Blyweiss  is a longtime friend of Baltimore Boxing currently facing many serious medical issues.

Blyweiss is a longtime friend of Baltimore Boxing currently facing many serious medical issues.

Baltimore, MD (September 20, 2017) – The boxing community in Baltimore has come together in support of Baltimore Boxing Promotions’ “Punches and Prayers for Alan Blyweiss” fight card taking place at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD Thursday, September 21.

This Olympic style boxing event is centered on raising funds and awareness for Alan Blyweiss. A good friend of Baltimore Boxing Promotions’ Jake Smith, Blyweiss is a former pro boxer, longtime sparring partner, trainer and gym owner suffering serious health issues.

In the last few years, Blyweiss had most of his small intestine removed, six hernia surgeries, a hip fusion and rods implanted in his spine. Additionally, his memory, speech and balance continue to rapidly declined. Doctors diagnosed him with Pugilistic Dementia in March 2016. Blyweiss is now under 24 hour care, takes many medications each day and requires regular appointments with different doctors.

To assist the Blyweiss family, Baltimore Boxing is hosting a 50/50 raffle and silent auction during fight night. Many current and former pro boxers including former world champion Vincent Pettway and contender turned trainer John Scully will be at Michael’s Eighth to offer their support.

“The local response for this card has been tremendous,” said Jake Smith. “When one of our own is in need, the boxing community does a great job of coming together. Alan mentored many fighters when he had his gym. It didn’t matter to him if you were throwing a jab for the first time or training for a pro fight because that’s just the kind of guy he is. Alan loves boxing at every level.”

Smith also hopes that “Punches and Prayers for Alan Blyweiss” will help his dear friend beyond the funds raised.

“In addition to the financial assistance through the raffle and silent auction, the best thing this event can do is make Alan smile. Each day is mentally, physically and emotionally draining for Alan. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get to enjoy boxing like he used to. It is my sincerest hope that being at the fights and around people from the boxing community will uplift his spirits.”

The card is topped by three exciting championship fights. The main event is an East Coast Heavyweight Championship bout between Baltimore Boxing’s Brian “Bam Bam” Haneschlager and Alexander Jefferson of Raleigh, NC. Deshawn “Soul Snatcher” Chase will face Alexander Jefferson for the East Coast Welterweight Championship and popular Clayton Frazier challenges Alfonso Michaelson of Cambridge, MD for the Maryland State Junior Middleweight title.

Individual tickets from $40, $60 VIP seats and $600 VIP tables of 10 are available by logging onto or calling 410-375-9175. All VIP ticketholders can enjoy complementary hors d’oeuvres and half price drinks from 6:30 until the start of the first fight at 8 pm.

Those unable to attend can donate to the Blyweiss family by going to