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A storm is always brewing; Southern MD Smoke 3 at Willows Rec Center Saturday

National storms can be silenced, but Southern Maryland is set to start its own in the boxing ring this weekend for another US-sanctioned boxing card.

The Willows Rec Center, located at 46961 Bradley Boulevard in Lexington Park, will reopen at 2 p.m. to feature 15 bouts of local raw boxing talent that will weigh in and lace up at 1 p.m. These boxers prepare hard and “commit themselves,” as Knowledge Boxing Center head coach Daryl Hinmon puts it.

Hinmon said everyone was focused on their fights.

“We are all in one accord and performing our skills,” Hinmon said.

Hinmon is passionate about giving back to the boxing community, and proceeds from the event will go to Thy Harrison, the widow of Arthur “Buddy” Harrison, the beloved boxing trainer of his son, Dusty Hernandez Harrison (34-0-1, 20 KOs), who was laid to rest Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Buddy has done so much for the community after opening his gym, Old School Boxing. His legacy will live on through the many lives he touched. He and his wife Thy used to deliver hot Thanksgiving meals to the homeless community in Washington DC and take out truckloads of clothes and shoes to donate. He will always be cherished for being a guide in so many ways.

“Buddy will be truly missed,” Hinmon said. “We will give him the standard of 10 counts in boxing, to honor his life. A portion of the proceeds will go to Thy Harrison, his widow. He always helped us, took us to Old School Boxing for the fight and was instrumental in our growth here.

Starting the evening with the national anthem, Allison Shaver of Relevant Church MD, conducted by Mark White, one of the evening’s sponsors. Fernando Maldonado will be the ring announcer for Southern Maryland Smoke 3.

One of the headlining re-matches will be Devante ‘Quiet Storm’ Alexander of the Knowledge Boxing Center against Johnny ‘The Blizzard’ Lange, Jr. of the Triple Threat Gym located in Capitol Heights. Triple Threat Gym also brings Maurice Blanco to a rematch against KBC’s Drayce King and a show-stop with D’lante Briscoe (KBC) against Keith Saunders (TTG).

Philip Carpenter-Powell (KBC) will face Jonathan Mondesire of O’Connor Boxing in Hyattsville.

Erniece ‘Scrap’ Dawson of Knowledge will face Teaira Skinner of Upton Boxing Gym, a match she won this summer.

Lange’s team approached Hinmon about the rematch, and Alexander said he was very ready.

“I think it went pretty well, but I think I could have done it last time,” Alexander said as he reflected on the August 13 game. My ultimate goal is to win a belt. I’m going pro early next year. I did a lot of sparring and running for sure. We’re mostly working on executing what we’ve been working on here and applying it in the ring.

Great Mills graduate Marlin Smith is thrilled to face a new opponent in the open class. He will face DeAngelo McDonald (Diamonds in the Ruff) in Washington, D.C.

Smith said he practices a lot, going out to see new talent in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Washington DC.

“I went to Champions Gym and Old School Boxing working hard,” Smith said. “I’m sharpening my tools and working on becoming a better boxer. I was 18 when I first walked through those doors, and fresh out of football season. [at Great Mills High School]and I wanted to get into boxing because I always wanted to get into it.

Smith said he immediately started training with one of his football teammates.

“He pushed me hard, and it made me think, wow; I have to take this seriously,” he said. “I was so excited to get in there. I was the type of learner who listens first, then I speak; I was also like that at school. I am also a visual learner. He’s a new opponent for me. I can’t wait to live the experience.

Smith said his vision is to turn professional.

“We have big aspirations for Smith for sure,” Hinmon said. “He takes time to develop, training a lot. We don’t know when he will turn professional, but he wants to.

King said he felt ready for his rematch.

“I just worked on my skills to make sure I’m ready for Saturday,” King said. “I’ve been training more and I’m also going to Pennsylvania to work out a bit. I’ve been eager and excited to see what I can become here [at Knowledge Boxing Center].”

“It’s cool to see that we’re growing and that people are recognizing the good talent coming out of KBC. My ultimate goal is to overcome these fights and enter the open class.

Hinmon said he was impressed with King’s consistency.

“King grew up; it got bigger,” Hinmon said. “He is consistent and has a high level of integrity and character. He gets to work.

DJ Dallas will provide the music for the event. Let her know that you like her too. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides security for the day, and Hinmon thanks them for their continued support. Manson Dixon Line, LLC., Delegate Brian Crosby, Deb Rey for Delegate, Uncle D’s Grill, Cheseldine Auto Group, Garage Doors and More, King and Queen Sea Moss and Stockton Contracting are all event sponsors. Hinmon said he was grateful for the continued support.

“Willows has great food and draft beer,” Hinmon said. “Thank you for your continued support, and I hope the community enjoys the talent we showcase. We try to bring out the best.”

Visit www.knowledgeboxingcenter.com for tickets, or you can buy them at the door. VIP tickets are $50.00, $30 at ringside and general admission is $20.00. Children 10 and under are $15.00. The Willows Rec Center offers food and drink. Please present your photo ID for alcoholic beverages.

If you need weekend accommodations, Country Inn & Suites is located at 44941 Worth Lane, California. The phone is 240-384-2226 and Extended Stay is located at 46565 Expedition Drive in Lexington Park. The phone is 240-725-0100.

The team will once again compete in the Golden Gloves tournaments which begin in February 2023 and run through April 2023. If you would like to sponsor the team in any way contact Coach Hinmon.