Baltimore, MD (December 15, 2016) – Jake “The Snake” Smith’s Baltimore Pro Boxing makes their long awaited return to Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD for “A Scary Night at the Fights” Friday, January 13.

Tickets to “A Scary Night at the Fights” are on sale now by going to Baltimoreboxing.com/events or calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 and the opening bell will sound at 8:15.

Headlining the event is Baltimore super middleweight Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow. Known as one of the physically toughest fighters in the 160 and 168 pound weight classes, Nicklow has a solid 25-8-3 record with 8 wins by knockout. The 29-year-old fought many top fighters including former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata, top contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Fernando Guerrero among others.

Nicklow, who is unbeaten in 26 fights in his home state, faces an opponent to be named in an eight round contest.

“I’m excited to be back running pro shows in the Baltimore area,” said Smith, a former boxer who has been a successful promoter for more than 20 years. “We’ve had incredible support from the crowd and our sponsors for amateur shows but people were always asking when we’d run another pro card. It’s my pleasure to present “A Scary Night at the Fights” and the plan is to continue providing quality entertainment for our ticket holders.”

In the co-main event, 18-year-old boxing prodigy Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazey of Baltimore meets an opponent to be named in a four round junior middleweight contest. Veazey, a multi-time champion in the amateurs, turned pro in October with a unanimous decision victory and has a large fan base.

“Dangerous” Donald Wallace, 1-0 (1 KO), is slated to return in a four round middleweight bout. A newcomer to the sport, the Baltimore resident made a name for himself as an amateur, going from novice to Olympic Trials participant in a short period of time. Wallace, who scored a first round knockout in his pro debut, faces a foe to be named.

Rugged 46 fight veteran Michael “The Amazing” Gbenga of Baltimore by way of Accra, Ghana will appear on the card in a light heavyweight contest.

Additional fights will be announced shortly.

For more information, visit Baltimoreboxing.com.

Baranchyk is now 13-0 with 10 knockouts and will return to ShoBox in early 2017.

Baranchyk is now 13-0 with 10 knockouts and will return to ShoBox in early 2017.


Miami, OK (December 11, 2016) – Rising stars and Holden Productions “Four State Franchise” members Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and Trey Lippe-Morrison kept their perfect records in tact following impressive victories Saturday, December 10 at the Buffalo Run Casino.

Headlining in front of a standing room only crowd in his adopted hometown of Miami, OK, Baranchyk battled game Phoenix native Wilberth Lopez over ten rounds. Lopez, who defeated five previously unbeaten foes, had to deal with the ultra-aggressive style of Baranchyk but scored a flash knockdown in the fourth round. The knockdown, his first suffered as a pro, had little impact on the fight. For the rest of the contest, the IBF #12 ranked Baranchyk overpowered Lopez, who was on the receiving end of many hard shots but finished the bout on his feet.

Scores were 98-91 twice and 97-92.

Baranchyk, who resides in Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia, is now 13-0 with 10 knockouts. Lopez falls to 15-7 (10 KO’s).

In the co-main event, Lippe-Morrison kept his knockout streak intact with a two round beatdown of veteran Ty Cobb. Living and fighting out of Vinita, OK, Lippe-Morrison focused on attacking Cobb’s midsection, forcing him to lower his guard. Lippe-Morrison quickly changed focus and dropped Cobb in the second round with a left hook to the head. Cobb beat the count but found himself on the floor shortly thereafter courtesy of another hard left hook. The tough Texan made it back to his feet but was in no shape to continue, forcing the stoppage at 2:10.

“I felt good and stuck to the game plan of going to his body,” Lippe-Morrison said after his victory. “By going to the body early, we knew we’d find an opening up top and that’s exactly what happened.”

Lippe-Morrison is now 13-0 with all of his victories by knockout. Cobb sips to 19-8 with 11 KO’s.

“I’m pleased with the way Ivan and Trey fought,” said Holden. “The future is extremely bright for both men and the demand to see the Four State Franchise fight at the Buffalo Run Casino is an an all-time high.”

Baranchyk and Lippe-Morrison are both expected to appear on ShoBox in early 2017.

In undercard action, two more members of the “Four State Franchise” won impressively.

Junior middleweight Dillon “White Lighting” Cook of Seneca, MO shutout durable Mexican veteran Juan Jesus Rivera, 28-16 (18 KO’s), in an eight round contest. Cook, who improved to 18-1 with 7 KO’s, maintained control from bell to bell and won every round on each scorecard.

Two sport standout Jarrett “The Legacy” Rouse bested once-beaten Shadi Shawareb in a found rounder. Rouse, who is unbeaten in both boxing and mixed martial arts, scored a second round knockdown and won by scores of 39-36 on all three cards.

Rouse, a Bartlesville, OK native, is 10-0-1 with 4 knockouts. Shawareb, of Oklahoma City, is 9-2-2 (5 KO’s).

Australian lightweight contender Billel “Baby Face” Dib upped his record to 21-1 (10 KO’s) after topping Colombian slugger Carlos Padilla, 16-5-1 (10 KO’s), in an eight round bout. Dib is promoted by DiBella Entertainment.

Veazey is ready, willing and able to face Conor McGregor in a boxing match

Veazey is ready, willing and able to face Conor McGregor in a boxing match


Baltimore, MD (December 6, 2016) – There was much talk throughout the boxing world last week when UFC superstar Conor McGregor received a boxing license from the California State Athletic Commission.
McGregor, widely considered the best mixed martial artist in the world, has been clamoring for a superfight with Floyd Mayweather. The bout would be a traditional boxing match. Talk surrounding Mayweather-McGregor received heavy criticism and it’s highly unlikely an athletic commission would sanction a five division world champion with a 49-0 record against an opponent making his debut.

Typically, debuting boxers face opponents that only have a few professional bouts.

Enter Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazey.

Living and fighting out of Maryland, the 18-year-old had a successful amateur career and turned pro with a four round decision victory in October. A big ticket seller in his home state, Veazey is an honor student focused on being a star in and out of the ring. While many other young professional boxers would wait for a high profile fight, Veazey is ready to show McGregor he should stick to his own sport.

“The whole boxing world already knows Conor McGregor doesn’t belong in the same ring as Mayweather. I just had my pro debut and he recently got licensed so on paper, that’s an approvable fight by the athletic commission. If he does face me however, I’d prove to the world that he’s not a boxer and end the hype he’s started. He thinks he can just walk into this sport and face the best? That’s not how it works. If you really want to get in the boxing ring, I’d gladly expose you right now because boxing is no joke!”

Veazey’s next fight is scheduled for January 13 in Maryland and his promoter Jake Smith of Baltimore Boxing has already discussed licensing McGregor with Maryland State Athletic Commission executives.

Baranchyk, 12-0 (10 KO's), is rated #12 by the IBF and is a fan favorite at the Buffalo Run

Baranchyk, 12-0 (10 KO’s), is rated #12 by the IBF and is a fan favorite at the Buffalo Run


Miami, OK (November 29, 2016) – Junior welterweight phenom Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and undefeated heavyweight knockout artist Trey Lippe-Morrison, both members of Holden Productions’ “Four State Franchise,” return to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK Saturday, December 10.

Headlining in a ten round contest, Baranchyk’s fighting his fourth consecutive bout at the Buffalo Run, where he is an adopted fan favorite. Raised in Russia and fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, Baranchyk is 12-0 with 10 wins by knockout. In his most recent bout, Baranchyk clearly outpointed crafty Zhimin Wang on ShoBox over ten rounds to capture both the USBA and WBC USNBC championships.

So far, Baranchyk has won all of his fights decisively and his team believes the sky’s the limit.

“He’s exceeded expectations,” said Promoter Tony Holden. “He’s fought three times on ShoBox and has two first round knockouts plus a dominant decision victory. I’m very excited for his future.”

Lou DiBella, who promotes Baranchyk along with Holden and Fight Promotions Inc, is equally enthused.

“Ivan is one of boxing’s biggest punchers and he’s making the move from prospect to contender. I’m happy he’s found a home away from home in Miami, OK and he’ll be able to continue to impress in front of his adopted hometown fans.”

Opposing the IBF #12 rated Baranchyk Wilberth Lopez, 16-5 (10 KO’s), of Tuscon, AZ. The tough Lopez has four wins against previously undefeated fighters including Leon Spinks III (6-0-1) and Damian Alejandro Sosa (8-0), besting the latter as part of the Mayweather-Maidana II undercard.

In the co-main event, Lippe-Morrison faces veteran Ty Cobb, 19-7 (11 KO’s), of Wichita Falls, TX. One of the most popular prospects in the US, Lippe-Morrison is 12-0 with all 12 wins by knockout. The fighting pride of Vinita, OK, Lippe-Morrison made his TV debut in September and did so with many eyes on him. The 27-year-old passed with flying colors, stopping fellow unbeaten Ed Latimore in less than 2 ½ minutes. He is a massive draw at the Buffalo Run, where he routinely fights in front of standing room only crowds.

The Lippe-Morrison-Cobb match is scheduled for six rounds.

Also appearing on the card in an eight round junior middleweight contest is fellow “Four State Franchise” member Dillon “White Lightning” Cook. Hailing from Seneca, MO, Cook owns a solid 17-1 professional ledger with 7 victories by way of knockout.

Challenging Cook will be 43 fight veteran Juan Jesus Rivera of Mexico. Rivera, 28-15 (18 KO’s), fought many quality fighters including former world champion Cesar Bazan, Daniel Sandoval, Dierry Jean and Roberto Ortiz.

Other bouts will be announced shortly.

Tickets are on sale now by going tohttp://www.stubwire.com/event/fourstatesfranchise/buffaloruncasino/miami/13787/.

Baltimore Boxing Promotions and the Baltimore Boxing Club raised $10,000 for two families  weighed down by medical bills.

Baltimore Boxing Promotions and the Baltimore Boxing Club raised $10,000 for two families weighed down by medical bills.


Baltimore, MD (November 15, 2016) – Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions is proud to announce they’ve raised $10,000 for two area residents with large medical bills associated with extended hospital stays.

To ensure funds were raised through multiple channels, Smith donated a large number of tickets (which the families resold and kept 100% of the money) while running a 50/50 raffle and silent auction on fight night at Michael’s Eighth Avenue.

On September 15, Baltimore Boxing’s “Fight for Vince” card raised funds for Vincent Veazey, a longtime trainer and mentor at the Baltimore Boxing Club. Veazey, who was already fighting Parkinson’s disease, suffered a heart attack earlier this year that required triple bypass surgery. Vince and his family were left with massive medical bills following his hospitalization and still needed enough money for day to day expenses.

Thursday, November 10’s card assisted the family of Nicholas Tasker, an 8-year-old Arbutus, MD resident battling a rare form of abdomen cancer. Tasker is still hospitalized but made it to Michael’s Eighth to receive the “Mike Dietrich American Dream Award” during an emotional ceremony for his courageous fight against cancer.

“I’ve been in boxing for most of my life as a fighter, trainer, promoter and gym owner and these last few events were the most emotional for me,” said Jake Smith. “The community and our fans have been incredible in purchasing tickets while participating in the silent auctions and 50/50 raffles to help those in need. As a lifelong Baltimore resident, it is my duty to give back to the community. Seeing firsthand what the sport of boxing can do to help others in need is a feeling no other.”

Baltimore Boxing’s next card is scheduled for December 8 and more information will be available shortly.

Residents, groups and organizations of the Baltimore area interested in receiving assistance through Baltimore Boxing fight cards are encouraged to email Bmoreboxing@aol.com with detailed information.