Amateur boxing show draws fewer than 100

February 25, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Crofton Boxing Center owner and promoter Jeff Novotny is one of those people who finds something positive even when things appear negative.

"There were some very good fights and it was a good tuneup for most of the boxers. It's a shame more fans didn't turn out," said Novotny after a crowd of a little less than 100 showed up for his amateur boxing show at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie last night.

In amateur boxing, the bouts are three rounds and the boxers wear thumb-less gloves (designed by ex-Navy boxing coach Emerson Smith of Eastport) and protective head gear.

The show was sanctioned by the South Atlantic Boxing Association and served as a warm-up for the prestigious National Gold Gloves Tournament in Hillcrest Heights, Md., in mid-March.

"Most of the boxers here tonight will compete in the Gold Gloves," said South Atlantic president, referee and U.S. Naval Academy Boxing coach Jim McNally. "There are some very good fighters."

Among the good ones last night were James Phipps of the Loch Raven gym in Baltimore County and Ken Randall of Hillcrest Heights, both 165-pounders.

Phipps defeated Dan Higgins of Edgewood with the third-round decision as Phipps landed two good rights to knock Higgins down. After taking a standing 8-count, Higgins could not prevent Phipps from scoring heavy to clinch the fight.

After a sluggish first round, Randall unloaded a left jab and followed with a strong right to send Doug Houser of the Dave Tiberi Gym in Delaware to the canvas.

Houser landed on the canvas, and after being checked by referee McNally, continued with no noticeable problems. No problems until the final round, that is.

Randall, dressed in black trunks and black tank top, flailed away at a defenseless Houser before McNally stopped the fight. Houser was out on his feet.

Another impressive boxer was Loch Raven gym's Marvin Williams, who beat Leroy Fountain of Delaware with a three-round decision. Williams scored heavily with a crisp left jab and one-two combinations in the second round and easily took the last round.

"I appreciate everybody who showed up tonight and hope they enjoyed the amateurs who you don't get to see on the pro shows," said Novotny, whose first couple of amateur shows at Michaels' drew more than 300 and had dwindled to 200 before last night.

"I just don't know if we can continue with crowds like this."

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