By Gary “Digital” Williams
Five undefeated local boxers will headline a United Boxers card on Saturday, July 16 at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC.
Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson will be in the six-round main event against “Neon” Keon Johnson of Indianapolis, IN. Alexander Johnson (11-0, four KO’s) is coming off his biggest career win to date — a 10-round majority decision over previously undefeated Farah Ennis on April 2 in Atlantic City, NJ. Keon Johnson (8-5, four KO’s) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak where he has been knocked out in all three bouts.
The co-feature will have undefeated Baltimore welterweight Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor in another six-round contest against veteran Jose Angel “Lucky” Roman of St. Augustine, FL. Taylor (12-0, nine KO’s) won a six-round unanimous decision over Marcus Brashers on May 21 in Millersville, MD. Roman (11-31-5, five KO’s) makes his second straight trip to the Beltway, losing a six-round unanimous decision to James Stevenson on April 15 in Millersville.
Undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy July returns to the Beltway region in another scheduled six-round bout against Cleveland, OH’s Rayshawn Myers. July (6-0-2, two KO’s) will try to bounce back from a six-round majority draw against Paul Jennette on April 23 in Winston-Salem, NC. Myers (4-8, three KO’s) will be battling against his sixth undefeated opponent in his last seven bouts. Myers lost a four-round unanimous decision to Alex Guerrero on February 18 in Salisbury, MD.
Undefeated lightweight Jerren Cochran, now fighting out of Alexandria, VA will battle DC’s Hugh Hinds in a four-round contest. Cochran, a native of Houston, TX (2-0, two KO’s), will make his Beltway-area debut on this card having scored two first-round knockouts in Galveston and Humble, TX. Hinds (0-1) has not fought since losing his pro debut to Tyrone Wright by unanimous decision in Salisbury, MD in June of 2009.
An interesting bout should be the four-round contest between Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez “Tez” Fox and veteran “Strictly Business” Mike Denby of Felton, DE. Fox (4-0, three KO’s) scored a third-round knockout over Warren Snapp on May 13 in Primm, NV. Denby (3-10-4, two KO’s) is winless in his last three bouts but has given tough battles to other Beltway Boxers including Todd Wilson and Lenwood Dozier.
There will also be another four-round contest featuring debuting DC middleweight Jacey Thompson as he takes on Tevin Parker of North Carolina (0-2).
Capitol Heights, MD featherweight Thomas “KO” Snow (14-1, nine KO’s) is also slated to be on the card against an opponent to be named.
There will also be a special tribute to former world champions and local legends “The Little Big Man” Sharmba Mitchell and Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson. Combined, the two men won five world titles.