American boxer Rashid Stevens made a successful start to his professional boxing career last Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium when he scored an easy victory over Jamaica’s Camion Goldson in the penultimate round of the preliminaries of the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 competition. Judges Lindell Allen and Peter Richards voted 49-46 for Stevens, while judge Owen Nelson scored it 50-45. Stevens was the second boxer from the USA team to make it to the next round and joins Demarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley in the mix. Boxers from the Caribbean team have won the other five places in the quarter finals that have been competed for to date. The preliminaries will end next week. Stevens came to fight, but Goldson seemed overwhelmed by the occasion because he, too, was making his professional debut. He forgot that to win a fight, the most important thing is to score points with punches to the target area. He did not do so enough and therefore lost the fight. Stevens started out quickly and showed good ring sense. Fighting from a south-paw stance, he moved a lot and scored with flurries to body and head. He made it difficult for Goldson to land any punches, and the Jamaican was not creative enough to find a way in. In the second round, Goldson was able to shorten the range and landed some good shots to the body of his opponent. There were some good exchanges in this round, and Goldson finished in a very positive way to take the honours. It turned out to be the only round that he would win. By the third round, a very confident and poised Stevens took control of the fight and scored with quick flurries to the head and body. His combinations were good, and Goldson just could not manage to launch a sustained attack. Stevens kept building momentum and cruised through the next two rounds comfortably as a somewhat bewildered Goldson could simply find no answers. It turned out to be as one-sided affair as the scores showed. After next week’s bout, the boxers will be seeded and the top four will select their opponents by using a draw. There should be some interesting matches in the next round as the boxers fight for the places that will earn them the major prize money. The winner will take home the Contender 2016 title and $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third place $250,000, and fourth place $200,000.
Friends, neighbors, and family of Relisha Rudd, 8, gathered on the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X avenues southeast on March 31. It was just hours after police confirmed that main suspect in the abduction committed suicide. Relisha, however, is still missing. While police remain hopeful, they say they are not certain whether Relisha is alive or dead.In response to the news, Trayon White organized a walk and prayer vigil for her safe return. “The reality is that this happens all the time in our community,” said White. “This event is not about me, it’s not about us. It’s about the community, [and] it’s about the baby, and her coming home.”Relisha’s grandparents and great grandmother joined the marchers as they handed fliers to residents, displayed signs, and chanted, “Bring her home.” After walking for about half an hour, they stopped at a parking lot and sang, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” Then White led the group in prayer.“I just want whoever, anybody [that] sees her to bring her home,” said Relisha’s grandmother Melissa Young as she cried. Relisha’s great grandmother, Mary Young, shared those same sentiments. Relisha’s step-grandmother Belinda Wheeler, who helped raise her, said she never thought Tatum was a threat.Before Relisha was abducted, she had heard about him, but nothing that made her think he was dangerous. “I hate to even think of the worst,” said Wheeler. “At this point, just bring her back, one way or the other.”Relisha was last seen by her mother, Shamika Young on Feb. 26, when she allowed Tatum, 51, a janitor at the homeless shelter where her family was staying, to take her home. Relisha was reported missing on March 19 by a social worker from her school after she went to the shelter to find a “Dr. Tatum,” who had sent several excuse notes concerning Relisha’s absence from school. An amber alert was issued March 20, the day after the social worker confirmed “Dr. Tatum” never existed.It has been reported that Relisha was spotted March 1 at a motel on New York Avenue with Khalil Tatum, 51, a janitor at the homeless shelter where Relisha lived with her mother and three siblings. Tatum, identified as the main suspect in the abduction, was reportedly seen March 2 buying a shovel, contractor-sized garbage bags and lime, then later was spotted in Kenilworth Park.Relisha’s mother Shamika Young, absent from the vigil, reportedly said she trusted Tatum was a good man. Reports say she did not report Relisha missing because she feared authorities would take away her other children.Bernadette Chatman, a D.C. resident, said she came out to the vigil because she has grandchildren and it hurts to think that it could have been one of them. “I’m out here to support the fact that he needs to send her home to us. They say it takes a village to raise one child, so I am a part of the village,” she said.