Posts tagged Jerry Forrest

Deontay Wilder Bombs Siarhei Liakhovich

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Photos by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh 

Showtime’s ShoBox series is the mill that separates the true prospects from boxing’s multitudes of also-rans. Unbeaten Alabama heavyweight Deontay Wilder (above) has now aced that test twice, after destroying Siarhei Liakhovich with his hellacious right hand in the first round on Friday night in Indio, Calif. The performance was further proof of what some of us have suspected for years: Wilder is America’s best hope in boxing’s glamor division.

Wilder is the last American man to win an Olympic medal in boxing. He is 6’7” and looks every bit a sculpted hulk that befits the name “Bronze Bomber.” I have seen him fight once in person, in Cincinnati two years ago while ringside for Ring Magazine. The right hand he flattened local heavy David Long with remains the hardest punch I have ever seen land in person. The sheer length and bazooka-like explosion of his right should make him the most hyped prospect in the sport, deservedly or not.

Despite 29 knockouts in 29 fights, you rarely see Wilder mentioned among the sport’s future kingpins, mostly due to the peculiarities of those that cover the sport. Boxing writers believe it is their right to mete attention and praise on those they feel deserve it. To do so, one must sign with a big promoter, journey faithfully to Las Vegas or the East Coast, and ply your trade under their watchful eye on the undercard of some mid-level televised show. Knocking out no-names in the Deep South, as Wilder did while he learned his craft, is a sure ticket to anonymity and scorn from the fight press.

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Everybody Wins At Fight Night 2012

Photos by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com

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.

Preview: Jerry Forrest Returns At Fight Night 2012

Photos by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

Thursday marks one of my favorite events of the year: Fight Night 2012 at the Washington Hilton, which benefits Fight for Children. This will be my third year covering the black tie event, and the first I won’t have to pull double duty for The Hill. Fortunately, that means I’ll be able to devote my full attention to covering the best fight card they’ve had in recent memory.

The main event was supposed to pit Arlington junior welterweight Bayan Jargal against Lonnie “El Negro Mexicano” Smith, but Smith has reportedly gone AWOL. Jargal is still scheduled to fight, likely against the kind of short-notice opposition that shouldn’t pose too much trouble. The Mongolian native has a granite chin and plenty of heart, but lost three straight fights before taking almost a year off and returning with a win earlier this month. Hopefully he spent that time in the gym refining his offense, rather than soul-searching.

More exciting for our readers is the news both light heavyweight Greg Newby of the Lime Lite All-Stars and heavyweight Jerry Forrest will fight for the second time professionally. Newby will take on Baltimore’s Tacuna Farmer, who is making his pro debut, while Forrest will face the 3-0-1 (3 KOs) Brice Ritani of Las Vegas. Newby has had a couple fights fall through lately, while Forrest’s difficulty finding opponents is well-documented. Nothing is guaranteed is boxing, but Fight Night is about as first-class as such events get. Hopefully the fights will take place, even though in truth, the crowd barely notices.

Terron Grant Survives Trial By Fire At Ft. Myers

Photos by Anna John

by Gautham Nagesh

ARLINGTON, Va.—A military base is not the ideal place to hold a professional boxing show. Especially when the venue on said base is difficult to locate, and there are no signs pointing the way. Then again, there was barely any indication that RBA Promotions was holding a boxing card on October 6th at Henderson Hall on Ft. Myers Joint Military Base, unless you happen to be deep in the DMV fight game. Fortunately, taking you deep is exactly what we do.

Still, between the car search and the lack of signs, we arrived at the venue more than 30 minutes after the scheduled start. That meant we were also well into the second bout, featuring junior welterweight prospect and Stiff Jab favorite Terron “The Kid” Grant. I was surprised upon taking my seat at ringside to see Grant locked in what looked like a life-and-death struggle against the tough Stephan Alexander of Norfolk, Va.

Grant is a local kid with promise, but until now has been largely untested. Despite a record of 4-4 (4 KOs) entering the fight, Alexander more than provided that test. My colleagues Gary “Digital” Williams and Matt Walters informed me referee Steve Smoger had scored a knockdown against Grant in the first, though both were convinced it had been a slip. Smoger stuck to his guns despite some ribbing from the cheap seats, but for Grant the deficit was no laughing matter.

Newport News, Va., heavyweight prospect Jerry Forrest (1-0, 1 KO) talked to Stiff Jab about his young career on October 6, 2012. Forrest was scheduled to fight at Ft. Myers Henderson Hall on the RBA Promotions card, but opponent Wayne Hampton mysteriously disappeared right before the opening bell. Only in boxing.

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Getting pumped to see heavyweight prospect Jerry Forrest tonight on the RBA Promotions card at Ft. Myers Henderson Hall.

How many 230-lb boxers have you seen that can do this?

Follow us on Twitter for live updates: @StiffJab

Weekend Preview: Jerry Forrest & Terron Grant Return

Images by Anna John for StiffJab.com

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. 

The Next Wave Of DMV Boxing Begins

by Anna John

WASHINGTON—D.C. is hungry for boxing.

How else to explain the crowds of people that descended on the Renaissance Hotel here on Saturday night, an hour before the fights were even scheduled to begin? Had they all undertaken mutual New Year’s resolutions to stop observing CPT?

They certainly weren’t there to enjoy the unorganized concessions. No, the fans assembling downtown were clearly (and loudly) there to see a troop of promising young local boxers make their professional debuts, and Babie Girl Productions delivered.

David “Day Day” Grayton (below), Danny “Smooth” Kelly, Jerry Forrest (above), and Tyriesha “Baby Girl” Douglas all made smashing entrances to the professional ranks, each winning by first-round knockout. Stiff Jab favorite Terron “Kid” Grant also won with a quick stoppage, while heavyweight Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes won a workmanlike six-round decision over Maurice Winslow in the main event.

Slideshow: Babie Girl Promotions

Photos by Anna John

August 4, 2012 card at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Featuring the professional debuts of Danny Kelly, David “Day Day” Grayton, Jerry Forrest, and Tyriesha Douglas. Plus Terron Grant, trainer Barry Hunter, and ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.

Full report here.

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.