Baltimore Boxing returns with a title twinbill and honors the life of Crystal Beard Friday, November 17

Baltimore, MD (November 16, 2017) – Jake Smith Baltimore Boxing’s “Who’s The Next Shining Star” will feature two title fights to cap off an exciting evening of Olympic Style boxing Friday, November 17 at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the family of Crystal Beard, who died October 28 of Triple Negative Breast Cancer at age 37. Beard’s two children and grandchild are now in the care of her family and she did not have life insurance. Her oldest child is hoping to go to college after graduating high school in 2018. The family now has to manage her medical bills while taking care of her children, in addition to caring for their own.

Baltimore Boxing is proudly hosting a 50/50 raffle and silent auction with all proceeds going to the Beard Family. Those unable to make it are encouraged to donate at https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-crystal-beard.

In the main event, Heavyweights TJ Mottinger and Tyler Langer are scheduled to slug it out for the East Coast Heavyweight Championship. Fighting out of Main Street Gym in Salisbury, MD, Mottinger is a Golden Gloves Champion with an outstanding work ethic. Langer boxes out of the Mack Lewis Gym and fought in many ultra competitive tournaments.

Maryland State Welterweight titlist DeShawn “Soulsnatcher” Chase risks his belt against Gilbert Vargas of the Annadale Boys & Girls Club. Chase has fought on Baltimore Boxing cards before and has impressed but the stakes will be high as he defends his title against a hungry foe.

Five time amateur champion Tyrell Boyd and Daquan Mints will appear in separate bouts while Greg Wright returns to the ring in separate undercard bouts.

“I am calling for the entire community to come out to this event not just for the fighters but for humanity,” said Jake Smith. “The Beard Family needs all the help the can get from everybody because taking care of three children while juggling Crystal’s medical bills and their regular day to day responsibilities is a lot. I hope to see everybody tomorrow night where we’ll pay respects to Crystal and raise as much money as possible to help her family out during these difficult times.”

Tickets from $40 are available by going to Baltimoreboxing.com/events or calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 and the first fight is scheduled for 8:30.

Tri-Star Boxing Returns to Nashville December 8

Tri-Star Boxing Returns to Nashville December 8


Nashville, TN (November 7, 2017) – Junior flyweight sensation Edwin Reyes looks for his fourth straight victory when he challenges Santos “Titos” Vasquez in the eight round main event of Tri-Star Boxing’s “Fights at the Fairgrounds” Friday, December 8 at the Fairgrounds Sports Arena in Nashville.

Living and fighting out of Nashville by way of Guatemala, Reyes owns a solid 7-2-2 record with five KO’s. On September 15, Reyes outpointed ultra-experienced Armando Vasquez over eight rounds. Locals have fully adopted Reyes, who will be fighting for a sixth time in the Music City.

Representing Reno, NV, the hard-hitting Vasquez is 4-2-1 with three wins by knockout. A win over Reyes would run Vasquez’ unbeaten streak to five fights.

The co-featured bout of the evening pits Nashville-based knockout artist Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko against durable veteran Juan Carlos Rojas of Mexico in a six rounds super middleweight showdown.
Agbeko, who came to Nashville by way of Ghana, owns an outstanding 19-1 professional ledger with 17 KO’s. In his last bout, Agbeko dominated veteran Brad Austin over six rounds. Since his lone setback in 2014, Agbeko’s made tremendous improvements and hopes to become a contender in the near future.

Rojas has shared the ring with many notable fighters including former world champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage along with contenders Brian Vera, Nathanial Gallimore, Terell Gausha, Domonique Dolton and Caleb Plant among others.
Cruiserweight standout Mike Wilson travels from his native Oregon to face an opponent TBD in a six round contest. A two-time US National Champion as an amateur, Wilson’s 18-0 with 8 KO’s as a pro and is working his way up the ranks.

“I’m glad to have two of our favorite local fighters headlining again,” said Matt Young, founder of Tri-Star Boxing Promotions. “Reyes gives fans their monies worth every time and Sena’s produced some great knockouts. Fans are also in for a treat with Mike Wilson. He was one of America’s top amateurs and is unbeaten in the pros so a big fight is definitely in his future.”

Light heavyweight Roy King, 10-1-1 (5 KO’s) of Johnson City, TN meets 34 fight veteran Marcus Brooks of Fort Benning, GA in a six round light heavyweight showdown while debuting light heavyweight Maidel Sando squares off with Memphis, TN’s Darius Shorter. Eduardo Aguiar, 1-0, will do battle with Memphis native Adam Young and debuting Demarcus “Chuckie” Driver enters the paid ranks against 10 fight vet Nicholas Rodriguez of Kentucky.
Additional bouts will be announced shortly.

“Nashville is becoming an excellent fight town,” stated Young. “The crowds have grown with every show and more boxers are contacting me about fighting on Tri-Star cards. I look forward to another exciting evening of action that will showcase some very good talent on December 8.”

Crystal Beard passed away October 28 at the age of 37. She leaves behind two children and a grandchild.

Crystal Beard passed away October 28 at the age of 37. She leaves behind two children and a grandchild.

Baltimore, MD (October 28, 2017) – Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions is back at Michael’s Eighth Avenue Friday, November 17 for “Who’s The Next Shining Star” however this evening is about far more than what will transpire in the ring during Olympic style boxing matches.

Smith was recently contacted about helping Crystal Beard, a Baltimore area native battling advanced stages of cancer. Beard was diagnosed in August 2016 with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, which is extremely aggressive. Unfortunately, the cancer spread throughout her body. Beard went through a total six chemo treatments and had a double mastectomy in February 2017. Smith, who makes it a priority to assist individuals and organizations through his fight cards, immediately agreed to help Beard.

Sadly, Beard passed away Saturday, October 28 at the age of 37. She leaves behind a 17 year old daughter, seven year old son and three month old grandchild. Beard did not have life insurance and the father of her children lives in Arizona. Her children and grandchild will be cared for by Beard’s sister and mother.

Medical bills are still coming in and Beard’s daughter, a senior in high school, is hoping to attend college. The family will now have to juggle Crystal’s medical bills and caring for three children in addition to their regular day to day responsibilities.

On fight night, there will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and donate a block tickets to the family which can be resold. Smith is currently putting together a number of other plans to raise additional funds for Beard’s family.

“In all of my years as a promoter working with people and organizations, this is the most devastating,” said Smith, a fixture in Baltimore’s boxing scene for more than 30 years. “A woman that should’ve had many happy and healthy years ahead of her passed away at 37 leaving behind two children and a grandchild that face an extremely difficult situation. We will do all we can to raise as much money and awareness as possible while honoring her legacy on the 17th because nothing in life is guaranteed and every day you get to enjoy is a blessing.”

Donations can be made to Beard’s family at gofundme.com/in-memory-of-crystal-beard.

The card features eight fights, two of which are title bouts and Five-time National Champion Tyrell Boyd is scheduled to appear.

Tickets from $40 are available by going to Baltimoreboxing.com/events or calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 and the first fight is scheduled for 8:30.

Rite Hook

October 10, 2017 (Biloxi, MS) – Rite Hook Promotions has run a successful string of professional boxing shows in the Biloxi area, most recently July 29 at the Climb Event Center in nearby Gulfport. Rite Hook CEO William Hunter opened doors for local fighters and multiple boxers signed under the Rite Hook Promotions banner through his fight cards along with various relationships he has with promoters across the US.

• Rite Hook Promotions’ Javonn “Pinkie” Barnes agreed to fight welterweight contender Karim Mayfield October 21 in his hometown of San Francisco, CA. The undefeated Barnes, who is from Atlanta, was in training camp preparing for the opportunity and Mayfield stirred the pot by trash talking on Barnes’ social media pages. To the surprise of Barnes and Hunter, a contact never came and Mayfield is instead fighting Miguel Dumas of Mexico.

Hunter believes that the 5’11 Barnes’ size was a concern for Mayfield. The last foe Mayfield, 5’7, faced 5’11 or taller was back in 2008. Although the Mayfield fight is off the table, Barnes will continue to receive world class sparring when he joins Regis Prograis’ training camp to help him prepare for his upcoming bout against Viktor Postol. Hunter is negotiating to get Barnes on the undercard.

• Mike “Concrete” Bissett came up short in his August 25 challenge for the NABF heavyweight championship against hard-hitting Laron Mitchell. Bissett, a natural cruiserweight who has a reputation for taking on all comers, entered the fight with an injury and a 30-plus pound weight disadvantage. A throwback fighter, Bissett looks to get back on track in the near future.

• Hunter is partnering with a group headed by Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Pete Fernandez to start a promotional firm called Fight Night Promotions. The company is hosting their first show Friday, November 10 at the Bryan Glaser Family JCC in Tampa, FL. Like Hunter’s vision with Rite Hook, Fight Night Promotions will help build and promote local talent. Fighters currently scheduled to appear on the 10th include female sensation Jazmine Artiga, who Hunter believes is a superstar in the making, and Ivan Franco. More information on the card will be announced shortly.


Brooklyn, NY (September, 22, 2017) – Boyd Melson, a retired boxing champion and Major in the United States Army Reserve, will continue assisting in the fight against Staten Island’s opioid epidemic at the “Heroes of Hope” festival Saturday, September 23. Melson was asked to serve as a guest speaker at the festival in order to help inspire those attendance battling drug addictions and he gladly accepted the opportunity to speak.
The festival takes place from 11 am until 4 pm at Church of the Gateway, located at 2000 Boscombe Ave in Staten Island, NY. More than 40 organizations and churches are participating in this free event. In 2016, more than 500 people came to support the ongoing battle against opoids.

Staten Island has one of the most serious opioid crises in the US, with 70 deaths and 200 overdoses in 2017 alone. The main focus of the festival is to offer a helping hand to individuals looking to combat addiction and the families affected by the addictions of their loved ones.

“The drug epidemic on Staten Island is scary and impacts both men and women, old and young, from all walks of life,” said Melson, who hosts free boxing clinics on Staten Island to assist those battling or overcoming addiction. “There’s a lot of work to be done because beating addiction is extremely difficult. It requires the assistance of friends, family, and most importantly, the positive will of an individual addicted. I have spent a great deal of time volunteering on Staten Island at Camelot, a residential drug rehabilitation program for young men. I lead them in group one Tuesday a month, and help put together constructive events for them to participate in outside of Camelot. These young men are exactly why the HOPE Program is a necessity on Staten Island. You treat a disease, you win or lose. You treat a person, you always win. The Heroes of Hope event is a blessing for Staten Island and I hope to inspire many people looking to knockout addiction.”