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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Laurel, MD middleweight prospect Demond “D Best At It” Nicholson scored a first-round technical knockout over Rahman “Genghis Khan” Yusubov Saturday night in the main event of a Keystone Boxing card held in front of a sellout crowd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The win was Nicholson’s first since being stopped by Lekan Byfield in the sixth round on November 1 in Chicago, IL. The bout was a battering as Yusubov had no answer for Nicholson’s punishment. Yusubov could not come out for the second round. Nicholson is now 11-1, 11 KO’s. Yusubov falls to 12-20, 10 KO’s.
In the co-feature, Palmer Park, MD featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. remained undefeated with a third-round TKO of Stephon McIntyre of Atlanta, GA. Rivers used exceptional combinations to batter McIntyre until McIntyre’s corner had the bout stopped at 1:59.
Rivers’s record rises to 11-0, eight KO’s. McIntyre is now 2-5-2.
Forestville, MD super lightweight Myke “The Professor” Fox won the first six-rounder of his career defeating Luis “Yeye” Rodriguez of Carolina, Puerto Rico. The 6’4″ Fox used his height well and doubled and tripled his jab throughout the bout. Fox took some shots from Rodriguez but Fox did enough to win the bout. Fox won by scores of 58-56 (twice) and 59-55.
Fox is now 5-0, one KO while Rodriguez is 3-2, two KO’s.
Lightweight Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD remained undefeated with a first-round stoppage of Sean Lockhart of Greenwood, SC. Lockhart was nothing more than a moving punching bag for Harris as the young boxer landed crushing lefts and rights until Lockhart crumpled late in the round. The bout was stopped at 2:59 of the round.
Harris is now 4-0, three KO’s while Lockhart is 5-26-2, two KO’s.
District Heights, MD featherweight Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines returned to action with a four-round unanimous decision over Arthur Parker of Lancaster, PA. Gaines competed for the first time since June of 2013 and used a good body attack to dominate a good portion of the action. Parker landed some good right hands of his own but not enough to keep Gaines at bay. Gaines won by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.
Gaines is now 5-2, one KO. Parker is 1-13-1, one KO.
The only all-local contest was the wildest bout of the night. Welterweight Gerome Quigley of Montgomery Village, MD scored a second-round TKO over Norman “The Shadow” Allen of Laurel, MD but it was not easy. In the first round, Quigley looked to be in control of the bout. However, Quigley walked right into an Allen counter right hand and was dropped. However, Quigley went back to work and knocked down Allen three times with hard right hands. There is no three-knockdown rule in DC, so Allen lasted until the second round.
Allen did not last very long in the second, however. Just 19 seconds into the second, Quigley landed another crushing right hand that sent Allen to the canvas for the final time. The bout was immediately stopped. Quigley is now 6-0, five KO’s. Allen dropped to 6-12, three KO’s.
Super bantamweight “Monster” Marq Johns of Fort Washington, MD won a tough four-round unanimous decision over a very game Jaxel Marrero of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Marrero initiated the action in the first round, landing some solid right hands. Johns came back in the second using a strong left jab to set up his vicious overhand right. Eventually, Marrero’s left eye started to close. Marrero lost two points for holding and lost by identical scores of 39-35. Johns is now 5-0-1, four KO’s. Marrero is 1-4-1.
The night was a tough one early for local boxers as two young Beltway Boxers were stopped in their contests. Super featherweight Tyrone “Showtime” Wright of DC was stopped in the first round by Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice of Cleveland, OH. Mattice walked through Wright’s shots to land many of his own. With seconds remaining in the round, Mattice landed a crisp, short right hand that dropped Wright in the middle of the ring. Wright couldn’t beat referee Joe Cooper’s count and the bout was stopped. Wright is now 2-2 while Mattice is 2-0, two KO’s.
Maurice “Moe” Adams, Jr. of DC was stopped in a bantamweight battle by Gabriel “Mr. G” Braxton of Atlanta in the third round of the opening bout on the card. Adams got off to a good start in the first, landing hard shots to Braxton’s body. However, Braxton came back and went toe-to-toe with Adams and ended up cutting Adams along the right side of his face.
By the third round, Braxton had worn down Adams to the point where he couldn’t defend himself. Adams’s corner stopped the bout at 1:36. Adams’s record evens at 1-1 while Braxton is now 2-7, one KO.
Keystone Boxing, led by Gene Molovinsky, promoted the card. Ross Molovinsky was the matchmaker. Henry “Discombobulating “Jones served as ring announcer.