By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
On his own Hardwork Promotions card Saturday night at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD, promoter and Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hardwork” July won a seventh-round technical decision over Joell Godfrey of East St. Louis, IL. The bout was marred by numerous fouls by the out-of town boxer. Godfrey hit July numerous times with low blows causing the bout to be momentarily halted twice. No points were taken away. The bout ended early in the seventh round with both boxers clashing heads and causing cuts on each other. The bout went to the scorecards and July won by scores of 57-56 and 59-54 twice. July is now 15-1-2, six KOs while Godfrey falls to 16-10-1, six KOs.
In the co-feature, undefeated Baltimore Boxer James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’” Stevenson scored a fourth-round TKO over James Hope of Rock Hill, SC. Normally a welterweight, Stevenson dropped down to 140 pounds and gradually wore down Hope before the bout was stopped at 1:53 of the fourth.
Stevenson is now 20-0, 13 KOs and is the first Baltimore Boxer since Hasim Rahman to win his first 20 bouts. Hope is now 7-12-1, four KOs.
Laurel, MD lightweight Edwin Reyes scored a third-round TKO in what was, at times, a wild contest against Greg Faust of Athens, GA. Overall, Reyes fought very well inside as he looked to land a home run shot. Reyes landed one in the second round and dropped Faust. However, Reyes, for whatever reason, couldn’t stop punching. Referee Dave Braslow counted the knockdown but also took a point away from Reyes. Reyes was fortunate that he was not disqualified.
Reyes finally did land the shot he was looking for in the third round — an overhand right that sent Faust crashing to the canvas for good. The bout was stopped at 2:47. Reyes is 2-0, two KOs. Faust is 1-2.
Returning Baltimore Boxer Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow won a very close six-round unanimous decision over a very tough Timothy Hall of Athens, GA The bout really could have gone either way as both men had their moments.
Hall landed some very solid shots but the judges said Nicklow landed even more and Nicklow won by scores of 58-56 across the board.
Nicklow, in his first bout since the loss to Jermain Taylor in December of 2011, raises his record to 23-3-3, eight KOs. Hall falls to 7-14, four KOs.
In a fight fought mostly at close proximity, DC cruiserweight Mario Flores won a four-round unanimous decision over Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI. This was a phone booth bout throughout as each man did not use much of the jab and slugged away at each other. Flores landed the more telling blows and won by shutout (40-36) across the board.
Flores raises his record to 3-1-1, two KOs while Martinez is now 2-4, two KOs.
Laurel, MD heavyweight “The Big Ticket” Dwayne McRae won a four-round unanimous decision over the always-game Willie “Blackout” Chisolm of Clearwater, FL. McRae was very good using his jab and his right to the body. However, Chisolm landed some shots of his own but not enough to win the contest. McRae scored a shutout of 40-36 across the board.
McRae is now 11-3, six KOs while Chisolm is 7-17, four KOs.
Debuting Montgomery Village, MD junior middleweight Gerome Quigley scored a first-round TKO over Allen Williams of Athens, GA . Actually, Williams got off to a good start in the contest as he landed solid jabs against Quigley, who was trying to land a left jab of his own.
The bout changed midway through the round when Quigley began to land a solid right hand lead. Williams had no defense for it and was battered around the ring until referee Brent Bovell stopped the contest at 2:23. Williams is now 0-3.
Fort Washington, MD cruiserweight Albi Sadikaj stopped Alando Pugh of DC at 20 seconds of the second round. Sadikaj was in control throughout the contest landing solid shots. Early in the second, Pugh landed some crushing right hands that made referee Gary Camponeschi stop the contest as Pugh tumbled to the canvas. Sadikaj is 2-0, two KOs. Pugh is 0-2.
Junior middleweight Jeremy Trussell of Baltimore needed just 1:43 to stop Brian Meadows of Clearwater, FL in the curtain-raising contest. Trussell stalked Meadows in the junior middleweight contest hammering him all over the ring until referee Dave Braslow stopped the contest. Trussell is now 3-0, two KOs. Meadows is now 0-4-2.
Chris Middendorf served as matchmaker of the card. The ring announcer was Terrence “TNT” Crawford.