Merciful McCourry knocks 'em out quick Local fighters shine at boxing event

September 20, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

For some unknown reason, whenever super middleweight Carson McCourry signs a fight contract, the opponent inevitably changes. Sometimes more than once.

The powerful Northeast High graduate was supposed to meet Victor Anderson of Virginia Thursday night in a four-round bout. But Anderson recently broke his hand, and someone else had to be found.

The replacement: Richard Duke, also of Virginia.

The outcome: Predictable.

Duke's 1-1-1 record included a knockout loss to McCourry at 1:25 of the first round on the May 20 card. This time, McCourry (5-1) unleashed a right hook in the first round that caught Duke in the side of the head and dropped him like a lead weight. And he rose about as quickly as one -- long after the 10-count.

You want more deja vu? The time of the knockout -- McCourry's fourth as a professional -- was at 1:25.

Duke wasn't asking for a rematch this time. And McCourry wasn't bragging about his latest conquest.

"It seems like every time I get a fight, it falls through," he said from a hallway at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, which housed the Round One Promotions dinner/boxing show. "I don't want to fight a rematch after I knock somebody out, because you never know what could happen.

"I really didn't feel good out there. I didn't feel right."

He could take solace in knowing that Duke didn't feel any better.

As McCourry spoke, a couple of his friends walked out of a nearby men's room, saw him standing just a few feet away, and asked, "Did you fight yet?" It happened that quickly.

His strategy against Duke figured to be simple enough: Just don't trip on the way to the ring.

"I wanted to catch him with my right hand," he said. "Last time, I think I hit him with a body shot, but I wanted to catch him with my right."

McCourry said he'll fight again next Thursday in Virginia Beach. He doesn't recall the name of his opponent, but it's just as well. It probably won't be the same guy, anyway.

McCourry wasn't the only fighter Thursday who stepped into the ring against a last-minute substitute. And he certainly wasn't the only one with local ties who emerged victorious.

Annapolis lightweight George Pindell (10-2) took a unanimous decision over Elvis DeLoatch (5-2-1) of Virginia in a six-round bout. DeLoatch was filling in for Jorge Romero of North Carolina.

At this point in his career, Pindell is happy to fight anyone. He had been inactive for nine months, mainly because he's a slick southpaw who carries a reputation that scares away prospective opponents.

Managers looking for an easy fight have learned to look elsewhere.

Pindell, 27, didn't throw many punches through the first three rounds, but he doubled up with a right hook to put DeLoatch on the canvas in the fourth.

"I should have knocked him out, but he's quick," Pindell said. "My combinations were off a little from ring rust, and I had to lose five pounds before the fight. I've been running around all day. I didn't have any rest. That added to my combinations being off.

"He was just as fast as I was, and he was making me throw a lot of misses, so I tried to have him come to me."

Nothing came easily for Josh Hall, the matchmaker for Round One Promotions, who had less than 24 hours to find another headliner. Victor Davis, a former No. 6-ranked welterweight who has lived in Crofton and Pasadena, was supposed to make his comeback Thursday after an 18-month layoff following eye surgery. But he suffered a chest injury in the gym last week -- it has been described as both a pulled muscle and torn cartilage -- and failed his physical Wednesday night.

Davis' younger brother, 23-year-old Demetrius Davis (10-2), proved a worthy replacement by scoring a six-round knockout over Levon Rouse (20-12) of North Carolina. Davis, who hadn't fought in over a year, landed a hard right to the body at 2:35, and Rouse fell to one knee in a neutral corner and couldn't continue.

OC "I guess that wasn't bad for being off a year," said Davis, who

was bothered by a sore left shoulder from lifting weights. "The right hand was there, but he kept moving just in time."

Davis had knocked down Rouse twice in the first round, but he said, "I don't go in there thinking to end it. If [a knockout] comes, it comes."

It came for middleweight Les Johnson of Rockville against Ivory Teague (4-9) of Washington at 1:20 of the third round. Johnson is 15-1-1 and almost certain to headline Hall's next card in late October.

Glen Burnie light heavyweight Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson (2-3-1) took a six-round unanimous decision over John "Super Bee" Keys (7-16-1) of Baltimore. McPherson, 36, a champion kick-boxer, had fought Keys twice before, losing once and settling for a draw.

"I've never had trainers before; now I have trainers, and it's helping," he said. "I'm training six, seven days a week. It's coming around."

The night began with super middleweight Boyor "Sugar Boy" Chew of Annapolis (3-2) winning a four-round unanimous decision over his former sparring partner, Tyrone Griffin (1-7) of Pumphrey.

Chew wobbled the smaller Griffin in the second round, and again the third. By the last round, blood began to show under Griffin's nose.

"Like everybody else did, he underestimated my strength," said Chew, who had traded verbal jabs with Griffin in the weeks preceding the fight.

"I knew once we got on the inside, I could tie him up. He was trying to get off inside, but you could see he didn't have much there. If I had stuck to my game plan a little more and kept my concentration, he would have been out of there.

"I must say, he is strong. But he's easy."

Griffin's trainer, Jeff Novotny of Crofton, said his fighter "just didn't get off, didn't execute."

"Whoever made the fewest mistakes was going to win, and that was Chew."

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