Maynard to get progress check

January 24, 1991|By Phil Jackman

Andrew Maynard, the former Olympic champion who knows all about lefts and rights, will find out how far he has progressed toward becoming a patient fighter when he takes on veteran Robert Curry at Painters Mill tonight.

The eight-bout card gets under way at 8 p.m. with Maynard and Curry slated for 10 rounds and unbeaten Willie Gallowango (14-0) meeting Mark Buchanon (10-2) in a co-featured eight-rounder.

Maynard, now living in Laurel, buzzed through his first dozen fights as a pro after earning his gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Former light-heavyweight champion Bobby Czyz knew how to handle Andrew's rather haphazard amateur style and handed him his first loss last June.

"Since then," says Maynard, "I've been working on not being as predictable in the ring as I was before. I still want to bang, but I've got to box and improve my defense, too. I was getting hit too much."

Gallowango numbers a dozen knockouts among his 14 victories, but his opponent, Buchanon, is also a hitter, as his eight knockouts attest.

A six-rounder pits Kenny Whack (7-0) against Eric Holland (7-11) and a bevy of four-rounders featuring local fighters Cecil Sims, Pony Matador, Gerry Walker and Wade Duncan will start the show. Tickets are $30 ringside and $20 reserved.

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