By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Washington, DC-area boxers were victorious in front of a packed house of 750 at the Keystone Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD Saturday night. Landover, MD light heavyweight Phil Jackson-Benson made short of the normally durable John Terry of Portsmouth, VA during the main event. Benson dropped Terry with a solid body shot. After Terry got up, a right hand over the top sent Terry down for the second and final time. The bout was stopped at 1:24. Benson, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is 11-1, 10 KO’s. Terry is 4-27-3, one KO.
Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez “SlyAza” Fox won the co-feature bout with a six-round unanimous decision over Greg Hackett of Philadelphia, PA. The bout was target practice for Fox as he landed numerous shots over a game Hackett who did little more than absorb shots and try to clown and throw Fox off his game. It didn’t work as Fox scored a shutout on all three scorecards. Fox is now 10-0-1, four KO’s while Hackett is 2-10.
Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed made his pro debut a successful and an explosive one with a solid first-round TKO over Kareem McFarland of Philadelphia, PA. With a boisterous and enthusiastic crowd chanting “Mike Reed, Mike, Mike Reed,” the 2011 National Golden Gloves champion went to work with solid lefts and rights. Eventually Reed got McFarland with a gorgeous right hand that sent McFarland through the ropes. The bout was stopped at 2:43 of the first. McFarland falls to 1-2, one KO.
Bowie, MD super middleweight “The King’s Son” Jerry Odom stopped Craig “I’m A Beast” Boykin of Columbia, SC in the first round. Boykin tried to come out like a beast and pressured Odom, However, Odom weathered the early storm and then went to work, landing some very nice rights and lefts, eventually dropping Boykin. Boykin got up but Odom quickly finished the job and the bout was stopped at 2:50 of the first round. Odom is now 3-0, three KO’s while Boykin is now 0-2.
Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd won a four-round unanimous decision over Thomas Baldwin of Jersey City, NJ. The bout was a good hard-hitting affair and we credit both men for keeping focused in the ring despite an altercation between two females in the crowd. Hurd won the contest by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37 to raise his record to 5-0, three KO’s while Baldwin loses for the first time as a pro and he is now 2-1-2, one KO.
Palmer Park, MD junior lightweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. has registered an explosive second-round TKO over Columbia, SC’s Antonio Sanchez. The bout was a solid give-and-take situation through the first round, although Rivers was wearing Sanchez down throughout the contest. In the second, Rivers let loose with a brutal right hand that made Sanchez slump onto the ropes. Referee Kenny Chevalier ruled it a knockdown as the ropes kept Sanchez from hitting the canvas. When Sanchez got up, he was in no condition to continue and the bout was stopped at 1:41 of the second. Rivers is now 5-0, four KO’s. Sanchez is now even at 1-1-1, one KO.
DC lightweight Joshua Davis opened the card with a second-round TKO over Philadelphia, PA’s Benjamin “The Shadow” Burgos. Burgos opened the bout strong and hit Davis with some good shots. However, Davis turned the tide late in the first round with solid left hands. Early in the second, Davis landed a hard right hand that drove Burgos to the ropes where Davis was able to pummel Burgos until referee Brent Bovell stopped the contest at 32 seconds. Davis is now 3-0, two KO’s while Burgos is 1-4.
Among the notables seen at the card were former world champions Keith Holmes and Eric Aiken as well as Seth Mitchell and Dusty Harrison. The matchmaker for the card was Brian Dillon.