Night at fights brings what else? controversy

SIDELINES

November 08, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

To say that boxing types love a good fight and controversy may be an understatement.

Thursday night at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie at the Round One Promotions pro boxing show, a lot of combative people were in and out of the ring, including matchmaker/promoter Josh Hall and a manager from Bayshore, N.Y.

One happy guy was Crofton trainer Jeff Novotny, who watched his diamond in the rough, Alphonso Daniels of Crofton, make an impressive debut.

Hall was hot and rightfully so after one of his top draws, Irish Carson McCourry (5-1), backed out of a four-round super middleweight bout with Ivory "Tip Top" Teague (4-10) of Washington.

"I don't think Carson thought he could beat Teague, and I'm not too sure if he was ready to fight," said Hall, who scrambled to land a last-minute replacement in Aaron "Ron two-shot" Thompson (3-0) of Laurel.

Thompson scored a unanimous decision over Teague in the first bout of the night.

"You saw Teague. I can't believe Carson didn't think he couldn't handle him. Carson got some bad advice from his people and you can't be picking who you want to fight and expect to be in demand," Hall said.

Charlie Holloway and Dominic Baccula, who train McCourry at the Harding/Lowry Gym in Pasadena, appeared miffed at their man's last-minute withdrawal.

"Carson had not been training hard and I think that had something to do with it," said Baccula.

Tony Fortunato, the manager of Willie "The Kid" Douglass (10-7) of Bayshore, N.Y., also was upset with the evening's proceedings. Fortunato echoed the feelings of most of the 500 fans after it was announced that his man had lost an eight-round middleweight main event to boxer Victor Davis (23-8-1) of Mitchellville by unanimous decision.

Boos filled the arena after the decision was announced and many of the fans still were complaining on the way out the door. To most, it appeared Douglass had beaten Davis soundly, but the judges didn't have it close.

The three judges scored it 78-74, 79-72 and 78-73 in favor of Davis, who returned to the ring after a nearly two-year absence.

Upstairs in the dressing rooms, Fortunato was upset and shouting that "we got robbed."

Fortunato, who vehemently complained to State Athletic Commission officials D. Chester O'Sullivan and Dennis Gring as soon as the decision was rendered, said, "I want the tape on that fight, because they're not going to get away with this."

Leo Schumacher, one of the judges, said he felt that "Davis won six of the eight rounds." Other than the other judges, he had trouble finding anyone else to agree with him. But Fortunato and Douglass have been around long enough to know that it's pretty common in boxing circles that if you don't knock out the hometown guy, you lose.

Douglass was the aggressor in the early rounds as Davis methodically tried to let his foe wear himself down. Davis sent Douglass to the canvas for an eight-count in the fifth round, but Douglass got his second wind in Round 6.

The New Yorker chased Davis all over the ring and ropes the final three rounds with beads of sweat and blood flying.

Davis' manager and dad, Victor Davis, felt that Hall may have matched his son with "too tough" of an opponent for his first bout in almost two years.

Another angry fighter was Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson (2-5-2) of Glen Burnie. He lost a six-round light-heavyweight unanimous decision to Boyor "Sugar Boy" Chew (3-2) of Annapolis.

McPherson was angry with his training, and said he "hadn't worked out enough for the fight after fighting my best pro fight."

Back in September, McPherson scored a unanimous decision over John Keys and displayed boxing skills he had not shown before.

Chew's trainers, Holloway and Baccula, were ecstatic with the result because of the work ethic their fighter had put forth. It clearly showed as Chew had as much spring in his legs in the sixth round as he did in the first.

In contrast, McPherson was dragging late and became the victim of Chew's hit-and-run tactics.

Afterward, McPherson, 36, was asking friends if he ought to retire, but someone from Virginia Beach, Va., changed his mind with an offer to fight there sometime next year.

In his pro super middleweight debut, Daniels took a four-round unanimous decision over John "Bumstead" Ford (5-12) of Virginia Beach.

"He's a kid to watch," said Novotny of his 22-year-old.

In the only other bout, Lyndon Paul "Pit Bull" Walker (7-3-2) of Washington and Derrick Wilson (3-3) of New York went only two rounds of their scheduled six-rounder. Walker knocked out Wilson at 2:35 of the second round.

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