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.”

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 Baltimoreboxing.com 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 https://www.gofundme.com/blyweiss.

Melson will speak in front of the White House as part of a peaceful march Saturday, September 16.

Melson will speak in front of the White House as part of a peaceful march Saturday, September 16.


Brooklyn, NY (September 15, 2017) – New York District 11 Congressional candidate and retired pro boxer Boyd Melson will participate in the March to Protect American Democracy Saturday, September 16 in Washington, DC.

The march is organized by 4DPAC, a registered political action committee working to elect leaders believing in the value of progressive American leadership. Under President Trump’s lead, many believe America is being compromised by questionable foreign relationships.

The goal of the march is to raise awareness about President Trump’s interest in Russian support during the 2016 election as well as a threat of Russia hacking elections in 2018. Earlier this year, US intelligence caught Russian military officials bragging about disrupting the election. 4DPAC’s March to Protect American Democracy is strictly for awareness and not intended to call for President Trump’s impeachment.

Prior to the march, Melson and five other congressional candidates with national security backgrounds will speak for five minute each. The speeches take place on Pennsylvania Ave, directly in front of the White House. All attendees will receive preprinted signs and small American flags. Following the speeches, 4DPAC President Jim Arkedis will lead a march to the Russian Ambassadors house.

“As a proud American serving this country in the Army Reserves, there are a number of things I’ve seen during the last year that raise red flags,” said Melson, a Captain (promotable) who was picked up for Major earlier this week. “I owe it to the entire borough of Staten Island and the people of South Brooklyn to ensure that I represent their interests and protect their democracy. It is my responsibility to ensure that they as Americans, have every aspect of their American democracy protected the way the rest of our nation’s democracy must be protected. I was reached out to specifically by 4DPAC to serve as a guest speaker at this event after they were told of my speaking abilities. I immediately said yes as this is a necessity for the district I am running for a congressional seat in as well as a necessity for our entire country. I do not flinch in the eye of danger. I fight back. I am a fighter.”