By Gary “Digital” Williams
We now have the final lineup for the “Redemption” card on Friday, February 22 at the DC Armory. This card is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions and Headbangers Promotions.
Let’s start with the televised portion of the card that will be on ESPN2 beginning at 9 PM ET. There will be three bouts that will be televised. The main event, of course, will be Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) defending his IBF Junior Welterweight championship against former WBO 140-pound titleholder Kendall “Rated R” Holt of Paterson, NJ. The eight-round co-feature remains a battle of undefeated California super bantamweights — Roman Morales of San Ardo (14-0, seven KO’s) vs. Jesus “Pollo” Antonio Hernandez (10-0-3, two KO’s) of Huntington Park.
Fightnews.com has learned that the bout that will open the telecast will feature undefeated DC welterweight David “Day-Day” Grayton who will make his national TV debut. Grayton (2-0, two KO’s) will face Greg Coverson, Jr. of Detroit, MI (3-4, two KO’s) in a four-round contest. Grayton has won both his bouts by first-round TKO. Coverson has lost three straight.
Both boxers are sons of former pros. David Grayton III fought from 1982-1986 and had a record of 15-5, four KO’s competing against the likes of Darryll Tyson, Kelvin Seabrooks and Freddie Pendleton. Greg “Candy Man” Coverson competed from 1976-1983 and had a record of 33-2, 20 KO’s as he faced boxers such as Davey Armstrong, Hector Camacho, Sr. and Howard Davis, Jr.
The undercard will begin at 6 PM and will feature these bouts:
In a four-round contest, DC heavyweight Danny “Smooth” Kelly (2-0, two KO’s) takes on Schyuler Marshall of South Carolina (1-2, one KO).
Undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hardwork” July (13-0-2, six KO’s) battles Elvin “Koko” Sanchez of Paterson, NJ (5-2-1, four KO’s) in a six-round contest.
The card will mark the return of undefeated DC super middleweight Dominic Wade (11-0, eight KO’s) in a six-round contest against Marcus Brooks of Atlanta, GA (7-11, three KO’s) This will be Wade’s first ring action in more than two years.
Making his pro debut on the card will be Baltimore, MD lightweight Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Davis comes off a stellar amateur career topped by winning the National Golden Gloves in 2012. Davis will face Desi Williams of Wilson, NC (0-4).
Also on the card will be Bronx, NY super bantamweight Raul Lopez (8-1-1, four KO’s) taking on DeWayne Wisdom of Indianapolis, IN (2-9, one KO) in a six-round contest.