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Fox battles Kennedy in Maryland main event

By Gary “Digital” Williams

A potentially explosive main event headlines the Keystone Boxing card on Saturday, January 12 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez “Slyaza” Fox will battle “Relentless” Julius Kennedy of Baltimore, MD in a six-round contest.

Fox (8-0-1, four KO’s) is coming off a first round TKO over Jimmy LeBlanc on December 8 at the Washington Convention Center in DC. Kennedy (7-2-1, three KO’s, one NC) hasn’t fought since his no contest against Zain Shah on September 10, 2011 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA, a bout that was originally a win for Shah before the decision was overturned.

This will be Fox’s first bout against a fellow Beltway Boxer while Kennedy will be facing a local for the fifth time. Kennedy, however has yet to gain a victory against a Beltway Boxer, losing to Jayson Champion and Scott Sigmon and drawing with Jessie Nicklow prior to his no contest against Shah. Fox will also have a distinct height advantage as he is 6’5″ compared to Kennedy at 5’8″.

In the co-feature, Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. (3-0, two KO’s) will take on Giovanni Vasquez of Columbia, SC (0-2) in a four-round bout. Rivers has scored back-to-back first-round knockouts in his last two outings while Vasquez lost a four-round unanimous decision to Carlos Lacayo on December 7 in Kissimmee, FL.

In other four-round encounters, Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (3-0, three KO’s) battles veteran Trenton Titsworth of Omaha, NE (5-14-1, two KO’s). Hurd stopped Anthony Jones in the first round on December 8 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Titsworth is coming off a four-round split decision win over Daniel Gonzalez on December 7 in Billings, MT.

DC light heavyweight Greg Newby (3-0, three KO’s) will also face a veteran in John Michael Terry of Portsmouth, VA (4-25-3, one KO). Newby scored a first-round knockout in his last outing over Donnie Moore on December 8 in Winston-Salem, NC. Terry is trying to break a three-bout losing streak.

DC light heavy “The King’s Son” Jerry Odom (1-0, one KO, one NC) faces Anthony Madden of Biloxi, MS (0-2). Odom’s last bout on December 8 in DC ended in a no-contest against Marcus Clay when Clay suffered a cut along the right eye. Madden was knocked out in the first round by Devar Ferhadi on November 3 in DC.

In an all-Beltway matchup, District Heights, MD super featherweight Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines (3-1) battles Baltimore, MD’s Darrell Martin (4-13, one KO). Gaines is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Alan Beeman on November 3 in DC. Martin will be trying to break a seven-bout losing streak.

DC junior middleweight DeAndre Davis will make his pro debut against Coy Lambert of Columbia, SC (0-2). Davis is the grandson of legendary Beltway trainer Adrian Davis, who has led a number of local boxers to world championships including Sharmba Mitchell, Keith Holmes, William Joppy and Hasim Rahman.

Palmer Park, MD cruiserweight Mario Murphy also makes his pro debut taking on Lamont Capers of Hawley, PA (1-0).

Here is the scale watch:
Alantez Fox 154 vs. Julius Kennedy 154
Kevin Rivers 127 vs. Giovanni Vasquez 123
Jarrett Hurd 153 vs. Trenton Titsworth 148
Jerry Odom 167 vs. Anthony Madden 170
Greg Newby 174 vs. John Terry 173
Renaldo Gaines 133 vs. Darrell Martin 134
DeAndre Davis 138 vs. Coy Lambert 142
Mario Murphy 199 vs. Lamont Capers 198

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