Courtesy of Mike Greenhill
Courtesy of Mike Greenhill

Saturday’s 10-round main event bout between Gerome “GQ” Quigley of Montgomery Village, Md., and Raymond “Tito” Serrano of Philadelphia at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md., ended in a disappointing no-contest after almost two rounds.

In the first round, Serrano surprised the large, partisan crowd by landing solid shots, putting Quigley on his heels. However, during the round, the two men clashed heads, opening a cut on Quigley’s forehead. Ringside physicians asked referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the contest at 1:59 of the second after they could not stop the bleeding.

Before the stoppage, Quigley was undefeated at 18-0, 16 KOs, while Serrano was 24-5, 10 KOs. The USBA welterweight and WBC USNBC welterweight titles the two men were fighting for remain vacant.

The co-feature contest saw a Beltway Boxing Knockout Of The Year candidate delivered by Greenbelt, Md., cruiserweight “The Vanilla Gorilla” Sam Crossed, who needed just 23 seconds to knock out Joshua Jones of Brunswick, Mass.

Courtesy of Mike Greenhill

Crossed, who won the award in 2016, landed a devastating right hand to Jones’ chin that made him slump forward and fall to his knees. Referee Brent Bovell immediately waived the bout off without a count.

Crossed remains undefeated (7-0, five KOs) while Jones suffered his first loss in three professional fights.

Clinton, Md., super featherweight Cobia “The Soldier” Breedy won a six-round unanimous decision over Drew “Cruel Intentions” Correll of Danville, Va. After a close couple of rounds, Breedy’s speed and accuracy took over in the bout as he started to settle down and land the majority of telling blows.

Judges John Gradowski and Don Risher scored the bout 60-54 while judge Paul Wallace saw the contest 60-53.

Breedy is now 12-0 with four KOs while Correll suffers his first pro loss and is now 9-1 with eight KOs.

This Jeter Promotions/GQ Promotions card also had an area Bout of the Year candidate as “The Cisco Kid” Francisco Bustos of Rockville, Md., won a tough four-round unanimous decision over Jauvan John of Newport News, Va.

After surviving a tough onslaught by John in the first round, Bustos landed a strong right hand in the second round that dropped his opponent to the canvas. John would beat the count and come back to make the bout close but Bustos was able to withstand his oppnent’s onslaught with quality shots of his own.

Judge Gradowski saw the bout 39-36 while judges Risher and Wallace scored the contest 38-37 for Bustos, who remains undefeated at 7-0 with four KOs. John is now 2-6-1.

Glenarden, Md., super lightweight Drayvontay Speed-Rawls scored a fourth-round TKO over Matthew Murphy of East St. Louis, Mo.

Speed-Rawls essentially used his counterpart for target practice throughout the contest, while Murphy provided little offense. Eventually, Murphy’s corner had the referee stop the contest at 1:34 in the fourth.

Speed-Rawls improved to 10-1-1 with seven KOs while Murphy fell to 3-25-3 with two KOs.

Oxon Hill, Md., welterweight Rashad “Code Blue” Kilpatrick won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White of Washington, D.C.

Kilpatrick was in complete control of the bout, winning by shutout across the board, 40-36. Kilpatrick raises his record to 2-0, one KO while White is 1-13, one KO.

Laurel, Md., lightweight “The Red Comet” Dante Cox knocked out Ty’Shae Ferguson of Danville, Va., at 2:10 of the first round. Cox landed a crushing left-right combination to drop Ferguson to the canvas. Ferguson would beat the count but was unfit to continue. Cox is now 2-0, one KO while Ferguson falls to 0-9.

In the card’s opening bout, welterweight Marlon “The Machine” Bolen of Clinton, Md., made his pro debut with a third-round TKO over Christopher Thorne of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who was also fighting for the first time. Bolen dropped Thorne with a solid series of punches in the first round before ending the contest with a right hand in the third round that sent Thorne to the canvas again. The bout would be stopped at 2:10 of the third.

The husband-and-wife duo of Tony and Christen Jeter head Jeter Promotions. Quigley and Jeff Gatling are in charge of GQ Promotions. The matchmaker was Brian Dillon and the ring announcer was Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.

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