Keenan Collins and Martinus “Magnificent” Clay will do it again in a rematch of their entertaining six-round scrap from last September’s Ballroom show, this time as the featured bout in the latest installment of Ballroom Boxing, at Michael’s Eight Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland. For hard punching Collins (7-1-1, 7 KOs), who fights out of Reading, Pennsylvania, Clay (9-9-1, 3 KOs) provided a surprising and stiff test last time out. The two welterweights will extend their second match to an eight rounder as they try to settle their differences tonight.
On the under card, cruiserweight Sean Williams will make his pro debut against William “the Storm” Bailey (3-7-1, 2 KOs). Williams is jumping into relatively deep waters by choosing to debut in a six rounder, rather than the customary four round inaugural fight. Ballroom Boxing fans will remember Bailey from frequent trips to the Ballroom, most notably in November of 2001, when he was knocked out in the second round by then newcomer Darnell “the Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson.
Rounding out the card, Kay Karoma (1-0), from Alexandria, Virginia, will meet Wilson, North Carolina’s Jonathan Jones (0-1) in a four round junior middleweight bout. Jose Rodriquez, fighting out of New York City, will make his pro debut in a four round junior middleweight match against Rodney Green (2-2), also from Wilson, North Carolina. Another debuting New Yorker Wes Hobbs will face Hamilton Verano (0-2-1) of Newark, New Jersey in a 4 round welterweight fight.
Ballroom Boxing is promoted by Scott and Michael Wagner. This card is the first under former major league pitcher Tony Saunders, who was recently named director of Boxing Operations for Ballroom Boxing.
Tickets are available at the door at Michael’s Eight Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Drive, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061. Or charge by phone at (410) 766-7474. Doors open at 6:30.