By Gary “Digital” Williams
The final card of 2009 in the Beltway area (Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia) will take place Saturday night at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. This is slated to be a pro-am show with the pro portion promoted by Baltimore Pro Boxing. The majority of the pro card will feature some of the area’s best young heavyweight talent. Undefeated Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell of Brandywine, MD will headline the show in a scheduled eight-round bout against veteran Zack Page of Warren, OH.
Mitchell (14-0-1, nine KO’s) is a signee of Golden Boy Promotions and will be coming off an impressive sixth-round TKO over Jermell Barnes on October 24 at the Washington Convention Center. Page (19-26-2, seven KO’s) just fought in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany on December 5 and lost a six-round unanimous decision to Kubrat Pulev.
“The American Dream” Mike Dietrich of Dundalk, MD makes his first appearance in Prince George’s County as he battles Kevin Hood of Coatsville, PA in a four-round contest. Dietrich (12-1, six KO’s) returns to action after a solid first-round knockout of Kevin Johnson of Baltimore on November 25 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Hood (5-11-1) has not fought since being stopped by Horace Grant in the third round almost exactly a year ago (December 20) at Burr Gymnasium in DC.
DC rookie heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train Byarm (4-0, three KO’s) will take on Akron, OH veteran Mike Miller (6-13-2, three KO’s) in a four-round bout. Byarm is coming off a third-round TKO victory over Tyyab Beale on October 16 in Baltimore. Miller has not fought since winning via second-round disqualification against Kareem Wilson on November 14 in Millersville, MD.
Also, Abodurin “Bo” Akinyanju of DC (2-0, two KO’s) will now face Wayne “Hammerhead” Hampton of Capitol Heights, MD (5-5, three KO’s) in another four-round bout.
Undefeated Baltimore welterweight Emmanuel “Transformer” Taylor(4-0, four KO’s) has been added to the card and will face James Hope of Rock Hill, SC (4-3, four KO’s) in a four-round bout.