Martin's West feature draws to a quick close BOXING

September 10, 1993|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

For bizarre and sudden endings, it would be difficult to top last night's scheduled 10-round heavyweight match at Martin's West between Jason Waller and Joel Humm that was declared a "technical draw" after only one round of fighting.

Humm (16-6-1), a Pittsburgh fighter who was regarded as simply steppingstone for the youthful Waller, rushed out of his corner at the opening bell and landed punches at will for close to three minutes.

In the final seconds of the round, Waller of Virginia appeared to land several right hands. Humm ducked a punch along the ropes just before the bell sounded. When his head came up, it revealed a severe gash over his left eyebrow.

A debate then raged as to whether the wound was the result of a punch or a head butt. Referee Larry Barrett ruled it a butt, and boxing commission secretary Dennis Gring said under the rules, it would be declared a technical draw since the fight had lasted only three minutes.

Ring physician Ian Weiner had given Humm's cut man, Ray Rinaldi, a chance to stem the bleeding after the round ended, but Humm complained that his vision was impaired.

"The fighter said he couldn't see," said Weiner, "so there was no reason to continue the fight."

"They lied," said Waller's trainer, Smiley Hayward. "That was a punch by Jason, not a head butt that did the damage."

Waller, under new management, admitted he lost the first round to the surprisingly aggressive Humm.

"I was just trying to weather the storm," he said. "He caught me with some good punches, but it was just the first round."

Said Humm, "When you're hitting a guy as easily as I was hitting him, naturally you'd like the fight to continue. But it was out of my hands."

Humm said he would request a rematch, and Waller seemed ready to oblige.

In an earlier bout, explosive Boston middleweight Dana Rosenblatt fought as if he had a train to catch.

And had it not been for an hour delay in starting the show last night, Rosenblatt would have easily caught the night train back to Boston.

He needed only one minute and 55 seconds to dispose of Pittsburgh's Dan Mitchell (15-22) in the scheduled eight-round semifinal bout.

In raising his record to 15-0, with 13 knockouts, Rosenblatt seemingly hurt Mitchell with every blow he landed.

In his four victories here, Rosenblatt has required a total of six rounds to finish his opponents.

"We were really hoping that he'd get four or five tough rounds under his belt," said co-manager Joe Lake. "Mitchell hasn't won too many, but he's fought some real tough guys like [Canadian champion] Otis Grant. But when Dana hits 'em, they don't stay around too long."

Lake said he hopes to next showcase the young slugger on an October Top Rank-ESPN show.

In other fights:

* Fighting for the second time in a week, Washington welterweight Alphonso Dyer knocked Baltimore's Wade Duncan (10-1-2) from the unbeaten ranks in a fast-paced six-rounder.

Dyer (8-4-3), who lost a decision to Alphonso Daniels in Glen Burnie last Thursday, used his superior reach to outbox Duncan in the early rounds and survived a late rally to win the majority vote.

* Unbeaten junior welterweight Ed Griffin (5-0), one of the most promising young fighters in the Baltimore area, used a withering body attack to floor Pittsburgh journeyman Jeff Graffius (7-10-1) twice before referee Terry Moore stopped the one-sided bout at 2:49 of the third round.

* Scott Jones (5-3) of Baltimore landed enough overhand rights to win a six-round cruiserweight slugfest with Kelvin Beatty (6-6) of Washington.

* Showing unusual poise im his pro debut, Courtney Butler landed the harder punches and had Washington's Roy Payne (3-3-2) in trouble in the fourth and final round, but had to settle for an unpopular draw.

* Baltimore welterweight Greg Smith (3-1) survived a knockdown in the third round to take the opening four-rounder over Demetrius Jennings (2-1-1) of Pittsburgh.

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