It was not the type of homecoming Greg Outlaw wanted.
The junior welterweight prospect fought to a no contest against journeyman Wilfrido Buelvas Saturday night at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.
Outlaw (10-1 2 NC, 5 knockouts) was fighting for the first time near his hometown in Bowie, Maryland, about a 35-minute drive from Washington.
During an exchange less than a minute left in the opening round, an accidental clash of heads opened a nasty cut above the right eye of Outlaw. As blood poured profusely out of the cut, and after consulting with the ringside physician, referee Michelle Myers stopped the bout at 2:28.
Saturday marked the first time in over three years that the 28-year-old had fought in the area known as the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia). He had entered the Buelvas fight winning his previous two fights after suffering his only loss thus far at the hands of Andrew Rodgers on June 5 of last year.
Buelvas, who resides in Barranquilla, Colombia, goes to 22-15 1 NC, 16 KOs. The 33-year-old entered the Outlaw fight having lost five of his previous eight bouts.
In the co-feature, welterweight Anthony Peterson improved to 39-1-1, 25 KOs knocked out Saul Corral in the sixth round.
Peterson was fighting for the first time in his hometown of Washington in over six years. He is the older brother of and is trained by Lamont Peterson, who held world title belts in two different weight divisions.
The 37-year-old took a round or two to get going, but broke Corral down with each passing round. Corral’s punch output dropped with each round and, by the midway point of the fight, looked in survival mode. Sensing Corral was weakened and ready to go, Peterson went on the attack, ending matters at 1:06 of the sixth round.
Corral, who is originally from Agua Prieta, Mexico and now resides in Douglas, Arizona, drops to 23-19, 13 KOs. The 35-year-old has now lost six of his last seven bouts.
Junior featherweight Dominique Crowder of nearby Baltimore defeated Colombia’s Yeison Vargas (20-10, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision.
All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Crowder, who improves to 13-0, 8 KOs.
Super middleweight David Stevens, a 21-year-old from Stafford, Texas, improved to 10-0, 7 KOs by stopping Missouri’s Colby Courter (14-18, 10 KOs) at 2:20 of the opening round.
Junior lightweight Donnell Poe, another Washington resident, defeated Weusi Johnson (3-21-1) of Wilmington, Delaware by split decision. One judge scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Johnson while the other two judges scored the bout 39-37 for Poe, who improved to 3-0, 1 KO.
Welterweight Joe Veazey of Baltimore improved to 7-0, 4 KOs by defeating Virginia’s Corey Champion (2-5, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision. Scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37 for Veazay.
The card was co-promoted by Rising Stars Promotions, which is led by fringe middleweight contender Thomas Lamanna and unbeaten Dusty Hernandez Harrison, along with TCMFB Boxing in association with Events DC.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene since September 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing