By Gary “Digital” Williams
Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD will be the site for a unique doubleheader of boxing. There will be two cards by two different promotional companies on two consecutive Fridays. Bang Time Boxing will host a card on September 10 while Baltimore Pro Boxing and Prize Fight Promotions will team up to put together a show on September 17.
Headlining the September 10 card will be Baltimore supermiddleweight, “The Persecutor” Mike Paschall who will be in a six-round super middleweight bout against veteran Ariel “Iron” Espinal of Brooklyn, NY. Paschall (20-2-1, four KO’s) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Mickey Scarborough on June 17 at Du Burns. Espinal (8-14-3, four KO’s) was knocked out by Steve Wheeler in the second round on May 8 at Du Burns.
Undefeated Baltimore cruiserweight Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett will take on Justin “Rage” Riegle of Orrville, OH in a four-round contest. Shiflett (8-0-1, four KO’s) won a four-round unanimous decision over Andre Hemphill on the June 17 Du Burns card. Riegle (3-3, one KO) won his last bout, a four-round unanimous decision over Brian Cook on February 19 in Cleveland, OH.
Hemphill, who fights out of Philadelphia, PA, will return to Du Burns and face Frank Armstrong of Winston-Salem, NC. Hemphill (9-16-2, five KO’s) won his last outing, a six-round unanimous decision over Anthony Pietrantonio on July 30 in Philadelphia. Armstrong (4-14-3, three KO’s) has lost his last two.
Capitol Heights, MD super bantamweight Thomas “KO” Snow returns to action with a scheduled four-round contest against tough Philadelphian Gustavo Dailey. Snow (12-1, eight KO’s) last fought on January 29 and won a tough and controversial six-round split decision over Jason Rorie at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Meanwhile, Dailey (4-9, one KO) has not fared well since his July 2009 upset of Tyrell Samuel at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. Dailey has lost four straight bouts, including the two rematch losses to Samuel and has been stopped in his last two bouts.
Undefeated DC heavyweight Maurice “The Freight Train” Byarm makes a quick return to action on this card. Byarm (8-0, six KO’s) fought on August 28th in Virginia Beach, VA and stopped Ramon Hayes in the third round. Byarm will take on Kevin Howard of Montgomery, AL (1-3-1). Howard last fought on January 31 at Rosecroft Raceway and was stopped in the fourth round by Abodurin Akinyanju.
Laurel, MD heavyweight “The Big Ticket” Dwayne McRae returns to action with a scheduled six-round contest against crafty veteran Mike Miller of Akron, OH. McRae (7-2, four KO’s) is coming off a fourth-round TKO of Corey Winfield on April 2 in Glen Burnie. Miller has lost three straight but went the distance with Byarm, Harold Sconiers and, in his last outing, Travis Kaufmann.
There will be a rematch on the card as undefeated Baltimore super middleweight “The Golden Greek” Elias Bouloubassis will take on Kevin Kibler of Columbia, SC in a four-round bout. Bouloubassis (5-0-4, four KO’s) won a four-round unanimous decision over Kibler on the May 8 Du Burns card. Kibler (0-3-1) has fought since then, losing to Alantez Fox by four-round unanimous decision on July 31 in York, PA.
Rounding out the card will be undefeated Baltimore light heavyweight Dale Robeson-El (3-0, two KO’s) who will face Winchester, VA’s Dan Shull (2-10-1, one KO). Both men are coming off third-round TKO victories.
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On the September 17 card, Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow will battle “Vicious” Julius Kennedy in a 10-round All-Baltimore-area bout for the Maryland State Middleweight title. The bout is slated to be shown on Fox Sports Net.
Nicklow (20-2-2, seven KO’s) has not fought in a boxing ring since his 10-round unanimous decision victory over Scott Sigmon on March 20th at Du Burns. However, Nicklow did make a successful entry into Mixed Martial Arts with a victory in June in Ocean City, MD.
Kennedy (7-1, three KO’s) lost his pro debut but is now riding a seven-bout winning streak, including a six-round unanimous decision over Ariel Espinal on November 20 at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD. Kennedy has never gone 10 rounds before, but this is a matchup that Kennedy has wanted for sometime.
Promoter Jake Smith says he is working on another title for this bout that would put the winner closer to the top 10 in a governing body’s ranking.
Also slated for this card are undefeated Maryland Boxers James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’ Stevenson (welterweight, 13-0, 10 KO’s) Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler (cruiserweight, 5-0, four KO’s) and Alex Guerrero (cruiserweight, 3-0-1, one KO, older brother of Fernando).
Baltimore heavyweight Jed “The Punisher” Phipps also returns to action coming off a second-round knockout of Maurice Winslow on May 8 at Du Burns. Phipps (18-7, 11 KO’s) will take on Chicago, IL’s Theron Johnson (3-3) in a six-round encounter. Johnson was last in the ring on March 6 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA where he lost a six-round split decision to Dwayne McRae.
The card also marks the return of Baltimore junior middleweight Maxell “The General” Taylor. Taylor (13-2-1, five KO’s) has not fought since winning a four-round unanimous decision over Oscar Gonzalez in August of 2006. Beltway Boxing fans still talk about his tremendous six-round draw against Derek Ennis on March 9, 2006 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Taylor is the older brother of undefeated welterweight prospect Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor.
Also, Baltimore featherweight Jeremy Miller will make his pro boxing debut after two victorious MMA bouts. Miller will battle Willie Davis of Philadelphia, PA.