By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
DC welterweight Dusty Harrison remained undefeated with a second-round TKO over Shane Gierke of Youngstown, OH Saturday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Harrison, who was battling a cold during the evening, knocked down Gierke three times, once with a beautiful left to the body. The third knockdown, an overheard right to the head, directly led to the stoppage at 2:46 of the second round. Harrison is 9-0, five KOs while Gierke is now 5-27-2, four KOs.
After a six-year absence, Waldorf, MD light heavyweight “King” James McCallister won a six-round unanimous decision over James Denson of Akron, OH. McCallister, who hasn’t fought since April of 2006, scored a knockdown in the fourth round but Denson got his shots in as well and had McCallister in some difficulty at times during the bout. Kudos to referee Michelle Myers for allowing both men to work their way out of trouble. McCallister is now 12-6-1, three KOs while Denson falls to 5-11, three KOs.
Palmer Park, MD junior lightweight Kevin Rivers, Jr. made his pro debut a successful one with a four-round unanimous decision over David Warren Huffman of Milwaukee, WI. A nice matchup saw Rivers win sweep all four rounds (40-36) on the judges’s scorecards. Huffman is now 1-8.
DC welterweight David “Day-Day” Grayton scored a first-round knockout over Anthony Jones of Jackson, TN. Grayton knocked down Jones four times before the bout was stopped at 2:14. Grayton is now 2-0, two KOs while Jones is 0-5.
Another DC welterweight, Harold “Sweet Lee” Parker, needed just 48 seconds to stop David Tomlin of Wilson, NC. Parker is now 3-1, three KOs while Tomlin is 0-5 and has yet to get out of the first round.
DC heavyweight Danny “Smooth” Kelly also scored a first-round TKO stopping Ryan Shay of Fort Mills, SC. The bout was stopped at 2:47. Kelly is 2-0, two KOs while Shay is 5-16, four KOs.
Hillcrest Heights, MD middleweight Jarrett Hurd stopped his opponent, Mike Arnold of Akron, OH in just 1:30 of the first round in his pro debut. Hurd dropped Arnold twice en route to the win. Arnold is 0-9.
Richmond, VA super middleweight Immanuwel Aleem used a tremendous double left hook to the body and head to drop Marcus Clay of Baton Rouge, LA and go on to stop Clay at 57 seconds of the second round. Aleem is 2-0, two KOs while Clay is 1-3.
A number of former and current pros were in attendance at the card including former world champions Keith Holmes, Sharmba Mitchell and Isra Girgrah Wynn. Also spotted in the audience were current IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson along with his brother and world lightweight contender Anthony, former world title contender Lamont “Bay” Pearson and current contenders Thomas Snow and Tony Jeter.
Many of the former pros were there to honor the former deputy commissioner of the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission, Gilbert Ware. Mr. Ware was lauded for his 35 years of service to the commission. Before his work with the commission, Ware was a boxing manager. One of his former charges — former world welterweight contender Tyrone “Butterfly” Crawley of Philadelphia, PA — was also in attendance.
The card was promoted by Keystone Boxing. Brian Dillon served as matchmaker.