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Boxing back in Baltimore!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Two interesting rematches will be the co-feature bouts on the Baltimore Pro Boxing card on Saturday, July 25 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The main event has undefeated Baltimore welterweight prospect James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’” Stevenson (9-0, 8 KOs) in an eight round rematch against Ken Dunham of Charlotte, NC (6-8, 4 KOs) that will be for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Americas and the North American Boxing Council (NABC) welterweight titles.

Back on March 19 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD, Stevenson dropped Dunham four times en route to a second round TKO. Dunham bounced back from the loss and scored a third round TKO over Lenwood Dozier on June 5 at Shipley Arena in Westminister, MD. That was also a rematch bout.

Stevenson won an eight round unanimous decision over Manuel Guzman on the last Du Burns show on May 29.

In the co-feature rematch, Baltimore welterweight Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman will take on “Magnificent” Martinus Clay of Wilson, NC in an eight round matchup. The two first met on December 7, 2007 in Pikesville, MD and fought to an exciting 10 round draw that was one of the best bouts in the DC/Baltimore area that year. Going into that bout, Coleman (15-1-1, 4 KOs) was one of the busiest boxers in the country with the Clay bout being the ninth time he fought in 2007. Since that bout, however, Coleman has only fought twice — losing a 10 round unanimous decision to James De La Rosa on October 3, 2008 in Salisbury, MD and stopping Carlos Cisneros in the third round on April 10 at Du Burns.

Clay (13-20-4, 5 KOs) has fought four times since the Coleman bout, defeating Shawn Purdy by third round TKO in July of 2008 in Philadelphia, drawing with Mustapha Johnson in March of last year and losing bouts to Kassim Ouma and Kaseem Wilson.

In other bouts on the card, DC heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (2-0, 2 KOs) will try to remain undefeated as he faces tough Maurice Winslow of Wilson, NC (3-9-1, 3 KOs) in a four round encounter.

Baltimore cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler (2-0, 1 KO) looks to maintain his undefeated string against North Carolina’s Octavius Davis (2-2-1, 1 KO) in another four rounder.

Also on the card will be undefeated Czech Republic cruiserweight Daniel Kooji (3-0, 1 KO). Kooji will fight in a six round contest against Rodricka Ray of Jackson, TN (2-2, 1 KO). Also, Georgetown, Guyana super middleweight Orin George (1-0) will battle Portsmouth, VA veteran John “The Baptist Terry (2-14-3, 1 KO) in a four round encounter.

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