Las Vegas, NV.   Sykes (5-3, one KO) will try to extend a three-bout winning streak including a four-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Isiah Hart on March 7th in Cheswick, PA.  Espino (6-0, four KO's) comes off a six-round unanimous decision over Delvecchio Savage on February 29th in Frisco, TX.