Thursday, February 22, 2018

Isley Advances To Medal Round Of Strandja Tournament!

Alexandria, VA's Troy Isley moved into the medal round of the Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday when his scheduled opponent, Hebert Sousa of Brazil, could not compete.  The walkover win means Isley will move into the semifinals of the middleweight bracket where he will face Seyedshahin Mousavi of Iran in Saturday's semifinals.

On Friday, Alexandria's Keyshawn Davis will take on Armenian Hrayr Shahverdyan in the quarterfinals.

Bout Sheet For Second Week Of Golden Gloves Competition!

Here is the proposed bout sheet for the second week of competition at the Washington Golden Gloves that will take place on Saturday, February 24th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  The first bout begins at 7:30 PM ET.  I was not able to attend last week and I have not received the results from the card.

Junior Division:

8-9, 65 Pounds (Championship): Assan Jenkins (Old School) vs. Makye Fenwick (Oxon Hill)

10-11, 65 Pounds (Championship): Brandon Chestnut (No Xcuse) vs. Pharahut Hamilton (Langston)

10, 70 Pounds (Championship): Asad Demus (Headbangers) vs. Saleem Rafaie (Oxon Hill)

10-11, 75 Pounds (Championship): Rashad Robinson (No Xcuse) vs. Casanova Lamons (Langdon)

11-12, 80 Pounds (Championship): Mekai Ali (Kenilworth) vs. Marcus Luther (Headbangers)

11-12, 85 Pounds: Sameer Rafaie (Oxon Hill) vs. Theaisaan Jenkins (Old School)

9-10, 90 Pounds:  James Fitzgerald (Baltimore Boxing) vs. Durell Black (Headbangers)

12-13, 90 Pounds (Championship)Jeremiah Jimason (Oxon Hill) vs. Kardan Chatman (No Xcuse)

15, 101 Pounds (Championship)(Jeisel Sanchez (1st Class) vs. Keith Burroughs (Oxon Hill)

15-16, 132 Pounds (Championship): Magnus Benz (Unattached) vs. Maximus Garland (Headbangers)

16, 140 Pounds: Philip Olukanni (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Ahmad Latier (Keystone)

15-16, 153 Pounds: Aziz Khudoyberdiev (Baltimore Boxing) vs. Anthony Ventura (Hagerstown)

Unopposed Champions:

10, 95 Pounds:  Isaiah Jackson (Sugar Ray Leonard)

12, 95 Pounds:  Christopher Hall (Dog Pound)

11, 101 Pounds: Joshua Briggs (Oxon Hill)

10, 106 Pounds: Travis Best (Oxon Hill)


Novice Division:  

132 Pounds:  Edward Rubio (Dog Pound) vs. Antwan Farrow (Headbangers)

141 Pounds:  Donavan Agrola (Hillcrest) vs. Tre'von Wells (Dream Team)

141 Pounds:  Nixon Sales (Hillcrest) vs. Dominic Fantauzzo (Champions)

152 Pounds: Stepon Jordon (Champions) vs. Quinton Stephens (Headbangers)

152 Pounds: Marcus Allen (Tony's Gym) vs. Anwar Wingate (Kenilworth)

152 Pounds:  Antonio Brothers (Knowledge) vs. Tavon Clark (Benning Park)

152 Pounds:  Nijia Anderson (Hagerstown) vs. Camillus Santiful (Kicked-Up)

165 Pounds:  Ibrahim Toure (MVJ Athletics) vs. Wesley Babbie (Hagerstown)

178 Pounds:  Joel Tchantchuiny (Urban Boxing) vs. Darryl Bagley (Cherry Lane)

201 Pounds:  Daryl Palmer (Raw Assassin) vs. Landon Green (Odenton)


Open Division:  

141 Pounds:  Stephen Epps (NOMIS) vs. Brandon Sandoval (Sugar Ray Leonard)

141 Pounds:  Jalen Jones (Limelite) vs. Christopher Robinson (Tony's Gym)






Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Davis, Isley Victorious During Strandja Tournament in Bulgaria!

Keyshawn Davis and Troy Isley won their opening bouts during the Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria today.

Davis, participating in his first international tournament, won a 5-0 unanimous decision over Dmytro Cherniak of Ukraine in a lightweight contest.  Davis will take on Armenian Hrayr Shahverdyan in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Isley also won a unanimous decision in a middleweight bout, defeating Mariusz Gnas of Sweden.  Isley will be in a rematch against Hebert Sousa of Brazil in the quarterfinals on Thursday.  Isley defeated Sousa in the Continental Championships last year.  The victory qualified Isley for the world championships where he won a bronze medal.

Kay Koroma Promoted to National Assistant Coach For USA Boxing!



(Photos courtesy of AIBA)

Congratulations to Alexandria, VA trainer Kay Koroma who has been promoted to the National Assistant Coach position at USA Boxing!

Koroma has served as USA Boxing's Resident Coach at the Olympic Training Center and was a member of the 2016 US Olympic coaching staff in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

In his new role, Koroma will continue to work with USA Boxing's coaching and high performance staff in the development and implementation of individual athlete training and competition plans for all national team athletes and continue to manage USA Boxing's recently expanded resident athlete program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

A former pro boxer (5-1, three KO's), Koroma hung up his gloves in 2008 after an illness forced him to retire.  Koroma has worked with numerous regional, national and international champion boxers at the Alexandria Boxing Club and started working with the Olympic program as its Developmental Coach in 2014.  He then became a full-time coach two years later.

Since Koroma joined USA Boxing's staff alongside Head Coach Billy Walsh, the U.S. team has enjoyed great success at the international level, including three Olympic medals (Claressa Shields - gold, Shakur Stevenson - silver, Nico Hernandez - bronze), the best U.S. finish at a Men's World Championships since 1999 and an undefeated 2017 international run by flyweight Virginia Fuchs.

“Coach Kay has been a key component to USA Boxing’s success since coming on board full time in 2016,” commented USA Boxing High Performance Director Matt Johnson.  “He has a unique skill set that makes a great impact on our boxers both inside and outside of the ring. We are fortunate to have him on our staff and look forward to his continued progression in the position of National Assistant Coach.”

"I'm excited to continue my USA Boxing journey and the success we've had over the past two years. Working with young people, making them believe in themselves and helping them to reach their full potential in boxing and life has always been my passion and I enjoy sharing that with the talented athletes of Team USA," Koroma said. "This is just the beginning. We will keep building champions at every level and show the world the talent that we have here in the United States."



While Coach Koroma has had a tremendous impact on USA Boxing's elite athletes, he continues to work with his homegrown athletes at the Alexandria Boxing Club. Three ALX members, lightweight Keyshawn Davis, female light welterweight Amelia Moore and reigning World Championships bronze medalist Troy Isley, (standing to Koroma's left along with Quentin Randall (far left) and Duke Ragan (far right) won the 2017 USA Boxing National Championships and get the opportunity to train regularly at the Olympic Training Center with Coach Koroma when he's not at his home gym in Alexandria. Isley and Koroma have worked together since a nine-year-old Troy first walked into the gym and he is now one of the favorites to make the 2020 Olympic Team.  Davis also won a National Golden Gloves championship in 2017 and Moore captured four championships last year.

By the way, Davis and Isley will compete for the first time at the Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria today.  Davis will compete at 132 pounds against Dymtro Cherniak of the Ukraine while Isley will take on Mariusz Gnas of Sweden in a 165 pound contest.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Scott Wagner Services Announced!

There has been an announcement for a memorial service for Ballroom Boxing promoter Scott Wagner.

The service will be held on Saturday, February 24th and appropriately, it will be held at Michael's Eighth Avenue located at 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie, MD.  The service will be from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Scott Wagner, Legendary Ballroom Boxing Promoter, Passes!





It has been a very sad day in the Beltway Boxing Community because we learned that one of the premier promoters in the area -- Scott Wagner -- passed away late Friday, February 16th at the age of 49.  No official word has been given on the cause of death.

Mr. Wagner was the driving force behind one of the most successful promotions not only in the Beltway, but around the country -- Ballroom Boxing.  The promotion was located in the catering hall the family owned -- Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD -- and it became the home for some of the best club show bouts in one of the best atmospheres in the area from 1995-2010. 

Mr. Wagner, along with matchmakers Chris Middendorf and Josh Hall and event coordinator Dave Wilkerson, brought in a myriad of outstanding talent as they developed local boxers like Alfonso Daniels, Jimmy Lange and Darnell "The Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson.  They would also bring in former world champions like Hasim Rahman, Kermit Cintron, Orlin Norris and Al Cole and be an early proving ground for future world champions like Terence Crawford, who fought his second pro bout in the Ballroom and the Dirrell Brothers who made their pro debuts in Glen Burnie.  At the height of its fame, Ballroom Boxing had a television package shown around the world anchored by broadcasters Larry Michael, Jon Saraceno, and John Scheinman and a weekly radio show hosted by Wagner and Scotty Crouse.    The atmosphere at Ballroom Boxing shows was also second to none as the boxing was augmented by large portions food and drink as well as the beautiful women that was a part of each card.

Boxing luminaries such as Lou DiBella, Bert Sugar and Lou Duva, would make frequent appearances in Glen Burnie.  DiBella would call Ballroom Boxing "the best club show promotion in the country" and would use elements of the promotion when forming his own Broadway Boxing cards.

Mr. Wagner was preceded in death by his father, Sen. Michael J. Wagner, the original owner of Michael's Eighth Avenue, who passed away in February of 2014 at the age of 74.  Arrangements are pending

On a personal note, Scott Wagner's passing hits so hard.  I had numerous conversations with him about boxing and life.  He would bounce proposed bouts off of me and we would discuss them.  Ballroom Boxing was truly his baby and he was so proud of his baby.  Scott will go down in history as someone who was truly fair to the boxers who appeared on his cards and loved the fans who supported him.  He saluted the military on numerous shows long before it was fashionable to do so.

I thank Scott for all he has meant to me.  He gave me some outstanding moments in my Beltway Boxing career and more importantly, he was a great friend and I will miss him dearly.




Williams, Jr. Suffers Fourth-Round Knockout In El Paso!

Laurel, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Mexican prospect Humberto Velasco Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX.

According to Fightnews.com reporter David Finger, Williams got off to a great start, dropping Velasco with a picture-perfect counterpunch in the closing moments of the first round.  Velasco, however, would come back in the second round and knock Williams down with a right hand.  Williams would gamely fight back late in the round but any hard punch Velasco threw would rattle him.  Velasco would drop Williams in both the third and fourth rounds before the bout was stopped at 1:37 of the fourth.  Williams complained that he was hit in the back of the head during the last knockdown.

Williams has lost three straight by knockout and his record falls to 20-4, 14 KO's.  Velasco is now 19-1-1, 14 KO's.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Williams, Jr. Weighs 170.6 For 10-Rounder In Texas!

Thomas Williams, Jr. tipped the scales at 170.6 pounds for his 10-round bout against Humberto Velasco Saturday at the Don Haskins Event Center in El Paso, TX.  Velasco came in at 170.2 pounds.

The bout is part of the Victor Ortiz-Devin Alexander card that will be televised on Fox.  The Williams-Velasco bout is not scheduled to be shown on the telecast that begins at 8 PM ET.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Isley, Davis Travel To Bulgaria For International Tournament!

Recently, BATB mentioned that Alexandria, VA amateur boxer Troy Isley will be in three dual events against Ireland in March.  However, Isley has even more business to attend to this coming week.

Isley, a member of the USA Boxing Elite High Performance Squad, is now in Sofia, Bulgaria for the Strandja Tournament.  Isley has had international experience as he won a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany in September.

Isley will have familiar company on this voyage.  Alexandria teammate Keyshawn Davis will make his international debut in this tournament.  Davis, who won a National Golden Gloves championship in May of 2017, makes his first trip as a member of the USA Elite team.

The Strandja Tournament takes place from February 18-26.  The team is made up of six male and six female boxers.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Beltway Boxers Added To March 3rd Brooklyn Card!

Two Beltway Boxers have been added to the undercard of the DiBella Entertainment/TGB Promotions card on Saturday, March 3rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Capitol Heights, MD super lightweight Antuanne Russell will make his first appearance of 2018 in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined.  Russell, the 2017 Beltway Boxing Co-Rookie Of The Year, scored three first-round knockouts last year including a bout that was slated for six rounds.

Also on the card will be Washington, DC welterweight Shynggyskhan Tazhibay who will move up to the six-round plateau for the first time.  The native of Kazakhstan (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.

The headline bouts on the card will be televised by Showtime.  Deontay Wilder defends the WBC Heavyweight championship in the main event.  Jermall Charlo battles Hugo Centeno, Jr. for the interim WBC Middleweight title and Andre Dirrell defends the interim IBF Super Middleweight championship in a rematch against Jose Uzcategui.  The two met on May 20th at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD where Uzcategui was disqualified for hitting Dirrell after the bell in the eighth round.  After the bout was over, Uzcategui was punched by one of Dirrell's handlers, Leon Lawson.  Lawson was suspended indefinitely by the state of Maryland.

Fox, Madison Win Unanimous Decisions; Loften Loses By UD In Bethlehem, PA!

Three Beltway Boxers had bouts Tuesday evening at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

In a co-main event bout, Forestville, MD junior welterweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox remained undefeated with an eight-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Garcia of the Dominican Republic.  Fox was able to knock Garcia down in the seventh round and won the bout by scores of 78-73 (twice) and 77-74.  Fox is now 16-0, four KO's while Garcia falls to 14-2, nine KO's.

Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby "Mad Dog" Madison won a six-round unanimous decision over Donte Selby of Philadelphia, PA.  No word on the official scores.  Madison is now 6-0-1, four KO's while Selby is 2-4-1.

Suitland, MD featherweight Malik "Li'l Leak" Loften lost a four-round unanimous decision to Martino Jules of Allentown, PA.  Loften lost by scores of 39-38 and 38-37 (twice).  Loften's record is even at 1-1, one KO while Jules is 3-0.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fightnews Beltway Correspondent Burgower Pens Poetry Book!

As many of you know, I also am a feature writer for Fightnews.com.  I have been blessed to have a number of collaborators work with me in covering the Beltway scene for the website since I joined the site in 1999.  For more than a decade, I'm happy to say that my writing partner has been Julian Burgower of Frederick, MD.

What's amazing is learning about the other talents that people have.  What I did not know about Julian is that he is a poet and he has published his first book of poetry entitled Sleep Turns To Monster: A Poetic Journey Through Life, Love and Loneliness.



Amazon.com describes the book as "a look into the troubled mind as thoughts spiral and twist between the emotions of the conscious and the unknown depths in which souls are lost in the crags and crevices from within the twilight of restless slumber. All of life's unspoken feelings in a collection of poetry that all can understand, some may relate to, but none wish to endure."

The book is getting rave reviews on Amazon as well as other locations where the book can be bought.  Amazon is selling the book for $13.99.  If you feel inclined and you like poetry, I think you will be impressed by this book.  Thank you.

Bout Sheet For Opening Night Of 2018 Washington Golden Gloves!

The 2018 Washington Golden Gloves get underway on Saturday, February 17th.  All of the Golden Glove events will take place at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD with the first bell at 7:30 PM ET.

Here is the scheduled bout sheet for the first night of competition:

Junior Division:

8 Years, 60 Pounds (Championship):  Tameen Rafaie (Oxon Hill) vs. Laron Manning (Oxon Hill)

10 Years, 62 Pounds (Championship): Edward Lee, III (Mack Lewis) vs. Taj Browne (No Xcuse)

8-9 Years, 65 Pounds: Lenoxx Walker (Langdon) vs. Makye Fenwick (Oxon Hill)

10-11 Years, 65 Pounds: Brandon Chestnut (No Xcuse) vs. Keith Perry (Woodland)

10-11 Years, 75 Pounds: Cardarius Johnson (Headbangers) vs. Rashad Robinson (No Xcuse)

10-11 Years, 75 Pounds: Amir Lee (Oxon Hill) vs. Casanova Lamons (Langdon)

10 Years, 70 Pounds: Malachi Robinson (Headbangers) vs. Saleem Rafaie (Oxon Hill)

11-12 Years, 76 Pounds (Championship): Julian Cruz-Sanchez (First Class) vs. Reshad Johnson (Langdon)

14 Years, 101 Pounds (Championship): Jayden Wright (Hillcrest) vs. Gregory Parker (Headbangers)

13-14, 110 Pounds (Championship): Juanito Lopez (Woodland) vs. Angel Benavides (Tony's Gym)

13-14, 114 Pounds (Championship): John Shipley (Mack Lewis) vs. William Luther (Headbangers)


Novice Division:

123 Pounds:  Marcus Reed (Upton) vs. Kevin Holmes (NOMIS)

123 Pounds:  Davon White (Sugar Ray Leonard) vs. Elon'e Kemp (Limelite)

132 Pounds:  Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) vs. Carlos Ramirez (Keystone)

132 Pounds:  Antoine Matthews (First Class) vs. Antonio Dunston-El, Jr. (Honeycomb)

141 Pounds:  Devante Alexander (Knowledge) vs. Corey Walton, Jr. (Floyd's Gym)

141 Pounds:  Pedro Verdejo (Simon Brown) vs. Joshua Zimmerman (Honeycomb)

152 Pounds:  Maurice Ecols (Deanwood) vs. Stephen Jordon (Champions)

152 Pounds:  Malik Myles (Benning Park) vs. Quinton Stevens (Headbangers)

152 Pounds:  Marcus Allen (Tony's Gym) vs. Victor Mercado (Unattached)

152 Pounds:  Anwar Wingate (Kenilworth) vs. Steven Jackson (Hillcrest)

152 Pounds:  Markesse Hines (Main Street) vs. Brilyen Kelly (Langdon)

152 Pounds:  Toure Lake (Unattached) vs. Seth Anderson (Champions)

165 Pounds: Step'an Simmons (Charm City) vs. Joshua Allen (Deanwood)

178 Pounds:  Jerry Shockley (Down Under) vs. Daniel Holmes (Old School)


Here is the schedule for this year's Washington Golden Gloves:

Preliminary Bouts: February 17th, February 24th and March 3rd

Semi-Finals:  March 10th and March 24th

The Washington Golden Gloves Championships will be on Saturday, April 7th.

The Regional Golden Gloves Championships will be on Friday, May 4th.

All events will begin at 7:30 PM ET.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Fox, Madison, Loften Tip Scales For Bethlehem Bouts!

Three Beltway Boxers weighed in for bouts Tuesday at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.

Mykal Fox weighed in at 141.8 pounds for his eight-round co-main event contest against Ricardo Garcia, who came in at 142.1.

Colby Madison tipped the scales at 247 pounds for his six-round bout against Dante Selby.  Selby weighed 230.1 pounds.

Malik Loften weighed in at 125.8 pounds for his four-round encounter with Martino Jules, who tipped the scales at 127.1.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Corley Loses Unanimous Decision; Rahman Wins Majority Decision; Byarm Scores First-Round Knockout In Comeback Bout!

Three Beltway Boxers were in action Saturday night in two locations.  Here are the results.

In a main-event bout at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA, former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley of Washington, DC lost an eight-round unanimous decision to former world title contender "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy of Philadelphia.  The veterans split the first two rounds then Lundy started to take control of the contest, dropping Corley in the fourth round.  Lundy would go on to win the bout by scores of 78-73 and 79-72 (twice).  The 43-year-old Corley, participating in his 80th pro bout, is now 50-29-1, 28 KO's while Lundy, who is 34 years old, is now 29-6-1, 14 KO's.

On the same card, Baltimore, MD heavyweight Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. won a four-round majority decision over late sub Ronny Hale of Austin, TX.  Rahman, who went the distance for the first time in his young pro career and was battling pneumonia, seemed to have some difficulty dealing with the pressure that Hale brought to the contest.  However, he did manage to win the fight with a little bit more output.  One judge scored the bout a draw at 38-38 while the other two judges saw the contest 39-37 and 40-36.  Rahman is now 4-0, three KO's while Hale drops to 3-11, three KO's.

Meanwhile, at the Hartman Arena in Park City, KS, DC heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm made a successful return after an almost six-year absence and scored a first-round TKO over Richard "Silverback" Carmack of Kansas City, MO.  According to reports, Byarm teed off on the 364-pound Carmack at will, dropping him twice before the bout was stopped at 1:34 of the first.  Byarm is now 14-2-1, 10 KO's while Carmack falls to 15-13-1, 12 KO's.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Corley, Rahman, Jr., Byarm Hit Scales For Saturday Bouts!

DeMarcus Corley, Hasim Rahman, Jr. and Maurice Byarm weighed in today for their bouts on Saturday evening.

Corley tipped the scales at 134 pounds for his eight-round contest against Hank Lundy at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Lundy came in slightly over the lightweight limit at 135 1/2.

Also, Rahman, Jr. weighed 232 pounds for his four-round bout against late sub Ronny Hale who came in at 261.7 pounds.  Hale (3-10, three KO's) is from Austin, TX by way of Montgomery, AL.

The Hard Hitting Promotions card will be shown on the Fight Night Live channel on Facebook beginning at 7 PM ET.

Byarm came in at 230.4 pounds for his six-round comeback bout against Richard Carmack at the Hartman Arena in Park City, KS.  Carmack came in at a whopping 364 pounds.

Sigmon Loses By Unanimous Decision To Roy Jones, Jr. in Legend's Final Bout!



(Photo by Scott Foster)

Lynchburg, VA's Scott "Cujo" Sigmon could not spoil the swan song of future hall of famer Roy Jones, Jr. Thursday night at the Bay Center in Pensacola, FL.  Jones would win a one-sided ten-round unanimous decision.

Sigmon could not deal with the 49-year-old Jones's hand speed throughout the contest.  Jones would smile and mug for his hometown fans, according to reports.  Jones would win by scores of 98-92 across the board.  Jones told reporters after the bout that he entered the ring with a torn bicep.

Sigmon falls to 30-12-1, 16 KO's and Jones rises to 66-9, 47 KO's.  Jones said he would be willing to take on suspended MMA fighter Anderson Silva but otherwise it's "chapter closed."

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Sigmon Weighs 193.4 For Bout Against Jones!




Scott Sigmon tipped the scales at 193.4 pounds for his 10-round bout against legendary Roy Jones, Jr. tonight at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL.  Jones, who says this is his last bout, came in at 199 pounds.

The bout will be shown on the UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Isley To Be Showcased During March US Vs. Ireland Boxing Tour!




Alexandria, VA amateur boxer Troy Isley will represent the United States during a three-city boxing tour as the US will take on a team from Ireland.

Isley, a 165-pounder who won a bronze medal at the 2017 Elite World Championships in Hamburg, Germany in September, is the most accomplished member of the team.  Isley has competed against an Irish team before, traveling to Belfast as part of the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic in 2013.  Isley won his bout during that event.

The US vs. Ireland tour begins on Monday, March 12th at the Royale Entertainment Complex in Boston, MA.  The second night will be on Thursday, March 15th at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA.  The final night will be Wednesday, March 21st at the Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, NH.  All of the cards will begin at 7 PM and the bouts will be live streamed for free on USABoxing.org.

By the way, the coach of the US team will be Billy Walsh, who was a member of the 1988 Irish Boxing team and coached the Irish team for 10 years.


Beltway Amateurs Bring Home Seven Titles From National Silver Gloves Championships!

Local boxers brought home seven national championships from the recent National Silver Gloves championships this past weekend in Independence, MO.

Along with BJ-Santana Brown of Baltimore, MD who was uncontested, congratulations to the following Beltway Boxers:

Benjamin Johnson, Washington, DC

Cardarius Johnson, District Heights, MD

Tyreek Williams,  Oxon Hill, MD

Khalil Robinson, Largo, MD

Marcus Luther, Washington, DC

Dontae White, Baltimore, MD

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Beltway Finalists At National Silver Gloves!

Here are the Beltway finalists for the 2018 National Silver Gloves in Independence, MO:

Cardarius Johnson, District Heights, MD

Tyreek Williams, Oxon Hill, MD

Kardan Chatmon, Upper Marlboro, MD

Jeremiah Williams, Baltimore, MD

Khalil Robinson, Largo, MD

Sa'mari Everette, Baltimore, MD

Makye Fenwick, Washington, DC

Kairee Kelley, Washington, DC

Khaliq Harrison, Fort Washington, MD

Benjamin Johnson, Washington, DC

Muhammad Robinson, Nottingham, MD

Tarvis Best, Washington, DC

Marcus Luther, Washington, DC

The area has one uncontested national champion -- BJ-Santana Brown of Baltimore, MD, who is the winner in the Boys 9-10, 154 pound division.  The title bouts are today at 1 PM CT.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Beltway Amateurs Compete At National Silver Gloves!

The 2018 National Silver Gloves Tournament is underway at the Truman Grand Ballroom in Independence, MO and a number of Beltway amateurs are competing.  Unfortunately, Ringside, which is sponsoring this event, only lists the winners, without matchups or weight classes.

So, here is the list of first-round winners after the start of competition on Thursday:

Khaliq Harrison, Fort Washington, MD

Cardarius Johnson, District Heights, MD

Tommy Coe, Jr, Baltimore, MD

Muhammad Robinson, Nottingham, MD

Tyreek Williams, Oxon Hill, MD

Kardan Chatmon, Upper Marlboro, MD

Jordan Roach, Upper Marlboro, MD

Jeremiah Williams, Baltimore, MD

Sa'mari Everette, Baltimore, MD

Brandon Chestnut, Bowie, MD

Kairee Kelly, Washington, DC

Marcus Luther, Washington, DC

The tournament runs until Saturday, February 3.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Final Registration For 2018 Golden Gloves And Anti-Domestic Violence Amateur Card Take Place February 3rd!

With no pro boxing cards on the Beltway horizon for the foreseeable future, amateur boxing will take center stage.  There are two events that will take place on Saturday, February 3rd.

The final registration for the 2018 Washington Golden Gloves will begin at 9 AM at the Hillcrest Bingo Hall located at 4104 23rd Parkway in Hillcrest Heights, MD.  The registration will include a physical exam.  Registration will be from 9 until noon.  Please arrive promptly.  The Washington Golden Gloves tournament begins on Saturday, February 17th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Then, the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing will have a boxing card that will bring awareness to the horrors of domestic violence.  The card will take place at Tony's Boxing Gym located at 1216 Mt. Olivet Road in Northeast Washington, DC.  All tickets are $15.  The weigh-in starts at 3 PM and the event gets underway at 6:30.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Reed Faces Undefeated Barboza, Jr. In 10-Round Contest March 10th In Carson, CA!

Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed looks to rebound from his first pro loss when he takes on undefeated Arnold Barboza, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA in a 10-round contest on Saturday, March 10th at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.  The bout is scheduled to be televised by ESPN.

Reed (23-1, 12 KO's) was stopped in the second round by undefeated Jose Carlos Ramirez on November 11th in Fresno, CA.  Reed lost an opportunity to win the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.  Barboza, Jr. (17-0, six KO's) comes off an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Chicas on August 5th in Los Angeles.  This is Barboza's first scheduled 10-round bout.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Davis Stopped In Second Round In Philadelphia!

DC lightweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis was stopped in the second round Friday night by undefeated Philadelphia, PA boxer Steven Ortiz at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, PA.

According to Fightnews.com's John DiSanto, Davis was knocked down three times in the second round, first by a left hook followed by two Ortiz right hands.  After the third knockdown, referee Gary Rosato stopped the contest at 2:21 of the second.  Davis has now lost two straight and is 11-3, five KO's.  Ortiz remains undefeated at 8-0, three KO's.

Davis Weighs 133.1 For Eight-Round Main Event In Philadelphia!

Joshua Davis weighed in 133.1 pounds for his eight-round main event contest against Steven Ortiz Friday night at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, PA.  Ortiz tipped the scales at 133.9 pounds.  The card is promoted by Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Beltway Boxers Continue On Road Trips!

As of now, there are no local pro cards in the Beltway region.  That means a number of locals are on the road looking for victories.  Here is a look at the upcoming Beltway schedule.

On Friday, January 26th, Suitland, MD super welterweight Lenwood "Mr. Composure" Dozier will be in an eight-round bout against undefeated Carlos Gongora of Brooklyn, NY by way of Esmeraldas, Ecuador at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA.   Dozier (10-18-2, five KO's) has lost six in a row including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Darryl Cunningham on June 23rd in Detroit, MI.  Gongora (10-0, eight KO's) is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Henry Beckford on September 30th in Boston, MA.

Also on the 26th, Washington, DC super featherweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis will look to bounce back from a loss when he takes on undefeated Steven Ortiz of Philadelphia, PA in an eight-round contest at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia.  Davis (11-2, five KO's) lost a six-round unanimous decision to Ray Lampkin on October 19th in Atlanta, GA.  Ortiz (7-0, two KO's) won a six-round unanimous decision to Tyrome Jones on June 24th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Two Beltway Boxers will be on a card at the Orlando Live Event Center in Orlando, FL on Saturday, January 27th.  Seat Pleasant, MD featherweight James "Too Slick" Early will battle Alex "Flash" Roman of Kissimmee, FL in a four-round contest.  After winning his first two bouts, Early (2-2) is now riding a two-bout losing streak that includes a four-round unanimous decision loss to Juan Sanchez on November 21st in Bethlehem, PA.  Roman (4-2) will look to bounce back from a fourth-round TKO defeat to Oldier Landin on February 26th in Palm Bay, FL. 

Also, Columbia, MD super middleweight Ashton "The Goon" Sykes will be in a four-round contest against debuting Arman Rysbek of Kissimmee by way of Kazakhstan.  Sykes (1-1) lost a four-round majority decision to Angel Martinez on December 8 in Tampa, FL.

As we move into February, we have talked about the 10-round cruiserweight contest between Roy Jones, Jr. and Scott "Cujo" Sigmon on Thursday, February 8th at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL.  The bout will be for the German version of the World Boxing Union Cruiserweight championship.

Also, we have talked about former WBO Super Lightweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley taking on former world title contender "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy on Saturday, February 10th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Also on this card, Baltimore, MD heavyweight Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. will be in a four-round bout against an opponent to be determined.  Rahman (3-0, three KO's) has three first-round knockouts.  Another boxer on the card is cruiserweight Joe Jones III (9-0, seven KO's), who is originally from DC but now boxes out of Jersey City, NJ.  Jones has stopped four of his last five opponents and is also looking for an opponent.

In another bout on February 10th, DC heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm returns to action for the first time in more than five years when he battles Richard "Silverback" Carmack of Kansas City, MO in a six-round contest at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS.  Byarm (13-2-1, nine KO's) has not fought since being stopped in the second round by Magomed Abdulsalamov in July of 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.  Carmack (15-12-1, six KO's) is winless in his last six contests including a second-round knockout against Scott Alexander on September 23 at the Hartman Arena.

Then on Tuesday, February 13th, three Beltway Boxers will appear on a card at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA.  Undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox takes on Ricardo Garcia of the Dominican Republic in an eight-round bout.  Fox (15-0, four KO's) won the biggest bout to date in his young pro career, capturing a 10-round unanimous decision over Manuel Alejandro Reyes on November 21st at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center.  Fox captured the vacant UBF All-Americas Welterweight title with the win.  Garcia (14-1, nine KO's) also fought on the November 21st card and suffered his first pro defeat, losing an eight-round majority decision to Victor Vazquez.

Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby Madison will be on the card in a six-round contest against Dante Selby of Philadelphia, PA.  Madison (5-0-1, four KO's) comes off a second-round TKO over Randy Easton on December 1st in Philadelphia.  Selby (2-3-1) has lost three straight over a four-year period including a first-round knockout loss to Easton in December of 2013.

Also on the card will be Suitland, MD featherweight Malik "Li'l Leak" Loften who will be in a four-round bout against Martino Jules of Allentown, PA.  Loften (1-0, one KO) made an impressive pro debut stopping Jemour Edwards in the fourth round on June 3 in Fort Washington, MD.  Jules (2-0) comes off a four-round majority decision win in Bethlehem, PA over Weusi Johnson on November 21.

On Saturday, February 17th, Laurel, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. makes his return in a bout against Humberto Velazco "Tito" Torres of Aguascalientes, Mexico at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, TX.  Williams (20-3, 14 KO's) returns almost one year to the day since his last contest where he lost by sixth-round TKO to Marcus Browne on February 18 in Cincinnati, OH.  This will also be the first bout since the passing of Williams's stepfather, Jerry Peterson.  Torres (18-1-1, 12 KO's) has a 10-bout unbeaten streak and comes off a seventh-round TKO over Josue Obando on August 31st in Aguascalientes. This will be the first bout for Torres in the United States.

One week later on Saturday, February 24th, Baltimore, MD lightweight Jahmal Dyer has his first bout of 2018 when he faces Vanderley Miranda of Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, France by way of Portugal in a four-round tilt at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.  Dyer, the 2017 Beltway Boxing Co-Rookie Of The Year (4-0, two KO's) capped off a great first year with a four-round unanimous decision win over Roger Blankenship on October 7th in Erie, PA.  Miranda (0-3) hopes to have his fortunes change as he makes his first voyage to the United States after losing all three of his pro bouts in France.

As always, bouts are subject to change without notice.  Also, the National Silver Gloves Tournament will be from February 1st through the 3rd in Independence, MO and the Washington Golden Gloves also will begin in February.



Monday, January 22, 2018

Amateur Boxing Returns To Howard Theatre January 27th!

There will be an amateur boxing card coming to the historic Howard Theatre on Saturday, January 27th.  The card is sponsored by the Potomac Valley Association (PVA) Junior Olympic Committee.

Doors for the Winter Gloves will open at 6 PM ET.  VIP tickets are $50.  Ringside seats are $40 and General Admission tickets are $25.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

L.Peterson Stopped By Spence In Eighth Round!



(Photo by Emily Harney)

Lamont Peterson's bid for a fourth world title was halted Saturday by the younger, stronger and dominant IBF Welterweight champion Errol "The Truth" Spence, Jr. of Dallas, TX in the eighth round at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  The bout was the main-event on a DiBella Entertainment card that was televised live on Showtime.

Spence started quickly, using accurate body and head shots.  Peterson, as usual, got off to a slow start but managed to stay right in front of Spence despite the ferocity of the champion's onslaught.  Peterson came back with a solid fourth round but in the fifth, Spence landed a solid left hand that dropped Peterson.  However, the DC native showed tremendous heart and battled back to stay in the contest, but Spence was just too powerful as he seemed to walk right through Peterson's best shots.

By the seventh round, Peterson's trainer and father figure, Barry Hunter, became increasingly concerned about the condition of his fighter.  Peterson's eyes were swollen to where it looked like he could barely see.  At the beginning of the eighth round, Hunter decided enough is enough and had the contest stopped on behalf of Peterson.  The official time was one second of the eighth round.

 “I thought we took too much damage early in the fight and we got too far behind. If he never fight another day in his life it’s OK by me,"  Hunter told the press after the bout.

Peterson is now 35-4-1, 17 KO's.  Spence makes the first successful defense of the IBF Welterweight title and he is now 23-0, 20 KO's and has stopped his last 10 opponents.




Saturday, January 20, 2018

A. Peterson Wins Unanimous Decision; Williams Draws in Brooklyn!

(photos by Daniel Cork)

Two Beltway Boxers fought in undercard bouts this evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. 



DC lightweight Anthony Peterson was dominant in winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Luis Eduardo Florez of Puerto Librador, Colombia.  There were no knockdowns in the contest but Peterson won by scores of 100-89 and 100-90 (twice).  Peterson is now 38-1, 24 KO's while Florez falls to 23-9, 19 KO's.




DC welterweight Keyshawn Williams opened the card and battled to a split decision draw against Denis Okoth of Siaya, Kenya.  Each boxer received a 39-37 score from two of the judges while the third saw a 38-38 draw.  Each boxer is also 1-0-1, one KO.

A. Peterson, Williams Weigh In Brooklyn!

Anthony Peterson and Keyshawn Williams also hit the scales for their undercard bouts Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Peterson weighed in at 140.8 pounds for his 10-round contest against Luis Eduardo Florez, who tipped the scales at 141 pounds.

Williams weighed 145.8 pounds for his four-round bout against Denis Okath, who came in at 145 pounds.

Williams will be in the first bout on the card, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM ET.  Peterson's contest is slated to be the third bout on the card, at approximately 6:10 PM.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Peterson Weighs 146 3/4 For Title Bout In Brooklyn!

Lamont Peterson weighed in at 146 3/4 for his 12-round championship bout against IBF Welterweight titleholder Errol Spence, Jr. on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Spence hit the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.

Spence and Peterson headline the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast that begins at 9 PM ET.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Respectful Quotes Coming From Final Spence-Peterson Workout!

As the big bout between IBF Welterweight champion Errol "The Truth" Spence, Jr. and former world super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson approaches on Saturday, January 20th, the two men had their final workout session in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday.  The two men also made comments that were very respectful towards each other.  First, the challenger:

(Photos by Amanda Westcott/Showtime)



"The hard work is over and now we're just fine-tuning and making sure everything is perfect for Saturday. It's been a great training camp that was tough at times, but that's exactly how we want it.

"Errol Spence is clearly a great fighter. I can see why people revere him in that way. But on Saturday, we're going to give him a fight and he's going to have to prove it.

"I don't have to worry about what anyone says about us leading up to this fight. I know Errol well and it happened that it was time for us to fight. This is what we do so we'll definitely give it our all on Saturday. My mentality is to win.

"I've been staying in the gym the whole time since my last fight. Even if I haven't been fighting, I've been sparring and keeping my craft sharp. You never know how long a layoff will be, so I made sure to keep my mind on boxing.

"I can't do anything but go in there and take care of my business. I can't control the judges or anything that happens outside of us fighting. I'm trying to win a fight and that's all I'm concerned about.

"I think the fans are really going to like this one. We may start out feeling each other, but I know from the way we both fight that it's going to turn into a war pretty quickly.

"There's nothing that I'm really looking to expose, but doing things at the right time during the fight will be key. Errol is a solid fighter across the board and we'll see what he brings on fight night.

"I'm looking for a victory. That's what I've trained for. It doesn't matter how I get the win. I'm determined to take home that belt."

Now, the champion:



"I'm training for the Lamont Peterson that I know. He's a hard worker, he's hungry and he has a big heart. People shouldn't look past this fight because I'm not at all. Peterson is a great fighter who's seasoned.

"Everyone knows my style. The outcome usually is a stoppage. I won't be looking for it, but if it presents itself, I'll be ready to take advantage.

"I'm going to stick to my game plan. I can't be worried about anything my opponent does during training camp. I have to focus on what I do best and listen to my coach. My style isn't going to be effected by Lamont's training.

"I'm keeping the same mentality that I've always had heading into fights. Winning the belt helped get my name out there, but my mentality is still to grind and stay hungry and listen to my coach. Nothing is different, I still change diapers and everything else you'd imagine.

"There are so many guys in the welterweight division, I want to clean them all out. If I keep beating the top guys, I'll be the last one standing. I'm going to dominate like I've been doing.

"I'm not going to wait around for unification fights, I want to fight three times this year and I'll take on the best opponent who steps into the ring.

"I'll have to wait until I get into the ring to see how our power compares to each other. I'm the bigger guy but I don't think we'll really know until the first round. I'm going to stick to my game plan and adjust on the fly.

"I expect a 12 round fight and that's what I train for. You have to have a smart coach to make adjustments during the fight and capitalize off your opponent's mistakes.

"I know he's going to be difficult. He's a guy with fast feet who can come forward. He can basically do it all. I'm going to have to solve the puzzle."

The Spence-Peterson battle will take place on Saturday, January 20th from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  The bout will headline a Showtime telecast that will begin at 9 PM ET.  Beltway Boxers Anthony Peterson and Keeshawn Williams will be on the undercard.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

'Dynamite' Davis Battles Undefeated Ortiz January 26th In Philadelphia!

Washington, DC super featherweight Joshua "Dynamite" Davis returns to action in an eight-round main event contest against undefeated Steven Ortiz of Philadelphia, PA on Friday, January 26th at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia.

Davis (11-2, five KO's) looks to bounce back from a six-round unanimous decision loss to Ray Lampkin on October 19th in Atlanta, GA.  The bout was televised by FS1.  Ortiz (7-0, two KO's) comes off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Tyrome Jones on June 24th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.  Ortiz has fought his last four bouts at the 2300 Arena but has never fought at the Sugar House Casino.

The bout is being promoted by Real Deal Boxing, led by International Boxing Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield. This is the second straight time that Davis has appeared on a Real Deal Boxing-promoted card.