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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Islam vs De Angel a PBC Mother’s Day Gift.

Sunday May 8, Lackland Center Jenkins Arean, Lackland Florida.

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PBC’s gift to mother’s featured up in comer Super Middleweight Kanat Islam (20-0, 17KOs) vs. Juan De Angel 18-3-1, 17KOs). Round 1 saw Islam land the vicious body shots, which seem to take the steam out of De Angel. in round 2, more of the same, De Angel trying to keep Islam off of him but doesn’t have power which Islam respects. In Round 6, De Angel suffers an ankle sprain which causes him to hit the canvas. De Angel would get up but could not put any weight on the right ankle. As such, the Referee calls the bout giving Islam a TKO in Round 6.

In a no holds barred matchup between friends, Miguel Cruz (13-0, 11KOs) pulled out a tense win against squad mate Samuel Figueroa (10-1, 4KOs). The ‘Frenemies‘ started the bout out cautiously feeling each other out. However, Cruz established a stiff jab which set the tone for the rest of the bout. The rounds would start with Cruz landing the more meaningful shots. It was a toss up going into round 8, with the busier Cruz taking the win. Scores were 78-74, 77-74 for Cruz, and 77-75 for Figueroa.

Dennis Galarza (13-1, 8KOs) pulled out a unanimous decision win against Yardley Suarez (15-4, 9KOs) in an 8  rounder. Galarza controlled 5 of the 7 rounds by keeping his opponent at the end of his jabs. Suarez would experience a surge of energy in the 5th taking advantage of Galarza’s lack of defense. Galarza stayed with a steady pace creeping along the outside, to seal the win. Scores were 77-75, and 78-74×2

Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals

April 02, 2016, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Minnie Larry

NOVICE

The Golden Gloves kicked off its Championship Finals with a action packed night of boxing. Adrien Broner fresh of his vicious beating of Ashley Theophane, took in the festivities.  In the first bout, Marcus Johnson (LIMLITE) defeated Joshua Woodard (Headbangers Gym) for the 123lbs Championship.  In the 132lbs Championship, Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest Gym) defeated Ahmad Jones (UMAR Gym).

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IMG_3176In an entertaining bout, Leroy Payne (Headbangers Gym) and Tariq Harris (1st Class Gym) warred in the ring; with Payne pulling off the victory for the 141lbs Championship.

 

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Mike Crain (Dog Pound) defeated Kalonni Daily (Sugar Ray Gym) for the 151lbs Championship.  Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) won the 165lbs Championship with a win over Antonio Haywood (Hillcrest Gym). The bout was called after Haywood could not continue due to a shoulder injury.

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Leonard Poe (Hillcrest Gym) stopped Francis Poulos II (Sugar Ray Gym) in the 1st Round to win the 178lbs Championship.

The 201+ division saw two Championship fights. In the first, Thomas Mottinger (Main Street Gym) defeated Jordon Scott (Woodland Tigers) for the 201lbs Championship. Post fight, Mottinger spoke about how boxing has made him understand true sacrifice. The up and comer works hard, makes time for family, trains constantly all while attending college. Mottinger doesn’t stop there, he gives reverence to his spiritually saying, ” I hope God continues blessing me.

The 2nd bout featured  Jimmy Speros (Olympia Boxing Center) who defeated Aaron Blackwell (D-Block). 

Walkover:

Davonte Lee (Hillcrest Gym) Donte Lovelace (Headbangers Gym), and Rasheed Wright (Headbangers Gym) all won by walkover.

Open Division:

Malik Jackson (Limelite) won the 114lbs Championship over Paul Jerry (Fighting for the Future). Hector Soto (Downunder Gym) defeated Christopher Glen (Hagerstown Boxing) for the 123lbs Championship. In the 132lbs Championship,  Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Gym) defeated Ebrima Jawara (Laurel Boxing Club). Avelar,  was surrounded by family and friends and was just over the top excited about the next step in his burgeoning  career; “Im looking forward to the regional Championship then Nation -wide BABY!”

 

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Tyrek Irby (Headbangers Gym) defeated Joshua Lee (Umar Gym) for the 141lbs Championship after the Referee call the fight when Lee could not continue due to an arm injury. Young Mr. Irby has aspirations to win the Nationals, after which, become pro.

Mailwak Da’Goot (Hillcrest Gym) defeated Mansabory Conde (Odenton Fitness) for the 152lbs Championship.  Tavon Body (Headbangers Gym) would go on to win the Jordon Payne (Woodland Tigers) for the 165lbs Championship.

Mark Duncan (Headbangers Gym) would loose the 178lbs Championship to Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse Boxing Club) The 201lb Championship was settled between  Jonathan Surratt (Tony Gym) and Shak Williams (Nomis Youth Network). The Super Heavyweights closed out the night with Cortez Duncan (Umar Gym) defeating Nathaniel Copeland Jr. (D-Block)

 

BoxHerNews would like to spotlight one of the people who make the Golden Gloves possible. This guy is typically one of the first ones in and last one out. He is a multi-tasker who doesn’t mind giving a helping hand, where ever its needed. Bobby White; Doorman/Bouncer/all around caretaker or all put together, Chairman of the board. And By the way, did we tell you he is “Fresh -To-Def”

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April 01, 2016 DC Armor Results Anthony Peterson vs. Samuel Neequaye

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Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry

 

Anthony Peterson (37-1, 24KOs) won a unanimous decision over Samuel Kotey Neequaye (22-2, 15KOs). The two combatants went toe to toe for ten rounds. Peterson would land the more forceful punches. Neequaye could not keep the busier Peterson off of him. The lightweight competition was awarded to Peterson with the scores 100-90, 97-93, and 96-94.

“I’m happy to be back. It felt good to get touched and get some work in. I haven’t gone 10 rounds since March of 2014.” – Anthony Peterson

“A fighter is lying if he says he wants rounds. Fighters want the knockout, but I’m not complaining about getting the work in.” – Anthony Peterson

“He was a little more awkward than I thought he was going to be. He was tough. He threw some wide shots.” – Anthony Peterson

Joshua Woodard a Testament of Courage

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After landing the final blow that gained him the TKO, the outward exuberance shown by the young victor, could be viewed by the audience as a display of hard work and sacrifice. But for this young man, the victory is a testament to his undying devotion to his family; to his cousin, who was senselessly gunned down on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. The win on this March 5th took an emotional toll, both physically and mentally.

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Joshua Woodard bears a weight that no 16-year old kid should have to suffer. Woodard is not in the sport just for the prize, Oh no, there’s more to the story than the sought out ‘W’. The win, this Saturday, comes on the day; his slain cousin would’ve turned 20. It signifies a defeat of a different kind, one where Joshua can avenge his cousin’s death, in a positive manner, on what should’ve been a day of celebration for his family.

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As the newscasts moves on to the latest breaking action, when no large groups line the streets to demand justice, and life in general goes on, one of the families living with the emotional heartbreak of losing a member to violence will never forget. So that brings us to the here and now, where five years after a horrific event, one young man brings into focus, what matters most, love. While climbing the ranks as an elite prospect in the world of boxing, Joshua Woodard knows exactly who he is, where he’s from and where he’s going. The win signifies 1 victory for family, but definitely not the last.

Joshua is tearing through the Washington Golden Gloves Tournament. Woodard’s ferocity in the ring is a testament to his commitment, while also, honoring Isaiah’s memory.

On March 05, 2016, Boxhernews.com sat down with Joshua Woodard after his TKO victory and discussed his motivation for boxing.

Minnie: How are you feeling right now?

Woodard: (Crying. After several minutes, he begins to speak)

My cousin Isaiah Daniel Harris was killed Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. I felt his presence in the ring. March 05 is his birthday and so I said I was going to go out there and win.

Minnie: Your cousin was taken from the world he could have given us something special?

Woodard: He was a football player

Minnie: Have authorities caught the person?

Woodard: Yes

Minnie: If his mom were standing her right now what would say to her?

Woodard: She would be proud I’m going to her house and show her I won.

Minnie: What would you say to her?

Woodard: Man, I do not even know, I’m about to start shaking he would be so proud.

Minnie: What was the last thing you told your cousin before he passed?

Woodard: Every night we will play Call of Duty on line till 3 to 4 in the morning. I told him I would talk to him tomorrow. On the night, he died; he sent me a Facebook message to go to the store. That Sunday night, I was supposed to call him. I found out about it on Monday morning on Facebook.

Minnie: How did it make you feel, why do you fight?

Woodard: I’m trying to find my place; because once I started I cannot stop. There is always a light at the end of that dark tunnel. I have a sense of accomplishment, I told myself I was going to do it and I did it. I stood in the mirror and told myself I was going to do it.

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Isaiah Daniel Harris – Photo Courtesy of Joshua Woodard

Gone but never…..FORGOTTEN

Washington Golden Gloves Championship Tournament (Semifinals) at The Sugar Ray Leonard Community Center, Palmer Park, Maryland.

March 20 Results:

Golden Gloves, the country’s oldest amateur boxing tournament, held its Semi-Finals on Saturday March 20, at the Sugar Ray Leonard community center Palmer Park, Maryland. The action last week was so intense, boxing fans could not stay away. Even, WBA Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) interrupted training for his April 01, 2016 against Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs), to check out the Golden Gloves fights.

 

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Adrien Broner (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)
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Anthony Pullen (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)

 

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Deon Giles in the 12-13 year old division, defeated Anthony Pullen. 12-year-old Pullen suffered a loss but was gracious in defeat. He stated “I feel good, I know I can work on some other things like conditioning and breathing.” Pullen lost but was far from being a loser. He gave thanks to his opponent Deon Giles, who will continue on to Championship finals. Both young men have bright futures ahead of them.

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Tommy Avelar watching brother Brian Avelar (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)

Tyrek Irby went toe-to-toe with Brian Avelar. Irby pulled out the gritty win.  The knock out of the night belonged to Genc Pllana who scored a 2nd round TKO over D. Marque Hall.

 

The tenacity of the fighters made for an enjoyable night; here are the results:

 

Junior Division:

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Kia Allen (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)

 

Kia Allen (Keystone) walkover

Tyquan Johnson (#11 Overcomers) over Samuel Edmunds (Headbangers)

Deon Giles (NOXCUSE) over Anthony Pullen  (Oxon Hill)

Chamar Flowers (unattached) walkover

Kelsi Gross (NOXCUSE) walkover

Osei Akinyele (Headbangers) walkover.

 

Novice Division:

 

Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Marlon Cash (Dream Team)

Ahmad Jones (UMAR) over Micah Johnson (Tony’s Gym)

Tariq Harris (1st Class) over Sean Cormeir (Kicked Up)

Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Donnell Poe (Old School)

Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) over Champ Moultrie (Laurel)

Jordon Scott (Woodland Tigers) over Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters)

 

Open Division:

Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future) over Duglas Soto (Down Under)

Hector Soto (Down Under) walkover.

Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) vs. Ulises Castaneda (Dog Pound)

 

Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Montel Pridgett (UMAR)

Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) over Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Gym)

Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse) over D. Marque Hall (Unattached)

 

Nathaniel Copeland (D-Block) over Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray Leonard)

 

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Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry

The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals takes place on April 02, 2015 at the Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland at 7:30pm.

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Former WBO Cruiserweight Champion Boone Pultz (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)

 

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Battle of the Potomac

Kings Promotions, “The Battle of the Potomac” unleashed a torrent of boxing at the Walter E. Washington Center in Washington D.C. Saturday Night. The standing room crowd included a who’s who in boxing and politics. Celebrities on hand included, Lamont and Anthony Peterson, Adrien Broner, Dominic Wade (scheduled to take on GGG on April 23rd) and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

The Main Event featured Super Lightweight Tyrone “Ty” Barnett (23-4-1, 15 KOs). Barnett scored an 8th Round TKO over Daniel “The Prophet” Attah (28-22-1, 11 KOs). Ty controlled the action with his jab stunning right hand, and combos. He prowled the ring like a skilled hunter seeking to destroy its prey. By Round 6, Barnett sent “The Prophet” to the canvas with a vicious right to the body and left to the head. The action picked up in the 8th, with Attah taking the fight to Barnett. Attah would land several shots, which, seemed to stun Ty. However, “The Prophet” could not foresee the Barnett uppercut that sent him to the canvass. Attah would beat the ten count only to be sent to the canvas again. The referee called the bout due to Attah being unable to continue. Time was 2:46

 

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Mykal Fox  vs  Claudinei Lacedra

In the Co-Feature of the night, Super Lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox (9-0, 2 KOs) maintains his perfect record against Claudinei Lacerda (17-14-1, 12 KOs). The Professor dictated the fight by using his stiff jab to control where he wanted Lacerda’s head to go. In round 1, the baby-face Fox cracked his challenger’s body so hard; it caused Lacerda to take a knee. “The Professor” schooled his opponent throughout the fight, by not only allowing his height and reach to work in his favor, but also by staying quick on his feet. Fox would go on to win the bout by Unanimous Decision: 60-54  and 59-55 2x.

 

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Nicholson KOs Valderrama

Middleweight Demond Nicholson (16-1, 16KOs) entered the ring with a focus that tore through Jose Valderrama (4-13, 3KOs). Nicholson landed a thunderous body shot which caused Valderrama to take a knee in Round 1. Valderrama would not answer the call before ten, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:46 in the 1st round.

 

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The Super Bowl first introduced us to Sam “Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed (2-0, 1KO) in a Michael and Son commercial, featuring Mike Tyson. The star however, set Hollywood aside, to put on a boxing clinic, of opponent Martez Williamson (1-10, 0KOs) in the Cruiserweight bout. The one-sided fight saw Williamson lose focus and begin threatening to beat several unnamed individuals in the crowd. The clowning in the ring did not translate to a win. Crossed won 40-36, and  39-37 2x.

 

Antonio “Teflon” Magruder (4-0, 3KOs) stopped Terrell James (1-3-1, 0KOs) by TKO in Round 3. “Teflon” laid the wood to James dropping him twice in Round 1. James would survive the round only to continue to suffer in Round 2.   “Teflon’s” beating of James did not stop in Round 3. He smothered James at the start of Round 3, which in turn caused James to call it quits in this Super Lightweight bout. Time 1:50.

 

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Willis Lockett Disqualification

In the “I can’t believe that just happened” bout, Cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (20-1, 17 KOs) beat Willis Lockett (14-16-5, 5 KOs) by disqualification. Shimmell sent Willis to the canvass twice in Round 2 with several body shots. Willis’ mouthpiece felt it best to be outside his mouth, so Willis’ mouthpiece made appearances on the mat as well as outside the ring, throughout the fight. The referee called the bout due to excessive holding in the 3rd round at 1:23.

 

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Patrick Harris (White/Purple) vs. Christopher Russell (Red)

Patrick Harris (8-0, 5 KOs) made easy work of fellow Super Lightweight Christopher Russell (3-16-1, 2 KOs) with a vicious body shot that sent Russell to the canvass, in the first round. Russell tried, but eventually could not beat the ten count. Harris gets the Round-One victory at 2:03.

 

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Lamar Smith KOs Charlemagne Jones

Heavyweight Luther Smith (4-0 4 KOs) won by knock out against Charlemagne Jones (2-5-1, 2 KOs). Smith battered Jones around the ring causing the referee to stop the fight 47 seconds in Round 2.

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The opening bout saw Heavyweight, Wesley Triplett (3-0, 1 KO) out point the game challenger Aldando Pugh (1-7-1, 1 KO). Triplett controlled the action by landing the crisper shouts. The 4-round bout ended with a Majority decision for Triplett 39-37 2x, and 40-37 Pugh.