By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Capitol Heights, MD super middleweight Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan won an eight-round unanimous decision over Norfolk, VA’s Bobby Jordan, Jr. to capture the vacant WBF All-Americas Super Middleweight title in front of an overflow crowd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. Fighting for the first time since his NABF/NABO title loss to Andre Ward in February, Buchanan looked like a different person as he showed hand speed and accuracy along with tremendous ring generalship, controlling the pace of the bout from bell to bell.
Jordan landed some shots, but they came late in just about every round after Buchanan had done most of the damage. Buchanan landed almost every punch imaginable and while he didn’t knock Jordan down in any round, Buchanan was in complete control of the contest. All three judges (David Jordan, Steve Rados and Wayne Smith) said Buchanan pitched a shutout, 80-72. Buchanan is now 18-2, 12 KO’s while Jordan falls to 6-2-1, two KO’s.
The co-feature saw perhaps the best performance to date in the young career of undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell as he scored a demonstrative six-round TKO over veteran Jermell “The Truth” Barnes of Rochester, NY.
Many in the packed house came to see Mitchell as the heavyweight sold 400 tickets. Mitchell’s fans were not disappointed as the Golden Boy Promotions signee showed everything in his arsenal, especially a solid jab and right hook. Mitchell built on his performance round-by-round until the sixth round, where he landed a 15-punch barrage that forced the stoppage of the contest at 1:12 of the round.
Mitchell is now 14-0-1, nine KO’s while Barnes is now 18-23-2, four KO’s.
Also on the card, Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson won a four-round unanimous decision over Otgonbayer Daivii of Arlington, VA. Johnson turned a relatively close bout into a rout with an impressive final round. Lloyd Scaife said Johnson pitched a shutout at 40-36 while judges Rados and Smith scored the bout 39-37. Johnson is now 8-0, three KO’s and Daivii falls to an even 3-3-1, one KO.
Laurel, MD heavyweight “The Big Ticket” Dwayne McRae bounced back from his first pro loss and won a four-round unanimous decision over “The People’s Champion” Jonathan Felton of Stafford, VA. McRae stayed on the offensive long enough to win his third bout over Felton. This was the first contest between the two to go the distance with judges Scaife, Rados and Smith scoring the bout 40-36. McRae is 5-1, three KO’s while Felton slips to 6-19, five KO’s.
In a solid four-round contest, Newport News, VA middleweight Jeremiah “The Bounty Hunter” Wiggins won a tough majority decision over DC’s Antonio Walls. This was a great give-and take bout where both men landed solid shots. In the first round, Wiggins landed a combination that caused a standing eight-count on Walls. However, the DC native fought back and landed some great shots in the second round. Wiggins, however, was able to hang on to the victory. Judge Scaife saw an even bout at 38-38. Judge Rados saw Wiggins pitching a shutout at 40-35, while Judge Smith saw Wiggins winning 39-37.
With the win, Wiggins remains undefeated at 6-0-1, three KO’s while Walls falls even at 2-2, one KO.
The opening contest saw the long-awaited pro debut of DC heavyweight Abodurin “Bo” Akinyanju who scored a first-round TKO over fellow debuting DC boxer Damian Richardson. Both men came in with solid amateur pedigrees-Akinyanju was a two-time national champion while Richardson was undefeated in 28 bouts. Akinyanju outweight Richardson by more than eighty pounds (293-209) and Akinyanju used his weight and strength advantage to batter Richardson all over the ring until the bout was stopped at 2:06 of the round.
Babie Girl Productions, headed by Cassandra White, served as promoter. The matchmaker was Jack Crider.