By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Highly-touted junior welterweight prospect Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed put on another solid performance en route to a stoppage of Regino Canales of Bayamon, Puerto Rico Friday night on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. In his seventh career appearance at Rosecroft, the undefeated native of Waldorf, MD put together tough combinations throughout the contest, increasing his output in every round. Canales gamely tried to keep pace with Reed but Reed’s combinations were too sharp and too crisp. Reed landed crushing body shots that eventually forced ringside doctors to stop the contest after the fourth round.
When the bout was over, Canales got up off of his stool then collapsed onto the canvas and stayed there for more than 15 minutes. Canales was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution and was released early this morning. With the win, Reed remains undefeated at 9-0, six KOs while Canales falls to 6-5, two KOs.
In the co-feature, undefeated White Plains, MD lightweight Terron “Kid” Grant won a six-round unanimous decision over Alberto Candaleria of Miami, FL. Grant showed a solid jab and won most of the clinches inside. Candaleria lost two points for holding during the contest. Judge Brent Bovell scored a shutout, 60-52, Paul Wallace, 59-53. Steve Rados scored the bout a little closer at 57-55. Grant remains undefeated at 9-0, four KOs. Candelaria is now 3-2-1, two KOs.
Forestville, MD lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox looked solid in his pro debut with a dominant performance in his win over the equally debuting David Ruiz. Fox, the younger brother of undefeated junior middleweight prospect Alantez “SlyAza” Fox, did a nice job in using his height (6’3″) throughout the bout with his jab keeping Ruiz at bay. Later in the bout, Ruiz would try to go macho on Fox, but Fox maintained his composure and earned a shutout (40-36) victory.
In an all-Beltway contest, Gerome Quigley of Gaithersburg, MD took a four-round unanimous decision over over Dontre “Pound For Pound” King of Cambridge, MD. Quigley landed some solid shots in the third round with both hands. Late in the bout, another Quigley right hand sent King into deep survival mode and Quigley won a shutout on all three cards, 40-36. Quigley is now 3-0, two KOs. King falls to 7-16-2, three KOs.
DC lightweight Tyrone “Showtime” Wright won a tough, four-round majority decision over the debuting Enrique Vargas of Reading, PA. Wright controlled the first two rounds of the contest with a solid jab and right hook. Vargas battled back very nicely in the second half of the bout and did get a draw on judge Paul Wallace’s card, 38-38. However, judges Brent Bovell and Steve Rados saw the contest 39-37. Wright is now 2-1.
In a fun bout to open the card, Gabriel Braxton of Ellenswood, GA won a unanimous decision over Rodrigo Gabriel of Frederick, MD. Braxton dropped Gabriel to one knee midway through the first round. Neither man showed much defense and both men landed solid shots throughout. The knockdown proved to be the difference as all three judges scored the bout 39-36. Braxton scored his first pro win and he is 1-2. Gabriel suffered his first pro loss and he is 1-1.
The card was promoted by Keystone Boxing, headed by Gene Molovinsky. His son, Ross, served as matchmaker. The ring announcer was Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.