On January 7, 2023, the city of Washington, D.C. packed into Capital One Arena for a night of boxing. Jaron “Boots” Ennis, Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade were just a few of the world-class fighters who put their talent on display for fight fans across the nation’s capital. Not to mention, Maryland Governor Wes Moore, Meek Mill and several others were on hand for the bight fight weekend. Amidst all that was going on, a young welterweight from nearby Capitol Heights, Maryland performed for his hometown fans. Piling on the punishment, Travon Marshall managed to stop Shawn West with less than a minute to go in the first round. Seven months later, he’s returned to the region for a homecoming match with Gabriel Maestre at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
“[My team and I] are prepared for anything. Make sure you tune in,” Marshall said at Thursday’s press conference in the Bellagio Ballroom of the MGM National Harbor.
On Saturday, August 12, the welterweight prospect couldn’t follow through. Marshall was able to get off to a good start in round one, but things quickly took a turn when Maestre caught him on the ropes and sent him to the canvas. Marshall was able to beat the count, but there was just too much time left on the clock in the second round. The savvy veteran caught Marshall on the opposite side of the ring and sent him to the canvas yet again. The referee attempted to give the hometown favorite a chance to beat the count, but he was unable to get his bearings before the count was complete. With the win, Maestre improves to 6-0-1 with five knockouts and Marshall falls to 8-1.
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