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New Column: Beltway Boxing Report

By Gary “Digital” Williams

The boxing world around DC, Maryland and Virginia has finally started to calm down after numerous celebrations of Lamont Peterson’s championship win over Amir Khan. After a action-free January, the Beltway gets back to business with three cards that cover all parts of the area.

On Saturday, February 11, Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange will headline his 14th card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Lange will defend his WBU (World Boxing Union) Junior Middleweight title against “The Modern-Day Warrior” Ruben Galvan of Hammond, IN.

Lange is coming off his sixth-round TKO title win over Raul Munoz on September 10th. Lange will be working with former world champion and Beltway legend William Joppy in preparation for this contest. Lange will also be fighting in honor of two men who passed away within the last few weeks — trainer Angelo Dundee (who worked the corner in four of Lange’s bouts) and boxer Jeff Fraza (who was Lange’s roommate on the first season of The Contender.)

Galvan (27-20-4, 10 KO’s) has faced a who’s who of boxers throughout his career including Jorge Paez, Paul Spadafora, Dmitriy Salita, Zab Judah, Vernon Paris and current WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Galvan lost a six-round unanimous decision to Baltimore’s undefeated Cecil McCalla in June of 2010.

The card also features two additional world title bouts – Mike “No Joke” Stewart (47-7-3, 25 KO’s) against Joe Wyatt (23-2, 15 KO’s) for the vacant WBU welterweight belt and WBC middleweight champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA (5-0-1) facing Vashon “Lady V” Living (5-2, one KO) of Houston, TX for the vacant WIBA women’s middleweight crown.

The rest of the undercard will feature two dominant local fighters, both undefeated. Chantilly, Va. junior middleweight Zain “Tiger” Shah (5-0, three KO’s) will face his toughest test to date with highly regarded “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey of Bridgeport , PA (23-1-1, 11 KO’s), while junior welterweight Todd “White Lightning” Wilson of Fairfax, Va., vies for his 12th win opposite Fernando “The Whip” Basora (8-7-1, seven KO’s) of Bronx, NY. A heavyweight battle between pro debuting Duane Mobley of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Dennis Benson of Norfolk, Va. is also scheduled.

There will also be the rematch between Virginia welterweights Richie “The Rock” Andrews of Staunton and Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez of Haymarket. The undefeated Andrews (2-0-3) gave Rodriguez (4-1-1, four KO’s) his first pro loss on the December 17th card at Henderson Hall at Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. As in the first bout, the rematch is scheduled for four rounds.

The action then moves to a new location in Baltimore, MD as United Boxers Promotions has a card on Thursday, February 23 iat The Dubai Nightclub located on 200 East Redwood in Baltimore, near the Inner Harbor. The starting time is 7:30 PM.

No matchups have been signed yet but the card is scheduled to feature the likes of Baltimore based welterweight James “Keep Em Sleepin” Stevenson, (15-0, 10KO’s), junior middleweight Cecil McCalla (13-0, five KO’s) of Randallstown, MD, Edgewood Arsenal junior welterweight Emmanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor, (14-1, 10 KO’s) and cruiserweight and 2011 BATB Co-Prospect of the Year Venroy “Hardwork” July, (9-0-2, three KO’s) of Suitland, MD.

Also scheduled on this card is Jerren “Hard Knocks” Cochran,(4-0, three KO’s), who is originally from Houston now fighting out of Alexandria, VA, originally from Massachusetts, now fighting out of Baltimore, middleweight Akim Ellis, (2-0, two KO’s), Baltimore junior welterweight Kevin Womack, Jr. (2-1, one KO) and lightweight Rolando Chinea, (2-0, two KO’s) of Lancaster, PA.

Two days later on Saturday, February 25, there will be a card at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD. The card is promoted by one of the boxers on the card — Tony “Mo Better” Jeter in the gym owned by his wife, Christen. Jeter (12-3-1, nine KO’s) will be in the main event as he tries to even the score with Jose Felix of Chicago. IL. The two met for the vacant United States Boxing Union (USBU) middleweight title on the December 17 card in Arlington, VA. Felix (11-11-2, four KO’s) shocked the crowd by stopping Jeter in the fifth round. Felix will defend his title against Jeter and another vacant title is slated to be on the line as well.

The six-round co-feature bout will pit undefeated Alexandria, VA middleweight Brandon Quarles against tough Omar “The Machine” Sims of Baltimore, MD. Quarles (7-0, two KO’s) is coming off a four-round split decision win over Corey Preston on July 9 in Atlantic City, NJ. Sims (6-4-3, three KO’s) captured a four-round split decision over Barry Trotter on November 19 in Fairfax, VA.

Severn, MD middleweight Sherman Artis, Jr. (2-0) will battle Frederick, MD’s Allan “Pit Bull” Perkins (1-5) in a four-round contest.

Also, there will be two guys looking for their first pro win as Baltimore middleweight Lee Snow (0-2) faces Stephen Franklin of Martinsburg, WVA (0-6) in another four-rounder.

Also slated to be on the card are undefeated Ferndale, MD cruiserweight “Slick” Nick Kisner (10-0-1, five KO’s) and Brooklyn, NY junior middleweight Dushane Crooks (4-0, three KO’s.

In other news, Congratulations to Lynchburg, VA super middleweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon who won his first title this past Friday night, February 3. Sigmon scored a third-round knockout over Jimmy Campbell of Indianapolis, IN to win the WBC USA Super Middleweight championship at the Guilford Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.

The win raises Sigmon’s record to 20-3, 11 KO’s and places Sigmon in the top 15 in the WBC rankings. Campbell’s record is listed as 16-5, seven KO’s.

Continuing his trend of being the busiest boxer in the region, Sigmon is slated to return to the ring on Saturday, February 18 in Winchester, VA. Sigmon fought seven times in a six-month period in 2011.

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