Sturm storms past Muse to win lightweight bout New York's Saiz wins impressively

February 11, 1993|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

Lightweight Chuckie Sturm spent last week psyching himself for a 10-round fight with former title contender Charlie "White Lightning" Brown.

"I had pictures and clippings of Brown's career all over my bedroom," said Sturm. "I was really ready."

But the Baltimore boxer had to change his mind-set and strategy at Martin's West last night when he found himself in the ring with cross-town rival Tracy Muse, a late substitute in the feature bout that was reduced to eight rounds.

It took Sturm (27-3, 10 knockouts) several rounds to catch a backpedaling Muse. But his withering body punches soon began to take their toll, and he bloodied the mouth and nose of Muse (10-5, 5 KOs), whose step slowed appreciably as the fight progressed.

Muse fought back gamely in the closing rounds. However, there was little suspense in waiting for the decision, with Sturm winning convincingly by 80-71, 80-72 and 79-73 margins.

Manager Frank Gilbert said Sturm didn't get a knockout because he had sprained his knee while working on his construction job. But adviser Don Elbaum, who guided Simon Brown to a welterweight title, sees championship potential in the well-conditioned Sturm.

"Chuckie reminds me a lot of [former lightweight champ] Ray Mancini," said Elbaum. "He's got the same heart and stamina. In a 12-round fight, no one would out-gut or outlast Chuckie."

New York lightweight Pedro Saiz's reputation as a big puncher preceded him and intimidated Pasadena's George Pindell, who spent the whole fight beating a steady retreat before referee Larry Barrett stopped the mismatch at 1:58 of the seventh round.

Saiz (14-0, nine KOs), a former amateur champion from the Dominican Republic, took the fight out of Pindell with several crunching body shots in the second round of their scheduled eight-rounder.

"It felt like his punches were going clean through me," said Pindell (14-3, three KOs), who sported a deep gash in the corner of his left eye. "Those body shots seemed to take all my strength away."

"The KO will look good in the record book," said Saiz's manager, Ruth Bober. "But this isn't the type of fight we wanted. We wanted it to be competitive and bring out the best in Pedro.

"We turned down a match in Madison Square Garden to fight Pindell. We heard he'd be a tough test. But all he did was run like a thief."

In earlier action, Boston middleweight Dana Rosenblatt scored his eighth knockout when Horace Waterson of Rockville retired after the second round.

Rosenblatt, a former kick-boxing champion, staggered Waterson early in the first round, and Waterson went into a protective shell, holding at every opportunity.

Welterweight Wade Duncan of Baltimore, who used a swarming attack to win his previous fights, displayed a knockout punch in stopping lanky Ted Greer (6-10) of Virginia Beach, Va., at 2:48 of the first round.

Baltimore junior welterweight Ed Griffin, 19, stretched his record to 4-0 with a convincing four-round victory over Pete Purdy (2-3) of Atlantic City, N.J.

Griffin won every heated exchange and had Purdy in trouble in the final round. Still, judge Karl Milligan ruled it a draw.

Popular local heavyweight Mike Whitfield (3-2) may have benefited from strong fan support in winning a split decision over Earl Clark (1-2) of Philadelphia in a four-rounder.

Clark started fast and won the first two rounds, but Whitfield landed some telling uppercuts and rights in the final round.

Pittsburgh welterweight Demetrius Jennings (1-0-1) ruined the pro debut of Baltimore's Corey Donnelly, who is managed by ex-fighter and veteran racing writer Clem Florio.

Donnelly held his own in the opening round of the scheduled four-rounder, but set too fast a pace and tired visibly under Jennings' strong attack. Donnelly had no fight left after the second round and didn't come out for the third.

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