By Gary “Digital” Williams
The trilogy of bouts between Baltimore, MD light heavyweights Henry “Hurricane” Mayes and Willie “For Real” Williams probably will not join the list of great boxing trilogies. It may, however, be one of the more unique trilogies in recent boxing history. Unlike three-bout series like Patterson-Johannsen, Bowe-Holyfield and Gatti-Ward where each man carried one victory into the third bout, the Mayes-Williams series contains two draws – a six-rounder on October 3, 2008 in Salisbury, MD and an eight-rounder on January 23 in Woodlawn, MD. The third contest – a 10-round contest for the Maryland State Light Heavyweight championship — will headline the Baltimore Pro Boxing “Third Time’s The Charm” card tonight at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. The obvious question going into the third bout: what can each man do to gain an actual victory in the third encounter? Not surprisingly, the two men have similar answers to that question.
“I have to be more aggressive,” Mayes said. “That’s all I can say.”
“I’m going to bring more pressure and inflicted more pain,” said Williams.
Since the second bout, neither Mayes (7-6-3, four KO’s) nor Williams (12-3-2, three KO’s) has stepped back into the ring.
In an eight-round rematch, Baltimore junior welterweight Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman will take on Bladensburg, MD-based Carlos “El Perro” Cisneros. The first time Coleman faced Cisneros, he won a tough six-round unanimous decision on May 18, 2007 in Fort Washington, MD. Currently, Coleman (14-1-1, three KO’s) has a two-bout winless streak, including a 10-round unanimous decision loss to James De La Rosa on October 3 in Salisbury, MD. Cisneros (9-16-1, six KO’s) is coming off a six-round stoppage loss to Curtis Smith on November 1 in Fairfax, VA.
Also on the card, undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell will take on Monroe, LA’s Andrew Greeley in a six-round contest. Mitchell (10-0-1, seven KO’s) scored a crushing first-round TKO over Joseph Rabotte on March 7 in San Jose, CA. Greeley (14-25-2, eight KO’s) hasn’t fought since losing a six-round unanimous decision to Sherman Williams on December 12 in Jacksonville, FL. Greeley will try to break a five-bout losing streak.
Two of the Beltway Rookie Class of 2009 will try to build on their pro debut successes. Lightweight Emmanuel “Transformer” Taylor of Edgewood, MD (1-0, one KO) will face DC’s Derrick White, who will be making his pro debut. Baltimore junior welterweight Angelo “Seek and Destroy” Ward (1-0) will also be in a four-round contest against an opponent to be determined.
In another pro debut, Bladensburg, MD’s Ty Wright will take on debuting Darrell Kelly of Indiana.
In other bouts on the card, Ellicott City, MD cruiserweight Robert “Mack Attack” McConnell (3-2, one KO) will face Fred McClinton (1-0, one KO) of Winston-Salem, NC in a four-round bout. McConnell will donate his purse to the Wounded Warriors Foundation in Fort Meade, MD. Also, Severna Park, MD’s Shelly Seivert (3-1, one KO) returns to face Rachel Clark of Columbia, SC (2-0-1, two KO’s) in another four-round bout.
Here is the scale watch for tonight’s Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD:
Henry Mayes 171 3/4 vs. Willie Williams 173 1/4
Tim Coleman 141 1/2 vs. Carlos Cisneros 141
Seth Mitchell 247 vs. Andrew Greeley 240 1/2
Rob McConnell 193 1/2 vs. Fred McClinton 195 1/4
Shelley Seivert 159 1/2 vs. Rachel Clark 152
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