Gary Russell JR. Weigh In

May 19, 2017

MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Showtime Boxing

Gary Russell Jr
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Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16KOs) 125 ½ pounds vs. Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17KOs) 125 ¾ pounds for the featherweight world Championship.

Dirrell vs Uzcategui
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Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16KOs) weighed 167 ½ pounds and his opponent Jose Uzcategui (26-1, 22KOs) weighed 166 ½ pounds for the IBF interim super middleweight title.

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Rances Barthelemy (25-0, 13KOs) and his opponent Kiryl Relikh (21-1, 19KOs) weighed 139 ½ pounds.



Alexandru Marin (12-0, 9KOs) vs German Meraz (55-43, 32KOs) 120.8

Cobia Breedy (9-0, 4KOs) 133 pounds vs. Wilfredo Garriga (4-6, 3KOs) 133.24

Antonio Russell (7-0, 5KOs) 119.6 vs. Jovany Fuentes (7-8, 6KOs) 120.6

Gary “The Last” Russell 137.6 (0-0) vs Joshua Ross (2-3-4) 139.2

Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry
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Golden Gloves DC

2017 Semifinal of Washington Golden Gloves – Result

A night of burgeoning champions cooked off on March 11, 2017 at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Amateur boxing talent was the highlight of this event.  Washington Golden Gloves Semifinal brought out the DMVs best and brightest.

The results are as follows:

Novice Division:

123 Pounds: 
Brient Rodriguez (Champions) over Jeremiah Duckett (Last Round)

Brent Rodriquez of Champion gym beat out Jeremiah Duckett of Last Round Gym

132 Pounds:   Dajuan Concepcion (Headbangers) over Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) 

DuJuan Conception

Dejuan Concepcion rep’n Headbangers Gym seemed to confuse opponent Isaiah Harris, by switching between fighting stances.  The effective strategy garnered the blue corner a definitive win, and another shot at becoming a Golden Gloves champ.

*Concepcion is thinking of switching to Southpaw in the near future

141 Pounds (Female): 
Destiny Day-Owens (Time 2 Grind) over Ladasia Lewis (Tony’s Gym) 

Destiny Day- Owens from Time to Grind Gym showed her medal against Ladasia Lewis, if Tony’s Gym. Ladasia would come off the bell with lightning speed, however she would lose her feet several times, resulting in 2 slips and 3 knockdowns. Owens, the sharper, crisper, more leveled fighter of the two advances to the semi- finals. The bout was called at 1:49 of the 3rd round.

141 Pounds: 
Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Isaac Allen (Deanwood)

The future of boxing:

In what could easily be called the fight of the night, Seung Moon of Sugar Ray Gym brought the Rosecroft crowd to their feet with explosive back and forth action, with opponent, Isaac Allen. The deliberate, face planting punches drew blood from both contenders, however, Moon’s caliber of fight prowess, far excelled those of his rival. Once the Southpaw, took the advice of his corner and ” let go of that right!”, the rest was history. Moon moves onto the Semi-finals next week.

152 Pounds: 
Darnell Pittman (Knowledge Boxing) over Quenten Stevens (Headbangers)

Be on the lookout for these two names

Darnell Pittman of Knowledge Boxing and Quentin Stevens of Headbangers gym, beat the breaks off one another in a 3 round battle of wills. The action inside the ring stopped many in their tracks as eyes were glued to the two prospects. Quentin would begin by using his length and reach to distance the point spread, but not to be outdone, Darnell Pittman, relied on his steady hands, pinpoint delivery and overall better conditioning to close out the match. Stevens would receive an 8-count in the final round. We will see Pittman once again during the Golden Gloves semi- final performances.

152 Pounds:  Victor Williams (Raw Assassin) over Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Victor Williams of Raw Assassins stopped Salvador Jovel of Sugar Ray Gym. Williams would be checked out by a doctor, but was given the green-light to continue. Williams is making a name for himself as a Balboa type contender who doesn’t quit.

165 Pounds: 
Stefon Jordon (Champions) won by walkover

165 Pounds: 
Elan Trombley (Headbangers) over Leon Tsai (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Elan Trombley

Elam Trombley of Headbangers beat out Leon Tsai for a chance at winning the 2017 Golden Gloves. Tsai would lead with straight jabs while Trombley would load his over-hand punches, resulting in better offensive measures.

178 Pounds: 
Victor DeFreitas, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard) won by walkover

Open Division:

123 Pounds: 
Marcus Wright (Keystone) over Chris Glenn (Hagerstown)

 Marcus Wright of Keystone Gym outwitted opponent, Chris Glenn of Hagerstown. Wright’s nickname “Almighty” proved true when he went head to head against fellow Pugilist, Chris Glenn of Hagerstown. Both brought the business!

132 Pounds: 
Embrima Jawara (Laurel) over Ahmad Jones (UMAR)

141 Pounds: 
Donnell Poe (Old School) over Reco Todd (Upton)


141 Pounds:  
Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under) 

152 Pounds: 
 Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up) over Michael Peoples (Tony’s Gym) 

152 Pounds: 
Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Deonte’ Washington (Diamonds N The Ruff) 

178 Pounds: Keon Burroughs (Headbangers) over Milton Williams (Dream Team)

201+ Pounds: 
Nathaniel Copeland (Tony’s Gym) over Cortez Dunston (UMAR)

Thurman vs Garcia “The Clash for Unification” by Minnie Larry


When- Saturday March 4th 2017

Venue- Barclays Center Brooklyn New YorK


16,533 boxing fans crowded the Barclay Center in boogie down, to see the WBA/WBC welterweight unification bout, in which Keith “One Time” Thurman (28-0, 22KOs) scored a split decision victory over previously unbeaten brawler, Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-1, 13 KOs). The WBA/WBC unification bout lived up to hype, after a querulous journey to the main event. The Premiere Boxing Champions was broadcast live on CBS.



Thurman had a premonition about the outcome of the night’s event. “I knew that today would be the day I accomplish my dreams. People know I fought my way up the amateurs. This was the first time I fought a real undefeated fighter and I demonstrated my skills tonight. I made my team proud.”



As promised, Thurman started at a breakneck pace, landing several overhand rights, catching the attention of Garcia. Garcia however, would recover and land several counter rights of his own. “One Time” stalked Garcia in the first three rounds, landing multiple right shots, one of which clearly left Garcia in distress. The fight would take an interesting turn in Round 4, when Garcia started to become the prowler. “Swift” would step up his activity and land numerous counter shots leaving Thurman purple and blue above his right eye. The later rounds would see Thurman ducking and diving seemingly willing to coast to an easy victory in his eyes. In Round 12, both fighters would trade thudding shots to bring the unification bout to an end.


According to CompuBox stats: Thurman landed 147 of 570 punches (26 percent); and Garcia landing 130 of 434 (30 percent).


While Garcia didn’t agree with the decision, he made little attempt to rebuff the judge’s decision saying “I can’t cry over anything. I’ll come back strong like a true champion, I would love to have a rematch to get my titles back. I knew running would be his game plan. Everyone knew that was his game plan. I thought I won and that’s it.” Thurman pulled off the split decision victory, much to the dismay of the pro-Garcia crowd. The scores were 116-112 Thurman, 115-113 Garcia, and 115-113 Thurman.


The co-feature bout of the night saw 21-year-old Erickson the “Hammer” Lubin (18-0, 13KOs) gets a world title shot, after leveling fellow super-welterweight, Jorge Cota (23-2, 20KOs). The bout was called after Lubin clocked Cota with an over-hand left, sending the puncher from Sinaloa, to the mat. Time was 1:25 into the 4th round. With the win, Lubin becomes the mandatory challenger for Jermell Charlo’s WBC super-welterweight title.


*Lubin is vaulted to number one contender against Jermell Charlo (25-0, 19KOs). A win against unbeaten Charlo, would make Lubin the youngest champion.


Undercard for Thurman versus Garcia



Light heavy weight Andrzej Fonfara, (29-4, 17KOs) proved his medal with a TKO win over Chad Dawson (34-5, 19KOs). Fanfara’s fierce right sent Dawson to the mat in the 9th, a knockdown he would not fully recover from. Referee David Fields called a halt to the fight .38 seconds into the 10th.


Junior welterweight Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs) took the ‘W’ in the 7th of a scheduled 8 round match against Clarence Booth (14-3, 7KOs). Lipinets finished Booth with a knockdown at 1:33 of the 7th.



In his pro debut, hometown welterweight Richardson Hitchins, (1-0, 1KO) wins over Mario Perez (1-1) in a 4 rounder. Perez would hit the mat twice. Time was 1:33 in the first round.


WBC International featherweight Heather Hardy (19-0, 4KOs) won an 8-round UD over Edina Kiss (13-3, 8KOs).



PBC on Fox Deontay Wilder KOs Gerald Washington in Round 5


February 25, 2017

In the knockout that ended it all, the “Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37KOs), remains undefeated, safekeeping the WBC Heavyweight championship belt. Wilder stopped former USC tight and defensive end, Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-1,1, 12KOs) 1:45 into the 5th round. The matchup seemed different from Wilders previous fights, with this opponent not being intimidated by a taller Wilder. With only 25-days to prep for the night’s event, Washington maintained ring generalship, and appeared to be the sharper; more aggressive of the two. Wilder initially seemed to sit on right-hand, giving the fight away as he was stalked and chumped around the ring. The early rounds had a seemingly gassed Wilder, being chipped away, round by round. However, In the blink of an eye, one short right hand to the left of Washington’s skull, ended the fight. Something deep inside Wilder was unleashed in lethal fashion, stunning the Alabama crowd, and Washington, who had a comfortable lead.


Jarret “Swift” Hurd (20-0, 14KO), captured the vacated IBF junior middleweight belt formerly held by Jermell Charlo. “Swift”, losing the match in the early rounds, narrowed the point spread, chopping his more skilled opponent, Tony Harrison (24-2, 20KOs) down. Hurd, who was down 5-0 on the Fox Sports unofficial scorecard, began digging in his shots, on an apparent washed out Harrison. The bout was waved off 2:24 into the 9th.


After a career defining loss against Anthony Joshua, back in June of 2016, Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (18-1, 16KOs) showed heart coming off the mat to KO undefeated heavyweight prospect, Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1,14KOs). Ugonoh controlled the first 2 rounds, setting off stiff double- jabs, against a sluggish Breazeale. The 3rd round Breazeale would hit the mat, only to trade positions with Ugonoh. Breazeale would cock his right, sending his contender through the ropes. Referee Jeff Dodson called the bout 50 seconds into the 5th round.

DeLoach KOs Pearson



February 24, 2017, Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California played host to Mayweather Promotions Takeover. Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (17-1, 9 KOs) knocked out Chris “Young King” Pearson (14-2, 10 KOs) in Round 2.

Lightweight Saul Rodriguez (21-0-1, 15 KOs) won a split decision over Oscar Bravo (22-7, 10 KOs). The scores were 95-94, 97-92 for Rodriguez, and 95-94 for Bravo.

Unbeaten Cruiserweight prospect, Andrew Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a 6th round TKO over Quantis Graves (11-1-2, 4 KOs).

Champion Homecoming Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados 02/18/2017

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

The Cintas Center in Cincinatti, Ohio hosted Adrien Broner (33-2-1NC, 24KOs) vs. Adrian Granados (32-1-1NC, 24KOs). The two puglists slugged it out for ten rounds in front of a raucous crowd. Granados started the fight on his toes dipping in and out with pot shots. Broner seemed to time Granados movements to perfection landing visibly unnerving power-shots in Round 2. Broner, after Round 2,  became a one-dimensional fighter due to an injured left hand. However, both fighters constantly traded blows with Broner seemingly landing the more effective shots in the later rounds. The action between the two men left both visibly spent by Round 10. The fight was called for Broner in a split decision 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados, and 96-94 Broner.

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

After a 16-month layoff, Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17KOs) becomes a 2-time world champ after clutching the WBA welterweight title and effectively ending David Avanesyan’s (22-2-1-, 11KOs) reign. The two worked the inside, exchanging back and forth blows. However, Peterson would spread the point gap by chopping away at Avenesyans’ body, exercising merciless, uninhibited force. As the fight progressed, a clear victor began to emerge. In the weirdest move of the night, Avanesyan attempted to tire out “King Pet’s” legs, by lying on Peterson’s back; resulting in Avanesyan being tossed off, falling into a flip. In the end, the Peterson wins the WBA “Regular” Welterweight Championship unanimous decision 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113. He becomes the #1 contender for the winner of the March 4th bout between Garcia vs Thurman.

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Third times the charm. Light heavyweight ‘Sir’ Marcus Browne (19-0, 13KOs) let his right jab loose on challenger Thomas ‘Top Dog’ Williams (20-3, 14KOs). The 2nd round saw Browne begin his ascent to victory by sending Williams to the mat. However, “Sir Marcus” would tradeoff the point, by delivering a blow to the back of Williams head, while he was taking a knee. Williams would make friends with the mat for a total of 3 times, contributing to Browne’s one-sided win. The bout closed 42 seconds into the 6th round.

“The Code”: Barry Hunter on How Champions are bred. Lamont Peterson’s Trainer gets candid.


Published: Sunday, 12 April 2015 11:45

Written by Minnie Larry

It’s a mad scramble to get busy at the very mention of his name. “Barry’s here!” sends boxing prospects to their posts, when a Headbangers Gym employee shouts the famed trainer’s arrival. What kind of person can scare young men and women into submission, by the mere introduction of his presence? Once Mr. Hunter walks in, he flashes a warm smile, and immediately begins shaking hands with everyone he comes in contact with. There’s something about him though, a story behind his resolute stance that commands respect.

Hunter possesses a street smart and academic richness that makes him easily connect to the businessman, and politician as well as the inner city. A glimpse into his childhood may answer some of the mystery behind this force, and offer insight as to why he has devoted his life to helping troubled youth. Opposite of the cities grandeur, Mr. Hunter grew up on the side of town that shines its most illuminating essence, on the contradiction of the American Dream. Growing up in the ‘Districts’ projects, introduced him to a side of manhood so frequently shunned by popular ideals. The neighborhood men would leave a profound effect on the young man, who would become one of boxing’s most respected trainers. “In the projects, I was raised by pimps; they could be thugs, pimps, pushers, killers, but at the end of the day they had a certain code they all lived by and they taught me that code, and that’s the same code I taught these kids here.”

While the “The Code” stems from the unlikeliest of childhood mentors, the simple phrase is palpable throughout the gym. The young men and women greet every visitor with respect. The teens and young adults shake hands; look you square in the eyes, and meet guest with a “sir” or “ma’am”. This type of youthful candor is not foreign to the members here; it’s a way of life. “Self-preservation, self-respect, love of God, love of self, then love everything else. I teach the kids to respect themselves first because if you don’t respect yourself, how are you going respect anyone else?”

“Barry don’t play that!” is often echoed around the club. His most noted fighter, Lamont Peterson, says “as boxers, Barry wants us to leave our problems at the door.” Once you enter Headbangers Gym, ego, selfishness, self-pity, and any other distraction is separated from the individual. The prospects know that here, whatever burdens shackle them, can be released if only for a training session.

In a sport, where accolades are sought out, Hunter veers away from the typical attention seeking celebrity type. His motto is simple; the entire team shines as a unit. “This is never about me, it’s about all of us. I trained so many people that you don’t know, because I do not look for the credit.”

While making his rounds, Mr. Hunter stops in his tracks, noticing one of his fighter’s mishaps while sparring. He methodically walks over summoning the teen to come and speak with him. While instructing the young man on the importance of “ring etiquette” he emphasizes tactics and technique, incorporating the grim reality, of prospects not taking the sport seriously. The warmth from his initial introduction, now gone, as he explains to the young man, how losing site of boxing fundamentals, whilst in the midst of battle, can lead to one dying inside the ropes. Before long, most of the members gather encircling him, as they too want the lifesaving information as well.

Hunter never anticipated coming into contact with the Peterson brothers, but after meeting them, his calling in life became clear. Before leaving to New York, to attend the Fashion Institute (FIT), he visits a friend’s gym, and his life was forever changed.

“When you hear these things, and these are young people who don’t have a choice in the matter (because they’re kids), what do you do? “Do you turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to it, or do you get up and do something about it. What we gotta realize is that you can do that, but it will come back and affect you and yours in a negative way, and I didn’t want that to happen.”

The Peterson brothers have become household names in boxing under Hunter’s tutelage. While he may shy away from speaking about the role he has played in the young men’s lives, the reality is, if not for his selflessness, and faith, the Peterson’s story could’ve ended up altogether different. “We will sit around and cry and moan and complain about what we see on the news and how foul it is but nobody steps up. They are too few and we need a lot more because this is a war.” While trying to extract information about the growing pains of raising two teens in addition to his already settled family, Hunter takes a deep breath, then coolly speaks of his better half.

If we hold what President Abraham Lincoln said to be true, that “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” Then, the woman standing beside him is his strength, lending her arm to steady him.

It’s often said that beside every great man, is an equally great woman. This is especially true when he utters the very critical role Mrs. Cologne Hunter plays. Hunter sits in awe of his wife’s commitment and love toward the brothers. While he may not have had a well thought out plan of caring for them, his wife provided the landscape for making it happen. Those times when the boys would go without clothing, or electricity in the home, Mrs. Hunter would step in, ensuring their basic needs were met. The “team” theme is back, front and center. For the Petersons, the small village that helped groom them into the men they are today started with a young couple who had four children of their own, who didn’t have a well-established financial plan for helping anyone, Yet, the pair in spite of their circumstances made the boys a part of their family, made them their sons.

“She is their surrogate, times where they were in a situation…rumors that they may have to go back to foster care, we (decided) we cannot let this happen, and she was all aboard. “it wasn’t something that you plan or think out, I just saw the need, not knowing really what I was getting into, and all of what it entailed. We have our own kids 2 boys and 2 girls…on my quest (it) took away from them. I was trying to save the world and lost sight of priorities… in all of that, my wife was holding things down at home”

Hunter wants to reach as many disadvantage kids as he can before “hellfire gets them”. The war he speaks of is not being fought abroad, but it’s the domestic one, glaring each American in the face. The war we are losing with regard to our Nation’s youth. Mr. Hunter doesn’t believe waiting until at risk children are entangled in the system before one can step in to make a positive difference.

Lamont (Havoc) Peterson faces Danny (Swift) Garcia Saturday Night, at the Barclay Center in New York. In what will be his highest profile fight on NBC, as part of the Premier Boxing Championship series. With respect to the bout, Barry believes, “Lamont is a more versatile fighter than Danny Garcia. Lamont has learned much since his loss to Lucas Matthysse. In the Matthysse defeat, Lamont abandoned his boxing mechanics once he was hit in the back of the head. In this bout, Lamont will not panic but will remain focused pulling out the victory.

And with this impending fight, the journey continues.


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