Ballroom Boxing In Baltimore Tonight!

By Don Wright


Ballroom Boxing In Baltimore Tonight!

When undefeated super-middleweight prospect Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan last appeared on a Ballroom Boxing card earlier this year, he was co-featured along with Olympic bronze medalist Andre Dirrell and Dirrell ’s brother Anthony.  Having finished their nights with early knockouts, the Dirrell brothers hung around for Buchanan’s bout, heckling him from the crowd.  Beyond the Dirrell brothers, Buchanan, from Washington, D.C., has garnered much local attention in the past year.  The kid can fight.

Tonight, Buchanan shares the spotlight with another local undefeated prospect, Baltimore junior middleweight Ishmail Arvin (12-0-1, 7 KOs), in the final fight of the year at Michael’s Eight Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland.  Buchanan (10-0, 10 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line against Philadelphia’s Ronald Boddie (15-28-4, 7 KOs), while Arvin takes on the rugged Elias Cruz (11-11, 7 KOs) from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Both bouts are scheduled for eight rounds.

Two more rising undefeated prospects will appear on tonight’s card. Hard-punching junior welterweight Nick Casal (10-0, 10 KOs) of Niagra Falls, New York will face Martinus Clay (8-9) from North Carolina in a six round bout.  Philadelphia heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (5-0, 5 KOs) meets veteran Marion Wilson of Virginia, in another six rounder.  Opening the festivities in a four round junior middleweight attraction, New York’s Diego Villalda
makes his pro debut against Baltimore’s Tim Coleman (1-0).

Having recently featured such fighters as Wayne Braithwaite, Kermit Cintron, Ebo Elder, Hasim Rahman, and the Dirrell brothers, promoters Michael and Scott Wagner, and matchmaker Chris Middendorf have gained a reputation for showcasing rising local prospects on the verge of becoming contenders.

The show will take place tonigh, Thursday June 16th, 2005 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie, MD. Doors open at 6:30 with the first bout starting at 8:15.  Tickets are on sale now at, by phone at 410-766-7474 or at any Ticketmaster location.


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