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