By Gary “Digital” Williams
A growing trend in the Washington, DC area is the trend of local boxers promoting their own bouts. While Jimmy Lange has been the face of cards in the northern part of Virginia, only recently has he put his name to the promotion.
Recently, however, a number of Beltway Boxers have formed promotional companies and are actively involved in all facets of promotion — including fighting on the cards themselves. WBC Fecarbox Middleweight champion Tony Jeter has promoted a number of pro and amateur cards and cruiserweight Venroy July will put on his second card on June 22 in Frederick, MD.
DC lightweight Ty Barnett joins this trend as he will be the main event on his Top Flight Promotions card on Saturday, June 15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Barnett (20-3-1, 13 KO’s) will be trying to bounce back from his ninth-round TKO loss to Mercito Gesta on August 3 in Las Vegas, NV. Barnett will face Stephan Alexander of Norfolk, VA (6-5, six KO’s) in a scheduled 10-round contest. Alexander is coming off back-to-back first round TKO victories.
In the co-feature, undefeated Palmer Park, MD featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. will participate in his first six-round bout as he faces Rasool Shakoor of Jackson, MI. Rivers (7-0, five KO’s) won a four-round unanimous decision over Jason Rorie on May 18 at the University of the District of Columbia Sports Complex in DC. Shakoor (3-11-1, one KO) lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Tevin Farmer on July 28 in Columbus, GA.
In four-round bouts, junior welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed of Waldorf, MD will try to remain undefeated when he faces the debuting DeMarcus Rogers of Nashville, TN. Reed (2-0, two KO’s) has scored first-round knockouts in both his bouts.
Undefeated DC heavyweight Danny “Smooth” Kelly (3-0, three KO’s) will take on veteran Rayshawn Myers (5-16-1, three KO’s) of Cleveland, OH. Kelly is looking for his fourth straight first-round victory while Myers recently broke a 10-bout winless streak with a four-round unanimous decision win over Ryan St. Germain on April 12 in New Buffalo, MI.
Junior middleweight David “Day-Day” Grayton of DC (4-0, four KO’s) will battle Lynchburg, VA’s Jamaal Davis (0-1) in another four-rounder. Grayton scored a first-round TKO over Tyrone Braswell on March 30 at the Renaissance Hotel in DC. Davis lost his pro debut by fourth-round TKO to Courtney Pennington on April 20 in Charlotte, NC.
District Heights, MD lightweight Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines returns to action and faces Anthony Smith of Nevada. Gaines (4-1, one KO) scored his first pro TKO in his last outing as he defeated Darrell Martin on January 12 in Fort Washington, MD. Smith (0-1) lost a four-round majority decision in his pro debut to Marcello Gallardo on June 1 in Tacoma, WA.
Two local boxers will make their pro debuts on this card. DC lightweight Antonio “Teflon” Magruder will face Alan Beeman of Providence, Rhode Island. Magruder was a highly-touted amateur who won numerous amateur titles. Beeman (0-6) visits DC for the third time after losses to two other participants on this card, Gaines and Rivers.
Also, super middleweight Monreco Goldston of Salisbury, MD makes his initial voyage into the pro ranks when he faces Darryl Fields of Akron, OH (0-1). Fields made his pro debut in nearby Fairfax, VA and lost by first-round TKO on October 27 to another DC boxer, Jerry Odom.