Humbled Fighter Manages A Draw, But Promoter Doesn't

May 17, 1991|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff writer

It wasn't until shortly after the four-round fight had concluded that junior welterweight Mark Padeletti learned the most about his opponent at La Fontaine Bleu Wednesday night.

Steve Frederick, a Washington resident making his pro debut on Round One Promotions' six-fightcard, informed Padeletti afterward that he had gone 35-3 as an amateur.

That admission came after Padeletti had charged out of his cornerat the opening bell looking for the quick knockout. And after he hadstood toe-to-toe and traded blows with the larger Frederick through every minute of every round.

And after the three judges at ringside had scored the bout a draw.

"If I had known (about his amateur record), I might have approached him a little differently," said Padeletti, a Baltimore native who trains at the Harding-Lowry gymnasium inPasadena.

"I might not have fought him right off. I might have waited a little."

The outcome left Padeletti with a 1-1-1 record, a reddened face that supported two welts under his left eye and, even worse, a broken right hand that he later soaked in a bucket of ice.

"I had problems with it in training, and I thought it was healed. I laid off and laid off, and I wrapped it really good, but you could see something was wrong with it," he said.

"I know in the fourth round, I really couldn't use it. I hit him right on the chin and that really hurt."

He wasn't the only one hurting. Co-promoter Josh Hall estimated Wednesday's crowd around 325, far below the number needed to turn a profit.

"I lost big time, but what am I going to do? It still was a heck of a card," he said.

That it was.

The night began with middleweight Tyrone Haywood of Washington (3-0) taking a four-round split decision over Eric "Doc" Elliott (2-2) of Hyattsville ina furiously paced battle.

Also on the undercard, popular Baltimore cruiserweight Lou Benson (16-8-2) scored a fourth-round technical knockout over Lenny Edwards (4-11) of Ohio in a scheduled six-rounder.

Ohio middleweight Ray Ruiz (6-3) also scored a TKO, stopping LochRaven's Gerry Walker (4-3-1) at 1:20 of the sixth round in a bout that left both fighters and the referee covered in blood. Most of it belonged to Walker.

Super middleweight Tyrone Griffin (1-1), who also trains in the Harding-Lowry gym, took a unanimous decision over Cecil Sims (3-3) of Baltimore. And in the main event, Annapolis native George Pindell (10-2) won a unanimous decision over Elwyn Kemp (4-4) of Washington in a six-round junior welterweight bout.

The lopsideddefeat to Griffin had Sims, a cook at Dino's Restaurant in Glen Burnie, contemplating an early retirement from the fight game.

"If I do come back, I'd like to fight him again. He'd definitely be my firstfight," Sims said.

The two had met previously, with Sims being awarded a controversial majority decision on the Nov. 14 card. He's since lost his last two fights.

Pindell is 2-0 since returning from anearly three-year absence, but the southpaw still is bothered by a sprained left knee that has reduced him to a flat-footed and tentativefighter.

"I hurt it again last week in the gym. I thought about calling the fight off, but I wanted to go through with it. I think I'mgoing to wait until it heals before I fight again," he said.

Pindell wasn't nearly as impressive as his return fight, when he pepperedan overmatched George Taylor with a lightning-quick right jab in winning a unanimous decision on the March 14 card.

"I didn't want to take any chances getting caught and my leg going out on me. When I put weight on my left side, it twitches," he said.

"If I had the chance to take (Kemp) out, I would have, but he didn't cooperate."

Neither did the prospective patrons who phoned in last-minute cancellations, leaving the crowd far below the previous count of 720.

"The people who didn't come missed a hell of a show," Hall said. "When you put on a card, this is what you hope for.

"The warm weather draws people to other parts, and fights aren't their major preference. Boxing doesn't have the glamour of going to a baseball game. I think you have to avoid summertime at La Fontaine Bleu."

Not that Hall wasbitter about the smaller turnout and ensuing financial setback, saying, "I'm not going home in a bad mood because I lost money. I loved what went on here tonight."

One fight that didn't go off as plannedinvolved Glen Burnie resident Clifford McPherson, who was supposed to meet Phil Daniels of Virginia in a six-round light heavyweight bout. But a late change in opponents led to its downfall.

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