Pro Boxing Headed for Md.’s Live Casino

The Live Casino in Hanover, Md., will make its initial foray into professional boxing this month, hosting a nationally televised card that will literally feature one of its own.

The main event on the Saturday, Aug. 18, card pits Laurel, Md., super middleweight Demond “D’Best At It” Nicholson against Issac Rodrigues of Belem, Brazil, in a 10-round bout for the WBC’s vacant USNBC super middleweight title.

Nicholson (18-3-1, 17 KOs) looks to bounce back from a seventh-round TKO loss to Jesse Hart in April, while Rodrigues (25-2, 20 KOs) is on an eight-bout winning streak, including a fourth-round TKO win over Frankie Filippone in June.

Many local fans are already talking about the 10-round co-feature contest, which defines the phrase “crossroads bout.” Undefeated Forestville, Md., super lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox will battle former WBO super lightweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley of D.C. At 44, Corley is twice the age of Fox, who was 7 months old when Corley began his pro career in May 1996.

Fox (17-0, four KOs) last fought on May 11 and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Anthony Mercado, recently moved atop the USBA’s super lightweight rankings. This will be the second 10-round contest for Fox, who went that distance with Manuel Alejandro Reyes on Nov. 11 in Bethlehem, PA. Defeating Reyes earned Fox his first regional title, the UBF All-Americas Welterweight championship.

Corley (51-31-1, 28 KOs) is looking to break a two-bout losing streak that includes a 12-round unanimous decision loss to former WBA super lightweight titleholder Vivian Harris on July 21 in Memphis, Tenn. This will be Corley’s fifth bout this year and his first in the region since he defeated Daniel Attah by 10-round unanimous decision at the Washington Convention Center in September 2014.

An interesting bout on the card will be a four-round lightweight contest between “The Red Comet” Dante Cox of Elkridge, Md., and Latorie Woodberry of Roanoke, Va.

For Cox, he will be truly competing in front of his home crowd, as he works at Live Casino as a bartender in the Prime Rib Restaurant. Cox (2-0, one KO) is coming off a first-round TKO over Tyshae Ferguson on June 16 at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md. Woodberry (2-6-2) last fought on June 8 and won a four-round majority decision over Mike Conway in Pittsburgh.

There will be a six-round, all-Maryland middleweight bout between Columbia’s Ashton “The Goon” Sykes and Baltimore’s “Dangerous” Donald Wallace. Sykes (2-1) bounced back from his first pro loss by winning a four-round unanimous decision over Alberto Delgado on June 29, while Wallace (2-1-1, one KO) looks to bounce back from a four-round unanimous decision to Zarifbek Nishanbaev in July 2017.

Nishanbaev, “The Uzbek Warrior” of Arlington, Va., by way of Kyrgyzstan will be on this card in a four-round super welterweight bout against veteran Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack Jr. of Baltimore. Nishanbaev (4-1, three KOs) won his last outing by first-round TKO over Cordell Powell on April 28 in Phoenix. Womack (8-16-4, six KOs) lost a tough four-round majority decision to Kareem Martin on June 30 in D.C.

In a six-round middleweight rematch, undefeated Francisco “The Cisco Kid” Bustos of Rockville, Md., will battle Jauvan John of Brooklyn. The two boxers fought their last contest against one another on June 16 in Laurel, Md., with Bustos (7-0, four KOs) winning a four-round unanimous decision over John (2-6-1).

A four-round cruiserweight contest will have Charles Johnson of D.C. taking on the debuting Chester Stewart of Bowie, Md. Johnson (0-1) lost his pro debut against Mushin Cason by four-round unanimous decision. Stewart is a former quarterback who played professionally with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Jeter Promotions card is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. eastern with the main event broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.livecasinohotel.com.

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