Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Alexandria Boxing Club Hosts Championship Meet and Greet; Last Round Boxing Club Has Amateur Boxing Card!
On Friday, December 15th, the Alexandria Boxing Club will celebrate its three recent USA National Champions -- Keyshawn Davis, Troy Isley and Amelia Moore -- during a free meet and greet at the Club, which is located in the Charles Houston Recreation Center at 901 Wythe Street in Alexandria, VA. The three champions will talk about their experiences at the recent USA Championships in Salt Lake City, UT. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 PM.
Then on Saturday, December 16th, the Last Round Boxing Club of Waldorf, MD is having a "Season's Beatings" amateur card at the club, located at 2772 Old Washington Road in Waldorf. The club will be looking for donations of new, unwrapped toys. Advanced tickets are $20 General Admission, $30 Ringside with Meal Combo and $50 VIP with Holiday Platter. All General Admission tickets are $10 extra. The physicals begin at 2 PM and the event gets underway at 6 PM.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Recently, two students -- one in Ohio and one in Colorado -- took their lives after being bullied. About 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The event begins at 2 PM ET.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Four Beltway Amateurs won USA National Championships Saturday night at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT.
Baltimore, MD's Lorenzo Simpson won the Youth 165 pound title with a 5-0 decision over Kahshad Elliot of Plainfield, NJ. Simpson wins his second straight title.
Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA won a 3-2 decision over Javier Martinez of Milwaukee, WI to capture the Elite 165 pound championship. This is Isley's second straight championship and the second time he has defeated Martinez in the finals.
Also, Amelia Moore capped off an incredible 2017 with a 5-0 win over Ravven Brown to win the Elite Female 141 pound title. Moore has won a National Golden Gloves title, a Ringside World Championship, a National PAL title and now a USA National championship all in this year.
Keyshawn Davis, who now lives in Alexandria, VA and who won a National Golden Glove championship this year, captured a USA National title at Elite 132 Pounds by defeating Kevin Montano of Concord, CA by a 5-0 score.
Three locals came away with silver medals. Malik Warren of Catonsville, MD lost by a tough 3-1 score to Harley Mederos of New York City in the Youth 132 pound championship DC's Nasheed Smith lost a 5-0 decision to Alexis Espino of Las Vegas, NV in the Youth 178 pound title bout. Jahmal Harvey of Oxon Hill, MD dropped a close 3-2 decision to Chavez Barrientes of Las Vegas in the Junior 106 pound championship
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Baltimore, MD's Lorenzo Simpson will be in the Youth 165 pound championship as he will take on Kahshad Elliott of Plainfield, NJ.
Nasheed Smith of Washington, DC competes for the 178 pound Youth title when he faces Alexis Espino of Las Vegas, NV.
In the Elite 165 pound championship bout, Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA will meet Javier Martinez of Milwaukee, WI.
Oxon Hill, MD's Jahmal Harvey will be in the Junior 106 pound championship contest against Chavez Barrientes of Las Vegas, NV.
Malik Warren of Catonsville, MD competes in the Youth 132 pound title bout against Harley Mederos of New York City.
Amelia Moore of Greenbelt, MD will be in the Elite Female 141 pound contest versus Ravven Brown of San Antonio, TX.
Also, 2017 National Golden Gloves champion Keyshawn Davis of Norfolk, VA will be in the championships of the Elite 132 pound division facing off against Kevin Montano of Concord, CA.
There will be two sessions today -- one at 7 PM ET and one at 9 PM ET. Harvey will be the only local in the 7 PM session. He will be in bout number two in ring two.
The other Beltway Boxers will compete during the 9 PM session. Simpson, Smith and Isley will compete in ring one -- Simpson will be in the fifth bout, Smith in bout six and Isley in bout 11. Warren, Davis and Moore will compete in ring two -- Warren will be in bout four, Davis in bout 14 and Moore in bout 15.
We tell you this because the bouts will be livestreamed and you can see them for free by going to www.usaboxing.org or to USA Boxing's YouTube site.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Sykes (1-0) makes a quick jump to six-round contests after winning his pro debut by four-round unanimous decision over Jeffrey Wright on August 12th in Madison, WI. Martinez (7-9-3, two KO's) returns to action for the first time since winning by second-round TKO over Martez Barnes in May of 2015 in Augusta, GA. Martinez also lost by fifth-round TKO to Immanuwel Aleem in November of 2014 in Chester, PA.
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Washington, DC junior featherweight Marcus "Dreamcrusher" Bates scored a sixth-round knockout over Antonio Rodriguez of Mexico. Bates used a left to the body to drop Rodriquez to the canvas. Rodriguez did not beat the count and the bout ended at 2:37 PM. Bates is now 8-0-1, seven KO's. Rodriguez falls to 11-20-1, five KO's. One added note, five of Bates's seven knockouts have come in the final round of the contest.
Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison recovered from a first-round knockdown to stop Randy Easton of Sunbury, PA in the second round. Like Bates, Madison stopped Easton with a body shot. Easton got up from the blow but could not continue. The bout was stopped at 2:44. Madison rises to 5-0-1, four KO's while Easton drops to 4-10-2, four KO's.
Friday, December 01, 2017
Kisner (19-3-1, six KO's) comes off an eight-round split decision victory over Lamont Singletary on March 30th in Glen Burnie, MD. Kisner is currently riding a three-bout winning streak that includes a 10-round majority decision victory over Brian Holstein in November of 2016 in Columbus, OH. That win earned Kisner the NABA USA Cruiserweight title. Kisner has never been the 12-round distance.
Merhy (23-0, 19 KO's) is a native of the Ivory Coast and is the reigning WBA Intercontinental Cruiserweight champion. The bout will be for Merhy's title. Merhy defended the title on May 20th in Charleroi and won a 12-round unanimous decision over Mitch Williams.
Bates tipped the scales at 122 1/2 pounds for his six-round encounter with Antonio Rodriguez who came in at 121.
Madison weighed in at 240 pounds for his four-round bout against Randy Easton who came in at 232 pounds.
In the main event, Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. remained undefeated with a 10-round unanimous decision over a very game Rey Perez of Laguna, Philippines. Roach was sharp with his punches in the bout. After a Perez flurry in the second round, Roach beat Perez to the punch for the remainder of the contest. By the late rounds, Roach was able to compete and win exchanges with the tough Perez. All three judges (Braslow, Wallace and Gradowski) scored the bout 99-91 for Roach, who is now 16-0, six KO’s. Perez falls to 21-9, six KO’s.
In a minor upset, cruiserweight Lamont “Too Smooth” Capers of Mt. Pocono, PA won a four-round split decision over Luther “Lights Out” Smith of Bowie, MD. Smith gained the early advantage as he dropped Capers with a right to the body and a left to the head. However, Smith seemed to run out of gas in the remaining rounds and Capers’s output increased. Judges Paul Wallace and John Gradowski scored the bout 38-37 for Capers while Dave Braslow saw it for Smith, 38-37. Capers is now 8-10-3 while Smith falls to 9-2, eight KO’s.
In the nationally-televised co-feature, Avery “A Plus” Sparrow of Philadelphia, PA won a 10-round unanimous decision over Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a super featherweight contest. Sparrow took Lopez, a former regional champion, out of his game plan early and beat Lopez to the punch throughout the bout. Lopez looked off balance through the entire contest. Braslow had the bout 97-93 while Wallace and Gradowski saw it 96-94. Sparrow’s record is now 9-1, three KO’s. Lopez is now 18-2-1, 13 KO’s.
The walkout bout was the only contest that didn’t go the distance as super lightweight George Rincon of Carrollton, TX stopped Jihad Wise of Philadelphia, PA at the end of the third round. Rincon outhustled his foe throughout the bout, landing crisp shots to the head and body. After three rounds of damage, Wise could not answer the bell for the fourth round. Rincon is now 3-0 and gets his first pro knockout. Wise falls to 3-4, one KO.
In a super featherweight contest, Manuel “Tino” Avila of Fairfield, CA won an eight-round unanimous decision over Diuhl “Elegante” Olguin of Guadalajara, Mexico. Both men were sharp throughout the contest as they exchanged hard shots. Avila’s output was a bit more consistent in the late stages of the contest to earn the win. Judge Braslow saw the bout 77-75 while judges Wallace and Gradowski scored it 78-74 for Avila, who is now 23-1, eight KO’s. Olgun falls to 11-9-2, nine KO’s.
In the opening bout, super middleweights Tomas “The American Eagle” Williams of Lynchburg, VA and Alberto “El Asasenino” Delgado of Roanoke, VA battled to a four-round majority draw. Both men took turns landing shots on each other and neither could truly gain a clear advantage. Judge David Braslow scored the bout for Delgado, 39-37 but was overruled by judges Paul Wallace and John Gradowski, who saw the draw at 38-38. Williams is now 0-0-2 with both draws coming against Delgado, who is now 0-2-3.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Lamont Roach, Jr. 130.6 vs. Rey Perez 131.2
Luther Smith 199.4 vs. Lamont Capers 196.2
Jose Lopez 129.4 vs. Avery Sparrow 128.6
Manuel Avila 126.7 vs. Diuhl Olguin 125.8
George Rincon 139.4 vs. Jihad Wise 140
Alberto Delgado 166.2 vs. Thomas Williams (will weigh in later tonight)
Roach (15-0, six KO's) will be defending the WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight title against Rey Perez of the Philippines (21-8, six KO's). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.
Smith vs. Capers is one we talked about earlier that is scheduled for four rounds.
Jose "Wonder Boy Lopez of Carolina, Puerto Rico (19-1-1, 14 KO's) will battle Avery "A-Plus" Sparrow of Philadelphia, PA (8-1, three KO's) will be in a 10-round co-feature. Lopez's WBO International Super Featherweight title will not be on the line.
Manuel "Tino" Avila (22-1, eight KO's) is in an eight-round featherweight bout against Diuhl "Elegante" Olguin (12-7-3, nine KO's) of Guadalajara, Mexico.
George Rincon of Dallas, TX (2-0) will participate in a four-round super lightweight battle against Jihad Wise of Philadelphia (3-3, one KO). Rincon's brother, Alex, was slated to be on this card but had a recent battle with appendicitis. The Rincon Brothers train in the Beltway area.
Tomas Williams (0-0-1) is fighting out of Lynchburg, VA and he will be in a four-round super middleweight test against Alberto Delgado of Roanoke, VA (0-2-2). This may be a rematch from a four-round majority draw the two men fought on August 27th in Lynchburg.
Once again, here is the schedule for Thursday evening:
The doors open at 5 PM ET.
The first bout is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM. ESPN3 will carry the early bouts. You can also watch on the WatchESPN app.
ESPN Deportes will join ESPN3 on the coverage starting at 8 PM ET.
The rebroadcast of the main event and co-feature will be on ESPN2 at 11 PM ET.
Davis and his accuser, Anthony Wheeler, were seen shaking hands as they left Baltimore District Court. According to the Baltimore Sun, the 23-year-old Davis originally faced first-degree assault charges in connection with an August 1st incident. Wheeler, who described himself as a childhood friend of Davis, alleged that Davis punched him in the side of the head with a gloved fist. The first-degree assault charge was dropped on Oct. 19 by the state. Police did not charge Davis. Wheeler, of Baltimore, pressed charges with the District Court commissioner on Aug. 3, and a warrant for Davis was served in mid-September.
August was a tumultuous month for Davis. After the early incident in August, Davis (19-0, 18 KO's) was stripped of his IBF title when he came in overweight for his title defense against Francisco Fonseca. Davis won the bout by eight-round TKO, however, it was not one of his better performances. Davis said on social media that he looks forward to fighting in early 2018.
Smith is coming off a first-round knockout of Martez Williamson on July 15th in Washington, DC. Smith has knocked out his last four opponents. Capers is winless in his last three bouts. However, he can be tough at times. In his last outing, Capers fought to an eight-round split decision draw with former world champion Imanu Mayfield. Capers also owns a split decision victory over Beltway Boxer Nick Kisner. Capers lost to locals Travis Reeves (twice), Shaborn Ryals and Mario Murphy.
The weigh-in for the card is today at 4 PM ET at the MGM National Harbor and it is open to the public. The weigh-in will be streamed live on RingTV.com. On Friday, the doors will open at 5 PM with the first bout starting at 6:30 PM. It will be streamed live on ESPN3. ESPN Deportes will pick up the coverage at 8 PM. ESPN2 will air the card at 11 PM ET.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Washington, DC super bantamweight Marcus "The Dreamcrusher" Bates will be in a six-round contest against Antonio Rodriguez of Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Bates (7-0-1, six KO's) will try to continue his momentum from a six-round unanimous decision victory over Roberto Pucheta on June 24 at the 2300 Arena. Rodriguez (11-19-1, five KO's) has lost three straight contests including a fifth-round TKO loss to Cesar Diaz on September 1 in Los Angeles, CA.
Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison faces off with Randy Easton of Sunbury, PA in a four-round contest. Madison (4-0-1, three KO's) looks to improve after a six-round majority draw against Joel Caudle on the June 24th card at the 2300 Arena. Easton (4-9-2, four KO's) has not fought since knocking out Wesley Triplett in November of 2016 in the second round in Chester, PA. Triplett was 4-1 going into the bout.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Memorial contributions in Mr. Arbogast's name can be sent to paypal.me/rememberingdarbogast.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Douglas (22-1-1, 16 KO's) will be challenging for his sixth regional title, having won the WBC Fecarbox title twice as well as the NABA, WBO International and WBA Fedalatin Middleweight titles. Douglas is coming off a fourth round TKO over Juan DeAlba on July 14th in Miami, OK.
O'Sullivan (26-2, 18 KO's) is riding a four-bout winning streak including a fourth-round TKO over Nick Quigley on September 30th in Boston, MA. O'Sullivan's only losses have come to Saunders and Chris Eubank, Jr., who will be competing for a world title in February of 2018.
Another tough loss for the Beltway. David "Dave" Arbogast, who served as an inspector for the Maryland State Athletic Commission, passed away on November 21st at the age of 53.
Mr. Arbogast was a familiar face to many boxers and cornermen who have completed the required paperwork at boxing weigh-ins and who have participated in boxing shows in Maryland, Dave worked for the Maryland Commission for the past four years. Mr. Arbogast also worked pro wrestling and mixed martial arts shows throughout the state. Known for his calm demeanor and straightforward personality, he was well-liked and well-respected by the entire combat sports community and will be missed by all. A real nice person.
BATB sends its deepest condolences to the Arbogast family.
Grayton Drops Unanimous Decision; Russell Brothers Score First-Round Victories; Fox Captures UBF Title; Early Loses Decision; Alexander Falls By KO!
At the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Washington, DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton lost a tough 10-round unanimous decision to undefeated Miguel Cruz of Lake Mary, FL. The bout was nationally televised on FS1. Grayton stunned Cruz in the second round but Cruz came back and hurt Grayton in the third. Cruz, however, suffered a cut under the right eye in the third round.
Cruz was able to drop Grayton in the sixth with a right jab but Grayton was able to recover and pressure Cruz in the eighth round and open another cut above Cruz's right eye. Both men were throwing wildly at the end of the contest. Grayton lost the bout by a 96-93 score across the board. Grayton is now 15-2-1, 11 KO's while Cruz remains undefeated at 17-0, 11 KO's.
On the undercard, The Russell Brothers of Capitol Heights, MD scored first-round knockout victories. Antonio Russell knocked out Marco Antonio "La Maquina" Mendoza Chico at 1:15 to raise his record to 10-0, eight KO's while Chico is 11-6-1, seven KO's. Antuanne Russell scored his third straight first-round stoppage, defeating Larry Yanez of Fort Lauderdale, FL at 2:21. Russell is 3-0, three KO's while Yanez falls to 4-8-2.
(Photo by Daniel Cork)
At the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA, Mykal "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, MD captured the UBF All-Americas Welterweight title with an eight-round unanimous decision over Manuel Alejandro Reyes. Fox, in his first bout at welterweight, won by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74 to remain undefeated at 15-0, four KO's. Reyes drops to 11-4-1, five KO's.
Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early lost a four-round unanimous decision to Juan Sanchez of Allentown, PA. Early lost by scores of 39-37 across the board. Early is now 2-2 while Sanchez remains undefeated at 4-0, one KO.
Also, heavyweight Ralph Alexander of Lanham, MD lost by first-round knockout to the debuting Michael Polite-Coffie of Brooklyn, NY. Coffie stopped Alexander at 1:01. Alexander is 0-2.
Monday, November 20, 2017
At the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, both David Grayton and Miguel Cruz weighed in at 146.8 pounds for their 10-round co-feature bout.
Antonio Russell came in at 117.2 pounds for his six-round contest against Marco A. Mendoza who tipped the scales at 119.2 pounds. Also, Antuanne Russell weighed in at 139 pounds for his six-rounder against Larry Yanez, who came in at 140.8. The card will be shown live on FS1 beginning at 7:30 PM ET. Grayton is definitely scheduled for the telecast and the Russell Brothers may make the TV version as well.
Meanwhile at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Mykal Fox weighed in at 143 pounds for his now 10-round contest against Manuel Reyes. The bout is now the main event on the card because one of the boxers scheduled for the feature bout came in 15, yes, 15 pounds overweight and the bout was scratched. Also, the contest is for a UBF title.
Overweight boxers seemed to be the order of the day because Reyes originally weighed 147.9 pounds. Reyes then hit the scales again and came in at 146.7 pounds.
James Early also came in over the contracted weight for his four-round contest against Juan Sanchez. Early first weighed 129.2 four pounds over the 125 (+1) contract. Early weighed again at 128 1/2 and lost money for being overweight. The fight will still go one as Sanchez weighed in at 126 pounds.
Ralph Alexander came in at 229.8 pounds for his four-round bout against Michael Polite-Coffie who tipped the scales at 273.8.
Tuesday, November 21st will be a huge day for Beltway Boxers as six locals will be on two cards in two separate locations.
Three Beltway Boxers will appear on a card at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL and one of the boxers will be in the co-feature contest that will be nationally-televised on FS1.
That boxer will be Washington, DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton who will be in a 10-round contest against undefeated Miguel Cruz of Lake Mary, FL by way of Cincinnati, OH.
Grayton (15-1-1, 11 KO's) looks to build off a five-round technical draw against former world champion Kermit Cintron on March 17th in Reading, PA. The two clashed heads causing a cut over Cintron's right eye. The referee ruled Cintron could not continue the bout. Grayton's last win was an eighth-round TKO over fellow local Kareem Martin in August of 2016 in Bethlehem, PA.
Cruz (16-0, 11 KO's) last fought on June 27th and won a 10-round unanimous decision in a rematch against Alex Martin in Bethlehem. This will be the second time Cruz has fought a Beltway Boxer. Cruz knocked out Juan Rodriguez in the fourth round in May of 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.
On the undercard, The Russell Brothers -- Antonio and Antuanne of Capitol Heights, MD -- will both be in six-round bouts. Antonio Russell (9-0, seven KO's) will battle against Marco Antonio Mendoza Chico of Mexico City, Mexico. Russell comes off a third-round knockout win over Cristian Renteria on September 19th in Bethlehem. Chico (11-5-1, seven KO's) fights for the first time in 2017 and defeated Jose Pozo by second-round TKO in December of 2016. This will be Chico's first time competing in the United States.
Antuanne Russell (2-0, two KO's) will compete in a six-rounder for the first time in his young pro career when he takes on Larry Yanez of Fort Lauderdale, FL by way of Cuba. The 2016 US Olympian Russell has won both of his previous pro bouts by first-round knockout. Yanez (4-7-2) broke a four-bout losing streak with a four-round majority decision victory over Brian Meadows on May 20th in Tampa, FL.
Three more Beltway Boxers will appear on a King's Promotions card at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA. Undefeated Forestville, MD welterweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox will be in an eight-round co-feature contest against Manuel "El Chino" Reyes of Los Angeles, CA. Fox (14-0, four KO's) last fought on June 3rd and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Daniel Sostre in Fort Washington, MD. Reyes (11-3-1, five KO's) is currently riding an eight-bout winning streak that includes an eight-round unanimous decision over Manuel Garcia on June 2nd in Tijuana, Mexico.
Also, Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early will be on the card in a four-round bout against undefeated Juan Sanchez of Allentown, PA by way of New York City. Early (2-1) looks to bounce back from a six-round majority decision loss to Reggie Barnett on December 10th in Springfield, VA. Sanchez (3-0, one KO) looks to build his record after winning a four-round unanimous decision over Gorwar Karyah on September 19th at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center.
Lanham, MD heavyweight Ralph Alexander returns to action when he takes on the debuting Michael Polite-Coffie of Brooklyn, NY in a four-rounder. Alexander (0-1) lost his pro debut by first-round TKO to Hasim Rahman, Jr. on April 14th in Oxon Hill, MD. Polite-Coffie is a former Marine who won the New York City Golden Gloves championship and was ranked number one in the country at super heavyweight.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Badger hammered Figueroa all throughout the contest with head and body shots. Figueroa resembled a punching bag with feet, throwing very little back offensively in return. Baxter made Figueroa drop to one knee with a right to the body in the third round. Early in the fourth, Figueroa fell to his knees again, although it seemed to be more from a tangle than from a Baxter punch. However, referee Sharon Sands had seen enough and waived the bout off at 35 seconds of the round. Badger, who competed in his hometown for the first time as a pro, is now 9-1, eight KO's. Figueroa, who was knocked out for the first time in more than seven years, falls to 11-63-5, three KO's.
The co-feature saw Glenarden, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls bounce back from his first pro loss and win a four-round unanimous decision over Robert "Hitman" Hill of Gulfport, MS. Speed Rawls used his punching speed to his advantage in the early part of the bout. Hill challenged at times but Speed Rawls was able to outpunch his foe throughout the bout. Speed Rawls won by shutout (40-36) on all three scorecards. Speed Rawls is now 9-1-1, six KO's. Hill drops to 7-35-1, two KO's.
DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines scored a first-round TKO over Clifford "The Magician" McPherson of Cleveland, OH. Near the halfway point of the bout, Hines landed a solid right hand that dropped McPherson. The effect of the punch seemed to damage McPherson's shoulder to the point that he could not continue. The bout was stopped at 1:31. Hines is 2-0, with both wins coming by first-round knockout. McPherson falls to 2-34-1, one KO.
Another DC welterweight, Dionte "Mr. Untouchable" Burts, made his pro debut a successful one with a first-round TKO over Molique Artis of Wilson, NC. Burts landed a double left hand and dropped Artis early in the first then followed it up with another left hand to put him down for the second time. The boxers tangled later in the round and Artis fell again after which he decided not to continue. The bout was stopped at 2:09. Artis falls to 0-5. Both Hines and Burts are trained by three-time world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson.
In women's action, "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown of Bladensburg, MD won an easy four-round unanimous decision over Natalie King of Wilson, NC in a rematch of a bout that Brown won in March. Much like the first bout, Brown laid a beating on King, landing every kind of punch from every kind of angle. Much like the first bout, King refused to go down. Brown would win by shutout to raise her record to 4-0, two KO's while King remains winless at 0-8. Brown, by the way, is also a Washington, DC police officer. The city's police chief, Peter Newsham, was in attendance at the card.
Yonkers, NY middleweight Bryant "Spartan" Pappas won a second-round TKO over Jason "Micro Tyson" McClure of Paris, AR. The bout, a rematch from a 2010 contest Pappas won by fourth-round TKO in Paris, resembled a sparring session in the first round as both men seemed to pitty-pat their punches against one another. Finally, in the second round Pappas put more mustard on his punches and went exclusively to McClure's body to put him down and end the contest at 1:54. Pappas is now 17-2-1 with all 17 wins by knockout. McClure drops to 1-10.
The curtain-raising contest saw light heavyweight Alan Lawrence of Newark, NJ stop Henry Mercer of Rocky Mount, NC at the beginning of the third round. Lawrence landed a series of body shots on Mercer throughout the contest. Eventually, the body shots proved to be too much for Mercer and he could not answer the bell for the third round. Lawrence is now 3-0, three KO's while Mercer falls to 2-14, one KO.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Martin got off to a good start in the first two rounds as he landed crushing right hooks and left hands. Martin caused a cut on Karl's forehead. However, Karl started to establish his jab and used his height and reach advantage to gain control of the contest the rest of the way. Martin lost by scores of 78-74 (twice) and 77-75. Martin's record falls to 9-2-1, three KO's. Karl is now 15-1, nine KO's.
On the undercard, DC's Keeshawn Williams made an impressive pro debut as he scored a crushing first-round knockout over the equally debuting Christian Sales of Mexico. No word on the official time but Williams landed a solid left hand after a Sales flurry and knocked him down. Moments later, Williams landed a vicious right hand that toppled Sales for the finish.
Jonathan Baxter 148.6 vs. Joseph Figueroa 153.8
Drayvontay Speed Rawls 138.6 vs. Robert Hill 140.4
Tiara Brown 132.6 vs. Natalie King 132.6
Cornell Hines 144.2 vs. Clifford McPherson 146.8
Dionte Burts 134.4 vs. Molique Artis 137.6
Alan Lawrence 178 vs. Henry Mercer 174.4
Bryant Pappas 167 vs. Jason McClure 169.4
Leading the local contingent will be 2017 National Golden Gloves champion Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA, who will be competing at 132 pounds and fellow Alexandria resident Troy Isley who will be in the 165 pound division. Davis qualified for this tournament by his performance in the Eastern Qualifier while Isley advanced through the National championships in 2016.
On the women's side, Alexandria's Amelia Moore will try to cap off an outstanding 2017 as she will compete at 141 pounds. Moore has already won a National Golden Gloves championship, a Ringside World title and a National PAL title this year.
Martin weighed 143.2 pounds for his eight-round contest against Ryan Karl, who tipped the scales at 142.8. This bout may be on the FS1 telecast that will take place at 10:30 PM ET.
Williams, a junior welterweight from DC, came in at 146.8 pounds for his pro debut against Christian Salas of Tlaxcala, Mexico (1-0). Salas weighed 144 pounds.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. moved up five spaces to number 25. Russell (28-1, 17 KO's) was credited by the Ring staff for the lightning speed that he throws punches but he has only fought twice since he won the WBC title almost three years ago. "The tools are there, the big wins aren't there just yet," said the Ring.
Former IBF Super Featherweight champ Gervonta Davis entered the Ring 100 at number 42. Despite losing the title on the scales before his last win, Davis (19-0, 18 KO's). The Ring staff said Davis demonstrated considerable speed and power capturing a world title at the age of 22. However, Davis was compared to Adrian Broner as he lost the title because he was overweight.
IBF Junior Middleweight titleholder Jarrett Hurd makes his first appearance on the list at number 70. Hurd (21-0, 15 KO's) received enormous credit for showing what the Ring called, "poise, technique and talent" in his time in the spotlight. The Ring editors did question how those traits will measure when Hurd faces the top junior middleweights. The ranking, however, was completed prior to Hurd's stoppage of Austin Trout in October.
Kemeh, a native of Accra, Ghana, is now living and training in Frederick, MD. Kemeh (19-1, 17 KO's) is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Francis Appalo on February 17th in Accra. This is Kemeh's first bout in the United States. According to his training staff, he has been sparring with Beltway Boxers Justin Hurd and David Grayton to get ready for this bout.
Santillan (22-0, 12 KO's) is a native of San Diego, CA and is making the first defense of his NABO title that he won with a second-round TKO over previously undefeated Sammy Valentin on July 7th in Tampa, FL. Santillan is a fixture at the Doubletree Hotel as this will be the 16th time he has competed there in his pro career.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Once again, the card will be on Saturday, November 18th at the Merrick Recreation Center in Southeast DC beginning at 7 PM.
Monday, November 13, 2017
The next Baltimore Boxing Promotions amateur boxing card will take place at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD will be on Friday, November 17th and this will be a very special card.
The card is called "Who's The Next Shining Star" and will feature eight amateur bouts. However, this card will also honor the memory of Baltimore native Crystal Beard, who was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in August of 2016. This was an extremely aggressive cancer that eventually spread throughout her body. Despite six chemo treatments and a double mastectomy in February, Ms. Beard sadly passed away on October 28th. She was only 37 years old and left behind a 17-year-old daughter, a seven-year-old son and a three month old grandchild. Ms. Beard did not have life insurance and the father of the children lives in Arizona. Her children and grandchild will be cared for by Beard's sister and mother.
The family is still looking at medical bills and Beard's daughter is hoping to attend college as she is a senior in high school this year. The fight night will include a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Fans can also donate a block of tickets to the family that can be resold.
“In all of my years as a promoter working with people and organizations, this is the most devastating,” said Smith, a fixture in Baltimore’s boxing scene for more than 30 years. “A woman that should’ve had many happy and healthy years ahead of her passed away at 37 leaving behind two children and a grandchild that face an extremely difficult situation. We will do all we can to raise as much money and awareness as possible while honoring her legacy on the 17th because nothing in life is guaranteed and every day you get to enjoy is a blessing.”
Donations can also be made to Beard's family at gofundme.com/in-memory-of-crystal-beard.
Tickets for the event start at $40 and can be purchased by going to www.baltimoreboxing.com/events or by calling 410-375-9175. The first bout is scheduled for 8:30 PM.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
At the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, CA, Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed lost by second-round TKO to undefeated Jose Ramirez of Avenal, CA. The bout was televised by ESPN. Reed tried to engage with Ramirez but Ramirez's physicality proved to be too much as he landed solid left hooks to Reed's body. Reed was knocked down in the first minute of the second round and Ramirez's follow-up barrage forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest at 1:43. Reed disagreed with the stoppage, however, Reed did not throw any punches during the final barrage.
Reed 's record falls to 23-1, 12 KO's. Ramirez regained the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title with the victory and will go on the fight for the now vacant WBO world title. Ramirez is now 21-0, 16 KO's.
Baltimore, MD super featherweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to Jesse Angel Hernandez of Fort Worth, TX at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, NY. No details given on the contest but Dezurn lost by scores of 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75. Dezurn falls to 9-1-1, six KO's while Hernandez is 10-1, seven KO's.
The big shocker came in Hockessin, DE at the Hockessin PAL Center where late sub Kevin "The Scarecrow" Womack, Jr. of Baltimore scored a major upset, knocking out Joey Tiberi, Jr. of Newark, DE in the first round. Womack, who took the bout on 48 hours notice, dropped Tiberi three times en route to the win. No official word on the time of the stoppage. Womack captured the USBU Americas Junior Welterweight title with the win. Womack is now 8-14-4, six KO's while Tiberi falls to 15-3, eight KO's. This is the second time Tiberi has lost to a Baltimore Boxer. Tiberi dropped a six-round unanimous decision to Tyrell Samuel in May of 2014 in Dover, DE.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Womack (7-14-4, five KO's), a native of Baltimore, MD, was a late substitute for this contest. He last fought on May 26th and battled Tony Morris to a four-round majority draw in Raleigh, NC. Tiberi (15-2, eight KO's) comes off a second-round TKO victory over Marlon Lewis on June 23rd in New Castle, DE.
Friday, November 10, 2017
The bout will be shown on ESPN Saturday at 10:30 PM ET.
Roach, Jr. To Defend WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight Title November 30th At MGM National Harbor!
Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will defend his WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight championship against Rey "Flash" Perez of Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines in a 10-round feature bout. Roach (15-0, six KO's) comes off a first-round TKO over Luis Hinojosa on October 21st in Verona, NY. Perez (21-8, six KO's) broke a two-bout losing streak with a second-round TKO over Noel Adelmita on June 4th in Dipolog City, Philippines.
Also on the card will be the Rincon Brothers of Carrollton, TX, who train in the Beltway area. Alex Rincon, a super welterweight (3-0, three KO's) will be in a scheduled four-round contest. George Rincon, a welterweight (2-0) will also be in a bout scheduled for four rounds. Both are looking for opponents.
The other featured bout matches Jose "Wonder Boy" Lopez of Carolina, Puerto Rico and Miguel Angel "Silky Smooth" Gonzalez of Cleveland, OH in a 10-round super featherweight bout for the WBO International Super Featherweight championship. Lopez, the titleholder (19-1-1, 14 KO's), is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Orlando Cruz on June 17th in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Gonzalez (24-4, 16 KO's) has not fought since November of 2015 when he won an eight-round majority decision over Fedor Papazov in Las Vegas, NV.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
There will be an amateur boxing card that will take place on Friday, November 10th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
The Potomac Valley Association (PVA) All-Stars will be in action against a team from Philadelphia, PA. Tickets start at $20 for general admission and the first bout is scheduled to begin at 7 PM.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Dezurn (9-0-1, six KO's) is coming off an eight-round split-decision draw against Adam Lopez on July 14th in Miami, OK. Hernandez (9-1, seven KO's) scored a fifth-round TKO over previously undefeated Vladimir Tikhonov on August 4th in Detroit, MI.
The bout will be on the undercard of an HBO tripleheader card on November 11th.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Reed (23-0, 12 KO's) comes off two straight 10-round unanimous decision victories against veteran opponents. On April 8th, Reed did not have a strong performance in a win over Reyes Sanchez in Oxon Hill, MD. Reed then had a solid showing in a victory over Robert Frankel on August 19th in Lincoln, NB. Reed is ranked 9th by the WBO.
Ramirez (20-0, 15 KO's) has scored knockouts in his last three outings. Ramirez scored a fourth-round TKO over Tomas Mendez in July of 2016 in Lemoore, CA. That was followed by a sixth-round knockout over Issouf Kinda in December of 2016 at the Save Mart Arena. In his last outing, Ramirez delivered a second-round TKO over Jake Giuriceo on May 5th in Reno, NV. This will be Ramirez's fourth defense of the title he won in December of 2015. Ramirez is ranked 5th by the WBC and the WBO.
The telecast is scheduled to begin at 10:30 PM ET. Reed-Ramirez will be the co-feature on the card.
Monday, November 06, 2017
Headlining the card will be the return of DC welterweight Jonathan "Bad Badger" Baxter who will be in a six-round contest against veteran Joseph "Trouble" Figueroa of the Bronx, NY. Baxter (8-1, seven KO's) lost his pro debut in November of 2016 but has won eight straight bouts in North Carolina and Georgia. This includes a second-round TKO of Isaiah Robinson on August 19 in Greensboro, NC. Figueroa (11-62-5, three KO's) will be the most experienced foe Baxter has faced. Figueroa has lost eight in a row but has gone the distance in every bout. Figueroa is coming off a four-round unanimous decision loss to Osnel Charles on April 27 in Durham, NC.
Baxter's cousin, Quinton Taylor, a cruiserweight from DC, is scheduled to be on the card in a four-round bout against an opponent to be determined. Taylor (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut on August 19th in Greensboro, scoring a first-round TKO over Keshai Daquan Lindsey.
Bladensburg, MD featherweight "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown (3-0, two KO's) will be on the card in a four-round rematch against Natalie King of Wilson, NC (0-7). The two met each other on March 25 at the University of the District of Columbia and Brown won by four-round unanimous decision.
Glenarden, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls will be in a scheduled six-round contest against Matt Murphy of East St. Louis, IL. Speed Rawls (8-1-1, six KO's) will look to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss -- a six-round split decision to Dion Richardson on July 13th in Glen Burnie, MD. Murphy (3-17-3, two KO's) looks to bounce back from a six-round unanimous decision loss to Eben Vargas on October 14th in Phoenix, AZ. Murphy will compete for the 15th time in 2017.
DC welterweight Cornell Hines will take on veteran Clifford "The Magician" McPherson in a four-round bout. Hines (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut on April 29th in Springfield, VA and scored a first-round TKO over Zachary Johnson. McPherson (2-33-1, one KO) has lost 31 bouts in a row including a second-round TKO to Lavonte Earley on February 11th in Chattanooga, TN.
Also on the card, Yonkers, NY middleweight Bryant Pappas will return to action for the first time in 2017 when he takes on Jason "Micro Tyson" McClure of Paris, AR, who has not fought since October of 2011. Pappas (16-2-1, 16 KO's) last fought in December of 2016 and notched a first-round TKO over Andrew Hartley in Johnson City, TN. McClure (1-9) lost by second-round KO to Elliott Forman in Russellville, AR. McClure and Pappas met one time before in September of 2010. Pappas scored a fourth-round TKO in Paris.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Moments after her second-round TKO victory over Latashia Burton Saturday night at the Silver Eagle Group Arena in Ashburn, VA, multi-time world champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson, along with ring announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones, relayed some big news to the standing-room only crowd.
Reportedly, Nelson's next bout will be against two-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning IBF and WBC Super Middleweight champion Claressa "T-Rex" Shields of Flint, MI. The bout is slated to take place on Friday, January 12th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY and is scheduled to be part of an Showtime Shobox telecast.
Shields (4-0, two KO's) won the IBF and WBC titles by scoring a fifth-round TKO over previously undefeated Nikki Adler on August 4th in Detroit, MI. Shields made her pro debut against another Beltway Boxer, Franchon Crews-Dezurn in November of 2016 and won a four-round unanimous decision. In a June 2017 article that appeared in the Detroit Free Press, Shields said the following:
“I always tell my promoter (Salita Promotions) that I want the girls with the (zeroes) on their records like Tori Nelson, (World Boxing Council super middleweight champion) Nikki Adler and (WBC middleweight champion) Christina Hammer because I feel I have the skills to beat them."
The last time Nelson faced a boxer of Shields's magnitude was when she knocked out legendary women's champion Mia St. John in the second round in May of 2014 in Annandale, VA.
If the bout comes to fruition, it will be the first part of a big Beltway Boxing weekend because former three-time world champion Lamont Peterson of DC is scheduled to battle Errol Spence for Spence's IBF Welterweight championship on Saturday, January 13th at a location to be determined. That bout will also be shown on Showtime.
Performing in front of her hometown crowd for the first time in her career, 11-time world champion Nelson went to work quickly, hammering Burton with solid left and right hands. Burton gave little resistance to Nelson's onslaught. After the second round ended, Burton appeared to fall ill, vomiting in her corner. The ringside physician advised referee Michelle Myers to stop the contest. Nelson is now 17-0-3, two KO's while Burton falls to 4-10.
In the co-feature, Bethesda, MD super flyweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin won an eight-round unanimous decision over Juan Gabriel Medina of La Romana, Dominican Republic. Marin, a native of Romania, was able to exchange with Medina throughout the contest. At one point in the contest, Marin appeared to drop to one knee after Medina landed a right hand. However, referee Billy Johnson did not call a knockdown. Seconds later, Marin landed a counter right hand that knocked Medina to the canvas. Once Medina recovered, he stayed on his bicycle throughout, trying to avoid Marin's attack. Marin cut Medina off in the corners and landed shots, however, he took some from his opponent as well. Marin, who had former three-time world champion William Joppy as one of his trainers, was able to win by scores of 80-71, 79-72 and 80-72 to remain undefeated at 15-0, 10 KO's. Medina has lost two straight and he is now 10-2, nine KO's.
Baltimore, MD welterweight prospect Malik "Iceman" Hawkins stopped Juan Jesus Rivera of Aguascalientes, Mexico after seven rounds of action. Hawkins was able to knock down Rivera with the first right hand he threw. The bout turned contentious in the middle rounds as both men landed some questionable shots. Rivera lost a point in the fifth round for hitting Hawkins behind the head. After the seventh round, Rivera could not continue to compete in the contest. Hawkins's record rises to 12-0, nine KO's. Rivera drops to 28-19, 18 KO's.
Baltimore-based super flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas scored a eighth-round TKO over "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Crystal Hoy of Las Vegas, NV. Douglas, a native of Washington, DC, scored a knockdown in the second round with an impressive three-punch combination ending with a right hand. Hoy recovered from the knockdown and fought gamely in the bout but was unable to overcome Douglas's combination of speed and power. Finally, Douglas was able to batter Hoy in the seventh and eighth rounds before referee Myers stopped the bout at 1:09 of the eighth. Douglas, a five-time world champion, is now 13-1, six KO's. Hoy, who returned to the ring for the first time since October of 2014, is now 5-8-4, two KO's.
Undefeated Ashburn lightweight Seth "Killer B" Billups won a workmanlike six-round unanimous decision over durable Lamont White of Washington, DC. Billups was able to land shots with relative ease in the contest. White, who has never been knocked out in a contest, wasn't going anywhere in this bout either. However, he was unable to mount any sustained offense. Billups won the bout by shutout across the board (60-54) and he is now 10-0, six KO's. White falls to 1-11, one KO, one no contest.
In the curtain-raising contest, Baltimore heavyweight Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. scored a first-round TKO over veteran James Jones of Nashville, TN. Rahman had an easy time in the contest as he knocked down Jones three times before referee Johnson stopped the bout at 2:21. Rahman is now 3-0 with all three wins by knockout in the first round. Jones is 4-12, three KO's.
The Ronald Ellis-Taneal Goyco bout was a last-minute scratch due to weight issues. Brian Dillon served as matchmaker for the card and the ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up show I recorded after the card:
Listen to "BATB Post-Fight Wrap-Up Show On November 4th Card" on Spreaker.