Two DC/Maryland/Virginia-area boxers have national TV exposure coming up in the next two months. As previously mentioned on Fightnews.com, undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell will face Chazz Witherspoon on Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout will be the HBO co-feature to the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson main event.
Then on Friday, June 8 unheralded Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon takes the biggest step of his career when he faces former world champion Kelly Pavlik in a 10-round bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The bout will be televised by ESPN2 and it will be Sigmon’s first bout on national television.
Sigmon (22-3, 10 KO’s) has been one of the busiest fighters in the country, battling 10 times in the past 12 months and going 9-1 with seven KO’s in that stretch. There was talk of this bout happening earlier in the year, but the Pavlik camp claimed the contract had not been signed. Pavlik (38-2, 33 KO’s) is coming off a second-round knockout over Aaron Jaco on March 31 in San Antonio, TX.
Closer to the DC-area, there are two cards in the next two months that are generating a lot of interest. One of the youngest pro boxers in the country — undefeated 17-year-old welterweight “The Beltway Boricua” Dusty Harrison — will be in the co-feature against an opponent to be named on Saturday, May 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Harrison (5-0, two KO’s) is coming off a four-round unanimous decision over Anthony Bowman on April 7 in Southaven, MS.
Harrison, however, will not be the only high school senior on the card, Dillon Heyman, a native of Frederick, MD who is 18 years old, will be making his pro debut. Two other boxers will make their pro debuts on this Keystone Boxing promotions card. Junior middleweight Harold Parker of DC will make his long awaited debut on this show. Parker was an amateur standout in the late-nineties and early 2000’s. Also stepping into the pro ranks will be DC bantamweight Shadeed Floyd. Floyd won the regional Golden Gloves in 2010 in just his first year as an open boxer and competed in the 2011 Olympic Trials. Floyd’s trainer is Beltway Boxing legend Darryll Tyson.
Then on Saturday, June 23, two of the most talked-about local boxers in recent memory will clash in a 10-round main event at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange will take on Stevensville, MD’s Tony “Mo Better” Jeter. Lange (38-4-2, 25 KO’s) will headline a Patriot Center card for the 15th consecutive time. Lange is 11-2-1 at the Patriot Center and has a seven-bout winning streak there. Jeter (13-3-1, nine KO’s) has fought at the Patriot Center on three occasions, going 2-0-1, one KO in that stretch.
Also slated to be on that card are WIBA Women’s Middleweight champ Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA (6-0-1), undefeated Fairfax, VA junior welterweight prospect Todd “White Lightning” Wilson (13-0, three KO’s) and Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight prospect Duane Mobley (2-0, one KO).
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