By Gary “Digital” Williams
The Friday, October 16 Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore receives a nice boost because IBF #1 ranked heavyweight Alexander Povetkin has been added to the card. The undefeated Russian (17-0, 12 KO’s) will battle “Dangerous” Damon Reed of Topeka, KS (44-13, 31 KO’s) in a scheduled 10-round contest. Povetkin, who won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, is trained by Teddy Atlas, who will be ringside for Povetkin’s first pro bout in the United States.
The card will also include two solid eight-round matchups. Undefeated Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson will take on veteran “Magnificent” Martinus Clay of Wilson, NC in the main event.
Stevenson (11-0, 10 KO’s) is coming off a third-round stoppage of Sebastian Hamel on August 27. Clay (13-21-4, five KO’s) will be the second straight veteran opponent Stevenson has faced. Clay has lost three straight and will try to bounce back from an eight-round unanimous decision loss to Tim Coleman on July 25 at Du Burns.
The co-feature brings Front Royal, VA junior welterweight Andrew “The Doo Man” Farmer to Baltimore for the first time in his pro career. Farmer (12-1, seven KO’s) will battle “Rockin” Ryan Belasco of Wilmington, DE (11-3-3, three KO’s). Farmer won an eight-round unanimous decision over Marty Robbins on May 9 in Winchester, VA. Belasco will be trying to turn things around after losing an eight-round majority decision to Dean White on July 24 in Dover, DE.
The card also features the return of action for two popular Baltimore Boxers. Cruiserweight “The American Dream” Mike Dietrich (10-1, five KO’s) will take on Wilson, NC’s Octavius Davis (2-2-1, one KO) in a four-round contest. Dietrich will battle for the first time since losing his first pro contest — a third-round knockout loss to Wes Taylor on April 18, 2008 in Pikesville, MD. Davis lost to Lateef Kayode on October 3, 2008 in Salisbury, MD.
The other returning boxer will be the undefeated “Golden Greek” Elias Bouloubassis. The super middleweight from Reisterstown, MD (3-0-4, three KO’s) has not fought since battling Pete Guthy to a draw on December 7, 2007 in Pikesville, MD.
Also on the card will be undefeated DC heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (3-0, two KO’s) who will face Newark, NJ’s Tyyab Beale (2-1, one KO) in a four-round bout. Byarm is coming off a four-round majority decision victory over Maurice Winslow on July 25 at Du Burns.
Undefeated Catonsville, MD cruiser Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler will take on Spartansburg, SC’s Micky Stackhouse in a four-rounder. Wheeler (3-0, two KO’s) scored a first-round knockout over Lamar Foreman on the July 25 Du Burns show. Stackhouse (6-20-1, five KO’s) has lost five in a row.
Making his pro debut will be Baltimore super middleweight Devin Butcher who will take on Portsmouth, VA veteran John “The Baptist” Terry (2-14-3, one KO. Butcher is the son of five-time world kickboxing champion Eddie Butcher.
There will also be a special bout that features 43-year-old Baltimore heavyweight Joe DeLawder who will take on Youngstown, OH’s Billy Greenwalt 1-6, one KO. DeLawder, who once battled Dana Rucker to a split decision in the amateurs, is fighting for the first time as a pro and is dedicating this bout to nine-year-old Kilryn Morgan who has been diagnosed with leukemia. There will be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction to raise money for Kilryn.