By Gary “Digital” Williams
An interesting lightweight rematch will be the main event of the Fight Night charity boxing card on Thursday, November 5 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in DC. In the eight-round “Fight For Children” title bout, Smithsburg, MD’s Dean “Pit Bull” White will take on Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough of Pittsburgh, PA. The two met on February 22, 2007 in front of a nationally televised (VERSUS) audience. White lost the first contest by a hotly disputed six-round majority decision.
For White (15-10-1, 7 KOs), the loss started a tough stretch as he lost five straight bouts before winning an eight-round majority decision over Ryan Belasco on July 24 in Dover, DE for the WBF US junior welterweight title. Kimbrough (21-2-2, 7 KOs) has won three regional titles (NABA, USBA and IBC) and lost a chance for a fourth when he was stopped by Jason Litzau in the third round on August 15 in Biloxi, MS for the NABF Lightweight title.
Also slated for action on this three-bout card will be Takoma Park, MD rookie middleweight Robert “Rated X” Reed (1-0, 1 KO) who will face Gabriel Pham of Atlantic City, NJ (1-0, 1 KO). Both men are coming off first-round knockouts in their pro debuts.
In a cruiserweight contest, Jamaican-born, DC-based Vinroy July (2-0, 1 KO) will take on veteran Kevin Hood of Lancaster, PA (5-11-1). After fighting twice in the Carolinas (including a first-round stoppage of Scott Hosaflook on August 29 in Winston-Salem, NC), July makes his DC debut on this card. Hood’s last bout was in DC on December 20 when he was stopped by Horace Grant in the third round.
This will be the 20th annual Fight Night event that raises money to support numerous local children’s charities. As in previous years, a number of legendary boxers will make appearances at the affair. This year, hall-of-famer, Olympic Gold Medalist, six-time world champion and homegrown boxer Sugar Ray Leonard will lead the Parade of Legends.
Joining Leonard in the legend’s parade are former world champions “Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, James “Buster” Douglas and Roy Jones, Jr. along with legendary contenders Ernie Terrell, Earnie Shavers and Gerry Cooney.