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13 Young DMV Boxers You Should Know

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Photo by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com

by Stiff Jab Staff

2013 was a great year for boxing as a whole, but especially here in the nation’s capital. The D.C.-Maryland-Virginia fight scene exploded over the past 12 months, and the area now boasts the finest crop of young boxers East of the Mississippi.

Fans, writers and boxing people are always asking me which of these prospects they should be paying attention to. The short answer is: a lot of them. Sure, one or two have done more than the rest, like Stiff Jab 2013 Prospect of the Year Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (left) or 2012 winner Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (center). But for most of the others, it’s far too early to tell how good they could be.

Hopefully a few of these young guns will be tested in 2014, but for now, here’s a list of young, local pro fighters worth keeping an eye on. Wherever possible, we’ve included links to our previous coverage. Find out who made the cut:

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David Grayton photo by Anna John for StiffJab.com

One-Sided Fights Make For Quick Night In D.C.

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by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More often than not, boxing is an ugly sport.

Paying two men to fight for the amusement of a crowd is inherently exploitative, and has been since the first gladiators were thrown into a pit thousands of years ago. But combat sports persist, and so our societies have adopted a series of measures, starting with the Marquess of Queensberry Rules, designed to bring at least some sense of decency to the proceedings.

Today, primary responsibility for protecting the fighters falls to the state athletic commissions, and the officials they employ. On Saturday night, the D.C. Athletic Commission failed in its duty, allowing several one-sided match-ups to take place with no objection. Fortunately, referee Malik Waleed was on hand to ensure no one got seriously hurt. The early endings made for a quick evening from Top Flight Productions, but the fans that showed up seemed satisfied by the stoppage wins from Brandon Quarles, Greg Newby and Alexander Johnson (above), among others.

Yes Indeed: Mike Reed KOs Roberto Lopez At Rosecroft

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Photos by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com 

by Gautham Nagesh 

FORT WASHINGTON, Md.—The abundance of talent in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia boxing scene is a constant theme on this site. No region outside of of the Southwest is home to more promising unbeaten prospects than the DMV. Most of them you’re familiar with from reading this site, and there are more waiting in the wings to turn professional

Naturally, the most common question other writers ask me is, who’s the best? My answer often changes based on who I’ve seen last. Sometimes it’s super middleweight Jerry Odom, sometimes Baltimore teenager Gervonta Davis, who headlines next week at Coppin State. But I’m guilty of sleeping on one name that should definitely be in the mix, especially after his stellar showing last night: 2011 Stiff Jab Amateur Boxer of the Year Mike Reed (above) of Waldorf, Md.

Reed looked superb at Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday night, handing Orlando native Ricardo Lopez his first stoppage loss in the co-feature of a card from Keystone BoxingJarrett “Swift” Hurd (below) was almost as impressive in the main event, stopping Joshua Barnes of Garland, Texas to cap one of the most entertaining local cards in recent memory.

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Dusty Harrison Looks Like A Headliner Against Eddie Soto

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Photos by Anna John for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Like all entertainers, boxers are unpredictable by nature.

Men that fight for a living are often more temperamental than the brattiest teen idol in Hollywood. Almost every card includes at least one fight scratched because an opponent has succumbed to that peculiar sickness that takes hold between the weigh-in and the opening bell. Promoters can only book their fights, make their contingency plans, and pray.

If boxing is, in the end, simply show business, then another maxim holds true: the fans come to see the main event, not the supporting players. That might be a hard truth to swallow for some undercard fighters, especially since they are putting themselves at the same risk as their better-compensated peers. But it’s the truth. 

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There were some complications on Saturday night during the first professional boxing show promoted by All-In Entertainment at UDC in Northwest Washington. Only five of the nine scheduled fights were completed, and writers were left typing their reports in blackness after a power outage cut the walk-out bout short. None of that mattered. To the nearly 3,000 fans that packed the auditorium, it was a night at the fights, a moment to be savored regardless of the complications.

It is still far too early to say how good 18-year-old D.C. welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will be. Even with 15 professional fights under his belt, Dusty is only scratching the surface of life as a professional fighter. But Hernandez-Harrison offered a tantalizing glimpse of his potential on Saturday night, displaying poise beyond his years during his 5th-round knockout of Eddie Soto. 

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Preview: Dusty Hernandez-Harrison vs Eddie Soto This Saturday At UDC

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by Gautham Nagesh

If you read this blog at all, you know we’re extremely upbeat about the both the present and future of DMV boxing. The current kingpins of D.C. will be on display in Atlantic City this weekend, but the next generation of stars will be honing their craft this Saturday at a more local (and appropriate) venue: the University of the District of Columbia Sports Complex.

Stiff Jab 2012 Prospect of the Year Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will continue his journey at welterweight with a step up against Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, R.I. Soto started his career with 12 straight wins before losing his last six, four by stoppage. As an opponent, Soto fits with Team Dusty’s plan to keep the risk low while exposing Dusty to various styles and skill levels. Harrison is also fighting at home for the first time this year after two bouts in Delaware and one in Mississippi.

"I’m happy to be home. Everybody missed me, they keep asking me when I’m coming home, so I’m glad to finally be back," Dusty said at Monday’s media workout. "It should be the biggest fight yet that I’ve had."

David Grayton & Greg Newby Stay Undefeated In D.C.

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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.

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Greg Newby photo by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com

Kevin Rivers & Jerry Odom Impress At Rosecroft

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Photos by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh with Rodriguez Jackson

FORT WASHINGTON, Md.—16 feet is not a lot of room when you’re facing a man trying to knock your block off.

That’s how big the ring was on Saturday night at Rosecroft Raceway for the year’s first Keystone Boxing card. For a young boxer, facing his first professional fight outside the friendly confines of the Washington Convention Center, the cramped ring, low ceiling, and vocal fans sitting just a few inches from the apron could have easily provided enough distractions to prompt a stumble. The upset-minded atmosphere was only aided by the Ravens’ double-overtime win over the Broncos, which delayed the opening bell almost an hour. But no upsets came.

Instead, NoXcuse products Kevin Rivers Jr. (above) and Jerry Odom offered dynamic, if abbreviated testaments to their potential, while a slew of other prospects including Greg Newby and Jarrett “Swift” Hurd took care of business en route to clear victories. Alantez “Sly” Fox (below) of nearby Forestville thrilled his vocal fans by out-classing Julius Kennedy of Frederick over six rounds in the main event. Fox was literally and figuratively head and shoulders above Kennedy, using his superior length, skill, and speed to box circles around the Guyana native.

Everybody Wins At Fight Night 2012

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by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, D.C.—There are certain annual rituals that make living in the cesspool that governs our nation almost tolerable.

For yours truly, Fight Night 2012 at the Washington Hilton is one of them. Thursday night was long set aside for the Fight for Children benefit, and no storm was going to stop the first edition since founder Joe Robert Jr.'s passing. So I joined hundreds of other local gentlemen that dusted off their tuxes, shined their shoes, and fired up their stogies for a night of the Sweet Science.

A solid three-bout card fully sanctioned by the D.C. Commission provided fewer thrills than expected, but solid action. In a departure from recent years, the audience actually stuck around to watch the fights. Arlington junior welterweight Bayan Jargal (above) stopped the badly shopworn Eric Aiken in the main event to earn this year’s Fight for Children belt. The Mongolian Mongoose was simply too big and strong for the undersized Aiken, who should hang up his gloves. 

Staff favorite Jerry Forrest (above) had more trouble with Brice Ritani, who proved unexpectedly resilient in the face of Forrest’s heavy punches. Ritani went the distance, testament to his Kiwi toughness. But Forrest swept the cards, and seemed happy with his second career win afterward.

Weekend Preview: Jerry Forrest & Terron Grant Return

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by Gautham Nagesh

The young boxer you see jumping for joy above is Newport News, Va. heavyweight Jerry “Slug” Forrest, who fights Saturday night at Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington on a card promoted by Dr. Richard Ashby’s RBA Promotions.

Forrest will be joined on the card by heavyweight Duane Mobley , lightweight Terron Grant (below), light heavyweight Greg Newby, and cruiserweight Zakki Scott. All are unbeaten young prospects that we have covered before, and each has shown promise in their own right. Grant is a great young man, Newby is a military veteran and product of Lime Lite Boxing in my hood, and Scott impressed me while winning the 2011 Washington Regional Golden Gloves at 201 lbs. 

Opening Bell: DMV Boxing Prospects Grow Up This Summer

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Pictured above is Lime Lite Boxing Gym, located in the basement of an apartment building on Otis St. in Columbia Heights. Lime Lite was the first boxing gym I visited in D.C. and it immediately felt like home, so I’ve always tried to keep tabs on their progress, particularly amateur star Malik JacksonThe trainers there do an amazing job in a very humble setting. There isn’t even room for a ring in the L-shaped space, but that hasn’t stopped them from producing champions.

That’s why I’m excited to pass along the news that Gregory Newby, son of Lime Lite co-founder and trainer Tony Simmons, will join Stiff Jab amateur favorites David “Day Day” Grayton and Danny Kelly in making their professional debuts on August 4th at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel in Washington. All three will debut on a card promoted by Babie Gurl Productions headlined by a rematch between Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan and Dhafir “No Fear” Smith.

Also making their professional debuts will be Tyriesha “Baby Girl” Douglas and heavyweight Jerry Forrest, who defeated Kelly in the 2010 DMV Golden Gloves Regional Championships. Forrest recently linked up with the handlers of heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell, which should give his promising young career a boost.