Local Boxers Win Debut Matches at HU Event

Special to Informer | , Gary "Digital" Williams | 11/16/2011, 1:46 p.m.
Wilson, NC middleweight Michael Taylor grimaces from a body shot after being knocked down by Dushane Crooks of Brooklyn, NY in the first round of their bout. Crooks won the contest in 51 seconds of the opening round.

Several local boxers made successful debuts in front of hometown fans during the Babie Girl Productions boxing card that was held recently on the campus of Howard University.

Native Washingtonian, "Mr." Andre Ward, won one of the competitions that took place at Crampton Auditorium, by a second-round TKO over Joshua Nelson of Jacksonville, Fla. Ward won his first pro fight with his first pro knockout at 2:01 of the second. Ward is now 1-0-1, one KO. Nelson was also making his pro debut.

D.C. heavyweight Kaelan Hollon won her pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Yolanda Bellamy of Raleigh, NC. Hollon won by shutout (40-36) on all three judges' cards (David Jordan, Lloyd Scaife and Tammye Jenkins). Bellamy was making her pro debut as well.

Cruiserweight Zakki Scott of Temple Hills, Md., had a short pro debut with a TKO at 1:18 of the first round over Judidas Williams of Wilson, NC.

Brooklyn, NY, middleweight Dushane Crooks scored a first-round TKO, needing just 51 seconds to stop Michael Taylor of Wilson, NC. Crooks is now 5-0, four KO's while Taylor is 0-5.