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BOWIE – The Fox family, led by father and trainer, Troy Fox, were all nervous as his son, Alantez, returned to the ring after 11 months. Fox had surgery on his left shoulder and elbow while injured during his last fight in Oct. 2017, where he lost to Demetrius Andrade.
“We were reluctant to take this fight as a comeback fight against a tough opponent like this,” The elder Fox said of his son’s opponent, Elvin Ayala. “This guy has been in with some world champions.”
Despite the worry, Alantez Fox, fighting in Bowie State University’s first professional fight card, won via unanimous decision over the veteran Ayala (29-11-1) on Sept. 22.
Entering the contest, Fox was not 100 percent, as could be expected coming off severe surgery.
“I was nervous at first, but I was not worried about the shoulder,” Fox said.
After a slow start in round one, Fox, known as “Sly as a Fox”, started working Ayala’s body and sticking his jab in the face of his opponent.
“I could see some rust for sure,” Troy said. “It’s been almost a year. His wind was good considering the lay off.”
Fox (24-1-1) was happy to get some good ring work in his comeback fight, where he fought all eight rounds. All 3 judges scored the fight 80-72 in Fox’s favor.
The near capacity crowd at the A.C. Jordan Arena on Bowie State’s campus came to see Bowie native and Bulldog graduate, Greg Outlaw. Outlaw did not disappoint his loud supporters as he won a unanimous decision over rugged Rashad Bogar to improve his record to 6-0. Bogar fell to 4-9-1.
Other local fights included Tyrek Irby of Oxon Hill winning by unanimous decision over Washington, D.C. native, Lamont White. Maurice Winslow, fighting out of Brandywine, won his pro debut. Suitland’s Donnell Daniels lost his pro debut to Baltimore’s Muhsin Cason, son of former heavyweight world champion, Hasim Rahman. Jordan White from Waldorf improved to 5-1 with a TKO win over Puerto Rican boxer Francisco Rodriguez.
In the women’s division, D.C. native and city police officer, Tiara Brown improved to 6-0 after a TKO victory.