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!

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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.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Davis Scores Ninth-Round Knockout In Las Vegas!

Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis has scored a eighth-round knockout over Francisco Fonseca of Costa Rica tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Davis, the former IBF Super Featherweight champion who lost his belt on the scales by being two pounds overweight, fought well in spurts but had a tough time keeping Fonseca off of him at times.

In the eighth round, Davis hit Fonseca with a body shot followed by two right hands that looked like they landed slightly behind the head.  Fonseca dropped to his knees and referee Russell Mora counted him out.  The bout ended at 37 seconds of the eighth.

Davis remains undefeated at 19-0, 18 KO's.  Fonseca loses for the first time and he is now 19-1-1, 13 KO's.

Aleem Knocked Out In Third; Nicholson Scores KO In Second!

Richmond, VA middleweight Immanuwel "The Chosen One" Aleem suffered his first pro loss as he was knocked out in the third round by Hugo Centeno, Jr. of Oxnard, CA  Aleem went down from a Centeno left hook and the bout was stopped at 2:27.  Aleem is now 17-1-1, 10 KO's while Centeno rises to 26-1, 14 KO's.  The bout was televised by FS1.

On the undercard, Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson scored a TKO at the end of the second round against Josue Obando of Guadalajara, Mexico.  After a hard series of punches, Obando could not answer the bell for the third round.  Nicholson is now 18-2-1, 17 KO's while Obando falls to 15-17-1, 12 KO's.

Davis Loses IBF Title On Scales!

Gervonta Davis has been stripped of the IBF Super Featherweight championship because he came in too heavy in his bout against Francisco Fonseca at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Davis came in at 132 pounds, two pounds more than the 130-pound limit while Fonseca came in at the 130-pound limit.  If Davis wins the bout, the IBF title will be vacated.  Fonseca can win the title with a victory over Davis.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Aleem, Nicholson Hit Scales For Bouts In Miami, OK!

Immanuwel Aleem and Demond Nicholson weighed in for their bouts later tonight at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.  Aleem and Hugo Centeno, Jr. both weighed in at 158.8 pounds for their10-round contest.

The WBC has made it clear that this bout is not for the WBC Silver Middleweight title.  Aleem, who won that belt in January, has apparently been stripped of the title because of inactivity.

Nicholson (17-2-1, 16 KO's) weighed in at 167.6 pounds for his eight -round contest against veteran Josue Obando of Guadalajara, Mexico.  Obando came in three pounds over the super middleweight limit at 171.4 pounds.  Obando (15-16-2, 12 KO's) faces a Beltway Boxer for the third time in his career.  Obando lost by fourth-round disqualification to Travis Reeves on June 17 in Baltimore, MD.  D'Mitrius Ballard won a six-round unanimous decision over Obando in June of 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Baxter, Taylor Gain Victories In North Carolina!

Two Washington, DC-based boxers scored knockout victories in Greensboro, NC on Saturday, August 19th.  Welterweight Johnathan "Bad Badger" Baxter won the vacant UNBC Welterweight title with a second-round knockout of Isaiah Robinson on Durham, NC.  Baxter is now 8-1, seven KO's while Robinson is 3-6, two KO's.

Baxter's cousin, super middleweight Quinton Taylor, made his pro debut with a first-round knockout of Keshair Lindsey of Wilson, NC.  Lindsey is 0-2.

Results From Mayor's Cup!

Here are the results after three days of competition at the 2017 Mayor's Cup held at Raymond Recreation Center in Northwest Washington, DC.

9-10, 70 Pounds (Junior):  Casanova Lamons (Langdon) over Malachi Robinson (Headbangers)

9-10, 70 Pounds (Open):  Cardarius Johnson (Headbangers) over Kaleb Johnson (Inner City, Raleigh, NC)

11-12, 80 Pounds (Open): Musa Robinson (G-Up Nation) over David Presley (Inner City)

14-15, 110 Pounds (Novice):  Kevin Myers (Crossroads, Fredricksburg, VA) over Dsias St. Pierre (Inner City)

123 Pounds (Open): Nick Sullivan (Team Norfolk) over Jaqueem Hutcherson (Keystone)

132 Pounds (Open):  Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) over Preston Gatling (Enigma Boxing)

15-16, 141 Pounds (Open):  Montre Nichol (Down Under) over Joshua Hill (Tony's Gym)

147 Pounds (Novice): Deshawn Chase (Baltimore Boxing) RSC 2 over Jalil Scott (Dover, DE)

165 Pounds (Open):  Benjamin Wright (Schenectady, NY) over Terryan Rogers (Ninth Dimension, Richmond, VA)

11, 90 Pounds (Matched Bout):  Kamarly Thompson (Ninth Dimension) over Javian Rivera (Comrades Boxing, Loudoun, VA)

13-14, 90 Pounds:  Shawn Myers (Crossroads) over Qwantez Watkins (Dog Pound, Dover, DE)

125 Pounds (Novice): Jay Stancil (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Albert Sostre (Bloomington, IN)

14-15, 132 Pounds (Open): Ibrahim Robinson (G-Up Boxing) over Dennis Zeigler (Langdon)

141 Pounds (Open):  Christopher Robinson (Tony's Gym) over Diego Abregu (Herndon)

154 Pounds (Novice):  Claudius Mason (Jasards Boxing, NC) over Amari Blagman (Raw Assassin)

201+ Pounds (Open):  Malik Titus (Time 2 Grind) over Nathaniel Copeland, Jr. (Keystone)

16, 132 Pounds (Matched Bout):  DeJon Corley (unattatched) RSC 1 over Daylynn Jones (Tony's Gym) -- Jones suffered shoulder injury.

Winners by Walkover:

Antwon Farrow (Woodland Tigers)  - 123 Pounds -- Novice

Joel Kamela (Sugar Ray Leonard) -- 175 Pounds -- Novice

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reed Remains Undefeated With Dominant Unanimous Decision In Nebraska!

Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed remained undefeated with a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over Robert "Red Hot" Frankel of Denver, CO tonight at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NB.

Reed battered Frankel all around the ring during this contest.  Give Frankel a lot of credit for staying upright but Reed was in complete control winning the contest by a 100-90 shutout across the board.  Reed, who is ranked 10th in the world by the WBO, is now 23-0, 12 KO's while Frankel falls to 35-18-1, seven KO's.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Reed Weighs 141 For 10-Rounder In Nebraska!

(Photo by Ross Molovinsky)

Mike Reed weighed in at 141 pounds for his 10-round contest against Robert Frankel that will take place on Saturday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NB.  Frankel came in at 139 pounds.   The Reed-Frankel bout will be part of the streaming portion of the card that will be on the ESPN app and on ESPN3.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Free Amateur Boxing Events Coming This Month!

There are two amateur boxing events that will be free to the public coming up in the next two weeks.  On August 18-20, there will be the return of the Mayor's Cup Boxing Tournament which will take place at the Raymond Recreation Center located at 3725 10th Street in Northwest DC.

The Mayor's Cup has been a very noteworthy tournament over the years that has involved many of the Beltway's current and former world champions.  On Friday the 18th, the first bout will begin at 6 PM ET.  On Saturday and Sunday, the action gets underway at noon.

Then on Saturday, August 26th, there will be the boxing event that will take place during the 10th annual Cease Fire Don't Smoke The Brothers and Sisters cookout at the Upshur Recreation Center at 14th and Arkansas Avenue in Northwest DC.  The event offers free food and health checkups and proposes a six-month moratorium to stop the killings in the city.  The cookout begins at noon and the boxing card will start at 3 PM.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reed Faces Frankel August 19th In Nebraska!

Undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed returns to action in a 10-round contest against Robert "Red Hot" Frankel of Denver, Colorado on Saturday, August 19th at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NB.

Reed (22-0, 12 KO's) last fought on April 8th and won a 10-round unanimous decision over Reyes Sanchez at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  Reed has gone the distance in his last three contests.  Reed is ranked number 10 by the WBO.

Frankel (35-17-1, seven KO's) is a former WBC USNBC Super Lightweight titleholder who has fought the likes of former contender Michael Stewart as well as former world champion Paul Spadafora and current WBA Welterweight champ Lamont Peterson, who won an eight-round unanimous decision over Frankel in Little Rock, AK in September of 2005.  Frankel last fought on April 8th and won a 10-round unanimous decision over Johnny Rodriguez in Denver.

This bout will be on the undercard of the World Super Lightweight Unification bout between WBC/WBO champion Terrence Crawford and WBA/IBF titleholder Julius Indongo.  The Reed/Frankel contest is scheduled to be shown on the ESPN3 channel or the ESPN streaming app.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beltway Weekend Wrap-Up!

Along with the Nation's Fight Night card at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC, a number of Beltway Boxers were in action elsewhere on Saturday, August 12th.  Here is a recap.

Four locals participated on the Ponytail Promotions card at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA.  Undefeated Bethesda, MD bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin scored a second-round TKO over former WBA and WBC Interim Minimumweight champion Juan "El Exterminador" Palacios of Managua, Nicaragua.

Marin, a native of Romania, dropped Palacios twice before the bout was stopped at 2:21.  Marin, who holds the IBO International Bantamweight championship, is now 14-0, 10 KO's.  Palacios has lost five in a row and his record falls to 29-9-2, 22 KO's.

Ashburn, VA super lightweight Seth "Killer B" Billups also remained undefeated by winning a six-round unanimous decision over Rynell Griffin of New Orleans, LA.  Billups won by scores of 58-55 across the board to raise his record to 9-0, six KO's while Griffin's record drops to 8-31-2, two KO's.

Also on the card, Ashburn middleweight Carlos Cruz lost a four-round unanimous decision to George Sheppard of Newport News, VA.  Cruz is now 1-2, one KO and Sheppard wins his first pro bout and is now 1-2. 

DC super lightweight Lamont White lost a six-round unanimous decision to Portsmouth, VA veteran "Dangerous" Dorin Spivey.  No scores were given.  White is now 1-9, one KO, one NC while Spivey is now 49-7, 33 KO's.

At Turner Hall in Madison, WI, Silver Spring, MD middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes made a successful pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Jeffrey Wright of Milwaukee, WI.  Sykes won a Washington Golden Gloves championship earlier this year.  Wright is now 4-8-1, four KO's.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Harris Wins Main Event By Unanimous Decision!

Hyattsville, MD welterweight Patrick Harris won a six-round unanimous decision over a very game Jesus Lule of Mexico.
Harris relied mostly on his inside work, landing crunching shots to Lule's body.  Harris didn't rely much on his jab as he was able to pummel Lule inside.
Harris won by shutout across the board, 60-54 to remain undefeated at 12-0, seven KO's.  Lule falls to 11-23-1, two KO's.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ennis Makes Short Work Of Cano!

In the co-feature at the Howard Theatre,  highly -touted Philadelphia, PA welterweight Jaron "Boots" Ennis made short work of Ricardo Cano of Guadalajara, Mexico, scoring a first-round knockout.

Ennis jumped on Cano early and backed him into a neutral corner.  Ennis landed a left hand to the body and followed with a sweeping right hook to the head to drop Cano.  After reaching the count of eight, Referee Sharon Sands stopped the bout at 40 seconds.

Ennis is now 14-0, 12 KO's while Cano falls to 17-14-5, 10 KO's.

Martin Wins Unanimous Decision!

DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin bounced back from suffering his first pro loss by winning a six-round unanimous decision over Evincii "Prize Fighter" Dixon of Lancaster, PA.

Martin's offensive output turned Dixon into a punching bag with feet as Dixon gave back very little offense in return.  Martin punctuated his performance with quick and powerful flurries in the final round.  Martin scored a shutout on all the judges's cards. 

Martin is now 9-1-1, three KO's.  Dixon drops to 7-19-2, two KO's.

Crews -Dezurn Captures Unanimous Decision In Slugfest!

Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Franchon Crews-Dezurn won a four-round unanimous decision over "Lady Rocky" Sydney LeBlanc of Gretna, LA.
The bout was a slugfest from start to finish as both ladies landed clubbing shots at each other.  LeBlanc tried to live up to the Rocky nickname as she called Crews-Dezurn in to exchange punches.
The judges saw a more powerful output from Crews-Dezurn as she won the bout by shutout across the board.  Crews-Dezurn is now 2-1, one KO.  LeBlanc's record drops to 4-3-1.

Brown Scores Second-Round TKO!

Bladensburg, MD lightweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown scored a second-round TKO over "Unpredictable" Tammy Franks of San Antonio, TX.

Brown was able to land strong shots with both hands that battered Franks all over the ring before the bout was stopped by referee Brent Bovell at 49 seconds of the second round.  Brown is now 3-0, two KO's.  Franks is now 2-29-1.

Lee Looks Impressive In Second-Round Stoppage!

In the third bout of the evening at the Howard Theatre, Coachella, CA welterweight Brandun Lee put on a sterling performance en route to a second-round TKO over the normally tough Roy "The Reaper" Garcia of Alice, TX.

Lee quickly started his dominance by landing precise blows to the head and body.  The confident 18 -year-old Lee was so in control, he took a brief moment to pose in front of a ringside photographer during the action.

Lee quickly overpowered Garcia  before referee Sharon Sands halted the bout at 1:23 of the second round.

Lee remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO's.  Garcia falls to 4-24-1, two KO's.

Irby Makes Short Work Of Late Sub!

Tyrek "I.G.B. Irby of Hyattsville, MD scored an easy first-round KO over late sub Anthony Alston of Raleigh, NC.

Alston was extremely overmatched as Irby pressured him and landed numerous punches.  Alston looked for a place to fall and finally did on his back.  Referee David Braslow counted to 10 and the bout ended at 58 seconds.

Irby is now 4-0, two KO's while Alston is 0-2.

Tazhibay Opens Howard Theatre Card With Unanimous Decision Win!

In the first bout of the Nation's Fight Night card at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC, welterweight Shynggyskhan Tazhibay won a four-round unanimous decision over veteran Robert "Hitman" Hill of Gulfport, MS.

Tazhibay landed solid shots to the body throughout the contest.  Hill was very durable but had no offense in return.  Tazhibay won by shutout (40-36) across the board to raise his record to 5-0, two KO's.  Hill is now 7-34-1, one KO.

Kirby Drops Debut In Philadelphia!

Washington, DC light heavyweight Dameron Kirby had a rough start to his pro career on August 11th when he was knocked out in the first round by Christian Montano of Houston, TX at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, PA.

No word on how the knockout took place but the bout was stopped at 2:25.  Montano is now 2-0, two KO's.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Weights From The Howard Theatre!

Here is the scale watch for the Nation's Fight Night card that will take place on Saturday, August 12th at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC.

Patrick Harris 140.2 vs. Jesus Lule (will weigh-in tomorrow)

Kareem Martin 148 vs. Evincii Dixon 147.2

Franchon Crews-Dezurn 171.2 vs. Sydney LeBlanc 167

Tiara Brown 133.4 vs. Tammy Franks 133.2

Shynggyskhan Tazhibay 146.2 vs. Bobby Hill 144.6

Jaron Ennis 146 vs. Ricardo Cano 152

Brandun Lee 143.2 vs. Roy Garcia 139.8

Tyrek Irby weighed in at 142.4 for his bout.  However, promoters are still looking for an opponent for the contest.

Isley To Represent US in Germany August 25-September 2!

Alexandria, VA amateur middleweight Troy Isley will make his second visit to Germany this year as he will be competing for the United States in the 2017 Elite Men's World Championships in Hamburg August 25-September 2.

Isley won his first international victory in Open Division competition in Halle, Germany at the Chemistry Cup.  Isley advanced to the semifinals of that tournament in March.

Isley punched his ticket to the Elite championships by finishing in the top eight at the Continental Championships in Honduras in June.

Currently, Isley and his US Elite Men's High Performance Squad teammates are in Cologne, Germany attending an acclimation camp.  The US team is making final preparations along with boxers from Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Jordan, Mongolia, The Netherlands and Poland.

Isley is the second Beltway amateur to compete in Germany this month.  Lorenzo Simpson of Baltimore, MD won a silver medal at the Brandenburg Cup in Frankfurt, Germany on August 5th.

August 12th Howard Theatre Card Coming Together!

The "Nation's Fight Night" card that will take place on Saturday, August 12th at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC is coming together.

Headlining the card will be undefeated Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick Harris who will take on veteran Jesus Lule of Fort Myers, FL in a six-round contest.  Harris (11-0, seven KO's) won an eight-round unanimous decision against Omar Garcia in his last outing on April 8th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.

Lule, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil (11-22-1, two KO's), scored a second-round TKO over Ismael Serrano on June 27th in Bethlehem, PA.  This is Lule's second visit to the Nation's Capitol. Lule lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Lamont Roach, Jr. in March of 2016 at the DC Armory.

DC welterweight Kareem "Reemo" Martin returns to action against Evincii "Prize Fighter" Dixon of Lancaster, PA in a six-round bout.  This will be the first bout for Martin (8-1-1, three KO's) since his eighth-round TKO loss to David Grayton on August 23rd in Bethlehem, PA.   Dixon (7-18-2, two KO's) has fought his last four bouts in California and is 0-3-1 in those contests.  Dixon's last outing saw him get knocked out in the second round by Ruslan Madiev on April 6th in Costa Mesa.

There will be two ladies bouts on the card.  Baltimore, MD super middleweight "The Heavy-Hitting Diva" Franchon Crews-Dezurn will be in a four-round bout against Sydney "Ginger the Ninja" LeBlanc of Gretna, LA. Crews-Dezurn (1-1, one KO) bounced back from his pro debut loss to newly-crowned world champion Claressa Shields in November to score a first-round TKO over Latashia Burton on March 25th at the University of the District of Columbia.  LeBlanc (4-2-1) lost her last bout against Shields, dropping an eight-round unanimous decision on June 16th in Detroit, MI.  LeBlanc also has a victory over Burton -- a four-round unanimous decision in June of 2013.

Also, Bladensburg, MD featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown will battle veteran Tammy "The Tigress" Franks of San Antonio, TX in a four-round contest.  Brown (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Natalie King on the March 25th UDC card.  Franks (2-28-1) lost a four-round unanimous decision to Elvina White on April 25th in Tunica, MS.

In another four-round bout, undefeated DC super welterweight Shynggyskhan Tazhibay will face Robert "Hitman" Hill of Gulfport, MS.  Tazhibay (4-0, two KO's) makes his first appearance since May of 2016 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over Ahmet Kayrelti in Timonium, MD.  Hill (7-33-1, one KO) won a six-round unanimous decision over Roy Garcia in his last outing on July 29th in Gulfport.

DC lightweight Tyrek "I.G.B" Irby is scheduled to take on Pablo Capul of San Diego, CA by way of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico in a six-round contest. However, that has not been finalized.  Irby (3-0, one KO) won a six-round unanimous decision over Brandon Sanudo on June 3rd in Fort Washington, MD.  Capul (9-23, five KO's) lost a four-round unanimous decision to the debuting Brandon Trejo on May 19th in Ontario, CA.

Also on the card will be undefeated Philadelphia, PA welterweight Jaron "Boots" Ennis who will face Ricardo Cano of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight-round bout.  After a stellar amateur career, Ennis (13-0, 11 KO's) has had an outstanding start to his pro career. In his last outing, Ennis stopped Robert Hill in the third round in Durham, NC.  This is the second trip to the Beltway for Ennis.  In June of 2016, Ennis needed just 20 seconds to stop Deshawn Debose in Springfield, VA.  Recently, Ennis was named the Philadelphia Boxing Rookie of the Year.

Cano (17-13-5, 10 KO's) makes his first trip to the Continental United States with this bout.  Cano will try to bounce back from suffering a first-round knockout against Jelame Garcia on March 25th in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

California rookie welterweight Brandun Lee will compete in a four-round contest against veteran Roy Garcia of Alice, TX.  The 18-year-old Lee (4-0, three KO's) makes a quick return to action after winning a four-round unanimous decision over Donovain Battle on July 29th in Charlotte, NC.

Garcia (4-24-1, three KO's) also returns quickly after suffering his July 29th loss to Robert Hill in Gulfport, MS.  Garcia returns to DC for the second time after dropping a six-round unanimous decision to Cobia Breedy on March 25th at UDC.  Garcia also lost to Eric Hernandez by six-round unanimous decision in December of 2016 in Springfield, VA.

Davis Now To Defend Title Against Undefeated Fonseca!

There has been a change in the opponent for IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta Davis on Saturday, August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Davis will now face undefeated Francisco Fonseca of San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica in the co-feature to the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout.  Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KO's) is the IBF Inter-Continental Super Featherweight champion and is ranked seventh by the IBF.  Fonseca last fought on March 31 and scored a third-round knockout over Eliecer Lanzas in San Jose, Costa Rica. Fonseca will compete in the United States for the first time in his career.