By Gary “Digital” Williams
Some interesting news coming out of the DC/Maryland/VA area. Smithsburg, MD junior welterweight Dean “Pit Bull” White (14-10-1, 7 KOs) taking on Ryan Belasco of New Castle, DE (11-2-3, 3 KOs) in an eight round main event for the WBF USA title on Friday, July 24 at Dover Downs in Dover, DE. White needs a win badly as he has lost five in a row. Belasco, meanwhile, is on a six bout winning streak. Two local pro boxers continue their dual roles as promoters by teaming up for an amateur show on Saturday, July 25. Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall and Columbia, MD junior middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter will co-promote a card at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD.
The two men, who fought each other as amateurs, have been promoting pro and amateur cards for almost two years. Jeter’s Better Promotions actually promoted the last two cards Jeter fought on in September and November of 2008. Paschall Promotions have put on a number of amateur cards in Maryland.
Neither one is retiring from active boxing. Paschall (19-2-1, 4 KOs) is coming off a 10 round unanimous decision loss to Jesse Brinkley on July 10 in Reno, NV. Jeter (7-2, 6 KOs) looks to return to action later this year.
On July 17, Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight prospect Mark TNT” Tucker remained undefeated with a 10 round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams in front of a raucous crowd at the Shipley Arena in Westminister, MD.
In his first 10 round distance bout, Tucker showed great condition and a solid right jab to keep Williams at bay throughout the contest. Williams showed very little offense throughout the bout although Williams tried to win the later rounds with brief offensive spurts. Judges John Gradowski and Malik Waleed scored the bout 97-93 while Judge Don Risher saw the bout 96-94. Fightnews saw the bout 99-91 for Tucker who is now (11-0, 7 KOs) while Williams falls to (29-8-1, 16 KOs).
There is talk that Tucker will receive a United States Boxing Organization (USBO) title opportunity on the next Westminister card in September.
In what can be qualified as an upset, Baltimore super featherweight and Maryland Super Featherweight champion Tyrell “Da Show Shock’A” Samuel lost a six round split decision to Philadelphia, PA’s Gustavo Dailey.
Dailey simply outworked Samuel through the majority of the bout, beating Samuel to the punch and landing quality shots. Both men suffered swelling under the eyes, but Dailey’s workrate proved to be the difference. Judges Gradowski and Kenny Chevalier scored the contest 58-56 and 58-57 for Dailey. Judge Risher saw the contest 59-55 for Samuel. Fightnews saw the bout 58-57 for Dailey.
Samuel falls to (12-3, 6 KOs) while Dailey is (4-5, 1 KO).
Also, Laurel, MD heavyweight “The Big Ticket” Dwayne McRae lost a four round majority decision to undefeated Jason “Firebird” Freeman of Dover, OH. Freeman was more active throughout the contest and landed strong right hands. McRae had a 38-pound weight advantage (257 1/2 to 218) and a height advantage but did not use either advantage effectively. Both men were fatigued by the final round, but Freeman, who also has experience in mixed martial arts, had just enough stamina to win the contest.
Judge Chevalier saw the draw at 38-38 while Judges Waleed and Risher scored the bout for Freeman 39-38 and 39-36 respectively. Fightnews scored the bout 39-37 for Freeman, who raises his record to (4-0-1, 1 KO). McRae is (4-1, 3 KOs).
In a battle of debuting Beltway middleweights, Allen “Pitbull” Perkins of Frederick, MD won a four-round unanimous decision over Germantown, MD’s Christian Davila. Perkins landed some strong left hands early in the contest and coasted to a relatively easy victory over a somewhat uninspired Davila.
In the opening contest, late sub Omar Sims of Baltimore won a four-round unanimous decision over DC super middleweight Calvin “Shotgun” Aughtry. Sims won with good flurries early. Aughtry, as is his pattern, showed good defense at times but did not generate nearly enough offense. Sims is now (2-1-2, 1 KO) while Aughtry falls to (0-7).
The Maryland Boxing Club/TNT Promotions served as promters of the card. The matchmaker was Rick Glaser.