Saturday, June 30, 2012
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
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 www.baltimoreboxing.com. The link is in the promoters section of the blog. Ticket holders are encouraged to wear pink for the event.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
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
Here's the link:
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
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.
Monday, June 25, 2012
And here is the interview after the workout.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Snow weighed in at 112 1/2 pounds while Marquez tipped the scales at 112 3/4.
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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:
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
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.
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.
Cole was very impressive, using quick jabs and good movement throughout the contest.
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 USABoxing.org. 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.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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.
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 (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.
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
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!
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.
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
Main event coming up -- Venroy July vs. Justin Howes -- eight rounds in the cruiserweight division.
Snow evens his record at 2-2 while Coulibaly loses his pro debut.
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.
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
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.
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
Here's the interview.
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.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 09, 2012
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
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
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:
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.
Next bout is an all-Baltimore contest as Jahmal Dyer of Loch Raven takes on Baltimore Boxing's Jose Cab.
Next bout will be Anthony Williams of Baltimore vs. Babar Shah of Philadelphia at 165 pounds.
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!
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!
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!
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).
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
Thursday, June 07, 2012
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
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:
Sunday, June 03, 2012
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
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.
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.
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.
Next up Alfredo Weeks VI versus Ashton Jones for Ireland at 130 Pounds.
Bout six -- 133 pounds --Malik Jackson vs. Gerard Matthews.
Bout five is in the ring -- 130 pounds -- Jordan Peters for team DC vs. Sean Higginson.
Now in the ring-- Michael Peoples against Lewis Crocker at 145 pounds.
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 told Ring.TV that his message for the fans is "I'm blessed."
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.