Dwight Braxton, who recently lost his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title to Michael Spinks, is the featured boxer on the undercard to the Spinks versus Eddie Mustafa Muhammad championship bout Friday at the D.C. Armory.
Braxton will be fighting a 10-round bout against "Irish" Jimmy Smith of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Spinks and Muhammad, the No. 1 contender, will meet in a 15-round championship bout. The fight comes three days shy of the second anniversary of their fight in Las Vegas, when Spinks decisioned Muhammad for the World Boxing Association's light heavyweight championship.
The Spinks-Muhammad fight, scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., will be telecast live on HBO with retired world welterweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard doing ringside commentary.
Since losing to Spinks, Muhammad has fought four times and won them all, two by knockouts. Spinks has fought six times since he met Muhammad; he has won all six fights, five by knockouts. His last fight was March 18 in Atlantic City, when he won a 15-round decision over Braxton to unify the WBA and WBC light heavyweight titles.
The undercard schedule, which begins at 8 p.m., also includes Niji Ullah of New York against Robert (Big McAttack) McConnell of Washington in a six-round, light heavyweight bout.
Marty Shuler of Philadelphia will face Elroy Miles of Washington in a six-round, junior middleweight bout.
Leon Taylor of New York, ranked 20th by the WBC, goes against Vic Valentino of New Jersey, ranked 13th by the WBC, in an eight-round, light heavyweight bout.
James (Black Gold) Shuler of Philadelphia, the North American Boxing Federation middleweight champion, will fight Vinnie (The Italian Stallion) Curto of Boston in a 12-round bout.