Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Andre Ward Is Still The P4P King!

WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (32-0, 17 KO) scored a eight-round TKO victory over Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO). 

Kovalev did good work with his jab, but wasn’t doing damage with power shots the way he did in the first fight. Instead, It was Ward, who was landing the harder shots. The rounds were tough to score because Kovalev held the edge in punches landed, but Ward was landing more damaging shots.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Results From The Shabazz Brotherz Card In Baltimore Maryland!

Shabazz Brotherz Promotions does not want to hold the title of being just a "Local Promoter" from the Baltimore area. Their goal is to become a solid promotional company in the sport of boxing. They have promoted shows that turned onlookers into new boxing fans. After the growing number of shows they put on throughout the years Shabazz told fighters that they would have to step up their game because he wanted to put on more competitive bouts for the fans. That's a promise he has kept and by doing so Shabazz Brotherz Promotions won the 2016 Beltway Boxing Card Of The Year Award to open up the year of 2017. 

The Shabazz Brotherz put on another competitive card last night at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD that proved the local fighters will continue to be challenged if they want to compete in the sport of boxing at a higher level.

In a highly anticipated main-event bout it was Tyriesha "Lady Tiga" Douglas winning the vacant Universal Boxing Federation Female Super Flyweight championship by TKO in the fourth-round over Ebony "The Storm" Rivera of Fayetteville, NC. It was the quickness of Douglas that was the dominating factor in the contest. Douglas's power was shown often throughout the bout when she would land three to four punch combinations while Rivera only had one or two shots to answer in return. Douglas's punches took it's toll on Rivera when she landed a shot to the head that sent Rivera into the ropes and forced referee Brent Bovell to stop the fight at 35 seconds of the round. With this victory Tyrieshia Douglas is a three time UBF title holder in the flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight divisions. Douglas is now (12-1, 5 KO's) while Rivera suffers her first defeat and is now (7-1, 3 KO's). 

Baltimore, Maryland light heavyweight Travis "Seveer" Reeves defeated Josue "Chiquilin" Obando of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico by fourth-round disqualification in the co-featured bout. This contest was filled with warnings from referee Kenny Chevalier to Obando for using his arm for measuring and also numerous times for holding when Reeves was able to get inside the guard of Obando. Points were deducted from Obando in the second and third rounds for holding. If Obando used his height and reach properly he would have made this bout a more competitive fight for the stronger Reeves, but Obando continued to hold so at 19 seconds of the fourth-round referee Kenny Chevalier disqualified Josue Obando. Reeves is now (15-2-2, 7KO's) and Obando is now (14-16-1, 11KO's).

Travis Reeves vs Josue Obando

Also a added feature to the card was heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest out of Newport News, VA winning a six-round unanimous decision over Grover "The Cobra" Young of Memphis, TN. Forrest dominated the entire bout by consistently using his jab in every round. Young tried taking advantage of the last few seconds of some rounds to land some looping shots to the head of Forrest but it wasn't enough to overshadow the great use of Forrest's jab. Forrest won by the scores of 58-56 and 59-55 (twice) to improve his record to (16-2, 13 KO's) while Young falls to (12-24-3, 8 KO's).

Jerry Forrest vs Grover Young

It was a tough night for the remaining Baltimore fighters on the card.

In a tough moment after the passing of his dad this year in March, Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris suffered the first defeat of his young career. In a scheduled four-round middleweight contest Shane Pearson from Statesville, NC, scored a shocking first-round TKO over Morris. The bout starting with both fighting slugging it out on the inside. Morris backed Pearson up towards the ropes but was met by a right uppercut to send Morris backwards into the ropes across the ring. After a brief separation from the referee Pearson landed another right uppercut followed by a straight left hand to send Morris to the canvas. That knockdown caused referee Dave Braslow to stopped the bout at 2:10. Morris falls to (4-1, 3  KO's) while Pearson is (2-1, 2 KO's).

Stephon Morris vs Shane Pearson

In another middleweight bout, it was Aidos Yerbossynuly of Almaty, Kazakhstan dominating Baltimore's Devin "Bite" Butcher to get a six-round unanimous decision. It was Butcher who made it very easy for Yerbossynuly to establish the consistency of his offense without having to use much defense at all. Yerbossynuly came out in every round setting the pace of the entire fight by coming forward while Butcher's lack of punching output made this a very easy bout to score for the judges. The judges all had the bout for Yerbossynuly with scores of 60-53 and 59-54 (twice). Yerbossynuly remains undefeated at (6-0, 5 KO's) while Butcher is now (6-2, 3 KO's).

For the first time Baltimore super featherweight Mack "Papi" Allison IV goes the distance to get a four-round majority draw with Matt Murphy of St. Louis, MO. Allison had a good first round. He used his jab to set up a few combinations that gave him the early edge. Murphy made a strong comeback in the last three rounds of the bout. Allison landed a few power shots but looked to be getting bothered by the power of Murphy's punches. In the closing round it was a phone booth finish of both fighters exchanging shots until the sound of the bell. Judge John Gradowski had Allison winning the bout with a score of 39-37 but was overruled by judges Brent Bovell and Dave Braslow with the scores of 38-38. Allison remains undefeated at (7-0-1, 7 KO's) while Murphy is now (2-13-2, 2 KO's).

Mack Allison IV vs Matt Murphy

Friday, June 9, 2017

Demond Nicholson Drops Decision In New York!

(Photos by Daniel Cork, LatinBox Sports)

In a eight-round super middleweight bout Demond "DBestAtIt" Nicholson lost by split decision to Steve Rolls in Verona, NY.

In the last few seconds of the first-round Rolls landed a left hook to the head of Nicholson to drop him to the canvas! Nicholson looked to bounce back in the later rounds, and even put Rolls on rubbery legs at times. 

After being hit with some hard shots from Nicholson, Rolls started to grab and make Nicholson smother his puches.  Nicholson wasn't able to land the shots he needed to convince the judges that he was taking charge of the contest. The judges score the bout 77-75 for Nicholson and 77-74 twice for Rolls. 

Nicholson falls to (17-2-1, 16 KO's) while Steve Rolls remains perfect at (16-0, 9 KO's).

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Demond Nicholson Hits The Scale In New York!

(Photos by Daniel Cork)

Demond "D'Best At It" Nicholson hit the scale today in New York in preparation for his eight-round encounter against undefeated Steve Rolls of Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Friday, June 9th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  The bout will be a part of a ShoBox The New Generation telecast on Showtime.

Rolls 161 Nicholson 162.5

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Action Packed Night Of Boxing At Rosecroft Raceway In Fort Washington, MD!

(Photos by Daniel Cork)

Kings Promotions did a fantastic job at putting together six bouts with round after rounds of consistent boxing for the fans enjoyment. Every hometown fighter performed at a high level and their opponents came to battle and not lay down.

The main event featured Kings Promotions fighter, undefeated super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox of Forestville, Md winning an eight-round unanimous decision over "The Hudson Valley Kid" Daniel Sostre of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Fox started this contest in the center of the ring using his jab to keep Sostre moving backwards and off balance. Sostre tried to shorten the tall 6"4' frame of Fox by attempting to slide inside the guard of Fox but with no success. It was Fox using great angles to slip the attack of Sostre to land a perfect straight left hand that dropped Sostre in the last round. Fox used some outstanding defense that didn't allow Sostre to create any opportunities to land any meaningful shots of his own. The judges scored the bout 80-71 and 79-72 (twice).  Fox is now (14-0, 4 KO's) while Sostre's falls (13-13-1, 5 KO's).

In the co-feature, Forestville, Md junior welterweight Tyrek "I Get Busy" Irby won a six-round unanimous decision over Brandon "Bam" Sanudo of Baja California, Mexico. Irby opened the bout up by using his jab to push Sanudo around the ring. Sanudo was off balance much of the bout, but still was trying to land shots of his own. Irby used his jab and then moved to the body to slow Sanudo down. As the rounds moved on it was no doubt that Sanudo was feeling the shots Irby was dishing out. Judges Brent Bovell and David Braslow saw the bout, 60-54 while judge Gradowski saw Irby dominating the bout and scored the contest 60-52. Irby is now (3-0, 1 KO) while Sanudo drops to (5-5, 2 KO's).

Greg "The Sharpshooter" Outlaw, the junior welterweight out of Bowie, Md scored a fourth-round TKO over Mario Perez of Baja California, Mexico. Outlaw had a very good opening round using his jab from the southpaw style. He made it even more difficult for Perez by switching to the conventional style that worked even better for him. Outlaw was able close the distance to put more combinations together that included shots to the head and body of Perez. The adjustment Outlaw made gave him the opportunity to send Perez to the canvas four time throughout the contest. Perez went down once in both the second and third rounds, then two more times in round four. It was after the final knockdown when the bout was stopped at 1:32. Outlaw remains undefeated at (3-0, 1 KO).  Perez falls to (1-2).

Super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd of Accokeek, Md continues to show improvement as his career grows. Hurd stopped Alberto Delgado of Roanoke, VA in the third round. Hurd was in control of the contest from start to finish. He used a stiff jab to the head and body to slowly drain Delgado. Delgado was forced against the ropes and that's where Hurd was able to do most of the damage. The hard body shots Hurd was landing caused Delgado to drop his hands and when that happened Hurd went back to the head. Delgado suffered a bloody nose that made him looked even more battered. The corner saw enough from Hurd and called a halt to the contest at 1:23 to save their fighter from receiving more punishment. Hurd is now (3-0, 2 KO's) while Delgado is (0-2-1).

Super featherweight Malik "Lil Leak" Loften did not show any signs of having a short amateur career. The Suitland, Md native scored a forth-round stoppage over a very aggressive Jemour Edwards of Orlando, Fl. Edwards pressured Loften for the first two-rounds, but the poised Loften made the necessary changes to tire out Edwards going into the third and forth rounds. Loften started targeting the body to drain the energy out of Edwards.  The body shots started working for Loften, and he took advantage of Edward's low guard to land some overhand rights to the head of Edwards. Those shots effected Edwards to the point where referee Brent Bovell put a to stop the contest at 2:31 of the last round. Malik Loften starts his professional career at (1-0, 1 KO) while Jemour Edwards is (0-2) and is still looking for his first win. 

This entertaining card was opened up with an explosive bout. Junior lightweight Jordan “The Kidd” Peters of Washington, D.C. stopped Bryan Perez-Nevarez of Puerto Rico at the end of the second round. Both fighters came out landing some hard shots during an equal exchange of combinations. It was Nevarez who landed the counter right hook that sent Peters to the canvas in the first-round for the eight count. Peters bounced back in the second-round and landed a solid straight right hand that dropped Nenarez. From that moment it was all Peters. He kept coming forward applying pressure and eventually hurting Nevarez enough that he was unable to continue after the round ended. Peters improves to (2-0-1, 2 KO's) while Nevarez falls to (2-7-1, 1 KO).

Friday, June 2, 2017

Here Are The Results From The PVA Amateur Show At The Howard Theatre!

Pharroh Hamilton (Langdon Rec) defeated Sa'Mari Everette (Baltimore)

Marcell Steele (Keystone) defeated Xavier Rodriguez (Philadephia)

Isaac Riverea ( Philadelphia) defeated Jeremiah Williams (Baltimore)

Mario Rodriguez (New England) defeated Ben Johnson (No Xcuse)

Semaj Alston (Philadelphia) defeated Kardan Chapman (No Xcuse)

Jamal Harvey (Oxon Hill) defeated Cuttino Oliver (Baltimore)

Cardarius Johnson ( Headbangers) defeated Juan Riverea (Philadelphia)

Malik Warren (Baltimore) defeated Gabe Gerena (New Jersey)

Jamir Cope (New Jersey) defeated Leroy Payne (Headbangers)

Deric Davis (Headbangers) defeated Ibrahim Robinson (Baltimore)

Quincy Williams (Lyfe Style) defeated Diego Bengochea (New England)

Jalil Hackett (Enigma) defeated Yasir Harris (Philadelphia)

Nick Sullivan (Norfolk) defeated Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Lamar Odom (Lyfe Style) defeated Rashiem Jefferson III (Philadelphia)

Saleem Kelly (New Jersey) defeated Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Lorenzo Simpson (Balimore) defeated Maurice Winslow (Georgia)

Kevon Cooke (No Xcuse) defeted Joseph Gordon (Keystone)

Max Garland (Headbangers) defeated Stacey Selby (Baltimore)

Here Are The Weights From Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD!

Main Event
Mykal Fox 142.4 lbs vs. Daniel Sostre 140.4 lbs


Tyrek Irby 142.4 lbs vs. Brandon Sanudo 142.8 lbs

Greg Outlaw, Jr. 137.2 lbs vs. Mario Perez 137.4 lbs

Justin Hurd 154.8 lbs vs. Alberto Delgado 156.8 lbs

Malik Loften 129.4 lbs vs. Jemour Edwards 129.2 lbs

Jordan Peters 128.2 lbs vs. Bryan Perez-Nevarez 129.0 lbs

Photo credit Keystone Boxing

Travis "Seveer" Reeves Looks To Defend His USBO Light Heavyweight Title!

USBO Light Heavy Weight Champion, Travis "Seveer" Reeves

Travis "Seveer" Reeves (14-2-2), will defend his title Saturday June 17 at Seever Havoc presented by Shabazz Brotherz Boxing.  Revees won the USBO title on November 12, 2016 in a second round knockout against Aaron Quattrocchi. Reeves is currently the Maryland State Cruiserweight Champion as well. 

Junior Olympics Gold Medalist Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson will step into the ring against Ashton "The Goon" Sykes. Seventeen year old Simpson (145-2) is the winner of six Ringside Boxing National Silver Gloves Championships and the nephew of  former Lineal, WBC, IBO, and IBF Heavyweight Champion Hasim Rahman. 

Sharif Rahman, son of Hasim Rahman, will be returning to the ring after an impressive KO during his professional debut in November of 2015.

UBF, and IBA World  Supper Middleweight Champion Tori Nelson (16-3) returns to the ring in Baltimore for the first time in two years. Nelson took both titles in December of 2016 by unanimous decision against Alicia Napoleon. Also returning to the ring is Baltimore native Tyrieshia Douglas (11-1). Douglas is currently the IBA Bantamweight Champion and holds the UBF Flyweight and UBF Bantamweight titles.  

Supper Middleweight Devin Butcher (6-1) will square up against Aidos Yerbossynuly (5-0). Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris (4-0), will step into the ring for the first time since after a majority decision win against DC native Gregory Clark last November.  New to the Shabazz Brotherz Boxing ring is Destiny Day-Owens who is also a native of Baltimore.

Seveer Havoc will take place Saturday June 17, 2017 at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena, 3100 Boston Street in Baltimore, MD. General Admission and VIP seating options are available starting at $40, reserved seats are available for $65, and VIP seats $100.

Tickets are available online at www.shabazzbrotherz.ticketleap.com/seveer-havoc or by phone at 443-377-2505 or 443-825-6342. Doors open at 4:00 pm and the first fight starts at 5:00 PM. 

Doors open at 4:00 pm and the first fight starts at 5:00 PM. All ticket holders 21 years and older are invited to the official after party at Oxygen Ultra Lounge at 10 S Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202.

***Since parking can be an issue we encourage patrons to use Lyft. Those new to LYFT can dowload the app and enter the code SEVEERHAVOC to get up to $20 in Lyft Credit to use on their first ride.***

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Miguel Cotto Done With Roc Nation And Signs With Golden Boy Promotions!

Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) signs fight deal with Golden Boy Promotions starting with his 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Light Middleweight World Championship against Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs).

The fight will be on Saturday August 26 from Carson, Calif’s StubHub Center and live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotion will partner with Cotto and Miguel Cotto Promotions on developing prospects, advancing boxing in Cotto’s Puerto Rico homeland and promoting the boxing legend’s upcoming fights.

“Miguel Cotto is not only a legend in the ring, but on the entire island of Puerto Rico, which has one of the richest boxing traditions around the globe,” said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “Our new partnership will include Miguel’s upcoming fights; working with Miguel Cotto Promotions’ talented stable of fighters; and revitalizing boxing in Puerto Rico.”

“I’m very proud to establish a tremendous partnership with Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar,” said Cotto, who is shooting for his sixth world title on August 27th. “It couldn’t work better — from a boxer to a boxer. We share the same mentality and language of the sport and the business. We will create the perfect opportunities for the sport of boxing and the fans.”

“It’s a big pleasure to work together with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Hector Soto, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions. “We’ve always had a great relationship beyond boxing with them for more than 10 years. We look forward to make the best fights and best shows for the fans.”

Jarrett Hurd vs Austin Trout Looks To Be Happening Soon!

Jarrett Hurd’s first title defense looks to be a lot tougher fight than it was against Tony Harrison to win the vacant IBF title, but Hurd is very capable of winning it.

Hurd and Austin Trout have agreed to a summertime fight for Hurd’s IBF junior middleweight title. The date and time is not set, but the MGM National Harbor In Oxon Hill, MD could be a prime location!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sergey Kovalev Holds Media Day Workout In Preparation For Ward vs Kovalev 2!

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion.

“I don’t like this guy [Ward] and I want to punish him because he puts his nose really up right now. He knows that he lost.”

“I don’t care if [Ward] shows respect to me or not. I know only one thing: I will kick his ass! I want to destroy him. I want to destroy this guy as a boxer, as a champion. For me he is not a champion, he’s a fake champion. He lives right now with this status; he’s a fake champion. He believes in his victory over me and right now he’s trying to get belief of people of this victory. It’s wrong, for me, it’s wrong.”

“It’s not the first fight where I’m angry, I’m always angry when I am fighting, but last two fights were very disappointing for me. Right now, at this point, I am feeling good and I feel not any problem to get back my belts.”

“I was ‘over-trained’ for my first fight against Andre Ward. I did three workouts a day. I tried to do everything faster and stronger. Instead of running five miles, I did eight miles. I did more than I usually do all the time. I over-trained.”

“My preparation right now is doing great, much better than last time because I took care of all the mistakes I did in my last two fights. In those two last fights, I was over-trained, for Chilemba and for Ward, and I fought similar, you saw already. But this training camp I am doing everything very good.”

“Nothing changed with John David Jackson. We are doing same as usual. I just got over-trained last time with physical conditioning, but with boxing we’re doing the same, boxing, sparring, mitts. I do same as I did last fight [with John]; I don’t think I need to change something. I just to get back what gave me success. My two last fights were really not good and I delete these mistakes and I delete this [physical conditioning] coach from my training camps, he’s not a coach that helps me right now.”

“I am happy what’s happening around me, I mean in training camp, my family, my life and my boxing. That I have no belts is for me new motivation to kick more ass because he does not deserve these belts. This is gift for him from the judges for Christmas and Christmas already finished and belts should be back with me.”

How hard does Ward hit?

“One day in my hometown Chelyabinsk one day a girl, 25-years old, slapped me on my shoulder then Andre Ward punched me in the fight it was same. I didn’t feel any hard punches from him. I didn’t feel his uppercut and so I didn’t block his uppercut. I didn’t feel this punch but judges counted this punch. It is touches it is not punches. Punches is punches his was like a tap. Judges counted any tapping as punches.”

Did you watch a tape of the fight?

“I tried but I saw only six rounds. I don’t have patience to watch it. For me it’s much easier to fight than to watch it.”

“I think I should knock him out and I must to knock him out to get my belts back because anything can happen but I believe in judges. I think first fight they made mistakes but right now there will be other judges, not the same. I think they’re gonna be fair and honest to count our fight.”

Why didn’t you finish him in the second round when you knocked him down?

“I thought that if knock down can happen [once], it can happen again. I tried not to rush. But I didn’t know that my energy will finish in the fifth round. In the fifth round, I lost the speed, I lost the energy and I was empty, 100% empty. My body fought because my heart doesn’t say stop. I’ll be like fighting until I die. Andre Ward got like four rounds of victory with empty Kovalev, we’ll see what happens on June 17. I think will be everything on my side.”

What does this fight mean for your legacy?

“Everything. I want to live from this point of the boxing. It’s the highest level in the boxing. HBO Pay-Per-View was my dream someday be on this level. Everything this fight means to me.”

How do you stay focused at this point?

“It’s my job. I’m boxing since I am 11 years old and nothing can break me. Nothing, only kill me. If somebody will kill me, yes I will stop boxing. If I am still alive, you know I will do my job. God bless me and I have to fight and I’m ready for June 17, to get my belts back.”

“I want to prove that he didn’t deserve these belts and I want to get my belts back. It’s my goal. I want to punish Andre Ward too because he doesn’t deserve this money, these belts, this status and to be champion. He’s not champion. In my eyes, he’s not champion.”

“I have more motivation right now than first fight because I have a goal. Last fight I just had a test. Can I fight Andre Ward or no? But right now, I understand that yes, I can fight Andre Ward and I can beat him. Right now, I have a goal: to get belts back. It’s more to motivate me than any test.”

“My goal was, and still is, to collect all four belts. I got three and left to get just one. Right now, Andre Ward’s in my way to this goal and I should move him from my way to my goal. First of all, I must get back my belts. We’ll see what will happen after this.”

John David Jackson – Sergey Kovalev’s Trainer

What are your impressions of Ward from the first fight?

“He’s an intelligent fighter. We knew that going in. I’m not too impressed with much more than that. The fact that he didn’t get hit with a flush punch from Sergey, if it was a solid shot, he might not have gotten up. So, if I had to be impressed with anything I’d say it was the fact that he went the distance. He got up in the second half of the fight, he made the fight closer than it should have been, not close to where he should have got a decision, but I was impressed that he did get up and survive.”

There’s been a lot of talk in the aftermath of the last fight. Has that been a distraction to Sergey in training camp?

“I doubt that there’s been any distractions for Sergey from the last fight. He realizes that he lost the fight, not outright, but the judges didn’t give him the decision so you must accept that; it’s part of boxing and he must move on. I think that he’s accepted it and now he just wants to get his belts back.”

What adjustments do you expect Ward to make?

“In the first fight, he did just enough to survive and somehow the judges gave him the decision; he has to be Superman in the second fight. He has to be more aggressive, with less movement and he has to be willing to trade with Sergey. Can he do that? Maybe he can, but will he do it? I doubt that. That’s not his style. Most people have said now that Ward has survived the first fight, he solved the riddle of Sergey Kovalev. I highly doubt that because this wasn’t the best of Sergey Kovalev that you could have seen, not the second half of the fight. I think Andre has to do more than Sergey does to be even more successful in this second go round. Can he do that? We’ll find out on June 17.”

Sergey said he was over-trained in his physical training. You were in Big Bear, did you notice a difference?

“I noticed that this time around his conditioning coach was a bit different. He has him resting more. The other coach had him doing a lot of things that to me were unnecessary. I don’t get in the way of the conditioning coach’s job and I’m not doing that with this guy, but he seemed more interested in keeping Sergey a little more relaxed and not over-training. If we can just do that, he’s on course. For the next two weeks, if we do the same thing, it shouldn’t be a problem.”