By Gary “Digital” Williams
In today’s boxing world, many boxers are dabbling into the promotional aspects of the sport. In many cases, however, when their names are attached to a promotion, it is, in reality, just their names that are attached — a scant few actually get into the long and sometimes frustrating grind of actually promoting a card behind the scenes.
Stevensville, MD middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter is from a different mindset. For the third time, Jeter will wear many hats going into his Saturday, September 22 card at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD. Jeter, under his own Jeter Promotions banner, will be promoting the show. Jeter is serving as the matchmaker for the card. Jeter (13-3-1, nine KO’s) will also be in the main event – an eight-round contest against Tyrel Brown of Gibson, OK (7-2, seven KO’s, one NC) for the vacant WBC Fecarbox Middleweight title.
One other aspect of this card – the venue where the card will be held is co-owned by Jeter’s wife, Christen.
So, why would a boxer place his or herself in a position where everything has to be handled by that boxer? Jeter says he is not worried about what he has to handle.
“I thrive on the pressure, actually,” Jeter said. “I love it. There’s always going to be pressure, but we’re able to keep everything in house. We are making all the decisions and we’re still learning.”
“One good thing about doing this,” Jeter continued, “is that I don’t have time to worry about my fight. Every fighter worries, but this keeps my mind occupied. This just takes a lot of patience.”
The 38-year-old Jeter says he is also looking toward his future involvement in the sport.
“This is definitely helping me work towards what’s next in the sport,” Jeter said. “I’m probably only going to box another year, so this will help me stay relevant in the sport so when I make my transition, I’ll be better prepared.”
What is also interesting is that Jeter has another bout signed after his contest with Brown. Jeter is scheduled to face another DC-area fan favorite – Jimmy Lange – on October 27 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Jeter, however, says he is not looking past his bout with Brown.
“Nothing is ever guaranteed in boxing,” said Jeter, whose two of his three losses came against boxers with under-.500 records. “I look at his record and I know I am in with another tough boxer.”
Including Jeter’s contest, there are six bouts on the card. Undefeated Baltimore, MD welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’” Stevenson returns to action after a year-long hiatus to take on Cambridge, MD’s Dontre “Pound for Pound” King. The bout will be for the USBU (United States Boxing Union) Welterweight title. Stevenson (15-0, 10 KO’s) makes his first appearance in the ring since August of 2011 when he won a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Roman at DuBurns Arena in Baltimore. King (6-12-2, two KO’s) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Juan Rodriguez, Jr. on August 31 in Mount Pocono, PA.
In a six-round middleweight rematch, Baltimore, MD’s “The Golden Greek” Elias Bouloubassis battles Stephen Franklin of Martinsburg, WVA for the USBU middleweight title. The undefeated Bouloubassis (7-0-5, five KO’s) is coming off a first-round TKO of William Armstead on July 14 in Washington, DC. Franklin (0-7) last fought on February 25 at Club One and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Lee Snow. The last time Bouloubassis and Franklin met was in June of 2011 in Baltimore and Bouloubassis won a four-round unanimous decision.
Also on the card, Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Duane Mobley will take on Dave Fleming of Lynchburg, VA in a six-round contest. Mobley (4-0, three KO’s) scored a first-round TKO over Ryan Shay on the July 14th card in DC. Fleming (2-1, one KO) will be trying to bounce back after suffering his first pro loss — a four-round unanimous decision to Franklin Edmondson on August 18 in Greensboro, NC.
Baltimore, MD middleweight Dan Cannaday returns to face DC’s Issa Coulibaly in a four-round contest. Cannaday (1-0) has not fought since making his pro debut and winning a four-round unanimous decision over Stephen Franklin in March of 2011 in Ranson, WVA. By contrast, Coulibaly (0-2) was in the ring this past Saturday in DC and lost a four-round unanimous decision to Farrad Price.
DC junior welterweight Josh Davis (2-0, one KO) will face Jamal Davis of Bedford, VA who will make his pro debut.