By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photo: Wallace Barron
Undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd made short work of Joshua “Juice” Robertson of Lynchburg, VA with a first-round stoppage in front of a packed house at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. The bout was the main event of the Keystone Boxing Promotions card. Both men fought very tactfully in the first half of the round until Hurd landed a solid right hand that backed Robertson against the ropes. Hurd quickly swooped in and finished the work with repeated hard blows until referee Brent Bovell stopped the contest at 1:51 of the first round. Hurd is now 12-0, seven KO’s while Robertson’s record evens at 6-6, two KO’s.
In the co-feature, Palmer Park, MD junior lightweight Kevin “K-Smoove” Rivers, Jr. captured a six-round unanimous decision over a very tough Xavier “The Mongoose” Montelongo, Jr. of East Los Angeles, CA. Despite being off for almost a year, Rivers showed why he is one of the more technically sound boxers in the area as he landed a dazzling array of punches at his opponent. Montelongo stayed tough and fought back well. However, Rivers was in command throughout the bout. Rivers won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55 to remain undefeated at 9-0, six KO’s. Montelongo is now 6-2-1, two KO’s.
In his pro debut, junior welterweight Patrick Harris of Washington, DC was very impressive as he needed just 45 seconds to stop George Palmer of Sand Springs, OK. Harris hit Palmer with seemingly every punch possible from the opening bell. but Palmer (0-2), to his credit, would not go down. Referee Kenny Chevalier saved Palmer from taking any more punishment with the stoppage. Harris is a former USA National amateur champion who has strong boxing bloodlines — his father co-trains him along with Barry Hunter and his uncles are IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont and Anthony Peterson.
Fort Washington, MD junior lightweight Marq “Monster” Johns scored a brutal first-round TKO over Tony Green, Jr. of Phoenix, AZ. Johns dropped Green twice during the bout. The first was with a right hand that made Green stumble towards his own corner and take a knee. The second one came as Green was trying to throw a right. Johns countered with a brutal left hand that sent Green crashing to the canvas. The bout was stopped at 2:22 of the first. Johns is now 3-0-1, three KO’s. Green is now 0-2.
Forestville, MD lightweight Myke “The Professor” Fox won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin “Wildcat” Olinga of DC. The much-taller Fox (6’4″) stayed on the outside throughout the contest using his long jab to keep Olinga off balance. At times, Olinga got inside and had some success going to the body. Olinga had enough success doing that to earn a draw on one card, 38-38. However, Fox’s solid ring generalship seemed to be the big difference as the other two judges scored a shutout at 40-36. Fox, who is the younger brother of undefeated junior middleweight prospect Alantez “SlyAza” Fox, is now 2-0 while Olinga is 1-6.
Waldorf, MD lightweight Emanuel “Jab” Johnson won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Mason Wickett of Pine Bluff, AR. For a boxer who calls himself “Jab,” Johnson didn’t use a lot of them, preferring to slug on the inside with Wickett. Johnson, who is the brother of Marq Johns, outworked Wickett and earned a 39-37 decision on all three cards. Wickett is now 0-6.
In the curtain-raising contest, Maurice “Li’l Showoff” Adams, Jr. of Cheverly, MD won his pro debut with a tough four-round majority decision over Arthur Parker of Lancaster, PA. Adams started off very quickly, using his left jab very well. However, late in the second and throughout the third round, the southpaw Parker found a home with his left hand. Adams finished the bout very strongly in the fourth round with solid right hooks. Judge Brent Bovell saw the draw at 38-38. Both John Gradowski and Don Risher scored for Adams, 39-37. Parker is now 1-11-1, one KO.
This was the 54th card in Keystone Boxing’s promotional history. Gene Molovinsky leads the promotion. His son, Ross, served as matchmaker. The ring announcer was Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.