By Gary “Digital” Williams
Young prospects in the Washington, DC area get a new showcase Saturday when Hardwork Promotions has their debut card at the Frederick Fight Club in Frederick, MD. Hardwork Promotions is the brainchild of still-active Beltway Boxer Venroy “Hardwork” July who also is a corporate lawyer. The card will contain all four-round contests with emerging local prospects.
In the main event, undefeated Rockville, MD junior middleweight Dillon “The Stalker” Heyman will take on Stanley Harvey of Norfolk, VA by way of San Diego, CA. Heyman (3-0, two KO’s) is coming off a tough four-round unanimous decision win over Ervin Fuller on December 8 at the Washington Convention Center in DC. Harvey (1-3, one KO) was stopped by Antoine Douglas in the first round on January 10 in Woodhaven, NY.
The co-feature will be a battle of out-of-town debuting heavyweight boxers as Ytalo Perea of Ecuador takes on Chris Gordon of Charleston, SC. Perea competed for his country in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Also on the card will be Frederick, MD middleweight Devar “The Warrior” Ferhadi who will face the debuting Jason Bakanowski of Northborough, MA. Ferhadi (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut on November 3 in DC by first-round knockout over Anthony Madden with a solid bodyshot.
Baltimore cruiserweight Travis Reeves will take his initial step into the pro ranks when he battles DC’s Zakki Scott. Scott (2-0, one KO) has not fought since March 10 of 2012 when he won a four-round unanimous decision over fellow local Andre Ward in DC.
In what should be an interesting light heavyweight matchup, Eric Govan of Cheverly, MD will make his pro debut against Temple Hills, MD’s “The Honorable” Mark Baltimore (1-1, one KO). Govan and Baltimore met twice in the amateurs with Govan winning both bouts.
Frederick featherweight Rodrigo Gabriel will make his pro debut against Quincey Johnson of Cincinnati, OH (0-8-1).
There will also be an exhibition bout between DC welterweight Gerome Quigley and Tommy Ayres, Jr., the son of the former junior welterweight title contender.
Here is the scale watch for the card:
Dillon Heyman 156.5 vs. Stanley Harvey 160
Travis Reeves 186 vs. Zakki Scott 196.5
Devar Ferhadi 164 vs. Jason Bakanowski 164.5
Eric Govan 172.5 vs. Mark Baltimore 173.5
Rodrigo Gabriel 118.5 vs. Quincy Johnson 123
Ytalo Perea 243.5 vs. Chris Gordon 220