David Grayton photo by Anna John for StiffJab.com
by Gautham Nagesh
Finding work is never easy when you’re a young boxer, but staying busy is crucial. So you take the fights whenever you can get them.
D.C. prospects David “Day Day” Grayton and Greg Newby both scored first-round knockouts Saturday night at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington on a card promoted by Babie Girl Productions. The excellent Gary “Digital” Williams was in attendance as per usual and has more over at Boxing Along The Beltway. Newby took two minutes and two seconds to stop Ivan Burke at light heavyweight, while Grayton needed just 1:04 to dispatch Tyrone Braswell at junior middleweight.
Greg Newby photo by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com
According to Williams, both Newby and Grayton faced opponents a full weight class above then, with Burke weighing in at 183 lbs. and Braswell registering at the middleweight limit of 160. In contrast, Newby and Grayton weighed right on their division limits at 175 and 154 lbs. respectively. A product of Headbangers, Grayton is a known quantity around here. A former Marine from Lime Lite Boxing in our neck of the woods, Newby is another decorated amateur we’re keeping a close eye on.
The other fight saw Manassas, VA featherweight Jennifer “The Bolivian Queen” Salinas sweep the scorecards over six rounds against DJ “So Fly” Morrison of Denver, Colo. The two other professional fights on the card were scratched, including the main event between Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson and Maria Lindberg for the WIBA middleweight strap.