Keystone Boxing promotion has it’s card set for Saturday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC as Laurel, Maryland middleweight and hard puncher Demond “D Best At It” Nicholson will be the main event as he takes on Rahman Mustafa Yusubov in a six-round affair.
Nicholson (10-1, 10Kos’) is looking to rebound after his first career setback when he was stopped by Lekan Byfield in the six-round of their contest back in early November. Nicholson is a young aggressive boxer that loves to end a fight in one punch as evident by his 10 ko’s early on his career.
Byfield (11-19, 9 Ko’s), a native of Dallas, Texas, has dropped four of six and 10 of 12 and is coming off a third-round TKO loss to Lanell Bellows in December. He started his career 5-0 before suffering his first loss to Karim Mayfield when he was dropped in the second round of their scheduled six-round fight in 2007.
From there his career has stalled as evident by his lop-sided record. This looks to be a quick fight for Nicholson, who will be coming into this fight with a large chip on his shoulder after absorbing his first loss.
Also on the card is undefeated super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr, The Palmer Park, Maryland native will tangle with Stephon McIntyre. Rivers is a very sound and solid boxer. A very humble kid, who scored a vicious six-round TKO over a gritty and game Karl Garcia-Rios in Fort Washington, Maryland back in October. Rivers (10-0, 7 Kos’) talked about his career before that fight. (Click here for interview).
McIntyre (4-2-2) has dropped his last two — both by knockouts — and to undefeated boxers (Neslan Machado and Justin Pauldo.
Forestville, MD junior welterweight Myke “The Professor” Fox will step up to his first six-round bout when he takes on when he takes on Luis “Yeye” Rodriguez of Carolina, Puerto Rico. Fox (4-0, one KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Sean Lockhart last November, while Rodriguez (3-1, two KO’s) travels outside Puerto Rico for the first time for this fight and in the process will try to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss back in November of 2013.
In four-round bouts, Montgomery Village, MD junior middleweight Gerome Quigley will take on Laurel, MD’s Norman “The Shadow” Allen. Quigley (5-0, four KO’s) made quick work of Cedric Coney by scoring a first-round knockout last October in Virginia. Allen (6-11, three KO’s) lost a six-round unanimous decision to Brandon Quarles on April 26 in Springfield and will desperately try to break a 10-bout losing streak.
Fort Washington, MD super bantamweight Marq “The Monster” Johns will take on Jaxel Marrero of Puerto Rico. Johns (4-0-1, four KO’s) has knocked out his last four opponents, while Marrero (1-3-1) suffered a four-round unanimous decision over Mario Barrios last May.
Marrero is durable and has never been knocked out as a pro.
DC lightweight Tyrone “Showtime” Wright will face off against Thomas Mattice of Cleveland, OH. Wright (2-1) won a sloppy four-round majority decision over Enrique Vargas last April at the Rosecroft Raceway, while Mattice (1-0, one KO) won his pro debut courtesy of a first-round TKO of Frank Jordan in a bout last September.
DC bantamweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Adams, Jr. takes on Gabriel Braxton of Red Oak, GA. Adams (1-0) won his pro debut with a four-round majority decision over Arthur Parker over the summer. Braxton (1-7), who lost a four-round unanimous decision to Jose Gomez in late November, scored his lone win of his career with a four-round unanimous decision over Rodrigo Gabriel.
Lightweight Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines of District Heights, MD returns to action when he goes up against the above mentioned Parker. Gaines (4-2, 1 KO) had a quiet 2014. He did not fight during the past year after losing by second-round TKO to Anthony Smith in June of 2013 at the Washington Convention Center.
Parker returns to DC for the second straight time and is hoping for a different result. Last time out, Parker was stopped in the fourth round by Nuwan Jayakody back in October.
Hyattsville, MD junior welterweight Patrick Harris (3-0, two KO’s) is also slated to be on this card, fighting for the first time in the Nation’s Capital. His opponent is not yet know.