By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In the Washington, DC -Baltimore- Northern Virginia region of the boxing universe, 2013 has been the year of the prospect. An increasing number of local boxers have made the jump from the amateurs to the pros and are being tested by local promoters. Saturday night at the Keystone Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD, three locals gave fans a very promising look at the future by putting on impressive performances.
In the main event, Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd scored a second-round TKO over Joshua Burns of Garland, TX. Hurd looked solid as he broke Burns down with solid shots to the head and body. Burns had very little offense in the second round, forcing referee Brent Bovell to stop the contest at 2:39 of the second. Hurd remains undefeated at 7-0, four KOs. Burns is 4-16-7, two KOs.
The performance of Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed in the co-feature contest had everyone in the facility talking. Reed faced his most experienced foe of his young pro career putting his three-fight record against the 11-fight record of Roberto “The Heat” Lopez of Orlando, FL. Many thought the 2011 National Golden Gloves champion would have some difficulty in this contest,especially after going the distance against a boxer making his pro debut in his last outing on June 15.
Instead, Reed put on his finest performance of his young career, showing tremendous footwork and hitting Lopez from all angles. Lopez never went down but ended up suffering the first stoppage loss of his career as referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the contest at 2:40. Reed is now 4-0, three KOs while Lopez falls to 4-6-2, one KO.
DC light heavyweight “Mr. Amazing” Greg Newby had a tough outing in his contest against PJ Cajigas of Chicago, IL before winning a four-round unanimous decision. Newby suffered a knockdown in the first round, although many at ringside thought the feet of the two boxers got tangled. In the second round, Newby went to work and caught Cajigas with a solid right hand that dropped Cajigas to the canvas. Cajigas recovered and made the bout an exciting one the rest of the way. Newby remains undefeated at 8-0, four KOs while the game Cajigas is now 0-2-1.
Many fans in attendance came to see the return of DC light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson, who had not been in the ring since suffering his only pro loss in December of 2011 against Luis Garcia on a ShoBox card in Cabazon, CA. Johnson who is now being trained by former USBA Junior Welterweight and WBC Continental Americas Lightweight champ Darryll “Terrible T” Tyson, stepped into the ring against wily Philadelphia, PA veteran Greg “Hot-Shot” Hackett and scored a six-round unanimous decision. Johnson was in complete control of the contest, finding Hackett very easy to hit, especially in the body. Johnson won by a 60-54 score on all three judge’s scorecards. Johnson is now 13-1, five KOs. Hackett falls to 2-12.
In other bouts on the card, Largo, MD middleweight Jerrell “Supa” Scott lost a four-round unanimous decision to David “Rock Steady” Rohn of Chicago, IL in the pro debut for both boxers. Rohn knocked Scott down twice while Scott scored one knockdown.
Capitol Heights, MD cruiserweight Devon “Mr. 2-11” Mosley and Santos Martinez of Adrian, MI battled to a four-round split decision draw. There was a lot of holding and hitting in the contest as both guys tried to establish something inside. Mosley earns a draw in his pro debut while Martinez has a record of 2-3-1, two KOs.
Capitol Heights heavyweight Deverine “6-9” Miner lost a four-round unanimous decision to Glenn “Showtime” Thomas of East Stroudsburg, PA. By the third round of the bout, Miner looked like he wanted to just stop fighting. Miner managed to finish his pro debut but there is no guarantee we will see him again. Thomas wins for the first time in his pro career and evens his record at 1-1.
The matchmaker for the card was Brian Dillon. The ring announcer was Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.
This was the first of two consecutive promotions for Keystone Boxing of Marlow Heights, MD in back-to-back weekends. The promotional company will work with two Baltimore-based companies — Rize Promotions and Kash Kow Promotions — to put on the first-ever boxing card at the Coppin State University Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, July 20. Scheduled to appear on that card are Baltimore Boxers Gervonta “Rambo” Davis, an undefeated featherweight and 2012 National Golden Gloves champion and Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas, who participated in the first-ever US Olympic Women’s Boxing trials and is the sister of undefeated middleweight prospect Antoine “Action” Douglas.