Saturday, June 30, 2012

Russell, Jr. Scores Third-Round TKO in California!

Undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. scores a third-round TKO over Christopher "Huracan" Perez of Mexico tonight in front of a nationally-televised Showtime audience at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.

Russell knocked Perez down four times en route to the stoppage at 1:41 of the third.  Russell is now 20-0, 12 KO's.  Perez's record falls to 23-3, 14 KO's.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Russell Weighs 127 For Showtime Scrap in California!

Gary Russell, Jr. weighed in at 127 pounds for his 10-round Showtime ShoBox bout against Christopher Perez Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.  Perez tipped the scales at 126.  The telecast begins at 9 PM ET with the Russell-Perez bout slated to be the second bout on the tripleheader.

July 13 Amateur Card Looks to 'Knock Out Breast Cancer!'

Baltimore Boxing Promotions is having a benefit amateur boxing card to raise money for the American Breast Cancer Foundation.  The "Knock Out Breast Cancer" card will be held on Friday, July 13 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD.

Scheduled to appear in the main event is middleweight Jerome Featherstone of Baltimore who will take on Ryan Watson.  A former champion wrestler in high school and college, Featherstone is undefeated since putting on boxing gloves less than a year ago.  Featherstone won the East Coast Middleweight title  defeating Darius Vann earlier this month on the last Baltimore Boxing card.

There will be a co-feature bout between local ladies Amelia Moore and Floria Hani.  This will be a rematch in which the winner will receive the "Knockout Breast Cancer championship."

Also slated to be on the card are multi-time national amateur champion Franchon Crews, former Penn State University Boxer A.J. Williams and former Ringside Junior World Champion Joe Veazey.  There are 10 bouts scheduled for the card.

Tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased by calling 410-375-9175 or going to  The link is in the promoters section of the blog.  Ticket holders are encouraged to wear pink for the event.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rahman Title Bid Called Off Because of Hand Injury!

Former two-time world heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman's bid for a third title has been called off because Rahman suffered a hand injury in training.  The bout against WBA champion Alexander Povetkin was slated for Saturday, July 14 in Hamburg, Germany.  No word on whether Rahman will get another opportunity, even though he was the mandatory challenger.

L. Peterson Stripped of WBA Title?

We are hearing word from multiple sources that the World Boxing Association (WBA) will strip Lamont Peterson of his WBA Super Lightweight title that he won on December 10th in DC.

According to Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, the WBA will declare the title vacant because of the recent Peterson drug test situation and make the July 14 title bout between former champ Amir Khan and current WBC titleholder Danny Garcia a unification bout.

There is no official word from the WBA on this situation as of yet.  Peterson still holds the IBF version of the title pending a meeting with the International Boxing Federation later this year.  Sources tell BATB that barring any surprises, the IBF will allow Peterson to keep that title.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hall of Famer Johnson Profiled on Channel 4!

Hall of fame boxer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson is profiled by Zachary Kiesch of News 4 for his recent induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as well as his work with DC at-risk youth.

Here's the link:!/blogs/capital-games/Hall-of-Fame-Boxer-Gets-Involved-With-At-Risk-Youth/160305935

July 14 Keystone Card Starting to Take Shape!

The matchups can be announced for the Saturday, July 14 Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

The main event will featured undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Harrison in a scheduled six-round contest against veteran Reggie "Two-Guns" Nash of Grand Rapids, MI.  Harrison (6-0, three KO's) is coming off a second-round TKO over Joey Ortega on May 12 at the Convention Center.

Harrison will face another veteran in Nash (10-29-1, two KO's) who has faced a who's who of young prospects and contenders between the lightweight and junior middleweight divisions.  The list includes Vernon Paris, Steve Upshur Chambers, Contender Champion Grady Brewer, Shamir Reyes and the Beltway's Bayan Jargal.  Nash also holds an eight-round split decision win over former world title contender Ivan Robinson.

There is another six-rounder signed for the card as DC-based junior middleweight "King Shango" Ivan Ziglar will battle Jimmy "The Dream" LeBlanc of Weymouth, MA.  Ziglar (6-2-1, three KO's) has won his last five bouts, including two straight at the Convention Center. Ziglar scored a fifth-round TKO in his last outing over Eric Burke on the May 12 Convention Center card.

LeBlanc (12-21-4, four KO's) is no stranger to the Beltway region as he has fought three times locally in the last four years, all three times at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.  LeBlanc picked up his last win in November of 2008 when he stopped Luther Smith in the first round.  LeBlanc's last two bouts at the Patriot Center ended in second-round TKO's against Jimmy Lange (July 2010) and Michael Stewart (September 2011).

Another bout signed for this event will be the pro debut of long-time amateur Kevin Borders, a junior middleweight from DC.  Borders will face Eric Merian, another debuting boxer from Columbia, SC.

Other matchups just announced for this card include Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. (8-0, five KO's) taking on veteran Ariel "Iron" Espinal of Brooklyn, NY (8-21-3, four KO's) in a six-round bout.   DC junior middleweight Harold "Sweet Lee" Parker (1-0, one KO) battling Antonio Sadler from Columbia, SC (1-0-1, one KO) in a four-rounder.   Glen Burnie, MD bantamweight Brady "The Magician" Sensibaugh (1-0) will take on Anthony Fraguada of Newark, NJ (1-7, one KO) in another four-round contest.

Also, the card features Charlotte Hall, MD middleweight Josh Rupard (1-0, one KO) who will battle Donnie Holden of Canton, OH (0-6) and the return of Baltimore's "Golden Greek" Elias Bouloubassis (6-0-5, four KO's) taking on Mike Arnold of Akron, OH (0-6).  Both are four-round contests.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beltway Boxers Receiving Substantial TV Time!

Beltway Boxing Fans will be able to see a number of local boxers on national TV in the next few weeks.  Here is the schedule as we know it:

Saturday, June 30 -- Gary Russell, Jr. will be a part of a Showtime ShoBox tripleheader from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.  Russell (19-0, 11 KO's) will take on Christopher Perez (23-2, 14 KO's).

Friday, July 6 -- Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm will be in a co-feature contest on ESPN2 at the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  Byarm (13-1-1, nine KO's) will take on undefeated Magomed Abdulsalamov of Oxnard, CA by way of Russia (14-0, 14 KO's) in a 10-round contest for the WBC USNBC Silver Heavyweight title.

Saturday, July 7 -- Tony "The Tiger" Thompson (36-2, 24 KO's) will challenge Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO's) at the Stade De Suisse in Bern, Switzerland on the EPIX Network.  Four titles are on the line:  The WBA Super World Heavyweight, The IBF Heavyweight title, The WBO Championship and the IBO title.

Saturday, July 14 -- Hasim "The Rock" Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KO's) will go for his third world title when he faces undefeated WBA champion Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KO's) in a bout that has now found a home at the Sporthalle Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany.  EPIX was slated to televise this bout as well but since the venue has changed, there is no official word that EPIX will keep that commitment.

Friday, August 3 -- Ty Barnett (20-2-1, 13 KO's) will take on undefeated Mercito Gesta of San Diego, CA by way of the Phillippines (25-0-1, 13 KO's) in a 10-round bout in Las Vegas, NV that will air on ESPN2.  The bout will be held at the Texas Station Casino.

Post Covers Thompson Workout!

Here is Gene Wang's coverage of the Tony Thompson workout for the Washington Post.  I should point out that if you bought the print edition of the story, you may notice something not quite right -- a HUGE picture of Wladimir Klitschko and just a small picture of Thompson.  Unfortunately, that's par for the course in the mainstream media, but still...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Thompson Media Workout!

My colleague, Juan Marshall of ProAm Fight Talk covered today's media workout for DC's Tony "The Tiger" Thompson as he prepares for his July 7 title challenge rematch against heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Bern, Switzerland.  Here is the link to that coverage:


And here is the interview after the workout.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Recap From Arlington, VA!

Here's a recap from the RBA Promotions Card at the Smith Gymnasium on the Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA:

Fairfax, VA junior welterweight Todd "White Lightning" Wilson remains undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over John Willoughby of Selma, AL.  Wilson won despite possibly breaking his left hand in the second round and suffering a cut along his right eye in the third.  Wilson is now 14-0, four KO's while John Willoughby is now 3-13, two KO's.

Staunton, VA junior welterweight Christian "The Real Deal" Steele won a four-round majority decision over Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez.  Steele won by two scores of 39-37 to even his record to 3-3, one KO while Rodriguez loses his second straight bout at Smith Gymnasium and falls to 4-2-1, four KO's.

Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Duane Mobley recovered from a first-round knockdown to stop Baltimore, MD's Kevin "Journeyman" Johnson at 1:36 of the third round.  Mobley is now 3-0, two KO's while Johnson is now 3-5, two KO's.

Richmond, VA super middleweight Immanuel Aleem made his pro debut a successful one with a first-round TKO of Lynchburg, VA's Jess "Thunder" Noriega.  Aleem used a punishing body shot to stop Noriega at 2:04 of the first.  Noriega is 0-3.

Hillcrest Heights, MD light heavyweight "The Honorable" Mark Baltimore won his pro debut, stopping Fernando "El Matador" Alvarez of Fairfax, VA at 2:43 of the first.  Baltimore dropped Alvarez twice, including a vicious left uppercut-right hook combo that stopped the bout.  Alvarez is now 1-1.

We have a video-only edition of the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up show with myself and fellow DC Boxing Hall of Famer "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears.  There was background music that was louder than we thought but I think you'll be able to hear us and our guests -- Immanuel Aleem, promoter Dr. Richard Ashby and Todd Wilson.

McCalla Scores Third-Round Knockout in Charlotte!

Baltimore junior middleweight Cecil McCalla remained undefeated with a third-round knockout of Andre Baker of Lumberton, NC Saturday night at the Marriott Southern Crescent Hotel in Greensboro, NC.  No details on the win but the victory is McCalla's third straight in North Carolina and raises his overall record to 15-0, six KO's.  Baker's record falls to either 8-36-2, two KO's (if you believe BoxRec) or 15-19, four KO's if you follow the promotion's press release.

Also on the card, Stafford, VA heavyweight "The People's Champion" Jonathan Felton was stopped in the fourth round by undefeated Miami, FL prospect John Wesley Nofire.  However, Felton informs BATB that he entered the ring with a heavy heart -- An aunt of Felton's passed away earlier on Saturday.  Felton is now 6-26, five KO's while Nofire is 7-0, six KO's.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Wilson Wins Six-Round Unanimous Decision!

Todd Wilson remains undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision scoring a shutout over John Willoughby.  All three judges scored the bout 60-54.  Wilson is now 14-0, four KO's.  Post-Fight coming up but for now..good night from Arlington!

Snow Wins By Fourth-round TKO in Florida!

This result from Hollywood, FL:  Thomas "KO" Snow scores a fourth-round TKO over Ernie Marquez at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe and Casino in Hollywood, FL.  Snow stopped Marquez at 46 seconds of the fourth.  Snow is now 16-1, 10 KO's.

Meanwhile here in Arlington, Todd Wilson is in control throughout the contest as we are midway through the third.  This, despite suffering a nasty cut along the right eye as a result of a John Willoughby head butt.  Wilson got through the third with no problem, however.

Wilson-Willoughby Now In The Ring!

Todd Wilson and John Willoughby now in the ring.  Wilson has a big crowd here tonight in their green T-shirts.  Actually, a number of boxers on the card have solid fan followings tonight.  Immanuel Aleem and Juan Rodriguez as well as the debuting Mark Baltimore all have good crowd bases tonight.

Steele Wins Majority Decision!

Christian Steele wins a four-round majority decision over Juan Rodriguez.  Good, close, competitive bout.  Steele wins by 39-37 on two of the cards.  Main event Wilson vs. Willoughby after this intermission.

Mobley Survives Knockdown to Stop Johnson!

Duane Mobley survived a first-round Knockdown to stop Kevin Johnson at 1:36 of the third.  Johnson, living up to his nickname, Journeyman, took this bout Friday as in yesterday.

However, Johnson landed a brutal right hand inside that dropped Mobley.  Johnson then got gassed and Mobley eventually got the stoppage.

Co-feature in the ring:  Juan Rodriguez vs. Christian Steele.

Aleem Makes Short Work In Pro Debut!

Immanuel Aleem makes quick work of Jess Noriega, stopping him at 2:04 of the first round.  Aleem landed a punishing body shot that stopped Noriega in his tracks.  Referee Cortone stopped the contest.

Up next: Duane Mobley vs. Kevin Johnson.  Heavyweights.

Baltimore Wins By First-Round TKO in Slugfest!

The "Honorable" Mark Anthony Baltimore survived a slugfest with Fernando "El Matador" Alvarez by scoring two knockdowns to stop Alvarez at 2:43 of the first.

Baltimore dropped Alvarez with a straight left then knocked him silly with a left uppercut-right hook.  Referee Fred Cortone stopped the contest.

Next bout -- the debut of Immanuel Alden of Richmond, VA against Jess Noriega.

Card Begins After Medical Delay!

This card is underway after a brief  delay because the medical personnel did not show until a few minutes ago.
The first bout has the debuting Mark Baltimore of Hillcrest Heights, MD against Fernando Alvarez of Fairfax, VA.

Exhibition Bout Starts Our Card This Evening!

We start the card with an exhibition between Brandon Quarles and Phil Jackson.  Quarles (9-0, two KO's) was scheduled to be on this card but had issues finding opponents.  Jackson (7-1, six KO's) hails from Brooklyn, NY.  We'll be back when the first actual bout takes place.

Good Evening From Arlington, VA!

Thanks for joining us from the Smith Gymnasium at Fort Myer/Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA for the RBA Promotions card.  We are a few minutes from starting this one.  We do have an internet connection thanks to  the assistance of Juan Marshall of Pro Am Fight Talk.  We'll give you the results from this five-bout card when they come in.

The Todd Wilson-John Willoughby bout has been shortened from an eight-rounder to a six-round contest.  The four other bouts are all four-round contests.

We'll be back when the first bout gets started and as always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.

'KO' Snow Hits Scales in Florida!

In his first bout under the Don King banner, Capitol Heights, MD super flyweight Thomas "KO" Snow (15-1, nine KO's) will take on Ernie "The Gladiator" Marquez of Fort Morgan, CO (9-10-2, three KO's) in a six-round contest on Saturday, June 23 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL.

Snow weighed in at 112 1/2 pounds while Marquez tipped the scales at 112 3/4.

Calvin Countess Wins Junior Olympics National Title; Four Other Locals Capture Silver!!

Abingdon, MD 201+pounder Calvin Countess may have been a late addition to the Junior Olympics National Championship roster, but he ended up being the only boxer from the Beltway region to win a national title at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, AL!

Countess defeated Elijah Grady of New Town, ND by a 14-9 decision to win the 201+ pound division.  Countess was pretty impressive throughout the tournament winning his first bout by a 19-2 score.  His semi-final win was a 15-13 decision followed by his championship win on Friday.

Four other Beltway Boxers won silver medals at the tournament with three of the four losing their championship bids by one point.  Keeshawn Williams of DC won the silver medal in the 95-pound division, falling to Christopher Colbert of Brooklyn, NY, 16-15.  Another DC boxer -- Jalonte Cole -- lost to another Brooklyn boxer -- Christian Bermudez -- by a 13-12 decision in the 125-pound weight class.  Also, Jason Bell of District Heights, MD lost a 23-22 decision to Jazavian Palmer of Lubbock, TX in the 165-pound division.

Also, in the 176-pound title bout, Daquan Johnson of Capitol Heights, MD lost a 12-8 decision to Elvis Figueroa of New Haven, CO.

Congratulations to our locals for a solid showing throughout this very competitive tournament!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Weights For Arlington, VA!

Here is the scale watch for the RBA Promotions Card at Fort Myer/Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA:

Todd Wilson 142 vs. John Willoughby 141

Juan Rodriguez 143 vs. Christian Steele 143

Mark Baltimore 174 vs. Fernando Alvarez 178

Duane Mobley 240 vs. Kevin Johnson (will weigh-in tomorrow)

Immanuel Aleem 167 vs. Jess Noriega 169

Some last-minute changes to this card.  Mark Baltimore is a debuting light heavyweight from Hillcrest Heights, MD.  Kevin Johnson (3-4, two KO's) is a heavyweight from Baltimore, MD.

There is also scheduled to be an exhibition bout between Beltway Boxers Brandon Quarles and Tony Jeter.   The card is scheduled to begin at 6 PM.  I've been told that there is no WiFi at Henderson Hall so we may not be able to do any live blogging tomorrow.  I will record a post-fight after the card is over.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Five Beltway Amateurs Move Into Junior Olympics National Finals!

The Beltway region will send five boxers into Friday's finals of the Junior Olympics National Championships at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, AL.

During tonight's evening session, Jason Bell of District Heights, MD won his semi-final bout at 165 pounds with a close 11-10 decision over Cameron Grady of Mandan, ND.  In another close call, Calvin Countess of Abingdon, MD won his semi in the 201-pound class, defeating Darmani Rock of Philadelphia, PA, 15-13.  Bell and Countess join Keeshawn Williams (95 pounds), Jalonte Cole (125 pounds) and Daquan Johnson (176 pounds) as participants in tomorrow's final session.

In the 145-pound semifinals, Malik Hawkins of Baltimore, MD lost a 9-6 decision to John Williams of Brooklyn, NY.  Williams beat both Beltway Boxers in that weight class -- Hawkins and Kareem Martin --  on the way to the finals.  The final session is slated to get underway at 7 PM ET.

Cole, Johnson Advance to JO Nationals Finals!

Jalonte Cole of DC and DaQuan Johnson of Capitol Heights, MD won their semifinal matchups at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL this afternoon.  Cole defeated Eduardo Garcia in the 125-pound semis by a 14-9 decision.  Johnson advanced to the finals of the 176-pound class by winning an 18-11 decision over Luciano Stoica of Glendale, AZ.

During the evening session, Malik Hawkins of Baltimore, MD (145 pounds) Jason Bell of District Heights, MD (165 pounds) and Calvin Countess of Abingdon, MD (201 pounds) will compete to advance into their finals.  Countess was a late addition to the Beltway squad but was very impressive in his opening bout, winning a 19-2 decision.

Keeshawn Williams Advances to 95-Pound Final at Junior Olympics!

Moments ago in today's semifinals of the Junior Olympic National Championships at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, AL, DC 95-pounder Keeshawn Williams moved into the finals of his division with a 22-13 victory over Slade Corvin of Chattanooga, TN.  Williams showed a lot of speed of hand and foot to win the bout.  Williams will face Christopher Colbert of Brooklyn, NY in tomorrow's final.

As we start today's action, six of the 12 boxers from the Beltway Region are still in the competition:  Williams, Jalonte Cole (125 pounds), Malik Hawkins (145 pounds), Jason Bell (165 pounds)DaQuan Johnson (176 pounds) and Calvin Countess (201 pounds).

Roger Leonard, Older Brother of Sugar Ray, Writes New Book!

When you think of the name Leonard in boxing, naturally the first name you think of is "Sugar Ray."  However, there was another fighting Leonard at the same time -- Ray's older brother Roger "The Dodger" Leonard -- who was a pretty good junior middleweight at the same time.  Roger Leonard was 16-1, seven KO's and fought on many of his younger brother's big cards including both of Ray Leonard's bouts with Roberto Duran.

However, Roger Leonard says in his new book "In the Shadow of a Champ," that he was fighting two opponents -- one in the ring and another opponent, drugs.  Roger Leonard is having two book signings in the area -- On Friday, June 22, Leonard will be at Prince George's Community College's Rennie Forum in the Largo Student Center, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD  from 6:30 PM to 9 PM.  Then on Saturday, June 23, Leonard will be at the Stoney River Steaks restaurant in Annapolis Mall from 12:30 to 3 PM.  Yes, Roger's younger brother, Ray, will be at both events!

In the interest of full disclosure,  I've gotten to know Roger well over the years as we go to the same church. Roger has been sober for almost three decades and his story is one you will definitely want to read.  It is truly inspiring!

Here is an interview with WJLA-TV about the book:

Rahman July 14 Title Bid Returns to England! is reporting that the WBA Heavyweight title bout between champion Alexander Povetkin and former champ Hasim Rahman will take place in London, England on Saturday, July 14 as the co-feature to the grudge match between heavyweights David Haye and Dereck Chisora.

Originally, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBoC) had nixed the Haye-Chisora bout and plans were made to move the bout to Germany but it looks like the Luxembourg Boxing Federation will sanction the Haye-Chisora bout in London as both men recently received licenses from that country.

Meanwhile, it looks like both bouts will be televised on the EPIX cable network -- which means Beltway heavyweights will make back-to-back appearances on that channel. EPIX will also show the championship rematch between Wladimir Klitschko and Tony Thompson on Saturday, July 7 from Berne, Switzerland.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Three More Beltway Boxers Advance at Junior Olympic Nationals!

During the evening session of the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL,three more Beltway Boxers advanced to tomorrow's semi-finals.  In the 95-pound bracket, Keeshawn Williams of DC won an 18-12 decision over Desmond Jarmon II of Cincinnati, OH.  Malik Hawkins of Baltimore, MD  won a 17-6 decision over Alexis Saenz of Chicago, IL in the 145-pound bracket.  Also, Jason Bell of District Heights, MD won his bout in the 165-pound division with a 29-13 decision over Alejandro Larrando of Prescott, AZ.

However, three locals lost in this session as well. Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, MD lost his bout at 119 pounds by a 25-15 decision to Efren Lopez of Fresno, CA.  At 101 pounds, Demetrius Young of Bowie, MD fell to Nico Hernandez of Wichita, KS by a 29-8 decision.  Also, Kareem Martin of Clinton, MD lost a razor-thin 7-6 decision to John Williams of Baton Rouge, LA in the 145-pound division.

Justin Bell Falls in 154-Pound Contest at Junior Olympics!

District Heights, MD 154-pounder Justin Bell loses a 28-18 decision to Alexis Rocha of Santa Ana, CA during the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL.  Bell got off to a rough start in the first round then fought better in the last two but couldn't catch up.

The afternoon session is now over in Mobile.  The evening session begins at 6 PM ET.  We hope to get updates to you during that period.

Baltimore's Scott Falls In 138-Pound JO Bout!

Baltimore, MD's James Scott lost his bout in the 138-pound division of the Junior Olympic National Championships by retirement to Erickson Lubin of Kissimmee, FL.  Lubin was completely dominant in the bout, blasting out to a 21-3 first round lead.  The bout got progressively worse for Scott until his corner asked the referee to stop the contest in the third round.

Jalonte Cole Wins Second Bout in JO Nationals!

DC 125-pounder Jalonte Cole wins his second bout at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL , earning an 11-6 decision over Johnathan Jarabak of Brighton, CO.

Cole was very impressive, using quick jabs and good movement throughout the contest.

Beltway Amateurs Off to Ominous Start on Day 2 of Junior Olympic Championships!

In the first bout for a Beltway amateur on the second day of competition at the Junior Olympic National Championships at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, AL, Cheverly, MD 114-pounder Francois Scarboro suffers the first loss for a Beltway Boxer.  Scarboro lost by third-round disqualification to Da'Reece Crawford of Kansas City, MO.

Scarboro lost numerous points during the bout and the bout was very rough -- at one time flipping Crawford over his back in a tangle. Both boxers hit the floor as they tangled numerous times.

The Junior Olympics are streamed live on You can pay 9.99 for one day or 18.99 for the entire week.  The price also includes downloads of the bouts you may have missed.  I'm watching the stream throughout the day and hope to keep you updated throughout on the progress of local boxers.

Washington Post Profiles No Xcuse Gym!

Matt Breen of The Washington Post does a nice story on the No Xcuse Boxing Gym in Capitol Heights, MD.  Two of the three winners of National Golden Gloves titles -- D'Mitrius Ballard and Jerry Odom -- train out of the gym run by cousins Bernard and Lamont Roach, Sr.  Odom was named the fighter of the tournament and the DC squad won the team trophy.  Lamont Roach was one of the coaches for the DC Golden Gloves team.  Here is the link:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

McCalla Returns to North Carolina on June 23!

Undefeated Baltimore, MD junior middleweight Cecil McCalla will make his third straight trip to North Carolina when he faces veteran Andre Baker of Lumberton, NC in a six-round contest on Saturday, June 23 at the Marriott Southern Crescent Hotel Ballroom in Greensboro, NC. 

McCalla (14-0, five KO's) last fought on March 30 in Raleigh, NC and won a six-round unanimous decision over Kevin Carter.  McCalla has battled in the Tarheel State in four of his last five outings.  Baker (listed on BoxRec with a record of 8-35-2, two KO's but listed on the press release as 15-18, four KO's) has fought a host of notables throughout his career including Paul Malignaggi, Kermit Cintron, Demetrius Hopkins, David Diaz and Emmanuel Clottey.  Baker also lost two decisions to the Beltway's Andrew Farmer.

Another local is slated to be on the card, Stafford, VA heavyweight "The People's Champion" Jonathan Felton (6-25, five KO's) will take on undefeated John Nofire of Miami, FL (6-0, five KO's) in a four-round encounter.

Hall of Famer Johnson Guests on News Four on Wednesday!

Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson is slated to appear on the 4:30 PM newscast on WRC-TV Channel 4 on Wednesday, June 20.  The three-time, two-division champion has been making some TV rounds this week as he appeared on SportsTalk with Glenn Harris this past Monday night along with his father, Ham.

Beltway Amateurs Notch Wins In Opening Session of Junior Olympic National Championships!

Five Beltway amateurs won their opening bouts at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL earlier today.

In the 125-pound division, Jalonte Cole of Washington, DC won a 20-16 decision over Matthew Guerrero of Montega, CA.    Also, DaQuan Johnson of Capitol Heights, MD won his opening contest at 176 pounds with a 14-12 decision over Anthony LaCraze of West Monroe, LA.

Locals Gary Antuanne Russell, Kareem Martin and Malik Hawkins were also victorious in the evening session.  Russell of Capitol Heights, MD defeated Damon Lachman of White Bear Lake, WI, 28-8 in the 119-pound division.  Martin from Clinton, MD decisioned Seu Sea of Tacoma, WA, 20-6 while Hawkins of Baltimore, MD won a 17-6 decision over Kevin Rodriguez of Brooklyn, NY.  Both of those bouts were in the 145-pound class.

Russell Added to June 30th ShoBox Card in Indio, CA!

Undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. will make his first appearance of 2012 on Saturday, June 30 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA as part of a ShoBox telecast.

Russell (19-0, 11 KO's) will face Christopher "Huracan" Perez of Culiacan, MX (23-2, 14 KO's) in a 10-round co-feature bout.   The main event will be the IBF Junior Middleweight Championship rematch between Cornelius Bundrage and Cory Spinks.

By the way, Russell has decided not to accept the featherweight world title elimination bout offered to him.

Update on 'Bulldog Brawl II' in Arlington, VA!

Here's an update on the Saturday, June 23 RBA Promotions card "Bulldog Brawl II" at the Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA.

The main event opponent for undefeated Fairfax, VA junior welterweight Todd "White Lightning" Wilson has changed.  Wilson (13-0, four KO's) will face veteran John Willoughby of Atlanta, GA (3-12, two KO's) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds.  Willoughby replaces Winston Mathis who couldn't participate.

We've also learned that Stevensville, MD junior middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter will not be on the card.  Promoters couldn't find an opponent for him.

As of now, the rest of the card stands as previously announced.  Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez will take on Christian Steele of Staunton, VA in a four-round contest. Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Duane Mobley (2-0, one KO) will take on the debuting Mark Shipp of DC.

The card is also slated to include the pro debut of Richmond, VA super middleweight Immanuel Aleem, who will face Jess Noriega of San Diego, CA (0-2).  Also, we've learned that DC cruiser Richard McCombs (1-3, one KO) will face Fairfax, VA cruiser Fernando Alvarez (1-0, one KO).  Manassas, VA super middleweight Orazio "The Razor" Robinson and undefeated Alexandria, VA middleweight Brandon Quarles are also slated to be on the card.

There is slated to be a weigh-in/press conference at the Charles Houston Recreation Center on Friday, June 22 at 3 PM.  The center is located at 905 Wythe Street in Alexandria, VA.  The event is open to the public.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

'Longest Fight' Book Features Baltimore's Joe Gans!

There is a new book out on the first African-American World Boxing Champion -- Baltimore's own Joe Gans -- entitled "The Longest Fight." The book is authored by former long-time Washington Post sports columnist William Gildea and it talks about a bout Gans had on September 3, 1906.  Gans faced Oscar "Battling" Nelson in Goldfield, NV in a bout that lasted 42 rounds.  Gans won that bout by disqualification because Nelson repeatedly landed low blows.  This would be the last "fight to the finish" and championship bouts would eventually be limited to 15 and then 12 rounds.

This is a link to an interview with Gildea conducted by National Public Radio's Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday.

I want to also give notice to a man who has been tireless in his efforts to keep Joe Gans's name in the front of the local and American consciousness.  He is a native of Baltimore named Kevin Grace and I think he has been responsible for a lot of recent and long overdue notice of the first African-American World Champion.  This includes a new plaque at Gans's gravesite in Baltimore.

This is a picture of Grace (on the right) along with a man named Clayton Le Bouef at the site of the Gans-Nelson fight.  Thanks, Kevin for all your efforts!

                                             (photo from Kevin Grace's Facebook page)

Beltway Boxers Lose In Newark And El Paso!

A number of Beltway Boxers were involved in some high-profile cards on Saturday.  Unfortunately, none of those boxers fared too well.

There were two Beltway-based Boxers on the Tomasz Adamek-Eddie Chambers card at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  Middleweight and Montgomery, AL resident John "No Mercy" Mackey, who was born in DC and is trained by local boxing legend Han Kim, lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated hometown boxer John "The Apollo Kid" Thompson.  Mackey is now 13-7-3, six KO's.  Thompson is now 9-0, three KO's.

Also on the card, Cambridge, MD junior welterweight Dontre "Pound For Pound" King was stopped in the fourth round by Jose Peralta Alejo of Jersey City, NJ.  King was knocked down twice in the bout before the contest was halted at 2:28 of the fourth.  King has lost his last two bouts by fourth-round stoppages and is now 6-11-2, two KO's.  Alejo is now 9-1, five KO's.

At Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX, former world title challenger Daniel "The Prophet" Attah of DC lost a 10-round unanimous decision to IBF Lightweight champion Miguel "Titere" Vasquez of Guadalajara, MX in a non-title contest.  Attah (26-11-1, nine KO's) lost by shutout (100-90) on all three judge's scorecards.  Attah has lost four in a row.  Vasquez is 31-3, 13 KO's.

Recap From Du Burns!

Here is the recap from Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD:

Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hard Work" July wins a tough eight-round unanimous decision over a very game Justin "The Lumberjack" Howes of Buckhannon, WVA.  The bout is a Beltway Boxing Fight of the Year candidate.  The scores were 78-74 (twice) and 77-75.  July remains undefeated at 11-0-2, four KO's.  Howes falls to 13-3, 11, KO's.

Glen Burnie, MD bantamweight Brady "The Magician" Sensibaugh won his pro debut with a four-round majority decision over the equally debuting Giovanni Vasquez of Columbia, SC.  The 18-year-old Sensibaugh won by scores of 39-37 on two of the scorecards.

Baltimore middleweight Lee Snow scored a crunching fourth-round knockout over DC's Issa Couibaly.  After a very competitive three rounds, Snow landed a powerful right hand during an exchange in the final round and dropped Couibaly to the canvas.  Couibaly beat referee John Gradowski's count but was deemed unfit to continue at 1:59 of the fourth.  Snow evens his record at 2-2 with one KO while Couibaly falls in his pro debut.

Baltimore welterweight Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack won by TKO at the end of three rounds over Nalo Leal of  Airway Heights, WA.  Womack was in control throughout against the very game Leal.  Womack was ruled the winner after Leal could not come out for the fourth round.  Womack remains undefeated at 4-0, two KO's.  Leal falls to 4-16-1.

Keystone Boxing promoted the show.  The matchmaker was Brian Dillon.

Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

July Wins Unanimous Decision!

This one may be leading the pack as the Beltway Boxing Fight of the Year.  Venroy July wins an eight-round unanimous decision over a very game Justin Howes.  Scores were 78-74 (twice) and 77-75.  Post fight coming up in a few, but for now --Good Night from Baltimore!

July-Howes Round 8

Eighth round has been a very tough round for both men  July was warned by referee Kenny Chevalier for holding but didn't take a point. Neither man gave an inch and the decision should be very interesting.  Neither man landed a lot in the round as fatigue took its toll.

Round Seven Another Close One!

Unless something breaks in the final round, this is going to be a close one.  July has taken the most punishment in his brief career, but he has given his share as well.  Howes has been extremely tough in this one.  This will go down to the wire!

Moving through Round 6 -- Anybody's Bout!

Both men are trading some great shots as they head into round seven.  Fatigue is starting to show.  During a lull in the action where Howes was in a neutral corner, July was breathing heavily.  Neither man has been to the seventh round before.

July-Howes Turning Into Fight of the Year Candidate!

Both guys are putting on a great show.  July would at times seem to stun his opponent only to have Howes come back and land a gorgeous right hand of his own.  This is truly a great contest through five rounds.  Can Howes keep in the contest?

Howes Starts Strong, but July Finishes Better in Fourth!

Good matchup here in our main event -- Howes continued his strong work from round three but July ended the round with some strong body shots! Great round both ways!

Howes More Active in Round 3!

Justin Howes had a much better performance in the third round as he came forward very nicely.  Howes combined solid body shots with a nice right hand attack as he looked like his nickname -- chopping July against the ropes.

July Dominates in Round 2!

It's been all Venroy July in the second round as his combinations are devastating.  Howes has a bloody nose and is walking into shots.  Howes is trying to make a night of it but it is a tough one.

July-Howes Round 1!

Howes is lumbering and July isn't that much faster foot wise.  However, July's hands are much faster and he's landing combinations and is doing a lot of damage.

Sensibaugh Wins Majority Decision!

Brady "The Magician" Sensibaugh wins his pro debut with a tough majority decision over Giovanni Vasquez. Sensibaugh used good ring generalship to win the contest.  He did take some shots from Vasquez but landed better and harder shots!

Main event coming up -- Venroy July vs. Justin Howes -- eight rounds in the cruiserweight division.

Sensibaugh-Vasquez in the Ring!

Brady Sensibaugh of Glen Burnie, MD makes his pro debut at this time against the equally debuting Giovanni Vasquez of Columbia, SC.  A four-round bantamweight bout.

Snow Lands Crushing Fourth-Round KO!

In what was a very close contest, Baltimore's Lee Snow landed a crushing right hand that ended the bout against DC's Issa Coulibaly at 1:59 of the fourth round.   Both men landed some good shots throughout the contest and the bout could have gone either way until the knockout took place.

Snow evens his record at 2-2 while Coulibaly loses his pro debut.

Intermission now.

Womack Wins By TKO At End Of Third!

Baltimore junior welterweight Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr wins at the end of the third as Nalo Leal could not come out for the fourth.  The much-taller Womack landed some crushing shots but Leal would not quit.  Leal was knocked down at the end of the second but referee Kenny Chevalier said the punch came after the bell.

Womack is now 4-0, two KO's  while Leal is 4-16-1.

Next is Lee Snow vs. Issa Coulibaly  -- a four round middleweight bout.

Womack-Leal heading to the ring!

Our first bout is going to the ring.  Kevin Womack battles Nalo Leal!

Good Evening From Du Burns Arena!

Good evening from the Clarence H. Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD for tonight's Keystone Boxing Promotions card.  This is a card that took a lot of work to get done.  Many of the bouts fell out almost literally at the last minute.  But it still should be an interesting four-bout card.

The first scheduled contest between Kevin Womack and Nalo Leal is now a six round contest.  Womack (3-0, one KO) has never been six rounds against a 20-bout veteran in Leal (4-15-1).  Also, seeing Brady Sensibaugh's pro debut will be interesting as well.  I've known Sensibaugh for about six years and he knows a lot about the history of boxing, but it will be interesting to see what happens this evening.

Also, the Beltway Boxing Co-Prospect of the Year -- Venroy July -- is on the card.  "Hardwork" may have a tough foe in  Justin Howes  of West Virginia!

So it will be an interesting night tonight. We'll be back at the start of the card and give you all the results followed by a Post-Fight Wrap-Up later on.  Comments are welcomed!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Weights For Du Burns!

Here is the scale watch for the Keystone Boxing card Saturday night at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD:

Venroy July 200 vs. Justin Howes 194

Kevin Womack, Jr. 144 vs. Nalo Leal 142

Lee Snow 162 vs. Issa Cuolibaly 156

Brady Sensibaugh 120 vs. Giovanni Vasquez 119

The July-Howes bout has been bumped from a six-rounder to an eight-round contest.  The Womack-Leal contest has been moved from four to six rounds.

We will be blogging live from Du Burns beginning at approximately 7:25 PM.

Busy Weekend For Beltway Boxing!

There are a number of Beltway Boxing events taking place on Saturday, June 16.  There is one pro show and two amateur cards on the docket.

BATB will be blogging live from Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD Saturday night for the Keystone Boxing pro show that will start at 8 PM.  We hope to have the weights for the card later today.

There will be an amateur show at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD beginning at 7:30 PM.  Former National Golden Gloves champion Michael Reed is slated to participate on the card.  This may be one of the final times to see Reed as an amateur.  Jeter Promotions is hosting the card.

There will also be an amateur show at the District Heights Municipal Center on 2000 Marbury Drive in Capitol Heights, MD hosted by the D Block Boxing Gym.  That card is slated to begin at 7:30 as well.

Monday, June 11, 2012

'Cujo' Sigmon Gives Interview On Return From Vegas!

Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon reflects on his loss to Kelly Pavlik this past Friday night in Las Vegas as he sat down with Dhomonique Ricks of Lynchburg TV station WSET Channel 13.

Here's the interview.

June 16 Du Burns Card Coming Together!

The Keystone Boxing  pro card slated for Saturday, June 16 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD is coming together. There have been a number of changes throughout the weeks but everything should be set by Friday.

The latest change is that undefeated Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. has been added to the card for a six-round contest against a TBA opponent.  Williams replaces Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Duane Mobley who was slated to be in a rematch against Norfolk, VA's Dennis Benson.  However, Benson suffered an injury and the bout was called off.

It looks like Mobley may be part of the June 23rd card at Fort Myer/Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA.

The main event remains the same -- undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hard Work" July (10-0-2, four KO's) faces Justin "The Lumberjack" Howes of Buckhannon, WVA (13-2, 11 KO's) in a six-round contest.

Undefeated Baltimore welterweight James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson is still on the card, however, he has had a number of prospective opponents drop out.  Stevenson (15-0, 10 KO's) is slated to be in a four-round contest.

Baltimore junior welterweight Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. (3-0, one KO) faces off against veteran Nalo Leal of Airway Heights, WA (4-15-1)

Baltimore middleweight Lee Snow (1-2) looks to even his record in a four-round contest against the debuting Issa Cuolibaly of DC.

Also, there will be two debuting locals on the card -- Baltimore junior middleweight Jeremy Trussell will take on Stephen Franklin of Martinsburg, WVA by way of Baltimore (0-7) while Baltimore super bantamweight Brady "The Magician" Sensibaugh faces the equally debuting Giovanni Vasquez of Columbia, SC.

'Too Sharp' Gets the Hall of Fame Ring!

Here is the moment -- where Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson displays his International Boxing Hall of Fame induction ring alongside his fellow inductees.  From left to right, legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer, Johnson, long-time champion Thomas Hearns, boxing broadcaster Al Bernstein, trainer Freddie Roach and boxing writer Michael Katz.  (photo by Boxing Bob Newman)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

More 'Too Sharp' Tributes!'

Washington Examiner Columnist and ESPN 980 Host Thom Loverro has a column about hall of famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson as he gets formally inducted today in Canastota, NY.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Beltway Amateurs Head to Mobile, AL For Junior Olympics!

According to USA Boxing, here are the locals that will be heading to the 2012 Junior Olympics in Mobile, AL June 19-22:  Best wishes to all!

95 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams, Washington, DC

101 Pounds: Demetrius Young, Bowie, MD

114 Pounds: Francois Scarboro, Cheverly, MD

119 Pounds: Gary Antuanne Russell, Capitol Heights, MD

125 Pounds: Jalonte Cole, Washington, DC

138 Pounds: James Scott, Baltimore, MD

145 Pounds: Malik Hawkins, Baltimore, MD

145 Pounds: Kareem Martin, Clinton, MD

154 Pounds: Justin Bell, District Heights, MD

165 Pounds: Jason Bell, District Heights, MD

176 Pounds: Daquan Johnson, Capitol Heights, MD

Johnson Celebrates Hall of Fame!

Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson continues to celebrate his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.  Since my trip got cancelled at the last minute, I couldn't go to Canastota, NY to enjoy the induction but I'm seeing some great pictures including this one from the IBHOF website which shows the three-time, two division champion joined by two more former world champs -- Buddy McGirt (left) and fellow Beltway Boxing Legend Sharmba Mitchell.

Sigmon Falls To Pavlik In Seven!

Did he disgrace himself? Not at all.  Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott "Cujo" Sigmon was indeed a game competitor tonight in front of a nationally-televised (ESPN2) audience as well as the crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

However, a busted nose, a cut over his right eye and the skill difference between himself and former world champion Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik of Youngstown, OH proved to be too much as Pavlik stopped Sigmon at the end of seven rounds of action.

Pavlik's jab landed repeatedly against Sigmon and his shots to the body were dominant as well.  Sigmon had a difficult job getting inside and when he did, Pavlik made him pay with short shots in close.  The nose busted around the fourth round and it didn't get any better.  Sigmon could not come out for the eighth round.

Sigmon is now 22-4,12 KO's while Pavlik rises to 39-2, 33 KO's.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Featherstone Wins East Coast Title!

Jerome Featherstone wins a spirited decision over Darius Vann.  A lot of action with both men getting their shots in but towards the end of the bout, both men threw more than they landed.  Featherstone wins East Coast Middleweight title.

That will do it for this card from Du Burns Arena. We're back here in eight days for the Keystone Boxing pro card.  We'll give the updated preview on that card sometime this weekend.   Until then, good night from Baltimore!

Here is a post-card interview with the card's promoter, Jake Smith:


Gee Wins over Morton!

It wasn't the most technically sound amateur bout eve but Shandra (Shandray) Gee defeats Ryan Morton.   A lot of grappling more than jabbing but Gee landed more punches during the contest.

The final bout of the night is coming up as Jerome Featherstone vs. Darius Vann for the East Coast Championship.  Both guys are from Baltimore--Featherstone is out of Baltimore Boxing while Vann boxes out of No Limits Gym in Reisterstown.

Back To Action in Baltimore!

Intermission is over and we have another all-Baltimore contest as Shandra Gee battles Ryan Morton. Not sure what gym either man comes from.  This is a light heavyweight battle.

Dyer RSC's Cab in Second!

Jahmal Dyer scores the first RSC of the evening, defeating Jose Cab in the second round.  Intermission time.   I have been able to pick up the internet feed of Scott Sigmon-Kelly Pavlik, however, the feed has not started because the College World Series game is running long.  Back in a few moments.

Four Bouts, Four Wins for Baltimore!

Paul Yohn gives Baltimore a 4-0 lead with his win over Logan Trout of Philadelphia.  This was the most competitive bout of the evening thus far.  Both men landed quality shots but Yohn did just a bit more.

Next bout is an all-Baltimore contest as Jahmal Dyer of Loch Raven takes on Baltimore Boxing's Jose Cab.

Barnes Wins Third For Baltimore!

Omar Barnes wins the third bout for Team Baltimore, defeating Jose Alferro of Philadelphia at 112 Pounds.  Paul Yohn will next represent Baltimore against Philadelphia's Logan Trout. This is a middleweight contest.

Williams Wins Second For Charm City!

Anthony Williams makes it two straight for Baltimore as he defeats Babar Shah.   Jose Alfarro of Philly vs Omar Barnes of Baltimore at 112 pounds.

Acosta Strikes First for Baltimore!

Jonathan Acosta wins the first bout for Baltimore, defeating Kode Gordon.  Acosta used good ring generalship, moving Gordon around the ring.  Acosta landed good punches in bunches as well.

Next bout will be Anthony Williams of Baltimore vs. Babar Shah of Philadelphia at 165 pounds.

Acosta-Gordon First Up!

Our first bout is underway.  Jonathan Acosta of Baltimore versus Kode Gordon of Philadelphia. The bout is at 154 pounds.

Here's Tonight's Lineup!

Here's the lineup for tonight's card.  Should be a relatively short night with just seven bouts.

We don't have the weights for the bouts but here are the matchups:

Jonathan Acosta (Baltimore) vs. Kode Gordon (Baltimore)

Anthony Williams (Baltimore) vs. Babar Shah (Philadelphia)

Alfred Jusue (Baltimore) vs. Omar Barnes (Philadelphia)

Paul Yohn (Baltimore) vs. Logan Trout (Philadelphia)

Jahmal Dyer (Baltimore) vs. Jose Cab (Philadelphia)

Shandra Gee (Baltimore) vs. Ryan Morton (Philadelphia)

Jerome Featherstone (Baltimore) vs. Darius Vann (Philadelphia) -- This is an East Coast title bout.

We'll give results as the card moves along!

We Are Live From Du Burns!

Yes, we can say good evening from Du Burns Arena in Baltimore,  MD!  We are here for the battle between Baltimore and Philadelphia boxers.  Right now, I have no idea who is on the card other than Jerome Featherstone and Joey Veazey.  We hope to get that list for you soon.  We are still a little ways away from starting at this point, so we are behind schedule.

Ironically, the Baltimore Orioles are hosting the Philadelphia Phillies nearby at Camden Yards.

We hope to have a lineup for you soon and get underway shortly!

If All Goes Well..We'll Blog Live From Du Burns Arena Tonight!

If the technology is available, we'll be blogging live from Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD for tonight's amateur card between boxers from Baltimore and a group from Philadelphia, PA.  The main reason is that this will be the first of two straight boxing cards from Du Burns on consecutive weekends.  Next Saturday, June 16 is the Keystone Boxing pro card.

My hope is that this will work this week so I can blog again next week.  Also, I will be able to keep tabs on the ESPN2 main event between Scott Sigmon and Kelly Pavlik. 

So hopefully in a couple of hours, I'll be blogging live from Baltimore!

Wilson, Jeter Headline 'Bulldog Brawl II' at Fort Myer June 23!

Two very popular Beltway Boxers will be in separate feature bouts on the RBA Promotions "Bulldog Brawl II" card on Saturday, June 23 at Fort Myer/Henderson Hall's Smith Gymnasium in Arlington, VA.

The main event will include undefeated Fairfax, VA junior welterweight Todd "White Lightning" Wilson taking on "The Rochester Reaper" Winston Mathis of Stockbridge, GA by way of Rochester, NY in an eight-round contest.

Wilson (13-0, four KO's) is coming off a fourth-round TKO of Eric Burke on February 25 in Charlotte, NC.  Mathis (7-5-1, two KO's) was stopped in his last outing by Chris Algieri on March 31 in Huntington, NY.  Mathis is winless in his last three contests.

The co-feature will have Stevensville, MD junior middleweight Tony "Mo Better" Jeter competing in a six-rounder against an opponent to be determined.  Jeter (13-3-1, nine KO's) was slated to be in a bout on this date in Fairfax, VA against Jimmy Lange but the card was cancelled due to an injury suffered by Lange.

Also on the card will be Haymarket, VA welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez who will take on Christian Steele of Staunton, VA in a four-round contest.  Rodriguez (4-1-1, four KO's) lost his last bout at Henderson Hall on December 17 when he dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Richie Andrews.  Steele (2-3, one KO) won his last outing on April 28 when he knocked out Milton Rogers in the first round in Wilson, NC.

Other locals slated to be on the card are returning Manassas, VA super middleweight Orazio "The Razor" Robinson and undefeated Alexandria, VA middleweight Brandon Quarles (9-0, two KO's).

Making his pro debut on the card will be Richmond, VA super middleweight Immanuel Aleem, a very accomplished boxer who was a former state Golden Gloves champion.  Aleem will face Jess Noriega of San Diego, CA (0-2).

BlackAmericaWeb Tells 'Too Sharp' Story!'s Kevin Wilson does a nice job of telling the story of IBHOF Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson in this article.

Video From Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic!

The locally-based boxing website Roundobout has video of the bouts from the recent Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park Hotel in DC.  Here are a couple from the bouts from the event. is one of the websites and Loba Ojo, Trayon Brady and Jemal Fernandez are among the new faces you will see working alongside this blog in the near future.  I've picked a few of their videos -- the rest can be seen on their Roundobout YouTube page.

Recently, a noted boxing writer from the west coast noted that we have a strong group of media folks covering the Beltway Boxing scene such as Alec Kohut, Gautham Nagesh, Juan Marshall, Michael Walters, Michael Amakor, Joon Lee and Ron Harris as well as the folks who are based in the area who do a more national coverage of the sport like Lem Satterfield, Kieran Mulvaney and Dan Rafael.  Great to know there are others like me who feel coverage of the boxing scene is important.

This is the last bout of the event -- voted the bout of the night -- 2012 National Golden Gloves champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis facing John Fitzpatrick.

This bout features Malik Jackson against Gerard Matthews.

And this one is Lawrence Singh against TJ Waite.

Also: Michael Peoples vs. Lewis Crocker

'Too Sharp' Profiled In Post!

As former three-time, two-division world champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson arrives in Canastota, NY to revel in his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Gene Wang of the Washington Post puts together a nice profile that can be found here:

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Sigmon, Pavlik Weigh 167 for Vegas ESPN2 Battle!

Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Scott Sigmon (right) and Kelly Pavlik both weighed in at 167 pounds for their ESPN2 main event Friday night at the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The broadcast will begin at 10 PM ET.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

'Too Sharp' Tribute!

This is the week that many Beltway Boxing Fans have been waiting on for a long time!  This is the week that former three-time world champion and Beltway Boxing Legend Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson takes his rightful place among the legends in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

There are many great "Too Sharp" moments, including the night Johnson won the IBF Flyweight title on May 4, 1996 in Anaheim, CA when he knocked out Francisco Tejedor in the first round.  The image of Tejedor vainly trying to get back up after being knockdown and weeping in despair afterwards is one of the most lasting images I've ever seen.

For this tribute, I want to focus on another classic moment -- one that took place in DC on February 22, 1998.   Johnson was making his fifth defense of his title in front of a packed house at the DC Armory and a nationally televised ESPN2 audience.  Johnson faced a truly legitimate contender in Arthur "Flash" Johnson, who gave Johnny Tapia fits in losing a 12-round split decision in 1995.

I've recounted the story of how Mark Johnson gave up a substantial amount of money to have the bout in DC and how he had it in his contract that local ring announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones would work the event.  By the way, the passage of time has led to two situations in the present.  One of course, the passing of Johnny Tapia.  The other is the post-fight interview.  Coincidentally, Johnson and the man conducting the interview -- Al Bernstein -- are in the same class of inductees that will go into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.  Another coincidence was the referee for the bout was Joe Cooper, who would of course, be the third man for Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan.

What resulted was truly one of the landmark events in Beltway Boxing History.  Let's relive that moment here:
Part 1.

Part 2.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

DC Select Team Wins Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic!

The DC Team captured the 2012 Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic by a score of 6-3.  Truly however, everyone at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park Hotel in DC benefited from great boxing which also included a tremendous level of sportsmanship.  The young Irish boxers were very talented and held their own through the majority of the bouts.  Here, once again, are the results:

The bout voted fight of the night by the crowd was Gervonta "Tank" Davis win over Joseph Fitzpatrick at 126 pounds. This was the least competitive bout of the night. Most of the watchers in attendance were not diehard boxing fans, but they enjoyed the skill of the 2012 National Golden Gloves champion from Upton Gym in Baltimore.

My choice for fight of the night was the 111-pound bout between Dwayne Holmes of Diamonds N The Ruff and Conal Quinn.  This was, in my opinion, the most competitive bout of the night.  Holmes did well enough toward the end of the bout to win it, but many people in the crowd thought Quinn of the Ardoyne Holy Cross gym might have won that one.

The most impressive Irish boxer of the evening was a young man named TJ Waite from the Cairn Lodge Boxing Club.  Waite won the first bout for the Visitors Select team and he put on a great show against a very talented boxer from the Beltway region -- Lawrence Singh of the Headbangers Gym -- at 111 pounds.  This was a rough bout at times but Waite did a great job hanging in there.

Here are the rest of the results:

108 Pounds: Danardo Johnstone (Kentland)  over. Conor McLarnon (Ardoyne Holy Cross)

145 Pounds: Michael Peoples (Old School) over  Lewis Crocker (Cairn Lodge)

130 Pounds:  Sean Higginson (St. Agnes) over  Jordan Peters (Old School)

133 Pounds: Malik Jackson (Limelite) vs. Gerard Matthews (St. Paul's)

130 Pounds: Ashton Jones (Spennymore) over Alfredo Weeks VI (Supreme Defence)

145 Pounds: Russell Gaskins (Enigma) over Jamie Kennedy (Toome)

156 Pounds: Daquan Johnson of Sugar Ray Leonard and Gary Dodds (Spennymore) competed in a training session -- no winner here.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Davis Dominates To Give DC Series Win!

Gervonta "Tank Davis wins the series for Team DC showing great hand speed and accurate punching to defeat Joseph Fitzpatrick at 126 pounds.   Davis truly dominated in what was the most lopsided bout of the night. DC wins the series 6-3.

That was the last official bout of the evening.  There is a training session going on between Daquan Johnson of Sugar Ray Leonard Gym and Gary Dobbs of Spennymore.  No winners named here.  We'll come back with the bout voted the fight of the night.

Gaskins Wins Decision To Give DC 5-3 Lead!

Russell Gaskins defeats Jamie Kennedy by decision to give the DC squad a 5-3 lead.  Nice performance  by Gaskins as he used his power shots very nicely.

Up next, 2012 National Golden Gloves champion Gervonta Davis of Upton Gym in Baltimore can clinch the overall win for DC if he can defeat Joseph Fitzpatrick.

Ashton Jones Narrows The Gap for Ireland!

Ashton Jones brings the Irish team within one at 4-3 with a victory over Alfredo Weeks VI. Jones looked like the more polished and experienced boxer in this bout as he definitely landed more shots.

Now in the ring -- Russell Gaskins of Enigma versus Jamie Kennedy of Spennymore. That is a change for the DC squad.  Gaskins replaces gym mate Joe Young.

Jackson Wins over Matthews!

DC makes it 4-2 as Malik Jackson wins over Gerard Matthews.  Jackson used some strong southpaw skills to make the bout easy for him.  By the way, Jackson and the Limelite Gym are the subjects of a forthcoming documentary being put together by students at George Washington University.   The film is slated to premiere at the end of the month.  Yours truly is honored to be a part of the documentary.

Next up Alfredo Weeks VI versus Ashton Jones for Ireland at 130 Pounds.

Higginson Defeats Beltway's Peters!

Sean Higginson of the Irish team narrows the score to 3-2, defeating Jordan Peters at 130 pounds.  Neither man landed a lot of punches, but Higginson managed to land some in the final round to get the victory.

Bout six -- 133 pounds --Malik Jackson vs. Gerard Matthews.

Michael Peoples Makes it 3-1, DC!

Michael Peoples won a workmanlike decision over Lewis Crocker. This was a back and forth affair as well, but Peoples landed more shots.  The last three bouts have been very close as far as activity in the ring (not scoring).  The Irish boxers are more than holding their own thus far.

Bout five is in the ring -- 130 pounds -- Jordan Peters for team DC vs. Sean Higginson.

TJ Waite Wins First For Visitors Over Beltway's Singh!

TJ Waite wins the first contest for the visitors from Ireland defeating Lawrence Singh.  Really good bout -- Waite is very talented and dropped Singh once during the contest.   It was a rough and tumble bout--both young men got tangled up and each boxer lost a point for failing to heed the referee's instructions.

Now in the ring-- Michael Peoples against Lewis Crocker at 145 pounds.

Holmes Wins Second For DC!

Dwayne Holmes wins the second bout for the DC squad in a tough one over Conal Quinn.  A really solid bout that some in the audience though Quinn might have won. Quinn was very aggressive throughout, but Holmes took his best shots and came back stronger.  Third bout is Lawrence Singh vs. TJ Waite, also at 111 pounds.

Johnstone Gets Things Started for DC!

Denardo Johnstone wins the first bout for the DC Select squad by decision over Conor McLarnon.  Johnstone picked up the pace in the second round of the bout with a solid body attack.   Next up Dwayne Holmes, Jr vs. Conal Quinn at 111 pounds.

Johnstone - McLarnon in the ring!

Our first bout is in the ring -- Danardo Johnstone vs. Conor McLarnon.

We're Blogging From the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic!

Good evening from the Marriott Washington Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest Washington, DC for the fifth annual Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic!  We will be bringing you the results and some of the atmosphere from this event.

There are 10 bouts slated for tonight's card featuring a DC select team vs a squad from Northern Ireland and England.   I will give you the lineup as I have it but I'm hearing that there may be some late changes.

108 Pounds: Danardo Johnstone (Kentland) vs. Conor McLarnon (Ardoyne Holy Cross)

111 Pounds:  Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Diamonds N The Ruff) vs. Conal Quinn (Ardoyne Holy Cross)

111 Pounds: Lawrence Singh (Headbangers) vs.  TJ Waite (Cairn Lodge)

145 Pounds: Michael Peoples (Old School) vs. Lewis Crocker (Cairn Lodge)

130 Pounds: Jordan Peters (Old School) vs. Sean Higginson (St. Agnes)

133 Pounds: Malik Jackson (Limelite) vs. Gerard Matthews (St. Paul's)

130 Pounds: Alfredo Weeks (Supreme Defence) vs. Ashton Jones (Spennymore)

145 Pounds: Joe Young (Enigma) vs. Jamie Kennedy (Toome)

156 Pounds: Russell Gaskins (Enigma) vs. Gary Dodds (Spennymore)

126 Pounds: Gervonta Davis (Upton) vs. Joseph Fitzpatrick (The Immaculada)

DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley is here tonight in part because he defeated Paul McCloskey in Belfast earlier this year.  Corley is the sponsor of the Weeks-Jones bout. Action gets underway in a few moments!

Williams Resting After Six-Hour Surgery!

Paul Williams's promoter says the former two-time world champion is resting after surgery to stabilize his spine.  Promoter Dan Goossen told that the surgery lasted 6 1/2 hours.

Williams told Ring.TV that his message for the fans is "I'm blessed."

Armenta Loses Unanimous Decision in Atlantic City!

Silver Spring, MD light heavyweight George "El Gallo" Armenta lost an eight-round unanimous decision to undefeated Dennis Hasson of Philadelphia, PA Friday night at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Armenta lost by scores of 78-74 and 79-73 (twice).  Armenta is now 14-9, 11 KO's while Hasson is 14-0, five KO's.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Armenta Weighs 173 For Atlantic City Battle!

George Armenta weighed in at 173 pounds for his eight-round battle with undefeated Dennis Hasson tonight at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.  Hasson tipped the scales at 175.