Davis overcomes rust, Johnson to win decision

November 25, 1992|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,Staff Writer

Demetrius Davis, perhaps lightly regarded after having just one fight in more than a year, provided a boxing lesson for crowd favorite Les Johnson last night in Martin's West's debut as a fight venue with 1,800 spectators on hand.

On the card of at least two of the three officials, Davis won at least eight rounds, with heavier punching and superior ringmanship.

Operating from either a right-handed or left-handed stance, Davis had Johnson bewildered. Johnson's record fell to 16-2, while Davis was picking up his eighth win against three losses and three draws. The winner was penalized a point in the seventh round for rough-housing, Johnson being thrown completely out of the ring.

The main event followed some interesting bouts.

Scott Jones was well on the way to a victory over the world's seventh-ranked cruiserweight, Jason Waller of Virginia, when Waller scored a technical knockout midway through the eighth and final round.

Jones, hoping to avenge the only loss on his professional record, had won five of the previous seven rounds and seemed in command when Waller landed a chilling left hook. The victor then pressed his advantage and posted his 11 KO and 15th win in 19 fights.

Chuck Sturm posted his 26th victory in 29 outings with a unanimous decision over Glen Randolph (37-1) in a co-featured eight-rounder.

Sturm never let Randolph get started, as he bullied him into the corners and onto the ropes with a body attack that never really subsided.

In a six-rounder, Carson McCroury ran his record to 6-1 with a unanimous decision over Doug Gillery. McCroury dominated the fight, showing vast improvement in punch variety and defense.

Dana Rosenblatt, a Boston fighter but a local favorite, scored a knockout at 1:53 of the first round, putting Ivory Teague down with a left, then putting him to sleep with a left-right, in an opening, four-round bout.

Ed Griffith won his third straight as a pro, stomping Pete Purdy after 1:45 of the fourth round.

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