Sunday, July 30, 2017

August Beltway Boxing Schedule!

Here is our first look at what we have for the August Boxing Schedule thus far.  There are a number of events in and out of the Beltway region.  We will provide details on each event as the card draws closer.

Tuesday-Saturday, August 1-5 -- Lorenzo Simpson competes in Brandenburg Cup amateur tournament in Frankfurt, Germany.

Saturday, August 5 -- Beltway Boxers Willis Lockett and Jessie Singletary compete on a card at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.

Saturday, August 12 -- Beltway pro card at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC.  Among the boxers scheduled to appear on the card are Patrick Harris, Franchon Crews-Dezurn, Tiara Brown and Shynggyskhan Tazhibay.

Saturday, August 12 -- Beltway Boxers Seth Billups and Carlos Cruz slated to appear on a Ponytail Promotions card at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA.  We have learned that Tori Nelson will not compete on this card.

Saturday, August 12 -- Beltway Boxer Ashton Sykes makes his pro debut in Madison, WI.

Friday-Sunday, August 18-20 -- The 2017 DC Mayor's Cup amateur tournament at the Raymond Recreation Center, 3725 10th Street, NW in DC.

Saturday, August 19 --  Mike Reed takes on Robert Frankel in 10-round contest at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NB.

Saturday, August 19 -- Malik Jackson competes in four-round super bantamweight contest against an opponent to be announced at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.

Tuesday, August 22 -- Anthony Peterson battles Mickey Bey in 10-round main event contest at
Sam's Town Live in Las Vegas, NV.  The bout will be shown on FS1.

Friday, August 25 -- Immanuwel Aleem takes on Hugo Centeno, Jr. in 10-round co-feature at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.  The bout will be shown on FS1.

Saturday, August 26 -- Gervonta Davis defends IBF Super Featherweight championship against an opponent to be determined at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  The bout will be shown on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor card on pay-per-view.

Saturday, August 26 -- 10th Annual Cease Fire --Don't Smoke The Brothers and Sisters Amateur Boxing Event at Upshur Playground, 14th and Arkansas Avenue, Northwest in DC.

Devar Ferhadi was scheduled to appear on an August 11th card in Philadelphia, however that bout has been canceled.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Simpson Heads To Germany For Brandenburg Cup Tournament August 1-5!

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Reisterstown, MD amateur champion Lorenzo Simpson is in Frankfurt, Germany at this hour preparing to compete in the Brandenburg Cup tournament that will be held August 1-5.

Simpson is a member of the United States Youth National Team and is ranked number one in the nation in the Youth 165-Pound class.  Recently, Simpson won the 165-Pound championship at the Junior Olympics Youth and Prep Open Tournament in Charleston, WVA.  Simpson then headed to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO for nine days of training.

We will do our best to give Simpson's results during the tournament here on BATB.

Fox Scores Stoppage In Dominican Republic!

Forestville, MD middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox remained undefeated after scoring a stoppage over Euri "Milion" Gonzalez of Hollywood, FL by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on July 26th at the Hotel Jaraqua in Santo Domingo.

The 6'5" Fox battered Gonzalez throughout the bout landed heavy right hands to the head of his shorter opponent.  Fox was also landing crushing body shots as well.  Finally, Gonzalez could not come out for the fifth round of the bout.

Fox is now 23-0-1, 11 KO's while Gonzalez loses his seventh straight contest and is now 24-10-1, 16 KO's.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Referee Waleed Serves As Third Man During World Title Bout In Japan!

(Photo by Naoki Fukuda)

Congratulations to Beltway-based referee Malik Waleed who recently served as the third man in the ring for the IBF Mini-Flyweight championship contest at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, July 23rd.  During the contest, Hiroto Kyoguchi of Tokyo (8-0, six KO's) won the title with a 12-round unanimous decision over defending champ Jose Argumedo of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico (20-4-1, 12 KO's).

This was Waleed's third world title bout in the past 15 months.  On April 8th, 2016, Waleed traveled to Moscow, Russia to referee the IBF and IBO Super Lightweight title bout between champion Eduard Troyanovsky and challenger Cesar Rene Cuenca.  Twenty-two days later, Waleed returned home and served as the referee for the IBF Super Middleweight championship contest between titleholder James DeGale and Rogelio Medina at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.

Fox Travels To Dominican Republic For Wednesday Battle!

Undefeated Forestville, MD middleweight Alantez "SlyAza" Fox will be participating on a card at the Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Wednesday.  Fox will take on veteran Euri "Milion" Gonzalez of Hollywood, FL by way of Santo Domingo in a bout scheduled for either six, eight or 10 rounds.

Fox (22-0-1, 10 KO's) won the vacant WBC USNBC Middleweight title in his last outing, capturing a 10-round unanimous decision over Ronald McNeil on February 25th in Birmingham, AL.  Fox is ranked 14th in the world by both the WBA and the IBF.  Gonzalez (24-9-1, 16 KO's) will be trying to break a six-bout losing streak -- all six of those losses coming in the Dominican Republic.

Fox weighed in at 162 pounds while Gonzalez came in at 158 pounds.

Amateur Boxing Returns To Oxon Hill July 29th!

The Oxon Hill Boxing Center will host an amateur boxing card on Saturday, July 29th at the Oxon Hill Staff Development Center located at 7711 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD.  The card will begin at 3 PM.

The scheduled main event will feature female boxer Jayda Davis.  Tickets for the card are 20 dollars. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Baxter Wins Seventh Straight Bout With First-Round TKO!

Washington, DC welterweight Jonathan "Bad Badger" Baxter continues his winning ways in the Carolinas. Baxter scored a first-round TKO over veteran Carlos Pena of Lowell, MA on July 22nd at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC.

Baxter landed a straight right hand that dropped Pena to the canvas.  Pena got up at the eight count but faced a Baxter barrage of punches that caused the referee to stop the bout at 2:13 of the round.

Since losing his pro debut in November of 2016, Baxter has won seven straight bouts.  Six of those wins have come by knockout and six of the victories have come in North Carolina.  Pena's record is now 5-23-2, four KO's.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Amateur Boxing Comes To Mack Lewis Gym In Baltimore July 22!

Many of Baltimore, MD's top amateur boxers are slated to compete on a card that will take place at the historic Mack Lewis Gym in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, July 22.

The gym, named after the legendary Baltimore trainer, is run by former IBF Super Welterweight champion Vincent "The Ambassador" Pettway, who Mr. Lewis took to the world title in 1994.  The gym is located at 929 North Caroline Street in Baltimore in the back of the Church Square Shopping Center.  The event gets underway at 6 PM.  When we get ticket info on this card, we will add to this post.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ferhadi Faces Aikens In Philadelphia Main Event August 11!

Undefeated Frederick, MD super middleweight Devar "Jengawar" Ferhadi takes the biggest step of his young career when he faces veteran Antowyan Aikens of Atlantic City, NJ in an eight-round main event on Friday, August 11th at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, PA.

Ferhadi (7-0, six KO's) has not fought since August of 2016 when he knocked out Christopher Petty in the third round in Crystal City, VA.  Ferhadi spends a number of months of the year in his native Iraq in medical school.  This will be Ferhadi's first time going past the four-round plateau in his young pro career.

Aikens (11-3-1, one KO) broke a three-bout losing streak in his last outing, winning a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Amir Shabazz via six-round unanimous decision on May 19 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.  Aikens will be facing a Beltway Boxer for the third time.  Aikens won a six-round unanimous decision over Sherman Artis, Jr. in April of 2014 in Atlantic City and fought to a six-round draw with Tahir Thomas in November of 2015 in Philadelphia.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Quigley Earns USBO Welterweight Title With Dominant UD In DC!

Undefeated Germantown, MD welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley, Jr. captured the vacant United States Boxing Organization (USBO) Welterweight title with a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over Luis "La Roca" Hernandez of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico Saturday at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC.  The bout was the main event of a GQ Promotions card.

After withstanding an early Hernandez barrage, Quigley put on a very accurate display of boxing as he went 10 rounds for the first time in his career. Quigley landed numerous body shots and uppercuts that eventually wore Hernandez down.  Hernandez stayed in front of Quigley throughout the contest but Quigley's assault negated any offense Hernandez tried to muster in the later rounds.  Judge Wayne Smith scored a shutout for Quigley at 100-90.  Judge Steve Rados saw the bout 99-91 while Judge Paul Wallace scored the contest 98-92.  Quigley is now 17-0, 15 KO's and adds the USBO title to his IBA and Virginia State Welterweight championships.  Hernandez falls to 16-5, nine KO's.  All five of Hernandez's losses have come to undefeated boxers.

In the co-feature, Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed scored a fourth-round KO over veteran James "Cobra" Jones of Nashville, TN.  Despite Jones trying to confuse Crossed by repeatedly switching from conventional to southpaw, Crossed eventually overpowered Jones, knocking him down twice in the third round and once in the fourth before the bout was stopped in the fourth round at the 45 second mark.  Crossed hit Jones with a straight right hand that dropped Jones in the fourth and Jones could not beat referee Marshall Cunningham's count.  Crossed remains undefeated at 6-0, four KO's while Jones falls to 4-11, three KO's.

Bowie, MD cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith scored a first-round knockout over Martez "I Am Legend" Williamson of Akron, OH.  Smith knocked down Williamson twice during the first round.  Williamson could not beat referee Malik Waleed's count.  The knockout came at 2:26 of the first.  Smith is now 9-1, eight KO's while Williamson is 3-20-1.

In a Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year candidate, lightweight Jahmal Dyer of Baltimore, MD needed just 22 seconds to knock out Dwayne Martin of Laurel, MD.  Dyer sent an overhand right crashing against Martin's head that froze Martin and sent him face first to the canvas.  Dyer remains undefeated at 3-0, two KO's.  Martin is now 2-3, one KO.

Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco "The Cisco Kid" Bustos scored a first-round TKO over the debuting Latrail Purdue of Huntington, TN.  Bustos was sharp as he landed a solid left hand to Purdue's chest that staggered him.  Bustos followed up with a series of punches that dropped Purdue to the canvas.  The bout was stopped at 1:07.  Bustos is now 6-0, four KO's.

Super middleweight Justin Bell of District Heights, MD also scored a first-round stoppage on this card, halting Erik "Candyman" Plumeri of Lockport, NY.  Bell overpowered Plumeri, looking very strong in doing so.  The punishment was too much for Plumeri and the bout was stopped at 1:33 of the first.  Bell is now 2-0 and gets his first pro knockout.  Plumeri is 0-5-1.

Fort Washington, MD super middleweight Leo "Platinum Power" Alcanera won a four-round unanimous decision over George Sheppard of Newport News, VA.  Alcanera stayed in control of the contest as Sheppard provided little offense.  Judge Wayne Smith still scored a shutout for Alcanera, 40-36, Judge Manuel Vicens saw the bout 39-37 and Judge Paul Wallace scored the contest 38-37 for Alcanera, who is now 2-0.  Sheppard is now 0-2.

Debuting Oxon Hill, MD welterweight Rashad "Code Blue" Kilpatrick stopped the equally debuting Martegus Martin of Columbus, OH at 2:36 of the second round.  The bout was a slugfest as both men swung for the fences early.  Kilpatrick eventually got the better of Martin as he battered him in the latter stages of the second round forcing the Martin corner to call for the bout to be halted.

The curtain-raising contest on the card saw lightweight Dante Cox of Laurel, MD win his pro debut via a four-round majority decision over Archie Weah of Norcross, GA by way of Monrovia, Liberia.  Neither man truly displayed significant offense during the contest.  Cox was a little more accurate throughout the bout to gain the victory.  Judge Smith scored it a draw, 38-38 but he was overruled by judges Wallace and Vicens who saw the bout for Cox, 39-37.  Weah falls to 1-8.

GQ Promotions is headed by Gerome Quigley and Jeff Gatling.  The matchmaker was Brian Dillon and the ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dezurn, Jr. Battles To Draw; Douglas Scores KO To Win NABA Middleweight Title In Oklahoma!

Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. battled to an eight-round split-decision draw with Adam "Mantequilla" Lopez of San Antonio, TX Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.  The bout was televised live on Showtime's Shobox.

A good portion of the contest was fought at close quarters with the two boxers exchanging hard bod shots.  Lopez seemed to get the advantage in the contest in the middle rounds but Dezurn continued to battle and made the bout extremely close at the end.  Judge Jerry Griffin saw the bout for Dezurn, 77-75 while judge Brett Miller scored the contest for Lopez by the same score.  Judge Gerald Ritter (whose twin brother Gary served as referee) saw the draw at 76-76.

Dezurn remains undefeated at 9-0-1, six KO's.  Lopez's record is now 16-1-2, eight KO's.

On the undercard, Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas scored a fourth-round knockout over late sub Juan DeAngel of Barranquilla, Colombia to retain his WBC Fecarbox Middleweight championship and win the vacant NABA Middleweight title.  Douglas repeatedly blasted DeAngel to the body throughout the bout and ended the contest with a body shot at 2:46 of the fourth.  The bout was not televised but highlights were shown during the ShoBox telecast and Douglas who has competed on ShoBox five times, was interviewed by newly-inducted International Boxing Hall of Famer Steve Farhood.

Douglas, who is ranked ninth by the WBC, has won three straight by knockout since suffering his only defeat and his record is now 22-1-1, 16 KO's.  DeAngel falls to 20-7-1, 18 KO's.

Amelia Moore Wins Women's National Golden Gloves Championship!

Congratulations to Beltway Boxer Amelia Moore who won a Women's National Golden Gloves Championship on Friday, July 14th in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Moore, a Millersville, MD resident who currently trains out of the Alexandria Boxing Gym in Alexandria, VA, won her 141-Pound title by defeating Aisling Holt of Illinois in Friday's action.  Moore's semifinal victory may have been the most notable because she defeated Rashida Ellis of Lynn, MA.  Ellis is a member of the fighting Ellis family that includes solid pro prospects Rashidi and Ronald.

Moore, who is pictured with her coach for the week, Tim Back, has made a rapid rise in the amateur boxing ranks.  Moore's first coach, the late Thomas Langley, brought her to this tournament for the first time in 2014 where she lost in the first round.  Two years later,  Moore competed in the 2016 Women's Olympic trials at 132 pounds and advanced to the semifinals of the challenger's bracket.  Moore is now regarded as one of the top amateur 141-pounders in the nation.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nicklow Scores Seventh-Round Stoppage in Glen Burnie!

(photos by Mike Greenhill)

Brooklyn, MD super middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow stopped Chauncey "Grimm" Fields of Lynchburg, VA after seven rounds of competition in the main event of the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Nicklow repeatedly walked the larger Fields down throughout the contest and broke him down with solid punches inside.  Nicklow was able to repeatedly land right and left uppercuts and body punches that negated any offense Fields tried to muster.  At the end of the seventh round, the ringside physicians signaled that the bout should be stopped.

Nicklow scored his second win over Fields, having defeated him by eight-round unanimous decision in January of this year at Michael's.  Nicklow's record is now 27-8-3, nine KO's while Fields gets his record evened at 4-4, two KO's.

In the co-feature, Arlington, VA super middleweight "The Uzbek Warrior" Zarifbek Nishanbaev made a successful return to the sport by winning a four-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated "Dangerous" Donald Wallace of Baltimore, MD.  Nishanbaev, a native of Kyrgyzstan who competed for the first time since July of 2015, was more aggressive and was able to land more power shots.  Wallace's offense dwindled throughout the bout and Nishanbaev closed the bout in a very strong fashion.  Judge Paul Wallace saw a shutout for Nishanbaev, 40-36 while judges Don Risher and Kenny Chevalier scored the contest, 39-37.  Nishanbaev is now 3-1, two KO's while Wallace is 2-1-1, one KO.

In an upset, Newark, NJ junior welterweight Dion Richardson won a six-round split decision over Drayvontay Speed Rawls of Cheverly, MD.  Richardson was able to negate Speed Rawls's quick hand speed and scored effective counters of his own.  Speed Rawls landed some shots but Richardson's offense gave him the edge as judges Wallace and Risher scored the bout for Richardson, 58-56 and 59-55 respectively.  Judge Chevalier saw the bout for Speed Rawls, 58-56.  Richardson is now 3-1, two KO's and pins the first loss on an undefeated fighter for the second straight time.  Richardson knocked out 5-0 Scott Kelleher in the first round on June 2 in Philadelphia, PA.  Speed Rawls is now 8-1-1, six KO's.

The opening contest saw Ernest "Lightning Bug" Hall of Baltimore win a four-round majority decision over Tyrone "Showtime" Wright of Washington, DC in a battle of super featherweights.  Neither man had a strong offensive performance as both men clinched repeatedly and did not throw a large number of effective punches.  Hall did just enough to win the bout as judges Wallace and Brent Bovell scored the bout 39-37.  Judge Chevalier saw the draw at 38-38.  Hall remains undefeated at 3-1, one KO while Wright, who fought for the first time since January of 2015, falls to 2-3.

Jake Smith heads Baltimore Pro Boxing.  Bryan Hagan served as matchmaker.  The ring announcer was local radio personality Kirk McEwen.

Beltway Boxers Hit Scales At Buffalo Run Casino!

Two Beltway Boxers weighed in for bouts that will take place at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK on Friday July 14th.

Glenn Dezurn, Jr. tipped the scales at 121.6 pounds for his eight-round nationally-televised (ShoBox) contest against Adam Lopez, who weighed in at 121.8 pounds.  The bout will be the second contest on the quadruple-header that will get underway at 10 PM ET.

Antoine Douglas came in at 159.6 pounds for his 10-round contest for the vacant NABA Middleweight championship.  Douglas will face a new opponent in Juan DeAngel of Barranquilla, Colombia (20-6-1, 18 KO's).  DeAngel looks to bounce back from his eight-round split decision loss to Lamar Russ on April 29th in Charlotte, NC.  DeAngel tipped the scales at 168.4 pounds.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weights From Glen Burnie!

Here is the scale watch for the Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will take place tonight at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD:

Jessie Nicklow 165.4 vs. Chauncey Fields 174

Donald Wallace 166 vs. Zarifbek Nishanbaev 164.4

Drayvontay Speed Rawls 136.2 vs. Dion Richardson 139.4

Ernest Hall 126.6 vs. Tyrone Wright 128.2

For those who can't make the card, we will have a live audio blow-by-blow podcast that you can hear for free by downloading the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android.  IOS listeners may hear the broadcast by subscribing to the BATB pages on and  The broadcast is scheduled to begin around 9 PM ET.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dezurn Returns To Shobox July 14th In Oklahoma; A. Douglas Appears On Undercard!

Undefeated Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. returns to Showtime's ShoBox in an eight-round contest against Adam "Mantequilla" Lopez of San Antonio, TX on Friday, July 14th at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.

Dezurn (9-0, six KO's) makes his second straight appearance on ShoBox, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Leroy Davila in his last outing on April 14th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. 

Lopez (16-1-1, eight KO's) looks to rebound from suffering his first pro loss on January 20th to Daniel Roman in Atlantic City, NJ.  Lopez battles a Beltway Boxer for the second time in his pro career.  Lopez scored a second-round TKO over former IBF Featherweight champion Erik Aiken in December of 2015 in San Antonio. The bout will be part of a quadruple-header that will get underway at 10 PM ET. 

On the non-televised undercard, Burke, VA middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas will challenge Bruno "Tiburon" Sandoval of Mexico City, Mexico for Douglas's WBC Fecarbox Middleweight title and the vacant NABA Middleweight championship in a 10-round contest.  Douglas (21-1-1, 15 KO's) has won two straight since suffering his first pro loss in March of 2016 to Avtandil Khurtsidze.  Douglas won the WBC Fecarbox title in his last outing, scoring a second-round knockout over Eduardo Mercedes on March 27th in the Dominican Republic.

Sandoval (19-2-1, 15 KO's) is a former WBC USNBC Middleweight champion who competes in the United States for the very first time.  Sandoval will look to bounce back from suffering a third-round knockout loss to world title contender Ryota Murata on December 30th in Tokyo, Japan.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 13th Michael's Boxing Card Has Been Revamped!

The Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will take place on Thursday, July 13th at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD has a different look than it did when it was originally announced.

Actually, the main event for the card has a familiar ring to it as Baltimore, MD middleweight Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow will participate in an eight-round rematch against Chauncey "Grimm" Fields of Lynchburg, VA.  The two men faced each other on January 13th at Michael's with Nicklow winning an eight-round unanimous decision.  Nicklow (26-8-3, eight KO's) has not fought since the last meeting with Fields. However, Fields (4-3, two KO's) has fought twice, losing by knockout to Gary O' Sullivan and Gabriel Pham.

The co-feature has a new look as Baltimore middleweight "Dangerous" Donald Wallace will now take on the returning "Uzbek Warrior" Zarifbek Nishanbaev of Arlington, VA by way of Kyrgyzstan in a four-round bout.  Wallace (2-0-1, one KO) will try to elevate from his six-round draw with Gregory Clark on the last Michael's card on May 12th.  Nishanbaev (2-1, one KO) has not fought since losing a four-round split decision to Vance Nwakpuda in July of 2015 at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.

Undefeated Glenarden, MD junior welterweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls will battle Dion Richardson of Newark, NJ in a six-round bout.  Speed Rawls (8-0-1, six KO's) comes off a third-round stoppage of Rynell Griffin on March 25th in Washington, DC.  Richardson (2-1, two KO's) bounced back from suffering his first pro loss by scoring a first-round TKO over previously undefeated Scott Kelleher on June 2 in Philadelphia, PA.

Also on the card, Baltimore super welterweight Ernest "Lightning Bug" Hall will take on DC's Tyrone Wright in a four-round contest.  Hall (2-0, one KO) last fought on the March 30th card at Michael's and won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White.  Wright (2-2) has not competed since January of 2015 when he was knocked out by Thomas Mattice in the first round in DC.

There will also be three amateur bouts on the card.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Boxing Returns To DC's Sphinx Club July 15th!

There will be a GQ Promotions card coming to the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 15th.  The "GQ" in GQ Promotions is undefeated Montgomery Village, MD welterweight Gerome Quigley who will be in the main event challenging  Luis Hernandez of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico  in a 10-round bout for the vacant USBO Welterweight title.

Quigley (16-0, 15 KO's) last fought on March 25th and scored a fourth-round TKO over Dennis Sharpe at the University of the District of Columbia Physical Activities Center in DC.  Hernandez (16-4, nine KO's) broke a two-bout losing streak with a first-round TKO over the debuting Roman Jardley Juarez Castro on March 18th in Gusave, Sinaloa, Mexico. Hernandez has fought solid competition in recent bouts including undefeated boxers Rashidi Ellis and US Olympian Terrell Gausha.

There are two six-round bouts scheduled for this card.  Bowie, MD cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith will face Karinn Davis of Jackson, MI.  Smith (8-1, seven KO's) made a brief return to the heavyweight division in his last outing and scored a third-round TKO over Carlos Black on the March 25th UDC card.  In his last cruiserweight bout, Smith scored a crushing first-round knockout over previously undefeated Darnell Pierce on February 11th in Fort Washington, MD.  Davis (2-6, two KO's) returns to the ring for the first time since February of 2016 and will try to break a two-bout losing streak. 

Greenbelt, MD cruiserweight "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sam Crossed enters the six-round level of the sport for the first time as he battles James Jones of Nashville, TN.  Crossed (5-0, three KO's) stopped Michael Tillery in the second round in his last outing on October 19th in Charlotte, NC.  Jones (4-10, three KO's) will be trying to extend a two-bout winning streak.  In his last outing, Jones knocked out Aaron Shrewsbury in the third round on April 29th in Glenville, WVA.  Jones is 0-3 against Beltway Boxers.  Jones previously lost by knockout to Greg Newby and Nick Kisner and dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Shaborn Ryals.

In four-round bouts, The Bell Twins -- Jason and Justin of District Heights, MD -- return to action. Jason Bell (2-0, one KO) will take on the debuting Dameron Kirby.  Bell won a four-round unanimous decision over George Sheppard on April 29th in Springfield, VA.

Justin Bell (1-0) made his pro debut on the last GQ Promotions card on March 25th at UDC and won a four-round unanimous decision over Greg Hackett.  Bell will battle Erik Plumeri of Lockport, NY (0-4-1).  Plumeri last fought on March 18th and lost by second-round TKO to Jose Rodriguez, Jr. in Erie, PA.

Rockville, MD middleweight Francisco Bustos returns to action for the first time in more than a year when he faces Corwin Farmer of North Carolina in a four-rounder.  The undefeated Bustos (5-0, three KO's) has not fought since knocking out Cory Macon in the first round in June of 2016 in Springfield, VA.  Farmer (1-1) won a four-round unanimous decision over Paul Holley on January 14th in Macon, GA.

Also on the card, Fort Washington, MD super middleweight Leo Alcanera will face off with George Sheppard of Newport News, VA in a four-round contest.  Alcanera (1-0) made his pro debut on the March 25th card at UDC and won a four-round unanimous decision over Alex Rojas.  Sheppard (0-1) returns to the ring for the first time since losing his pro debut to Jason Bell on April 29th.

Two Beltway Boxers will make their pro debuts on this card -- Lightweight Dante Cox of Laurel, MD and super welterweight Rashad Kirkpatrick of Waldorf, MD.  Cox will face Archie Weah of Norcross, GA by way of Monrovia, Liberia.  Weah (1-7) has lost his last six contests.  Kirkpatrick will face the equally debuting Martegus Martin.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Beltway Boxers Win More Titles On Final Day of Junior Olympic Championships!

Five more Beltway Amateurs captured national titles on the concluding day of competition at the Junior Olympic, Prep Nationals and Youth Open at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WVA.

Reisterstown, MD's Lorenzo Simpson added another championship to his trophy case by winning the Youth 165 Pound title with a 5-0 decision over Kahshad Elliott of Plainfield, NJ.  Simpson's gym mate, Donte White of Baltimore, MD captured the Junior 176+ championship defeating Tyree Chapman of Detroit, MI by a 4-1 score.  Simpson and White, along with female national champion Candice Carter, are all out of the Upton Boxing Center in Baltimore.

Nasheed Smith of Washington, DC took home the title in the Youth 178-Pound division, winning a 4-1 decision over Chavon Davis of Mansfield, OH.

The tournament was a nice one for the Davis Brothers, Keyshawn and Keon of Alexandria, VA by way of Norfolk, VA.  Keyshawn Davis built on the National Golden Gloves title he won in May by capturing the Youth 132 Pound championship with a 5-0 decision over Harley Mederos of New York, NY.  Keon Davis won the Junior 110 Pound championship with a 3-2 decision over Jalen Walker of Gardens, CA.

Beltway Boxers are bringing back 10 national championships.  Here is the list:

Kairee Kelly, Washington, DC -- Pee Wee 8 Open/65 Pounds

Anthony Gibson, Washington, DC -- Pee Wee 9-10 Novice 85 Pounds

Khaliq Harrison, Fort Washington, MD --  Bantam 95 Pounds

Jalil Hackett, Washington, DC -- Intermediate 114 Pounds

Candice Carter, Baltimore, MD -- Youth Female 112 Pounds

Donte White, Baltimore, MD -- Junior 176+ Pounds

Nasheed Smith, Washington, DC -- Youth 178 Pounds

Keon Davis, Alexandria/Norfolk, VA -- Junior 110 Pounds

Keyshawn Davis, Alexandria/Norfolk, VA -- Youth 132 Pounds

Lorenzo Simpson, Reisterstown, MD -- Youth 165 Pounds

Also, Region 2, which features DC and Baltimore, captured the team titles in both the Bantam and Novice divisions.