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Ty Barnett KOs Stephan Alexander, Kevin Rivers & Danny Kelly Shine

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Ty Barnett celebrates with trainer Duke Buchanan. Photo Credit: StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, D.C.—It’s good to be home.

That was the take-home message from lightweight Ty Barnett’s inaugural outing as a promoter at Washington Convention Center on Saturday night. Barnett headlined the first show from Top Flight Productions and sent the modest crowd home happy, stopping Stephan Alexander of Norfolk, Va. in the 6th round after an entertaining main event.

Barnett’s stoppage was not the most impressive on this night, which featured entertaining knockouts from local prospects Kevin Rivers Jr., Danny Kelly, David “Day Day” Grayton (below), and others. Given this was the first show from this outfit, I came away impressed by the smoothness of the operations and the matchmaking by Brian Dillon. Overall it was a thoroughly entertaining night of boxing. Hopefully the fans that did show up felt the same way, and will bring some friends next time.

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Ty Barnett, Kevin Rivers Jr. Headline D.C. Boxing Show Tonight

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by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, DC—After a brief hiatus, boxing returns to our nation’s capital tonight at the serendipitously named Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest D.C. A slew of local prospects are scheduled to fight including Kevin Rivers Jr., Mike Reed, Renaldo Gaines, David “Day Day” Grayton and Danny Kelly.

Top Flight Productions will present the show, which will be headlined by Ty Barnett vs. Stephan Alexander (above) at a catchweight of 138 lbs. The last time we saw Barnett (right) was in August, when he fell short in the biggest fight of his career against Filipino lightweight contender Mercito Gesta. The inactivity could make Barnett susceptible early, especially since his beard hasn’t always held up in recent fights.

Alexander should provide a challenge in the 10-rounder; the Norfolk, Virginia native has some pop, as evidenced by his knockdown of Stiff Jab favorite Terron Grant in October. Alexander was unlucky to lose a split decision in that fight, and has reeled off two straight wins in his hometown since. If Barnett comes out rusty, he could find himself in for a short night. But if this goes the distance, expect Ty to win the decision.

Dusty Harrison, Alantez Fox & Kevin Rivers Dominate

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Photos by Trey Pollard for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Most of D.C.’s promising young boxers continued their professional journeys unabated on Saturday night at the Convention Center, but at least one found out just how hard it is to earn a living by fighting.

Unbeaten prospects Dusty Harrison (above left), Alantez Fox, Kevin Rivers Jr. and Jarrett Hurd all scored impressive 1st-round stoppages on the Keystone Boxing card, helping the audience reach home in time to watch Juan Manuel Marquez smash Manny Pacquiao on PPV. But D.C. featherweight Shadeed Floyd (below right) became the latest local fighter to sustain his first loss against the extremely game David Huffman (below left) of Cincinnati, who is fast becoming our favorite spoiler in the sport. Also winning on the card were Dillon Hayman and Phil Jackson-Benson, while talented super middleweight Jerry Odom saw his fight turn into a no contest after a cut from a headbutt forced his opponent to quit in the first round.

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Dusty Harrison Caps Parade Of KOs In D.C.

Photos by Jessica Chen for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, D.C.—There’s no disputing the excitement of title fights, or close bouts between evenly-matched contenders. Such events are the pinnacle of boxing, and undoubtedly the goal for any person involved in the fight game. But there is something special about watching young fighters grow up, find their feet, and fulfill their potential.

A groundswell is coming in the DMV boxing scene, and Dusty Harrison is at the center. Harrison doesn’t possess the same amateur pedigree as some of his peers, and it’s far too early to tell how good the teenager can be. But after his tenth pro victory on Saturday at Washington Convention Center two things are clear: Dusty Harrison can fight, and D.C. loves watching him do it.

The local welterweight prospect stopped the overmatched Nalo Leal in the third round of the main event, capping a night of stylish stoppages by local prospects on the Keystone Boxing card. A number of local pros notched their second wins including Jarrett Hurd, Kevin Rivers Jr., Joshua “Moe” Parker and Dillon Hayman. In addition, Iraqi prospect Devar Ferhadi made a jaw-dropping debut at light heavyweight, drawing a scream of pain and capitulation from Anthony Madden after a razing him with a devastating left hook to the body.