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Beltway Boxing 2008!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Although the Beltway (Washington DC and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia) Boxing Scene saw great performances in 2008, the 2008 Beltway Boxing year may be best remembered for the number of controversial situations that took place. Four Beltway-area cards contained some sort of controversial bout and a fifth situation made world-wide news. We start the year-in-review by taking a chronological look back at the strange situations that took place. 

January 31 – Michael’s Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD

This situation became known as “The Bout Before the Bout.” Heavyweights Askia Snyder of Baltimore and “The People’s Champion” Jonathan Felton of Stafford, VA were slated to meet in a four-round contest. However, when Felton entered the ring, he began to move toward Snyder and began to taunt him. One of Snyder’s cornermen tried to move Felton away with a little push. Felton pushed back, Snyder jumped in and a full-scale two-man brawl ensued with both men ending up on the mat. The bout never happened and was ruled a no contest.

A rematch was slated for May 29 in the Ballroom, but Snyder was injured in sparring against Tony Thompson. Felton was knocked out by Harvey Jolly in the first round. Snyder did not fight for the rest of the year.

April 3 – Michael’s Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD

If this were an episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E, this situation would be known as “The Liniment Spray Affair.”

Two promising Beltway featherweights - Tyrell “Da Show Shock ‘A” Samuel of Baltimore, MD and Thomas “KO” Snow of Capitol Heights, MD – were scheduled to meet for the Maryland State Featherweight title. All was going according to plan during the card, until there was a longer than usual break between the co-feature bout and the main event.

Moments before the contest, Snow put on a spray that he says he has used before every bout without incident. In this case, however, Samuel’s trainer, former world champion Vincent “The Ambassador” Pettway, smelled the spray and said it smelled like liniment and was afraid that the spray could get into their boxers’s eyes. Snow tried to wash the spray off, but there was some still on his body, enough to force Maryland State Athletic Commission members to cancel the bout.

There was a rematch planned for District Heights, MD on May 3 but Snow took ill, fainting after a training session. The bout has never taken place. Snow, who was undefeated in May, lost his first bout by second-round KO to Teon Kennedy in July. Samuel went on to win the Maryland State Super Featherweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Ron Boyd on November 20.

August 8 – Beijing, China

The Olympic Dream is dashed for Gary Russell, Jr. of Capital Heights, MD. Russell was considered one of the best American hopes for an Olympic gold medal. However, on the evening of August 8, Russell was disqualified for being one pound over the 119-pound bantamweight limit. Later, Russell was found unconscious and severely dehydrated by one of his teammates, Luis Yanez. According to NBC, medical personnel were able to rehydrate him after he made a final attempt to make weight.

“We became alarmed a couple of days ago when we saw he wasn’t sweating like he should,” now-former US Head Coach Dan Campbell told NBC after the Olympic draw. “When these kids try to make weight, sometimes they cut corners. What we believe is he did not increase his fluid intake after we told him to.”

Russell weighed 121 pounds prior to the weigh-in and was trying to get to the required 119 before the weigh-in at 6 a.m. the next day. Russell went running to get the last two pounds off and collapsed after returning to the Olympic Village. His father, Gary Russell Sr., said that his son passed out after resting from the run. He was treated with fluids by doctors at his dormitory but was not hospitalized.

To his credit, Russell was very honest and forthright about what happened and talked freely about his disappointment in classy media interviews. Russell is slated to make his pro debut on January 16.

August 15 – Ibiza Nightclub, Washington, DC

The night an ESPN announcer does a Warner Wolf imitation and this reporter is accused of having a financial stake in a local boxer.

This was a nationally-televised bout for the vacant United States Boxing Organization Middleweight title featuring Baltimore’s Ishmail “The Arsenal” Arvin and Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson of Philadelphia. The card was promoted by a new promotional group (Heavy Hitter Promotions) in a new location and was the first card regulated by new DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission chair Jason Turner.

The controversy began in the third round when the heads of the two boxers collided unintentionally. Although Thompson suffered a nasty gash and lump over his left eye, he dropped Arvin twice in the same round.

To his credit, Arvin fought back bravely and managed to gain ground in the bout. Along the way, Thompson’s eye got progressively worse. In the last two rounds of the bout, both ringside doctors Dawne Carroll and Greg Banks took close looks at Thompson’s cut.  Finally after the sixth round, Doctor Banks decided that Thompson’s cut had suffered enough and advised referee Malik Waleed to stop the contest.

Here’s where the controversy comes in. ESPN announcer Joe Tessitore did his best Warner Wolf impression by saying “Let’s Go to the Videotape” to referee Waleed, actually putting a monitor into the ring and showing him the replay. Replays clearly showed there was a headbutt, although Waleed, in real time, gave no signal that the cut was a result of a head butt, which means the cut came as the result of a punch. Since instant replays can’t be used to officially overturn a decision in DC (or anywhere else for that matter, the scorecards did not come into play and Arvin won by technical knockout. The DC Commission denied a protest by the Thompson camp while the USBO acknowledged the Arvin victory, but stripped him of the title.

Months later, this reporter discovered an interview where Anthony Thompson accused me of having a financial stake in Arvin’s career and that I somehow influenced the decision. For the record, that is untrue and I did not speak to any official during that evening. In fact, I watched that bout from the balcony area of the Ibiza Nightclub.     September 5 – Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, MD

A crazy Beltway Bout garners more hits on BATB than any other bout in four years.

It was supposed to be a quality bout between two rising middleweight prospects. The result became the most talked-about bout in recent Beltway Boxing history. Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow of Baltimore faced Charlottsville, VA’s George “War Time” Rivera in an eight-round contest.

Nicklow was in complete control of the contest early on in the bout, using very effective inside work to break Rivera down. Nicklow scored a knockdown in the fourth with a beautiful uppercut to the body. Nicklow’s continued good work inside forced Rivera to grab and hold, which led to referee Kenny Chevalier taking a point away from Rivera in the sixth round.

As the eighth round began, Chevalier sent both men back to their corners to get a fair start. The bell rang but Rivera was still heading to his corner and had his back partially turned to Nicklow. Nicklow ran across and clocked Rivera, knocking him down. Chevalier did not rule an official knockdown, but the hit seemed to wake up Rivera and set off a small melee that caused arena security to rush in.

Once security cleared the ring, the bout resumed, but it was Rivera that did the charging, catching Nicklow with solid shots that dropped him to the canvas, not once but twice. After the second knockdown, Chevalier halted the action, and after a long period of time, found that Rivera’s mouthpiece had been missing. The bout was stopped again later in the round because of a cut in the middle of Rivera’s forehead. After the round resumed, Nicklow hung on for the victory.
A rematch was in order and it did take place on November 1 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Rivera won a clear-cut eight-round unanimous decision.   Beltway Boxers on National TV   Beltway Boxers made 25 nationally-televised appearances in 2008. The won-loss record was 13-11, six KO’s, one NC.

Nine of those appearances were on ESPN2, followed by:
Showtime: six times
Telefutura: two times
Versus: two times
PPV: two times
HBO: two times
NBC: one.
Fox Sports Net: one

Lamont Peterson made the most national TV appearances with three, followed by Fernando Guerrero, Anthony Peterson and Hasim Rahman each with two. The other Beltway Boxers on TV were:

Eric Aiken, DeMarcus Corley, Darnell Wilson (not counting his Contender appearance), George Rivera, Joshua Snyder, Horace Grant, Henry Buchanan, Tony Thompson, Gary Russell, Jr. (in a taped NBC appearance prior to the Olympics), Mike Paschall, Ishmail Arvin, Alexander Johnson, Emmanuel Nwodo, Daniel Attah, Bayan Jargal and Tim Coleman.

We should also mention that Mark Tucker and Ty Barnett made appearances on Yahoo Sports.com in undercard bouts prior to a pay-per-view card, as did Nwodo on ESPN 360 and Darrell Martin made two appearances on www,GoFightLive.tv. Also, Thomas Snow made a regional appearance on CN8.   As far as cards in the Beltway area, Maryland led the way once again with 17 cards, marking the fifth straight year that Maryland has had 17 or more cards in a calendar year. Among the 17 cards were new locations in District Heights and Millersville and a successful return to Salisbury for the first time in 12 years.

Virginia had 10 total cards, with six of thse being in the Beltway region. There were cards in Danville and Norfolk that used mostly Tidewater area boxers.

DC had three cards this year in the first full year under Jason Turner’s leadership as commissioner. All three were very eventful cards.   Now for some individual awards:   The 2008 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year is…

Fernando Guerrero, middleweight, Salisbury, MD, 12-0, 11 KO’s.

In a deep year for Beltway rookie candidates, Guerrero officially made this race non-competitive in October, when he drew 6,000 people to the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury for a nationally televised co-feature bout.

Guerrero started his career in December of 2007 with a second-round TKO over Derrick Douglas in Tunica, MS. The bout turned out to be just the start of a very busy run for the Dominican-born middleweight who came off a stellar amateur career. Guerrero knocked out his first nine opponents and made one nationally-televised (ESPN) appearance before his October 3 hometown date against undefeated Tyrone Watson. Guerrero went the distance for the first time (in his first eight-rounder) and scored a shutout on all three judge’s cards.

The future looks bright for Guerrero as he has been successful fighting under the Prize Fight Promotions banner throughout 2008. Immediately on tap will be another ESPN appearance in Salisbury in mid-February.

Others deserving consideration:

Mark “TNT” Tucker, light heavyweight, Eldersburg, MD, 6-0, five KO’s.

Tucker won a Beltway Boxing fans poll with 48 percent of the votes counted. The mohawk-sprouting light heavyweight had a solid rookie campaign with his first four bouts ending in first-round knockouts. Tucker advanced to six-round bouts after his first two bouts. Tucker defeated dangerous veteran Carlos Jones by fourth-round TKO before going the six-round distance for the first time against Terrence Wilson on November 1 in Las Vegas on the Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.-Matt Vanda undercard. The bout was shown live worldwide over the internet.

Tucker has trained with some of the best light heavyweights in the world, including former champ Glen Johnson and current champ Antonio Tarver, who claimed Tucker had the fastest hands he’s ever seen in the light heavyweight division.

Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell, heavyweight, Brandywine, MD, 8-0-1, five KO’s.

The former Michigan State football standout made a gradual and at times, seemingly smooth transition to boxing in 2008, coming off a limited but successful amateur career. After a close, four-round unanimous decision victory over Mike Miller, Mitchell won by knockout over Maurice Winslow, then signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. Mitchell’s Golden Boy debut ended in a draw in March against Alvaro Morales, a last-minute opponent. Mitchell turned the minor setback into a positive and proceeded to knock out four of his next six opponents while moving into the six-round ranks.

One of the six-round distance bouts was a much better showing in a rematch against Miller. Mitchell upgraded his arsenal and did a fine job going inside en route to an easier unanimous decision. Mitchell is still learning the boxing game but thus far, he has proven to be an apt pupil.

James “Keep ‘em Sleepin'” Stevenson, Jr., welterweight, Baltimore, MD, 5-0, five KO’s.

Only a pro since September, Stevenson has quickly turned a number of heads during his rookie campaign. None of his bouts have gone past the third round and Stevenson has also been able to knock people out on the road. Stevenson is scheduled to fight next in Winston-Salem, NC in late January.     The 2008 Beltway Boxing Prospect of the Year is…

“The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal, junior welterweight, Arlington, VA, 9-0-1, six KO’s.

BATB’s 2007 Rookie of the Year advanced nicely in 2008 with four victories against opponents with .500 or better win-loss records. Jargal’s bouts also took him around the country as he fought in York, PA, Salem, VA, San Jacinto, CA and then back to DC.

Jargal’s August 9th bout against Maurice Chalmers was particularly impressive as Jargal scored a third-round technical knockout. Despite the short distance, both boxers received bonuses from the promoters for their efforts.

Jargal’s November 6 victory against Doel Carrasquillo during his second straight Fight Night appearance at the Washington Hilton and Towers was a relatively easy debut into the eight-round category and more than likely solidified his recent promotional contract signing with Let’s Get it On Promotions. Jargal already has two bouts lined up in the first two months of the year.

Others deserving consideration:

Willie “For Real” Williams, super middleweight, Baltimore, MD, 12-3-1, three KO’s.

Despite a mid-December majority decision loss in Florida, 2008 is still a year that Williams can be proud of.

Williams gained two tough victories over Alfred Kinsey and Jameel Wilson during the year. The Wilson victory gave him the East Coast Light Heavyweight title. Williams upgraded his level of competition fighting mostly against guys who had winning records. The loss to Jesse Blount in Jacksonville, Florida on December 12 does add a little bit of uncertainty going into 2009.

Tyrell “Da Show Shock’A” Samuel, featherweight, Baltimore, MD, 11-2, five KO’s.

Samuel battled through personal health issues and bout cancellations throughout 2008 to have a pretty successful year.

After the much-anticipated Maryland State Featherweight title bout against Thomas Snow was pulled at the last minute, Samuel had to battle tough heart diagnoses that threatened to stop his career.

Once those problems were overcome, Samuel was able to get back into the ring and have two solid bouts with fellow Beltway featherweight Ron Boyd. Both were Samuel victories. The second of the two bouts was Samuel’s first full 10-rounder where he dropped Boyd three times in the last three rounds en route to winning the Maryland State Super Featherweight title. Samuel now looks towards receiving bouts for regional titles in the first quarter of 2009.

Tony “Mo Better” Jeter, junior middleweight, Jessup, MD, 7-2, six KO’s.

Jeter won a Beltway Boxing fans poll as Prospect of the Year with 27 percent of the votes cast.. Jeter made a strong return to boxing after a three-year absence. Jeter was one of the few to make an impact in and out of the ring as he added promoter and matchmaker to his resume.

In the ring, Jeter notched three wins against under-.500 competition, however he scored knockouts in two of the three victories and his unanimous decision win over Chris Cook was fought while Jeter was battling a flu that landed him in an area hospital a few days before.

It will be interesting to see which of Jeter’s accomplishments will have the biggest impact on the area. Jeter leads a strong promotional company (Better Promotions) and showed his skill as a matchmaker as well. Inside the ring, Jeter is also looking for bigger and, yes, better things.

The choices for Beltway Boxers of the Year are:

Lamont Peterson, junior welterweight, Washington, DC, 26-0, 12 KO’s and “The OC Bomber” Joshua Snyder, middleweight, Ocean City, MD, 8-3-1, three KO’s.

Lamont Peterson was able to maintain his present course en route to a world title, winning three bouts and an interim NABF junior welterweight title. Peterson started 2008 with a solid 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated (34-0) Antonio Mesquita on January 10 in Biloxi, MS. While Mesquita had more in-ring experience, Peterson handled his foe easily winning by shutout on one judge’s card and by a 99-90 score on another.

Peterson also made two visits to Las Vegas, winning his bout in July over Rogelio Castaneda, Jr. by ninth-round TKO and a 10-round unanimous decision over Lanardo Tyner in November.

Peterson has been able to not only upgrade his competition, but also change the perception of some in the sport who started 2008 believing that he had not reached world championship-caliber status. With three quality wins, Peterson has officially reached that level. Peterson is scheduled to get an interim WBO title shot in the first quarter of 2009, but a full-scale world title shot should be in his future by the middle of this year.

But in 2008, no one Beltway Boxer made a bigger move from virtual obscurity to prominence than the “OC Bomber” Joshua Snyder.

Snyder’s rise really started in November of 2007 when he pinned the first (and so far, only loss) on rising Pittsburgh, PA prospect Jimmy Lubash. In retrospect, the victory over Lubash was a sign of things to come.

Snyder’s four opponents in 2008 had a combined won-loss record of 37-2-1. The year started with a tough eight-round majority decision loss in January to then-undefeated Jessie Nicklow at the Pikesville Armory. To that point, no boxer had given Nicklow that much difficulty.

The next month, Snyder raised some eyebrows with a fourth-round TKO over tough Charles Norwood in Winchester, VA. This was the first time Norwood had been stopped in his six-bout career.

In June, Snyder received an opportunity to fight on national television (ESPN2). His opponent — John Mackey – was undefeated going into the contest and had been boxing very well. The bout impressed those at the Catholic Youth Center in Scranton, PA as well as the national TV audience. Snyder knocked Mackey down twice in the bout, including a solid fourth-round knockdown that gave Snyder the four-round majority decision victory.

Snyder and Mackey would meet again in November at Fight Night 2008 in DC. The two battled hard once again – this time for six rounds. This time, however, judges couldn’t decide on a winner and the bout was declared a draw.

Snyder sealed his claim to this award in December with his eight-round split decision victory over previously undefeated Aaron Pryor, Jr. in Pryor’s hometown of Cincinnati, OH. That victory is one of those where a boxer who has become a champion can look back and see where the ascension to the next level began.

It was fun seeing Snyder sneak up on the boxing world. It will also be fun seeing Snyder continue his rise to the next level of the sport.

Others deserving consideration:

Anthony Peterson, lightweight, Washington, DC, 28-0, 19 KO’s

Peterson was able to win a NABF Interim title but was stymied by the politics of the sport. Without a substantial break in action, Peterson dropped from number one to number three in the WBO rankings. Look for Peterson to finally break through and earn a title shot once the logjam at the top finally breaks.

“The Persecutor” Mike Paschall, super middleweight, Baltimore, MD 18-1-1, four KO’s.

Paschall took a nice step up in competition, facing foes that had a lot more in-ring experience. After his relatively easy victory over Gary Lavender in January, Paschall put in an outstanding effort in April, scoring a fourth-round TKO over Bruce Rumbolz followed by a dominating eight-round unanimous decision in May over former world-title contender Larry Marks.

The Marks victory led to a nationally-televised (Showtime) bout against highly-touted prospect Andre Dirrell in Tacoma, WA in August. Paschall more than held his own during the bout before Dirrell opened up a nasty cut on the bridge of Paschall’s nose. The bleeding could not be stopped by the ringside official and the bout was stopped in the fourth. Paschall showed his heart by wanting to continue the bout.

Paschall bounced back with a rather lackluster six-round unanimous decision win over James Johnson in November.

Paschall’s goal for 2009 is to get back to the level where can get another Dirrell-like opportunity.

Fernando Guerrero - see Rookie of the Year

Bayan Jargal - see Prospect of the Year.     Here are some other BATB Awards to hand out for 2008:

Beltway Boxing Bout of the Year–Juan “Savior” Rodriguez vs.Benjamin Borteye, November 7 – Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD

This was an incredible bout that featured two guys VERY young in their careers.

Debuting Haymarket, VA junior welterweight Juan “Savior” Rodriguez scored a heart-pounding third-round knockout over a very game Benjamin Borteye of Silver Spring, MD.

Both boxers opened their arsenals from the opening bell and traded brutal shots. Rodriguez was able to land left hands with regularity, while Borteye effectively used uppercuts that bloodied Rodriguez’s nose.

In the third round, Rodriguez used a short right uppercut and caught Borteye coming in. The impact made Borteye do the splits as he crashed to the canvas. Borteye beat referee Kenny Chevalier’s count but shortly after, Rodriguez landed a left-right combination that dropped Borteye to the canvas face first. Chevalier waved off the bout at 58 seconds of the third.

Since Rodriguez made his pro debut in November of 2008, he qualifies for the rookie class of 2009. Rodriguez is slated to be back in action on January 17 at the ABC Sports Arena in Springfield, VA.

Special Recognition – Todd “White Lightning” Wilson vs. Mike Denby -September 19, Maryland Sportsplex, Millersville, MD

Undefeated junior welterweight Todd “White Lightning” Wilson of Fairfax, VA put on a gutsy performance in winning his first six-round contest by unanimous decision over an equally tough “Strictly Business” Mike Denby of Felton, DE. After the first four rounds, it was Wilson who finished extremely strong, picking up the pace in the final two rounds to earn the decision.

Knockout of the Year: Seth Mitchell TKO2 over Alexis Cruz Medina, May 29, Michael’s Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD

Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell scored a crushing second-round technical knockout over Alexis Cruz Medina of Science Hill, KY. Mitchell was all business from the opening bell and eventually landed a crushing right hand that had Medina bouncing off the ropes onto his knees and out. Referee Gary Camponeschi stopped the bout immediately at 1:23 of the second. The knockout has become a hit on YouTube, thanks ironically to Medina himself, who posted the video of him being knocked out on YouTube.

Special Recognition: Joe Gardner TKO1 over Donavan Toles, October 18, ABC Sports Arena, Springfield, VA

Landover, MD heavyweight Joe Gardner made his pro debut a successful one and caused an hour-long delay of this card in the process. Gardner scored a first-round TKO over Warren, OH’s Donavan Toles. Gardner used an almost 60-pound weight advantage early as he leveled Toles with a brutal three-piece combination that ended with a crushing left that stretched Toles at forty seconds of the round. Toles had to be taken to a nearby hospital for observation.

Card of the Year: October 18, ABC Sports Arena, Springfield, VA.

This was the card of the year for a lot of reasons.

1. Enthusiasm. The enthusiasm surrounding the main event on the card — The NABC US Middleweight Title bout between John Mackey and Jesse Williams — was unlike any other that I saw in 2008. I have never seen line dancing celebrate a boxer’s victory before.

2. Solid undercard. The minor upset Darrell Martin of Baltimore had over Andre Nichols in the co-feature may have helped give Martin the confidence to score an even bigger upset in Philadelphia later in the year. There was a good matchup between Lenwood Dozier and Benjamin Borteye and a solid performance by Norman Allen. Also the Joe Gardner knockout of Donavan Toles was on this card.

3. Co-Promotion. This card was a co-promotion with After Shock Events and Sugar Han Productions, continuing to show the unity that seems to prevail among the Virginia promoters.

4. Nice assistance by Beltway Boxing Legends. A number of former Beltway-area pros worked the card as trainers during the evening. Former IBF Junior Middleweight champion Vincent “The Ambassador” Pettway worked the corner of Darrell Martin. Former USBA Light Heavyweight champ Tim “Da Bamma” Hillie was in the corner of Norman Allen. Former middleweight contender Victor Davis guided Joe Gardner while Willie “The Heat” Taylor was in the corner of Daivii Otgonbayer. All four trainers led their charges to victory.

Other cards deserving of recognition:

September 19, Maryland Sportsplex, Millersville, MD

This was a nice maiden voyage card for Better Promotions. The card had the great bout between Todd Wilson and Mike Denby, a controversy in a female bout between Shelly Seivert and Carinne Hamlett. Also, the card saw Mark “TNT” Tucker go four rounds for the first time in his career, stopping veteran Carlos “The Headbanger” Jones and a great bout between Ikem Orji and Raymondo Elliott.

March 1, Pikesville National Guard Armory, Pikesville, MD

This card is on this list because it was so bizarre. This was perhaps the shortest night of boxing action ever seen in the Beltway — Six bouts, six first-round knockouts — a total of 7 minutes and 39 seconds of actual ring time.

Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow scored a crunching knockout over veteran Richard “Tiger” Lee Hall. The bout ended at 2:06 of the first.

Mark “TNT” Tucker scored a knockout in his pro debut over Walter Edwards of Wilson, NC. Edwards could not come out for the second round, making the knockout at the end of the first.

Shelley Seivert scored the first knockout of her pro career, stopping Leslie Lubaczewski of Bramwell, West Virginia in 34 seconds.

Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell celebrated his signing with Golden Boy Promotions by knocking out Maurice Winslow of Wilson, NC in 46 seconds. Mitchell is 2-0, one KO. Winslow is 1-5-1, one KO.

Lenwood “Mr. Composure” Dozier stopped Wilson’s Louechie Wiggins in 27 seconds.

In an all-Florida matchup, undefeated welterweight Richard “El Tigre” Abril of Naples (by way of Cuba) stopped Marcos Hernandez of Miami (by way of the Dominican Republic in 46 seconds.

These were all legitimate knockouts. The opponents came to fight, they just got hammered by the victors.

Special Recognition: October 3, Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, MD.

Probably, this card would be the card of the year — if this reported had actually witnessed the card in person. The card does deserve special recognition because of the crowd numbers as well as the apparent enthusiasm before, during and after the card. It put Salisbury on the boxing map and garnered an ESPN2 date in February.

The Beltway Boxing region was alive and well and is looking to make some big moves in 2009.

Gary “Digital” Williams Feature Writer, Fightnews.com For the latest in DC-area boxing news,visit Boxing Along The Beltway at http://boxingalongthebeltway.blogspot.com




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