By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
2008 Olympian welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round KO against veteran Michael Clark (44-10-1, 18 KOs). A left hook put Clark down for the count at 2:06. Ali claimed the vacant WBO intercontinental title. The 40-year-old Clark has now suffered two straight first round knockout losses.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympian light heavyweight Marcus Browne (9-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Otis Griffin (24-16-2, 10 KOs). Browne dropped Griffin in round five and went on to win by scores of 80-71 on all cards. Griffin, who launched his career by winning Oscar de la Hoya’s “Next Great Champ” reality series in 2005, stated would be his last fight.
Lamont Roach, Jr. has won his pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Victor Galindo. Roach, a lightweight from Upper Marlboro, MD, hit Galindo, the native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, with numerous combinations. Galindo wobbled at times but managed to stay upright for the duration of the bout. Roach won by shutout across the board, 40-36. Galindo’s record is now 1-4, one KO.
DC welterweight David “Day-Day” Grayton scored a first-round TKO over Howard Reece of Miami, FL. Grayton dropped Reece with a sneaky counter left hook early in the round. Later, Grayton battered Reece long enough for referee David Braslow to stop the bout at 1:58. Grayton remains undefeated at 7-0, six KO’s. Reece is 2-5, one KO.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Zachary Ochoa (7-0, 4 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Hector Marengo (6-8-4, 4 KOs). After Marengo was down in rounds four and five, his corner threw in the towel. Time was 1:32.
Unbeaten super middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, MD, scored a second-round TKO over St. Louis, MO’s Quincy Miner. Miner hurt his left arm during the contest and the bout was stopped at 2:35. Ballard is now 5-0, four KOs. Miner is 3-5.
Middleweight Dominic “Lights Out” Wade of Largo, MD scored a second-round TKO over Marcus Upshaw of Jacksonville, FL. Wade lands crushing right hand to drop Upshaw, who beat the count but could not continue. The bout was stopped at 2:41 of the second. Wade is now 15-0, 11 KOs while Upshaw falls to 15-12-2, seven KOs.
Jose Valderrama of Arecibo, Puerto Rico won a four-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Chris “The Dentist” Alexander in a lightweight bout Valderrama scores two knockdowns en route to victory, 38-36 across the board. Valderrama is 4-7, three KOs while Alexander is 4-1, four KOs.