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Keystone Boxing Returns to Maryland

Temple Hill, MD November 7th, 2005: Keystone Boxing announces their return to The Show Place Arena in Prince George's County, MD on November 26th, 2005 in what will be an exciting card, highlighting the return home of current USBA Super Featherweight Champion Lamont "Bay" Pearson 22-3-1(12) and impressive up and coming DC area fighters, Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan 11-0(10), Purcell Miller 21-3(17) and Reggie Holly 5-0(2).. The Thanksgiving weekend show, "In Yo' Face at Show Place", will bring boxing back to The Show Place Arena in a unique holiday show, combining exciting professional boxing with live music performances by Atmosphere.

Keystone, having recently promoted a very successful and entertaining card for over 5,000 guests at The Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA in September, is looking forward to returning to Maryland for the November 26th event. Promoter Gene Molovinsky, who founded Keystone Boxing seven years ago with the dual purpose of promoting professional boxers in the D.C. metropolitan area and revitalizing local interest in the sport, has promoted over twenty professional fight cards from Chantilly, VA to Baltimore, MD, with many stops in between. With the "In Yo' Face At Show Place" event, Molovinsky plans to bring boxing back to the area with very reasonably priced admission for a night of extremely competitive fights and live music.

Tickets, priced at $25, $35, $50(reserved ringside), $75(VIP ringside which includes a VIP Prefight Meet and Greet with light fare) are on sale and available through all Ticketmaster outlets including The Show Place Arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 202-397-SEAT, 410-547-SEAT, or 703-573-SEAT. For more information you can visit www.showplacearena.com.

At the age of 34, former IBF no. 1 contender Lamont "Bay" Pearson is eager to prove that the best years of his boxing life are still in front of him. While the first six years of his career were filled with milestone fights and breakthrough performances, the last two have been mired with injuries and inactivity. He is now ready to revive his career having recently garnered the vacant USBA Super Featherweight Title with an impressive victory over Brooklyn's Shamir Reyes.

Pearson, 22-3-1 with 12 KOs, has almost seen the top of the boxing mountain. In December 2002, he went to Bangkok, Thailand to challenge reigning WBA champion Yodsandan Nanthachi for the world championship in front of 75,000 fans. Pearson put up a valiant fight, but a broken right hand suffered in the second round all but dashed any hopes of pulling off the upset. He lost the fight, but gained a much more valuable perspective in the process - he knew he could fight with the best. Now, he just wants one more chance to prove it.

After a prosperous 85-fight amateur career, Pearson burst on to the profession scene in 1998. From 1998 to 2001, Pearson worked diligently in the gym and the results were visible in the ring, as he went undefeated in his first 18 pro fights. With the boxing world starting to take notice, Pearson got his first chance at a big fight in June 2001 against heavily-favored Carlos Navarro in Elgin, IL. He would pull off the upset over Navarro to claim the USBA Jr. Lightweight Title and no. 1 ranking in the IBF. Pearson would defend the USBA title once, another impressive showing, which led to an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" appearance six months later as the co-main event with James Toney. The string of stepping stone fights would eventually lead to his world title shot against Nanthachi, but he was unable to capitalize.

After two fights of struggling through setbacks with his injured right hand, Pearson decided to hang up the gloves for one year in 2004 to let the injury heal naturally. He came back in January 2005, and outclassed Ivan Alvarez over eight rounds to get back on the winning track. When the opportunity came in September 2005 to fight Reyes for the USBA title, Lamont knew he was ready. Like a fine wine, Pearson was only get better with age.

Back in the national spotlight, the Prince George's County native is taking no time off either. Pearson, who works full time as a Prince George's County postal carrier, has not let the newly won title go to his head. He has been back at work since the win, both in the gym and at the post office, and is looking fighting in the Main Event on November 26th, 2005 and the opportunity to show his talent in his own back yard.

The Co Main Event on Keystone's November 26th card will feature DC's undefeated dynamo Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan. Buchanan is perhaps the most exciting prospect to come from the DC area in the past few years. With an extremely impressive amateur career, Henry Buchanan has already made his mark in the region since his first professional fight in March of 2004. Buchanan, still undefeated at 11-0(10), trains hard and only improves with each fight.

Also being featured is one time local prospect Purcell "Hard Rock" Miller. In 1997, Miller, a DC native was an undefeated superstar with a record of 17-0, 16 kos. In October of that year he made an attempt to gain the vacant USBA Welterweight title against Raul Frank. The fight was grueling and went the distance with Miller loosing in a split decision. Purcell didn't take much time off from the loss. Within the next year, he won two more fights, neither of which would have qualified as early or easy wins. By the summer of 1998, Miller was once again back in title contention. In July, feeling he was back up to the challenge, the DC native made another bid, this time challenging Carl Daniels for the USBA Light Middleweight Title. Unfortunately Purcell lost in a unanimous decision. This loss sent Purcell back to the gym and also a nearly a year out of the ring. The time off seemed to prove to have paid off when his return to the ring in June of 1999 resulted in a first round knock out of his opponent. In April of 2000, Purcell Miller, then 21-2, 17kos took a fight in and another loss on his record. Purcell has once again gone the distance in a very tough fight, but lost the decision. It has been more than five years since Purcell has stepped in to the ring to fight. After a long hiatus from the sport, Miller is back. He has been training hard and is looking to move back into contention. With a record of 21-3 (17), Miller has the persistence and the power to once again make an impact in the junior middleweight division.

Under card bouts will also include undefeated DC native Reggie Holly 5-0(3), Waldorf cruiserweight Nick Caroleo 1-0, and other regional fighters to be announced.

Article posted on 07.11.2005



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