Friday, August 23, 2013

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison Gets 17th Win By KO!

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison impresses the crowd early in round two by landing a left hook to the body that dropped Valdes to the canvas. 

In round four Harrison kept landing shots to the body and head that made referee Bill Clancy jump in to stop the bout 45 seconds into the round.

(Photos by Juan Marshall)

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison improves to 17-0, (10 KO's) while Guillermo Valdes falls to 12-5.

All About Mike Reed!

Mike Reed - Biography
Mike Reed is a professional boxer, who was born in Washington, D.C., on January 12, 1993. Reed’s involvement in boxing began with the story of his father, trainer, and manager, Michael “Buck” Pinson. As a young teenager, Michael Pinson was involved in many neighborhood street fights. A family friend witnessed one of the fights, and brought him to Finley’s boxing gym in Washington, D.C., currently known as Nomis. The first time Pinson sparred in the gym, he outworked a boxer with 31 fights of amateur experience. He enjoyed the sparring, but not the conditioning aspect of his boxing training; therefore, he was unable to capitalize on his own boxing talent.
Pinson would soon realize his talent as a boxing trainer. He is the current owner and operator of Dream Team Boxing Gym, located in Clinton, Maryland. In addition to training his son at Dream Team, Pinson trains boxers of all ages and abilities. Dream Team also serves as the home gym for heavyweight professional boxing standout, Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell. In addition to his boxing activities, Pinson is employed as a full-time, cement truck driver.
Historically, Reed’s family demonstrated athletic prowess. He has four brothers, three older and one younger. One of his brothers, Tyrell Newton, had a successful, six-year amateur boxing career, including an appearance in the finals of the Washington, D.C. Golden Gloves. Victor Brown, who also trained in the boxing gym, did not compete like Newton, but played football at H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C. A third brother, Tommy Reed, did not train in the gym with his brothers, but played football at Friendship Edison Collegiate Academy High School. His youngest brother, Miguel Pinson, is two years old. Reed’s mother, Wanda Reed, was a cheerleader in high school, and providing support for her son at his events. Reed’s grandfather and uncles also trained at the boxing gym, but did not compete.
When Tyrell Newton initiated his boxing training, Pinson volunteered to work with him. When he was ten years old, Mike Reed was involved in playing organized football and basketball. In order to compete with his brother, Reed also began his boxing training lessons with Pinson. Reed wasn't afraid to compete in the ring, but Pinson saw that his son had difficulty relying on his learned boxing skills.
Reed lost his first four amateur fights. He decided to focus solely on boxing, and went on to win his next sixteen fights in a row. Pinson vowed that he would continue to push Reed to box, as long as there was balance between his son’s boxing training and school performance. Reed moved with his family to Waldorf, Maryland, where he would eventually graduate from Westlake High School. Pinson’s father-son relationship with Reed strengthened through their boxer-trainer relationship.
As an amateur boxer, Reed won the 2005 National Silver Gloves Championship, 2005 National Ringside World Championship, 2007 National Ringside World Championships, and 2009 Junior Olympic Nationals Championship. He was a 2010 U.S. Championship Nationals Silver Medalist, 2010 National PAL Bronze Medalist, 2011 National Golden Gloves Champion, 2011 U.S. Championships Bronze Medalist. Reed was a 2011 Olympic Trials Participant, but fell short of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team in London. He won the 2012 Regional Golden Gloves Outstanding Boxer award. Reed has competed in Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Texas. His overall amateur record was 90-13.
Mike Reed decided to turn professional in 2013, rather than target the 2016 Olympic games. Reed’s father had concerns regarding changes in amateur boxing rules removing headgear in competition. Pinson also felt Reed’s style of boxing was more suitable to the pro ranks. On March 2, 2013, Reed made his pro debut at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland. He defeated Kareem McFarland by TKO in the first round. Reed is a smaller boxer, but has skills necessary to fight well on the inside. His defensive skills, fast hands, and solid ring generalship help make him a well-rounded boxer.  
Mike Reed earned the nickname “Yes Indeed” from a substitute teacher in the ninth grade, Robert Carroll. Carroll watched a video of Reed in an amateur boxing fight and suggested the nickname because he showed ability to dominate his opponent. Reed’s goals in the sport of boxing include winning world titles and making the most of his athletic abilities. He attends the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, Maryland. He enjoys math, and is studying to be an accountant.

Fast Facts – Mike Reed           

Nickname: Yes Indeed
Pro Record: 4-0, with 3 KOs
Height: 5'6
Fight Weight: 135lbs-140 lbs
Date of birth: 1/12/1993
Nationality: American
City born: Washington D.C.
High School: Westlake High School
Current boxing gym: Dream Team Boxing Gym (Clinton, MD)
Manager/Trainer: Michael “Buck” Pinson (his father)
Favorite food: omelets
Favorite movie: Step Brothers
Favorite TV shows: Suits, Dexter, Necessary Roughness
Favorite type of music: Hip Hop
Favorite musical artists: Jay-Z
Favorite boxers to watch in the ring: Andre Ward, Adrien Broner, Miguel Cotto
Favorite book: The Alex Rider Series of Books
Favorite non-boxing athlete to watch: Kobe Bryant, Bryce Harper
Hobbies: Bowling

(Photos by Juan Marshall)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison Hit The Scale at Dover Downs!

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (16-0, 9 KO's) weighed in at 147 lbs, and his opponent Guillermo Valdes (12-4, 3 KO's) comes in at 145 lbs. The two are scheduled to compete tomorrow night at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.


4 Rounds
Light Heavyweight
Eric Govan  vs  Jess Noriega

4 Rounds
Junior Featherweight
Marcus "KO" Bates  vs  Johnny Portillo

4 Rounds
Junior Welterweight
Ty "Showtime" Wright  vs  Benjamin "Wildcat" Olinga

4 Rounds
Joshua Davis  vs  Aaron Chavez

6 Rounds
Junior Welterweight
Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed  vs  Ramesis "Payasito" Gil

6 Rounds
Junior Middleweight
Alantez "SlyAza" Fox  vs  Zain 'Tiger" Shah

10 Round 
Vacant WBC USNBC Super Middleweight Title Bout

"The Real Deal" Phil Jackson Benson vs Scott "Cujo" Sigmon


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Baltimore Boxing Promotions Press Release

Jake “’The Snake” Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions to honor Warthen Fuel on August 31!
For Immediate Release
Baltimore, MD (August 20, 2013) – Jake “The Snake” Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions will be honoring the Warthen Fuel Co as part of his “Hard Knock Life” fight card Saturday, August 31 at the William Myers Pavilion.
Bleacher tickets starting at $15 are available by calling 410-375-9175. In addition, floor seats are $35, individual VIP seats are available for $50, VIP mini tables of 4 at $200, reserved tables of 10 for $350 and first row VIP tables priced at $500 are currently on sale.
All VIP ticketholders can enjoy free hors d’oeurves and half price drinks from 7-8:15.
One of the most recognizable local businesses in Maryland, Warthen Fuel Co’s been in business since 1933. Family owned and operated since they opened their doors 80 years ago, Warthen Fuel’s helped families cope with rising fuel costs by setting up budget plans that provide financial relief. They also install and services Air conditioners and water heaters.
“Donnie Warthen and Warthen Fuel are not only very important to the community but they’ve been a big part of my life,” said Smith. “Donnie was my father’s best friend for 50 years and has always been a proud supporter of mine from the time I was an amateur boxer. I really appreciate all the Warthen’s have done and it’s only fitting that we honor them.”
In the main event of the evening, multi-time National Champion and local superstar Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazey of the Baltimore Boxing Club takes on upset-minded Pennsylvanian Brandon Hadden. Veazy, who is backed by a large fan base every time he fights in the Baltimore area, was previously rated number one in the world. The “Hard Knock Life” card is expected to turn up even more Veazy than ever before, as he grew up a few blocks from the arena.
2013 Golden Gloves Champion and former Oklahoma State wrestling star Jerome Featherstone Jr. will have a stiff test when he meets former champion Kevin Ottley, who fights out of Mack Lewis’ Boxing Gym. Featherstone, a legend at Boys Latin HS who begun boxing less than two years ago, captured the 165 pound Golden Gloves regional title earlier this year, outpointing the best talent from Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and the Marines.
Popular Baltimore Boxing Club heavyweight Sam Crossed will also appear in a special attraction bout against Darnell Daniel of Washington, DC.
The card also features eight additional bouts between fighters from Maryland, DC and Pennsylvania.
Doors open at 6:15 pm and the opening bell will sound at 8:15. All bouts are scheduled by USA Boxing.
“Hard Knock Life” is also being held in honor Jake’s father Murray Smith Sr. Smith Sr., who sadly lost his battle with cancer on July 12, was a well known member of the community. To honor Murray, who supported the many hats his son’s worn in boxing, Jake’s holding a 50/50 raffle along with a silent auction. All proceeds are going towards the Baltimore Boxing amateur program, a non-profit which rescued many local youths from the tough Charm City streets and helped develop them into boxers.
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Press Release From All-In Entertainment

Undefeated Welterweight Sensation Dusty Hernandez-Harrison In Action This Friday, August 23rd at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

WASHINGTON, D.C., (August, 20, 2013)- Undefeated and rising welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (16-0, 9KOs), the 2012 Prospect of the Year, will be back in action this Friday, Aug. 23, when he faces veteran Guillermo Valdes (12-4, 3KOs) of Miami, Fla. at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Dover, Delaware is quickly becoming a home-away-from-home for the SE Washington, D.C., boxer who has fought in "The First State" twice this year already and who plans to continue his rise to the World rankings supported by fans from Delaware and the surrounding region.

"Every fight the opponent seems to get better and better," Hernandez-Harrison said. "This guy has the best record of any guy I have faced and I will be prepared. I have trained to go the distance, but if the knockout comes, that would be great too."

In his last fight, on the June 29 HBO Boxing After Dark undercard, Hernandez-Harrison dominated cagey veteran Ben Ankrah, shutting him out 60-54 on two of the judge's scorecards and 59-55 on the third, while continuing his development against this rugged and experienced fighter.

"In his last couple fights Dusty showed he could win with his jab," Buddy Harrison, the fighter's father and trainer, said. "The jab is the key to everything and I think that Dusty is starting to come into his own; we are putting the pieces together to make him a complete fighter."

"Jeff (Fried of ALL-IN Entertainment, Hernandez-Harrison's promoter) said it was going to be a busy year, a learning year for me and a foundation year about the pro ranks," Hernandez-Harrison added. "Every fight I see something else, whether it's the opponent's style, experience, different venues or the fan reactions; just what I need to continue with our plan of someday being mentioned along side some of the great fighters of today that I really respect."

2013, has, in fact, been very busy for Hernandez-Harrison who has already fought five times this year. There are plans to have the 19-year-old Hernandez-Harrison return to Washington, D.C., later in the fall.

In his last fight in Washington, D.C., in May, Hernandez-Harrison's first headline event under the ALL-IN Entertainment banner, nearly 3,000 enthusiastic fans watched him knock out Eddie Soto in the fifth round, with the fans clearly demonstrating their desire to see more Hernandez-Harrison fights in his hometown.

"While Dusty will continue to fight nationally, he always will return to his community as he understands and appreciates the support that starts at home. We look forward to coming back home to Washington, D.C., in the fall as the turnout for Dusty's last fight was extraordinary.  He rose to the occasion in the ring as this young man continues as Washington's next superstar, both in and out of the ring," Fried added.

GH3 Promotions Adds Third Beltway Boxer To Their List!

Undefeated DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly (4-0, 4 KO's) is the third Beltway Boxer to sign a promotional deal with GH3 Promotions. He follows undefeated Antoine "Action" Douglas (8-0, 6 KO's) of Burke, VA. Also recently signed undefeated Bowie, MD super middleweight "The King's Son" Jerry Odom (4-0, 4 KO's). All three are slated to fight on the next GH3 Promotions fight card on Friday, September 13, 2013 in Newark, NJ.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Latest Beltway Boxing News!

For the latest on all the local upcoming Beltway Boxing events you can go to Boxing Along The Beltway. Gary "Digital" Williams has posted the most updated information you will need to know about all the Beltway Boxing area fighters and fight card scheduled dates.

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