By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
During his 15-month career, Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd has quietly been making steady progress — a couple of easy wins here, a tough win over an awkward veteran there — all the while staying busy — and undefeated — through nine bouts. Friday night in front of a packed house at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD, Hurd successfully made a statement that he is ready to pick up the pace in competition by scoring an impressive second-round TKO over veteran George “El Gallo” Armenta of Silver Spring, MD.
The first round was somewhat competitive one as both men felt each other out and landed punches. Hurd’s punches seemed to be the more effective of the two but Armenta was able to get his shot in.
The competitiveness of the first round was what made what happened in the second round so shocking. Almost as soon as the bell rang, Hurd landed a picture-perfect straight right hand to Armenta’s face that dropped him. Referee Brent Bovell took a quick look at Armenta’s condition and immediately stopped the contest at 11 seconds of the round.
With the win, Hurd is now 10-0, six KO’s. Armenta has now lost four straight and is now 14-11, 11 KO’s.
In the co-feature, middleweight Brandon Priest of West Dundee, IL captured a tough four-round majority decision over hometown favorite “The Karate Kid” Josh Elkins of Waldorf, MD. Both men had to overcome adversity in the contest. In the second round, Priest caught Elkins with a short right hand that dropped him. Later in the round, Priest barely avoided being knocked down by an Elkins right hand that spun him 180 degrees. Elkins did fall down but referee Dave Braslow ruled that Elkins had righted himself and stumbled over Elkins’s feet as Elkins charged in.
In the third round, however, Priest was dropped by a short right hand as he was coming in. In the fourth round, Priest managed to avoid getting knocked down a second time as Elkins landed a wicked right uppercut that momentarily stopped Priest in his tracks. Priest managed to hang on to get the win. Judge Brent Bovell saw the draw at 37-37 but the score was trumped by Kenny Chevalier’s score of 39-37 and Paul Wallace’s score of 38-37 for Priest who gains his first pro win and is now 1-1. Elkins is also 1-1 with one knockout. After the bout, Fightnews learned that Elkins was basically a one-handed boxer during the contest as he damaged his left hand in the first round.
In other bouts on the card, rookie Larry Recio of Springdale, MD was very precise landing crushing bodyshots that eventually stopped Brian “Bad Boy” Meadows of Clearwater, FL in the third round of a junior middleweight bout. Recio was also very patient as he took his time landing his shots. By the time the stoppage took place, Meadows had no defense. Recio landed a crushing right hand to the body that made Meadows lunge forward and lose his mouthpiece. Meadows’s corner, led by former three-time world champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell and former Virginia State Lightweight titleholder Jaime “The Punisher” Palma had seen enough. The bout was stopped at 1:29 of the third round.
Recio scored his first pro knockout and is now 2-0, one KO. Meadows falls to 1-5-2.
In what was a really good bout, bantamweights Marq “The Monster” Johns of Fort Washington, MD by way of Philadelphia, PA and Stephon McIntyre of Jonesboro, GA battled to a four-round draw. Both guys fought very well including a great third-round in which both guys fought phone-booth style for the bulk of that three-minute period. Each man had their moments.
The scores were somewhat interesting — Judge Paul Wallace saw a shutout for Johns, 40-36. Judge Dave Braslow scored the contest for McIntyre, 39-37. Judge Kenny Chevalier saw the draw at 38-38.
The bout was the pro debut for Johns while McIntyre is now 2-1-1 and has finished his first bout in the United States following two bouts in Panama and one in France.
In the curtain-raising contest, Josh “Dynamite” Davis of DC stopped fellow DC Hugh “Quiet Storm” Hinds at the end of three rounds in a lightweight contest. Davis outworked and outpunched Hinds throughout the bout eventually causing cuts along Hinds’s face and nose. After the third round ended, Chief Physician Dr. John W. Stiller stopped the contest.
Davis bounces back from his first pro loss in September and is now 5-1, three KO’s. Hinds is now 1-3.
The card was promoted by Keystone Boxing, led by Gene Molovinsky. The matchmaker was Gene’s son, Ross Molovinsky. The card was a milestone for the organization as they celebrated their 50th show dating back to 1998. Four of the boxers who appeared on that first card — former world title challenger Lamont “Bay” Pearson, Del “The Hatchet” Matchett, Haru “Superman” Carter and Keith “The Heat” Harrison — were in attendance and honored during intermission.
A number of present-day local favorites were also in the crowd including newly-crowned WBC Youth Welterweight champion Dusty Hernandez Harrison, WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight champion Phil Jackson Benson, WBC Fecarbox Middleweight champion Tony “Mo Better” Jeter and Thomas “KO” Snow as well as undefeated prospects Thomas “Top Dog” Williams, Jr., Alantez “SlyAza” Fox, Dominic Wade and Demond “D Best At It” Nicholson.
Also in attendance was former heavyweight contender Marvis Frazier, who was selling and autographing copies of his new autobiography “Meet Marvis Frazier: The Story of the Son of Smokin’ Joe.” Frazier has recently relocated and now lives in Washington, DC.
The card also marked the full-time return of Washington, DC Boxing Hall of Fame ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones, who recently had knee surgery.