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Up-and-coming talent highlight card in Maryland

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Five undefeated Washington, DC-area boxers and a much-anticipated pro debut are the highlights of the Keystone Boxing card Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez “Slyaza” Fox returns to action in a six-round contest versus Greg Hackett of Philadelphia, PA. Fox (9-0-1, four KO’s) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Julius Kennedy on the last Rosecroft card on January 12. Hackett (2-9) has only been stopped once in his 11-bout career and has gone six rounds in his last three bouts.

Light heavyweight Phillip Jackson Benson, now fighting out of Bladensburg, MD, will take on Portsmouth,VA veteran John “The Baptist” Terry in a six-round contest. Benson (10-1, nine KO’s) is looking for his sixth straight knockout win. Terry (4-26-3, one KO) will try to break a four-bout losing streak including a four-round unanimous decision loss to Greg Newby on the January 12 card.

In four-round contests, Accokeek, MD super middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd returns to action against fellow undefeated boxer Thomas Baldwin of Newark, NJ.. Hurd (4-0, three KO’s) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Trenton Titsworth on the January 12th Rosecroft card. Baldwin (2-0-2,one KO) has not fought since battling Dominique Foster to a four-round draw in December of 2011 in North Bergen, NJ.

Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. also returns to action when he faces Antonio Sanchez of South Carolina. Rivers (4-0, three KO’s) is coming off a second-round stoppage of Giovanni Vasquez on January 12 at Rosecroft. Sanchez (1-0-1, one KO) scored a first-round TKO over Devirous Sanders on December 15 in Columbia, SC.

Bowie, MD super middleweight “The King’s Son” Jerry Odom returns to face Craig Boykin of South Carolina. Odom (2-0, two KO’s, one NC) Odom (2-0, two KO’s, one NC) has yet to be pushed past the first round. Boykin lost his pro debut to Beltway Boxer Greg Newby on December 15 in Columbia, SC.

The card will also mark the highly-anticipated pro debut of Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Michael Reed who will face Kareem McFarland of Philadelphia, PA. Reed had a decorated amateur career as he attended the 2012 Olympic Trials and won the National Golden Gloves in 2011. McFarland (1-1, one KO) won his pro debut with a first-round TKO and lost his second bout via first-round TKO.

Also on the card will be DC lightweight Joshua Davis (2-0, one KO) who returns after almost 15 months of inactivity. Davis last fought in December of 2011 and won a four-round unanimous decision over Christopher Russell at the Washington Convention Center. Davis is now being trained by George Peterson, who once trained Paul Williams. Davis will face Benjamin Burgos of Mount Pocono, PA (1-3) in a four-round contest.

Here is the scale watch for the card:

Phillip Jackson Benson 174 vs. John Terry 176.5
Alantez Fox 154 vs. Greg Hackett 164
Mike Reed 140 vs. Kareem McFarland 139
Jerry Odom 167 vs. Craig Boykin 169.5
Jarrett Hurd 153.5 vs. Thomas Baldwin 153
Kevin Rivers, Jr. 128 vs. Antonio Sanchez 129
Joshua Davis 133.5 vs. Benjamin Burgos 131




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