By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Washington, DC lightweight Ty Barnett scored a sixth-round TKO over a very game and determined Stephan Alexander of Norfolk, VA in the main event of his self-promoted Top Flight Promotions card Saturday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. This bout was very close with Barnett holding a slight edge in the early going but Alexander was having a solid sixth round until the two clashed heads. From there, the bout switched for the final time in Barnett’s favor as he landed a vicious body shot that dropped Alexander to one knee. Alexander did not beat Joe Cooper’s count and the bout was stopped at 1:36 of the sixth. Barnett is now 21-3-1, 14 KOs while Alexander has all six’s on his record 6-6, six KOs.
The co-feature saw Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. used some incredible body work to stop Jackson, MI’s Rasool Shakoor at 1:52 of the second round. The bout was Rivers’s first scheduled six-round encounter. Shakoor had no defense for the body shots that Rivers delivered throughout the contest. Rivers ended the contest with a sickening right to the body that made Shakoor crumple to the canvas. Shakoor could not beat the count. Rivers is now 8-0, six KOs while Shakoor falls to 3-12-1, one KO.
In other bouts on the card, DC’s David “Day-Day” Grayton wasted no time in stopping Jamaal “Old Bones” Davis of Lynchburg, VA needing just 38 seconds to score the knockout in a junior middleweight contest. Grayton jumped on Davis right at the opening bell and Davis had no defense. Grayton finished Davis with a right hand to the body that dropped Davis to one knee. It did look like Grayton landed a punch after Davis went down but there was no call made on that. Referee Mark D’Antillo reached the count of 10. Grayton is now 4-0, four KOs. Davis is now 0-2.
The night was a tough one for District Heights, MD lightweight Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines as he was stopped in the second round by Las Vegas, NV’s Anthony Smith II. Gaines got off to a slow start as he just didn’t get going against the competitive Smith. In the second, Smith took control and dropped Gaines with a solid right hand. Later in the round, Smith landed vicious combinations that sent Gaines stumbling towards a neutral corner forcing referee Brent Bovell to stop the contest at 2:49. Gaines’s record falls to 4-2, one KO while Smith evens his record at 1-1, one KO.
DC heavyweight Danny “Smooth” Kelly landed a vicious right hand and dropped Cleveland, OH’s Rayshawn Myers to score a third-round knockout at 2:11. In reality, Kelly had to work for this one as Myers’s awkward style made things very difficult at times in the contest. Things got rough enough in the first round where referee Joe Cooper called both men over and gave a stern lecture to the competitors. Finally midway through the third, Kelly landed the brutal right that sent Myers to the canvas in a neutral corner. Cooper immediately stopped the bout without a count. Myers probably could have continued and vehemently complained to that effect but the bout was stopped. Kelly remains perfect at 4-0, four KOs while Myers falls to 5-17-1, three KOs.
Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed has won a four-round unanimous decision over a very game and debuting DeMarcus “All Business” Rogers of Nashville, TN. Reed hit Rogers with some real nice shots, but Rogers knew how to hold and keep from going down. The judges saw the bout 40-36 (twice) and 39-37. Reed goes the distance for the first time in his pro career and is now 3-0, two KOs.
DC junior welterweight Antonio “Teflon” Magruder wasted no time in his pro debut needing just 48 seconds to defeat Alan Beeman of Providence, RI. Magruder was extremely accurate as he battered Beeman to the head and body before the bout was stopped. Beeman is now 0-7.
In another debut contest, Salisbury, MD middleweight Monreco Goldston scored a second-round TKO over Darryl Fields of Akron, OH. Goldston battered Fields into defensive mode early before referee Mark D’Antillo stopped the contest at 2:16. Fields is now 0-2.
The matchmaker for the contest was Brian Dillon. Handling the ring announcing duties was Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.