A number of young professional boxers faced mostly durable competition and came away with victories Saturday during the Nation’s Fight Night card at the historic Howard Theatre in D.C.
In the main event, Hyattsville, Maryland, welterweight Patrick Harris won a six-round unanimous decision over a very game Jesus Lule of Fort Myers, Florida, by way of Mexico. Harris relied mostly on his inside work, landing crunching shots to Lule’s body. Harris didn’t rely much on his jab as he was able to pummel Lule inside.
Harris won by shutout across the board, 60-54, to remain undefeated (12-0, seven KOs). Lule falls to 11-23-1, two KO’s.
In the co-feature, highly-touted Philadelphia welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis made short work of Ricardo Cano of Guadalajara, Mexico, scoring a first-round knockout.
Ennis jumped on Cano early and backed him into a neutral corner, landing a left hand to the body and followed with a sweeping right hook to the head to drop Cano. After reaching the count of eight, Referee Sharon Sands stopped the bout at 40 seconds.
Ennis is now 14-0 with 12 KOs while Cano fell to 17-14-5 with 10 KOs.
D.C. welterweight Kareem “Reemo” Martin bounced back from suffering his first pro loss by winning a six-round unanimous decision over Evincii “Prize Fighter” Dixon of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Martin’s offensive output turned Dixon into a punching bag, punctuating his performance with quick and powerful flurries in the final round. Martin (9-1-1, 3 KOs) won every round on all three judges’ cards over Dixon (7-19-2, 2 KOs).
In ladies’ action, Baltimore light heavyweight Franchon Crews-Dezurn won a four-round unanimous decision over “Lady Rocky” Sydney LeBlanc of Gretna, Louisiana, a slugfest from start to finish as both ladies landed clubbing shots against each other.
LeBlanc tried to live up to her nickname at times as she called in her opponent to exchange punches, but the judges gave the nod to Crews-Dezurn as she won every round on all scorecards.
Crews-Dezurn, the wife of undefeated Baltimore boxer Glenn Dezurn Jr., is now 2-1, with one KO, while LeBlanc dropped to 4-3-1.
Bladensburg, Maryland, lightweight “The Dark Menace” Tiara Brown scored a second-round TKO over “Unpredictable” Tammy Franks of San Antonio, battered Franks all over the ring with strong shots with both hands before the bout was stopped by referee Brent Bovell at 49 seconds of the second round.
Brown is now 3-0 with 2 KOs. Franks is now 2-29-1.
In the most impressive performance of the night, Coachella, California, welterweight Brandun Lee scored a second-round TKO over the normally tough Roy “The Reaper” Garcia of Alice, Texas.
Lee quickly started his dominance by landing precise blows to the head and body. The confident 18-year-old was so in control, he took a brief moment to pose in front of a ringside photographer during the action. Lee quickly overpowered Garcia before referee Sharon Sands halted the bout at 1:23 of the second round.
Lee remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO’s. Garcia falls to 4-24-1, two KO’s.
Welterweight Tyrek “I.G.B.” Irby of Hyattsville, Maryland, scored an easy first-round KO over late sub Anthony Alston of Raleigh, North Carolina. Alston was extremely overmatched as Irby pressured him and landed numerous punches, knocking him out with 58 seconds left in the round. Irby is now 4-0 with 2 KOs while Alston is 0-2.
In the card’s opening bout, D.C. welterweight Shynggyskhan Tazhibay won a four-round unanimous decision over veteran Robert “Hitman” Hill of Gulfport, Mississippi. Tazhibay (5-0, two KOs), a native of Kazakhstan, landed solid shots against Hill (7-34-1, 1 KO), who was game but had no offense in return.
The card was promoted by Jarod and Tatiana Moton. The matchmaker was Chris Middendorf. The ring announcer was Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.