Saturday, April 28, 2018
Nishanbaev went to work early and battered Powell with hard shots. The onslaught proved to be too much for Powell's corner to witness as they told the referee to stop the contest, which he did at 1:32.
Nishanbaev, who also is going by the nickname "Triple Z," is now 4-1, two KO's while Powell drops to 0-2, suffering two first-round knockouts.
Hart had an early advantage as he tried to use his three-inch height advantage to try to pick Nicholson off in the first round. However, Nicholson managed to hurt Hart with a right hand right before the bell.
The majority of the confusion came from the referee in the contest, Shawn Clark, who was absolutely atrocious in this bout. In the third round, Nicholson seemed to trip on Hart's foot and fell onto the canvas. Hart threw a sweeping right hook during the tangle but missed. However, Clark still called a knockdown against Nicholson. Later in the third, Hart landed a series of punches that legitimately dropped Nicholson to the canvas.
Nicholson held his own during the middle portion of the fight as he landed uppercuts and some body shots but in the seventh round, Hart swarmed Nicholson with hard punches and sent him to a squatting position on the canvas. Nicholson's gloves touched the canvas right in front of Clark, who somehow, totally missed that and did not rule a knockdown. Hart continued his onslaught in the round dropping Nicholson again. Clark called that a knockdown and gave an eight-count. At the end of eight, he asked Nicholson to get up. Nicholson stayed down but Hart did not continue his count., giving Nicholson a few extra seconds to recover. When Nicholson did get up, Clark waived off the bout. The bout was stopped at 2:26 of the seventh round.
The loss drops Nicholson's record to 18-3-1, 17 KO's. Hart's record rises to 24-1, 20 KO's.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Nishanbaev, a boxer from Arlington, VA by way of Kyrgyzstan (3-1, two KO's) last fought on July 13th and won a four-round unanimous decision over Donald Wallace at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Powell is from Las Vegas, NV (0-1) and lost his pro debut to Cesar Valenzuela by first-round TKO in El Paso, TX.
(Photos by Daniel Cork)
Demond Nicholson tipped the scales at 167 1/2 for his 10-round nationally-televised (ESPN) bout with Jesse Hart on Saturday at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The telecast begins at 7 PM ET.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Both sides were advised that a deal must be reached within 30 days or a purse bid would be scheduled. Hurd defeated Lara by 12-round split decision on April 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel in Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The Hurd camp has yet to respond to this order.
Right now, the plan for Hurd as well as for Showtime, is for Hurd (22-0, 15 KO's) to take on WBC Junior Middleweight champ Jermell Charlo in a unification bout sometime in the fall, provided Charlo gets past former world champion Austin Trout on June 9th in Los Angeles. Hurd knocked out Trout in the 10th round this past October in Brooklyn, NY.
According to Reeno, a unification bout will take precedence over a rematch order but Hurd will have to submit an exception to the WBA to get approved.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Friday, May 4th -- Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- The 2018 Regional Golden Gloves. The Novice and Open team from DC, Maryland and Delaware will battle the squad from Virginia and North Carolina. First bout is at 7:30 PM ET.
Friday, May 11 -- 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Two locals will be on a nationally-televised (Showtime's Shobox) card at the 2300 Arena. In the co-feature bout, Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. will compete in his first scheduled 10-round contest when he takes on Joshua "Don't Blink" Greer of Chicago, IL. Dezurn (9-1-1, six KO's) looks to bounce back from his first pro loss -- an eight-round unanimous decision to Jesse Angel Hernandez on November 11th in Uniondale, NY. This will be Dezurn's third TV contest. Greer (16-1-1, eight KO's) is riding a 13-bout winning streak after suffering his only pro loss. This includes a third-round KO over Basilio Nieves on February 24th in Phoenix, AZ. Also slated to be on the undercard will be Baltimore super flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas who will be in a contest against Helen "Iron Lady" Joseph of New Haven, CT by way of Nigeria. Douglas (13-1, six KO's) last fought on November 4th and scored an eighth-round TKO over Crystal Hoy in Ashburn, VA. Joseph (15-3-1, 10 KO's) has scored three straight second-round knockouts in her last three contests.
Friday, May 11 -- Sugar House Casino, Philadelphia, PA -- Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox will be in an eight-round contest against Anthony Mercado of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Fox (16-0, four KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Garcia on February 13th in Bethlehem, PA. Mercado (11-3, 10 KO's) broke a three-bout losing streak by stopping previously undefeated Tyrone Crawley, Jr in the third round on March 2nd at the Sugar House Casino. Also, Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison makes a quick return in a six-round bout against Michael Polite Coffie of Brooklyn, NY. Madison (6-0-2, four KO's) looks to improve after battling Guillermo Del Rio to a six-round majority draw on April 6th at the 2300 Arena. After only two bouts, Coffie (2-0, one KO) jumps to the six-round class. Coffie is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Nicoy Clarke on February 13th in Bethlehem, PA.
Friday, May 11 -- Twin River Event Casino, Lincoln, RI -- Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early will be in a four-round bout against undefeated Ricky De Los Santos of Providence, RI.. Early (3-2) broke a two-bout losing streak by winning a six-round majority decision over previously undefeated Joshua Draughter on April 7th in Sarasota, FL. De Los Santos (4-0, one KO) scored his first pro TKO in his last outing as he stopped Efren Nunez in the third round at the Twin River Event Center on February 23rd. All of De Los Santos's bouts have been at the Twin River Event Center.
Friday, May 11 -- Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD -- Amateur boxing card promoted by Baltimore Boxing to benefit the Lighthouse Homeless Shelter.
Nicholson (18-2-1, 17 KO's) scored a bounce-back second-round TKO victory over Josue Obando on August 25th in Miami, OK. This will be Nicholson's first 10-round encounter. Hart (23-1, 19 KO's) also got back on the winning track after his first loss in his first world title bout in September by scoring a first-round TKO over Thomas Awimbono on February 3rd in Corpus Christi, TX.
(Photo by Rosie Cohe/Showtime)
WBC Featherweight champion "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. and number one contender Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz met for the first time as they officially announced their championship bout that will be held on Saturday, May 19th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.
During the press conference, which was held at the Tap Sports Bar inside the casino, both men were very confident of victory. First, the champion:
"I'm one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet. Speed, power, ring IQ, we can get ugly if we need to. I don't plan on going 12 rounds. I'm not going the distance with anybody for the remainder of my career. Mark my words."
Now, the challenger:
"It doesn't affect me at all fighting in his hometown. I'm happy to fight in his backyard. He's the champion and that's what champions get to do. I know what he's capable of doing. He says I don't have the boxing IQ or the power and speed that he has, but he's going to be in for a rude awakening come fight night. He's going to see that I have all the tools."
This card is also scheduled to include Russell's undefeated brothers Antonio and Antuanne, as well as Clinton, MD super lightweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy. The main event will be televised live on Showtime as part of a two-site doubleheader. The other bout will originate from Toronto, Ontario, Canada where WBC Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson will defend his title against two-division world champion Badou Jack. Tickets for the card at MGM National Harbor are on sale now. Visit http://mgmnationalharbor.com/
We have the entire press conference for you here:
Listen to "Gary Russell Jr. Vs. Joseph Diaz Jr. Press Conference for May 19th Championship Bout 4/24/18" on Spreaker.
Also, both men spoke directly to the press after the event:
Listen to "Jo Jo Diaz and Gary Russell, Jr. Speak to the Press" on Spreaker.
Monday, April 23, 2018
No details on the bout but Smith won one card by a 58-56 score. Katende won the other two cards by the same score. Smith is now 10-3, nine KO's while Katende remains undefeated at 4-0, one KO.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Davis Wins Second World Championship With Stellar Third-Round TKO; Russell, Tazhibay Also Victorious!
Davis got going early in the bout, landing crushing shots to Cuellar's head and body. In the second round, Davis sent a solid straight left hand to Cuellar's liver to drop him to the canvas. In the third round, Davis's seemed to be stunned early by a clash of heads. However, Davis shook it off and went back to work, eventually landing another wicked body shot to drop Cuellar for the second time. Moments later, Davis landed a beautiful combination ending with a left uppercut that felled Cuellar again. Referee Benji Esteves moved in to stop the contest at 2:45 of the third. Davis remains undefeated at 20-0, 19 KO's while Cuellar is now 28-3, 21 KO's.
On the undercard, Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne Russell remained perfect with a third-round stoppage of Andrew Rodgers of Elkhart, IN. Russell hammered Rodgers for the entire bout. Russell did land a low blow late in the second round that momentarily stopped the bout but Russell continued the battering until referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. stopped the contest at 1:20 of the third round. Russell is now 5-0, five KO's and is the first boxer to knock out Rodgers, who falls to 4-3-1, two KO's.
Also, DC welterweight Shynggyskhan Tazhibay remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous decision over Isaac Freeman of Los Angeles, CA. Tazhibay floored Freeman with a right hand late in the first round then had to deal with a cut over his right eye in the second round but maintained complete control of the bout to win a shutout on two cards (40-35). The other judge scored the bout at 39-36 for Tazhibay, who is now 6-0, two KO's while Freeman falls to 3-7-1, three KO's.
The only Beltway loss went to Silver Spring, MD's Justin "The Vodou" Savi who lost by third-round stoppage to Fabian Maidana of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Savi falls to 31-16-2, 21 KO's. Maidana remains undefeated at 15-0, 11 KO's.
It has been a nice Beltway night in Brooklyn as the area's other two world champions -- Gary Russell, Jr. and Jarrett Hurd -- were both interviewed during the telecast.
Friday, April 20, 2018
Gervonta Davis tipped the scales at 129 pounds for his 12-round bout for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight championship against Jesus Cuellar, who came in at 129.2.
Antuanne Russell tipped the scales at 139.6 for his six-round bout against Andrew Rodgers, who came in at 136.4.
Shynggyskhan Tazhibay weighed in at the welterweight limit of 147 for his six-round bout against late sub Isaac Freeman, who came in at the same weight. Freeman (3-6-1, three KO's) boxes out of Los Angeles, CA.
Justin Savi, who was originally slated to face Tazhibay, will now face undefeated Fabian Maidana in a six-round bout. Savi came in at 141.2 while Maidana, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and the younger brother of former world champion Marcos Maidana (14-0, 10 KO's), came in at 141.8 pounds.
The bouts begin at 5 PM ET with the televised contests -- starting with Davis-Cuellar -- get underway at 9 PM on Showtime.
Roach got off to a slower than usual start in the contest and that allowed Cruz to counter punch effectively. Roach did, however, seem to land more quality shots than Cruz in the bout.
Roach did step up his attack in the last three rounds. There was a key moment in the ninth round when Roach seemed to drop Cruz with a left hook. However, the referee, Luis Pabon, ruled that Cruz slipped and did not call the knockdown. If Roach had received credit for the knockdown, he would have won the bout on the scorecards.
One judge did score the bout for Roach, 97-93. Another judge saw the contest for Cruz, 96-94. The third judge saw the draw at 95-95. Roach remains undefeated at 16-0-1, six KO's while Cruz is now 25-6-2, 13 KO's.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
(Photo by Hector Santos Guia)
Lamont Roach, Jr. and Orlando Cruz both weighed 129.4 pounds for their 10-round contest Thursday night at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bout is the main event on the ESPN2 Golden Boy Boxing telecast that will begin at 10 PM ET.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
(Photos by Juan Marshall)
"Seat Pleasant has Kevin Durant and Accokeek has "Swift" Jarrett Hurd!"
Those were the words of Prince George's County Councilmember Mel Franklin as he and the rest of the council honored IBF/WBA/IBO 154 Pound world champion Jarrett Hurd with a proclamation during a special ceremony at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, MD. A strong contingent of fans and family members were on hand to witness the event.
The Accokeek, MD native was honored for his career to date, including Hurd's 12th round split decision victory over Erislandy Lara on April 7th in Las Vegas, NV. During the ceremony, Hurd thanked his team and his parents, Fred and Brenda Hurd for their support.
"My Mom allowed me to follow my dream and my Dad was my biggest fan," Hurd said. "My fights were always on in our house."
Life changed dramatically, according to Hurd, after April 7th and he is now dealing with the quick change.
"It's definitely life changing and it's overwhelming," Hurd said. "It's a lot to take in but at the end of the day, I'm ready for it. I'm still living in my parents house but it hit me that I really unified the titles."
"I have a lot of people coming at me, big sponsors" Hurd continued. "A lot of people want to work with me and are reaching out to me. I can't wait to take it all in."
Hurd also reflected on the Lara contest, including the dramatic left hook that sent Lara to the canvas with 35 seconds remaining in the final round.
"I didn't feel like I had to get the knockdown. I thought I was ahead on the cards. Ernesto (Rodriguez, Hurd's trainer) grabbed my face and said 'you are the unified champion. All you have to do is get through this round.' But I'm glad I had the war mentality. I wanted to close the show."
"Jarrett is a great listener," Rodriguez said. "Jarrett is one of the kids that and tries his best to do the instructions you give him."
Brenda Hurd said that her son is putting everything in perspective but she is very excited.
"It's just amazing. It's unbelievable," Brenda Hurd said. "You never thought your kid would be famous but I'm also trying to make sure he remains grounded. That he is still Jarrett Hurd no matter where he is in life. Just stay focused on who you are. And that's important to me."
Monday, April 16, 2018
Congratulations to Bladensburg, MD boxer "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown who returned to her hometown of Fort Myers, FL to receive a very special honor.
The City Council of Fort Myers proclaimed April 16, 2018 as "Tiara Brown Day" in the city. Brown received the Key To The City from Mayor Randy Henderson. Brown earned the honor for her great work as an amateur boxer, winning a world championship as well as her community service work.
Brown has continued that service as she is a police officer in Washington, DC and turned pro in 2016. Brown is undefeated with a record of 4-0, two KO's.
The proclamations continue on Tuesday as IBF/WBA/IBO 154-Pound champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd receives one from the Prince George's County Council in Upper Marlboro, MD at 1:15 PM ET at the County Administration Building.
We already know that one of the televised bouts on the card will be the battle for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight championship between former IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore, MD (19-0, 18 KO's) of Baltimore, MD and former WBA Featherweight titleholder Jesus Cuellar of Buenos Aires, Argentina (28-2, 21 KO's). That 12-round bout will be shown live on Showtime.
Three other Beltway Boxers are scheduled to be on the undercard. Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne Russell will be in a six-round contest against Andrew Rodgers of Elkhart, IN. Russell (4-0, four KO's) comes off a second-round TKO over Kasean Freeman on March 3rd at the Barclays Center. Rodgers (4-2-1, two KO's, one NC) is winless in his last four bouts including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Josue Vargas on June 20th in Las Vegas, NV.
Also, Washington, DC welterweight Shyngyskhan Tazhibay will battle veteran Justin "The Vodou" Savi, a native of Cotonou, Benin who now lives in Silver Spring, MD in a four-round encounter. Tazhibay (5-0, two KO's) last fought on August 12th and won a four-round unanimous decision over Robert Hill at the Howard Theatre in DC. Savi (31-15-2, 21 KO's) has lost three of his last four contests, including an eight-round unanimous decision loss to Jonathan Navarro recently on April 12th in Indio, CA. Tazhibay will be the third straight undefeated boxer Savi has faced.
Originally, Richmond, VA middleweight "The Chosen One" Immanuwel Aleem was slated to be in a 10-round bout against Daniel "Tocado" Echeverria of Durango, MX. However, the most recent information on this card does not include this contest.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Marin was the aggressor throughout the contest, backing up Ruiz and landing quality shots to the head and body. Finally, two Marin left hooks sent Ruiz to the canvas. Ruiz could not beat the 10-count and the bout was stopped at 44 seconds of the second round.
Marin remains undefeated at 16-0, 11 KO's and he is now the mandatory challenger for the IBO World Super Flyweight title, currently held by Gideon Buthelezi of South Africa. This is Marin's second IBO-based title, he won the IBO International title in June of 2016. Ruiz falls to 12-5-3, four KO's.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Two locals will be on a nationally-televised (Showtime's Shobox) card at the 2300 Arena. In the co-feature bout, Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. will compete in his first scheduled 10-round contest when he takes on Joshua "Don't Blink" Greer of Chicago, IL. Dezurn (9-1-1, six KO's) looks to bounce back from his first pro loss -- an eight-round unanimous decision to Jesse Angel Hernandez on November 11th in Uniondale, NY. This will be Dezurn's third TV contest. Greer (16-1-1, eight KO's) is riding a 13-bout winning streak after suffering his only pro loss. This includes a third-round KO over Basilio Nieves on February 24th in Phoenix, AZ.
The two men have a common opponent -- both men defeated Leroy Davila. Dezurn defeated Davila by eight-round unanimous decision exactly one year ago today, April 14, 2017 at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. The bout was named the Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year. Greer had an easier time in his bout on July 14th in Miami, OK, stopping Davila in the fifth round.
Also slated to be on the undercard will be Baltimore super flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas who will be in a contest against Helen "Iron Lady" Joseph of New Haven, CT by way of Nigeria. Douglas (13-1, six KO's) last fought on November 4th and scored an eighth-round TKO over Crystal Hoy in Ashburn, VA. Joseph (15-3-1, 10 KO's) has scored three straight second-round knockouts in her last three contests.
Two more Beltway Boxers will also be on a card at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia. In the main event on the card, undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox will be in an eight-round contest against Anthony Mercado of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Fox (16-0, four KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Garcia on February 13th in Bethlehem, PA. Mercado (11-3, 10 KO's) broke a three-bout losing streak by stopping previously undefeated Tyrone Crawley, Jr in the third round on March 2nd at the Sugar House Casino.
Also, Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison makes a quick return in a six-round bout against Michael Polite Coffie of Brooklyn, NY. Madison (6-0-2, four KO's) looks to improve after battling Guillermo Del Rio to a six-round majority draw on April 6th at the 2300 Arena. After only two bouts, Coffie (2-0, one KO) jumps to the six-round class. Coffie is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Nicoy Clarke on February 13th in Bethlehem, PA.
Both Alexandru Marin and Michael Ruiz, Jr. weighed 115 pounds for their 10-round contest Saturday night at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA.
There has been a major change in this contest and the stakes are higher now. Originally, the bout was scheduled to be for the USBO Super Flyweight title. However, the IBO has elevated the contest to a bout for the IBO Intercontinental championship. The winner of this bout will automatically become the mandatory challenger for the IBO World Super Flyweight title.
If Marin wins, this will be his second IBO title. Marin won the IBO International Bantamweight title with a third-round TKO over Johnny Determan in June of 2016 in Springfield, VA.
Smith had to bounce back from a first-round knockdown to get the win. Sanchez landed a solid left hook that bent Smith over and his gloves touched the canvas. However, early in the second round, Smith landed a solid right hook that dropped Sanchez. Smith would follow the knockdown moments later with a crushing straight left hand that sent Sanchez to his knees. The referee immediately stopped the contest at 55 seconds of the round.
Smith bounces back from his loss in November and is now 10-2, nine KO's. Sanchez falls to 8-4-1, six KO's.
A side note on the card: The event was televised by Eleven Sports. The color commentator was the Beltway's own Mykal "The Professor" Fox.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
For this bout, Davis has moved his training from Baltimore to West Palm Beach, FL where he is working with noted trainer Kevin Cunningham, who worked with former world champions Devon Alexander and Cory Spinks. Davis is sharing a training camp with former four-division world champ Adrien Broner, who will battle former welterweight champ Jesse Vargas in the main event. Davis explains why he decided to train with Cunningham.
"I was actually going to go to Colorado to train, but Adrien invited me to come down here to West Palm Beach to check out the camp. He said I should come to Florida to train with him and Kevin. So I came down, I saw Kevin's routine and I really liked it.
"There were a lot of distractions in Baltimore and I think they were a problem for me. I needed to straighten my head and focus on the things I have to work on. It was time to set my camp somewhere else.
"I needed a change after my last fight. I let myself down. I learned to be a different fighter, more responsible. I let others down, but think I let myself down more than anything."
The card also features another former world champion Jermall Charlo who will take on Hugo Centeno, Jr. for the interim 160-Pound world title. The card will be televised by Showtime beginning at 9 PM ET.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The address is 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro, MD. Parking on site is metered and at a premium. One suggestion is to take the shuttle from the Show Place Arena but arrive there early because we don't know the timetable for how often the shuttle runs.
A huge thank you goes to Councilmember Mel Franklin, who is the councilmember in Jarrett's district in Accokeek, MD. Mr. Franklin and his staff moved extremely fast on this!
All family, friends, fans and supporters of Hurd are invited to this wonderful event!
The title bout could take place anytime between May 19th and June 30th. Promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Al Haymon also have to work out purse, network and location of the bout. The Ring reports that both HBO and Showtime are in the mix.
Russell (28-1, 17 KO's) last fought on May 20th and scored a seventh-round TKO over Oscar Escandon at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. This was the second defense of Russell's title.
Diaz (26-0, 14 KO's) is the reigning NABF and NABO Featherweight titleholder. Diaz is coming off a third-round TKO victory over Victor Terrazas on February 22nd in Indio, CA. Like Russell, Diaz is an Olympian who represented the United States in London, England in 2012.
An interesting dynamic of this proposed bout is the activity of the two boxers. Since Russell suffered his only defeat to Vasyl Lomachenko in June of 2014, Russell has competed just four times. During that same time period, Diaz has been in the ring 16 times.
Monday, April 09, 2018
One judge scored the bout even at 57-57 but the two other judges both saw the bout for Early, 58-56. The win breaks a two-bout losing streak for Early, who is now 3-2. Draughter drops to 3-1, one KO.
Sunday, April 08, 2018
(Photo courtesy of Showtime)
Accokeek, MD's "Swift" Jarrett Hurd has unified the WBA/IBF/IBO 154-pound championship in an outstanding contest, defeating "The American Dream" Erislandy Lara of Houston, TX by way of Guantanamo, Cuba by split decision at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
For the most part, it was a typical Hurd bout in which he took solid shots from Lara early. In the middle rounds, Hurd started to break Lara down and land shots. However, Lara was very game and, where other boxers wilted under Hurd's late pressure, Lara kept coming and continued to land shots at times in the late rounds.
The bout may have turned for good in the 12th and final round when Hurd landed a crushing left hook that dropped Lara to the canvas with less than a minute to go. Lara got up and even landed shots at the end but the knockdown gave Hurd the victory.
Judge Burt Clements saw the bout 114-113 for Lara but judges Glenn Feldman and Dave Moretti saw the contest 114-113 for Hurd, who remains undefeated at 22-0, 15 KO's. Lara falls to 25-3-2, 14 KO's.
Hurd becomes the first Beltway Boxer since Lamont Peterson to hold two world titles at the same time. Peterson won the IBF and WBA Super Lightweight titles when he defeated Amir Khan in December of 2011 at the Washington Convention Center. Hurd is also the seventh man in division history to unify portions of the 154-pound title, joining International Boxing Hall of Famers Terry Norris, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Winky Wright, along with two future hall of famers in Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Canelo Alvarez.
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Friday, April 06, 2018
Washington, DC featherweight Marcus "Dreamcrusher" Bates lost his first pro contest as he dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to undefeated Raeese Aleem of Las Vegas, NV in the co-feature. Aleem dropped Bates in the first round and dominated him the rest of the way. Bates lost by scores of 80-71 and 79-72 (twice). Bates is now 8-1-1, seven KO's while Aleem climbs to 11-0, five KO's.
Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison and Guillermo Del Rio of South Houston, TX fought to a six-round majority draw. Despite having a 49-pound weight advantage, Madison had difficulty landing shots against Del Rio. Madison looked sluggish throughout the contest, although he did win one scorecard, 58-56. The two other judges saw a draw at 57-57. Madison is now 6-0-2, four KO's while Del Rio is 2-2-1, two KO's.
Forestville, MD welterweight Evgueny Metchenov lost a four-round unanimous decision to Joshafat Ortiz of Reading, PA by way of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ortiz landed the harder shots in the contest and never let Metchenov find his rhythm. Ortiz scored a shutout, 40-36, across the board and he is now 3-0, one KO. Metchenov is 0-2.
Jarrett Hurd (right) and Erislandy Lara weighed-in for their junior middleweight unification showdown on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Hurd weighed 153 pounds while Lara came in at 153.5.
The bout headlines a three-bout TV card on Showtime that will begin at 10 PM ET.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Marcus Bates hit the scales at 122.9 pounds for his eight-round co-feature bout against Raeese Aleem, who came in at 121.9 pounds.
Colby Madison came in at 247.9 pounds for his four-round contest against Guillermo Del Rio, who weighed a very light 198.8 pounds.
Evgueny Metchenov tipped the scales at 130.7 pounds for his four-rounder against Joshafat Ortiz, who weighed 131.5 pounds.
Hines is trained by International Boxing Hall of Famer and three-time world champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson and looks to battle in his first bout under the Golden Boy banner sometime next month. Hines will join fellow Beltway Boxers Lamont Roach, Jr., D'Mitrius Ballard and Kevin
Rivers, Jr. in the Golden Boy camp.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Ed Griffin, super lightweight from 1991-2000, 16-9, five KO's, Baltimore, MD
Griffin was one of the most exciting boxers in the Baltimore area during the 1990's winning his first 11 bouts in his career. Griffin fought quality opposition like former world champions Vernon Forrest and Charles Murray, former world title contender Larry Marks, Humberto Aranda and fellow Beltway Boxer Curtis Peoples.
Les "White Lightning" Johnson, super welterweight from 1989-1994, 21-2, 15 KO's, Rockville, MD
Only injuries kept this fan favorite from a possible regional or a world championship. Johnson fought a who's who of fellow locals including Demetrius Davis, Charlie Tuttle, Ivory Teague and Alphonso Dyer.
Mike "Little Rock" Ricasa, lightweight from 2004-2006, 7-2, three KO's, Ellicott City, MD
Ricasa had a short but exciting career, highlighted by his two bouts with fellow local Dean White. Ricasa also fought Beltway Boxers Anthony Hardy and Ron Boyd. Ricasa ended his career with a first-round knockout victory in 2006.
Hal Chernoff -- Chernoff has trained boxers in his Main Street Gym in Salisbury, MD since 1993. Chernoff's most notable protege was Fernando Guerrero who was a local legend in the city, bringing 5,000 people to a regional title bout in his hometown.
David Sewell -- Sewell is a former pro boxer who turned to training boxers out of the Charm City Boxing and Fitness Gym in Baltimore. Among his major proteges was Emmanuel Taylor.
Lifetime Contribution To Boxing:
JD Brown -- Brown's contributions to boxing are widespread. Brown was a valued member of the Sugar Ray Leonard camp and managed William Joppy during his three WBA Middleweight title reigns. Brown also served as matchmaker for a number of famous Beltway cards including at Fight Night and the bouts that featured Jimmy Lange.
Ed Sauerhoff -- Sauerhoff began as pro boxer but became a promoter alongside his family members. His father, George "Hunky" Sauerhoff, was known as the "Mayor of Pigtown."
Scott Wagner -- It seems only fitting that Wagner would be honored (albeit posthumously) at Michael's where he promoted the legendary Ballroom Boxing promotion from 1995-2010. Wagner died in February at the age of 49.
Warren Boardley -- Boardley, a native of Baltimore, was 43-8 as an amateur and won the South Atlantic AAU Championship at 132 pounds.
Dominic Zannino -- Zannino, also of Baltimore, was 26-6 as an amateur. Zannino won a South Atlantic title in the early 90's and a regional title in 1998. He advanced to the quarter finals of the 2000 Olympic qualifiers.
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Junior middleweight world champions "Swift" Jarrett Hurd (IBF) and "The American Dream" Erislandy Lara (WBA/IBO) had their final media workout in preparation for their unification matchup on Saturday, April 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Here are quotes from the two titlists.
Jarrett Hurd: "There was something in me that always wanted this fight. Once I defended my title against Austin Trout, I was quick to get on top of this opportunity.
"This is going to be a difficult fight. Lara is the type of fighter who has a lot of experience. It won't be easy so I have to be well prepared and on top of my game come Saturday night.
"We've been in the gym working a lot on our hand movement and footwork. I took too many punches against Trout and I knew what it was going to take to make those improvements.
"Every fight is the most important fight of my career because I'm protecting this undefeated record. This is going to be a tough fight but I promise I'm going to give it my all and bring it to Lara all night long.
"Being back in Vegas and back at Hard Rock where I beat Frank Galarza to really get this whole journey started means a lot to me. I'm planning to give everyone a great show just like I always do.
"No matter what kind of fight he brings; I'm going to stick to my game plan. He has to fight at my pace. No matter what he comes with, I'm going to be in charge in the ring.
"It's always going to be fireworks when I'm in the ring. I have a fan-friendly style. At the end of the day, you don't have to worry about Lara running away, because I'm going to be in his face for 12 rounds."
Erislandy Lara: "Everything in training went how it was supposed to. We did our job and now it's time to fight. I did everything in the gym that I needed to prepare for anything that Hurd can bring.
"All of my opponents are taller than me. His size means nothing to me. I have the experience and I'm the best boxer in the division. He's never seen anything like me.
"He has to beat me to get the top spot in this division. I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen.
"I've earned everything in this sport the hard way. I've fought the tough fights for no money. I think everyone knows how talented I am and that I belong up there with the best in the sport.
"I don't watch film in training camp. A fighter can look one way on video, but totally different in the ring. He has to prepare for what I'm doing. I'm not worried about what he brings. I saw a little bit of his fight against Trout while I was warming up to fight Terrell Gausha, but that's about it."
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Monday, April 02, 2018
Marin, a native of Iasi, Romania (15-0, 10 KO's), last fought on November 4th and won a dominant eight-round unanimous decision over Juan Gabriel Medina in Ashburn, VA. Marin goes for his second regional title in his career. Marin captured the IBO International Bantamweight title with a third-round TKO of Johnny Determan in June of 2016 in Springfield, VA. This will be Marin's first scheduled 10-round contest.
Ruiz (12-4-3, four KO's) is unbeaten in his last five contests with three wins and two draws. Ruiz is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Arturo Torres on September 23rd in Fresno. Ruiz makes his fourth attempt at a regional title, having lost in three previous tries.
Sunday, April 01, 2018
114 Pounds: Oscar Morales (Laurel) vs. Albert Sostre (Headbangers)
123 Pounds: Brient Rodriguez (Champions) vs. Elon'e Kemp (Limelite)
141 Pounds: Dominic Fantauzzo (Champions) vs. Tre'von Wells (Dream Team)
152 Pounds: Quinton Stephens (Headbangers) vs. Markeese Hines (Main Street)
165 Pounds: Moses Saleem (Unattached) vs. Cristano Lucio (Old School)
178 Pounds: Joel Tchantchuinj (Urban Boxing) vs. Ian Cokley (Old School)
201 Pounds: Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassin) vs. Jermaine Harbert (Headbangers)
132 Pounds (Female): Dupe' Akinola (Dog Pound) vs. Nerissa Turner (Elite Boxing)
132 Pounds: Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) vs. Antonio Dunston-El (Honeycomb)
201+ Pounds: Zackary Chick (MVJ Athletics) vs. Ricardo Volcin (Old School)
108 Pounds: Julius White (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)
123 Pounds: Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Chris Glen (Hagerstown)
132 Pounds: Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Ebrima Jawara (Laurel)
141 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Jalen Jones (Limelite)
152 Pounds: Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Marlon Bolen (Floyd's Gym)
165 Pounds: Tavon Marshall (Time 2 Grind) vs. Keon Burroughs (Headbangers)
178 Pounds: Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) vs. Ezri Turner (Unattached)
201 Pounds: Shaka Williams (NOMIS) vs. Thomas Mottinger (Main Street)
201+ Pounds: Malik Titus (Time 2 Grind) vs. James McMurdo (Main Street)
Unopposed Champions (Female):
119 Pounds: Roya Darvishian (No Xcuse)
132 Pounds: Ladasia Lewis (Tony's Gym)
178 Pounds: Ornella Sathoud (MVJ Athletics)
The first bout is slated to start at 7:30 PM ET. The winners in both divisions will advance to the Regional Championships on Friday, May 4th at Rosecroft.
If you can't make the card in person, Juan Marshall and I will have the live blow-by-blow call on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android and on the BATB pages on Spreaker.com and IHeartradio.com starting at 7:25 PM ET.