By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Local fan favorite boxers Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan and Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell scored victories in feature bouts at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Buchanan, a super middleweight from Capitol Heights, MD, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Julius Fogle of Cary, NC to regain his WBF All-Americas super middleweight title. The win came despite Buchanan breaking his right hand early in the bout. Because of the injury, Buchanan was forced to use more foot movement and ring generalship to gain the victory. Fogle tried to press the issue and put more offensive pressure but Buchanan was too elusive.
Judges Steve Rados and Lloyd Scaife scored the bout 77-75 while Dave Braslow saw the bout 78-74 all for Buchanan, who raises his record to (19-2, 12 KOs). Fogle fell to (15-3, 10 KOs).
The most impressive performance of the night came from Mitchell, the undefeated heavyweight from Brandywine, MD, who stopped Ryan Thompson of East Cleveland, OH in the third round. Mitchell combined a quick, powerful jab with some crushing body shots. The brutal attack forced the Thompson corner to literally throw in the towel, stopping the bout at 2:32 of the third.
With the win, Mitchell is now (16-0, 10 KOs) and can now prepare for a scheduled nationally televised bout (ESPN2) against Ashanti Jordan on May 7 in El Paso, TX.
In other bouts on the card, Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson won a six-round unanimous decision over William Gill of Toms River, NJ. Johnson pressured Gill and also used a solid body shot attack. Only Gill’s toughness allowed him to stay in the bout for the entire six rounds.
Johnson remains undefeated at (9-0, 3 KOs) while Gill falls to (9-25, 7 KOs).
Columbia, MD middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter survived a first-round knockdown to stop York, SC’s Vincent Robbins at 1:34 of the second round. Jeter was dropped with a Robbins right hand in the last minute of the first round. However, Jeter used his power shots with deadly acumen in the second round and put loads of pressure on Robbins. Late in the second, Jeter’s pressure forced Robbins to take a knee. However, Jeter was still throwing punches and hit Robbins while he was down. Referee Joe Cooper did not call an infraction and Robbins could not beat the 10-count.
Jeter is now (9-2, 8 KOs) and has scored knockouts in his last three bouts. Robbins falls to (3-9-2, 3 KOs).
In a heavyweight contest, Bowie, MD heavyweight Horace “The Reason” Grant returned to action for the first time in more than a year and won a four-round unanimous decision over “The People’s Champion” Jonathan Felton of Stafford, VA.
Prior to the bout, both men got the crowd involved with interesting walks to the ring. Felton detoured on his way to the ring into the crowd to dance with some of the fans while Grant entered the ring wearing an afro wig to the “Theme from Shaft.”
Grant used his power forcing Felton to cover up numerous times against the ropes and in the corners. Felton tried to fire punches from his crouches, but they did not stop Grant from coming forward and landing his power shots. Two judges — Rados and Braslow — scored the bout a shutout for Grant, 40-35 and 40-34, respectively. Scaife saw the bout 39-36.
Grant is now (15-2, 9 KOs) while Felton’s record fell to (6-21, 5 KOs).
Also on the card, Adelita Irizarry of Hartford, CT captured the vacant WBF All-Americas Women’s Welterweight title with a six-round split decision over “Fearless” Molly McConnell of Portland OR. The bout was fought in extremely close quarters which benefited Irizarry, who came forward throughout the contest. McConnell could not find a way to keep Irizarry off of her.
Judges Rados and Scaife scored the bout 59-55 for Irizarry while judge Braslow thought McConnell won the bout, 58-56.
Irizarry is now (7-4, 2 KOs) while McConnell is (10-2, 5 KOs).
There was also an exhibition bout featuring three-time world champion Paul Williams as he prepared for his May 8 bout against Kermit Cintron. Williams sparred three rounds with local light heavyweight Otganbayer Daivii.
The card was promoted by Babie Girl Productions, headed by Cassandra White. The matchmaker was Jack Crider.