By Gary “Digital” Williams
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange will defend his WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title against former Contender teammate Jonathan “Reid Dawg” Reid in a 12-round main event Saturday, September 26 on an ICE Promotions card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Lange (30-3-2, 21 KOs) will fight at the Patriot Center for the eighth consecutive time. Lange’s last outing saw him win the USNBC title with a fifth-round stoppage of Frank Houghtaling on May 2. Five of Lange’s eight bouts at the Patriot Center have taken place with regional titles on the line.
Reid (34-11, 19 KOs) was a world title contender who challenged William Joppy for the WBA Middleweight title in December of 2000 and lost by fourth-round TKO. Reid has had a tough time in the ring since “The Contender,” winning just once in his last 11 bouts, including losses to Paul Smith (Contender – Season 3), Pawel Wolak, Dhafir Smith, and Maxim Vlasov.
The co-feature bout involves former WBO Junior Welterweight champion and DC native DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley who will take on Harrison Cuello in an eight-round contest. Corley (35-11-1, 21 KOs) is coming off an eighth-round TKO of James Kimori on August 15 in Kazakhstan. Corley has won four of his last five bouts and will be competing in the Beltway area for the first time since defeating Darryll Tyson by 10-round unanimous decision at the Washington Convention Center on December 12, 2004.
Cuello (18-11-3, 14 KOs) scored a fifth-round TKO in Salisbury, MD on February 6 but has gone 0-3-1 since then as he has stepped up in competition. Cuello has lost to Vanas Matirosyan, Ricardo Williams and Ray Robinson and drew with Rashad Holloway. The four opponents Cuello faced had a combined won-loss record of 57-3 when Cuello faced them. Cuello has also faced the likes of former world champion Randall Bailey (who split two bouts with Corley) and Mike Arnaoutis.
Also on the card will be undefeated lightweight prospect “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal of Arlington, VA. Jargal (13-0-1, 9 KOs) will take on veteran Richard “Tiger” Lee Hall of Rocky Mount, NC in a six-round contest. Jargal is coming off a fifth-round TKO over Josh Durden on July 25 in Hilton Head, SC. Meanwhile, Hall (10-21-2, six KOs) is in a rough stretch of his career having gone winless in his last nine. Hall’s last outing was a first-round TKO loss to Jessie Nicklow in February of 2008 in Pikesville, MD.
Columbia, MD middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter will take on Prince Frederick, MD’s Keith Gross in a six-round contest. Jeter (7-2, 6 KOs) has not fought since stopping Darrett Crockett in the second round on November 14 in Millersville, MD. Gross (3-1, one KO) will try to bounce back from a first-round nationally-televised loss to Erislandy Lara on February 20 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Manassas, VA female featherweight “The Bolivian Queen” Jennifer Salinas returns to face Caitlin Dance of Louisville, KY in another six-round encounter. Salinas (10-1, 4 KOs) put on a solid performance on the last Patriot Center show on May 2, scoring a third-round TKO over Christina Leadbeater. Dance (2-5, 1 KO) will be trying to break a five-bout losing streak, going the distance in all of those bouts.
In four-round bouts, undefeated Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson takes on “The African Warrior” Francois Ambang of Mechanicsville, VA in a four-round rematch of a May 9, 2008 bout in Fredricksburg, VA. Johnson won the first contest by four-round unanimous decision. The bout was Ambang’s pro debut. Johnson (6-0, 3 KOs) won a bout on August 27, capturing a six-round unanimous decision over Ariel Espinal in Hagerstown, MD. Ambang (2-3) lost a close six-round split decision to Otganbayer Daivii on the May 2 Patriot Center show.
Also, DC junior middleweight Kendrick “Holy Hands” Walker will battle Richmond, VA’s Dwayne “Diesel” Shelton in a four-round battle. Walker (2-2-1, 1 KO) was also on the May 2 Patriot Center card and won a four-round split decision over Taurean Edwards. Shelton (2-1) will try to bounce back from a second-round TKO loss to James Stevenson on April 30 in Woodlawn, MD. In another four-round contest, Arlington, VA middleweight Tracy Brewer (3-0, one KO) will take on Columbia, MD’s Barry Trotter (1-0) in a four-round encounter.
ICE Promotions is headed by noted promoter and manager Jackie Kallen. JD Brown is the matchmaker.