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.