Thursday, March 31, 2011

Corley Drops Split Decision in Toronto!

Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley lost an eight-round split decision to welterweight prospect Andre Gorges of Windsor, Ontario this past Tuesday at the Shaw Festival black-tie fundraiser in Toronto, Canada.

One judge scored the bout 77-75 for Corley but the other two judges saw the bout 78-74 for Gorges.

Corley is now 37-17-1, 22 KO's and has lost four in a row. Gorges wins his second straight split decision and is now 11-1, six KO's.

Local Blogger Profiles Headbangers Boxing Gym!

DC blogger Dan Merica has a nice video on the Headbangers Boxing Gym in Southeast Washington as he interviews coach Marshall Cunningham and boxer Lawrence Singh and his father. Singh won the 108-pound Washington Golden Gloves championship last week in Waldorf and will graduate from high school a year early at age 16.

Merica, by the way, is a graduate journalism student at American University.

Here's the video:


Jargal to Face 'Khanqueror' Prescott On ESPN2 April 22!

Arlington, VA junior welterweight "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal will have his toughest bout to date in front of a nationally-televised ESPN2 audience when he faces Breidis Prescott in a scheduled 10-round contest on Friday, April 22 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.

Jargal (15-1-3, 10 KO's) is coming off his first pro loss, a tough eight-round split-decision to Steve Upshur Chambers on November 20 in Atlantic City, NJ. This will be Jargal's first scheduled 10-round contest.

Prescott (23-2, 19 KO's), a native of Barranquilla, Colombia who now fights out of Miami, FL, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Harrison Cuello on August 6 in Chicago, IL in his last outing. But Prescott is best known for his one-round knockout of now-WBA Junior Welterweight champ Amir Khan in September of 2008. Prescott is currently ranked 11th by the WBA.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lange Returns to Hollywood for Charity Exhibition!

Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange will be participating in a three-round exhibition against actor and entertainment host Mario Lopez on Saturday, April 6 at the Sports L.A’s KO Cancer charity event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

“I’m honored to be part of such a worthy cause and help raise money and awareness for the City of Hope. I look forward to stepping into the ring with Mario to see what he’s got. I just hope that the referee doesn’t need to step in to give Mario time to be ‘saved by the bell’,” said Lange. in a press release.

Benefiting City of Hope, one of 40 national Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers, the event will honor three boxing luminaries whose lives have been depicted on the big screen: former world champions Micky Ward (“The Fighter”) and Jake LaMotta (“Raging Bull”) and “First Lady of Boxing” Jackie Kallen (“Against the Ropes”). Prominent attorney Robert Shapiro will serve as master of ceremonies at the event which will also feature a pair of heavyweight fights.

Lange, who appeared on the first season of "The Contender" TV series, has expressed an interest in an entertainment career once his boxing career is over. In fact, he had a small role in “The House That Jack Built” and is cast in “Five Good Years,” currently in pre-production.

Lange will return to the George Mason University Patriot Center in September and hopes to get at least one bout in before then.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Paschall Promotions Hosts Amateur Boxing Show in Millersville April 2!

(Mike) Paschall Promotions is having an amateur boxing card at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, MD on Saturday, April 2. The card is slated to have 15 bouts and tickets are $35 each ($350 for a table of 10). Call 410-227-5658 for details.

Baltimore Amateur Featured in Sun Newspaper!

Simply tremendous story in the Baltimore Sun concerning 11-year old champion amateur Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson. Simpson came back to town as a national champion in the Silver Gloves but, as Erica L. Green writes, tragedies around his life, including the stabbing death of his friend, gymmate and mentor Ronald "Rock" Gibbs, have inspired him to achieve in the ring and in the classroom.

Here is this beautiful article. Please let Ms. Green know you appreciate the story.


UMAR Gym Hosts Central American Delegation!

Recently, a delegation of dignitaries from Central America traveled to Baltimore and visited the UMAR Boxing Gym, famous for their "No Hooks Before Books" program.

The reason for the trip was so the Central American delegation could look at working models that have helped keep young people in positive situations instead of the trouble the streets can bring. According to Marvin McDowell, the proprietor of the UMAR Gym, there is an issue with gang violence in parts of Central America.

The 19-member delegation included the vice-minister of the Ministry of Youth in the Dominican Republic.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dusty Harrison Turns Pro; Signs with Prize Fight Promotions!

(Photo by Juan Marshall)

After almost 200 amateur contests and numerous championships, 16-year-old Dusty Harrison of DC will take the plunge into the next level. BATB has learned that Harrison has signed a pro contract with Prize Fight Promotions of Memphis, TN and may make his pro debut in early June as a welterweight.

According to Harrison's father, Buddy, the owner of the Old School Boxing Gym, the family fielded numerous offers from promoters across the country, but felt Prize Fight was the best fit for them.

"Our recent trip to Memphis, TN (where Prize Fight's headquarters are) confirmed that this was the best choice for Dusty," said Buddy Harrison. "Brian Young, Russ Young and Nate Yoder are a class act and run a professional operation."

"Although Dusty is young, we feel that it is the right time for him to turn professional," Harrison continued. "While he achieved much success in the amateurs, with the increased expense and decreased competition; the pros are next obvious step in his career and Prize Fight is Dusty's path to success. My goal is to start with Prize Fight and end with Prize Fight."

Buddy Harrison added that he was very impressed with Prize Fight's commitment to the Memphis community.

"During Dusty's visit, Brian Young took him to a local church to help serve food to over 200 homeless people - something that Brian does every Sunday. Furthermore, Russ and Brian Young help place unwanted dogs and cats in decent homes. In fact the Prize Fight office is home to several cats, and we met Russ' rescued pit bull named Tyson at his home. When it came time to decide which offer to accept, it wasn't difficult. Not only are they good, God-fearing people, but they also guide boxers with care."

Prize Fight, who has signed numerous boxers from the Beltway region, said in a statement that they believe they have found another talented boxer in Dusty Harrison.

"We are extremely excited here at Prize Fight to sign such a talented young fighter in Dusty Harrison. Obviously with Dusty being so young we expect the journey to be a little bit longer than other prospects. But in the end, we believe Dusty will be a World Champion.

"Our presence in the D.C. metropolitan and surrounding communities have grown since 2004 when we built the careers of the Peterson Brothers. Signing Dusty Harrison further strenghtens our commitment to the fine talented boxers that D.C. has produced. Dusty will join a talented stable of boxers that already includes D.C.'s most talented boxers Fernando Guerrero and Dominic Wade."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Here are Your Washington Golden Gloves Champions!

Here is the Open squad that will face the Virginia/North Carolina team on Friday, April 15 in Waldorf, MD at the Waldorf Jaycees:

112 Pounds-Female Tyrieshia Douglas (Upton)

108 Pounds: Lawrence Singh (Headbangers)

114 Pounds: Maurice Adams, Jr. (New Revival)

123 Pounds: Gary Antonio Russell (Enigma)

132 Pounds: Kevin Rivers, Jr. (No Xcuse)

141 Pounds: Michael Reed (Dream Team)

152 Pounds: David Grayton, Jr. (Headbangers)

165 Pounds: D'Mitrius Ballard (No Xcuse)

178 Pounds: Jerry Odom (No Xcuse)

201 Pounds: Zakki Scott (Sugar Ray Leonard)

201+ Pounds: Jerrell Reeves (Old School)

Your Novice Champions are:

123 Pounds: Omar Barnes (Club One)

132 Pounds: Andrew Barrett (Laurel)

141 Pounds: Tenkoran Agyeman (Old School)

152 Pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under)

165 Pounds: Jeremy Trussell (Upton)

178 Pounds: Travis Coley (Old School)

201 Pounds: Base Trice (Round One)

201+ Pounds: Aaron Bratton (Honeycomb)

Masters Champions:

160 Pounds: Ernest Latham (Old School)

201+ Pounds: Richard DePhillip (Old School)

One other note: Happy to say that noted amateur referee Brent Bovell is out of the hospital and recovering at home! Continued best wishes!

Post-Fight Wrap from Waldorf!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Zakki Scott wins the Open 201 pound title and No Xcuse wins the Open team trophy! Good night from Waldorf. BATB Post Fight Wrap Up coming later tonight!
Earlier tonight, Maurice Adams, Jr won the 114-pound open title by walkover. Final bout of the night 201-pound title. Zakki Scott vs. Mario Murphy both from SR
D'Mitrius Ballard wins the 165-pound title. Jerry Odom of No Xcuse (178-pounds) and Jerrell Reeves of Old School (201+) win titles by walkover!
165-pound open title bout now underway -- Demond Nicholson of Cherry Lane vs. D'mitrius Ballard of No Xcuse.
The first RSC of the night -- Defending national 152-pound champ David Grayton defeats Jonathan Burrs II in the second round!
152-pound title bout -- David Grayton of Headbangers vs. Jonathan Burrs II of Hagerstown.
In what looked like a close bout, Michael Reed of Dream Team won the 141-pound title over Down Under's Emmanuel Rodriguez. Looked like Reed hurt his left hand.
The winner of the 132-pound open title is Kevin Rivers, Jr., winning by decision. The 141-pound Open title is next -- Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Michael Reed.
Action has resumed. Underway is the 132-pound open title--Roger Blackburn of Upton vs Kevin Rivers of No Xcuse!
Jordan Peters (Tony's Gym), Joseph Lamb, Jr (Frederick Fight Club), Lamont Roach, Jr. (No Xcuse) and Philip Puopolo (Loch Raven) all won sportsmanship awards.
Congratulations to Tony's Gym for winning the Junior Division Team trophy and Old School Gym for capturing the Novice Team trophy!
The winner of the 123-Pound Open title is Gary Antonio Russell of Enigma over Shadeed Floyd of Langdon! We are now in intermission!
Lawrence Singh wins the 108 pound title over Gregory Outlaw. 123-pound title in the ring -- Gary Antonio Russell vs Shadeed Floyd!
The 108-pound Open title bout is underway -- Gregory Outlaw of Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Lawrence Singh of Headbangers.
Tyrieshia Douglas of Upton won the Open 112-pound female title by medical walkover. Marita Gumbs of Supreme Defence had the flu.
Aaron Bratton won the 201+ pound novice championship. Base Price won the 201 pound title by walkover. Open division is getting underway.
The winner of the 178-pound novice title is Travis Coley! The 201+ pound title bout is in the ring--Clinton Price of Midtown vs Aaron Bratton of Honeycomb.
The 178-pound bout is in the ring -- Edward Lay of Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Travis Coley of Old School.
Jeremy Trussell wins the 165-pound Novice title!
Maiwak Dagoot wins 152-pound title by decision! Next up: 165-pound title-all-Baltimore affair. Maurice Stokes of UMAR vs Jeremy Trussell of Upton.
Tenkoran Agyeman wins the 141-Pound Novice title by decision! The 152-pound is next: Maiwak Dagoot of Down Under vs. Devin Wallace of Hillcrest.
Andrew Barrett of Laurel wins the 132-pound novice title by walkover. Now: the 141-pound title bout: Johnny DaSilva of Round One vs. Tenkoran Agyeman-O. Schoo
Omar Barnes wins the 123-pound novice championship by decision.
First Novice bout underway -- Duglas Soto of Down Under vs. Omar Barnes Of Club One championship at 123 Pounds.
Good Evening from the Waldorf Jaycees and the Washington Golden Gloves Championships!! The Novice Division will be getting underway shortly!

April 9 All-Female Boxing Card Boasts All-Star Lineup!

The "Road To London" all-female amateur boxing card series returns to the Beltway-area on Saturday, April 9 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD. The card is slated to feature some outstanding boxing talent.

Scheduled to be on the card are local favorites Asia Stevenson, who has won titles in the Junior Olympics, Silver Gloves and local Golden Gloves, Franchon Crews, a formernational champion at 154 and 165 pounds, and Marita Gumbs, who will be trying for her first Washington Golden Gloves championship tonight in Waldorf.

Promoter "The Fightlady" Wanda Bruce has also brought in a number of outstanding boxers from out of town including five-time national PAL, Women's Golden Gloves and Ringside world champion Britney Inkrote and Ringside national champ Andrecia Wasson.

The card begins at 6 PM.

Blogging Live from Washington Golden Gloves Championships Tonight!

Technology permitting, BATB will be blogging live from the Washington Golden Gloves tonight at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, MD.

Also, we plan to have a BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up from the Waldorf Jaycees after the card.

The first bout is slated to begin at 8 PM ET.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Coleman May Participate in IBF Elimination Bout on ESPN2!

There are reports that USBA Junior Welterweight champion Tim "Pitbull" Coleman of Baltimore may be involved in an IBF Elimination contest against Victor Cayo of the Dominican Republic. The bout would be held on Friday, April 29 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas and would be the main event on ESPN2.

Cayo is currently ranked third by the IBF, Coleman is slated fifth. Ironically, another Beltway Boxer -- Lamont Peterson -- is ranked fourth by the IBF.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

'Bolivian Queen' Salinas Competes on Mexican Boxing Reality Show!

(Photo courtesy of Todas Contra Mexico Oficial)

When Jimmy Lange appeared on the first season of the boxing reality show, "The Contender," back in 2005, little did we realize that this would be an occasional trend among Beltway Boxers -- appearing on boxing reality series.

In later years, trainer Jose "Pepe" Correa and boxer Darnell "The Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson would appear on "The Contender." Now, the females get their turn -- albeit in another country -- and a local boxer is a part of the cast.

"The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas of Manassas, VA is currently in Mexico competing on an all-female boxing reality series called "Todas Contra Mexico" (All versus Mexico). Salinas is part of an six-female international team that will battle a squad from Mexico. Among her teammates are Keisha "Fire" McLeod of New York and Jennifer Han of Japan. One of the hosts of the show is Maureen Shea, a boxer turned promoter who prepared and doubled Hillary Swank for her role in the movie "Million-Dollar Baby."

No word yet on when or if the show will be shown in the United States.

UPDATE: Salinas has been chosen as the captain for the international squad.

A. Guerrero Scores Third-Round TKO in Delaware!

Salisbury, MD cruiserweight Alex Guerrero remained undefeated by scoring a third-round TKO over veteran Harley "The Sandman" Kilfan of Menominee, WI last night in the main event at the Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, DE.

According to my colleague Kurt Wolfheimer, Guerrero was nearly flawless in his first main event bout, knocking down Kilfan three times in the contest before the bout was stopped at 1:36 of the third.

Guerrero is now 6-0-1, three KO's. Kilfan falls to 8-7, seven KO's.

Crews Disqualified in Pan-Am Box-Off Championships!

Baltimore middleweight Franchon Crews was disqualified in her 165-pound Pan American Games Box-Off Championship tonight in Colorado Springs, CO. Tiffanie Hearn of Louisville, KY will receive the opportunity to go to the qualifier in Venezuela March 25-30.

The US Team will have some Beltway representation, however. DC super heavyweight Danny Kelly will head to Venezuela as he was unopposed in the Box-Offs. One of the coaches will be Barry Hunter.

Bout Sheet for Washington Golden Glove Championships!

Here is the Bout Sheet for the Washington Golden Gloves Championships that will be held on Friday, March 25 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, MD:

Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Duglas Soto (Down Under) vs. Omar Barnes (Club One)

141 Pounds: Johnny DaSilva (Round One) vs. Tenkoran Agyeman (Old School)

152 Pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) vs. Devin Wallace (Hillcrest)

165 Pounds: Maurice Stokes (UMAR) vs. Jeremy Trussell (Upton)

178 Pounds: Travis Cole (Old School) vs. Edward Lay (Sugar Ray Leonard)

201 Pounds: Base Trice (Round One) vs. Calvin Jones, IV (Tony's Gym)

201+ Pounds: Clinton Price (Midtown) vs. Aaron Bratton (Honeycomb)

Unopposed Champions:

132 Pounds: Andrew Barrett (Laurel)

160 Pounds (Masters Class): Ernest Latham (Old School)

201+ Pounds (Masters Class): Richard DePhillip (Old School)

Open Division:

112 Pounds (Female): Marita Gumbs (Supreme Defence) vs. Tyrieshia Douglas (Upton)

108 Pounds: Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Lawrence Singh (Headbangers)

114 Pounds: Maurice Adams, Jr. (New Revival) vs. Marco Sanchez (Round One)

123 Pounds: Gary Antonio Russell (Enigma) vs. Shadeed Floyd (Langdon)

132 Pounds: Roger Blackburn (Upton) vs. Kevin Rivers, Jr. (No Xcuse)

141 Pounds: Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under) vs. Michael Reed (Dream Team)

152 Pounds: David Grayton (Headbangers) vs. Jonathan Burrs, II (Hagerstown)

165 Pounds: Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) vs. D'Mitrius Ballard (No Xcuse)

201 Pounds: Mario Murphy (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Zakki Scott (Sugar Ray Leonard)

201+ Pounds: Danny Kelly (Headbangers) vs. Jerrell Reeves (Old School)

The first bout begins at 8 PM. Winners advance to the Regional championships on Friday, April 15 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center.

Crews In Pan-Am Box-Off Championship; Douglas Falls in Semis!

Two Beltway females have been involved in the 2011 Pan American Games Box-offs at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO this weekend.

In the 165-Pound championship bout today, Franchon Crews of Baltimore will face Tiffanie Hearn of Louisville, KY. Crews has been a national champion at 154 and 165 pounds. If Crews wins, she will advance to the first Pan American Games qualifier in Cumana, Venezuela, March 25-30.

In yesterday's semifinals, Tyrieshia Douglas of Baltimore lost by a 14-6 score to Christina Cruz of New York City.

Intense Golden Gloves Semis Set Up Solid Championship Round!

The 2011 Washington Golden Gloves concluded its run at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center with a tremendous night of action. This sets up some great championship bouts that will take place this coming Friday night, March 25 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, MD.

The Open Division action included two tremendous contests. In a 165-pound semi-final bout D'Mitrius Ballard of No Xcuse and Jarrett Hurd of Hillcrest engaged in a battle that not only was the best bout of the night and probably the best bout of the tournament so far, but will be the first amateur contest in the five-plus year history of BATB that I have considered as a candidate for Beltway Boxing Bout of the Year.

Ballard, who has already qualified for the US Olympic Trials, won the contest but not before he got a major scare from Hurd. The Hillcrest boxer landed a solid counter right hand in the second round that dropped Ballard and almost put him out. Ballard recovered, despite looking like Trevor Berbick after Mike Tyson hit him. Unlike Berbick, however, Ballard not only recovered, but came back strong enough to get the win.

Although many in the crowd thought the bout should have been stopped after the initial knockdown and Ballard's reaction, credit should go to referee Floyd Favors for allowing the bout to continue.

Ballard will face Demond Nicholson of Cherry Lane in the finals. Nicholson advanced by walkover against Monreco Goldston of Main Street.

Defending National 152-Pound champion David Grayton of Headbangers also received a tough semi-final challenge from Enigma's Russell Gaskins who pressured Grayton throughout the contest. Grayton's combination of speed and power provedto be the difference as he scored the victory. Grayton will meet Jonathan Burrs, II of Hagerstown in the 152-Pound final. Burrs advanced last week.

Here are the rest of the Open Semi-Final results:

132 Pounds: Kevin Rivers (No Xcuse) over Joel Young (Enigma)

141 Pounds: Michael Reed (Dream Team) RSC-3 over Edwin Reyes (Round One)

201 Pounds: Zakki Scott (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Alexander Herb (Loch Raven)

201+ Pounds: Jerrell Reeves (Old School) over Thomas Willson (Hagerstown)

We also have two unopposed Open Champions:

178 Pounds: Jerry Odom (No Xcuse)

201 Pounds (Female): Neassa Hollon (Tony's Gym)

We also had an outstanding bout in the Novice Division. Jeremy Trussell of Upton came back from a first-round knockdown to get an RSC-2 over Tim Anderson of No Xcuse in the 165-Pound semi-finals. Trussell advances to the finals, where he will enter an all-Baltimore Gym final against UMAR's Maurice Stokes, who defeated Steven Bucci of Ground Control.

There was also one Novice Championship decided as Brittany Evans of Sugar Ray Leonard won the female 132-pound title defeating Shatrice Woodland of UMAR.

In other Novice Division Bouts:

141 Pounds: Johnny DaSilva (Round One) over Drayvontay Rawls (No Xcuse)

141 Pounds: Tenkoran Agyeman (Old School) over Travis Roberts (Ground Control)

152 Pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) over Sam Williams (Dream Team)

178 Pounds: Edward Lay (Sugar Ray Leonard) wins via walkover against Keith Sowell (Old School)

201 Pounds: Base Trice (Round One) wins via walkover against Marcus Hemsley (Keystone)

201+ Pounds: Clinton Price (Midtown) wins via walkover against Shelton Graves (Mack Lewis)

Later today, we will give you the full bout sheet for Friday's championship action.

The Junior Division concluded competition with two title bouts. DeQuane Hall of Tony's Gym won the 10-11, 80-Pound title over Chris Normile of Baltimore Boxing. Also, Calvin Countess of Charm City captured the 14, 201+ title with a win over Shaka Williams of NOMIS.

These other Junior champions were either unopposed in their weight classes or won by walkover:

13-14, 106 Pounds: Ronnell Jackson (No Xcuse)

15-16, 119 Pounds: Jalonte Cole (No Xcuse)

10, 95 Pounds (Female): Zoria Curry (UMAR)

16, 114 Pounds (Female): Raynisca O'Neal (Limelite)

60 Pounds (Female): LaShawn Wood (Dunlap Boxing)

201+ Pounds (Master's Class): Christopher Green (Unattached)

One other note, BATB sends its best wishes to noted amateur referee Brent Bovell, one of only two referees in the Beltway area (Jim McNally of the Naval Academy is the other) that are eligible to referee Olympic Boxing events.

Mr. Bovell was recently hospitalized with a severe bout of double pneumonia. Our prayers are for a very speedy recovery.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A. Guerrero Headlines, Taylor in Co-Feature of Pro-Am Show in Delaware Saturday!

Undefeated Salisbury, MD cruiserweight Alex Guerrero will headline a pro-am card on Saturday, March 19 at the Harrington Raceway Casino in Harrington, DE.

Guerrero, the older brother of middleweight contender Fernando (5-0-1, two KO's), will face Harley Kilfian of Menominee, WI (8-6, seven KO's) in a four-round bout. Guerrero is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over Rayshawn Myers on February 18 in Salisbury. Kilfian will be trying to break a four-bout losing streak.

Also on the card will be undefeated Baltimore welterweight Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor (10-0, eight KO's) who will be in a four-round contest against Willie Walton of Salt Lake City, UT (4-3, four KO's). This will be Taylor's first bout of 2011. Taylor won a six-round unanimous decision over Laureano Laracuente on October 21 in Cockeysville, MD. Walton has lost two in a row.

Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD middleweight Alantez "Tez" Fox (3-0, three KO's) and DC heavyweight Tauheed Wheeler (0-2) are also slated to be on the show.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Promotional Company Brings Boxing to Millersville April 15!

Boxing returns to the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, MD on Friday, April 15 with a new promotional company bringing in the card.

United Boxers, a new promotional company launched by legendary matchmaker Chris Middendorf, will have their inaugural card at the Maryland Sportsplex, featuring boxers from the Baltimore side of the Beltway.

Four undefeated boxers will be on the card. Cruiserweight Russ "The Hammer" Shiflett (9-0-1, five KO's) will headline the card along with welterweight Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor (13-0, 10 KO's), cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner (7-0, five KO's) and the return of multi-regional champion James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson (13-0, 10 KO's).

Also slated to be on the card are Beltway fan favorites "The Persecutor" Mike Paschall (21-2-1, four KO's), Ishmail "The Arsenal" Arvin (15-2-4, seven KO's) and Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow (20-1-3, seven KO's). No word yet on opponents.

In a press release, Middendorf said there are more cards planned for the Beltway area.

“We have six events planned for the Maryland area with the next one on May 21st at the Maryland Sportsplex and then every other month in Maryland. We will also be promoting several events in Washington D.C. and Virginia.”

This card is presented in association with local promoter Gene Molovinsky.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quarterfnal Results, Semifinal Bout Sheet for Washington Golden Gloves!

While the card at the Patriot Center was going on in Virginia, the Washington Golden Gloves continued at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD. Here are the results from last Saturday's action:

Junior Division:

10-11, 80 Pounds: Chris Normile (Baltimore Boxing) over George Jones (Dunlap Boxing)

10-11, 100 Pounds: Umar Ali (Diamonds N Da Ruff) over Jashim Snyder (Down Under)

Novice Division:

141 Pounds: Tenkorn Agyeman (Old School) over Andy Quinones (Down Under)

152 Pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) over Gregory Wright (Ground Control)

152 Pounds: Devin Wallace (Hillcrest) over Joseph Perez (Loch Raven)

165 Pounds: Steven Bucci (Ground Control) over Maurice Mitchell (Old School)

178 Pounds: Travis Coley (Old School) over Shawn Trueblood (Young Titans)

201+ Pounds: Aaron Bratton (Honeycomb) over Alton Mason, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Open Division:

108 Pounds: Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Francis Taylor (Langdon)

123 Pounds: Shadeed Floyd (Langdon) over Antonio Magruder (Headbangers)

132 Pounds: Roger Blackburn, III (Upton) over Jonathan Baxter (Tony's Athletic Club)

141 Pounds: Edwin Reyes (Round One) by w/o Gary Allen Russell (Enigma)

141 Pounds: Emmanuel Rodriguiz (Down Under) over Jordan Jerome (Round One)

152 Pounds: Russell Gaskins (Enigma) over Derek Cannon (Club One)

152 Pounds: Jonathan Burrs II (Hagerstown) over Cornelius Whitlock (Midtown)

165 Pounds: Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) over Reginald Lucas (Upton)

165 Pounds: Jarrett Hurd (Hillcrest) over Lee Snow (Sugar Ray Leonard)

201 Pounds: Bryan Townsel (Headbangers) w/o Colby Madison (Charm City)

201+ Pounds: Danny Kelly (Headbangers) w/o Charles Jerome (Round One)

Now, here's the bout sheet for Saturday's semi-final night:

Junior Division:

10-11, 80 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP) Dequane Hall (Tony's Gym) vs. Chris Normile (Baltimore Boxing)

15-16, 119 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP) Malik Jackson (Limelite) vs. Jalonte Cole (No Xcuse)

14, 201+ Pounds: Calvin Countess (Charm City) vs. Shaka Williams (NOMIS)

Novice Division:

132 Pounds (Female-CHAMPIONSHIP): Shatrice Woodland (UMAR) vs. Brittany Evans (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds: Drayvontay Rawls (No Xcuse) vs. Johnny DaSilva (Round One)

141 Pounds: Tenkoran Agyman (Old School) vs. Travis Roberts (Ground Control)

152 Pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) vs. Sam Williams (Dream Team)

165 Pounds: Steven Bucci (Ground Control) vs. Maurice Stokes (UMAR)

165 Pounds: Jeremy Trussell (Upton) vs. Tim Anderson (No Xcuse)

178 pounds: Edward Lay (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Keith Sowell (Old School)

201 Pounds: Base Trice (Round One) vs. Marcus Hemsley (Keystone)

201+ Pounds: Shelton Graves (Mack Lewis) vs. Clinton Price (Midtown)

Open Division:

108 Pounds: Lawrence Singh (Headbangers) vs. Jesus Aguilera (US Naval Academy)

132 Pounds: Joel Young (Enigma) vs. Kevin Rivers, Jr. (No Xcuse)

141 Pounds: Edwin Reyes (Round One) vs. Michael Reed (Dream Team)

152 Pounds: Russel Gaskins (Enigma) vs. David Grayton (Headbangers)

165 Pounds: Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) vs. Monreco Goldston (Main Street)

165 Pounds: D'Mitrius Ballard (No Xcuse) vs. Jarrett Hurd (Hillcrest)

201 Pounds: Zakki Scott (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Alexander Herb (Loch Raven)

201 Pounds: Bryan Townsel (Headbangers) vs. Mario Murphy (Sugar Ray Leonard)

201+ Pounds: Thomas Willson (Hagerstown) vs. Jerrell Reeves (Old School)

A reminder: The Washington Golden Gloves Championships will be on Friday, March 25 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, MD at 8 PM.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Beltway Amateurs Nearly Perfect at National Silver Gloves!

Beltway Amateurs are bringing back five national titles from the National Silver Gloves in Kansas City, MO. This report comes from DC Amateur Boxing:

DC Area boxers were nearly perfect this afternoon at the 2011 National Silver Gloves today winning 5 championship belts by the end of the day's competition: Steven Clark (10/11 110lbs.), Lorenzo Simpson (10/11 95lbs.), Jordan White (12/13 80lbs.), Shaka Williams (12/13 201+lbs.) and Ronnell Jackson(14/15 106lbs.) all won championship belts and are now the #1 boxers in the United States. By all accounts we should have had 6 as Troy Isley(12/13 90lbs.) lost a decision that was highly controversial to say the least.

Recap of Patriot Center Card!

Here is the recap of the ICE Promotions card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:

Jimmy Lange wins 10-round unanimous decision over Jimmy Holmes.

William Joppy wins 10-round unanimous decision over Cory Cummings.

Larry Pryor upset previously undefeated Mark Tucker by eight-round unanimous decision.

Todd Wilson won by disqualification over Dean White after the third round.

Tony Jeter defeated Mike McFail by six-round unanimous decision.

Scott Sigmon scored the only knockout of the night, stopping John Terry in the fourth round.

Abodurin Akinyanju won a four-round split decision over Ron Gamble

George Rivera captured a six-round unanimous decision over Shakir Ashanti.

Before we get to the Post-Fight Wrap-Up, let me respond to a couple of posts made during the live blog. Thanks for following the posts, by the way:

A fan from Todd Wilson's hometown of Bloomington, IL (that's where Wilson was born) wanted to know more about Wilson's bout with Dean White. Basically, both men were penalized for holding in the first round after numerous cautions from referee Billy Johnson. After those cautions, the referee has to issue a warning and that is where people get confused.

The cautions lead to the warnings which ARE the point deductions. White also lost points for holding and hitting low after the bell. That is why White was disqualified. It should also be noted that before the third round, Johnson did go over to the White corner and warn his camp.

Now could Johnson have been more lenient and let the battle go on a little longer (which myself and most people would have like to have seen)? Maybe, but in strict adherence to the rules, probably not.

It is another tough break for White, who has some of the worst luck of any boxer I have seen in a long time. There are numerous bouts where I and others thought he easily won and was, flat out, gypped by the judges. This, I don't think, falls into the gyp category, but it is still a tough break.

About Mark Tucker -- a poster said that this loss is a setback but there is still an opportunity for Tucker to rebound. I definitely agree with that. The best thing about this loss is that Tucker is still very young and he does have time to bounce back.

As you will hear on the Post-Fight Wrap-Up, Tucker has been struggling with injuries for some time. Honestly, he has not looked his best in some time and the injuries could be a factor. During tonight's video taping of this card, "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and I were joined by noted trainer Jose "Pepe" Correa, who worked a short time with Tucker. Correa made what could be a valid point -- Tucker may be experiencing too much too soon. He has sparred with the likes of Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson. A fighter learns a lot, but could be wearing down in that situation. I don't know if that's the case, but again, the best thing is that Tucker has time to bounce back.

Now here is the first BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up on Cinch Cast!

Jimmy Lange wins 10-round unanimous decision over Jimmy Holmes. All three judges score 97-92! Post-fight wrap-up coming up shortly!! Thanks for joining us!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jimmy Lange-Jimmy Holmes in the ring now!
Intermission before the main event.
William Joppy finally gets win number 40 with a 10-round unanimous decision over Cory Cummings! Joppy announces retirement after the bout!
Pryor is now 7-8, four KO's. Tucker 15-0, seven KO's. Co-feature -- Joppy-Cummings II in the ring!
In a major upset, Larry Pryor upset previously undefeated Mark Tucker by eight-round unanimous decision! Wasn't even close--Pryor dominated the contest!
Mark Tucker-Larry Pryor in the ring!
Todd Wilson wins by third round DQ over Dean White. White lost three points for holding and hitting below the belt. Wilson remains undefeated 10-0, three KO's
Jeter is now 11-2-1, nine KO's, McFail is now 12-42-2, four KO's. Todd Wilson-Dean White in the ring!
Jeter wins six-round unanimous decision ove McFail. Interesting note: because of a mixup on the cards, the decision was announced for McFail. It was changed!
Tony Jeter-Mike McFail in the ring now. Jeter dropped McFail late in the first.
Sigmon scores fourth-round TKO over John Terry. Bout stopped at 1:16 of the round. Sigmon 15-2, seven KO's. Terry is 3-19-3, one KO.
Akinyanju is 4-1, three KO's. Gamble 1-1, one KO. Scott Sigmon- John Terry in the ring.
Bo Akinyanju wins close four-round split decision over Ron Gamble. Bo drops Gamble in first. Scores were 39-36 and 38-37 for Bo. 38-37 for Gamble.
First great line of the night -- Pepe Correa says You can be a heavyweight -- but you don't have to be heavy!! Bo is 280! Gamble is 257.
Bout 2--a battle of huge heavies Bo Akinyanju vs Ron Gamble.
George Rivera wins by six-round unanimous decision over Shakir Ashanti. Relatively dull until last two rounds. Rivera 12-6, four KO's. Ashanti 16-10, four KO.
Good evening a little early from the Patriot Center! Card started a little early tonight! First bout underway George Rivera vs Shakir Ashanti.

Six Beltway Boxers in National Silver Gloves Finals!

There will be six local amateurs battling for national titles at the Silver Gloves in Kansas City today. Best wishes to the Beltway contingent!

10/11 year-old division:

95lbs. Rafael Medina (R6) vs. Lorenzo Simpson (R3)

110lbs. Messiah Miles (R1) vs. Steven Clark (R3)

12/13 year-old division:

80lbs. Jordan White (R3) vs. Isiah Cuevas (R6)

90lbs. Jasue Vargas (R1) vs. Troy Isely (R3)

201+lbs. Shaka Wiliams (R3) vs. Don Hair (R6)

14/15 year-old division:

106lbs. Ronnell Jackson (R3) vs. Arnold Alejandro (R6)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Results of Beltway Boxers in National Silver Gloves!

There's a whole lot of amateur boxing going on this weekend featuring boxers from the Beltway region. While the Washington Golden Gloves continue tomorrow night at Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center, There is a contingent of locals at the National Silver Gloves in Kansas City, MO. Here is a wrap of how locals did from the blog DC Amateur Boxing:

DC area boxers competed in the first day of the 2011 National Silver Gloves, with four boxers advancing to the semifinals on Friday. In the 10/11 year-old division, Danardo Johnson lost his 90lbs. bout to Andres Borrego of Region 8. Also Donavon Eason lost his 60lbs. bout to Sean Garcia of Region 8.

In the 12/13 year-old division, 2009 National Silver Gloves Champion Jordan White defeated Region 8's Most Outstanding Boxer award winner Evan Sanchez in an 80lbs. contest. 3-time defending National Silver Gloves Champion Zimmie Dickinson def. Carlos Mendoza of Region 7 by RSC in the 1st round of their 95lbs. bout. Keegan Grove lost a decision to James Denson of Region 2 in the 112lbs. division. Troy Isley won his 90lbs against Wylie Tibbets from Region 7.

Ronnell Jackson won his 14/15 year-old 106lbs. bout against Aarkeyse Higdon of Region 2. Finally in the 165lbs. division, Daquan Johnson lost to Chandy Pattiwila of Region 8 and Lamont Roach lost his 125lbs. contest to Martin Urias of Region 8.

Weights From Fairfax!

Here is the scale watch for tomorrow night's ICE Promotions card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:

Jimmy Lange 158 vs. Jimmy Holmes 158

William Joppy 173 vs. Cory Cummings 168

Mark Tucker 175 vs. Larry Pryor 174

Todd Wilson 137 vs. Dean White 136

Tony Jeter 161 vs. Mike McFail 160

Scott Sigmon 172 vs. John Terry 171

Abodurin Akinyanju 280 vs. Ron Gamble 257

George Rivera 158 vs. Shakir Ashanti 157

Just a reminder: We will be blogging live from the Patriot Center and we'll have a full BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up after the card.

Funeral Arrangements for Ronald "Rock" Gibbs!

The arrangements have been made for Ronald "Rock" Gibbs.

Viewing :Chatman’s Funeral Home
5244 Reisterstown Rd
Baltimore, MD
Monday, March 14
2-8 p.m.

Wake - Funeral:Chatman’s Funeral Home
Wake:11:00 a.m.
Funeral Services:11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 15

Cards and Condolences may be sent to:
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Gibbs
3901 West Garrison Ave
Baltimore, Md 21215

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Arrest Made in Gibbs Stabbing!

WBFF-TV Fox 45 is reporting that Baltimore City Police have made an arrest in the murder of 17-year-old Ronald "Rock" Gibbs, who trained at Upton Gym.

Police have arrested 30-year-old Terrance Sims and have charged him with first-degree murder. Police say Sims was arguing with Gibbs's sister and when Gibbs came to her defense, Sims stabbed both of them. Gibbs passed away at a local hospital. His sister was treated and released.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Quarterfinal Action at the Washington Golden Gloves This Saturday!

The Junior Division comes closer to conclusion while the Junior and Open Divisions kick into high gear this Saturday, March 12 at the Washington Golden Gloves at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD. Bout time is 7:30 PM.

There is one correction we have to make in the Junior Division. We were told that the 10-11, 100-pound matchup last week was a title bout. That was wrong. With that, here is the scheduled bout sheet:

Junior Division:

10-11, 80 Pounds: Chris Normile (Baltimore Boxing) vs. George Jones (Dunlap Boxing Team)

10-11, 100 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Jashim Snyder (Down Under) vs. Umar Ali (Diamonds N Da Ruff)

Novice Division:

132 Pounds: Jamier Hodge (Round One) vs. Brian Rodriguiz (Down Under)

141 Pounds: Andy Quinones (Down Under) vs. Tenkorn Agyeman (Old School)

152 Pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) vs. Gregory Wright (Ground Control)

152 Pounds: Joseph Perez (Loch Raven) vs. Devin Wallace (Hillcrest)

165 Pounds: Maurice Mitchell (Old School) vs. Steven Bucci (Ground Control)

178 Pounds: Travis Coley (Old School) vs. Shawn Trueblood (Young Titans)

201+ Pounds: Aaron Bratton (Honeycomb) vs. Alton Mason (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Open Division:

108 Pounds: Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Francis Taylor (Langdon)

123 Pounds: Shadeed Floyd (Langdon) vs. Antonio Magruder (Headbangers)

132 Pounds: Roger Blackburn III (Upton) vs. Jonathan Baxter (Tony's Athletic Club)

141 Pounds: Gary Allen Russell (Enigma) vs. Edwin Reyes (Round One)

141 Pounds: Emmanuel Rodriguiz (Down Under) vs. Jordan Jerome (Round One)

152 Pounds: Derek Cannon (Club One) vs. Russell Gaskins (Enigma)

152 Pounds: Cornelius Whitlock (Midtown) vs. Jonathan Burrs, II (Hagerstown)

165 Pounds: Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) vs. Reginald Lucas (Upton)

165 Pounds: Lee Snow (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Jarrett Hurd (Hillcrest)

201 Pounds: Bryan Townsel (Headbangers) vs. Colby Madison (Charm City)

201+ Pounds: Danny Kelly (Headbangers) vs. Charles Jerome (Round One)

Monday, March 07, 2011

Baltimore Amateur Boxer Killed After Argument!

Very sad news coming out of Baltimore. 17-year-old amateur Ronald "Rock" Gibbs was killed this past weekend after an argument. Gibbs, who trained at the Upton gym, was stabbed along with his sister during the argument. No word yet on why the argument took place, but published reports say Gibbs was defending his sister and trying to stop the argument. According to WBFF-Channel 45, no suspects have been found.

Gibbs was a senior at Carver Vo-Tech who was on pace to graduate this year and was considered a mentor at school and in the gym. Gibbs was ranked fourth in the nation in the PAL Rankings at 141 pounds and advanced to the quarterfinals last year. BATB sends our deepest condolences to the Gibbs family.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Mitchell Scores Easy TKO in Anaheim!

Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell remained undefeated with an easy second-round TKO over Charles Davis Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

Mitchell scored four knockdowns in the contest -- one in the first and three more in the second -- before the bout was stopped at 1:02. Mitchell is now 21-0-1, 15 KO's while Davis falls to 19-21-3, four KO's.

Open Bouts Highlight Week 3 Of Washington Golden Gloves!

The Open division of the Washington Golden Gloves kicked into the next gear during the third week of competition at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD.

Reigning 152-pound National Golden Gloves champion David Grayton of Headbangers began the defense of his title with a decision over Kevin Ottley of Down Under Gym. Also, 123-pound national runner-up Gary Antonio Russell of Enigma Boxing won his bout by decision over Paul Jerry of Hillcrest.

In other open bouts, Joel Young of Enigma defeated Joseph Rector of Books and Boxing in a 132-pound contest while Demond Nicholson of Cherry Lane and Main Street Gym's Monreco Goldston advanced in the 165-pound division. Nicholson defeated Sulleman Harrington of RPH Boxing Academy while Goldston won a decision over Nathan Lacey of Enigma.

Here are results from the Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Duglas Soto (Down Under) over Toribio Rojas (Round One)

132 Pounds: Brian Rodriguez (Down Under) wins by walkover against Montell Pridgett (UMAR)

132 Pounds: Andrew Barrett (Laurel) over Devin Carter (Hagerstown)

141 Pounds: Johnny DaSilva (Round One) over Seaver Warner (Books and Boxing)

141 Pounds: Andy Quinones (Down Under) RSC-2 over Joseph Gordon (Hillcrest)

141 Pounds: Travis Roberts (Ground Control) over Daniel Gray (Loch Raven)

152 Pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) over Robert Vionet (Frederick Fight Club)

152 Pounds: Sam Williams (Dream Team) RSC-3 over Jacob Amegah (Hillcrest)

152 Pounds: Joseph Perez (Loch Raven) over Eaton Criado (Frederick Fight Club)

152 Pounds: Devin Wallace (Hillcrest) over Derrick White (Old School)

165 Pounds: Maurice Mitchell (Old School) over Darren Brown (Keystone)

165 Pounds: Jeremy Trussell (Upton) over Paul Yohn (Ground Control)

165 Pounds: Tim Anderson (No Xcuse) over Keith Samuels (RPH Boxing Academy)

201+ Pounds: Clinton Price, Jr. (Midtown) RSC-2 over Angel Maldonado (Down Under)

Three more championships were decided in the ring in the Junior Division. Kyron Curry of UMAR won the 9 year old, 65 Pound division by decision over Langdon's Salvador Escamilla. Jashim Snyder of Down Under captured the 10-11, 100-pound class with a win over Keith Cooke of Old School. In the 14-15, 125 pound division, Lamont Roach, Jr. of No Xcuse captured the title by RSC-1 over Phillip Poopolo, III of Loch Raven.

One other championship was won by walkover. Deonte Washington of Diamonds N Da Ruff captured the 12-year-old, 95-pound title over Demario Corley of Kenilworth. There was one other bout in the Junior Division. Malik Jackson of Limelite advanced in the 15-16, 119-pound class with a win over Zackary Curry of UMAR.

The Quarterfinals will be on Saturday, March 12 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Center beginning at 7:30. The results from next week's action may not come as quickly here because I will be at the Patriot Center next Saturday, where we will be blogging live.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Mitchell Heading to Middle East on Golden Boy Tour!

Undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell, who is scheduled to compete on Saturday, March 5 in Anaheim, CA, has been chosen by Golden Boy Promotions head Oscar De La Hoya to be a part of a week-long tour of the Middle East.

Mitchell, along with De La Hoya and fellow Golden Boy prospects Adrian Broner and Daniel Jacobs, will travel in the coming weeks, although the exact date of the trip and locations have not been released because of security concerns. According to Golden Boy's formal announcement, the boxers are "on a mission to boost troop morale, the group will participate in boxing clinics, share techniques and extend their thanks to America's troops serving in the Middle East."

Mitchell (20-0-1, 14 KO's) is slated to face Charles Davis (19-21-3, four KO's) in a 10-round bout at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

A. Johnson Meets F. Ennis in Battle of Undefeated April 2 in Atlantic City!

Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson will be involved in his biggest bout to date as he takes on fellow undefeated boxer Farah "Quiet Storm" Ennis of Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, April 2 at Bally's in Atlantic City, NJ.

Johnson (10-0, four KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Andre Espeut on November 6 in Waldorf, MD. Ennis (17-0, 11 KO's) stopped Victor Lares in the seventh round at Harrah's in Atlantic City to win the vacant NABF Super Middleweight title. BATB has learned through a press release that Ennis will NOT defend his title against Johnson.

Ennis is the younger brother of junior middleweight contender Derek "Pooh" Ennis, who is the USBA Junior Middleweight champion.

'Cujo' Sigmon Added to March 12 Patriot Center Card; Tucker Opponent Announced!

Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon has been added to an already locally star-studded ICE Promotions card Saturday, March 12 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

Sigmon (14-2, nine KO's) was originally scheduled to compete on a card on February 25 in Dover, DE, however, his opponent weighed in more than 20 pounds over the contract agreement. Sigmon has a six-bout winning streak.

Sigmon's opponent will be veteran Robbie "Taz-Mexican" Devil" Tovar of Lafayette, IN (15-6-1, five KO's). Tovar will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak including a loss for the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight title in May of 2009.

Another recent addition to the card -- Mark TNT Tucker -- now has an opponent. His name is Larry "Hitman" Pryor. Pryor (6-8, four KO's) is originally from DC and fights out of Frederick, MD but this will be the first time that he will compete in a Beltway venue.

Both the bouts are slated for eight rounds. As of right now, 12 Beltway Boxers are scheduled to compete on this card. Jimmy Lange is in the main event, the co-main event is the rematch between William Joppy and Cory Cummings, there's an all-Maryland heavyweight clash between Ron Gamble and Abodurin Akinyanju, Todd Wilson takes on Dean White and George Rivera and Tony Jeter are in separate bouts.

'Discombobulating Jones Wins Lifetime Acheivement Award!

Belated congratulations to renowned ring announcer and DC Boxing Hall of Famer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones. The following is a great story from's Jose Santiago:

Last Friday night during the Georgia Boxing Championship card in Atlanta GA, promoters Greg Barckhoff of Sportsfan Properties along with Shea Bailey of Shea Bailey Promotions honored ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones with a lifetime achievement award. Jones is often seen across the country at different fight cards announcing. He as been seen on USA Tuesday Night Fights, ESPN and HBO over the past 21 years. He was the first ring announcer at Radio City Music Hall, has announced in Madison Square Garden, Trump Taj Mahal, Constitution Hall, Philly’s Blue Horizon, and other famous venues. He has received Mayoral Proclamations from Washington DC, Maryland, and NY for being the “first prominent African-American Ring Announcer in history. He was recently inducted into the Washington DC Boxing Hall of Fame, the only ring announcer ever to be so honored.

Employed as a Masters Social Worker with the Washington DC Government Dept. of Human Services since ’82, Jones works with teen parents receiving TANF (Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families), to assist them to become self-sufficient, and is also a representative for the Mayors Fatherhood Initiative, assisting young fathers to become empowered to provide for their children.

Jones is an accomplished Author of an inspirational novel, “It’s More Than A Notion!”, which tells about overcoming great adversity through developing even greater character and faith. The Foreword was written by his mentor, ring announcer Michael Buffer of the trademark “Let’s get ready to Rumble!” fame. Schools around the country use his book as a supplemental text on Life Lessons. A documentary is in the works and a movie script is being developed based on his book. Jones can also be seen on the renown HBO series, THE WIRE, episode #57.

His impact goes beyond boxing as he has created several educational initiatives for young men through his “CHAMPS or chumps!” program, connecting students with Scholarships, Internships, Employment opportunities, and other resources as needed to empower them to “score their own Knockouts in Life!” in order to become successful.

Recognizing his positive impact not only in boxing but to society as well is what prompted Barckhoff and Bailey to honor Jones in front of a sold out crowd. The presentation was emceed by Fightnews correspondent Jose E. Santiago.

Jones is father to 29 yr old Hejira, 25 yr old Rasaan, 15 yr old adopted daughter Zameria, and Grandfather to 10 yr old Taajera.

A special congratulation goes out to Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Washington Golden Gloves -- Week 3 Bout Sheet!

One division winds down while another starts to gain steam when the third week of competition begins at the Washington Golden Gloves on Saturday, March 5 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park.

There will be three championships in the Junior Division while the Open Division has some really great matchups including the start of action for one defending national champion.

Here is the scheduled bout sheet:

Junior Division:

9, 65 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Kyron Curry (UMAR) vs. Salvador Escamilla (Langdon)

12, 95 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Deonte Washington (Diamonds N Da Ruff) vs. Demario Corley (Kenilworth)

10-11, 100 Pounds: Jashim Snyder (Down Under) vs. Keith Cooke (Old School)

13-14, 106 Pounds: Tyrone Russ (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma)

13-14, 106 Pounds: Ronnel Jackson (No Xcuse) vs. Rarxavier Austin (Kenilworth)

15-16, 119 Pounds: Malik Jackson (Limelite) vs. Zackary Curry (UMAR)

14-15, 125 Pounds (CHAMPIONSHIP): Lamont Roach, Jr. (No Xcuse) vs. Phillip Poopolo, III (Loch Raven)

Novice Division:

123 Pounds: Toribio Rojas (Round One) vs. Douglas Soto (Down Under)

132 Pounds: Montell Pridgett (UMAR) vs. Brian Rodriguez (Down Under)

132 Pounds: Andrew Barrett (Laurel) vs. Devin Carter (Hagerstown)

132 Pounds (Female): Mallissa Andre (Old School) vs. Brittany Evans (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds: Johnny DaSilva (Round One) vs. Seaver Warner (Books and Boxing)

141 Pounds: Joseph Gordon (Hillcrest) vs. Andy Quinones (Down Under)

141 Pounds: Daniel Gray (Loch Raven) vs. Travis Roberts (Ground Control)

152 Pounds: Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) vs. Robert Vionet (Frederick Fight Club)

152 Pounds: Jacob Amegah (Hillcrest) vs. Sam Williams (Dream Team)

152 Pounds: Eaton Criado (Frederick Fight Club) vs. Joseph Perez (Loch Raven)

152 Pounds: Devin Wallace (Hillcrest) vs. Derrick White (Old School)

165 Pounds: Maurice Mitchell (Old School) vs. Darren Brown (Keystone)

165 Pounds: Paul Yohn (Ground Control) vs. Jeremy Trussell (Upton)

165 Pounds: Keith Samuels (RPH Boxing Academy) vs. Tim Anderson (No Xcuse)

201+ Pounds: Angel Maldonado (Down Under) vs. Clinton Price, Jr. (Midtown)

201+ Pounds: Eric Pace (Old School) vs. Alton Mason, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)

The schedule for the Open Division features one defending National Golden Gloves champion (David Grayton), one national finalist (Gary Antonio Russell) and one boxer who has already qualified for the US Olympic Trials (D'Mitrius Ballard).

Open Division:

123 Pounds: Gary Antonio Russell (Enigma) vs. Paul Jerry (Hillcrest)

132 Pounds: Zachary McIntosh (Frederick Fight Club) vs. Roger Blackburn, III (Upton)

132 Pounds: Glen Dezurn (UMAR) vs. Jonathan Baxter (Tony's Athletic Club)

132 Pounds: Joel Young (Enigma) vs. Joseph Rector (Books and Boxing)

152 Pounds: Kevin Ottley (Down Under) vs. David Grayton (Headbangers)

165 Pounds: Demond Nicholson (Cherry Lane) vs. Sulleman Harrington (RPH Boxing Academy)

165 Pounds: Monreco Goldston (Main Street) vs. Nathan Lacey (Enigma)

165 Pounds: Andre Thomas (UMAR) vs. D'Mitrius Ballard (No Xcuse)