McCourry feels confident about facing Anderson Does not want any 'close fights'

September 04, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Why does boxer Carson McCourry go for a knockout every time he steps into the ring?

"Because I can do it," he says. "You know, a lot of people can't."

With this in mind, don't expect McCourry -- a 1984 graduate of Northeast High School -- to pull any punches in his super middleweight bout with Victor Anderson (2-1) of Virginia on Sept. 17 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

The fight is scheduled for four rounds. McCourry would like to be back in the dressing room in 10 seconds.

He remembers all too well his only professional defeat; a majority decision that went to a battered Aaron Thompson on March 26 at Michael's.

McCourry landed the hardest blows, especially in the last round, before leaving his fate to the judges at ringside.

One official scored the bout even, the other two gave a bleeding Thompson the edge.

After the decision, McCourry walked back to his dressing room, smiled to reporters, and said, "You know, stuff like this is going to happen."

But not if he can help it.

"I wasn't even really that mad about it until a couple weeks later," he says, "and then I thought, 'Dang, I beat the guy.' He went to the hospital and everything. I knocked his mouthpiece out one time and they stopped it. Then they stopped it again in the fourth round because he had a split across his eye. I didn't have one mark on me.

"I hurt him. I'd bet my life I won that fight."

McCourry, 25, vented his anger at his most recent opponent, Richard Duke, who was flattened by a vicious uppercut at 1:25 of the first round of a May 20 bout at Michael's.

This time, McCourry (4-1) had dictated who would be the winner, just as he had in scoring a third-round knockout of Jeff Schmude in his professional debut in February 1991, And when he took out James Jones in the first round on Aug. 22 of that same year.

That's the McCourry way. His win by unanimous decision over Wayne McClanan on Feb. 6, which preceded the Thompson bout, was merely an aberration, he hopes.

"There ain't going to be no more close fights, I'll tell you that," he says. And by "close fights," he means anything that doesn't require a 10-count and smelling salts.

"This guy's a real fighter," says Larry Lowry, who signed on as McCourry's manager three days ago, but has known him for many years. "I'd like to put a leash around his neck and take him out back."

What McCourry would like is for everyone, including his close friend and trainer, Josh Hall, to let him finish an opponent early. Seek and destroy, with little activity in-between.

"In my second fight, Josh wanted me to just go out there, move around and go the distance, and I said, 'Man, that ain't me.' I'm going out there to knock people out," he says.

Hall figures that McCourry -- who is also known as "Skippy Banks" -- needs to accumulate some rounds after not having fought as an amateur.

"When a guy first starts out fighting four-rounders, you want to make sure he can handle the pressure of going four rounds," says Hall, the matchmaker for Round One Promotions, which is staging the dinner/boxing show.

"If a guy keeps scoring first- and second-round knockouts, and then goes against someone who can take him into the later rounds, he could have a problem slowing down in the fifth and sixth rounds.

"I'd like to see Skippy stop [Anderson] in the fourth round. Keep the pressure on him, get some rounds in, and then stop him in the fourth round.

"Skippy knows in his mind that he can go four rounds."

McCourry knows that he can go even longer, which is why he says his next fight will be scheduled for six rounds.

"This is my last four-rounder, definitely," he says. "I can go four just getting into the gym for a month. You just get so used to it. Once you get the experience and learn how to breathe, you can go past that."

Hall, who has worked diligently to improve the fighter's coordination and timing, said he would have arranged a six-round fight on this card were it not for an elbow injury that kept McCourry out of the gym for three months.

McCourry bears a thick scar across his left shoulder from surgery last year to repair a broken collarbone. He tolerated the pain from hemorrhoids during his fight with Thompson, and his Wednesday morning workout at the Harding/Lowry gymnasium in Pasadena was slowed because of sore ribs.

"If I take it easy [before the fight], I'll be all right," he says. "I won't back out of any fight."

And he won't back up during one, either.

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