Boxing in the Washington, D.C. area is on the rise. Fresh off the heels of last December’s mega bout between native Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan, which took place at the Washington Convention Center and aired live on HBO, the District is still buzzing. However, anticipation is in the air again since the Convention Center is set to open its doors on March, 10 to local promotion company Keystone Boxing. A tightly-packed fight card will feature an array of local fighters on a night that’s quickly gaining steam around the area.

“Tickets are 75 percent sold out,” Raymond Jackson of Keystone Boxing informed the AFRO on March, 7. “We had no idea this card would get this much attention.”

Twenty-eight-year-old Ivan Ziglar will be participating in one of the eight bouts on what promises to be a lively night and the Southeast resident can’t wait to lace up his gloves. 

“It’s an exceptional fight card,” Ziglar previewed. “I consider myself to be the best of the best as far the fighters on the card. Keystone is putting the show on and I want this to be a very entertaining show that the public and people that come will like. I’m expecting a championship performance.”

After an unsuccessful run with his previous promotion team, Ziglar (4-2-1) took his talents to Keystone and the two have been making music ever since. Ziglar has won his last three fights.

“I originated in the Virginia Beach area so I started down there,” Ziglar said.

“Unfortunately, mismanagement was happening so I moved up here, changed camps and got with Keystone. I’ve been undefeated since I made my change.”

Ziglar expects to ring his win count to four this weekend in an effort that he expects to garner much attention.

“I want people to come back again for more fights as long as Keystone keeps putting on fights,” Ziglar said. “The more that we develop and grow all of us are going to have business.”

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO