€Fright Night€ Boxing Card scores a KO
James Wright | 10/29/2009, 2:27 p.m.
The Washington boxing scene is coming alive again, as evidenced by the €Fright Night€ Boxing Card held on Sat., Oct. 24 at the D.C. Convention Center. Hundreds of fans showed up for a stellar night of boxing put on by promoter Cassandra White, founder of Babie Girl Productions.
€This is why I do what I do,€ said White, one of the few female promoters in the country. €I want to bring boxing to Washington, D.C. It is not easy, but I do it because I love to and the people want it.€
The fight of the night was Seth €Mayhem€ Mitchell who scored a decisive win over Jermell Barnes of Rochester, N.Y. The bout was stopped in the sixth round, giving Mitchell the KO. The undefeated Mitchell has a record of 14-0-1, with 9KO€s.
Mitchell showed off his trademark powerful flurries to the face and the jaw in the second round, but Barnes held his own. Mitchell had Barnes on the ropes a few times in the third round, but he managed to endure the punches. By the fourth round, Barnes began to wear down, and Mitchell delivered some powerful body blows in the fifth.
By the sixth and final round, Mitchell delivered a brutal set of flurries to the face that had the crowd on its feet, roaring for him. The referee ended the bout and awarded Mitchell the technical knockout.
€My trainer [Andre Hunter] said that I was working him down really good on the inside. I noticed that he started to wobble, so I focused on the inside and just kept working on him there. I did it with straight shots to the body,€ Mitchell said.
Undefeated heavyweight Seth €Mayhem€ Mitchell (14-0, 9KO€s) defeated Jermell Barnes TKO in the sixth round. Mitchell is considered a rising star in the heavyweight division, and fights for Golden Boy Promotions. €Seth Mitchell was the fighter of the night. It was the best performance of his young pro career,€ said boxing commentator Gary €Digital€ Williams. Photo by John E. DeFreitas
In other action, Henry €Sugar Poo€ Buchanan won the WBF All Americas Super middleweight champion by defeating Bobby Jordan Jr. of Norfolk, Va., in the main event by unanimous decision. The eight-round fight was a display of scientific boxing techniques and strategies. Buchanan gained the edge over Jordan by landing more punches. Buchanan improved to 18-2, with 12 KO€s, while Jordan fell to 6-2-1, 2KO€s.
Laurel, Md.€s Dwayne €The Big Ticket€ McCrae outlasted €The People€s Champion,€ Jonathan Felton, of Stafford, Va., and improved his record to 5 -1, with 3KO€s.
Dwayne €The Big Ticket€ McCrae defeated Jonathan €The People€s Champion€ Felton by unanimous decision in a 4-round Heavyweight bout. Photo by John E. DeFreitas
Oxon Hill, Md.€s Alexander €The Great€ Johnson, a crowd favorite and self-confessed showman in the ring, taunted Alexandria's Otgonbayer Daivii, his fellow light heavyweight by sticking out his tongue in a taunting gesture. Johnson won the bout, and improved his record to 7-3, with 3KO€s.
Alexander €The Great€ Johnson defeated Otgonbayer Daivii by unanimous decision in the 4-round light heavyweight division. €Johnson turned a relatively close bout into a rout with an impressive final round,€ said boxing commentator Gary €Digital€ Williams. Photo by John E. DeFreitas
Middleweight Jeremia Wiggins of Newport News, Va., defeated Antonio Walls by unanimous decision, bringing Wiggins€ record to 6-0-1, with 3KO€s, while Walls dropped to 2-2, with 1KO.
In their pro debut, Abodurin €Bo€ Akinyanju defeated his heavyweight Damien Richardson, both from the District. Akinyanju outweighed Richardson by 85 pounds, and made quick work of his opponent with a first round KO.
Boxing Promoter Cassandra White, founder of Babie Girl Promotions, put on a sold-out boxing card at the D.C. Convention Center on Sat., Oct. 24. So many fans came to see the action that more than 100 people had to be turned away at the door. White thanked the crowd for their support. Photo by John E. DeFreitas
Henry €Discombobulating€ Jones served as the ring announcer. Photo by John E. DeFreitas