Baltimore welterweight Eddie Van Kirk's mauling style was hardly as pretty as his fringed boxing trunks, but it proved effective in dominating Anthony Ross of Alexandria, Va., in the eight-round main event at LaFontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie last night.
A crowd of 450 saw Van Kirk (23-7-1) use a swarming attack to repeatedly pin Ross against the ropes and pelt his body with short, chopping blows.
Every round was much the same the same, with Ross serving alittle more than a punching bag.
Fighting for the first time since he lost to Vincent Pettway last March, Van Kirk, 27, had Ross (6-9) in trouble in the late rounds but lacked the punch to finish the job.
Van Kirk has ambitions of fighting Tommy Small of West Virginia, for something called the World Boxing League title. But this lopsided victory over a sub-.500 fighter hardly helped his boxing resume.
Judge Karl Milligan, who was under fire for stopping a preliminary fight in the first 55 seconds, seemed closest to the truth in giving Van Kirk a clean sweep, 80-72. Judge Frank Kelly called it 78-75, and Terry Moore, a surprisingly close 77-75.
But this was a puzzling night in which a number of weird decisions drew protests from the crowd.
Middleweight Gerry Walker of the Loch Raven gym, a much better fighter than his 5-3-1 record would indicate, won a split decision over Rodney Byrd (3-2) of Washington. Walker, who survived a deep cut over his right eye, was far busier than Byrd, a superior puncher who was too intent on scoring a knockout.
In other bouts, Washington welterweight Ray Goddard (2-4-3) floored Chris Lucas (3-4-3) of Rockville in the second round but settled for a four-round draw. Baltimore light-heavyweight Cecil Sims (5-4) needed only 55 seconds to dispose of Wayne McClanan (10-11-1) of Virginia Beach, when referee Milligan stopped it after Sims landed 15 unanswered punches without a response. McClanan said he was never hit, and his manager, Tony Pulaski, filed a protest with the commission.
Laurel middleweight Aaron Thompson won his pro debut by out-pointing "Sugar Boy" Chew of Annapolis (0-1). Baltimore heavyweight Joe Hamilton (0-3-1) and flabby Tom Smith (3-1-1) of Sarasota, Fla., wrestled to a four-round draw. Rockville welterweight Horace Waterson (2-3) won an unpopular four-round decision over Robert Taylor, also making his pro debut.