Saturday, April 21, 2018

Davis Wins Second World Championship With Stellar Third-Round TKO; Russell, Tazhibay Also Victorious!

Baltimore, MD's Gervonta "Tank" Davis is a world champion again.  The 23-year old captured his second world title in a highly impressive performance to win the WBA Super Featherweight championship over former WBA Featherweight champ Jesus Cuellar Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  The bout opened the telecast on Showtime.

Davis got going early in the bout, landing crushing shots to Cuellar's head and body.  In the second round, Davis sent a solid straight left hand to Cuellar's liver to drop him to the canvas.  In the third round, Davis's seemed to be stunned early by a clash of heads.  However, Davis shook it off and went back to work, eventually landing another wicked body shot to drop Cuellar for the second time.  Moments later, Davis landed a beautiful combination ending with a left uppercut that felled Cuellar again.  Referee Benji Esteves moved in to stop the contest at 2:45 of the third.  Davis remains undefeated at 20-0, 19 KO's while Cuellar is now 28-3, 21 KO's.

On the undercard, Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne Russell remained perfect with a third-round stoppage of Andrew Rodgers of Elkhart, IN.  Russell hammered Rodgers for the entire bout.  Russell did land a low blow late in the second round that momentarily stopped the bout but Russell continued the battering until referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. stopped the contest at 1:20 of the third round.  Russell is now 5-0, five KO's and is the first boxer to knock out Rodgers, who falls to 4-3-1, two KO's.

Also, DC welterweight Shynggyskhan Tazhibay remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous decision over Isaac Freeman of Los Angeles, CA.  Tazhibay floored Freeman with a right hand late in the first round then had to deal with a cut over his right eye in the second round but maintained complete control of the bout to win a shutout on two cards (40-35).  The other judge scored the bout at 39-36 for Tazhibay, who is now 6-0, two KO's while Freeman falls to 3-7-1, three KO's.

It has been a nice Beltway night in Brooklyn as the area's other two world champions -- Gary Russell, Jr. and Jarrett Hurd -- were both interviewed during the telecast.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Davis, A. Russell, Tazhibay, Savi Hit Scales In Brooklyn!

Four Beltway Boxers weighed in for their bouts at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Gervonta Davis tipped the scales at 129 pounds for his 12-round bout for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight championship against Jesus Cuellar, who came in at 129.2.

Antuanne Russell tipped the scales at 139.6 for his six-round bout against Andrew Rodgers, who came in at 136.4.

Shynggyskhan Tazhibay weighed in at the welterweight limit of 147 for his six-round bout against late sub Isaac Freeman, who came in at the same weight.  Freeman (3-6-1, three KO's) boxes out of Los Angeles, CA.

Justin Savi, who was originally slated to face Tazhibay, will now face undefeated Fabian Maidana in a six-round bout.  Savi came in at 141.2 while Maidana, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and the younger brother of former world champion Marcos Maidana (14-0, 10 KO's), came in at 141.8 pounds.

The bouts begin at 5 PM ET with the televised contests -- starting with Davis-Cuellar -- get underway at 9 PM on Showtime.

Roach, Jr., Cruz Battle to 10-Round Draw In Puerto Rico!

Upper Marlboro, MD's Lamont Roach, Jr. and former world title contender Orlando "El Fenomeno" Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico battled to a 10-round split decision draw at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan on Thursday evening.  The bout was nationally televised by ESPN2 and was for the vacant WBO International Super Featherweight title.

Roach got off to a slower than usual start in the contest and that allowed Cruz to counter punch effectively.  Roach did, however, seem to land more quality shots than Cruz in the bout.

Roach did step up his attack in the last three rounds.  There was a key moment in the ninth round when Roach seemed to drop Cruz with a left hook.  However, the referee, Luis Pabon, ruled that Cruz slipped and did not call the knockdown.  If Roach had received credit for the knockdown, he would have won the bout on the scorecards.

One judge did score the bout for Roach, 97-93.  Another judge saw the contest for Cruz, 96-94.  The third judge saw the draw at 95-95.  Roach remains undefeated at 16-0-1, six KO's while Cruz is now 25-6-2, 13 KO's.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Roach, Cruz Weigh 129.4 For 10-Round Contest In San Juan!

(Photo by Hector Santos Guia)

Lamont Roach, Jr. and Orlando Cruz both weighed 129.4 pounds for their 10-round contest Thursday night at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The bout is the main event on the ESPN2 Golden Boy Boxing telecast that will begin at 10 PM ET.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Unified Champion Hurd Lauded By Prince George's County Council!

(Photos by Juan Marshall)

"Seat Pleasant has Kevin Durant and Accokeek has "Swift" Jarrett Hurd!" 

Those were the words of Prince George's County Councilmember Mel Franklin as he and the rest of the council honored IBF/WBA/IBO 154 Pound world champion Jarrett Hurd with a proclamation during a special ceremony at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, MD.  A strong contingent of fans and family members were on hand to witness the event.

The Accokeek, MD native was honored for his career to date, including Hurd's 12th round split decision victory over Erislandy Lara on April 7th in Las Vegas, NV.  During the ceremony, Hurd thanked his team and his parents, Fred and Brenda Hurd for their support.

"My Mom allowed me to follow my dream and my Dad was my biggest fan," Hurd said.  "My fights were always on in our house."

Life changed dramatically, according to Hurd, after April 7th and he is now dealing with the quick change.

"It's definitely life changing and it's overwhelming," Hurd said. "It's a lot to take in but at the end of the day, I'm ready for it.  I'm still living in my parents house but it hit me that I really unified the titles."

"I have a lot of people coming at me, big sponsors" Hurd continued.  "A lot of people want to work with me and are reaching out to me.  I can't wait to take it all in."

Hurd also reflected on the Lara contest, including the dramatic left hook that sent Lara to the canvas with 35 seconds remaining in the final round.

"I didn't feel like I had to get the knockdown.  I thought I was ahead on the cards.  Ernesto (Rodriguez, Hurd's trainer) grabbed my face and said 'you are the unified champion.  All you have to do is get through this round.'  But I'm glad I had the war mentality.  I wanted to close the show."

"Jarrett is a great listener," Rodriguez said.  "Jarrett is one of the kids that and tries his best to do the instructions you give him."

Brenda Hurd said that her son is putting everything in perspective but she is very excited.

"It's just amazing.  It's unbelievable," Brenda Hurd said. "You never thought your kid would be famous but I'm also trying to make sure he remains grounded.  That he is still Jarrett Hurd no matter where he is in life.  Just stay focused on who you are. And that's important to me."

Monday, April 16, 2018

Tiara Brown Receives Key To Fort Myers, FL In Proclamation Ceremony!

Congratulations to Bladensburg, MD boxer "The Dark Menace" Tiara Brown who returned to her hometown of Fort Myers, FL to receive a very special honor.

The City Council of Fort Myers proclaimed April 16, 2018 as "Tiara Brown Day" in the city.  Brown received the Key To The City from Mayor Randy Henderson.  Brown earned the honor for her great work as an amateur boxer, winning a world championship as well as her community service work.

Brown has continued that service as she is a police officer in Washington, DC and turned pro in 2016. Brown is undefeated with a record of 4-0, two KO's.

The proclamations continue on Tuesday as IBF/WBA/IBO 154-Pound champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd receives one from the Prince George's County Council in Upper Marlboro, MD at 1:15 PM ET at the County Administration Building.

Three, Maybe Four Beltway Boxers Head To Brooklyn April 21st!

There will be three, possibly four local boxers on the card that will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, April 21st.

We already know that one of the televised bouts on the card will be the battle for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight championship between former IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore, MD (19-0, 18 KO's) of Baltimore, MD and former WBA Featherweight titleholder Jesus Cuellar of Buenos Aires, Argentina (28-2, 21 KO's).  That 12-round bout will be shown live on Showtime.

Three other Beltway Boxers are scheduled to be on the undercard.  Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne Russell will be in a six-round contest against Andrew Rodgers of Elkhart, IN.  Russell (4-0, four KO's) comes off a second-round TKO over Kasean Freeman on March 3rd at the Barclays Center.  Rodgers (4-2-1, two KO's, one NC) is winless in his last four bouts including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Josue Vargas on June 20th in Las Vegas, NV.

Also, Washington, DC welterweight Shyngyskhan Tazhibay will battle veteran Justin "The Vodou" Savi, a native of Cotonou, Benin who now lives in Silver Spring, MD in a four-round encounter.  Tazhibay (5-0, two KO's) last fought on August 12th and won a four-round unanimous decision over Robert Hill at the Howard Theatre in DC.  Savi (31-15-2, 21 KO's) has lost three of his last four contests, including an eight-round unanimous decision loss to Jonathan Navarro recently on April 12th in Indio, CA.  Tazhibay will be the third straight undefeated boxer Savi has faced.

Originally, Richmond, VA middleweight "The Chosen One" Immanuwel Aleem was slated to be in a 10-round bout against Daniel "Tocado" Echeverria of Durango, MX.  However, the most recent information on this card does not include this contest.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Marin Captures IBO Inter-Continental Title With Second-Round KO In Norfolk, VA!

Congratulations to Rockville, MD super flyweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin who won the vacant IBO Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title with a crushing second-round knockout of Michael Ruiz, Jr. of Fresno, CA Saturday at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA.

Marin was the aggressor throughout the contest, backing up Ruiz and landing quality shots to the head and body.  Finally, two Marin left hooks sent Ruiz to the canvas.  Ruiz could not beat the 10-count and the bout was stopped at 44 seconds of the second round.

Marin remains undefeated at 16-0, 11 KO's and he is now the mandatory challenger for the IBO World Super Flyweight title, currently held by Gideon Buthelezi of South Africa.  This is Marin's second IBO-based title, he won the IBO International title in June of 2016.  Ruiz falls to 12-5-3, four KO's.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Beltway Boxers Invade Philadelphia, PA For Two Cards On May 11!

A host of Beltway Boxers will head to two locations in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 11th.

Two locals will be on a nationally-televised (Showtime's Shobox) card at the 2300 Arena.  In the co-feature bout, Baltimore, MD super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. will compete in his first scheduled 10-round contest when he takes on Joshua "Don't Blink" Greer of Chicago, IL.  Dezurn (9-1-1, six KO's) looks to bounce back from his first pro loss -- an eight-round unanimous decision to Jesse Angel Hernandez on November 11th in Uniondale, NY.  This will be Dezurn's third TV contest.  Greer (16-1-1, eight KO's) is riding a 13-bout winning streak after suffering his only pro loss.  This includes a third-round KO over Basilio Nieves on February 24th in Phoenix, AZ.

The two men have a common opponent -- both men defeated Leroy Davila.  Dezurn defeated Davila by eight-round unanimous decision exactly one year ago today, April 14, 2017 at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  The bout was named the Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year.  Greer had an easier time in his bout on July 14th in Miami, OK, stopping Davila in the fifth round.

Also slated to be on the undercard will be Baltimore super flyweight Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas who will be in a contest against Helen "Iron Lady" Joseph of New Haven, CT by way of Nigeria.  Douglas (13-1, six KO's) last fought on November 4th and scored an eighth-round TKO over Crystal Hoy in Ashburn, VA.  Joseph (15-3-1, 10 KO's) has scored three straight second-round knockouts in her last three contests.

Two more Beltway Boxers will also be on a card at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia.  In the main event on the card, undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox will be in an eight-round contest against Anthony Mercado of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.  Fox (16-0, four KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Garcia on February 13th in Bethlehem, PA.  Mercado (11-3, 10 KO's) broke a three-bout losing streak by stopping previously undefeated Tyrone Crawley, Jr in the third round on March 2nd at the Sugar House Casino.

Also, Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison makes a quick return in a six-round bout against Michael Polite Coffie of Brooklyn, NY.  Madison (6-0-2, four KO's) looks to improve after battling Guillermo Del Rio to a six-round majority draw on April 6th at the 2300 Arena.  After only two bouts, Coffie (2-0, one KO) jumps to the six-round class. Coffie is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Nicoy Clarke on February 13th in Bethlehem, PA.

Marin, Ruiz, Jr. Weigh 115 For Title Bout In Norfolk!

Both Alexandru Marin and Michael Ruiz, Jr. weighed 115 pounds for their 10-round contest Saturday night at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA. 

There has been a major change in this contest and the stakes are higher now.  Originally, the bout was scheduled to be for the USBO Super Flyweight title.  However, the IBO has elevated the contest to a bout for the IBO Intercontinental championship.  The winner of this bout will automatically become the mandatory challenger for the IBO World Super Flyweight title. 

If Marin wins, this will be his second IBO title. Marin won the IBO International Bantamweight title with a third-round TKO over Johnny Determan in June of 2016 in Springfield, VA.

Smith Scores Second-Round TKO In Bethlehem, PA!

Bowie, MD cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith scored a second-round TKO over Elvin "Koko" Sanchez of Paterson, NJ Friday at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

Smith had to bounce back from a first-round knockdown to get the win.  Sanchez landed a solid left hook that bent Smith over and his gloves touched the canvas.  However, early in the second round, Smith landed a solid right hook that dropped Sanchez.  Smith would follow the knockdown moments later with a crushing straight left hand that sent Sanchez to his knees.  The referee immediately stopped the contest at 55 seconds of the round.

Smith bounces back from his loss in November and is now 10-2, nine KO's.  Sanchez falls to 8-4-1, six KO's.

A side note on the card:  The event was televised by Eleven Sports.  The color commentator was the Beltway's own Mykal "The Professor" Fox.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Smith Weighs 199.1 For Eight-Rounder In Bethlehem, PA!

Luther Smith weighed in at 199.1 pounds for his eight-round bout against Elvin Sanchez on Friday night at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.  Sanchez came in at 198.7 pounds.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Davis Gives Comments As He Prepares For Championship Bout April 21st!

Baltimore, MD super featherweight and former IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis gave some comments as he prepares for his bout for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight championship against former WBA Featherweight titleholder Jesus Cuellar on Saturday, April 21st at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

For this bout, Davis has moved his training from Baltimore to West Palm Beach, FL where he is working with noted trainer Kevin Cunningham, who worked with former world champions Devon Alexander and Cory Spinks.  Davis is sharing a training camp with former four-division world champ Adrien Broner, who will battle former welterweight champ Jesse Vargas in the main event.  Davis explains why he decided to train with Cunningham.

"I was actually going to go to Colorado to train, but Adrien invited me to come down here to West Palm Beach to check out the camp. He said I should come to Florida to train with him and Kevin. So I came down, I saw Kevin's routine and I really liked it.

"There were a lot of distractions in Baltimore and I think they were a problem for me. I needed to straighten my head and focus on the things I have to work on. It was time to set my camp somewhere else.

"I needed a change after my last fight. I let myself down. I learned to be a different fighter, more responsible. I let others down, but think I let myself down more than anything."

The card also features another former world champion Jermall Charlo who will take on Hugo Centeno, Jr. for the interim 160-Pound world title.  The card will be televised by Showtime beginning at 9 PM ET.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hurd To Receive Honors From Prince George's Council In April 17th Ceremony!

The Prince George's County Council will have a Proclamation Ceremony for IBF/WBA/IBO 154-Pound champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd on Tuesday, April 17th at the County Administration Building at 1:15 PM. This will be held during the Council meeting that day and the ceremony will last about 15 minutes.

The address is 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro, MD. Parking on site is metered and at a premium. One suggestion is to take the shuttle from the Show Place Arena but arrive there early because we don't know the timetable for how often the shuttle runs.

A huge thank you goes to Councilmember Mel Franklin, who is the councilmember in Jarrett's district in Accokeek, MD.  Mr. Franklin and his staff moved extremely fast on this!

All family, friends, fans and supporters of Hurd are invited to this wonderful event!

Russell, Jr. Verbally Agrees To Defend Title Against Diaz!

Another Beltway world champion could be defending his title soon.  According to The Ring, WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD has verbally agreed to defend his title against his number one contender, undefeated Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz, Jr. of Downey, CA.

The title bout could take place anytime between May 19th and June 30th.  Promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Al Haymon also have to work out purse, network and location of the bout.  The Ring reports that both HBO and Showtime are in the mix.

Russell (28-1, 17 KO's) last fought on May 20th and scored a seventh-round TKO over Oscar Escandon at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  This was the second defense of Russell's title.

Diaz (26-0, 14 KO's) is the reigning NABF and NABO Featherweight titleholder.  Diaz is coming off a third-round TKO victory over Victor Terrazas on February 22nd in Indio, CA. Like Russell, Diaz is an Olympian who represented the United States in London, England in 2012.

An interesting dynamic of this proposed bout is the activity of the two boxers.  Since Russell suffered his only defeat to Vasyl Lomachenko in June of 2014, Russell has competed just four times.  During that same time period, Diaz has been in the ring 16 times.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Early Wins Majority Decision In Florida!

Another success story from this past Saturday, April 7th.  Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early won a six-round majority decision over previously undefeated Joshua Draughter of New Orleans, LA at the Municipal Auditorium in Sarasota, FL.

One judge scored the bout even at 57-57 but the two other judges both saw the bout for Early, 58-56.  The win breaks a two-bout losing streak for Early, who is now 3-2.  Draughter drops to 3-1, one KO.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Results From Washington Golden Glove Championship Finals!

The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals proved to be a very competitive affair Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

The standout performance in the Open Division came from Kevon Cooke of No Xcuse Boxing Gym in Capitol Heights, MD who dominated in the 108-pound division scoring a second-round stoppage of Julius White of the Sugar Ray Leonard Gym in Palmer Park, MD.

Otherwise, it was a good night for the Sugar Ray Leonard gym as their boxers won four Open Division titles en route to the team trophy.  The Avelar Brothers won three of the titles.  Tommy Avelar won his second straight title at 132 Pounds by a 3-2 decision in a rematch over Ebrima Jawara of the Laurel Gym.  Wilfredo Avelar defeated Jalen Jones of Limelite Boxing of DC in the 141-pound championship by a 3-2 decision.  Brian Avelar captured the 152-pound title with a unanimous decision over Marlon Bolen of Floyd's Gym of Clinton, MD.

Also, Dwayne Holmes, Jr. of Sugar Ray Leonard won the 123-pound championship with a 5-0 victory over Chris Glen of Hagerstown Boxing.

In other bouts in the Open Division, Keon Burroughs of the Headbangers Gym of DC captured the 165-pound title with a victory over Tavon Marshall of Time 2 Grind in Baltimore.  Ezri Turner (Unattached) defeated Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) to win the 178-Pound championship.  In a rematch for the 201-Pound title, Thomas Mottinger of the Main Street Gym in Salisbury, MD defeated Shaka Williams of the NOMIS Youth Center in DC.  Also at 201+ Pounds,  Malik Titus (Time 2 Grind) defeated James McMurdo (Main Street) in a bout that matched the defending Regional champion against the 2017 Novice champion.

In the Novice Division, two boxers from the Champions Gym in Rockville, MD won titles to help give Champions the team trophy.  Brient Rodriguez won the 123-Pound title with a 3-2 win over Elon'e Kemp of Limelite while Dominic Fantauzzo captured the 141-pound title over Tre'von Wells of the Dream Team Gym in Clinton, MD by a 3-2 score.

At 114 Pounds, Oscar Morales (Laurel) defeated Albert Sostre (Headbangers).  At 152 Pounds, Quinton Stephens (Headbangers) defeated Markeese Hines (Main Street).  Moses Saleem, boxing unattached, won the 165-pound division title with a win over Cristano Lucio of Old School boxing gym, located on the Rosecroft grounds.  At 201 Pounds, Jermaine Harbert of Headbangers won the title by defeating Daryl Palmer of Raw Assassin.

Delaware, which is also part of the Washington, DC region, was represented by Isaiah Harris of Dog Pound Gym of Dover who won the 132 Pound championship with a victory over Antonio Dunston-El of Baltimore's Honeycomb Gym.

There were three walkover champions on Saturday.  Joel Tchantchuinj of Urban Boxing of Columbia, MD (178 Pounds), Nerissa Turner of Elite Boxing of Columbia (Female 132 Pound) and Zackary Chick of MVJ Athletics in Newark, DE (201+ Pounds).

These winners advance to the Regional championships on Friday, May 4th at Rosecroft Raceway to face the Virginia/North Carolina champions.  The Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves will begin at the Annandale Boys And Girls Club (also known as the ABC Sports Complex) on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21 at 7:30 PM.  The finals will be held in Norfolk, VA at the Norfolk Boxing Center the following Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th.

Hurd Unifies WBA/IBF/IBO 154-Pound Title With Split Decision Victory in Las Vegas!

(Photo courtesy of Showtime)

Accokeek, MD's "Swift" Jarrett Hurd has unified the WBA/IBF/IBO 154-pound championship in an outstanding contest, defeating "The American Dream" Erislandy Lara of Houston, TX by way of Guantanamo, Cuba by split decision at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

For the most part, it was a typical Hurd bout in which he took solid shots from Lara early.  In the middle rounds, Hurd started to break Lara down and land shots.  However, Lara was very game and, where other boxers wilted under Hurd's late pressure, Lara kept coming and continued to land shots at times in the late rounds.

The bout may have turned for good in the 12th and final round when Hurd landed a crushing left hook that dropped Lara to the canvas with less than a minute to go.  Lara got up and even landed shots at the end but the knockdown gave Hurd the victory.

Judge Burt Clements saw the bout 114-113 for Lara but judges Glenn Feldman and Dave Moretti saw the contest 114-113 for Hurd, who remains undefeated at 22-0, 15 KO's.  Lara falls to 25-3-2, 14 KO's.

Hurd becomes the first Beltway Boxer since Lamont Peterson to hold two world titles at the same time.  Peterson won the IBF and WBA Super Lightweight titles when he defeated Amir Khan in December of 2011 at the Washington Convention Center.  Hurd is also the seventh man in division history to unify portions of the 154-pound title, joining International Boxing Hall of Famers Terry Norris, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Winky Wright, along with two future hall of famers in Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Canelo Alvarez.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Early Weighs 132 Pounds For Six-Round Contest In Sarasota!

James Early tipped the scales at 132 pounds for his six-round contest with Joshua Draughter at the Municipal Auditorium in Sarasota, FL.  Draughter came in at 129 pounds.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Beltway Boxers Have Tough Night In Philadelphia!

Three local boxers did not have a good night competing on a Kings Promotions card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

Washington, DC featherweight Marcus "Dreamcrusher" Bates lost his first pro contest as he dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to undefeated Raeese Aleem of Las Vegas, NV in the co-feature.  Aleem dropped Bates in the first round and dominated him the rest of the way.  Bates lost by scores of 80-71 and 79-72 (twice).  Bates is now 8-1-1, seven KO's while Aleem climbs to 11-0, five KO's.

Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison and Guillermo Del Rio of South Houston, TX fought to a six-round majority draw.  Despite having a 49-pound weight advantage, Madison had difficulty landing shots against Del Rio.  Madison looked sluggish throughout the contest, although he did win one scorecard, 58-56.  The two other judges saw a draw at 57-57.  Madison is now 6-0-2, four KO's while Del Rio is 2-2-1, two KO's.

Forestville, MD welterweight Evgueny Metchenov lost a four-round unanimous decision to Joshafat Ortiz of Reading, PA by way of Ponce, Puerto Rico.  Ortiz landed the harder shots in the contest and never let Metchenov find his rhythm.  Ortiz scored a shutout, 40-36, across the board and he is now 3-0, one KO.  Metchenov is 0-2.

Hurd, Lara Hit Scales In Las Vegas For Unification Showdown!

Jarrett Hurd  (right) and Erislandy Lara weighed-in for their junior middleweight unification showdown on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  Hurd weighed 153 pounds while Lara came in at 153.5. 

The bout headlines a three-bout TV card on Showtime that will begin at 10 PM ET.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Beltway Boxers Hit Scales In Philadelphia!

Three Beltway Boxers weighed in for bouts on Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Marcus Bates hit the scales at 122.9 pounds for his eight-round co-feature bout against Raeese Aleem, who came in at 121.9 pounds.

Colby Madison came in at 247.9 pounds for his four-round contest against Guillermo Del Rio, who weighed a very light 198.8 pounds.

Evgueny Metchenov tipped the scales at 130.7 pounds for his four-rounder against Joshafat Ortiz, who weighed 131.5 pounds.

Hines Signs Promotional Contract With Golden Boy Promotions!

Congratulations to Washington, DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines who recently signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions.  Hines (2-0, two KO's) fought twice in 2017 and scored two first-round knockouts.  Hines made his pro debut on April 29th defeating Zachary Johnson at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  Hines then knocked out Clifford McPherson on November 18th at the Merrick Recreation Center in DC.

Hines is trained by International Boxing Hall of Famer and three-time world champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson and looks to battle in his first bout under the Golden Boy banner sometime next month.  Hines will join fellow Beltway Boxers Lamont Roach, Jr., D'Mitrius Ballard and Kevin 
Rivers, Jr. in the Golden Boy camp.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Maryland Boxing Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Takes Place April 29th In Glen Burnie!

The Ring 101 International Veterans Boxing Association will have the 2018 Maryland Boxing Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, April 29th beginning at 2 PM at Michael's Eighth Avenue, located at 7720 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie, MD.  Here is the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Boxer Category:

Ed Griffin, super lightweight from 1991-2000, 16-9, five KO's, Baltimore, MD

Griffin was one of the most exciting boxers in the Baltimore area during the 1990's winning his first 11 bouts in his career.  Griffin fought quality opposition like former world champions Vernon Forrest and Charles Murray, former world title contender Larry Marks, Humberto Aranda and fellow Beltway Boxer Curtis Peoples.  

Les "White Lightning" Johnson, super welterweight from 1989-1994, 21-2, 15 KO's, Rockville, MD

Only injuries kept this fan favorite from a possible regional or a world championship.  Johnson fought a who's who of fellow locals including Demetrius Davis, Charlie Tuttle, Ivory Teague and Alphonso Dyer.

Mike "Little Rock" Ricasa, lightweight from 2004-2006, 7-2, three KO's, Ellicott City, MD

Ricasa had a short but exciting career, highlighted by his two bouts with fellow local Dean White. Ricasa also fought Beltway Boxers Anthony Hardy and Ron Boyd.  Ricasa ended his career with a first-round knockout victory in 2006.

Trainer Category:

Hal Chernoff -- Chernoff has trained boxers in his Main Street Gym in Salisbury, MD since 1993.  Chernoff's most notable protege was Fernando Guerrero who was a local legend in the city, bringing 5,000 people to a regional title bout in his hometown.

David Sewell -- Sewell is a former pro boxer who turned to training boxers out of the Charm City Boxing and Fitness Gym in Baltimore.  Among his major proteges was Emmanuel Taylor.

Lifetime Contribution To Boxing:

JD Brown -- Brown's contributions to boxing are widespread.  Brown was a valued member of the Sugar Ray Leonard camp and managed William Joppy during his three WBA Middleweight title reigns.  Brown also served as matchmaker for a number of famous Beltway cards including at Fight Night and the bouts that featured Jimmy Lange.

Ed Sauerhoff -- Sauerhoff began as pro boxer but became a promoter alongside his family members.  His father, George "Hunky" Sauerhoff, was known as the "Mayor of Pigtown."

Scott Wagner -- It seems only fitting that Wagner would be honored (albeit posthumously) at Michael's where he promoted the legendary Ballroom Boxing promotion from 1995-2010.  Wagner died in February at the age of 49.

Amateur Category:

Warren Boardley -- Boardley, a native of Baltimore, was 43-8 as an amateur and won the South Atlantic AAU Championship at 132 pounds.

Dominic Zannino -- Zannino, also of Baltimore, was 26-6 as an amateur. Zannino won a South Atlantic title in the early 90's and a regional title in 1998.  He advanced to the quarter finals of the 2000 Olympic qualifiers.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 410-375-9175 or 443-714-9599.

Hurd, Lara Have Final Media Workout In Las Vegas!

Junior middleweight world champions "Swift" Jarrett Hurd (IBF) and "The American Dream" Erislandy Lara (WBA/IBO) had their final media workout in preparation for their unification matchup on Saturday, April 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.   Here are quotes from the two titlists.

Jarrett Hurd:  "There was something in me that always wanted this fight. Once I defended my title against Austin Trout, I was quick to get on top of this opportunity.

"This is going to be a difficult fight. Lara is the type of fighter who has a lot of experience. It won't be easy so I have to be well prepared and on top of my game come Saturday night.

"We've been in the gym working a lot on our hand movement and footwork. I took too many punches against Trout and I knew what it was going to take to make those improvements.

"Every fight is the most important fight of my career because I'm protecting this undefeated record. This is going to be a tough fight but I promise I'm going to give it my all and bring it to Lara all night long.

"Being back in Vegas and back at Hard Rock where I beat Frank Galarza to really get this whole journey started means a lot to me. I'm planning to give everyone a great show just like I always do.

"No matter what kind of fight he brings; I'm going to stick to my game plan. He has to fight at my pace. No matter what he comes with, I'm going to be in charge in the ring.

"It's always going to be fireworks when I'm in the ring. I have a fan-friendly style. At the end of the day, you don't have to worry about Lara running away, because I'm going to be in his face for 12 rounds."

Erislandy Lara:  "Everything in training went how it was supposed to. We did our job and now it's time to fight. I did everything in the gym that I needed to prepare for anything that Hurd can bring.

"All of my opponents are taller than me. His size means nothing to me. I have the experience and I'm the best boxer in the division. He's never seen anything like me.

"He has to beat me to get the top spot in this division. I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen.

"I've earned everything in this sport the hard way. I've fought the tough fights for no money. I think everyone knows how talented I am and that I belong up there with the best in the sport.

"I don't watch film in training camp. A fighter can look one way on video, but totally different in the ring. He has to prepare for what I'm doing. I'm not worried about what he brings. I saw a little bit of his fight against Trout while I was warming up to fight Terrell Gausha, but that's about it."

(Photos by Stephanie Trapp/Showtime)

Monday, April 02, 2018

Undefeated Marin Faces Ruiz, Jr. For USBO Super Flyweight Title April 14th In Norfolk!

Undefeated Bethesda, MD super flyweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin returns to action as he has been added to the Ponytail Promotions card on Saturday, April 14th at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA.  Marin will take on veteran Mike Ruiz, Jr. of Fresno, CA in a 10-round contest for the vacant USBO Super Flyweight championship.

Marin, a native of Iasi, Romania (15-0, 10 KO's), last fought on November 4th and won a dominant eight-round unanimous decision over Juan Gabriel Medina in Ashburn, VA.  Marin goes for his second regional title in his career.  Marin captured the IBO International Bantamweight title with a third-round TKO of Johnny Determan in June of 2016 in Springfield, VA.  This will be Marin's first scheduled 10-round contest.

Ruiz (12-4-3, four KO's) is unbeaten in his last five contests with three wins and two draws.  Ruiz is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Arturo Torres on September 23rd in Fresno.  Ruiz makes his fourth attempt at a regional title, having lost in three previous tries.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

BATB Reaches The 7000-Post Mark!

A little self-appreciation.  The post on the Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals marked post number 7000 in the 13-year history of Boxing Along The Beltway!  Once again, I thank you for all the support given to the blog by all the members of the Beltway Boxing community!  This continues to be an amazing ride!

Bout Sheet For Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals!

The 2018 Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals take place on Saturday, April 7th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Here is the scheduled bout sheet for the event:

Novice Division:

114 Pounds:  Oscar Morales (Laurel) vs. Albert Sostre (Headbangers)

123 Pounds:  Brient Rodriguez (Champions) vs. Elon'e Kemp (Limelite)

141 Pounds:  Dominic Fantauzzo (Champions) vs. Tre'von Wells (Dream Team)

152 Pounds:  Quinton Stephens (Headbangers) vs. Markeese Hines (Main Street)

165 Pounds:  Moses Saleem (Unattached) vs. Cristano Lucio (Old School)

178 Pounds:  Joel Tchantchuinj (Urban Boxing) vs. Ian Cokley (Old School)

201 Pounds:  Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassin) vs. Jermaine Harbert (Headbangers)

132 Pounds (Female):  Dupe' Akinola (Dog Pound) vs. Nerissa Turner (Elite Boxing)

132 Pounds:  Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) vs. Antonio Dunston-El (Honeycomb)

201+ Pounds: Zackary Chick (MVJ Athletics) vs. Ricardo Volcin (Old School)

Open Division:

108 Pounds:  Julius White (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse)

123 Pounds:  Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Chris Glen (Hagerstown)

132 Pounds:  Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Ebrima Jawara (Laurel)

141 Pounds:  Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Jalen Jones (Limelite)

152 Pounds:  Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Marlon Bolen (Floyd's Gym)

165 Pounds:  Tavon Marshall (Time 2 Grind) vs. Keon Burroughs (Headbangers)

178 Pounds:   Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) vs. Ezri Turner (Unattached)

201 Pounds:  Shaka Williams (NOMIS) vs. Thomas Mottinger (Main Street)

201+ Pounds:  Malik Titus (Time 2 Grind) vs. James McMurdo (Main Street)

Unopposed Champions (Female):

119 Pounds: Roya Darvishian (No Xcuse)

132 Pounds:  Ladasia Lewis (Tony's Gym)

178 Pounds:  Ornella Sathoud (MVJ Athletics)

The first bout is slated to start at 7:30 PM ET.  The winners in both divisions will advance to the Regional Championships on Friday, May 4th at Rosecroft. 

If you can't make the card in person, Juan Marshall and I will have the live blow-by-blow call on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android and on the BATB pages on and starting at 7:25 PM ET.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Roach, Jr. Battles Cruz April 19th On ESPN2 In Puerto Rico!

Undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will be in the most important bout of his young career when he takes on former world title challenger Orlando "El Fenomeno" Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a 10-round bout on Thursday, April 19th at the Coliseo De Puerto Rico in San Juan.  The bout will be televised live on ESPN2.

For Roach, Jr. (16-0, six KO's), this will be his second straight bout on national television.  Roach, Jr. won a 10-round unanimous decision over Rey Perez on November 30th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.

“I’m excited for this fight, and I’m ready to perform at a high level on ESPN again,” said Roach, Jr. in a press release. “This fight is going to put me exactly where I need to be to show that I’m ready to be on a championship chase!”

Cruz (25-6-1, 13 KO's) is a former world title contender who has competed for the featherweight and lightweight world titles against the likes of Orlando Salido and Terry Flanagan.  Cruz also competed in the Olympics in 2000.  Cruz will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak including a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Jose Lopez on June 17th in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Hawkins Captures NABA-USA Welterweight Crown With Unanimous Decision In Philadelphia!

Congratulations to Baltimore, MD welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins who won a 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Raymond "Tito" Serrano of Philadelphia, PA to capture the NABA-USA Welterweight title Friday night at the Fillmore in Philadelphia.

Hawkins was the aggressor throughout the contest as he came forward and outworked the smaller Serrano.  The hometown boxer Serrano kept things close at times as he battled back in the bout but Hawkins was more active and threw the harder blows.  Hawkins won by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.  Hawkins remains undefeated and now has a record of 13-0, nine KO's.  Serrano falls to 24-5, 10 KO's.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hawkins Weighs 146.1 For Friday Night Fight In Philadelphia!

(Photo courtesy of Hard Hitting Promotions)

Malik Hawkins weighed in at 146.1 pounds for his 10-round contest against Raymond Serrano on Friday, March 30th at the Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA.  Serrano tipped the scales at 146.8.  The bout is for the vacant NABA-USA Welterweight title.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Results From Second Washington Golden Gloves Semis!

Here are the results from the second Semi-Final of the Washington Golden Gloves held on Saturday, March 24th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD (I could not be there in person on that date):

Junior Division:

15-16, 119 Pounds (Championship): Deric Davis (Headbangers) wins by walkover.

Age 17 Novice Championship:

17, 123 Pounds: Jay Stancil III (Sugar Ray Leonard) over D'Angelo Thompson (Sharp Shooters) 

17, 141 Pounds: Jordan Thompson (Tony's Gym) over Nicholas Serra (Laurel)

Novice Division:

123 Pounds:  Brient Rodriguez (Champions) over Marcus Reed (Upton)

132 Pounds:  Antonio Dunston-El, Jr. (Honeycomb) over Edward Rubio (Dog Pound) 

141 Pounds:  Dominic Fantauzzo (Champions) over Pedro Verdejo (Simon Brown)  

152 Pounds:  Markeese Hines (Main Street) over Antonio Brothers (Knowledge Boxing)  

165 Pounds:  Cristano Lucio (Old School) over Ibrahim Toure (MVJ Athletics)

178 Pounds:  Joel Tchanthuinj (Urban Boxing) over Jerry Shockley (Down Under)

201 Pounds:  Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassin) over Lorenzo Jones (Unattached)

201+ Pounds: Ricardo Volcin (Old School) over Marquette McMillian (Down Under)

Open Division:

17, 152 Pounds: Travon Marshall (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Leon Jones (#11 Overcomers) 

123 Pounds:  Chris Glen (Hagerstown) over Jaqeem Hutcherson (Hillcrest)

132 Pounds:  Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Marcus Johnson (Limelite) 

141 Pounds:  Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds:  Marlon Bolen (Floyd's Gym) over Corey Moore (Main Street)

165 Pounds:  Keon Burroughs (Headbangers) over Derek Cannon (Kicked-Up) 

201 Pounds:  Shaka Williams (NOMIS) over Donnell Daniels (Keystone)

The Washington Golden Gloves Championship finals will take place on Saturday, April 7th at Rosecroft beginning at 7:30 PM.  The card will be broadcast live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android beginning at 7:25 PM ET.

Monday, March 26, 2018

'Awesome April' Schedule Is Highlighted By World Title Contests!

In what tends to be an annual event on the blog, the 2018 edition of the "Awesome April of Beltway Boxing" has a number of big bouts for Beltway Boxers including some world title bouts.  Unfortunately, unlike previous years, there are no pro cards scheduled locally.  Here is the scheduled calendar of bouts for April (bouts may change, be added or be cancelled without notice):

Friday, April 6th, 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA -- Three Beltway Boxers are slated to be on this card.  Undefeated Washington, DC featherweight Marcus "Dreamcrusher" Bates will be in an eight-round contest against equally undefeated Raeese Aleem of Las Vegas, NV.  Bates (8-0-1, seven KO's) makes his third straight appearance at the 2300 Arena, coming off a six-round knockout victory over Antonio Rodriguez on December 1. Aleem (10-0, five KO's) last fought in August of 2016 when he stopped DeWayne Wisdom in the fourth round in Indianapolis, IN.  This will be the first eight-round bout for both men.

Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison will take on Guillermo Del Rio of South Houston, TX in a four-round encounter.  Madison (6-0-1, four KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision over Dante Selby in his last outing on February 13th in Bethlehem, PA.  Del Rio (2-2, two KO's) returns to the ring for the first time since March of 2017 when he lost a six-round unanimous decision to Francisco Rivas in Morelos, Mexico.

Also, Forestville, MD junior lightweight Evgueny Metchenov looks to bounce back from his first pro loss when he battles undefeated Joshafat Ortiz of Reading, PA by way of Ponce, Puerto Rico in a four-round bout.  Metchenov, originally from Sofia, Bulgaria (0-1) lost his pro debut on March 30th to Jahmal Dyer by four-round split decision in Glen Burnie, MD.  Ortiz (2-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Sidell Blocker on August 19th in Atlantic City, NJ.

Saturday, April 7th, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD -- The Washington Golden Gloves finals begin at 7:30 PM ET.  If you can't be there, join the live blow-by-blow podcast of the card on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android beginning at 7:25 PM ET.

Saturday, April 7th, Hard Rock Hotel And Casino, Las Vegas, NV -- Undefeated IBF Junior Middleweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, MD puts his title on the line in a unification bout against WBA/IBO champion "The American Dream" Erislandy Lara of Houston, TX by way of Guantanamo, Cuba.  Both men fought their last bouts and defended their titles on October 14th in Brooklyn, NY.  Hurd (21-0, 15 KO's) scored a 10th-round stoppage of former world champion Austin Trout while Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO's) won a 12-round unanimous decision over Terrell Gausha.  The bout will be televised by Showtime.

Saturday, April 7th, Eko Hotel Convention Center, Lagos, Nigeria -- Former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley of Washington, DC battles Jesus "Jibarito" Ortega of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico in a 12-round lightweight contest.  No word on any title on the line.  Corley (50-29-1, 28 KO's) looks to bounce back from his eight-round unanimous decision loss to Hank Lundy on February 10th in Philadelphia, PA.  Ortega (15-2, 10 KO's) is riding an 11-bout winning streak including a second-round knockout of Francisco Rodriguez on November 10th in Hermosillo.

Saturday, April 7th, Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota, FL -- Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early returns to action in a six-round contest against undefeated Joshua Draughter of New Orleans, LA.  Early (2-2) will look to break a two-bout losing streak.  Early lost a four-round unanimous decision to Juan Sanchez on November 21st in Bethlehem, PA.  Draughter (3-0, one KO) scored a first-round TKO in his last outing over the debuting Kwatevion Nijee Islom on February 23rd in Charlotte, NC.

Friday, April 13th, Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, PA -- Crofton, MD cruiserweight Luther "Lights Out" Smith will be in his first eight-round bout when he takes on Elvin "Koko" Sanchez of Paterson, NJ.  Smith (9-2, eight KO's) looks to bounce back from his four-round split decision loss to Lamont Capers on November 30th in Oxon Hill, MD.  Sanchez (8-3-1, six KO's) also competes in an eight-rounder for the first time and looks to build on a second-round TKO over Khalib Whitmore on August 11th in Philadelphia.  Sanchez will face a Beltway Boxer for the second time in his career.  Sanchez scored a third-round TKO over previously undefeated Venroy July in February of 2013 in Washington, DC.

Saturday, April 14th, Masonic Temple, Norfolk VA -- Baltimore super featherweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV will be a six-round contest against an opponent to be determined on this Ponytail Promotions card.  Allison (7-1-1, seven KO's) will look to bounce back from his first pro loss as he dropped a six-round unanimous decision to Reggie Barnett, Jr. on the last card at the Masonic Temple on December ninth.

Saturday, April 21st, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY -- Former IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore looks for his second world title when he battles former WBA Featherweight titleholder Jesus Cuellar of Buenos Aires, Argentina for the vacant WBA Super Featherweight championship.  Davis (19-0, 18 KO's) won his last bout, an eighth-round KO over Francisco Fonseca on August 26th in Las Vegas.  However, Davis was stripped of his IBF crown for missing weight.  Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO's) will try to bounce back from losing his WBA title in a 12-round split decision loss to Abner Mares in December of 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.  The bout will be shown on Showtime.

Saturday, April 28th, Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA -- Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson will take on Jesse "Hard Work" Hart of Philadelphia in a 10-round bout that will be nationally televised by ESPN.  Nicholson (18-2-1, 17 KO's) scored a bounce-back second-round TKO victory over Josue Obando on August 25th in Miami, OK.  This will be Nicholson's first 10-round encounter.  Hart (23-1, 19 KO's) also got back on the winning track after his first loss in his first world title bout in September by scoring a first-round TKO over Thomas Awimbono on February 3rd in Corpus Christi, TX.

We are also hearing that Baltimore, MD boxer Tyrieshia "Lady Tiga" Douglas (13-1, six KO's) has a world title bout scheduled in Mexico on April 28th.  When that is official, we will add that bout to this schedule.

Funeral Services Announced For Fallen Beltway Boxing Personnel!

There will be funeral services held over the next two weeks for three members of the Beltway Boxing community who have recently passed.

The service for Temple Hills, MD boxer Aujee "Quick" Tyler will be held on Thursday, March 29th at The Temple of Praise located at 700 Southern Avenue is Southeast Washington, DC.  The viewing is at 10 AM and the service starts at 11 AM ET.

The service for legendary trainer Dave Jacobs will take place at the Way of the Cross Church of Christ which is at 1800 Hazelwood Drive in Capitol Heights, MD on Saturday, March 31.  Viewing is from 9-11 AM and service begins after the viewing.

And the memorial service for former Beltway Boxer "Magic" Michael Ward will be held on Monday, April 2 at the Guiding Light Refuge Church located at 51st and Central Avenue in Southeast DC.  The service begins at 10 AM.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Reeves Suffers 12th Round Knockout In Germany!

Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves's bid for the IBO Light Heavyweight title fell short Saturday night when he lost by 12th round TKO to Karo Murat of Kitzingen, Bayern, Germany in the main event of a card at the Inselparkhalle in Hamburg, Germany.

This is how Alexey Sukachev of described the action:

Both pugilists chose to exchange vicious, lazy yet rather powerful punches at a slow rate. It looked like Murat's power was dominant over Reeves but he also ate too many punches for him to punctuate his lead.

Reeves was determined and cautious at the same time, while Murat was inconsistent at close quarters but did well on his way out and also with his body punches. Rounds were mostly identical with both fighters rumbling it hard in a phone booth affair. Murat, meanwhile, looked dead tired but his visible fatigue didn't affect his punch rate as it was already rather low.

Murat caught his second wind in the championship rounds, while Reeves started to gas out. The American was wobbly on his legs at the conclusion of the eleventh. The twelfth started slowly as Reeves decided to turn back the heat. Murat was lethargic for the first two minutes but then exploded with a powerful right hand and a left hook. Reeves, clearly stunned, was pinned to the ropes and continued to eat leather before the referee has stepped in, maybe a bit too early.

The bout was stopped at approximately 40 seconds of the final round.  The loss breaks a 12-bout winning streak for Reeves, who was ranked eighth in the world by the IBF.  Reeves is now 15-3-2, seven KO's.  Murat, who is ranked in the top 15 by all four major governing bodies, improves to 32-3-1, 21 KOs.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Another Legendary Trainer, Dave Jacobs, Passes At 84!

Another legendary Beltway-based trainer has left us.  A man who worked with two of the greatest fighters in the history of the business.  Dave Jacobs passed away on Friday, March 23rd at the age of 84.

Mr. Jacobs was the first trainer of a 14-year-old boxer by the name of Sugar Ray Leonard.  Mr. Jacobs trained Leonard throughout his Olympic Gold Medal amateur days and was an assistant to Angelo Dundee (right) throughout the early years of Leonard's pro career including Leonard's first championship when he knocked out Wilfredo Benitez in the 15th round on November 30th, 1979 in Las Vegas, NV.  Mr. Jacobs would be in Leonard's corner for his first title defense when he scored a crushing fourth-round knockout over Davey "Boy" Green on March 31, 1980 in the fourth round in front of 12,000 partisan fans at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD.

Mr. Jacobs would leave Leonard's corner after Leonard lost the title to Roberto Duran on June 20th, 1980 in Montreal, Canada by 15-round unanimous decision.  However, Mr. Jacobs would return when Leonard defeated Marvelous Marvin Hagler by 12-round split decision on April 6, 1987 in Las Vegas.  He would leave the Leonard camp for good after Leonard fought to a draw in the rematch against Thomas Hearns in Las Vegas on June 12, 1989.

Later in his career, Mr. Jacobs would work with a returning Mike Tyson and was in the corner for his first bouts after being released from prison, including his championship wins over Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon as well as his first loss to Evander Holyfield.

Mr. Jacobs leaves behind a wonderful family and many boxers, trainers and fans who will cherish his memory.

Personal note:  Dave Jacobs was a wonderful person.  His support of boxers throughout his life was fantastic.  I always enjoyed talking to him about the business and he definitely treated me well.  He is a true legend and will be missed by all.  Details on Mr. Jacobs's memorial service are forthcoming.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Former Amateur Standout Aujee 'Quick' Tyler Passes at 22!

(Photo courtesy of

We have received more bad news in the Beltway region.  BATB has learned that former Beltway amateur standout Aujee "Quick" Tyler has passed away at the age of 22.  According to reports, Tyler was shot during an incident in Southeast Washington, DC.

Tyler, who boxed out of Temple Hills, MD, was a two-time National Silver Gloves champion, a five-time Ringside Champion and won titles at the Junior Olympics and the National PAL Tournament.  In 2015 at the age of 16, Tyler signed a professional promotional contract with ProBox Management of Florida.  Because he could not fight in the United States because of his age, Tyler started his pro career in Mexico where he had a record of 3-1, three KO's.  Tyler last fought in November of 2016.

The story is still developing and we hope to have more information for you.  BATB sends its deepest condolences to Tyler's family.

Memorial Service For Eugene Hughes Slated For Thursday!

There will be a memorial service for the late Eugene "Thunder" Hughes on Thursday, March 22nd at the New Bethel Baptist Church located at 1739 9th Street in Northwest Washington, DC.  The wake is at 10 AM ET and the service begins at 11 AM.

There will also be a candlelight vigil for Mr. Hughes at the gym he owned for almost 40 years, the Midtown Youth Academy on 2206 14th Street, NW in DC.  That will be held tonight at 7 PM.

Second Semis At Rosecroft March 24th!

The second and final day of the Washington Golden Gloves semifinals will take place on Saturday, March 24th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  The first bout will take place at 7:30 PM ET.  Here is the proposed bout sheet for the card:

Junior Division:

15-16, 119 Pounds (Championship): Deric Davis (Headbangers) vs. Christian Johnson (Mack Lewis)

Unopposed Champions:

12, 110 Pounds:  Khaliq Harrison (Warriors)

16, 152 Pounds:  Brian Perry (Woodland)

8, 70 Pounds (Female): Dynasty Young (Knowledge Boxing)

13, 95 Pounds (Female): Da'Jah Ruth (Time 2 Grind)

15, 119 Pounds (Female): Virrcia Lopez (Woodland)

Age 17 Novice Championship:

17, 123 Pounds: D'Angelo Thompson (Sharp Shooters) vs. Jay Stancil III (Sugar Ray Leonard)

17, 141 Pounds: Nicholas Serra (Laurel) vs. Jordan Thompson (Tony's Gym)

Unopposed Champions:

17, 114 Pounds:  Kameron Rick-Holmes (Dream Team)

17, 132 Pounds: Steven Griffin (Woodland)

Novice Division:

123 Pounds:  Brient Rodriguez (Champions) vs. Marcus Reed (Upton)

132 Pounds:  Edward Rubio (Dog Pound) vs. Antonio Dunston-El, Jr. (Honeycomb)

141 Pounds:  Pedro Verdejo (Simon Brown) vs. Dominic Fantauzzo (Champions)

152 Pounds:  Antonio Brothers (Knowledge Boxing) vs. Markeese Hines (Main Street)

165 Pounds:  Ibrahim Toure (MVJ Athletics) vs. Cristano Lucio (Old School)

178 Pounds:  Joel Tchanthuinj (Urban Boxing) vs. Jerry Shockley (Down Under)

201 Pounds:  Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassin) vs. Lorenzo Jones (Unattached)

201+ Pounds:  Marquette McMillian (Down Under) vs. Ricardo Volcin (Old School)

Unopposed Champions (Female):

112 Pounds:  Phillis Almaraz (Knowledge Boxing)

123 Pounds:  Linette Dueno (Elite Boxing)

141 Pounds:  Destiny Day-Owens (Time 2 Grind)

Open Division:

17, 152 Pounds:  Leon Jones (#11 Overcomers) vs. Travon Marshall (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Unopposed Champions: 

17, 141 Pounds:  Montez Nichol (Down Under)

17, 178 Pounds:  Nasheed Smith (Headbangers)

123 Pounds:  Chris Glen (Hagerstown) vs. Jaqeem Hutcherson (Hillcrest)

132 Pounds:  Marcus Johnson (Limelite) vs. Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds:  Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard)

152 Pounds:  Corey Moore (Main Street) vs. Marlon Bolen (Floyd's Gym)

165 Pounds:  Derek Cannon (Kicked-Up) vs. Keon Burroughs (Headbangers)

201 Pounds:  Shaka Williams (NOMIS) vs. Donnell Daniels (Keystone)

The Washington Golden Gloves Championship finals will take place on Saturday, April 7th at Rosecroft beginning at 7:30 PM.  The card will be broadcast live on the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android.

Beltway Amateurs Compete in Basketball Tournament March 23rd!

There will be a very unique event that will raise funds for the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing's Junior Olympic Program.  Four of the gyms in the area -- The Headbangers, No Xcuse, Oxon Hill and the Kenilworth Untouchables -- will compete, not in boxing, but in basketball on Friday, March 23rd at the Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, located at 7711 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD.

There will be three basketball games with a team trophy going to the winner of the mini tournament.  There will also be food available and a halftime three-point contest that is scheduled to feature legendary Beltway Boxers.

All tickets are $10.  The doors will open at 6:45 and the first game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM.  For more information, call 301-532-8169 or 202-650-9400.

Baltimore Boxing March 22nd Card Honors Wagner, Raises Funds For Davis!

There will be a very important amateur boxing card on Thursday, March 22nd at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.  Not for the boxing itself, but for what the card's purposes are.  The Baltimore Boxing card will pay tribute to legendary Ballroom Boxing promoter Scott Wagner as well as raise funds for the women known as the first lady of amateur boxing in the area, Brenda Davis.   

Wagner, who passed away on February 16th at the age of 49, ran the highly successful Ballroom Boxing promotions that ran more than 70 successful pro shows over a 15-year period.  The series included many future and former world champions including Hasim Rahman, Al Cole, Orlin Norris, Kermit Cintron and Terence Crawford.  Wagner, who was a longtime friend of Smith, stopped promoting in 2009 and offered the family-owned Michael's Eighth Avenue to Baltimore Boxing Promotions.

“Scott was one of my closest friends and I was devastated by his untimely passing,” said Smith, who co-promoted with Wagner and also fought for him in 1996. “He ran one of the most successful promotions for more than a decade and did right by the fighters. 

"Scott Wagner the person was even better than the promoter. He always helped other people and his experience assisted me in expanding Baltimore Boxing Promotions. I am forever thankful and will always have a place in my heart for Scott Wagner.”

The card will also be a fundraiser for Davis, the wife of legendary trainer Adrian Davis.  Ms. Davis, who was one of the first women to be a successful official in USA Amateur Boxing, has had a number of health complications that have severely impacted her.  All proceeds from the card will help cover healthcare costs.

The main event on the card will be a rematch for the East Coast Middleweight title.  Baltimore, MD's Deshawn Chase will battle the only man to defeat him, Omar Serrano of Ocean City, MD.  Also on the card, Tyrell Boyd of Baltimore Boxing takes on Tyler Langer of the Mack Lewis Gym.

For more information on tickets, call 410-375-9175.