The Russell Brothers of Capitol Heights, MD kept their undefeated streaks alive with demonstrative victories Saturday at the Armory in Minneapolis, MN.
Antonio "Another" Russell won a 10-round bantamweight battle over Francisco "Rayito" Pedroza of Tijuana, Mexico. Russell scored a shutout (100-90) on all three judges' scorecards to raise his record to 15-0, 11 KO's.
Super lightweight Antuanne "The Last" Russell remained perfect in his career, notching a third-round knockout win over veteran "Lightning" Larry Ventus of Detroit, MI. Russell knocked Ventus down three times before the bout was halted. Russell is now 10-0 with all 10 wins by knockout.
Add another Beltway Boxer to the Friday, July 19th Top Rank Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.
Undefeated Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick "YG Pat" Harris will take on Donald "Bulldog" Ward of Memphis, TN in a bout scheduled for six or eight rounds. Harris (16-0, eight KO's) comes off a third-round disqualification victory over Anthony Woods on May 18th in Washington, DC. Ward (11-10-1, five KO's) looks to bounce back from an eight-round split decision loss to Antonio Flores on June 15th in Aurora, CO. This will be Ward's second appearance in the Beltway. Ward lost a six-round split decision to Anthony Young on September 22nd in Springfield, VA.
Harris will join locals Dusty Hernandez Harrison, Nathaniel "ASAP" Davis and Cassius Cheney on this card.
Two local boxers will appear on a TGB Promotions card on Saturday, August 3rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Undefeated Hyattsville, MD featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy will participate in his first scheduled 10-round contest when he battles Ryan "Stone" Lee Allen of Las Vegas, NV by way of Jackson, MI.
Breedy (13-0, four KO's) is coming off a six-round technical decision victory over Fernando Fuentes on March 24th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. Fuentes suffered a bad cut after a headbutt and could not continue. This will be the first road trip for the native of Bridgetown, Barbados.
Allen (9-3-1, four KO's) last fought on April 6th and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Edwin Tercero in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Prior to that bout, Allen also appeared on the March 24th card in Oxon Hill and lost a six-round split decision to Ramon Cardenas. This will also be the first 10-round bout for Allen.
Also scheduled to be on this card is District Heights, MD welterweight "The Next Big Thing" Keeshawn Williams who will be in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined. Williams (5-0-1, one KO) also competed on the March 24th card in Oxon Hill and won a six-round unanimous decision over Evincii Dixon. After that bout, Williams was involved in a domestic dispute near his home which resulted in Williams shooting and killing a man in self-defense. Williams was not charged in the incident.
Three Beltway Boxers will be a part of the Top Rank-promoted card on Friday, July 19th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.
Undefeated DC middleweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will be in an eight-round contest against Juan "La Amenaza" De Angel of Barranquilla, Colombia. Harrison (32-0-1, 18 KO's) is coming off a fourth-round knockout victory over Fred Jenkins, Jr. on April 20th in Fort Washington, MD. De Angel (21-11-1, 19 KO's) will be looking to break a two-bout losing streak. De Angel lost by eight-round unanimous decision to Habib Ahmed on May 25th in Biloxi, MS. This will be De Angel's second trip to the MGM National Harbor Casino. In May of 2018, De Angel lost to Immanuwel Aleem by sixth-round stoppage. De Angel was also knocked out in the fourth round by Antoine Douglas in July of 2017.
Baltimore, MD heavyweight Cassius Chaney will compete for the first time in the Beltway when he faces Joel "Quiet Storm" Caudle of Raleigh, NC in a bout scheduled for either six or eight rounds. Chaney (15-0, nine KO's) notched a first-round TKO over Christian Mariscal on March 30th in Philadelphia, PA. Caudle (8-2-2, five KO's) looks to bounce back from a six-round majority decision loss to Johnnie Langston on February 23rd in Charlotte, NC. Caudle will compete for the second time in the Beltway. On October 18th, Caudle won an eight-round split decision over Kimdo Bethel Boykin in Washington, DC.
In a four-round bout, Lusby, MD super featherweight Nathaniel "ASAP" Davis will take on Rolando Vargas of Milwaukee, WI. Davis (1-0, one KO) made a quality pro debut on June 1st in Waldorf, MD when he scored a second-round TKO over Alex Rivera. Vargas (2-0, two KO's) has knocked out both of his previous opponents in the first round.
The card, which is slated to be streamed live on ESPN+, will be headlined by two 12-round IBF elimination contests that feature four undefeated boxers. Lightweight Teofimo "El Brooklyn" Lopez of Brooklyn, NY will battle Masayoshi Nakatani of Osaka, Japan. Lopez (13-0, 11 KO's) represented Honduras in the 2016 Olympics and is currently the holder of four regional titles and ranked fourth in the world by the IBF. Lopez is coming off a fifth-round knockout of Edis Tatli on April 20th in New York City.
Nakatani (18-0, 12 KO's) is the current OPBF Lightweight champion and is the IBF's third-ranked boxer. Nakatani also makes his United States debut after competing exclusively in Japan. Nakatani last fought on December 9th and scored a fourth-round TKO over Hurricane Futa in Osaka.
In an IBF Super Lightweight elimination contest, Maxim "Mad Max" Dadashev of Oxnard, CA will take on Subriel "Browny" Matias of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Dadashev, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia (13-0, 11 KO's) will try to build on a fourth-round knockout win over Ricky Sismudo on March 23rd in Costa Mesa, CA. Dadashev is ranked third in the world by the IBF. Matias (13-0, 13 KO's) is ranked eighth by the IBF and is coming off a sixth-round knockout of Wilberth Lopez on March 2nd in Fajardo.
Beltway Boxers had a tough night Saturday on a GQ Promotions card at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. Two locals on the card lost their undefeated records.
(Photos by Daniel Cork)
One of those hometown boxers who fell for the first time was the "GQ" in GQ Promotions, Montgomery Village, MD super middleweight Gerome Quigley, Jr. who lost a six-round split decision to veteran Andre "Thunder" Byrd of Jacksonville, FL in the main event on the card.
Quigley, who hadn't competed since suffering a no-decision to Raymond Serrano in June of 2018 at the Gardens Ice House, could never get started as he had a tough time letting his hands go all throughout the bout. There were numerous clinches during the contest and referee Dave Braslow was busy in separating both men.
Byrd seemed to gain an advantage by landing solid punches in the bout but even he was hampered because referee Braslow took points away in the second and fourth rounds for hitting behind the head. However, Byrd would land a solid right hand in the fourth round that had Quigley on the ropes.
In the sixth round, Quigley would lose a point for hitting behind the head and that may have been the final difference in the contest. Judge Kenny Chevalier gave the bout to Quigley, 58-54 but judges John Gradowski and Paul Wallace both saw the contest for Byrd by a 56-55 score. Quigley is now 18-1, 16 KO's, one no contest while Byrd rises to 8-7-2, one KO.
Rockville, MD middleweight "The Cisco Kid" Francisco Bustos suffered two knockdowns en route to a third-round TKO loss to Delvecchio Savage of Tuscaloosa, AL. In the first round, both men threw big power shots. Bustos's left hand would land but Savage's counter right landed even harder as it would drop Bustos to the canvas. Bustos would fight back hard in the first round and survive the second round but would get into trouble early in the third as Savage would land a crushing right-left combination that knocked Bustos down for the second time. Bustos would get up on wobbly legs and referee Kenny Chevalier would stop the contest at 1:05 of the third round. Bustos loses for the first time and he is now 9-1, six KO's. Savage is now 3-2, three KO's.
The co-feature contest saw Leesburg, VA cruiserweight "Mighty" Joe Jones win a six-round unanimous decision over Twon"The Truth" Smith of Oklahoma City, OK. Jones would put together a workmanlike performance to get the victory as he used solid left jabs and hooks to gain advantages in the bout. Judges Braslow and Wallace would score the bout 59-55 while Chevalier saw the contest, 59-54. Jones raises his record to 11-1, eight KO's while Smith evens his record at 3-3, two KO's.
In other bouts on the card, Hagerstown, MD super middleweight "The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana won a six-round unanimous decision over Dennis Williams of Monroe, LA. Pllana would have little difficulty landing jabs during the bout. Williams provided very little offense in return. Pllana won by shutout on judges Brent Bovell and Paul Wallace's card, 60-54. Judge John Gradowski saw the contest, 59-55 for Pllana, who remains undefeated at 5-0, two KO's. Williams falls to 4-13-1, two KO's.
New Carrollton, MD super middleweight "Platinum Power" Leonor Alcantara scored a third-round TKO over Deandre West of Winston-Salem, NC. Alcantara was in control throughout the bout and the control would culminate in landing a solid left-right combination in the third round that would stagger West. Alcantara would continue to land punches to force referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout at the one-minute mark. Alcantara is now 3-0 and has his first pro knockout. West remains winless at 0-4.
The opening contest between cruiserweights Larry "Hitman" Pryor of Frederick, MD and Greg "Hotshot" Hackett of Philadelphia, PA was a rematch of an April contest in Fort Washington, MD. Hackett won the first bout by four-round majority decision. Pryor would gain a measure of revenge in this bout as he would capture a four-round unanimous decision. Pryor was a little sharper with his punches in this contest and he would knock Hackett down to squatting position with a counter left hand in the second round. Pryor would go on to win the bout as judges Chevalier and Gradowski scored the bout 39-36 and Wallace saw the bout 38-37. Pryor is now 11-20, five KO's while Hackett drops to 3-19-1.
Jeff Gatling and Gerome Quigley lead GQ Promotions. The matchmaker was Brian Dillon. The ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.
Here is the scale watch for the GQ Promotions card that will take place at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD:
Gerome Quigley 150.6 vs. Andre Byrd 149.8
Joe Jones 197.6 vs. Twon Smith 199
Genc Pllana 166 vs. Dennis Williams 170.6
Francisco Bustos 160.4 vs. Delvecchio Savage 163
Larry Pryor 198.8 vs. Greg Hackett 209.6
Leonor Alcantara Perez and Deondre West will weigh in tomorrow.
The Pryor-Hackett bout is a late addition to this card and is a rematch from a bout that took place on April 20th at Rosecroft Raceway. Hackett (3-18-1) defeated Pryor (10-20, five KO's) by four-round majority decision.
Pro boxing returns to Live! Casino in Hanover, MD on Friday, August 2nd with a nine-bout Jeter Promotions card.
One contest has already been signed for this card and it will be the main event -- an eight-round cruiserweight contest between Luther "Lights Out" Smith of Catonsville, MD and Stivens "Superman" Bujai of New York City by way of Albania.
Smith (11-4, nine KO's) broke a two-bout losing streak by winning a six-round split decision over Joshua Temple on December 8th in Bowie, MD. Bujai (16-2-1, 11 KO's) will be looking to break a two-bout losing streak and he has not fought since October of 2017 when he was stopped by Mateusz Masternak in the seventh round in Newark, NJ. Bujai makes his second appearance in the Beltway, winning a six-round unanimous decision over Larry Pryor in January of 2016 in Springfield, VA.
The card is scheduled to mark the return of DC super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom (15-3-1, 14 KO's). Odom, who has recently relocated to Covington, GA, returned to the ring on November 3rd when he scored a fourth-round TKO over Ruddy Sanchez in the Dominican Republic. This was Odom's first bout since November of 2016.
Other Beltway Boxers scheduled to appear on this card include Washington, DC super featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White (8-1, six KO's), Cockeysville, MD super middleweight AJ Williams (1-1, one KO), Germantown, MD super featherweight Ebrima Jawara (1-1, one KO), Owings Mills, MD lightweight Brandon Chambers (0-0-1), Bowie, MD cruiserweight Chester Stewart (0-1) and debuting boxers Champ Moultrie of Ellicott City, MD and Jay Stancil, III of Clinton, MD.
There will be a scheduled eight-bout card coming to the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD on Saturday, June 29th. The card will be promoted by GQ Promotions.
The "GQ" in GQ Promotions -- undefeated Montgomery Village, MD super welterweight Gerome Quigley, Jr. -- returns to action in the main event, a six-round contest against Andre Byrd of Jacksonville, FL.
Quigley (18-0, 16 KO's) comes back to the ring after his last outing in June of 2018 where he fought to a second-round no-contest against Raymond Serrano on the last card at the Gardens Ice House. Quigley and Serrano butted heads causing a cut on Quigley's forehead. Byrd (7-7-2, one KO) faces a Beltway Boxer for the second straight time. Byrd lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Malik Hawkins on April 26th in Philadelphia, PA.
In a six-round cruiserweight battle, Joe Jones of Leesburg, VA takes on Twon Smith of Oklahoma City, OK. Jones (10-1, eight KO's) competed for the first time in the Beltway as a pro and scored a demonstrative first-round TKO over Montez Brown on April 20th in Fort Washington, MD. Smith (3-2, two KO's) lost a tough six-round split decision to Sam Crossed on December 1st in Washington, DC.
Undefeated Rockville, MD middleweight "The Cisco Kid" Francisco Bustos will also be in a six-round encounter against Delvecchio Savage of Tuscaloosa, AL. Bustos, a native of Chile, is coming off a second-round TKO over Eddie Gates on April 27th in Vienna, VA. Savage (2-2-1, two KO's) won by a fifth-round TKO over Antonio Todd on May 10th in Atlanta, GA.
Hagerstown, MD super middleweight "The Sexy Albanian" Genc Pllana will be in a six-rounder against Dennis Williams of Monroe, LA. Pllana (4-0, two KO's) last fought on the April 20th card in Fort Washington and scored a first-round knockout over Jonathan Morgan. Williams (4-12-1, two KO's) lost by first-round stoppage to Sean Hemphill on April 27th in Lafayette, LA. Williams hurt his arm while in a clinch and could not continue.
Bowie, MD welterweight Marlon "The Machine" Bolen will be in a four-round contest against Khalid Bethea of New York City. Bolen (2-0, one KO) last fought on the April 27th card in Vienna and won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White. Bethea (0-1) lost his pro debut by four-round unanimous decision to Donyeh Thomas Cosby on May 25th in Charlotte, NC.
In an all-Beltway super featherweight bout slated for four rounds, "The Red Comet" Dante Cox of Elkridge, MD will face off with James "Too Slick" Early of Seat Pleasant, MD. Both men are coming off tough losses. Cox lost his bout to Drayvontay Speed Rawls by third-round TKO on March 8th in Hanover, MD. Early (3-3) hasn't competed since dropping a four-round unanimous decision to Ricky De Los Santos in May of 2018 in Lincoln, RI.
DC welterweight Cornell "Hitman" Hines will be in a four-rounder against Latorie "War Machine" Woodberry of Roanoke, VA. Hines (4-0, two KO's) won a four-round split decision against George Gethers on the April 27th card in Vienna, VA. Woodberry (2-9-2) will look to break a three-bout losing streak that includes a first-round TKO loss to Nicholas Briggs on April 26th in Lincoln, RI.
Fort Washington super middleweight "Platinum Power" Leonor Alcantara Perez returns to competition after an almost two-year absence when he takes on Justin Sykes of Hanover, MD in a four-round contest. Perez (2-0) last fought in July of 2017 and won a four-round unanimous decision over George Sheppard in DC. Sykes (0-1) dropped his pro debut to Jonathan Burrs by four-round unanimous decision on January 26th in Waldorf, MD.
Owings Mills, MD heavyweight Colby "Mad Dog" Madison lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Robert Simms of Saginaw, MI Saturday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
According to ringside photographer Daniel Cork, the bout was a hard-hitting affair. Madison got some heavy blows in the bout, including bloodying Simms's nose in the seventh round. However, Madison suffered swelling along the left eye two rounds earlier. the judges gave the bout to Simms by scores of 80-72 (twice) and 79-73.
Madison suffers his first pro loss and he is now 8-1-2, five KO's. Simms raises his record to 9-3, three KO's.
Rookie Baltimore, MD middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson scored a blistering second-round TKO over Dewayne "The Beast" Williams of Philadelphia, PA in the main event contest of the Shabazz Brotherz card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Five of the six contests on the card ended in knockouts.
Simpson was very composed during the contest, probing with his solid right jab. Simpson jabbed his way inside and, by the second round, was able to land his left hooks inside. Two of those Simpson left hooks landed flush on Williams's face and dropped him twice to the canvas. Referee Dave Braslow stopped the contest after the second knockdown and the bout ended at 2:29 of the second round. Simpson remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO's while Williams's record evens at 1-1, one KO.
The co-feature was the only bout to go the distance as Baltimore heavyweight Hasim "Gold Blooded" Rahman, Jr. captured a four-round unanimous decision over a very crafty Curtis "Bad Guy" Head of Southfield, MI. Rahman's jabs and feints were a big key to his eventual victory and he switched very successfully back and forth from the conventional to the southpaw stance. Head tried to give Rahman different looks but Rahman was able to stick to his gameplan and go on to a relatively easy decision. All three judges (John Gradowski, Don Risher, and Paul Wallace) scored a shutout for Rahman, Jr, 40-36. Rahman is now 8-0, four KO's while Head is 4-4, three KO's.
Baltimore cruiserweight Kwame "Rambo" Ritter returned to boxing for the first time since July of 2016 in a demonstrative way, registering a first-round knockout over Clarence "Problem Child" Whitehead of Philadelphia. Ritter put on a strong performance landed very good combinations throughout the first round that ended with two strong left hands that dropped Whitehead to the canvas twice. The second knockdown stopped the contest at 1:34. Ritter remains undefeated at 4-0, three KO's while Whitehead is still winless at 0-2.
Heavyweight Muhsin "Spartan" Cason of Las Vegas, NV by way of Baltimore, won by first-round TKO over Nathaniel "The Juggernaut" Copeland of Washington, DC when Copeland injured his left arm. In the first minute of the contest, the two men got into a clinch and were trying to fight their way out of it. As referee Brent Bovell started to move in and separate the men, Cason landed a punch on Copeland's arm. Seconds later, Copeland fell awkwardly to the canvas. Bovell did not rule a knockdown but Copeland could not continue. The bout ended at 50 seconds of the first round. Copeland left the ring on a stretcher and was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays. Cason, the brother of former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, Sr., is now 5-0, three KO's while Copeland is 1-1, one KO.
In an all-Beltway super middleweight contest, Columbia, MD's Ashton "The Goon" Sykes scored a sixth-round knockout over Devin "Bite" Butcher of Baltimore. The two men were very testy towards one another the day before the bout at the weigh-in and the attitudes carried over to the ring. In the first round, a Butcher punch landed on Sykes's left eye and opened a large gash. However, Sykes's cut man, Reggie Brown, did outstanding work on the cut and it became a non-factor in the bout. By the second half of the contest, Sykes was able to pick up his offensive output while slowing down Butcher's output. In the sixth round, Sykes landed two crushing right hands to put Butcher down to the canvas. Referee Braslow stopped the bout immediately at 1:59 of the round. Sykes's record climbs to 4-3 and he scores his first pro knockout. Butcher's record drops to 6-4, three KO's.
In the opening contest, heavyweight Norman Neely of Paterson, NJ defeated Kendrick "Big Heavy" Houston of Kannapolis, NC by first-round knockout. Neely wasted little time in the bout landing quality body and head shots that sent Houston twice to the canvas. Referee Braslow stopped the contest at 1:19 of the first. Neely is now 2-0, two KO's while Houston falls to 1-5-2, one KO.
The matchmaker for the card was "The Boxing Diva" Renee Aiken. The ring announcer was Henry "Discombobulating" Jones.