Recently, DMV fighters have been on the losing end of fights.
Waldorf’s Mike Reed and Forestville’s Alantez Fox suffered their first losses a few weeks ago.
However, last week saw area fighters go 3-1 on the same night.
At the Coliseum in St Petersburg, Fla., Antonio and Antuanne Russell remained unbeaten with first-round knockouts.
Antuanne improved to 3-0 by knocking out Larry Yanez (4-8-1) at 2:31 of round one, while Antonio (10-0) took Marco Mendoza out at 1:15 of the first round. The Russells, from Capital Heights, landed straight left hands to turn out the lights on their opponents.
“He tried to stay away from my hook, but I set him up with my jab, saw an opening and I took it,” Antonio said.
What he took was a piece of Mendoza’s face and put him on his backside.
Olympian Antuanne had a simpler approach.
“I followed instructions. I could see that (Yanez) had a lot of nervous energy. I never saw any film on my opponent, but we are well prepared and believe in our corner,” he said.
Antuanne has first round wins in each of his three pro fights.
“I have no problem with first-round knockouts. My ring generalship is excellent. I spar with fighters weighting 165 to 170 pounds, so I am ready for fighters my size,” he said.
Washington, D.C.’s David Grayton, fighting on the same card as the Russells, suffered a unanimous decision loss to Miquel Cruz (17-0). Grayton (15-2) and Cruz went toe to-toe-for 10 rounds. Grayton was knocked down in the sixth round, but bloodied the face of Cruz with powerful jabs and strong left hands. All three judges scored the fight 96-93.
In Bethlehem, Pa. Forestville’s Myke Fox won a unanimous eight-round decision over Manuel Reyes (11-4).
Fox pitched a shutout on one card, 80-72. The other two judge’s cards showed 79-73 and 77-74. Fox improved to 15-0 and took home the Universal Boxing Federation All America Welterweight Belt.
It is official. Washington, D.C.’s Lamont Peterson will fight world welterweight champion Errol Spence on Jan. 20 on Showtime. The fight will be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.