Sunday, June 30, 2013

D. Speed Captures Outstanding Boxer Trophy at Millersville Amateur Card!

Drayvontay Speed of No Xcuse Gym in Capitol Heights, MD was named the outstanding boxer at the Jeter Promotions amateur card Saturday night at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD.

Speed defeated Cornell Hines of NOMIS Gym in DC in an open contest fought at 141 pounds.  Speed's cousin, India, was also on the card competing in a 132 pound female novice contest.  However, India Speed fought and lost to a very precise-jabbing Amelia Moore of Club One in that contest.

In the only open contest of the evening, Shaundre Kellum-Gee of the Blue Star program at the Mobtown Gym in Baltimore won a bout at 201 pounds over Chauncey Fields of The Hurt Factory in Lynchburg, VA.

Many of the fans in attendance came to see eight-year-old Thomas Coe of Club One.  Coe previously entertained fans at Club One amateur shows during intermissions with his incredible work on the mitts.  On Saturday, Coe competed in his first amateur bout at 70 pounds and he won it, defeating Abdul Ali of Diamonds N Da Ruff.   

There was one title bout on the card -- Alex Gonzales of Club One won the Maryland State 108 Pound Novice title by defeating Vincent Goedecke of Legends Boxing.

Here are the results of the other bouts on the card:

123 Novice -- Andres Garibay (Laurel Boxing) over Nico Woods (Diamonds N Da Ruff)

114 Novice -- Joseph Budrou (Panhandle Boxing) over Cole Crumpler (The Hurt Factory)

132 Novice -- Donte Dunaville (Roanoke, VA) over Angelo Roces (Club One)

70 Novice -- Demarco Ross (Diamonds N Da Ruff) over Ricardo Romauldo (Club One)

131 Novice -- Tyler Kelly (Club One) TKO-3 over Charles Russell (Legends Boxing)

Heavyweight -- Davon Sullivan (No Xcuse) over Mason Grim (Club One)

152 Novice -- Chance Blizzard (Laurel) TKO-2 over Rodolfo Romauldo (Club One)

141 Novice -- Anthony Russo (Legends) over Gary Jones, Jr. (Enigma)

95 Novice -- Juan Jenkins (Blue Star at Mobtown) over Keith Cooke (No Xcuse)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Russell-Cole Rematch Scratched from Millersville Amateur Card Because of Rule Changes!

We are at the Jeter Promotions amateur card at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD tonight.  We will provide a full written recap after the card is over -- no live blogging tonight.

The early news coming out of this card involves the feature bout for the card -- the rematch between Gary Antonio Russell of Enigma Boxing and No Xcuse's Jalonte Cole -- that bout has been scratched because of new rules enacted by USA Boxing.  One of those changes is a new age rule that prohibits a 19-year-old boxer from competing against an 18-year old boxer.  That is the rule that directly affected the Russell-Cole contest slated for tonight.

Again, we will have a full recap later tonight or early tomorrow.  We did, however, get an opportunity to talk with Russell about his outstanding year thus far.
(Photo by Juan Marshall of ProAmFightTalk)

Harrison Wins Unanimous Decision at Foxwoods!

(Photo courtesy of Cyprian Khumalo of DMV Sports Zone)

Dusty Hernandez Harrison remained undefeated tonight as he won a six-round unanimous decision over Ben Ankrah of Ghana at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.

No details yet on how the fight played out but Harrison won by a shutout on the cards of judges Glen Feldman and Julie Lederman, 60-54.  Clark Sammartino scored the bout 59-55.

With the win, Harrison raises his record to 16-0, nine KO's.  Ankrah falls to 17-16, eight KO's.

Kenney Wins Title at Junior Olympic Nationals!

Iesha Kenney of Alexandria, VA has captured the 132-Pound female title at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL.

Earlier today, Kenney won a 3-0 decision over Cynthia Arellano of Phoenix, AZ.  This is the second major title that Kenney has won this year after winning a World Junior Team Open in Finland.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Update on July 20 Card at Coppin State!

Keystone Boxing will be a very busy promotional company in July.  We've already talked about their Saturday, July 13 card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  One week later on Saturday, July 20, Keystone will join with Rize Promotions of Baltimore, MD for a card at the Coppin State University Physical Education Complex in Baltimore.

In the main event, Baltimore's own undefeated featherweight prospect Gervonta "Rambo" Davis will compete in his first scheduled six-round contest when he faces Rafael Casias of Arlington, TX.  Davis (3-0, three KO's) is coming off a first-round TKO over Jonathan Gears on June 8 at EchoStage Lounge in Washington, DC.  Casias (4-7) has lost four in a row and battles for the first time outside of the Lone Star State.

There are two other scheduled six-round contests on this card.  Baltimore light heavyweight Willie "For Real" Williams makes his return after more than two years when he takes on Kentrell Claiborne of Fort Worth, TX. Williams (12-6-2, three KO's) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak that included a six-round unanimous decision loss to Frankie Filippone in August of 2010 in Virginia Beach, VA.  Claiborne (4-6, three KO's) has won two straight after losing six in a row.

Also on the card will be the youngest of the fighting Judah Brothers of Brooklyn, NY, Joseph Judah who will be in a welterweight contest against George "El Terrible" Sosa of New Jersey.  Judah (6-2, one KO) has not fought since dropping an eight-round majority decision loss to Stephen Scott in July 2011 in Albany, NY.  Sosa (7-4, seven KO's) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Javontae Starks on June 15 in Valley Forge, PA.  Sosa has lost three of his last four.  In October of 2012, Sosa dropped a six-round majority decision to Emmanuel Taylor in Philadelphia, PA.

In four-round contests, flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas of Baltimore, MD will battle Marisol "La Chihuahua" Miranda of Hollywood, FL.  Douglas (2-0, one KO) has not fought since winning a four-round unanimous decision over Sherine Thomas on November 8 in Cockeysville, MD.  Miranda (5-5, one KO) has fought only twice since 2007.  However, in her last contest, she challenged Yesica Bopp for the WBO Light Flyweight title on September 27 in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico.  Bopp stopped Miranda in the seventh round.

Also, Alexandria, VA welterweight "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Yurii Polischuk (1-0, one KO) will be on the card against an opponent to be determined.  Polischuk made his pro debut on April 20 in Upper Marlboro, MD and scored a first-round TKO over fellow Alexandria boxer Demetrius Winbush.

Three locals will make pro debuts on this card.  Fort Washington, MD cruiserweight Albi Sadikaj will take on Lamont Capers of Hawley, PA (1-2)  Sadikaj was a novice Golden Gloves champ in the Beltway region.  Capers fought Mario Murphy in Murphy's pro debut on January 12 in Fort Washington and lost a four-round unanimous decision.

Baltimore junior welterweight William Cason will step into the pro ranks against the equally debuting Alfred Leisure of Ohio while Baltimore welterweight Glen Dezurn is still looking for an opponent for his pro debut.

Harrison Weighs 146 For Fight at Foxwoods!

(Photo courtesy of All-In Entertainment)

Dusty Hernandez Harrison and Ben Ankrah both weighed 146 pounds for their six-round encounter Saturday night at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.

The bout is on the Gennady Golovkin-Matthew Macklin undercard,  The main event and co-feature are on the HBO telecast. I'm hearing the network may show highlights of Harrison's contest depending on how Harrison performs.  The telecast begins at 9:45 ET.

Reeves Wins Unanimous Decision in St. Petersburg, FL!

This late result from this past Saturday:  Baltimore cruiserweight Travis Reeves won a four-round unanimous decision at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL.  Reeves defeated Michael "Concrete" Bissett of Tampa, FL.

According to, Reeves won by scores of 40-35, however, they do not say whether Reeves knocked down Bissett at anytime. has this listed as a loss for Reeves, however, BATB  has learned that the boxers switched corners at the last minute and the report from is accurate.

Therefore, Reeves is now 2-1 and wins his second straight bout in Florida.  Bissett is now 3-3, three KO's.

By the way, tonight's bout for Landover, MD's Cornelius Whitlock in Jacksonville, FL may air on ESPN2 this evening.  It is a swing contest.

Iesha Kinney to Represent the Beltway In Finals of Junior Olympic National Championships!

(photo from The Alexandria News)

Alexandria, VA 132-pound female boxer Iesha Kenney has advanced to the finals of the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL.  Kenney defeated Siane Moore of St. Louis, MO by a 2-1 decision in today's semifinals.  Kenney will face Cynthia Arellano of Phoenix, AZ in Saturday's championship bout.

Kenney will be the lone Beltway representative competing in Saturday's championship round.  Keeshawn Williams of DC lost his semifinal bout in the 110-pound division by a 3-0 decision to Vergil Ortiz of Grand Prairie, TX while Baltimore's Malik Titus dropped a 2-1 decision to Taifer Rigaud of Arlington, MA in the semis of the 176+ division.

Rough Day For Locals In Quarterfinals of National Junior Olympic Championships!

It was not a good day for Beltway amateurs at the quarterfinal round of the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL.  Only two locals made it to the semifinals after Thursday's action.

We already told you about Keeshawn Williams of DC advancing to the semi finals at 110 pounds.  The only local to join Williams in the semis will be Baltimore's Malik Titus, who won his quarterfinal contest at 176+ pounds.  Titus won a 3-0 decision over Lorenzo Benavidez of Albuquerque, NM.

Six locals fell in the quarters on Thursday. We've already told you about the losses for Jordan White and Mack Allison earlier today.  There are reports from those in Alabama that those losses may have been questionable decisions.  Also, Kashif Muhammad Brown, Jr. lost his bout at 165 pounds by a 2-1 decision to Manjaro Hills, Jr. of Baker, LA.  Sergio Bolonos of Silver Spring, MD dropped a 3-0 decision to Caleb Chesternut of East Pointe, MI at 114 pounds.  At 125 pounds, Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA fell to Isidro Ochoa of Fresno, CA via a 3-0 decision.  Also, Michael Wilbar of Boonsboro, MD lost by TKO to Sergio Flores of Overland Park, KS.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Whitlock Weighs 143 For Contest in Jacksonville!

(photo courtesy of Malcolm Lowery)

Cornelius Whitlock (left) weighed in at 143 pounds for his four-round contest against the debuting Adriano Capio Friday night at the Veterans Coliseum in Jacksonville, FL.  Capio tipped the scales at 138.

Update on July 13 Card at Rosecroft Raceway!

The Keystone Boxing card slated for Saturday, July 13 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD  is starting to come together.  The card is slated to have three six-round contests.

Highlighting the card will be the return of Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Johnson in a six-round contest.  Johnson makes his first appearance in competition since suffering his first pro loss -- an eight-round unanimous decision to Luis Garcia in December of 2011 in Cabazon, CA.

Johnson (12-1, five KO's) was originally scheduled to battle Philadelphia, PA's Taneal Goyco but Goyco has suffered an injury.  Another Philly boxer may step in, however.  Greg Hackett is slated to make his third straight trip to the Beltway region.  Hackett (2-11) fought Jarrett Hurd and Alantez Fox in his last two outings and lost six-round unanimous decisions.

Coming off that victory over Hackett on April 20 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD Hurd (6-0, three KO's) returns to action on this card in a six-round bout against veteran Joshua Burns of Garland, TX.  Garland (4-15-7, two KO's) will be looking to bounce back after suffering a first-round knockout loss to Kenton Sippio-Cook on April 27 in Austin, TX.

In another six-round contest, Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. is slated to take on Cesar Cisneros of Bradenton, FL.  Last time out, Rivers (8-0, six KO's) scored a second-round TKO over Rasool Shakoor on June 15 at the Washington Convention Center in DC.  This will be Rivers's sixth bout of 2013.  Cisneros (3-5-2, one KO) will be trying to break a four-bout winning streak.  The last four opponents for Cisneros had a combined won-loss record of 20-2-2.

In four-round contests,  Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action as he faces Roberto Lopez of Kissimmee, FL.  Reed (3-0, two KO's) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over DeMarcus Rogers on June 15 in DC.  After winning four of his first six contests, Lopez (4-5-2, one KO) has lost five in a row, all to undefeated boxers by decision.

DC light heavyweight Greg Newby returns to action in a four-round bout against PJ Cajagas of Franklin Park, IL.  Newby (7-0, four KO's) last fought on April 27 and won a six-round unanimous decision over Mark Anderson in Bamberg, SC.  Cajagas (0-1-1) will look to bounce back from a four-round unanimous decision loss to Devar Ferhadi on April 20 in Upper Marlboro, MD.

In two debut bouts, Largo, MD's Jerrell "Supa" Scott will take on the equally debuting David Rohn of Chicago, IL in a middleweight contest. Also, Devin Mosley, a cruiserweight from Capitol Heights, MD , will make his boxing debut taking on Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI (2-3, two KO's).  Mosley is no stranger to combat competition, sporting a 1-1 record in mixed martial arts.  Martinez has not fought since December of 2011.

Also, East Stroudsburg, PA heavyweight Glenn Thomas will battle with Deverine Miner in a four-round contest.  Thomas is 0-1.  Miner is making his pro debut.

Williams Heads to Semis of Junior Olympic Championships!

Keeshawn Williams of Washington, DC has advanced to the semifinals of the 110-pound division of the National Junior Olympic Championships in Mobile, AL.

During today's morning session, Williams won a 3-0 division over Jacob Flores of Selma, CA.

Beltway amateurs lost their first two bouts of the competition today.  Jordan White of Waldorf, MD dropped a 2-1 decision to Kawelo Alcos of Wapahu, HI at 101 pounds.  Also, Mack Allison of Baltimore, MD lost a 2-1 decision to another Hawaiian boxer -- Logan Yoon of Honolulu.

Keely Thompson Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud!

Telling the court, "I did wrong," former Beltway Boxer Keely Thompson pleaded guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud in US District Court on Wednesday.

The former IBC Lightweight champ was the former executive director of Keely's District Boxing and Youth Center but diverted thousands of dollars in government and private grants meant for the center for personal use including concerts, speeding tickets and cruise ship gambling.  Thompson faces up to 33 months in prison.

The 47-year-old Thompson's guilty plea was part of an agreement that drops similar charges against Thompson's wife, Bianca, who was the deputy director of the center.  The Washington Post is reporting that Thompson has also agreed to provide "substantial" cooperation to the government in a separate investigation that was not detailed in court.

Thompson fought from 1983-1998 and had a record of 17-9-2, 12 KO's.  Thompson won the IBC title with a 12-round split decision over Kent Hardee on September 8, 1990 in DC.  Thompson also fought locals Sharmba Mitchell, Willie Taylor, Chuck Sturm and Donnie Parker during his career.

Quarterfinal Action For Beltway Boxers at Junior Olympic National Championships!

Competition continues in earnest for Beltway amateurs at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL as they move into the quarterfinals.  Many locals are slated to compete today.

During the afternoon session, Mack Allison of Baltimore, MD will have his second match at 119 pounds when he faces off against Logan Yoon of Honolulu, HI.  Also, Kashif Muhammad Brown, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD begins his campaign at 165 pounds when he battles Manjaro Hills, Jr. of Baker, LA.

Over in the second ring this afternoon, Waldorf, MD's Jordan White starts action at 101 pounds when he meets Kawelo Alcos of Wapahu, HI.  Keeshawn Williams of DC battles for the second time at 110 pounds when he takes on Jacob Flores of Selma, CA and Malik Titus of Baltimore debuts at 176+ pounds when he goes up against Lorenzo Benavidez of Albuquerque, NM.

In the evening session, Sergio Bolonos of Silver Spring, MD returns at 114 pounds taking on Caleb Chesternut of Eastpointe, MI.  Alexandria, VA's Troy Isley competes at 125 pounds facing Isidro Ochoa of Fresno, CA.  Also, Michael Wilbar of Boonsboro, MD faces Sergio Flores of Overland Park, KS at 176 pounds.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beltway Amateurs Open Junior Olympics Championships With Victories!

Beltway amateurs have begun competition at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL on a good note with victories in the first sessions of competition.

Keeshawn Williams of DC won his first-round contest in the 110-Pound division by a 3-0 margin over DeChaun Blount of Baton Rouge, LA while Baltimore, MD's Mack Allison won a 2-1 decision over Kennan Glaude of Lafayette, LA at 119 Pounds.

In the evening session today, Sergio Bolonos of Silver Spring, MD notched the third win for the locals by a tiebreaker over Alejandro Jimenez of Smyrna, TN in the 114-Pound division.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mayweather-Alvarez Press Stop Is Successful In DC!

Fans lined up around the block at the historic Howard Theatre in DC for the press tour of the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez matchup that will take place on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.  This was the second stop on the tour.

In the interest of full disclosure, both boxers met with the media before they met the fans.  We were unable to get one on one interviews with them at that time.

We did, however, get some time with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer who gave us his thoughts about Seth Mitchell's performance in his win over Johnathon Banks and what may be next for Gary Russell, Jr. since his scheduled July 13 bout was cancelled because of the visa issues involving Bernard Hopkins's slated opponent, Karo Murat.  Schaefer also gave a good idea of a way to build and expose a fighter to a new audience.

Prior to recording this interview, we asked Schaefer about what is next for IBF Junior Welterweight champ Lamont Peterson.  Schaefer informed us of two things:

1.  There will not be a card at Verizon Center on September 7.  You may remember that there was talk of Golden Boy putting on a card on that date that would be a doubleheader with Lucas Matthysee vs. Danny Garcia and Peterson defending his title against Zab Judah.   Schaefer said the time just wasn't right.

2.  Peterson has a mandatory title defense against the number one IBF challenger -- undefeated Dierry "Dougy Style" Jean (25-0, 17 KO's) of Montreal, Canada.  Schaefer said he is looking to try and make that fight in October and he is looking to have it in DC.

Here is the interview.  Lem Satterfield of Ring Magazine joins me.  I had to be quiet in some spots because other interviews were going on around us.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Update on June 29 Amateur Card in Millersville, MD!

We've already mentioned some bouts that are slated to take place on the Jeter Promotions amateur card on Saturday, June 29 at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD.  However, there are more scheduled and if half of these bouts take place, this could be a very nice card.

We've already talked about the matchup between 2013 National Golden Gloves champion and the Golden Boy of that tournament Gary Antonio Russell of Enigma and No Xcuse's Jalonte Cole.  That is a rematch from the Washington Golden Gloves championship match from this year.

Russell will have two relatives on the card -- his brother Gary Antuanne Russell will battle Darius Someari of Roanoke, VA.  Russell's nephew, Gary Jones, Jr. is also slated for the card as he will battle Tony Russo.  Jones is the son of former pro Gary "Fast Hands" Jones, the oldest brother in the family.

The Russells won't be the only family in action on this card.  The Bell Brothers -- Jason and Justin -- are also slated for action.  Jason will battle Maurice Burrell of Mobtown in Baltimore while Justin takes on Maiwak Dagoot of Down Under gym in Salisbury, MD.  Both Bells are from No Xcuse Gym.

Then, there are the Speed Cousins.  In a ladies contest, India Speed of No Xcuse will take on Club One's Amelia Moore while Drayvontay Speed-Rawls will face Monte Dunaville of Roanoke, VA.  The Speed cousins are relatives of legendary Beltway Boxer Eugene "Sonny" Speed.

In other bouts slated for the card, No Xcuse's Joe Jones III, who was a member of the DC Golden Gloves team that traveled to Salt Lake City this year, will battle 201-pound Novice champion Shaundre Kellum-Gee of Mobtown.  Jones fought at 178, so we're not sure where this bout will be weight-wise.

Also, Cornell Hines of NOMIS is slated to take on Jahmil Dyer of HeadBangers.  Both young men fought at 141 pounds during the Golden Gloves but not against each other.

There are other bouts slated for the card as well.  Tickets are $35 for General Admission and 50 for VIP Seating.  Call 410-729-3900 for details.  Club One Fitness is located at 1131 Benfield Boulevard, Buildings M-Q in Millersville, MD.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beltway Amateurs Head to Alabama for Junior Olympic National Championships June 26-29!

A contingent of Beltway amateurs are heading to Mobile, AL for the 2013 Junior Olympic National Championships.  Competition begins on Wednesday, June 26 and concludes on Saturday, June 29 at the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center.

According to, here is the list of locals that are slated to participate:

101 Pounds -- Jordan White, Waldorf, MD

106 Pounds -- Demetrius Young, Bowie, MD

110 Pounds -- Keeshawn Williams, Washington, DC

114 Pounds -- Sergio Bolonos, Silver Spring, MD

119 Pounds -- Mack Allison, Baltimore, MD

125 Pounds -- Troy Isley, Alexandria, VA

132 Pounds (Female) -- Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, VA

165 Pounds -- Kashif Muhammad Brown, Jr., Upper Marlboro, MD

176 Pounds -- Michael Wilbar, Boonsboro, MD

176+ Pounds -- Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD

Best wishes to our competitors and we'll keep track of your progress!

Alexandria Times Profiles 'Action' Douglas!

The Alexandria (VA) Times has a nice profile on undefeated Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas.  Writer Jim McElhatton talks about Douglas's last outing -- a third-round TKO victory over Ibrahim King on June 14 in West Orange, NJ -- that raised his record to 8-0, six KO's.  The bout aired on ESPN2.

Here is the article:

Kareem Martin Wins Gold In the Ukraine!

Congratulations to DC's Kareem Martin who won a gold medal at the Klitschko Brothers Tournament in the Ukraine!

We are still getting details on the victory but it is Martin's first win in international competition.  Martin fought in the welterweight division.

Beltway amateurs brought home two medals from this tournament as Lamont Roach, Jr. earned a bronze medal at lightweight.

By the way, the National Junior Olympic Championships begin this week in Mobile, AL.  Later today, we will list who is slated to represent the Beltway at the event.

Recap From Frederick, MD!

Here is a recap from the Hardwork Promotions card Saturday at the Frederick Fight Club in Frederick, MD:

Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July won a six-round unanimous decision over Rayford Johnson of Longview, TX.  Both men tasted the canvas in the contest -- Johnson in the first round and July in the second.  July was able to land more telling blows in the second half of the contest to earn the victory.  July is now 14-1-2, six KO's.  Johnson falls to 8-10, two KO's.

Silver Spring, MD-based super bantamweight Alexandru Marin made a successful pro debut scoring a second-round TKO over Jacob Ninow of Wheaton, IL.  Marin, a native of Romania, showed great ring generalship as he battered Ninow clockwise around the ring numerous times before dropping him with a straight left hand.  The bout was stopped at 2:02.  Ninow is 0-2.

DC cruiserweight Mario "Bazooka" Flores knocked out fellow DC boxer Rodney Dews in exactly one minute of the first round.  Flores used a crushing right hand that nailed Dews, crumpling him to the canvas.  Flores is now 2-1-1, two KO's while Dews falls to 0-2-1.

In another all-Beltway bout, Reston, VA junior middleweight Lawrence Jones won a four-round majority decision over Laurel, MD's Norman "The Shadow" Allen.  This was a close bout between two veterans who have had tough bouts throughout their careers.  Two judges called the bout 39-37 while one judge saw a draw at 38-38.  Jones is now 5-6-2, one KO while Allen is 6-9, three KO's.

Rockville, MD welterweight Edwin Reyes scored a second-round TKO over Jarrett Robinson of Philadelphia, PA.  Reyes blistered Robinson with lefts and rights throughout the contest but Robinson managed to stay upright.  The punishment, however, was enough for the bout to be stopped at 2:28 of the round.  Robinson falls to 0-2.

Cheverly, MD light heavyweight Eric "Inferno" Govan won a four-round unanimous decision over Steven Tyner of Canton, OH.  Govan's left jab was the difference early in the contest as he kept Tyner in the middle of the ring.  Govan won a shutout on all three cards, 40-36.  Govan is 2-0 while Tyner is 3-11-2, two KO's.

The matchmaker for the card was Chris Middendorf

The ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones

Photos for the posts courtesy of Juan Marshall.

Proceeds from the card went to the Military Golf Association, an organization that offers rounds of golf to wounded veterans.

Now, here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show with myself and Juan Marshall.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mitchell Wins Rematch Over Banks in Brooklyn!

     (Picture courtesy of Evan Chvotkin)

Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell wins a 12-round unanimous decision over Johnathon Banks in their rematch tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have not seen the bout as I am returning from Frederick. (No I am not driving). Reports say the bout was a snoozefest as Mitchell knocked Banks down in the second but was rocked by Banks in the third.  Mitchell went on to win by scores of
115-112, 117-109, 114-112.  This is the first time Mitchell has gone a full 12 rounds.

Mitchell's record is now 26-1-1, 19 KO's.  Mitchell recaptures the NABO Heavyweight championship and wins the WBC International Heavyweight crown.  Banks is now 29-2-1, 19 KO's.

July Puts In 'Hard Work' To Win Six-Round Unanimous Decision!

Venroy "Hardwork" July wins a six-round unanimous decision iover a very game Rayford Johnson in our main event of July's self-promoted card. As we said, July did land the more effective shots especially through the latter part of the contest.  July just didn't have enough power to keep Johnson completely off of him.

July won by scores of 58-55, 58-54 and 59-54 to bounce back from his February 22 loss to raise his record to 14-1-2, six KO's.  Johnson falls to 8-10, two KO's.

Recap coming shortly, but for now, thanks and good night from Frederick, MD!

(Photos tonight by Juan Marshall)

Boxers Clinching, Punches and Mouthpieces Flying Through Round Four!

Venroy July may be winning the bout because he seems to be landing the telling blows.  However, nothing seems to faze Rayford Johnson.  We're through four rounds and we've seen a lot of clinching and heard a lot of talking from Johnson.

At one point, Johnson responded to a command from July's corner telling him to use the one-two by repeating the command.  As Johnson did this, July landed a left hook that sent Johnson's mouthpiece flying toward the first row of ringside.

Hasn't stopped Johnson from talking though.

July, Johnson Suffer Knockdowns in First Two Rounds!

Our main event has been an intriguing one after two rounds.  Both Venroy July and Rayford Johnson have been knocked to the canvas.  July used a right-left combination to drop Johnson in the first round.  Johnson returned the favor with a solid right that knocked July down midway through the second round.  In between knockdowns, there have been a lot of clinching.  Very interesting bout so far.

Marin Scores Second-Round TKO In Debut!

Super bantamweight Alexandru Marin scored a solid second-round TKO over Jacob Ninow in his pro debut.  The bout was stopped at 2:02.

Marin literally battered Ninow clockwise around the ring numerous times before finishing him off with a vicious left hook that dropped Ninow to the canvas.  Referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the bout immediately  .  Ninow is now 0-2 after losing his pro debut to Gervonta Davis on April 20 in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Our main event is next-- scheduled for six rounds -- Venroy "Hardwork" July fills his other role as fighter (along with promoter) when he takes on Rayford Johnson of Longview, TX.

Flores KO's Dews in One Minute!

Mario Flores wasted little time in knocking out Rodney Dews.  Flores used a crushing right hand to drop Dews to the canvas.  Dews could not beat the count and the bout was stopped at exactly one minute.

Tonight's DJ showed no mercy to the fallen Dews as he serenaded him with Ray Charles's classic "Hit The Road, Jack" after the bout was over.  Actually it took Flores longer to get out of his gloves than the fight itself.

Flores is now 2-1-1, two KO's.  Dews, who hasn't fought since November of 2000, is now 0-2-1.

Our co-feature is next -- The debuting Alexandru Marin of Silver Spring, MD by way of Romania takes on Jacob Ninow of Wheaton, IL

All-Beltway Cruiser Bout In Ring After Intermission!

Back to action at the Frederick Fight Club with an All-DC cruiser bout between Mario "Bazooka" Flores and Rodney Dews or as Discombobulating Jones called him Rodney "Get Ready to Pay Your" Dews.

Jones Wins Four-Round Majority Decision Over Allen!

Lawrence Jones has won a four-round majority decision over Norman "The Shadow" Allen.  This was indeed a close contest between two veteran boxers that probably, in hindsight, deserved two more rounds.  Neither man landed any telling blows but each man had their moments throughout.

Judge Brent Bovell scored the bout even at 38-38 while judges Steve Rados and Paul Wallace saw the contest in favor of Jones, 39-37.    Jones is now 5-6-2, one KO while Allen has now lost eight in a row and is now 6-9, three KO's.

We are now in an intermission.

Reyes Scores Second-Round TKO in Pro Debut!

Edwin Reyes batters a very game Jarrett Robinson all over the ring en route to a second-round TKO in his pro debut.  Reyes took control of the contest early with some blistering shots with the left and right hand in the first round.  Reyes then landed some brutal right hands that knocked Robinson all around the ring.  Give Robinson a lot of credit for staying upright throughout the contest.

Finally, referee Brent Bovell stopped the contest at 2:28 of the second round.  Robinson is now 0-2.

This has been a whirlwind 24-plus hours for Reyes as his wife unexpectedly gave birth yesterday evening which is why he did not weigh in until earlier today.

Coming up -- a battle of Beltway veterans as Lawrence Jones of Reston, VA takes on Norman "The Shadow" Allen now fighting out of Forestville, MD.

Govan Wins By Unanimous Decision!

Eric "Inferno" Govan opens up the card with a four-round unanimous decision over Steven Tyner.  Govan used a piston-like jab to set the pace in the first two rounds.  Govan tried to ramp the action up in the third as he started to go to the body with solid shots.  However, Govan just didn't have the power to put the veteran Tyner away.

Govan scored a shutout (40-36) on all three judge's scorecards to raise his record to 2-0.  Tyner falls to 3-11-2, two KO's.

Next up:  The pro debut of new father Edwin Reyes of Rockville, MD as he takes on Philadelphia, PA's Jarrett Robinson (0-1).

Govan Vs. Tyner Kicks Off Action in Frederick!

We are getting underway here at the Frederick Fight Club in Frederick, MD!  Opening tonight's card will be Cheverly, MD light heavyweight Eric "Inferno" Govan (1-0) vs. Steven Tyner of Canton, OH (3-10-2, two KO's).  The bout is slated for four rounds.

Ferhadi Bout Scrapped in Frederick!

Good evening from the Frederick Fight Club in Frederick, MD for the Hardwork Promotions card.

Coming early to you in case there are those of you coming to see Frederick's own Devar "The Warrior" Ferhadi.  Ferhadi's bout has been scratched from the card.  His scheduled opponent was a no-show at the weigh-in on Friday as well as today.

So, there will now be six bouts on the card tonight.  We'll be back when the card gets underway.

Weights From Frederick, MD!

Here is the scale watch from the Frederick Fight Club in Frederick, MD:

Venroy July 198 vs. Frederick Johnson 196

Alexandru Marin 122 1/2  vs. Jacob Ninow 121 1/2

Mario Flores 194 1/2 vs. Rodney Dews 193

Lawrence Jones 154 vs. Norman Allen 157

Eric Govan 173 1/2 vs. Stephen Tyner 180

Devar Ferhadi vs. Stanley Harvey (both will weigh in today)

Edwin Reyes vs. Jarrett Robinson (both will weigh in today)  Reyes had a very good reason for not attending the weigh-in on Friday -- his son was born on Friday afternoon.  Congratulations!

The card begins at 7 PM and we will blog live from the Frederick Fight Club beginning at that time.  Hope you can join us!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Roach, Jr. Brings Home Bronze; Martin Vies For Gold at Klitschko Tournament!

Both Beltway amateur representatives will come home with medals from the Klitschko Brothers Tournament in the Ukraine.  Lamont Roach, Jr. will bring back a bronze medal as he lost his semifinal bout on Thursday to a boxer from the Ukraine.  Kareem Martin will battle for a gold medal today as he won his semifinal contest.

Mitchell Weighs 244 for Rematch in Brooklyn, NY!

(Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)

Seth Mitchell weighs in at 244 pounds for his 12-round rematch with Johnathon Banks tomorrow night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Banks tips the scales at 217 pounds.

The matchup is for Banks's NABO and WBC International Heavyweight titles and will be the second contest on the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast that will begin Saturday night at 9 PM ET.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mike Reed Interviewed By DMV Sports Zone!

Prior to his last bout on June 15 at the Washington Convention Center, undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed was interviewed as part of a brand new internet show called the DMV Sports Zone.  There are two reasons why we want you to see this interview.  One, it's a good one featuring some interesting comments from Reed.

The second reason is to introduce you to this program that is covering the grass roots version of local sports -- like youth and club soccer, club boxing shows and local volleyball tournaments.  In other words, the sports you will not see on a regular basis in the mainstream sports media.  The show is hosted by Cyprian Khumarlo, a gentleman who has stepped into the boxing ring from time to time.  Khumarlo and his staff have been very visible at recent boxing cards in the area and the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission has recently allowed them to video at their upcoming events.

Khumarlo is also putting together a documentary about the sport of boxing and the working title asks the question that many people who are unfamiliar (and sometimes, very familiar) with the sport ask the participants.  They want to know "Why We Box."  When the documentary is finished (which hopes to be sometime next year) we will let you know.

Here is the interview with Reed.

Martin, Roach, Jr. Win Opening Bouts At Klitschko Tournament!

Beltway Boxers Kareem Martin and Lamont Roach, Jr. have won their opening bouts this week at the Klitschko Brothers Tournament in the Ukraine.

Martin defeated Yelaman Serikbay of Kazakhstan on Tuesday while Roach won over China's Shuai Liu Xiao.  Martin was slated to compete in a quarterfinal bout today while Roach will be in a semifinal contest on Friday.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Whitlock Battles In Florida; Update on Lisa Garland!

A couple of news briefs:

Landover, MD junior welterweight Cornelius Whitlock returns to action on Friday, June 28 at the Veterans Coliseum in Jacksonville, FL.  Whitlock (1-0-1, one KO) last fought on January 31 and scored a third-round TKO over Shakur Jackson in Staten Island, NY.  Whitlock will face the debuting Adriano Capio in a four-round contest.

You remember on June 8 when Lisa Garland of York, SC won her bout via eight-round TKO against Kerri Hill at EchoStage Lounge in DC.  You may also remember our exclusive audio interview with Garland in which she tearfully mentioned that she was going to see a surgeon about some tumors they found in her chest.  Well, we've kept in touch with Garland and we are happy to report that Garland tells us that the doctors do NOT believe the tumors are cancerous.  Garland will have surgery next week to have the tumors removed!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Update on June 22 Card in Frederick, MD!

We've got more information on the Hardwork Promotions card for Saturday, June 22 at the Frederick Fight Club in Frederick, MD.

The head of Hardwork Promotions -- Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July -- will participate on this card as he looks to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss.  July was stopped in the third round by Elvin Sanchez on February 22 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC

The opponent for July (13-1-2, six KO's) in this scheduled six-round encounter will be Rayford Johnson of Longview, TX (8-9, four KO's).  Johnson will be fighting for the second time in 16 days as he is coming off a fourth-round TKO victory over Will McIntyre on June 6 in Metairie, LA.

In four-round contests, undefeated Frederick, MD middleweight Devar "The Warrior" Ferhadi will battle Stanley Harvey of Norfolk, VA.  Ferhadi (3-0, two KO's) won a four-round unanimous decision over PJ Cajigas on April 20 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD.  Harvey (1-5, one KO) will be trying to break a four-bout losing streak that includes losses to Beltway Boxers Antoine Douglas and Dillon Heyman.

In a battle of DC cruiserweights, Mario "Bazooka" Flores goes up against the returning Rodney Dews.  Flores (1-1-1, one KO) comes back after battling Andre Ward to a four-round draw on October 27 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.  Dews (0-1-1) has not fought since November of 2000 when he lost by first-round knockout to Darnell Wilson at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Germantown, MD light heavyweight Eric "Inferno" Govan battles for the second straight time at the Frederick Fight Club.  Govan made his pro debut on March 23 and won a hard-fought four-round unanimous decision over Mark Baltimore.  Govan will face Akron, OH veteran Stephen Tyner (3-10, two KO's) who is winless in his last eight bouts.

There will also be a battle of Beltway junior middleweight veterans as DC's Lawrence Jones (4-6-2, one KO, one NC) takes on Laurel, MD's Norman "The Shadow" Allen.  (6-8, three KO's).  Both men are looking to turn their fortunes around -- Jones is winless in six of his last seven while Allen has dropped seven in a row.

There will also be pro debuts for locals Jeremy Trussell, Edwin Reyes and Romanian-born Alexandru Marin.  Reyes, fighting out of Bladensburg, MD, will battle Jarrett Robinson of Philadelphia (0-1) in a welterweight bout while Marin takes on featherweight Jacob Ninow of Wheaton, IL (0-1).  No word yet on the opponent for Baltimore, MD's Trussell.

Mayweather-Alvarez Press Tour Comes to Howard Theatre June 25!

The national and international boxing world is already gearing up for the September 14th pay-per-view bout between Floyd Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.  Both men are gearing up for the press tour for the event and the second stop will be in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 25 at the historic Howard Theatre located on 620 T Street NW.

The event is free and open to the public and fans should start arriving at noon.  The press conference is slated to get underway at 1 PM.  Fans should start arriving early because seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, June 17, 2013

L. Roach, Martin and B. Roach Participate in Klitschko Brothers Cup in Ukraine!

Three Beltway Boxing representatives are in Berdichev, Ukraine to participate in the Klitschko Brothers Tournament which gets underway today and goes until June 23.

USA National champions Lamont Roach, Jr. (lightweight) and Kareem Martin (welterweight) will be competing in the event as two members of the nine-member USA squad.  Roach will be looking to add to his USA National and National Golden Gloves championships he has won this year.  Roach will also have some family support as his second cousin Bernard Roach is a member of Team USA's coaching staff.

We'll keep you posted on their progress!

Harrison to Face Ankrah June 29 at Foxwoods!

Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will face another experienced foe when he battles "The Congo Soldier" Ben Ankrah of Ghana on Saturday, June 29 at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.  The bout is slated for six rounds and will be on the undercard of the world title bout between WBA/IBO Middleweight champ Gennaday Golovkin and Matthew Macklin.

Harrison (15-0, nine KO's) is coming off perhaps his most impressive outing of his young career, scoring a fifth-round TKO over Eddie Soto on May 18 at the UDC Sports Complex.  Ankrah (17-15, eight KO's) has faced some impressive competition in his career including Thomas Dulorme, Patrick Allotey, Steve Upshur Chambers and Mike Arnaoutis.  Ankrah will be trying to break a four-bout losing streak.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Kennedy Loses Majority Decision in PA Rematch!

Windsor Mill, MD middleweight "Relentless" Julius Kennedy lost a 10-round majority decision in a rematch against Harry Joe Yorgey of Bridgeport, PA Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino and Resort in Valley Forge, PA.

This was a rematch of their bout exactly three months ago at the Convention Center in Valley Forge that Yorgey won on the scorecards but many believed Kennedy earned a victory.

Reportedly, this was another hard-fought battle where Yorgey seemed to land more of the telling blows.  Two of the scorecards said that with Yorgey getting 96-94 decisions. One judge saw a draw at 95-95.  Yorgey also wins the vacant WBF
North American Middleweight title.

With the loss, Kennedy is now 7-6-1, three KO's.  Yorgey rises to 27-2-1, 12 KO's.

Recap From The Convention Center!

Here is the recap from Saturday's Top Flight Promotions card at the Washington Convention Center in DC:

Ty Barnett stopped Stephan Alexander at 1:36 of the sixth round.  Barnett is now 21-3-1, 14 KO while Alexander is 6-6, six KO's.

Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. scored a second-round TKO over Rasool Shakoor using a vicious body shot in his first scheduled six-rounder.  Rivers remains undefeated at 8-0, six KO's while Shakoor is now 3-12-1, one KO.

David "Day-Day" Grayton stopped Jamaal Davis in just 38 seconds.  Grayton remains perfect at 5-0, five KO's.  Davis is 0-2.

Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines lost by second-round TKO to Anthony Smith at 2:49.  Gaines is now 4-2, one KO while Smith is 1-1.

Danny "Smooth" Kelly landed a vicious right hand to drop Rayshawn Myers at 2:11 of the third round.  Kelly is 4-0, four KO's while Myers is 5-17-1, three KO's.

Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed won a four-round unanimous decision over the debuting DeMarcus "All Business" Rogers to raise his record to 3-0, two KO's.

Antonio "Teflon" Magruder needed just 48 seconds to win his pro debut over Alan Beeman, who is 0-7.

Monreco Goldston wins his pro debut with a second-round TKO over Darryl Fields.  The bout was stopped at 2:16.  Fields is 0-2.

Barnett and Darryll "Terrible T" Tyson join Juan Marshall and I on the Post-Fight Wrap-Up show.  Juan will have more photos from the event later on.
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Barnett Wins By Sixth-Round TKO in Self-Promoted Main Event!

DC lightweight Ty Barnett scored a sixth-round TKO over a very game and determined Stephan Alexander of Norfolk, VA in our main event.

This bout was very close with Barnett holding a slight edge on the BATB scorecard, but Alexander was having a solid sixth round until the two accidently clashed heads.  From there, the bout switched for the final time in Barnett's favor as he landed a vicious body shot that dropped Alexander to one knee. Alexander did not beat Joe Cooper's count and the bout was stopped at 1:36 of the sixth.

Barnett is now 21-3-1, 14 KO's while Alexander has all six's on his record 6-6, six KO's.

Partial proceeds from tonight's card went to help homeless veterans in the DC area. 

Pictures from tonight courtesy of Juan Marshall

The matchmaker was Brian Dillon and the ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating Jones.

Top Flight's next card will be Saturday, August 10 at the Convention Center.

Post-Fight Coming Up, but for now, good night from DC!

After Three, Competition the Key in Main Event!

Good and solid main event at the Washington Convention Center.  Ty Barnett dropped Stephan Alexander with an overhead right midway through the first round.  However, the native of Norfolk, VA came back with a good second round, being very aggressive.  Barnett went back to business in the third round and went back to effectively landing the right hand.

As many people commented,  this is a tough contest thus far.

Rivers Uses Impressive Body Work to Stop Shakoor in Two!

In his first scheduled six-round contest, Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. used some incredible body work to stop Jackson, MI's Rasool Shakoor at 1:52 of the second round.

Shakoor had no defense for the body shots that Rivers delivered throughout the contest. Rivers ended the contest with a sickening right to the body that made Shakoor crumple to the canvas. Shakoor could not beat the count.

Rivers is now 8-0, six KO's while Shakoor falls to 3-12-1, one KO.

Next, our main event -- Promoter Ty Barnett battles Stephan Alexander.

Grayton Dispatches Davis in First!

DC's David "Day-Day" Grayton wasted no time in stopping Jamaal "Old Bones" Davis of Lynchburg, VA needing just 38 seconds to score the knockout.

Grayton jumped on Davis right at the opening bell and Davis had no defense.  Grayton finished Davis with a right hand to the body that dropped Davis to one knee.  It did look like Grayton landed a punch after Davis went down but there was no call made on that.  Referee Mark D'Antillo reached the count of 10.

Grayton is now 4-0, four KO's.  Davis is now 0-2.

Co-feature up next:  Kevin Rivers, Jr. vs. Rasool Shakoor -- the first scheduled six-rounder for Rivers.


Smith Stops Gaines in Two!

A tough night for Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines as he gets stopped in the second round by Las Vegas, NV's Anthony Smith II.

Gaines got off to another slow start as he just didn't get going against the competitive Smith.  In the second, Smith took control and dropped Gaines with a solid right hand.  Later in the round, Smith landed vicious combinations that sent Gaines stumbling towards a neutral corner forcing referee Brent Bovell to stop the contest at 2:49.

Gaines's record falls to 4-2, one KO while Smith evens his record at 1-1, one KO.

Up next, David Grayton vs. Jamaal Davis.

After Intermission, It's Time to be 'Misunderstood!'

We are back with action from the Washington Convention Center as District Heights, MD lightweight Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines gets ready to face Anthony Smith II of Las Vegas, NV.

Kelly Lands Brutal Right to Score Third-Round Knockout!

Danny "Smooth" Kelly landed a vicious right hand and dropped Cleveland, OH's Rayshawn Myers to score a third-round knockout at 2:11.

In reality, Kelly had to work for this one as Myers's awkward style made things very difficult at times in the contest.  Things got rough enough in the first round where referee Joe Cooper called both men over and gave a stern lecture to the competitors.

Finally midway through the third, Kelly landed the brutal right that sent Myers to the canvas in a neutral corner.  Cooper immediately stopped the bout without a count.  Myers probably could have continued and vehemently complained to that effect but the bout was stopped.

Kelly remains perfect at 4-0, four KO's while Myers falls to 5-17-1, three KO's.

Intermission time.

Reed Wins By Unanimous Decision!

Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed has won a four-round unanimous decision over a very game debuting DeMarcus "All Business" Rogers of Nashville, TN.
Reed hit Rogers with some real nice shots, but Rogers knew how to hold and keep from going down. 
The judges saw the bout 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.  Reed goes the distance for the first time in his pro career and is now 3-0, two KO's.
DC heavyweight Danny Kelly is next against Rayshawn Myers.

Magruder Makes Short Work of Beeman!

Antonio Magruder wasted no time in his pro debut needing just 48 seconds to defeat Alan Beeman.  Magruder was extremely accurate as he battered Beeman to the head and body before the bout was stopped.  Beeman is now 0-7.
We just had the ceremony for Cora Masters Barry.  DC Mayor Vincent Gray did the honors.
Now in the ring, Mike Reed vs. the debuting DeMarcus Rogers.

Goldston Wins Debut With Second-Round TKO!

Monreco Goldston has scored a second-round TKO over Darryl Fields.  Goldston battered Fields into defensive mode early before referee Mark D'Antillo stopped the contest at 2:16.
Fields is now 0-2.
Up next, the debut of Antonio "Teflon" Magruder of DC as he faces Providence, RI's Alan Beeman.

We Are NOW underway from DC!

The action is finally starting at the Convention Center!  We begin with the pro debut of Salisbury, MD middleweight Monreco Goldston as he faces Darryl Fields of Akron, OH.

Still Waiting at the Convention Center!

We are NOT underway at the Washington Convention Center.  No word on the reason for the late start.  Admittedly, most Beltway cards don't start on time.  However, this one is more than an hour late.

We'll be back when this begins.

Good Evening From The Convention Center!

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us from the third floor ballroom at the Washington Convention Center for the Top Flight Promotions card.  This card was slated to start at this time but we are a good 30 minutes at least from that.

At intermission, the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission will honor former chairperson Cora Masters Barry.

We'll be back when we get underway.

Attah Stopped in Fourth Round in California!

DC lightweight Daniel "The Prophet" Attah was stopped in the fourth round by Russian Rustan Nugaev Saturday night at Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, CA.

Attah was dropped in the second round and again in the fourth before Attah's corner threw in the towel.  The bout was stopped at 2:29 of the fourth.

Attah is now 28-15-1, 11 KO's while Nugaev is 24-6-1, 14 KO's.

Douglas Wins By Stoppage In New Jersey!

Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas scored a third-round stoppage over Ibaheim "The Almighty" King of West Palm Beach, FL Friday night in West Orange, NJ.

King did not come off his stool for the fourth round.  Douglas is now 8-0, six KO's while King is 11-9, five KO's.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Weights From DC!

Here is the scale watch for the Top Flight Promotions card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on Saturday, June 15:

Ty Barnett 138 vs. Stephan Alexander 137

Kevin Rivers, Jr. 127 vs. Rasool Shakoor 128

Mike Reed 144 vs. DeMarcus Rogers 143

Renaldo Gaines 133 vs. Anthony Smith 133

David Grayton 154 vs. Jamaal Davis 157

Danny Kelly 234 vs. Rayshawn Myers 206

Antonio Magruder 138 vs. Alan Beeman 143

Monreco Goldston 162 vs. Darryl Fields 161

We'll be blogging live from the Convention Center at 6:45 PM.

Douglas, Attah Hit Scales!

Two Beltway Boxers weighed in for bouts on both the east and west coast of the country.

Antoine Douglas tipped the scales at 159 1/2 for his six-round contest tonight at the Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain in West Orange, NJ.  Douglas's opponent, Ibaheim King, weighed in at 160 1/2.  This card is on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, so it's a possibility that Douglas's bout may make the telecast.

At the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, CA.  Daniel Attah weighed 134 1/2 pounds for his eight-round contest against Rustam Nugaev, who tipped the scales at 136.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pro Boxing Is Part of The Summer Heat in the Beltway!

For those of you making your summer plans, you might want to make them around these dates for July, in particular, will be a big month for pro boxing in the Beltway region.

Remember, we have this coming Saturday, June 15 at the Washington Convention Center in DC for the Top Flight Promotions card and Saturday, June 22 has Hardwork Promotions at the Frederick Fight Club in Frederick, MD.

As we move into July, we have Saturday, July 13 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD with a Keystone Boxing card that is slated to include "Swift" Jarrett Hurd, Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed and "Mr. Amazing" Greg Newby.

 We've already told you about the Saturday, July 20 card at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD that is slated to feature Gervonta "Rambo" Davis and Tyrieshia "Lady Tiger" Douglas. We are also hearing that this will be a pro-am card that is slated to feature the likes of Joey Veazey, Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson and Mia "Killer Bee" Ellis.

Right now, the only pro show we know about in August is a Jeter Promotions card that is tentatively slated for August 3 at Club One Fitness.   Both Tony "Mo Better" Jeter and Phil Jackson Benson are scheduled to defend their WBC Fecarbox titles on the card.

Looking ahead to September, we can confirm that there will be a Jimmy Lange Boxing Promotions card on Saturday, September 21 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

What we can't completely confirm is who is going to be on that card.  Right now, it looks like WBC Women's Middleweight champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson will have a title bout on the card and Todd "White Lightning" Wilson is slated to participate.  We can't even confirm that Jimmy Lange himself will be on the card as he is still recovering from knee surgery.  We've been told he is back in the gym but whether he will be ready by September 21 remains a mystery.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Amateur Boxing Aplenty In June!

There are two amateur boxing cards taking place during the last two weeks in June and both should be very interesting.

On Thursday, June 20, there will be the first of the Joe Gans Summer Boxing Series cards that will take place at the Patapsco Arena located at 3301 Annapolis Road in Baltimore, MD.  Starting time is 8 PM.

The series is in honor and memory of "The Old Master" Joe Gans, a native of Baltimore and the first African-American boxing champion and the first African-American champ in any sport.  Gans (145-10-16, 100 KO's) won the lightweight world title in 1902 and held the title until 1908.  Gans is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, less than a mile from the Patapsco Arena.

The card will have 10-12 bouts featuring boxers from Baltimore and DC.  There will be monthly cards held from June until September.  The September card is an invitational one.  UMAR Youth Boxing is promoting the cards and general admission tickets are $15.  Call 443-286-4378 for details and more ticket info.

Then on Saturday, June 29, Jeter Promotions is hosting an amateur card at Club One Fitness, located at 1131 Benfield Boulevard, buildings M-Q in Millersville, MD.  This card begins at 7:30 PM.

Headlining the card will be a bout between 2013 National Golden Gloves champion Gary Antonio Russell and Jalonte Cole. This is a rematch of the 2013 Washington Golden Gloves 123-pound title bout that Russell won.  Also on the card will be a female bout between India Speed of No Xcuse and Club One's Amelia Moore.  Other boxers slated to be on the card include Drayvontay Speed-Rawls, Gary Riley and Joe Jones III.  Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission.  Call 410-729-3900 for more information.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Update on June 15 Convention Center Card!

There are a few changes to the Top Flight Promotions card on Saturday, June 15 card at the Washington Convention Center.

First, Alantez Fox is off the card and he is replaced by debuting middleweight Monreco Goldston of Salisbury, MD.  Goldston is slated to face Darryl Fields of Akron, OH (0-1).  Fields made his pro debut in Fairfax, VA on October 27 and was stopped in the first round by Jerry Odom.

The opponent for DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly has changed.  Kelly (3-0, three KO's) will take on veteran Rayshawn Myers of Cleveland, OH in a four-round contest.  Myers (5-16-1, three KO's) replaces Chuckie Brown and is coming off a four-round unanimous decision victory over Ryan St. Germain on April 12 in New Buffalo, MI.  Myers will be competing against a Beltway Boxer for the fourth time having lost unanimous decisions to Nick Kisner, Venroy July and Alex Guerrero.

Also, undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed will be facing a different foe on June 15.  Nalo Leal is out and the debuting DeMarcus Rogers of Nashville, TN is in to face Reed (2-0, two KO's) in another four-rounder.

The weigh-in is open to the public and will be held at the Convention Center on Friday, June 14 at 6 PM.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Gaines Officially Added to June 15 Convention Center Card!

We can add to the previous update for the Top Flight Promotions card on Saturday, June 15 that District Heights, MD featherweight Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines now has an opponent for the card.  Gaines (4-1, one KO) will face Anthony Smith of Nevada (0-1).

Gaines scored his first pro TKO in his last outing as he defeated Darrell Martin on January 12 in Fort Washington, MD.  Smith lost a four-round majority decision in his pro debut to Marcello Gallardo on June 1 in Tacoma, WA.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Recap From DC!

Here's the recap on a very rough night of boxing at EchoStage Lounge in DC:

Lisa Garland of York, SC scored an eight-round TKO over "The Rage" Kerri Hill of Little Rock, AK.  Garland dominated the contest, which made women's boxing history as the title bout (WIBC and WBU Junior Welterweight titles were on the line) was scheduled for 12 three-minute rounds.

Garland eventually earned the stoppage by trapping Hill against the ropes until referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the contest at 1:06 of the eighth.

Garland is now 11-6, six KO's.  Hill falls to 4-25-1, one KO.  Garland has beaten Hill three times in her career.

The women's title bout was the lone bright spot in what was, honestly, an awful night of boxing with every other bout on the card ending inside the first three minutes of action.

The bout between Stevensville, MD middleweight and WBC Fecarbox champion Tony "Mo Better" Jeter and Jimmy "The Dream" LeBlanc of South Boston, MA ended in a no-contest after 1:08 of the first round.  Jeter is now 15-3-1, 10 KO's, one NC while LeBlanc is now 13-25-4, five KO's, one NC.

Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest scored a TKO over Derrick Aiken of Wilson, NC in just 36 seconds.  Forrest is 7-0, six KO's while Aiken is 2-12, two KO's.

White Plains, MD lightweight Terron "Kid" Grant stopped Joseph Dixon of North Carolina at 1:47.  Grant is 6-0, four KO's while Dixon is 0-4.

DC featherweight Marcus Bates dropped Joshua Hinnant of North Carolina with a right hand that eventually forced Hinnant to give up the bout at 1:34.  Both boxers made their pro debuts.

Baltimore super featherweight Gervonta "Rambo" Davis used a wicked body shot to stop Jonathan Gears of Wilson, NC at 1:36.  Davis is 3-0, three KO's while Gears was making his pro debut.

Jordan "The Kidd" Peters of DC blasted Wilson, NC's Jonathan Ganaway with a right hand that put him away at 48 seconds in the debut bout for both boxers.

DC welterweight Jarrell "Hell-Rell" Harris got the knockout parade going with a stoppage of Rahim Williams of Wilson, NC at 1:19 of the first in his pro debut.  Williams is 0-2.

G Promotions put on this card.

Here is the BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up where Juan Marshall and I make some pointed comments about what we saw tonight.

Also, we had what turned out to be a very revealing and emotional interview with the new WIBC and WBU champion Lisa Garland.

We also talked to undefeated Baltimore super featherweight Gervonta Davis:

Garland Wins WIBC and WBU Titles With Eight-Round TKO!

Lisa Garland of York, SC has captured the Women's International Boxing Council and World Boxing Union Junior Welterweight title with an eighth-round TKO over "The Rage" Kerri Hill of Little Rock, AK.
Garland pretty much dominated the contest repeatedly beating Hill to the punch throughout.  The bout was stopped at 1:06 of the eighth.
Garland is now 11-6, six KO's while Hill is 4-25-1, one KO.
Post-Fight Wrap-Up coming shortly.  Good Night from DC!

Women's Title Bout Is Through Four!

Lisa Garland and Kerri Hill are battling hard through four rounds.  Garland has the better of most exchanges as Hill looks somewhat gassed. This is the third bout between these two.

Jeter-LeBlanc Is No-Contest After First Round!

Midway through the first round, Tony Jeter hit Jimmy LeBlanc with what initially looked like a punch in the back of the head.  LeBlanc went down but referee Joe Cooper ruled it a slip.  No points were deducted but LeBlanc couldn't continue.  The bout was ruled a no-contest.
The shot, though unintentional, was a very hard shot.

Update: From another angle, the punch looked like a shot to the side of LeBlanc's head.  Given this type of situation, an appeal could be forthcoming.
The main event is next -- Lisa Garland vs. Kerri Hill -- 12 three-minute rounds.

Forrest Has Shortest TKO Of Night!

Jerry "Slug" Forrest scores the shortest TKO of the night, needing just 36 seconds to dispatch of Derrick Aiken.  Forrest used two right hands to drop Aiken.  The second one forced referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the contest.  Forrest is now 7-0, six KO's while Aiken is 2-12, two KO's and has been stopped for the 11th time in his career.

Our co-feature is next -- Tony "Mo Better" Jeter vs. Jimmy "The Dream" LeBlanc.  Scheduled for 10 rounds.