By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez “SlyAza” Fox also likes to be known as “The Junior Middleweight Giant.” The 6’5” Fox definitely tries to live up to the moniker from the moment he steps into the ring – over the top rope. On Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD, the imposing and undefeated Fox used his size, reach and quickness to win a six-round unanimous decision over a game “Relentless” Julius Kennedy of Frederick, MD.
The first two rounds of the contest saw Fox use a solid jab and some crisp shots to the belly. The 5’8” Kennedy had some success getting inside Fox’s long reach but not enough to do any real damage.
In the third, Kennedy was able to push and sometimes trap Fox along the ropes. Kennedy started to throw – and sometimes land – overhand rights. One looping shot by Kennedy almost set himself down on the canvas from the followthrough.
The fourth round saw Fox reestablish the jab and keep Kennedy at bay from coming inside. By the end of the bout, Kennedy suffered a cut along the right eye. However, Kennedy had a very strong sixth to make the bout somewhat interesting on the scorecards. Fox won by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54. Fox remains undefeated with a record of 9-0-1, four KO’s. Kennedy falls to 7-3-1, three KO’s.
In the co-feature, Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. used a mixture of body shots and hooks to stop Giovanni Vasquez of Columbia, SC in the second round. Rivers finished Vasquez off with a classic left to the body and a right to the head at 1:11 of the second. Rivers is now 4-0, three KO’s while Vasquez is 0-3.
Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd wins a four-round unanimous decision over Trenton Titsworth of Omaha, NE. Hurd won a 40-34 decision on all judges cards as Titsworth lost two points for holding. Hurd’s record rises to 4-0, three KO’s while Titsworth is now 5-15-1, two KO’s.
DC super middleweight “The King’s Son” Jerry Odom needed just one minute to stop Anthony Madden of Biloxi, MS. Odom dominated the short contest primarily with body shots. Odom is 2-0, two KO’s, one NC while Madden is 0-3.
DC light heavyweight Greg Newby won a four-round unanimous decision over the always unorthodox John “The Baptist” Terry of Portsmouth, VA. Newby won by shutout (40-36) on all judges’s scorecards. Newby is now 5-0, three KO’s while Terry falls to 4-26-3, one KO.
District Heights, MD lightweight Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines scored his first professional knockout with a third-round stoppage of Baltimore’s Darrell “Bad Azz” Martin. The bout was stopped at 23 seconds of the third round. Gaines is now 4-0-1, one KO. Martin is 4-14, one KO.
Landover, MD junior welterweight D’Andre Davis won his pro debut with a second-round TKO over Coy Lambert of Summerville, SC. After a quick-handed pummeling by Davis, Lambert’s corner stopped the contest at 44 seconds of the second. Lambert is 1-6. Davis is the grandson of legendary Beltway trainer Adrian Davis and the nephew of popular local boxers Victor and Demetrius Davis.
Capitol Heights, MD cruiserweight Mario Murphy also won his first pro encounter with a tough-four-round unanimous decision over Lamont Capers of Tobyhanna, PA. Murphy won by scores of 39-37 across the board. With the loss, Capers evens his record at 1-1.
Keystone Boxing promoted the card. The matchmaker was Brian Dillon.