By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
The Northern Virginia boxing franchise known as Jimmy Lange Boxing has been one of the most successful ones seen in recent memory. Through 14 previous headlining appearances at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA, the middleweight from Great Falls, VA has amassed a solid fan following and, for the most part, been very successful in the ring. After Saturday night’s card at the Patriot Center, however, the franchise known as Jimmy Lange Boxing may be on shaky ground thanks to a popular boxer from Stevensville, MD who is trying to build his own franchise.
WBC Fecarbox Middleweight champion Tony “Mo Better” Jeter (pronounced JET-er) won a gutsy 10-round split decision over Lange in the non-title main event despite suffering a knockdown in the second round and point deductions for low blows in the second (twice), third and seventh rounds.
Jeter carried a four-pound weight advantage (158 to 154) into the ring and used it to push and batter Lange around the ring. Jeter landed solid uppercuts and hooks throughout and went to the body well with the left hand.
However, Jeter put himself in danger of disqualification numerous times in the bout when he went to the body with his RIGHT hand. Those were the shots that strayed south, forcing referee Steve Smoger to stop the contest and warn Jeter repeatedly and harshly.
The bout was also in danger of being stopped in the ninth round after Lange suffered a cut on top of his head after a clash of heads. Judges Brian Costello and Mark D’Antillo scored the bout for Jeter, 94-91 and 93-92 while judge Bill Osterman saw the bout 94-91 for Lange, the same as Fightnews.
Jeter celebrated the victory afterwards and thanked Lange for the opportunity.
“Jimmy Lange is a class act and the toughest guy I have faced,” Jeter told reporters after the bout. “He’s done more for DC-area boxing than anyone in the last 30 years. I was honored to be in the ring with him and I’m glad I got the win.”
Lange’s father and manager, Johnny, appeared alone at the press conference without his son, telling reporters he would not allow his son to be there. Johnny Lange made no bones about his disagreement with the scorecards.
“I don’t understand how the judges came up with those scores,” Johnny Lange said. “I would like to look at the scorecards. I don’t understand it at all.”
Johnny Lange also said that he may bring his son back to the Patriot Center if the judges who worked the card were there. There is a date for a Patriot Center card scheduled for March 9.
Jeter’s record rises to 15-3-1, 10 KOs while Lange falls to 38-5-2, 25 KOs.
In the co-feature, “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey of Bridgeport, PA scored a first-round TKO over previously undefeated Centreville, VA middleweight Zain “Tiger” Shah. After suffering a low blow, Yorgey dropped Shah midway through the first round with a solid straight right. Yorgey swarmed afterwards and the bout was stopped at 2:48 of the first. Shah loses for the first time in his career and he is 5-1, one NC, three KOs. Yorgey is 25-1-1, 12 KOs.
In other bouts on the card, Alexandria, VA’s Brandon Quarles and Birmingham, AL’s John “No Mercy” Mackey battled to a spirited six-round majority draw. Each boxer scored a knockdown, with Quarles knocking down Mackey in the last 10 seconds of the contest. Mackey won the bout on one judge’s card, 57-55. The other two judges saw the bout even at 56-56. Quarles is now 9-0-1, two KOs while Mackey is 13-8-4, six KOs.
The middleweight contest between Reston, VA’s Lawrence Jones and DC’s Ivan “King Shango” Ziglar ended in a no-contest in the second round after a clash of heads caused a gash over Jones’s left eye that could not be closed by the doctor. Jones’s record is 4-6-1, one NC, one KO while Ziglar is now 7-2-1, one NC, four KOs.
Undefeated Richmond, VA super middleweight Immanuwel Aleem won a four-round unanimous decision over DC super middleweight “The Honorable” Mark Baltimore. Aleem showed exceptional hand speed in the first two rounds that Baltimore could not keep up with. By the time, Baltimore found his rhythm; it was a little too late. Scores were 39-37 twice and 40-36. Aleem is 3-0, two KOs. Baltimore is 1-1, one KO.
DC super middleweight and 2012 National Golden Gloves champion “The King’s Son” Jerry Odom made his pro debut a successful one with a first-round stoppage of the equally debuting Darryl Fields of Akron, OH. Odom swarmed Fields throughout the contest before the bout was stopped at 1:11.
David Warren Huffman of Milwaukee, WI scored a first-round TKO over Reston, VA welterweight Joseph “Raw Talent” Rector. Huffman stunned Rector with a straight right hand and was able to finish him at 1:08 of the round. Rector is 1-1, one KO while Huffman is 2-8, one KO.
Burke, VA super middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas scored a first-round TKO in his pro debut stopping Valdez Eason with body shots to end Eason’s night at 1:30 of the round. Eason is 0-7.
DC cruiserweights Andre Ward and Mario “Bazooka” Flores fought to a hard-hitting, four-round majority draw. Both young cruiserweights landed powerful shots but neither man could get a real edge. Flores did get one decision on a judge’s card, 39-37 while the other two judges scored the bout 38-38. Ward is 1-1-2, one KO while Flores is 1-1-1, one KO.
Akron, OH journeyman middleweight Damon Antoine won a four-round unanimous decision over Shakir Ashanti of Greensboro, NC. Antoine, whose bout was a late addition to the card, looked strong and was dominant over Ashanti, winning by scores of 40-35 twice and 40-36. Ashanti had one point taken away for low blows. The win breaks a five-bout losing streak for Antoine and is his second in his last 17 bouts. Antoine is 11-42-1, five KOs while Ashanti is 16-14, four KOs.
Ice Promotions, led by Jackie Kallen, promoted the event. The matchmaker was JD Brown.