Bell gains decision over Robinson

February 10, 1994|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

Washington middleweight Rueben Bell, one of the best-looking prospects showcased here in the past decade, used a withering body attack to win a lopsided six-round decision over Bernard Robinson (0-2) of Pittsburgh last night in a preliminary bout of a boxing card at Martin's West.

Bell (2-0), a stone-faced boxer who was signed by manager-trainer LouDuva after he shattered Baltimorean Greg Smith's jaw in his pro debut last November, had too much firepower for Robinson.

By the second round, Robinson, a left-hander, was bleeding from the nose. A round later, he sported welts under both eyes. That he lasted six rounds was a display of courage.

In other preliminary bouts:

* Light-punching Florida heavyweight Tim Noble (6-6) stole the final round and a six-round split decision over Mike Whitfield (4-4) of Baltimore. Neither fighter landed a real damaging punch.

* Light-heavyweight Walter Linkins of Laurel made a successful pro debut by out-punching Steve Gurley (0-5) of Philadelphia to gain a four-round majority decision.

* Left-handed Alan Watts won a brief middleweight slugfest with Washington rival Kevin Johnson. Watts staggered Johnson with two crisp hooks when referee Leo Schumacher stopped it at 2:25 of the first round.

It was the first pro bout for both fighters.

* In a four-round fight that lacked finesse, but had non-sto action, Easton (Pa.) welterweight Matt Phillips (5-4-1) won a disputed split decision over Mark Padeletti (3-4-1) of Baltimore. Phillips was penalized a point for repeatedly hitting on the break.

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