When the decision was announced, matchmaker Josh Hall shook his headin disbelief while others in the crowd booed lustily.
The person who seemed least bothered by the outcome was the losing fighter, Pasadena super middleweight "Irish" Carson McCourry.
The Northeast High graduate lost a majority decision to Laurel's Aaron Thompson at the Round One Promotions dinner/boxing show at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie on Thursday night. But upon returningto his second-floor dressing room, he smiled and said, "You know, stuff like that is going to happen."
Not that McCourry agreed with the judges' voting, which had Thompson winning on two cards -- 40-37 and 39-37 -- while a third scored the bout even at 38. He felt that, as the more aggressive fighter who landed the harder punches throughout the four-round bout, he should have been awarded his fourth win in as many professional outings.
"It was a close fight, but I thoughtI had it," he said. "He had a good jab, but I definitely thought I won the fight. But it's always a learning experience."
To Thompson's credit, he fought the last round "totally blind" after what he saidwas a head butt from McCourry that drew blood and closed the southpaw's left eye.
"All I saw were blurs," said Thompson, whose other pro win came via decision over Annapolis native "Sugar Boy" Chew last October at the La Fontaine Bleu. "I just went on instinct."
The McCourry-Thompson bout was the third of five fights Thursday night, andthe fourth overall that went the distance.
Super welterweight George Greenhouse of Washington won a majority decision over Andre Hazelwood of Baltimore, and junior welterweight Robert Taylor of Loch Raven was awarded a majority decision over Steve "Fireball" Frederick of Washington.
In the main event, light heavyweight Fabian Garcia of Rockville took a unanimous decision over Loch Raven's Cecil Sims in an eight-rounder. Sims, a former chef at Dino's Restaurant in Glen Burnie, was a late substitute for Laurel's Charlie Tuttle.
Tuttle failed an eye examination earlier in the day and nearly cost Hall his featured bout. But Sims agreed to step in and fought gamely despite theshort notice.
The opening fight offered the only knockout when super lightweight Jeff Graffis of Pittsburgh floored Nathaniel Hardy ofWashington at 2:35 of the third round. Hardy had gone down twice before in the round, and an overhand right from Graffis ended the bout.
McCourry, who also goes by the name "Skippy Banks," thought he hadwon the last round in what appeared an even fight after the first nine minutes. While continuing to stalk the quicker Thompson, he began landing with his right hand and was able to pin his man against the ropes -- the wrong place to be against a slugger like McCourry.
"I thought we landed the harder punches and were the aggressor and that should count for something," said Ed Stamper, one of McCourry's trainers.
"He's still learning, though, and he's definitely getting better."
McCourry won't stay inactive for very long. He's scheduled to fight on April 15 at the Pikesville Armory.