Eckman wrong, says Accorsi

SIDELINES

November 07, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Former NFL executive Ernie Accorsi, a Baltimore resident and consultant to the Maryland Stadium Authority, says Charley Eckman's comments in Wednesday's "Sidelines" were "totally inaccurate."

Glen Burnie's colorful Eckman, who has spent a lifetime speaking his mind, said, "Baltimore won't get an expansion team because the big man of the group [of owners] is Art Modell of the Browns. Modell fired Ernie Accorsi, you know, and he isn't about to have him back in the league."

Upon reading Eckman's remarks, Accorsi said, "[Modell] is a very close friend of mine and is a very important person in the expansion situation, on the expansion committee and I think, a friend of Baltimore's.

"How would Charley know about that, anyway? He's in Baltimore and that happened in Cleveland. No one even insinuated it was a firing, and it [Accorsi's leaving] was a difficult thing for him [Modell] to accept."

Accorsi said he resigned because he wanted to come home to Baltimore where he once was the Colts' general manager, but stepped down from that position in protest of the team's move to Indianapolis.

"And frankly, I could see there was going to be a difference of opinion with me and the coach [Annapolis High grad Bill Belichick], and it had nothing to do with Modell," said Accorsi.

Accorsi said he was concerned that Eckman's remarks would "flourish on the talk shows," where he says "the whole perspective of journalism has changed."

It was a knockout

Thursday's Round One Promotions pro boxing show at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie was a true knockout of a card.

Two knockouts and a couple near KOs highlighted the five-bout card. Local favorites Bobby "The Maryland Mauler" Haarhoff and Alfonzo Daniels, the two lefties, posted victories along with promising heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams of Laurel in the main event.

Haarhoff (3-0) toyed with Mike Williams (0-8) of Baltimore in the first round of their light heavyweight bout before scoring a knockout at 2:39 of Round 2.

Joe "Zap" Blyther (2-4) of Laurel wasted little time in avenging his pro debut loss to Sugar Boy Chew of Annapolis in November 1991, taking Chew out at 2:15 of the first round.

Blyther staggered Chew (5-4) in the first minute with an eight-count, then unloaded a telling right to Chew's head. Chew hit the canvas.

With the State Athletic Commission physician and the paramedics in the ring, Chew was finally put up on a stool where he was told the fight was over. The Annapolis native couldn't believe it and didn't realize he had been knocked out.

Daniels, a middleweight who trains with Haarhoff at Jeff Novotny's Crofton gym, showcased his boxing and athletic skills to take a six-round split decision over Joe "Sugar Jo Jo" Spearrs (0-1-1) of Lexington Park.

Blessed with extraordinary ring presence, Daniels had as much spring in his legs in the final round as he did in the first.

The highly touted Williams (7-0) got more than he expected from Baltimore's Warren "Chico" Thompson (7-10-1), a 37-year-old heavyweight who was coming out of a three-year retirement. Williams took a hard-earned unanimous decision.

Several times when it appeared that Williams, who had not fought since a June victory in Las Vegas in which he suffered an eye injury, was about to take Thompson out, the latter would reach for an inner strength.

Thompson withstood a steady barrage of punches that seemed to echo in the ring. Williams landed a textbook left hook in the third round that felled Thompson, who took the eight count and )) got it on again.

Afterward, Williams, who recently signed a near-$5 million contract with Bob Arum's Top Rank Boxing, took the microphone and apologized for not making a better showing, but also gave credit to Thompson's tenacity. Williams trains in Laurel under Bobby Crawford and will fight on ESPN soon in quest of a title fight. Williams is a former Golden Gloves champion.

In the evening's first bout, Baltimore's Courtney "Pound for Pound" Butler (2-0) spoiled the pro debut of Arnold "Ali" Fountain of Capitol Heights by taking a four-round unanimous decision.

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