By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Fairfax, VA junior welterweight prospect Todd “White Lighting” Wilson will headline “Bulldog Brawl II” on Saturday, June 23 at the Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA. This is a RBA Promotions card. The 28-year-old Wilson (13-0, four KO’s) boxed in college at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and has quickly become one of the more popular boxers in the Washington, DC area. Wilson last fought on February 25 in Charlotte, NC and scored a fourth-round TKO over Eric Burke.
Wilson will face Atlanta, GA veteran John Willoughby (3-13, two KO’s) in an eight-round contest. Willoughby will be fighting for the second time in eight days as he lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Jared Robinson on June 15 in Charlotte. Since August of 2010, Willoughby has fought opposition with a combined record of 71-2-1 going into this bout.
In other bouts slated for the card, Haymarket, VA junior welterweight Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez will try to bounce back from his last outing at Henderson Hall when he faces Christian Steele of Staunton, VA in a four-round contest. Rodriguez (4-1-1, four KO’s) lost a four-round unanimous decision to Richie Andrews on December 17. Steele (2-4, one KO) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision loss to Anthony Young on June 13 in Newark, NJ.
Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Duane Mobley (2-0, one KO) will take on the debuting Mark Shipp of DC. Veteran DC cruiserweight Richard McCombs (1-3, one KO) will also be on the card taking on Fernando Alvarez of Fairfax, VA (1-0, one KO) in another four-round contest. McCombs only has four fights but has been training as a pro since 2001. McCombs comes from a boxing family – one of his relatives is former two-time world welterweight champion Maurice Blocker.
The card will also mark the debut of Richmond, VA super middleweight Immanuel Aleem. Aleem, a former Virginia state Golden Gloves champion, will take on Jess Noriega of Lynchburg, VA (0-2). Two other bouts are slated to be added to the card.