Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Beltway Amateurs Are Successful In First Day Of Competition In Tennessee!

Local amateurs got off to a good start on the first day of competition at the 2017 Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Open in Chattanooga, TN on Monday.

In the Bantam Male 90 Pound division, Marcell Steele of Washington, DC won a 3-2 decision over Karma Burris of Fayetteville, GA.  The Bantam Male 80 Pound class saw Musa Robinson of Nottingham, MD win a 5-0 victory over Jose Maria Rodriguez of Maywood, IL.  Also, Richard Dodson of Capitol Heights, MD won a 3-2 decision in the Bantam Male 85 Pound division over Dominic Jones of Lansing, MI.

Competition continues today at noon.  The winners from the event will advance to the National Championships in Salt Lake City, UT in December.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Beltway Boxers Davis, Rahman, Jr. Compete In Thursday Contests!

Two Beltway Boxers will be compete on separate cards in two locations on Thursday, October 19th.

Washington, DC super featherweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis will be in an eight-round contest against undefeated Ray"Lightning, Jr. Lampkin of Portland, Oregon at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta, GA.  Davis (11-1, five KO's) comes off a seventh-round TKO over Carlos Rosario on May 19th in Philadelphia, PA.  Lampkin (10-0, four KO's) has not fought since he scored a second-round TKO over Martin Rodriguez in February of 2016 in Agua Prieta, Mexico.  Lampkin is the son of former NABF titleholder Ray Lampkin, Sr.

Also on the card will be undefeated Marquis Moore of Colorado Springs, CO.  Moore (5-0, three KO's) is originally from Fort Washington, MD and fought as an amateur here before joining the US Army in Colorado.  Moore is a two-time National Golden Gloves champion and he will face Zachary Bunce of Las Vegas, NV (2-2, one KO) in a six-round bout.  The card is promoted by hall of famer Evander Holyfield.

At the Durham Armory in Durham, NC, Baltimore heavyweight Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. will compete in a four-round contest against the debuting Joe Coats of Arapahoe, NC.  Rahman (2-0, two KO's) has scored first-round TKO's in his two pro bouts.  Also on this card will be undefeated middleweight Monreco "King Reek" Goldston who currently fights out of Durham, NC.  Goldston (5-0-1, three KO's) fought in Salisbury, MD as an amateur.   Goldston will be in a six-round bout against fellow undefeated boxer Joseph Jackson of Greensboro, NC (8-0, six KO's).

Bouts For Roach, Jr., Ballard Scheduled For October 21st In Verona, NY!

There will be a total of three Beltway Boxers that will be on the card on Saturday, October 21st at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will be in a scheduled 10-round contest against Luis "Barcelo" Hinojosa of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Roach (14-0, five KO's) is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Jesus Valdez on June 30th in Indio, CA.  Roach made the first defense of his WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight title.  That belt will not be on the line in this contest.  Hinojosa (30-12, 17 KO's) will try to break a two-bout losing streak. In his last outing, Hinojosa was knocked out in the second round by Hairon Socarras on June 9th in Miami, FL.

Temple Hills, MD super middleweight D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard will also look to stay unbeaten when he takes on Andrik "Loco" Saralegui of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in a 10-round encounter.  Ballard (17-0, 12 KO's) won the vacant WBC USNBC Super Middleweight title in his last bout, capturing a 10-round unanimous decision over Adrian Luna Flores on May 18th in Tucson, AZ.  Ballard's belt will not be on the line in this matchup.  Saralegui (8-4, six KO's) has not fought since he lost by first-round TKO to Jesse Hart in December of 2015 in Tucson.

Roach, Jr. and Ballard join fellow Beltway Boxer Alantez Fox on this card.  Fox will be the co-feature on this card when he takes on former world champion Demetrius Andrade in a 12-round non-title co-feature.  The bout will be shown on HBO's Boxing After Dark telecast.

Beltway Boxers Prepare For Eastern Elite And Regional Open In Tennessee!

A number of Beltway amateurs are in Chattanooga, TN for the 2017 Eastern Elite Qualifiers and Regional Open this week.  Here are the locals who are slated to participate in the event that will continue through Saturday, October 21st:

Elite Female - 106 Pounds

Lydia Narayanasamy, Hanover, MD

Elite Female - 132 Pounds

Amelia Moore, Alexandria, VA

Youth Female - 132 Pounds

Mia Ellis, Baltimore, MD

Elite Male -  123 Pounds

Jaqueem Hutcherson, Temple Hills, MD

Elite Male - 152 Pounds

Nicholas Noriz, Odenton, MD

Youth Male - 123 Pounds

Chamar Flowers, Accokeek, MD

Jay Stancil, Clinton, MD

Youth Male - 132 Pounds

Reco Todd, Gwynn Oak, MD

Malik Warren, Catonsville, MD

Junior Male - 101 Pounds

Ragahleak Bartee, Washington, DC

Junior Male - 106 Pounds

Lamar Odoms, Washington, DC

Junior Male -119 Pounds

Deric Davis, Washington, DC

Junior Male - 132 Pounds

Rayquan Ford, Baltimore, MD

Stacey Selby, Baltimore, MD

Junior Male - 138 Pounds

Joshua Hill, District Heights, MD

Ibrahim Robinson, Nottingham, MD

Junior Male - 176+ Pounds

Donte White, Baltimore, MD

Intermediate Male - 85 Pounds

Lonzo Malcolm, Washington, DC

Intermediate Male - 95 Pounds

Cuttino Oliver, Baltimore, MD

Mekhi Phillips, Capitol Heights, MD

Intermediate Male - 101 Pounds

Muhammad Robinson, Nottingham, MD

Intermediate Male - 110 Pounds

Tyreek Williams, Washington, DC

Intermediate Male - 132 Pounds

Jabril Lee, Edgewood, MD

Bantam Male - 70 Pounds

Zabreon Brown, Oxon Hill, MD

Bantam Male - 80 Pounds

Musa Robinson, Nottingham, MD

Nieem Somerville, Baltimore, MD

Bantam Male - 85 Pounds

Richard Dodson, Capitol Heights, MD

Bantam Male - 90 Pounds

Marcell Steele, Washington, DC

Bantam Male - 101 Pounds

Damari Philson, Washington, DC

Bantam Male - 106 Pounds

Khaliq Harrison, Washington, DC

Pee Wee 9-10 Male - 60 Pounds

Sa'mari Everrette, Baltimore, MD

Pee Wee 9-10 Male - 65 Pounds

Kairee Kelly, Washington, DC

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hurd Stops Trout In 10th To Defend IBF Title!

(Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)

In a bout that will get some votes for Bout Of The Year, IBF Junior Middleweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, MD scored a 10th round TKO over former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout of Las Cruces, NM Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  The bout was shown as part of a 154-pound tripleheader on Showtime.

Hurd started off slowly in the contest as Trout, who was fighting for the first time in 17 months, was able to establish his jab in the first two rounds.  Hurd started to take some control of the contest in the third as he and his challenger started to trade clean shots.  Hurd showed a great chin as he was able to seemingly walk through Trout's punches.

In the sixth round, Hurd took complete control of the contest as he hurt Trout with a right hand that staggered him into the corner.  Trout, to his credit, came back in the waning moments of that round.  In the seventh, Hurd suffered a cut over the left eye because of an accidental head butt but that didn't seem to faze the champion as he caught the former WBA titleholder with a solid right hand.

Hurd was able to damage Trout's right eye in the eighth round but Trout showed a lot of guts and was battling Hurd toe to toe.  However, by the ninth, Trout's eye was nearly swollen shut.  Hurd punished Trout in the 10th round and after the round, referee Eddie Claudio stopped the contest on the advice of the ringside doctor in Trout's corner.  This was the first time Trout had been stopped in his career.

Hurd remains undefeated with a record of 21-0, 15 KO's and looks to unify against either WBC champion Jermell Charlo or WBA titleholder Erislandy Lara, who both won their bouts on the same card.  Trout falls to 30-4, 17 KO's.

Results From Springfield, VA!

Here are the results from the Victory Boxing Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

In the main event,Washington, DC super bantamweight Daron "Sweet Tay" Williams scored a first-round TKO over Marquis Pierce of Newark, NJ.  In his Beltway homecoming, Williams, who fought his first five bouts in Phoenix, AZ, went to work early overpowering Pierce before unleashing a flurry of right hands that forced referee Billy Johnson to stop the contest at 1:46 of the round.  Williams remains undefeated with a record of 6-0, three KO's.  Pierce is now 1-12.

The co-feature saw Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Thomas "KO" Snow return to action with a six-round unanimous decision over the always-durable Stephon McIntyre of Jonesboro, GA.  In his first action since May of 2016, Snow was able to land solid punches that helped outwork McIntyre throughout the contest  McIntyre stayed with his opponent in the bout but did not land enough punches to change the tide of battle.  Judge Brian Costello saw the bout as a shutout for Snow, 60-54.  Judge Ron Rodriguez saw the contest, 59-55 and judge Luc Belhumeur scored it 58-56 for Snow who is now 19-3, 12 KO's.  McIntyre's record is now 2-35-2.

Justin and Jason -- The Bell Twins of District Heights, MD -- were both victorious on this card.  Light heavyweight Justin scored a second-round TKO over the debuting Ben D. Williams of Benton Harbor, MI.  Bell was able to walk Williams down in the first round.  In the second, Williams tripped against the ropes and seemed to injure his left ankle.  Williams seemed to recover and attempted to exchange with Bell but Bell had the more powerful arsenal and landed a right to the body that dropped Williams to one knee and he could not beat the count.  The bout was stopped at 1:37 of the round.  Justin Bell is now 3-0, two KO's.

Jason Bell captured a four-round unanimous decision over the debuting Alan Stephenson of Richmond, VA.  Bell gained a significant advantage in the second round of the bout by using solid body shots. Bell maintained control the rest of the way, although he could not increase his advantage in the contest.  Bell did win by shutout (40-36) on all three scorecards and raised his record to 3-0, one KO.

Alexandria, VA welterweight Jean-Jacques Broussard made a successful pro debut winning a third-round TKO over the equally-debuting Tyrone Beauford of Benton Harbor, MI.  After an awkward first round, Broussard settled down in the contest and started to land shots.  Eventually, during a Broussard flurry, Beauford stopped boxing and forced referee Mark D'Attilio to stop the bout at 1:05 of the third.

Highly-touted Philadelphia, PA welterweight prospect Jaron "Boots" Ennis scored an easy first round TKO over Ayi "Bruce Lee" Bruce of Albany, NY by way of Accra, Ghana.  Ennis wasted no time in swarming Bruce with rights and lefts.  Bruce could not land a single punch and was knocked down by a left hand.  Moments later, Ennis completed the swarm and forced Johnson to stop the bout at 1:37.  Ennis remains undefeated at 16-0, 14 KO's while Bruce drops to 23-15, 15 KO's.

Super middleweight Alex Lara of Manhattan, NY made a successful pro debut stopping debuting Zameze Braswell of Elm City, NC at 2:34 of the first round.  Braswell actually landed the first couple of solid punches in the round.  However, Lara was able to right the ship by landing a right hand on top of Braswell's head and dropping him to the canvas.  Braswell tried to mount a comeback but another Lara right hand dropped Braswell for a second time and the bout was stopped.

Undefeated super welterweight Zsolt "The Phenom" Daryani of Toronto, Ontario, Canada stopped veteran Fabian Lyimo of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania at 1:32 of the first round.  Daryani, a native of Budapest, Hungary was able to land a crushing right hand that dropped Lyimo to the canvas.  Referee D'Attilio counted to six before the bout was halted.  Daryani is now 13-0, 12 KO's.  Lyimo's record drops to 23-8-2, 15 KO's.

In the opening contest, "The Cuban Princess" Bertha Aracil of Yonkers, NY made short work of the debuting Rayven Chatman of Rocky Mount, NC.  Aracil stopped Chatman with punches that made Chatman turn her head away from the action before the bout was stopped at 52 seconds of the first round.  Aracil is now 4-0, three KO's.

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bernard Roach, Master Trainer, Passes At 52!

We have incredibly sad news to report.  Longtime Beltway trainer Bernard "Boogaloo" Roach passed away on Friday from complications of a heart attack.  He was 52 years old.

A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Roach served and boxed in the military in the eighties before turning to training boxers, which he did for more than 20 years.  Mr. Roach also served as a DC firefighter for 20 years.  A strict disciplinarian, Mr. Roach helped guide the careers of legendary boxers like Andrew Council and DeMarcus Corley.  Mr. Roach was in the corner when Corley won his WBO Super Lightweight title in June of 2001.  At the time of his passing, Mr. Roach was the co-trainer of rising prospects Lamont Roach, Jr., Kevin Rivers, Jr. and D'Mitrius Ballard.

In February of 2006, Mr. Roach and his cousin, Lamont Roach, Sr. founded the No Xcuse Boxing Gym in Capitol Heights, MD where they used Christian principles to train the entire person.

There are so many great things that I can say about Bernard and yet I can't believe I have to say them at this very sad time.  I had the great pleasure of knowing him for almost 25 years.  He goes back to my days on Boxing Spotlight when he was training Andrew Council.  To say that Bernard Roach was a first-class human being is truly understating the man.  They came no better than Bernard Roach.  His way of approaching you and always having a kind word to say.  He wore his faith on his sleeve.  No matter what the situation was, he approached it with a smile and with a positive attitude.

When Council lost his first bout against Keith Holmes in September of 1994 at the Show Place Arena, I remember that while he was upset that Council had three points taken away from him for questionable low blows, he still kept his cool and had a philosophical view of the bout.  That showed me what kind of character the man had.

For a short time, I served as a cemetarian at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, MD.  One funeral I had to oversee was a funeral for a firefighter.  Those funerals take a lot more planning than most.  Even though I had gone through the proper channels, I was still very nervous.  At one point during the ceremony, I looked to my right and I saw Bernard.  He smiled back at me and we shook hands.  Suddenly, I knew everything was going to be fine.

Bernard Roach's passing has affected the entire Beltway Boxing community.  You will not hear any bad words said about this man for he was someone that everybody in our business truly, truly loved.  I send my deepest condolences to his family.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weights From Springfield, VA!

Here is the scale watch for the Victory Boxing Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Daron Williams 123 vs. Marquis Pierce 116

Thomas Snow 123 vs. Stephon McIntyre 122

Jason Bell 169 vs. Alan Stevenson 169

Justin Bell 172 vs. Ben D. Williams 180

Jacques Jean 147 vs. Tyrone Beauford 156

Jaron Ennis 149 vs. Ayi Bruce 144

Raven Chatman 145 vs. Bertha Aracil 152

Zamaze Braswell 161 vs. Alejandro Lora 167

Zsolt Daranyi, Jr. 154 vs. Fabian Lyimo 153

Chris Yarborough 146 vs. Alexis Arguello Smith (did not weigh in)

Hurd Weighs 153.6 For IBF Title Defense Saturday In Brooklyn!

Jarrett Hurd tipped the scales at 153.6 pounds for his 12-round IBF Super Welterweight title bout against former world champion Austin Trout Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Trout came in at 153.

The bout will be part of a super welterweight tripleheader on Showtime that begins at 10 PM ET.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 14th ABC Card Updated!

A few bouts have been added to the Victory Boxing card on Saturday, October 14th at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Glenarden, MD super lightweight Dravontay Speed Rawls returns to action in a four-round contest against Howard Thompson of Shelby, NC.  Speed Rawls (8-1-1, six KO's) looks to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss -- a six-round split decision to Dion Richardson on July 13th in Glen Burnie, MD.  Thompson (0-2) also lost his last bout in Glen Burnie, dropping a four-round unanimous decision to Craig Callan on May 12th.

Alexandria, VA welterweight Jacques Jean will make his pro debut on this card as he takes on the equally debuting Tyrone Beauford.  Jean is a former Virginia State Golden Gloves champion.

In another debut bout, welterweight Alexis Arguello Smith of Cincinnati, OH will battle Chris Yarborough of Fairfax, VA in a four-round contest.

The card is scheduled to begin around 7 PM ET.  If you can't make the card, join the live broadcast by downloading the free Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android.  IOS listeners can hear the broadcast by clicking on the BATB page on Spreaker.com  .https://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway or the BATB page on IHeartRadio.com https://www.iheart.com/podcast/boxing-along-the-beltway-22903291/.  The broadcast will get underway at 6:55 PM ET.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Dyer Wins Decision In Erie; Justin Hurd Off Brother's Card In Brooklyn!

Couple of notes to pass along.  Baltimore, MD lightweight Jahmal Dyer won a four-round unanimous decision over Roger "Monster" Blankenship of on October 7 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA.  According to reports, Dyer used a lot of body shots in the last three round to gain the victory by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).  Dyer is now 4-0, two KO's while Blankenship is 1-2.

This week, we learned that Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd will not appear on the Saturday, October 14th card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Apparently, Hurd (3-0, two KO's) has an illness and has not been able to train.  This is the card that features Hurd's brother, IBF Super Welterweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd making the first defense of his title against former world champion Austin Trout as part of a 154-pound tripleheader.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Nat Williams, Promoter and Founder Of Boxing Information Center, Passes At 83!

This will be one of the saddest posts I have ever had to write.  One of the people who helped get me started in boxing in the Washington, DC area passed away on Sunday, October 1.

Nat Williams, a long-time promoter of pro and amateur boxing, transitioned at the age of 83.  When I first started, Nat was one of the first promoters I worked with in the business.  Nat, along with matchmaker Cleveland Burgess, the late Gilbert Ware, who was the Deputy Commissioner of the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission and ring announcer Discombobulating Jones were all very instrumental in getting me started in the sport as a writer and TV announcer.

In the late 90's, Williams founded the Boxing Information Center (BIC), an organization that helped raise money for older boxers and put on amateur boxing cards to help give exposure to young boxers.  BIC was instrumental in the first return of the Mayor's Cup and also promoted the Capital Gloves in 2006.

During the buildup to the Capitol Gloves, I interviewed Nat for this blog.  On the first night of the tournament, Nat suffered a stroke.  I don't think he ever truly recovered from that sad event.

Nat's funeral will be held on Saturday, October 7th at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home and Cemetery located at 3401 Bladensburg Road in Brentwood, MD.  The viewing will be from 9:30 to 10:30 AM ET with the graveside service to follow.

Nat and I shared the same last name but, to my knowledge, we were not related.  However, Nat Williams was as close to a father figure as I had in this business.  We talked a lot about the business over the years and I was one of the folks who helped with the Boxing Information Center in its formative years.  Nat was a wonderful person who I thought the world of.  I will miss our conversations and our friendship dearly.  He was such a wonderful person.  I send my deepest condolences to his family.

Boxing Returns To Springfield, VA October 14th!

Victory Boxing Promotions will head to the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA on Saturday, October 14th.  The card will feature a number of Beltway Boxers in action.

The main event will be Maryland super bantamweight Daron Williams, who will make his Beltway-area debut against Marquis Pierce of Newark, NJ in a six-round bout.  Williams (5-0, two KO's) has been applying his trade in Phoenix, AZ where he has won all of his pro contests.  As an amateur, Williams fought a number of times in the Washington Golden Gloves at 123 pounds.  Pierce (1-11) has gone the distance in his last four bouts.

Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Thomas "KO" Snow returns to action in a six-round contest against veteran Jonesboro, GA boxer Stephon McIntyre.  Snow (18-3, 12 KO's) competes from the first time since his eight-round unanimous decision loss to Luis Orlando Del Valle in May of 2016 in Washington, DC.  McIntyre (2-34-4) is coming off a four-round majority draw against Cameron Springer on July 29th in Raleigh, NC.  Three of McIntyre's draws have come against Beltway Boxers -- he has two against Marq Johns and one against Marcus Bates.  This will be McIntyre's ninth bout in 2017.

Marq "The Monster" Johns -- the featherweight from Fort Washington, MD -- will be on this card going up against the debuting Varon Webb of North Carolina by way of Hartford, CT in a four-round contest.  Johns (7-1-2, six KO's) last fought in the four-round draw against McIntyre on March 25th in DC.

The Bell Twins -- Jason and Justin of District Heights, MD -- will face debuting boxers on this card.  Jason Bell (2-0, one KO) will battle Terrell Hobbs of Richmond, VA in a four-rounder.  Bell is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over George Sheppard on April 29th at the ABC Sports Complex.  Hobbs makes a transition from Mixed Martial Arts and Muay Thai boxing.

Justin (2-0, one KO) will take on Ben D. Williams from Benton Harbor, MI in another four-round encounter.  Bell scored a first-round TKO over Erik Plumeri on July 15th in DC.  Williams is a former Michigan Golden Gloves champion.

In other bouts on the card, there will be a six-round contest between undefeated Philadelphia, PA welterweight Jaron "Boots" Ennis who will battle Silver Spring, MD veteran Samuel Amoako.  Ennis (15-0, 13 KO's) has scored first-round knockouts in three of his last four contests.  That includes a first-round stoppage of Lionel Jimenez on September 23rd in Hammond, IN.  Ennis also stopped Ricardo Cano in the first round on August 12th in DC.  Amoako (23-15, 17 KO's) has fought in his native, Accra, Ghana and scored two straight TKO's over Raymond Ansah.  Those bouts broke an 11-bout losing streak in which he went to a decision in 10 of those bouts.

The co-feature will match undefeated Zsolt "The Phenom" Daranyi, Jr. of Toronto, Canada against Fabian Lyimo of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania in another six-round bout.  Daranyi (12-0, 11 KO's) scored a six-round TKO over Andre Baker on July 29th in Charlotte, NC.   Lyimo (23-7-2, 15 KO's) competes in the United States for the first time as a pro and brings a three-bout winning streak to the bout.

More bouts will be announced on this card.

Peterson Vacates WBA Welterweight Title!

Washington, DC welterweight Lamont Peterson has vacated the WBA regular Welterweight championship that he captured in February.

According to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, Peterson sent a letter to the WBA thanking the organization for the opportunity and he did not want to "be an obstacle for the rest of the fighters in the ranking who have the objective of fighting for the belt.”  Peterson won the title on February 18th, scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over David Aveneysan in Cincinnati, OH.

No official word on the next opponent for Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO's).  However, there is talk he may face Errol Spence in either December or January.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Rodriquez Scores Big Win In Philadelphia!

Haymarket, VA super lightweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez picked up a huge win Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Rodriguez knocked out "Mr. Marvelous" Maynard Allison of Philadelphia at the end of the second round.

Rodriguez is now 8-7-1, six KO's while Allison falls to 9-2, six KO's.

Rodriguez Weighs 140 For Eight-Rounder in Philadelphia; Fox Bout Called Off!

Juan Rodriguez tipped the scales at 140 pounds for his eight-round contest against Maynard Allison Friday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Allison weighed in at 135.8 pounds.

The bout scheduled to feature Mykal Fox was called off.  No reason was given as to why the bout was cancelled.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Justin Hurd To Appear On Brother's October 14th Card; Ballard, Roach Placed On October 21st Slate!

A number of young Beltway Boxers will appear on two big cards in October.

Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd has been added to his brother Jarrett's undercard on Saturday, October 14th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Jarrett Hurd defends his IBF Super Welterweight title against former world champion Austin Trout.

Justin Hurd (3-0, two KO's) will compete in his first scheduled six-round bout when he takes on Steven "Ironman" Andrade of Cartersville, GA.  Hurd last fought on June 3rd and scored a third-round TKO over Alberto Delgado in Fort Washington, MD.  Andrade (3-2, two KO's) will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak. 

On Saturday, October 21st at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY,  Undefeated locals D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard and Lamont Roach, Jr. will be on the same card where fellow Beltway Boxer Alantez Fox will battle Demetrius Andrade in the co-feature. Ballard, the WBC USNBC Super Middleweight champion (17-0, 12 KO's) and Roach, the WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight titleholder (14-0, five KO's) are scheduled to be in 10-round encounters.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Big Bouts For Fox Brothers Coming In Near Future!

The undefeated Fox Brothers of Forestville, MD will attempt to make big moves in their careers over the next few weeks as they have signed for very important bouts.

Younger brother Mykal "The Professor" Fox will be in an eight-round encounter against "La Furia Negra" Marlon Aguas of Quito, Ecuador on Friday, September 29th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Fox (14-0, four KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Daniel Sostre on June 3 in Fort Washington, MD.  Aguas (9-1, six KO's) will look to bounce back from suffering his only pro loss -- a sixth-round stoppage to Ivan Golub on March 25 in Miami, OK.

Also slated to be on that card is Haymarket, VA super welterweight Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez who will take on "Mr. Marvelous" Maynard Allison of Philadelphia by way of Siler City, NC in an eight-round contest.  Rodriguez (7-7-1, five KO's) looks to bounce back from a six-round unanimous decision loss to Tyrone Crawley at the 2300 Arena on May 19th.  Allison (9-1, six KO's) comes off a fourth-round stoppage of Roy Garcia on June 22nd in Durham, NC.

As far as big brother Alantez "SlyAza" Fox is concerned, ESPN.com is reporting that he will be in without question the biggest bout of his career when he meets fellow undefeated and current WBA Regular Super Welterweight champion Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade in a scheduled 12-round bout on Saturday, October 21st at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.  The bout will be televised on HBO.  

Fox (23-0-1, 11 KO's) last fought on July 26th and scored a fifth-round TKO over Euri Gonzalez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Fox is the WBC USNBC Middleweight champion. Andrade (24-0, 16 KO's), a native of Providence, RI, is moving up in weight for this contest.  Andrade is coming off a 12th round split decision win over Jack Culcay on March 11 in Ludwigshafen, Germany.  That gave Andrade the WBA title.  Andrade is also a former WBO Super Welterweight champion.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

'Raging Bull' Jake LaMotta Passes At 95!

He may have been one of the last of the first group of living legends in boxing.  Jake LaMotta, best known as "The Raging Bull," passed away on September 19th at the age of 95.

Mr. LaMotta (83-19-4, 30 KO's) was a legendary middleweight who was known for his no-nonsense style of boxing.  He is perhaps best known for his six-fight series with fellow legend Sugar Ray Robinson ("I fought Sugar Ray so much, I got diabetes").  Robinson won the first bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City on  contest on October 2, 1942 by 10-round unanimous decision.  However, Mr. LaMotta would give Robinson his first defeat on February 5, 1943 scoring a 10-round unanimous decision in Detroit, MI.

Twenty-one days later in the same Olympia Stadium in Detroit, the two would fight again with Robinson the victor by 10-round unanimous decision.

In June of 1949, Mr. LaMotta won the world middleweight title with a 10th round TKO over Marcel Cerdan in Detroit.  Cerdan hurt his shoulder in the first round and had to retire in the 10th.  Cerdan, who was from France, was on his way back to the United States for the rematch but he died in a plane crash.

Mr. LaMotta would defend the title twice before facing Robinson for the fourth time on February 14, 1951 in Detroit  Robinson won the title by 13th round TKO in what would be known as the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre."  Mr. LaMotta would take a beating in that contest but he never went down.

Throughout his career, Mr. LaMotta was involved with issues in and out of the sport.  In 1960, he admitted to throwing a 1947 fight because the mob would arrange a title bout for him.  In 1955, he would open a nightclub in Miami Beach, FL.  Two years later, he would serve six months in prison for promoting prostitution after a 14-year-old who was arrested said she plied her trade at LaMotta's club.

In 1970, Mr. LaMotta would write his autobiography, "Raging Bull: My Story."  In 1980, the book was made into the legendary movie "Raging Bull" starring Robert DeNiro.  The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and DeNiro won for Best Actor.

Mr. LaMotta was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. The Ring named him the fifth greatest middleweight of all time in 2004.

For many years, Mr. LaMotta was a fixture at the Fight Night Fight For Children event in Washington, DC.  I met him at the event in 1995 and I made the mistake of not leading off my interview by calling him "The Raging Bull."  He did not take kindly to my oversight.  Once the interview started, however, it went well.  He was a true character, one of the last we will ever see.  We send our condolences.

Russell Brothers Are Victorious In Bethlehem, PA!

Antonio and Antuanne Russell, boxers from Capitol Heights, MD, each scored knockout victories on a card on September 19 at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

Bantamweight Antonio notched a third-round knockout over Cristian Renteria of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.  The time of the KO was 1:36.  Antonio is now 9-0, seven KO's.  Renteria falls to 7-6, six KO's.

Super lightweight Antuanne registered his second straight first-round TKO when he stopped Jesus Lule of Fort Myers, FL at 2:38.  Antuanne is 2-0, two KO's while Lule is 11-24-1, two KO's.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Russell Brothers Weigh In For Tonight's Bouts In Philadelphia!

Two members of the Russell Family -- Antonio and Antuanne -- will be in action tonight at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Antonio (8-0, six KO's) will be in a six-round contest against Cristian Renteria (7-5, six KO's) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.  Antonio Russell last fought on May 20th and scored a third-round TKO over Jovany Fuentes at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  Renteria is coming off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Tenochtitlan Neva on June 2 in Los Angeles, CA.

After making his pro debut on the May 20th card in Oxon Hill and scoring a first-round TKO over Josh Ross, Antuanne returns in a four-round contest against veteran Jesus Lule of Fort Myers, FL (11-23-1, two KO's).  Lule faces a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time, losing a six-round unanimous decision to Patrick Harris on August 12 at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC.  Lule also has losses to locals Lamont Roach, Jr. and Dodie Boy Penalosa, Jr.

The bouts are part of an FS1 telecast that is scheduled to begin at 10 PM ET.  No word on whether either bout will be on the program.

Here are the weights:

Antonio Russell 117.8 vs Cristian Renteria 120.2

Antuanne Russell 138.5 vs Jesus Lule 139.7

Monday, September 18, 2017

Benjamin "Benny" Alperstein, Long-Time Maryland Boxing Commissioner And Champion Collegiate Boxer, Passes At 102!

(Photo courtesy of umterps.com)

Sad news to report.  Benjamin "Benny" Alperstein, a champion of collegiate boxing and a long-time member of the Maryland State Athletic Commission, passed away on September 16th at the age of 102.

Mr. Alperstein, who lived in Chevy Chase, MD, served as commissioner in the state for more than 30 years and was still attending boxing and wrestling cards up until 2016.   In the sixties, Alperstein was a commissioner and later, the chair of the Washington, DC Boxing Commission.

In his youth, Mr. Alperstein was a two-time national collegiate boxing champion at the University of Maryland.  He won the title in 1937 and 1938 and was named Outstanding Boxer in 1938.  In fact, Mr. Alperstein won the first national championship in any sport at the University of Maryland.

Mr. Alperstein is a member of the University of Maryland, Washington, DC Boxing and Maryland Boxing Halls of Fame.   The service for Mr. Alperstein will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at the Judean Memorial Gardens, located at 16225 Batchellors Forest Road in Olney, MD.  The service begins at 1:30 PM.

BATB sends its deepest condolences to the Alperstein Family.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beltway Boxer Faces First-Degree Murder Charges In 2009 Cold Case!

Prince George's County Police have charged 27-year-old Larry Recio with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder in the 2009 fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman during a graduation party.

According to both WTOP Radio and WRC-TV, police say Recio opened fire on a group of men during a dispute.  The woman that was killed, Shai Caldwell of Bowie, MD, was not one of the intended victims. Three other people, also not intended victims, were injured.

Authorities say the break in the case came when the Cold Case Unit turned up additional witnesses and evidence that linked Recio with the shooting.

From October of 2013 to July of 2014, Recio, a native of Lanham, MD, was a super welterweight boxer known as "The Cuban Assassin."  Recio was undefeated as a pro at 7-0, five KO's.  Recio was also a prominent amateur.

Recio is currently an inmate at Hazelton Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in West Virginia after being sentenced to five years for a felony possession of illegally possessing a firearm, according to online court records.  Recio was arrested in May of 2015 after being spotted by a Prince George's County gang unit handling a gun.  Recio was previously convicted of a crime that had him spend a year in prison, making it illegal for him to have a gun.

Recio is scheduled to be released sometime in 2019 and extradited to Prince George's County where he will face charges in Caldwell's death.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September 21st Card In Glen Burnie Raises Funds For Former Maryland Boxer!

Baltimore Boxing will hold a card on Thursday, September 21st at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD that will raise funds for a very special cause.

The card is called "Punches and Prayers For Alan Blyweiss."  Blyweiss, a native of Pikesville, MD, was a local amateur and pro boxer who earned a living as a sparring partner for a number of boxers. Over the last few years, Blyweiss has had a number of serious health issues including a testicular hernia, a stomach ailment that required two-thirds of his stomach to be removed and multiple spine and hip procedures that limited his mobility.

Then in March of 2016, Blyweiss was diagnosed with Pugilistic Dementia which has caused his memory to fade and his speech to be halted.  Blyweiss also requires a walker or wheelchair for stability.

Tickets for the event are $40 for general admission and VIP seats are $60.  The main event on the card will be a match up for the East Coast Heavyweight championship between Brian Haneschlager and Tyrone Holt.  Also, Deshawn Chase and Clayton Fraser will be in separate bouts for the Maryland Welterweight and Middleweight championship, respectively.  The card is scheduled to begin at 8:15 PM ET.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Outlaw Wins Unanimous Decision In Queens!

Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw won a six-round unanimous decision over Sidney "Keelo" Maccow of New York City Saturday night at Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.

In his first scheduled six-round contest, Outlaw took control of the bout in the second half by landing solid left hands.  Maccow's offense dwindled in the latter stages of the contest.  Outlaw won by scores of 59-55 and 58-56 (twice). Outlaw remains undefeated at 4-0, one KO.  Maccow drops to 4-7, three KO's.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Amateur Action Aplenty In DC This Weekend!

There are two free amateur boxing events that come to Washington, DC on the weekend of Friday, September 8-9. 

The Barry Farms community will be alive with the "Friday Night Fights Inside The Gates" event that will take place on Friday.  The event will take place at 1230 Sumner Place in Southeast DC and will be hosted by Miles Rawls of the legendary Goodman Summer Basketball League.  The event is free and will begin at 6 PM.

Then on Saturday, September 9, there will be the seventh annual Dr. Arnold W. McKnight Boxing Invitational, Kickboxing and MMA Exhibition Event that will take place at the Kenilworth Recreation Center located at 1300 44th Street in Northeast Washington.  This is also a free event and will get underway at noon.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Lockett Wins Split Decision In Augusta!

Veteran Takoma Park, MD cruiserweight Willis "The Prophet" Lockett broke an eight-bout winless streak by capturing a six-round split decision over Brandon Spencer of Georgia on September 2nd at Laney High School in Augusta, GA.

Lockett won by scores of 57-56 and 59-55.  Spencer won one of the cards, 57-56.  The win is Lockett's first since December of 2015 and he has a record of 15-21-6, five KO's.  Spencer drops to 6-15-2, four KO's.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Outlaw Travels To New York For Four-Round Contest September 9th!

Bowie, MD super lightweight Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw makes his first road trip on Saturday, September 9th when he faces Sidney "Keelo" Maccow of New York City in a four-round contest at Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.

Outlaw (3-0, one KO) has fought all of his previous bouts at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Outlaw secured his first pro knockout when he scored a fourth-round TKO over Mario Perez on June 3rd.

A native of Saint Maarten, Maccow (4-6, three KO's) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak.  Maccow lost a six-round unanimous decision to Anthony Laureano in his last outing on May 11 in Uncasville, CT.  In his second pro bout, Maccow lost a four-round split decision to Stephon McDonald in November of 2014 in Baltimore, MD.

This card is being promoted by hall of famer and former world champion Evander Holyfield.  Some of the bouts will be shown on the CBS Sports Network but no word on whether Outlaw's bout will make the telecast.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Isley Wins Bronze In Hamburg!

Middleweight Troy Isley has concluded his international trip with a bronze medal at the 2017 Men's Elite World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

Isley lost his semifinal match against Oleksandr Khyzhniak of the Ukraine by a 4-1 score.  Team USA will have two bronze medals and one boxer, Duke Regan of Cincinnati, OH, going for a gold medal in the championship on Saturday.  This is the best showing for the Americans at the Elite Championships since 1999.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurd To Defend Title Against Former World Champion Trout October 14 In Brooklyn!

IBF Super Welterweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd will make the first defense of his title against former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout on Saturday, October 14th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Hurd (20-0, 14 KO's), a native of Accokeek, MD, won his title with a ninth-round TKO over Tony Harrison on February 25th at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL.  Hurd has knocked out his last six opponents.

Trout, who is from Las Cruces, NM (30-3, 17 KO's), is a former WBA Super Welterweight titleholder, who won his title in February of 2011 with a unanimous decision over Rigoberto Alvarez in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Trout made four defenses of the WBA title before losing to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez by unanimous decision in April of 2013 in San Antonio, TX.  Alvarez's WBC title was also on the line.  Trout would try two more times for a world title, dropping unanimous decisions to Erislandy Lara and, in his most recent outing, to Jermall Charlo for the IBF title in May of 2016 in Las Vegas.  Charlo would vacate the title and Hurd would pick up the belt.

The bout will be part of a Showtime tripleheader in which three of the super welterweight titles will be on the line. Lara, of Houston, TX by way of  Cuba (24-2-2, 14 KO's) defends the WBA Super World Super Welterweight title and the IBO title against undefeated US Olympian 2012  Terrell Gausha of Cleveland, OH (20-0, nine KO's) and Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KO's) of Houston, TX will defend the WBC crown against fellow undefeated Erickson Lubin of Orlando, FL (18-0, 13 KO's).

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Isley Heads Into Semis In Hamburg!

Middleweight Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA has moved into the semifinals of the 2017 AIBA Elite Men's Championships in Hamburg, Germany. 

Isley won his quarter final bout by a 3-2 decision over Israil Madrimov of Uzbekistan in Tuesday's action.  This means Isley will finish with no worse than a bronze medal.  Isley is one of three Americans still left in the tournament.

Wednesday is a rest day for all competitors.  Isley will return on Thursday with a semifinal contest against Oleksandr Khyzhniak of the Ukraine.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Isley Advances To Quarterfinals In Hamburg!

Alexandria, VA middleweight Troy Isley has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2017 AIBA Men's Elite World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

After winning his first bout by walkover, Isley shocked many people in attendance by winning a 5-0 decision over two-time Egyptian Olympian and 2015 Middleweight world champion Hosam Abdin.  Isley, who is the youngest member of the USA Elite team, will look to clinch a bronze medal if he can defeat Israli Madrimov of Uzebekistan on Tuesday.

By the way, one of the coaches of the USA squad is Kay Koroma, also of Alexandria.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Quigley Scores Second-Round TKO In Germany!

Gaithersburg, MD welterweight Gerome "GQ" Quigley, Jr. scored a second-round TKO over Orlen Padilla on August 26th at the Hugenottentalle in Neu-Isenberg, Germany.  The win earns Quigley another regional title -- The German version of the World Boxing Union Welterweight title.

Quigley fought off an early Padilla charge to come back strong and stop Padilla.  No word on the official time of the stoppage.

Quigley remains undefeated at 18-0, 16 KO's.  Padilla falls to 27-7-1, 20 KO's.