Saturday, April 9, 2016

Gary Russell, Jr. Defends WBC Featherweight Championship Title Against Patrick Hyland!

Russell and Hyland are two fighters that have been working hard to stabilize themselves in a division that has become a loaded with great competition.This includes fellow champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs), who is coming off a very impressive fifth-round TKO of Kiko Martinez in February; Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs), who making his second title defense against Eric Hunter; and Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs), the only man to defeat Gary Russell Jr.

Gary Russell Jr:

“I’m excited about being back in the ring,” said Russell. “It’s been a year because of an injury, but I’m feeling great and more ready than ever. I’ll be prepared for anything. I’m looking forward to meeting Mr. Hyland on the 16th and I’m ready to prove I’m the best featherweight in the world.”

Patrick Hyland:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to fight for the WBC title, one of the belts that I’ve always wanted to hold. It means the world to me to be fighting for this title against a real champion like Gary Russell Jr. I think he’s a great fighter who does everything well so I have to be at my best on fight night. But I know I can beat him and take that belt home to Ireland. I’m just a lad from Jobstown in Tallaght who works hard and loves the fight game. I’ve been trained all my life by my father, may God rest him, and to win a world title will make all of his hard work and effort worthwhile.”

Sat, Apr 16 at 11:00 PM on SHOWTIME

Beltway Boxing Area Fight Card Sets Televised Network Viewer Records!

Boxing Along The Beltway's
Gary "Digital" Williams

The April 1st telecast of the Adrien Broner-Ashley Theophane bout at the DC Armory set a viewership record for Spike TV who televised the card.

The main event fight averaged 1.013 million viewers, making it the most-watched boxing match in Spike TV network history.  The overall Spike telecast on Friday, which included undefeated Baltimore boxer Gervonta Davis, averaged 873,000 viewers, also a Spike network record for a boxing event.

The previous record was the Amir Khan-Chris Algieri bout on May 29 in Brooklyn, NY.  The bout, who by Khan by 12-round unanimous decision, averaged one million viewers.

Adrien Broner

Robert Easter Jr.

Gervonta Davis

Another Professional Boxing Championship Card Back In Washington, DC On April 30th!

"A three-fight series to crown a unified divisional champion will begin on Saturday, April 30, when WBC 168-pound champion Badou Jack defends his title against former longtime titlist Lucian Bute, and IBF Champion James DeGale risks his belt against mandated challenger Rogelio Medina in a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from the DC Armory in Washington D.C."

Press Conference Quotes,

Badou Jack:
WBC Super Middleweight World Champion
April 7th
“I’m excited to face a great champion like Lucian Bute who I know will bring the best out of me. I’m looking forward to showing off all of my skills,” said Jack. “I want to be considered the best in the division. Undisputed. I have to beat great fighters like Bute to get there and I look forward to the challenge.”

April 1st
“I’ll be ready for this fight. Bute is a very tough opponent. I have to bring my ‘A’ game to win. Much respect to him, but he’s not leaving with my belt. Absolutely not. You can expect a very tough fight."

“Bute is a much, much tougher opponent that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but I’m ready for him.

“Bute’s fight against DeGale was one of the best fights last year. That’s the only reason he got this shot. He lost, but he looked good. It was a great fight. April 30 will be another great fight. And another loss for Bute.”

Lucian Bute:
Former IBF super middleweight world champion

April 7th
“This chance at another world championship fight is a great opportunity for me. Taking part in two world championship bouts in a row is not easy, but it makes me quite proud. I’m in good health and I’ve been in th gym since February. When the phone rang, I said yes without hesitation. When you are given the opportunity to fight for a world title, at this level, you cannot refuse. I haven’t been injured in a long time. Although I had some small doubts before going up against DeGale, after the performance I came up with against him, my confidence level is now at 100%. I can see it in the gym and everyone can see it, including my trainers and my sparring partners! I’m hungry for another championship title, like I was when I was younger, at age 26 and 27. I want to take away the belt from Badou Jack. I respect him, he has a good background at the amateur level, he went to the Olympic Games and he showed that he was part of the boxing elite when he beat Anthony Dirrell and George Groves. But on April 30, the province of Quebec will have a new champion!”

April 1st
“This is a great opportunity for me to fight again for a title. I feel good, I started camp six weeks ago. Most importantly, I’m very healthy. Psychologically, I’m looking forward to becoming a world champion on April 30.

“I respect Badou Jack. He is a great champion, a great fighter, but on April 30, I will become a world champion again. I’m looking forward to it.

“I will be the new champion. I am very confident. I expect it to be a very tough fight, but I am coming here to win.

“I have a new team. They are changing some things in my work. My confidence is 100 percent. I’m working every day very tough and I am confident that everything will be great for April 30.”

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, President of Mayweather Promotions:

April 1st
“This fight is about the best facing the best. I’ve seen Bute fight numerous times and he’s a very exciting and explosive fighter. Every time he goes out there and performs he gives 100 percent.

“Mayweather Promotions is about giving people the best and most exciting fights.

“I commend Badou Jack for the way that he carries himself. He is a true gentlemen and that is what this sport is all about. He’s going to continue to make a name for himself in this sport.”

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from the DC Armory in Washington D.C.

Jeter Promotions Keeps Boxing Active In VA!

Gerome Quigley 152 vs. Dennis Sharpe 156

Drayvontay Speed-Rawls 142 vs. Benjamin Olinga 138

Cobia Breedy 129 vs. Stephon McIntyre 131

Francisco Bustos 160 vs. Darryl Watkins 163

Marq Johns 124 vs. Alan Beeman 128

Yurii Polischuk 146 vs. Dustin Caplinger 154

Nick Kisner 199 vs. Dan Shull 197

Colby Madison 233 vs. Dominique Barnes 225

Stevie Weimer 146 vs. Joseph Figueroa 155

Ian Green 162 vs. Gundrick King 162

Zsolt Daranyi, Jr. 153 vs. Marqus Jackson 151

Matthew Griego 111 vs. Jordan Simmons 111

Bout summary:

Quigley (13-0, 12 KO's, Gaithersburg, MD) vs. Sharpe (17-19-4, Bayonne, NJ) six rounds.

Speed-Rawls (5-0-1, three KO's, Glenarden, MD vs. Olinga (1-11, Washington, DC) six rounds.

Breedy (5-0, four KO's, Oxon Hill, MD via Barbados) vs. McIntyre (2-18-2, Jonesboro, GA) four rounds.

Bustos (3-0, two KO's, Rockville, MD) vs. Watkins (0-3, Temple Hills, MD) four rounds.

Johns (6-1-1, five KO's, Fort Washington, MD) vs. Beeman (0-11, Providence, RI) four rounds.

Polischuk (8-1-1, two KO's, Landover, MD) vs. Caplinger (2-6, one KO, Akron, OH) six rounds.

Kisner (15-2-1, six KO's, Baltimore, MD) vs. Shull (3-30-1, one KO, Winchester, VA) six rounds.

Madison (Pro Debut, Baltimore, MD) vs. Barnes (0-1, Wilson, NC) four rounds.

Weimer (9-0, two KO's, York, PA) vs. Figueroa (11-57-5, Bronx, NY) four rounds.

Green (8-1, six KO's, Paterson, NJ) vs. King (18-16, 11 KO's, Tuscaloosa, AL) six rounds.

Daranyi, Jr. (7-0, seven KO's, Toronto, Canada via Hungary) vs. Jackson (3-23, two KO's, Atlanta, GA) six rounds.

Griego (3-0, three KO's, Albuquerque, NM) vs. Simmons (0-1, Concord, NC) four rounds.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Baltimore Boxing Returns To Michael’s Eighth Avenue Thursday, May 5 in Glen Burnie, MD!

Baltimore, MD (April 6, 2016) – Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions will once again take over Michael’s Eighth Avenue Thursday, May 5 in Glen Burnie, MD.

The card will serve as a tribute to Murray “Bushwacker” Smith Sr., the father of Baltimore Boxing’s Jake Smith. Smith Sr., a well-known figure in the Baltimore area for decades, was a longtime event promoter who lost his battle with Melanoma in 2013.

Tickets purchased in advance start at $25, reserved seats are $35, reserved tables for ten are $350, $50 VIP seats and $500 VIP tables of 10 can be purchased by calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the fights begin at 8.

Topping the card will be a showdown between local star Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazy and Andre Harris of Pasadena, MD. Fighting out of the Baltimore Boxing Club, Veazy won numerous titles since his earliest days in the sport and is one of the top prospects in the talent-rich DC-Maryland-Virginia area. A big ticket seller, a legion of “Bazooka Joe” supporters come out every time he fights.

Veazy and Harris meet for the East Coast 154 pound championship in what will be Veazy’s final amateur bout.

Tyrell Boyd of the Upton Boxing Club meets Genc Pllana for the East Coast middleweight title. Boyd is a former champion and looks to recapture the crown while Pllana is fresh off an upset win over well regarded Donald Wallace.

Popular Clayton Frazier and former Stevenson University basketball standout Stefon McCray are slated to appear on the card against opponents to be announced. Additional bouts will be added shortly.

“Joey’s been representing the Baltimore Boxing Club and training there for a while now,” said Smith, who is also the owner and head trainer at Baltimore Boxing Gym. “We’ve had great success during his amateur career but I’m looking forward to turning him pro in the immediate future. On the 5th, fans will not only get to see Veazy fight for a title in his last amateur match but also a middleweight championship fight between Tyrell Boy and Genc Pllana. Pllana surprised all of us by beating Donald Wallace last time out and Boyd wants his title back. We’ve also got Clayton Frazier and Stefon McCray competing plus additional fan friendly bouts to be added.”