Friday, October 30, 2015

Tony Thompson Loses To Malik Scott In Orlando, FL!

In the main event featured on Bounce TV, Tony "The Tiger" Thompson battle Malik Scott in a ten round heavyweight bout at the Venue at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Thompson was able to put Scott down late in the 9th round of the contest, but it was the early activity of Scott that solidified the bout in his favor. Scott's movement was a little too much for Thompson to establish himself in the fight. Despite a 10-8 score in the 9th round the judges gave a unanimous decision victory to Scott with the scores of  98-91, 96-93 and 95-94.

Thompson falls to 40-6, 27 KO's while Scott improves his record to 38-2-1, 13 KO's. 

Here's the knockdown by Tony Thompson.

Gervonta "Tank" Davis Wins Big In Orlando, Florida!

Gervonta "Tank" Davis put on a good performance against Cristobal Cruz of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico,. The speed and power of Davis was more than the veteran Cruz could handle. Davis landed a perfectly timed left hand to send Cruz to the canvas. The referee stopped the contest at 1:31 of round number three.

Davis remains undefeated at 13-0, (12 KO's) while Cruz fall to 40-19-4, (24KOs). 
Here's the knockout.

Post-Fight Interview

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Davis seeks to extend his win streak in a 10-round fight against Mexico’s Cristobal Cruz at The Venue on UCF’s campus in Orlando, Florida.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A. – On Friday night, October 30, 2015, undefeated super featherweight professional boxer, Gervonta "Tank" Davis (Baltimore, Maryland/12-0-0, 11 KOs) takes on Mexico’s Cristobal Cruz (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico/40-18-4, 24 KOs) in a ten-round fight at The Venue on The University of Central Florida’s campus (UCF) in Orlando, Florida. In the main event, Tony Thompson will battle Malik Scott in a ten-round heavyweight fight. The boxing card entitled, “Premier Boxing Champions - The Next Round,” is presented by Warriors Boxing, and will be televised by Bounce TV.
      In his most recent fight on September 12, 2015, Davis made quick work of Recky “The Terror” Dulay (Philippines/8-2-0, 5 KOs) on the pay-per-view undercard of what was billed as Floyd Mayweather’s final fight against Andre Berto, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the opening round, Davis knocked Dulay down twice with left hands to the head. Immediately following the second knock down, Dulay signaled to referee Russell Mora that he didn’t want to continue, forcing Mora to call a halt to the action at 1:34 of the first round. Davis-Dulay was originally scheduled for eight rounds, but was moved to a six-round fight on the day of the fight to accommodate the Showtime televised broadcast.

   Davis’ longtime boxing trainer, Calvin Ford (Upton Boxing Center/Baltimore, MD), said, "Mayweather Promotions is doing a great job keeping Tank active, and that is great for any gifted young fighter. He just fought in September and hasn’t taken much time off from the gym. Our last opponent was somewhat of a disappointment, because he didn’t put up much resistance and the fight ended faster than we expected. Some of that might have been because he wasn’t used to facing a skilled power-puncher like Tank. Cristobal Cruz is a veteran in this sport, and he seems very durable. Cruz can hopefully come in and give Tank some valuable rounds of experience. As long as we stick to our game plan, and stay focused, we will come out victorious once again on October 30.”

     The 20-year-old Davis discussed his upcoming fight in Orlando. He said, “I’m feeling very strong right now, and I’ll be trying to break Cruz down over the course of ten rounds. I don’t ever go looking for the knockout. I like to break my opponent down. If the knockout comes, it comes. I just listen to my coach and do what I’ve been doing. My team is going to be ready for whatever our opponent does in there. This fight will hopefully give me some good experience as I move towards a title fight. I’m not going to be paid by the round. My goal for this fight is to continue impressing the boxing fans like I have been doing.”

     Davis continued, “Floyd Mayweather has said many times that he believes that I’m up next, and you will see why fans are calling me “The One” on October 30. My team has big plans ahead for me, but I have to take care of business on Friday or those things can’t happen like they are supposed to. Thank you to my team, Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions, Al Haymon, Yekim, Nike Boxing, Athlete Performance Solutions, Shane Goodell, Rich Brand, and Ethika. I hope to see lots of my fans come down to Orlando for the fight on Friday night. If you are already coming to the fight, you are going to get your moneys worth. Keep supporting me, and I'll fight for you."

     Tickets to Gervonta Davis vs. Cristobal Cruz are priced at $100, $50, and $25, plus additional taxes and fees. Parking at The Venue is $10. The Venue is located behind CFE Arena at 4000 Mercury Circle, Orlando, FL, 32816. You can purchase tickets by calling Warriors Boxing at (954) 985-1155 or buy them online at You can also purchase tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000, or online at For the latest updates and information on Davis’ weigh-in info and fight time, follow his social media accounts.

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( Photos courtesy of Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions, Esther Lin/Showtime, and Team Davis)    

"Mr." Gary Russell Jr. Never Ending Progression To Become Great!

Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) held a media workout at The Enigma Boxing Club in Capital Heights, MD on Tuesday as he prepares for his championship bout on November 14 on SHOWTIME.

Gary Russell Jr. 26-1,(15KO's) held a media workout at The Enigma Boxing Club in Capital Heights, MD on Tuesday as he prepares for his championship bout on November 14 on SHOWTIME.

With his first defense of his WBC Featherweight World Championship on the line, Gary Russell Jr. will take on Colombia's Oscar Escandón 24-2,(16KOs) in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Nov. 14, live on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

"Training camp is going great, we're right on course. There was a minor hiccup in the camp because I was supposed to fight on Oct. 24. I started sparring, but once the fight got pushed back to November 14 I cut the sparring off. I didn't want to peak too early.

"Today (Tuesday) was my first day back sparring again. I'm working on my timing, ring generalship and lateral movement.  We're right on course. 

"Oscar Escandon is strong and durable. He comes straight forward. If his corner was smart they would try to take away my hand speed which will be a big factor in the fight. He'll need to close the distance, smother my punches so speed isn't a factor.

"We are working on becoming just as comfortable fighting on the outside as I am fighting on the inside.

"A lot of fighters are one-dimensional. We are trying to make that diamond shine on all sides.

"I know that I will be victorious without a doubt. Anyone that you get in the ring with these small, 8-ounce gloves always has a possibility of creating an upset whether he's a big puncher or not.  It only takes one shot.  It's the fighters' job to take away that opportunity.  

"I'm excited to fight, period.  I don't even think about this fight being a title defense. It takes a certain type of mental toughness and psychological strength to get in the ring and perform. Anyone who gets in the ring against me is a champion in my eyes.

"It's been about seven months since I fought.  I'm always anxious to get back in the ring. 

"If I get past Escandon I would love to fight Leo Santa Cruz, we fought in the amateurs.  But we never underestimate any opponent and we are focused on getting this fight out of the way first. Lee Selby is another guy that we're looking at.  Of course Abner Mares, even though he lost, would be a great fight.  These are the type of guys that we'd like to fight. 

"Having my family with me during training camp means everything to me. It's where I get my energy from. A lot of guys feel like they have to get away for training camp, but I don't have to leave home. My family is the driving force behind my training camp and where I find my power and motivation. At the end of the day, I box for my family.

"If my brother ends up fighting on my undercard it would be very cool for me. It will be funny because if he does compete, you will definitely see me work his corner before my title fight."


"I know it's a championship fight, but we go into every fight like it's a title fight. We don't know a ton about his opponent, we just train like champions.

 "I have six sons, all of them are fighters. They all have different attributes as people that translate differently into who they are as people and in the ring.

 "Antonio Russell is 4-0, he's worked really hard all of his life. Outside of the gym, he can fix anything. Antoine, who just qualified for the Olympic trials, is brilliant. I'm very proud of him because he just graduated valedictorian of his class with the highest GPA of anyone in Prince George's county. Then you have Gary, who is so hard working, he's the future patriarch of the family. He has an old spirit.

 "I'm proud of all of my kids and I'm proud that we're a strong family unit. We learned a lot from Gary's loss to Vasyl Lomachenko. We have a motto at the gym that hangs from a banner, it says 'Success is the Ultimate Revenge' and we've lived by that ever since the loss. We learned an important lesson from that fight and have moved on.

 "Boxing is a fleeting thing, you don't do it forever. We're doing our own thing. I'm not worried about what other people have done. 

 "As a father, your paternal instinct kicks in because in this sport, anything can happen. You don't want to see your son end up hurt. So we train for any circumstance. Because of that instinct, I've been strict and hard on my sons in order to try to keep them safe."

(Fighting on the Friday, Oct. 30 non-televised Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV undercard and potentially the November 14 undercard.):

"With the way we train and fight, our defense sets up our offense and our offense sets up our defense. 

 "My job is to go in there and win fights. I know my opponent is a tall guy, but I also know that he is not going to win. He doesn't have the punching power or ring generalship that I have.

"Once I win, I'm on to the next. I'm trained to fight consistently. I hope I get this guy out early, if it comes and presents itself. Then I'd love to fight on my older brother's card two weeks after."

Follow Gary Russell Sr. on Twitter @BigGaryRussell
            Gary Russell Jr. @mrgaryrusselljr
also Antonio Russell @GAntonioRussell

(Photos courtesy of SHOWTIME)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Amateur Beltway Boxers In Memphis, TN For Final US Olympic Team Qualifier!

Tiara Brown
I her second trip to the Olympic Trials. Tiara Brown already has won a gold medal at 126 pounds at the World Championships in 2012. 

Amelia Moore
This is her first trip to the Olympic Trials.

Franchon Crews
Crews is looking forward to making her second trip back to the Olympic Trials, and competing for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team.

Iesha Kenney
 Won two-time bronze medalist at the Junior and Youth World championships. Iesha will be the youngest competitor in the entire Olympic Trials tournament.
Beltway Boxers participating in the final qualifier:

Lightweight (132 Pounds)

Jalonte Cole, Burke, VA
Ernest Hall, Baltimore, MD
Ebrima Jawara, Gaithersburg, MD
William Sawin, Alexandria, VA
Sippriano Zelldon, Silver Spring, MD

Light Welterweight (141 Pounds)

Dante Cox, Severn, MD
Sammie Smith, Hyattsville, MD
Keeshawn Williams, Washington, DC

Welterweight (152 Pounds)

Jonathan Burrs, Frederick, MD
Nigel Fennell, Salisbury, MD

Middleweight (165 Pounds)

Jason Bell-Edwards, District Heights, MD
Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD
Clinso Brumfield, Alexandria, VA
Jordon Payne, Hyattsville, MD
Donald Wallace, Catonsville, MD

Light Heavyweight (178 Pounds)

Justin Bell-Edwards, Temple Hills, MD
Mark Duncan, Clarksburg, MD

Heavyweight (201 Pounds)

Samuel Smith, Clinton, MD

Super Heavyweight (201+ Pounds)

Colby Madison, Owings Mills, MD