With a crowd of nearly 800 looking on at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie Thursday night, only "Irish" Carson McCourry managed to win among five locals on the Round One Promotions six-bout pro boxing card.
McCourry, one of four fighters on the card from Harding Lowry Gym in Pasadena, ran his record to 3-0 by scoring a unanimous decision over Wayne "Insane" McClanan (11-15) in their four-round light heavyweight fight.
McClanan was a human punching bag most of the fight but McCourry,who also goes by "Skippy Banks" couldn't take the Virginia Beach boxer out.
Two other Harding Lowry products in super middleweight Sugar Boy Chew of Annapolis and junior welterweight Mark Padeletti disappointed.
Chew (1-2) offered little opposition to Larry "Master" Key of Washington.
Making his pro debut, Key did what he wanted withChew knocking him out in the second round in what might have been the worse fight of the evening.
Padeletti (3-2-1) was TKO'd 26 seconds into the sixth and final round by Steve "Fireball" Frederick (4-2)of Washington.
"Both those guys looked like champs in the ring atthe gym this week," said disgusted Harding Lowry trainer, Charlie Holloway.
"But they get in there tonight and don't look like the same fighters. I can't explain it."
The fourth Harding Lowry fighter,super middleweight "Hurricane Tyrone" Griffin of Brooklyn Park caught a thumb in his right eye in the first round of his four-round bout with Joe "Zap" Blyther of Laurel.
Despite blurred vision, Griffin (1-5) hung in there but suffered a unanimous decision in favor of Blyther (1-1) who won his first fight.
In what many fans thought was the best bout of the evening, Glen Burnie boxers Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson and Cecil Sims (5-5) battled to a majority draw in their light heavyweight 6-rounder. The two flailed away throughout, with the barrage stepping up the final two rounds.
One judge scored the bout59-57 McPherson (1-4-2) while the other scored it 57-57 each constituting the majority draw.
"I thought I should have won it," said McPherson. "I don't know what the hell I have to do to win right here in Glen Burnie."
Jerry "Slice" Jones (8-3), a heavyweight from Hillcrest Heights who once fought Ray Mercer, took a split decision over Nathaniel "Sweet Red" Fitch of Springlake, North Carolina. Fitch (8-2) is a former U.S. Army champion at Fort Bragg.
"We were very pleased with the turnout," said Round One Promotions promoter/matchmaker Josh Hall. "This was the biggest crowd Vickie (wife, Vickie Savaliski) and I have had since we started promoting fights a year and a half ago."