The Washington Post reported erroneously yesterday that Dwight Braxton won a six-round decision over Leonard Langley in his first professional fight in Washington. The fight was a draw.
It was less than four months ago that Dwight Braxton, the World Boxing Council's light heavyweight champion, fought World Boxing Association champion Michael Spinks for the undisputed title in the "Brawl for it All" at Atlantic City.
Braxton, who lost in a 15-round decision, will fight "Irish" Jimmy Smith on the undercard of Friday's Spinks-Eddie Mustafa Muhammad title fight at the D.C. Armory. But he says he's not bothered by the reduction in status.
"I want to stay near Michael Spinks. I want him to feel my presence," said Braxton, who hopes to regain the title.
For almost two weeks, Braxton, who uses the name Dwight Muhammad Qawi, has been staying at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington while preparing for his first fight since losing his title March 18.
"I feel fine . . . great, just great," said Braxton. "I get up at 5 o'clock every morning, do my prayers, put on my running gear and run in Rock Creek Park, usually about five or six miles."
Early in the afternoon, Braxton said, he leaves for the Hillcrest Heights Boys Club in Prince George's County for two to 2 1/2 hours of sparring, exercising and jumping rope.
"Then I come back to the hotel, relax a little bit, play some games and read, do some more prayers, call up my wife and retire about 10. It really doesn't make any difference who I fight Friday because I'm ready. I'm in shape."
Braxton said he doesn't care who wins Friday's title fight. "Whoever wins this fight is the man you have to meet, but I'm almost guaranteed to get another shot.
"How can they escape fighting me? I'm not bragging, but the public demands it. They can't get away from me."
Even for a former champion, Braxton insists, being on the undercard is no big thing. "Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (a former champion) fought on my undercard the second time I fought Matthew Saad Muhammad."
Braxton, 30, has a record of 19-2-1 with 12 knockouts. Known as a "bob-and-weave" fighter, he learned how to box at New Jersey's Rahway State Prison, where he served five years for armed robbery. His first professional fight was on April 19, 1978, when he defeated Leonard Langley in a six-round decision in Washington, the last time he fought here.