Eying a title fight in 1992, Baltimore junior middleweight Vincent Pettway took little risk last night, as he dominated
journeyman Juan Rondon of Caracas, Venezuela, before knocking him down three times in the eighth round to end the main event at the Pikeville Armory.
With nothing to fear in the light-punching Rondon, Pettway (32-4-0) was the aggressor from the opening bell, winning every round and flooring Rondon in the sixth.
A short right began Rondon's undoing in the eighth. He regained his feet, but Pettway swarmed to the attack, using a left-right combination for the second knockdown. A groggy Rondon was easy prey for Pettway's finishing barrage at 2 minutes, 12 seconds of the round.
"He [Rondon] didn't want to fight," said Pettway's trainer-manager, Mack Lewis. "Vincent had to do all the fighting tonight, and he did just what I told him, softening him to the body and then finishing the job."
Rondon's corner said he had injured his right hand in the third round and fought strictly with his left the remainder of the fight.
Pettway, ranked No. 9 by the International Boxing Federation, is seeking a title bout against champion Gianfranco Rosi next year.
Rondon, who has lost 10 of his past 12 bouts, dropped to 22-11.
Rondon seemed intent on merely surviving in the early rounds, tying up Pettway every time the Baltimore boxer moved inside.
Pettway began measuring Rondon for a knockout punch in Round 4, but his straight rights just missed the mark.
Pettway floored Rondon in the sixth, catching him on the way inside with a short right. Rondon bounced right up. Two blistering hooks had Rondon reeling around the ring, but he survived the final seconds.
A crowd of 1,500 attended the seven-bout card promoted by Stuart Satosky.
Earlier in the card, late substitute Kevin Tillman (8-1) of Philadelphia ended middleweight Les Johnson's unbeaten streak at 10 in the eight-round semifinal by consistently beating the Rockville boxer, 23, to the punch and skillfully avoiding Johnson's strong right hand.
A light-heavyweight match between Jason Waller (8-4-1) of Stafford, Va., and Terry Roberts (2-3) of Absecon, N.J., was allowed to last at least one minute too long before referee Milt Green awarded Waller a knockout at 1:40 of the first round.
Roberts was being battered from corner to corner before crumpling. Green then summoned ring physician Frank Garmon for help. Roberts sustained a broken ankle.
NOTES: In other bouts, middleweight David Woods (2-1-1) of Stafford and Baltimore lightweight Glen Randolph (3-2) scored decisions, and Curtis Sheppard (5-1) of Richmond, Va., won a heavyweight match on a disqualification. John Keys (7-13-1) of Baltimore and Cliff McPherson (1-4-1) of Glen Burnie fought to a draw.