Nation’s Fight Night: The Heart of the Country
By Diamond B. Frazier – www.brooklynfights.com
August 16, 2017
Washington, D.C. (The Howard Theatre) – This past Saturday night, inside a packed Howard Theatre, fight fans witnessed some of the best up and coming boxing talent from within the nation’s capital take home victories and score crowd pleasing performances.
WELTERWEIGHT – 6 ROUNDS
Patrick “YG Patt” Harris, Hyattsville, MD (11-0, 7 KOs) vs Jesus Lule-Reya, Fort Meyers, FL (11-22-1, 2 KOs)
Harris, the son of one of the best trainers in the boxing (Patrice “Boogh” Harris), put together a great performance against a hard opponent in Lule-Reya. Lule-Reya started the fight, showing a good mix of sharp punches, landing while on the outside.
As the fight progress, Harris took control and began to apply his attack to the body, slowing down his opponent’s output. Harris began to slip punches while also landing strong uppercuts during the exchanges on the inside. Harris would go on to score a unanimous tough decision, winning 60-54 (x3). Harris continues to excel and improve with each fight.
WELTERWEIGHT – 8 ROUNDS
Jaron Ennis, Philadelphia, PA (13-0, 11 KOs) vs Richard Cano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX (17-14-5, 10 KOs)
Ennis, the twenty-year old welterweight from Philadelphia, once again showed why he’s one of the best up and coming boxers from his city, as he dispatched his opponent in supreme first-round TKO fashion. Ennis, with tons of fans on hand for support, put on a spectacular performance, wasting no time in letting his hands go to stop his opponent. Ennis cornered Cano and landed a right hook to the head, that quickly dropped Cano to his knees. Cano, who beat the count was unable to continue as the referee quickly called a halt to the bout.
Nicknamed “Boots”, Ennis continues to excite fans each time he enters the ring. At 5’10, Ennis is highly skilled welterweight and headed for future stardom.
WELTERWEIGHT – 6 ROUNDS
Kareem Martin, Washington, D.C. (8-1-1, 3 KOs) vs Evincii Dixon, Lancaster, PA (7-18-2, 2 KOs)“What keeps me motivated? I want those belts, I want to be known as one of the best fighters ever. I want to be pound-4-pound champion; I want to be in the history books.” – Kareem MartinIn a six-round affair, Martin dominated Dixon, from the opening bell. Martin, known to his friends and family as “Reemo”, used his powerful left-jab, that continuously snapped the head back of Dixon. Dixon was unmatched for the offensive attack of Martin.
By round four, Martin began to land punches from all angles. Martin often switched stances and landing lead jabs, uppercuts, and body punches at will. Martin would go on to win a unanimous decision 60-54 (x3).
SUPER MIDDLEWIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS
Franchon Crews-Dezurn, Baltimore, MD (1-1) vs Sydney LeBlanc, Gretna, LA (4-2-1)
The two-time world boxing medalist Crews-Dezurn delivered her power to defeat LeBlanc, scoring a four-round unanimous decision 40-36 (x3). Throughout the fight, both women exchanged power punches, with Crews-Dezurn getting the better of the exchanges.
Leading up to this battle, both women shared a common opponent: Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and WBC, IBF Super Middleweight Champion Claressa Shields. Now ranked at number eight in the world, Crews-Dezurn has her sights on exacting revenge against Shields for her lone professional loss.
LIGHTWEIGHT – 4 ROUNDS
Tiara Brown, Bladensburg, MD (2-0, 1 KOs) vs Tammy Franks, San Antonio, TX (2-28-1)
Loved by family, friends, and the community, the Metropolitan Police Officer Brown scored a TKO stoppage of her opponent at 0:49 seconds of the second round.
Brown, aka “The Dark Menace”, battered Franks lead jabs and straight right hands, from the beginning of the first round. Franks tried to defend against the offensive but she was no match for the continued onslaught that Brown delivered in the second round, causing the referee to call a halt to the bout.
WELTERWEIGHT – 4 ROUNDS
Brandun Lee, Coachella, CA (4-0, 3 KOs) vs Roy Garcia, Alice, TX (4-24-1, 3 KOs)
Lee, of Coachella, California, made sure to delight the fans by throwing nonstop punches to both the head and body of Garcia.
Garcia took all the punishment that he could withstand until the referee and crowd decided that he had taken enough and yelled for a stoppage. Lee would win by TKO stoppage coming in the second round.
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT – 6 ROUNDS
Tyreik Irby, Washington, D.C. (3-0, 1 KO) vs Anthony Alston, Raleigh, NC (0-1)Irby wasted no time in defeating Alston, scoring at knockout 0:58 into the first round. Alston was unprepared for the fast hands of Irby, who made sure to quickly take care of business against his unmatched opponent.
“I stay motivated,” Irby said, “It is hard living from where I’m from. I will continue to do what I need to do.”
WELTERWEIGHT – 4 ROUNDS
Shyngyskhan Tazhibay (4-0, 2 KOs), Karaganda, Kazakhstan vs Robert Hill, Gulfport, MS (7-33-1, 1 KO)
To jumpstart this amazing event was the showing of an unbeaten fighter: Shyngyskhan Tazhibay. Born in Kazakhstan, and now living in Washington, D.C., the Karaganda native Tazhibay, made sure to focus and find his rhythm against an unorthodox opponent in Hill. Fighting out of the famed Headbangers Gym in Washington, D.C., Tazhibay, nicknamed “Genghis Khan”, took his time and was successful in his strategy to attack the body to slow down his opponent’s offensiveness. During the third and fourth round, both men traded punches. As the final concluded, it was Tazhibay who came away with the unanimous decision victory (40-36, 3x).
“Boxing is my lifestyle,” Tazhibay said, “everything I do is about discipline and boxing.”
Nations Fight Night, produced a special showcase of music and celebration of two of the best fighters from the DMV area (Lamont Peterson – 35-3-1, 17 KOs – WBA Welterweight Champion, WBA Super Lightweight Champion, IBF Super Lightweight Champion) and his younger brother (Anthony Peterson – 37-1, 24 KOs – former NABF and WBO-NABO Lightweight Champion). The event brought the entire DMV area together to support boxing and the community.
Nation’s Fight Night will continue to showcase exciting fights, featuring the best talent in boxing, music, while also uplifting the community. As mentioned by promoter Tatiana Noboa:
“Nation’s Fight Night is Washington, D.C.’s number #1 boxing and entertainment series. Our showcase premiered the nation’s top boxing talent and with great entertainment. The event was groundbreaking, amazing, with part of the proceeds raised to be given to local nonprofit organizations.”
For continued support, please follow Nation’s Fight Night at:
Also, follow all the fighters on social media at:
- Shyngyskhan Tazhibay: https://www.instagram.com/chingiz.1992/
- Tyreik Irby: https://www.instagram.com/i.g.b_23/
- Brandun Lee: https://www.instagram.com/brandun_lee/
- Tiara Brown: https://www.instagram.com/tbaby125lbs/
- Franchon Crews-Dezurn: https://www.instagram.com/thehhdiva/
- Kareem Martin: https://www.instagram.com/reemo_hb4life/
- Jaron Ennis: https://www.instagram.com/jaronennis/
- Patrick “YG Patt” Harris: https://www.instagram.com/ygpatt/
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