Duva sees Williams score TKO Boxing

January 15, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

With Evander Holyfield's trainer, Lou Duva, in his corner and 600 spectators looking on, "Terrible Thomas" Williams of Laurel scored a TKO of Pasadena's Butch Kelly 58 seconds into the second round of their scheduled six-round heavyweight last night at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Duva, who is expected to buy the rights to handle the 22-year-old Williams' fights, had traveled from Texas yesterday to see the promising heavyweight and was a surprise cornerman for the fight, which highlighted a seven-bout Round One Promotions professional card.

fTC With Duva shouting instructions, Williams (4-0) let Kelly (7-10) punch himself out, then put him away with a barrage of punches in a corner. Referee Ray Klingmeyer stopped the fight with the crowd roaring its disapproval.

Meanwhile, Jake "The Snake" Smith, a 1985 Meade High graduate who lives in Baltimore, had a triumphant return to the ring.

Fighting for the first time in nearly two years, Smith (6-2-1) won a split decision over John Ford (4-10) of Virginia Beach in a four-round light-heavyweight bout.

Smith, 27, one of four local fighters to win, appeared rusty in the first round, but picked up steam midway through the second. The winner and most of the crowd jeered the split decision.

"It should have been unanimous," Smith shouted, storming through the ring.

Promising middleweight Alfonzo Daniels (2-0) of Crofton followed Smith into the ring and quickly defeated Michael "Himbad" Duncan of Washington.

Daniels had Duncan (1-6-1) down for an eight-count in each of the first two rounds before taking a TKO at 2:55 of the second round of their scheduled six-rounder.

Boyor "Sugar Boy" Chew of Annapolis lost a unanimous decision in his four-round light-heavyweight bout with Willie "The Tiger Man" Hugley of Columbus, Ohio. Chew (3-3) walked into a powerful left in the first round, took a standing eight-count and never fully recovered.

Two local journeymen, 36-year-old Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson (3-5-2) of Glen Burnie and 31-year-old Cecil Sims (5-10-1) of Baltimore, battled six rounds in a light-heavyweight fight, with McPherson taking a close majority decision.

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