COCKEYSVILLE, Md.–A boxing unknown was the surprise of the night at a recent charity boxing event in Cockeysville, Md., scoring a first-round knockout at the age of 32.

The event was staged by Baltimore Ravens legend Jonathan Ogden to benefit his foundation for helping young people in disadvantaged communities develop self-esteem through athletics and education.

The event featured six bouts with the main event between welterweights James Stevenson of Baltimore, who has a win-loss record of 17-0, and Damon Antoine of Akron, Ohio, who has a record of 11-42. Stevenson won by decision, advancing to 18-0.

But the unexpected highlight of the night came from a super featherweight, Baltimore native Ramondo Elliott, in an undercard bout against the undefeated Shane Reynolds of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Elliott, who hadn’t been inside the ring for three years, had no sign of “ring rust” as he landed a counter right-hand punch to knock Reynolds out in the first round.

“I was studying him and could see that he was open for me to land a big punch” Elliott said.

Elliott said his motto is “better late than never,” because of his late start in boxing.
“I started boxing at age 23, but I had few setbacks – broke my hand and was in and out of jail,” he said. “

But now at age 32, Elliott is more motivated than ever to fulfill his boxing dream. With this win, Elliott is now 2-1 overall, both his victories coming by knockouts.

His gym, Blue StarBoxing, has set up an aggressive schedule over the next year with his next bout set for Dec. 1 in Winchester, Va.

“I will continue to work hard,” said Elliott, who is sponsored by Mustang Alley, a popular bowling alley/bistro near the Fells Point area in downtown Baltimore. “I will work and work smart.”

Boxing trainer Mack Allison, who has worked with several different boxers out of Baltimore City, helped work the corner for Elliott during his fight against Reynolds and said he was very impressed with Elliott’s performance.

“He looked real sharp in there and he caught good, right on the chin,” Allison said. “He’s going to have a lot of success because he works hard, stays humble and focused. He deserves all the good coming his way.”

Kenan Shoulds

Special to the AFRO