WASHINGTON, D.C. – There are three significant levels of professional boxing.
The champions of the world, according to the major boxing organizations, are considered the highest level. And, the Washington, D.C. area can boast about having three current world champions.
They are D.C.’s Lamont Peterson, a welterweight champion, Capitol Heights’ Gary Russell, Jr., a featherweight champion, and Accokeek’s Jarrett Hurd, a junior middleweight champion. Hurd is rumored to have a July date for the first defense of his title.
Next are the contenders for the world championships. The contenders from the area are Dusty Harrison, who holds a lesser belt, Anthony Peterson and Thomas Williams (who fought for the light heavyweight championship of the world.) D’Mitrius Ballard can also be thrown into this group, as he is undefeated, holds a lesser belt and was featured on a nationally-televised bout.
The next level is top prospects. These young fighters have excellent records and are waiting for a signature fight on national TV for maximum exposure. From this region, the top prospects are Mike Reed, Lamont Roach (who fights on June 30 on ESPN), Antonio Russell, Patrick Harris, Antione Douglas and Alantez Fox, who holds a lesser belt and is closing in on contender status.
Last Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway, Forestville’s Mykal Fox added his name to the top prospect list with a unanimous decision over Daniel Sostre. Alantez Fox’s younger brother improved to 14-0, is a skilled technician in the ring and was in full form against Sostre. He also said he improved from his last bout.
“I put pressure on him smarter this time. I was able to avoid shots and still impose my will,” Fox said.
Fox showed great defense in the fight. The last time out he took some hard blows to his head. This fight he used his angles.
“I always work on trying to fight from an angle,” he said. “Everyone is strong if you fight them face-to-face. I try to get to the side and attack them from there. My goal is to fight from an angle so he can’t hit me.”
Trainer and father, Troy Fox, was also impressed.
“I think he did well. He boxed well and he won all of the rounds. I wanted him to step it up, but he had his reasons for staying at the pace he wanted. He didn’t get hit a lot, but sometimes it’s only one punch that he takes that convinces him to lay back.”
Other local winners from Rosecroft included D.C.'s Jordan Peters, Suitland's Malik Loften (who made his pro debut), Justin Hurd from Accokeek, Bowie's Greg Outlaw, Jr. and Forestville's Tyrek Irby.
And don’t forget the female boxers that are champions from the DMV. They are multiple-belt-holder Tori Nelson, Tyrieshia Douglas and Jennifer Salinas, who won her title while living in Northern Virginia.