Keystone Boxing was at it again recently with a boxing card from the famed Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland. The card featured all 4 round bouts with a 6 round main event. Although competing with the NFL playoffs, the crowd was amazing. Keystone’s Ross Molovinsky has said all along, “These fight cards are for up and coming young pros and we are glad to offer them the venue to start their careers.” Most of the fighters on a Keystone fight card are local fighters, with opponents coming from all over the country. Match maker Brian Dillon does a masterful job in pitting fighters that are competitive and make good matches for the fans to see.
Most pro fight debuts are 4 round fights. Some exceptions occur along the way. Such as Sugar Ray Leonard, who fought a 6 round fight in his debut. Of course, he also brought worldwide notoriety to his pro debut along with his Olympic gold medal. Mario Murphy and De’Andre Davis made their debuts on the card. Murphy winning a unanimous decision over Lamont Capers and Davis, from the famed Round One gym run by his grandfather, the renowned trainer Adrian Davis, came out fast and furious, ran out of gas but did enough damage for the ref to stop the fight in the second round against Coy Lanbert.
Renaldo Gaines scored a 3rd round TKO win over Darrell “Bad Azz” Martin. Some of these fighter nick names are, if nothing else, clever. Greg Newby also scored a unanimous decision John “The Baptist” Terry, who was a show man but let several seconds go by in each round without throwing a punch. Jarrett “Swift” Hurd won a unanimous decision over 6’ 8”, rail thin, Trenton Titsworth and Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers knocked out Giovanni Vasquez in round 2.
The class of the card was Jerry Odom, known as “The Kings Son”. He showed balance, explosion and style beyond his 2 pro fights. He destroyed his opponent Anthony Madden with 1 minute gone by in the first round. Odom is seen by all boxing observers in the DMV as a sure fire contender and future world champion. Odom fights out of the Noxcuse gym in DC.
The main event featured unbeaten Jr. Middleweight Alantez “Slyaza” Fox in a 6 round bout that went the distance. Boxing expert Gary Williams, www.boxingalongthebeltway.blogsspot.com observed, “This is his toughest fight that I have seen Fox have.” Fox stands at 6’5” and looks like a young Tommy Hearns. He was pressed the entire fight by Julius Kennedy, but showed poised and skill as he opened cuts along Kennedy’s face. Fox also showed he could take a punch as a few of Kennedy’s wild rights found Fox’s head, but he never flinched and won a unanimous decision. Keystone Boxing was given the 2012 Promoter of the year award by Gary Williams’ organization before the main event. An award well deserved. Check out their web site, www.keystone-boxing.com, and try to attend their next boxing show. Be ready, because it will not be a long wait. Please subscribe and read the other stories I have written.