Tuesday, June 30, 2015

D'Mitrius Ballard Goes The Distance In Philly!

D'Mitrius Ballard faced the taller Josue Obando at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Ballard was in control of Obando who seemed to fight in desperate mode from the start of the bout. Ballard became stronger as the bout continued and landed more power shots on Obando. The judges scored the contest 60-54 twice and 58-56 all for Ballard.

D'Mitrius Ballard stays undefeated with a record of 10-0, (8 KO's) whilt Obando is now 13-7, (10 KO's).

Lamont Roach Jr. Gets Unanimous Decision Win In Philadelphia!

Lamont Roach Jr. was in a equally matched six round contest against Christian Santbanez at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The fighters looked to go blow for blow with each other, but it was Roach that won the judges over. All three judges gave the unanimous decision to Roach with scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55.

Lamont Roach Jr. is now 8-0, (3 KO's) as Santbanez falls to 4-4, (2 KO's).

Kevin "Smoove" Rivers Jr. Shines For Golden Boy Promotions!

Kevin Rivers put on an exciting show for his first professional fight as a Golden Boy fighter. He was in a scheduled 6 round contest with Luis Lizarraga, but he stopped his opponent early in round three by TKO.
Kevin Rivers remains undefeated at 12-0, (9KO's) while Lizarraga falls to 5-5, (2 KO's).

(Photo by Ross Molovinsky)

D'Mitrius Ballard & Lamont Roach Jr. Televised Bouts Have Changred To Fox Sports 2!

Tonight at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. 
June 30, 2015

There has been a late change in the showing of the Golden Boy card. It has moved from being televised on Fox Sports 1, and it will be shown on Fox Sports 2 instead. 

D'Mitrius Ballard will have his 8 round nationally-televised bout shown on Fox Sports 2 against Josue Obando, .

Lamont Roach, Jr. vs Christian Santbanez 6 round bout will still open the telecast.

Kevin Rivers, Jr. 6 round contest is a non-televised bout against Luis Lizarraga, Jr.

The broadcast begins at 8 PM ET on Fox Sorts 2.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Beltway Boxers, Ballard, Roach, Jr., Rivers, Jr. Weights From Philadelphia!

All three of the fighters from the Beltway Boxing area hit the scale today in preparation for their bouts tomorrow night. 

D’Mitrius Ballard 169 lbs vs Josue Obando 168 lbs

This will be an 8 round contest that will be nationally-televised on (Fox Sports 2)
Lamont Roach Jr. 134 lbs vs Christian Santibanez 134 lbs

This 6 round contest will be the opening bout of the telecast.

Kevin Rivers Jr. 125.5 lbs vs Luis Lizarraga 128 lbs

The Rivers bout will be a 6 round contest on the non televised portion of the card.

The broadcast begins at 8 PM ET on Fox Sports 2.

(All photos by Ross Molovinsky)

Beltway Boxing Updates!

Antuanne Russell's opponent pulled out of the final contest due to illness which gave Russell the gold medal at the US Olympic Trial Qualifier in Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday. It was a special moment for two of the brothers, Gary Jr. and Antuanne as Jr. presented his younger brother with his gold medal. The Russell family has been providing the Beltway Boxing area with a number of "A" list championship titles.

Tyrek Irby has already qualified for this years US Trials because he won the World Championship Trials last year.

Older brother Gary Russell, Jr. is a 2005 Golden Gloves Champion, former 2008 US Olympian and current WBC Featherweight World Champion. He put on an outstanding performance on March 28, 2015 by knocking out Jhonny Gonzalez in the 4th round to win the title.

Antoine Russell also earned a shot in the 2012 US Olympic Trials. He moved on to capture the 2013 Golden Gloves Title. On July 11, 2015 he turn professional.

The Beltway Boxing area has six fighters with top rankings. Gary Russell is the champion featherweight in the world. Lamont Peterson is the IBF Jr. welterweight champion and there are three middleweights in the Beltway area that are ranked among the top 15 in the world by the WBC and the WBA. Dominic Wade is ranked number 14 by the WBC and number 12 by the WBA.  Tony Jeter has moved up to number 11 in the WBC and is number 15 in the WBA.  Antoine Douglas is ranked number 14 by the WBC. In the welterweight division Dusty Hernandez-Harrison in ranked 14th by the WBO.

There are three female professional champions in the Beltway Boxing area.  Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson is ranked #1 in the USA and #3 in the world, Tyrieshia "Lady Tyga" Douglas is #3 in the USA #8 in the world and "The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas is #1 in Bolivia and #15 in the world. They all have  titles.  The three have 12 championship titles between them. Nelson has seven of those titles.

This year the Beltway region has won a total of five medals in the 2015 Junior Olympic Nationals at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WVA. The gold metal winners are Jalil Hackett, 85 pound Bantam champion, Quincey Williams 80 pound Bantam champion, and Ragahleek Bartee Intermediate, 75 pound champion. The two silver medal winners are Richard Dodson, 9-10, 65 pounds and Tyreek Williams Bantam, 75 pounds. Also in 2015 there as been five Silver Gloves National Champions Tyreek Williams, Rajahleek Bartee, Lawrence Malcolm, Stacey Selby and Michael Tymas.

The Beltway area has had many world champions. Sugar Ray Leonard, Mark John, who both are in The International Boxing Hall Of Fame. That is the most highest honor any professional boxer can achieve. Also this area has had other champions like Keith Holmes, William Joppy, DeMarcus Corley, Sharmba Mitchell, Simon Brown, Vincent Pettway, and even Riddick Bowe, who was born in Brooklyn, NY but resided in Fort Washington, MD.

Boxing might have slowed down a little in this area during the 90's through the early 2000's, but it never stopped. From the year 2011 until this current year the area has produced championship fighters on both the amateur and professional levels. There are fighters that are currently signed by the top boxing promotion companies and management organizations in the entire world. These fighters are now fighting on nationally televised cards.

The local fight cards are where everything begins. Some of the area local promoters have been putting on professional boxing shows for many years. Now there are newer promoters that came on the scene and started adding more shows to the area.

If you want to become a fan of boxing and really understand the sport you should start coming to the local boxing shows, both amateur and professional. It's nothing like seeing a live boxing show. Once you see one then you're hooked. This way you will be able to follow a young fighter in the building stages of their careers. One day you might see them on television fighting for a championship then you can say I seen that fighter when he use to fight in your hometown. Now that's seeing history in the making!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Results From The NoXcuse Amateur Show In Oxon Hill, MD!

The pouring rain didn't stop the fans from coming out to support the kids participating in the great show that the NoXcuse Boxing Gym put together in Oxon Hill, MD. The show had thirteen competitive bouts.

Here are the results:

Nyles Mason  defeated  Rylan Lancaster

Benjamin Johnson  defeated  Kardan Chapman  

Sam Edmons  defeated  Elaris Santos

Robert Pinegef  defeated  Jonoyed Ahmed

Quiton Stevons  defeated  Eric Middleton

Jihaul Hines  defeated  Clifton Wright

Deric "Scooter" Davis  defeated  Eric Canlaf

Dornell Burrows  defeated  Sirac Asefew

Mekih Phillips  defeated  Demarl Philson

Paul Kroll  defeated  Monye Gregory

Keith Cooke  defeated  Philbert Griffin

Jordan Roach  defeated  Musa Robinson

Stacey Selby  defeated  Shakell Daly