Sunday, May 19, 2019

Russell Successfully Defends WBC Featherweight Title With Fifth-Round TKO In Brooklyn!

Capitol Heights, MD's "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. made his fourth successful title defense of the WBC Featherweight championship by scoring a fifth-round TKO over former world champion Kiko Martinez Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Russell was in complete control of the contest.  Martinez would suffer a cut over the left eye due to a punch and the bout would be stopped at 2:52 of the fifth round.

Russell is now 30-1, 18 KO's while Martinez is 39-9-2, 28 KO's.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Fox Batters Brinson In DC Main Event!

Forestville, MD super middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox scored a sixth-round TKO over a game but overmatched Nick "Machine Gun" Brinson of Geneva, NY in the main event of the Tricky Entertainment card at the Entertainment And Sports Arena in Washington, DC.

Fox established his left jab very early in the contest, keeping Brinson off balance and knocking down in the first round.  Brinson tried to rough Fox up inside but Fox was able to stick to his game plan.

By the fifth round, Brinson could not continue any offense against Fox.  At 2:46 of the sixth round, Brinson's corner asked referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout.

Fox raises his record to 25-1-1, 12 KO's.  Brinson's record drops to 19-5-2, nine KO's.

Brown Scores Sixth-Round TKO To Win NABO Super Featherweight Title!

In the co-feature bout, DC super featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown put on a dominant performance on route to stopping Angel "Non-Stop" Gladney of Columbia, SC in the sixth round.  The win gives Brown her first regional title, the NABO Super Featherweight title.

Brown was in complete control in the contest.  She landed shots from outside and inside.  Gladney tried to compete from the outside, then she tried to work inside on Brown.  Neither plan worked due to Brown's accurate output.  Brown didn't knock Gladney down but she battered her enough to force Kenny Chevalier to stop the contest at 34 seconds of the sixth round.

Brown remains undefeated at 8-0, six KO's.  Gladney is 10-15-1, six KO's.

White Wins Unanimous Decision in DC!

DC featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White won a six-round unanimous decision over former world title contender  Christian Esquivel of Temoya, Mexico at the Entertainment And Sports Arena in DC.

White had the upper hand, landing solid shots.  Esquivel returned some shots in kind but could not stay with White's output of punches.  White won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.  White is now 8-1, six KO's while Esquivel falls to 30-18-1, 23 KO's.

Harris Wins by DQ in DC!

Hyattsville,  MD junior welterweight Patrick "YG Pat" Harris won his bout by third-round disqualification over Anthony "Psycho" Woods of Nassau, Bahamas at the Entertainment And Sports Arena in DC.

Harris was in complete control of the bout battering Woods with punches from all angles.  Referee Billy Johnson took three points away from Woods for excessive holding, forcing the disqualification.

Harris remains undefeated at 16-0, eight KO's.  Woods is now 10-23, 3 KO's.

Early Results From Entertainment And Sports Arena!

In the first three bouts from the Tricky Entertainment card at the Entertainment And Sports Arena in Washington, DC,  junior lightweight Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines of District Heights,  MD won a four-round unanimous decision over Eduardo Melendez of Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Both men traded blows all throughout the contest.   Gaines was a little more accurate and won the contest by scores of 39-37 (twice) and 40-36.  Gaines is now 10-2, three KO's while Melendez falls to 5-26, one KO.

Silver Spring, MD heavyweight George "G3" Harris remained perfect on his young pro career as he scored a second-round knockout over Antwaun Taylor of Cincinnati, OH. 

Harris battered Taylor all over the ring, knocking him down three times before referee  Sharon Sands stopped the bout at 1:08 of the second.

Harris is now 4-0, four KO's and Taylor is 4-11, one KO.

The opening contest featured the debut of DC junior welterweight Taurean "Untouchable Tip" Venable.  Unfortunately,  the debut did not go well as Venable was stopped in the first round by Jonathan Conde of Miami, FL.

Conde landed solid straight right hands that sent Venable to the canvas twice before referee Billy Johnson halted the bout at 1:31.  Conde wins for the first time and he is 1-2, one KO.

Russell Brothers Get Wins In Brooklyn!

Two of The Russell Brothers of Capitol Heights, MD captured wins Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Super lightweight Antuanne "The Last" Russell remained perfect with a fourth-round knockout over Marcos Mojica of Managua, Nicaragua.  Russell dropped Mojica once in the third round and twice in the fourth before the bout was stopped at 2:13.

Russell is now 9-0, nine KO's.  Mojica falls to 16-4-2, 12 KO's.

Bantamweight Antonio "Another" Russell won his bout by sixth-round technical decision over  Saul Eduardo Hernandez of Lakeside, CA by way of Tijuana, Mexico.  During the contest, Russell hit Hernandez with an accidental low blow.  Hernandez could not recover and the bout was stopped. Russell was ahead on all scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

Russell remains undefeated at 14-0, 11 KO's. Hernandez's record evens at 13-13-1, eight KO's.

Russell Brothers Hit Scales In Brooklyn!

The Russell Brothers weighed in for their Saturday bouts at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Gary Russell, Jr. tipped the scales at 125 3/4 for his WBC Featherweight championship title defense against Kiko Martinez who came in at 124 1/2 pounds.  This bout will be the co-feature contest on the Showtime telecast that will begin at 9 PM ET.

Antonio Russell weighed in at 117.4 pounds for his eight-round bout against Saul Eduardo Hernandez who weighed 117.6 pounds.

Antuanne Russell came in at 137 1/4 pounds for his eight-rounder versus Marcos Mojica who tipped the scales at 138 1/4.

Weights From Washington, DC!

Here is the scale watch for the Tricky Entertainment/DC Fight Night card at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC:

Alantez Fox 163.2 vs. Nick Brinson 163.8

Tiara Brown 129.8 vs. Angel Gladney 133.2

Jordan White 126.2 vs. Christian Esquivel 129.2

Sam Crossed 187.8 vs. Larry Pryor (will weigh-in today)

Renaldo Gaines 130.4 vs. Eduardo Melendez 127.6

George Harris 214.2 vs. Antwaun Taylor 211.2

Taurean Venable 142.2 vs. Jonathan Conde 137.4

The doors will open at 5:30 PM and the first bout is at 6:30 PM ET.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Davis To Defend WBA Super Featherweight Title July 27th In Baltimore!

Undefeated WBA Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis will return home for his next title defense on Saturday, July 27th at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD.

The Ring is quoting sources that say the opponent for Davis (21-0, 20 KO's) will be Ricardo "El Cientifico" Nunez of La Chorrera, Panama (21-2, 19 KO's).  This is reported to be a mandatory challenge for Davis.

In Davis's last outing, he scored a first-round TKO over Hugo Ruiz on February 9th in Carson, CA.  This will be only the second time Davis has fought in his hometown as a pro.  The first time was on July 20th, 2013 when Davis scored a second-round TKO over Rafael Casias at Coppin State University in his fourth pro bout.

Nunez makes his United States debut after competing exclusively in Panama. Nunez is coming off a first-round knockout of Eduardo Pacheco on April 30th in Panama City.

More on this bout as it develops.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Boxing Returns To DC's Entertainment And Sports Arena On May 18th!

The "Magnificent May Along The Beltway" continues on Saturday, May 18th at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Southeast Washington, DC with a Tricky Entertainment-promoted card.

Headlining the card will be two Beltway members of the DiBella Entertainment promotional camp.  One bout features DC super featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown who will take on Angel "Non-Stop" Gladney of Columbia, SC in a 10-round contest for the vacant IBF Intercontinental Super Featherweight title.  Brown (7-0, five KO's) comes off a fourth-round TKO over former world champion Dahiana Santana on December 8th in Bowie, MD.  Brown, who is a DC Metropolitan Police Officer, was recently named the DC Police Officer Of The Year.

Gladney (10-14-1, six KO's) recently broke a three-bout losing streak by winning a six-round split decision over Rolanda Andrews on March 30th in Columbia.  Gladney has faced a Beltway Boxer before having lost three bouts to Jennifer Salinas.

In the co-feature, Forestville, MD middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox will be in an eight-round contest against Nick "The Machine Gun" Brinson of Geneva, NY.  Fox (24-1-1, 11 KO's) returned after suffering an injury and his first pro loss in his last outing and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Elvin Ayala on September 22nd in Bowie, MD. Fox will try to make it two straight wins for the family after his younger brother, Mykal, captured a big unanimous decision win over previously undefeated Fazliddin “Fayzi” Gaibnazarov on May 11th in Tucson, AZ.  Brinson (19-4-2, nine KO's) returns to action for the first time since September of 2017 when he scored a sixth-round TKO over Jaime Barboza in Verona, NY.

Another eight-round contest has undefeated Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick "YG Pat" Harris face off with veteran Anthony "Psycho" Woods of Nassau, Bahamas.  In his last outing, Harris (15-0, eight KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Bergman Aguilar on March 24th in Oxon Hill, MD.  Woods (10-23, three KO's) comes off a four-round unanimous decision win over Nico Yeyo on October 27th in New Providence, Bahamas.

In a six-round, all-Beltway bout, Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed will take on Frederick, MD's Larry "Hitman" Pryor.  Crossed (8-0, five KO's) comes off a tough, six-round split decision over Twon Smith on the last card at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on December 1st.  Crossed was knocked down in the second round of the bout, but held on for the win.  Pryor (10-20, five KO's) will be trying to break a six-bout losing streak which includes a four-round majority decision defeat to Greg Hackett on April 20th in Fort Washington, MD.

DC super featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White will also be in a six-round encounter against veteran Christian Esquivel of Temoaya, Mexico.  White (7-1, six KO's) also made his last appearance on that December 1st card at the Entertainment and Sports Arena and scored a first-round TKO over Ndira Spearman.  Esquivel, who once fought for the WBC Bantamweight title, (30-17-1, 23 KO's) is winless in his last seven contests including a first-round TKO loss to Carlos Caraballo on February 16th in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

In four-round bouts, Silver Spring, MD heavyweight George Harris returns to action against Antwaun Taylor of Cincinnati, OH.  Harris (3-0, three KO's) scored a crushing first-round knockout over Lamarco Ellis in his last contest on April 20th in Fort Washington, MD.  Taylor (4-10, one KO) lost by fourth-round TKO to Junior Anthony Wright on March 22nd in Hammond, IN.

Also, DC welterweight Taurean "Untouchable Tip" Venable will make his professional debut against Jonathan Conde from Miami, FL (0-2)

Another Beltway Boxer, Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines, is also scheduled to be on this card in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined.  The District Heights, MD super featherweight (9-2, three KO's) returns after a year's absence when he stopped Johnny Frazier in the first round in Sterling, VA.




Sunday, May 12, 2019

Fox Wins Over Undefeated Foe In Tucson!

In somewhat of a surprise, Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox won a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated 2016 Olympic gold medalist Fazliddin “Fayzi” Gaibnazarov of Los Angeles, CA by way of Uzbekistan Saturday at the Tucson Arena in Tucson, AZ.  The bout was streamed on ESPN+.

Fox used his nine-inch height advantage over Gaibnazarov to frustrate him throughout the contest. Gaibnazarov could never get inside and he would lose points in the seventh and eighth round for holding.  Fox would go on to win by scores of 96-92 (twice) and 95-93.  Fox is now 20-1, five KO's while Gaibnazarov falls to 7-1, four KO's.

Hurd Loses Super Welterweight Titles To Williams By Unanimous Decision in Fairfax!

Philadelphia, PA’s Julian “J-Rock” Williams outworked, outpunched and outhustled his way to a unanimous decision over previously undefeated “Swift” Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek. MD to win the unified WBA/IBF/IBO Super Welterweight championship at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA in front of a crowd of 5,105 and a nationally-televised (FOX) audience.

Williams beat Hurd to the punch with great jabs and inside punches.  Williams repeatedly was first in his exchanges with Hurd.  In the second round. Williams dropped Hurd with a left hand to the head.  It was the first time Hurd had been dropped in his pro career.

Hurd did land some shots midway through the contest but Williams seemed to have an answer for every Hurd flurry by using angles and great movement.  There would be no late-round heroics for Hurd as Williams went on to win by scores of 116-111 and 115-112 twice.  Williams wins his first world championships and is now 27-1-1, 16 KO’s.  Hurd loses for the first time and is now 23-1, 16 KO’s.

"The pressure didn't get to me. I just feel like J-Rock truly was the better man tonight," Hurd said. "I kind of think hearing my hometown with my name being chanted, it caused me to try a little harder instead of just staying relaxed and take my time. That could have played a part, but no excuses."

"I felt like they had a game plan that worked better tonight. We also had a game plan and it was to keep the pressure on him, but he came in shape and he came out the victor.

The co-feature saw undefeated San Antonio, TX super lightweight Mario “El Azteca” Barrios score a second-round knockout over Juan Jose Velasco of Pulpaia, Argentina.  Barrios was aggressive from the start and eventually caught Velasco with a clean body shot followed by a solid right cross. Velasco went down and could not beat referee Wayne Spinola’s 10-count. Barrios is now 24-0, 16 KO’s. Velasco falls to 20-2, 12 KO’s.

The battle between Richmond, VA middleweight "The Chosen One" Immanuwel Aleem and Matt Korobov of St. Petersburg, FL ended in a 10-round majority draw.  Korobov seemed to land the harder punches in the contest, at times making Aleem take a step back. In the sixth round, Korobov wobbled Aleem with a strong right uppercut. However, Aleem fought back and turned the tide in the last three rounds as he caught the Russian native with strong punches of his own.

At first, Korobov was given the victory by majority decision because one of the judge's scorecards was read as 96-95.  However, that card was inaccurate and was actually a 95-95 score.  Two of the judges scored the bout a draw while one judge saw Korobov winning 97-93.  Aleem is now 18-1-2, 11 KO’s while Korobov is 28-2-1, 14 KO’s.

Glenarden, MD lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Jonathan Perez of Barranquilla, Colombia. Usually known for his hand speed, Rawls was very successful in using angles throughout this bout. Rawls repeatedly got off his punches first and outpointed his opponent. Rawls won by 59-54 twice and 58-55 to raise his record to 12-1-1, eight KO’s. Perez is now 38-24, 30 KO’s.

Stephen Fulton, Jr. of Philadelphia captured the IBO Super Bantamweight title with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Paulus Ambunda of Swakopmund, Namibia. Fulton was just too quick and too active for Ambunda as he peppered him with quick jabs and right hooks. Fulton dropped Ambunda with a right hook in the ninth round. All three judges scored the bout 120-107. Fulton remains undefeated at 16-0, seven KO’s while Ambunda’s record drops to 27-3, 11 KO’s.

Undefeated Bethesda, MD super flyweight Alexandru “Spartan” Marin won a 10-round unanimous decision over a very tough Luis Concepcion of Panama City, Panama. The contest was an IBO elimination bout.

Marin, a native of Iasi, Romania, landed hard lefts and rights early in the contest. Concepcion kept coming forward, however, and by the middle rounds, got his offense going. Concepcion was able to open a cut along Marin’s left eye. However, Marin did enough work early to win the bout by scores of 97-93 and 96-94 twice.

Marin raises his record to 18-0, 11 KO’s while Concepcion falls to 37-8, 26 KO’s.

Baltimore super welterweight Aaron Anderson made short work of Carlos Galindo of Lima, Peru, stopping him at two minutes of the first round.

Anderson went to work early, reaching Galindo with hard head and body shots. Anderson dropped Galindo four times before referee Wayne Spinola halted the contest.

Anderson remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO’s. Galindo is 1-10.

In a stunning start to this TGB Promotions card, Baltimore super middleweight Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack, Jr. scored a vicious second-round knockout over Mark “Sayless” Duncan of Clarksburg, MD.

The bout was pretty even until midway through the second when Womack threw a brutal right hand that froze Duncan against the ropes. Womack sent two more hard shots that dropped Duncan face down onto the canvas with a sickening thud. Referee Brent Bovell stopped the bout immediately at 1:39 of the second. Duncan had to be helped from the ring and had to be taken to a local hospital.

Womack is now 9-17-4, seven KO’s while Duncan is 3-2, three KO’s.

The walkout contest saw undefeated Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "Sharpshooter" Outlaw knock out Martin Nicolas Matamala of Neuquen, Argentina at 18 seconds of the fourth round.  Outlaw dominated the bout early, knocking Matamala down in the third and fourth rounds before the bout was stopped.  Outlaw remains undefeated at 8-0, three KO's while Matamala falls to 11-8, three KO's.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Nicholson Forced Off Tonight's Card In Fairfax!

Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond " D'Best At It" Nicholson has been taken off tonight's TGB Promotions card at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA.

As first reported by ESPN.com, Nicholson had a tough time making the 168-pound weight limit for his scheduled 10-round bout with Ernest Amuzu of Ghana. After the weigh-in,  Nicholson developed severe cramps and was later admitted to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was given multiple IVs.

This means we will have nine bouts on this card and eight Beltway Boxers participating.  The card begins at 5:05 ET.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Fox Weighs 142 For 10-Rounder In Tucson!

Mykal Fox tipped the scales at 142 pounds for his 10-round bout against Fazliddin Gaibnazarov on Saturday, May 11th at the Tucson Arena in Tucson, AZ.  Gaibnazarov came in at 141.8 pounds.

The bout will be shown on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 PM ET.

News On Upcoming 'Magnificent May' Events!

As we get ready for, arguably, the biggest card in the Magnificent May Along The Beltway on Saturday, we have news on the two other cards that will take place this month as well as some events taking place outside the area.

There will be a new feature bout for the Tricky Entertainment card that will take place on Saturday, May 18th at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC.  Forestville, MD super middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox will replace Dominic Wade in the 10-round main event.  No word was given why Wade is no longer on the card.  Fox will take on Nick "The Machine Gun"  Brinson of Geneva, NY.  Fox (24-1-1, 11 KO's) comes off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Elvin Ayala on September 22nd in Bowie, MD.

The Matchroom Boxing card that will take place on Saturday, May 25th at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD will remain at that location despite the bicep injury suffered by former world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.  The main event will now feature undefeated lightweight Devin "The Dream" Haney of Las Vegas, NV (21-0, 13 KO's) in a 10-round bout against Antonio Moran (24-3, 17 KO's) of Mexico City, Mexico.  The bout will be for Haney's WBC International lightweight title. So far, the only Beltway Boxer scheduled to be on the card will be Baltimore super middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson.

Outside the area, we know that WBC Featherweight champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD (29-1, 17 KO's) will defend his title against former world champion Kiko "La Sensacion" Martinez of Alicante, Spain (39-8-2, 28 KO's) on Saturday, May 18th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Now we find out that Russell's brothers, Antonio and Antuanne, will also appear on the card.

Antonio Russell will be in an eight-round contest against Saul Eduardo "Bebe" Hernandez of Lakeside, CA by way of Tijuana, Mexico.  Russell (13-0, 11 KO's) comes off a sixth-round TKO over Jose Maria Cardenas on March 2nd at Barclays Center.  Hernandez (13-12-1, eight KO's) has stopped his last three opponents.  However, those opponents had a combined won-loss record of 0-30.

Antuanne Russell will also compete in an eight-round encounter versus Marcos "Bombadero" Mojica of Managua, Nicaragua. Russell (8-0, eight KO's) last fought on January 26th at Barclays Center and knocked out Roberto Almanzan in the second round.  Mojica (16-3-2, 12 KO's) looks to bounce back from a third-round TKO loss to Daniyar Yeleussinov on November 24th in Monte Carlo.

If that wasn't enough, two local boxers will appear on a card at the PAL Center in Hockessin, DE.  Cambridge, MD super welterweight Dontre "Pound For Pound" King will be in a four-round bout against Brandon Mullins of Newark, DE.  King (7-20-2, three KO's) last fought on September 15th and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Michael Crain at the PAL Center.  Mullins (4-0, two KO's) scored a first-round knockout over Hassan Haggler on March 30th at the PAL Center.





Weights From Virginia!

Here is the scale watch for the TGB Promotions card that will be held on Saturday, May 11th at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA:

Jarrett Hurd 153.8 vs. Julian Williams 153.8
(IBF/WBA/IBO Super Welterweight championship)

Mario Barrios 143 vs. Juan Jose Velasco 143

Matt Korobov 160.8 vs. Immanuwel Aleem 159.6

Greg Outlaw 139 vs. Martin Nicolas Matamala 139

Demond Nicholson 168 vs. Ernest Amuzu 167.6

Stephen Fulton, Jr. 122 vs. Paulus Ambunda 120.5
(IBO Super Bantamweight championship)

Drayvontay Speed Rawls 134.4 vs. Jonathan Perez 134

Alexandru Marin 114.8 vs. Luis Concepcion 115
(IBO Super Flyweight Elimination bout)

Aaron Anderson 154.4 vs. Carlos Galindo 152.2

Mark Duncan 156.6 vs. Kevin Womack, Jr. 155.4

The card will get underway at 5:05 PM ET.  The telecast of the last three bouts on the card will begin at 8 PM ET on Fox and on Fox Deportes.  There will be no telecast on FS1.

Thre DC Region Boxers Remain In National Golden Gloves!

Joel Tchatchunji and Malik Titus have moved into the semifinals of the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN.

Tchatchunji won a 4-1 decision over Preston Draw of Pennsylvania at 178 pounds while Titus defeated Luis Alvardo of Wisconsin by a 5-0 decision at 201+ pounds.  These two, along with Kelvin Davis at 152 pounds, are the only DC Region boxers remaining in the competition.

Nerissa Turner lost her bout at female 132 pounds by a 5-0 decision to Nancy Garcia of Texas.  William Townsel dropped a 3-2 decision to Anthony Campbell at 165 pounds.  At 201 pounds, Ezri Turner lost a 5-0 decision to Juwan Talley of New Jersey.

Also, Amelia Moore, who won a National Golden Gloves championship in 2017, lost her bout at 141 pounds to Ariele Davis of the Mid-South region.  Moore, who currently lives in Virginia, represented the Colorado/New Mexico region due to her association with Team USA, that trains in Colorado Springs.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Continued Results From National Golden Gloves!

Five DC region boxers advanced to the next round of the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN.

Kelvin Davis moved into the next round of the 152-pound bracket, winning a 5-0 decision over Joshua Moreno of Texas.  In the 165-pound division, William Townsel captured a 5-0 decision over Yorman Guerrero of Indiana.

Joel Tchatchunij stopped Kahydiian Woods of Indiana in the first round at 178 pounds while Ezri Turner won a 3-2 decision over Darryl Jones, Jr. of the Upper Midwest region in the 201 pound division.

Malik Titus took a 5-0 decision over Gary Ramirez of Michigan at 201+ pounds.


Demetrius Lewis lost a 3-2 decision to Jose Ferrer, Jr. of the New England region at 114 pounds. Also, Nick Sullivan failed to advance at 141 pounds, losing a 4-1 decision to Marcell Davidson of Kansas City.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Davis, Titus Advance, Avelar Falls At National Golden Gloves Championships!

Kelvin Davis of the Washington, DC region advanced to the next round of the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN.  At 152 pounds, Davis defeated Kyron Brown of Chicago by a 3-2 score.

Also, 201+ Pounds boxer Malik Titus won a 5-0 decision over Matthew Hambric of Chicago.

At 132 pounds, Tommy Avelar lost a 5-0 decision to Jordan Jenkins of Texas. The championships continue until Sunday, May 12th.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

DC Region Boxers Start Competition At National Golden Gloves!

The Washington, DC region has started competing in the 2019 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN.

In the 141-pound bracket, Nicholas Sullivan, the two-time Outstanding Boxer at the Regional Golden Gloves, won his first bout by a 5-0 decision over Mitchell Lecounte of Iowa.

William Townsel won his first bout at 165 pounds by stopping Cincinnati's Nehemiah Jones in the third round.

Shakell Daly lost his first-round contest by a tough 3-2 decision to Andre Donovan of Cleveland.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Roach, Jr. Remains Undefeated With Unanimous Decision In Las Vegas!

Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. successfully defended his WBO International Super Featherweight title and won the NABO Super Featherweight championship with a tough, 10-round unanimous decision win over veteran world title contender Jonathan Oquendo of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

According to Fightnews.com reporters Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett, the bout was a rough one.  Here's their report: 

"Although in the twilight of a long, workmanlike career at age 35, Oquendo came into this fight with some momentum, reeling off four straight wins after an unsuccessful challenge for the WBA featherweight title in 2015 and an ensuing 19-month layoff. That momentum was reflected in the first round, with Oquendo immediately taking the fight to his younger opponent, coming forward and stunning Roach with a left hook that drew blood from Roach’s nose for the remainder of the round, and on and off throughout the fight. Oquendo continued coming forward in the early rounds, out landing a surprisingly immobile Roach and nearly dropping him in round four with a body that caused Roach to double over in visible discomfort. The rough fourth round seemed to light a fire under Roach, who came out in round five for the first time with some urgency, keeping his distance and rocking Oquendo with lead left and right hands before dancing out of countering range. The remainder of the fight alternated rounds where Oquendo was able to walk down Roach and outland him in close quarters, and Roach realizing he needed to stick and move more, boxing smartly for short spurts and relying on his hand speed to land meaningful, albeit sporadic combinations.

Throughout the fight Roach also complained of Oquendo leading with his head, prompting referee Russell Mora to take away a point from Oquendo in round eight that fortunately was not the determining factor in the fight. In the end, a valuable learning experience for Roach, who needs to learn to fight for sustained stretches and rely more on his strengths of speed and movement if he is going to survive against the division’s elite."

Roach won the bout by scores of 96-93 and 97-93 twice to remain undefeated at 19-0-1, seven KO's.  Oquendo falls to 30-6, 19 KO's.  Roach should now be the number one contender for the WBO Super Featherweight title held by Masayuki Ito of Japan.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Roach, Jr. Weighs 129 1/2 For Double Title Bout In Las Vegas!

Lamont Roach, Jr. weighed 129 1/2 pounds for his 10-round championship bout against Jonathan Oquendo on Saturday, May 4th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  Oquendo came in at 130 pounds.

A lot is riding on this bout:  Roach, Jr. is putting his WBO International Super Featherweight title on the line against Oquendo's NABO Super Featherweight championship and the winner also becomes the number one contender for the WBO World Super Featherweight crown.

Friday, May 03, 2019

M. Fox Faces Undefeated Gaibnazarov May 11th in Tucson!

Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox returns to action in a 10-round contest against undefeated  Fazliddin "Fayzi"  Fazliddin "Fayzi" Gaibnazarov of Los Angeles, CA by way of Uzbekistan on Saturday, May 11th at the Tucson Arena in Tucson, AZ.

Fox (19-1, five KO's) looks to bounce back from his first pro loss, a 10-round unanimous decision defeat to undefeated Shohjahon Ergashev on February 15th in Mulvane, KS. Gaibnazarov (7-0, four KO's) won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, with one of his Olympic wins coming against Antuanne Russell in the quarterfinals.  As a pro, Gaibnazarov is coming off a fourth-round stoppage of Ricardo Garcia on January 18th in Verona, NY.

The bout will be shown on ESPN+ with the preliminaries of this Top Rank card starting at 6:30 PM ET.

May 4th Waldorf Card Postponed!

The Cynation Sports Promotions card that was scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at the Waldorf Cultural Center in Waldorf, MD has been postponed.  No reason was given for the postponement.

The card has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1st at the same location.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Results From Vienna, VA Pro Card!

Here are the results of the T.A.C. Promotions card held on April 27th at Tyson's Playground in Vienna, VA:

Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco "The Cisco Kid" Bustos scored a second-round TKO over Eddie Gates of Jacksonville, FL. The time of the knockout was 2:46.  Bustos remains undefeated at 9-0, six KO's.  Gates falls to 2-12, one KO.

Washington, DC super welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines won by four-round split decision over the debuting George Gethers of New Jersey.  No word on the scorecards.  Hines is now 5-0, two KO's.

Waldorf, MD welterweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick won by first-round TKO over Mike Blocker of Spartanburg, SC.  The TKO came at 1:28.  Kilpatrick rises to 5-0, two KO's while Blocker falls to 0-2.

Bowie, MD welterweight Marlon "The Machine" Bolen won by four-round unanimous decision over DC's Lamont White.  No word on the scores.  Bolen is 2-0, one KO while White is now 1-18, one KO.

Germantown, MD super featherweight Ebrima Jawara scored a second-round TKO over Dammeon "El Dinero" Campbell of Monroeville, PA.  The time of the knockout was 2:51.  Jawara is now 1-1, one KO while Campbell falls to 0-3.

Middleweight Victor Miles of Fredricksburg, VA won a four-round unanimous decision over Antonio Allen of Philadelphia, PA.  Miles made a successful pro debut while Allen drops to 0-10-1.

Welterweight Damon Towns of Raleigh, NC knocked out Terrence Brown of Wilson, NC at 1:22 of the first round.  Towns rises to 2-0, two KO's while Brown is 0-3.

Debuting heavyweight Norman Neely of Paterson, NJ won by fourth-round TKO over Lamar Lewis of Arkansas.  Time of the knockout was 1:50.  Lewis falls to 0-5.

 


Results From Regional Golden Gloves!


Here are the results from the Regional Golden Gloves Championships that took place on April 27th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Open Division:

123 Pounds:  Shakell Daly, Hyattsville, MD over Ishmael Bennett, Richmond, VA

132 Pounds (Female): Nerrisa Turner, Laurel, MD over Jayda Davis, Chesapeake, VA

132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar, Germantown, MD over Juan Ibarra, Willow Springs, NC

141 Pounds: Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, VA over Jalen Jones, Washington, DC  -- Sullivan was named the Outstanding Boxer of the Regional Golden Gloves for the second straight year.

152 Pounds:  Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, VA over Deshawn Chase, Baltimore, MD 

165 Pounds: William Townsel, Virginia Beach, VA over  Jeff Bozier, Jr., Baltimore, MD 

178 Pounds:  Joel Tchatchunji, Silver Spring, MD over Dijon Bowles, Richmond, VA

201+ Pounds: Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD vs. Darnell Price, Camp Lejeune, NC -- Titus has won three straight regional titles at 201+ to go with his two titles at 201 pounds in 2014 and 2015.

Here is your 2019 Open Division Regional Champions who make up the DC Region team that will head to the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, May 5th-12th in Chattanooga, TN:

114 Pounds: Demetrius Lewis, Lanham, MD

123 Pounds: Shakeel Daly, Hyattsville, MD

132 Pounds (Female): Nerrisa Turner, Laurel, MD

132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar, Germantown, MD

141 Pounds: Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, VA

152 Pounds: Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, VA

165 Pounds: William Townsel, Virginia Beach, VA

178 Pounds:  Joel Tchatchunji, Silver Spring, MD

201 Pounds:  Ezri Turner, Dover, DE

201+ Pounds:  Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD


Novice Division:

123 Pounds:  Demarco Kennedy, Washington, DC over  D'Ante Hawkins, Fayetteville, NC

132 Pounds: Saquan Epps, Washington, DC over Jeffrey Yu, Oakton, VA

141 Pounds (Female): Abigail Blount, Fayetteville, NC over Lisa Bodenburg, Baltimore, MD 

141 Pounds: Devante Alexander, Great Mills, MD over Akeem Jackson, Alexandria, VA

152 Pounds: Victor Williams, Arlington, VA over Stephon Jordan, Germantown, MD 

165 Pounds: Michael Hines, Washington, DC wins by walkover

178 Pounds: Walter Sanders, Baltimore, MD wins by walkover

201 Pounds:  Marcel Gwynn, Newport News, VA wins by walkover

201+ Pounds: Ricardo Volcin, Washington, DC over William Elam, Newport News, VA

Unopposed Champion (114 Pounds):  Emanuel Burroughs, Temple Hills, MD



Results From Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic!

Here are the results from the 2019 Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic which took place on April 27th at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC:

The Bout Of The Night was a contest in the 67-70 pound division where Michael O'Connor (Oxon Hill) defeated Levar Adams (No Games).  This bout brought the crowd in attendance to its collective feet.

O'Connor's brother, Patrick, defeated his Oxon Hill teammate Joshua Briggs in a contest at 110 pounds.

Saleem Rafaie (Oxon Hill) defeated Laron Manning (Oxon Hill) at 75 pounds while Amir Lee (Oxon Hill) won a contest over Rafaie's brother, Sameer, at 85 pounds.

Khaliq Harrison (Hillcrest) won his bout over Yeshaya Franklin of West Virginia at 125-130 pounds.

In the true Belfast-Beltway bouts against boxers from Ireland, Keith Burroughs (Oxon Hill) defeated Diarmuid Bradley (Holy Trinity) at 97-101 pounds.

Reginald Clark (Oxon Hill) won his bout over Thomas Orr (Lisburn) at 130 pounds.

Dontae Smith (Oxon Hill) lost his 150 pound contest to Gary Arthurs (Gleean).

Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill) was victorious in his 120 pound contest against Peter Devine (Oliver Plunkett).

Francis Poulos (Diamonds N The Ruff) lost his bout at 200 pounds to Edward McDonough (Galway)

Sampson Hayes (Diamonds N The Ruff) defeated Rory Trainor (Ardonye Holy Cross) at 150 pounds.

Deonte Washington (Diamonds N The Ruff) lost his 152 pound bout to Aaron Daly (Castlebar)




Saturday, April 27, 2019

Card Complete At Tyson's Playground!

The T.A.C. Promotions card on Saturday, April 27th at Tyson's Playground in Vienna, VA is now complete. Here is the card with every bout a four-round contest.

Middleweight Francisco "The Cisco Kid" Bustos of Rockville, MD will take on Eddie Gates of Jacksonville, FL.  Bustos (8-0, five KO's) comes off back-to-back victories over Jauvan John in June and August of 2018.  Gates (2-11, one KO) has not fought since January of 2015 when he lost by fourth-round TKO to Shakeel Phinn in Gatineau, Canada.

Bowie, MD cruiserweight Chester Stewart will battle Kwame Benson of Concord, NC.  Both men are 0-1.  Stewart lost his pro debut by third-round TKO to Charles Johnson on August 18th in Hanover, MD.  Benson fell in his first contest by four-round unanimous decision to Jhevani Dixon on February 8th in Raleigh, NC.

Washington, DC super welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines faces the debuting George Gethers of New Jersey.  Hines (4-0, two KO's) looks to celebrate his birthday by extending his undefeated streak.  Hines is coming off a four-round majority decision win over Farhad Fatulla on January 18th in New York City.

Waldorf, MD middleweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick takes on Michael Blocker of Spartanburg, SC.  Kilpatrick (4-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White on December 15th at Tyson's Playground.  Blocker (0-1) lost his pro debut by first-round knockout to Zarifbek Nishanbaev in March of 2015 in Springfield, VA.

Bowie welterweight Marlon "The Machine" Bolen will battle Lamont White of Washington, DC.  Bolen (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut on June 16th in Laurel, MD and scored a third-round TKO over Christopher Thorne.  White (1-17, one KO) dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Nahir Albright on February 9th in Norfolk, VA.

Germantown, MD featherweight Ebrima Jawara will face off with the returning Dammeon "El Dinero" Campbell of Monroeville, PA. Jawara (0-1) looks to win his first bout after dropping a tough four-round split decision to Malik Loften on March 8th in Hanover, MD.  Campbell (0-2) has not fought since March of 2005 when he lost by first-round knockout to Mike Ricasa in Woodlawn, MD.

Making his pro debut will be Clinton, MD super welterweight Victor Miles who will take on Antonio Allen of Philadelphia, PA.  Miles competed in the Washington Golden Gloves back in 2016.  Allen (0-9-1) lost by second-round TKO to Nigel Fennell in Hockessin, DE on September 15th.

Taylor Drops Unanimous Decision In California!

Ridgeley, MD super lightweight Emanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor lost a 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated Shakhram Giyasov of Brooklyn, NY by way of Uzbekistan on Friday night at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.

According to Rocky Morales of Fightnews.com, Giyasov, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, was the busier boxer but Taylor did have him wobbled a couple of times forcing Giyasov to hang on.  Taylor tried to trade with Giyasov in the later rounds but gave up too much early.  Taylor lost by scores of 99-91 (twice) and 97-93.  With the win, Giyasov earns the WBA International Super Lightweight title.  Taylor's record falls to 20-6, 14 KO's while Giyasov remains undefeated at 8-0, six KO's.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Hawkins, Segawa Get Wins In Philadelphia!

Baltimore, MD welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins has won an eight-round unanimous decision over Andre Byrd of Jacksonville, FL Friday at The Met in Philadelphia, PA.

Hawkins seemed to be in complete control of the bout, forcing Byrd to take a knee in round seven.  Hawkins won two judge's scorecards by shutout, 80-71 and one card by a 78-74 score.  Hawkins remained undefeated at 15-0, nine KO's.  Byrd is now 7-7-2, one KO.

Silver Spring, MD super featherweight Suliaman Segawa upset previously undefeated Gadwin "Abayarde" Rosa of Ocala, FL by eight-round unanimous decision. Segawa was reportedly strong in the early stages of the bout and won the contest by scores of 80-72 and 79-73 twice.  Segawa is now 12-2, four KO's while Rosa falls to 10-1, eight KO's.

Reed Scores Second-Round TKO In Indio!

Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed scored a second-round TKO over Yardley Cruz of Las Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on April 25th at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.

Reed battered Cruz all throughout the contest, landing lefts and rights at will.  Cruz was a punching bag with feet as he took all the punishment in the bout.  Cruz never went down but he was in no condition to continue and referee Edward Hernandez stopped the bout at 1:45 seconds of the second round.

The win breaks a two-bout losing streak for Reed and he is now 24-2, 13 KO's.  Cruz is now 25-14, 15 KO's.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hawkins Weighs 143.4 For Eight Rounder in Philadelphia!

Malik Hawkins weighed in at 143.4 pounds for his eight-round contest against late substitute Andre Byrd of Jacksonville, FL on April 26th at The Met in Philadelphia, PA.  Byrd came in at 143.9 pounds.  Byrd has a record of 7-6-2, one KO and comes off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Maurice Lee on April 5th in Las Vegas, NV.

Also on the card, Silver Spring, MD super featherweight Suliaman Segawa will take on undefeated Gadwin "Abayarde" Rosa of Ocala, FL in an eight-round encounter.  Sagawa, a native of Uganda (11-2, four KO's), comes off a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Abraham Nova on November 18th in Boston, MA.  Rosa, originally from Puerto Rico (10-0, eight KO's), makes his second straight visit to the Met where he knocked out Jorge Luis Santos Guzman in the second round on February 23rd.

Segawa tipped the scales at 128 1/2 while Nova came in at 129.6 pounds.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Reed Weighs 141 Pounds For Six-Round Bout In Indio!

Waldorf, MD's Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed weighed 141 pounds for his six-round bout against Yardley Cruz of Las Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on April 25th at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.  Cruz came in at 142 pounds.

Reed (23-2, 12 KO's) looks to break a two-bout losing streak which includes a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Arnold Barboza, Jr. in March of 2018 in Carson, CA.  Cruz (25-13, 15 KO's) comes off a fourth-round TKO over Juan Valdez on March 28th in Guasave, Mexico.

Bobby Magruder To Be Inducted Into National Golden Gloves Hall Of Fame!



In the Beltway, he's affectionally known as "The Don King of Southern Maryland."  No one has a richer Beltway Boxing history -- especially on the amateur side of local boxing -- than he does.

Now, Bobby Magruder is about to be honored on a national level as he will be this year's sole inductee into the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame when this year's edition of the national tournament begins on May 5th.

A former local amateur who competed three times against Sugar Ray Leonard, Magruder never turned professional and, in 1972, started promoting amateur boxing and training and managing local pro prospects.  Magruder was also connected to the Leonard camp during his championship reigns and had a long-term working relationship with legendary trainer Angelo Dundee.

Magruder, in some capacity, has attended more than 30 National Golden Gloves tournaments.  Since 2007, he has been the Delegate/President of the Washington, DC Region team.  During his tenure as president, the DC region has had 10 National Golden Gloves champions. That includes a team in 2012 where three boxers -- Gervonta Davis, D'Mitrius Ballard, and Jerry Odom -- won national titles, Odom was the "Golden Boy" winner as Most Outstanding Boxer and the DC Region won the first-place team trophy for the first time.  The DC region also hosted the World Golden Gloves in 2013.

In 1985, Magruder was inducted into the Washington, DC Boxing Hall of Fame.  He was inducted into the Maryland Hall of Fame in 1994.  And now, he takes his rightful place into the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

More Beltway Boxers Get Opponents For May 11th Card; Wade To Face Brinson In Rematch On May 18th!

The entire TGB Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, May 11th is now complete with the last three Beltway Boxers on the card receiving opponents. 

Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson will be in a 10-round contest against Ernest Amuzu or Prichard, AL by way of Ghana.  Nicholson (21-3-1, 20 KO's) is the reigning WBC USNBC and Maryland State Super Middleweight champion.  However, neither title will be on the line in this contest.  Nicholson won the Maryland State title in his last outing, a first-round TKO over Jessie Nicklow on March 8th in Hanover, MD.

Amuzu (25-4, 22 KO's) makes only his second appearance in the United States after mostly competing in his native Ghana.  Amuzu's first bout in the US was his last contest where he lost to Brandon Robinson by third-round TKO on September 14th in Philadelphia, PA.

Undefeated Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "Sharpshooter" Outlaw will compete in his first eight-round contest when he takes on Martin "El Guapo" Nicolas Matamala of Cipoletti, Argentina.  Outlaw (7-0, two KO's) comes off a first-round no-contest against Tyrone Crawley on the March 8th card in Hanover, MD.  Matamala (11-7, three KO's) comes to the United States for the first time and will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak that includes a six-round unanimous decision loss to Carlos Armando Santana on November 2nd in Sarmiento, Argentina.

Also, Baltimore, MD super middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson will be in a four-round encounter against Lorawnt T. Nelson of Arvada, CO.  Simpson (3-0, two KO's) last fought on March 24th and won a four-round unanimous decision over Jaime Meza on March 24th in Oxon Hill, MD.  Nelson (5-2, four KO's) comes off back-to-back first-round TKO's against debuting boxers in his last two bouts.  Nelson stopped Joe Miles in the first on March 23rd in Golden, CO.

Meanwhile, the main event has been announced for the Tricky Entertainment card that will take place on Saturday, May 18th at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC.  Largo, MD super middleweight Dominic "Lights Out" Wade will battle Nick "The Machine Gun" Brinson of Geneva, NY in a 10-round contest for WBC and IBO Regional Super Middleweight titles.  The bout will be a rematch of a June 2014 Las Vegas, NV bout that Wade won by 10-round unanimous decision.

Wade (20-1, 14 KO's) comes off a fifth-round TKO win over Josue Obando on February 23rd in Charlotte, NC.  Brinson (19-4-2, nine KO's) has not fought since June of 2017 when he scored a sixth-round TKO over Jaime Barboza in Verona, NY.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hernandez Harrison Scores Fourth-Round TKO In Maryland!

Undefeated Washington, DC boxer Dusty Hernandez Harrison scored a fourth-round technical knockout over Fred Jenkins, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  The bout was the main event of the inaugural KBW Promotions card.

Harrison was able to use his jab effectively throughout the contest and as the bout wore on, the jab helped break Jenkins, Jr.'s defense down.  Harrison would put on the pressure in the fourth round and landed a four-punch combination that would drop Jenkins, Jr. to the canvas.  At that point, referee David Braslow decided that Jenkins, Jr. could not continue and the bout was stopped at 2:17 of the fourth round.  Harrison remains undefeated at 32-0-1, 18 KO's while Jenkins, Jr. falls to 10-6, three KO's.

The co-feature saw Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Mike "Silverback" Balogun knock out Marquise Valentine of Toledo, OH in the sixth round.  Balogun had a bit of difficulty early on in the contest as his jab was coming up a little short against Valentine.  As the bout wore on, Balogun's pressure increased and he started to land punches to Valentine's body and head.  In the fifth round, Balogun's offense paid dividends as he dropped Valentine with a flush right hand to the head.  Balogun would knock Valentine down two more times in the sixth round before referee Brent Bovell would stop the bout at 2:29 of the sixth. Balogun remains undefeated at 13-0, 10 KO's while Valentine drops to 5-6, two KO's.

Leesburg, VA cruiserweight "Mighty" Joe Jones registered a first-round TKO over previously undefeated Montez Brown of Virginia Beach, VA.  Jones was able to get to Brown early, landing a perfectly timed right hook that dropped him to the canvas.  Brown would recover but Jones would pressure him the rest of the way landing quick combinations to the body and a two-punch combo to the head that would force referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout at 1:01 of the first.  Jones, who competed for the first time in the Beltway as a professional, raised his record to 10-1, eight KO's while Brown lost for the first time and his record is now 8-1, six KO's.

Hagerstown, MD super middleweight "The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana made short work of Jonathan Morgan of Holland, MI with a devastating knockout at 42 seconds of the first round.  Pllana landed a brutal right-left combination to Morgan's head that sent Morgan crashing face first to the canvas.  The bout was stopped immediately.  Pllana is now 4-0, two KO's. Morgan is 0-2.

Silver Spring, MD heavyweight George "G3" Harris scored a first-round knockout over Lamarco "Da Bull" Ellis of Fayetteville, NC.  Harris went to work early on his opponent using a strong jab.  Eventually, the jab would allow Harris to come inside as Ellis's hands dropped.  Harris would land two right hands to the body that sent Harris to the canvas face first.  The bout was immediately stopped at 1:01 of the first round. Harris is now 3-0, three KO's while Ellis is 3-5, one KO.

Philadelphia, PA cruiser Greg "Hotshot" Hackett registered a minor upset by defeating Larry "Hitman" Pryor of Frederick, MD by four-round majority decision.  Hackett was simply the busier boxer in the contest.  Hackett was able to get inside and land uppercuts to Pryor's body and looping shots to the head.  Pryor, who was the taller boxer in the contest, did not use that height very well.  Pryor did not use his jab well and that enabled Hackett to get inside with relative ease.  Judge David Braslow saw a draw at 38-38 but judges Kenny Chevalier and John Gradowski scored the bout 39-37 for Hackett, who broke a 15-bout winless streak with the win and raised his record to 3-18-1.  Pryor is now 10-18, five KO's.

In the opening contest, Hobbsville, NC super featherweight "RBIII" Roger Belch III won a six-round unanimous decision over Darel Harris of Sarasota, FL.  Both men fought well in this contest.  Belch used his jab very effectively in the opening rounds.  Harris countered by using some strong head and body shots.  Belch III was the more active boxer in the bout and he would win by a 59-55 score on all three judges scorecards.  Belch raises his record to 13-1, eight KO's while Harris falls to 1-12-1.

Ken Weckstein led KBW Promotions into their first boxing promotion.  The matchmaker was Brian Dillon.  This reporter served as the ring announcer.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Russell To Defend WBC Featherweight Title Against Martinez May 18th In Brooklyn!

Capitol Heights, MD featherweight and WBC Featherweight champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. will make the fourth defense of his title when he faces former world champion Kiko "La Sensacion" Martinez of Alicante Comunidad Valenciana, Spain on Saturday, May 18th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  The bout will be one of the featured bouts on the Deontay Wilder-Dominic Breazeale card and will be shown on Showtime.

Russell (29-1, 17 KO's) won his title in March of 2015 with a fourth-round TKO of Jhonny Gonzalez in Las Vegas, NV and has defended his title once a year since then.  In his last outing, Russell won a 12-round unanimous decision over Jo Jo Diaz on May 19th at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.

Martinez (39-8-2, 28 KO's) is a former IBF Super Bantamweight champion who won that title with a sixth-round TKO victory over previously undefeated Jhonatan Romero in August of 2013 in Atlantic City, NJ.  Martinez would defend his title twice before dropping the belt to Carl Frampton in Belfast, Ireland in September of 2014.  Martinez has also competed for the WBA Featherweight championship losing to Leo Santa Cruz by fifth-round TKO in February of 2016 in Anaheim, CA.  Martinez is ranked third in the world by the WBC.

Here are some statements by the two boxers leading to this contest.

Russell, Jr.:  “I expect to send a message to everyone in or near my division that I’m a force to be reckoned with. I want to unify against Leo Santa Cruz and I’m going to do what I have to do to get there. I’m never going to take any opponent lightly and right now, it’s my job to take care of Kiko Martinez before I worry about anything else. On May 18 you should expect to see excitement, punching power, hand speed, fast combinations and a great level of boxing IQ. I’m the best in boxing today and I prove that every time I get in the ring.”

Martinez:   “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to win another world title and I’m thankful and excited for May 18. Gary Russell Jr is in for a rude awakening. I have a lot of experience and I feel great at featherweight. There will be nothing better than celebrating my 50th fight with a new world title.”

Weights From Rosecroft!

Here is the scale watch for the KBW Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, April 20th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Dusty Hernandez Harrison 163 vs. Fred Jenkins, Jr. 162.6

Mike Balogun 232 vs. Marquise Valentine 310.2

Montez Brown 193.8 vs. Joe Jones 192.4

Genc Pllana 168 vs. Jonathan Morgan 167.4

George Harris 216.4 vs. Lamarco Ellis 277.8

Larry Pryor 192.2 vs. Greg Hackett 194.2

Roger Belch 133.8 vs. Darel Harris 135.8

The card gets underway at 7 PM ET.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Bout Sheet Announced For Regional Golden Gloves!

Here is the proposed bout sheet for the 2019 Regional Golden Gloves that will take place on Saturday, April 27th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Novice Division:

123 Pounds:  Demarco Kennedy, Washington, DC vs. D'Ante Hawkins, Fayetteville, NC

132 Pounds: Saquan Epps, Washington, DC vs. Jeffrey Yu, Oakton, VA

141 Pounds (Female): Lisa Bodenburg, Baltimore, MD vs. Abigail Blount, Fayetteville, NC

141 Pounds: Devante Alexander, Great Mills, MD vs. Akeem Jackson, Alexandria, VA

152 Pounds:  Stephon Jordan, Germantown, MD vs. Victor Williams, Arlington, VA

165 Pounds: Stephan Burden, Baltimore, MD vs. Onaje Bullen, Norfolk, VA

178 Pounds: Walter Sanders, Baltimore, MD vs. William Cannady, Louisburg, NC

201 Pounds: Damian Pringle, Washington, DC vs. Marcel Gwynn, Newport News, VA

201+ Pounds: Ricardo Volcin, Washington, DC vs. William Elam, Newport News, VA

Unopposed Champion (114 Pounds):  Emanuel Burroughs, Temple Hills, MD


Open Division (Winners from the Open Division advance to the National Golden Gloves in Chattanooga, TN May 5th-12th);

123 Pounds:  Shakell Daly, Hyattsville, MD vs. Ishmael Bennett, Richmond, VA

132 Pounds (Female): Nerrisa Turner, Laurel, MD vs. Jayda Davis, Chesapeake, VA

132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Germantown, MD) vs. Juan Ibarra, Willow Springs, NC

141 Pounds: Jalen Jones, Washington, DC vs. Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, VA

152 Pounds:  Deshawn Chase, Baltimore, MD vs. Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, VA

165 Pounds:  Jeff Bozier, Jr., Baltimore, MD vs. William Townsel, Virginia Beach, VA

178 Pounds:  Joel Tchatchunji, Silver Spring, MD vs. Dijon Bowles, Richmond, VA

201+ Pounds: Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD vs. Darnell Price, Camp Lejeune, NC

Unopposed Champions:

114 Pounds: Demetrius Lewis, Lanham, MD

201 Pounds: Ezri Turner, Dover, DE


Monday, April 15, 2019

'Tranzformer' Taylor Returns For 10-Rounder In Inglewood!

Ridgeley, MD super lightweight Emanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor returns to action in a 10-round contest against undefeated Shakram Giyasov of Brooklyn, NY by way of Uzbekistan on Friday, April 26th at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.

Taylor (20-5, 14 KO's) has not fought since he lost by fifth-round TKO to Lucas Matthysse in May of 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.  Giyasov (7-0, six KO's) comes off a fifth-round TKO over Edgar Puerta on February 23rd in Tijuana, Mexico.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sigmon Wins Unanimous Decision In Lynchburg!

Bedford, VA cruiserweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon won a 10-round unanimous decision over Ronnie "The Unbreakable" Glass of Danville, VA Saturday at the Boonesboro Ruritan Club in Lynchburg, VA.

Sigmon won by scores of 97-93 across the board to raise his record to 34-13-1, 17 KO's.  Glass loses for the first time and is now 9-1-1, six KO's.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Kisner Suffers No Decision; Bates Scores 4th-Round TKO in Atlantic City; Sykes Wins Upset In Charlotte!

Turned out to be a tough night for Baltimore, MD's "Slick" Nick Kisner at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  Kisner's heavyweight bout against "Ottomatic" Otto Wallin of Sundsvall, Sweden ended at the end of the first round after an unintentional headbutt.

Late in the round, the two men violently clashed heads and the result was a nasty cut near Kisner's right eye.  The blood was going into the eye and Kisner said he could not see.  The ringside doctors called a halt to the contest after the round was over.  Kisner's record remains at 21-4-1, six KO's while Wallin remains undefeated at 20-0, 13 KO's.

On the undercard, DC super bantamweight Marcus "Dreamcrusher" Bates scored an upset victory with a fourth-round TKO over Jesse Angel Hernandez of Fort Worth, TX.  No word on when the bout was stopped.  Bates bounces back very nicely from his lone loss to Raeese Aleem in April of 2018 and is now 9-1-1, eight KO's.  Hernandez, who was ranked 14th in the world by the WBA, falls to 12-3, seven KO's.

Meanwhile at the West End Plaza in Salisbury, NC, super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes of Hanover, MD also registered an upset as he won a six-round unanimous decision over Roy King of Johnson City, TN.  Sykes dropped King in the fourth round and went on to the victory.  Sykes evens his record at 3-3 while King drops to 11-3-1, six KO's.