The main event at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie last night had a sudden and surprising ending when Atlantic City super-middleweight Edwin Newby quit in his corner after the fourth round of his scheduled eight-rounder with Percy Harris of Baltimore.
Newby, who had done his best fighting earlier in the fourth round when he landed several hard hooks, said he injured his right hand in the third round after hitting Harris high on the head. The hand showed considerable swelling after the fight.
"There was no sense in me trying to continue as a one-handed fighter," Newby said.
"It wasn't his hand; it was his heart. He's gutless," said Newby's veteran trainer, Cash White.
"This is a cruel business, and you have to be able to withstand a little pain if you're going to succeed. You can't be a pretender."
Harris, 27, who raised his record to 12-2 with eight knockouts, was happy that it ended quickly, even if it left a sour taste with the estimated crowd of 600.
"I felt I was winning every round, but I wasn't in great condition myself," said Harris, who last week signed a three-year contract with Texas manager Joe Costello to try to advance his career.
"I could hit him with a jab or hook any time I wanted, but I could never land my right. I should have had him out in three rounds or less. I consider myself a B Class fighter, and he was no better than a D. I should have made it look easy."
Harris had lost two of his previous three fights, attributing the defeats to inactivity and constantly changing trainers.
"I'm settling down now, and I want to fight at least twice a month," said the slender middleweight. "I want a title by 1993."
The under card was spiced by a pair of knockouts. Free-swinging Carson McCourry (2-0), 172, of Baltimore needed only 2 minutes, 15 seconds to dispose of James Jones (0-2), 173, of Hampton, Va. Rockville junior welterweight Glenn Randolph (2-2) stopped Elvin Battle (0-2) of Newport News, Va., in the fourth round.
In a crowd-pleasing four-rounder, Baltimore welterweight Mark Padelletti (2-1-1) outboxed Horace Watterson (1-4) of Rockville. Virginia heavyweight Carlton West (5-6) won a four-round decision over Joe Hamilton (0-3) of Baltimore. In a six-round semifinal, Laurel middleweight Clifford Wise gained his first victory in four pro bouts by outpointing Tyrone Griffin (1-2) of Baltimore.