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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

Mike Reed & Jarrett Hurd Ring In The New Year

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Photos by Trey Pollard for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

FT. WASHINGTON, Md.—Unbeaten Waldorf boxer Mike Reed (right) began 2014 much the way he ended 2013, when he was named Stiff Jab Prospect of the Year.

Reed stopped Jorge Marquez in the 5th round of a scheduled six to notch the seventh win (5 KOs) of his career at Rosecroft Raceway on Friday night. Accokeek junior middleweight Jarrett Hurd won a split decision over Chris Chatman in the co-feature, improving his record to 11-0 (6 KOs).

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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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Kevin Rivers & Jerry Odom Impress At Rosecroft

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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.

Dusty Harrison, Alantez Fox & Kevin Rivers Dominate

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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.

Quick Work For Dusty Harrison, DMV Boxing Prospects

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by Gautham Nagesh 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Keystone Boxing employed four ring card girls for Saturday night’s boxing card at Washington Convention Center, but they probably could have spared the expense.

The young ladies barely left their seats for the first half of the show, as a parade of young boxers from the District and Maryland scored early stoppages against questionable opposition. Things stiffened up a bit for the special attraction featuring featherweight Kevin Rivers Jr., who handled his first professional test with impressive poise, before climaxing with a dominating performance from welterweight Dusty Harrison (above) in the main event. Harrison knocked Youngstown’s Shane Gierke down three times en route to a second-round stoppage.

The late-arriving crowd eventually got their money’s worth, but not before a few grumbles from the cheap seats about the matchmaking. Still, several promising local prospects brought sizable cheering sections, an early indication of box office potential. Fighters scoring wins on this evening included staff favorites Danny “Smooth” Kelly and Day Day Grayton as well as James McCallister, Harold “Sweet Lee” Parker, and Immanuwel Aleem.

Weekend Preview: Keystone Boxing Returns In DC

by Gautham Nagesh 

As you can see from the fight poster above, pro boxing returns to Washington Convention Center this Saturday night courtesy of Promoter Gene Molovinsky of Keystone Boxing. The show will once again be headlined by local welterweight prospect Dusty “The Beltway Boricua” Harrison and feature a host of talented young DMV boxers including Stiff Jab favorites David “Day Day” Grayton, Danny Kelly, and Kevin Rivers Jr., who will be making his professional debut after a decorated amateur career.

Keystone has drawn well for its recent series featuring Dusty, who suffered a scare in his last fight against Marques Jackson, getting knocked down in the sixth and final round by a right hand. Fortunately, Dusty got up and smartly held on until recovering to win the decision, rendering the knockdown a blip for the moment. I’m predicting an early night for Dusty and basically everyone else on the card, save possibly the light heavyweight co-feature between "King" James McAlister and James Denton, scheduled for six rounds. The poor records of all the other opponents indicate they were brought in for one reason: to lose, and do so in sensational fashion.