As an amateur, Andrew Maynard used a very direct approach while in the boxing ring: He'd literally run across the ring and start wailing at his opponent, looking to throw 150 punches during a three-minute round.
The rather basic plan worked well, too. The Cheverly native won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics. About a year after turning pro he was still unbeaten, so it was decided that perhaps Maynard should become more of a boxer.
"Wrong recipe," is the way Andrew describes his first loss, to veteran Bobby Czyz, and a subsequent poor performance against a journeyman named Keith McMurray.
"I realized I couldn't keep throwing a hundred punches a round as a pro, but I felt my aggressiveness slipping at a rapid pace as I tried to become a moving-type fighter," he says.
So, it will be back to the old aggressive style with some patience and newly acquired defensive skill included when Maynard (13-1) takes on Robert Curry (23-13) in the feature of an eight-bout card at Painters Mill next Thursday.
"Mainly, I don't want to be predictable like I was in the amateurs. And I'm getting more comfortable taking my time. But I still like to bang away," says the fighter, providing a good definition of the style that best suits him, that of boxer-puncher.
The support bouts on the Painters Mill show will have Willie Galliwango (14-0) taking on Mark Buchanon (10-2) in an eight-round fight, and Kenny Whack (7-0) going against Eric Holland (7-11) in a six-rounder. Several area fighters will be in the five four-rounders on the card starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $30.
* Meldrick Taylor (25-1) and Aaron Davis (32-0) get it on for the World Boxing Association welterweight crown Saturday night at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, and neither is lacking for confidence.
Taylor is moving up to 147 pounds and he says, "It'll be a whole new ballgame with the extra 6 pounds. Only time I've seen Davis is when he fought [Mark] Breland, and I wasn't impressed."
Davis KO'd Breland for the title, so what does it take to impress Taylor?
"I've never been so confident," says Davis. "It's only the second time I've gone away to camp [Catskills] and no matter how much I work, I don't get tired. Must be the fresh air [outside New York City]. No way I can lose to a guy with an amateur style like Taylor has." It's on Showtime (10 p.m.).
* Terry Norris, the junior middleweight champ who fights Sugar Ray Leonard Feb. 9, admits Ray has been his idol all along, "but it's time for him to move along.
"I'll be able to endure more as the fight moves along. I'm sure I can burn him up and take him in the later rounds. As for the [Madison Square Garden] crowd, I think it will be split because fans are tired of Ray coming back all the time."
* George Foreman and Evander Holyfield are readying for a media tour that will wind up in Washington Feb. 8, more than two months before their title scrap.
. . . Tickets for the Mike Tyson-Razor Ruddock scrum in Las Vegas March 18 went on sale the other day and they're asking $800 for ringside. Psst, Mike's not the champ anymore.