Undefeated featherweight Gervonta “Tank” Davis(8-0 8KOs) returns to the ring tonight on ESPN2, making this his first televised bout. Hailing from Baltimore, MD “Tank” has long awaited this moment. He said, “I’ve always dreamed about making my television debut, and now it will happen on October 8th. Thank you Al Haymon, Team Davis, and ESPN2, for helping make my dream come true. I’ve been putting in solid work in the gym and I will be ready for my fight. This will be my first time fighting in Mississippi, so I’m looking forward to putting on a show for the crowd. I can’t wait to represent for my city of Baltimore. Thank you to my fans that keep supporting me. I’ll keep fighting for you.” Continue reading
Its not easy growing up in the city of Baltimore. Baltimore city has long been crime ridden and drug infested. When Gervonta Davis got into an altercation at the early age of 5 years old his uncle decided he didn’t want Davis to take the wrong path that would be sure to leave him dead or locked up. He took Davis to Upton Boxing Center where he met coach Calvin Ford who was the inspiration for the character Dennis “Cutty” Wise on the hit HBO show The Wire. Coach Calvin as he is known in the gym saw great potential in Davis at a very young age and together they embarked on a amateur career that spawned many belts and national championships. Gervonta finished his amateur career with an outstanding record of 206-15. Continue reading
Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas 4-0(1KO) returns to the ring on June 28th at DuBurns Arena in Baltimore, MD. She will face Christina Fuentes in a six round bout. In her last bout she had a rematch against Marisol Miranda in which she completely dominated once again and also forced Miranda into retirement. Douglas is campaigning from 108lbs to 115lbs challenging anyone who will face her. Her goal is to be a world champion before the 2014 year is up.
She recently made a few changes in her camp and now trains with promoter and trainer James Hogan. Douglas and Hogan share the same goal of gaining recognition for women’s boxing. The card she is fighting on will also be host to the main event between Tori Nelson vs Nicole Woods. Continue reading
(photo by Justin Jones / ESB) Professional fighter Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed 9-0(6KOs) will be having his first fight on the road when he takes on Alberto Morales on the Top Rank promoted card in Atlantic City. The bout is scheduled for June 14th and I got a chance to talk to Mike about his thoughts on the golden gloves, his upcoming fight, and more. Mike will finally get a chance to showcase his talent on a big stage and gain more exposure. All of his previous fights have been fought in his hometown where he has a major following, it was only a matter of time before promoters started realizing Mike’s potential. He made it clear that he plans on taking full advantage of this opportunity and will not be phased by the new location at all.
Although Mike is fighting on the Top Rank card he still is a free agent. With a big performance in his next fight that might very well change. Thanks to Lorin Chvotkin for facilitating this interview. Listen to the full interview below!
Last night Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson successfully defended her WIBA welterweight championship against former world champion Mia St. John. The bout was the main event for Ponytail Promotions who held their first card at Northern Virginia Community College. Continue reading
The 19 year old Baltimore prospect Gervonta “Rambo” Davis kept his perfect record last night when he earned a 2nd round TKO over Joshua Arocho. This was Davis’s first bout of 2014, last year he made his pro debut and ended the year with the record of 6-0 (6 Kos). His record has now improved to 7-0 (7Kos) and we can expect Davis to rise through the featherweight ranks quickly. He is one of the most talented prospects coming up at this time, with his speed and power making him a deadly combination. Now that he has joined the Al Haymon stable expect to see more of Gervonta “Rambo” Davis. Baltimore has longed for a champion and they have faith that Davis will be just that.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been in the sport of boxing going on 18 years now but has been boxing all his life. He has fought in multiple weight classes against many fighters who will one day be inducted into the hall of fame. He is widely considered to be the pound for pound king of boxing. Floyd was asked about what he thought about Bernard Hopkins calling him out to face off in the ring, and he believes that everyone is trying to hit the jackpot and fight him. He is highest paid athlete in the sport and make no mistake everyone in the sport wants the opportunity to dethrone the king.
Mayweather is very conscious of this which is why he trains the way he does. He makes it known that he never overlooks an opponent. Every person he faces in that squared circle has the potential to destroy his plans of becoming the best to ever lace up the gloves. People who have seen Mayweather train say that he trains like a man who hasn’t made a dime yet, even though his career has earned him hundreds of millions. He acknowledges that all the young stars want to be in his current position so they are coming full force to knock his head off. Continue reading
The DC Armory hosted the Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov card where Bernard “The alien” Hopkins made history once again by unifying titles at the the age of 49 years old. He won a split decision over Beibut Shumenov unifying the WBA and IBF titles. Hopkins was the main event but it was Shawn “Showtime” Porter 24-0-1 (14KOs) who won over the crowd.
Porter made his first title defense against the king of Brooklyn Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi 33-6 (7KOs). This fight woke the crowd from the previous fight where middleweight champion Peter Quillin defeated Lukas Konecny, which failed to please fans at the armory.
Mike Reed (photo by Justin Jones / ESB) improved his undefeated record to 9-0 (6 KOs) when he took on game opponent Regino Canales in the main event at Rosecroft Raceway Friday Night Fights. The contest was halted by the referee at the end of the fourth when ringside physicians decided it was unsafe for Canales to answer the bell for the fifth round. Shortly after the bout was stopped Regino collapsed in the ring and seemed to have seizure like symptoms. He was taken out the ring on a stretcher and evaluated at Prince Georges County Hospital. I am glad to report that he was treated and released this morning.
Mike stayed behind his high guard and worked his way in with the jab. He was throwing bombs from both hands that connected to the head and body of Canales. Mike dropped Canales in the third round from a combination of punches ending with a right hook. Mike’s defense was on display as well as he made Canales fall to the canvas from missing a wild right hand. Continue reading
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime) Marcos “El Chino” Maidana has a eighty two knockout percentage going into his May 3rd bout with Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Maidana is a pucher with power in both hands and is very confident that he will be able to not only hurt Mayweather but finish him. If you ask most people they will say that the only chance Maidana has of winning will be to catch Floyd with a big punch.
Maidana is focused on delivering his knockout blow, but doesn’t seem to think that maybe Mayweather might be the one catching him with a big punch. When Maidana was asked if he had to be cautious of Mayweather’s punching power as well, he replied “I’m not worried, I’ve been hit by big punchers it doesn’t matter.” Continue reading