DC Holds 'Fright Night' October 24 at Convention Center
Gary "Digital" Williams | 10/2/2009, 3:31 p.m.
One week before Halloween, Babie Girl Productions will have a "Fright Night" card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, October 24. Headlining the card will be Capitol Heights, MD super middleweight Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan. who returns to the ring for the first time since his nationally televised (Showtime) 12-round unanimous decision loss to Andre Ward on February 6 in Lemoore, CA.
Buchanan (17-2, 12 KO's) will take on Norfolk, VA's Bobby Jordan, Jr. in an eight-round matchup. Jordan (6-1-1, two KO's) will try to bounce back from his first pro loss -- an eight-round unanimous decision to Farah Ennis on June 19 in Salisbury, MD.
The co-feature bout will be the first scheduled eight-round contest for undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell. To say Mitchell will be facing a veteran in this contest is an understatement, for his scheduled opponent will be former heavyweight contender "Smokin'" Bert Cooper of Sharon Hill, PA.
Mitchell (13-0-1, eight KO's) is coming off a devastating first-round knockout over Andre Carthron in his first nationally-televised appearance (ESPN) on August 14 in Tucson, AZ. Cooper (36-22, 30 KO's) has fought a litany of former world champions during his career including George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, Mike Weaver, Ray Mercer, Orlin Norris, Chris Byrd and Michael Moorer. However, Cooper has not stepped into a ring since September of 2002 when he was stopped in the fourth round by Darroll Wilson.
There are some interesting undercard bouts slated for this card. In a four-round light-heavyweight bout, undefeated Alexander "The Great" Johnson of Oxon Hill, MD will take on Arlington, VA's Otgonbayer Daivii. Johnson (7-0, three KO's) returns to action quickly after his four-round unanimous decision victory over Francois Ambang on September 26 in Fairfax, VA. The last outing for Daivii (3-2-1, one KO) was also against Ambang in Fairfax on May 2 when Daivii won a four-round split decision. Ironically, both Johnson and Daivii have each faced Ambang twice. Johnson won both his bouts while Daivii lost the first matchup and won the second.
Also scheduled to make a quick return to action is middleweight Barry Trotter of Columbia, MD who will battle DC's Antonio Walls in another four-rounder. The undefeated Trotter (2-0) will try to build on a tough four-round unanimous decision victory over Tracy Brewer on the September 26 Fairfax, VA card. Walls (2-1, one KO) is looking to come back from a loss -- a four-round unanimous decision to Cecil McCalla on January 23 in Woodlawn, MD.
Making his pro debut on this card will be heavyweight and former amateur standout Abodurin "Bo" Akinyanju of DC. Akinyanju had a decorated amateur career and he will face fellow DC boxer Andrew Jackson (1-0, one KO).
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