Bowe knocks out Tillery in 4th round

December 14, 1991|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- It lacked the lowbrow comedy of their first fight, but heavyweight title contender Riddick Bowe of Fort Washington, Md., made good on his promise of "controlled anger" at Convention Hall last night in stopping Elijah Tillery of Albany, N.Y., at 1 minute, 14 seconds of the fourth round of their scheduled 10-round bout.

Tillery surrendered after taking a standing eight count from referee Joe O'Neill.

Bowe, ranked No. 2 by the World Boxing Council, raised his record to 28-0, with 24 knockouts. Tillery slipped to 23-6, with 15 KOs.

Their first meeting in Washington two months ago ended in controversy after Tillery was disqualified by referee Karl Milligan for flagrant fouling after repeatedly kicking Bowe at the end of the first round. That was the start of a near-riot, as Bowe's manager-promoter, Rock Newman, applied a headlock and flipped Tillery out of the ring.

Earlier last night, former lightweight champion Ras-I Bramble lost to junior welterweight contender Charles "The Natural" Murray. Two of the judges backed Murray, 99-91, and the third voted, 98-92.

Murray (23-1, 15 KOs), ranked No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation, used his jab, combinations, uppercuts and right-hand leads to befuddle Bramble (31-8-2), who was trying to get back in the title picture after losing his lightweight crown to Edward Rosario five years ago.

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